Noting in a New York Times Op-Ed that much of their work has made “the case that the news media in the United States often fail to inform Americans about the uglier actions of our own government,” filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone argue that transferring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to U.S. custody would be disastrous for free speech everywhere.
If Mr. Assange is extradited to the United States, the consequences will reverberate for years around the world. Mr. Assange is not an American citizen, and none of his actions have taken place on American soil. If the United States can prosecute a journalist in these circumstances, the governments of Russia or China could, by the same logic, demand that foreign reporters anywhere on earth be extradited for violating their laws. The setting of such a precedent should deeply concern everyone, admirers of WikiLeaks or not.