What’s Your Take on Assange? – Questions For Corbett : The Corbett Report


20-04-19 05:28:00,

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Julian Assange as Neuroses – Global Research


19-04-19 04:28:00,

Julian Assange continues to ripple and roam as a cipher through the political and media scape of the world.  Detained in Belmarsh maximum security prison, the sort of stately abode only reserved for the most dangerous of criminals, many with indeterminate sentences, he electrifies and concerns. 

The US political classes continue to simmer with an obsession that has gone feral.  Some moderation can be found in the efforts of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky), who is seeking a bartering solution. “I think he should be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for coming to the United States and testifying.”  The question of causing harm or otherwise was less significant than what Assange had to offer in terms of information “probably pertinent to the hacking of the Democratic emails”. 

It is precisely the issue of harm that obsessives on the Hill fantasize about.  Their rage is that of Caliban before the mirror, and rather than taking issue with US foreign policy, see Assange as an imitator.   Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks of WikiLeaks and its “destructive role by directly interfering in democratic elections and referendums around the world, most troubling of which is WikiLeaks’ collaboration with Russia to directly interfere in the United States presidential election in 2016.”

But Assange’s formalised incarceration has enabled some scrutiny to be cast over the indictment in question. Dell Cameron from Gizmodo is constructively quizzical, suggesting a few holes in the US case against the publisher.  “Assange indicated that he had been trying to crack the password by stating that he had ‘no luck so far’.”  This raises two questions: Did he even venture to do so?  If so, can that very fact be proven?

Cameron goes on to do an admirable job of demonstrating how much of a journalist Assange actually was in engaging Chelsea Manning.  Far from being a freak cavalier with convention, the conduct squared with the more risqué tradition of investigative reporting.  The “acquisition and transmission of classified information” is standard bread and butter stuff for the fourth estate.  “If you have material you believe is newsworthy, please visit our SecureDrop page to learn more about how to safely transmit it to Gizmodo

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Debunking The “Assange Is A Russian Agent” Smears


18-04-19 05:06:00,

This is an excerpt from the upcoming mega-article “Debunking All The Assange Smears”, which is still under construction. I’m putting together a comprehensive list of all the major smears and disinfo that’s being circulated about Julian Assange, and refuting those arguments with the help of information brought to me by my readers and social media followers. Keep a lookout for the full article; it should be out soon, and it’s gonna be good. If you have any articles, tweets or short videos you’ve found which do a good job of refuting a specific Assange smear, please send them to me at admin@caitlinjohnstone.com, along with any smears you”d like to have more help addressing.


Smear 4: “He’s a Russian agent.”

Not even the US government alleges that WikiLeaks knowingly coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 publication of Democratic Party emails; the Robert Mueller Special Counsel alleged only that Guccifer 2.0 was the source of those emails and that Guccifer 2.0 was a persona covertly operated by Russian conspirators. The narrative that Assange worked for or knowingly conspired with the Russian government is a hallucination of the demented Russia hysteria which has infected all corners of mainstream political discourse. There is no evidence for it whatsoever, and anyone making this claim should be corrected and dismissed.

But we don’t even need to concede that much. To this day we have been presented with exactly zero hard evidence of the US government’s narrative about Russian hackers, and in a post-Iraq invasion world there’s no good reason to go pretending that we have. We’ve seen assertions from opaque government agencies and their allied firms within the US-centralized power alliance, but assertions are not evidence. We’ve seen indictments from Mueller, but indictments are assertions and assertions are not evidence. This doesn’t mean that Russia would never use hackers to interfere in world political affairs or that Vladimir Putin is some sort of virtuous girl scout, it just means that in a post-Iraq invasion world, only herd-minded human livestock believe the unsubstantiated assertions of opaque and unaccountable government agencies about governments who are oppositional to those same government agencies.

If the public can’t see the evidence, then as far as the public is concerned there is no evidence.

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Julian Assange Wins 2019 EU Journalism Award – Global Research


17-04-19 09:50:00,

Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left-Nordic Green Left Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, WikiLeaks informed Tuesday.

The award is given to individuals “uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public” and to honor “individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted” for such actions. Thus recognizing Assange’s work through WikiLeaks.

The prize is sponsored by European left-wing parliamentarians, who devised it in 2018 in honor of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia. Nobel Peace prize winner (1976), Mairead Maguire, received it on Assange’s behalf at an event in the European Parliament in France.

Assange is a multi-award winning journalist, with more than 15 international recognitions for his work. The most outstanding awards are the 2008 New Media Award from The Economist, 2010 Time Person of the Year (Reader’s Choice), 2009 Amnesty International UK Media Award, among others. Something his defense has repeatedly explained since by being a publisher and journalist, U.S. imprisonment would mean the violation of fundamental freedom of expression rights.

“The warning is explicit towards journalists. What happened to the founder and editor of WikiLeaks can happen to you in a newspaper, you in a TV studio, you on the radio, you running a podcast,” said award-winning journalist John Pilger writing in an op-ed for teleSUR.

On April 11, Assange’s even-year asylum was abruptly removed and then arrested by British police. Immediately the U.S. charged him with “computer hacking conspiracy,” over an allegation he conspired with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno even tried to minimize the actions by saying he was “miserable hacker.” Now his defense is fighting an extradition request to face the U.S. justice system, even though Ecuadorean officials have assured this will not happen.


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Aanhouding Assange: een waarschuwing van de geschiedenis


16-04-19 09:38:00,

“Wanneer mensen niet langer ernstige vragen stellen worden ze onderdanig en kneedbaar. Alles is dan mogelijk.” Volgens onafhankelijk journalist John Pilger is de aanhouding van Assange een waarschuwing aan alle journalisten. “Echte journalistiek is de vijand van de machthebbers”.

Het beeld van Julian Assange die wordt weggesleurd uit de Ecuadoraanse ambassade in Londen is een embleem van onze tijden. Macht boven recht. Spierkracht boven de wet. Brutaliteit over moed. Zes agenten overmanden een zieke journalist, die met toegeknepen ogen zijn eerste natuurlijke licht in bijna zeven jaar ziet.

Dat deze walging zich voordeed in het hartje van Londen, in het land van de Magna Carta moet reden tot ontzetting en woede zijn voor al wie vreest voor onze ‘democratieën’. Assange is een politiek vluchteling, beschermd door het internationaal recht, een ontvanger van asiel volgens de regels van een strikt verdrag dat Groot-Brittannië heeft ondertekend. De VN heeft dat duidelijk gemaakt in het besluit van de VN-Werkgroep over Arbitraire Detentie.

Naar de duivel ermee. Laat de bullebakken binnen, onder leiding van de quasi-fascisten in Trumps Washington, in samenwerking met Lenin Moreno van Ecuador, een Latijns-Amerikaanse Judas en leugenaar die zijn ranzig regime probeert af te dekken, en met de Britse elite die zijn laatste imperialistische mythe heeft laten varen: die van eerlijkheid en rechtvaardigheid.

Beeld je Tony Blair in, die uit zijn huis van vele miljoenen ponden in Georgische stijl in Connaught Square wordt gesleurd in de boeien, om van daaruit naar de bank van de beschuldigden in Den Haag te worden gezonden. Volgens de normen van Nuremberg is Blairs belangrijkste misdaad de dood van miljoenen Irakezen.

De schokkende aanhouding van Assange is een waarschuwing voor ons allen, zoals Oscar Wilde schreef: “Zaai de zaden van ontevredenheid (zonder dewelke) er geen vooruitgang naar de beschaving is”. Naar journalisten is deze waarschuwing zeer expliciet. Wat nu gebeurt met de oprichter en uitgever van WikiLeaks kan met jou gebeuren in je krant, in je tv-studio, op je radio, op je podcast.

De Guardian, Assange’s voornaamste mediabasher en collaborateur met de diepe staat, toonde zijn nervositeit deze week met een editoriaal (zie The Guardian view on Assange and extradition: say no to the US) dat nieuwe hoogtes van schijnheiligheid bereikte. De Guardian heeft het werk van Assange en WikiLeaks uitgebuit in wat zijn vorige uitgever “de grootste scoop van de laatste 30 jaar “ heeft genoemd.

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Ron Paul: “As Long As Assange Is In Prison, We Are All In Prison”


16-04-19 09:49:00,

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Last week’s arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by the British government on a US extradition order is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on the US Constitution. It is an attack on the free press. It is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on our right to know what our government is doing with our money in our name. Julian Assange is every bit as much a political prisoner as was Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary or Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

They, and so many more, were imprisoned because they told the truth about their governments.

Repressive governments do not want their citizens to know that they are up to so they insist on controlling the media. We are taught, at the same time, that we have a free press whose job it is to uncover the corruption in our system so that we can demand our political leaders make some changes or face unemployment. That, we are told, is what makes us different from the totalitarian.

The arrest of Assange is a canary in a coal mine to warn us that something is very wrong with our system.

What’s wrong? The US mainstream media always seems to do the bidding of the US government. That is why they rushed to confirm Washington’s claim that the Assange indictment was not in any way about journalism. It was only about hacking government computers!

As the New York Times said in an editorial, sounding like a mouthpiece of the US government, Julian Assange committed “an indisputable crime.” But was it? As actual journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote last week, what Julian Assange did in 2010, for which he is facing extradition to the US, is no different from what New York Times and other journalists do every day! He attempted to help Chelsea Manning shield his identity as he blew the whistle on US government crimes to a publisher. The information in question included a video showing US military personnel participating in and cheering the murder of Iraqi civilians. Why is it criminal for us to know this?

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Assange Arrest Is An Attack On Journalism, Liberty, Self-Government, & Civilization Itself


16-04-19 09:32:00,

Authored by Michael Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all of the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense – the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen.

– William Edgar Borah

Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilization.  

– Oscar Wilde

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.

– John Pilger: Assange Arrest a Warning from History

I was born 80 years ago in a country called the United States of America, and now I live in a Homeland — an expression we haven’t heard since Hitler.

– Gore Vidal

The only thing I’ve been able to think about for the last few days is the mugging of Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. This post could go in many different directions, but given all the excellent articles already written on the topic, what seems most necessary is an explanation of what this means in the big picture of freedom in the Western world and civilization in general.

Assange’s apprehension on April 11, 2019 and the related indictment and extradition request by the U.S., has led to a level of concern and anger similar to how I felt during the financial crisis and banker bailouts a decade ago. This may seem hyperbolic, but allow me to explain.

As long-time readers know, the financial crisis and subsequent bailouts, including the failure to prosecute bank executives for extreme fraud,

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Die 7 Jahre der Lügen über Assange werden jetzt nicht aufhören. | KenFM.de


15-04-19 11:20:00,

Von Jonathan Cook.

Sieben Jahre lang, von dem Moment an, als Julian Assange in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London Zuflucht suchte, haben sie uns gesagt, dass wir falsch liegen, dass wir paranoide Verschwörungstheoretiker sind. Uns wurde gesagt, dass es keine wirkliche Gefahr einer Auslieferung Assanges an die Vereinigten Staaten gäbe und dass das alles in unseren fieberhaften Phantasien begründet läge.

Seit sieben Jahren hören wir einen Chor von Journalisten, Politikern und „Experten“, die uns sagen, dass Assange nichts anderes sei als ein Flüchtling vor der Justiz und dass man sich darauf verlassen könne, dass die britische und die schwedische Rechtsordnung seinen Fall in voller Übereinstimmung mit dem Gesetz behandeln. Kaum eine „Mainstream“-Stimme erhob sich in dieser ganzen Zeit für die Verteidigung von Julian Assange.

Von dem Moment an, als er Asyl suchte, wurde Assange als Gesetzloser ausgewiesen. Seine Rolle als Gründer von WikiLeaks – der digitalen Plattform, die zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte den Normalbürgern einen Einblick in die dunkelsten Winkel der sichersten Gewölbe der tiefsten der tiefen Staaten gewährte – wurde aus den Akten gelöscht.

Assange wurde zu einem der bedeutendsten Persönlichkeiten unserer Zeit – ein Mann, der einen zentralen Platz in den Geschichtsbüchern einnehmen wird, wenn wir als Spezies lange genug leben, um diese Bücher zu schreiben. Doch er wurde auf nichts anderes als auf einen Sexualstraftäter und schmutzigen Kautionsflüchtling verunglimpft.

Die politische und mediale Klasse verbreitete narrative Darstellungen von Halbwahrheiten über angebliche sexuelle Vergehen, [Vergewaltigungsvorwürfe, H.S.] wegen denen gegen Assange in Schweden ermittelt wurde. Sie übersahen die Tatsache, dass Assange vom ursprünglichen Ermittler, der die Anklage fallen ließ, erlaubt worden war, Schweden zu verlassen, nur damit diese von einem anderen Ermittler mit einer gut dokumentierten politischen Agenda wiederbelebt werden konnte. Sie haben nicht erwähnt, dass Assange immer bereit war, von schwedischen Staatsanwälten in London befragt zu werden, wie es in Dutzenden von anderen Fällen von Auslieferungsverfahren praktiziert wurde.

Diese Höflinge betonten endlos seine Kautionsverletzung im Vereinigten Königreich und ignorierten die Tatsache, dass Asylbewerber, die vor gerichtlicher Verfolgung fliehen, normalerweise die Kautionsbedingungen nicht einhalten. Das ist schließlich der Grund, warum sie Asyl anstreben.

Das politische und mediale Establishment ignorierte die zunehmenden Beweise für eine geheime Grand Jury in Virginia,

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Julian Assange darf nicht an die USA ausgeliefert werden


15-04-19 02:33:00,

Ana Miranda, Sevim Dagdelen und Heike Hänsel vor dem Hochsicherheitsgefängnis Belmash.

Stellungnahme von Abgeordneten des Deutschen Bundestages (Die Linke) und des Europäischen Parlaments (Grüne/Europäische Freie Allianz) an die Medien

Wir, die Abgeordneten des Deutschen Bundestages und des Europäischen Parlaments, hatten für letzten Donnerstag und diesen Montag einen Besuch bei Julian Assange geplant, der von der ecuadorianischen Botschaft genehmigt und bestätigt wurde. Julian Assange wurde kurz vor unserem Besuch verhaftet.

Deshalb sind wir heute hier vor dem Gefängnis, um gegen die Verhaftung von Julian Assange zu protestieren.

Wir verurteilen auf das Schärfste das Verhalten der ecuadorianischen Regierung in der vergangenen Woche, das einen eklatanten Verstoß gegen das Völkerrecht darstellt, indem Assange der Asylstatus aberkannt und ihm seine ecuadorianische Staatsbürgerschaft entzogen wurde, um seine Verhaftung zu ermöglichen. In Folge wurde der britischen Polizei Zugang zur Botschaft gewährt, damit sie im Auftrag der US-Behörden die Verhaftung vornimmt. Die USA berufen sich auf das Auslieferungsgesetz, wie die britische Polizei inzwischen bestätigte. Dies schafft einen gefährlichen Präzedenzfall, der de facto den Journalismus, die Pressefreiheit und die Freiheit des Wortes weltweit gefährdet.

Die ecuadorianische Regierung versucht nun, die Aufmerksamkeit von ihrem Rechtsverstoß abzulenken, indem sie eine Schmutz- und Verleumdungskampagne gegen Assange durchführt, um die öffentliche Meinung über Herrn Assange zu vergiften.

Unser oberstes Ziel als Mitglieder des Deutschen Bundestages und des Europäischen Parlaments ist es nun, die Auslieferung von Julian Assange an die USA zu verhindern. Dies ist eine Verpflichtung aller anständigen Demokraten der EU-Mitgliedstaaten, die internationale Übereinkommen einschließlich der Genfer Flüchtlingskonvention, des UN-Paktes über bürgerliche und politische Rechte sowie der Charta der Grundrechte der Europäischen Union unterzeichnet haben, die die Anwendung von Folter und unmenschlicher oder erniedrigender Behandlung oder Strafe verbietet.

Nils Melzer, der UN-Sonderberichterstatter über Folter, hat kürzlich erklärt, dass sich die Gesundheit von Herrn Assange “schwerwiegend verschlechtert” hat. Würde er an die Vereinigten Staaten ausgeliefert, “könnte eine solches Vorgehen ihn einem realen Risiko schwerer Verletzungen seiner Menschenrechte aussetzen, einschließlich seiner Meinungsfreiheit, seines Rechts auf ein faires Verfahren und des Verbots grausamer, unmenschlicher oder erniedrigender Behandlung oder Strafe”.

Das Vereinigte Königreich hat wiederholt darauf hingewiesen, dass die Angst von Herrn Assange, an die USA ausgeliefert zu werden, unbegründet sei. Jetzt wissen wir, dass es das nicht war.

Wir stehen humanitär in der Pflicht,

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Major Revelation: Assange Was Bought for $4.2 Billion – Former Ecuadorian President Confirms IMF Loan In Exchange For Assange – Global Research


14-04-19 12:26:00,

Former and much loved Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has accused Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno of suspending the asylum of cyber-activist Julian Assange in order to obtain a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Correa said that there is evidence of the agreement and that Moreno, whom Correa selected at his successor, has promised to “hand over” Assange in a 2017 meeting with Paul Manafort, former US campaign chief to Donald Trump.

Former President Correa, who broke with Moreno, also commented on visits to Ecuador by US Vice President Mike Pence.

At these times, Moreno would have promised to “help isolate Venezuela, leave the Chevron oil corporation, a company that destroyed half of the Amazon rainforest, unpunished, and to deliver Assange.”

Last month, the IMF announced approval of a $4.2 billion loan to Ecuador. The first installment, of $652 million, has already been paid.

Correa suspects that the Ecuadorian president made the decision to withdraw Assange’s asylum after WikiLeaks published documents about Moreno’s alleged relationship with a failing company, INA Papers.

The former president pointed out that the company INA Papers was registered in 2012, when Moreno was still its vice president.

According to the Ecuadorian head of state, the measure to remove his asylum was a response to the journalist’s disrespectful and aggressive behavior, his hostile and threatening statements against Ecuador and alleged violations of international conventions, justifications considered to be unconvincing both by supporters of the cyber-activist as by several analysts.

Assange, who is responsible for the publication of US government secret documents, is the reason for the extradition request. The great concern for his lawyers – and he too – is that the British authorities actually decide to send him to the United States, where the legal consequences of upsetting Washington are still uncertain.

Assange will be on videoconference for the proceedings of the next extradition hearing, set for May 2.

It will be a preliminary session of a court case that can last for months or even years.


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The Assange Arrest: You Have the Right to Remain Silent – Global Research


14-04-19 09:52:00,

The date – April 11, 2019 – will live in infamy in the annals of Western “values” and “freedom of expression.” The image is stark. A handcuffed journalist and publisher dragged out by force from the inside of an embassy, clutching a Gore Vidal book on the History of the U.S. National Security State.

The mechanism is brutal. WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested because the United States demanded this from the Tory British government, which for its part meekly claimed it did not pressure Ecuador to revoke Assange’s asylum.

The U.S. magically erases Ecuador’s financial troubles, ordering the IMF to release a providential $4.2-billion loan. Immediately after, Ecuadorian diplomats “invite” the London Metropolitan Police to come inside their embassy to arrest their long-term guest.

Let’s cut to the chase. Julian Assange is not a U.S. citizen, he’s an Australian. WikiLeaks is not a U.S.-based media organization. If the US government gets Assange extradited, prosecuted and incarcerated, it will legitimize its right to go after anyone, anyhow, anywhere, anytime.

Call it The Killing of Journalism.

Get Me That Password?

The case by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) against Assange is flimsy at best. Everything has to do essentially with the release of classified info in 2010 – 90,000 military files on Afghanistan, 400,000 files on Iraq and 250,000 diplomatic cables spanning most of the planet.

Assange is allegedly guilty of helping Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intel analyst, to get these documents. But it gets trickier. He’s also allegedly guilty of “encouraging” Manning to collect more information.

There’s no other way to interpret that. This amounts, no holds barred, to all-out criminalization of journalistic practice.

For the moment, Assange is charged with “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.” The indictment argues that Assange helped Manning to crack a password stored on Pentagon computers linked to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet). [Though a closer look at the indictment shows the alleged help was to obscure Manning’s identity and not intrude into a DOD computer.]

In March 2010 chat logs obtained by the U.S. government, Manning talks to someone alternatively named “Ox” and “press association.” The DoJ is convinced this interlocutor is Assange.

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Assange’s Arrest Affirms US/UK Speech, Media, and Academic Freedoms Are Null and Void – Global Research


14-04-19 09:50:00,

The US First Amendment affirms fundamental speech and media rights without which all others are threatened. No society is free without them. Eliminating them assures totalitarian rule.

In her 1951 book, titled “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” Hannah Arendt said it’s “never content to rule by external means (alone)…(T)otalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.”

She called it dictatorship based on:

“(1) an elaborate ideology (militarism and predatory capitalism in the US and UK);

(2) a single mass party (in the US and UK, its war party);

(3) (state) terror;

(4) a technologically conditioned monopoly of communication (in the US and UK, establishment media serving as press agents for wealth, power and privilege, reporting the official narrative, suppressing truth-telling on vital issues);

(5) a monopoly of weapons (in the US – how it used to be; today Russian super-weapons exceed the best in the West); (and)

(6) a centrally controlled economy (socialism for the rich in the US and UK by accommodative legislation and government handouts to monied interests, law of the jungle free market capitalism for their exploited people).”

Democracy in both countries is pure fantasy. Elections when held are farcical. Dirty business as usual wins every time. Ordinary people have no say over how they’re governed.

US exceptionalism, the indispensable state, and moral superiority don’t exist. Police state America is increasingly a totalitarian plutocracy, oligarchy and kleptocracy – unfit and unsafe to live in for its ordinary people. The same goes for the UK and other Western countries.

They honor their worst, persecute some of their best, notably courageous truth-tellers exposing dirty secrets of the imperial state and its partners want suppressed.

The mistreatment of Chelsea Manning, other heroic whistleblowers, and now journalist Julian Assange for doing the right thing constitutes a major body blow to already fast eroding freedoms in the US and UK – heading toward eliminating them altogether.

Right wing  Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno acted in cahoots with the UK and US, illegally rescinding Assange’s citizenship and asylum status in the country’s London embassy – a dark day for the rule of law and fundamental human and civil rights.

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Assange Bound


13-04-19 04:25:00,

Like Prometheus to whom he was compared, Julian Assange did not escape the wrath of the self-proclaimed gods of Deep State. After seven years of captivity in the walls of Ecuadorean Embassy, the man who gave us an understanding of international politics was shifted to a new and worse jail, the “British Gitmo”, Belmarsh, waiting for extradition to the even worse prison in the Archipelago of CIA jails.

“The arrest was not to help two women in Sweden or to enforce a minor bail infraction. This was never about Sweden or bail violations, or even about the discredited Russiagate narrative, as anyone who was paying the vaguest attention should have been able to work out. It was about the US Deep State doing everything in its power to crush Wikileaks and make an example of its founder. Now the pretense is over.”

wrote Jonathan Cook.

President Trump still can save him, as he should feel enormous gratitude to the man who brought him to the White House. Without Julian’s publication of DNC papers, the American public wouldn’t know that Clinton’s candidacy had been promoted by cheating, by destroying the much more likely candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders. The chances aren’t high, for until now Trump hasn’t help a single man who got into trouble for helping him. But still the US President should know what is good for him.

The shifting of Assange from the embassy jail to the real jail took place immediately after the Mueller investigation came to nought. As the Deep State understood the Mueller report run out of steam, they proceeded to the next stage. Now they will try and force Julian to admit his collaboration with Russia, to ignite the RussiaGate again, and impeach Trump, after all.

The first sign of this new phase was given by arrest of Manning. This brave man had been tried, sentenced, jailed and suffered years of terrible incarceration; he got out only by agreeing to give up his manhood. Still, this mentally tortured person was arrested and sent to jail again, this time for an unlimited time, until he agrees to bear witness against Julian Assange. This method taken from the arsenal of inquisition has been employed, and it did not cause an uproar.

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Assange & The Unforgivable Sin Of Disemboweling Official Narratives


13-04-19 06:08:00,

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The entire global status quo is on the cusp of the S-Curve decline phase.

There is really only one unforgivable sin in the political realm, and that’s destroying the official narrative by revealing the facts of the matter. This is why whistleblowers who make public the secret machinery of the elaborately artful lies underpinning all official narratives are hounded to the ends of the Earth.

Employees of state entities such as Ellsberg, Manning and Snowden are bound by vows of secrecy and threatened by the promise of severe punishment.Outsiders such as Assange are even further beyond the pale because they can’t be accused of being traitors, as they never took the vows of secrecy required by the Deep State.

The single most damaging revelation to all the elaborate lies that make up official narratives is the truth revealed in official emails, documents and conversations. This is why virtually every document and correspondence is now “classified,” so anyone releasing even a mundane scrap can be sentenced to rot in federal prison.

In a recent C-SPAN interview, author Nomi Prins explained the incredible difficulty of accessing papers in presidential libraries now due to virtually everything being classified. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applications must be filed, and researchers must wait years to gain access to routine correspondence that was freely available to all a decade or so ago.

Official paranoia has a 100% correlation with the amount of damage done to official narratives by any leaks of the facts of the matter. What are they so afraid of? Here’s the dynamic in play: the more fragile the narrative, the greater the dependence on half-truths and lies, the greater the official urgency to crush all whistleblowers and maintain a Stasi-like vigilance against any murmurs of dissent or doubt.

If the entire contraption wasn’t so vulnerable to exposure and so dependent on lies, why the infinite paranoia? This paranoia extends past the present system of lies into the past, as exposing the lies in decades past calls into question the official narratives of today.

Any doubt is extremely dangerous, as if even a single thread is pulled loose,

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WikiLeaks: Assange Verhaftung und Trumps Äußerung | www.konjunktion.info


12-04-19 07:48:00,

Präsident Donald Trump sagte am Donnerstag: “Ich weiß nichts über WikiLeaks” – aber im Oktober 2016 schlug er einen ganz anderen Ton an.

“Oh, wir lieben WikiLeaks”, sagte er auf einer Wahlkampfveranstaltung in North Carolina, nachdem die Website zahlreiche Dokumente gehackter E-Mails der Demokraten veröffentlichte, die Hillary Clintons Kampagne in ein schlechtes Licht rückten.

Trump hatte in den Jahren eine sich immer wieder verändernde Meinung zu WikiLeaks und seinen Gründer Julian Assange – von Lob bis Verteufelung, je nachdem, welche Position ihm zu diesem Zeitpunkt passte.

Donnerstag machte hiervon keine Ausnahme, nachdem Assange von der britischen Polizei als Reaktion auf eine Auslieferungsaufforderung der USA verhaftet worden war. Die Anklage lautete, der WikiLeaks-Gründer habe 2010 geholfen, klassifiziertes Material auf Computern der US-Regierung zu hacken.

Als er von Reportern nach seiner Reaktion gefragt wurde, sagte Trump, er sei ahnungslos über die umstrittene Gruppe. “Ich weiß nichts über WikiLeaks. Es ist nicht meine Sache”, sagte Trump im Oval Office. “Ich weiß, es hat etwas mit Julian Assange zu tun.”

(President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed, “I know nothing about WikiLeaks” — but in October 2016, he struck a very different tone.

“Oh, we love WikiLeaks,” he said at a rally in North Carolina, after the site posted reams of hacked Democratic emails that cast a poor light on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Trump for years has swung wildly from offering praise for WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange to blasting them, depending on which position suited him at the time.

Thursday was no different, after Assange was arrested by British police in response to a U.S. extradition request on charges that the WikiLeaks founder aided efforts to hack classified material on U.S. government computers in 2010.

When asked by reporters for his reaction, Trump said he was clueless about the controversial group. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange.”)

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Julian Assange: Von den Medien benutzt, bekämpft und begraben


12-04-19 07:34:00,

Viele Medien verdanken mutigen Akteuren wie Julian Assange die größten Storys der letzten Jahrzehnte. Medien wie „Spiegel“, „Guardian“ oder „New York Times“ haben Assange und Edward Snowden jedoch erst für ihren Ruhm benutzt, dann teils als „Staatsfeinde“ diffamiert und sie weitgehend – in ihren jeweiligen Asylen in London und Moskau – medial begraben. Von Tobias Riegel.

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Ohne die Arbeit des gerade verhafteten Julian Assange und seiner Organisation Wikileaks hätte es einige der wichtigsten Medien-Berichte der vergangenen Jahrzehnte nicht gegeben: zu Afghanistan, zum Irak und anderen Kriegen, zu Guantanamo, zu Machenschaften von Banken – und schließlich (indirekt) zu den Überwachungs-Enthüllungen durch Edward Snowden. Dieser Text ist eine Rückschau auf den wechselhaften bis skandalösen Umgang vieler großer Medien mit Julian Assange. Das aktuelle Medienecho auf die Verhaftung hat Jens Berger hier kommentierend zusammengestellt.

Die Nutznießer Assanges: „Spiegel“, „Guardian“, „New York Times“

Als große Nutznießer Julian Assanges können mutmaßlich zuerst die Medien „Spiegel“, “New York Times” (USA) und „Guardian“ (Großbritannien) bezeichnet werden. Denn Wikileaks verhalf den Publikationen bereits im Sommer 2010 zu einem “echten Enthüllungs-Scoop“, wie etwa Meedia damals urteilte: Die Redaktionen der drei Medien hatten gemeinsam Wikileaks-Dokumente zum Afghanistan-Krieg ausgewertet.

Damals ging der „Spiegel“ noch hausieren mit seinen Kontakten zu Assange und Wikileaks, wie der „Standard“ 2010 den damaligen Chefredakteur Georg Mascolo zitiert:

“Wir stehen schon länger in Verbindung zu Wikileaks. In diesem Fall haben sich die Wikileaks-Verantwortlichen für den Spiegel, die New York Times und den Guardian entschieden. Das hätten sie wahrscheinlich nicht getan, wenn wir nicht schon länger in Kontakt stehen würden. (…) Die Frage für uns war, ob wir dem Material vertrauen und wir hatten alle Freiheit, mit dem Material so umzugehen, wie wir es für richtig hielten. Das war für mich die Voraussetzung bei diesem Projekt.“

Von Afghanistan über Guantanamo bis NSA – Die Verdienste von Wikileaks

Mit den Wikileaks-Informationen schmückten sich 2010 wie gesagt auch der „Guardian“ und die „New York Times“ sowie im Kielwasser dieser exklusiven Reportagen zahllose weitere Medien. Das setzte sich bei weiteren Themen und Enthüllungen fort: Ob die erwähnten Kriegsverbrechen in Afghanistan oder solche in Irak,

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The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History – Global Research


12-04-19 07:00:00,

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.

But to hell with that. Let the thugs go in. Directed by the quasi fascists in Trump’s Washington, in league with Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno, a Latin American Judas and liar seeking to disguise his rancid regime, the British elite abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice. 

Imagine Tony Blair dragged from his multi-million pound Georgian home in Connaught Square, London, in handcuffs, for onward dispatch to the dock in The Hague. By the standard of Nuremberg, Blair’s “paramount crime” is the deaths of a million Iraqis. Assange’s crime is journalism: holding the rapacious to account, exposing their lies and empowering people all over the world with truth. 

The shocking arrest of Assange carries a warning for all who, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “sew the seeds of discontent [without which] there would be no advance towards civilisation”. The warning is explicit towards journalists. What happened to the founder and editor of WikiLeaks can happen to you on a newspaper, you in a TV studio, you on radio, you running a podcast.

Assange’s principal media tormentor, the Guardian, a collaborator with the secret state, displayed its nervousness this week with an editorial that scaled new weasel heights. The Guardian has exploited the work of Assange and WikiLeaks in what its previous editor called “the greatest scoop of the last 30 years”. The paper creamed off WikiLeaks’ revelations and claimed the accolades and riches that came with them.

With not a penny going to Julian Assange or to WikiLeaks, a hyped Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie.

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Assange’s Arrest Criminalizes Truth-Telling Journalism – Global Research


12-04-19 06:58:00,

In August 2012, Assange sought and was granted asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy (by then-President Correa) to avoid arrest, extradition to Sweden on phony rape and sexual assault charges. 

They were all about wanting him handed over to the US to be prosecuted for truth-telling investigative journalism the way it should be – Sweden conspiring with the US and UK for this purpose.

Subsequently, Swedish Public Prosecution director Marianne Ny dropped charges against Assange because they never were valid in the first place.

At the time, his lawyer prematurely declared

“total victory,” adding “(t)he preliminary investigation has been dropped and the detention order has been withdrawn, and from Sweden’s point of view this is now over.”

London’s Metropolitan Police said a warrant for his arrest remained in force for failing to surrender to authorities on June 29, 2012. Without asylum in Ecuador’s embassy, it was executed – extradition to the US sure to follow.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno conspired with the US and UK to rescind Assange’s citizenship and asylum status based on Big Lies – selling his soul for whatever favors he was promised.

Former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions called arresting Assange “a priority…(W)e will seek to put some people in jail” for whistleblowing, he blustered.

As CIA director, Mike Pompeo said Assange deserves the death penalty. He turned truth on its head saying

“(i)t’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia” – a bald-faced Big Lie, adding:

“We have to recognize that we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.”

Candidate Trump said “I love WikiLeaks.” Calling its site “amazing,” he added “I love reading those WikiLeaks.” Reportedly he mentioned WikiLeaks over 100 times in the final weeks of his campaign.

He later called Assange “disgraceful,” adding he deserves the “death penalty.” Following his Thursday arrest, he turned truth on its head, saying “I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing.”

John Bolton once said Edward Snowden “should swing from a tall oak tree.” He urged waging cyberwar on WikiLeaks.

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Video: Assange’s Lawyer Says Wikileaks Founder’s Life in Danger if Extradited to the U.S. – Global Research


12-04-19 06:55:00,

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Julian Assange’s lawyer said that the life of the Wikileaks founder would be in danger if he is extradited to the United States following his arrest in London. Assange’s lawyer, Carlos Poveda, told journalists that his client, who has lived in Ecuador’s London embassy for almost seven years, was not given a chance to defend himself before his asylum there was terminated in reprisal for corruption allegations against Ecuador’s president. While being forcibly removed by authorities from the embassy, Assange could be heard shouting, “You can resist. You must resist.”



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Julian Assange Arrested, Take Action Now


12-04-19 06:55:00,

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance.

April 11, 2019

Above photo: Rally outside the British embassy in Washington,DC in June, 2018. By Margaret Flowers

April 11, 2019 – Today, Wikileaks publisher, Julian Assange, was expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted asylum almost seven years ago, and arrested by British police. He is being held for extradition to the United States. Assange is a journalist who should not be prosecuted for publishing the truth.

Julian Assange being removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom under arrest on April 11, 2019. From Ruptly video.

Popular Resistance calls for the immediate release of Julian Assange and is organizing a protest today at 5:00 pm at the British embassy in Washington, DC. Please attend and urge others to attend. Share this Facebook page.

Other rallies:

New York Consulate TODAY at 4:30 to 5:30 pm. 845 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022

San Francisco, CA TODAY at 11:30 am. 1 Sansome Street, Suite 850 San Francisco, CA 94104

Berlin, Germany TODAY at 11:30 am. Wilhelmstraße 70/71, 10117 Berlin, Germany

If you cannot attend, protest at a British embassy near you or email or call them. Here is a list of British embassies in the U.S.:

Washington, DC

3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008

Phone: +1-202-5886500  +1-202-588-7800

Email: britishembassyenquiries@gmail.com

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Pacific Center, Suite 3400, 133 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: +1-404-9547700

Fax: +1-404-9547702

Email: britishconsulategeneral.atlanta@fco.gov.uk

Boston, MA

One Memorial Drive, 15th Floor Suite 1500 Boston, MA 02142

Phone: +1-617-2454500

Fax: +1-617-6210220

Chicago, IL

625 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200 Chicago, IL 60611



Denver, CO

World Trade Centre Tower 1625 Broadway, Suite 720 Denver, CO 80202

Phone: +1-303-5925200

Fax: +1-303-5925209

Email: Mark.Stevens@britcondenver.com, info@britcondenver.com


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Assange arrest reveals British justice is just a ‘plaything’ of Washington


12-04-19 06:49:00,

The arrest of Julian Assange in London after an extradition request from the US, and the way the WikiLeaks founder was treated by a British judge, made Thursday a “shameful day” for UK justice, commentators told RT.

“The UK’s legal system is but a plaything of the US legal system. Britain is a vassal of Washington as it’s been confirmed by today’s events,” political commentator John Wight said.

Earlier in the day, UK police forcibly removed Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The 47-year-old was then delivered to the Westminster Magistrates Court where a judge labeled him a “narcissist, who can’t get beyond his own selfish interests” and found him guilty of failing to surrender to bail in 2012.

As for Assange’s extradition request by the US, the judge said the American side must produce its case by June 12. Assange is wanted in the US on charges of conspiring with US Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who leaked thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks back in 2010.

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“Assange will disappear in to the void of the US prison system” if he’s extradited, Wight warned. He advised against trusting the Department of Justice, which insisted that the publisher will get the maximum term of five years if convicted in America.

We have to focus on the precedent, but not the words emanating from the US. And the precedent it that Chelsea Manning was imprisoned for over 35 years for her role in uncovering the crimes of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manning was pardoned after serving seven years, but was returned behind bars this March for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks.

“They’re saying that it’s only five years, but five years in a US prison is unlike five years in any other country’s prison, with few exceptions. It’s a notoriously cruel, barbarous and vindictive system,” Wight said.

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The personal characterization of Julian Assange by Judge Michael Snow was “highly improper,” Mads Andenas,

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Assange arrest final step in character assassination campaign – Slavoj Zizek


11-04-19 09:19:00,

Julian Assange’s arrest was not a sudden development, cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek told RT. Instead it was well planned and the final step in a long and ugly smear campaign against the WikiLeaks founder.

After sheltering in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for six years, Assange was dragged out of the building by British police on Thursday morning. The arrest comes after Ecuador’s new pro-US president withdrew Assange’s asylum claim, and after WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed that an extensive spying campaign was conducted against Assange, designed to get him out.

“I was not surprised,” Zizek told RT. “The problem for me is how people will simply accept this as the result of the long, systematic, character assassination campaign.”

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The first step in the campaign, Zizek said, was to connect WikiLeaks – an independent journalistic outlet known for leaking classified materials, which also prides itself on having never published false information – with Russia and Vladimir Putin. The next step was “character assassination.” Assange, Zizek said, was painted as “arrogant,” “paranoid,” and even a rapist, despite Swedish authorities dropping all charges against him in 2017.

Then the gossip against Assange sank to an “incredibly dirty personal level, that he doesn’t clean his toilet, that he smells bad and so on. Can we imagine anything lower?” WikiLeaks has argued the same, calling Assange the victim of “a sophisticated effort to dehumanize, delegitimize and imprison him.”

This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanise, delegitimize and imprison him. #ProtectJulianpic.twitter.com/dVBf1EcMa5

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019

Assange’s arrest, Zizek continued, has “nothing to do with vengeance.” Rather, the WikiLeaks head was made an example of in the ongoing fight to clamp down on the free flow of information. Just like the European Union’s new copyright directive threatens to censor almost all free expression online,

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Assange Has Been Arrested For US Extradition. The Time To Act Is Now.


11-04-19 09:18:00,

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody by the London’s Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange’s lawyer Jen Robinson reports that his arrest is related to an extradition request from the United States, which the British government has until now refused to admit exists.

“Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request,” tweeted Robinson.

“From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning in early 2010,” Robinson added.

Assange arrest video:

“The UK must resist this attempt by the Trump administration”https://t.co/fq1JGfw40u

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019

So there you have it. Extradited for journalism. In a blur, everything that Assange and WikiLeaks have been warning about for years has been proven correct, contrary to mountains of claims to the contrary by establishment loyalists everywhere. The same government which tortured Chelsea Manning is in the process of extraditing her publisher so that they can silence him forever. Everyone who has ever denied that this was happening needs to hang their heads in shame for scoffing at a very real threat to press freedoms everywhere when they could have been opposing this obscene agenda. It’s time for some serious soul searching.

The time to act is now. It’s too late to prevent Assange from losing his asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy, so the goal now is to fight extradition. Activist groups are swiftly organizing as I type this, so it will be easy for people around the world to find rallies to attend and online movements to help boost. I encourage everyone in the US, the UK and Australia to contact their elected representatives and politely but urgently inform them that the agenda to extradite Assange to the US must be fought at all costs. Educate yourself as best as you can on Assange’s case, and inform everyone you know about what’s going on.

The first words Julian was able to speak to the world in more than a year:

“The UK must resist this.

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Lot Julian Assange ligt volledig in handen van collega-journalisten en media


11-04-19 09:14:00,

Julian Assange riskeert uitlevering aan de VS, waar hem een proces wacht volgens een procedure die alle rechten op verdediging schendt zoals die gelden in een normale rechtstaat. Of hij effectief wordt uitgeleverd hangt volledig af van de bereidheid van de media om hem te verdedigen. Afgaande op de desinformatie die reeds verspreid wordt ziet het er voor hem zeer slecht uit.

Wat reeds enkele dagen werd verwacht, is werkelijkheid geworden. Julian Assange werd door Ecuador uitgeleverd aan de Britse overheid. Zijn aanhouding is gebaseerd op zijn overtreding van de Britse voorwaarden voor zijn invrijheidstelling in afwachting van het vonnis over zijn uitlevering aan Zweden, door zijn vlucht naar de ambassade van Ecuador zeven jaar geleden. Zweden heeft ondertussen elk verzoek tot uitlevering ingetrokken, maar de Britse overheid blijft hem vervolgen voor deze overtredingen begaan op Britse bodem. Assange werd in Zweden verdacht van seksueel wangedrag.

Ondertussen heeft de Britse politie ook aangekondigd dat Assange wordt aangehouden en verhoord op vraag van de VS, die een verzoek tot uitlevering hebben ingediend voor ‘computer hacking conspiracy‘. Volgens de Amerikaanse autoriteiten heeft hij Chelsea Manning geholpen met het kraken van een paswoord om toegang te krijgen tot geheime documenten. De organisatie WikiLeaks heeft onder leiding van Julian Assange bewijzen gepubliceerd van oorlogsmisdaden door Amerikaanse troepen in Irak. De feiten zelf waren weliswaar reeds bekend bij de mainstream media, maar die hadden er steeds voor gekozen exclusief te focussen op de misdaden van de tegenstrevers van de VS.

Een video waarop is te zien hoe een Amerikaanse helikopterbemanning op een groep burgers schiet en vervolgens op de ambulance die poogt de gewonden af te voeren was bij WikiLeaks terechtgekomen via Amerikaans soldate in Irak Chelsea Manning.

Chelsea Manning kreeg gratie van president Obama voor haar jarenlange gevangenisstraf. Recent werd zij opgeroepen om te komen getuigen voor een grand jury. Dit rechtsorgaan vergadert achter gesloten deuren en kan sinds de aanslagen van 9/11 getuigen verhoren en personen aanhouden zonder een aanklacht openbaar te maken. Manning kreeg voor deze grand jury de vragen die zij reeds tijdens haar proces had beantwoord en weigerde elke medewerking, waarop zij prompt werd aangehouden. Volgens haar advocaten is het de bedoeling van het rechtsapparaat om haar tot nieuwe verklaringen te brengen die in tegenspraak zouden zijn met haar verklaringen tijdens haar proces.

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Julian Assange von britischer Polizei festgenommen. Hallo, Amnesty, wo bleibt Ihr?


11-04-19 09:11:00,

Vor wenigen Stunden hat die Londoner Metropolitan Police den Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London verhaftet. Die Regierung von Ecuador hatte die Polizei dazu in die Botschaft eingeladen, nachdem sie Julian Assange das diplomatische Asyl entzogen hatte. Die britische Polizei begründet die Festnahme mit dem Verstoß gegen Kautionsauflagen durch Herrn Assange. Der Experte für Internationales Recht, Nikolaos Gazeas, hält diesen Haftbefehl für unverhältnismäßig. Ein Bericht von Moritz Müller.

Auf den Bildern und Videos, die die Festnahme bzw. den Abtransport von Julian Assange zeigen, sieht dieser mit seinem weißen Bart recht alt aus, doch er hat das Haupt erhoben und mit lauter und kraftvoller Stimme wiederholt er die Worte “Resist, resist UK!” (Widerstehe, Vereinigtes Königreich!). Dies bezieht sich auf die nun wohl drohende Auslieferung an die USA, obwohl es bis dato kein offizielles Auslieferungsbegehren der USA gegen Assange gibt.

Update: Der britische Guardian zitiert soeben einen Regierungssprecher, dass Julian Assange aufgrund eines provisorischen US-Auslieferungsantrags wegen computerbasierter Vergehen verhaftet wurde. “We can confirm that Julian Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America. He is accused in the United States of America computer-related offences.” Dass die Behörden so schnell ihre Maske fallen lassen, ist nun doch überraschend.

Es hatte in den letzten Tagen nach einer Meldung von Wikileaks Spekulationen über eine Festnahme von Assange gegeben und die NachDenkSeiten berichteten. Die Behörden von Ecuador bezeichneten dies als Gerüchte und der britische Außenminister Jeremy Hunt bezeichnete Julian Assange als “freien Mann”. Heute nach der Festnahme twitterte er die folgenden Sätze: “Julian Assange ist kein Held und niemand steht über dem Gesetz. Er hat sich seit Jahren vor der Wahrheit verborgen …” “Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President Lenín Moreno for your cooperation with the Foreign Office to ensure Assange faces justice.” Starke Worte für jemanden, der sich somit überführt, vor einigen Tagen selbst gelogen zu haben. Mit dieser Eigenschaft ist er wahrscheinlich in der derzeitigen konservativen britischen Regierung in guter Gesellschaft.

Im Lichte dieser neuen Entwicklungen ist es dringender denn je, dass die bekannten Menschenrechtsorganisationen ihrem Anspruch gerecht werden und sich für Julian Assange einsetzen.

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Assange: Koordinierte Aktion von Ecuador, USA und Großbritannien


11-04-19 09:10:00,

Bild: DoJ

Sofort hat das US-Justizministerium einen Auslieferungsantrag vorgelegt, in Ecuador wurde ein Mann festgenommen, der angeblich mit Russen und dem Ex-Außenminister Ecuador “destabilisieren” wollte

Wie es aussieht, war die Festnahme von Julian Assange eine koordinierte Aktion der ecuadorianischen, britischen und amerikanischen Regierung, auch wenn dies von der britischen und vor allem der ecuadorianischen Regierung bestritten wird. Letztere beeilte sich, Assange die ecuadorianische Staatsbürgerschaft wieder abzuerkennen.

In Ecuador hat der Fall auch innenpolitische Gründe, weil Assange das Asyl in der Botschaft von der linken Vorgängerregierung von Rafael Correa gewährt wurde. Heute wurde in Ecuador von der rechten, sich eng an Washington anlehnenden Regierung von Lenin Moreno ein WikiLeaks-Anhänger festgenommen, der mit dem früheren Justizminister Ricardo Patiño zusammengearbeitet habe, um das Land zu “destabilisieren”. Er soll auch mal nach Venezuela gereist sein. Im Spiel sollen auch zwei “russische Hacker” sein, die sich in Ecuador aufhalten sollen, wie die Innenministerin María Paula Romo sagte. “Wir werden nicht zulassen, dass sich Ecuador in ein Zentrum der digitalen Piraterie verwandelt und wir können nicht zulassen, dass illegale Aktivitäten stattfinden, um ecuadorianische Bürger oder Regierungsangehörige zu schaden.”

Patiño wies die Beschuldigungen als erfundene Geschichte zurück. Correa wirft der ecuadorianischen Regierung ebenso wie WikiLeaks vor, die Verhaftung nach der Veröffentlichung der INA Papers zugelassen zu haben. Nach diesen wird er der Geldwäsche in Zusammenarbeit mit einer Bank in Panama verdächtigt, die Generalstaatsanwaltschaft hat Ermittlungen gegen Moreno eingeleitet. Allerdings haben die INA Papers mit WikiLeaks nicht direkt zu tun.

Assange wurde nach der Festnahme Richter Michael Snow vorgeführt, der ihn für schuldig erklärte, die Kautionsauflagen 2012 verletzt zu haben, als er sich der Festnahme durch die britische Polizei entzogen hatte, nachdem die Gerichte seine Einsprüche gegen den Haftbefehl nicht stattgegeben hatten. Nächsten Monat soll das Urteil gefällt werden. Snow lässt schon durchblicken, was Assange erwartet, wenn er sagt, er zeige “das Verhalten eines Narzissten, der nicht von seinem eigenen egoistischen Interesse lassen” könne. Es wird mit einer Gefängnisstrafe von bis zu 12 Monaten gerechnet.

Schnell hat auch das US-Justizministerium reagiert und gleich den schon länger vorbereiteten Auslieferungsantrag vorgelegt. Vermutlich ist reagiert das falsche Wort, denn der Vorgang war zweifellos verabredet,

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Assange Faces Ongoing Threats at Ecuador’s London Embassy – Global Research


08-04-19 08:37:00,

Over the weekend, the Ecuadorian government issued a statement denying that it was going to “imminently” expel Julian Assange from its London embassy. This followed mounting opposition to its threats to terminate the WikiLeaks founder’s political asylum, including from United Nations bodies and other international rights organisations.

The statement was in response to WikiLeaks’ warning last Friday that it had received information from a “high-level source” within the Ecuadorian state that the government of President Lenín Moreno would expel Assange from the embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012, within “hours or days.”

Significantly, the Ecuadorian statement did not deny that it had been preparing to evict Assange from the building. Nor did it give any guarantee that he would not be removed and forced into the custody of British police at some point in the future, only that it would not take place “imminently.” As WikiLeaks supporters have noted, “imminent” is a vague word that can be interpreted in different ways.

The statement also did not repudiate comments by the country’s foreign minister, Jose Valencia, on Friday, that his government had the right to “unilaterally” end political asylum, even though such action is in violation of international law.

It twice referenced the fact that WikiLeaks tweeted reports on the “INA papers,” documents which implicate the Moreno government in corruption, perjury and fraud. The regime has used the papers as a pretext for the stepped-up attacks on Assange, by making unsubstantiated claims that he was responsible for leaking them to an Ecuadorian opposition lawmaker last February.

The ongoing dangers confronting Assange were underscored by the entrance of two armed British police officers into the embassy on Sunday morning. It is not known what they did in the building for the several minutes they were inside.

WikiLeaks supporters who are maintaining a continuous protest in defence of Assange outside the embassy have documented large numbers of British police and what appear to be undercover operatives in the area.

This morning, Cassandra Fairbanks, an online journalist, filmed an unmarked car inexplicably shining a light, attached near one of its wheels, at the embassy. She tweeted that one of the operatives left the vehicle and asked assembled journalists what publications they were from,

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‘I’m an assassination risk’: Assange to Ecuador court in leaked testimony


08-04-19 06:06:00,

Ecuador will be violating its own constitution if it expels Julian Assange from its London embassy while fully aware of a possible “assassination” plot against him, WikiLeaks suggested, releasing the journalist’s court testimony.

Article 79 of the Ecuadorean constitution guarantees that “in no case shall the extradition of an Ecuadorean be granted,” Assange told the Ecuadorean court back on October 29, when he requested the restoration of his communication privileges.

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A transcript of Assange’s statement was released by WikiLeaks after news of his imminent expulsion from the embassy made the headlines on Thursday. While a great deal of Assange’s testimony defends his right to stay in the embassy after being granted asylum and, subsequently, citizenship, the 47-year-old also accused the government of Lenin Moreno of illegally limiting his communication rights and bowing to pressure from the US, which seeks his extradition for revealing some of Washington’s dirty secrets.

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“The fact that a government controls a particular piece of space does not mean it can violate its Constitution, can violate UN-mandated rights, that it can engage in punishment without process,” Assange told the court, revealing that, besides threats of unjust prosecution, he also faces direct threats against his life.

There have been attempts by people to get into this embassy through the windows at night. I am an assassination risk. It is not a joke. It is a serious business.

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US Extradition of Assange Would be Violation of International Law: UN Special Rapporteur – Global Research


07-04-19 07:39:00,

Following WikiLeaks’ warning yesterday that Julian Assange faced imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy, widespread opposition has emerged to the illegal plans to terminate his political asylum.

Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, issued a statement calling upon the Ecuadorian government of President Lenín Moreno to “abstain from expelling Mr. Assange … or from otherwise ceasing or suspending his political asylum.”

Melzer warned that if Assange was removed from the embassy, he was “likely to be arrested by British authorities and extradited to the United States,” adding, “Such a response could expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Senior Ecuadorian officials have sought to deflect any questions about WikiLeaks’ claims that a high-level source within the country’s state apparatus indicated that Assange’s expulsion from the embassy building would take place “within hours or days.”

Outside the Ecuadorian embassy Friday, the country’s ambassador to Britain, Jaime Marchan, told the press that there was “no change in the Señor Julian Assange situation” and that he was “offended” by reports to the contrary.

Marchan, who has played a central role in creating a hostile environment for Assange within the embassy, was then asked, “Is he going to be released in the next couple of hours?” He responded, “We are definitely not going to comment on that.”

The country’s foreign minister, Jose Valencia, declared on Twitter that WikiLeaks’ statements were “unfounded” and that his government would not be “giving a running commentary” on “rumours” that it found “insulting.”

Valencia then effectively confirmed WikiLeaks’ warning, stating, “Diplomatic asylum is a sovereign power of a state which has the right to grant or withdraw it unilaterally when it considers it justified.”

The suggestion that political asylum can be granted and withdrawn, based on political expediency and the immediate interests of national governments, makes a mockery of international law. Political asylum is either inviolable, or it does not exist at all. Assange’s status as a political refugee has been repeatedly confirmed by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and other international rights organisations.

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Why Your Hatred Of Assange Is Completely Irrelevant


06-04-19 09:27:00,

By the time I publish this we’ll be at or around the 24-hour mark since WikiLeaks announced that two high level Ecuadorian government insiders had told them that Julian Assange faces eviction from the Ecuadorian embassy within days, which seems to have been further confirmed by the Foreign Minister of Ecuador now tweeting that states have the right to revoke political asylum at any time. Activists are mobilizing everywhere, a round-the-clock presence has been set up outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and a #Unity4J emergency broadcast is currently underway full of many respected dissident voices coming together in defense of the legendary leak publisher.

Why do you suppose the Foreign Minister of Ecuador would choose today of all days to start tweeting about mechanisms for unilaterally revoking asylum claims? https://t.co/RS8xPBwZMJ

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 5, 2019

And, as we should all have come to expect by now, the establishment narrative management patrol has been going out of its way to inform us all that this is a good thing and no cause for alarm. Whenever you voice concerns about the persecution of Julian Assange on any public forum, you will with remarkable predictability encounter empire loyalists calling Assange a stinky Nazi rapist Putin puppet Trump supporter who deserves to be in prison forever.

What’s striking about these responses, which by now are as familiar to me as the keyboard I type these words on, is how extremely emotional they always are. If you talk about economic policy or foreign policy, for example, you might get a few angry troglodytes who take internet arguments far too seriously, but you’ll also typically get people calmly explaining why they believe you’re wrong and laying out ostensibly fact-based arguments for why this is so.

This is literally never the case with people who want to see Assange imprisoned, in my extensive experience. There’s never, ever any calm, fact-based rationale for why the benefits of prosecuting and imprisoning him for his publications outweigh the risks and costs of doing so. It’s always vitriolic, hyperbolic, frequently profanity-riddled arguments from pure emotion, usually something to the effect of “He collaborated with Russia/helped Trump win the election, therefore and I want him punished because I hate him.” Which is just another way of saying,

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Assange may be expelled from Ecuadorean embassy within ‘hours to days’, govt source tells WikiLeaks


04-04-19 11:14:00,

The Ecuadorean embassy in London is set to expel Julian Assange within “hours to days”, using the corruption scandal leaks as a pretext, WikiLeaks claimed, citing a high-level source in the South American country.

The government of Lenín Moreno, which has long been annoyed by Assange’s prolonged stay at its embassy in the UK, will use the so-called INA Papers leak as the pretext to oust the whistleblower from the safety of the diplomatic mission, WikiLeaks said. It added that the Ecuadorean government has already worked out Assange’s expulsion with UK authorities, which will result in the journalist’s arrest.

WikiLeaks to @AP: “If President Moreno wants to illegally terminate a refugee publisher’s asylum to cover up an offshore corruption scandal, history will not be kind,” https://t.co/XDKTvpRW3l

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 4, 2019

The corruption scandal which WikiLeaks referred to, it’s alleged that Moreno benefitted from an offshore account in Panama – allegations which the president strongly denies. On Tuesday the Ecuadorean leader once again attacked Assange and WikiLeaks, accusing them of hacking his phone and of intercepting “photos of my bedroom, what I eat, and how my wife and daughters and friends dance.”

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Moreno also accused the WikiLeaks founder of “repeatedly violating” the terms of his asylum ever since he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden for questioning as part of a sexual assault investigation. While the case has since been closed, London still wants to arrest the 47-year-old for skipping his bail years ago. Assange fears he will immediately be extradited to the United States to face charges over WikiLeaks’ activities.

“US whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who the US government re-jailed a month ago to coerce her into a secret interrogation, as part of government efforts to prosecute @WikiLeaks, was moved out of solitary after filing appeals case,” WikiLeaks reminded followers in a Tweet.

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Bashing of Assange is linked to reportage on Ecuador president’s corruption scandal – WikiLeaks


03-04-19 08:57:00,

The claims by Ecuador’s President that Julian Assange has “violated the conditions of his asylum” are linked to WikiLeaks reporting on INA Papers that implicated Lenin Moreno in corruption, the whistleblower website said.

A probe against Moreno has been brought forward by an opposition MP, who received a dossier from an anonymous source with documents allegedly revealing that the president and his family were involved in corruption, perjury and money laundering through an offshore firm.

The harsh statements by the Ecuadorean leader against WikiLeaks’ founder came “after WikiLeaks reported on the existence of the INAPapers offshore corruption scandal wracking his government,” the whistleblowers wrote on Twitter.

Ecuador”s President Lenin Moreno stated today that Assange has “violated the ‘conditions’ of his asylum” and that he will “take a decision” “in the short term” after @WikiLeaks reported on the existence of the #INAPapers offshore corruption scandal wracking his government.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 2, 2019

WikiLeaks didn’t publish the INA Papers on its website, but earlier on Tuesday, Moreno said that Assange had crossed the line by pursuing private political interests while being holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The South American nation granted him asylum in 2012 over fears the UK would extradite him to the US, where he could potentially face the death penalty on charges of espionage.

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“It is not that he cannot speak and express himself freely, but he cannot lie, nor much less hack private accounts or phones,” the president said in an interview with Ecuadorean Radio Broadcasters’ Association.

While reassuring listeners that Assange deserves respect and to have his life protected, the head of state also reminded audiences that Ecuador is ultimately responsible for his actions.

Moreno did not say if steps will now be taken to kick Assange out of the embassy. However, on Monday, Political analysts María Paz Jervis and Carlos Estarelas indicated that the WikiLeaks founder’s “repeated” violations of government protocol for asylees may have left him open to outright expulsion.

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Julian Assange hält weiter durch – Neuigkeiten rund um die Botschaft von Ecuador


28-03-19 10:13:00,

Letzte Woche hat Twitter für 24 Stunden den Account von Christine Assange gesperrt. Die Mutter von Julian Assange nutzt Twitter, um auf das Schicksal ihres Sohnes aufmerksam zu machen. Als Ergänzung zu Twitter war ich im März ein weiteres Mal vor Ort in London um mir ein genaueres Bild von der verworrenen Lage zu machen, und um die Londoner ein bisschen über diese unhaltbare Situation in ihrer Nähe zu informieren. Ein Bericht von Moritz Müller.

Ihr letzter Tweet vor der Unterbrechung machte auf einen Artikel über die psychologischen Hintergründe der Jagd auf Assange (Teil einer hochinteressanten Serie, leider nur auf Englisch) aufmerksam. In den letzten Tagen hatte sie einen Tweet von US-Sicherheitsberater John Bolton vom 9. März kommentiert, der besagte, man solle die Enthüllungsplattform Wikileaks als Zielscheibe für Cyberkriegs-Übungen nutzen. “US military should use #Wikileaks for cyber warfare target practice. Take down their capabilities & prevent further harm to nat’l security.”. Christine Assanges Erwiderung auf Bolton, die mit der nicht so diplomatischen Einleitung „Fascist Talk“ begann, ist jetzt wie neun weitere Kommentare zu Boltons Tweet auf Twitter „nicht verfügbar“. Diese drastischen Worte sind wohl auch die einer verzweifelten Mutter, die ihrem Sohn in seiner scheinbar ausweglosen Situation aus weiter Ferne hilflos zusehen muss.

Dies ist eine weitere Entwicklung in den Bemühungen, Wikileaks und die Assanges in die Knie zu zwingen, wie auch das Vorgehen der US-Justiz gegen Chelsea Manning. Die US-Whistleblowerin Chelsea Manning, die Daten an Wikileaks weitergegeben hatte, befindet sich seit dem 8. März in US-Beugehaft, weil sie sich weigert, vor einem US-Geheimgericht auszusagen. Das Ziel dieser US Grand Jury ist es, Beweise zu (er)finden/zwingen, die es ermöglichen würden, in den USA Anklage gegen Julian Assange wegen Spionage zu erheben. Die Veröffentlichung von geheimen Informationen ist in den USA nicht strafbar, aber deren Beschaffung bzw. Entwendung schon. Wenn es also gelänge, Chelsea Manning zu der Behauptung zu bringen, dass Wikileaks sie zum Datenklau aktiv ermuntert hat, sähe es für Julian Assange noch düsterer aus, als es jetzt schon ist. (Sein Fenster in der Botschaft in London blickt auf eine enge Sackgasse.)

Wenn diese Verbindung gelänge, wären auch die bekannten US-Zeitungen Washington Post und New York Times, die seinerzeit die Wikileaks-Enthüllungen veröffentlicht hatten, aus dem Schneider. Wenn nämlich, was die Obama-Administration untersuchen ließ,

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