Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been held in London’s Belmarsh prison since 2019 for exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. His case is the subject of the new film Ithaka, which focuses on Assange’s father John Shipton, who has been traveling around the world to raise awareness of the case. A video released by WikiLeaks had revealed a U.S. helicopter gunship in Baghdad killing a dozen civilians, including a Reuters journalist. If extradited to the U.S., Assange faces the possibility of 175 years in prison. We speak with John Shipton and filmmaker Gabriel Shipton, Julian Assange’s brother and a producer of the documentary, about the implications of the case and the danger it poses to freedom of the press.
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