UK: At the start of Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing, RSF renews calls for his release

News At the start of Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing in London, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) renews calls for his release and for the UK not to comply with the US extradition request. Following an RSF action staged outside Belmarsh prison on 23 February, a delegation from RSF will be monitoring the extradition hearing starting on 24 February. From 24-28 February, RSF representatives will be present at the Woolwich Crown Court in London to
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Julian Assange “Stop Extradition Protest” in London

This video documents the protest that took place in London on the 22nd of February 2020 to stop the extradition of Julian Assange. This protest was organised by the “Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign.” CORRECTION IN VIDEO AT 00:14: ” … and 1 count of conspiracy ‘to commit computer intrusion.’”
| Julian Assange, Political Prisoners, Video |

Ahead of Extradition Hearing, Hundreds March for Assange in London

LONDON—Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. Famous Britons, including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the crowd protesting the U.S. espionage charges against the founder of the secret-spilling website. An extradition hearing for Assange is due to begin in a London court on Monday. WikiLeaks spokesman
| amnesty international, assange extradition, belmarsh prison |

Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Opens Monday: The Fight for the Free Press Is Now On

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing opens Monday. Finally, his legal team can argue in a court over the offenses listed in the indictment against the journalist who published government documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The prosecution of Assange threatens press freedom. This is the first time that the US … Continue reading "Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Opens Monday: The Fight for the Free Press Is Now On" The post
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Brexit, Blexit, Drexit

You Brexit, You Bought It (February 6th) Rich man’s club. Free market trade bloc. Undemocratic distant decision-making bureaucracy. All describe the EU, and yet the comfort these truths provide in the face of the UK withdrawal from the union is bittersweet. Growing up in it, an international identity of a positive nature developed, whether accidental or planned, as perhaps seen in the age skewing of the referendum result . Freedom of movement and elections and other characteristics
| Climate Change, Democrats, EU |

Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?

This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch . There once lived an odd little man — five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet — who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself. For all but a few activist insiders and scholars, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is now lost to history. Yet more than a century ago, this strange  contradiction of a man would become a national war hero,
| bixer rebellion, china, dwight d. eisenhower |

Drop Charges and Extradition Pursuit of Assange, Says Amnesty International, Denouncing US Govt's "Full-Scale Assault on the Right to Freedom of Expression"

Andrea Germanos, staff writer "The potential chilling effect on journalists and others who expose official wrongdoing by publishing information disclosed to them by credible sources could have a profound impact on the public's right to know what their government is up to."
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Clash of the internet: The rise of Iran's cyber warfare against US and the Gulf

The last decade has seen a rise in cyber warfare tactics, especially with countries like Iran, which is no lightweight when it comes to malware and espionage. Four years ago, as the US faced off against Russia on the cybersphere – where hacking and leaking classified material about enemy states was the gun and bullet in a new frontier of war –  Iran , too was stretching its capabilities. And now, in 2020, it appears it has upped the
| In-depth |

Labour’s Next Leader has Already betrayed the Left

In recent years the British Labour party has grown rapidly to become one of the largest political movement in Europe, numbering more than half a million members, many of them young people who had previously turned their backs on national politics. The reason was simple: a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had shown that it was possible to rise to the top of a major party without being forced to sacrifice one’s principles along the way and become just
| Anti-semitism, Board of Deputies of British Jews, Boris Johnson |

The Early Edition: February 21, 2020

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.   ROGER STONE CASE President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison yesterday for obstructing a congressional investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as part
| Daily News Roundup, Featured |

4 myths about the Julian Assange case that the left must challenge

This Saturday will see celebrities and crowds gather in central London to offer their support for Julian Assange, ahead of his court trial next week.  The WikiLeaks founder is due to face an extradition hearing that will determine whether or not he will face espionage charges in the United States, which could see him face decades behind bars for publishing the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs.  Others will gather outside Belmarsh Prison next week, calling for the release of
| Left Foot Forward, Movement Politics, Extradition |

Why John McDonnell’s comparison of Julian Assange to Dreyfus is absurd and offensive

There are no parallels between the WikiLeaks founder and a man persecuted by anti-Semites. The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers. Anti-Semitism did not start with Hitler. This most pernicious hatred has reared its head time and time again throughout history, sometimes changing shape, but never really going away. In the late 19th
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Roaming Charges: Billion Dollar Babies

Walls (sea) and Bridges (Astoria). Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Michael Bloomberg is, of course, the perfect person to lead a party which has been the driving political force behind the neoliberal policies which helped make him the 9th richest person in America. In fact, he may be its apotheosis. Finally, we’ll have some clarity about what the Democratic Party has really been up to for the last 40 years. + The Democratic Party has been bought for
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

More Real-Time Reflections from Your Friendly South Loop Marxist

Sunday 2/16 Monday, 2/17 Nina Simone 1968: “Ain’t got no class, ain’t got no culture, ain’t got no faith, ain’t got no water, ain’t got no money, ain’t got no country… ain’t got no God .” Stirring the Caldron So the demented fascist oligarch Donald Trump took “the Beast” on a Victory Lap around the Daytona 500 track . Fossil fuels were burned with pride as the Trumpenvolk and NASCAR
| articles 2015 |

Encountering Malcolm X

Still from ‘Who Killed Malcolm X?” (Netflix). Watching the six-part documentary “Who Killed Malcolm X?” on Netflix stirred up powerful memories of how important he was to my political evolution. While the documentary is focused on exploring the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) role in his murder, it also sheds light on Malcolm’s post-NOI political odyssey. By creating a rival movement to the pseudo-Islamist sect, he risked a fatal encounter with four assassins on this date fifty-five years ago
| articles 2015 |

Our First Amendment or Our Empire, But Not Both

“A community will evolve only when a people control their own communication” – Frantz Fanon At long last we (i.e., Americans) are forced to make a clear choice—either preserve the freedoms established by the First Amendment in 1791, or toss them aside and obstinately plod on with our exceptionalism. Julian Assange’s extradition hearing will begin on the 24th of February in London, but it is also a trial for Americans. We are being interrogated about how much
| articles 2015 |

Where Have You Gone Smedley Butler?

There once lived an odd little man — five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet — who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself. For all but a few activist insiders and scholars, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is now lost to history. Yet more than a century ago, this strange contradiction of a man would become a national war hero, celebrated in pulp adventure novels, and then, 30 years later,
| articles 2015 |

“Leave Our Bloke Alone”: A Little Mission for Julian Assange

“I think that now it is time that the government I am a part of needs to be standing up and saying to both the UK and the US: ‘enough is enough, leave our bloke alone and let him come home.’” – George Christensen, Australian conservative MP, Sydney Morning Herald , Feb 19, 2020 An odd crew and perhaps the sort Julian Assange would have liked. Australian parliamentarian and government backbencher George Christensen, conservative to the
| articles 2015 |

Bloomberg Won’t, as They Say, Play Well in Peoria, But Then Neither Should Trump

It seems that having money, plenty of money, must somehow bestow a certain sense of omniscience upon the very wealthiest in society, making some of them feel that they are uniquely qualified to hold political office. It would appear, unfortunately, that there are many voters and media outlets who feel those who possess great wealth, regardless of how they came by their fortune, are indeed, qualified to hold elected office– even if their wealth is their only claim to fame.
| articles 2015 |

Retired US Officers are all in on Forever Wars: Where are the Smedley Butlers of Today?

( Tomdispatch.com ) – There once lived an odd little man — five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet — who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself. For all but a few activist insiders and scholars, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is now lost to history. Yet more than a century ago, this strange contradiction of a man would become a national war hero, celebrated in pulp adventure novels, and
| Pentagon, US Foreign Policy, War |

The Devil’s Comb Over

It is this author’s analysis that the effect of the Donald Trump presidency has been, somewhat paradoxically, to put wind in the sails of a kind of patriotic liberalism, reaffirming confidence in the forms and functions of US governance. Since Trump’s election, the calling words have been “not my president,” “not my country,” “this isn’t the America I know”–and the protagonists in the valiant anti-Trump struggle has been Robert Mueller, the FBI, Nancy Pelosi, the CIA, and NATO. With the
| Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Boris Johnson |

Former congressman confirms he offered to broker pardon for Assange

Enlarge / Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on November 6, 2018, in Costa Mesa, California, just before he learned he had lost his seat to a Democratic challenger. Rohrabacher, the most Putin-friendly member of Congress, visited with Julian Assange in 2017 to offer him a pardon in exchange for proof that Seth Rich, not Russian intelligence, had leaked the DNC emails. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images ) A former California congressman confirmed
| Biz & IT, Policy, assange extradition |

Trump Ally Roger Stone Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

WASHINGTON — Trump loyalist and ally Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department’s original sentencing recommendation. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone’s crimes demanded a significant time behind bars, but she said the seven to nine years originally recommended by the Justice Department were excessive. Stone’s lawyers had asked for a sentence of probation, citing his age
| amy berman jackson, attorney general, donald trump |

A US gas pipeline operator was infected by malware—your questions answered

Enlarge Tuesday’s news that a ransomware infection shut down a US pipeline operator for two days has generated no shortage of questions, not to mention a near-endless stream of tweets. Some observers and arm-chair incident responders consider the event to be extremely serious. That’s because the debilitating malware spread from the unnamed company’s IT network—where email, accounting, and other business is conducted—to the company’s operational technology, or OT,
| Biz & IT, Policy, industrial control systems |

Bereaved Mother of Palestinian Prisoner Denied Visit to her Other Son in Israeli Prison

The mother of a Palestinian prisoner in Israel was denied today the right to visit her son in prison, reported WAFA correspondent. Israeli soldiers manning a checkpoint northwest of Ramallah stopped Amneh Abu Diak, from Silat al-Daher village, near Jenin, and told her that she could not proceed with the visit. His Last Wish Unfulfilled: Sami Abu #Diak Dies in Israeli Prison (VIDEO) https://t.co/zYW1vCGxwG via @PalestineChron pic.twitter.com/EVjplWfGwa
| Blog, News, Human Rights |

America’s War on Dissent Began a Century Ago

This is Part 2 of a two-part essay. Read Part 1 here . Upon U.S. entry into the war, in 1917 the Wilson administration proposed and a compliant Congress almost immediately passed the Espionage Act, a direct attack on American press freedom. The law criminalized newspaper journalists who dared to oppose the war, question the official narrative, or encourage dissent. Massive fines and stiff prison sentences were dealt out with regularity throughout the war. The postmaster general,
| barack obama, espionage act, germany |

The Early Edition: February 20, 2020

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here . Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.   TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS President Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with the 2016 hack and leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee, one of Assange’s
| Daily News Roundup, Featured |

Headlines for February 20, 2020

Democratic Contenders Take Aim at Billionaire Michael Bloomberg in Nevada Debate Protesters Interrupt Nevada Debate to Demand Immigration Discussion Michael Bloomberg Made Transphobic Remarks in 2019 Bloomberg Campaign NDAs Could Prevent Reporting of Abuses U.N. Warns of Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria's Idlib German Far-Right Gunman Kills 10 in Frankfurt Suburb China Expels Wall Street Journal Reporters over "Racist" Op-Ed
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How to avoid getting phone hacked

Haider Pasha, Chief Security Officer for Middle East Africa at Palo Alto Networks shares top 3 tips to remember if we wish to avoid falling victim of mobile phone hacking. You have probably seen in the news that high-net-worth individuals, famous athletes and entertainers are becoming favorite targets of phone hacking. In some cases, when security experts can’t agree, it’s because mobile device forensics is very limited to even confirm that someone has been compromised and reconstruct what exactly happened.
| How To’s, Application hygiene, Haider Pasha |

Pardoning Julian Assange: Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC

The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account has become a matter of hagiography, an article of faith, with grave conclusions: WikiLeaks and Russia elected Donald Trump. The Russia-DNC angle received another prod in pre-extradition hearings being conducted against Assange in the Westminster Magistrates Court, with his legal
| articles 2015 |

“And Then Nothing. Silence”

If you were mad enough to judge the state of the world by the daily outpourings of ‘mainstream’ media, you would have no real understanding of the perilous state of the human race. Or, if you had concerns on seeing the latest news on climate breakdown, you would not be fully informed about the powerful elites that are driving all of us towards this looming catastrophe. Nor would you be alerted to the overriding and immediate imperative for the
| Capitalism, Democracy, Doomsday Clock |

“Leave Our Bloke Alone”: A Little Mission for Julian Assange

I think that now it is time that the government I am a part of needs to be standing up and saying to both the UK and the US: ‘enough is enough, leave our bloke alone and let him come home.’ — George Christensen, Australian conservative MP, Sydney Morning Herald , February 19, 2020 An odd crew and perhaps the sort Julian Assange would have liked. Australian parliamentarian and government backbencher George Christensen, conservative to the
| Australia, Boris Johnson, Extradiction |

Trump offered Assange a pardon if he denied Russia gave him emails, lawyer says

Enlarge / LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19, 2020: A demonstrator wearing a Julian Assange mask attends a demonstration ahead of the preliminary hearing. Assange's lawyer claims President Donald Trump's administration had offered a pardon in exchange for covering up Russian involvement in the leaks of Democratic Party emails during the 2016 election. (credit: Ilyas Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images ) In August of 2017, then-Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)
| Policy, assange extradition, clinton campaign email hacks |

The Law Says Chelsea Manning Must Be Freed From Prison

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning arrives at the Albert Bryan U.S Courthouse on May 16, 2019, in Alexandria, Va. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images To observe Chelsea Manning’s actions over the last months is to know that she will not be coerced. She could have avoided her current incarceration at Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia, where she has been held for nearly a year. She could have freed herself at any point. She
| Justice, Natasha Lennard |

Assange Was Offered U.S. Pardon if He Cleared Russia, His Lawyer Says

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday. Assange is being held at a British prison while fighting extradition to the United States on spying charges. His full court hearing is due to begin next week. At a preliminary
| 2016 election interference, courts, dana rohrabacher |

Caroline Flack's death shows that being a famous woman remains a health hazard

Among all of her television success, Flack was known for one thing: being a public punching bag.  In her nearly 20-year-long career, Caroline Flack spoke to countless publications. A TV star, Strictly winner, and memoir author, she was prolific in her work and a prominent part of UK culture. But when searching for interviews for this piece, no clever keyword searches or date
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Why the 2020 Election Will Be A Mess: It’s Just Too Easy for Putin

“There is no such thing as a former KGB man.” — Vladimir Putin FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to the House Judiciary Committee last week that Russia’s disinformation campaign to interfere in the 2020 election is underway. This isn’t surprising, given that Russian active measures are about the long game: Ex-KGB officer and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal was never simply to place a Manchurian candidate in the Oval Office, but rather to permanently destabilize the West, damage
| Intelligence activities, Technology, 2020 Election |

Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-war Movement

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Earlier this week, Leader of the UK opposition Jeremy Corbyn challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on the US extradition request for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Corbyn stated that Assange had been charged by the US “for exposing war crimes, the murder of civilians and large-scale corruption”. Backing the Council of Europe, who warned that the prosecution of Assange sets a dangerous precedent for
| articles 2015 |

US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being infected by ransomware

Enlarge (credit: Glen Dillon ) A US-based natural gas facility shut down operations for two days after sustaining a ransomware infection that prevented personnel from receiving crucial real-time operational data from control and communication equipment, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. Tuesday’s advisory from the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, didn’t identify the site except to say that it was a natural gas-compression
| Biz & IT, Policy, Uncategorized |

Israel's Jewish left-wing voters are now turning to Arab-led parties: report

Israeli Jews' support for traditional left-wing parties is dwindling, as more and more turn to Arab-led parties, such as the Joint List, according to a Haaretz report. A growing number of Israeli Jews plan to vote for an Arab or mainly Arab list in the upcoming Israeli elections, according to a  Haaretz  report on Monday. Disillusioned by Labor or Meretz, the traditional left-wing poltical forces in the Jewish state, a "record number" of Jewish voters are
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Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death. I know Australia House well. As an Australian myself, I used to go there
| articles 2015, Leading Article |

A Call for the Mainstream Media to Defend Press Freedom and to Oppose the Proposed Extradition of Julian Assange to the US

A screenshot from a video of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a prison van, as he was returned to Belmarsh maximum security prison from Westminster Magistrates Court after a hearing regarding his proposed extradition to the US. His full extradition hearing begins on February 24, 2020 at Belmarsh. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Guantanamo, UK politics |

Why does Blue-White run away from Palestinians in government? Israeli-Jewish xenophobia

Blue-White, the largest Jewish party in Israel, announced last week it renounces the idea of creating a stable government: It declared there is no scenario in which it will accept the Joint List, which represents Israeli Palestinians. Blue White’s leader, Benny Gantz, made it clear (Hebrew) that the Joint List won’t be part of his coalition. Spokespersons for Blue White said they will... Source
| Opinion, Avigdor Liberman, Ayman Odeh |

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Submits Clemency Petition Alongside More Than 4,000 Letters of Support

On Monday, a Texas civil rights attorney launched a clemency petition for National Security Agency whistleblower Reality Winner in Dallas. The attorney, Alison Grinter, encountered Winner through Crystal Mason, a Texas mother who served time alongside Winner in a Fort Worth federal prison after receiving a five-year sentence for “illegal voting” in the 2016 presidential election. Mason and Winner became friends in the facility’s newsroom, where they spent long hours watching TV news and debating current events. After
| Justice, National Security |

Hamas accused of 'catfishing' Israeli soldiers with fake woman profile hack

Israel has claimed that Hamas used pictures of attractive women to trick its soldiers into downloading malware, following air strikes in central Gaza Israel's  military accused Hamas of launching a malware attack that sought to gain access to soldiers' mobile phones by using seductive pictures of young women, known as "catfishing". The phones of a few dozen soldiers were affected, but the military "does not assess that there has been a substantial breach of information", said
| News |

Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Antiwar Movement

Last week, Leader of the UK opposition Jeremy Corbyn challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on the US extradition request for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Corbyn stated that Assange had been charged by the US "for exposing war crimes, the murder of civilians and large-scale corruption". Backing the Council of Europe, … Continue reading "Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Antiwar Movement" The post Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for
| Uncategorized |

Israel’s Gantz Vows to Form Government Without Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz is vowing to form a government that will include neither the indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the predominantly Arab parties in Parliament. In a series of TV interviews two weeks before national elections, Gantz looked to project confidence that the March 2 vote will provide the decisive outcome that eluded the two previous elections last year. Gantz’s Blue and White party is currently polling ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, although neither appears
| avigdor lieberman, benjamin netanyahu, benny gantz |

Trump Conscripts the DOJ Into His Re-Election Campaign

Four federal prosecutors quit the case against President Donald Trump’s dirty-trickster ally Roger Stone on Tuesday afternoon after the Justice Department intervened in Stone’s favor by recommending a reduced sentence per the president’s wishes. The seismic blow to the department’s tradition of independence was somewhat overshadowed that night by the results of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. In the end, though, the Stone case might be a greater portent for this year’s presidential election than any caucus or primary
| The Soapbox, Politics, Donald Trump |