Category: Julian Assange

It’s Time for Australia to Demand Julian Assange’s Release

 

As Australian journalist Julian Assange faces the hell of extradition, it is more urgent and necessary than ever for the Australian government to intervene on his behalf.

Source: It’s Time for Australia to Demand Julian Assange’s Release

6 reasons why everyone should fight for Assange’s freedom

The justice system has failed to defend the principles it should protect in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, so the public must wake up to the necessity of peaceful global protest to run parallel with Assange’s legal battle, write Sara Chessa.

Source: 6 reasons why everyone should fight for Assange’s freedom

Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Patel, for her part, was never exercised by the more sordid details of the case. Her approach to matters of justice is one of premature adjudication: the guilty are everywhere, and only multiply. When it came to WikiLeaks, such fine points of law and fact as a shaky indictment based on fabricated evidence, meditations on assassination, and a genuine, diagnosed risk of self-harm, were piffling distractions. The US Department of Justice would not be denied.

Source: Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Enough is enough: PM Albanese must now intervene for Assange

Prime Minister Albanese has said that the pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange served no purpose; it is now time to do all in his power to bring him home, writes Dr Binoy Kampark.

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Julian Assange can appeal against extradition at UK’s Supreme Court

The right to appeal has been declared a win.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been given the chance to challenge a decision allowing him to be extradited to the United States to face 18 criminal charges including breaking a spying law to Britain’s Supreme Court.

Source: Julian Assange can appeal against extradition at UK’s Supreme Court

Julian Assange: A Thousand Days in Belmarsh – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Assange is currently detained for publishing “crimes” he’s said to have committed in the USA when not even there. Simply out the Americans can ask for you or me to be brought to them form our beds. Currently, the world is watching Australia for having released Djokovic for a real crime. One he admits to and he did commit here, in Spain, and in Serbia. So why did Australia agonize over Djokovic and do sweet FA about Assange whose as innocent as an assylum seeker?

It’s time to kick these do nothing assholes out

Julian Assange has now been in the maximum-security facilities of Belmarsh prison for over 1,000 days. On the occasion of his 1,000th day of imprisonment, campaigners, supporters and kindred spirits gathered to show their support, indignation and solidarity at this political detention most foul.

Source: Julian Assange: A Thousand Days in Belmarsh – » The Australian Independent Media Network

AUKUS alliance driving Assange to his death

Marise Payne has displayed her bias and chosen not to SHUT UP while declaring Julian’s fate rests in the hands of the UK and USA. It appears like Pontius Pilate she’s more than just washed her hands of Assange but has convicted him on behalf of the LNP,yes,but only a minority of Australians.

Why, in the middle of Assange’s High Court hearing, was Foreign Minister Marise Payne using her friends in the Murdoch media to portray Assange as un-Australian, snubbing her patriotic ‘’Aussie help’’?Assange’s father John Shipton commented: “I get no help from Marise Payne in any way whatsoever. Saying I have been snubbed 29 times by Julian is to defend her. It’s only to defend her. It’s nothing to do with Julian.”The family have continually asked for Payne and Morrison to actively engage with Australia’s UK and U.S. allies. They see extradition as an outrageous surrender of Australian sovereignty and they expect that Morrison and Payne should tell UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden so.Shipton, who has travelled to 50 countries to garner support for Julian, said: “Everywhere I go, people ask where is the Australian Government in this? What is the substance of Australia in its relationship with the UK that it allows this show trial to go on without comment?”

Source: AUKUS alliance driving Assange to his death

Please help this man – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Warning of Dangerous Deterioration Following Assange’s Reported Stroke, Doctors Implore Australian Deputy Prime Minister to Intervene Over 300 doctors from around the world have today written to the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce, imploring him to seek Julian Assange’s immediate release from prison in the UK on medical grounds. (Here is the link to the letter.)

Source: Please help this man – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Voices of Concern: Aussies for Assange’s Return – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Joyce’s reasoning, while jejune on the historical contributions of WikiLeaks, has the merit of unusual clarity. He argues that the UK “should try him there for any crime he is alleged to have committed on British soil or send him back to Australia, where he is a citizen.” Assange never pilfered any US secret files; did not breach Australian laws and was not in the US when “the event being deliberated in the court now in London occurred.” To extradite him to the US would not only be unjust but bizarre. “If he insulted the Koran, would he be extradited to Saudi Arabia?”

Source: Voices of Concern: Aussies for Assange’s Return – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Defending Julian Assange Is Defending Anyone Who Dares to Speak the Truth | The Smirking Chimp

The corrupt process must be exposed and all Assange supporters must speak up. The United States should not be allowed to use the Espionage Act or any other mechanism to snatch up anyone, anywhere and charge with a crime of dubious legality. If they are allowed to do so in this case they will certainly do it again. Anyone who wants to expose high crimes will find themselves in Assange’s position. People who oppose the empire and its machinations are all at risk if Assange is extradited and stands trial in the Eastern District court. He is a political prisoner and others will be too if the prosecution proceeds. It is no exaggeration to say that we are all Julian Assange.

Source: Defending Julian Assange Is Defending Anyone Who Dares to Speak the Truth | The Smirking Chimp

Barnaby Joyce wants end to Assange extradition

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Barnaby Joyce speaks out when the PM doesn’t and he speaks out clearly when he says Julian Assange is being extradited to a country for a crime he didn’t even commit in that country. Meanwhile Scott Morrison stays silent, setting the bar showing what every Australian citizen can expect from this Prime Minister…NOTHING

Mr Joyce says Mr Assange didn’t steal secret US files but only published them, which did not breach any Australian laws at the time, and he was not in the US when leaks were put online. “The question is then: Why is he to be extradited to the US? If he insulted the Koran, would he be extradited to Saudi Arabia? “If we are content that this process of extraditing one Australian to the US for breaking its laws even when he was not in that country is fair, are we prepared therefore to accept it as a precedent for applying to any other laws of any other nation to any of our citizens?” Mr Joyce’s opinion piece came a day after independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to pick up the phone to US President Joe Biden and British PM Boris Johnson to end the prosecution. Mr Wilkie, a former intelligence analyst, said the prosecution of Mr Assange had always been political and could be solved politically by Mr Morrison. Mr Assange faces 175 years in prison in the US.

Source: Barnaby Joyce wants end to Assange extradition

Journalism, Assange and Reversal in the High Court – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The justices also failed to consider the murderous elephant in the room, one that had been submitted by the defence at both the extradition hearing and the appeal: that US government officials had contemplated abducting and assassinating the very individual whose extradition they were seeking. This was a view that held sway with former US Secretary of State and CIA chief Mike Pompeo. In the United States, talking heads expressed their satisfaction about the glories of the US justice and prison system. Former Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill told MSNBC that, “This was really a guy who just violated the law.” Concerns by Assange’s defense team that his “safety in [US] prison” would be compromised showed that “they really don’t have perspective on this.” It is fittingly monstrous that this decision should be handed down the same day the Nobel Peace Prize was being awarded to two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. Or that it should happen on Human Rights Day, which saw US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s boast that “we will continue to promote accountability for human rights violators.” Except one’s own. Inevitably, these cruel, gradually lethal proceedings move to the next stage: an appeal to the Supreme Court. As the paperwork is gathered, Assange will muse, grimly, that the entire period of his discharge never saw him leave Belmarsh Prison.

 

 

Source: Journalism, Assange and Reversal in the High Court – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia asks about Assange but won’t call for release

The federal government has “raised the situation” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s confinement with the UK and US, but has stopped short of calling for the Australian to be released.

The UK court’s decision has drawn ire from the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, who sharply criticised the verdict.

“This is a shortcoming for the British judiciary,” Mr Melzer told the DPA news agency on Friday.

“You can think what you want about Assange but he is not in a condition to be extradited,” he said, referring to a “politically motivated verdict”.

Source: Australia asks about Assange but won’t call for release

Julian Assange Is on the Brink of Extradition to U.S.

Stella Moris, partner of Julian Assange, stands with protestors in front of the High Court in London, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. A British appellate court has opened the door for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States. The High Court overturned a lower court ruling that found Assange's mental health was too fragile to withstand the American criminal justice system. A lower court judge earlier this year refused an American request to extradite Assange to the U.S. to face spying charges over WikiLeaks' publication of secret military documents a decade ago. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The nation that allows Fox News and Trump’s “alternative facts” to flourish hammers those that publish inconvenient truths.

“Julian’s life is once more under grave threat, and so is the right of journalists to publish material that governments and corporations find inconvenient,” WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said. “This is about the right of a free press to publish without being threatened by a bullying superpower.”

Source: Julian Assange Is on the Brink of Extradition to U.S.

Demands to ‘Free Assange Now’ Surge Ahead of Ruling on US Extradition

A demonstration in support of Julian Assange in London

A U.K. court is set to rule Friday on whether WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States, an impending decision that led press freedom advocates and human rights campaigners to redouble their calls for his immediate release. “We fully believe that Assange has been targeted for his contributions to journalism.” “Freedom should be the only possible outcome for Assange,” Kristinn Hrafnsson, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, said Thursday.

Source: Demands to ‘Free Assange Now’ Surge Ahead of Ruling on US Extradition

Julian Assange’s Extradition to the United States Would Result in Serious Human Rights Violations

The US government is begging the British High Court to allow Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States. Doing so would be a human rights disaster, given that American prisons violate the most basic human rights of political prisoners like Assange.

Source: Julian Assange’s Extradition to the United States Would Result in Serious Human Rights Violations

Biden’s DOJ Downplayed Suicide Risk for Assange in Appeal of Extradition Denial | The Smirking Chimp

The United States also says it will not object to Assange serving any custodial sentence he may receive in Australia. Summers cited a case in which the U.S. reneged on its assurances that Spanish drug trafficker David Mendoza Herrarte could serve his prison sentence in Spain if he was first extradited to the U.S. for trial. The U.S. retorted that the prosecutor had just assured that Mendoza could apply for a transfer to Spain and the DOJ denied the application. Moreover, the U.S. cannot guarantee that Australia would consent to host Assange’s incarceration. It will be several weeks before the High Court issues its ruling on Biden’s appeal. The losing party can ask the U.K. Supreme Court to review the case. More than two dozen press freedom, civil liberties and international human rights groups, and people around the world, are protesting the persecution of Assange. This case is a bellwether for the future of investigative journalism and the survival of the First Amendment right to freedom of the press.

Source: Biden’s DOJ Downplayed Suicide Risk for Assange in Appeal of Extradition Denial | The Smirking Chimp

Crystal Ball Jurisprudence: The US Appeal Against Assange Opens – » The Australian Independent Media Network

During the latter part of the day’s proceedings, Fitzgerald had a moment of reflection that has become something of a trademark. “I sometimes wonder whether my learned friend is reading the same judgment we are.” He is, but doing so through his own version of crystal ball jurisprudence.

Source: Crystal Ball Jurisprudence: The US Appeal Against Assange Opens – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The CIA, Empty Assurances and Assange’s Defence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The High Court justices will now consider whether to continue this lamentable, sadistic enterprise. The defence team are considering cross-appealing parts of the original decision on the grounds that it constitutes a grave threat to press liberties. Whatever the outcome, an appeal to the Supreme Court is likely. In the meantime, the torture of Assange by process will continue.

The CIA, Empty Assurances and Assange’s Defence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Julian Assange’s Health Central to Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Yellow ribbons with messages from supporters of Julian Assange are tied to the railings of the Royal Courts of Justice during an appeal hearing for his extradition to the United States on October 27, 2021 in London, England. The United States, which has charged the Wikileaks founder with espionage, had appealed a January ruling that Assange should not be extradited to the US due to concerns over his mental health and the risk of suicide in a US prison. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

“The U.S. government’s unrelenting pursuit of Julian Assange makes it clear that this prosecution is a punitive measure, but the case involves concerns which go far beyond the fate of one man and put media freedom and freedom of expression in peril.”

Source: Julian Assange’s Health Central to Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

Congress, Skulduggery and the Assange Case – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Is the imperium showing suspicions about its intended quarry? It is hard to believe it, but the US House Intelligence Committee is on a mission of discovery. Its subject: a Yahoo News report disclosing much material that was already in the public domain on the plot to kidnap or, failing that, poison Julian Assange. Given that such ideas were aired by officials within the Central Intelligence Agency, this struck home. On the Yahoo News “Skulduggery” podcast, Committee chairman and Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said, “We are seeking information about it now.” Making sure to put himself in the clear of having any knowledge of plans against Assange, Schiff claimed that the committee had sought a response from “the agencies” (the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence) after the publication of the Yahoo News piece. As to whether the agencies had responded, Schiff was not forthcoming. “I can’t comment on what we’ve heard back yet.”

Source: Congress, Skulduggery and the Assange Case – » The Australian Independent Media Network

UK High Court Should Deny Extradition Because CIA Planned to Assassinate Assange | The Smirking Chimp

Biden’s appeal of the denial of extradition should be dismissed. Julian Assange should be released and celebrated for his courage.

Source: UK High Court Should Deny Extradition Because CIA Planned to Assassinate Assange | The Smirking Chimp

Fate Of Anti-War Journalism Lies in Upcoming Assange Hearings | The Smirking Chimp

Within just a few days, the United States will once again make its case in a UK court that it has a right to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be tried under the Espionage Act, in what remains this century’s most dangerous attack on global press freedom.

Source: Fate Of Anti-War Journalism Lies in Upcoming Assange Hearings | The Smirking Chimp

Opinion | Assange: A Threat to War Itself | Robert C. Koehler

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By penetrating the realities of war and pulling it out of its carefully orchestrated public context, by publicizing its raw horrors, he became a danger to the country’s political status quo.

Source: Opinion | Assange: A Threat to War Itself | Robert C. Koehler

After CIA Plot Revealed, Press Freedom Coalition Says DOJ Must Drop Assange Case

Demonstrators demand the release of Julian Assange

“We appreciate that the government has a legitimate interest in protecting bona fide national security interests, but the proceedings against Mr. Assange jeopardize journalism that is crucial to democracy,” wrote the organizations.

“In our view, a precedent created by prosecuting Assange could be used against publishers and journalists alike, chilling their work and undermining freedom of the press.”

 As Common Dreams reported last month, under former President Donald Trump, the CIA reportedly discussed kidnapping or assassinating Assange, who is currently imprisoned in London’s maximum-security Belmarsh prison.

“The actions laid out in the indictment are virtually indistinguishable from common practices in newspapers around the country.”

Yahoo News first reported the revelations that officials at the “highest levels” of the agency considered attacking Assange, as well as “extensive spying on WikiLeaks associates, sowing discord among the group’s members, and stealing their electronic devices.” “In February, members of this coalition wrote to the Acting Attorney General, urging that the criminal charges against Mr. Assange be dropped,” the groups said. “We now renew that request

Source: After CIA Plot Revealed, Press Freedom Coalition Says DOJ Must Drop Assange Case

Nobel Peace Prize for journalists serves as reminder that freedom of the press is under threat from strongmen and social media

Maria Ressa smiles at the camera while surrounded by TV news reporters and microphones.

Answering those questions won’t be easy. But democracy may be at a tipping point. With its recognition of two investigative journalists and the crucial – and dangerous – work they do to support democracy, the Nobel Committee has invited us to begin the debate.

Source: Nobel Peace Prize for journalists serves as reminder that freedom of the press is under threat from strongmen and social media

WikiLeaks: what’s it like to be targeted by the CIA and its mates?

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America’s relentless pursuit of Julian Assange, up to and including planning to kidnap or murder him, also affected people brave enough to support him. So why is the Australian government remaining silent?

Source: WikiLeaks: what’s it like to be targeted by the CIA and its mates?

Murderous Fantasies: The US Intelligence Effort Against Assange – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Assange’s US lawyer Barry Pollack wishes that this grubby state of affairs will lead to a sensible conclusion. “My hope and expectation is that the UK courts will consider this information and it will further bolster its decision not to extradite to the US.” The US appeal against the refusal to extradite Assange will be doing its best to avoid such thorny, and telling, revelations. Assange’s defence team will be doing its best to foil such efforts.

Source: Murderous Fantasies: The US Intelligence Effort Against Assange – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Julian Assange Media Blackout Must End

Stunning revelations have emerged overseas about the reckless and duplicitous methods used by US law enforcement against Julian Assange. But in the US, the story has been subject to an almost total media blackout.

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Julian Assange extradition: US can appeal denial, UK court rules

The highest standard of torture in the world has been shown and set by the USA

The UK’s High Court has granted the US government permission to appeal a decision that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. The judicial office said on Wednesday that the appeal had been granted and the case would be listed for a High Court hearing. No date has been set.

Source: Julian Assange extradition: US can appeal denial, UK court rules

The Forgotten Australian in Lockdown – » The Australian Independent Media Network

While we all dream of unrestricted travel, parties, dinners in our favourite restaurants and all the other luxuries we have come to accept as our inalienable rights to enjoy, I hope we can spare some thoughts to a brave Australian who has been held in harsh lockdown for more than two years.

Source: The Forgotten Australian in Lockdown – » The Australian Independent Media Network

CIA Whistleblower: “Julian Assange Will Not Receive an Impartial Jury”

Jeffrey Sterling is a former CIA officer and whistleblower, jailed on trumped-up charges under the Espionage Act. He spoke to Jacobin about how he was victimized — and why the district court that convicted him is sure to be stacked against Julian Assange.

Source: CIA Whistleblower: “Julian Assange Will Not Receive an Impartial Jury”

Proxy Jailor: Denying Assange Bail – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The UK, having adopted a position as Washington’s proxy jailor, is not about to quit its sordid role. Assange’s wellbeing and health continue to be jeopardised by his stay in Britain’s most notorious prison, where determined despair, as Baraitser herself has acknowledged, can take their toll.

Proxy Jailor: Denying Assange Bail – » The Australian Independent Media Network
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The Julian Assange Pardon Drive – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even a broken clock is right twice a day Carlson is certainly right on this issue

Carlson was certainly convinced, taking a position at odds with various national security wonks that pullulate the US airwaves. “Whatever you think of Julian Assange and what he did, he is effectively a journalist. He took information and he put it in a place the public could read it.” The Australian was spending time in prison for releasing documents “he did not steal,” merely providing a platform for their dissemination, showing that “the US government was illegally spying on me, and everybody else in this country.”

The Julian Assange Pardon Drive – » The Australian Independent Media Network

US, UK Governments Should Free Julian Assange | The Smirking Chimp

President Trump has a golden opportunity to pardon Assange, which would go a long way toward transforming the outgoing president into a defender of American values. President-elect Biden, for his part, will have to decide whether he follows the footsteps of Obama, or, to this point, Trump. Leaders across political divides should be pressured by the public to free Assange and defend press freedom. Recognizing the crucial role of journalists, Hanks’ Bradlee in The Post perhaps said it best: “We have to be the check on their power. If we don’t hold them accountable, I mean my God, who will?”

US, UK Governments Should Free Julian Assange | The Smirking Chimp

Julian Assange’s partner appeals to Trump to pardon him

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Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, has tweeted President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving, appealing to him to pardon the WikiLeaks founder. Moris posted a photo of their two young children on Twitter on Thursday, local time, and wrote: “These are Julian’s sons Max and Gabriel. They need their father. Our family needs to be whole again. “I beg you, please bring him home for Christmas.”

Julian Assange’s partner appeals to Trump to pardon him

Assange And The Empire | The Smirking Chimp

There is no need to inform the conscious world that the United States is applying all its power and influence to extradite Julian Assange from England in order to put him on trial in America. The case against him is based on his having committed journalism in publishing leaked secret government information on Wikileaks. While it is comprised of multiple charges, crafted with cynicism and malice in order to convict and imprison him for life, not one of them has any legal merit.

Assange And The Empire | The Smirking Chimp

EXCLUSIVE: Q and A with Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson

Julian Assange’s lawyer of ten years Jennifer Robinson speaks with Rhys Muldoon about Assange’s extraordinary trial and the relationship between the world’s most famous political prisoner and huckster in chief, Donald Trump.

EXCLUSIVE: Q and A with Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson

Daniel Ellsberg Tells UK Court That US Seeks Both ‘Revenge’ Against Julian Assange and to ‘Crush’ Future Whistleblowers | Common Dreams News

Julian Assange (L) and Daniel Ellsberg meet in London on October 25, 2010. (Photo: Robert Wallis/Corbis/Getty Images)

The Pentagon Papers leaker previously called Assange’s prosecution the most “significant attack on freedom of the press” since his 1971 case.

Daniel Ellsberg Tells UK Court That US Seeks Both ‘Revenge’ Against Julian Assange and to ‘Crush’ Future Whistleblowers | Common Dreams News