Archive for the ‘Wikileaks’ Category

Persecuting Assange Is A Blow To Reporting And Human Rights Advocacy

Above photo: Chip Gibbons. CounterSpin interview with Chip Gibbons on Assange extradition. Janine Jackson interviewed Defending Rights & Dissent’s Chip Gibbons about Julian Assange’s extradition hearing for the October 9, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: If it were not for a tiny handful of journalists—ShadowProof’s Kevin Gosztola preeminent among them—Americans might be utterly […]

Ten Reasons Why The Assange Trial Threatens Freedom Of Speech

Above photo: Julian Assange (back) listened in the dock as James Lewis (front, centre) opened the hearing with the US position. The Ecuadorian diplomat who gave Julian Assange political asylum reports from the extradition hearing against the WikiLeaks journalist, and explains why it is “the most important case against the freedom of expression in an […]

The Belmarsh Tribunal

The Belmarsh Tribunal Above photo: An activist demanding freedom for Julian Assange in front of the US Embassy in Rome, Italy, September 7 2020. Pacific Press/SIPA USA/PA Images. On November 13, 1966 – at the height of the resistance war in Vietnam – Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre convened a people’s tribunal to hold the […]

On Contact: Assange Extradition Hearing

[embedded content] Chris Hedges discusses with former British ambassador Craig Murray the hearing that just adjourned in London to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Murray’s exhaustive reporting, which can be found at craigmurray.org.uk, has become one of the few sources of reliable information about the hearing, which has become notoriously difficult to […]

Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing: The Only Just Outcome Is His Freedom

Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing: The Only Just Outcome Is His Freedom The testimony portion of the extradition hearing of Julian Assange, taking place in the United Kingdom, concluded after four weeks. Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who presided over the hearing, will not announce her decision until January. Until then, Assange will remain in detention in Belmarsh […]

Report: Bad Day For Julian Assange

Above photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein. Today was the worst day for the defence since the start of the trial, as their expert witnesses failed to cope with the sheer aggression of cross-examination by the US Government and found themselves backing away from maintaining propositions they knew to be true. It was uncomfortable viewing. It was not […]

Report: Julian Assange Hearing

Report: Julian Assange Hearing Above photo: Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei stands with protestors outside Old Bailey. Kirsty Wigglesworth. It is hard to believe, but Judge Baraitser on Friday ruled that there will be no closing speeches in the Assange extradition hearing. She accepted the proposal initially put forward by counsel for the […]

Report, Thursday, September 24: Julian Assange

Above photo: Elizabeth Cook/AP. During the hearing of medical evidence the last three days, the British government has been caught twice directly telling important lies about events in Belmarsh prison, each lie proven by documentary evidence. The common factor has been the medical records kept by Dr Daly, head of the jail’s medical services. There […]

The (flawed) case against Julian Assange

Starting on September 7th, the extradition proceedings for Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange continued in London’s Old Bailey court. The hearings, the first part of which ended in February and were set to resume in May, were delayed for four months due to the ongoing health crisis. This left the publisher to languish in the notorious […]

Report, Wednesday, September 23: Julian Assange

On Wednesday the trap sprang shut, as Judge Baraitser insisted the witnesses must finish next week, and that no time would be permitted for preparation of closing arguments, which must be heard the immediate following Monday. This brought the closest the defence have come to a protest, with the defence pointing out they have still […]

‘We Demand The Immediate Release Of Julian Assange’

‘We Demand The Immediate Release Of Julian Assange’ Above image: Max Gede. PI Council Members support the freedom of Julian Assange against the unlawful and dangerous extradition trial against him currently taking place in London. “Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence […]

The US Is Using The Guardian To Justify Jailing Assange For Life

Why is the paper so silent? Julian Assange is not on trial simply for his liberty and his life. He is fighting for the right of every journalist to do hard-hitting investigative journalism without fear of arrest and extradition to the United States. Assange faces 175 years in a US super-max prison on the basis […]

Report, Tuesday, September 22: Julian Assange Hearing

Above photo:  Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images. When Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, the US Government burgled the office of his psychiatrist to look for medical evidence to discredit him. Julian Assange has been obliged to submit himself, while in a mentally and physically weakened state and in conditions of the harshest incarceration, to examination by psychiatrists appointed by […]

Call For Assange’s Immediate Release

Thirteen Former Presidents Urge United Kingdom Government to Immediately Free Julian Assange. Heads of state, prime ministers, parliamentarians, members of Congress, ministers and other politicians demand Assange be set free. Check here for the latest update to this list.  As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, […]

September 18: Julian Assange Hearing Report

Above photo: Nicky Hager: Assange’s Redactions Protected Informants New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager took to stand to testify about using WikiLeaks documents in his work. Hager published Other People’s Wars, New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror, and said that WikiLeaks-released military and diplomatic files “greatly increased my understanding of the conduct of […]

Day 12: Julian Assange Hearing

Above photo: Matt Dunham. A less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government’s insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly underlay the entire line of questioning in the afternoon session. The […]

Kafka On Acid: The Trial Of Julian Assange

Julian Assange needs to wake before dawn to get from Belmarsh Prison to the Old Bailey courthouse, where his extradition hearing resumed on 7 September, for four weeks. He gets dressed for court only to be strip-searched before being placed in a ventilated coffin Serco van for a 90-minute trip across London in peak-hour traffic. […]

News Media Who Ignore The Assange Trial Are Admitting They Don’t Care About Journalism

Above photo: Garry Knight. The Sydney Morning Herald just published an article titled “Julian Assange interrupts extradition hearing again” about the WikiLeaks founder’s correct interjection that he never put anyone’s lives in danger with the publication of the Manning leaks a decade ago. It’s actually a rather shocking smear piece for the SMH, who has been one of […]

Assange Court Report September 16: Afternoon

Celebrated whistleblower defends Assange in court. A famous Vietnam era whistleblower, 89-year-old Daniel Ellsberg, has told a court that he feels “a great identification,” with both Julian Assange and his source Chelsea Manning, who, he said, “were willing to suffer the risk of imprisonment or even death to get information to the American public.” Ellsberg, […]

Good Ellsberg, Bad Assange

Good Ellsberg, Bad Assange Above photo: Daniel Ellsberg. By Christopher Michel. At Extradition Trial, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Dismantles False Narrative. Ellsberg also said “Julian Assange could not get a remotely fair trial” in the United States. *To support Kevin Gosztola’s reporting on Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, become a paid subscriber of The Dissenter or go to shadowproof.com/donate. […]

Assange Hearing Day Four

Assange Hearing Day Four Above photo: Protesters gathered outside the London court where Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, appeared in a hearing on extradition to the United States. The case was delayed in February because of the pandemic. Tolga Akmen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. Hearing Adjourned to Monday While Lawyer Who Was in Court […]

US Demands Hinder Spanish Probe Into Security Firm That Spied On Assange

Above photo: A pro-Assange demonstrator protests outside the Old Bailey court in central London on September 8. Tolga Akmen / AFP. American prosecutors want to know the judge’s sources before cooperating in an investigation into whether UC Global gave intelligence services sensitive material on the cyber-activist. There will be no judicial cooperation forthcoming from the United States […]

Assange Hearing: Dramatic Opening Day

First Witness Testifies After Judge Denies Adjournment to January. The dramatic opening day of Assange’s extradition hearing saw U.S. shift from espionage to its superseding indictment as Vanessa Baraitser rejected a defense bid to excise the evidence and adjourn the case to January. 11:30 am EDT: The dramatic first day of the resumption of Julian Assange’s […]

Heavyweights Weigh In On Assange “Show Trial”

And its threat to journalists. Former NYT Vice Chairman and General Counsel, James C Goodale, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Chris Hedges, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower, Dan Ellsberg to Speak. Zoom Online Event Wednesday, September 9, 1:00 EST. Register here. Washington, DC – An online Zoom call will take place for members of the press this Wednesday, […]

WikiLeaks, Still Revealing Truths About Power

The interpretations of and commentaries in the bibliography vary widely, from unquestionable support for WikiLeaks to outright hatred of Assange. “The section on Julian Assange’s writings and interviews provides readers a chance to systematically study his thought firsthand.” WikiLeaks is among the most important organizations of the twenty-first century. It has profoundly affected the world […]

War On Journalism Resumes On Monday

Above photo: Assange supporters march on Parliament, February 2020. Joe Lauria. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is set to start on Monday, Sept. 7 at the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of London, and could last three or four weeks. Assange has been indicted on 17 charges of espionage and one charge of conspiring with a source to […]

Assange ‘In A Lot Of Pain’ Says Partner After Prison Visit

Above photo: Julian Assange’s partner and children, Stella Moris (centre) and sons, Gabriel (right) and Max (left) leave Belmarsh Prison after visiting her partner and their father, Julian Assange. Aaron Chown/PA. Julian Assange’s partner has visited him in prison for the first time in almost six months, and said he looked much thinner than last […]

Torturing Assange: An Interview With Andrew Fowler

Above photo: Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the dock reading his papers as he appears at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London for his extradition hearing. “I love Wikileaks.”– DJ Trump “Can’t we drone him?”– Hillary Clinton Andrew Fowler is an Australian award-winning investigative journalist and a former reporter […]

Discussion Of Wikileaks Or ‘Hacked Information’ Banned Under New YouTube Rules

Discussion Of Wikileaks Or ‘Hacked Information’ Banned Under New YouTube Rules Above photo: Posters of Edward Snowden, left, and Julian Assange, right. MintPress via Shutterstock. AP. YouTube’s decision to ban discussion of hacked information on its platform is unlikely to improve election integrity in the US, it will, however, continue to tilt the balance in […]

UK Government Refuses To Release Information About Assange Judge Who Has 96% Extradition Record

Above photo: The only known photograph of district judge Vanessa Baraitser — who will rule on Julian Assange’s extradition to the US — in the public domain. Anonymisation by Declassified. From Instagram. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice is blocking the release of basic information about the judge who is to rule on Julian Assange’s extradition […]

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