The trials of Julian Assange

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09-12-18 05:02:00,

Authored by Eresh Omar Jamal for The Daily Star (Bangladesh):

Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist working for the Italian daily La Repubblica. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden Files about Italy. She has authored two books—Dossier WikiLeaks: Segreti Italiani and Una Bomba, Dieci Storie. In an exclusive interview with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star, Maurizi talks about the continued arbitrary detention of Julian Assange, why powerful governments see WikiLeaks as an existential threat, and the implications for global press freedom if Assange is prosecuted for publishing secret government documents.

You recently had the chance to visit Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. When was this and can you describe the state he is in?

I was able to visit him on November 19, after 8 months of failed attempts, because last March the Ecuadorian authorities cut off all his social and professional contacts, with the exception of his lawyers, and in the preceding 8 months, I had asked for permission to visit him nine times without success—the Ecuadorian authorities didn’t reply at all to my requests.

When I was finally granted permission to visit the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy in London last November, I was literally shocked to see the huge impact his isolation has had on his health. Because I have worked as a media partner with him and his organisation, WikiLeaks, for the last nine years, I have met him many times and can tell when there are any changes in his body and mind. I wondered how his mind could keep working; but after talking to him in the embassy for two hours, I have no doubt that his mind is working fine. I still wonder how that’s possible after six and a half years of detention without even one hour of being outdoors. I would have had a physical and mental breakdown after just 6 months, not after 6 years.

Detention and isolation are killing him slowly, and no one is doing anything to stop it. The media reports, the commentators comment, but at the end of the day, he is still there; having spent the last six and a half years confined to a tiny building with no access to sunlight or to proper medical treatment.

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Julian Assange Will Die Alongside Your 1st Amendment Rights

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05-12-18 08:56:00,

“What happens to Assange will almost certainly change what can be lawfully published in our democracy”

Accidentally disclosed information confirms the US is actively planning to prosecute Julian Assange. What happens to Assange will almost certainly change what can be lawfully published in our democracy. This threat to our freedoms is being largely ignored because Assange, once a progressive journalist, is now regarded as a hero-turned-zero. At stake? The ability of all journalists to inform the public of things the government specifically wants to withhold

A clerical error revealed the Justice Department secretly has filed criminal charges against Assange. Court papers in what appears to be an unrelated case used cut-and-pasted language from documents prepared previously against Assange.

Though the new information makes clear prosecution is planned if Assange can be delivered to American custody, no further details are available. Assange is under scrutiny at a minimum for unauthorized possession of classified material going back to at least 2010, when Wikileaks burst on to the international stage with evidence of American war crimes in Iraq, and exposed years worth of classified State Department diplomatic cables. 

More recently, Assange has been accused of trying to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election with his release of emails from the Democratic National Committee server. The emails, some believe, came to Wikileaks via hackers working for the Russian government (Assange denies this) and are deeply tied to the claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow otherwise known as “Russiagate.” Less publicized in the media but of critical concern inside the US government is Wikileaks’ publication of the so-called Vault 7 materials, CIA hacking and malware tools, which revealed American technical intelligence skills and methods. Assange has hinted on at least one occasion he may have “Vault 8” materials as yet unreleased.

When Assange is prosecuted, on trial with him will be a key question concerning the First Amendment: do journalists actually enjoy special protection against national security charges? Can they publish classified documents because the national interest creates a 1A shield to do so? Or only when the government allows it?

Under the current “rules,” you get caught handing me a SECRET document, you go to jail. Meanwhile, I publish to millions, including any Russian intelligence officers with Internet access,

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Julian Assange vs. the Cabal

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29-11-18 09:56:00,

Renee Parsons

It is widely rumored that, with sealed indictments pending in the US, Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange may be imminently forced to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy which has provided him safe refuge since 2012.

However, after a recent visit to Ecuador, US vice president Mike Pence (representing the Cabal) reached an agreement with the Moreno government acknowledging that forcibly expelling Assange was politically untenable.

One can only imagine that if such an expulsion comes to pass, it would likely result in a riot in the streets of London or that drugging Assange and smuggling him out in the middle of the night, under cover of a dark moon would equally result in forceful public demonstrations as well as worldwide condemnation. The Ecuadorians informed Pence they would rather make life inside the Embassy difficult and unsustainable, thereby encouraging Assange to voluntarily vacate the premises. Lots of Luck with that!

There is no way to know if an indictment will be personally served on Assange. For Assange to simply walk out the door and into the arms of a waiting extradition order to the US is indefensible as Assange is facing specious charges of “espionage” for daring to protect free-thinking whistleblowers by publishing their documents that exposed crimes and corruption at the highest levels of the US Government and political system.

The distinction is crucial in that Assange did not steal documents but published documents provided to him just as the New York Times and other national newspapers have done for decades. It will be positively riveting to watch the Trump Administration attempt to indict the NYT, the Washington Post and/or the LA Times for publishing what Wikileaks published.

Enter The Cabal: that deeply embedded, nameless/faceless unelected entity which dictates public policy although they have no public support whatsoever. In agreeing with Moreno, the Cabal has already blinked in the tacit admission that Assange controls the narrative. They are cowardly perpetrators of a simulated reality of war, devastation and poverty and highly vulnerable to an aroused, angry public. It is the Cabal that had the most to lose if Assange was allowed to continue documenting the corrupt, unscrupulous behavior of its toadies.

Not to be confused with the Deep State,

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Julian Assange wird ans Messer geliefert – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

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19-11-18 10:43:00,

19. November 2018 um 11:14 Uhr | Verantwortlich:

Julian Assange wird ans Messer geliefert

Veröffentlicht in: Das kritische Tagebuch

Julian Assanges Rückzugsort in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London hat sich in einen Ort des Schreckens verwandelt. Seit sieben Monaten ist er weitgehend von der Kommunikation mit der Außenwelt abgeschnitten. Die ecuadorianische Staatsbürgerschaft, die ihm als Asylbewerber verliehen wurde, wird gerade widerrufen. Sein Gesundheitszustand verschlechtert sich zunehmend. Ärztliche Hilfe wird ihm verweigert. Seine Bemühungen um Entschädigung werden durch einen Maulkorberlass behindert, einschließlich der Anordnung Ecuadors, dass er seine Lebensbedingungen in der Botschaft und seinen Kampf gegen den Widerruf der ecuadorianischen Staatsbürgerschaft nicht öffentlich machen darf. Von Chris Hedges. Aus dem Englischen von Josefa Zimmermann.

Der australische Premierminister Scott Morrison weigerte sich, für den australischen Staatsbürger Assange einzutreten, obwohl die neue Regierung in Ecuador unter Lenín Moreno, der Assange ein „geerbtes Problem” und ein Hindernis für bessere Beziehungen zu Washington nennt, das Leben des WikiLeaks-Gründers in der Botschaft unerträglich macht. Fast täglich verschärft die Botschaft die Bedingungen für Assange. Dazu gehört auch, dass er seine Arztrechnungen selbst bezahlen muss, dass ihm obskure Regeln auferlegt werden, wie er sich um seine Katze zu kümmern hat, und dass er eine Reihe entwürdigender Hausarbeiten erledigen muss.

Die Ecuadorianer, die Assange nur ungern selbst ausweisen wollen, nachdem sie ihm politisches Asyl gewährt und die Staatsbürgerschaft verliehen haben, wollen ihm das Leben so zur Hölle machen, dass er die Botschaft freiwillig verlässt, um dann von den Briten festgenommen und an die Vereinigten Staaten ausgeliefert zu werden. Der ehemalige Präsident von Ecuador Rafael Correa, dessen Regierung dem Herausgeber von Wikileaks politisches Asyl gewährt hatte, bezeichnet Assanges aktuelle Lebensbedingungen als „Folter”.

Seine Mutter, Christine Assange, sagte kürzlich in einem Video-Appell: „Obwohl Julian ein mehrfach preisgekrönter Journalist ist, der geliebt und respektiert wird, weil er den Mut hatte, schwere Verbrechen und Korruption auf hoher Ebene im öffentlichen Interesse aufzudecken, ist er jetzt allein, krank, leidet Schmerzen, wurde in Einzelhaft zum Schweigen gebracht, abgeschnitten von jeglichem Kontakt und gefoltert mitten in London. Das moderne Verlies politischer Gefangener ist nicht mehr der Tower of London. Es ist die ecuadorianische Botschaft.”

„Hier sind die Fakten”, fuhr sie fort. „Julian wird seit fast acht Jahren ohne Anklage festgehalten.

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Crucifying Julian Assange

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12-11-18 10:25:00,

Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenín Moreno—who calls Assange an “inherited problem” and an impediment to better relations with Washington—is making the WikiLeaks founder’s life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including making him pay his medical bills, imposing arcane rules about how he must care for his cat and demanding that he perform a variety of demeaning housekeeping chores.

The Ecuadorians, reluctant to expel Assange after granting him political asylum and granting him citizenship, intend to make his existence so unpleasant he will agree to leave the embassy to be arrested by the British and extradited to the United States. The former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, whose government granted the publisher political asylum, describes Assange’s current living conditions as “torture.”

His mother, Christine Assange, said in a recent video appeal, “Despite Julian being a multi-award-winning journalist, much loved and respected for courageously exposing serious, high-level crimes and corruption in the public interest, he is right now alone, sick, in pain—silenced in solitary confinement, cut off from all contact and being tortured in the heart of London. The modern-day cage of political prisoners is no longer the Tower of London. It’s the Ecuadorian Embassy.”

“Here are the facts,” she went on. “Julian has been detained nearly eight years without charge. That’s right. Without charge. For the past six years, the U.K. government has refused his request for access to basic health needs, fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper dental and medical care. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated.

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A Mother’s Plea to Save Her Son… Julian Assange, Held 8 Years Without Charge by the UK Government – Global Research

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09-11-18 03:19:00,

On 4th November, 2018, Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange, made a deeply moving video public  appeal to  save the life of her son Julian.  

Julian Assange is Editor in Chief of Wikileaks. Because of Wikileaks reporting of acts during US/NATO’s illegal wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., and the highlighting of corruption by USA/CIA and Corporate powers, and continuing his fight in disclosing the links between the private corporations and government agencies, Julian Assange has been threatened by high profile USA citizens, and a Grand Jury has been set up in America to try Julian Assange and Wikileaks, for their publications.  For this he is being persecuted and deprived of his right to liberty, basic human rights etc., Six years ago Julian Assange, aware of these extradition plans of America, sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, where he remains.  Julian Assange is now six years within the Ecuadorian Embassy, and has now been detained WITHOUT CHARGES for eight years.

In her appeal for her sons life, Christine Assange says he is in immediate critical danger.  He is now all alone, sick, cut off from all contacts including computer phone mail  and being persecuted in the heart of London. Ms. Assange says‚

‘for the past six years the UK Gov. has refused his request for basic health care, fresh air, sunshine for vitamin D, access to proper medical and dental care. As a result his health has seriously deteriorated.  Doctors  have said the detention conditions are life threatening. In 2016 after in-depth investigations the UN ruled that Julians legal and human rights had been violated on multiple occasions and that he has been illegally detained in 2010 and they ordered his immediate release, safe passage and compensation. The UK Gov has refused to abide by this UN decision’.   

When US Vice President Mike Pence visited Ecuador several months ago, behind scenes, Ecuador done a deal with US to have Julian Assange extradited for life to USA prison. Ecuador are trying to make this acceptable by saying that the US has agreed not to kill him. Now its a propaganda war with the US and UK to reduce his support enough to get away with  it politically. The UK/US extradition act means he could be held in Guantanamo Prison and face torture,

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The West is Failing Julian Assange

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08-11-18 09:04:00,


While the media focused on Julian Assange’s cat rather than his continuing arbitrary detention, evidence shows that Britain worked hard to force his extradition to Sweden where Assange feared he could then be turned over to the U.S., as Stefania Maurizi explains.

By Stefania Maurizi
Special to Consortium News

Let’s start with the cat. You never would have thought one of these beloved felines would play a crucial role in the Julian Assange case, would you? And yet look at the latest press coverage. The mainstream media’s headlines weren’t about a man who has been confined to a tiny building in the heart of Europe for the last six years with no end insight, they were about orders from Quito to feed his cat. There you have a man who is at serious risk of being arrested by the UK authorities, extradited to the U.S. and prosecuted for his publications. A man who has been cut off from any human contact, with the exception of his lawyers, and whose health is seriously declining due to prolonged confinement without even an hour outdoors. Considering this framework, wasn’t there anything more serious to cover than the cat?

But there’s a story to be told behind Assange’s cat. One of the last times I was allowed to visit Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, before the current government of Lenin Moreno cut off all his social and professional contacts, I asked the founder of WikiLeaks whether his cat had ever tried to escape from the embassy given that, unlike his human companion, he can easily sneak out of the building without the risk of being arrested by Scotland Yard.

Assange didn’t take my question with the lightness with which it was intended, quite the opposite, he became a bit emotional and told me that when the cat was small, it had in fact made some attempts to escape from the building, but as it had grown, it had become so accustomed to confinement that whenever Assange had tried to give the cat to some close friends so the animal could enjoy its freedom,

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‘Slow assassination’: Julian Assange’s mother’s emotional speech about son’s embassy ordeal (AUDIO)

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04-11-18 08:57:00,

The mother of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange fears her son is in “immediate and critical danger” after spending nearly six years in limbo inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where his health has sharply deteriorated.

As fears for Assange’s health have grown, his mother Christine spoke about how her son is undergoing a “slow and cruel assassination” in an online vigil dubbed #ReconnectJulian on Saturday.

“The modern-day cage for political prisoners is no longer the Tower of London, it is the Ecuadorian Embassy,” she said, adding that her son has been detained for nearly eight years without charge, “cut off from all contact” and “tortured in the heart of London.”

“For the past six years the UK government has refused his request to access to basic health needs, fresh air, exercise, sunshine for Vitamin D, and access to proper medical and dental care. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated,” she added.

LISTEN TO FULL AUDIO ADDRESS OF CHRISTINE ASSANGE:

Assange was granted refuge inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London back in 2012 while fighting extradition to Sweden regarding a sexual assault case. The UN human rights panel has called Assange’s embassy ordeal an arbitrary detention by the UK and Sweden.

READ MORE: Ecuador pledged to not kick out Assange, but threat of US prosecution still serious – lawyer to RT

The Australian native believes the Swedish probe, which has since been discontinued due to Assange’s unavailability for questioning, was only a pretext to extradite him to the US over troves of confidential documents released by WikiLeaks. Assange is unable to leave the confines of the embassy, as there is still an outstanding warrant for his arrest after he skipped bail to avoid extradition to Sweden.

While the US government has not confirmed whether it would pursue charges against Assange, the country’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions has previously labeled the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest as a “priority.”

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Julian Assange Should Be Thanked – Not Smeared – for Wikileaks’ Service to Journalism – Global Research

Julian Assange Should Be Thanked – Not Smeared – for Wikileaks’ Service to Journalism – Global Research

28-10-18 09:04:00,

Twelve years ago this month, WikiLeaks began publishing government secrets that the world public might otherwise never have known. What it has revealed about state duplicity, human rights abuses and corruption goes beyond anything published in the world’s “mainstream” media. 

After over six months of being cut off from outside world, on 14 October Ecuador has partly restored Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s communications with the outside world from its London embassy where the founder has been living for over six years.

The treatment – real and threatened – meted out to Assange by the US and UK governments contrasts sharply with the service Wikileaks has done their publics in revealing the nature of elite power, as shown in the following snapshot of Wikileaks’ revelations about British foreign policy in the Middle East.

Conniving with the Saudis

Whitehall’s special relationship with Riyadh is exposed in an extraordinary cable from 2013 highlighting how Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council. Britain initiated the secret negotiations by asking Saudi Arabia for its support.

The Wikileaks releases also shed details on Whitehall’s fawning relationship with Washington. A 2008 cable, for example, shows then shadow foreign secretary William Hague telling the US embassy that the British “want a pro-American regime. We need it. The world needs it.”

A cable the following year shows the lengths to which Whitehall goes to defend the special relationship from public scrutiny. Just as the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War was beginning in 2009, Whitehall promised Washington that it had “put measures in place to protect your interests”.

American influence

It is not known what this protection amounted to, but no US officials were called to give evidence to Chilcot in public. The inquiry was also refused permission to publish letters between former US President George W Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair written in the run-up to the war.

Also in 2009, then prime minister Gordon Brown raised the prospect of reducing the number of British nuclear-armed Trident submarines from four to three, a policy opposed in Washington.

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Julian Assange gibt Posten als Chefredakteur von Wikileaks ab

Julian Assange gibt Posten als Chefredakteur von Wikileaks ab

27-09-18 08:01:00,

Julian Assange gibt Posten als Chefredakteur von Wikileaks ab

Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange hat seinen Posten als Chefredakteur der Enthüllungsplattform abgegeben. Er bleibe aber weiterhin Herausgeber, hieß es in der Mitteilung von Mittwoch. Neuer Wikileaks-Chefredakteur soll der isländische Journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson werden.

Grund für den Wechsel sind Wikileaks zufolge die eingeschränkten Möglichkeiten zu kommunizieren, die Assange in seinem Exil in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors. Die ecuadorianische Regierung hatte Assange vor mehr als einem halben Jahr Internet- und Telefonleitungen gekappt. Besucht werden darf er nur noch von seinen Anwälten.

Assange sitzt seit mehr als sechs Jahren in der Botschaft fest, um sich einer von ihm befürchteten Auslieferung an die USA zu entziehen. Washington macht ihn unter anderem für die Veröffentlichung brisanter US-Dokumente aus den Kriegen in Afghanistan und im Irak auf der Wikileaks-Plattform verantwortlich.

Assange weigert sich, die Botschaft zu verlassen, solange ihm keine Garantie gegeben wird, dass er nicht an die USA ausgeliefert wird. Die britische Polizei will Assange festnehmen, weil er mit seiner Flucht in die Botschaft gegen Kautionsauflagen verstoßen habe. Ermittlungen gegen ihn wegen Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen in Schweden – wegen der er ursprünglich in Großbritannien festgesetzt worden war – wurden inzwischen eingestellt. (dpa)

Mehr zum Thema – Cybersicherheitsexperte mit Verbindungen zu Assange auf mysteriöse Weise in Norwegen verschwunden

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This Is The “Last Free Generation” Says Julian Assange In Last Pre-Blackout Interview

This Is The “Last Free Generation” Says Julian Assange In Last Pre-Blackout Interview

23-09-18 07:20:00,

Prior to being cut off from the internet, phone and most visitors, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gave an interview on the future of surveillance and how technological advances are changing humankind. 

Provided to RT by officials with the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona, Assange’s outlook on where humanity is headed is – to put it lightly, dystopian. He says that it will soon be impossible for any human being not to be included in global government databases collected by federal officials and state-like entities alike. 

This generation being born now… is the last free generation. You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.

A small child now in some sense has to negotiate its relationship with all the major world powers… It puts us in a very different position. Very few technically capable people are able to live apart, to choose to live apart, to choose to go their own way,” he added. “It smells a bit like totalitarianism – in some way. -Julian Assange

Assange also predicts that AI will be able to automate hacking activities, dramatically increasing the scale of hostile activities through cyberspace. 

There is no border [online]. It’s 220 milliseconds from New York to Nairobi. Why would there ever be peace in such a scenario?” he said. “[Entities online] are creating their own borders using cryptography. But the size of the attack surface for any decent-sized organization, the number of people, different types of software and hardware it has to pull inside itself means that it is very hard to establish.

I don’t think it’s really possible to come up with borders that are predictable enough and stable enough to eliminate conflict. Therefore, there will be more conflict.

Watch: 

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Julian Assange and the Dying of the Light

Julian Assange and the Dying of the Light

25-07-18 01:43:00,

Without explicitly linking Assange to Russia, allegations against him lose a lot, if not most, of their credibility. Likewise, if Assange is not put straight in the middle of the Russia story, it too loses much. Linking them is the gift that keeps on giving for the US intelligence community and the Democratic party.

In that light, as the shameful/shameless treatment of Julian Assange continues and is on the verge of even worse developments, I was wondering about some dates and timelines in the whole sordid affair. And about how crucial it is for those wanting to ‘capture’ him, to tie him to Russia in any form and shape they can come up with and make halfway credible.

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10 days ago in The True Meaning of ‘Collusion’ I mentioned how Robert Mueller in his indictment of 12 Russians -but not Assange-, released on the eve of the Trump-Putin summit, strongly insinuated that WikiLeaks had actively sought information from Russians posing as Guccifer 2.0, that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton. I also said that Assange was an easy target because, being closed off from all communication, he cannot defend himself. From the indictment:

a. On or about June 22, 2016, Organization 1 sent a private message to Guccifer 2.0 to “[s]end any new material [stolen from the DNC] here for us to review and it will have a much higher impact than what you are doing.” On or about July 6, 2016, Organization 1 added, “if you have anything hillary related we want it in the next tweo [sic] days prefable [sic] because the DNC [Democratic National Convention] is approaching and she will solidify bernie supporters behind her after.” The Conspirators responded, “ok . . . i see.” Organization 1 explained, “we think trump has only a 25% chance of winning against hillary . . . so conflict between bernie and hillary is interesting.”

Now, the indictment itself has been blown to shreds by Adam Carter, while the narrative that the Russians hacked DNC servers and provided what they stole to WikiLeaks, has always categorically been denied by Assange, while the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and others have concluded that the speed at which the info was downloaded from the servers means it couldn’t have been a hack.

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The Arrest of Julian Assange Appears Near

The Arrest of Julian Assange Appears Near

23-07-18 07:03:00,

The Intercept and other media outlets are reporting that the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has had sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, is imminent.

In light of this breaking news, Truthdig is reposting a July 15 article (at bottom here) by vacationing Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges that explores the persecution of Assange.

We also call to your attention a few of the other articles on Assange that have been posted or reposted on Truthdig:

Where Is the Outrage Against Julian Assange’s Silencing?” by Teodrose Fikre, April 3, 2018

In Defense of Julian Assange and Free Speech” by John Pilger, March 31, 2018

Sweden Drops Rape Inquiry Against Julian Assange” by Donald Kaufman, May 19, 2017

Julian Assange Strikes Back at the CIA Director: WikiLeaks Is Not ‘Omnipotent’ ” by Eric Ortiz, April 20, 2017

Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange, Publisher of the Clinton Campaign Emails” by Alexander Reed Kelly, Oct. 23, 2016

Julian Assange Explains Why Voting for Hillary Clinton Will ‘Spread Terrorism’ ” by Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Feb. 24, 2016

Julian Assange: The Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice” by John Pilger, Aug. 4, 2015

The Death of Truth” by Chris Hedges, May 6, 2013

Listen: Chris Hedges Interviews Julian Assange,” May 6, 2013

Here’s a repost of Chris Hedges’ most recent column, titled “The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom”:

The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher—the maniacal goal of the U.S. government—would set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of the ruling global elites.

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Der Countdown für Julian Assange, die Jagd auf Rafael Correa und die Rückkehr Ecuadors zur „Bananen-Republik” – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

Der Countdown für Julian Assange, die Jagd auf Rafael Correa und die Rückkehr Ecuadors zur „Bananen-Republik” – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

15-07-18 11:07:00,

Der Countdown für Julian Assange, die Jagd auf Rafael Correa und die Rückkehr Ecuadors zur „Bananen-Republik”

Veröffentlicht in: einzelne Politiker, Erosion der Demokratie, Kampagnen / Tarnworte / Neusprech

Julian Assanges Tage in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors, in der er seit 6 Jahren festsitzt, sind in der Tat gezählt. Jedoch ist die “Affäre Assange” neuerdings nur die Nebenhandlung eines weitaus brisanteren und bitter ironischen Schauspiels: die gerichtliche Verfolgung seines Gönners und in Belgien lebenden Ex-Präsidenten Ecuadors, Rafael Correa, gegen den die Justiz seines Heimatlandes bei der Interpol-Zentrale im französischen Lyon die Fahndung mit roter Ausschreibung beantragte. Von Frederico Füllgraf.

Die ecuadorianische Justiz beschuldigt Correa, u.a. das Mastermind der im Jahr 2012 in Kolumbien gescheiterten Entführung des mehrfach angeklagten, justizflüchtigen, oppositionellen Politikers Fernando Balda durch ecuadorianische Geheimdienst-Agenten gewesen zu sein. Dass Interpol das Amtshilfe-Ersuchen mit der Festnahme und Auslieferung Correas ohne Vorlage überzeugender Beweise bedienen wird, darf aus guten Gründen bezweifelt werden. Solange jedoch die Akten aus Ecuador nicht ordnungsgemäß eintreffen und von Interpol überprüft wurden, könnte nun auch Rafael Correa vorläufig in Belgien festsitzen und in seiner bewegten Aktivität als Vortragsreisender, Berater und populärer Interviewer politischer Persönlichkeiten von Weltrang in seinem Programm ‚Conversando con Correa‘ bei Russia Today TV behindert werden.

In Pressegesprächen schloss der empörte und sichtlich verunsicherte südamerikanische Ex-Präsident deshalb einen Antrag auf politisches Asyl in Belgien nicht aus (Correa no descarta pedir asilo en Bélgica – EFE, 19. Juni 2018). Im Fall einer Zusage Belgiens hätte ein solcher Antrag zur Konsequenz, dass Correa sich bis auf Weiteres von seiner politischen Karriere und seiner Heimat verabschieden muss, denn beträte er ecuadorianischen Boden, würde er im Handumdrehen verhaftet.

Ein so nicht geplanter, doch nicht auszuschließender Epilog scheint anstelle der Verhaftung des Ex-Präsidenten nicht nur akzeptabel, sondern den konservativen Kräften um Präsident Lenin Moreno und seiner Restaurations-Regierung äußerst willkommen, wäre doch damit die „Gefahr Correa” für die kommenden fünf bis zehn Jahre aus der Innenpolitik Ecuadors verbannt. Dies wäre allerdings auch ein Happy End für die US-Regierung.

Der „Einkaufsbesuch” Mike Pences

Vier Tage vor dem gegen Rafael Correa ausgestellten Haftbefehl stattete nicht zufällig Donald Trumps Vize Mike Pence am vergangenen 29.

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Rettet Julian Assange!

Rettet Julian Assange!

07-07-18 06:34:00,

Die Verfolgung von Julian Assange muss ein Ende haben. Sonst endet sie in einer Tragödie.

Die australische Regierung und Premierminister Malcom Turnbull haben die historische Chance zu entscheiden, welchen Ausgang die Geschichte nehmen wird.

Schweigen sie weiterhin, wird die Geschichte das nicht verzeihen. Oder aber sie handeln im Interesse von Gerechtigkeit und Menschlichkeit und holen diesen bemerkenswerten australischen Staatsbürger nach Hause.

Assange verlangt keine Sonderbehandlung. Die Regierung hat die klare diplomatische und moralische Verpflichtung, australische Bürger vor schwerem Unrecht zu schützen: In Julians Fall vor einem krassen Justizirrtum und der außerordentlichen Gefahr, die ihn erwartet, sollte er die ecuadorianische Botschaft in London ohne Schutz verlassen.

Wir wissen vom Fall Chelsea Manning, was er zu erwarten hat, wenn der US-Auslieferungsbefehl Erfolg hat – ein UN-Sonderberichterstatter nannte es Folter.

Ich kenne Julian Assange gut; ich betrachte ihn als einen engen Freund, einen Menschen von außerordentlicher Belastbarkeit und Mut. Ich habe mitbekommen, wie ihn ein Tsunami von Lügen und Verleumdungen überflutet hat, unaufhörlich, rachsüchtig, hintertrieben; und ich weiß, weshalb sie ihn verleumden.

2008 wurde in einem streng geheimen Dokument, datiert vom 8. März 2008, ein Plan entworfen, sowohl WikiLeaks als auch Assange zu zerstören. Verfasst hat ihn die Cyber-Spionageabwehr, eine Abteilung des US-Verteidigungsministeriums. Die Autoren beschrieben detailliert, wie wichtig es sei, das „Gefühl des Vertrauens“ zu zerstören, das den „Schwerpunkt“ von WikiLeaks ausmacht. Dies, schrieben sie, würde man mit der Androhung von „Entblößung“, „Strafverfolgung“ und einem unerbittlichen Angriff auf den guten Ruf erreichen. Ziel war es, WikiLeaks und seinen Herausgeber zum Schweigen zu bringen und zu kriminalisieren. Es war, als ob sie einen Krieg gegen einen einzelnen Menschen und das Prinzip der Redefreiheit planten.
Ihre Hauptwaffe sollte die persönliche Verleumdung werden. Ihre Schocktruppen sollten in den Medien eingesetzt werden – diejenigen, die eigentlich die Dinge richtig darstellen und uns die Wahrheit sagen sollen.

Ironischerweise hat diesen Journalisten niemand gesagt, was sie tun sollen. Ich nenne sie Vichy-Journalisten – nach der Vichy-Regierung, die der deutschen Besatzung Frankreichs im Krieg diente und sie ermöglichte.

Im letzten Oktober interviewte die Journalistin Sarah Ferguson von der Australian Broadcasting Corporation Hillary Clinton, die sie als „die Ikone Ihrer Generation“ bauchpinselte.

Es handelte sich wohlgemerkt um dieselbe Clinton, die damit drohte, den Iran „vollkommen auszulöschen“ und die als US-Außenministerin 2011 zur Invasion und Zerstörung des modernen Staates Libyen aufstachelte,

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Free Julian Assange! | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Free Julian Assange! | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

26-06-18 08:20:00,

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire called on UK government to free Julian Assange and end their cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment which amounts to torture, as defined by international law. She said,

“I know of no other country where an asylee  is held with no sunlight, no exercise, no visitors, no computer, no phone calls, yet all this is happening in the heart of London at the Ecuadorian Embassy to an innocent man, Julian Assange, now in his 8th year of illegal and  arbitrary detention by the United Kingdom government. “

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We are here this evening to stand in solidarity with our friend Julian Assange, Editor in Chief, of WikiLeaks. Because of WikiLeaks reporting of acts during US/NATO’s illegal wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., and its highlighting of corruption by USA/CIA and corporate power, and continuing his fight in disclosing the links between the great private corporations and government agencies, Julian Assange has been threatened by high profile USA citizens, and a Grand Jury has been set up in American to try Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, for their publications.

For this, he is being persecuted and deprived of his right to liberty, human rights, etc. Six years ago Julian Assange, aware of these extradition plans of America,  sought asylum in the  Ecuadorian Embassy,  in London, where he remains today. (He is now in his 8th year of Arbitrary Detention in the U.K.) Although Mr. Assange’s conditions were already harsh, having no sunlight or outdoor exercise since June 2012, his situation has gotten worse since March 2018 when the Ecuadorian Government (after a visit by UK/USA officials to Ecuador) imposed conditions that are like indefinite confinement.

He is prevented from having visitors, receiving telephone calls, no internet, emails, or other electronic communications. He is unable to speak to his lawyers except in person and his   physical health, according to doctors, continues to deteriorate. Julian Assange is unable to walk outside the Ecuadorian embassy, as he has been told by UK government, he will be arrested by the British Metropolitan Police. He has asked UK Gov. to give assurances he will not be   handed over to American Security for extradition to America, to face a grand Jury, where he could be tortured and face life imprisonment,

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Het eindspel om Julian Assange – FREESURIYAH

Het eindspel om Julian Assange – FREESURIYAH

22-06-18 10:59:00,

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Dit is een verkorte versie van een toespraak van John Pilger op een betoging in Sydney, Australië, om de zes jaar durende opsluiting van Julian Assange in de Ecuadoriaanse ambassade in Londen te markeren.

De vervolging van Julian Assange moet eindigen. Of het zal eindigen in een grote tragedie.

Toespraak John Pilger:

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John Richard Pilger is een Australisch journalist en documentairemaker, wonend in Londen. Hij was tweemaal Brits journalist van het jaar. Zijn documentaires hebben prijzen gewonnen in de Verenigde Staten en Groot-Brittannië

De Australische regering en premier Malcolm Turnbull hebben een historische kans om te beslissen welke het zal zijn.

Ze kunnen zwijgen, waardoor de geschiedenis zal veranderen. Of ze kunnen handelen in het belang van rechtvaardigheid en menselijkheid en deze  Australische burger naar huis brengen, in naam van democratie en vrijheid.

Assange vraagt ​​niet om een ​​speciale behandeling. De regering heeft duidelijke diplomatieke en morele verplichtingen om Australische burgers in het buitenland te beschermen tegen grove onrechtvaardigheid: in het geval van Julian, een grove schending van gerechtigheid en het extreme gevaar dat hem wacht, zou hij onbeschermd uit de Ecuadoriaanse ambassade in Londen moeten lopen.

We weten uit de Chelsea Manning-zaak wat hij kan verwachten als een Amerikaanse uitleveringsbevel succesvol is – een speciale VN-rapporteur noemde het marteling.

Ik (John Pilger) ken Julian Assange goed; Ik beschouw hem als een goede vriend, een persoon met buitengewone veerkracht en moed. Ik zie een tsunami van leugens die hem overspoeld, eindeloos, wraakzuchtig, perfide; en ik (John Pilger) weet waarom ze hem besmeuren.

In 2008 werd een plan om zowel WikiLeaks als Assange te vernietigen uiteengezet in een uiterst geheim document van 8 maart 2008. De auteurs waren de Cyber ​​Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch van het Amerikaanse ministerie van Defensie. Ze beschreven in detail hoe belangrijk het was om het “gevoel van vertrouwen”, het zwaartepunt van WikiLeaks, te vernietigen.

Dit zou worden bereikt, zo schreven ze, met de dreiging van “blootstelling (en) strafrechtelijke vervolging” en een niet-aflatende aanval op zijn reputatie.

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Die Macher: Julian Aicher – Wasserkraftwerk-Inhaber | KenFM.de

Die Macher: Julian Aicher – Wasserkraftwerk-Inhaber | KenFM.de

18-06-18 08:04:00,

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„Umschalten auf Zukunft“. Unter diesem Motto möchte die Bundesregierung so schnell wie möglich in das Zeitalter der erneuerbaren Energien steuern. Die Gründe sind einleuchtend: Erneuerbare Energien sind einfach da. An einem Tag strahlt die Sonne 10.000-mal mehr Energie zur Erde, als die gesamte Weltbevölkerung am selben Tag verbraucht. Das Ausnutzen dieser Potenziale würde nicht nur den kostspieligen Ressourcenkriegen, sondern auch den hochumjubelten, bewusst herbeigeführten Naturkatastrophen à la Fracking jegliche Grundlage entreißen.

Aus technischer Sicht wäre die Energiewende schneller zu vollziehen, als sich das die meisten Menschen vorstellen können. Woran es scheitert, sind eher die „Fossile“ in den Logen der Parteipolitik, die sich nur allzu bereitwillig von Interessensvertretern der Energiekonzerne dazu überreden lassen, das Zeitalter fossiler Ressourcennutzung maximal auszudehnen.

Deutschland weiß sich in seiner mitteleuropäischen Lage zwar nicht mit einer überdurchschnittlichen Zahl an Sonnenstunden gesegnet, doch bieten sich uns hierzulande alternative Potenziale an regenerativer Energie, die nur darauf warten, ausgenutzt zu werden.

Eine davon ist die Wasserkraft, die schon heute bundesweit den Strombedarf von etwa 12 Millionen Menschen deckt. Dessen Wirkungsgrad, mit Spitzen um die 90%, lässt den des heimischen Energieträgers Kohle (um die 40%) alt aussehen. Bei konsequenterer Nutzung würden sich zahlreiche Feinstaubdebatten wohl in Luft auflösen.

Dass viel mehr möglich wäre, dieser Meinung ist auch der Wasserkraftwerk-Inhaber Julian Aicher. Vor allem dank des Wassers hat sein Heimatdorf Rotis die Energiewende schon vor Jahren vollzogen und produziert dreimal so viel Strom aus erneuerbaren Quellen, wie es selbst verbraucht, klima- und geldbeutelschonend. Auch so kann Strukturwandel im ländlichen Raum aussehen.

Leider, so Aicher, beraubt die deutsche Bürokratie solche positiven Entwicklungen oftmals ihrer Dynamik. Sie ist mitverantwortlich, dass von den 100.000 vorhandenen Querbauwerken der Großteil vor sich hinrostet, weil naturnahe Städter mit fundiertem hydrologischem Know-how sich z. B. besorgt um das Wohl der Fische zeigen. Denen scheint es jahrhundertealten Untersuchungen zufolge mit Staumauern jedoch besser zu gehen als ohne. Gut, dass es Pioniere gibt, die den Teich an Vorurteilen durch Selbstermächtigung langsam aber sicher trockenlegen. Mit Rückgrat gegen den Strom für den Strom.

Inhaltsübersicht:

0:02:00 Rotis – Strom aus dem Fluss

0:04:10 Was ist regenerative Energie?

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Das Netz um Julian Assange zieht sich zu – Der Wikileaks-Gründer braucht jetzt Solidarität – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

Das Netz um Julian Assange zieht sich zu – Der Wikileaks-Gründer braucht jetzt Solidarität – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

15-06-18 08:27:00,

Das Netz um Julian Assange zieht sich zu – Der Wikileaks-Gründer braucht jetzt Solidarität

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Seit sechs Jahren muss Julian Assange nun in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors ausharren, um sich einer instrumentalisierten und politischen Strafverfolgung durch Großbritannien, Schweden und die USA zu entziehen. Ecuador hat den Wikileaks-Gründer auf mutmaßlich massiven Druck der USA nun isoliert und drängt ihn angeblich zum „freiwilligen“ Verlassen der Botschaft. Da diese Vorgänge bislang schweigend hingenommen wurden, haben Unterstützer nun zu Aktionen der Solidarität aufgerufen. Die NachDenkSeiten schließen sich diesen Aufrufen an. Von Tobias Riegel.

Der politische, kommunikative und physische Spielraum für Julian Assange wird täglich enger. Der Gründer der Whistleblower-Plattform Wikileaks ist kurz vor dem sechsten Jahrestag seines erzwungenen Aufenthalts in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors isoliert, gesundheitlich angeschlagen und moralisch verzweifelt. Ecuador hat nach Jahren der mutigen Verteidigung des Australiers dem mutmaßlichen Druck der USA und Großbritanniens nachgegeben: Es opfert mit Assange den Vorkämpfer einer neuen Informationskultur nun vor der Weltöffentlichkeit. Weltöffentlichkeit? Davon kann im Falle Assanges kaum noch die Rede sein, wie der prominente australische Journalist John Pilger kürzlich feststellte:

“Es herrscht eine Art unheimliche Stille um den Fall Julian Assange. Julian wurde auf jede erdenkliche Art und Weise rehabilitiert, und doch ist er so isoliert, wie es heutzutage nur wenige Menschen sind. Er ist von den Werkzeugen seines Fachs abgeschnitten, Besucher sind nicht erlaubt. Rafael Correa, der ehemalige Präsident von Ecuador, sagte kürzlich, dass er das, was sie Julian jetzt antun, als Folter betrachtet.“

Pilger sieht auch alternative Medien und die Bürger in der Pflicht, denn “selbst in den Medien außerhalb des Mainstreams gibt es dieses Schweigen über Julian“. Die Straßen vor der Botschaft seien leer, während sie voller Leute sein sollten, die Solidarität zeigen, so Pilger. Das könnte sich zum 19. Juni, dem sechsten Jahrestag von Assanges Flucht in die ecuadorianische Botschaft, ändern: Zu dem Tag ist vor der Botschaft in London eine Mahnwache für Julian Assange angekündigt. Bereits am 17. Juni wird eine Demonstration auf dem zentralen Rathausplatz von Sydney stattfinden.

Wer es nicht nach London oder Sydney zu den Protesten schafft, kann anderweitig aktiv werden: mit Briefen ans Auswärtige Amt,

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Is Julian Assange About to be Arrested? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Is Julian Assange About to be Arrested? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

26-05-18 08:20:00,

According to numerous mainstream media reports, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is about to be forced to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London. If that happened, he would face imminent arrest by British authorities and extradition to the US, where he would probably face life imprisonment on the one hand or execution on espionage charges on the other. The latter being the preferred option for the Trump administration.

It has now been exactly two months since Assange has been denied visitors and any outside communications since the Ecuadorian government cut off his access on March 28. He has no internet, phone, television and is no longer allowed visitors at all.

The truth is, no-one actually knows if Assange is still actually on the Ecuadorian premises.

Ecuador gave citizenship to Assange prior to their recent general election in the hope of providing safe transit out of England by giving him diplomatic status. However, the British government continued in its assigned role of jailer by fully rejecting Ecuador’s request for diplomatic status for Assange.

A British tribunal refused to release any documents pertaining to the reasons as to why Assange remains in an effective prison, at taxpayers expense, on the grounds that it had to protect the British Prosecution Service’s relationship with foreign authorities – in this case, the USA.

Britain is doing Washington’s dirty work and given the heavily increased ‘chatter’ on Assange’s fate – it is quite likely the British government is looking for public reaction to be muted enough to simply arrest him, go through the motions and send Assange to certain solitary confinement on death row.

The signs are not good. Since the new Equidorian President Mr Moreno was recently elected he described Mr Assange as an ‘inherited problem’ and ‘more than a nuisance.’

Mr Assange’s lawyer, Melinda Taylor, said:

“For the last eight years, the UK has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the US.”

Taylor continued:

‘At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian will not be extradited to the US if such a request were to be received, and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy,

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Julian Assange Situation “Unusually Bad,” Ecuador May Evict From Embassy “Any Day Now”

Julian Assange Situation “Unusually Bad,” Ecuador May Evict From Embassy “Any Day Now”

25-05-18 05:22:00,

Julian Assange may be at the end of the line in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as the WikiLeaks founder may be evicted “any day now,” according to CNN, citing sources familiar with the matter. 

While Assange has in the past claimed his position in the embassy was under threat, sources say his current situation is “unusually bad” and that he could leave the embassy “any day now,” either because he will be forced out or made to feel so restricted that he might choose to leave on his own. His position there is “in jeopardy,” one source familiar with the matter said. –CNN

After losing a March bid to have a UK arrest warrant for skipping bail in a now-abandoned rape case in Sweden, and amid reports that the U.S. has prepared criminal charges in relation to WikiLeaks’ release of Hillary Clinton’s hacked (or leaked) emails during the 2016 U.S. election – Assange would face immediate arrest by UK authorities the moment he sets foot outside the embassy he’s called home for the past six years. 

In the US, Assange’s fate is even more uncertain. Assange’s lawyers claim that US officials have maintained a secret grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks for nearly eight years. -CNN

“For the last eight years, the UK has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the US. At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian will not be extradited to the US if such a request were to be received, and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy, notwithstanding a UN directive to take steps to ensure Julian’s immediate liberty,” Assange’s lawyer Melinda Taylor told CNN. “Their silence speaks volumes, particularly in light of recent statements from US officials that Julian’s arrest and extradition are a priority.”

“The concern from day one until the present is that if Julian Assange walks out of the Embassy, he will be extradited to face what the executive director of the ACLU described as an ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’ prosecution under the US Espionage Act,” Taylor told CNN.

In December, Assange received Ecuadorian citizenship, but the UK indicated it would not recognize his diplomatic status if requested by the Latin American nation,

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The Isolation of Julian Assange Must Stop

The Isolation of Julian Assange Must Stop

03-04-18 01:05:00,

We call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now.

Citing his critical tweets about the recent detention of Catalan president Carles Puidgemont in Germany, and following pressure from the US, Spanish and UK governments, the Ecuadorian government has installed an electronic jammer to stop Assange communicating with the outside world via the internet and phone. As if ensuring his total isolation, the Ecuadorian government is also refusing to allow him to receive visitors. Despite two UN rulings describing his detention as unlawful and mandating his immediate release, Assange has been effectively imprisoned since he was first placed in isolation in Wandsworth prison in London in December 2010. He has never been charged with a crime. The Swedish case against him collapsed and was withdrawn, while the United States has stepped up efforts to prosecute him. His only “crime” is that of a true journalist — telling the world the truths that people have a right to know.

Under its previous president, the Ecuadorian government bravely stood against the bullying might of the United States and granted Assange political asylum as a political refugee. International law and the morality of human rights was on its side.

Today, under extreme pressure from Washington and its collaborators, another government in Ecuador justifies its gagging of Assange by stating that “Assange’s behaviour, through his messages on social media, put at risk good relations which this country has with the UK, the rest of the EU and other nations.”

This censorious attack on free speech is not happening in Turkey, Saudi Arabia or China; it is right in the heart of London. If the Ecuadorian government does not cease its unworthy action, it, too, will become an agent of persecution rather than the valiant nation that stood up for freedom and for free speech. If the EU and the UK continue to participate in the scandalous silencing of a true dissident in their midst, it will mean that free speech is indeed dying in Europe.

This is not just a matter of showing support and solidarity.

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Julian Assange explains how “troll farm” in St. Petersburg was nothing more than social media spam business (Video)

Julian Assange explains how “troll farm” in St. Petersburg was nothing more than social media spam business (Video)

23-02-18 08:53:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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The UK’s Hidden Hand in Julian Assange’s Detention

The UK’s Hidden Hand in Julian Assange’s Detention

13-02-18 09:38:00,

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assange’s effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade.

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case.

In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK.

In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation – a sham one at that – into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. Instead, as Assange has long warned, there is a very different agenda at work: efforts to extradite him onwards to the US, where he could be locked away for good. That was why UN experts argued two years ago that he was being “arbitrarily detained” – for political crimes – not unlike the situation of dissidents in other parts of the world that win the support of western liberals and leftists.

According to a new, limited release of emails between officials, the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, wrote to Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service on 18 October 2013, warning that Swedish law would not allow the case for extradition to be continued. This was, remember, after Sweden had repeatedly failed to take up an offer from Assange to interview him in London, as had happened in 44 other extradition cases between Sweden and Britain.

Ny wrote to the CPS: “We have found us to be obliged to lift the detention order … and to withdraw the European arrest warrant. If so this should be done in a couple of weeks. This would affect not only us but you too in a significant way.”

Three days later,

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Julian Assange sitzt weiterhin in London fest

Julian Assange sitzt weiterhin in London fest

06-02-18 10:23:00,

Julian Assange (2014) ist seit 2012 in der Botschaft eingeschlossen. Bild: David G Silvers. Cancillería del Ecuador/CC BY-SA-2.0

Gericht lehnt Aufhebung eines Haftbefehls ab, Ecuador bekräftigt Botschaftsasyl

Der Mitbegründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, bleibt auch weiterhin in den Räumen der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London gefange. Ein Gericht in der britischen Hauptstadt wies am heutigen Dienstag den Antrag des Assange-Anwalts Mark Summers zurück, den Haftbefehl gegen den inzwischen 46-Jährigen aufzuheben.

Der Internetaktivist hat die beengten Räume seit 2012 nicht mehr verlassen. Er hatte sich in die Botschaft des südamerikanischen Landes geflüchtet, weil er eine Auslieferung an die USA befürchtete. Dort würde ihm eine lebenslange Haft drohen. Diskutiert wurde in der Vergangenheit auch die Gefahr der Todesstrafe nach einer Auslieferung an die USA.

Führende US-Vertreter hatten dem WikiLeaks-Mitbegründer wiederholt vorgeworfen, durch die Veröffentlichung geheimer Dokumente der nationalen Sicherheit des Landes geschadet und womöglich Menschenleben gefährdet zu haben. Die Enthüllungsplattform hatte unter Assanges Verantwortung mehrfach große Mengen geheimer Dokumente zu den Militäreinsätzen der USA in Afghanistan und Irak veröffentlicht und damit auch Kriegverbrechen enthüllt.

Lange Zeit bestand gegen Assange ein Haftbefehl der schwedischen Staatsanwaltschaft wegen Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen. Dieser Haftbefehl wurde im Mai vergangenen Jahres überraschend fallengelassen. Mit dem heute verhandelten Antrag wollte die Verteidigung des Internetaktivisten erreichen, dass auch die britische Justiz von der Festnahme ihres Mandanten absieht. Dies lehnte die Richterin jedoch ab: Indem Assange sich 2012 in die Botschaft des südamerikanischen Staates geflüchtet hat, habe er gegen die damaligen Kautionsauflagen verstoßen und damit ein eigenständiges Delikt begangen. Ihm drohe dafür bis zu einem Jahr Haft in Großbritannien. Für Assange ist das heikel, weil die Behörden des engen Verbündeten der USA bisher nicht der Aufforderung nachgekommen sind, eine Auslieferung auszuschließen.

Assange reagierte verhalten auf das Urteil. Während der Verhandlung bezeichnete er erste Meldungen über einen negativen Bescheid als “Fake News”, weil die Richterin über mehrere Anträge zu beraten hatte. Später beschränkte er sich auf Retweets von Reaktionen auf das Urteil. Nachdem zunächst Unterstützer vor dem Gericht protestiert hatten, sorgte eine Sendung an den quasi inhaftierten Aktivisten für Aufregung. Unbekannte hatten ein Paket mit weißem Pulver an die Botschaft geschickt. Die britische Polizei sicherte die Sendung und untersuchte sie auf eine mögliche Toxizität.

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