Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles. 971


Tonight both Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are in jail, both over offences related to the publication of materials specifying US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and both charged with nothing else at all. No matter what bullshit political and MSM liars try to feed you, that is the simple truth. Manning and Assange are true heroes of our time, and are suffering for it.

If a Russian opposition politician were dragged out by armed police, and within three hours had been convicted on a political charge by a patently biased judge with no jury, with a lengthy jail sentence to follow, can you imagine the Western media reaction to that kind of kangaroo court? Yet that is exactly what just happened in London.

District Judge Michael Snow is a disgrace to the bench who deserves to be infamous well beyond his death. He displayed the most plain and open prejudice against Assange in the 15 minutes it took for him to hear the case and declare Assange guilty, in a fashion which makes the dictators’ courts I had witnessed, in Babangida’s Nigeria or Karimov’s Uzbekistan, look fair and reasonable, in comparison to the gross charade of justice conducted by Michael Snow.

One key fact gave away Snow’s enormous prejudice. Julian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”. There was nothing that happened in Snow’s brief court hearing that could conceivably have given rise to that opinion. It was plainly something he brought with him into the courtroom, and had read or heard in the mainstream media or picked up in his club. It was in short the very definition of prejudice, and “Judge” Michael Snow and his summary judgement is a total disgrace.

We wrapped up the final Wikileaks and legal team meeting at 21.45 tonight and thereafter Kristian Hrafnsson and I had dinner together. The whole team, including Julian, is energised rather than downhearted. At last there is no more hiding for the pretend liberals behind ludicrous Swedish allegations or bail jumping allegations, and the true motive – revenge for the Chelsea Manning revelations – is now completely in the open.

To support the persecution of Assange in these circumstances is to support absolute state censorship of the internet. It is to support the claim that any journalist who receives and publishes official material which indicates US government wrongdoing, can be punished for its publication. Furthermore this US claim involves an astonishing boost to universal jurisdiction. Assange was nowhere near the USA when he published the documents, but nonetheless US courts are willing to claim jurisdiction. This is a threat to press and internet freedom everywhere.

These are scary times. But those may also be the most inspiring of times.

UPDATE

We are reassembling Wikileaks/Julian legal and media team from 10am Friday in Doughty Street Chambers. I and others will be available for further media interviews from then. I can be reached on 07979 691085.

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  • SA

    T May has demonstrated that extreme incvompetence and weakness can also be an unassailable strength. She is equally hated by both sides of her party as well as the opposition but her party cannot and do not want to get rid of her because they fear that Corbyn will win an election if called today.

  • Sharp Ears

    David Cromwell and David Edwards of Medialens write:

    16 April 2019
    Assange Arrest – Part 1: ‘So Now He’s Our Property’

    If ‘journalism’ meant what it is supposed to mean– acting as the proverbial ‘fourth estate’ to challenge power and to keep the public informed – then Julian Assange and WikiLeaks would be universally lauded as paragons. So would Chelsea Manning, the brave former US Army whistleblower who passed on to WikiLeaks more than 700,000 confidential US State Department and Pentagon documents, videos and diplomatic cables about the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    /..
    http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/current-alert.html

    They have produced a very good round up of the MSM outpourings and other commentary. Craig’s words are there.

  • Paul Barbara

    I believe the following article may have been linked to already (there are too many comments to trawl through just to find out), if so, sorry.
    But there are a couple of highlights in it I’d like to point out to anyone who has not read it previously:
    ‘THE ASSANGE ARREST IS A WARNING FROM HISTORY’:
    http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-assange-arrest-is-a-warning-from-history
    ‘…Real journalism is the enemy of these disgraces. A decade ago, the Ministry of Defence in London produced a secret document which described the “principal threats” to public order as threefold: terrorists, Russian spies and investigative journalists. The latter was designated the major threat.
    The document was duly leaked to WikiLeaks, which published it. “We had no choice,” Assange told me. “It’s very simple. People have a right to know and a right to question and challenge power. That’s true democracy.”….’

    ‘The latter was designated the major threat.’ Get that? What’s the reasoning? Perhaps the ‘terrorist attacks’ and ‘Russian Spies’ (or ‘poisonings’) aren’t quite what they are made out to be?

    ‘…In the 1970s, I met Leni Reifenstahl, close friend of Adolf Hitler, whose films helped cast the Nazi spell over Germany.
    She told me that the message in her films, the propaganda, was dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the public.
    “Did this submissive void include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie?” I asked her.
    “Of course,” she said, “especially the intelligentsia…. When people no longer ask serious questions, they are submissive and malleable. Anything can happen.”
    And did.
    The rest, she might have added, is history.’

    To paraphrase: ‘When people no longer ask serious questions, they’re no longer called ‘conspiracy theorists’!

  • gpcus

    In an (un)expected new low Barclays\TSB rejected my payment to the Julian Assange support fund:
    Account number: 24345160
    Sort code: 30-94-57
    Does anyone else experienced the same? What is the best way to support this battle, for the little I can?

    • Twirlip

      I tried to make a payment (from an HSBC account, although that’s almost certainly not relevant to the problem), and got this message:
      “Sorry, the payee’s bank has advised they are unable to accept this payment as the sort code/account number is incorrect. Please contact the payee to confirm their account details.”
      (I had entered the correct details – as in your message, and as on the Wikileaks website.)
      By “Barclays/TSB”, I take it you mean Lloyds TSB, or just TSB Bank plc? It seems clear that they’ve disabled the account.
      I’ll have to see if they’ve made a statement on the matter, and if so, what “reason” they gave.. (Sharp Ears is probably already on it!)
      My Dad used to work for the TSB (sigh).
      (It’s the first time I’ve posted here, but I’ve been reading the blog for years, and I used to post to The Lifeboat News. I’m not very political, but even the likes of me have to take note when this sort of thing happens!)

      • gpcus

        Thanks all, I’ll surely find a way to get some bitcoins out… that’s not the problem. It is just I find it incredibly telling, and scary, of the path we are undertaking… I must admit I am shocked and possibly wanted someone to tell me it was just a mistake. By the way, Twirlip, Barclays is (but not for very long in the future) my bank; I do not know, yet, if they blocked the transfer or TSB did it at the receiving side.

    • Paul Barbara

      @ gpcus April 16, 2019 at 15:36
      Someone has informed me they accept Bitcoin, but I don’t know anything about that.
      You could check Paypal. Alternately, as you have the sort code, another bank will likely accept your donation, especially a Lloyds Bank, as that is their sort code.

      • Twirlip

        A shorter link: https://defend.wikileaks.org/donate/
        The credit card donation option *seems* to work (for Visa cards, at least).
        Niggle: it’s hard to check how much you have donated, if you have tried to specify an amount in UK pounds rather than US dollars.
        At any rate, I got the message:
        “Thank you for your support to I am WikiLeaks. Your donation was successfully processed.”

    • Twirlip

      It appears to be a cock-up, rather than a conspiracy!
      I made a polite complaint to TSB yesterday, and they contacted me by phone and text today. I phoned them back, and they explained that the account in question belongs to Lloyds Bank plc, 19-20 Upper Street, Islington, London (as can be verified from http://www.fasterpayments.org.uk/consumers/sort-code-checker). Confusingly, this has nothing to do with TSB!
      I spoke on the phone to someone at Lloyd’s business section, and he confirmed that the account exists, and is active.
      He suggested that payment may have been refused because the name of the account did not agree with the name that I had specified (taken from the WiklLeaks donation page). I then vaguely recalled having read something recently about banking regulations having been changed, for reasons of security, so that names of accounts, not just sort codes and account numbers, are now significant. He confirmed that that is the case.
      I have e-mailed the WikiLeaks Defence Fund, at [email protected], asking them to update the information at their website.
      I’ll follow up if things become any clearer.

  • David Jacobsen

    The character is denigrated as pathetic cover to no legal case for continued imprisonment. I have misgivings about the Louise IV grandesse of President Macron. That is wholly irrelevant to my critique of his economic political and social policies. Assange, Manning, the Guardian darling, Snowden, are examples of how corporate media owners use the information to boost sales then let loose to intelligence services, thier own journalists. The lives of all journalists are threatened bymedia owners with primary focus on share price and personal bias. Numerous other sources do an essential job holding illegal and murderous actions of governments, business conglomerates and military groups to account. Demand with united action the release andfreedom of Assange and reside in Britain safely or the country of his choice. Free Julian Assange.

    • Borncynical

      Thanks, Digger. Managed to catch all but the first 15 minutes or so. Very interesting profile of events and JA himself. I know there is a tendency to see things that we want to see but, as someone who had not really given much thought to his character, I I thought he came across as a deeply intellectual, confident, dogmatic and, I would say, arrogant individual with a dry – to the point perhaps of being naïve – sense of humour. Even arrogance is not necessarily a negative trait if it is justified, and I suspect that in his case it is. I got the impression that he is someone whom it would take a long time to truly get to know and understand, but not unlikeable. But, as he himself justifiably intimated, what people think of him is of little consequence, it is what he achieves with WikiLeaks that matters.

      Overall, an interesting insight into life for him in the Ecuadorian Embassy, his relationships with colleagues and his mother and the various issues he was contending with before and during that time. It was revealing as well to learn that at one point early on the UK authorities were seriously proposing to break international convention and “storm” the Ecuadorian Embassy to get JA out.

      My final observation was that he was darn lucky to survive that cloak and dagger motorbike ride to the Ecuadorian Embassy!

  • David Otness

    It was reported that Luke Harding was present and gloating during Julian’s arrest.
    I find it shocking that he might have had inside information about the timing of the “operation.”
    Yes, colour me just fucking shawckt!
    (sarc)

    • Ken Kenn

      Luke Harding was taken to pieces by a very clam guy ( Aaron Matte) and really needs to filed on Wikileaks a s F for Fraud.

      He’s crap at being a shill and a spy.

      A new job awaits him taking over from Matt Alwright who’s mission is to chase ‘ villains and con men ‘ around the UK to make sure they don’t rip off unsuspecting members of the public with their scams.

      Then the ;’ villains ‘just end up flicking him and the BBC the V’s and move to another town and carry on as normal.

      ” Sorted ” say’s Matt.

      That’s what the public get to know and they comfort themselves that it’s all ended there and then.

      It’s nonsense of course but no one will tell them that.

      Harding is just an over paid idiot.

      Sadly vis the Guardian he is not alone.

      I wish you and I got paid thousands for talking rubbish – we’d be multi millionaires by now – surely?

  • David

    more sensible explanations emerge as to why the USians are attacking Assange, I don’t give much credence to the UBL used wikileaks (too many opportunities for fake USB-stick spookery, no evidential chain, just claims)

    but this section

    Manning admitted sending WikiLeaks classified documents including reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as material including details concerning detainees held by the military at Guantanamo Bay, video footage of a U.S. airstrike killing civilians and hundreds of thousands of U.S. State Department diplomatic cables.

    “This is possibly one of the more significant documents of our time, removing the fog of war, and revealing the true nature of 21st century asymmetric warfare. Have a good day,” she wrote in a 2010 message to WikiLeaks describing the war reports.

    removing the fog of war, our asymmetric wars, wars against investigative journalists and our sleeping citizens, yes, I can see why JA has to go!?

    Monday’s FBI document here https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/16/fbi-affidavit-in-julian-assange-case-alleges-wikil/

  • OnlyHalfALooney

    A key statement in the FBI’s affadavit:

    90. Two days later, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on March 10, 2010, Assange followed up on the issue. Assange messaged Manning and asked, “any more hints about this lm hash?” Assange stated, “no luck so far.”

    91. Investigators have not recovered a response by Manning to Assange’s question, and there is no other evidence as to what Assange did, if anything, with respect to the password.

    The next chats that investigators were able to recover were dated March 16,2010. Thus, there is approximately a six-day gap in the chats after Assange asked for further hints on the hash.

    92. Nevertheless, the recovered chats described above reflect an agreement between Manning and Assange to crack the hash.

    Now the fact the FBI states that “there is no other evidence” of actual password cracking may not be devastating to a US case because the prosecutor will claim there was a “conspiracy” (“agreement”) to commit a crime.

    As a point of law, I wonder if the same would hold under English law. It certainly wouldn’t under European civil law. Without corroborating evidence (for example testimony that Assange actually tried to hack the password), I would think that this is simply hearsay.

    The question is (in view of the obvious bias shown by judge Michael Snow) will Assange get a fair hearing in the UK at all? However, I do still have some faith in independent judiciaries, even if it may take years of appeals to see justice done.

  • Sharp Ears

    The BBC is still running the story about Julian having smeared the embassy walls, quoting Moreno on video speaking to their stooge Sopel who is based in Washington and who is asking all the right questions. It doesn’t say where the video was made.
    They posted it in the early hours, ie 9 hrs ago.

    ‘Video
    ‘Assange smeared faeces in Ecuador embassy,’ says president
    Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has told the BBC why his government decided to revoke Julian Assange’s asylum.
    The Wikileaks co-founder was arrested in London on 11 April after seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy.
    Mr Moreno accused Mr Assange of rubbing excrement on the embassy walls. Mr Assange’s lawyer has accused Ecuador of “outrageous allegations”.
    8h ago’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-47956607/assange-smeared-faeces-in-ecuador-embassy-says-president

    They have it at the top of their list of ‘most watched’. Oh yes?

    Most watched
    1 ‘Assange smeared faeces in our embassy’
    2 ‘There were broken people’
    3 ‘A380 ‘superjumbo’ lands at Glasgow
    4 Marine crawls to finish Boston Marathon
    5 The robot that tidies up bedrooms

    They know all about smearing.

  • JOHN WARD

    Mr Murray has become a beacon of empiricism and courage over the years.
    While I DO think that Assange has a martyr/messiah complex, this doesn’t rule out the very high likelihood that he is a messiah being martyred.

    The specifics of this post are spot on, but only a fraction of the overall destruction of Law, Consitution and free speech that they so clearly signify.
    https://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2019/04/15/explosive-slog-special-how-may-was-installed-how-she-hid-defence-ties-to-the-eu-how-the-media-lied-about-the-october-brextension/

  • michael norton

    I understand it is now alright to go off topic, on this thread as it is no longer the primary thread, I hope I have that right.

    French extreme right wing populist leader Marine Le Pen has pledged to overhaul the European Union from the inside with the help of fellow Eurosceptics Matteo Salvini and Nigel Farage.

    This seems like a rather good idea.
    Collapse it from within.

  • Sharp Ears

    How I admire Roger Waters. There’s a proper man for you. He is spot on here.

    ‘Ashamed to be an Englishman’: Roger Waters slams UK as accomplice of US Empire in Assange saga
    Assange is a thorn in the side of the US elites which explains the effort they made to capture him, ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters told RT, adding that it’s appalling the UK has become an accomplice “of the American Empire.”
    https://www.rt.com/news/456798-roger-waters-assange-arrest/

  • Laurens

    Is it custom for judges in the UK to get that personal?

    I’ve seen some house debates, so I’m not even sure if I would be surprised if it is.

    • BrianFujisan

      Cheers for those RT Links Sharp Ears

      A friend showed a couple of Very short clips of the Roger one
      I had a good idea that you would have the longer full video up here
      Although I did wind up on Youtube Cos your link Froze at about 18 mins in

      Roger is so well informed. And pretty funny at times.. Well done him.

      AND WOW.. the size of the protests in Ecuador, As you say, Thanks to RT for being there.

      • Sharp Ears

        RT, unlike the UK’s MSM scribblers, keep going.

        ‘Sovereign decision of Ecuadorians’?! Amid street clashes, Moreno denies Assange arrest was revenge
        Published time: 18 Apr, 2019 01:24
        https://www.rt.com/news/456859-moreno-assange-correa-revenge/

        When will Moreno get the push? He had 39.3% of the vote in 2017. Unfortunately he could be there until 2025 if re-elected.
        ‘As per the current Constitution, the President can serve two four-year terms. Prior to that, the president could only serve one four-year term. The current President of Ecuador is Lenín Moreno, since 24 May 2017. He was elected in 2017.’ Wikipedia

  • Martin Spellman

    The reactionary judge’s accusation of ‘narcissism’ is part of a campaign of character assassination – that Assange is a fruitcake, mentally unstable and untrustworthy. That goes for the now exposed ‘rape’ charge. There was also the disgraceful film ‘The Fifth Estate’ (2013) where Assange was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, co-written by David Leigh and Luke Harding of the Guardian.

    • OnlyHalfALooney

      This is what worries me. If you read the FBI affidavit (https://www.scribd.com/document/406384145/Assange-Affidavit), the evidence for Assange being involved in a “conspiracy” to hack a password is so flimsy, it would be thrown out of any normal European court. It’s based on a few lines of a chat transcript “recovered” from Chelsea Manning’s laptop. It is not even proven (as far as I know) that Julian Assange was the other party. I’m not a lawyer, but I find it hard to believe a UK or European court would agree to the extradite on such flimsy evidence. (The Eurpean Arrest Warrant has much lower standards, but the USA is a non-EU country.)

      This is why judge Snow’s horrendous bias is very worrying. The US, UK and Australian establishments are out to punish and make an example of Julian Assange. Apparently this also includes judges so all bets are off. I am even afraid they are quite capable of bundling Julian to a US airbase and handing him over.

      • Ken Kenn

        I suspect here is a race against time here taking into account Mrs May’s walking holiday.

        If she decides to take the Nuclear Option – that is She calls an election then there is a very real chance that a labour government led by Corbyn would treat the whole affair totally differently than May’s governemnet – if you can call it that these days.

        These are unreal times in the UK and anything is up for consideration.

        I’m not saying it will happen but stranger things have and will happen.

        As an example Nancy Pelosi met Corbyn and his team and the photo in the media was revealing to say the least.

        Pelosi then met her political soul mates the TIG group now rebranded as the Don’t Change Anything and No Election Please Group for tea and biscuits.

        The pictures were very cosy and the TIGs looked very pleased just to be asked for their views ( they have no policies – just views ) by Nancy so it all worked out fine.

        Here’s the thing though – if the TIGs want to stand in marginal seats they will have to resign from the seats they already sit in.

        They know they will be deselected by Labour but not until they have got other jobs lined up.

        There is no guarantee they are going to win in marginals as more Tories will vote for them than Labour voters.

        ” What do we want? – Nothing Changing! – When do we want it? – Never! is their cry.

        • michael norton

          Mrs. Theresa May may be on a long walk to oblivion.
          If I were her, I’d keep on walking
          but yes, she may decide, to only realistic way for her to cling on to power by her fingernails, is a General Election, she will go down in a blaze of infamy, tearing her own party into bits but our shining star Jeremy Corbyn may rise from the ashes.

          If J.C. can rest control from the Ice-Queen, he can save Julian Assange.

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