This Assange Supporter Excoriating The Press Is The Best Thing You’ll Watch All Day By Caitlin JohnsonThis Assange Supporter Excoriating The Press Is The Best Thing You’ll Watch All Day by Caitlin Johnstone

14 June 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

Julian Assange’s latest US extradition hearing was a brief affair which saw the WikiLeaks founder’s next hearing scheduled for sometime after the end of February, nearly at the end of his 50-week sentence for a bail conditions violation. According to Reuters Assange was lucid and spirited enough to argue with the prosecution a bit, telling the American lawyer via videolink, “I didn’t break any password whatsoever.”

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‘Mirthless Laugh’ – The Persecution And Torture Of Julian Assange

11 June 2019 — Media Lens

For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking. The BBC headline:

‘Julian Assange subjected to psychological torture, UN expert says’

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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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Actions For Assange: Ideas And Examples Of How To Help (Guest Blog By Elizabeth Lea Vos)

7 June 2019 — Caitlin Johnstone

Hi everyone! I’ve never featured a guest blog before, but when I saw this excellent article by Elizabeth Lea Vos I immediately asked her for permission to republish it on my platform. For months I’ve seen supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks stressing out about the question, “What can I do?” Vos has put together the most thorough answer to that question that I have seen thus far, and everyone should read and be aware of it. Enjoy! ~ CJ

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Julian Assange Newslinks 5 June 2019

5 June 2019 • 20:20 — The New Dark Age

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

Journalists now fair game as police raid state broadcaster following US hounding of Assange

The Quds Day Panic of 2019

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After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material

5 June 2019 — Consortium News

Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports.

By Joe Lauria
in Sydney, Australia
Special to Consortium News

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Media analysis of Julian Assange’s superseding indictment

5 June 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

The precedent

Glenn Greenwald: The indictment of Assange is a blueprint for making journalists into felons

The argument offered by both the Trump administration and by some members of the self-styled “resistance” to Trump is, ironically, the same: that Assange isn’t a journalist at all and thus deserves no free press protections. But this claim overlooks the indictment’s real danger and, worse, displays a wholesale ignorance of the First Amendment. Press freedoms belong to everyone, not to a select, privileged group of citizens called “journalists.” Empowering prosecutors to decide who does or doesn’t deserve press protections would restrict “freedom of the press” to a small, cloistered priesthood of privileged citizens designated by the government as “journalists.” The First Amendment was written to avoid precisely that danger.

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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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BBC, Sky News Have Hidden Their Interviews With UN Expert On The Torture Of Assange By Cailin Johnson

2 June 2019 — Caitlin Johnson

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has said that on the 31st of May he gave video interviews with both Sky News and the BBC on his findings that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of psychological torture. As of tis writing, footage of those interviews is nowhere to be found.

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