Julian Assange Speech below at the Ecuador Embassy:
"Can you hear me?
I am here today because I cannot be there with you today but Thank you for coming Thank you for your resolve, and your generosity of spirit.
On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy, and the police descended on this building, you came out in the middle of the night to watch over it, and you brought the world´s eyes with you.
Inside this embassy, after dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up into the buildings through the internal fire escape, but I knew that there would be witnesses, and that is because of you.
If The UK did not throw away the Vienna Conventions the other night, that is because the world was watching.
The next time somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend those rights that we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark before the Embassy of Ecuador, and how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world, and courageous Latin American nation took a stand for justice.
And so, to those brave people. I thank President Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and granting me political asylum.
And so I thank the government, and the particular Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patiño, who have upheld the ecuadorian Constitution and it´s notion of universal citizenship, in their consideration of my asylum.
And to the ecuadorian people for supporting and defending this Constitution.
And I also have debt of gratitude to the staff of this embassy, whose families live in London, and who have shown me hospitality and kindness despite the threats that they we all received.
This friday there will be an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of Latin America in Washington DC, to address this very situation.
So I am greatful to the people and governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, and to all of the other Latin American countries who have cone to defend the rights to asylum.
To the people of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia, who have supported me in strength, even when their governments have not. And to those wiser heads in government who are still fighting for justice. Your day will come.
To the staff, supporters and sources of WikiLeaks, whose courage and commitment and loyalty has seen no equal.
To my family and to my children who have been denied their father. Forgive me. We will be reunited soon.
As WikiLeaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression, and the health of all our societies.
We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America. Will it return to and reaffirm the values it was founded on? Or will it lurch off the precipice, dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world, in which journalists falls silent under the fear of prosecution, and citizens must whisper in the dark?
I say it must turn back. I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch hunt against WikiLeaks. United States must disolve is FBI investigation. The United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff, or our supporters. The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful.
There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organization, be it WikiLeaks or the New York Times.
The US administrations war on whistleblowers must end.
Thomas Drake, and William Binney, and John Kirakou and the other heroic US whistleblowers must-the must-be pardoned and compesated for the hardships the have endured as servants of the public record.
And to the Army Private who remains in a military prison in Fort Leavenworth Kansas, who was found by United Nations to have endured months of torturous detention in Quantico Virginia, and who has yet-after two years in prison to see a trial, he must be released.
Bradley must be released.
And if Bradley Manning really did as he is accused, he is a hero, an example to all of us and one of the world´s foremost political prisoners. Bradley Manning must be released.
On Wednesday, Bradley Manning spent his 815th day of detention without trial. The legal maximum is 120 days
On Thursday, my friend Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre, was sentenced to three years in prison for a tweet. On Friday, a Russian band were sentenced to two years in jail for a political performance.
There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.
Julian Assange Speech below at the Ecuador Embassy:
all #WIKILEAKS supporters, here’s a call to action!
Since Wikileaks is under sustained DDoS attack for a week and all mirrors have been taken down by the attackers, I think it is a good opportunity to play a game called “MirrorIt!” and study a little more thing called streisand effect.
So, what are the rules?
1) Download as much files as you can from the mirrors below.
2) If all mirrors are unavailable at the moment, search Twitter for #wlmirror.
3) Upload those files anywhere you can and publish links on Twitter with hashtag #wlmirror.
4) (Optional, but recommended) Read the contents of the files to find out what is someone trying to hide from you. Of course don’t forget to discuss your findings with our friends, colleagues, family members and people online.
5) We - eg. “The good guys” win if the files will be so widespread they will be unstoppable.
6) They - eg. “The bad guys” win if they manage to make unavailable each copy of those files.
7) It might be tight, so get involved right now!
8) Good luck and have fun!
*** Mirrors of multiple files (known to work recently) ***
http://wikileaks.org/ (Official Wikileaks site)
http://isax7s5yooqgelbr.onion/ (Official Wikileaks site as a Tor hidden service)
*** Latest GIFiles ***
*** Syria files ***
~ Via: http://pastebin.com/McjR9sXe
And here’s some #trapwire data in this paste —>
And a thread collecting info & mirrors on a forum:::
protesters needed Ft. Meade June 6-8th for manning #opcircus #FreeBrad #j6
#WikiLeaks Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are Vested in Vision ! ~ #AnonFamily #FreeBrad #FreeAssange #Revolution
#WikiLeaks “Assange ‘traitor’, show ‘foul’ - The World Tomorrow sparks media frenzy” #MSM #Propaganda (by @RussiaToday)
It was a debut destined to stir up a media storm - the much anticipated show by Julian Assange finally burst onto TV screens around the globe - with controversy not only about the host but his guests as well. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose identity was kept secret until broadcast - was the first person interviewed by the world’s most prominent whistleblower. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan rates the premiere’s impact.
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Watch the World Tomorrow on our official video page http://assange.rt.com
#WikiLeaks - Julian Assange’s “The World Tomorrow: Hassan Nasrallah (E1)” (by @RussiaToday)
Hezbollah urged the Syrian opposition to engage in dialogue with Assad’s regime, but they refused. Hezbollah leader Sayyid Nasrallah confirmed this in his first interview in 6 years, the world premiere of Julian Assange’s ‘The World Tomorrow’ on RT.
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OFFICIAL VIDEO PAGE http://assange.rt.com
"You’ve been waiting and we’ve been teasing," said RT’s website of the show, which will also be released online. The talk show set for launch Tuesday is creating a stir in global media circles. Commentators outside Russia have questioned the apparent link the show creates between Assange and the Kremlin, given RT’s government-funded status.
It is unclear how or from where Assange, who is under house arrest in the United Kingdom while fighting extradition to Sweden, will present the show. Assange, in the online trailer, says that the experience of interviewing guests — described by RT as opinion formers, some of them dissidents — while under house arrest brings a different dimension to the process. "RT is rallying a global audience of open-minded people who question what they see in mainstream media and we are proud to premiere Julian Assange’s new project,"Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said in a statement on the television network’s website.
“We provided Julian a platform to reach the world and gave him total editorial freedom. He is absolutely the right person to bring alternative opinions to our viewers around the globe.” “The World Tomorrow” will be broadcast [simultaneously] on three RT channels, in English, Arabic and Spanish.
The WikiLeaks website for “The World Tomorrow” said Friday there would be 12 shows in total, each featuring a 26-minute edited interview. “RT is the first broadcast licensee of the show, but has not been involved in the production process. All editorial decisions have been made by Julian Assange,” the website said.
Cryptome.org was publishing classified and secret documents long before WikiLeaks made headlines. Cryptome co-founder John Young told RT such sites are allowed to stay online so that spy services might keep an eye on their visitors.
There is no secrecy on the Internet, John Young warned.
“In terms of their being able to see everything that we are doing, we know that we cannot keep any secrets about our site and we tell our readers, ‘You should not expect us to protect you, because we are being watched and every other site is being watched, just like WikiLeaks is being watched,’” he said. “There’s no secrecy on the Internet – that’s the lesson we’ve learned and we are now trying to spread that.”
“They [the security services] use our site to see what’s going on and that’s something that we’ve learned about sites like ours. They are left in place in order to watch who comes there and see what kind of information we’ve put up,” John Young added. “The reason we haven’t been shut down is that we are useful to them to see what kind of attention is paid to this material. We think they actually feed us material to put up as they are feeding information to WikiLeaks and many other sites that operate the same way.”
John Young said Cryptome grew out of his participation in the group called Cypherpunks – which was also the group in which Julian Assange learned his skills.
“This group was composed of very highly-educated engineers, scientists and technicians who were mostly working for corporations and government on the technology of communication security,” he said.
Cryptome’s co-founder said secrecy is a biggest enemy of democracy.
Chicken Soup (Boney M Goes Club) - Who The Fuck Is #Wikileaks - #Anonymous #GlobalRevolution
"A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having"
Much Needed Re-Re-Post!
Two out of the three members follow this blog and they frequently reblog my post on the OccupyWallStreet blog.
The Twitter account @OccupyWallStNYC is also being monitored. It just so happens that they follow me as well.
Since this blog is arguably the most frequently updated and popular OWS-related Tumblr, I have reason to believe this blog is also being monitored and that could explain the frequent reportings.
If I find anything new, I will post an update. You can read the document here.
The Saga of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks, to be Put to Ballad & Film - #FreeBrad #Wikileaks
“If Manning had committed war crimes in Iraq instead of exposing them, he would be a free man today”
By William Blum
“Defense lawyers say Manning was clearly a troubled young soldier whom the Army should never have deployed to Iraq or given access to classified material while he was stationed there … They say he was in emotional turmoil, partly because he was a gay soldier at a time when homosexuals were barred from serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.” (Associated Press, February 3)
It’s unfortunate and disturbing that Bradley Manning’s attorneys have chosen to consistently base his legal defense upon the premise that personal problems and shortcomings are what motivated the young man to turn over hundreds of thousands of classified government files to Wikileaks. They should not be presenting him that way anymore than Bradley should be tried as a criminal or traitor. He should be hailed as a national hero. Yes, even when the lawyers are talking to the military mind. May as well try to penetrate that mind and find the freest and best person living there. Bradley also wears a military uniform.
Here are Manning’s own words from an online chat: “If you had free reign over classified networks … and you saw incredible things, awful things … things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC … what would you do? … God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms. … I want people to see the truth … because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”
Is the world to believe that these are the words of a disturbed and irrational person? Do not the Nuremberg Tribunal and the Geneva Conventions speak of a higher duty than blind loyalty to one’s government, a duty to report the war crimes of that government?
Below is a listing of some of the things revealed in the State Department cables and Defense Department files and videos. For exposing such embarrassing and less-than-honorable behavior, Bradley Manning of the United States Army and Julian Assange of Wikileaks may spend most of their remaining days in a modern dungeon, much of it while undergoing that particular form of torture known as “solitary confinement”. Indeed, it has been suggested that the mistreatment of Manning has been for the purpose of making him testify against and implicating Assange. Dozens of members of the American media and public officials have called for Julian Assange’s execution or assassination. Under the new National Defense Authorization Act, Assange could well be kidnapped or assassinated. What century are we living in? What world?
It was after seeing American war crimes such as those depicted in the video “Collateral Murder” and documented in the “Iraq War Logs,” made public by Manning and Wikileaks, that the Iraqis refused to exempt US forces from prosecution for future crimes. The video depicts an American helicopter indiscriminately murdering several non-combatants in addition to two Reuters journalists, and the wounding of two little children, while the helicopter pilots cheer the attacks in a Baghdad suburb like it was the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia.
The insistence of the Iraqi government on legal jurisdiction over American soldiers for violations of Iraqi law — something the United States rarely, if ever, accepts in any of the many countries where its military is stationed — forced the Obama administration to pull the remaining American troops from the country.
If Manning had committed war crimes in Iraq instead of exposing them, he would be a free man today, as are the many hundreds/thousands of American soldiers guilty of truly loathsome crimes in cities like Haditha, Fallujah, and other places whose names will live in infamy in the land of ancient Mesopotamia.
Besides playing a role in writing finis to the awful Iraq war, the Wikileaks disclosures helped to spark the Arab Spring, beginning in Tunisia.
When people in Tunisia read or heard of US Embassy cables revealing the extensive corruption and decadence of the extended ruling family there — one long and detailed cable being titled: “CORRUPTION IN TUNISIA: WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE” — how Washington’s support of Tunisian President Ben Ali was not really strong, and that the US would not support the regime in the event of a popular uprising, they took to the streets.
Here is a sample of some of the other Wikileaks revelations that make the people of the world wiser:
- In 2009 Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano became the new head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which plays the leading role in the investigation of whether Iran is developing nuclear weapons or is working only on peaceful civilian nuclear energy projects. A US embassy cable of October 2009 said Amano “took pains to emphasize his support for U.S. strategic objectives for the Agency. Amano reminded the [American] ambassador on several occasions that … he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.”
- Russia refuted US claims that Iran has missiles that could target Europe.
- The British government’s official inquiry into how it got involved in the Iraq War was deeply compromised by the government’s pledge to protect the Bush administration in the course of the inquiry.
- A discussion between Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and American Gen. David H. Petraeus in which Saleh indicated he would cover up the US role in missile strikes against al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. “We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Saleh told Petraeus.
- The US embassy in Madrid has had serious points of friction with the Spanish government and civil society: a) trying to get the criminal case dropped against three US soldiers accused of killing a Spanish television cameraman in Baghdad during a 2003 unprovoked US tank shelling of the hotel where he and other journalists were staying; b )torture cases brought by a Spanish NGO against six senior Bush administration officials, including former attorney general Alberto Gonzales; c) a Spanish government investigation into the torture of Spanish subjects held at Guantánamo; d) a probe by a Spanish court into the use of Spanish bases and airfields for American extraordinary rendition (= torture) flights; e )continual criticism of the Iraq war by Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, who eventually withdrew Spanish troops.
- State Department officials at the United Nations, as well as US diplomats in various embassies, were assigned to gather as much of the following information as possible about UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, permanent security council representatives, senior UN staff, and foreign diplomats: e-mail and website addresses, internet user names and passwords, personal encryption keys, credit card numbers, frequent flyer account numbers, work schedules, and biometric data. US diplomats at the embassy in Asunción, Paraguay were asked to obtain dates, times and telephone numbers of calls received and placed by foreign diplomats from China, Iran and the Latin American leftist states of Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia. US diplomats in Romania, Hungary and Slovenia were instructed to provide biometric information on “current and emerging leaders and advisers” as well as information about “corruption” and information about leaders’ health and “vulnerability”. The UN directive also specifically asked for “biometric information on ranking North Korean diplomats”. A similar cable to embassies in the Great Lakes region of Africa said biometric data included DNA, as well as iris scans and fingerprints.
- A special “Iran observer” in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku reported on a dispute that played out during a meeting of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. An enraged Revolutionary Guard Chief of Staff, Mohammed Ali Jafari, allegedly got into a heated argument with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and slapped him in the face because the generally conservative president had, surprisingly, advocated freedom of the press.
- The State Department, virtually alone in the Western Hemisphere, did not unequivocally condemn a June 28, 2009 military coup in Honduras, even though an embassy cable declared: “there is no doubt that the military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired on June 28 in what constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup against the Executive Branch”. US support of the coup government has been unwavering ever since.
- The leadership of the Swedish Social Democratic Party — neutral, pacifist, and liberal Sweden, so the long-standing myth goes — visited the US embassy in Stockholm and asked for advice on how best to sell the war in Afghanistan to a skeptical Swedish public, asking if the US could arrange for a member of the Afghan government to come visit Sweden and talk up NATO’s humanitarian efforts on behalf of Afghan children, and so forth. [For some years now Sweden has been, in all but name, a member of NATO and the persecutor of Julian Assange, the latter to please a certain Western power.]
- The US pushed to influence Swedish wiretapping laws so communication passing through the Scandinavian country could be intercepted. The American interest was clear: Eighty per cent of all the internet traffic from Russia travels through Sweden.
- President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told US embassy officials in Brussels in January 2010 that no one in Europe believed in Afghanistan anymore. He said Europe was going along in deference to the United States and that there must be results in 2010, or “Afghanistan is over for Europe.”
- Iraqi officials saw Saudi Arabia, not Iran, as the biggest threat to the integrity and cohesion of their fledgling democratic state. The Iraqi leaders were keen to assure their American patrons that they could easily “manage” the Iranians, who wanted stability; but that the Saudis wanted a “weak and fractured” Iraq, and were even “fomenting terrorism that would destabilize the government”. The Saudi King, moreover, wanted a US military strike on Iran.
- Saudi Arabia in 2007 threatened to pull out of a Texas oil refinery investment unless the US government intervened to stop Saudi Aramco from being sued in US courts for alleged oil price fixing. The deputy Saudi oil minister said that he wanted the US to grant Saudi Arabia sovereign immunity from lawsuits
- Saudi donors were the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
- Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, hired investigators to unearth evidence of corruption against the Nigerian attorney general in order to persuade him to drop legal action over a controversial 1996 drug trial involving children with meningitis.
- Oil giant Shell claimed to have “inserted staff” and fully infiltrated Nigeria’s government.
- The Obama administration renewed military ties with Indonesia in spite of serious concerns expressed by American diplomats about the Indonesian military’s activities in the province of West Papua, expressing fears that the Indonesian government’s neglect, rampant corruption and human rights abuses were stoking unrest in the region.
- US officials collaborated with Lebanon’s defense minister to spy on, and allow Israel to potentially attack, Hezbollah in the weeks that preceded a violent May 2008 military confrontation in Beirut.
- Gabon president Omar Bongo allegedly pocketed millions in embezzled funds from central African states, channeling some of it to French political parties in support of Nicolas Sarkozy.
- Cables from the US embassy in Caracas in 2006 asked the US Secretary of State to warn President Hugo Chávez against a Venezuelan military intervention to defend the Cuban revolution in the eventuality of an American invasion after Castro’s death.
- The United States was concerned that the leftist Latin American television network, Telesur, headquartered in Venezuela, would collaborate with al Jazeera of Qatar, whose coverage of the Iraq War had gotten under the skin of the Bush administration.
- The Vatican told the United States it wanted to undermine the influence of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez in Latin America because of concerns about the deterioration of Catholic power there. It feared that Chávez was seriously damaging relations between the Catholic church and the state by identifying the church hierarchy in Venezuela as part of the privileged class.
- The Holy See welcomed President Obama’s new outreach to Cuba and hoped for further steps soon, perhaps to include prison visits for the wives of the Cuban Five. Better US-Cuba ties would deprive Hugo Chávez of one of his favorite screeds and could help restrain him in the region.
- The wonderful world of diplomats: In 2010, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown raised with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the question of visas for two wives of members of the “Cuban Five”. “Brown requested that the wives (who have previously been refused visas to visit the U.S.) be granted visas so that they could visit their husbands in prison. … Our subsequent queries to Number 10 indicate that Brown made this request as a result of a commitment that he had made to UK trade unionists, who form part of the Labour Party’s core constituency. Now that the request has been made, Brown does not intend to pursue this matter further. There is no USG action required.”
- UK Officials concealed from Parliament how the US was allowed to bring cluster bombs onto British soil in defiance of a treaty banning the housing of such weapons.
- A cable was sent by an official at the US Interests Section in Havana in July 2006, during the runup to the Non-Aligned Movement conference. He noted that he was actively looking for “human interest stories and other news that shatters the myth of Cuban medical prowess”. [Presumably to be used to weaken support for Cuba amongst the member nations at the conference.]
- Most of the men sent to Guantánamo prison were innocent people or low-level operatives; many of the innocent individuals were sold to the US for bounty.
- DynCorp, a powerful American defense contracting firm that claims almost $2 billion per year in revenue from US tax dollars, threw a “boy-play” party for Afghan police recruits. (Yes, it’s what you think.)
- Even though the Bush and Obama Administrations repeatedly maintained publicly that there was no official count of civilian casualties, the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs showed that this claim was untrue.
- Known Egyptian torturers received training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
- The United States put great pressure on the Haitian government to not go ahead with various projects, with no regard for the welfare of the Haitian people. A 2005 cable stressed continued US insistence that all efforts must be made to keep former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, whom the United States had overthrown the previous year, from returning to Haiti or influencing the political process. In 2006, Washington’s target was President René Préval for his agreeing to a deal with Venezuela to join Caracas’s Caribbean oil alliance, PetroCaribe, under which Haiti would buy oil from Venezuela, paying only 60 percent up front with the remainder payable over twenty-five years at 1 percent interest. And in 2009, the State Department backed American corporate opposition to an increase in the minimum wage for Haitian workers, the poorest paid in the Western Hemisphere.
- The United States used threats, spying, and more to try to get its way at the crucial 2009 climate conference in Copenhagen.
- Mahmoud Abbas, president of The Palestinian National Authority, and head of the Fatah movement, turned to Israel for help in attacking Hamas in Gaza in 2007.
- The British government trained a Bangladeshi paramilitary force condemned by human rights organisations as a “government death squad”.
- A US military order directed American forces not to investigate cases of torture of detainees by Iraqis.
- The US was involved in the Australian government’s 2006 campaign to oust Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
- A 2009 US cable said that police brutality in Egypt against common criminals was routine and pervasive, the police using force to extract confessions from criminals on a daily basis.
- US diplomats pressured the German government to stifle the prosecution of CIA operatives who abducted and tortured Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen. [El-Masri was kidnaped by the CIA while on vacation in Macedonia on December 31, 2003. He was flown to a torture center in Afghanistan, where he was beaten, starved, and sodomized. The US government released him on a hilltop in Albania five months later without money or the means to go home.]
- 2005 cable re “widespread severe torture” by India, the widely-renowned “world’s largest democracy”: The International Committee of the Red Cross reported: “The continued ill-treatment of detainees, despite longstanding ICRC-GOI [Government of India] dialogue, have led the ICRC to conclude that New Delhi condones torture.” Washington was briefed on this matter by the ICRC years ago. What did the United States, one of the world’s leading practitioners and teachers of torture in the past century, do about it? American leaders, including the present ones, continued to speak warmly of “the world’s largest democracy”; as if torture and one of the worst rates of poverty and child malnutrition in the world do not contradict the very idea of democracy.
- The United States overturned a ban on training the Indonesian Kopassus army special forces — despite the Kopassus’s long history of arbitrary detention, torture and murder — after the Indonesian President threatened to derail President Obama’s trip to the country in November 2010.
- Since at least 2006 the United States has been funding political opposition groups in Syria, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country.
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William Blum is an American, historian and critic of United States foreign policy. He is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military & CIA Interventions Since World War II. He has described his life’s mission as: “If not ending, at least slowing down the American Empire. At least injuring the beast. It’s causing so much suffering around the world.“Mr. Blum can be reached through his website http://killinghope.org .
ONE of the first tasks for Bob Carr as foreign affairs minister, if he is to show the robust stance within the US alliance he has urged from outside government, is to demand a basic respect in the treatment of Australian citizens. The case of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in the light of leaked material from the well-connected US corporate intelligence firm Stratfor, is of concern.
Stratfor’s internal messages, provided to WikiLeaks and just published, claim the US Department of Justice has already issued a secret indictment against Assange more than a year ago, after an earlier, secret, grand jury hearing. Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence and a former deputy chief of counterterrorism in the State Department, is the source. Stratfor also assures us the sexual assault charges being investigated against Assange in Sweden, the cause of extradition proceedings in Britain, are contrived.
There is doubt that espionage or other charges against Assange can ultimately be made to stick in the US, given the constitutional guarantee of free speech and his likely journalistic status, but Stratfor seems confident he can just be moved ”from country to country to face various charges for the next 25 years”, bankrupted and jailed for conspiracy.
Even more disturbing, the Australian government has been unable to obtain clarification from Washington about what charges are being pressed against a citizen who is not even in the US jurisdiction. It recalls the case of Mamdouh Habib, the Australian citizen ”rendered” from Pakistan to Egypt for alleged torture on suspicion of terrorism without Canberra being able to find out from the US what was happening to him. Dennis Richardson, the same official who was trying to find that out as head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation is now secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. When Carr arrives in his new role, he should demand of him: are we being tough enough?
The Assange case could shake the Australia-US alliance in two significant ways. First, the WikiLeaks material will reinforce to many the lessons from the Iraq debacle: that US intelligence is not always reliable or even honest, and that routinely following America into dubious and unwinnable conflicts is too high an insurance premium. Second, Assange has all the makings of a countercultural martyr, especially among young people of the social media generation who tend to see secrecy and privacy as protecting privilege. In the contest for hearts and minds, Assange will beat the likes of Stratfor’s Burton hands down.
Monday 5 December: Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange at the High Court in London | #FreeBradley #FreeManning
From 8.30am at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London
An anti-war solidarity vigil will be held outside the High Court/Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London on Monday Dec 5th against the extradition of Julian Assange. The vigil is organised by Veterans for Peace and London Catholic Worker .
For more information vigil updates, phone/text 079 392 90576
Previous solidarity vigil
Julian Assange, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks, became the latest enemy of the U.S. Government following WikiLeaks distribution of this “collateral murder” footage of a massacre of two Reuters journalists and other civilians in Baghdad (watch it here:)
and Wikileaks’ subsequent release of U.S. embassy cables exposing the nature of U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. The British government opposed his release from HMP Wandsworth last December. Julian has now spent 356 days under virtual house arrest without charge, is presently facing extradition without charge to Sweden and eventual rendition to the U.S.
Lawyers for Assange recently filed an application for the chance to persuade judges he should be allowed one last appeal in the Supreme Court.
The bid was lodged two weeks after High Court judges rejected the 40-year-old hacker’s challenge to an order that he be extradited to Sweden to face questioning. Assaange has been willing to face questioning by Swedish authorites in Britain.
His lawyers now must try to persuade High Court judges at hearing on 5 December to rule that his case raises a question of general public importance and should be considered by the Supreme Court.
High Court judges dismissed defence arguments in their ruling on 2 November in which they upheld his extradition.
If Assange’s request for a Supreme Court appeal is turned down, he could be extradited to Sweden within 10 days.
Swedish prosecutors have not charged Assange with any crime, but have demanded that he return to Scandinavia to face questions.
More background on the case at Sweden Versus Assange.
#Wikileaks Spy Files (by AnonymousFrancophone)
Wikileaks « Un monde sous surveillance » Les écoutes de masse de populations entières ne sont pas seulement une réalité, c’est une nouvelle industrie secrète existant dans plus de 25 pays. On dirait un mauvais film, mais les systèmes d’interception de masse, fabriqués par des entreprises occidentales et utilisés également contre les « opposants politiques », sont aujourd’hui une réalité. Ce 1er décembre, Wikileaks a entamé la publication d’une base de données de centaines de documents venant de près de 160 entreprises de renseignement de l’industrie de la surveillance de masse.
Les entreprises de surveillance internationales sont situées dans les pays disposant des technologies les plus sophistiquées, et ils vendent leur technologie dans tous les pays du monde. Cette industrie est, en pratique, non régulée. Les agences de renseignement, les forces militaires et les autorités policières sont donc capables d’intercepter sans être détectées, massivement et dans le plus grand secret, les appels téléphoniques, et de prendre le contrôle d’ordinateurs sans même que le fournisseur d’accès ne s’en rende compte ou n’apporte son aide. La position des utilisateurs peut être suivie à la trace s’ils ont sur eux un téléphone mobile, même si celui-ci est en veille.
Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries
It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ’political opponents’ are a reality. Today WikiLeaks began releasing a database of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry. Working with Bugged Planet and Privacy International, as well as media organizations form six countries – ARD in Germany, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the UK, The Hindu in India, L’Espresso in Italy, OWNI in France and the Washington Post in the U.S. Wikileaks is shining a light on this secret industry that has boomed since September 11, 2001 and is worth billions of dollars per year. WikiLeaks has released 287 documents today, but the Spy Files project is ongoing and further information will be released this week and into next year.