Archiv: political persecution


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.