Larry Flynt On Why He's Donating $50,000 To WikiLeaks
Hustler magazine founder and free speech activist Larry Flynt is the latest big name to put himself--and his money--behind WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Flynt explains why he's donating $50,000 to WikiLeaks' defense fund in The Huffington Post, praising Assange as a hero and noting, "We should have a ticker-tape parade for this brave man."
"Let's get something straight: Julian Assange is a journalist. You can argue that he is not practicing journalism the way you think it should be practiced -- releasing classified U.S. State Department documents -- but he's a journalist nonetheless," Flynt writes.
The free speech activist goes on to say that America might not be fighting in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq right now if WikiLeaks had existed in 2003.
In his 204-word post, Flynt says the biggest problem he sees is that it took a "concerned outsider" like Assange to open the floodgates on this information as opposed to "our own vaunted mainstream press."
Others including Michael Moore and Bianca Jagger have put their support behind Assange.