Whistleblowers defend democracy, say rights advocates

Pat Fontes

Rhode Island Rights held a rally Wednesday outside the Federal Building near Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence to support whistleblowers facing jail time, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Terry Albury, who revealed government secrets to protect democracy from governmental overreach.

Albury may be the least well known, so activist Randall Rose spoke about him in the video below.

Terry Albury, a black Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent in Minneapolis, was required to carry out FBI directives that “profiled and intimidated minority communities in Minnesota and other locations.” Albury leaked FBI secret manuals to The Intercept, manuals that show how the FBI allows itself to discriminate, pressure people into becoming informants, and infiltrate groups. Albury was caught, had to plead guilty to unauthorized disclosure of national defense information, and is now awaiting sentencing of up to 10 years in jail.

In the video below Randall Rose speaks in defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now cut off from communicating with the outside world in the embassy in London where he has been granted asylum. “Regardless of what one might think of Assange as a person, his WikiLeaks has helped reveal abuses of the rich and powerful in Europe, in the USA, in Russia, and beyond,” said Rose.

Assange is facing severe criminal charges for revealing information about governmental abuses, and the United States government has been trying to jail him for many years.

The videos were from Matthew Ricci of Brown War Watch and used with permission.

Randall Rose

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