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Julian Assange Appeals for Public Support

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 Mag 2019

In his first publicly-released comments to supporters since his arrest, WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has detailed the repressive conditions he faces in Britain’s Belmarsh prison and called for a campaign against his threatened extradition to the United States.“I am defenceless and am counting on you and others of good character to save my life,” Assange wrote, adding, “Truth ultimately is all we have.”Assange’s comments were made in a letter addressed to independent British journalist Gordon Dimmack, who decided to make it public following last Thursday’s announcement by the US Justice Department of additional charges against Assange under the Espionage Act. The WSWS is republishing the letter, with Dimmack’s permission, in full below.Assange explained that since he was convicted on trumped-up bail charges shortly after his arrest on April 11, he has been “isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself, no laptop, no internet, no computer, no library so far, but even if I do get access it will be just for half an hour with everyone else once a week.”The WikiLeaks founder stated that he is allowed “Just two visits a month and it takes weeks to get someone on the call list.”All of his calls, except those to his lawyers, are monitored and limited to a maximum of ten minutes. There is a window of just 30 minutes per day for phone calls to be made “in which all prisoners compete for the phone.” Assange receives only a few pounds of phone credit per week and is not allowed to receive inbound calls.The WikiLeaks founder declared that, despite these onerous conditions, he is “unbroken albeit literally surrounded by murderers. But the days when I could read and speak and organise to defend myself, my ideals and my people are over until I am free. Everyone else must take my place.”The WikiLeaks founder stated that he faced “A superpower” that has “been preparing for 9 years with hundreds of people and untold millions spent” on the case against him.

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U.S. extradition request for Julian Assange to be heard on Thursday

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 Mag 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – A request by the United States to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information will be heard by a London court on Thursday.”Julian Assange will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court at 1030 tomorrow for ‘violating his bail conditions’ whilst seeking & obtaining political asylum,” WikiLeaks said.”On Thursday at 10AM there will be a hearing in Westminster Magistrate Court on the US extradition request,” it said.The U.S. Justice Department said Assange was charged with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and American diplomatic communications. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)

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Mairead Maguire has requested UK Home Office for permission to visit her friend Julian Assange

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 aprile 2019

Mairead Maguire.jpg“I want to visit Julian to see he is receiving medical care and to let him know that there are many people around the world who admire him and are grateful for his courage in trying to stop the wars and end the suffering of others”
“Thursday 11th April, will go down in history as a dark day for the Rights of humanity, when Julian Assange, a brave and good man, was arrested, by British Metropolitan Police, forcibly removed without prior warning, in a style befitting of a war criminal, from the Ecuadorian Embassy, and bundled into a Police Van. It is a sad time when the UK Government at the behest of the United StatesGovernment, arrested Julian Assange, a symbol of Freedom of Speech as the publisher of Wikileaks, and the worlds’leaders and main streammedia remain silent on the fact that he is an innocent manuntil proven guilty, while the UN working Group on Arbitrary Detentiondefines him as innocent. The decision of President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador who under financialpressure from the US has withdrawn asylum to the Wikileaks founder, is a further example of Unites States’ global currency monopoly, pressurizing other countries to do their bidding or face the financialand possibly violent consequences for disobedience to the alleged world Super Power, which has sadly lost its moral compass.Julian Assange had taken asylum in theEcuadorian Embassy seven years ago precisely because he foresaw that the US would demand his extradition to face a Grand Jury in the US for mass murders carried out, not by him, but by US and NATO forces, andconcealedfrom the public.
Unfortunately, it is my belief that Julian Assange will not see a fair trial. As we have seen over the last seven years, time and time again, the European countries and many others, do not have the political will or clout to stand up for what they know is right, and will eventually cave into the Unites States’ will. We have watched Bradley Manning being returned to jail and to solitary confinement, so we must not be naive in our thinking:surely, this is the future for Julian Assange.
I visited Julian on two occasions in the Ecuadorian Embassy and was very impressed with this courageous and highly intelligent man. The first visit was on my return from Kabul, where young Afghan teenage boys, insisted on writing a letter with the request I carry it to Julian Assange, to thank him, for publishing onWikileaks, the truth about the war in Afghanistan and to help stop their homeland being bombed by planes and drones. All had a story of brothers or friendskilled by drones while collecting wood in winter on the mountains.
I nominated Julian Assange on the 8th January2019 for the Nobel Peace Prize. I issued a press release hoping to bring attention to his nomination, which seemed to have been widely ignored,by Western media. By Julians courageous actions and others like him, we could see full well the atrocities of war. The release of the files brought to our doors the atrocities our governments carried out through media. It is my strong belief that this is the true essence of an activist and it is my great shame I live in an era where people like Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and anyone willing to open our eyes to the atrocities of war, is likely to be haunted like an animal by Governments, punished and silenced. Therefore, I believe that the British government should oppose the extradition of Assange as it sets a dangerous precedent for journalists, whistle-blowersand other sources of truth the US may wish to pressure in the future.This man is paying a high price to end war and for peace and nonviolence and we should all remember that. (by copyright photo)

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Julian Assange is under arrest

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

By Jon Allsop. Mid-morning, UK time, a bevy of police officers hauled Assange, the divisive founder of WikiLeaks, out of Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he had lived under diplomatic immunity since 2012, and into a waiting truck. In a video message, Lenín Moreno, Ecuador’s president, confirmed that his government had taken the “sovereign decision” to withdraw asylum from Assange due to “his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.” One of Assange’s lawyers said that characterization was incomplete—she tweeted that Assange had also been arrested in response to a US extradition request (British police later confirmed this)—another accused Ecuador of doing America’s bidding for financial reasons. As he was dragged away, Assange appeared to shout “the UK must resist!” In his hands he clutched a copy of Gore Vidal’s History of the National Security State.Assange’s arrest marks the end of his extraordinary, long spell in the embassy. He first took refuge there in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities wanted him to answer charges that he sexually assaulted two women. (Assange and his supporters called the allegations a pretext to extradite Assange to the US, where he could have faced the death penalty over his work for WikiLeaks. Although Swedish prosecutors did drop their arrest warrant for Assange in 2017, the case has never been closed: Sweden is expected to provide an update later today.) In August 2012, Ecuador bucked intense pressure from the British government and granted Assange’s request for asylum; at the time, the decision was variously interpreted as an escalation of Ecuador’s hostile relationship with Washington, and a bid to improve its poor reputation on freedom of speech. Its government expressed hope that Britain would allow Assange to leave the embassy for Ecuador itself, but Britain made clear that he would be arrested the minute he set foot outside. And so Assange stayed put—for nearly seven years.In recent months, Assange’s relationship with Ecuador soured. Last year, officials cut his internet access and restricted his access to visitors; Assange, they said, was in violation of an agreement he had made to quit meddling in other countries’ affairs. In October, Assange sued Ecuador, which he accused of breaching his “fundamental rights.” Late last week, WikiLeaks predicted, in a tweet, that Assange would be kicked out of the embassy within “hours to days.” In his final days of refuge, WikiLeaks said Assange was living a “Truman Show existence” under intense surveillance.Assange’s lawyer says the Americans have finally got their way. Late last year, the US Justice Department accidentally revealed, in a filing in an unrelated case, that it has filed secret, unspecified criminal charges against Assange. As The New York Times reported, Assange “would have to be arrested and extradited if he were to face charges in federal court, altogether a multistep diplomatic and legal process.” The first of those steps, at least, has now been taken care of. Assange has been a wanted man in America ever since he orchestrated WikiLeaks’s dumps of incriminating government documents in the early 2010s, in particular the diplomatic cables leaked by Chelsea Manning. His publication, in 2016, of emails stolen from senior Democratic Party officials by Russian operatives hardly helped his case. Going forward, journalists will need to be vigilant. Assange’s case is specific, but the way the Justice Department responds to his arrest could have serious implications for all of us.This day was always likely to come. As governments change, so, too, do their diplomatic alignments: since he took office in Ecuador in 2017, Moreno has reportedly been looking for ways to rid himself of Assange, calling him “an inherited problem.” While we wait for more information, it’s interesting to take a moment to reflect on Assange’s years in exile. Mostly, we forgot about him; sometimes—during bursts of media attention related to his work, health, or associates—he cast a long, familiar shadow across the public eye. With his actions on behalf of the Russians in 2016, he chiseled himself, indelibly, into the annals of American history. It’s an extraordinary story. (font: CJR Editors)

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Flashmob a Roma per Julian Assange

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 aprile 2019

Roma 12 aprile – ore 17 – 18 Porta Pia, angolo Corso Italia (accanto l’ambasciata inglese) si terrà un flashmob nei pressi dell’ambasciata inglese promosso dal Gruppo degli Osservatori dei Diritti Umani, dall’Agenzia stampa internazionale Pressenza, dalla Casa Umanista e dalla Onlus Energia per i Diritti Umani. I promotori invitano ed esortano la società civile, i cittadini, il mondo dell’associazionismo e dell’attivismo sociale ad aderire alla mobilitazione come forma di solidarietà a chi si è coraggiosamente esposto in nome della libertà di espressione e contro certe logiche portate avanti del potere politico-economico internazionale e per protestare contro l’irruenta azione di arresto che minaccia le sorti di Julien Assange.
Durante la mattina dell’11 aprile a Londra, presso l’ambasciata dell’Ecuador, è stato arrestato il fondatore di WikiLeaks Julian Assange dopo che Quito ha revocato la concessione dell’asilo al giornalista australiano.La notizia ha fatto rapidamente il giro del mondo scaturendo preoccupazione per le sorti di Assange e generando sgomento in molti ambiti della società civile, dell’associazionismo, dei media, del giornalismo, degli attivisti per i diritti umani. Proprio in queste ore stanno arrivando le adesioni alla mobilitazione.

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La guerra sporca ad Assange

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 dicembre 2010

Nelle democrazie occidentali vige un principio semplice e chiaro: nessuno può essere incriminato se il fatto non costituisce reato. Dovrebbe saperlo bene il presidente degli Stati Uniti, Barack Obama, che per anni è stato direttore dell’Harvard Law Review. E dovrebbero saperlo i politici americani, che giustamente fanno sfoggio di una delle costituzioni liberali più antiche, datata 1789. Eppure quando c’è di mezzo Julian Assange ogni garanzia democratica sembra essere superflua. Per gli americani, il guru di Wikileaks s’è permesso il lusso di ledere gli interessi nazionali, pubblicando i famosi cables, e quindi gli va data una lezione, a prescindere da eventuali responsabilità giuridiche. Una lezione che sia da monito per i tanti emuli che già promettono di seguirne le orme. Bisogna quindi estradarlo in America, processarlo e possibilmente imprigionarlo.
In queste ore a Washington si stanno scervellando su come formulare delle accuse nei confronti di Assange. Il dipartimento di giustizia si sta arrampicando sugli specchi pur di poter giustificare una richiesta di estradizione alla Svezia. Lo ammette candidamente in una conferenza stampa il procuratore generale, Eric Holder. Rispondendo alle domande dei giornalisti, conferma di star valutando se utilizzare o meno l’Espionage Act, una legge del 1917 che mira a punire chi ruba e diffonde informazioni sensibili per la sicurezza nazionale. Ma non è l’unica opzione. «Ci sono altre norme, altri strumenti che abbiamo a disposizione». Per capire, però, la forzatura giuridica che gli americani si apprestano a fare, bisogna fare un passo indietro e ricordare come è avvenuta la fuga di notizie. Assange, almeno per quanto si sa, non si è personalmente introdotto negli archivi informatici della Casa Bianca, ma si è limitato a raccogliere i file dall’ex analista dell’esercito a stelle e strisce, Bradley Manning, per pubblicarli sul suo sito. E di fatti Manning è stato già beccato dalla polizia e oggi si trova nel carcere di Quantico, in Virginia, sotto stretta sorveglianza, non potendo vedere né amici né parenti. Qual è quindi il reato di cui si sarebbe macchiato il pur sfuggente e misterioso Assange? Non certo quello che ricade sotto l’Espionage Act, come ricordano alcuni funzionari del dipartimento di giustizia, sentiti dal New York Times. Quella legge serve a punire chi materialmente è responsabile della fuga di notizie (quindi Manning) e non il giornalista che pubblica i documenti, che è invece protetto dal primo emendamento della Costituzione americana, quello che tutela la libertà d’espressione. Non a caso Holder sta cercando altre strade per incriminare Assange. Una può essere quella che porta al reato di ricettazione, e cioè la diffusione di materiale rubato. Ma anche in questo caso alcuni giuristi americani smontano l’imputazione: i file sono riproduzioni digitali che il governo tuttora possiede, non c’è quindi nessun furto. Altrimenti, oltre ad Assange, bisognerebbe portare in tribunale anche i giornali che li hanno pubblicati, New York Times in testa, come vorrebbe lo scriteriato Joe Lieberman, senatore indipendente a capo della commissione per la sicurezza nazionale. C’è poi chi tira in ballo la violazione del copyright, dimenticando però che il governo americano non è un’azienda e i cables non sono protetti dal diritto d’autore. Insomma, è abbastanza evidente come l’amministrazione Usa stia cercando di tagliare un reato su misura per Assange. Ora, sicuramente è lecito che Obama faccia di tutto per mettere i bastoni fra le ruote al giornalista australiano. Dagli attacchi degli hacker governativi a Wikileaks alle pressioni verso la Svizzera perché chiuda i suoi conti, passando per la chiusura coatta di carte di credito e PayPal. Ma è parimenti illegale incriminare una persona che reati, almeno a quanto risulta finora, non ne ha commessi, e che invece si appella alla libertà d’espressione e di informazione. Chi tira fuori la storia di Al Capone e dell’evasione fiscale è evidentemente in malafede. (Luigi Micca)

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Su wikileaks niente documenti sul vaticano

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 dicembre 2010

Lo scrittore Ennio Montesi si rivolge a Julian Assange sui documenti segreti dei Nunzi Apostolici e dello IOR: «Chiedo a Julian Assange perché il suo gruppo WikiLeaks non abbia pubblicato i documenti riguardanti lo Stato Vaticano.» la domanda ad Assange arriva in una nota dallo scrittore Ennio Montesi il quale recentemente ha chiesto asilo politico al governo della Svezia. «Dove sono i documenti segreti relativi ai carteggi tra i Nunzi Apostolici, cioè tra le ambasciate del Vaticano, presenti nei vari paesi, i rapporti con le diplomazie ed i governi di tutto il mondo? Dove sono i documenti riservatissimi della banca offshore IOR, Istituto Opere Religiose, la più grande banca offshore appartenente allo Stato del Vaticano? Attendiamo la prossima pubblicazione di WikiLeaks per sapere”.

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