Swedish hearing to extradite Julian Assange delayed until June 3 By Mike Head

22 May 2019 — WSWS

An extraordinary bid by Swedish authorities to rush a hearing into the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden has been delayed by a court until June 3. That is because Assange’s lawyers have not even been able to consult the jailed journalist and publisher.

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Julian Assange Newslinks 20-21 May 2019

21 May 2019 21:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day

Hosting Assange in Ecuadorian embassy in London cost $800,000
http://tass.com/world/1059356

Russia-Gate as Count Dracula
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/05/21/russia-gate-as-count-dracula/

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US media silent on re-jailing of Chelsea Manning By Genevieve Leigh

21 May 2019 — WSWS

Imagine the following scenario:

A dissident soldier in Iran, Venezuela, China or Russia leaks classified information on war crimes committed by his or her government, including video footage of soldiers mowing down innocent civilians, secret cables revealing plots to subvert governments around the world, and reports of suspects being indefinitely held and tortured in notorious prisons.

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Ecuador to hand over Assange’s entire legal defense to the United States

20 May 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

Three weeks before the U.S. deadline to file its final extradition request for Assange, Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow U.S. prosecutors to help themselves to Assange’s belongings.

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Assange: The Missing Step By Craig Murray

20 May 2019 — Craig Murray

In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement.

The European Arrest Warrant must be issued from one country to another by a judicial authority. The original Swedish request for Assange’s extradition was not issued by any court, but simply by the prosecutor. This was particularly strange, as the Chief Prosecutor of Stockholm had initially closed the case after deciding there was no case to answer, and then another, highly politically motivated, prosecutor had reopened the case and issued a European Arrest Warrant, without going to any judge for confirmation.

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The Re-Opening of the Swedish Assange Case Should Be Welcomed By Craig Murray

13 May 2019 — Craig Murray

That the Swedish investigation into the rape allegation against Julian Assange is being re-opened is something that ought to be welcomed. The alternative would be for this accusation to hang unresolved over Julian’s head forever. The Swedish prosecutors now need finally, as my father used to say, either to piss or get off the pot. They need to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge or not.

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Chelsea Manning restates her refusal to testify against Julian Assange as new grand jury subpoena looms By Niles Niemuth

13 May 2019 — WSWS

“This administration clearly wants to go after journalists”

Whistleblower and political prisoner Chelsea Manning spoke out Sunday in defense of her principled refusal to testify before any grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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John Pilger Interview: The wars on Julian Assange and Venezuela: It’s the same assailant

10 May 2019 — ABC

In this interview with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, John Pilger discusses the issue of political and media disinformation that blights Julian Assange and Venezuela and whose source they – and much of the world – share as a common enemy.

Guest: John Pilger, journalist and film-maker
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Chelsea Manning released, faces new imprisonment for refusing to testify against Assange

10 May 2019 — WSWS

After 62 days locked away in a jail cell in Virginia, whistleblower Chelsea Manning was released from detention on Thursday morning. Even before she got out of jail, however, the courageous whistleblower was served with a new subpoena to demand her testimony before another grand jury on May 17. Thus, she could be returned to jail as early as next week.

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Assange BULLETIN: Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson fears for Assange’s Life

8 May 2019 —  

Pamela Anderson speaks to the media as she leaves Belmarsh Prison in London after visiting Julian Assange

Pamela Anderson has revealed she fears Julian Assange will be assassinated if he is extradited to the US, hours after visiting him in Belmarsh high-security jail.

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