WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walks out on CNN interview By Stephen C. Webster

23 October, 2010 — Raw Story

If you want an interview, it’s unwise to ask WikiLeaks founder and former hacker Julian Assange about charges of sexual impropriety, as CNN correspondent Atika Shubert found out recently.

This video is from CNN, broadcast Friday, Oct. 22, 2010.

When Shubert first inquired about the allegations of internal turmoil at WikiLeaks — claims leveled by former employee Daniel Domscheit-Berg — Assange took a dry tone and emphasized that his purpose for appearing in front of the cameras was the publication of classified Iraq war documents.

Then she asked about the molestation charges being investigated by Swedish police. Her written report to CNN, which initially summarized that he refused to talk about it, is something of a polite understatement.

“This interview is about something else,” he said. “I will have to walk if you are… If you are going to contaminate this extremely serious interview with questions about my personal life.”

The reporter persisted, so Assange calmly got up, removed his mic, apologized and left.

Appearing at a London press conference on Saturday, Assange insisted that the site’s latest disclosure is “about the truth.”

“The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends,” he said. “We hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued on since the war officially concluded.”

He claims the cache of documents reveals over 104,000 civilian deaths during the Iraq war, and an initial report by the Associated Press confirms the files detail at least 15,000 additional unreported civilian casualties.

Additionally, German paper Der Spiegel pointed to several accounts of what it calls “dubious attacks” by US Apache helicopters, suggesting they may have amounted to war crimes.

Assange has called the charges of rape and molestation, filed by two women in Sweden, a “smear campaign” based on a consensual relationship.

Citizen Protests, Government Repression Mount in Haiti By Beverly Bell

22 October 2010 — Truthout

“I came to protest so we can find a solution. Misery is killing me,” said Mascarie Sainte-Anne, 70, at the edge of a rally in front of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive’s office on October 12.

Haitians have been taking to the streets with increasing frequency since August in calls for redress of the economic and social crisis which has followed the earthquake. The social movements’ demands of the government include the right of those living in internally displaced people’s camps to permanent, humane housing, accessible education and an increase in minimum wage. Rallies have also protested the continued presence of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

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The Iraq War Logs by Daniel Ellsberg

23 October, 2010 — ZCommunications

Iraq War Logs

[At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports (‘The Iraq War Logs’), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a ‘SIGACT’ or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’ (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 ‘host nation’ (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 ‘friendly’ (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths. That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the ‘Afghan War Diaries’, previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivalent population size.]

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 October, 2010: Falk: “Settlement Construction Makes Peace Seem Like A Mirage”

23 October, 2010 — VTJP

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Settlers Attack Dozens of Protestors, Spray Them With Wastewater
IMEMC – 23 Oct 2010 – Sunday October 24, 2010 – 00:52, A group of fundamentalist Jewish settlers attacked on Saturday a group of nonviolent protestors who demanded Israel to reopen the Al Shuhada Street, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The settlers hurled stones at the protestors and sprayed them with waste-water.

Extremists Settlers Assault Arab Students In Safad
IMEMC – 23 Oct 2010 – Saturday October 23, 2010 – 13:10, On Friday midnight, a group of extremist settlers hurled stones at students dorms, at the Academics College of Safad, in the Galilee.

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