Assange blasts liberals’ ‘morality’ over Yiannopoulos book deal axing
The WikiLeaks founder sent a series of tweets on the issue, criticizing what he described as “US (il)liberalism” which he said celebrates when corporations “tear up writers contracts in response to controversy.”
.@nycjaneyvee Issue is 'liberals' cheering on a clearly illiberal act -- book censorship -- for political reasons with morality as cover.— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) February 21, 2017
ACLU on US (il)liberalism which now celebrates when mega corps tear up writers contracts in response to controversy https://t.co/Y8rvud6X2D— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) February 22, 2017
The tweets come after for former Breitbart editor and alt-right figure Yiannopoulos had his book ‘Dangerous’ dropped by publishers Simon & Schuster following the appearance of a video in which he appears to defend pedophilia.
Yiannopoulos claimed the editing of the tapes meant his comments were taken out of context.
US 'liberals' today celebrate the censorship of right-wing UK provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos over teen sex quote.https://t.co/bz6dH0jyhk— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) February 21, 2017
He was also dropped from a speech he was due to make at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and resigned from his position in Breitbart on Tuesday over the backlash to the comments.
Earlier in the month UC Berkeley cancelled a planned appearance by Yiannopoulos after protests by student resulted in $100,000 worth of damage to the campus. He was permanently banned from Twitter last year after a series of tweets at actress Leslie Jones, who he described as “barely literate” and a “dude”.