Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12

18 September 2020 — Craig Murray

A less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government’s insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly underlay the entire line of questioning in the afternoon session.

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Assange’s Extradition Trial: Court Hears About History Of Political Prosecutions Under Espionage Act

17 September 2020 — The Dissenter

“I never thought based on history we’d see an indictment that looked like this,” attorney Carey Shenkman testified.

President Woodrow Wilson used the Espionage Act to repress opposition to World War I. (Photo: Library of Congress)

“There has never, in the century-long history of the Espionage Act, been an indictment of a U.S. publisher under the law for the publication of secrets,” declared Carey Shenkman, an attorney who has co-authored a first-of-its-kind peer-reviewed book on the Espionage Act.

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WikiLeaks Revealed 15,000 Civilian Casualties

17 September 2020 — Assange Defense

It was another day of explosive testimony in Julian’s extradition hearing, with two witnesses taking the stand. Journalist John Slobada explained to the court the important journalistic contributions of WikiLeaks in revealing civilian casualties, while legal scholar Carey Shenkman stressed how the U.S. indictment of Julian is for a “political offense” and that Julian’s human rights are being violated.

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CIA Intercepts Suggest U.S. Lied About Biological Weapon Use During Its War On Korea

17 September 2020 — Moon of Alabama

During the early 1950s War on Korea the U.S. used biological weapons against North Korea and China. Bombs designed to spread leaflets were filled with plague infested rats and dropped on Korean towns. Various infecting insects were released. Leaflets were contaminated with small pox and then distributed. Several local epidemics were caused by these attacks.

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Spontaneous Initiative that Unites Scientists, Doctors, Lawyers and Free Citizens from All over the World

17 September, 2020 — International Free Choice

By Antonietta Gatti, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, and Luc Montagnier

The independent studies of various scientists have highlighted several issues on the virus. Many inconsistencies have emerged from many points of view which are summarized in these two letters. The reflections start from two complementary approaches and ask for explanations by offering new approaches and protocols.

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The Novichoks story: chemical weapons programme or canary trap?

16 September 2020 — Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media

Paul McKeigue

Open letter from medical doctors and health professionals to all Belgian authorities and all Belgian media

17 September 2020 — Docs 4 Open Debate

We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in the decision-making process and in the compulsory implementation of corona-measures. We ask for an open debate, where all experts are represented without any form of censorship. After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.

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Wise People Know That Winning a War Is No Better Than Losing One: The Thirty-Eighth Newsletter (2020)

17 September 2020 — Tricontinental

Liu Bolin China Guernica 2016 e1600288724989Liu Bolin (China), Guernica, 2016

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Dedicated to Soni Prashad, 1929-2020, who spent her life looking for a better world.

US President Donald Trump and his ‘war council’ – led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – have amplified their aggression against China. What began as a trade dispute in the 1990s has now escalated into the United States making an existential challenge against China.

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Black Agenda Report 17 September 2020

17 September 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: Democrats’ Climate Change Lies 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
The Republicans lie about the harm they do to the planet, and the Democrats lie and pretend they’re not doing the very same things.

Tribute to Kevin Zeese: Life and Loss in the Struggle for Liberation 

Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
Zeese never wavered in his opposition to the corporate duopoly, white supremacy, and the forces of militarism.

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Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 11

17 September 2020 — Craig Murray

Yet another shocking example of abuse of court procedure unfolded on Wednesday. James Lewis QC for the prosecution had been permitted gratuitously to read to two previous witnesses with zero connection to this claim, an extract from a book by Luke Harding and David Leigh in which Harding claims that at a dinner at El Moro Restaurant Julian Assange had stated he did not care if US informants were killed, because they were traitors who deserved what was coming to them.

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Good Ellsberg, Bad Assange: At Extradition Trial, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Dismantles False Narrative

17 September 2020 — The Dissenter

Ellsberg also said “Julian Assange could not get a remotely fair trial” in the United States.

Kevin Gosztola

 Opponents of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange often hold up Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as an example of someone who was responsible for a good leak. They insist WikiLeaks is not like the Pentagon Papers because supposedly Assange was reckless with sensitive documents.

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