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The vilification of Julian Assange

Despite being granted bail, Wikileaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London, awaiting extradition proceedings to answer a prosecutor's questions in Sweden. He hasn't been formally charged with any crime. His lawyers have heard that a grand jury in the United States has been secretly empanelled, and that a U.S. federal indictment is most likely forthcoming.

Politicians and commentators, meanwhile, have been repeatedly calling for Assange to be killed.

Wikileaks and the decline of the American empire

The Wikileaks disclosure this week of confidential cables from United States embassies has been debated chiefly in terms either of the damage to Washington's reputation or of the questions it raises about national security and freedom of the press.

The headlines aside, most of the information so far revealed from the 250,000 documents is hardly earth-shattering, even if it often runs starkly counter to the official narrative of the U.S. as the benevolent global policeman, trying to maintain order amid an often unruly rabble of underlings.

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Will the Internet remain an open platform or become a commodity?

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The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions. Governments, militaries, corporations, banks: They all stand to lose the control they exert over society when information they suppress runs free. Yet some of the most ardent advocates for the free Internet have become targets of these very institutions, forced to live on the run, in exile or, in some cases, in prison.

MAWO PUBLIC FORUM - Free Bradley Manning!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Location

Gordon Neighbourhood House
1019 Broughton Street - Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 17' 8.07" N, 123° 8' 0.5316" W

MAWO PUBLIC FORUM

>> Free Bradley Manning!
Why Did This Soldier Become a Whistle Blower?
Why is He a Soldier of Humanity?

TUESDAY August 6
7pm
Gordon Neighbourhood House
1019 Broughton Street - Vancouver

Multimedia – Speakers – Discussion

For poster click:
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Obama's assault on journalism and whistleblowers

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One cyberactivist's federal case wrapped up this week, and another's is set to begin. While these two young men, Jeremy Hammond and Bradley Manning, are the two who were charged, it is the growing menace of government and corporate secrecy that should be on trial.

Tom Flanagan
| March 1, 2013
| February 13, 2013
Aw@l

Smash the State Report: Dec. 7, 2012

December 19, 2012
| On the Dec. 7 edition of AW@L Radio: Anti-austerity actions in Ontario, the intro from Julian Assange's new book CyperPunks, an update on the kicking Mountie, plus, we play a few revolutionary tracks!
Length: 42:54 minutes (39.29 MB)
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Whistle-blowers, war criminals and the extradition of Julian Assange

Anonymous supporters of Bradley Manning. Photo: Bradley Manning Support Network/Flickr

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's protracted effort to fight extradition to Sweden suffered a body blow this week. Britain's Supreme Court upheld the arrest warrant, issued in December 2010. After the court announced its split 5-2 decision, the justices surprised many legal observers by granting Assange's lawyers an opportunity to challenge their decision -- the first such reconsideration since the high-profile British extradition case from more than a decade ago against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The decision came almost two years to the day after Pvt. Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents to Wikileaks.

Assange's RT Premiere: Assange Interviews Nasrallah

Assange's Premiere (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/assange-show-response-credits-mia-media-282/

"Julian Assange's interview with Hezbollah leader Sayyid Nasrallah sparked a wave of media reaction.."

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