Archiv: many many eyes


25.11.2020 - 17:21 [ jam-news.net ]

Armenian PM interview: return of refugees, future status of Karabakh, internal political tension

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told Russia’s TASS that security guarantees must be given to Armenian refugees to return to Karabakh villages which have come under the control of Azerbaijan.

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 …

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 - 13:07 [ 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 - 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 - 12:14 [ 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/

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:

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
ANYONE CAN SIGN!

76,000 signed!

We need 100,000 signatures by SEPT 7th!

26.08.2020 - 07:27 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Only Understands Force

The prime minister has been in power for 11 consecutive years. Over time he has developed bad habits and adopted an authoritarian, corrupt and contentious governing culture. He breaks promises and agreements, lies to the public, lies to his political partners and in the past few years slanders his political rivals and even his partners. He is a prime minister who has no red lines, a populist leader who demonstrates zero statesmanship, and there’s no longer any point in trying to change him.

16.08.2020 - 07:09 [ Cory Doctorow / Wired ]

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever – The power to end it is in your hands.

(28.07.2020)

What I showed those journalists was proof, in the form of the government’s own classified documents, that the self-described “Five Eyes”—the state security organs of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada—had together conspired to weaken their laws. They had forced clandestine access to the networks of their largest telecommunications and internet titans (some of whom hadn’t needed much in the way of arm-twisting) in pursuit of a single goal: the transformation of the free and fragmented internet into history’s first centralized means of global mass surveillance.

15.08.2020 - 19:22 [ ORF.at ]

Großbritannien und Japan erinnern an Weltkriegsende

Mit einem zweiminütigen Schweigen und Kranzniederlegungen haben der britische Thronfolger Prinz Charles sowie zahlreiche Veteranen und Militärangehörige heute an das Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs im Pazifik erinnert. Der Krieg wurde vor 75 Jahren, am 15. August 1945, mit der Kapitulation Japans endgültig beendet. Auch in Tokio wurde der Kriegstoten gedacht.

15.08.2020 - 19:13 [ Japan Today ]

Emperor, empress, Abe attend ceremony to mark 75th anniversary of WWII surrender

Japan on Saturday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with the emperor and empress, the prime minister and a limited number of people attending a ceremony to mourn the war dead that was scaled back due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

15.08.2020 - 19:11 [ Times of India ]

Prince Charles leads UK’s VJ Day World War II end commemoration

LONDON: Britain’s prince Charles on Saturday led the UK’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day – the day World War II ended with Japan’s surrender in 1945.

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.

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;

08.04.2020 - 20:14 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

High Court upholds lockdown of Bnei Brak as legal

„It is not our place to interfere with the government’s decision,“ the Court concluded.

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.”

12.03.2020 - 13:04 [ Gizmodo ]

Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide in Jail, Is Recovering, Lawyers Say

Imprisoned activist and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning attempted suicide on Wednesday in the Alexandria, Virginia, jail where she’s been held for a year following her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

Manning’s legal team confirmed the incident in an statement to Gizmodo.

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.

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.

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 - 00:37 [ USA Today ]

Greyhound to stop allowing Border Patrol on buses for immigration checks

“We are pleased to see Greyhound clearly communicate that it does not consent to racial profiling and harassment on its buses,“ Andrea Flores, deputy director of policy for the ACLU’s Equality Division, said in an email. “By protecting its customers and employees, Greyhound is sending a message that it prioritizes the communities it serves.”

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.

16.02.2020 - 13:53 [ Vox.com ]

Poll: Bernie Sanders is beating every other candidate in Nevada

The poll found 25 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers support Sanders, 18 percent back former Vice President Joe Biden, 13 percent favor Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and 11 percent support former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. Both former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar have the support of 10 percent of likely caucus-goers, and 8 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

07.02.2020 - 16:51 [ Standard.co.uk ]

More than 100 prominent Germans appeal for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s release from prison

The German appeal, which is supported by Reporters Without Borders Germany, as well as members of Amnesty International, Transparency International, the German Journalists’ Union (dju), the Whistleblower Network and the writers’ association PEN-Germany, calls on the British Government to “release Julian Assange from prison immediately so that he can recover under specialist medical supervision and exercise his basic rights without hindrance”.

07.02.2020 - 16:31 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

About the judicial decision today in Brazil rejecting the criminal charges brought against me. In sum: this ruling, while good, is insufficient as a protection of core press freedom. We will continue reporting and will also go to the Supreme Court for an even stronger ruling:

07.02.2020 - 16:28 [ Tagesschau ]

Brasilien: Journalist Greenwald vorerst nicht angeklagt

Leite sagte, der Journalist sei durch ein Urteil des Obersten Gerichtshofs aus dem vergangenen Jahr geschützt. Das Urteil lasse zu, dass Greenwald seine Quellen nicht veröffentlichen muss. Der Richter will demnach eine Klarstellung des Obersten Gerichtshofs abwarten, bevor er über eine Anklage entscheidet.

07.02.2020 - 16:24 [ theIntercept.com ]

Brazilian Judge Declines to Move Forward With Charges Against Glenn Greenwald “for Now”

In the absence of the injunction issued by a Supreme Court minister that prohibited investigations into Greenwald related to this case, Leite said he would have let the charges against Greenwald move forward. The judge also said that, if the Supreme Court injunction were to be overturned, he would be open to charging Greenwald.

05.02.2020 - 23:37 [ Mrs Christine Assange / Twitter ]

Please help save the life of my journalist son If extradited for multi-award winning journalism revealing US war crimes, he faces torture & 175 yrs in prison Media support is critical Please send my tweet below to as many journalists as you can Many thanks #NoUSExtradition

25.01.2020 - 13:18 [ theIntercept.com ]

Stand With Glenn Greenwald

In an obvious attempt to retaliate against The Intercept’s critical reporting on abuses committed by Brazilian judicial officials, prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against our co-founder Glenn Greenwald.

There is no democracy without a free press. We ask advocates for press freedom everywhere to join in condemning the Bolsonaro government’s transparent effort to intimidate and criminalize journalists.

25.01.2020 - 12:53 [ Craig Murray ‏/ Twitter ]

A truly inspiring story. Julian is finally released from solitary in Belmarsh because the other prisoners in the prison were appalled by his treatment and took up action on his behalf. A small victory for basic humanity – and it took criminals to teach it to the British state.

25.01.2020 - 12:52 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Belmarsh Prison Inmates Prove More Ethical Than Entire Western Empire

As it turns out, Assange was in fact rescued from the cruelty of this globe-sprawling empire by the concerted protests of high-security prison inmates.

23.01.2020 - 09:08 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Empire’s War On Oppositional Journalism Continues To Escalate

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has been charged by the Bolsonaro government in Brazil with the same prosecutorial angle used by the US to target WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

23.01.2020 - 00:52 [ theIntercept.com ]

The Intercept Condemns Brazilian Criminal Complaint Against Glenn Greenwald as an Attack on Free Press

On Tuesday, a federal prosecutor in Brazil announced a denunciation of American journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald related to his work on a series of stories published on The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil. The denunciation is a criminal complaint that would open the door to further judicial proceedings. It alleges that Greenwald “directly assisted, encouraged and guided” individuals who reportedly obtained access to online chats used by prosecutors and others involved in Operation Car Wash, a yearslong, sprawling anti-corruption investigation that roiled Brazilian politics.

The denunciation will now go before a judge who can approve or deny the request for charges.

23.01.2020 - 00:42 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

For years, @ggreenwald has exposed abuses at the highest levels of government and his investigative journalism deserves our support. If we allow the powerful to silence such journalists, our democracy and freedom is in peril. #StandWithGreenwald

18.01.2020 - 15:12 [ Yahoo.com ]

Assange ‚denied access‘ to lawyers in UK

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been denied access to evidence and even basic items like paper and pens by British prison officials, putting his US extradition case on the brink of judicial review, his lawyer has warned.

Solicitor Gareth Pierce was shocked to learn that District Judge Vanessa Baraitser only intended to allow the defence team one hour to review evidence with the Australian in the holding cells at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday.

28.12.2019 - 15:18 [ Fefe.de ]

So, der erste Tag auf dem 36c3 hat sich schon mal gelohnt.

Für die sensibleren Gespräche ist Julian mit Anwalt dann zum Badezimmer gegangen und hat die Dusche laufen lassen. Daraufhin ließ die CIA eine Wanze hinter dem einen Schrank dort anbringen. Es war wohl einigermaßen erheiternd, die fluchenden Amis in den Anfragen an die Spanier zu lesen, weil sie nicht weiterkamen.

Das Ende war dann weniger lustig. Über die Wanze im Feuerlöscher haben die Amis ein Gespräch zwischen Julian und der Geheimdienstchefin von Ecuador belauscht, die Julian einen ecuadorischen Pass beschafft hatten, ihn zum Diplomaten ernannt hatten, und eine offizielle Abberufung in eine Botschaft in einem anderen Land eingetütet hatten. Am nächsten Morgen lag dann überraschend ein internationaler Haftbefehl der USA vor. Überwachen hat also ernsthafte Folgen.

Es gab leider technische Probleme beim Streaming und der Aufzeichnung am Anfang. Ich hoffe mal, das ist trotzdem was geworden. Andy hat extra später angefangen.

25.12.2019 - 16:49 [ der Freitag ]

Es ist unsere Freiheit

Als würde man als Lehrer mit erhobenen Händen vor einer Klasse stehen, und an den Fingern vorzählen, dass zwei plus zwei gleich vier ist, während alle Welt beharrlich weiter behauptet, zwei und zwei sei drei oder auch fünf.“ Das antwortete mir Nils Melzer, Sonderbeauftragter der Vereinten Nationen für Folter, auf die Frage, wie es sein könne, dass im Herzen Europas ein Journalist in Isolationshaft sitzt, weil er die Wahrheit über Kriegsverbrechen enthüllt hat, und nichts passiere – kein Aufschrei der Presse, keine offenen Briefe prominenter Intellektueller oder Appelle von Politikern. Und ob er, Melzer, nicht langsam verzweifle daran.

21.12.2019 - 03:57 [ Stefania Maurizi / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

A Massive Scandal: How Assange, His Doctors, Lawyers and Visitors Were All Spied on for the US

Meetings and conversations were recorded and filmed, and all the information was sent to US intelligence. Sometimes the espionage operations were truly off the wall:

21.12.2019 - 02:55 [ El Pais ]

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States

(26.09.2019)

The UC Global S. L. team was also ordered by its boss to install stickers that prevented the windows of the rooms that the WikiLeaks founder used from vibrating, allegedly to make it easier for the CIA to record conversations with their laser microphones. They also took a used diaper that from a baby that was on occasions taken to visit the activist in order to determine if the child was his by a close collaborator.

The former military man also planted microphones in a number of decorative elements inside the embassy, which were photographed for their reproduction in Spain. He also wanted to install them in the room used by “the guest,” as Assange was referred to in his reports, but some of his workers, concerned over the illegality of these jobs, warned him that they could be discovered. “The WikiLeaks founder was obsessed with being spied on,” a former employee of the company said.

21.12.2019 - 02:51 [ ORF.at ]

Assange sagt in Affäre um Ausspähung in Botschaft aus

Im Fall um seine mutmaßliche Ausspähung durch ein spanisches Sicherheitsunternehmen hat Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange gestern vor einem spanischen Richter ausgesagt. Assange, der in einem britischen Hochsicherheitsgefängnis inhaftiert ist, sei dem Richter in Madrid per Videokonferenz zugeschaltet worden, teilten Assanges Rechtsanwälte mit.

21.12.2019 - 02:43 [ Yahoo.com ]

WikiLeaks‘ Assange testifies in embassy spying case

Assange, who is currently serving time at a high-security prison in Britain, was to answer questions from a judge at Spain’s National Court in Madrid, testifying by videoconference from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, his legal team said.

09.12.2019 - 21:36 [ Radio Utopie ]

Journalist.innen für Julian Assange

Journalist.innen weltweit haben sich endlich dazu aufgerafft gegen die politische Verfolgung des Mitbegründers von Wikileaks organisiert Stellung zu beziehen.

Julian Assange, langähriger Kopf von WikiLeaks und damaliger Mitbegründer in Berlin, ist derzeit der bekannteste politische Gefangene der Welt.

09.12.2019 - 20:31 [ speak-up-for-assange.org ]

Journalists Speak Up for Julian Assange

Julian Assange, founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is currently detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom and faces extradition to the United States and criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act. He risks up to 175 years imprisonment for his part in making public the leak of US military documents from Afghanistan and Iraq, and a trove of US State Department cables. The ‘War Diaries’ provided evidence that the US Government misled the public about activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and committed war crimes. WikiLeaks partnered with a wide range of media organizations worldwide that republished the War Diaries and embassy cables. The legal action underway against Mr Assange sets an extremely dangerous precedent for journalists, media organizations and the freedom of the press.

We, journalists and journalistic organizations around the globe, express our grave concern for Mr Assange’s wellbeing, for his continued detention and for the draconian espionage charges.

30.11.2019 - 20:32 [ Consortium News ]

JOHN PILGER: Visiting Britain’s Political Prisoner

“I think I’m going out of my mind,” Julian Assange told John Pilger at Belmarsh Prison. “No you’re not,” Pilger responded. “Look how you frighten them, how powerful you are.”

27.11.2019 - 14:25 [ Consortium News ]

The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for Public Defense of Free Speech

The established media with their allegiance to the state has been failing to inform the public about the threat to civil liberties emanating from this country. The U.S. government has been waging a war against the First Amendment. Assange has become a political prisoner of this war. In the era of “hope and change,” he and his organization became a target of Obama’s crackdown on whistleblowers, which now has escalated into Trump administration’s assaults on the press freedom.

26.11.2019 - 06:27 [ CBS News ]

WikiLeaks‘ Julian Assange „could die in prison“ without medical care, doctors say

London — More than 60 doctors have written to British authorities asserting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urgently needs medical treatment at a university hospital. The doctors said in a letter published Monday that Assange suffers from psychological problems including depression as well as dental issues and a serious shoulder ailment.

17.11.2019 - 12:29 [ Consortium News ]

Arbuthnot Out as Assange’s Judge, Says WikiLeaks Lawyer Jen Robinson

Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate enmeshed in a conflict of interest, will no longer be presiding over the extradition proceedings of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, said WikiLeaks lawyer Jen Robinson, at an event in Sydney on Friday night .

17.11.2019 - 12:26 [ DailyMaverick.co.za ]

Julian Assange’s judge and her husband’s links to the British military establishment exposed by WikiLeaks

(14.11.2019)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a former defence minister, is a paid chair of the advisory board of military corporation Thales Group, and was until earlier this year an adviser to arms company Babcock International. Both companies have major contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The revelations highlight concerns about conflicts of interest. Lady Arbuthnot began presiding over Assange’s legal case in 2017 and ruled this June that a full hearing would begin next February to consider the request for extradition from the UK made by the Trump administration.

11.11.2019 - 16:44 [ The American Conservative ‏/ Twitter ]

Assange is kept in complete isolation for 23 hours a day, and permitted 45 minutes exercise. When he has to be moved, guards clear the corridors and lock all cells to guarantee he has no contact with any other prisoner outside the exercise period.

31.10.2019 - 17:12 [ Jacobin Magazin ]

“I Was Fired for Helping Julian Assange, and I Have No Regrets”

We talk to Fidel Narvaez, the ousted Ecuadorian diplomat who handled Julian Assange’s case about why Lenín Moreno caved to international pressure, broke his promises, and gave Assange up to British authorities.

25.10.2019 - 18:08 [ WSWS.org ]

Julian Assanges Gerichtsverhandlung in London: Großbritannien inszeniert einen gesetzlosen Schauprozess

Der Guardian, die New York Times und eine Vielzahl anderer Leitmedien haben bei jeder neuen Entwicklung als verlängerter Arm der US-Regierung fungiert, um den WikiLeaks-Gründer zu vernichten.

Unaufhörlich förderten sie die betrügerische Untersuchung Schwedens wegen angeblichen sexuellen Fehlverhaltens gegen Assange. Diese Untersuchung bildete letztlich die Grundlage für seine Verhaftung durch die britische Polizei im Jahr 2010 und zwang ihn, im Juni 2012 in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft Asyl zu suchen.

Die gut situierten Journalisten behaupteten derweil, dass Assange sich „der Gerechtigkeit entziehen“ wolle. Sie vertuschten die Tatsache, dass Assange in Schweden nie wegen einer Straftat angeklagt wurde und dass eine der beteiligten Frauen erklärte, sie sei von der Polizei „unter Druck gesetzt“ worden, damit sie Anzeige erstatte. Die Journalisten in den Medienkonzernen verhöhnten Assange dafür, dass er darauf beharrte, dass die Anschuldigungen aus Schweden auf Rufmord abzielten und einen alternativen Weg für seine Auslieferung an die USA frei machen sollten, weil WikiLeaks amerikanische Kriegsverbrechen enthüllt hatte.

Alle Warnungen Assanges haben sich bestätigt.

13.10.2019 - 19:05 [ Christy Dopf / Twitter ]

Press Conference outside Belmarsh Prison, after @MIAuniverse visits politically persecuted journalist #JulianAssange

27.09.2019 - 14:37 [ El Pais ]

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States

Morales ordered his workers to install microphones in the embassy’s fire extinguishers and also in the women’s bathroom, where Assange’s lawyers, including the Spaniard Aitor Martínez and his closest collaborators, would meet for fear of being spied on. The cyberactivist’s meetings with his lawyers, Melynda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzón, were also monitored.

The UC Global S. L. team was also ordered by its boss to install stickers that prevented the windows of the rooms that the WikiLeaks founder used from vibrating, allegedly to make it easier for the CIA to record conversations with their laser microphones. They also took a used diaper that from a baby that was on occasions taken to visit the activist in order to determine if the child was his by a close collaborator.

27.09.2019 - 14:31 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

MAJOR SCOOP by El Pais: US intelligence had cameras, microphones concealed throughout Ecuador’s London embassy, including in diplomats‘ bathroom. The US was not just spying directly on Assange but also on Ecuador’s diplomats inside their own embassy.

21.09.2019 - 18:13 [ Craig Murray ]

The World’s Most Important Political Prisoner

We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange’s uniquely lengthy imprisonment for bail violation. He will receive parole from the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the USA – a process which could last several years.

At that point, all the excuses for Assange’s imprisonment which so-called leftists and liberals in the UK have hidden behind will evaporate. There are no charges and no active investigation in Sweden, where the “evidence” disintegrated at the first whiff of critical scrutiny. He is no longer imprisoned for “jumping bail”. The sole reason for his incarceration will be the publishing of the Afghan and Iraq war logs leaked by Chelsea Manning, with their evidence of wrongdoing and multiple war crimes.

21.09.2019 - 18:11 [ theGrayzone.com ]

UK worsens Julian Assange’s persecution as US seeks extradition

Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and ‘making it impossible’ for him to fight US extradition.

15.09.2019 - 00:50 [ The Guardian ]

Julian Assange to remain in jail pending extradition to US

Another administrative hearing will take place on 11 October and a case management hearing on 21 October, the court heard. The final extradition hearing is expected in February.

10.08.2019 - 10:49 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him. I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of a US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him.

(07.08.2019)

10.08.2019 - 10:48 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

Excellent rebuttal of CNN’s biased story on Assange’s time in the embassy from an Ecuadorian diplomat who worked at the embassy for 6 years of Assange’s stay (and knows what actually happened):

10.08.2019 - 10:44 [ Fidel Narváez / RutaKritica.org ]

CNN did not learn the lesson from the Manafort hoax 40 Rebuttals to CNN’s Bias on Assange

Having worked as a diplomat at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six out of the seven years that Julian Assange lived there as a political refugee, unlike others, I am privy to what actually happened there. I am alarmed by CNN’s June 15th 2019 story, alleging Assange turned the Ecuadorian embassy in London into a command post for election meddling.

The story contains several substantive shortcomings and too many factual errors. I warned CNN about them when I was approached during their „investigation,“ but none of my points were included in the article.

10.08.2019 - 10:29 [ WSWS.org ]

Deutsche Medien und Julian Assange: Schweigen und Verunglimpfung

Als Assange im April von der britischen Polizei aus der ecuadorianischen Botschaft gezerrt und illegal in das Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Belmarsh verschleppt wurde, hatten ihn führende Zeitungen – darunter die Bild-Zeitung, die taz und die Süddeutsche Zeitung – denunziert oder seine Festnahme sogar enthusiastisch begrüßt. Nun, da ihre falschen Anschuldigungen gegen Assange von höchstrichterlicher Stelle widerlegt wurden, bringt es kaum eine deutschsprachige Zeitung fertig, über dieses wichtige politische Ereignis auch nur zu berichten.

Der einzige Artikel, der neben der Berichterstattung der WSWS bei einer Google-Suche auftaucht, erschien am 31. Juli, also einen Tag nach Zurückweisung der Klage, unter der Überschrift „US-Urteil: WikiLeaks durfte Mails aus Demokraten-Hack veröffentlichen“ auf Spiegel Online. Der Artikel ist ein Hohn auf eine objektive Berichterstattung. Er steht beispielhaft für die Selbstgleichschaltung der bürgerlichen Medien und ihre Rolle als Propagandawerkzeug der Geheimdienste und der Bundesregierung.

17.07.2019 - 21:59 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

„Collective violence, such as torturing a publisher for journalism, requires more than persecuting authorities, mobbing states and media smear campaigns to survive… Atrocity does not take place without passive, complacent, compliant bystanders“

16.07.2019 - 11:00 [ ORF.at ]

Todesstrafe: London will Assange nicht ausliefern

Diese Absprache zwischen London und Quito habe weiter Bestand, sagte der britische Außenstaatssekretär Alan Duncan heute bei einem Besuch in Ecuador.

09.07.2019 - 05:07 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

Noam Chomsky on the US attempt to extradite Assange: „But why should the United States have the power to control what others are doing elsewhere in the world? I mean, it’s an outlandish situation. It goes on all the time. We never even notice it.“

02.07.2019 - 14:01 [ Mathias Bröckers / Heise.de ]

Präzedenzfall WikiLeaks

Der UN-Sonderberichterstatter Nils Melzer hat seine Position zum Fall Assange noch einmal klar gestellt – doch keine Zeitung wollte den Beitrag drucken

14.06.2019 - 11:44 [ NDR ]

Wanted for espionage – the hunt for Wikileaks

Panorama decided to take one day in the long and complicated saga of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and to dissect it. It’s April 11, 2019, the day when he was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested by the UK police. What happened that day? How did the UK government respond? Why don’t we know there were other people connected to Wikileaks who found themselves in trouble with the law that day? And what does April 11, 2019 tell us about the Assange saga?

14.06.2019 - 11:39 [ NDR ]

Wikileaks: Rachefeldzug der US-Regierung?

„Es ist an der Zeit, Wikileaks als das zu benennen, was es wirklich ist: Ein nicht-staatlicher, feindlicher Geheimdienst“, sagte der heutige US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo über die Enthüllungs-Plattform bei einer Rede als CIA-Direktor 2017. Entsprechend behandeln die USA Assange nun nach seiner Festnahme in London. Sie werfen ihm vor, geheime Informationen erhalten und verbreitet zu haben. Und sie klagen ihn deshalb nach dem Spionage-Gesetz („Espionage Act“) an, das Strafen bis hin zur Todesstrafe vorsieht.

13.06.2019 - 14:42 [ Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Human Rights Chair, Geneva Academy / Twitter ]

How public humiliation works: On 11 April #JulianAssange was mocked for his beard throughout the world. During my visit, he explained to us that his shaving kit had been deliberately taken away three months earlier.

13.06.2019 - 14:38 [ ITV.com ]

Sajid Javid signs request for Assange to be extradited to US

Assange is serving a 50-week prison sentence after being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April and jailed for a bail violation.

And an investigation has been reopened into an allegation of rape in Sweden, which Assange has always denied.

Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I am very pleased that the police were finally able to apprehend him and now he’s rightly behind bars because he broke UK law.

13.06.2019 - 14:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Entscheidung in Großbritannien: Regierung für Auslieferung Assanges

Er wolle „stets Gerechtigkeit“, und es liege ein „legitimes Auslieferungsgesuch“ vor, sagte der zuständige Innenminister Sajid Javid im BBC-Radio. Die Entscheidung liege jetzt bei Gericht, das sich am Freitag wieder mit dem Fall beschäftigen werde.

Grundsätzlich gilt in solchen Fällen, dass der Innenminister ein gültiges Auslieferungsgesuch unterzeichnen muss, wenn die entsprechenden Kriterien erfüllt sind.

12.06.2019 - 09:51 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

ABC raids a wake-up call to journalists who left Assange swinging

It is easy, and for some convenient, to forget how much in journalism was changed by the arrival of WikiLeaks.

It’s perhaps one reason that he is rejected by so many journalists.

12.06.2019 - 09:42 [ Ruptly / Twitter ]

‚If Julian goes down, the rest of you do‘ – #Assange’s father and Weiwei visit #Belmarsh

12.06.2019 - 09:25 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visits Julian Assange in prison as U.S. sends Britain a formal request to extradite him for leaking military secrets

Weiwei, who was detained without charge in China for 81 days in 2011 during a crackdown on political activists, is believed to have previously visited Assange in 2015 when he was holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The 47-year-old’s father John Shipton arrived at the prison today with Ai Weiwei this afternoon.

12.06.2019 - 09:13 [ ORF.at ]

USA beantragen Assanges Auslieferung

Die USA haben in Großbritannien ein formelles Auslieferungsgesuch für Julian Assange beantragt. Dem Gründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks würden von Washington unter anderem Verstöße gegen Spionagegesetze vorgeworfen, teilte das Londoner Innenministerium am Dienstag mit. Noch diese Woche wollen die USA Beweise gegen ihn vorlegen.

11.06.2019 - 19:26 [ Dr. Jill Stein / Twitter ]

The Assange case is a poster child of state persecution. Every journalist, activist & all who care about democracy should know about the massive propaganda & legal corruption used to take Assange down. This is what tyranny looks like! #FreeAssange

07.06.2019 - 07:07 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

The first substantive US extradition hearing, previously planned for 12 June has now been moved to 14 June. The hearing will be in Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court.

07.06.2019 - 07:02 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

Press Release: DoJ preparing to file additional indictment against Assange. The Trump´s DoJ is so desperate to build its case against Assange that it is using as star witness a sociopath, convicted conman and sex criminal, involved in an FBI entrapment operation against WikiLeaks

06.06.2019 - 08:51 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Trump’s decision to charge Assange under the Espionage Act will have a serious chilling effect on our freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It also undermines our democracy by keeping crucial information from the American people that they deserve to know.

04.06.2019 - 08:45 [ Craig Murray ]

Jeremy Hunt Works That Rogue State Status

When Jeremy Hunt decided to attack the United Nations on twitter yesterday, he didn’t expect them to respond. He got owned.

03.06.2019 - 18:32 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

„It states Assange would not be extradited and could be questioned in Britain“. – Assange has offered cooperation and to be questioned in the UK since 2010.

02.06.2019 - 13:51 [ Pamela Anderson / Daily Beast ]

Pamela Anderson: Assange Is a Scapegoat, Not a Criminal

So you say Julian is to blame for Hillary’s defeat? Well, then I’ve got news for you: When the truth was exposed about Hillary, most voters did not like what they saw. Did Julian disclose the evidence? Sure, that’s what investigative journalists do. But should he be persecuted and jailed for that? No, that’s what repressive dictatorships do. While Julian may have influenced the election, he certainly has not interfered with it. Hillary lost the election herself, simply because the Electoral College resulted in a majority for Trump. And if you believe the culprits were Russian hackers, well then sort it out with the Kremlin, but keep your hands off our freedom of the press!

02.06.2019 - 13:48 [ Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Human Rights Chair / Twitter ]

For the record: I never said I considered #JulianAssange „a bad actor“ but that, initially, I had been affected by the same misguided smear campaign as everybody else, and only saw the real facts once I investigated in detail @isaacstanbecker @wapo

02.06.2019 - 00:13 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture says of Julian #Assange: “In 20 years of work with victims of war and political persecution I have never seen democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual. with so little regard for the law.”

31. Mai 2019

02.06.2019 - 00:05 [ johnpilger.com ]

JULIAN ASSANGE SUFFERING ‚PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE‘ BY BRITAIN, US, AUSTRALIA, SAYS UN

The UN Rapporteur on Torture has issued an unprecedented statement on the persecution of the journalist and publisher Julian Assange.

Full UN statement: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/05/1039581

01.06.2019 - 07:41 [ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) ]

UN expert says „collective persecution“ of Julian Assange must end now

In official letters sent earlier this week, Melzer urged the four involved governments to refrain from further disseminating, instigating or tolerating statements or other activities prejudicial to Assange’s human rights and dignity and to take measures to provide him with appropriate redress and rehabilitation for past harm. He further appealed to the British Government not to extradite Assange to the United States or to any other State failing to provide reliable guarantees against his onward transfer to the United States. He also reminded the United Kingdom of its obligation to ensure Assange’s unimpeded access to legal counsel, documentation and adequate preparation commensurate with the complexity of the pending proceedings.

“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Melzer said. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!”

01.06.2019 - 07:39 [ Democracy Now! ‏/ Twitter ]

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture @NilsMelzer says there has been a lot of „fabrication and manipulation“ in Julian Assange’s legal cases. „We have to take a step back and look at all these proceedings … and come to our own conclusions about whether these are fair.“

31.05.2019 - 08:56 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

I was in court today for Julian #Assange’s latest extradition hearing; but Julian himself was absent. He was in the Belmarsh prison hospital. His supporters at the court should now be joined by journalists across the world. My own union, the #NUJ, must be at the hearing in June.

31.05.2019 - 08:43 [ Partisangirl / Twitter ]

Remember when the guardian claimed the US doesn’t want to extradite Julian #Assange and it was all just a crazy conspiracy theory?

30.05.2019 - 16:49 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

WikiLeaks has grave concerns about the state of health of our publisher, Julian Assange, who has been moved to the health ward of Belmarsh prison. – See full statement:

30.05.2019 - 16:25 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Julian Assange ‚moved to HMP Belmarsh hospital wing after dramatic weight loss and deteriorating health‘

Julian Assange has been moved to the hospital wing of HMP Belmarsh after a “dramatic” loss of weight and deteriorating health, WikiLeaks has said.

The website said it had “grave concerns” about its founder’s well-being and claimed his condition had declined so much that he can hardly hold a conversation.

29.05.2019 - 04:12 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

Our publisher Julian Assange has endured 9 years of punishment through process. He now faces the rest of his life in prison. Please donate.

27.05.2019 - 20:27 [ Intercept ]

Sanders, Warren, and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment, a Renegade Use of the Espionage Act to Criminalize Journalism

The Justice Department filed 17 charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on Thursday, deploying the controversial Espionage Act as a cudgel against First Amendment protections and press freedom. It’s the first time the U.S. government has used the Espionage Act to prosecute a publisher, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, along with Sen. Ron Wyden, who all have been outspoken on civil liberties issues, slammed the indictment.

27.05.2019 - 20:11 [ Democracy Now ]

Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage Charges Against Assange Are Most Significant Attack on Press in Decades

As the Justice Department charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act, we speak to Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, he was charged with violating the Espionage Act for leaking a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications. At the time, Ellsberg faced over 100 years in prison. He tells Democracy Now!, “There hasn’t actually been such a significant attack on the freedom of the press … since my case in 1971.”

25.05.2019 - 18:37 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for Presidents / Twitter ]

Charging Assange under the Espionage Act will have a srs chilling effect on our most fundamental rights of freedom of speech & freedom of the press. Every American—certainly every journalist—must strongly condemn this anti-democratic act by the Trump Admin

24.05.2019 - 04:22 [ Freedom of the Press Foundation ]

The Trump admin’s new charges against Julian Assange are a fundamental threat to press freedom in the 21st century

The Espionage Act, originally intended for use against spies, has been wielded against as sources of journalists and whistleblowers in recent decades, but never a publisher.

24.05.2019 - 04:14 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

WIKILEAKS RESPONDS TO ESPIONAGE ACT INDICTMENT AGAINST ASSANGE: UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK ON FREE PRESS

24.05.2019 - 04:11 [ New York Times ]

Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues

The case has nothing to do with Russia’s election interference in 2016, when Mr. Assange’s organization published Democratic emails stolen by Russia as part of its covert efforts to help elect President Trump. Instead, it focuses on Mr. Assange’s role in the leak of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables and military files by the former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

Justice Department officials did not explain why they decided to charge Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act — a step also debated within the Obama administration but ultimately not taken.

17.05.2019 - 06:38 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

Julian Assange. In his own words: The Media, Propaganda and You.

17.05.2019 - 06:17 [ Chelsea E. Manning / Twitter ]

** Today, Chelsea was not only put back in jail, but Judge Anthony Trenga ordered her to be fined $500 every day she is in custody after 30 days and $1,000 every day she is in custody after 60 days. This is unprecedented.

17.05.2019 - 06:17 [ ORF.at ]

Ex-WikiLeaks-Informantin Manning wieder in Haft

Die Whistleblowerin hatte sich zuvor erneut geweigert, zum Fall von WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange auszusagen.

13.05.2019 - 13:05 [ RT Deutsch / Youtube ]

„Wichtigster Journalist der Welt“ – Protest vor Gefängnis, in dem Assange festgehalten wird

„Der Grund, warum diese Maßnahmen ergriffen wurden, ist, dass er auf den Missbrauch der Staatsmacht, die Kriegsverbrechen, die im Irak begangen wurden, aufmerksam gemacht hat, und dafür sollten wir ihn verehren und ihn nicht so bestrafen und sanktionieren, wie es die britische Regierung jetzt versucht“, sagte das unabhängige Parlamentsmitglied Chris Williamson.

13.05.2019 - 12:53 [ Tagesschau ]

Wieder Ermittlungen gegen Assange

Demnach will Schweden beantragen, dass Assange ausgeliefert wird, nachdem er seine Haftstrafe in Großbritannien abgesessen habe.

13.05.2019 - 11:05 [ Andy Niklaus ‏/ Twitter ]

#Unity4J ⌛️ Die SGP Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei veranstaltet am 18.5.19 um 11:00 Uhr eine Kundgebung zur Unterstützung von #JulianAssange vor der Britischen Botschaft in #Berlin Verteidigt die #Redefreiheit

13.05.2019 - 09:04 [ Stol.it ]

Schweden: Staatsanwaltschaft gibt Entschluss im Fall Assange bekannt

Die schwedische Staatsanwaltschaft will am Montag bekanntgeben, ob sie die Voruntersuchungen zu Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen gegen Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange wiederaufnimmt.

12.05.2019 - 12:13 [ Nina Cross / Nachdenkseiten ]

Enthüllt: Der Krieg der britischen Regierung gegen Assange und die Pressefreiheit

Wegen seiner Rolle bei der Aufdeckung von Kriegsverbrechen und Korruption der USA hat sich ein empörtes US-Establishment verschworen, Assange zum Schweigen zu bringen, Anklage gegen ihn zu erheben und seine Auslieferung zu fordern. Unterdessen brachte die britische Regierung riesige staatliche Ressourcen taktisch zum Einsatz, um Washington zu Diensten zu sein, wobei sie einer Agenda der Auslieferung und Verfolgung folgte. Auf diese Weise zeigte die Regierung, gemeinsam mit einem Großteil der politischen Klasse, nicht nur ihre Komplizenschaft mit dem, was als Krieg gegen Assange anerkannt ist, sondern auch mit dem Krieg gegen Journalisten, Verleger und Whistleblower und – was noch wichtiger ist – gegen die Presse- und Meinungsfreiheit.

28.04.2019 - 13:03 [ DoughtyStreet.co.uk ]

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy conducts visit to Julian Assange and Doughty Street Chambers

The UN announced on 5 April that the UN Special Rapporteur had the agreement of Ecuador to visit Mr Assange in the embassy on 25 April to “help determine if there exists a prima facie case of violation of privacy that warrants further investigation.” The announcement made clear that the UN Special Rapporteur had received “assurances from the Government of Ecuador that it will facilitate his visit to the country’s embassy in London.”

On 10 April, WikiLeaks announced it had proof of the extent of surveillance and interference with the right to privacy inside the embassy, which included the recording of visits by his lawyers, including the copying of their notes, as well as recording visits of his doctors. This was reported widely around the world (see, for example, here, here, here and here).

The next day, on 11 April, Mr Assange was forcefully removed from the embassy by British police

25.04.2019 - 06:19 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

“Anguish is what I feel” – Julian Assange’s father speaks of the ‘no touch torture’ suffered in the embassy, makes plea for his son to be able to return to Australia to recover his health. Good Morning Britain:

24.04.2019 - 15:11 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

We confirm Julian Assange has access to his lawyers, is now speaking with them regularly and will have an in person visit in the coming days.

24.04.2019 - 08:47 [ Amerika21.de ]

Auslieferung von Julian Assange an die USA: Es geht ums Ganze!

Nicht nur Assanges Leben steht auf dem Spiel ‒ auch der Fortbestand der Pressefreiheit und damit ein Grundpfeiler der Demokratie

24.04.2019 - 08:39 [ Amerika21.de ]

Ex-Außenminister von Ecuador: „Präsident Moreno ist vom CIA angeworben worden“

Im Gespräch mit der spanischen Ausgabe des Senders Russia Today warf Patiño dem amtierenden Präsidenten vor, im Auftrag des US-amerikanischen Geheimdienstes CIA zu arbeiten. „Moreno ist ein professioneller Betrüger. Alles was er macht ist von der CIA erarbeitet worden. Er versucht alles zu beseitigen, was wir aufgebaut haben“, sagte er mit Blick auf die zehnjährige Politik der „Bürgerrevolution“ der Regierung von Ex-Präsident Rafael Correa. Patiños Meinung zufolge sei Moreno selbst gar nicht in der Lage, solch einen Plan zu entwickeln.

22.04.2019 - 20:15 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

„The arrest of Assange is a step taken by those who want to go back to past times where opacity reigned, cutting our fundamental rights and punishing those who uncover the secrets that shame those who hold power.“

20.04.2019 - 16:20 [ Sky News ]

Julian Assange put through ‚hell‘ at embassy, says former diplomat

Speaking to Sky News, Fidel Narvaez disputed claims that Assange had assaulted guards, didn’t clean up after himself, didn’t take care of his pet cat and even smeared human excrement on the walls of the embassy.

He said: „Julian had a respectful relationship with staff, diplomats and administrative staff. I don’t recall a single incident when he disrespected someone until I left in July 2018.

19.04.2019 - 18:01 [ derStandard.at ]

US-Vorwürfe gegen Assange offenbar schwerer als bekannt

Das Schreiben des US-Justizministeriums vom 7. März 2018 richtete sich an den ehemaligen WikiLeaks-Aktivisten Daniel Domscheit-Berg aus Deutschland, den die Staatsanwälte als Zeugen vernehmen wollten. Es wurde einen Tag nach der inzwischen veröffentlichten Anklage gegen Assange aufgesetzt. Der Vorwurf des „unerlaubten Erhalts und der Verbreitung geheimer Informationen“ ermöglicht nicht nur ein deutlich höheres Strafmaß bis hin zur Todesstrafe – er richtet sich potenziell auch gegen Medienorganisationen …

17.04.2019 - 13:54 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

“Give the man his truly earned freedom”. Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize winner, accepts the Daphne Galizia award in the European Parliament on behalf of imprisoned Julian Assange. The award is for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information.

17.04.2019 - 13:29 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Right to Information. The award, sponsored by European parliamentarians, was established in honour of assassinated Maltese journalist, Daphne Galizia.

16.04.2019 - 07:00 [ Heike Hänsel, Mitglied des Bundestages / Twitter ]

Freedom for Julian Assange – No extradition to the USA! Joint statement by @SevimDagdelen, Heike Hänsel and @anamirandapaz on the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in front of HMP Belmarsh prison in London: .. #FreeAssange #Unity4J #ProtectJulian

16.04.2019 - 06:36 [ theCanary.co/uk ]

On Sky News, an inconvenient fact from Julian Assange’s lawyer collapses the official narrative

On 14 April, UK lawyer for Julian Assange, Jennifer Robinson, collapsed the official narrative on Sky News.

Speaking to Sophy Ridge, Robinson pointed out an inconvenient fact:

„All these people saying he was hiding from Swedish justice. If that were the case, why didn’t he walk out the embassy two years ago when this case was dropped?“

15.04.2019 - 21:30 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Julian Assange: politischer Gefangener

Die Lektion ist klar: Wenn man die Geschichte der Regierung unterstützt, ist man ein „mutiger Journalist“. Wenn man Korruption in der Regierung aufdeckt, ist man ein Verbrecher. Wollen wir wirklich in einem Land leben, in dem es illegal ist, zu erfahren, dass unsere Regierung an Straftaten beteiligt ist? Ich dachte, wir hätten als engagierte Bürger die Pflicht, unsere Regierung zur Verantwortung zu ziehen!

14.04.2019 - 20:54 [ WSWS ]

Deutsche Medien denunzieren Assange

Liest man die Kommentare der deutschen Medien über die Verhaftung von Julian Assange, kann man nur folgern, dass es um Demokratie und Pressefreiheit in Deutschland schlecht bestellt ist.

14.04.2019 - 20:42 [ WSWS ]

Weltweite Empörung über Verhaftung von WikiLeaks-Herausgeber Julian Assange

Die Verhaftung des Journalisten und WikiLeaks-Herausgebers Julian Assange in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London am Donnerstagmorgen stößt weltweit auf Empörung.

14.04.2019 - 16:18 [ Craig Murray ]

Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles.

Tonight both Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are in jail, both over offences related to the publication of materials specifying US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and both charged with nothing else at all. No matter what bullshit political and MSM liars try to feed you, that is the simple truth. Manning and Assange are true heroes of our time, and are suffering for it.

14.04.2019 - 16:06 [ Rubikon ]

Die Rache – Ein Exempel an Julian Assange soll Protest und Widerstand gegen die Machenschaften der Weltmächte im Keim ersticken.

Schon Tage vor der Verhaftung von Julian Assange hatte der frühere britische Botschafter und Menschenrechtsaktivist Craig Murray mit anderen Kämpfern für die Pressefreiheit vor der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London ausgeharrt, um ein Zeichen seiner Solidarität mit dem WikiLeaks-Herausgeber zu setzen. Seinen Antrag, Assange zu besuchen, hatte die Botschaft ignoriert. Als der brutale Zugriff dann erfolgte, setzte sich Craig Murray sofort in den Zug nach London. Im Gerichtssaal wohnte er dann einem unwürdigen Spektakel bei: einer Aburteilung im Schnellverfahren.

14.04.2019 - 15:59 [ Craig Murray, former British Ambassador ‏/ Twitter ]

A friendly lawyer here in Doughty St just kindly advised me not to refer to Judge Michael Snow as „narcissistic“ in case of charges for contempt of court. Sadly I didn’t have time to ask his advice on „bigoted right wing bastard“. #FreeJulian

14.04.2019 - 15:56 [ WinningTheGameOfLife ‏/ Twitter ]

So same judge who last year gave Tony Blair immunity against criminal charges and blocked the private criminal prosecution against him now has this to say about Assange. Hmmm #FreeAssange #JulianAssange #Assange

13.04.2019 - 19:36 [ antikrieg.com ]

IWF-Deal für Ecuador ebnete den Weg für Assanges Verhaftung

Die Ausweisung aus der Botschaft war eine lange berichtete Bedingung für den Vertrag

13.04.2019 - 18:39 [ antikrieg.com ]

Die sieben Jahre Lügen über Assange werden jetzt nicht aufhören

Es handelte sich um eine Anfrage nach dem Informationsgesetz durch einen Verbündeten von Assange, nicht um eine Medienstelle, welche Dokumente aufdeckte, die zeigten, dass schwedische Ermittler tatsächlich den Fall gegen Assange bereits 2013 einstellen wollten. Das Vereinigte Königreich bestand jedoch darauf, die Scharade fortzusetzen, damit Assange eingesperrt bleiben konnte. Ein britischer Beamter schickte den Schweden eine E-Mail: „Wagt es nicht, kalte Füße zu bekommen!“

13.04.2019 - 17:12 [ ]

The 7 years of lies about Assange won’t stop now

For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations.

For seven years, we have had to listen to a chorus of journalists, politicians and “experts” telling us that Assange was nothing more than a fugitive from justice, and that the British and Swedish legal systems could be relied on to handle his case in full accordance with the law. Barely a “mainstream” voice was raised in his defence in all that time.

13.04.2019 - 15:55 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

EFF Statement on Assange Indictment and Arrest

While the indictment of Julian Assange centers on an alleged attempt to break a password—an attempt that was not apparently successful—it is still, at root, an attack on the publication of leaked material and the most recent act in an almost decade-long effort to punish a whistleblower and the publisher of her leaked material. Several parts of the indictment describe very common journalistic behavior, like using cloud storage or knowingly receiving classified information or redacting identifying information about a source. Other parts make common free software tools like Linux and Jabber seem suspect. And while we are relieved that the government has not chosen to include publication-based charges today, the government can issue additional charges for at least another two months. It should not do so.

13.04.2019 - 15:09 [ John Pilger ]

THE ASSANGE ARREST IS A WARNING FROM HISTORY

The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for „democratic“ societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear in the legal ruling of its Working Party on Arbitrary Detention.

12.04.2019 - 21:52 [ Ben Norton, Journalist, @GrayzoneProject ‏/ Twitter ]

Tulsi Gabbard made a strong statement against the arrest of journalist and political prisoner Julian Assange. Will any other US presidential candidates speak out against this blatant attack on the freedom of press and speech? @BernieSanders? @EWarren?

12.04.2019 - 20:38 [ CODEPINK / Twitter ]

Great to see @TulsiGabbard speak out against the arrest of #JulianAssange. Can we count on any other members of Congress to do the same? #FreeAssange #FreeChelsea

12.04.2019 - 20:21 [ Rafael Correa / Twitter ]

Mundo: Esta es la prensa corrupta del Ecuador, cómplice de Moreno, que trata de justificar la expulsión de Assange. Nunca fuimos permisivos con Assange, y la nacionalidad ecuatoriana se la dieron en el 2018, es decir, en el Gobierno de Moreno.

12.04.2019 - 20:16 [ Ricardo Patiño, ex Canciller y ex Ministro de Defensa del Ecuador / Twitter ]

World shame! @Lenin took his betrayal to a global extent. He authorized the arrest of Assange in our embassy in London. He violated the Constitution, the international agreements and put at risk the life of a journalist that revealed atrocious crimes. We condemn you Judas

12.04.2019 - 20:03 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Ecuador’s demented claims are completely false, a coordinated media plan agreed in advance between Ecuador and the UK being rolled out to taint Assange and divert attention from US indictment.

12.04.2019 - 20:03 [ Pete Kreiner ‏/ Twitter ]

This is the beginning of a media smear campaign against Julian Assange, designed by his enemies to ruin his character to the point that he no longer has any integrity.

12.04.2019 - 19:51 [ Democracy Now ]

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is “Scandalous” and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S.

Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange’s arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

12.04.2019 - 15:04 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus ‏/ Twitter ]

The purpose of arresting #JulianAssange is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet and don’t get out of line. If we, the people, allow the government to control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer America.

12.04.2019 - 15:00 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Tulsi Gabbard on Jake Tapper explains what makes the Trump DOJ’s indictment and extradition of Julian Assange so dangerous to press freedoms but also to general political liberties:

12.04.2019 - 14:44 [ Fefe ]

Der Weltwährungsfonds hat Ecuador übrigens gerade einen Kredit über 4,2 Milliarden Dollar gewährt. Na DAS ist doch mal ein bemerkenswertes Timing!

Ob sie den Scheck in der Botschaft in London überreicht haben, damit Ecuador versteht, was im Gegenzug von ihnen erwartet wird?

12.04.2019 - 14:41 [ Enca.com ]

IMF approves $4.2bn loan for Ecuador

The International Monetary Fund on Monday approved a $4.2-billion, three-year loan for Ecuador, part of a broader aid package to help support the government’s economic reform program.

The Washington-based lender agreed to the terms of the financing late last month, and the final approval of the IMF board on Monday releases the first installment of $652-million.

12.04.2019 - 14:33 [ derStandard.at ]

Hillary Clinton: Assange muss sich für seine Taten verantworten

US-Geheimdienste gehen nach eigenen Angaben davon aus, dass die im Präsidentschaftswahlkampf gestohlenen E-Mails von russischen Hackern heruntergeladen und Wikileaks zugespielt wurden, um Clinton zu schaden und Donald Trump zu helfen.

12.04.2019 - 14:16 [ CNN ]

Hillary Clinton says Assange ‚has to answer for what he has done‘

„I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it’s not about punishing journalism, it is about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government, and look, I’ll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK,“ Clinton said.

12.04.2019 - 14:08 [ Mrs. Christine Assange ‏/ Twitter ]

Remember.. Warriors NOT Worriers! Despite being sick & in pain from prolonged detention & torture.. Julians spirit stays strong! He needs us to stay strong to keep him strong in the battles ahead! Pls attend court hearings/detention locations to let him know he’s not alone.

12.04.2019 - 14:02 [ Sky News ]

‚Thuggish, brutal, unlawful‘: Calls for UK to block Julian Assange extradition

Julian Assange’s mother has demanded her son’s release, condemning his „thuggish, brutal, unlawful“ arrest.

Christine Assange said she would „fight like hell“ to secure his release.

12.04.2019 - 06:26 [ theIntercept.com ]

The U.S. Government’s Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedoms

The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. Government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to criminalize numerous activities at the core of investigative journalism.

So much of what has been reported today about this indictment has been false. Two facts in particular have been utterly distorted by the DOJ and then misreported by numerous media organizations.

12.04.2019 - 06:14 [ Jeremy Scahill ‏/ Twitter ]

The continued imprisonment of @xychelsea is an utter disgrace. The arrest of Julian Assange represents an extremely dangerous crossing of the rubicon. This is an assault on journalism and a free press. All journalists should stand in fierce opposition.

12.04.2019 - 05:59 [ Jen Robinson ‏/ Twitter ]

An Australian citizen is facing extradition to the US for his publishing work with @wikileaks, which has won the @SydPeaceFound and @walkleys Awards. Our government should take action to bring Julian #Assange home @MarisePayne @dfat @SenatorWong #auspol

12.04.2019 - 05:58 [ teleSUR tv / Twitter ]

Correa: Moreno humilla a Ecuador permitiendo detención de Assange

En entrevista para teleSUR el expresidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, analizó la detención este jueves del periodista Julian Assange, refugiado desde 2012 en la embajada del país suramericano en Reino Unido. El arresto del fundador de Wikileaks se produjo después que el gobierno de Lenín Moreno le retirara la ciudadanía ecuatoriana y el asilo político y permitiera a la policía de Londres ingresar en la sede diplomática. teleSUR.

12.04.2019 - 05:48 [ ITV.com ]

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ‘could spend decades behind bars in US’

But WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson expressed concern there could be more serious charges awaiting Assange.

He told the Press Association: “We believe this indictment presented in the extradition request is only a part of the story – that there will be more later, that will be added on, more charges.

11.04.2019 - 17:36 [ National Union of Journalists (UK) ]

NUJ reaction: Julian Assange arrest

The NUJ is shocked and concerned by the actions of the authorities today in relation to Julian Assange. His lawyer has confirmed he has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. The UK should not be acting on behalf of the Trump administration in this case. The NUJ recognises the inherent link between and importance of leaked confidential documents and journalism reporting in the public interest. It should be remembered that in April 2010 WikiLeaks released Collateral Murder, a video showing a 2007 US Apache helicopter attack upon individuals in Baghdad, more than 23 people were killed including two Reuters journalists. The manner in which Assange is treated will be of great significance to the practice of journalism.

11.04.2019 - 17:00 [ Glenn Greenwald ‏/ Twitter ]

NBC is the official organ of whatever you call it: the military-industrial complex, the Deep State, the Blob. I’m glad they made it official by putting CIA & intel officials on their payroll. The above psychopathic tweet is what you’d expect to hear at Langley, not a news outlet.

11.04.2019 - 16:56 [ American Civil Liberties Union ]

ACLU Comment on Julian Assange Arrest

Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. Moreover, prosecuting a foreign publisher for violating U.S. secrecy laws would set an especially dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest.

11.04.2019 - 16:55 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Julian Assange expected at magistrates court after arrest – watch live

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to arrive at Westminster magistrates court after being arrested by British police on Thursday after they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.

11.04.2019 - 16:43 [ CNN International ‏/ Twitter ]

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told Parliament she welcomes the arrest of Julian Assange: „This goes to show in the UK, no one is above the law“

11.04.2019 - 15:20 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

US Attorney for Assange, Barry Pollack statement on Assange arrest on behalf of the US in relation to 2010 publications:

11.04.2019 - 14:31 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Obama DOJ tried to concoct a theory to justify arresting Assange for more than merely publishing docs: such as claiming he aided Manning in the the theft of docs. They found no evidence for it. Trump DOJ will likely manufacture some falsehood to claim it’s more than publishing.

11.04.2019 - 14:26 [ met.police.uk ]

UPDATE: Arrest of Julian Assange

Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53hrs after his arrival at a central London police station. This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates‘ Court later today (Thursday, 11 April).

11.04.2019 - 14:20 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

LIVE: Assange arrested in London: stakeout at police station

11.04.2019 - 14:09 [ Consortium News ]

Spanish Police Probe Extortion Scheme Involving Surveillance on Assange

In an apparent reference to Moreno, Hrafnsson said: “We know from reports that this is the work of one person to service the interests of the United States government who want to indict and imprison a publisher for the crime of publishing truthful material.”

Robinson said WikiLeaks would file a “fresh complaint” to the UN special rapporteur on privacy rights, who has said he will visit Assange on April 25. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer will also visit Assange that day, WikiLeaks said.

11.04.2019 - 13:43 [ John Pilger ‏/ Twitter ]

The action of the British police in literally dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy and the smashing of international law by the Ecuadorean regime in permitting this barbarity are crimes against the most basic natural justice. This is a warning to all journalists.

11.04.2019 - 13:29 [ Jen Robinson ‏/ Twitter ]

From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning @xychelsea in early 2010.

11.04.2019 - 13:27 [ Jen Robinson / Twitter ]

Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. @wikileaks @khrafnsson