The Ongoing and Unjustifiable Persecution of Julian Assange

A van bearing the message ‘Don’t extradite Assange’, photographed today, September 9, 2020, in Waterloo (Photo: Andy Worthington). 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 the next three months of the Trump administration. If you can help, please
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Bradley Manning, Donald Trump |

The Case for Israel as a Criminal Enterprise

Twenty years since I (Rasmiya Barghouti had seen Northern Galilee, I was finally given a permit by the Israeli military authorities to visit. I decided to take two of my daughters with me. It took less than three hours to reach Safed, renamed Tsvat by Israel after 1948. The van stopped in front of the white stone home that held childhood
| Corruption, Crime, Crimes against Humanity |

RSF renews calls for the release of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange as his US extradition hearing resumes in London

News With Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing set to resume on 7 September, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) renews calls for his immediate release. RSF representatives will attempt to monitor the hearing in person, and will deliver a petition at 10 Downing Street with over 80,000 signatures calling for the UK authorities not to extradite Assange to the United
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World Press Freedom Day: The Prosecution of Julian Assange

Video: On World Press Freedom Day, two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and the UK Bureau Director for Reporters without Borders discuss the Trump administration’s indictment of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and its unprecedented charges of Espionage for the publication of truthful information in the public interest.
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WikiLeaks Webinars

As coronavirus containment measures preclude in-person gathering, public campaigning has moved online in a series of webinars focusing on different aspects of WikiLeaks’ impact and Julian Assange’s case
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Nine Years Ago, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Released the Guantánamo Files, Which Should Have Led to the Prison’s Closure

The logo for Wikileaks’ release of the previously classified Guantánamo military files in 2011, on which I worked as a media partner. 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 the next three months of the Trump administration. If
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Bradley Manning, Guantanamo |

Dissenter Weekly: Dumping Nuclear Waste, COVID-19 Risks From Food

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a group known for its work representing environmental whistleblowers in government agencies, says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to allow “every reactor in the country to dump virtually all its radioactive waste except spent fuel in local regular garbage dumps, which are designed for household trash not for plutonium.”
| Dissenter Featured, Latest News, The Dissenter |

Gantz will block annexation, Palestinians are at last a ‘player’ — J Street sees upside in Israeli politics

The Israel lobby group J Street had a webinar today in which its leaders declared two silver linings from the stunning elevation of Netanyahu yesterday that ends a year of political stalemate: 1, Benny Gantz may have betrayed the Israeli center that wanted to dethrone Netanyahu, but as Netanyahu’s partner he will prevent the Israeli government from annexing the West
| Media Analysis, Aida Touma-Sliman, Ayman Odeh |

‘I am navigating the Titanic’ — Netanyahu’s coronavirus powergrab

The Israeli political system is in chaos today. Netanyahu’s year-long caretaker government is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to further stalemate the political process, evidently with the hope of forcing a fourth election in which Netanyahu will campaign as indispensable in the eyes of a worried public. Netanyahu’s chief means of prolonging the stalemate is closing the parliament out
| News, Ayman Odeh, Benjamin Netanyahu |

Assange’s Extradition, Escalation of the US War on Terror

Last week the US District Judge Anthony Trenga released Chelsea Manning from detainment after concluding that the grand jury that she had been subpoenaed to testify before no longer needed her, since it was being disbanded. Manning was incarcerated because of her principled stance against the secrecy of the grand jury and her refusal to … Continue reading "Assange’s
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Judge Orders Chelsea Manning’s Release From Jail for Not Cooperating With WikiLeaks Grand Jury, But Won’t Waive $256,000 Fines

Chelsea Manning, after her release from prison in 2017, and before her re-imprisonment in 2019, for refusing to cooperate with a Grand Jury investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. 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
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Bradley Manning, Guantanamo |

Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines

Alexandria – Yesterday, March 12, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia ended the grand jury of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in which Chelsea Manning refused to testify. As a result, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the immediate release of Chelsea Manning. HUGE NEWS: Chelsea Manning @xychelsea has been ordered FREE after a … Continue reading "Chelsea
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‘NYT’ publishes Netanyahu’s ‘terror’ smear against Palestinian pols and doesn’t seek their response

Two articles in today’s New York Times show that the paper is belatedly waking up about Palestinian citizens of Israel and their growing role in Israeli elections, but the Times still has a long ways to go before it tells the full truth. Patrick Kingsley’s report does focus on the Joint List, the coalition of “Arab-led” political parties that increased
| Media Analysis, Ayman Odeh, Israel elections |

Assange Extradition: The Armored Glass Box Is an Instrument of Torture

In last Thursday’s separate hearing on allowing Assange out of the armored box to sit with his legal team, I witnessed directly that Baraitser’s ruling against Assange was brought by her into court BEFORE she heard defense counsel put the arguments, and delivered by her entirely unchanged. I might start by explaining to you my … Continue reading "Assange
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Government Accountability Project and Mordechai Vanunu Google Alerts

A Super Tuesday “Mordechai Vanunu Google Alert” led to the Government Accountability Project’s “Arab Daily News: Protecting The Legend of Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Vanunu Mordechai, JC” By Eileen Fleming On Super Tuesday morning a Mordechai Vanunu Google Alert led to a long forgotten article of mine that was published at the Government Accountability Project... The post Government Accountability
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

Extradition Background: USA v Julian Assange

A case overview with recommended reading, essential background, commentators, FAQs about the case and directions to Woolwich Crown Court
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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
| 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
| Opinion, Avigdor Liberman, Ayman Odeh |

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
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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
| avigdor lieberman, benjamin netanyahu, benny gantz |

‘Burned at the Stake’ – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Demolishes the Fake Claims Targeting Julian Assange

On the face of it, the task seems almost hopeless. As Tolstoy wrote: ‘The power of the government is maintained by public opinion, and with this power the government, by means of its organs – its officials, law courts, schools, … The post ‘Burned at the Stake’ – The UN
| English, Julian Assange, Nils Melzer |

‘Parasite’ Is a Class-Conscious Climate Parable

What follows is a conversation between Dr. Min Song and Kim Brown of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. KIM BROWN:  Welcome to The Real News. I’m Kim Brown. At the 92nd annual Academy Awards show that aired Sunday, the film
| academy awards, Bong Joon Ho, chicago review of books |

Chinese Military Officers Charged for 2017 Equifax Hacking

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that four members of the People’s Liberation Army have been charged for the 2017 hacking of consumer credit reporting agency Equifax , making the 2017 attack the latest major data breach believed to be linked to China . None of the four alleged members of the PLA are in
| China & the World, Law, Level 2 Article |

4 Lawyers Quit Case After DOJ Decision on Stone Prison Time

WASHINGTON — Four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case Tuesday after the Justice Department said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant. The decision by the Justice Department came just hours after Trump complained that the recommended sentence for Stone was “very
| adam schiff, amy berman jackson, chuck schumer |

The OPCW Douma Leaks Part 4: The OPCW Investigation

Introduction Over the last year, the OPCW has faced a series of leaks related to the Fact Finding Mission’s (FFM) investigation into the Douma chemical attack. The OPCW have now released their investigation into these leaks. These leaks appear to have originated from two former employees: Inspector A, who is Ian
| MENA, alex, Assad |

The Truth About Julian Assange

A made-up rape allegation and fabricated evidence in Sweden, pressure from the UK not to drop the case, a biased judge, detention in a maximum security prison, psychological torture – and soon extradition to the U.S., where he could face … The post The Truth About Julian Assange appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Julian Assange, Sweden |

What Is Happening to Assange Will Happen to the Rest of Us

David Morales, the indicted owner of the Spanish private security firm Undercover Global, is being investigated by Spain’s high court for allegedly providing the CIA with audio and video recordings of the meetings WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had with his attorneys and other visitors when the publisher was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The security firm also reportedly
| Chris Hedges, afghanistan, audiencia nacional |

‘QAnon’ Conspiracy Theory Oozes Into Mainstream Politics

MILWAUKEE—President Donald Trump was more than halfway through his speech at a rally in Milwaukee when one of his hand gestures caught the eye of a supporter standing in the packed arena. The 51-year-old woman believed the president had traced the shape of the letter “Q” with his fingers as a covert signal to followers of QAnon, a right-wing, pro-Trump
| "wwg1wga", #qanon, 4chan |

Three Extraordinary Australian Journalists: Burchett, Pilger and Assange

Australia has produced extraordinary journalists across three generations: Wilfred Burchett (deceased in 1983), John Pilger (80 years old but still active) and Julian Assange (48 years old, currently in London’s Belmarsh prison). Each of these journalists made unique contributions to … The post Three Extraordinary Australian Journalists: Burchett, Pilger and
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German TV Exposes the Lies that Entrapped Julian Assange

Truth has broken through for those confused about how a publisher ended up in a maximum security prison in London with a one-way extradition ticket to court in the U.S. and the rest of his life behind bars. One of … The post German TV Exposes the Lies that Entrapped Julian Assange appeared first
| English, Julian Assange, United States |

German TV Exposes the Lies That Entrapped Julian Assange

Truth has broken through for those confused about how a publisher ended up in a maximum security prison in London with a one-way extradition ticket to court in the U.S. and the rest of his life behind bars. One of the main German TV channels (ZDF) ran two prime-time segments on Wednesday night exposing authorities … Continue reading "German
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Assange’s Case Represents ‘Failure of Western Law’ – Says UN’s Nils Melzer

An interview was recently given by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer , to Republik on Julian Assange . The headline reads “A murderous system is being created before our very eyes”. During the interview, Melzer details just why … The post Assange’s Case Represents ‘Failure of Western Law’ – Says UN’s
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Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

"We feel that Assange, Manning and Snowden have to be recognized for their 'unprecedented contributions to the pursuit of peace and their immense personal sacrifices to promote peace for all'. With the unveiling of US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq and the global surveillance program of the US secret services, the three have 'exposed the architecture of war and
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Duh, Jared! So Who Built the PA as a ‘Police State’?

Maybe something good will come out of the Trump plan, after all. By pushing the Middle East peace process to its logical conclusion, Donald Trump has made crystal clear something that was supposed to have been obscured: that no US administration has ever really seen peace as the objective of its “peacemaking”.   The current White
| Articles, Commentary, Benjamin Netanyahu |

The Real Reason America Stopped Winning Wars

The expression “ self-licking ice cream cone ” was first used in 1992 to describe a hidebound bureaucracy at NASA . Yet, as an image, it’s even more apt for America’s military-industrial complex, an institution far vaster than NASA and thoroughly dedicated to working for its own perpetuation and little else. Thinking about that led me to another phrase
| afghanistan papers, afghanistan war, american military |

Upcoming Events for Julian Assange

See here for detailed information on upcoming events in defence of Julian Assange and WIkiLeaks around the world. Get in touch to add your event at
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VIDEO: The Prosecution of Julian Assange and Its Impact on the Freedom of the Press

On 30 January 2020, at the National Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge in Washington D.C., a panel of experts discussed the Trump Administration’s indictment of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and the impact Assange’s extradition and prosecution could have on the freedom of the press.
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Mexican President Calls for Assange’s Freedom

At a press conference in Mexico City early this year, Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador called for imprisoned Wikileaks journalist Julian Assange to be “pardoned and freed.” President Obrador also called for an end to the “torture” of Assange.
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Dennis Kucinich: The Democratic Party Has No Soul

Nearly four years after the 2016 primaries, tensions that arose within the Democratic Party during the last presidential election cycle remain largely unresolved. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is partly to blame , as she recently opened old wounds with comments about Bernie Sanders, one of the Democrats’ current front-runners. Telling the Hollywood Reporter that “nobody likes” her
| Scheer Intelligence, barack obama, bernie sanders |

Justice for Assange: Belmarsh Prisoners Remind Us of Our Duty

On January 24, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is detained in London’s Belmarsh prison solely for the purposes of the US extradition request, was moved out of solitary confinement. He is now placed into a different wing of the prison, where he can interact with other inmates. In a statement, WikiLeaks Ambassador Joseph Farrell indicated, … Continue reading "Justice
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Radio: Unauthorized Disclosure – I Discuss Guantánamo and Julian Assange with Kevin Gosztola and Rania Khalek

Andy Worthington and a quote from the “Unauthorized Disclosure” show he featured on in January 2020, speaking about Guantánamo and Julian Assange. 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 the next three months of
| American torture, Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Andy Worthington's US tour (January 2020) |

Bernie Sanders and His Movement Are on the Verge of History

Fifty-two years after young people changed history with the New Hampshire primary election, a new generation is ready to do it again — this time by mobilizing behind Bernie Sanders. During early 1968, thousands of young people volunteered in New Hampshire to help the insurgent presidential campaign of Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy — who went on to stun the party
| bernie sanders, eugene mccarthy, lyndon johnson |

Radio: I Discuss Guantánamo on the Project Censored Show with Mickey Huff, on WBAI in New York, and with Michael Slate in L.A.

Andy Worthington discussing Guantánamo on RT on January 15, 2020, in the only news feature marking the 18th anniversary of the prison’s opening in the whole of the US broadcast media. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Andy Worthington's US tour (January 2020), Closing Guantanamo |

‘Artists on the Frontlines’: The Controversy Over a Pro-Palestinian Mural in Santa Fe

In 2014 Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine (SFJP) put up posters on an adobe wall on the corner of Old Pecos Trail and Camino Lejo, a busy intersection that is the gateway to Museum Hill. As Ellie Duke reports , the signs commemorated Palestinian children killed during Operation Protective Edge, a military campaign led
| Articles, Commentary, Artists for Palestine |

The War on Journalism: The Greenwald Persecution Mimics Assange

At the hearing on Thursday, at Westminster in London, the timetable for Julian Assange’s US extradition case was worked out. Assange’s US legal teams made an application to have the extradition hearing split. His defense lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, emphasized to the court that they won’t be ready to call the main body of their evidence … Continue reading "The
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The Saudi Hacking Scandal Is Much Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment .  We’ve long known that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone was hacked. Large amounts of data were taken off of it, including intimate photographs and evidence of a romantic affair, which then showed up in The National Enquirer. The tabloid’s publication of this private material led to Bezos’ divorce and
| bezos mohammed bin salman, crown prince mohammed bin salman, jamal khashoggi |

Why Assange Extradition Case Matters to Our Democracy

On Monday January 13, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in his fight against extradition to the US. The administrative hearing concerned Assange’s lack of access to legal counsel, making it difficult for him to adequately prepare for his case. His lawyer, Gareth Peirce, told the Judge that UK prison is blocking … Continue reading "Why
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Three Songs about Palestine to Help You through the Cold Weekend

Singing for and about Palestine is one of the most popular genres in Arab music. Below are samples of three Arab singers – a Palestinian, a Lebanese, and an Egyptian – who defined the hopes and aspirations of three generations os Arabs. Sun of Love – by Rim Banna  Rim Banna, who passed away on March
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