Julian Assange/Wikileaks Newslinks 5 April 2019

5 April 2019 — The New Dark Age

WikiLeaks warns that Julian Assange faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy by Oscar Grenfell https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/05/wikileaks-warns-that-julian-assange-faces-imminent-eviction-from-ecuadors-london-embassy/ Protecting Julian Assange: A Must for People of Conscience https://www.globalresearch.ca/protecting-julian-assange/5673698

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Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost By Whitney Webb

30 March 2019 — Mint Press

NEW YORK — On March 13, a report in the Daily Beast revealed that the New York-based outlet The Intercept would be shutting down its archive of the trove of government documents entrusted to a handful of journalists, including Intercept co-founders Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, by whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, that account did not include the role of Greenwald, as well as Jeremy Scahill — another Intercept co-founder, in the controversial decision to shutter the archive.

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Free Chelsea Manning!

11 March 2019 — WSWS

On Friday, a federal judge ordered the courageous whistle-blower Chelsea Manning imprisoned for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury that is drawing up fabricated charges against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange on behalf of the Trump administration. In a savage action, the judge sentenced Manning to remain in jail until she purged her contempt of court by agreeing to testify or the term of the grand jury expired, i.e., for an indefinite period.

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Chelsea Manning jailed for refusal to testify against WikiLeaks By Patrick Martin

9 March 2019 — WSWS

A federal judge ordered Chelsea Manning to prison Friday morning for an indefinite period of time, after the former Army private, jailed for seven years for providing information to WikiLeaks exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, refused on principle to answer any questions before a secret grand jury investigating the media organization and its founder Julian Assange.

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US government threatens to jail whistleblower Chelsea Manning for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks By Mike Head

8 March 2019 — WSWS

In a heroic and principled stand in defence of fundamental democratic rights, former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning yesterday refused to answer questions before a grand jury in Virginia. Manning stood firm and refused to incriminate WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange—or any other media organisation and individual—over her courageous 2010 disclosure of hundreds of thousands of documents that exposed US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.

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Canada gives go-ahead for Huawei executive’s extradition to US By Nick Beams

2 March 2019 — WSWS

Canadian authorities have given the go ahead for the extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou to face charges brought by US authorities that the Chinese firm breached unilateral American-imposed sanctions against Iran and that it stole trade secrets from the telecom firm T-Mobile.

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Twitter and the smearing of Corbyn and Assange: A research note on the “Integrity Initiative”

13 February 2019 — True Publica
Twitter and the smearing of Corbyn and Assange: A research note on the “Integrity Initiative”

By Mark Curtis: The UK government-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly a “counter disinformation” programme to challenge Russian information operations. However, it has been revealed that the Integrity Initiative twitter handle and some individuals associated with this programme have also been tweeting messages attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. [i]  This takes on special meaning in light of the numerous UK military and intelligence personnel associated with the programme, documented in an important briefing by academics in Working Group on Syria Propaganda and Media. [ii]

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UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

13 February 2019 — True Publica

UK mass surveillance challenge will go to Europe’s highest human rights court

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Big Brother Watch & others’ case against mass surveillance by the UK government.

In September 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the European Convention on Human Rights. The landmark judgment in September marked the Court’s first ruling on UK mass surveillance programmes revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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