Your man in the public gallery: Assange hearing day 1

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Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery: Sept 30, 2020

https://twitter.com/CraigMurrayOrg/status/1311583071104389120

"I really do not know how to report Wednesday's events. Stunning evidence of extreme quality and interest was banged out in precis by the lawyers as unnoticed as bags of frozen chips coming off a production line. This is now devolved to an entirely paper exercise. It is in fact no longer a 'hearing' at all. What happened on Wednesday was that the whole hearing was collapsed, with both defence and prosecution lawyers hurling hundreds of pages of witness statements at Baraitser's head, saying 'You look at this. We can get finished tomorrow and all have a long weekend to prepare our next cases..."  ** MUST READ **

 

LIVE: US Spied on and Attempted to Poison Julian Assange (and vid)

https://twitter.com/richimedhurst/status/1311434307358072833

"My full report on today's court proceedings at the Old Bailey, Day 17."

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Julian's Father John Shipton : WikiLeaks Helped Omar Khadr (and vid)

https://twitter.com/TracyWorcester/status/1311414786488442880

"Andy Worthington worked with WikiLeaks on the Guantanamo Files and managed to have some of the 789 prisoners freed..."

https://wikileaks.org/gitmo/

For yet another day the Gutless Wonder that is Canadian media refused to report his trial. Why not ask them why?

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Press Freedom on Trial: 1/10/2020 - Julian Assange Rendition Vigil

https://youtu.be/ClNmSz-h_zY

Live coverage, commentary and analysis in real time on Thursday's proceedings in Julian Assange's show trial/rendition.

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Day 18: October 1, 2020: Julian Assange Extradition Trial: Live updates of today's proceedings on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/kgosztola/

https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/

https://twitter.com/DefenseAssange/

https://twitter.com/richimedhurst

Fourth and final week of witness testimony in WikiLeak founder Julian Asange's kangaroo court extradition trial. Thursday, Day 18.  Gareth Peirce has five statements requiring additional deliberation. Michael Tigar has statement requiring further discussion. Short update on Spanish proceedings is coming. Defence also has planned submission on changes to indictment. It's the final day of witness testimony. Then defense has 4 weeks to submit their closing argument. Prosecution has 2 weeks to reply and submit their closing statement. Defense then has 72 hours to submit reply. Judge won't rule before January 2021.

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#FreeAssange  #Free Press  (and 2 vids)

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1311733131414777858

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1311736081734402048

WATCH: Julian Assange's fiance Stella Moris speaking on the final day of evidence in London extradition hearing. 'Julian is being punished for performing a public service that we have all benefited from.' 'Our children need their father, Julian needs his freedom and our democracy needs a free press."

Especially in the Canadian 'democracy' where there is little evidence of a 'free press' only a propaganda press. Once again, as so many times before, Canadian media persuaded Canadians to not support a progressive cause.

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Kevin Gosztola: Julian Assange Extradition Trial, Oct 1, 2020, Day 18 (and vid)

https://twitter.com/kgosztola/status/1311689111837736969

"Proceedings in Assange trial are concluded. Judge says decision on January 4, 2021. Live video report on the final day."

 

CN Final Report: Assange Extradition, Day 18

https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/status/1311779349129904130

"Ellsberg parallel raised on last day of testimony, judgement day set for Jan. 4, 2021."

 

CN Live! Daily video report - Day 18

https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/status/1311749191409045510

Joe Lauria presents his live report.

 

Assange Defense: Day 18: Oct 1, 2020 (and vid)

https://assangedefense.org/live-blog-entry/day-18-october-1-2020-assange...

"Hearing concludes, ruling to come January 4, 2021. Outside the court following the proceedings, Assange's partner Stella Moris addressed supporters and the press. 'This is a fight for Julian's life. It is a fight for press freedom,' she said. See her full statement below

https://twitter.com/StellaMoris1/status/1311716853857898496

 

RM: Extradition Hearing Day 18, Oct 1, 2020 (and vid)

https://twitter.com/richimedhurst/status/1311807977649770497

"Richard Medhurst's full video summary of Day 18."

  #PressFreedom  #FreeAssange  #SilenceIsComplicity

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Revealed: Key Assange Prosecution Witness is part of  Academic Cluster which has Received Millions of Pounds from UK and US Militaries

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-10-02-revealed-key-assange-...

"One of the US prosecution key medical witnesses in the Julian Assange hearing, who claimed that Assange's risk of suicide is 'manageable' if extradited to the US, works for an academic institute that is funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and linked to the US Department of Defense, it can be revealed..."

 

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George Christensen Calls on Australia to Lodge Formal Protest Over Treatment of Julian Assange

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/oct/02/george-christensen-calls-o...

"LNP backbencher says latest allegation of plans to poison or kidnap Assange show 'a foreign power tried to use illegal means to harm an Australian citizen..."

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Assange Case Summary: Jen Robinson, Kristinn Hraffnsen, John Shipton, Craig Murray & Joseph Farrell

https://youtu.be/R9F61V1s7C0

"This case is already killing press freedom and is a frontal assault on journalism and the public's right to know and hold governments foreign and domestic to account."  - Stella Moris -

 

WATCH: CN Live: 'A Sense of Justice'

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/10/02/watch-cn-live-new-episode-a-sense-...

"When the judge in Daniel Ellsberg's 1971 trial threw his case out because of government misconduct, he said he acted because the government had 'offended a sense of justice':

Daniel Ellsberg, Fidel Narvaez, John Kiriakou, Andrew Fowler, Mary Kostakidis, Alexander Mercouris will discuss the Julian Assange hearing with a focus on spying at the Ecuador embassy and its possible consequences..."

If above link doesn't work. Try this one:

https://youtu.be/7uo4Es7ozKg

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The Jimmy Dore Show

https://youtu.be/mjjXc8Hj1xQ

"The CIA's plot to poison Julian Assange."

Still silence from Canadian media - a sure sign the story is an important one.

NDPP

FBI Seized Legally Privileged Materials From Julian Assange After Arrest

https://shadowproof.com/2020/10/03/fbi-ecuador-seized-legally-privileged...

"The FBI in the United Kingdom enlisted the Ecuador government's help in seizing legally privileged materials from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after he was arrested and expelled from their embassy in London on April 11, 2019. One record of Assange's entire archive was purloined and without it, Peirce mentioned, it has made putting together a defense in his extradition case more difficult because the initial allegations relate to communications, meetings and events from 2010 and 2011.

'On April 8, 2019, the US Justice Department was prepared for Assange's arrest and instructed Ecuador to seize property and hand over 'evidence' to 'a representative of the UK FBI,' who would 'hand over the property to the USA.'

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The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange

https://theintercept.com/2020/10/06/julian-assange-trial-extradition/

"Over the 17 days of Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London, prosecutors succeeded in proving both crimes and conspiracy. The culprit, however, was not Assange. Instead, the lawbreakers and conspirators turned out to be the British and American governments. Witness after witness detailed illegal measures to violate Assange's right to a fair trial, destroy his health, assassinate his character and imprison him in solitary confinement for the rest of his life.

Courtroom evidence exposed illegality on an unprecedented scale by America's and Britain's intelligence, military, police and judicial agencies to eliminate Assange. The governments had the edge, like the white man of whom Malcolm X wrote: 'He's a professional gambler; he has all the cards and the odds stacked on his side, and he has always dealt with our people from the bottom of the deck.' The deck was clearly stacked..."

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Craig Murray: Where is My Final Assange Report?

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2020/10/where-is-my-final-assang...

"...Having left the bubble, my courage keeps failing me to return to the evil and write up the last day. I know that sounds either pathetic or precious. I know the mainstream journalists who revel in portraying me as mentally unstable will delight to mock. But these last few days I can't even bring myself to look at my notes. I feel physically unwell when I try..."

Come to Canada and learn to perfect the skill of deep denial.

mmphosis
Mobo2000

January 4th will see some news on the Assange trial.   Activists asking Trump to pardon Assange:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/14/130999/

Roger Waters, in Salon, on free expression and Assange:

https://www.salon.com/2020/12/06/standing-up-for-free-expression-means-s...

 

NDPP

New Assange recording reveals WikiLeaks founder tried to WARN Washington about damaging release, defying claims of carelessness

https://on.rt.com/axfl

"With calls mounting for President Trump to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a new tape reveals that despite being smeared as a foreign agent, Assange tried to limit the release of damaging information to the US. Critics of WikiLeaks have long been arguing that the outlet has been careless with the way it handled the leaked documents, allegedly endangering US officials and troops abroad by publishing the information without a  proper editorial process. However, the latest leaked call between Assange and the State Dept seems to demonstrate the opposite. "

 

Assange: Let's Shoot the Messenger (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/509406-messenger-british-prison/

"Journalist, publisher, activist, son, partner, father and human being. Regardless of what you think of Julian Assange, should anyone be tortured in a British prison."

Why are Canadian journalists who constantly prattle on about 'human rights' in China, Russia and elsewhere, stonily silent on the treatment of Assange? Ditto the NDP. Answer: They are true and loyal servants of the 'rules-based-international-order' crime syndicate.

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Richard Burgon MP

https://twitter.com/RichardBurgon/status/1339620497420673027

"In January, Julian Assange could be sent to the US and jailed for 175 years. His extradition case has important implications for UK press freedoms and human rights. A cross-party group of MPs has written to the Justice Secretary asking for a meeting between MPs and Julian Assange."

Probably designed as a photo-op to mitigate their appalling inaction/complicity thus far. Especially with the possibility of a Trump pardon looming. Canadian progressives, NDP, msm, stonily silent of course. We know which side they're on.

NDPP

WATCH: Steps for Julian Assange

https://twitter.com/StepsforJulian/status/1341841895501279233

"The PixelHELPER Gospel Choir performed in front of Belmarsh prison tonight to free Award Winning journalist Julian Assange. Journalism is not a crime..."

contrarianna

NDPP wrote:

New Assange recording reveals WikiLeaks founder tried to WARN Washington about damaging release, defying claims of carelessness

https://on.rt.com/axfl

"With calls mounting for President Trump to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a new tape reveals that despite being smeared as a foreign agent, Assange tried to limit the release of damaging information to the US. Critics of WikiLeaks have long been arguing that the outlet has been careless with the way it handled the leaked documents, allegedly endangering US officials and troops abroad by publishing the information without a  proper editorial process. However, the latest leaked call between Assange and the State Dept seems to demonstrate the opposite. "....

Why are Canadian journalists who constantly prattle on about 'human rights' in China, Russia and elsewhere, stonily silent on the treatment of Assange? Ditto the NDP. Answer: They are true and loyal servants of the 'rules-based-international-order' crime syndicate.

The facts shown in the recording with Assange and the Clinton  State Department official were known many years before the release of the recording. But it doesn't matter.

The "hearing" outcome is a foregone conclusion, there is no "bombshell" testimony if it isn't even reported by the mainstream outlets. It is a Stalinist show trial designed by the UK and US governments as an example to those who would expose state crimes.

It doesn't really matter what the defense demonstrates, or even the audio recording of Assange warning the due to the forced the release of the unredacted Manning cables by Guardian creatures publishing the password to the files, which was then accessed by others.  https://www.actvism.org/en/politics/assange-update-audio-recording/

The "hearing" proceeds with the complicity of state and corporate media which remains largely silent--silence being the best strategy rather than bring any attention at all to the blatant display of crooked lawfare.

The UK's security state and legalism collusion in the "Assange case" has been persistent, obvious, and documented from the beginning when the cover story was the never laid charges of sexual assult from Sweden.

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

I agree with everything contrarianna has said in the previous post. This is a horrendous miscarriage of "justice" similar to the imprisonment of Eugene Debs for opposing U.S. participation in World War 1.

NDPP

The Julian Assange Pardon Drive

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/01/the-julian-assange-pardon-drive/

"The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prosects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings that took place between September and October this year. Despite Assange's team being able to marshal an impressive, even astonishing array of sources and witnesses demolishing the prosecution's case for extradition to the US, power can be blindly vengeful..."

Ditto  its ever deluded liberal shills. Notice the complete absence of this historic matter from Canadian media. It is an old tale. Having energetically sold the master narrative's smear and disinformation campaign, they now are nowhere to be found.

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Upcoming Ruling in Assange Trial Threatens More Than Just Freedom of the Press

https://covertactionmagazine.com/2021/01/02/upcoming-ruling-in-assange-t...

"...There has, in fact, been precious little sympathy for Assange in the media, and as a result - his case has not been widely - or fairly - covered...Although important legal principles are at stake in the extradition trial of Julian Assange, for which a ruling will be handed down on January 4, it should not be forgotten that there are important human issues at stake as well...

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Greenwald: The Kafkaesque Imprisonment of Julian Assange Exposes US Mythology About Freedom and Tyranny

https://www.informationclearinghouse.info/56117.htm

"...Those who do not seek to meaningfully dissent or subvert power will usually deny - because they do not preceive - that such dissent and subversion are, in fact, rigorously prohibited. They will continue to believe blissfully that the society in which they live guarantees core civic freedoms - of speech, of person, of assembly, of due process - because they have rendered their own speech and actions, if it exists at all, so innocuous that nobody with the capacity to do so would bother to curtail it.  The observation apocryphally attributed to socialist Rosa Luxemburg, imprisoned for her opposition to German involvement in WWI and then summarily executed by the state, expresses it best: 'Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.'

Journalists like Bob Woodward, who spend decades spilling the most sensitive secrets at the behest of the ruling class DC elites, will be lavished with awards and immense wealth. But those like Julian Assange who publish similar secrets but against the will of those elites, with the goal and outcome of exposing (rather than obscuring) ruling class lies and impeding (rather than advancing) their agenda, will suffer the opposite fate as Woodward: they will endure every imaginable punishment including indefinite imprisonment in maximum-security cells. That is because Woodward is a servant of power while Assange is a dissident against it.

Absent a pardon by Trump or the withdrawal of the charges by what will become the Biden DOJ - Assange will be locked up for years without any need to prove he is guilty of any crime. He will have been just disappeared: silenced by the very governments whose corruption and crimes he denounced and exposed."

NDPP

Assange Extradition Ruling: Monday, 4 January, 2021: What to Expect...

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1345897437559451648

 

The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1345769104020529155

"Assange will never receive a fair trial in the US, but he's not receiving one in Britain either..."

Mobo2000

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jan/04/julian-assange-cannot-be-e...

"The judge’s decision, focusing on Assange’s health, came after she knocked down one argument after another made last year by Assange’s lawyers. Sending him to the US would not breach a bar on extradition for “political offences” she said, and she had no reason to doubt that “the usual constitutional and procedural protections” would be applied to a trial he might face in the US.

But she accepted the evidence of prominent medical experts, including details of how Assange had suffered from depression while in prison in London. “The overall impression is of a depressed and sometimes despairing man who is genuinely depressed about his future,” said Baraitser."

Mobo:  Not sure all the implications here, or how narrow the ruling focuses on his health, or what will happen to him now.   But overall good news, happy new year Julien!  

Mobo2000

More coverage coming out now.   Some comments in the NYT:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/world/europe/assange-extradition-deni...

"Rights groups also applauded the denial of the extradition request, but some expressed concerns about the substance of the ruling. Among them was Rebecca Vincent, the director of international campaigns for Reporters Without Borders.

“We disagree with the judge’s assessment that this case is not politically motivated, that it is not about free speech,” Ms. Vincent said outside the courthouse. “We continue to believe that Mr. Assange was targeted for his contributions to journalism, and until the underlying issues here are addressed, other journalists, sources and publishers remain at risk.”

"Stella Moris, Mr. Assange’s partner, echoed the sentiment, saying that while she was pleased that the extradition request had been rejected, the charges had not been dropped. She called on President Trump to “end this now.”

In a statement, the Justice Department said it was “extremely disappointed” by the decision but “gratified that the United States prevailed on every point of law raised,” and noted that it would still seek to extradite Mr. Assange."

Mobo2000

Analysis of the ruling by Jonathan Cooke:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/01/04/assange-wins-the-cost-the-crushi...

"The US demand for extradition was rejected on what was effectively a technicality. The US mass incarceration system is so obviously barbaric and depraved that, it was shown conclusively by experts at the hearings back in September, Assange would be at grave risk of committing suicide should he become another victim of its super-max jails.

One should not also discard another of the British establishment’s likely considerations: that in a few days Donald Trump will be gone from the White House and a new US administration will take his place.

There is no reason to be sentimental about president-elect Joe Biden. He is a big fan of mass incarceration too, and he will be no more of a friend to dissident media, whistleblowers and journalism that challenges the national security state than was his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. Which is no friend at all.

But Biden probably doesn’t need the Assange case hanging over his head, becoming a rallying cry against him, an uncomfortable residue of the Trump administration’s authoritarian instincts that his own officials would be forced to defend.

It would be nice to imagine that the British legal, judicial and political establishments grew a backbone in ruling against extradition. The far more likely truth is that they sounded out the incoming Biden team and received permission to forgo an immediate ruling in favour of extradition – on a technicality.

Keep an eye on whether the new Biden administration decides to drop the appeal case. More likely his officials will let it rumble on, largely below the media’s radar, for many months more."

 

NDPP

Superb News from the UK! Assange will not be Extradited

https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1346051812353306624

"Thank you to everyone who campaigned against one of the most dangerous threats to press freedom in decades."

Which certainly doesn't include the Guardian, the NYT, WaPo or Canada's msm which vigorously campaigned against press freedom tirelessly lying, smearing and defaming WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. You are relentless misleaders and a true enemy of the people's interest. Shame on you.

NDPP

"The rejection by the UK court of the US court's request to extradite Julian Assange to stand trial on espionage charges is obviously great news. But the judge endorsed most of the USG's theories, but ultimately found the US prison system too inhumane to permit extradition...

This wasn't a victory for press freedom. Quite the contrary: the judge made clear she believed there are grounds to prosecute Assange in connection with the 2010 publication. It was instead an indictment of the insanely oppressive US prison system..." *[see more in thread including Baraitser J's Reasons for Judgement]

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1346055724879777792

*a system on which both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have founded careers filling, extending and upholding, by the by.

NDPP

'Victory for Julian': UK Blocks WikiLeaks Founder Assange Extradition to US on Espionage Charges (and vid)

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/4/julian_assange_uk_extradition_trial

"This is not the end of the road,' says Assange legal adviser Jennifer Robinson. 'This is still a terrible precedent..."

 

jerrym

The judge's ruling reminds of the brutality of the American prison system reflected in so many cases, but one of the most tragic being that of the African-American youth Kalief Browder. Technical ruling or not by the British judge, I am glad Assange is not being sent into this system.

Last night on CBS's 60 Minutes, they discussed the case of an African American who was prosecuted six times for the same set of murders in repeat trials with phony evidence who ended up on death row and ended up being freed only because of the years long efforts of two reporters to show he was framed. Meanwhile a witness who claimed that the defendant had confessed to him in prison, was released early for giving this evidence and proceeded to allegedly commit three murders himself. Despite two hung juries and four trials being overturned on appeal because the prosecutor hid evidence, etc., he was allowed to keep doing the same thing.   The entire criminal justice in the US is criminal.  

Kalief Browder (May 25, 1993 – June 6, 2015) was an African-American youth from The BronxNew York, who was held at the Rikers Island jail complex, without trial, between 2010 and 2013 for allegedly stealing a backpack containing valuables. During his imprisonment, Browder was in solitary confinement for two years.

Two years after his release, Browder hanged himself at his parents' home. His case has been cited by activists campaigning for reform of the New York City criminal justice system and has attracted widespread attention in the years following his death. ...

Browder was imprisoned at the Robert N. Davoren Center (RNDC) on Rikers Island. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the RNDC had a "deep-seated culture of violence", in which inmates suffered "broken jaws, broken orbital bones, broken noses, long bone fractures, and lacerations requiring stitches".[7]

Browder said inmates washed their own clothes with soap and a metal bucket, causing rust stains on the clothes. Browder's mother began visiting him weekly and provided him with clean clothes and snack money. To avoid becoming a target of the inmates, he slept on top of his belongings, including his bucket. Browder said he felt pressure to gain physical strength to defend himself from prison violence. He said, "Every here and there I did a couple pullups or pushups. When I went in there, that's when I decided I wanted to get big."[6]

Browder was a victim of prison violence; on one occasion, he and other inmates were lined up against a wall. Correction Officers (CO) wanted to find the instigator of a prison fight. Browder and the inmates were punched, one by one; he said, "Their noses were leaking, their faces were bloody, their eyes were swollen". The guards threatened the inmates with solitary confinement if they reported their injuries.[6]

On October 20, 2010, a gang member spat in Browder's face. Later in the day, Browder punched the gang leader and was set upon by fifteen gang members.[6] On September 23, 2012, a video was recorded showing Browder in handcuffs being assaulted by guards.[8] After a fight with an inmate, Browder was put in solitary confinement for two weeks; he later said of the other inmate, "He was throwing shoes at people. I told him to stop. I actually took his sneaker and I threw it, and he got mad. He swung on me, and we started fighting."[6]

Altogether, Browder spent nearly two years in solitary confinement, mostly after fights with inmates. Browder later said that while in solitary confinement, correction officers beat him when he was showering. He said a verbal confrontation with a guard would escalate into a physical altercation.[9] During his time in solitary confinement, Browder was allowed to participate in activities such as reading; he also studied for the General Educational Development (G.E.D) examination.

https://www.google.com/search?q=kalief+browder+wiki&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA680C...

 

NDPP

Assange Saga to be continued

https://youtu.be/ScXILOi0Gvk

"What message does the ruling send to journalists?"

 

US Undeterred...

https://youtu.be/Lahgps-WhTg

US appeals immediately. (Remember Canada's Tom Flanagan?)

 

Bail Him Now!

https://youtu.be/ycLGwv40dJk

"Roger Waters on Assange." Biden should pardon him. Waters correctly explains why Canadian journalists only attacked never defended.

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George Galloway: I'm happy my friend Julian isn't being sent to a US gulag. But this shameful episode is a huge stain on Britain

https://on.rt.com/ayo7

"Julian Assange will go down in history as a great and brave journalist, and I hope he finds the strength to continue his noble work. But his prosecution shames this country and those who went along with it...

The new opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer, while director of public prosecutions, did everything he could to prolong the agony of the since-discredited sex allegations against Assange - urging his Swedish counterparts not to get cold feet as the always threadbare accusations unravelled.

The Guardian newspaper, once a jewel in the crown of liberal Britain, became perhaps the chief prosecutor of their former star reporter after feasting for years on his WikiLeaks revelations.

As soon as he is able, Mr Assange and his family must resettle somewhere else and continue with his work. Somewhere safe from the reach of the criminals who have made it an offence to report their crimes."

No surprise to find yet another leading social democrat working for the man - in or out of office.

NDPP

Bail Denied - Sign New Petition Please!

https://i.diem25.org/petitions/43

Ghouls. Free Assange NOW!

contrarianna

Of course Assange remains incarcerated while the UK's top judiciary puts on a phoney display of humanitarian concern and political independence, neither of which have the faintest reality:

 Both Tortuous and Torturous
January 6, 2021  Craig Murray

Magistrate Vanessa Bararitser walked into Westminster Magistrates Court No.1 at 10.12am this morning with the sunniest smile and most carefree disposition I have ever seen her adopt. Her shoulders appeared visibly lifted. She positively beamed at Clair Dobbin, counsel for the US government, as she invited her to put the case for the prosecution as to why Julian Assange should not be released on bail.
...
It is ironic to hear Baraitser declare in condemnatory tones, without equivocation, that Julian only entered the Embassy to escape extradition to the USA. This is of course perfectly true. But I remember the many years when the Establishment line, from the government and repeated in several hundred Guardian columns, was that this truth was a fiction. They claimed there was never any intention to extradite to the USA, and actually he was avoiding extradition to Sweden, on allegations that never had any basis and which disappeared like mist when the time actually came. I suppose we should be grateful for at least this much truth in proceedings....

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2021/01/both-tortuous-and-tortur...

The dishonest smear job by the Guardian, and MSM in general, was echoed by many anti-Assange voices on Babble.

Sadly, the most slimey piece of "journalism" ever allowed to be published as a Rabble blog post was by the "woke" Michael Laxer and Matt Fodor ("No exception for Assange: Rape apologetics and the left") who accused anyone on the left, including Chomsky, as being a "rape apologist" and/or "conspiracy theorist" --for saying then what the UK governnment judiciary now states was always the reason for Assange's fleeing to the Equdorian embassy, and the current excuse for denying bail.

NDPP

You're right. Whenever the West mounts a major propaganda offensive against a targeted enemy you can always count on the Canadian liberal-left to have its back. Its disgusting, determined groupthink is embarrassing and awful and its been that way as long as I can remember. They're good swallowers it seems and absolutely devoted to viciously attacking the weak on behalf of the powerful. 

NDPP

John Pilger and Roger Waters: 'Freedom Denied' (and vid)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/56142.htm

"They are not trying to extradite him. They are trying to kill him."

NDPP

WATCH: A Win for Julian Assange, A Loss for Journalism

https://youtu.be/MSNkGyWbvgk

"...If that's not chilling to journalists and publishers in Britain and around the world, it jolly well should be!"

 

MASSIVE TWITTER PURGE In PROGRESS - MANY PROGRESSIVE ACCOUNTS HIT

https://twitter.com/MrsC_Assange/status/1347719284298903553

"Twitter continues to remove you in large blocks despite being called out for it. It appears they don't want you to receive my #Free Assange NOW Updates/Facts/Actions. Would you please check in/refollow if you don't receive my daily updates. Thank you."

All Hail The Tech Overlords and Oligarchs of  Silicon Valley!

Payback to Julian's mum for all those highly incriminating and embarrassing  'Crooked Hillary'/DNC emails? The Dems are back and liberalcons hate free speech. This is just the beginning.

NDPP

Taibbi: Wednesday's Other Story

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/wednesdays-other-story

On the case of Julian Assange, and fearing empire more than Trump.

"...The rise of Wikileaks introduced an uncontrollable variable into our drift toward authoritarianism. The WMD episode had shown again that our press, the supposed first line of defense against abuses, could not be relied upon. For every expose like Abu Ghraib, there were a hundred stories that either went uncovered or advanced official deceptions.

Wikileaks anticipated a future in which the press would not only be pliant accomplices to power * in this way, but where information itself would be tightly controlled by governments using far-reaching and probably extralegal new technological concepts, deploying misleading excuses for clampdowns..."

*and increasingly their readers too.

NDPP

DiEM25: Julian Assange and the Future of Journalism

https://youtu.be/g4zLwMt-Rw8

"In this video, investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Yanis Varoufakis, Ken Loach and Frank Borat discuss the meaning of these decisions and what it means for the future of journalism and freedom of speech."

NDPP

Ed Snowden on Assange Pardon

https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1351636532239675395

"My thinking on the Assange pardon is very simple: setting aside all else, Trump will either be remembered as the first President since JFK who from his first to last day in office was hated by the NSA, CIA and FBI, or as the one who caved to pressure at the very last moment."

 

'Russian activist Alexey Navalny has been detained after bravely returning to Russia, today. I call for his release.' - Bernie Sanders -

https://twitter.com/sahouraxo/status/1351316015691403264

"As yet not a single word from you about Julian Assange, a journalist tortured and locked behind bars in a maximum security prison by the US and UK governments, merely for revealing US war crimes to the world. Why?"

Because Bernie's a company man.

JKR

Why do people think Trump would pardon Assange? Looks like QAnon duped people into thinking Trump supports Assange and now these people are going to have to face reality.

Mobo2000

 

No pardon for Assange or Snowden:

https://dissenter.substack.com/p/trump-bows-to-republicans-assange-snowden

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were not offered clemency because Trump "did not want to anger Senate Republicans who will soon determine whether he's convicted during his Senate trial."

"Multiple GOP lawmakers had sent messages through aides that they felt strongly about not granting clemency to Assange or Snowden," according to CNN.

NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, who was the first to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act under Trump, and former CIA officer John Kiriakou pursued pardons. They were effectively denied as well."

melovesproles

Yeah, the narrative of Trump "enemy" of the Deep State ends with a whimper. For a one-percenter Real Estate conman, it's pretty impressive how much mileage he got out of having a good concern-trolling game. 

NDPP

The Biden Administration Must Drop the Charges and Free Assange

https://twitter.com/StellaMoris1/status/1352020494728491008

"Thanks to everyone's efforts over the past weeks there is now a vast coalition of support for Julian's freedom across politics. Please keep fighting until Julian is free. Where Julian goes, we go as a society."

www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

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"According to Tucker Carlson, Mitch McConnell 'sent word over to the White House, if you pardon Julian Assange, we are much more likely to convict you in an impeachment trial."

https://twitter.com/CynthiaDRitchie/status/1351911570356506624

melovesproles

Excuses. As if the 'Deep State' was just going to roll over. In the alternate universe where Trump isn't a fakester fraud, the credibility gained by pardoning Assange would have been worth more political capital than any damage done by impeachment.  A lot of big talk by Trump and Tucker leading up to a big cowardly whiff. Obvious concern trolls.

NDPP

At least there was some talk, albeit most of it mendacious. In Canada there is NO talk. Nada. Nowhere. Here so-called 'progressives' mostly only speak up when the msm, preferably American, tells them to and what to say. When America's hunting its latest prey, count on hearing their cheering.

melovesproles

Tucker and Trump's "anti-war" "anti-deepstate" talk reminds me a lot of the Canadian Liberal Party's talk on "tackling climate change" in how much credit they get for pretending to care about things they obviously would never actually put up a fight for. Grifters love a cheap date.

NDPP

A murderous system is being crafted before our very eyes - by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/56268.htm

"It quickly became clear to me that something was wrong..."

 

Julian Assange nominated by French parliamentarians for Nobel Peace Prize

https://twitter.com/DEAcampaign/status/1356258403191050244

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