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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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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Revealed: The British Government’s War on Assange and Media Freedom By Nina Cross

30 April 2019 — 21st Century Wire

Nina Cross
21st Century Wire

For nearly 10 years now, the British government has waged a war on Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. It has used every hard and soft power tool in its arsenal: the judiciary, government, international treaties, the media, diplomatic power and even the deprivation of health care. For his role in exposing US  war crimes and corruption, an outraged US establishment has conspired to silence Assange, constructing charges against him and demanding his extradition.

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Edward Snowden on Julian Assange’s arrest and indictment

23 April 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

On Motherboard’s CYBER Podcast


…speaking of press freedom, there’s something that’s happened recently in the news with Julian Assange, and I know people immediately thought of you as well because you’re in asylum right now…

What was your perspective of how the us media has been dealing with this situation in particular, and how do you think this affects press freedom?

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Assange BULLETIN – 2: 15 April 2019

15 April 2019 — 

  • Assange and Lula the same case to silence their voices, says Chomsky
  • If Assange is criminalized & incarcerated, you’ll never be free again, says George Galloway
  • Assange must face Swedish justice first: 70 UK MPs and peers
  • The US case against Assange could change the future of journalism
  • Journalists in the U.S. are concerned
  • ‘Surreally idiotic’: CAT FOR SPYING

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You have the right to always remain silent! By Pepe Escobar

13 April 13, 2019 — Asia Times

The date – April 11, 2019 – will live in infamy in the annals of Western “values” and “freedom of expression.” The image is stark. A handcuffed journalist and publisher dragged out by force from the inside of an embassy, clutching a Gore Vidal book on the History of the US National Security State.
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Tell the UK not to extradite Julian Assange

13 April 2019 — Roots Action

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The U.S. government will be arguing in a London court for the United Kingdom to extradite WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to the United States to stand trial.

Click here to urge the UK not to extradite Assange, but to free him.

Renowned Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg told The Real News Network this week: “This is the first indictment of a journalist and editor or publisher. . . . And if it’s successful it will not be the last. This is clearly a part of President Trump’s war on the press, what he calls the enemy of the state.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation added: “Several parts of the indictment describe very common journalistic behavior, like using cloud storage or knowingly receiving classified information or redacting identifying information about a source.”

The Freedom of the Press Foundation agrees: “For years, the Obama administration considered indicting WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, before rightly concluding it could not do so without encroaching on core press freedoms. Now almost nine years in, the Trump administration has used the same information to manufacture a flimsy and pretextual indictment involving a ‘conspiracy’ to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act—based entirely on alleged conversations between a journalist and source.”

Many prominent figures in the U.S. media, cheering Assange’s arrest, display more loyalty to the U.S. government than to journalism or publishing. We have to step up in their absence and defend their institution. Click here to add your name.

Let’s not forget the public service for which Assange is being persecuted, and for which he’s spent the past several years in a single building in London. Civil rights attorney Chase Madar explained the importance of the documents that Chelsea Manning leaked and WikiLeaks published:

“Thanks to Manning’s alleged disclosures, we have a sense of what transpired in Iraq and Afghanistan. . . . Thanks to those revelations we now know just how our government leaned on the Vatican to quell opposition to the Iraq War. We now know how Washington pressured the German government to block the prosecution of CIA agents who kidnapped an innocent man, Khaled El-Masri, while he was on vacation. We know how our State Department lobbied hard to prevent a minimum wage increase in Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest nation.”

That list of things we know because of Manning and Assange could be multiplied 100-fold. Both are now behind bars — Manning back in jail for contempt of court for her refusal to testify against Assange about events in 2010.

Click here to take a stand for freedom of the press and transparent government.

In a democracy, people need to know if their government is subverting democracies and committing war crimes overseas. In a democracy, our courts would be too busy prosecuting the crimes exposed by WikiLeaks to have time to turn the act of revealing them into some sort of crime.

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>> The Real News Network: “Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom”
>> Electronic Frontier Foundation: “Statement on Assange Indictment and Arrest”
>> Freedom of the Press Foundation: “The Trump administration’s indictment of Julian Assange threatens core press freedom rights”
>> David Swanson: “What Bradley Manning Means to Us”
>> Juan Cole: “Top 10 Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World”


The Assange Arrest is a Warning from History by John Pilger

12 April 2019 — John Pilger

The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

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Julian Assange Newslinks 11-12 April 2019

12 April 2019 15:30 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting

Video: Assange’s Lawyer Says Wikileaks Founder’s Life in Danger if Extradited to the U.S.

USA v. Julian Assange: DOJ Indictment on Phony Charge Revealed

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

11 April 2019 — TASS

Ecuador has decided to withdraw diplomatic asylum from Assange

Julian Assange

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LONDON, April 11. /TASS/. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, the Met Police said in a statement on Thursday.
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On the Pavement with Wikileaks By Craig Murray

8 April 2019 — Craig Murray

Entirely unexpectedly, I have been down in London this last three days outside and around the Ecuadorean Embassy, following WikiLeaks’ announcement that their sources indicate Julian might be expelled within hours or days. Plainly Julian’s position within the Embassy has deteriorated fundamentally, to the extent he is now treated openly as a closely guarded prisoner. I still have not myself been granted permission to visit him and he is now very isolated.

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WikiLeaks warns that Julian Assange faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy By Oscar Grenfell

5 April 2019 — WSWS

WikiLeaks today issued a warning that its founder, Julian Assange, faces imminent eviction from Ecuador’s London embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012. The publishing organisation indicated that he would then be arrested by the British police.

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Ecuador twists embarrassing INA Papers into pretext to oust Assange

3 April 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

On 26 March, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador’s Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno’s attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, a fact that had been reported by The New York Times.

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Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy By Oscar Grenfell

3 April 2019 — WSWS

In a clear threat to expel Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy, the country’s President Lenín Moreno declared in an interview yesterday that the WikiLeaks founder had “repeatedly violated the conditions of his asylum.” Moreno stated that his government would “take a decision” “in the short term” on Assange’s circumstances.

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