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February 28, 2024

Urgent Congressional Briefing: Press Freedom & the Assange Prosecution

On February 26, 2024, Defending Rights & Dissent convened a historic–and urgent–briefing on Capitol Hill on press freedom and the prosecution of Julian Assange. The briefing featured Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, Jodie Ginsberg, the CEO of Committee
February 27, 2024

Statement on the CFAA Indictment of Journalist Tim Burke

On February 22, 2024, the Department of Justice unsealed the indictment of journalist Timothy Burke under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The indictment, which concerns Burke’s access to Fox News unaired segments and sports news, wields the CFAA
February 23, 2024

DRAD Policy Director, Chip Gibbons, Speaks at London Assange Protest

On February 20th and 21st, 2024, thousands of people showed up to protest outside the high court in London where Julian Assange is fighting extradition to the US where he faces espionage charges. He could be weeks away from being
February 16, 2024

We stopped FISA 702 for now… But it’s a wild story how we got here

Defending Rights & Dissent has called on our supporters and grassroots activists repeatedly over the past few months to call on Congress to rein in mass surveillance. Your advocacy made a huge difference! Together, we’ve fended off attempts to extend
February 12, 2024

What the Vault 7 Source Sentence Means for Julian Assange and the Future of Press Freedom

In a dramatic move, convicted WikiLeaks source Joshua Schulte was sentenced to 33 years and four months in prison for giving to WikiLeaks CIA hacking tools dubbed “Vault 7.” His sentence caught many in the press freedom community off guard.
February 12, 2024

25 Orgs Tell GA Prosecutors: Anti-surveillance tools should not be evidence of criminal intent

In early motions in the Cop City RICO trial, it appears the prosecution is trying to argue that use of a “burner phone” is in itself evidence of criminal intent. Guardrails on government surveillance are central to our constitutional rights,
February 9, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Espionage Act Double Standard, Calls for Reform of Antiquated and Unjust Law

On February 8, 2024 Special Counsel Robert K. Hur’s report into President Joseph Biden’s handling of classified documents was released. Although the special counsel found that Biden had willfully retained national defense information, he did not recommend charging the President.
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