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The Jimmy Dore Show

https://youtu.be/2D_5Snzj6-U

"Why Assange prosecution is complete bullshit!"

 

'Everyone Else Must Take My Place': Assange in Letter From British Prison

https://on.rt.com/9v3r

"I have been isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself: no laptop, no internet, ever, no computer, no library, so far, but even if I get access it will just be for half an hour, with everyone else, once a week,' Assange wrote. 'The other side? A superpower that has been preparing for 9 years, with hundreds of people and untold millions spent on the case..."

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Despite Assange's Ill Health, Swedish Court Rejects Delay To Hearing

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/29/assa-m29.html

"The rejection of the request for the Swedish hearing to be delayed casts further light on the international legal vendetta to which Assange is being subjected..."

 

We Must Defend Assange To Save Democracy From American Despotism

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/28/we-must-defend-assange-to-save-d...

"Defending Assange is a duty of everyone who cherishes freedom..."

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Amid Grave Concerns For His Health, Assange Transferred To Belmarsh Prison Medical Wing

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/30/jasa-m30.html

"WikiLeaks issued a statement today confirming that its founder Julian Assange has been transferred to the medical ward of Britain's Belmarsh Prison. The media organisation said it has 'grave concerns about the state of health of our publisher.' 

It reported: 'During the 7 weeks in Belmarsh his health has deteriorated and he has dramatically lost weight. The decision of prison authorities to transfer him to the health ward speaks for itself.' The statement must send the alarm for all defenders of democratic rights. The British authorities' detention of Assange in Belmarsh Prison, a maximum-security facility dubbed the UK's Guantanamo is a continuation of the 8-year campaign by the US government and its allies to physically and psychologically destroy the WikiLeaks founder.

It is part of the ongoing denial of Assange's fundamental legal and human rights, aimed at preventing him from mounting  any defence against unprecedented US Espionage Act charges over WikiLeaks exposure of war crimes, mass surveillance operations and global diplomatic conspiracies..."

 

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Abuses Show Assange Case Was Never About Law

https://twitter.com/SwaziJAF/status/1133313622288097280

"Everything you don't know about the Assange case abuses because the media has been 'hiding under a rock for the past decade...with a blind spot the size of Langley, Virginia..."

 

Assange is Gravely Ill and Hardly Anyone's Talking About It

https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/status/1133899548722696193

"A report that Julian Assange was so sick he could barely speak all the way back on Friday and we still have no news about how he's doing now should be hugely significant for everyone who cares about Assange, press freedom, government transparency or peace activism..."

 

Assange Moved To Prison Hospital

https://youtu.be/BmfGvVgn4vY

"Julian Assange has been moved to hospital unit at Belmarsh."

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Assange Psychologically Tortured To 'Breaking Point'

https://youtu.be/G5PRt65Sryw

"What has shocked me about this particular case is how a single individual has been isolated and singled out by several 'democratic' states and persecuted in a sustained manner to the point of breaking him..." - UN Special Rapporteur on Torture - 

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Galloway: 'Assange May Have To Die Before Journalists Realize Implications'

https://youtu.be/a5qYC0FZbqo

"Assange may die in the hands of British authorities having been judicially murdered. This is a story which is growing exponentially..."

 

"Let me put it this way, if a British journalist were in a jail in Moscow and his health had so sharply deteriorated he'd been taken to a hospital wing, what would be the hue and cry for his release? You just have to ask that question in order to answer it."

https://twitter.com/georgegalloway/status/1134567567228645378

Yes, and especially here...

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The UN Torture Report on Assange Is An Indictment Of Our Entire Society (and vid)

http://gorillaradioblogspot.blogspot.com/2019/05/assange-treatment-indic...

"...Today, following a scorching rebuke of multiple governments by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, media outlets around the world are reporting that Julian Assange has been found to be the victim of brutal psychological torture.

Melzer, who by his own admission began his investigation - as someone who had 'been affected by the same misguided smear campaign as everybody else,' regarding Assange, speaks of Assange's plight with the fresh-eyed ferocity of a man who has not been immersed in a soul-corroding career in establishment politics or mass media.

A man who, when looking deeply and objectively into the facts with uncorrupted vision, was able to see clearly just how unforgivably abusive Assange's treatment has been. 'In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,' Melzer said. 'The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end now!'

Melzer condemned attempts to extradite Assange to the US under the Espionage Act as well as what he called 'a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr Assange, not only in the US, but also in the UK, Sweden and more recently Ecuador..."

 

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray on Julian Assange

"I have no confidence whatsoever in the British justice system."

https://youtu.be/pPrR_bBKENA

 

Murray: The Unrelenting State

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/05/the-unrelenting-state/
 

"I witnessed enough of the British state's complicity in torture to know that this may be more than just the consequence of unintended neglect. The mills of God grind slowly. Those of the devil seem to spin dangerously fast..."

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Sydney Peace Prize Recipients Demand Australian Government Defend Assange

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/03/sydd-j03.html

"...Signatories to last week's statement supporting Assange included world-renowned defenders of civil liberties. Among them were well-known Australian investigative journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, artist  and anti-war activist George Gittoes, human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, Zimbabwean politician Senator Sekai Holland, Indian environmental advocate Vandana Shiva and US linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky.

The statement was issued following the unveiling of 17 espionage charges against Assange for WikiLeaks' exposures of US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison. 'Julian's 'crime' is courageous, truthful journalism,' the statement declared. 'In response to WikiLeaks' revelations about murderous wars and US spying to promote the economic dominance of US companies, the Trump administration seeks revenge.'

The Peace Prize recipients warned that through its charges against Assange, the US is seeking to 'falsely claim a legal basis for their actions' which 'reflect the naked political motives of a great power..."

 

Sweden's Probe Made It Impossible For Assange to 'Defend Himself' - UN Rapporteur to RT (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/9vmd

"The Swedish authorities made it impossible for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to cooperate with a rape investigation without the risk of being extradited to Washington, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer told RT. Watch the full interview here..."

 

Lawlessness

https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2019/06/lawlessness

"...For them, laws are things they use to further their means, nothing else. Other than that, they care nothing for the laws that govern their countries even though they are the very same laws that allowed them to assume their power. They think they're going to get away with the murder of Julian Assange. Unhindered by any law. That means there is no longer a functioning-international-legal system. There are only rogue states..."

But there is 'a rules based international order' aka might makes right.

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NDPP wrote:

Sydney Peace Prize Recipients Demand Australian Government Defend Assange

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/03/sydd-j03.html

"...Signatories to last week's statement supporting Assange included world-renowned defenders of civil liberties. Among them were well-known Australian investigative journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, artist  and anti-war activist George Gittoes, human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, Zimbabwean politician Senator Sekai Holland, Indian environmental advocate Vandana Shiva and US linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky.

The statement was issued following the unveiling of 17 espionage charges against Assange for WikiLeaks' exposures of US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison. 'Julian's 'crime' is courageous, truthful journalism,' the statement declared. 'In response to WikiLeaks' revelations about murderous wars and US spying to promote the economic dominance of US companies, the Trump administration seeks revenge.'

The Peace Prize recipients warned that through its charges against Assange, the US is seeking to 'falsely claim a legal basis for their actions' which 'reflect the naked political motives of a great power..."

Unfortunately, they can demand all they want, there was never was, and never will be, even the slightest required Austrailian diplomatic representation for Assange in his seven year imprisonment.

Years ago, the leaked emails of US government security contracter Stratfor illustrated the anti-Assange collusion with Austrailian government officials.

In the last few days , the inner fascism of Five Eyes /US constellation of security states is increasingingly and unapologetically out in the open.

Journalists and whistlebowers who expose the crimes and dark underside of state operations are intimidated and targetted, and it is becoming normalized in Australia:

Australia: Police raid ABC headquarters over Afghanistan stories : Police search the TV corporation's offices in Sydney in second high-profile probe into news outlets in 24 hours.

Police in Australia raided the headquarters of national broadcaster ABC in connection with a series of stories it ran in 2017 on accusations of unlawful killings committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

The operation on Wednesday came just a day after police raided the Canberra home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst about a report that detailed the authorities' bid to gain powers to spy on citizens' communications at home....

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/australia-police-raid-abc-headqua...

Warring Against Sources: The Australian National Security State, Journalism and the Public Interest   06 JUN 2019 Binoy Kampmark

“What’s gone on this morning sends clear and dangerous signals to journalists and newsrooms across Australia. This will chill public interest reporting.” – News Corp Australia spokesperson, The West Australian, June 4, 2019

These are dark times for journalists and publishers. It did not seem coincidental that Annika Smethurst, a News Corp journalist, and political affairs editor, would be a target of an Australian Federal Police warrant. Chelsea Manning, courtesy of a ruling by Judge Anthony Trenga, remains in federal custody in the United States. Julian Assange is facing decline in the maximum security abode that is Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom.

The story supposedly linked to the AFP [Australia Federal Police] warrant had been published by Smethurst on April 29, 2018. More than a year had elapsed, with little in the way of public murmurings. Australians have, for the most part, fallen under the anesthetist’s spell regarding intrusive, unnecessary and dangerous national security laws. Another set of them would hardly matter....

https://intpolicydigest.org/2019/06/06/warring-against-sources-the-austr...

 

John Lyons

AFP: I’m still staggered by the power of this warrant. It allows the AFP to “add, copy, delete or alter” material in the ABC’s computers. All Australians, please think about that: as of this moment, the AFP has the power to delete material in the ABC’s computers. Australia 2019.

https://twitter.com/TheLyonsDen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmU9HjRT3zQ

 

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Interview: Emily Butlin Discusses Julian Assange's Critical Situation (and vid)

https://t.co/FMEnQuWSTc

"A shocking tale of states and institutions all colluding to abuse one preeminent political prisoner..."

Even more shocking is how many now collaborate and advocate on behalf of this barbarity.

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Further to post #260:

Glenn Greenwald
@ggreenwald

The police attacks on journalists in Australia are becoming genuinely frightening - police now showing up at journalists' homes, demanding passwords, downloading phones & computers. But the irony is few defended Assange, whose treatment is the template

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1136609580044214272

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The Global War on Journalism

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/pers-j06.html

"The timing of the Australian raids is not accidential..."

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Warns Julian Assange Could Die in Prison

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/assa-j06.html

"In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. Melzer's comment on Assange's dire condition follows a statement he issued on May 31 demanding an immediate end to the 'collective persecution' by the US and its allies..."

 

A Swedish Court Injects Some Sense

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/06/a-swedish-court-injects-...

"When, eight years late, the European Arrest Warrant request for Assange was finally put before a Swedish court, the court refused to issue it. It therefore remains the case that there is no Swedish extradition warrant for Assange..."

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WikiLeaks Warns US Justice Department Preparing New Charges Against Assange

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/07/assa-j07.html

"The US Justice Department is preparing even more charges against journalist and publisher Julian Assange, WikiLeaks warned Thursday. The news came the same day as fresh warnings about the deterioration of Assange's health..."

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Gorilla Radio's Chris Cook Interviews UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer (audio)

http://www.gorilla-radio.com/2019/06/07/gorilla-radio-chris-cook-nils-me...

Nils Melzer and the case for Julian Assange's immediate release.

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Freeing Julian Assange (Part 1)

https://twitter.com/ChrisLynnHedges/status/1137420845230505996

"Here, Contraspin does an in-depth analysis of the intelligence establishment's campaign against WikiLeaks."

 

Unity4J

https://youtu.be/lnA6MJEsdLg

Online Vigil 33.0 in support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

 

Unity4J

https://youtu.be/r3txEnPI3Z4

Online vigil 33.1 in support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

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UN expert says "collective persecution" of Julian Assange must end now. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24665&...

Chris Hedges long interview with Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq_P9Nj6N58

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US Issues Formal Request For Assange's Extradition

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/11/assa-j11.html

"...Speaking to KPFA radio today, Australian investigative journalist John Pilger said that these actions vindicated Assange's warnings that 'so-called liberal democracies were changing 'and increasingly adopting the methods of 'autocracies'. Pilger called for the broadest mobilisation in defence of Assange."

 

"The Assange case is a poster child of state persecution. Every journalist, activist and all who care about democracy should know about the massive propaganda and legal corruption used to take Assange down. This is what tyranny looks like!"

https://twitter.com/DrJillStein/status/1138186920771620866

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Chris Hedges: Assange is Being Persecuted For His Virtues

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/first-assange-then-us/

"...There is nothing like the boot of the oppressor on your neck to give you moral clarity. None of these war crimes and hundreds more reported to the US military but never investigated, would have been made public without Julian, Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks.

Even if Julian were odious, which he is not, even if he carried out a sexual offense, which he did not, even if he was a poor houseguest - a bizarre term for a man trapped in a small room for nearly seven years under house arrest - which he was not, it would make no difference. Julian is not being persecuted for his vices. He is being persecuted for his virtues. His arrest eviserates all pretense of the rule of law and rights of a free press..."

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Julian Assange: Remembering the Powerful Exposed By WikiLeaks

https://www.mintpressnews.com/remember-the-crimes-of-exposed-by-julian-a...

"Assange's 'crime' was revealing deep, embarrassing, sometimes deadly malfeasance by numerous actors, including the US government, the media, the Democratic Party-Clinton machine, and Israel..."

 

'Mirthless Laugh' - the Persecution and Torture of Julian Assange

http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2019/906-mirthless-l...

"For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking..."

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Extradition Order To Send Assange To UK Poses Existential Threat To All Truth Seekers - Galloway

https://on.rt.com/9wan

"Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed on Thursday that he had signed a request for the extradition of Assange to the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act. The order will go before the UK courts on Friday. Failing to support Assange now will have disastrous consequences for journalism and all who profess to hold progressive values, Galloway warned..."

 

Julian Assange in His Own Words (and vid)

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1138499002549317632

"The US is applying its jurisdiction to other countries..."

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Assange To Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020

https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/status/1139560226187878401

"Decision on Assange's fate will not come for at least eight months..."

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"I was in court for Julian Assange's extradition hearing before a judge whose husband was a Tory defence minister. 'My life is at stake', said a fragile Julian by video link from prison. Denied a computer, he is prevented from preparing his own defence. Such is British justice."

https://twitter.com/johnpilger/status/1139554525373718529

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WATCH: "At Westminster Magistrates Court Chris Hedges said that the 'judicial lynching' of Julian Assange for 'exposing the crimes of empire' sets a 'terrifying' legal precedent 'that allows the [US] government to prosecute publishers irrespective of where they live."

https://twitter.com/TheInterregnum_/status/1139612134415974400

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Freeing Julian Assange - Part Two

https://twitter.com/Suzie3D/status/1139684000048414720

"The UK Intelligence plot to frame WikiLeaks as working with Russian intelligence didn't start in 2016, but in 2009. Guess who was head of the UK foreign intelligence Russia desk in 2009? 

Christopher Steele."

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Hedges: The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-coming-show-trial-of-julian-assange/

"Most of us who have followed the long persecution of Assange expected this moment, but it was nevertheless deeply unsettling, the opening of the final act in a Greek tragedy where the hero, cursed by fortuna or fate, confronts the dark forces from which there is no escape..."

 

Imperialism On Trial - Free Julian Assange (and vid)

https://twitter.com/Cybrarian64/status/1141208424543326208

"Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will share their expertise on imperialism in general and on the Julian Assange case in particular..."

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