Wikileaks/Julian Assange Newslinks 18-19 August 2012

19 August

End the war on WikiLeaks, demands Julian Assange in embassy speech
Morning Star Today at 18:06 The West must end its war on whistleblowers, Julian Assange demanded today as the diplomatic crisis over his extradition continued.

Alba slams British threats over Assange extradition
Morning Star Today at 17:13 Ecuador received powerful backing from regional allies at the weekend as they warned Britain of ‘grave consequences’ if it breached diplomatic security at Ecuador‘s embassy in London.

Julian Assange: The US administration’s war against whistleblowers must end. Bradley Manning must be released.
Dandelion Salad Today at 16:47 Julian Assange makes his first public appearance in two months, ever since he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder was granted political asylum on Thursday — a decision that ignited a wave of international responses, with the UK and Sweden opposing the verdict […]

Assange berates US from Ecuador embassy balcony
Voice of Russia, News Today at 16:09 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange used the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy on Sunday to berate the United States for threatening freedom of expression and called on President Barack Obama to end what he called a witch-hunt against his whistle-blowing website.

Assange fits bill as modern left figure
Morning Star Today at 15:57 The left and radical movement have often been associated with well-known figures who have been less than ideal despite their undoubted qualities.

End witch-hunt, Assange urges US
BBC News Today at 15:12 Julian Assange urges the US to end its ‘witch-hunt’ on Wikileaks, in his first public statement since entering Ecuador‘s London embassy in June.

US war on whistleblowers must end – Assange
The Greanville Post Today at 15:06 RT has released the following video clip which we regard as important enough to ask our colleagues in other sites to disseminate widely. Let’s keep this award-winning site going! Yes, audiences applaud us. But do you?If yes, then buy us a beer. The wingnuts are falling over each other to make donations…to their causes. We, […]

Assange tells Obama to stop ‘witchhunt’ against WikiLeaks
Voice of Russia, News Today at 14:46 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on US President Barack Obama to stop its ‘witchhunt’ against his whistleblowing website, as he gave a speech from Ecuador‘s embassy in London on Sunday.

Assange appears on balcony of Ecuador’s London embassy
Voice of Russia, News Today at 14:26 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on the balcony of Ecuador‘s London embassy Sunday to address media, making his first public appearance since seeking refuge in the building two months ago.

US war on whistleblowers must end – Assange Today at 14:21
Julian Assange made his first public appearance in two months, ever since he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Assange speaks from Ecuador embassy in diplomatic standoff
Voice of Russia, News Today at 13:29 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepared to weigh into the diplomatic standoff between Britain and Ecuador on Sunday but may stay holed up in his refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy to avoid arrest as workmen prepared a balcony for his statement.

Assange declines Australia’s consular support
Voice of Russia, News Today at 10:44 WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, who has been granted political asylum in Ecuador and who remains at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, has rejected consular support offered by Australia.

Condoms for British Justice
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 09:50 …Assange’s articulated doctrine being that a journalist relying on Internet as the platform has no obligations to any particular country, he had the absolute right to supply to the public every bit of information at his disposal. The US concept of what is and what is not legal is of course nowhere nearly as broad, and in the context condoms are of no help.

Naomi Wolf: U.S. instigating violent crackdown on whistleblowers, dissent
Dandelion Salad Today at 08:58 Julian Assange’s case has raised numerous concerns among journalists and activists who fear being prosecuted for doing their job. RT interviews author and journalist Naomi Wolf, who says the US government is especially tough on those exposing official wrongdoing. TRANSCRIPT: Naomi Wolf: ‘US classifies torture & punishes […]

‘Political context around Assange is tense’ – expert
Voice of Russia, News Today at 07:34 now things have become very much complicated since Ecuador just granted Julian Assange the political asylum. But Great Britain maintained that it will do everything it can to hand him over to Sweden,’ – Johann Bihr of the Reporters Without Borders, Europe and Central Asia Desk.

Assange to break silence as more countries rally behind Ecuador Today at 05:16
As Julian Assange prepares to make his first public appearance in months, London police are on high alert. Supporters have gathered below the embassy’s balcony, where he is scheduled to make his statement.

‘US instigating violent crackdown on whistleblowers, dissent’ Today at 03:14

With the world closely watching the rapidly developing case of Julian Assange, RT sat down with American author Naomi Wolf to discuss why journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to publish data the US

UK pays price for Assange row
Voice of Russia, News Today at 01:59 The long-running row over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has set the British government back over $1.5 million, The Daily Mail reports. The price tag includes legal and court outlays of the past two years related to Assange’s extradition to Sweden, plus the cost of police patrols posted around the Ecuadorian embassy in London Julian Assange has been hiding in the past two months.


Australia prepping ‘contingency plan’ for Assange US extradition Yesterday at 19:34

Australian officials have confirmed that the country’s diplomatic mission in Washington has been prepareing for Julian Assange’s possible extradition to the US, but called it ‘contingency planning.’

Dmitry Babich: Assange – test for the West
Voice of Russia, News Yesterday at 17:33 Yekaterina Kudashkina ‘Usually the Western governments create their own smaller Assanges in Russia or in China, or in other countries. Now they should try their own medicine and show us how they cope with similar situations,’ – Russian journalist Dmitry Babich.

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