Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles. 1010


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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1,010 thoughts on “Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles.

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  • Goose

    France’s government has said it would consider offering Julian Assange political asylum if he were to ask the country for refuge: France’s minister for Europe, Amelie de Montchalin, said in a radio interview on Friday that the country had not received a request for help from Assange.

    “We should listen to what he wants to do”, she said, before also adding “we don’t offer asylum to someone who’s not asking for it.”

    • NotARobot

      Do not trust them. Ask the Yellow Vests instead if looking for French state of mind.
      Same story, different places: who is to stand for “The…” (French, Brits, Germans, Americans–fill the blanks): those in charge or the (whole) rest of a nation?
      It’s been some time since the–democratically elected– French elite forgot about the lessons of 1789. As the French have it: “May they keep their heads on their shoulders.”

      • John2o2o

        Does it make any difference? How is he going to get to France? He’s locked up in a high security prison.

  • Tony_0pmoc

    I don’t care what if any organisation Julian Assange, may or may not have been working for in his youth, and may be even working for now. I think I have read most of the stories, and some of them I know are true ( I did at the time read the Swedish tweets – from the 2 girls, which were also published in Aftonbladet (the equivalent of The Sun during the invite to the next party) “Think pretty blonde girl – sheer delight -He’s staying at my place – we’ve arranged a BBQ for him”

    I know about all that, and I know that he has still not been charged with any offence, except skipping bail.

    I don’t care if he is or was a spy. It’s quite obviously a hazardous occupation, and I think it extremely likely that he is now being thrown to the wolves, and may not survive it.

    At the end of the day, he is a human being who has displayed great courage and integrity, at revealing the most despicable war crimes.

    What I find really depressing and upsetting, is not the MSM. It’s obvious they were all long ago bought and paid for by the war criminals.

    It is the performance of our British Members of Paliament and our English Judiciary – not just on Assange, but on BREXIT too.

    It is as if, I in England, am living in NAZI Germany in 1939 or the USSR during the Trotsky or Stalin purges.

    I never thought it would come to this.

    But here we are.

    “If you tolerate this, then your children will be next.”

    Tony

    • Alex Westlake

      The fact that you’re able to post that demonstrates that it is not like living in the USSR in the Stalin era

  • N_

    Credit to Diane Abbott for standing up for Julian Assange in the face of the onslaught by lying regime-paid journalist John Humphrys. Humphrys literally laughed at her as he told the blatant lie that the reason Swedish charges weren’t brought was that they “couldn’t” be brought because Assange wouldn’t go back to Sweden. Abbott is another on the list of left-wing figures who have been physically harassed by Z__nist thugs, in her case on the tube in London.

    Invoke Article 13 of the NATO treaty now!

    • Herbie

      I see Emily Thornberry has suggested that Julian be extradited to Sweden first should they ask for it.

      That would be a big mistake. Much easier to forward on to the US from Sweden than directly from the UK.

      The UK would only have to give the go ahead to Sweden, which wouldn’t create so much of a backlash in UK as if they were extraditing him directly from UK.

      • Jo1

        Diane Abbott is the Shadow Home Secretary. Emily Thornberry should not be undermining her. Thornberry is a bloody menace.

    • lysias

      The point of the Godfather movies is that there is no difference between mafiosi and powerful people in government.

    • Jack

      Oh thats lovely, ICC and Trump are now allied against the warcrimes leak by Assange!
      Jesus western world going down fast now..

    • Spencer Eagle

      The US have committed atrocities in every conflict they have been involved in. For around 222 of it’s 243 year existence, the US has been engaged in some military conflict or other, somewhere in the world, ‘peak atrocity’ being the Vietnam war. On the subject of Vietnam, Nick Turse’s gut wrenching account of the systematic slaughter of civilians, ‘Kill Anything That Moves’, will leave you reeling.

  • michael norton

    “Lesser degree rape”, whose statute of limitations is due to expire in 2020.

    This is the only one left on the sweeds books.

    • Jack

      Probably not “press freedom” though but rather making criticism against the regimes of the western world a crime.
      That is why the gloating liberals in the MSM right now sit safe and do not support Assange.

    • Herbie

      I’d like to have seen that interview.

      She’s a nice aristocrat.

      Was Dermot blushing and fidgeting any more than usual.

  • Chemical Britain

    My congratulations to Craig on being vindicated.

    The England bassed Scottish independence blogger Stuart Campbell, who like Her Majesty calls himself “We”, has stated that the SNP doesn’t have a clue about what it is doing.

    Craig has been heavily attacked by Wings Over Scotland posters for questioning the SNP and Ms Sturgeon.

    Now he has been totally vindicated.

    • Mist001

      Everyone who has criticised the SNP has been heavily attacked by its supporters even though like me, we all share the same goal. That’s when I realised it had become a cult. I have disassociated myself with all independence groups on social media and very, very seldom discuss the SNP or independence anywhere but here. People may not agree with me but here, you get a fairly reasonable, intelligent exchange of views and for that alone, I’m grateful for being given that opportunity.

  • Sharp Ears

    Fascism – my definition

    ‘The subjugation of the individual’s will and freedom by an overweening state.

    Humanity withers, freedom of speech is stifled and the soul dies. Self preservation becomes a dominant drive.’

    • Herbie

      Churchill talked of “stunted human development”.

      Through policy.

      Despite what we may think of him, he wasn’t in favour of this policy.

  • John Goss

    In answer to N_ on the previous page.

    I believe you are right Herbie.

    A friend of mine who used to be parliamentary agent to one of our top ministers suggested a petition to parliament stating that Assange would get a fairer hearing in this country. For me the wording would include something along these lines.

    1. No extradition to US. 2. US should present their case in a UK court. 3. UK court should determine if there is a case to answer. 4. If there is a case to answer it should be answered in a UK court. 5. If it led to a conviction any sentence should be passed and served on UK soil.

    It needs lots of input from younger and sharper brains than mine which is why I have not created an Epetition. Extradition should not be on the table.

    A note of caution. I tried to start an Epetition to parliament to allow Yulia Skripal to speak. It was not allowed. She has not spoken in any meaningful way where she could speak freely in a non-scripted manner. I doubt she ever will now. But that digresses from the need for a well-worded Epetition on behalf of Julian Assange.

  • Mist001

    Would the EU stand by and allow a member state to extradite someone to the USA on the basis of jumping bail and a laughable charge of encouraging someone to hack into a computer? Actually, I was going to say ‘of course not’, but I suspect they’d keep silent on the matter.

    Anyway, as I see it, Julian’s not going anywhere until the UK formally leaves the EU, maybe tomorrow, maybe October, who knows, but my point is that the USA/UK won’t risk an interjection by the EU before doing anything else. Once the UK leaves, then it’s free reign for them to do whatever they want and I think the UK will want rid of the ‘stone in their shoe’.

    • Antonym

      The EU, that champion of millions of Asian and African “political” refugees looking for asylum?
      No, Assange is white and Anglo so more perp than a victim, probably also rich. No cultural enrichment from him so out in a whiffy.

  • Chemical Britain

    I agree with Craig about Assange.

    I disagree with Craig about Brexit – his stance on Brexit is elitist and undemocratic. Like it or not, the majority voted for Brexit and should get a full Brexit, not a fudge.

  • Chemical Britain

    Mist001, what did the EU do about the laughable Russian chemical attack charge?

    It accepted it as Gospel truth.

    They are all in it together.

    Brexit must mean Brexit.

    I hope Nigel will achieve it.

    • giyane

      Chemical Britain

      Just because the EU pretended to accept the novichok whoppers, which it is obliged to do under EU musketeers rules, doesn’t mean they really agree. I believe the skripal lies is one reason the EU is now facilitating our Brexit. They do not want to be affiliated with such blatant lying as Mrs May ‘s about Russia.

      As to Brexit, it is an entirely Tory issue and we’ve now got six months of extra rats in sack time for them to waste on this irrelevant issue.
      Israel wants the UK to stay in the EU No politician gets on the gravy train without the Zionist ticket. So the Tory rats are going to get lined up dead on the fence pour encourager les autres not to disobey.
      First past the post in brexit terminology means simply that the fence is long enough to accommodate anyone who doesn’t agree.

  • Sharp Ears

    We can only weep. This is terrible.

    ‘WATCH: ‘British Gitmo’ jail where Julian Assange is being held
    12 Apr, 2019 20:48
    Julian Assange is being held at the Belmarsh Prison, London

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being held at Belmarsh Prison, a notorious jail in southeast London that’s earned the moniker of ‘Britain’s Guantanamo Bay’ as a holding facility for terrorists and other high-profile prisoners.

    RT’s Ruptly agency live-streamed footage from Belmarsh on Friday, after Assange was apparently taken there. Bloomberg reported the same information later, citing Assange’s friend Vaughan Smith. Both Assange’s lawyers and the UK authorities are yet to publicly confirm his whereabouts.’

    /..
    https://www.rt.com/uk/456374-julian-assange-belmarsh-prison/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison_Belmarsh

    • Herbie

      “Bloomberg reported the same information later, citing Assange’s friend Vaughan Smith”

      Bloomberg again. Reasonably positive.

      They’ve already published a piece arguing that Julian should be tried in UK/Europe, and not extradited to the US.

      Michael Bloomberg is of course a major figure in the Democratic party. A New Yorker, like Trump.

      Tucker Carlson of FOX has come out with a piece which undermines the idea that Julian has damaged the US. This is a Republican perspective.

      Hillary and others say he should be held to account for what he has done.

      Dunno, but maybe her star is fading…

  • John Goss

    Apologies if someone has already posted this John Pilger report on Assange’s brutal arrest.

    https://space4peace.blogspot.com/2019/04/john-pilger-on-assange-arrest.html

    “Imagine Tony Blair dragged from his multi-million pound Georgian home in Connaught Square, London, in handcuffs, for onward dispatch to the dock in The Hague. By the standard of Nuremberg, Blair’s “paramount crime” is the deaths of a million Iraqis. Assange’s crime is journalism: holding the rapacious to account, exposing their lies and empowering people all over the world with truth.”

    • Shona Graham

      Assange crime is multiple rape of women! I hope he gets to experience how they felt every day he’s locked up!

      • John2o2o

        I think it worth saying that under UK law there exists a “presumption of innocence”. That is to say, a person is innocent in the eyes of the law until proven guilty.

        So Julian is guilty only of skipping bail.

        It is worth also saying that this case highlights the grave dangers of the current popular attitude that anyone making an allegation of sexual misconduct “must be believed”.

        I have never thought this a reasonable attitude and as a matter of principle I never believe allegations of sexual misconduct that cannot be evidenced other than by an accusation.

        I very strongly believe that the accusation of rape made against Julian is false. Julian was at that time already a figure hated and feared by powerful repressive governments and regimes the world over. This includes the regimes of Barack Obama and David Cameron.

        They are I believe a crude and malicious smear designed to prejudice public opinion against Julian. I do not believe them. I will never believe them.

      • Stonky

        Assange’s crime is multiple rape of women! I hope he gets to experience how they felt every day he’s locked up!

        Congratulations Shona on producing the sutpidest and most ill-informed comment I have ever seen posted on Craig’s blog. That is quite an achievement.

      • Garth Carthy

        @Shona

        Where is your evidence? You’ve made a serious allegation. Julian Assange has not even been charged with the crimes that you allege.

      • Andyoldlabour

        Shona Graham

        “Assange crime is multiple rape of women!”

        Could you please tell us what your sources are for this allegation, because at the moment, that is defamation or slander.
        You obviously have not read the various reports for this case, because the two women never intended in the first place to accuse Assange of anything.

        https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wikileaks-assange-charges/special-report-std-fears-sparked-case-against-wikileaks-boss-idUSTRE6B669H20101207

    • Ken Kenn

      Ah but he’s ‘exceptional ‘ as he assisted the ‘exceptional ‘ USA in the execution of their acts.

      In the UK you can be part of a group and if one of your number commits a crime you committed it too.

      The thing is that ordinary crimes are not usually on television for the world to see.

      Assange is repsonsible for that and the yanks don’t seem to like it.

      His arrest acts as a warning to any other publisher/journalists not to publicise anything similar in the future
      even if it was gained ‘ legally’

      I can’t get over the idea that the Military PTB just have passwords as protection.

      If those Russkies get all the passwords to US nukes they may as well surrender now.

      One for Bill Binney to answer I think.

  • Shona Graham

    After the prisoners having finished raping him hope they come for you, you might change your mind about date rape not being the same as the holy rape of the violent stranger like your wife endured then!

    • John Goss

      What a nasty person you are Shona.

      Julian Assange has never been convicted of rape. And rape in Sweden would be consensual sex anywhere else in the world. It is quite clear that the Sofia Wilen and especially Anna Ardin were part of a “honey-trap”.

    • John Goss

      Having dug out the real Shona Graham story I suspect you aer sock-puppeting which is not allowed on this blog if discovered.

    • John2o2o

      I think it worth saying that under UK law there exists a “presumption of innocence”. That is to say, a person is innocent in the eyes of the law until proven guilty.

      So Julian is guilty only of skipping bail.

      It is worth also saying that this case highlights the grave dangers of the current popular attitude that anyone making an allegation of sexual misconduct “must be believed”.

      I have never thought this a reasonable attitude and as a matter of principle I never believe allegations of sexual misconduct that cannot be evidenced other than by an accusation. That then includes for me ALL allegations of “historical” sexual abuse. ALL of them.

      I very strongly believe that the accusation of rape made against Julian is false. Julian was at that time already a figure hated and feared by powerful repressive governments and regimes the world over. This includes the regimes of Barack Obama and David Cameron.

      They are I believe a crude and malicious smear designed to prejudice public opinion against Julian. I do not believe them. I will never believe them.

      • Glasshopper

        Assange always said he was happy to go to Sweden and stand trial – if necessary – for the rape allegations. But he was only willing to do so on the proviso that he could be guaranteed not to be extradited. The guarantee was never given, so he didn’t go. His reason for not going had nothing to do with the charge in Sweden, as has been clear to anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together from the start of this sorry affair.

    • Stonky

      After the prisoners having finished raping him hope they come for you, you might change your mind about date rape not being the same as the holy rape of the violent stranger like your wife endured then!

      Hey. And now you’ve actually gone and bettered it.

  • BrianFujisan

    Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, Co-Founder, Peace People Northern Ireland, Member of World BEYOND War Advisory Board

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

    “I nominated Julian Assange on the 8th January 2019 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 Julian’s 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 hunted 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, whistleblowers and 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.”

    https://worldbeyondwar.org/mairead-maguire-requests-permission-to-visit-assange/?

  • Glasshopper

    Some chap rang LBC tonight to point out that the reason Assange didn’t go to Sweden was because of the failure of the Swedish authorities to rule out extradition to the US. And yet every single “journalist” on the channel still claims he avoided going to Sweden because he was a coward escaping justice for rape in Sweden.
    Even now, the MSM is still trying to peddle this story. The mind boggles!!!

  • Gary

    I saw David Starkey and a hastily assembled group that the BBC had put together to ensure that we all knew what to think of Assange. He is a “hacker” and a “rapist” who has “caused the death of innocents” according to even those who were purported to be speaking in his favour. A Guardian journo was there doing a slightly more subtle hack job than Starkey. Actually quite a clever idea, Starkey was rude, arrogant and reactionary as ever so when the ‘journalist’ then spoke, seemingly in support (when compared to Starkey’s extremism) it sounded reasonable, it sounded like a defence of him, it was nothing of the sort, THAT was the REAL hack job. Very clever.

    The only OPEN supporter was then made out to be an extremist due to being described as an “admitted Communist” she was actually given a short filmed piece ABOUT Communism to seal this description and utterly discredit anything she will even say in her life again. Again, very clever.

    There has, allegedly, been balance shown by the BBC in their own inimitable style of course. Balance which is never balance. Incomplete news reporting, reporting of opinion as fact, fact as opinion and flagrantly misrepresenting news stories.

    My ONLY hope on this is that it is harder, not impossible, but harder to get away with this than it used to be. Even everyday ordinary folk have read WikiLeaks now, know the story behind why Assange REALLY had to seek asylum and are less likely to swallow what is clearly a ministerial handout to our news providers, another BS Memo (I remember actually receiving “BS Memos” in the Civil Service, they were a real thing, not even sure that the BS DIDN’T stand for bullshit, it really should’ve)

    One slightly amusing thing about all of this. Those on the right wing of politics will cheer at anyone being arrested for anything, even if they are plainly not guilty, it’s just the way of the right wing to blindly trust authoritarianism. But ACTUALLY they, of all people, should be outraged. For if it were not for WikiLeaks publication of the e-mails of Hillary Clinton Trump would likely have lost by a narrow margin.

    They should be reminded that until the e mails came out we did not know how she stole the nomination from Sanders corruptly, we did not know how she lied and cheated and we didn’t know how she knowingly allowed the Afghan heroin trade to flourish either. All of this is in her e mails and in cables released by WikiLeaks. Without Assange, the right wing would be facing a second Hillary Clinton term, would be involved in at least one war and Trump would be back telling people “You’re Fired”

    The right wing genuinely don’t know enough to get out of their own way…

    • Jo1

      Gary
      I posted about the Politics Live programme today earlier on this thread. I agree with you that it was appalling.

      David Starkey is a vicious hateful man and his treatment of Ash Sarkar today was disgraceful. The newbie chairing the debate was useless. Starkey called her a non-academic and talked down to her, even turned his back on her at one point. He should never have been allowed to bully her like that.

      The Guardian journalist was Jessica Elgot who more or less said, kind of quietly, that Assange’s situation was potentially not great for journalism. That was about it.

      And the guy from the think-tank Onward said, send him to the US, he’ll only do five years. Absolutely shocking stuff, even for the BBC.

    • andic

      I don’t agree with your assumption that “the right” of politics in general wanted Trump.
      Trump is not really an insider and no one in “the blob” which is most of the establishment left or right could want him. Those on the left but not mainstream dislike his rhetoric but this doesn’t make it true that the whole right wing must like him – most are more interested on staying on the inside first and their political stance depends on expediency.

      • Sharp Ears

        Whatever. AIPAC and the lobby love him.

        He just got Bibi re-elected by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and giving his authority to Israeli ownership of the Golan.

      • Herbie

        Very successful businessman.

        A billionaire.

        Knows how to cut a deal. Rip red tape.

        And make America great again.

        What’s wrong with that.

        Worth watching Haim Saban’s interview with Jared Kushner.

        The man’s a genius.

  • BlueyBlogger

    You so-called ‘reporters’ right around the world, have a VERY real opportunity here, though I doubt one of you have the brain power or the testicles to follow though with what MUST be done at all costs.

    To begin with, the word ‘reporter’ means NO Port Contract, NOT what you believe, therefore, EVERY single word you ‘reporters’ have written from Day One of your careers, is in the wrong position within your trivial attempts to write sentences and paragraphs.

    You have ALL forgotten the Basic Rules of English = ONE Verb per Sentence, ONE idea per sentence, and ONE idea per paragraph.
    If I had the money, and the time, I would sue the entire world of lawyers, lawmakers, attorneys, judges, journalists and ‘reporters’ out of existence, for their continuous and ignorant Fictitious Conveyance of Language & Grammar.

    We can only hope and pray to Almighty YHWH, for Yah’Shua’s return to save the blood from running in the streets of the law and media fraternities, when the Facts are made known.

    • pete

      Re Grammar police

      Language is a living entity and constantly evolving and changing in usage, you cannot make fixed rules for it. Get used to it.

  • Antonym

    Breaking a password is now cyber hacking in Eastern Virginia? Careful now checking the names of someone’s pets, solving any puzzles, even 9 years ago.
    Anyway good and timely attempt to distract from the present with the Mueller report which will miss out any American DNC leaking but will be full of Russian (NOT Ukrainian) hacking.

  • joel

    The US kills two Reuters journalists and 18 civilians in Iraq. A journalist exposes it. They arrest the journalist.
    That about sums it up.

    But not for the west’s self-described liberals, who cannot be relied upon to defend even the most basic tenets of liberalism.

  • Sharp Ears

    The disgusting MP Stella Creasey and 70 other disgusting occupants of the green benches combine –

    ‘Tonight over 70 parliamentarians stand with victims of sexual violence, and are calling on both the Home Secretary and the shadow Home Sec to urge them both to be champions of action to ensure Julian Assange faces Swedish authorities and is extradited there if they so request:

    The letter. Chuka’s there. So is Milord Robertson of Port Ellen plus several Friends of Israel like Berger and Ryan.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/stellacreasy/status/1116791087585091584/photo/2

    https://mobile.twitter.com/stellacreasy/status/1116791087585091584

    No words.

  • Sharp Ears

    A very wise old man (now 90) speaks to Amy Goodman about Julian –

    AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman in Boston, as we sit down with Noam Chomsky for a public conversation. I asked him about the arrest of Julian Assange.

    NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, the Assange arrest is scandalous in several respects. One of them is just the effort of governments—and it’s not just the U.S. government. The British are cooperating. Ecuador, of course, is now cooperating. Sweden, before, had cooperated. The efforts to silence a journalist who was producing materials that people in power didn’t want the rascal multitude to know about—OK?—that’s basically what happened. WikiLeaks was producing things that people ought to know about those in power. People in power don’t like that, so therefore we have to silence it. OK? This is the kind of thing, the kind of scandal, that takes place, unfortunately, over and over.

    /..
    https://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/12/chomsky_arrest_of_assange_is_scandalous

    Also Lula and Roussef are quoted –

    ‘So here is Lula from prison, on Assange:

    “Assange is a hero of our times. His actions contibuted to the revelation of the manipulation of the facts by the intelligence services of the US. He did more for democracy in the world than many elected leaders. His arrest is an attack on freedom of expression. And his eventual extradition, if it occurs, will be a violence against human rights and would put his life in danger.”

    Dilma Rousseff, also an ex-president of Brazil who was deposed in a farcical coup in 2016 which led to the election of Bolsonaro, said, “The intention is to interdict the truth and impede the free circulation of information. His arrest is an attack on democracy and the democratic press must not be silent.”

    It was revealed by the Snowden leaks that the US NSA was intercepting calls even on Dilma’s personal mobile phone as well as those of her aides and indeed the entire Brazilian government was under surveillance by the NSA.’

  • David

    Dershowitz…..there is no [US]constitutional difference between WikiLeaks and the New York Times. (but it is uncertain what the outcome might be)

    Arjun Walia, via lewrockwell ….the world knows why the hunt for Julian Assange has been ongoing for so long, and it’s because he leaked secrets and exposed those who keep them. He exposed the lies, corruption and deceit that represents the backbone of the Western military alliance and the American empire. He exposed, in the words of John F. Hylan, former Mayor of New York City, the “real menace of Republic”, the “invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation.” He exposes the ones “who virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes.”

    Snowden…….Assange’s critics may cheer, but this [dis-asylum] is a dark moment for press freedom.

    BBC R4 on its ‘shipping forecast’ news today was pushing the ‘crimes in Sweden’ angle

    Techdirt has great article on concerns for press freedom
    …..it appears that the DOJ is, in fact, presenting perfectly normal, reasonable and legal, steps that many journalists take to cultivate and protect sources, and using that as evidence of the “conspiracy” here…..the very fact that it has spent all this time and the best thing it could come up with to charge Assange was an alleged attempt to hack a password, is pretty weak. The attempt to puff even that up into a “conspiracy” by describing common journalistic practices is a real worry

    • Sharp Ears

      That’s Dershowitz who conspired to get Norman Finkelstein’s tenure at DePaul cancelled. We know where he’s coming from.

  • Sharp Ears

    Here is Craig ( looking very well I’m pleased to say) on RT yesterday.

    RT UK
    @RTUKnews
    “This is a very important fight and it’s a fight we absolutely must win” says former British ambassador who believes a ‘dishonest game is being played with the courts’ over Julian Assange’s arrest.
    https://twitter.com/RTUKnews/status/1116712576157659136
    5.43mins

  • mouwophouders

    Mr Assange’s halcyon seven years in Hans Crescent behind him, and the mirror crack’d again, perhaps, but now in such toilets as mosquito-infested Belmarsh, so here’s a thought.

    Rather than the impending heavy-handed interventions by our own and the Yanks’ judiciaries on the slimmest of pretexts, instead fine him a peppercorn for the bail breach, and deport him to Australia, and unrestricted freedom, with a generous stipend and cost-free accommodation. That might be tricky to arrange, but all is possibl: think Sergei Skripal. No little chats by the funnies in containers on far-flung aprons of Stanstead Airport either, just a straightforward release from custody and a second chance back home.

    At all times, continue the most intensive monitoring of his activities as are possible, while keeping this activity as covert as possible. If he breaks the law, prosecute him in the normal way.

    This seems to me an Easter egg of a win-win. The UK and US governments show clemency towards his past indiscretions (which are undeniable) rather than brutally sentencing him either to death or a very long stretch. Mr Assange, on the other hand, will more than likely continue “looking for trouble” (or, for the palate of craigmurray.org “blowing his whistle”), thereby committing criminal offences, but is entirely free not to do so.

    Obviously, if he sticks to “straight” journalism and publishing, keeping a weather-eye on what’s illegal, he will live happily ever after. If he starts trying to “rock the boat” again, thereby breaking the law, he swings. Equally obviously, this is a fairy tale which will not become any kind of reality.

  • SA

    So now the usual anti-Corbyn suspects are coming out to demand justice for victims of sexual abuse whilst not presuming guilt. Strange indeed, in this time of national calamity called Brexit and its mishandling :
    “In a letter coordinated by Labour’s Stella Creasy and Jess Phillips and seen by the Guardian, the MPs declare: “We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the [Swedish] complainant should see justice be done.”
    They call on Javid and Abbott to “champion action” to ensure that extradition is a possibility should Swedish authorities choose to pursue it.”

    So it is interesting that these MPS do not see that this is political interference to affect (pervert) the course of justice. The concept that loud discussion of issues that should be sub-judice so as not to influence the course of justice has now been completely abandoned. Those who still have great faith in the justice system please note.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/12/give-priority-to-julian-assange-claim-home-secretary-urged

    • Crispa

      I agree. I am disgusted at the actions of these politicians, who are surely premature in writing this letter before it is even known that Sweden will reopen the case. They are clearly more interested in wanting priority given to Assange’s alleged sexual misconduct than to the war crimes that Wikileaks uncovered, which I would have expected to be their main concern. I would be interested to know how many of the signatories voted for the illegal war in Iraq. If so, they are also complicit in the commission of those crimes, and it is they who should be brought to book.

      • Brian c

        Before she became an MP Jess Phillips marched against invading Iraq on a pack of lies. Once she became an MP she voted against an investigation into the contrast between public statements and private actions in the run up to the Iraq war. As did Stella Creasy. Last year both voted to bomb Syria on the basis of unproven allegations of a chemical weapons attack.

      • Ken Kenn

        Crispa.

        Unfortunately they are more interested in damaging Corbyn and his people than the welfare of the woman or the man concerned.

        He is guilty of nothing yet.

        The question is whether the woman in question wishes the case to be re-opened?

        I don’t know the answer to that – does anyone one know – or is the ‘ Plaintiff ‘ referred to in the media the Swedish Authorities and not the woman herself?

        The Guardian’s has gone very coy at revealing what Assange has revealed as if to say to the US ‘ Not us guv – we only said what he said.

        Can UK citizens be subpoena’d to give evidence in these types of Grand Jury Trials?

        Maybe next business for the Yanks as once you open the door a bit (and a cursory glance at history gives us clues )
        they will smash it in.

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