Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange – Defend WikiLeaks

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19-11-19 01:32:00,

19 November 2019
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Sweden Drops Investigation of Julian Assange

From the outset of this preliminary investigation, Julian Assange’s expressed concern has been that waiting in the wings was a United States request that would be unstoppable from Sweden and result in his spending the rest of his life in a US prison.

Now that the US does seek Mr Assange’s extradition to stand trial on unprecedented charges for journalistic work, it continues to be a matter of extreme regret that this reality was never acknowledged and that in turn a process in Sweden, with which Mr Assange has always expressed his willingness to engage and indeed did so, became so exceptionally politicised itself.

The US is seeking a 175-year prison sentence. Sweden has to date failed to give assurances it will block Mr Assange’s US extradition.

The UN has investigated the procedural history of the Swedish “preliminary investigation” against Assange. The conclusions are clear. The matter became rapidly politicised and there has been no prospect for a fair hearing for many years. An investigation into how the justice system failed to withstand the political and media pressure and lessons learned should be pursued.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, said,

“Sweden has dropped its preliminary investigation into Mr Assange for the third time, after reopening it without any new evidence or information. Let us now focus on the threat Mr Assange has been warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment.”

Mr. Assange arrived in Sweden two weeks after WikiLeaks published the Afghan War Diaries, the first of a series of four groundbreaking WikiLeaks publications attributed to whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Mr. Assange was preparing to publish the Iraq War Logs, Cablegate, and the Guantanamo Bay Files when Sweden opened a “preliminary investigation” against him. By then, high-ranking US officials had announced that the US intended to prosecute Mr. Assange. Reports show that the US was also encouraging its allies to find ways to prosecute him.

The Trump administration has initiated a highly politicised prosecution. Under the Trump Administration the US is taking the intention to prosecute under Obama to its extreme by seeking an effective death penalty for Assange under the outdated 1917 Espionage Act.

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Norway Drops US-NATO Missile Defense Program. Normalization of Relations with Russia? – Global Research

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Just weeks before meeting Russian officials in the northern city of Kirkenes, to celebrate how the former Soviet Union liberated Finnmark from Nazi German occupation n 1944, Norwegian government officials have made a concession to their neighbours. They won’t be going along with the US- and NATO-backed missile defense program after all.

Norway was under pressure by its US and NATO allies to evaluate and accept sensors that would identify any incoming missiles and fire back if necessary. Russia views the US’ missile defense program as a provocation.

After what it called a “broader security policy evaluation,” the Norwegian government announced that even though it’s significantly boosting its defense budget for 2020 because of Russia’s own military activity in the Arctic, it won’t include acquisition of the sensors or anti-ballistic missiles. As newspaper Klassekampen reported this week, the evaluation clearly presented a dilemma for Norway, putting it in a squeeze between its biggest ally (the US) and its mighty neighbour in the north, Russia, which also has complained bitterly about installation of the missile defense system in both Romania and Poland.

Russia’s foreign minister will visit Norway later this month to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Finnmark, when Soviet soldiers crossed occupied Norway’s northern border and forced Nazi German forces into retreat. Finnmark residents remain grateful and want to stay on good terms with their Russian neighbours. Liberation ceremonies will be attended by King Harald V, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.

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US report drops references to ‘occupation’ of Palestine, now it’s ‘Israeli-controlled’

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14-03-19 09:15:00,

In the latest annual global human rights report, the US has stopped using the term “occupied” when talking about areas of Palestine controlled by Israel, including the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza.

In a report by the State Department intended to detail data regarding human rights around the globe in 2018, the US has decided to alter the words it uses to describe the situation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, opting for what seems to be more neutral language.

This decision comes despite the fact that the word “occupation” is official terminology approved by the United Nations and how the US had formerly described the territories in question.

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The administration said that the change in rhetoric does not imply any policy changes, but were otherwise unclear about their reasons for the new phrasing.

The report appears to reflect the sentiments of a meeting between Senator Lindsey Graham, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, where the three discussed plans to work towards US recognition of the Golan Heights as a part of Israel.

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“Working with Senator [Ted] Cruz, I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel now and forever,” Graham said in light of the meeting.

Last November, the US voted against a UN resolution condemning Israel’s occupation of the Golan heights for the first time ever. The vote was 151 to 2, with the US and Israel the only opponents of the declaration.

Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, a move condemned by the UN and rejected by the international community. UN Resolution 2334 calls Israeli settlement activity on the territory a “flagrant violation” of international law with “no legal validity.”

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Senator buys (and drops) thousands in defense stock after pushing Trump for bigger military budget

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14-12-18 08:52:00,

A Republican senator who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee bought thousands of dollars-worth of stock in arms manufacturer Raytheon after pushing the Trump administration to approve massive hikes in defense spending.

Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma purchased between $50,000 and $100,000 of Raytheon stock last Tuesday – just days after news broke that US President Donald Trump had decided to back plans to request $750 billion from Congress for defense spending for the fiscal year 2020.

1. Sen. Inhofe pushed for record defense spending
2. Inhofe bought tens of thousands of stock in a defense contractor
3. Inhofe’s office was asked about the purchase
4. Inhofe dumped the stockhttps://t.co/DuZG6S9t9J

— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) December 13, 2018

It seems that Inhofe was personally involved in the decision to hike the defense budget, too. When Trump suggested last week that he wanted to downsize parts of the US defense budget, Inhofe met with him and Defense Secretary James Mattis – a meeting which seems to have successfully convinced Trump to back increases in defense spending rather than cutbacks.

Inhofe’s communications director, Leacy Burke, told the Daily Beast, which first reported on the senator’s stock buy, that his financial transactions are “handled by a third-party advisor” and that he was not aware of the stock transaction. Burke said Inhofe had told his financial advisor to reverse the transaction when he learned of it. “This means that the transaction was canceled before it was settled; the Senator never took ownership of it,” she said.

The staffer also said Inhofe had written to his financial adviser instructing him not to buy anymore aerospace or defense stocks in future, given his position as the new chairman of the Armed Services Committee – but metadata on the letter provided by Burke showed that the letter was created less than 20 minutes after the Daily Beast contacted Inhofe’s office for comment on the stock purchase.

It appears that this was not the first time Inhofe owned stock in companies “within his direct legislative purview” either, the website reported. When he chaired the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee between 2015 and 2017,

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Bloomberg Drops $5 Million On Ad Two Days Ahead Of Midterm Elections

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06-11-18 12:05:00,

6:51 PM 11/04/2018 | Politics

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

Former Democratic New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $5 million on a television ad in favor of Democratic candidates just two days ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

The billionaire, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid against President Donald Trump, spent the money on an ad that will reportedly debut Sunday during CBS’s “60 Minutes.” It will then be played Monday on big networks as well as on CNN and MSNBC, according to The Washington Post.

The ad features Bloomberg speaking to voters saying he is “deeply concerned with the direction of our nation,” and also mentions the Oct. 27 shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, saying “at these moments of great national tragedy, we look to Washington to lead, to offer solutions, to bring us together and to appeal to all of us as Americans” with a photo of the synagogue.

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In the ad, Bloomberg also mentions immigration, saying the division needs to be fixed and showing a photo of Trump. (RELATED: Michael Bloomberg Takes First Step Toward Democratic Presidential Run In 2020)

“Shouting and hysterics instead of calm reasoning, pointed fingers instead of open hands, division instead of unity,” Bloomberg said. “We see this most dramatically with the fear-mongering over immigration.”

“Americans are neither naive nor heartless we know that we can be a nation of immigrants while also securing our borders,” he continued. “Sadly, our greatest threats today can be found from within our borders from a government that is constantly on the verge of shutting down over partisan bickering.”

Bloomberg has spent $110 million on political related issues and took his first step toward a 2020 presidential bid by re-registering as a Democrat on Oct. 10.

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Tagesdosis 8.8.2018 – Der Drops ist gelutscht, Freunde | KenFM.de

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Ein Kommentar von Rüdiger Lenz.

Wie kann es sein, dass der Untergang der Menschheit so wenig Interesse erweckt und die Titelseiten sich in dieser Woche, wie in den Wochen und Jahren zuvor, eher mit der Partymetropole Berlin oder dem Elend der Patchwork-Familie beschäftigen als mit der im Grunde einzigen und überwölbenden und schrecklichen Realität unserer Zerstörung des Planeten? Wie kann es sein, dass mit magnetischer Intensität über Abschiebung und Asyl, über BAMF und drei bayerische Grenzübergänge diskutiert wird, während jeder Tag einer zu spät ist?, schreibt Georg Diez in seiner Kolumne auf Spiegel-Online, vom 5. August 2018.

Der menschengemachte Klimawandel ist eine schon seit Jahrzehnten von unserer Spezies in Gang gesetzte planetare Katastrophe, die eines ganz sicher in vielen von uns festgeschrieben hat: Sie wird passieren! Vielleicht überleben einige von uns, was ich für absolut unwahrscheinlich halte, vielleicht 0,0001 Prozent, was optimistisch klingt. Albert Einstein sagte einmal sinngemäß, er wüsste, wie der dritte Weltkrieg geführt würde, aber danach wären wir wieder beim Faustkeil angelangt und müssten alles wieder neu erfinden. Die Überlebenden wären wieder Indios.

Der menschengemachte Klimawandel ist der Champions League-Gewinner der mit Angst besetzten Themen – weltweit. Letztes Jahr stand ab Mai 2017 bis April 2018, also fast ein ganzes Jahr lang Deutschland unter Wasser. Es regnete und regnete. Keine sieben Tage in Folge ohne Regen, der tagelang anhielt. Wo kam dieser viele Regen her? Und der Sommer 2017? Wo hatte der sich versteckt? Wettermäßig betrachtet war das kein schönes Jahr, das Jahr 2017. War daran der menschengemachte Klimawandel schuld? Niemand brachte das so in den Zusammenhang und wenn doch, so habe ich davon nichts gehört. Bei diesem Sommer ist das schon anders. Sobald es wärmer wird als gewohnt, ist der Klimawandel Thema.

„Der Drops ist gelutscht.“

Gibt es einen menschengemachten Klimawandel überhaupt? Da streiten sich viele drüber. Auch sehr viele Klimawissenschaftler streiten sich darüber. Die einen sagen Ja, es gibt einen menschengemachten Klimawandel und die anderen sagen Nein, den gibt es nicht. Das Klima schwankt immer und an einen menschengemachten Klimawandel zu glauben sei reine Hysterie.

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