Tag: Julian Assange

We Would Never Tolerate Julian Assange’s Persecution If Any Other Country Carried It Out

If Russia were persecuting a whistleblower like Julian Assange, the US would rightly condemn it as authoritarian abuse. But because that persecution is backed by the US, the mainstream media and American politicians are fine with it.

Source: We Would Never Tolerate Julian Assange’s Persecution If Any Other Country Carried It Out

Assange is still in jail – what can the new government do? – Michael West

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There are signs that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese seems more interested in dealing with the plight of Julian Assange than was the Morrison government. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has to decide whether or not to sign off on Assange’s extradition to the US by the middle of this month. Albanese must act now, writes Greg Barns.

Source: Assange is still in jail – what can the new government do? – Michael West

New Brooms, Old Stories: The Australian Labor Party and Julian Assange – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis failed to identify any relevant law that might have been breached, either Australian or US. Liberty Victoria president Spencer Zifcak was “astonished” that a lawyer of presumed competence could have made such remarks. “There is no charge, there is no trial, there is no properly constituted court, and yet the Prime Minister deems it appropriate to say that Mr Assange has committed a criminal offence.”

Within less than a fortnight, the AFP, in concluding its investigation, informed Attorney-General Robert McClelland that “given the documents published to date are classified by the United States, the primary jurisdiction for any further investigation into the matter remains the United States.” After evaluating the material concerned, the federal police had failed to establish “the existence of any criminal offences where Australia would have jurisdiction.”

Source: New Brooms, Old Stories: The Australian Labor Party and Julian Assange – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rotten Rulings: Julian Assange and the UK Supreme Court – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dismay at the decision was expressed by Amnesty International’s Deputy Research Director for Europe, Julia Hall. “The Supreme Court has missed an opportunity to clarify the UK’s acceptance of deeply flawed diplomatic assurances against torture. Such assurances are inherently unreliable and leave people at risk of severe abuse upon extradition or other transfer.” The next stage in this diabolical torment of the WikiLeaks founder involves remitting the case to Westminster Magistrates’ Court, which will only serve a ceremonial role in referring the decision to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel. Only the most starry-eyed optimists will expect extradition to be barred. (Patel is fixated with proposed changes to the UK Official Secrets Act that will expansively criminalise journalists and whistleblowers who publish classified information.) The defence will do their best in submissions to Patel ahead of the decision, but it is likely that they will have to seek judicial review.

Source: Rotten Rulings: Julian Assange and the UK Supreme Court – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fox Hosts Lash Out At CNN For Finally Noticing They’re Not ‘News’ | Crooks and Liars

Fox Hosts Lash Out At CNN For Finally Noticing They're Not 'News'

Unfortunately, there is only one Democratic Party in America that protects or seems to protect Democractic processes. It’s not the Republican Party. There needs to be a redefinition of what “news ” is and a re-examination of the First Amendment Protection given. Julian Assange a publisher and journalist is accused of a crime he didn’t even commit in America and is being extradited without bein afforded any First Amendment Protection. He is recognized by the rest of the world as a member of the press and has won awards in recognition of that. Fox News is in America and is recognized as the very antithesis of news but receives that protection. America isn’t the living example of a Democracy it professes to be.

By Heather — December 19, 2021 As we’ve discussed here many times (and others have as well), the rest of the corporate media needs to stop treating Fox as a legitimate news outlet, and start acknowledging that they’re nothing more than right-wing propaganda dressed up as “news.” The recently revealed January 6th texts between Mark Meadows and many of the anchors on Fox has forced networks such as CNN and others to finally start treating Fox in the manner they deserve, with Don Lemon wondering why they’re even allowed into the White House press room to ask questions: This was met with the reaction you might expect from Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz, who opened his show this Sunday complaining about Lemon. Kurtz pointed to Fox’s defense of Jim Acosta (who had his press badge revoked after Trump lost it during one of his insane briefings, because he didn’t like a question Acosta asked him) as justification that Fox is somehow worthy of the same professional courtesy from CNN now. Kurtz followed up by bringing on Special Report host Bret Baier to join him in complaining about Lemon. Baier also helped play cleanup on aisle five over the mess the network finds themselves in now that

Source: Fox Hosts Lash Out At CNN For Finally Noticing They’re Not ‘News’ | Crooks and Liars

JOHN PILGER: U.S. wins extradition appeal against Julian Assange

This brings me to the quotation at the top of this article: ‘Let us look at ourselves, if we can bear to, and see what is becoming of us.’ Jean-Paul Sartre wrote this in his preface to Frantz Fanon’s ‘The Wretched of the Earth’, the classic study of how colonised and seduced and coerced and, yes, craven peoples do the bidding of the powerful. Who among us is prepared to stand up rather than remain mere bystanders to an epic travesty such as the judicial kidnapping of Julian Assange? What is at stake is both a courageous man’s life and, if we remain silent, the conquest of our intellects and sense of right and wrong: indeed our very humanity.

Source: JOHN PILGER: U.S. wins extradition appeal against Julian Assange

The US Considered Kidnapping and Even Assassinating Julian Assange

As the US government fights to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a bombshell new report has revealed just how far the CIA contemplated going in its war on the Australian journalist. It weighed not just kidnapping but assassinating Assange.

Source: The US Considered Kidnapping and Even Assassinating Julian Assange

Old Dog Thought- Was the Morrison LNP party to the CIA’s planned assassination of Julian Assange? No then Morrison’s a total mug. If yes he’s not our PM. Either way the LNP must go!

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Fighting Fake News with REAL 27/9/21 Julian Assange marked for Assassination by our No1 Ally; Corporate Social Responsibility is Bullshit Independants Rising; Humour;

World’s Most Powerful Imprison Julian Assange for His Virtues — Not His Vices | The Smirking Chimp

The criminal ruling class has all of us locked in its death grip. It cannot be reformed. It has abolished the rule of law. It obscures and falsifies the truth. It seeks the consolidation of its obscene wealth and power. And so, to quote the Queen of Hearts, metaphorically of course, I say, “Off with their heads.”

Source: World’s Most Powerful Imprison Julian Assange for His Virtues — Not His Vices | The Smirking Chimp

Two Dozen Senators Tell Biden It Is ‘Past Time’ to Finally Close Guantánamo | Common Dreams News

Demonstrators dressed in Guantánamo Bay prisoner uniforms march past Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 9, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

“After years of indefinite detention without charge or trial; a history of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; and multiple attempts at a thoroughly failed and discredited military commission process, it is past time to close Guantánamo’s detention facility and end indefinite detention.”
—24 senators

Source: Two Dozen Senators Tell Biden It Is ‘Past Time’ to Finally Close Guantánamo | Common Dreams News

Sovereignty eroded: Wiki cables show both Labor and Coalition culpable in Assange persecution – Michael West

Wikileaks all the way with USA

The Australian government’s treatment of Julian Assange has revealed more than a library of leaked documents ever could about how power is exercised in the relationship with the United States, writes Andrew Fowler.

Sovereignty eroded: Wiki cables show both Labor and Coalition culpable in Assange persecution – Michael West

Media dead silent as Wikileaks insider explodes the myths around Julian Assange – Michael West

Media dead silent as Wikileaks insider explodes the myths around Julian Assange

Bring Julian Assange home

It’s time to bring Julian Assange home. Torturing and punishing him has never been legitimate and serves absolutely no purpose.

It’s time to recognise that anonymous leaking is here to stay and promote the world changing benefits that this system of mass education will deliver.

How can I be sure anonymous leaking is here to stay? Like Gutenberg’s printing press, WikiLeaks is not a one-off unit, it is a model for how to approach and overcome an issue. Many printing presses were built after Gutenberg revealed the concept and they were soon powered, automated and churning out printed material in huge volumes.

The same has happened with Julian Assange’s concept of a mechanism and technologies that can support anonymous leaking. A group called The Freedom of The Press Foundation, founded among others by Daniel Ellsberg, the man famous for leaking the Pentagon Papers that exposed the lies about the War in Vietnam, created a freely available WikiLeaks-like system called SecureDrop that is now in use by many news organisations.

And a number of these SecureDrop implementations are multi-national and so shield the recipient from AFP-style raids as they exist out there … somewhere … out of AFP and Australian authority reach … out of the reach of any other nation attempting to clamp down on anonymous leaking.

The WikiLeaks style anonymous leaking genie is out of the bottle and is not going back in.

via Media dead silent as Wikileaks insider explodes the myths around Julian Assange – Michael West

Old Dog Thoughts- Threats and posturing to prove just how generous Racists really are. Julian Assange a real victim.

The fight against Fake News with Real, 29/7/19; I’m a proud white man and saint shot with the slings and arrows of Black Racists; Assange Vs the USA;

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/

Special Investigation- The psychology about getting Julian Assange.

Old Dog Thoughts- US lets loose the Dogs of Law after 6 years but keeps them chained for Tax evaders after the Paradise Papers

Andrew Bolt’s Blog, 12/4/19; Letting loose the Dogs of Law to hound one man; The Daily Telegraph’s eagerness to turn a profit deservedly landed it in court; What the Islamophobic promoters don’t want you to understand;

Snowden Speaks Out for Assange: ‘If You Would Deny a Thing to Your Enemy, It Is Not a Right’

Following confirmation that the U.S. Department of Justice does have a sealed complaint against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange—seemingly based on his work exposing the classified secrets of high-level U.S. government institutions and officials—NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Friday afternoon spoke out against any arrest or prosecution of the journalist, saying that one “cannot support the prosecution of a publisher for publishing without narrowing the basic rights every newspaper relies on.” Snowden’s comments echoed those of other defenders of press freedoms, but carries special weight as someone, like Assange, who has sacrificed his freedom in the name of exposing the secrets of the world’s powerful.

Source: Snowden Speaks Out for Assange: ‘If You Would Deny a Thing to Your Enemy, It Is Not a Right’

Julian Assange and Wikileaks’ service to journalism should be applauded

12 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, WikiLeaks began publishing government secrets that the world public might otherwise never have known.

What it has revealed about state duplicity, human rights abuses and corruption goes beyond anything published in the world’s mainstream media.

via Julian Assange and Wikileaks’ service to journalism should be applauded

Former MI6 spy v WikiLeaks editor: Who really deserves 1st Amendment protection? — RT Op-ed

Protest in support of Assange in London, UK - 31 Jul 2018 © Brais G. Rouco/Global Look Press

If ‘Dirty Dossier’ author Christopher Steele deserves protection under the 1st Amendment but WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange doesn’t, then the concept of a free press is merely a distant memory.

via Former MI6 spy v WikiLeaks editor: Who really deserves 1st Amendment protection? — RT Op-ed

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

There are growing signs that the Ecuadorean government of Lenín Moreno is preparing to evict Assange and turn him over to British police. Moreno and his foreign minister, José Valencia, have confirmed they are in negotiations with the British government to “resolve” the fate of Assange. Moreno, who will visit Britain in a few weeks, calls Assange an “inherited problem” and “a stone in the shoe” and has referred to him as a “hacker.” It appears that under a Moreno government Assange is no longer welcome in Ecuador. His only hope now is safe passage to his native Australia or another country willing to give him asylum.

via The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

The long siege of Julian Assange

GREAT IDEAS in publishing are rare, but in 2006 Julian Assange came up with one.

Assange reasoned that the key structure that generated bad governance was conspiracy. To fight the conspiracies behind corrupt governments, he advocated a strategy to expose the conspirators and the conspiracies through a systematic use of leaks.

His subversive proposal was to build a website for whistleblowers where they could upload their information in safety and from where it could be collectively analysed by citizen journalists. The name he gave his whistleblower-enabling website was WikiLeaks.

via The long siege of Julian Assange

Isn’t it time Australia brought Julian Assange home?

What does all this mean? Over two years have passed without any further comment about the WGAD’s findings by the Turnbull Government. Now the Government is paying lip service to the existence and role of the WGAD – as it must as a conscientious member of the United Nations – but refusing publicly to accept or even acknowledge its findings in relation to Mr Assange’s detention, let alone in any way trying to address them.

Given our Government’s demonstrated capacity, when it puts its mind to it, to effect the early release of Australian citizens from curial processes and prisons in other countries – and given that the foundational proceedings against Assange by Sweden have now evaporated – it surely has an obligation to act on the findings of the WGAD and negotiate the safe repatriation of Mr Assange from England back to Australia.

via Isn’t it time Australia brought Julian Assange home?

The isolation of Julian Assange must stop

We call on the Government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now.

via The isolation of Julian Assange must stop

WikiLeaks: US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Planned to Overthrow Syrian Govt. in 2006 AnonHQ

(MINTPRESS) Speaking from Ecuador’s embassy in London, Julian Assange revealed that the United States planned to overthrow the Syrian government as far back as 2006, several years before the start of the current crisis. The founder of WikiLeaks took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador …

Source: WikiLeaks: US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Planned to Overthrow Syrian Govt. in 2006 AnonHQ

Who Is persecuting Julian Assange?

Britain Challenges Julian Assange’s Asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy as Sweden Vows to

Britain has announced plans to challenge Ecuador’s decision to provide asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy, saying the $18 million price tag for policing the Ecuadorean Embassy during Assange’s residency is “unacceptable” to the British taxpayer. In response, Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry released a statement saying it is saddened Assange’s confinement has lasted so long, adding that its government had offered “31 times” to facilitate an “open judicial process” in Sweden. This comes just a day after Swedish prosecutors dropped part of their sexual assault inquiry against Assange, but the most serious part of the probe remains in place even though he has never been formally charged. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for three years, where he’s received political asylum. He fears he will be extradited to the United States to face prosecution for his role at WikiLeaks if he leaves the embassy. We are joined by Carey Shenkman, a First Amendment and human rights lawyer. He, along with Michael Ratner and the Center for Constitutional Rights, is representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

VIDEO: Julian Assange on NSA, TPP, British Nukes, Libyan Refugees and His Struggle for Freedom

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/27/julian_assange_despite_congressional_standoff_nsa

In an hourlong discussion on “Democracy Now!” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that the NSA can continue to spy on Americans in spite of legislation coming out of Congress and that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is about corporate control.

Assange also discusses the security lapses revealed by a British nuclear submariner, Europe’s secret plan for refugee boats from Libya and the U.S. case against him.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/27/julian_assange_on_the_trans_pacific

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/27/julian_assange_british_nuclear_sub_whistleblower

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/27/wikileaks_julian_assange_on_europes_secret

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/27/as_julian_assange_faces_swedish_legal