Thursday, June 13, 2019

British Home Secretary signs extradition order to send Julian Assange to US

Published time: 13 Jun, 2019 09:02Edited time: 13 Jun, 2019 10:33
British Home Secretary signs extradition order to send Julian Assange to US
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Britain's Home Secretary has revealed he has signed a request for the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Sajid Javid said that he signed and certified the papers on Wednesday, with the order going before the UK courts on Friday.
He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow.
The US justice department has filed 17 new charges against the Australian journalist. In May, he was additionally charged with one count of conspiring with Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, to gain access to the US Pentagon network.
Assange is currently serving a prison sentence in the UK for jumping bail. The 47 year-old was too ill to appear last month at the latest hearing at Westminster magistrates court in relation to the US request.
The hearing has been rescheduled for Friday and, depending on the state of his health, may take place at Belmarsh prison, where he is being held.
The journalist spent over six years living under asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, out of fear Britain would hand him over to the US. He was forcibly dragged out of the building in April after the South American nation decided to evict him.
His arrest and subsequent imprisonment prompted much public outcry. Human rights activist Peter Tatchell believes a near maximum sentence of “50 weeks is excessive and disproportionate.”
The WikiLeaks co-founder’s health has been of particular concern to his supporters. His lawyer, Per Samuelson, told reporters after visiting Belmarsh at the end of May that “Assange’s health situation... was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.”
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, who visited Assange in Belmarsh, claimed that he showed clear signs of degrading and inhumane treatment, which only added to his deteriorating health.
The publishing of the Iraq War footage showing a US Apache helicopter shooting dead 12 people, including two Reuters staff, is one of the most significant and talked-about exposures made by his WikiLeaks organization.
Just one week before Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2016, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails showing that top party figures had collaborated to ensure that Senator Bernie Sanders did not win the nomination. The leaks forced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Julian Assange Está a Ser Assassinado

Julian Assange Está a Ser Assassinado 
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Julian Assange Está a Ser Assassinado

O governo britânico criminoso concordou  assassinar Julian Assange, a mando de Washington, o seu mentor perverso.
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O Estado implacável
Por Craig Murray
CraigMurray.org.uk
Junho 1, 2019
Estamos seriamente preocupados com a condição de saúde de Julian Assange. Ontem, estava demasiado doente para poder comparecer perante o tribunal e o seu advogado sueco, Per Samuelson, encontrou-o num estado em que Julian estava incapaz de estabelecer uma conversa e dar instruções. Há sintomas físicos muito marcados, particularmente uma perda rápida de peso, e tememos que não estejam a ser efectuados esforços, genuínos e suficientes, para a obtenção de um diagnóstico, a fim de  determinar a verdadeira causa.
Durante o ano passado, Julian foi mantido na Embaixada do Equador em condições precárias, muito restritas e cada vez mais opressivas e a sua saúde já estava a deteriorar-se de forma alarmante, antes da sua expulsão e prisão. Uma série de condições, incluindo abcessos dentários, que pode ter consequências muito graves se não forem tratados durante muito tempo e a recusa contínua do governo britânico e, mais tarde, dos equatorianos, de permitir o acesso a cuidados de saúde adequados a um asilado político, foi uma negação cruel e deliberada de direitos humanos básicos.
Confesso que senti um certo alívio pessoal após a sua prisão, porque, pelo menos agora ele receberia tratamento médico adequado. No entanto, percebe-se agora, não haver qualquer intenção de fornecê-lo e, de facto, desde que ele esteve em Belmarsh, os problemas de saúde exacerbaram-se. Testemunhei a cumplicidade do Estado britânico em casos de tortura para saber que esta atitude pode significar mais do que somente uma consequência de negligência não intencional. É extremamente alarmante constatar que o homem mais lúcido que eu conheço, já não é capaz de manter, agora, uma conversa racional.
Não há nenhuma razão aceitável para que Assange precise ser mantido numa instalação de alta segurança destinada a terroristas e infractores violentos. Estamos a ver o motivo por trás da sua longa detenção sem precedentes, para esquivar-se à fiança da polícia quando pediu asilo político. Como prisioneiro condenado, Assange pode ser mantido num regime pior do que se estivesse apenas em prisão preventiva, devido aos procedimentos de extradição. Mesmo que ele estivesse saudável, o acesso aos seus advogados é extremamente restrito e, para um homem que enfrenta grandes processos legais no Reino Unido, nos EUA e na Suécia, é impossível que os seus advogados tenham tempo suficiente para preparar, juntamente com ele, os seus processos adequadamente. Assange está sob as mesmas restrições que são impostas a um condenado. Claro que sabemos, pelo facto de que, três horas após ter sido arrastado da Embaixada do Equador, ele ter sido condenado e sentenciado a uma longa pena de prisão, que o Estado não tem intenção de que os seus advogados se possam preparar.
Perguntei antes e faço-o, agora, novamente: Se fosse uma editora dissidente na Rússia, o que é que a classe política e a comunicação mediática do Reino Unido estariam a dizer sobre ele ter sido arrastado por polícias armados, condenado e sentenciado a prisão por um Juiz sem júri, três horas depois, após uma farsa de um "julgamento" durante o qual o Juiz o insultou e chamou de “narcisista” antes de Assange dizer qualquer coisa em sua defesa? A comunicação mediática ocidental estaria em pé de guerra, se esse caso acontecesse na Rússia. Aqui, eles congratulam-se com esses factos.
A seguir está uma foto de Julian na Embaixada em tempos mais felizes, durante a presidência de Correa, com um grupo de pessoas verdadeiramente surpreendente e forte, cada uma delas com histórias, as quais podemos seguir e com elas aprender:
Devo acrescentar que,  juntamente com outros dois amigos íntimos,  estou pessoalmente, a tentar ver Julian Assange, mas, como é óbvio, o acesso é extremamente difícil.
Os objectos pessoais de Julian foram apreendidos pelos equatorianos para serem entregues ao governo dos EUA. Incluem não só os computadores, mas os seus documentos legais e médicos. Este é mais um exemplo de uma acção estatal completamente ilegal contra ele. Além do mais, qualquer transferência deve envolver o material roubado que transita fisicamente em Londres, e o governo britânico não está a tomar medidas para impedi-lo, o que é mais um dos múltiplos sinais do grau de coordenação governamental internacional por trás da frágil pretensão de uma acção judicial independente.
Julian está preso há, pelo menos, mais de cinco meses, mesmo com liberdade condicional (que provavelmente vão encontrar uma desculpa para não conceder). Depois, será mantido em prisão preventiva. Portanto, não há necessidade de pressa. A recusa do tribunal sueco, de atrasar uma audiência sobre um possível mandado de extradição, para permitir que Julian se recupere para poder instruir o advogado e o breve adiamento da audiência de extradição dos EUA em Londres, com a intimação que pode ser mantido dentro da prisão de Belmarsh, se Julian estiver demasiado doente para se deslocar, são exemplos de uma pressa totalmente desacostumada e desnecessária, na maneira como o caso está a prosseguir. Os moinhos de Deus moem devagar; os do Diabo parecem girar a alta velocidade.
Finalmente, para os que ainda acreditam que as acções judiciais contra Julian,  não só na Suécia, são de alguma forma motivadas por uma preocupação em que a justiça seja feita, particularmente os casos de justiça referente a mulheres violadas, peço-lhes que leiam este excelente relato de Jonathan Cook. Quanto ao resumo da série verdadeiramente impressionante de abusos legais por parte dos Estados contra Assange, que a comunicação mediática empresarial e estatal distorceu e escondeu deliberadamente durante uma década, o mesmo não pode ser melhorado.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WikiLeaks Ten Year Anniversary

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WikiLeaks Ten Year Anniversary

WikiLeaks Ten Year Anniversary
#WikiLeaks10 - 10 years 10 million documents - 10 billion words
WikiLeaks will marks its 10 year anniversary from 4 October (when its website was registered) to 28 December (first release).
WikiLeaks has published over 10 million documents in 10 years, an average of 3000 per day. Each release has shared genuine official information about how governments, companies, banks, the UN, political parties, jailers, cults, private security firms, war planners and media actually operate when they think no one is looking.

10 Greatest Hits

Over the 12 weeks marking the WikiLeaks anniversary, we will be producing Top 10 Greatest hits to reflect on the ways WikiLeaks releases have impacted countries, regions and themes such as trade, spying, censorship, environment, banks etc.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Did you know? Edward Snowden on WikiLeaks. More: https://wikileaks.org/10years/

Did you know? Edward Snowden on WikiLeaks. More:

Saturday, February 6, 2016

WIKILEAKS -- AREVA and URAMIN scandal


The most powerful nuclear company in the world, AREVA, abandoned its Central African Republic exploitation without having launched any of the promised investments after an enormous political and financial scandal, amidst a social and environmental crisis, with skyrocketing radioactivity levels (up to 30 times the natural radioactivity in the zone) and literally transporting its former employees back to their homes like cattle. The following documents show the constant disdain of the company towards Central African Republic institutions and its population, and the neocolonial conditions of exploitation of its mines in Africa.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Julian Assange Is Being Arbitrarily Held And Should Be Freed, U.N. Group Says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on a screen as he addresses the media from the London embassy of Ecuador Friday Feb. 5, 2016, where he has been holed up for some 3½ years to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about alleged sexual offenses. A U.N. human rights panel says Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Britain and Sweden since December 2010. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said his detention should end and he should be entitled to compensation.
© AP Photo/Frank Augstein WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on a screen as he addresses the media from the London embassy of Ecuador Friday Feb. 5, 2016, where he has been holed up for some 3½ years to avoid extradition…
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a U.N. panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained and should be awarded compensation.

Assange, a computer hacker who enraged the United States by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012 to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden.

Both Britain and Sweden denied that Assange was being deprived of freedom, noting he had entered the embassy voluntarily. Britain said it could contest the decision and that Assange would be arrested if he left the embassy.

Assange, an Australian, appealed to the U.N. panel, whose decision is not binding, saying he was a political refugee whose rights had been infringed by being unable to take up asylum in Ecuador.

It ruled in his favour, although the decision was not unanimous. Three of the five members on the panel supported a decision in Assange's favour, with one dissenter and one recusing herself.

Speaking via video link from his cramped quarters at the embassy in the Knightsbridge area of London, Assange called on Britain and Sweden to implement the U.N. panel's decision.

"We have today a really significant victory that has brought a smile to my face," Assange said. "It is now the task of the states of Sweden and the United Kingdom ... to implement the (U.N.) verdict."

Assange, 44, denies allegations of a 2010 rape in Sweden, saying the accusation is a ploy that would eventually take him to the United States where a criminal investigation into the activities of WikiLeaks is still open.

"The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers that the various forms of deprivation of liberty to which Julian Assange has been subjected constitute a form of arbitrary detention," the group's head, Seong-Phil Hong, said in a statement.

"(It) maintains that the arbitrary detention of Mr Assange should be brought to an end, that his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected, and that he should be entitled to an enforceable right to compensation."

Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, said Assange must be allowed to go free. "What more do they want to be accused of before they start to rectify their error?" he told South American broadcaster Telesur, in reference to Britain and Sweden. Patino said Ecuador was analysing its next steps.

NO CHANGE
The decision in his favour marks the latest twist in a tumultuous journey for Assange since he incensed Washington with leaks that laid bare often highly critical U.S. appraisals of world leaders from Vladimir Putin to the Saudi royal family.

In 2010, the group released over 90,000 secret documents on the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan, followed by almost 400,000 U.S. military reports detailing operations in Iraq. Those disclosures were followed by release of millions of diplomatic cables dating back to 1973.

The U.N. Working Group does not have the authority to order the release of a detainee - and Friday's ruling in unlikely to change the legal issues facing Assange - but it has considered many high-profile cases and its backing carries a moral weight that puts pressure on governments.

High-profile cases submitted to the U.N. panel include that of jailed former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American jailed in Iran until a prisoner swap last month.

But governments have frequently brushed aside its findings such as a ruling on Myanmar's house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2008, a call in 2006 for the Iraqi government not to hang former dictator Saddam Hussein, and frequent pleas for the closure of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

"Julian Assange is a fugitive from justice. He is hiding from justice in the Ecuadorian embassy," British foreign minister Philip Hammond said. "This is frankly a ridiculous finding by the working group and we reject it."


Swedish prosecutors said the U.N. decision had no formal impact on the rape investigation under Swedish law. A U.S. Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks is ongoing. (Additional reporting by Johan Ahlander and Simon Johnson in Stockholm, Tom Miles in Geneva, Alexandra Ulmer in Caracas; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by Alison Williams)

WikiLeaks' Assange calls on Sweden, Britain to allowhim freedom after UN panel report







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Published February 5, 20167:00 AM ET


Journalists work outside the Ecuadorian Embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up since 2012. A U.N. panel says he deserves compensation for being arbitrarily detained.

Journalists work outside the Ecuadorian Embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up since 2012. A U.N. panel says he deserves compensation for being arbitrarily detained.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and the U.K., a U.N. panel has ruled, adding that Assange should be freed and compensated for his treatment.

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calls the situation, in which Assange has lived inside Ecuador's embassy in London for more than five years, a breach of international agreements on both human rights and civil liberties.

"A British government spokesperson disputed the ruling and said it changes nothing," NPR's Leila Fadel reports from London. "The U.K. will formally contest the decision. And Britain will still arrest Assange if he walks out of the embassy because it has a legal obligation to extradite him to Sweden."

In the wake of the opinion, WikiLeaks held a news conference. 

Calling in to the news conference from the Ecuadorean Embassy, Assange called the group's finding a "vindication," adding that in the U.N.'s view, the opinion is legally binding on an international level.

"There is no ability to appeal the decision of the United Nations," he said, adding that his status is now "settled law." Assange also said Britain and Sweden cannot dismiss the group's finding simply because it hadn't gone their way.

"It is the end of the road for the legal arguments that have been presented" by the U.K. and Sweden, he said.

On Thursday, Assange announced that he would submit to arrest Friday if the U.N. group's decision went against him. As the Two-Way reported, the BBC said on the same day that it had learned the panel had found in Assange's favor.

The case dates back to December 2010, when British authorities arrested Assange on a warrant issued by Sweden over sexual-assault accusations. He was then put in isolation for 10 days, the U.N. said, before being placed under house arrest for more than a year. In August of 2012, he was granted asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London, where he has remained to avoid being arrested.

Since then, three of four sex-crimes allegations against Assange have expired, due to statutes of limitation. The fourth allegation, of rape, remains.

We've reported that "if Assange is arrested, he could be extradited to the U.S., where he may face trial over WikiLeaks' publication of classified military and diplomatic documents, one of the largest leaks of such information in history. WikiLeaks published materials related to U.S. military activity in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as millions of classified cables from U.S. embassies."

Announcing its opinion, the U.N. group writes:

"The Republic of Ecuador granted asylum because of Mr. Assange's fear that if he was extradited to Sweden, he would be further extradited to the United States where he would face serious criminal charges for the peaceful exercise of his freedoms."

The opinion cites two flaws that it says make Assange's detention arbitrary: His time in isolation in a British prison, and the Swedish prosecutor's "lack of diligence" in handling the sexual misconduct allegations.

Assange and his legal team have complained that because Swedish authorities don't consider his current status one of detention, he cannot file an appeal, making his situation "indefinite."

The U.N. working group lists its members as:

  • Seong-Phil Hong (Republic of Korea) — chairman-rapporteur
  • Leigh Toomey (Australia) — who recused herself because Assange is an Australian national
  • José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez (Mexico)
  • Roland Adjovi Sètondji (Benin)
  • Vladimir Tochilovsky (Ukraine) — who dissented in the case, saying the group had worked beyond its mandate and that Assange had "fled bail in June 2012" and has since evaded arrest in "self-confinement."
Read the U.N. panel's 18-page opinion below:

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At midday on Friday 5 February, 2016 Julian Assange, John Jones QC, Melinda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzon will be speaking at a press conference at the Frontline Club on the decision made by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the Assange case.