Ron Paul: ‘In a free society we’re supposed to know the truth’

Politico reports:

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is taking a stand as one of Julian Assange’s few defenders in Washington, arguing that the WikiLeaks founder should get the same protections as the media.

Attorney General Eric Holder said this week that the Justice Department is examining whether Assange can be charged with a crime for posting hundreds of thousands of leaked government intelligence documents and diplomatic cables.

Many Republicans have gone even further in their attacks on Assange, especially former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee, who said this week that the source who leaked to the WikiLeaks founder should be tried for treason and executed if found guilty.

But in a Thursday interview with Fox Business, Paul said the idea of prosecuting Assange crosses the line.

“In a free society we’re supposed to know the truth,” Paul said. “In a society where truth becomes treason, then we’re in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.”

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3 thoughts on “Ron Paul: ‘In a free society we’re supposed to know the truth’

  1. Jean-ollivier

    interesting point : a hero or a treator ? Victor Hugo had an answer. In his novel “93” (1793), if I remember correctly, he tells the story of a mariner who let a loose cannon (litterally) move around the steerage, and manages afterwards to get it back under control, at enormous personal risk. The idea is to shoot the mariner, for negligence, and then to award the Legion of Honor to him, as a hero.

  2. Vince J

    Again, I can’t believe that Heric Holder speaks of prossecuting Assange while he refuses to prosecute US’s officials involved in War Crimes… Then they cry for credibility. They must know that their images and words travel around the globe every second… they must!

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