‘Assange extradition should be warning to liberals who believe in American democracy’ – Zizek

14 June 2019 — RT

‘Assange extradition should be warning to liberals who believe in American democracy’ – Zizek

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The UK’s decision to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US should be taken as a warning to all liberals who still have any faith in ‘American liberal democracy,’ says cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

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Britain: Home Secretary signs US extradition request for Assange By Rob Smith

14 June 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

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The day before yesterday, the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid certified the request from the US to extradite Julian Assange for allegations of hacking and sharing classified American government documents. We wholeheartedly oppose his extradition and defend Assange’s freedom of speech.

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Isolated, Surveilled, Expelled: How Ecuador Betrayed Julian Assange

10 June 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

The expulsion of Julian Assange from Ecuador’s embassy in London on 11 April 2019 marked the culmination of President Lenín Moreno’s years-long effort to renege on Ecuador’s commitment to protect the WikiLeaks publisher from the United States’ persecution. By the time he took office on 24 May 2017, Moreno had already begun working on undermining Assange’s protections, a process that Moreno’s predecessor Rafael Correa, who granted Assange asylum in 2012, called “one of the greatest betrayals in Latin American history.”

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Isolated, Surveilled, Expelled: How Ecuador Betrayed Julian Assange

7 June 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

Isolated, Surveilled, Expelled: How Ecuador Betrayed Julian Assange

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The expulsion of Julian Assange from Ecuador’s embassy in London on 11 April 2019 marked the culmination of President Lenín Moreno’s years-long effort to renege on Ecuador’s commitment to protect the WikiLeaks publisher from the United States’ persecution. By the time he took office on 24 May 2017, Moreno had already begun working on undermining Assange’s protections, a process that Moreno’s predecessor Rafael Correa, who granted Assange asylum in 2012, called “one of the greatest betrayals in Latin American history.”

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No Time to Wait: We Must Act Now to Save Julian Assange By Charlotte Gracias

4 June 2019 — 21st Century Wire

Why are the general public not outraged by the psychological torture and deterioration in Julian’s Assange’s health? The answer is as simple as it is abominable: because the corporate and state media oracles have conducted an eight-year campaign of vilifying Julian Assange.

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UN Torture Report: ‘Demonized’ Assange Has Faced ‘Psychological Torture’

31 May 2019 — Consortium News

The UN special rapporteur on torture has blasted four nations for imposing psychological torture on Julian Assange

‘A Relentless and Unrestrained Campaign of Public Mobbing, Intimidation and Defamation’

Warns of ‘Criminalization of Journalism’

By Joe Lauria
Special to Consortium News

The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for “deliberately” exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” which can only be described as “psychological torture.”

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The UN Torture Report On Assange Is An Indictment Of Our Entire Society By Caitlin Johnstone

31 May 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

On the eighth of April, shortly before London police forcibly carried WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy, a doctor named Sondra S Crosby wrote a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting that the office look into Assange’s case. Today, following a scorching rebuke of multiple governments by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer, mass media outlets around the world are reporting that Julian Assange has been found to be the victim of brutal psychological torture.

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Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, And Hardly Anyone’s Talking About It by Caitlin Johnstone

29 May 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that “Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.”

This jarring revelation has been reported by a small handful of outlets, but only as an aside in relation to Sweden refusing Samuelson’s request for a postponement of a scheduled hearing regarding Assange’s detention en absentia for a preliminary investigation of rape allegations. The fact that the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder is so ill that he can’t converse lucidly is itself far more significant than the postponement refusal, yet headlines mentioning Samuelson’s statement focus on the Swedish case, de-emphasizing the startling news from his lawyer.

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Rafael Correa: “We All Have to Be Prepared for Treason”

27 May 2019 — Internationalist 360°

This interview with former President Rafael Correa is the first step in a more ambitious project that we have proposed in Misión Verdad: to go to the vanguard of Latin American political leaders and invite them to reflect on the future rather than on the current situation. Correa accepted our invitation and summoned us to the campus of the Louvain-la-Neuve University on the outskirts of Brussels, the capital of Belgium, where he himself studied as a teenager. A thirty-minute conversation which months later is still continuing.

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