Category: Julian Assange

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

London court resumes Assange hearing amid worldwide protests against his extradition to US — RT World News

London court resumes Assange hearing amid worldwide protests against his extradition to US

As the Julian Assange hearing resumed, the WikiLeaks founder formally declined to be extradited to face a superseding indictment issued by the US in June. Protesters and lawyers say the prosecution will stifle press freedom.

London court resumes Assange hearing amid worldwide protests against his extradition to US — RT World News

New Trump Regime Indictment of Assange Expands Phony Charges – Stephen Lendman

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought European, Asian hackers ...

He faces five to 10 years imprisonment per charge if found guilty — the process rigged to assure he never again sees the light of day as a free man, despite having committed no criminal offenses.

via New Trump Regime Indictment of Assange Expands Phony Charges – Stephen Lendman

Australian MPs call for release of Julian Assange to home detention as Covid-19 ‘rapidly spreads’ in UK prisons — RT UK News

Australian MPs call for release of Julian Assange to home detention as Covid-19 ‘rapidly spreads’ in UK prisons

Britain is ready to do America’s job and kill Assange in prison (ODT)

via Australian MPs call for release of Julian Assange to home detention as Covid-19 ‘rapidly spreads’ in UK prisons — RT UK News

Julian Assange and his Australian lawyers were secretly recorded in Ecuador’s London embassy – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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via Julian Assange and his Australian lawyers were secretly recorded in Ecuador’s London embassy – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us | The Smirking Chimp

The increasing surveillance by government paranoia to the failing systems of control (ODT)

The probe by the court, the Audiencia Nacional, into the activities of UC Global, along with leaked videos, statements, documents and reports published by the Spanish newspaper El País as well as the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, offers a window into the new global security state. Here the rule of law is irrelevant. Here privacy and attorney-client privilege do not exist. Here people live under 24-hour-a-day surveillance. Here all who attempt to expose the crimes of tyrannical power will be hunted down, kidnapped, imprisoned and broken. This global security state is a terrifying melding of the corporate and the public. And what it has done to Assange it will soon do to the rest of us.

via What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us | The Smirking Chimp

Ending the torture of Julian Assange

LNP Shame up close and personal with the USA and down distant and who gives a fuck with it’s citizens. America constructed crimes to fit Assange and our LNP has done nothing but applaud. (ODT)

IN A WATERSHED CASE for journalistic freedom, the hearing for Julian Assange’s extradition to the U.S. begins in London on 24 February 2020. If extradited to the U.S., Assange will face 18 charges under the 1917 Espionage Act and a potential sentence of 175 years in prison for “crimes” that include some of the greatest pieces of citizen journalism of the 21st century: the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Logs, Cablegate and the famous collateral murder video.

via Ending the torture of Julian Assange

Council of Europe sides with Julian Assange

The attitude of European institutions is changing after years of silence. In this case, it was Andrej Hunko and Gianni Marilotti that convinced the European Assembly to speak up.

The moment that press freedom advocates have been waiting for so long has finally arrived. The European institutions are starting to officially state that they don’t want Julian Assange to be extradited to the U.S.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has become the first one to step in and call for Assange’s immediate release, joining the call of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, who some months ago clearly stated that Assange should walk free.

via Council of Europe sides with Julian Assange

JOHN PILGER: Julian sat alone, his fist clenched and held high

Julian Assange has done less than Trump in crime and criminal intent than Donald Trump and has been punished as if he were Satan incarnate. America has gone off the rails and become the planets most delinquent nation. (ODT)

via JOHN PILGER: Julian sat alone, his fist clenched and held high

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange says he’s in an unfair fight against a super power at extradition hearing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

A gaunt, hesitant and apparently confused Julian Assange has told a London judge he is in an inequitable fight against a superpower which has been spying on his “interior life” and on confidential meetings with his legal team.

The WikiLeaks founder is trying to avoid extradition to the US to face 17 espionage charges and one computer hacking charge.

His legal team revealed on Monday they want to deal a knockout blow to the case against him, by establishing that the charges are a “political offence” for which extradition cannot be granted.

via Wikileaks’ Julian Assange says he’s in an unfair fight against a super power at extradition hearing

Julian Assange smears fade as Wikileaks witnesses concede he was not reckless, did protect informants – Michael West

Julian Assange smears fade as Wikileaks witnesses concede he was not reckless, did protect informants

 Julian Assange smears fade as Wikileaks witnesses concede he was not reckless, did protect informants – Michael West

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Trumped Up: Wiki cables show Australia thinks Iran is not the aggressor

Publishing Stolen Material: WikiLeaks, the DNC and Freedom of Speech – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even any solicitation of the part of WikiLeaks to obtain such material (prosecutors, take note) was irrelevant. “A person is entitled to publish stolen documents that the publisher requested from a source as long as the publisher did not participate in the theft.”

The logical implication following from punishing individuals and entities for doing so, acknowledged the court, would “render any journalist who publishes an article based on stolen information a co-conspirator in the theft”. Assange and his legal team will be more than a little heartened by this acknowledgement, one that repels efforts to treat WikiLeaks as a hacking rather than publishing enterprise.

via Publishing Stolen Material: WikiLeaks, the DNC and Freedom of Speech – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Julian Assange Indictment

Buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Assange has been jailed for 50 weeks for breaching his bail after going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

via Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Julian Assange Indictment

The Indictment of Julian Assange Under the Espionage Act Is a Threat to the Press and the American People

If the government gets to define journalism, what’s to stop it from making similar rulings about any outlet whose coverage it doesn’t like?

https://theintercept.com/2019/05/24/the-indictment-of-julian-assange-under-the-espionage-act-is-a-threat-to-the-press-and-the-american-people/

Delegitimising Journalism: The Effort to Relabel Julian Assange – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Reframing the definition of Julian Assange in the most Fascist way (ODT)

In this war of language, the treatment of Assange can only be seen as one thing: an act of muzzling a publisher framed as a computer security breach. In so doing, it criminalises the very act of investigative journalism, the sort that actually exposes abuses of power rather than meekly accommodating them.

via Delegitimising Journalism: The Effort to Relabel Julian Assange – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Julian Assange Was Denied Medical Care, Says Doctor Who Examined Him in Embassy

FILE- In this Friday May 19, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain's Foreign Office said Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 it has rejected Ecuador's request to grant diplomatic status to Assange, who has been living in the nation's embassy in London since 2012 to avoid arrest by U.K. authorities. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Dr. Sondra Crosby, an associate professor of medicine and public health at Boston University and an expert on the physical and psychological impact of torture, has evaluated detainees held by the United States, including at its prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. She quietly began meeting with and evaluating Assange in 2017 inside the embassy where he had sought refuge.

via Julian Assange Was Denied Medical Care, Says Doctor Who Examined Him in Embassy