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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    • Tony_0pmoc

      They’ve put him in Belmarsh? That is seriously evil.

      He looks like he should be in a Nursing Home to me.

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

      Extract

      “Between 2001 and 2002, Belmarsh Prison was used to detain a number of people indefinitely without charge or trial under the provisions of the Part 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, leading it to be called the “British version of Guantanamo Bay”

      Tony

  • Observer

    Sweden’s claim to extradition will be Plan B as they won’t want to be seen to be stepping on Uncle Sam’s toes.

    Can anyone comment on the risk of extradition to Sweden and link it to historical allegations, the time-bar, etc.?

    The stuff of Human Consciousness in this 21st century is conflict at every level and so it is with Assange, with there being very little compassion for him from people in power. Under the circumstances, it is admirable that Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out, as did Diane Abbot in Parliament. The dice is loaded against Assange from the establishment. From his perspective, that would be the most depressing thing. Of course he shall have the best legal team on his side, and they will be tested just as much as the judges will be.

  • Observer

    The Ambassador was not involved. Kindly stop this nonsense here–anyone can google and find the facts in a nanosecond.

  • giyane

    May behaving like the mob gives green light to diplomats everywhere. In Rome do as the frustrated Remoaners do. Take it out on an innocent civilian seeking after truth.

  • Ort

    I won’t provide a link on principle, but here’s a typical scurrilous headline and slanderous blurb from the propaganda-purveying Associated Press.

    I include the names of the ostensible “journalists” who produced this vile smear in faint hope that they will eventually live in infamy. I realize that this may seem petty and vindictive, since they are only maggots trying to eke out a living on a festering gutpile.

    A US justice once stated (I paraphase) that he couldn’t precisely define “obscenity”, but he knew it when he saw it. I consider this obscene:

    Exasperated Ecuador ends asylum for world’s worst houseguest

    By CHRISTINE ARMARIO, JOSHUA GOODMAN and GONZALO SOLANO

  • Dave

    I don’t support Labour or Conservative, but its difficult not to like Corbyn in his defence of Assange.

    • John Goss

      This looks like a warning because apart from a few known ones at the top they do not get beyond 1984. At least I have not got beyond 1984 on my screen. It’s payback time hopefully.

      • John Goss

        In fact not beyond January 1984. As an occasional blogger there is already enough material to keep me going for the rest of my life.

        • lysias

          I don’t know what the significance of the 1984 is in the right column, but, to judge by the titles of a lot of the documents, many of them concern events long after that date.

        • Tony_0pmoc

          John Goss, Julian Assange is not stupid, though even if he released them, it wouldn’t make the slightest difference. It’s too late now. I would suggest to anyone going to Belmarsh tomorrow to not take their car. I did think about it, and I do have a new walking stick.

          I’m totally enraged and disgusted, but a bit slow and old, to get out of the way of the riot police on a full baton charge. My daughter took some brilliant photos 10 years ago.

          It’s got a lot worse since then. I honestly think they are trying to create civil war.

          God help us.

          Tony

          • John2o2o

            Julian does not do everything in Wikileaks Tony. And I don’t think they try to play these sorts of games to be honest.

  • MArk

    Can anyone with knowledge of EU law comment on the following:
    Given that the UK is still officially in the EU, and therefore still subordinate to the European Courts, can the extradition proceeding against Assange be appealed to the ECJ?
    Also, in reference to Abu Hamzer – who managed for many years to thwart every attempt by the UK government to have him deported – does the Hamzer case serve as a president for preventing Assange’s extradition to the US?

  • Mike e

    Let’s assume for the sake of argument that seth rich was the DNC email leaker. Why would it be wrong for Assange to confirm this considering the circumstances?

    If I were a leaker and got killed for it I would want wikileaks to make sure people knew, so what am I missing?

    • lysias

      Breaking Wikileaks’s policy of not identifying sources might make others less willing to leak. And it is a good policy in general to honor agreements.

  • remember kronstadt

    Just watched a rather good interview with an ex-Ecuadorian minister saying there is no such thing as an order to rescind asylum. The only way asylum protection can be removed is when the danger or threat is no longer present or active.

  • Noit a Lever

    State censorship of the internet is already here. One wonders why Craig’s site hasn’t already been taken down.

    The attacks on Pamela Anderson alone have been shocking. Is there anybody or anything we can trust anymore? No! Next you’ll be telling me that those breasts are real!

  • Sharp Ears

    Another ‘contribution’ from the Guardian Group, this time appearing in tomorrow’s Observer.

    Failure to extradite Assange to Sweden would endorse ‘rape culture’, say women’s groups
    Campaigners fear rape allegations are being overlooked as US case against WikiLeaks co-founder takes centre stage
    Mark Townsend
    Sat 13 Apr 2019 20.39

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/13/women-groups-say-extradite-julian-assange-to-sweden

    The author:
    https://www.faber.co.uk/author/mark-townsend/

    He has actually witnessed the results of the West’s atrocities in Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead of colluding with the likes of Stella Creasy and Jess Philips, he should not be adding to the smears against Assange and instead respect him for what he has exposed about ‘Our Wars’. If, that is, Townsend is a decent human.

    • Observer

      It’s extraordinary how there is a chorus of twits and twats building up, practically inciting the Swedes to reopen the dead Assange case. I wonder if they are going to lay out a red carpet in Westminster for the two Swedish women trouble-makers.

      • Ken Kenn

        Observer.

        The question is whether the woman in question wants to revive the allegations?

        Otherwise the ‘ Plaintiff ‘ in this case is solely the Swedes.

        Without the woman in question requesting a new prosecution then it’s a lost cause surely/

    • Ian

      You don’t seem to understand and the difference between a reporter and the views of those he is reporting. Nowhere does he endorse their views, perhaps you should think people’s views you disagree with should be suppressed. If you want to whine, whine about the women’s groups you detest, not the messenger.

      Perhaps you also missed the articles on Swedish lawyers who say the case will fail and won’t be reopened, the American experts explaining why the US charges are a danger to press freedom and the first amendment, Owen Jones on why we must resist the extradition request and the Guardian editorial saying the government should not let him be extradited.

      As you would expect, a newspaper tries to cover the views from various parties.
      But the balance of articles is against extradition and the US charges.

      Spoils your one note song, though, and the faux indignation.

        • Clark

          The complainant seems to have spoken unfairly. Assange is imprisoned; he couldn’t accept her challenge to appear in court in Sweden, even if he was willing to risk onward extradition to the US.

      • Clark

        And Ian, your accusation against Sharp Ears is false. Sharp Ears did not call for any views to be suppressed, nor express any detestation of women’s groups which, frankly, have been manipulated by the myriad articles over the years like this one. Rather, she directly criticised three individuals; Mark Townsend, Stella Creasy and Jess Philips. Nor did Sharp Ears whine; on the contrary, it seems to be you doing the whining, about Sharp Ears.

      • zoot

        @ian,

        what do you think about the guardian headlining that fake story about assange meeting manafort … and never to this day acknowledging it was fake or apologizing for it?

        it has made me think of the guardian is a fake news outfit.

        but what did it make you think?

    • Tom Welsh

      “Failure to extradite Assange to Sweden would endorse ‘rape culture’, say women’s groups”.

      Except that, AFAIK, Sweden is not currently asking for Assange to be extradited. But, what the hell, facts are white. Or male, sorry.

    • Jo1

      SE
      Just read it on Guardian site. That’s all the Women’s Groups on board too. Sickened.

      Also saw article in Scotland’s Herald today by Kevin McKenna (who also works for the Guardian/Observer) attacking Assange. He used stuff from some other journo Andrew O’Hagan who’d met JA and claimed JA was jealous of Snowdon because of the global publicity he’d attracted! I mean, Wikileaks helped Snowdon to escape for God’s sake! They were all on the same side.

      • bevin

        O’Hagan’s supercillious hatchet job was in the London Review of Books. It discredited the publication as well as the writer.

      • John2o2o

        “Just read it on Guardian site. That’s all the Women’s Groups on board too. Sickened.”

        Did you seriously expect anything else from them? They hate men.

    • Clark

      Very, very odd article from the Guardian; two different matters seem to have been mashed together. Here are paragraphs 10 to 13:

      (10)
      – Further pressure came from Sweden itself, with one of the women who accused Assange of sexual assault calling for him to be extradited to the Scandinavian country, adding that she would still be prepared to testify in court. Her case concerns allegations of unlawful coercion and molestation against Assange, but was halted in August 2015 due to time restrictions.

      (11)
      – On Saturday she told the Observer that developments following Assange’s arrest had substantiated her anxiety that Assange’s seven-year stay in Ecuador’s embassy was more about evading justice than his extradition to the US over one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets in 2010.

      (12)
      – “My suspicions have been strengthened that refusing to cooperate with the Swedish police and courts, and finally leaving Sweden, had nothing to do with his fear of extradition to the US, as has been claimed. It is more likely that this was about him not wanting to take responsibility for treating other people badly,” she said, requesting anonymity.

      (13)
      – The rape accusation dates from August 2010, when the alleged victim, who says she met Assange at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm, filed a complaint. She has accused him of having sex with her while she was sleeping, and without using a condom, despite her repeated refusals to have unprotected sex with him.

      Reading very carefully, the article is technically correct, but you have to be careful enough to spot that paragraphs 10, 11 and 12 refer to the woman now calling for Assange to be extradited to Sweden, whereas paragraph 13, which mentions rape, does not.

      This woman’s recent complaint also seems misleading:

      “My suspicions have been strengthened that refusing to cooperate with the Swedish police and courts, and finally leaving Sweden”

      ..but I understood that Assange fully cooperated before leaving Sweden, and indeed was told by the authorities that he could go. It is also notable that the only actual accusation of Assange, here in her own voice, is “treating people badly”. And regarding paragraph 11, what “developments following Assange’s arrest” could she be referring to?

      This really is a most odd report; it looks carefully crafted to be deliberately vague, and yet as prejudicial against Assange as possible.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    How can former SoD Robert Gates claim that Julian Assange is morally. if not legally, responsible for the deaths because of Wikileaks leaks? What about others involved in publishing them? And what about Allied leaders who took dangerous risks in mission despite the fact they had been compromised?

    Sounds more and more like a witch hunt

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Trowbridge H. Ford April 13, 2019 at 21:52
      FDR most assuredly was responsible for the deaths at Pearl Harbour, alongside the military and intelligence personnel who were in on the ‘plan’ to entice Japan to attack, and not to warn the forces in Pearl, although the Japanese Task Force was tracked as it crossed the Pacific.
      But the PTB couldn’t give a toss about the 2,400-odd dead US sailors.
      Ditto LBJ, with the ‘Gulf of Tonkin LIE’ leading to 58.000 US deaths.

      • Republicofscotland

        Surprisingly Paul two of the US Pacific fleets aircraft carriers were not at Pearl harbour when the Zero’s struck.

        On hearing of the attack they were send to 700 miles off the coast of Japan, and US bombers launched, they dropped their cargo only a few miles from the emperors palace.

        The Japanese got one hell of a fright and began their defensive ring around Japan because of it.

      • Trowbridge H. Ford

        Well Gates and Co. think that there were about 100 but that is just attributing some combat deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq to Assange’s alleged hacking.I have no way of knowing which ones they are blaming Assange for. Look for the new indictments against him.

        • John2o2o

          I doubt “Gates and Co” think anything. Their aim is to damage Julian.

          I suspect that their “evidence” was, “think of a number between 1 and 100.”

  • Ellen Cantarow

    I wish I could believe that the times could be “the most inspiring.” In fact I think the horrific maul of fascism has descended on all our heads.

  • mark golding

    My fear is that Julian will be tortured. He will be tortured to reveal the hash codes protecting further vault 7 codex that discloses MI6/CIA malware including the source of STUXNET. Exposing the ‘Marble framework’ was extremely damaging to the CIA and the US is under pressure from unit 8200 in Israel and also Germany who supplied the PLC firmware information that destroyed uranium enriching centrifuges in Iran. Another ‘worm’ is capable of initiating a nuclear reactor melt-down.

    • Paul Barbara

      @ mark golding April 13, 2019 at 22:38
      ‘…Another ‘worm’ is capable of initiating a nuclear reactor melt-down…’
      As was used in Fukushima.

      • Clark

        No, Fukushima Daiichi was hit by an f’n tidal wave. Meltdown is entirely to be expected when Pressurised Water Reactors are deprived of their electricity supply; that’s why sensible folk campaign against them.

        “According to the political scientist Michael Barkun, conspiracy theories rely on the view that the universe is governed by design, and embody three principles: nothing happens by accident, nothing is as it seems, and everything is connected”

        • Clark

          “I saw some bloke got hit by a car and he got a load of broken ribs. Some doctor must have implanted explosives in his ribs, and then arranged for him to get run over as cover. Bastard.”

        • John2o2o

          A tsunami Clark, following an earthquake. The footage of the terrible destruction caused to Japanese cities by this event is jaw dropping. For example, google “youtube tsunami in kesennuma city, ascending the okawa river”. It’s unbelievable.

    • Republicofscotland

      Mark.

      I recall reading that STUXNET was an American worm/virus, that the US allowed Israel access to. They altered it and it became a global danger, the American’s were said to be furious at the Israelis for that.

      STUXNET, if memory serves me, from what I’ve read in the past was used to destroy Iranian centrifuges during Iran’s nuclear programme.

    • Noit a Lever

      Absolutely, your reel is not foe, it’s friendly fire!

      The question is are we dancing or drinking scotch!!!

  • Borncynical

    I have only watched the BBC News twice today, both times post 10.00pm. so I cannot guarantee that they didn’t report less disingenuously earlier on. In reporting on the background to the Assange case the BBC reporter stated that the Swedish authorities have been pursuing him “for years” with regard to the allegations of sexual impropriety (no mention that the Swedish authorities had to all intents and purposes dropped the case); and, more sinisterly, to exemplify WikiLeaks’ revelations, they showed the beginning of the infamous ‘Iraq video’ with the helicopter circling and observing the civilians in the square [before the executions began], the film went blank as gunfire was heard, and the reporter stated that “the film purportedly showed a US helicopter firing at Iraqi civilians”. What I would like to know is who instructed the reporter not to mention that a significant number of innocent people, including journalists and children, were murdered in cold blood in that attack.

    • Jo1

      I’ve had to stop watching BBC news and impose rations only. It should carry a health warning for creating high blood pressure.

      • Borncynical

        Jo1,

        Indeed. Me too. I generally stick to RT for news but occasionally feel compelled to ‘dip into’ mainstream propaganda just to keep abreast of the latest distortions of truth.

      • Noit a Lever

        I find it extremely useful to look at BBC news (it’s good to know what they *want* us to believe).

        • Jo1

          Well, fair enough, N a L, but the biggest issue we should bear in mind is that we fund their lies. It’s infuriating and scandalous.

          I think getting older makes it tough too. I recall actually believing passionately that one day…….you know?

        • D_Majestic

          Agree entirely. There is much to pick apart each day. Above and beyond the constant reliance on a usual group of- er- ‘Correspondents’.

    • Rhys Jaggar

      If you merely ‘watch’ the news the implication is that you trust the BBC to be honest, impartial and not ignore stories of interest if it might embarrass their masters.

      I do not watch BBC news any more because it is clearly propaganda.

  • BrianFujisan

    Jimmy Dore.. Brilliant as usual on Julian’s arrest –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HJq0WxoK0c

    Had a Fleeting word with Craig today.. on the Isle of Bute As Sharp Ears mentioned, he is looking good.. But a wee bit Tired..Great talk though..

    I thought he could do with a Gift of a Bottle of Whisky.. The Closest thing to Islay whisky – Jura whisky – Cos Jura is the closet Island to Islay :)..
    I said it was on Behalf of Most of us here At the Blog

    Craig n Myself on Isle of Bute

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/33724789968/in/dateposted-friend/

  • Observer

    “You have to start with the truth,” he (Assange) told The Guardian in 2010. “The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can’t lead to a good conclusion.”

    IT ALL STARTED IN NAIROBI
    How Kenya gave Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks its first major global scoop
    By Abdi Latif DahirApril 13, 2019
    https://qz.com/africa/1594656/the-kenyan-roots-of-julian-assanges-wikileaks/

    Absolutely fascinating and insightful article–providing a glimpse and insight into Assange’s clear and uncorrupted mind. How can the corrupted mind observe, leave alone believe, an uncorrupted mind? It can’t. Hence the divide. It’s all going to come down to the judges in the Supreme Court.

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Observer April 13, 2019 at 23:27
      ‘… It’s all going to come down to the judges in the Supreme Court…’
      It’s all going to come down to the corrupt placemen/women judges in the Supreme Court.
      The politicians make sure that the judges are biased in their party’s direction.
      That’s where the Founding Fathers screwed up, in allowing the choice of judges for the Supreme Court to be political appointees.

  • Andrew Ingram

    Correct me if I’m wrong: Assange had consensual sex with the Swedish complainant, he fell asleep, some-while after he fell asleep Assange initiated further sexual interaction, he did not put on a condom. The Swedish accusation is that he did not get the go ahead for further sexual “freedoms” from the Swedish complainant and that he did not wear a condom. Nobody has mentioned the complainant’s ties to US governmental agencies by way of a very nice “summer internship”.

    • Clark

      As I understand it, your comment seems only peripherally related to the latest complaints reported in the Guardian and the Daily Mail. This seems most peculiar, since you seem to display simultaneously detailed knowledge and broad ignorance of reports from the time.

      • Casual Observer

        The ‘Complaints’ do exist entirely of the allegations of either non condom use, or the wilful damaging of a condom prior to penetration ? In both cases it seems that the complainants engaged in further coupling with Assange after the events complained of ?

        As for the ‘Secret Agent’ angle, I seem to recall from the time that one of the complainants, the more vocal of the two, had her complaint dropped because she left Sweden for Israel ?

  • D Glenn Crowther

    Any Judge coming out with a psychiatric diagnosis of narcissism in any court proceedings with out the testimony of a specialist consulting psychologist demonstrates definite prejudice and a total disregard for due process.

    I’m also completely disgusted with the lack of support provided to Assange by my government. At least five Australian PM’s have overseen the total abandonment of Assange.This travesty of justice perpetrated against an Australian citizen is not even a political issue here during an election campaign.

    Good luck to you Craig, Wikileaks and the legal team in defending Assange.

    As you say he is a true hero.

    • Hieroglyph

      It’s election time, and Assange is an unperson over here in Oz. It’s quite startling, actually, when you pause to think about it. Most people probably don’t take the pause, but people on this board do. Assange has been thrown under the bus, because pols are too cowardly – or scared – to defend him. Leaders? Bullshit artists, more like.

      This is beyond real-politik as well. I think they are genuinely fearful – perhaps of blackmail, career consequences, perhaps even economic consequences. The average citizen, inc. myself, doesn’t really know how power works, but this is a rather fascinating glimpse into the gears.

    • SA

      It also appears that the ‘trial’ and judgement must have been a record breaker in terms of speed. Talk about kangaroo courts. No offence meant for kangaroos.I

      • John2o2o

        Indeed, the average ‘roo would probably make a better job of ensuring a fair trial.

    • Willie

      Indeed D Glenn Crowther.

      How could the Judge on the basis of a fifteen minute trial on what I understand was a trial for bail jumping conclude that Julian Assange had a psychiatric personality disorder. Sounds as if the exalted judge is no more than an ignorant piece of shit unfit to sit on a bench. ( and yes pieces of shit do sit on benches, saying and doing whatever they are told to say )

      Mr Snow is a thug, and should be treated as a thug. There should be no hiding place for thugs like him masquerading as part of a justice system.

      If however Mr Snow was correct in identifying a psychiatric condition in Julian Assange, which he certainly said he had, then maybe another thug in the English judicial system might have to take recognition of that in due course.

      I doubt it though. The English judicial system, is rotten to its core. Extra judicial killing, you bet!

      • michael norton

        looking at the state of Julian Assange, as he was dragged out of the embassy, he looked unwell, probably mentally unwell as well as
        physiologically.
        The judge should have shown much concern for Julian’s well being, he probably needs a stay in a rehabilitation home, a holiday, not further persecution/torment.

  • David

    BBC R4 on its ‘shipping forecast’ news was pushing the ‘corbyn secret recordings’ angle, seems almost pointless as he would win an election tomorrow, is there a point when propagandists don’t?

    BBC also reports on northern secret quirks
    A light-hearted story of derring do, from those whizz codebreakers

    having seen Frank introduce the Fall , a few years ago, is there any other modern celeb using codes to explain the world?

    Angelina Jolie’s back ?

    she has a favourite pop band, young Brits who wrote a song around thirty-five years ago, which is obviously still accurate today

    “know your rights”, all 3-of ’em,
    the right not to be killed (unless by a cop or aristo)
    the right to food/money (after investigation/intimidation)
    the right to free speech (provided that you are not dumb enough to actually try this)

    • SA

      Some hope that logic or justice will prevail. Kangaroo courts require no adherence to the law, let alone piffling statutes of limitation.

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