Julian Assange: The Six and a Half Million Pound Man

19 June 2014 — Hazel Press

On 19 June 2014 Julian Assange will have spent two years living within Ecuador’s London embassy. The summer of 2012 witnessed extraordinary scenes with the Metropolitan Police (Met) surrounding the embassy, issuing a “surrender notice” and carrying orders to arrest Assange “under all circumstances”. The UK government considered violating the Vienna Convention in order to “forcefully enter the Ecuadorian embassy” and Ecuador granted Assange diplomatic asylum.

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Sweden’s Politically Motivated Persecution of Wikileaks’ Assange By John Goss

28 June 2014 — The Greanville Post

For more than two years, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been a de facto political prisoner, confined to the grounds of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Back in August 2010, a Swedish press exclusive with the emotionally charged word “rape,” in connection with Julian Assange’s name, spread rapidly across the world like a viral infection. Since then, it has been difficult to change any public misconception that he has been guilty of forcibly having sex with two women, on separate occasions, within the span of a week. This itself should ring alarm bells: two accusations, days apart. Sweden, against all other advanced legal systems, has its own interpretation of what constitutes rape, and this appears to be anything from consensual sexual relations to forced penetration, and judging from the high-profile Assange farce, it is not a country to which single men would be advised to travel.

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US pressure on participants of talks over Trans-Pacific Partnership yields no results

12 December 2013 — Voice of Russia

After four days of talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which took place in Singapore, the participants failed to sign a resolution that would have suited all of them. The only agreement reached at the talks was to resume them later. However, some materials released by Wikileaks show that the reason for this lack of agreement is that the US is putting heavy pressure on the other participants of the talks.

Deep divisions over TPP as US pressures to close controversial deal – WikiLeaks

9 December 2013 — RT 

Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has released two documents revealing the state of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The deal in question includes 12 countries – the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei – which represent more than 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. The US is ramping up pressure to secure a Trans-Pacific Trade Deal with conditions that could undermine the national interests of nations involved. WikiLeaks documents say talks are “paralyzed,” with the US refusing to compromise on disputed issues.

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Jeremy Hammond’s Court Statement Upon Being Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail By Jeremy Hammond

17 November 2013 — williambowles.info

Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years in prison for hacking Stratfor communications, then releasing information to Wikileaks. This is his statement

Good morning. Thank you for this opportunity. My name is Jeremy Hammond and I’m here to be sentenced for hacking activities carried out during my involvement with Anonymous. I have been locked up at MCC for the past 20 months and have had a lot of time to think about how I would explain my actions.

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Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target: Empire Under Obama, Part 4 By Andrew Gavin Marshall

1 November 2013 – The Hampton Institute

obamafourPart 1: Political Language and the ‘Mafia Principles’ of International Relations
Part 2: Barack Obama’s Global Terror Campaign
Part 3: America’s “Secret Wars” in Over 100 Countries Around the World

While the American Empire – and much of the policies being pursued – did not begin under President Obama, the focus of “Empire Under Obama” is to bring awareness about the nature of empire to those who may have – or continue – to support Barack Obama and who may believe in the empty promises of “hope” and “change.” Empire is institutional, not individual. Continue reading this...

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When the State Attacks Journalism By Peter Hart

20 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

FireShot Screen Capture #580 - 'UK Media Crackdown_ Greenwald’s Partner Detained, Guardian Forced to Destroy Snowden Files I Democracy Now!' - www_democracynow_org_2013_8_20_uk_media_crackdowOn August 15 Progressive magazine editor Matt Rothschild was arrested at the Wisconsin state capitol building in Wisconsin for the act of reporting on the arrest of a protestor. As he told Democracy Now! (8/19/13):

I get out my iPhone and take pictures. I was doing that, and then they were moving Bonnie Block out down a hallway toward an elevator—this is in the Capitol, a public space—and I was following them down there, and I was taking pictures. Continue reading this...