RFK Jr. disavows campaign fundraising email that champions Jan. 6 ‘activists’

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. disavowed an email sympathetic to the January 6 protesters.

The fundraising message was sent out on Thursday and was titled “We must free Assange!” — made comments in support of those sentenced for participating in the riot at the Capitol.

“This is the reality facing all Americans, from Ed Snowden to Julian Assange to the J6 activists sitting in jail cells in Washington, D.C., stripped of their constitutional freedoms,” the fundraising email said. It was written in “Help our campaign denounce the illiberal actions of our own government.”

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Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks at a campaign event in Philadelphia.

The RFK campaign quickly blamed the message on a third-party vendor and said the email was inconsistent with President Kennedy’s views.

“That statement was an error and did not reflect Mr. Kennedy’s views,” said Stephanie Speer, President Kennedy’s press secretary. “This was inserted by a new marketing contractor and was able to bypass the normal approval process.”

She added: “The campaign has terminated its contract with this vendor.”

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Participants protesting outside the Capitol

Trump supporters occupy the west front and inauguration stands of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

The Kennedy campaign has not disclosed which companies were involved in the emails.

The treatment of whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden has been a regular topic for Kennedy since he released a video petition this week.

President Kennedy released a petition on Monday urging President Biden to visit Hong Kong in 2013, where he famously revealed classified NSA documents that revealed the U.S. government was spying on its citizens. He called for Mr. Snowden to be pardoned. He was subsequently charged with espionage and theft of government property.


Demonstrators hold placards outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London

Julian Assange’s lawyers are waging a final legal challenge in the UK to prevent the WikiLeaks founder from being extradited to the US on spying charges. (AP)

President Kennedy said, “Mr. Snowden has shown for the first time to the American people that our government has been spying on millions of law-abiding Americans, in violation of numerous laws and fundamental rights to privacy.” “and performed an important public service.” The video was attached to the petition.

The presidential candidate previously said he would pardon Snowden and Assange, an Australian publisher who is in a high-security London prison and is fighting extradition to the United States on spying charges for publishing classified military documents in 2010. was.

“The time has come to return our government to the democratic and humane ideals that we have always represented as a nation,” Kennedy Jr. said. “Let’s get back to defending free speech and honoring the truth-tellers and whistleblowers who risked their careers and freedoms to protect our careers and our freedoms.”

Fox News Digital’s Landon Mion contributed to this report.