Archiv: political persecution


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.

13.01.2020 - 20:48 [ Consortium News ]

Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, Who Went Through Kafkaesque Trial, Wins 2020 Sam Adams Award

Ray McGovern reviews the case of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, who spent more than two years in jail, and the decision to award him the 2020 Sam Adams award.

29.12.2019 - 02:45 [ teleSUR ]

Pabon: Fear and Persecution Can Hurt the Pillars of Democracy

The Prefect of Pichincha, Paola Pabon expressed, in an exclusive interview with Telesur, her concern about how hatred and political persecution in Ecuador have wounded the most important motivation of democracy: the confrontation of ideas and thoughts, and freedom to think.

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 - 02:43 [ 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 - 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.

26.10.2019 - 16:44 [ Intercept ]

The FBI Has a Long History of Treating Political Dissent as Terrorism

While terrorism in the U.S. is relatively rare, over the last decade most politically motivated violence has come at the hands of far-right extremists. Despite that reality, the FBI has devoted disproportionate resources to the surveillance of nonviolent civil society groups and protest movements, particularly on the left, using its mandate to protect national security to target scores of individuals posing no threat but opposing government policies and practices.

23.10.2019 - 19:27 [ Don't Extradite Assange ‏/ Twitter ]

@CraigMurrayOrg on Julian Assange’s appearance in court yesterday: „Everybody in that court yesterday saw that one of the greatest journalists and most important dissidents of our times is being tortured to death by the state, before our eyes.“

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.

17.08.2019 - 13:49 [ theWire.in ]

Families of Kashmir Detainees in the Dark About Where or Why They Are Locked up

According to a government official, at least 500 local leaders and activists have been arrested or detained across Kashmir since the beginning of last week.

17.08.2019 - 13:27 [ Scroll.in ]

Who detained Kashmiri politician Shah Faesal and under what law?

Faesal is not the first Kashmiri politician to be detained in Srinagar over the past week. Since the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by nullifying Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories, two former chief ministers – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – have been arrested and a third, Farooq Abdullah, is said to be under house arrest.

The order to arrest Mufti, the leader of People’s Democratic Party, also held in a Srinagar guest house, said her activities were likely to cause a “breach of peace”.

17.08.2019 - 13:23 [ Congress / Twitter ]

Widespread illegal arrests by the Modi Govt all across J&K shows that the Govt doesn’t care for civil liberties and democratic processes. #StopIllegalArrestsInKashmir

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.

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 - 10:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Kim Darroch: Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication

“It cannot conceivably be right that newspapers or any other media organisation publishing such material face prosecution,” he added.

“In my view there is no threat to national security implied in the release of this material. It is embarrassing, but it is not a threat to national security. It is the duty of media organisations to bring new and interesting facts into the public domain. That is what they are there for.”

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.“

26.06.2019 - 15:01 [ Hongkong Free Press ]

No longer an apolitical technocrat, Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam must learn to engage critics

Why would Ms. Lam put forward a bill that failed to adhere to international best practice on human rights? And why would she stick to her guns when key authorities – including both the Hong Kong Bar Association and the Hong Kong Law Society – pointed out key flaws in the government’s proposals? Impossible to know for sure, but it seems likely that her reading of what Beijing wanted from the final bill may have influenced her thinking. After all, her political future is in Beijing’s hands: the pro-Beijing Election Committee will decide on her second term, not the people of Hong Kong.

18.06.2019 - 18:47 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘sincerely apologises’ for extradition row, but refuses to retract bill or resign

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has personally apologised for the extradition law debacle but the postponed controversial bill will not be scrapped, despite a protest on Sunday attended by “two million” people. Lam, clad in all-white, said she has reflected deeply over the past few months.

16.06.2019 - 10:46 [ theStandard.com.hk ]

Retract the extradition bill, not suspending it: protesters

The Front’s convener Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit said there are five demands for today’s protest, that is for the government to retract the bill instead of suspending it, and for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to step down.

Protesters also demanded immediate release of those who have been arrested and charges against protesters to be dropped. The government should retract remarks saying the Wednesday protest was a “riot” and to hold those who ordered to fire bullets at protesters accountable.

16.06.2019 - 10:38 [ Hongkongfp.com ]

BREAKING: Hongkongers march in their thousands against extradition bill again, calling for leader to resign

Hongkongers marched in their thousands on Sunday to call for the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, despite its suspension by the government the day before. Chanting for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to step down, they marched through Wanchai and Causeway Bay en route to government headquarters in Admiralty.

16.06.2019 - 10:33 [ South China Morning Post ]

Sea of black in Hong Kong: Will march against suspended extradition bill get another record turnout?

Crowds formed in Victoria Park and filled subway stations across Hong Kong as another mass march against the government’s extradition bill began

15.06.2019 - 18:11 [ Intercept ]

WATCH: Glenn Greenwald Explains the Political Earthquake in Brazil Caused by Our Ongoing Exposés

The archive we received from our source is vast, and contains many more explosive stories yet to be reported. Just last night, we published another story exposing even more serious improprieties by Judge Moro, widely regarded as the anchor of legitimacy for the Bolsonaro government, that has led for more calls for him to resign. Because of the importance but also complexity of these issues for those outside of Brazil, we created a video explaining what this archive is about, what these revelations mean, and why the consequences of our reporting are so significant not only for Brazil but for the entire democratic world.

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?

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 - 05:35 [ Intercept ]

Exclusive: Leaked Chats Between Brazilian Judge and Prosecutor Who Imprisoned Lula Reveal Prohibited Collaboration and Doubts Over Evidence

(09.06.2019)

In the files, conversations between lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol and then-presiding Judge Sergio Moro reveal that Moro offered strategic advice to prosecutors and passed on tips for new avenues of investigation. With these actions, Moro grossly overstepped the ethical lines that define the role of a judge. In Brazil, as in the United States, judges are required to be impartial and neutral, and are barred from secretly collaborating with one side in a case.

Other chats in the archive raise fundamental questions about the quality of the charges that ultimately sent Lula to prison.

13.06.2019 - 05:35 [ Intercept ]

How and Why The Intercept Is Reporting on a Vast Trove of Materials About Brazil’s Operation Car Wash and Justice Minister Sergio Moro

(09.06.2019)

The Intercept’s only role in obtaining these materials was to receive them from our source, who contacted us many weeks ago (long before the recently alleged hacking of Moro’s telephone) and informed us that they had already obtained the full set of materials and was eager to provide them to journalists.

Informing the public of matters in the public interest and exposing wrongdoing was our guiding principle in doing this initial reporting on the archive, and it will continue to be our guiding principle as we report further on the large number of materials we have been provided.

13.06.2019 - 05:27 [ Intercept ]

Hidden Plot – Exclusive: Brazil’s Top Prosecutors Who Indicted Lula Schemed in Secret Messages to Prevent His Party From Winning 2018 Election

(09.06.2019)

An enormous trove of secret documents reveals that Brazil’s most powerful prosecutors, who have spent years insisting they are apolitical, instead plotted to prevent the Workers’ Party, or PT, from winning the 2018 presidential election by blocking or weakening a pre-election interview with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with the explicit purpose of affecting the outcome of the election.

12.06.2019 - 07:07 [ theGuardian.com ]

Hong Kong protest: debate on extradition bill delayed after tens of thousands of people protest – live

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong for protests as politicians debate legislation critics fear will allow extradition to China

10.06.2019 - 01:26 [ BBC ]

Hong Kong protesters demonstrate against extradition bill

The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Organisers say there were one million people, which would make it the biggest march in more than 20 years. Police say there were 240,000 at its peak.

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.

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.

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.

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 - 10:09 [ teleSUR ]

European Lawmakers Protest Outside Assange’s London Jail

German and Spanish lawmakers protested against Julian Assange’s detention on Monday, gathering outside a London prison to urge Britain and the EU to prevent his extradition to the United States.

Two leftist German MPs, Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen of Die Linke, and a Spanish Green member of the European Parliament, Ana Miranda, had been due to meet their „friend“ Assange in London’s Ecuadoran embassy later on Monday.

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?“

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 - 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 - 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 - 17:37 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Präsident von Ecuador verteidigt Auslieferung von Assange

Weniger erfreut zeigten sich Vertreter der ehemaligen Regierung von Ecuador, die Assange Asyl gewährt hatte. „Die Auslieferung von Julian Assange, der von der britischen Polizei aus unserer diplomatischen Mission gezerrt wird, ist eine nationale Schande und ein historischer Fehler, der Ecuador noch lange Zeit zutiefst belasten wird“, schrieb der Ex-Außenminister Guillaume Long.

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 - 14:41 [ 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 - 14:16 [ 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 - 17:55 [ Think Progress ]

Julian Assange’s arrest could raise serious concerns about freedom of the press

President Donald Trump famously declared that he loved WikiLeaks in 2016, after the DNC leak. But his administration cooled on the organization quickly and began to pursue a prosecution the Obama administration had tabled.

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

11.04.2019 - 13:18 [ Mrs. Christine Assange ‏/ Twitter ]

I have just spoken to one of Julians lawyers. Julian is likely to appear before a UK Magistrate within 24 hrs re (old defunct) „bail warrant“ UK likely to seek max prison term of 12 months in higher court. Our focus is as always to STOP a U.S. Extradition!

11.04.2019 - 13:13 [ Suzie Dawson, President, @InternetPartyNZ ‏/ Twitter ]

The first words Julian was able to speak to the world in more than a year: „The UK must resist this. The UK must resist“ The world will resist this Julian. Our efforts will be doubled and tripled now. #FreeJulian

11.04.2019 - 13:05 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Assange: Ecuador on why they gave up WikiLeaks co-founder

The WikiLeaks founder, 47, was taken into custody after failing to surrender to the court in 2012 – and has spent 2,487 days holed up in the West London embassy.

11.04.2019 - 12:48 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Julian Assange removed from Ecuadorian embassy in London

In a statement the Met police said: ‚The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster magistrates court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum‘