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UN Rapporteur Calls For UK Officials to be Investigated for Possible 'Criminal Conduct' Re Assange
"As far as I know, this was never reported in the UK national media: the UN rapporteur calling for UK officials to be investigated for possible 'criminal conduct' re Assange. The wrong people are on trial in the Assange case."
Former FM Bob Carr is Demanding Govt Action For Julian Assange (and vid)
"He faces the prospect of a living death inside an American prison, in very cruel conditions, because he let the world know about an American war crime."
Julian Assange Extradition Hearing - September 9, 2020 (and vid)
"Shadowproof's Kevin Gosztola reports on the third day of the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition."
Assange Defence: Journalism Under Attack - Day 3/Sept 9/2020
Prof. Paul Rogers on Trump's Politically Motivated Prosecution:
"The political objective of seeking to achieve greater transparency in the workings of government is clearly both the motivation and the modus operandi for the work of Mr Assange and the organization WikiLeaks. It's manifestation, as is set out in the study by Professor Benkler, has constituted a wholesale alteration of accessing and making available for public information, the secrets that governments wish to remain remain unknown to their general populations*. The subject matter of the charges Mr Assange currently faces involve strong examples of the clash of these positions both in their content and scope and in the reaction of government..."
*Here's just one of their government's secrets WL gave to Canuckleheads:
Canada Offered To Aid Iraq Invasion: WikiLeaks
"The same day Canada publicly refused to join the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, a high-ranking Canadian official was secretly promising the Americans clandestine military support for the fiercely controversial operation...Even as Chretien told the Commons that Canada wouldn't participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Canadian diplomats were secretly telling their US counterparts something entirely different. The classifed US document obtained from WikiLeaks shows senior Canadian officials met that same day with high-ranking American and British diplomats at Foreign Affairs headquarters in Ottawa.
The confidential note, written by a US diplomat at the gathering states that Foreign Affairs official James Wright waited until after the official meeting to impart the most important news of all. According to the US account, Wright 'emphasized' that contrary to official statements by the prime minister, Canadian naval and air forces could be 'discreetly' put to use during the impending US-led assault on Iraq. 'This message tracks with others we have heard,' the US diplomat wrote in his briefing note to State Department bosses in Washington. 'While for domestic political reasons...the GOC has decided not to join in a US coalition of the willing...they are also prepared to be as helpful as possible..."
Even here CBC dissembles to blunt the full force of the revelation as Richard Sanders explains:
WikiLeaks: Canada In Iraq War
"Canada's covert role in yet another US-led war in the Middle East and the media falsehoods used to revive the deception that Canada refused to join the Iraq War."
'Even in ostensibly confirming an example of Canadian duplicity in Iraq, the media subtly reinforced the dominant mythology that this country did little or nothing to to help the Iraq War. And so the widespread myth of Canada's supposed noninvolvement in Iraq continues to live on. As Mark Twain said 'How easy it is to make people believe in a lie and how hard it is to undo that work again!'
Especially with Canuckleheads who clearly prefer to live in lies and 'necessary illusions'. Many thanks Julian Assange/WikiLeaks!
Yes, many thanks to Assange and WikiLeaks. I remember the "collatoral murder" video vividly. Those of us with the privilege of living without war need to see what our governments and their allies are doing to the rest of the world. I'm glad I saw that video, it was horrifying but I think it did help me lose some "necessary illusions".
"If the powerful lie to us, we have the right to know. If they say one thing in private and the opposite in public, we have the right to know. If they conspire against us, as Bush and Blair did over Iraq, then pretend to be democrats, we have the right to know. It is this morality of purpose that so threatens the collusion of powers that want to plunge much of the world into war and wants to bury Julian alive in Trumps fascist America.
In 2008, a top secret US State Department report described in detail how the United States would combat this new moral threat. A secretly-directed personal smear campaign against Julian Assange would lead to “exposure [and] criminal prosecution”.
The aim was to silence and criminalise WikiLeaks and its founder. Page after page revealed a coming war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and democracy. The imperial shock troops would be those who called themselves journalists: the big hitters of the so-called mainstream, especially the “liberals” who mark and patrol the perimeters of dissent."
Thanks for your thoughts and standing up for what is right Mobo2000. I see Canadian Dimension has republished John Pilger's rousing and inspiring call also. Let us hope we will see other supposedly 'progressive', Canadian 'alternative', 'truth-tellers' who say they believe in whistleblowers and independent journalism break their obscene silence in concert with the ill-intentioned misleaders of our msm who clearly do not. Where is Rick Salutin? Where is Linda McQuaig? Where is Karl on Parl?
How Canada's Corporate Media Smeared WikiLeaks Publisher and Journalist Julian Assange
" Since WikiLeaks began a decade ago to publish secret US cables exposing many of the warcrimes and imperialist intrigues perpetrated by Washington and its allies around the world, Canada's corporate-controlled media outlets have made the whistleblowing website and its founder Julian Assange, the target of a smear campaign. Newspapers ranging from the 'liberal' Toronto Start and the Globe and Mail, the Canadian elite's supposed 'newspaper of record,' to the neoconservative National Post - have villified Assange.
The cynicism of such criticisms is hard to overstate. Journalists who have spent large parts of their careers propagandizing for Canadian imperialist participation in the US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, which collectively led to the death of millions, and Canada's involvement in NATO's military encirclement of Russia, which has increased the likelihood of a catastrophic conflict fought with nuclear weapons, assert the right to pass moral judgement on Assange and WikiLeaks.
The determination on the part of Canada's media to denigrate and smear Assange reflects their unflinching support for the powers-that-be and visceral hatred of what he represents. The very idea that the population has a right to know about the criminal conspiracies and activities of the world's governments is anathema to these scribblers who make a profession of filtering official propaganda to justify the pro-corporate, pro-imperialist politics of Canada's ruling elites and its state..."
Stop the War on WikiLeaks and the public's right to know! Free Julian Assange!
175 Years in a US Prison? Extradition Trial of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Begins in London (and vid)
"As the long-awaited extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gets underway in London, his legal advisor, Jennifer Robinson says the case could set a chilling precedent for press freedom around the world. 'He faces 175 years in prison for doing his job as a journalist and a publisher. That's why this case is so dangerous', says Robinson..."
Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage Charges Against Assange are Most Significant Attack on Press in Decades (2019 - and vid)
"As the Justice Department charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act, we speak to Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, he was charged with violating the Espionage Act for leaking a top-secret report on US involvement in Vietnam to the New York Times and other publishers..."
Jeremy Scahill: New Indictment of Assage is Part of a Broader War on Journalism and Whistleblowers (and vid)
"We are at an extremely dangerous moment in the history of this country. Donald Trump is using the same rhetoric as that used by Nazi officials in the 1930s and 40s to attack the press. He's said he wants to jail journalists who publish stories he doesn't like, and he's wielding The Espionage Act like a chainsaw against journalistic sources. What makes it all so much worse is that it was the constitutional law scholar and Trump predecessor Barack Obama who teed Trump up, who laid the groundwork, who blazed the trail. This is about criminalizing journalism. None of this is about espionage. It's an assault on the very idea of a democratic society. At these moments silence is complicity.
This is a precedent-setting moment, not just legally but morally. It doesn't matter what you think of any of these individual whistleblowers. But it does matter that we all recognize that this is an attack on our basic rights to information. It matters that people who blow the whistle on crimes and warcrimes be defended not abandoned or portrayed as criminals or traitors. All of us must ask ourselves where we stand. History will remember our answers..."
We know why the politicians are silent. Opposing Washington is not something Canadian politicians do easily. Perhaps suppressing whistleblowers that threaten their power and complicity is in their interest too. We expect no support from them. The only politician I know of who has lately spoken out against the outlandish persecution-as-prosecution of Julian Assange is Green Party leadership contender Dimitri Lacaris. And he isn't elected yet. Good for him. We'll not bother with the others. If they haven't spoken out yet it's because they have no interest or wish to. And if they were now pressed to pretend support, and perhaps issue a little generic milquetoast tweet as is the habit of the NDP whenever a controversial subject arises and it fears the loss or anticipates the possible gain of votes, this 'support' would mean little.
But ask the silent journalists especially, the As it Happens, the Current, the Power & Politics, or others you read or watch who should be outraged by this prosecution, and extension of US 'universal jurisdiction' against their profession, why their silence as complicity. Perhaps presstitutes who serve power not question it have no fears. Ask the 'progressive' academics, human rights lawyers, civil liberties groups, human rights organizations what they're doing to support freedom of the press in this instance, and if nothing on this matter, why they don't put their mouths where their money is instead at such a critical juncture. I'd be very interested in knowing what they reply.
Craig Murray - Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 8
"The great question after yesterday's hearing was whether prosecution counsel James Lewis QC would continue to charge at defence witnesses like a deranged berserker (spoiler - he would) and more importantly, why?"
Don't Extradite Assange
"Amnesty International presented a petition with almost 400,000 signatures to US Consulate on September 8. The petition is calling on the US to drop the charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and end its attempt to get him extradited from Britain."
"Julian Assange's partner and mother to his two sons, Stella Morris spoke out about the pressures the case is having on them."
Don't Extradite Julian Assange!
[Judge] "Baraitser was prepared to have proceedings on what would have been Day 5, but hearing objections, she acceded to the request to postpone until 14 September. Baraitser then reiterated, for those on video link who didn't hear, that one of the barristers on the prosecution team may have been exposed to COVID-19. Testing will occur today. Results expected on Friday."
Glenn Greenwald: Why DOJ is Pursuing Julian Assange Aggressively (and vid)
"Here's the full video of the segment I did tonight detailing the national security state's persecution of Assange and Snowden for the crime of exposing their lies and illegal acts against the American public."
Assange: The Trial of the Century
"The criminals have made it a crime to reveal their criminal offenses.' Journalism is not a crime. Don't extradite Julian Assange: George Galloway."
What People Forget About the Julian Assange Case (and vid)
"They're making us forget about the crimes and the criminals Wikileaks revealed..."
Assange Countdown to Freedom (and vid)
John Pilger on the Assange show-trial
"Of the complict media which is the majority of the mainstream press, what is the average body-count attributed to each journalist?" - JA -
"Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love."
NDPP, thank you for posting all the information in this thread. It is indeed a travesty that Assange is being prosecuted by the war criminals whose crimes he revealed, for revealing those crimes.
You're welcome Michael. I keep hoping Canadian media, including the alternative, will begin to publicize this outrageous travesty of justice, but thus far they seem to prefer the smear and disinformation side.
WATCH: Ellsberg, Hedges & Goodale on Assange Extradition
"The Pentagon Papers whistleblower joins the NYT general counsel at the time of that leak, and a Pulitzer Prize winner to discuss the fate of journalism as Julian Assange faces extradition."
"What the government wants to prove is that when a reporter tries to get a leak by talking to a leaker, he as a leakee can be criminally convicted for conspiracy for talking to a source. So what is involved here is the criminalization of a basic journalistic function..."
WATCH: "Journalist Mark Davis filmed Julian Assange with The Guardian during negotiations over use of WikiLeaks' war-crimes revelations. In this just-unearthed 2011 interview, Julian explains how redactions were made, contrary to US claims in court. Go to 29:00
WATCH: US Blocks Spanish Investigation into CIA Spying on Assange (and vid)
Richard Medhurst comments and analysis.
acTVision Munich: Academics and Professionals Condemn US Attack on Journalism
The recent Imperialism on Trial event, covered the prosecution of Julian Assange. The content was related to the Assange case and the global attack on press freedoms. We speak with former British (Labour) MP Chris Williamson, former Ecuadorian Consul Fidel Narvaez and senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute, George Szamuely.
"Following a negative Covid result for a member of the legal team, Julian Assange's extradition hearing resumes. 'll be live-twWeeeting from the court in about 5 hours on this thread. Join us at 5 pm BST on CN LIVE! for Joe Lauria's daily update
"The fifth day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread..."
[Ex-CIA Chief Leon] Panetta revealing more of the same behind Trump administration prosecuting Assange: 'All you can do is hope that you can ultimately take action against those that were involved in revealing that information so you can send a message to others not to do the same thing."
"WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service." CIA Director Mike Pompeo
"WikiLeaks is the first intelligence agency for the people." - Julian Assange, WikiLeaks
Defend Julian Assange! Defend WikiLeaks! Defend Press Freedom! (Notice the deafening silence of the Canadian Vichy media?)
Assange Extradition Hearing - September 14, 2020 (and vid)
"Shadowproof's Kevin Gosztola reports on what transpired in court today during WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing..."
Courage Foundation Daily Report
"Julian Assange's extradition hearing, the Courage Foundation's daily coverage of Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London. 'Eric Lewis ('Reprieve'): Julian Assange shouldn't be extradited, would face solitary confinement in the United States..."
Day 5: CN's Joe Lauria's Daily Report on Assange Hearing
Inaudible witness testimony, bizarre and unexplained interruption by US news report over court feeds. Defence witness, lawyer Eric Lewis vs prosecutor James Lewish. 'An extraordinary exchange' as prosecutor annoys Judge Baraitser over curtailing his 4 hour prosecution. Defence gets 1/2 hour.
Australian Government, Labor Opposition, Silent on Sadistic British Show-Trial of Julian Assange
"From the editorial pages of the official media and the statements of leading politicians, the uninformed observer would have no idea that a world famous Australian journalist is enduring extradition hearings that have been condemned as a legal travesty by rights organizations and UN representatives, or that he faces 175 years imprisonment for publishing evidence of war crimes."
The refusal of the entire political establishment to uphold Assange's rights have been facilitated by the corporate media..."
Ditto for Canada, its 'progressive' politicians and Vichy media. We know on which side they stand.
WikiLeaks : USA Against Julian Assange (Doco)
"In documentary from German public TV, former CIA director Leon Panetta acts as a public face for the US prosecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The CIA has been possibly the most aggressive agency in the war on WikiLeaks."
Caitlin Johnstone: Assange Trial Focuses False Partisan Narratives...
"...The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald explained in 2018 that the Obama administration was unable to find an avenue to prosecute Assange for the leaks which began dropping in 2010 without endangering press freedoms, yet the Trump administration worked in concert with London and Quito to drag Assange out of the embassy and slam him with an extradition request (the sole reason for his continued imprisonment) based on the exact same evidence the Obama administration had access to on those exact same leaks.
Greenwald explained in the Washington Post that the Assange indictment was 'a blueprint for making journalists into felons,' writing that 'the Trump administration is aggressively and explicitly seeking to obliterate the last reliable buffer protecting journalism in the US from being criminalized, a step that no previous administration, no matter how hostile to journalistic freedom, was willing to take.'
Indeed, it always blows Assange-hating Democrats' minds [and their slavish Canucklhead imitators] when you point out to them that when they defend this extradition campaign they are in fact defending a Trump administration agenda. Not because it isn't true, nor even because the proof that it's true isn't publicly available information, but because there's been a massive smear campaign directed at liberal echo chambers to manufacture consent for Assange's silencing and persecution which has been geared toward painting Assange as a Trump supporter..."
At Assange Trial, Prosecution Invokes Human Rights Court Decision that Downplayed Abusive Supermax Prisons
"Yesterday, Assange extradition hearing resumed with testimony from US lawyer Eric Lewis. I paid particular attention to the European Court of Human Rights decision that prosecutor seized upon to argue abusive prison conditions shouldn't prevent extradition.."
"The 6th day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread." [scroll down Twitter-feed to updates]
Consortium News: Live Updates 9/15/2020
"Baraitser J announces audio problems fixed. Eric Lewis apologizes for interruption yesterday. He had an open tab where a video started playing. James Lewis (prosecution) addresses Eric Lewis (witness)."
Lawyers For Assange
"If extradited, Mr Assange would, by the US government's own admission, likely be placed under Special Administrative Measures. These measures prohibit prisoners from contact or communication with all but a few approved individuals, and any approved individuals would not be permitted to report information concerning the prisoner's treatment to the public, thereby shielding potential torture from public scrutiny and government from accountability."
Freedom For Assange Before It's Too Late. Sign to STOP the USA Extradition
"Update from Day 1 of week 2 is that this politically motivated show-trial has been adjourned until Sept 15, UK time due to a US News report feeding into the court..."
Don't Extradite Assange (and vid)
"Dustin Hoffmann, European Parliament Observer, notes his concerns about Assange case."
Reporters Without Borders on the Assange trial (and vid)
"Despite severe restrictions on observers, RSF continues to monitor the US extradition hearing in the case of Julian Assange. Rebecca Vincent gives an overview on the start of the second week of proceedings at the Old Bailey Court in London."
Free Journalist Julian Assange!
"Another day in court for the only journalist in Western Europe imprisoned for doing his job. The political persecution against the man who exposed corruption and war crimes will not end unless people understand that press freedom in the world is at stake. Free Julian Assange!"
Once Again We Must Ask: Where is Canadian Journalism on this outrageous attack upon Freedom of the Press? Ask them why or draw the obvious conclusions...
Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery - Assange Hearing Day 9 (yesterday)
"Things became not merely dramatic in the Assange courtroom today, but spiteful and nasty. On the evidence there were stark details of the dreadful regime Assange will face in US jail if extradited. On the procedure, we saw the behaviour from the prosecution QC that went well beyond normal cross examination and was a real attempt to denigrate and even humilitate the witness..."
WATCH: "Ex diplomat and whistleblower Craig Murray gives his view of two notable developments during today's extradition hearing including what he terms 'attempts to humilitate' defence expert Eric Lewis by the prosecutor."
"In Britain he was brought before a judge straight after being arrested [from the embassy] and convicted within just 15 minutes. During the whole trial the only words he uttered were 'I plead not guilty.' But the judge insulted him as 'a narcissist' only concerned with his own personal interests.
Of course it's much easier to 'make an example' of someone and to violate all their human rights when it's a person nobody likes. Destroy Assange's image, undermining and tarnishing his reputation with sexual allegations, a shady 'hacker' label, and half-truths rumoured about him are all part of it.
And we absorb it all through the media and are then more willing to accept and tolerate the fact he's being mistreated..."*
Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur (2019)
'Can't we just take the guy out with a drone?' - Hillary Clinton -
Joe Rogan Experience #1536 - Edward Snowden (and vid)
"Thank you Joe Rogan and Ed Snowden for defending Julian against this abusive prosecution and explaining why everyone who cares about a free society should too, as a matter of principle."
Vaughn Smith of The Frontline Club, Says: (and vid)
"Too few journalists have woken to the fact that the prosecution of Mr Assange is the case of our time relating to the ability of journalists to report on things that government doesn't want us to hear."
In Canada it seems our 'Vichy' journalists are already largely subservient to power and remain silent on this important trial because they 'don't want us to hear' either. Ask them to explain. Post what they answer.
Don't Extradite Assange! (and vid)
"I'm worried about Assange's health, he's been incarcerated since 2010. The pressure on him is enormous, the sense that he's not receiving a fair trial. I'm also concerned about the way charges have risen without his lawyers being able to prepare for them. "- Vaughn Smith
Day 6: September 15, 2020 #AssangeCase - Don't Extradite Assange
"Eric Lewis: Under Trump, Justice Dept is prosecutorial hand of the president..."
Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery - Day 10 (9/15/2020)
"The gloves were off on Tuesday as the US Government explicitly argued that all journalists are liable to prosecution under the Espionage Act (1917) for publishing classified information..."
WATCH CN Live! Daily Video Report on Assange Hearing Day 6
"Editor in Chief Joe Lauria presents a live 10 minute report every day that court is in session at noon EDT during the resumed extradition hearing. Watch his recap of the sixth day's events."
9/16/2020: Don't Extradite Assange! (and vid)
Proceedings have ended for the day, we'll bring you comments live from the court.
Assange Hearing Day Seven - Ellsberg and Goetz Refute Informants Were Harmed and that Assange Was First to Release Their Names
"Ellsberg's testimony is over and the court is in recess until 10 am BST on Thursday..."
Julian Assange Extradition Hearing - September 16, 2020 (and vid)
Shadowproof's Kevin Gosztola reports on what transpired in court today. John Goetz and Dan Ellsberg on the stand for the defence.
CN LIVE - Assange Hearing: 9/16/2020 (and vid)
CN Editor Joe Lauria analyzes today's proceedings and testimony from defence witnesses, John Goetz (Der Spiegel), Daniel Ellsberg (Whistleblower, Pentagon Papers)
Daniel Ellsberg Testifies at Julian Assange Hearing (and vid)
"Excellent recap by Richard Medhurst. Begins @ 16:25"
"I did not have a fair trial, no one since me had a fair trial on these charges, and Julian Assange cannot remotely get a fair trial."
Nor will Canada's Vichy media even report it.
Assange Extradition Show Trial: 9/17/2020 - Update Tweets
Richard Medhurst: https://twitter.com/richimedhurst?lang=en
"The first expert witness to testify is John Sloboda of Iraq Body Count. IBC maintains the world's largest public database of violent civilian deaths since the 2003 invasion, as well as a separate running total which includes combatants." [thread continues...]
Kevin Gosztola: https://twitter.com/kgosztola
"Sloboda recalled nearly 400,000 documents needed redaction. 'The aim was a very stringent redaction of WikiLeaks before publication.' Any information that 'could be damaging to living individuals, including informants,' needed to be removed." [thread continues...]
Consortium News: https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/status/1306517988175011840
"Prof Sleboda is speaking about the targeting of civilians as a war crime. Knowing how one's loved ones died is a basic human need, he sayd. Sleboda worked with Iraq War Logs (Which revealed 15k civilian casualties unreported by US Mil)."
"John Shipton slams Assange case proceedings as a cover up over the crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan." [Yes Canada, thanks to Wikileaks we now know we particpated in both.]
Canada Offered to Aid Iraq Invasion - WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks: Canada in Iraq War
Assange Extradition Hearings, Day 8: 9/17/2020 (and vid)
Richard Medhurst: https://twitter.com/richimedhurst/status/1306652046536462341
"I'm live on YouTube with a summary of today's Assange hearing..."
Joe Lauria's Daily Report on Assange Extradition Hearing
"John Sleboda of Iraq Body Count was the first witness..."
Kevin Gosztola: Report on Day 8 - September 17, 2020 (and vid)
"Court proceedings Julian Assange Extradition trial."
Assange Defense (and vids)
"WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs exposed 15,000 civilian casualties. See today's video about the Iraq Body Count testimony here, and the Espionage Act, Ellsberg and Excluding evidence here..."
Court Hears About History of Political Prosecution Under Espionage Act
"There has never, in the century-long history of the Espionage Act, been an indictment of a US publisher under the law for the publication of secrets,' declared Carey Shenkman, an attorney who has co-authored a first-of-its-kind, peer reviewed book on the Espionage Act.
Shenkman testified during WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition trial and added, 'There has never been an extraterritorial indictment of a non [US] publisher under the Act.' Assange is accused of 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of conspiring to commit computer crime that, as alleged in the indictment, is written like an Espionage offense. Shenkman told Judge Vanessa Baraitser, the Espionage Act was a product of 'one of the most repressive periods in the history of the United States..."
Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing - Day 8
"Former British diplomat Craig Murray, was in the public gallery at Old Bailey for Julian Assange's heairng and here is his report on Thursday's events..."
Kafka on Acid: The Trial of Julian Assange
"...That latest act of legal theatre began with Julian's rearrest down in the cells of the Old Bailey, before seeing his lawyers for the first time in six months. Despite all deadlines for documents having long passed, despite the extradition hearing being underway since February (with May hearings postponed to September due to COVID-19), and after the defence had submitted all of their arguments and swathes of evidence, the United States issued yet another indictment, for which Julian needed to be arrested again. The first indictment was unsealed by the United States, as Julian said would happen, on the day Ecuador ejected him from its embassy, on 11 April, 2019..."
Rolling Stone's Useful Idiots: Juan Passarelli on Julian Assange's Trial
Documentary filmmaker Juan Passarelli describes the extradition hearing against Julian Assange to Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper.
WATCH: 'The War on Journalism': The Case of Julian Assange' (and vid)
"A film by Juan Passarelli. Journalists are under attack globally for doing their jobs."
CN Live Updates: Assange Hearing Day Nine - 9/18/2020
"Jennifer Robinson, a member of Assange's legal team, had a statement read out in court on her behalf in which she recounted a visit by then US Congressman Dana Rohrbacher to Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Aug 15, 2017 where Robinson was present.
Robinson said in her statement that Rohrbacher claimed to be representing President Donald Trump on a mission in which the president would look favorably on preventing an indictment of Assange in return for the WikiLeaks publisher naming his source for the Democratic National Committee emails. The leaks before the 2016 US presidential election had led to a firestorm of allegations that Russia had provided those documents and that Trump was somehow in league with Russia and WikiLeaks to hurt his Democratic Challenger, Hilary Clinton.
Rohrabacher told Assange, according to Robinson's statement, that Assange could help Trump politically as well as to end the dangerous escalation of Cold War-like tensions between Russia and the United States if he could provide evidence of who the actual leaker of the Democratic emails was.
'Rohrbacher proposed a 'win-win' situation, Mr Assange can 'get on with his life' - a pardon in exchange for information about the source,' Robinson's statement said. 'Information from Mr Assange about the source of the DNC leaker would be of value to Mr Trump,' Assange refused, Robinson's statement said.
James Lewis QC for the prosecution rose after the statement was read to say the US government contested the truth of Robinson's statement..."
Richard Medhurst's Assange Hearing Tweets: 9/18/2020
"Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson reads a statement to the court. She affirms that Julian Assange was visited by Dana Rohrabacher and Charles Johnson. They told Assange that Trump would pardon him if he could dispel allegations that DNC leaks came from Russia."
Kevin Gosztola's Assange Hearing Tweets: 9/18/2020
"I was just emailed by the Crime Deputy Service Manager, host of video platform, who apologized to me. They confirm I should have been allowed in to cover Assange trial this morning. Let's put this behind us. Onward to this afternoon's testimony..."
Khaled El Masri's written statement to court
"I am a German citizen. At the end of 2003, I was travelling through Europe on a bus. At the Macedonian border I was kidnapped; first detained without reason, held incommunicado and severely ill-treated for 23 days, until the 23rd January 2004. I was handcuffed and blindfolded and at Skopje Airport, handed to a CIA rendition team who physically overwhelmed me, cutting off all my clothes except my blindfold. I make this statement in these proceedings because the WikiLeaks publications were relied upon by the European Court in obtaining the redress I have received..."
Kristinn Hrafnsson from WikiLeaks on CIA torture-victim El Masri, who was supposed to address the court today in Assange case...Prosecution demanded redaction of El Masri's statement. 'At that moment Julian Assange rose in the dock and called out: 'I will not have censorship of a torture victim in this court!'
Julian Assange Extradition Hearing - September 18, 2020 - Day 9 (and vid)
"...I would like to keep the focus on Khalid Al Masri, who was targeted by the CIA, a mistaken identity. He was kidnapped, tortured, subjected to rendition and held incommunicado in a black site prison in Afghanistan. He is a German citizen who submitted evidence on behalf of Julian Assange..."
Assange Extradition Hearing, Day 9: Full Summary (and vid)
"Assange trial hears testimony from CIA torture victim..."
CN: Joe Lauria's Daily Report on Assange Extradition Trial: Day 9
"Today was a jam-packe day of testimony. There are several issues here, all of them significant in their own right. And a masterful display of lawyers trying to out-lawyer each other..."
Today's Assange Case Report: Day 9: September 18, 2020 (and vid)
"Assange's redactions protected informants; Trump offered pardon in exchange for sources; Khaled al Masri kidnapped and tortured by hte CIA; Espionage Act instilling a 'chilling effect'; Assange told us what the US wouldn't."
'A Trial to Suppress the Truth'
Debunking All the Assange Smears
"Have you ever noticed how whenever someone inconveniences the dominant western power structure, the entire political media class rapidly becomes very, very interested in letting us know how evil and disgusting that person is?"
MSN: Extradition Hearing Witness Questions Media Portrayal of Julian Assange
"I found Assange to be thoughtful, humorous, and energetic... nothing like the person portrayed through the media..."
Pepe Escobar on the Assange Trial: The Mask of Empire Has Fallen (and vid)
"...Here, Murray reports the exact moment when the mask of Empire fell, not with a bang but a whimper. 'The gloves were off on Tuesday, as the US Government explicitly argued that all journalists are liable to prosecution, under the Espionage Act (1917) for publishing classified information.' "All journalists" means every legitimate journalist, from every nationality, operating in any jurisdiction.
The point is not that self-described Paladins of 'great liberal media' are stupid. They are not covering the charade in Old Bailey because they are cowards. They must keep their fabled 'access' to the bowels of Empire. Unless people around the world are reading Murray's reports - and very few others - they will ignore enormously important aspects plus the overall appalling context of what's really happening in the heart of London. The main fact, as far as journalism is concerned, is that western corporate media is completely ignoring it..."
Perhaps, but it is quite possible to be a person who has uncovered very important documentation the ruling class has done everything to hide, and also be a far from nice human being, and in particular a misogynist rotter. There are countless examples; that is part of patriarchy. Once again, I don't want him to be extradited or persecuted for his useful acts, and I'm very annoyed at such an insinuation. And the ruling class scum accusing him have probably done far worse.
CN Live! Ep 16 - The Extradition Edition: Ellsberg, Pilger, Mercouris
"After a powerful week for the Assange defence we invited expert witness Daniel Ellsberg, veteran journalist John Pilger and UK legal analyst Alexander Mercouris to comment. '...One can still not shake the impression the case has already been decided against Assange."
Lawyers For Assange: An Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister...
"We write to you as legal practitioners and legal academics to express our collective concerns about the violations of Mr Julian Assange's fundamental human, civil and political rights and the precedent his persecution is setting.
Extradition would be unlawful owing to the failure to ensure the protection of Mr Assange's fundamental trial rights in the US. Mr Assange faces a show trial at the infamous 'Espionage court' of the Eastern District of Virginia, before which no national security defendant has ever succeeded. Here, he faces secret proceedings before a jury picked from a population in which most of the individuals eligible for jury selection work for, or are connected to, the CIA, NSA, DOD or DOS..."