Archiv: Julian Assange / publishing on US war crimes / political persecution since 2010 / US extradition request / trial in UK 2020


28.10.2020 - 02:29 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

„Irakkriegstagebücher“ nach zehn Jahren: Wahrheit ist Verrat

Der Zweck des Journalismus ist es, Wahrheit – insbesondere unbequeme Wahrheit – aufzudecken und zum Wohle der Gesellschaft zu veröffentlichen. In einer freien Gesellschaft müssen wir über die kriminellen Handlungen informiert werden, die von den Regierungen im Namen des Volkes begangen werden. Im Laufe der Geschichte haben Journalisten immer wieder aufgedeckt, auf welch vielfältige Weise Regierungen lügen, betrügen und stehlen – und welche großen Anstrengungen sie unternehmen, damit das Volk nichts davon erfährt.

Große Journalisten wie Seymour Hersh, der uns über die Tragödie des Massakers von Mai Lai und die Schrecken, die im irakischen Gefängnis von Abu Ghraib stattfanden, berichtete, sind unverzichtbar.

28.10.2020 - 02:20 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

‚Iraq War Diaries‘ At Ten Years: Truth is Treason

The purpose of journalism is to uncover truth – especially uncomfortable truth – and to publish it for the benefit of society. In a free society, we must be informed of the criminal acts carried out by governments in the name of the people. Throughout history, journalists have uncovered the many ways governments lie, cheat, and steal – and the great lengths they will go to keep the people from finding out.

18.10.2020 - 00:34 [ Arena.org.au ]

Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange

(02.10.2020)

Q: Having watched Julian Assange’s trial firsthand, can you describe the prevailing atmosphere in the court?

The prevailing atmosphere has been shocking. I say that without hesitation; I have sat in many courts and seldom known such a corruption of due process; this is due revenge. Putting aside the ritual associated with ‘British justice’, at times it has been evocative of a Stalinist show trial. One difference is that in the show trials, the defendant stood in the court proper. In the Assange trial, the defendant was caged behind thick glass, and had to crawl on his knees to a slit in the glass, overseen by his guard, to make contact with his lawyers. His message, whispered barely audibly through face masks, was then passed by post-it the length of the court to where his barristers were arguing the case against his extradition to an American hellhole.

Consider this daily routine of Julian Assange, an Australian on trial for truth-telling journalism…

18.10.2020 - 00:01 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Prozess gegen Julian Assange: Der Racheakt

Die Stimmung war erschütternd. Das sage ich, ohne zu zögern; ich habe bereits in vielen Gerichtssälen gesessen und selten so ein unfaires Verfahren erlebt; das hier ist schlicht ein Racheakt. Wenn man einmal von den Ritualen absieht, welche mit der „britischen Justiz“ verbunden sind, hat es einen bisweilen an einen stalinistischen Schauprozess erinnert.

Ein Unterschied dazu war, dass der Angeklagte in den Schauprozessen im Gerichtssaal stand. Im Assange-Prozess war er hinter dickes Glas gesperrt und musste, unter Aufsicht seines Wächters, auf Knien zu einem Schlitz im Glaskasten krabbeln, um Kontakt zu seinen Anwälten aufzunehmen. Seine Nachricht, die er kaum hörbar durch eine Maske flüsterte, wurde dann mittels kleiner Post-it-Zettelchen quer durch den ganzen Gerichtssaal getragen, dorthin, wo seine Anwälte ihn gegen die Auslieferung in ein amerikanisches Drecksloch verteidigten.

Führen Sie sich einmal folgende tägliche Routine von Julian Assange vor Auge …

06.10.2020 - 02:31 [ Craig Murray / Global Research ]

How a Police State Starts

I returned to my hotel about 11pm, did my ablutions and went to bed. Just after midnight I was awoken by an insistent and extremely loud pounding at the door of my room.

02.10.2020 - 00:27 [ Antiwar.com ]

UK Judge to Give Decision on Assange Extradition Early Next Year

The letter said all of the crimes Assange is accused of are standard journalistic practices, and if he is extradited, it would gravely endanger press freedom. The letter was endorsed by hundreds of politicians, parliament members, and heads of state from around the world.

30.09.2020 - 16:32 [ Progressive International / eventbrite.co.uk ]

The Belmarsh Tribunal

Confirmed speakers:

Roger Waters, rock musician, co-founder of Pink Floyd

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil

Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, MeRA25

Rafael Correa, former president of Ecuador

M.I.A., musician and activist

Slavoj Žižek, philosopher

Pamela Anderson, actress and activist

Srećko Horvat, philosopher, co-founder of DiEM25

Alicia Castro, trade unionist and Argentine diplomat

John McDonnell, former Shadow Chancellor, Labour Party

Jennifer Robinson, human rights lawyer

Tariq Ali, public intellectual and member of Russell Tribunal

Angela Richter, artist and activist

30.09.2020 - 16:30 [ Yanis Varoufakis / Twitter ]

First they came for Assange. Then for all journalists that dare expose them. Then for each and every one of us that dare resit them. Join us in opposition to Julian’s extradition! This Friday. At 15.00 CET

30.09.2020 - 14:17 [ the Grayzone ]

Exclusive: Spanish judge seeks Sheldon Adelson security chief in Assange spying case

The judge’s interest in Nagel indicates that the Spanish investigation is now probing the suspected role of US intelligence as the guiding hand behind UC Global’s criminal spying operation.

Before he was hired as Adelson’s director of global security, Nagel serving as the top cyber-crime investigator for the US Secret Service – a role which earned him a medal of commendation from the CIA. Together with Lahav, he was likely to have played a central role in coordinating between Sands, UC Global, and US intelligence.

30.09.2020 - 14:08 [ El Pais ]

Three protected witnesses accuse Spanish ex-marine of spying on Julian Assange

(21.09.2020)

Morales traveled to the US once or twice a month allegedly to hand over the material to “the Americans.” A microphone was installed on the PVC plastic base of a fire extinguisher near the meeting room where Assange met with his lawyers. The cyberactivist had placed a device that created white noise in this room, and activated it when he thought he was being spied on. He placed another device in the women’s bathroom, where he sometimes met with his lawyers.

UC Global S. L. was hired by Ecuador’s Senain secret service to provide security services to the embassy when Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa was in power. But according to the three witnesses, Morales ordered the Australian to be spied on and created remote-operated computer servers that collected the illegally obtained information, which could be accessed from the United States.

30.09.2020 - 14:07 [ Kevin Gosztola / Twitter ]

Witness #1 and Witness #2 are afraid UC Global director David Morales could retaliate against them as result of giving information. They requested protected status on the basis that their families and themselves were at risk. #AssangeTrial

30.09.2020 - 13:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Assange case: former security firm staff allowed to give anonymous evidence

Anonymity was granted to two former employees of UC Global after a hearing at the Old Bailey in London was told they feared that its director and owner, David Morales, or others connected to him in the US, could seek to harm them.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser said she would permit their identities to remain anonymous out of respect for a Spanish court that had done the same as part of a case in which they are involved.

30.09.2020 - 13:48 [ Craig Murray ]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 20

The day concluded with a foretaste of excitement to come, as Judge Baraitser agreed to grant witness anonymity to the two UC Global whistleblowers who are to give evidence on UC Global’s spying on Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy. In making application, Summers gave notice that among the topics to be discussed was the instruction from UC Global’s American clients to consider poisoning or kidnapping Assange. The hidden firearm with filed-off serial numbers discovered in the home of UC Global’s chief executive David Morales, and his relationship to the Head of Security at the Las Vegas Sands complex, were also briefly mooted.

30.09.2020 - 13:14 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

Watch: Information about ADX Florence – the highest security prison in the world – where Juian Assange is expected to be held if extradited is not widely available. This short program from 2019 gives some detail of the conditions #Assange could expect

30.09.2020 - 13:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Julian Assange could face being locked up in a cell built for 9/11 terrorists and would need to be at death’s door to escape the ’supermax‘ jail regime, court hears

Assange is fighting extradition on charges relating to leaks of classified documents allegedly exposing US war crimes and abuse.

The Old Bailey has heard evidence of the 49-year-old’s mental state following years in the Ecuador embassy and 16 months in custody at Belmarsh high security jail.

Today the court heard that, if he loses his extradition battle, Assange could be held at Alexandria Detention Centre in Virginia under special administrative measures (Sams).

28.09.2020 - 17:45 [ Stella Moris / Crowdjustice.com ]

Join my fight to free Julian Assange and stop US extradition

We all recognise the responsibility placed upon us, and what is at stake, and express our gratitude to anyone who feels able to contribute. Even small amounts, which might not feel like they make a difference, will collectively be of huge benefit – and will be gratefully received.

Please do share the link on this page with anyone who may think they might want to help.

Thank you for your support,

Stella Moris

28.09.2020 - 17:25 [ theAustralian.com.au ]

My secret family with Julian Assange

Fiancee of WikiLeaks founder reveals how their unlikely romance started inside the Ecuadorian embassy — and how they hid it for years.

25.09.2020 - 23:59 [ CounterPunch ]

The Extradition Trial of Julian Assange: an Interview With John Pilger

I spoke with John Pilger in London on September 12, in response to the case of investigative reporter and Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, a close friend of Pilger’s, who was back in a British court last week. Assange is currently fighting extradition to the US, where he is facing a 175 year jail sentence for alleged espionage.

25.09.2020 - 17:23 [ Max Blumenthal / Information Clearing House ]

Mainstream US reporters silent about being spied on by apparent CIA contractor that targeted Assange

The Grayzone has learned that several correspondents from a major US newspaper rebuffed appeals by Wikileaks to report on the illegal spying campaign by UC Global, privately justifying the contractor’s actions on national security grounds.

25.09.2020 - 12:50 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Politische Schwergewichte in Lateinamerika fordern die Freiheit von Julian Assange

Sie würde die Schleusen zur politischen Strafverfolgung und zur Kriminalisierung des investigativen Journalismus als Spionage öffnen und eine globale Gerichtsbarkeit der USA und das Recht der Staaten auf absolute Geheimhaltung von Kriegsverbrechen, staatlicher Folter und Korruption geltend machen.

24.09.2020 - 19:25 [ Jacob Appelbaum / Heise.de ]

Die Anklageschrift erweckt den Eindruck, dass sich investigativer Journalismus nicht von krimineller Spionage unterscheidet

Diese Anklage ist nichts als ein Lawfare und Teil einer umfassenderen Strategie politischer Angriffe auf WikiLeaks, auf Personen im Umfeld von WikiLeaks und auf den investigativen Journalismus als Ganzes. Die in der Anklageschrift dargelegten Behauptungen sind für die direkt und indirekt Genannten sowie für alle Journalisten weltweit mit Blick auf wesentliche Funktionen der Berichterstattung äußerst gefährlich. Immerhin werden die in der Anklageschrift namentlich genannten und nicht namentlich genannten Personen politischer Verbrechen bezichtigt. Die Anklageschrift erweckt den Eindruck, dass sich effektiver und investigativer Journalismus im öffentlichen Interesse nicht von krimineller Spionage unterscheidet, die von Nationalstaaten für ihre Interessen betrieben wird.

23.09.2020 - 18:11 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Part 2 of Lula’s video on why the attempted extradition and prosecution of Assange is so dangerous, and why the relative silence of western media outlets — including those that partnered with WikiLeaks to publish these documents — is so shameful:

23.09.2020 - 18:02 [ Nils Melzer / Twitter ]

Having investigated this case in my capacity as the #UN #SRTorture, I am absolutely convinced that, if extradited to the USA, #Assange will be exposed to an unfair trial & conditions of detention amounting to #Torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

23.09.2020 - 17:38 [ Joe Lauria / Consortium News ]

LIVE UPDATES: ASSANGE HEARING DAY TWELVE—Lewis Challenges Diagnosis of Assange’s Autism

Court is in session. Today’s defense witnesses are to be Dr. Quinton Deeley, an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the National Autism Unit, Adult ADHD Service, and Behavioural Genetics and Autism Assessment Clinic & Paul Mullen, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Monash University, Melbourne.

23.09.2020 - 17:27 [ Craig Murray / Consortium News ]

ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing—Day 11

The only possible conclusion from yesterday’s testimony is that the performance of the representative of the United States Government was, in and of itself, full and sufficient evidence that there is no possibility that Julian Assange will receive fair consideration and treatment of his mental health issues within the United States system. The US government has just demonstrated that to us, in open court, to perfection.

23.09.2020 - 12:33 [ antikriegTV / Youtube ]

Wurde Chavez von der NSA ermordet? Internetaktivist Appelbaum @ CCC – Chaos Communication Congress

(31.12.2013)

Was wenn ich euch sagen würde, dass die NSA über eine spezielle Technologie verfügt, Energie in euch hineinzubeamen und in die Computersysteme um euch herum?
Würdet ihr mir glauben, oder wären das Verschwörungstheorien eines Verrückten?

Als ich Julian Assange davon berichtet habe, sagte er:
Ich wette, dass die Leute um Hugo Chavez sich jetzt fragen, was sein Krebserkrankung ausgelöst hat.

Ich antwortete, dass ich daran noch gar nicht gedacht hab.
Aber ich habe bisher noch keine Daten darüber gefunden,
inwiefern diese Technologie sich negativ auf die Gesundheit der Menschen auswirkt.

Hat die NSA irgendwelche Tests durchgeführt um zu beweisen,
dass es sicher ist, Menschen auf eine kurze Distanz mit 1 Kilowatt starker RF-Energie zu bestrahlen.

Dies ist ein Dauer-Radarwellen-Generator. Man kann es lokalisieren, weil es 1-2 Gigahertz erzeugt.

Das ist der ganze Zyklus. Zuerst bestrahlen sie jemanden mit Radarwellen, dann stirbt man an Krebs, dann hat man gewonnen.

kommt zur Pressekonferenz in 30 Minuten.

Man kann alles fragen.
Grundsätzlich stehe ich zur Verfügung bis man mich umbringt.

23.09.2020 - 12:14 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Kopelman said Assange’s auditory hallucinations tell him things like “you’re worthless”, “you’re nothing”, “you’re dust”, “you’re dead”, and to kill himself.

The prosecution argued these were self-reported. Kopelman pointed out hallucinations are always self-reported. 13/

23.09.2020 - 11:55 [ Heise.de ]

Psychiater: Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange ist suizidgefährdet

Nach Aussagen eines Psychiaters ist der im Gefängnis sitzende Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange akut suizidgefährdet. Es gebe ein „hohes Risiko“, dass der 49-Jährige sich das Leben nehmen wolle, berichtete der Psychiater Michael Kopelman am Dienstag vor dem Londoner Old Bailey-Gericht, nachdem er Assange etwa 20 Mal in seiner Untersuchungshaft besucht hatte. Der bereits seit mehr als einem Jahr im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Belmarsh eingesperrte Assange leide seit längerer Zeit an Halluzinationen und höre etwa Stimmen, die sagten „Wir kommen, um dich zu holen“.

23.09.2020 - 11:55 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Prosecutor James Lewis also attempted to discredit UN Special Rapporteur on Torture @NilsMelzer , dismissing his report after visiting Assange at Belmarsh prison as “palpable nonsense”. Melzer’s report detailed the effects of psychological torture on Assange. 19/

21.09.2020 - 19:59 [ Lawyers for Assange / Global Research ]

Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland QC, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel

Dear Prime Minister,

Dear Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice,

Dear Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs,

Dear Home Secretary,

We write to you as legal practitioners and legal academics to express our collective concerns about the violations of Mr. Julian Assange’s fundamental human, civil and political rights and the precedent his persecution is setting.

We call on you to act in accordance with national and international law, human rights and the rule of law by bringing an end to the ongoing extradition proceedings and granting Mr. Assange his long overdue freedom – freedom from torture, arbitrary detention and deprivation of liberty, and political persecution.

21.09.2020 - 19:47 [ Craig Murray / Global Research ]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13

The first witness of the day was Nicky Hager, the veteran New Zealand investigative journalist. Hager’s co-authored book “Hit and Run” detailed a disastrous New Zealand SAS raid in Afghanistan, “Operation Burnham”, that achieved nothing but the deaths of civilians, including a child. Hager was the object of much calumny and insult, and even of police raids on his home, but in July an official government report found that all the major facts of his book were correct, and the New Zealand military had run dangerously out of control:

19.09.2020 - 10:48 [ Global Research ]

Good Ellsberg, Bad Assange: At Extradition Trial, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Dismantles False Narrative

16.9.2020 Opponents of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange often hold up Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as an example of someone who was responsible for a good leak. They insist WikiLeaks is not like the Pentagon Papers because supposedly Assange was reckless with sensitive documents.

17.09.2020 - 19:57 [ Craig Murray / Global Research ]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 10

I shall now continue my exposition of the questioning of Eric Lewis. I shall not set out as much of this in full detail as dialogue as I did yesterday, but will do so at key points in the summary.

14.09.2020 - 16:11 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It’s inspiring to see the left & others around the world sound the alarm about how dangerous is the extradition and prosecution of Assange. The only ones supportive are Deep State operatives in the US angry he exposed their crimes & US liberals who want their opponents jailed:

14.09.2020 - 00:07 [ Consortium News ]

WATCH: On the Journalism of Julian Assange With John Pilger, Craig Murray, Andrew Fowler and Serena Tinari

Reporting after the first week of Julian Assange’s reconvened extradition trial, veteran journalists John Pilger, Andrew Fowler and Serena Tinari, and former UK ambassador and writer Craig Murray join #FreeTheTruth as we turn the spotlight onto the journalism of Julian Assange.

08.09.2020 - 20:20 [ Consortium News ]

LIVE UPDATES ASSANGE HEARING DAY TWO: US Tries to Narrow its Espionage Charge to Only Naming Informants; Defense Quotes Indictment to Prove Otherwise

Julian Assange was also warned by Judge Baraitser that he would be removed if he makes another outburst. U.S. crimes abroad on display.

08.09.2020 - 02:09 [ John Pilger / Global Research ]

The “Stalinist” Trial of Julian Assange

Having reported the long, epic ordeal of Julian Assange, John Pilger gave this address outside the Central Criminal Court in London on September 7 as the WikiLeaks Editor’s extradition hearing entered its final stage.

07.09.2020 - 11:05 [ ORF.at ]

Assange-Prozess: Anhörung zu Auslieferungsantrag

Assange war 2012 aus Angst vor einer Auslieferung an die USA in die ecuadorianische Botschaft in London geflüchtet. Damals lag gegen ihn ein europäischer Haftbefehl wegen Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen in Schweden vor. Die Ermittlungen wurden eingestellt. Die britische Polizei verhaftete Assange im April 2019, da er mit der Flucht in die Botschaft gegen Kautionsauflagen verstoßen hatte. Er wurde zu einem knappen Jahr Haft verurteilt.

07.09.2020 - 10:53 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚Julian will be put on a show trial – then they’ll bury him‘: Mother of Assange’s two children tearfully warns of the WikiLeaks founder’s fate as the US begins its Old Bailey extradition bid

The Mail on Sunday revealed in April that Ms Morris, 37, is the mother of two children fathered by Assange while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. She believes he will face a show trial in the US if he is extradited.

‘It is heartbreaking to think that if Julian is extradited and put in a US supermax prison, the boys will never get to know their father and he will never see them grow up,’ she said. ‘It’s not Julian in the prison. It’s the kids that are being deprived of their father. It’s me that’s being deprived.’

07.09.2020 - 10:42 [ the Times ]

Julian Assange’s fiancée, Stella Moris, on their secret family

The WikiLeaks founder secretly fathered two children while holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy. Now he is in prison fighting extradition to the US and the hearing that will decide his fate resumes on Monday. His fiancée tells Kirsty Lang their extraordinary love story

07.09.2020 - 10:35 [ Amnesty International ]

UK: Assange extradition hearing will be a key test for UK and US justice

The fact that Assange was the target of a negative public campaign by US officials at the highest levels undermines his right to be presumed innocent and puts him at risk of an unfair trial.

“The UK must abide by its obligations under international human rights law, which forbid the transfer of individuals to another country where they would face serious human rights violations,” said Nils Muižnieks.

06.09.2020 - 21:19 [ Reporters without Borders - RSF.org ]

#FreeAssange : Sign against Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States !

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is firmly opposed to the possible extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, where he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for charges that include publishing and providing journalists with information that served the public interest.

UPDATE: The US extradition hearing against Julian Assange will resume on 7 September at the Central Criminal Court in London. We will be delivering this petition to the UK authorities that morning. Help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by signing

06.09.2020 - 21:16 [ Christine Assange / Twitter ]

URGENT! #SaveJulian Will you/your family/friends please help save my sons life? PETITION to UK Govt to STOP US EXTRADITION of journalist #JulianAssange

Written by journalists
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We need 100,000 signatures by SEPT 7th!

05.09.2020 - 02:34 [ Nozomi Hayase / Common Dreams ]

Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Resumes Monday; Public Needs to Step up to Fight this War on Journalism

Journalists have been left on hold so they could not listen to the teleconference at all, and even when they gained access the proceedings have often been inaudible. At one point, even the lawyers were shut out of the teleconference system. Assange himself has complained of not being able to hear all of the proceedings. Even worse, on several occasions, the prison simply ‘forgot’ to deliver him to the video call room in time for scheduled hearings.

04.09.2020 - 17:56 [ Emergeheart.info ]

The War on Journalism: The Case of Julian Assange

Journalists are under attack globally for doing their jobs. Julian Assange is facing a 175 year sentence for publishing if extradited to the United States.

03.09.2020 - 18:50 [ Antiwar.com ]

For Years, Journalists Cheered Assange’s Abuse. Now They’ve Paved His Path to a US Gulag

Court hearings in Britain over the US administration’s extradition case against Julian Assange begin in earnest next week. The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms.

01.09.2020 - 19:14 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

Always contrast Julian #Assange with Tony Blair. One will be fighting for his life in court on 7 Sept for the „crime“ of exposing war crimes while the other evades justice for the paramount crime of Iraq. Read this shocking piece:

31. Aug. 2020

20.08.2020 - 19:22 [ Belfast Telegraph ]

Julian Assange’s partner launches crowdfund campaign to fight extradition to US

The WikiLeaks founder has been held at Belmarsh Prison in London for the past 16 months, ahead of his extradition hearing in September.

25.07.2020 - 15:48 [ Consortium News ]

CIA ‘Obsessed’ With Former UK Envoy Who Will Testify in Spying-on-Assange Case

The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange says he was the “top target” of the 24/7 surveillance of Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London by the Spanish security company UC Global, which, according to press reports and court documents, shared the surveillance with the CIA.

Craig Murray said he has been contacted by an attorney in the spying case on Assange and that he will be going to Madrid to testify. The founder of UC Global, David Morales, was arrested over the surveillance (including privileged Assange-lawyer conversations) and is on trial.

Murray told former CIA analyst Ray McGovern in an email, shared with Consortium News with Murray’s permission, that the CIA was “obsessed” with him.

30.06.2020 - 23:17 [ International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) / Global Research ]

IADL Calls on UK Court to Grant Bail to Julian Assange, Ill and Vulnerable to COVID-19

Assange was too ill to attend his May 4 hearing, even by videoconference. In an open letter to The Lancet, 216 physicians and psychologists from 33 countries accused the UK and U.S. governments of exacerbating the psychological torture of Assange. Citing the Convention Against Torture, the signatories warned that UK officials could be held complicit and liable for their perpetration of, or silent acquiescence and consent to, Assange’s torture.

26.06.2020 - 11:00 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links

(June 5, 2020)

The public deserves answers about the UK’s new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including the MI5 and the Times newspaper, his former role in the Julian Assange case and his membership in the intelligence-linked Trilateral Commission.

06.06.2020 - 14:28 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links

The public deserves answers about the UK’s new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including the MI5 and the Times newspaper, his former role in the Julian Assange case and his membership in the intelligence-linked Trilateral Commission.

15.05.2020 - 05:18 [ Andrew Wilkie ]

UK Government blind to common sense over Julian Assange

Andrew Wilkie MP and George Christensen MP, Co-Chairs of the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group, are deeply disappointed with the unsatisfactory response from the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in the Government of the United Kingdom, the Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, which advised that Julian Assange will not be granted compassionate release from prison on the basis that he does not meet the criteria and he also presents as a flight risk.

26.04.2020 - 03:29 [ The Washington Times ]

Assange attorneys look again to postpone extradition trial over coronavirus: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks said Friday that Assange’s attorneys will ask a London court to delay his extradition proceedings due to restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

12.04.2020 - 09:04 [ TheWikiLeaksChannel / Youtube ]

Assange family

Julian Assange’s fiancée (and children) talks to camera for the first time on the one year anniversary of his imprisonment.

Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

12.04.2020 - 08:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange fathered two children inside the Ecuadorian embassy with lawyer, 37, who fell in love with him while helping his fight against extradition to the US

Now, in a world exclusive interview, Miss Morris reveals how:

Assange watched both children being born in London hospitals via live video link and met Gabriel when he was smuggled into the embassy;

They believe American intelligence agencies tried to steal Gabriel’s DNA from a nappy after becoming suspicious that Assange was his father;

10.04.2020 - 04:49 [ Craig Murray / Global Research ]

Beyond Words. Assange’s COVID-19 Bail Related Application

Yesterday Mark Sommers QC, the extremely erudite and bookish second counsel for Julian Assange in his extradition hearing, trembled with anger in court. Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser had just made a ruling that the names of Julian Assange’s partner and young children could be published, which she stated was in the interests of “open justice”.

07.04.2020 - 16:07 [ Global Research ]

Ten Years Since WikiLeaks Published the “Collateral Murder” Video

The Collateral Murder video will be remembered for decades as testimony to the barbarity of imperialist war. Its contents are more significant than ever, amid stepped-up inter-imperialist tensions and preparations for new and catastrophic military conflicts.

Workers, students and young people must do everything they can to fight for Assange’s freedom and for the safety and security of all those involved in this historic exposure of militarism and war.

Yesterday, WikiLeaks held an online meeting marking the anniversary of Collateral Murder, at which Hraffnson and others spoke. It can be viewed here.

25.03.2020 - 15:32 [ The Courier ]

Assange denied bail in UK over virus

Spain, the US and Iran have already released thousands of low-risk prisoners to stop COVID-19 from spreading further and WikiLeaks said Assange’s bail bid comes after the UK has failed to follow suit.

24.03.2020 - 19:26 [ The Washington Times ]

Assange lawyers request bail for jailed WikiLeaks publisher, citing coronavirus pandemic

“We have approximately 85,000 people in our prisons and prisons are overcrowded, so when you have a lot of people in a small area, transmission of disease will obviously be easier,” Andrea Albutt told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported.

23.03.2020 - 22:48 [ Nozomi Hayase / antikrieg.com ]

Assanges Auslieferung, Eskalation des US-Terrorkriegs

Netzwerke eines ansteckenden Mutes, die durch Wellen von Whistleblowern entstanden, begannen die Verschwörung der Regierung aufzulösen. Das wiederbelebte Herz der Demokratie inspiriert uns jetzt dazu, uns auf Gerechtigkeit hin zu bewegen, unsere eigene Bedeutung zu erkennen und einander in die Augen zu schauen, wenn wir zu dem werden, was wir sein sollen – zu den Bewegern und Gestaltern unserer eigenen Geschichte. Nur durch den Mut jedes Einzelnen, die Angst zu überwinden und diesem entfesselten Terror entgegenzutreten, können wir diesen Krieg beenden und diejenigen befreien, die ihre Freiheit geopfert haben, damit wir alle frei sein können.

12.03.2020 - 13:09 [ SparrowMedia.net ]

Statement From Chelsea Manning’s Legal Team: Ms. Manning is Recovering in Hospital, Scheduled to Appear in Court Friday

Writing in a 2019 letter to Judge Trenga, Ms. Manning said: “I object to this grand jury … as an effort to frighten journalists and publishers, who serve a crucial public good. I have had these values since I was a child, and I’ve had years of confinement to reflect on them. For much of that time, I depended for survival on my values, my decisions, and my conscience. I will not abandon them now.”

29.02.2020 - 19:14 [ WSWS.org ]

Je mehr ich erfahre, desto entsetzter bin ich“: Kundgebungen für Julian Assange in Bern und Frankfurt am Main

Im Londoner Schauprozess gegen den WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange vertagte die Vorsitzende Richterin Vanessa Baraitser schon am Donnerstag das Auslieferungsverfahren auf Mitte Mai. Derweil gingen auf der ganzen Welt Menschen für Julian Assange auf die Straße. Neben den großen Kundgebungen und Versammlungen in London gab es in den letzten Tagen unter anderem Protestaktionen in den australischen Städten Sydney, Melbourne und Brisbane, in Sri Lanka, in Neuseeland, im kanadischen Montreal, wie auch erstmals in New York. In Deutschland und in der Schweiz gingen Unterstützer für Assange in Berlin, Köln, Düsseldorf und Frankfurt am Main, sowie in Basel, Zürich und Bern auf die Straße.

29.02.2020 - 19:00 [ Sky News ]

Assange forced into ‚glass box‘ in extradition hearing in London

Managing Editor at Shadowproof in London Kevin Gosztola says Julian Assange has been “sitting in a glass box all week” and has been “isolated” during his extradition hearing.

The case in London has been pushed back until May 18, when it’s scheduled to resume for another three weeks.

29.02.2020 - 18:52 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

This Assange “Trial” Is A Self-Contradictory Kafkaesque Nightmare

The prosecution is working to extradite Assange to the US under a US-UK extradition treaty, a treaty whose contents the prosecution now says we should ignore because they explicitly forbid political extraditions. The prosecution says it doesn’t matter anyway because Assange is not a political actor, yet in 2010 the US government that’s trying to extradite him labeled him a political actor in those exact words. Assange’s trial is taking place in a maximum security prison for dangerous violent offenders because that’s where he’s being jailed for no stated reason and despite having no history of violence, which means he’s kept separate from the courtroom in a sound-resistant safety enclosure where he can’t hear or participate in his own trial. The magistrate judging the case says he can’t be allowed out of the enclosure since he’s considered dangerous, because he’s been arbitrarily placed in a prison for dangerous violent offenders. The magistrate keeps telling Assange to stop speaking up during his trial and to speak through his lawyers, yet he’s being actively prevented from communicating with his lawyers.

28.02.2020 - 23:53 [ Ray McGovern / Antiwar.com ]

Queen’s Counsel Charges vs. Assange „Significantly Overwrought“

We are about to see how malleable the British Court system is to diktat from Washington. Will the British embrace the flimsiest of circumstantial “evidence” from U.S. security services that have axes to grind?

Will British officials turn their back on 800 years of progress on the human rights wrested from King John at Runnymede? Are there today no “English Nobles” to thwart the obscene “legal” proceedings aimed at extraditing WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to a US prison for publishing the truth about US and UK war crimes?

28.02.2020 - 23:33 [ Andrew P. Napolitano / Antiwar.com ]

Punishing the Free Speech of Julian Assange

WikiLeaks revealed – in partnership with major international publications, including the two involved in the Pentagon Papers Case – videos of American troops murdering civilians and celebrating the murders (a war crime) as well as documentary proof of American complicity in torture (also a war crime).

28.02.2020 - 23:17 [ Antiwar.com ]

First They Came for Assange…

So, mainstream American publishers – of newspapers, online sites, and even cable news producers – really ought to brush up on their Evelyn Beatrice Hall; you know her oft-quoted, but rarely practiced profession: „I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.“

Ultimately, it matters not whether one likes Assange, shares his worldview, or even approves of his tactics. The name of the civil libertarian game must instead be a press-sovereignty solidarity that transcends the person of Mr. Assange. Love him or hate him; like WikiLeaks or loathe it; the most powerful American press organizations must close ranks with Assange.

27.02.2020 - 18:48 [ teleSUR ]

Assange is a Political Prisoner and by Law Cannot Be Extradited

„Assange’s extradition to the United States would be a breach of the 2003 British-American treaty, which expressly prohibits surrender for ‚crimes of a political nature‘,“ Fitzgerald said at Woolwich Crown Court, in southeast London.

25.02.2020 - 18:59 [ Courage Foundation / Eventbrite.com ]

Gegen die Auslieferung von Julian Assange an die US: Unser Recht auf Wissen

Am 29. Februar um 18:00 Uhr eröffnet die Courage Foundation in Zusammenarbeit mit DiEM25 die europaweite Ausstellung „We Are Millions“ in Berlin, um auf die mögliche Auslieferung Julian Assange an die USA aufmerksam zu machen. Assange erleidet derzeit menschenrechtswidrige psychologische Folter und die gesamte Anklage gegen diesen Journalisten ist eine Gefahr und Einschränkung der Pressefreiheit.
Programm:

18-20Uhr : Eröffnung und Fotoportrait-Shootings
20-21Uhr – Podiumsdiskussion

25.02.2020 - 18:24 [ Zeit.de ]

Verteidiger berichten von Vergiftungsplänen gegen Julian Assange

Das Anwaltsteam sagt, es habe Kontakt zu mehreren Whistleblowern aus dem Umfeld von UC Global und wolle diese als Zeugen anführen. Ihrer Aussage nach sei der Chef von UC Global, David Morales, bei Gesprächen mit nicht näher genannten US-amerikanischen Stellen dabei gewesen, bei denen die Frage diskutiert worden sei, ob man gegen Assange nicht auch „extremere Maßnahmen“ ergreifen könne.

25.02.2020 - 18:11 [ Daily Mail ]

US ‚plotted to kill Julian Assange and make it look like an accident‘: Spies discussed kidnapping or poisoning WikiLeaks founder in Ecuadorean embassy, extradition trial hears

Referring to witness two’s evidence, Mr Fitzgerald said: ‚There were conversations about whether there should be more extreme measures contemplated, such as kidnapping or poisoning Julian Assange in the embassy.‘

Reading from a witness statement, Mr Fitzgerald continued: ‚David (Morales) said the Americans were desperate and had even suggested more extreme measures could be applied against the guest to put an end to the situation.‘

25.02.2020 - 18:06 [ theGuardian.com ]

Julian Assange was ‚handcuffed 11 times and stripped naked‘

Julian Assange was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had his case files confiscated after the first day of his extradition hearing, according to his lawyers, who complained of interference in his ability to take part.

Their appeal to the judge overseeing the trial at Woolwich crown court in south-east London was also supported by legal counsel for the US government, who said it was essential the WikiLeaks founder be given a fair trial.

25.02.2020 - 17:58 [ Fefe ]

Julian Assanges Abschiebeanhörung ging los und sie haben ihn ungefähr so behandelt, wie man sich das vorstellt:

“Yesterday Mr Assange was handcuffed 11 times, he was stripped naked two times at Belmarsh, and was put in five separate holding cells,“ he said this morning.

25.02.2020 - 03:57 [ junge Welt ]

Freiheit für Julian Assange „Demokratie und Recht stehen auf dem Spiel“

Die Schriftstellervereinigung »Poets, Essayists, Novelists«, PEN, hat am vergangenen Freitag zum Auftakt der Anhörungen im Auslieferungsverfahren des »Wiki­leaks-Gründers« Julian Assange mit zwei Lichtprojektionen auf Wände der britischen und der US-amerikanischen Botschaft in Berlin gegen dessen Inhaftierung protestiert.

25.02.2020 - 03:37 [ Piratenpartei Deutschland ]

Der Fall Assange: repressives Vorgehen gegen investigativen Journalismus

Auch zeigte er sich enttäuscht von einem Gespräch mit dem deutschen Außenministerium:
„Ich hatte eher das Gefühl, dass die Besprechung dazu dienen sollte, mein Engagement in diesem Fall ganz grundsätzlich zu hinterfragen. Angesichts der Unabhängigkeit meines Mandats wurde das höflich in Frageform gekleidet. Es war aber schon eindeutig, dass sie mit meiner Sicht der Dinge nicht einverstanden waren“ so Melzer in einem am vergangenen Samstag veröffentlichten Interview…
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Wenn wir zulassen, dass Regierungen und Geheimdienste entscheiden, wer ein Journalist ist und wer nicht, dann akzeptieren wir damit auch, dass sie uns sagen, was Nachrichten sind und was nicht, was öffentlich gemacht werden darf und was nicht und letztendlich was richtig und was falsch ist.

25.02.2020 - 03:16 [ RT / Youtube ]

Julian Assange Will Face a Show Trial in the United States!- UN Torture Rapporteur Nils Melzer

We speak to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer about the persecution of Julian Assange. He discusses the threat Assange’s persecution poses to press freedom, why mainstream media are starting to slowly support the Wikileaks founder, the allegations Julian Assange faced in Sweden, governments not cooperating with him despite his UN mandate and more!

25.02.2020 - 02:34 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Trump’s Betrayal of Julian Assange

Trump loved it when Wikileaks exposed the criminality of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, as it cheated to deprive Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party nomination. Wikileaks’ release of the DNC emails exposed the deep corruption at the heart of US politics, and as a candidate Trump loved the transparency.

Then Trump got elected.

25.02.2020 - 01:50 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Trumps Verrat an Julian Assange

Trump liebte es, als WikiLeaks die Kriminalität Hillary Clintons und der Demokratischen Partei aufdeckte, als sie in betrügerischer Absicht die Nominierung von Bernie Sanders für die Demokratische Partei hintertrieben. WikiLeaks‘ Veröffentlichung der E-Mails des Kongresses der Demokratischen Partei enthüllte die tiefe Korruption im Herzen der US-Politik, und als Kandidat liebte Trump die Transparenz.

Dann wurde Trump gewählt.

24.02.2020 - 21:48 [ Global Research ]

Veteran Journalist Andrew Fowler Denounces Australian Government’s Refusal to Defend Assange

Last June, after Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC, Fowler penned a powerful comment for the Sydney Morning Herald warning that the raids were “a wake-up call to journalists who left Assange swinging” and calling on them to speak out in defence of the WikiLeaks founder. Fowler also initiated an open letter from ABC Alumni—an organisation of former ABC staff—demanding that the Australian government oppose the US extradition of Assange and repatriate him to Australia.

24.02.2020 - 16:13 [ derStandard.at ]

Julian Assanges Vater: „Schweigen bedeutet Zustimmung“

STANDARD: Sie touren gerade durch Europa, treffen Politiker. Was erwarten Sie sich?

Shipton: Ich werde für Julian eintreten und klarmachen, dass es – ich weiß, das ist eine abgedroschene Phrase – einen historischen Wandel in Europa gibt, der Julian und die freie Meinungsäußerung und freien Austausch in der Europäischen Gemeinschaft unterstützt. Gestern in Paris waren 25 Kameracrews, davor in London 23. Es gibt eine wachsende Unterstützung.

24.02.2020 - 16:10 [ derStandard.at ]

Auslieferungsverfahren – Investigativjournalistin: „Der Fall Assange ist ein Armutszeugnis für den Journalismus“

Am Montag beginnen die Anhörungen über die Auslieferung des Wikileaks-Gründers an die USA. Stefania Maurizi kritisiert nicht nur die Justiz: Auch die Presse habe Julian Assange fallengelassen

23.02.2020 - 00:46 [ The Hill ]

Protestors in UK call on government to refuse Assange extradition to US

Hundreds of protesters were seen descending on London Saturday to pressure the U.K. government to decline to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to face spying charges in the United States.

21.02.2020 - 02:44 [ Marjorie Cohn / Truthout ]

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

Assange’s extradition hearing will begin on February 24 in Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s London courtroom. More than 70 lawyers and legal academics, as well as at least 12 former heads of state, have signed a letter that will be sent to the U.K. Home Secretary, stating, “The fact that the charges are brought under the Espionage Act further reveals that this is a matter of a pure political offence [citation omitted].

21.02.2020 - 02:33 [ Marjorie Cohn / antikrieg.com ]

Die Auslieferung von Assange würde einen gefährlichen Präzedenzfall schaffen

Assanges Auslieferungsanhörung wird am 24. Februar im Londoner Gerichtssaal der Richterin Vanessa Baraitser beginnen. Mehr als 70 Rechtsanwälte und Rechtswissenschaftler sowie mindestens 12 ehemalige Staatsoberhäupter haben ein Schreiben unterzeichnet, das an den britischen Innenminister geschickt wird und in dem es heißt: „Die Tatsache, dass die Anklage nach dem Spionagegesetz erhoben wird, zeigt außerdem, dass es sich um ein rein politisches Vergehen handelt. Es besteht ein breiter internationaler Konsens darüber, dass solche Straftaten nicht der Auslieferung unterliegen sollten“.

20.02.2020 - 17:39 [ Don't Extradite Assange / Twitter ]

A powerful light was shone on Belmarsh prison and the Houses of Parliament last night. Must watch. #DontExtraditeAssange #collateralmurder

20.02.2020 - 15:36 [ Courage Foundation / Twitter ]

Former general counsel for the New York Times, James Goodale, says the cases against #Assange and @ggreenwald are „examples of governments using hacking laws to stifle political speech—and we should expect more of the same“

18.02.2020 - 17:22 [ Doctors for Assange ]

Ahead of Julian Assange’s US Extradition Hearing, Doctors’ Letter Published in The Lancet

Ahead of Julian Assange’s upcoming extradition hearing on February 24, a letter by a group of doctors representing 117 physicians and psychologists from 18 nations calls for an end to the psychological torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange. Published in the pre-eminent medical journal The Lancet, the letter expresses concern over Julian Assange’s fitness for his legal proceedings while suffering the effects of ongoing psychological torture.

A copy of the letter has been sent to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne. This follows the doctors’ earlier letter of December 16 2019, calling on Minister Payne to bring Julian Assange home to Australia for urgent medical care. A copy has also been sent to the UK Government, which the doctors accuse of violating Julian Assange’s human right to health. In a covering note to Marise Payne the doctors urged the Minister to “act decisively now” to remove Mr Assange from Belmarsh prison, before it is too late.

18.02.2020 - 17:15 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-War Movement

The US government’s extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange is a critical moment for press freedom, but also for the anti-war movement

18.02.2020 - 16:51 [ The Grayzone / Youtube ]

Max Blumenthal on the imperial NGOs that ignore Julian Assange – and the billionaires behind them

The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal speaks about the witch hunt against WikiLeaks publisher and political prisoner Julian Assange, and how billionaire-funded „human rights“ and „press freedom“ non-profit organizations have refused to support him.

This talk was hosted by the Courage Foundation in New York City on February 15, 2020.

18.02.2020 - 16:05 [ John Pilger ]

JULIAN ASSANGE MUST BE FREED, NOT BETRAYED

On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.

10.02.2020 - 16:22 [ Consortium News ]

Three Extraordinary Australian Journalists: Burchett, Pilger & Assange

Australia has produced extraordinary journalists across three generations: Wilfred Burchett (deceased in 1983), John Pilger (80 years old but still active) and Julian Assange (48 years old, currently in London’s Belmarsh prison).

Each of these journalists made unique contributions to our understanding of the world. Although Australia is part of the Western world, each of these journalists exposed and criticized Western foreign policy.

10.02.2020 - 14:14 [ Johanna Ross / antikrieg.com ]

Assanges Fall steht für das „Versagen des westlichen Rechts“, sagt Nils Melzer von der UNO

Im Fall von Assange ist klar, wer das Sagen hat, und dass sogar europäischen Regierungen den Forderungen der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ausgeliefert waren. Und doch folgen die westlichen Nationen in ihrer eigenen Torheit dem Beispiel der USA – unsere Demokratien zerbröckeln direkt vor unseren Augen.