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WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief: Assange US Extradition Case A Matter of Life and Death

https://youtu.be/y3pWTMPXgKU

"We spoke to Kristin Hraffnson, Editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks about the latest reports regarding Julian Assange, including his controlled movements around Belmarsh, his lack of access to lawyers and his health condition..."

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Assange Was Spied On 24 Hours A Day

https://twitter.com/SMaurizi/status/1178238972138573826

"Wonder why US-UK media are silent on these explosive revelations...?

 

'Outrageous: This Should Be A Massive Scandal'

https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1178011264716595201

"Not a joke. The CIA allegedly ran an operation to livestream surveillance of women in the toilet, hoping to overhear them planning the legal defense for an asylum seeker. This is skulls-on-hats villainy, simply indefensible for people claiming to be 'the good guys'." Edward Snowden

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Assange's Father & Die Linke Deputy Leader Hold Joint Press Conference

https://youtu.be/sSrA6Y0lJXc

"22 hours per day imprisoned in a small cell places extreme discomfort upon Julian..."

 

Assange's Father Gives Speech at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

https://youtu.be/FjhD-q5E68s

Free Julian Assange, Chelsey Manning, thought, speech and media!

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Julien's prison term for skipping bail has ended, and he will now remain in indefinite detention while the US makes their case for extradition.  

 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/03/dangerous-detention-julian-assan...

 

"On September 22, Assange would have been released from HMP Belmarsh, a maximum security centre whose reputation betrays much in the way the authorities wish to handle the publisher. The 50-week jail term imposed for skipping bail was a mild matter relative to others serving life sentences in the prison, but a statement had to be made both to those wishing to emulate Assange and Britain’s cousins across the Atlantic. But that term of imprisonment was never meant to be genuinely observed in the scheme of things; its termination merely being a point in a broader scheme of ongoing detention. It was a mere hiccup in a conversation which involves US power. The Washington security establishment is salivating for its quarry, and Britain is playing minder.

This means keeping him in indefinite detention, or at least till US authorities make their case, however unconvincing. At the Westminster Magistrates court hearing on September 13, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser was short and sharp. “You have been produced today because your sentence of imprisonment is about to come to an end. When that happens your remand status changes from serving prisoner to a person facing extradition.”

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"The UN Special Rapporteur, Nils Melzer, has also issued stirring assessments of Assange’s detention, with its compounding cruelties. “In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political prosecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states gang 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. The collective punishment of Julian Assange must end here and now.”

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CIA Got Footage of Assange Friend Pamela Anderson in Loo - Galloway

https://youtu.be/PMnVput4sS8

"A stunning new report reveals how WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was spied on by a Spanish security firm during his time in the Ecuadoran embassy and all of his activities were documented and handed over to US intelligence."

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WikiLeaks Source Jeremy Hammond Held in Contempt By Grand Jury

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/11/hamm-o11.html

"Information activist and WikiLeaks source Jeremy Hammond, who has been in prison since 2013 for hacking, was held in contempt of court on Thursday for refusing to answer seven questions put to him by a secret grand jury in the US District Court of Virginia. This is the same gand jury and the same Judge Anthony J Trenga that imprisoned Chelsea Manning last March for her refusal to provide false testimony against WikiLeaks' founder and publisher Julian Assange.

While the political establishment in Washington DC and the corporate media has been trumpeting the anonymous CIA 'whistleblower' involved in the efforts by the intelligence establishment and the Democratic Party to impeach Donald Trump, not one of them has mentioned or will mention the true fighters for truth and the exposure of corporate America and US imperialism..."

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UN Official's Briefing on Torture of Assange Boycotted By US Media

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/18/melz-o18.html

"In a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on October 15, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer restated his assessment that WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of persecution that amounts to 'torture.' Melzer,'s warnings carry the weight and authority of a UN official and an internationally-respected legal expert. They concern Assange, the world's most famous persecuted journalist..."

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Only Cowards and Sadists* Support the Persecution of Assange

https://twitter.com/caitoz/status/1186646476912549888

"Former British ambassador Craig Murray has published a very disturbing account of Julian Assange's court appearance yesterday...

'I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday's events in Westminster Magistrate's Court...Everybody in that court yesterday saw that one of the greatest journalists and most important dissidents of our times is being tortured to death by the state, before our eyes.

The campaign of demonisation and dehumanisation against Julian, based on government and media lie after government and media lie, has led to a situation where he can be slowly killed in public sight and arraigned on a charge of publishing the truth about government wrongdoing, while receiving no assistance from 'liberal' society.

Unless Julian is released shortly, he will be destroyed. If the state can do this, then who is next...?"

*And some babblers.

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Pilger: Did This Happen in the Home of the Magna Carta?

https://t.co/vcOqEmcmBP

"...When he spoke truth and when his barrister spoke, Baraister contrived boredom; when the prosecuting barrister spoke, she was attentive. She had nothing to do; it was demonstrably preordained. In the table in front of us were a handful of American officials, whose direction to the prosecutor were carried by his junior; back and forth the young woman went, delivering instructions..."

 

Belmarsh Prison - Give Julian Assange His Mail!

http://chng.it/xbPFzD79

'Sign the Petition!'

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CN Live! - Ep 15: UK & Australia - Ruin or Rescue (and vid)

https://twitter.com/consortiumnews/status/1188082914082181120

"On Assange, Wikipedia and being civilised. Joe Lauria and Elizabeth Vos with John Pilger, Dr Nozomi Hayase, Lissa Johnson, Patrick Henningsen..."

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Pink Floyd Co-Founder Roger Waters: The US & UK Are Trying to KILL Julian Assange! (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/471860-roger-waters-julian-as...

"Roger Waters discusses Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's latest extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court and why it makes him ashamed to be English..."

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UK Abuse of Assange Continues: Blocking Spanish Intervention, Caving to US Demands

https://t.co/ArHIWr5qor

"By now it has been well-documented how the UK prosecution service, courts and prisons have squandered untold public resources on one individual who skipped a police bail order seven years ago. Search a little deeper and we see countless precedents have been set in the wake of a hunting expedition that is now slowly killing a journalist who exposed the crimes of powerful states.

The abuse of power continues, with the recent attempt to block a Spanish judge from interviewing Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, which clearly demonstrates that the United Kingdom Central Authority (UKCA) is continuing the state's assault on Assange as he fights extradition to the United States for exposing its war crimes..."

 

"UN issues incredibly powerful condemnation of UK government: 'this case has never been about Mr Assange's guilt or innocence, but about making him pay the price for exposing serious governmental misconduct, including alleged war crimes and corruption."

https://twitter.com/JohnWRees/status/1190311152955404288

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"Bernie supporter? Green? Liberal? Anarchist? Libertarian? Support for Julian Assange's right to expose the lies of our leaders eroded among all these groups over the years because 'an establishment propaganda narrative got through to them.'

https://twitter.com/Jonathan_K_Cook/status/1192023626842824704

Not uncommon here...

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Arbuthnot Out As Assange's Judge, Says WikiLeaks Lawyer Jen Robinson

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/16/arbuthnot-out-as-assanges-judge-sa...

"Wikileaks lawyer Jen Robinson said Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the judge presiding over Julian Assange's extradition process who is embroiled in a conflict of interest, will no longer be sitting on the case."

Optics-tweeking a crucifixion.

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Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation

https://twitter.com/YanisVaroufakis/status/1196792647584751619

"I don't suppose an apology is pending from those who, for years, referred to Julian Assange as a 'rapist' and denied that the whole affair was about shoving him in a supermax US black hole for the crime of having exposed crimes against humanity committed in oiur name."

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The Swedish Case Against Assange Was Always Political

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1197101381636808704

 

"UN Special Rapporteur on Torture: 'In 20 years 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."

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1134385305673445376 

Notice now that the smearing and demonisation has resulted in the successful imprisonment and torture of this deep state enemy for courageously publishing forbidden truths on their monstrous crimes, the 'liberal-progressives' who participated so whole-heartedly in the campaign have now fallen silent.  This support for reactionary msm-driven establishment causes is unfortunately not uncommon on this site. It must become an urgent developmental task for Canadian progressives to stop falling for each and every state propaganda operation on behalf of elite agendas.   

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John Pilger: The Lies About Julian Assange Must Stop Now

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/24/john-pilger-the-lies-about-assange...

"If Julian Assange were to succumb to the cruelties heaped upon him, week after week, month after month, year upon year, as doctors warn, newspapers like The Guardian will share the responsiblity..."

A publication whose imperialist dog whistles are unfortunately frequently taken as gospel truths.

 

The Significance of the Doctors' Open Letter in Defence of Julian Assange

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/26/pers-n26.html

"The WSWS applauds the medical doctors who have issued an open letter calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange. More than 65 doctors from the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Italy and Sri Lanka[*not Canada] have brought to the attention of a global audience, the terrible dangers to Assange's life.

'Mr Assange could die. The medical situation is thereby urgent. There is no time to lose...'

*Know a progressive doctor who might be interested? Pass this on.

[Perhaps, unlike some babblers, not everyone believes he's just a vile rapist who works for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and deserves to die a miserable death in prison for crimes committed against crooked Hillary's re-election?]

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Journalists Apparently Monitored..

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1200743035501342720

"According to former employees of the Spanish [surveillance/security firm for Ecuador's London embassy] company, their boss, David Morales, is said to have boasted to them after returning from the US: 'From now on we play in the first league...We are now working for the dark side."

 

Visiting Britain's Political Prisoner

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/11/29/john-pilger-visiting-britains-poli...

"...When we greet each other, I can feel his ribs. His arm has no muscle. He has lost perhaps 10 to 15 kilos since April. When I first saw him here in May, what was most shocking was how much older he looked. 'I think I'm going out of my mind,' he said then. I said to him, 'No you're not. Look how you frighten them, how powerful you are..."

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Free the Truth - A Short Speech  by Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray (and vid)

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/11/free-the-truth-a-short-s...

"...We need Julian Assange. It is not only that he is the victim of torture, it is not only that his life is at stake and we ought to save him from a dreadful injustice. We also ought to save him because the world needs Julian Assange as a symbol of fighting for liberty and justice. We are moving into dangerous, dangerous times. We must see that what is happening to Julian Assange is what is happening in the wider society. We live in what has become a rogue state..."

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Spanish Judge to Question Assange Over Illegal CIA Spying on Ecuadorian Embassy

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/02/ases-d02.html

"Britain's apparent back-down demonstrates that its initial bid to hinder the Spanish investigation was the result of a political decision, inseparable from the attempt by the British authorities and judiciary to railroad Assange to a US kangaroo court and prison. The sensitivity to the Spanish investigation is because it exposes the illegality of the entire US-led operation against Assange..."

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Interview: Dr Lissa Johnson on Perilous Health of Julian Assange

https://twitter.com/21WIRE/status/1202611745833070592

"Extremely important in-depth interview with Lissa K Johnson - covering present health risk to journalist Julian Assange. Please share this information far and wide..."

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The Plot to Discredit and Destroy Julian Assange

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-plot-to-discredit-and-destroy-juli...

"Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer spoke with Tariq Ali, a renowned British journalist and co-editor of a recent collection of essays titled 'In Defense of Julian Assange'. Corporate media's abandonment of Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning is no surprise to Scheer, who has spent much of his career defending and working with whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg, John Kiriakou, Edward Snowden and others.

'I thought I knew a lot about this case. And I was surprised, in reading this book, that I fell for some of the traps set by the mass media and the governments. I must say, much to my shame, had I not read this book carefully, I was falling for some of the personal attacks and attempts to discount the significance of Julian Assange. Having read the book - and I think its 450, almost 500 pages - I was rewarded with an understanding, a very clear understanding, that Julian Assange is truly one of the most important journalists of, I don't know what, the last 50 years. I ended up sort of in a rage at the end of this, thinking, how dare anyone challenge Julian Assange's role..."

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Hundreds of Journalists Around the World Sign Open Letter Demanding Freedom For Assange

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/09/jour-d09.html

"Hundreds of journalists and media workers from every corner of the globe have put their name to an impassioned open letter demanding the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and an immediate 'end to the legal campaign being waged against him for the crime of revealing war crimes..."

No surprise to find so few from our own reactionary liberal shit-hole Canada. Hey Rabble.ca, Tell us why you won't support this?

Please forward to every journalist you can. As soon as they see names such as Chomsky, Ellsberg etc they may sign, not really because they have changed their reactionary views, but because among their kind 'being cool' and 'with it' and seeing their name included with celebrity progressives trumps  any real political convictions they mostly do not have in any case.

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Julian Assange Denied Access to Lawyers and Vital Evidence in US Extradition Case

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/14/assa-d14.html

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared via videolink at Westminister Magistrates Court in London yesterday for a brief administrative hearing. The half-hour proceedings confirm that the fundamental legal rights of the world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser began the hearing by referring to complaints by Assange's defence lawyer Gareth Peirce that her client's access to legal counsel is inadequate. Baraitser claimed that she had 'no desire to stand in the way of any lawyer having proper access to their client. It is clearly in the interest of justice that they do so.' Her subsquent actions proved this to be a barefaced lie.

Yesterday's half-hour proceedings took place just hours after the UK general election that delivered a Conservative government. The most right-wing government in modern British history is headed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose 'special relationship' with the Trump administration saw him welcome the brutal expulsion of Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy on April 11, writing 'It's only right that Julian Assange finally faces justice. Credit to foreign office officials who have worked tirelessly to secure this outcome."

Comments on this progressive Canadian website at the time and before were similar in substance and tone to Johnson's.

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Luke Harding's False and Vindictive 'Reporting' About WikiLeaks and Assange

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1209465095258099713

"The Guardian admits its reporters L Harding , SKirchgaessner and Dcollyns gave a 'misleading impression to readers' and breached paper's code in one of infamous series of fake news stories about Assange from 2018 which helped put him in Belmarsh."

 

In Defence of Julian Assange

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1208074973237186560

"93 journalists (and whistleblowers) from 90 countries have signed the letter in defence of Julian Assange."

Please forward and copy to Canadian journos who thus far have only parroted  anti-Assange msm smear and disinformation.

 

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Doctors Ask Government to Evacuate Assange to an Australian Hospital

https://twitter.com/DCKennard/status/1210488194074075136

"Major task for all journalists/engaged citizens in 2020 is to save Julian Assange's life. If Assange dies in Belmarsh or UK delivers him to the clutches of Trump admin, we all lose a major slice of our freedom, one we'll probably never get back. High stakes."

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Short Of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrate's Court

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/16/short-of-time-julian-assange-at-...

"Another slot of judical history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being taken against Julian Assange. The ailing Wikileaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate at his Monday hearing..."

 

Julian Assange Leaves UK Court in Prison Van

https://youtu.be/stLalBA-yZo

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The Prosecution of Julian Assange, the Destruction of Legality and the Rise of the National Security State

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/15/assa-j15.html

"The prosecution of Assange marks a new stage in the onslaught on core democratic rights and legality by the US, British and, indeed, global ruling class. The US government now seeks to establish as 'law' that journalistic activity, which discloses or publishes classified defence and other information, is criminal and amounts to espionage: that journalists will be imprisoned as spies..."

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