Orion Edmonson (2019-06-15). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org Fruitvale and MacArthur Oakland...

WSWS (2019-06-15). Activist Lauri Love and others speak out in defence of Assange. wsws.org Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two "Yellow Vest" protestors from France.

WSWS (2019-06-15). WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February. wsws.org The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington's vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-14). Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics. globalresearch.ca The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom did his thing, which was little in the way of disagreement. The superpower has issued a request; the retainer would comply. This week, the US Department Justice Department formally sought the extradition of ...

WSWS (2019-06-14). UK home secretary signs US extradition request for Julian Assange. wsws.org The move, coming just one day before Assange's first extradition hearing, makes clear the British government's intent to hand the journalist over to his persecutors in Washington.

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-14). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org Fruitvale and MacArthur Oakland...

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-14). Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics. dissidentvoice.org The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom did his thing, which was little in the way of disagreement. The superpower has issued a request; the retainer would comply. This week, the US Department Justice Department formally sought the extradition of Julian Assange. The process was certified by Sajid Javid, a man rather distracted of late. ...

amnesty (2019-06-14). Cote d'Ivoire: Further information: Online activist sentenced to one year in prison: Soro Tangboho. amnesty.org Ivoirian online activist, Soro Tangboho alias Carton Noir was sentenced to one year in prison for 'disturbing the public order' and 'incitement to xenophobia' on 7 June 2019. He was convicted without a lawyer present. He was arbitrarily arrested on 8 November 2018 in Korhogo town. While detained, he was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-06-14). Attempt to extradite Assange represents 'an assault on journalistic rights', says his defence lawyer. thecanary.co The author attended Julian Assange's extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. | Julian Assange's arrest and potential extradition to the US represents an "assault on journalistic rights" and on "principles of free speech", his defence lawyer told Westminster Magistrates' Court (MC) on 14 June 2019. Mark Summers QC was explaining why it was not practical for judge Emma Arbuthnot to decide on Assange's extradition case this year. | A complex case involving a "multiplicity of profound issues": | Most attendees expected the substantive issues to start being discussed on 14 June. But unexpectedly...

Kevin Gosztola (2019-06-14). Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition. shadowproof.com In the United States government's extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, his attorneys agreed to a "long timetable" so he may prepare his defense against "incredibly serious charges, which impact upon typical newsgathering activities." | Judge Emma Arbuthnot set a five-day hearing over the extradition request that will take place in late February 2020. One of the first major filings in the case will come from the U.S. government in July. | Assange faces 17 counts of allegedly violating the Espionage Act for publishing classified information from Chelsea Manning and one conspiracy to commit com...

Pablo Navarrete (2019-06-14). John Pilger slams the 'ridiculous' extradition case against Julian Assange. thecanary.co As Julian Assange is ordered to face a full extradition hearing next year, veteran journalist and filmmaker John Pilger spoke to The Canary outside Westminster Magistrates' Court. | The WikiLeaks founder is fighting against being sent to the US to face 18 charges, including allegations of conspiring to hack into a classified Pentagon computer. | The US extradition case was formally opened at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday, a day after an extradition request was signed off by home secretary Sajid Javid. | Assange's legal team branded charges in the US "an outrageous and full-frontal assault" on journalis...

teleSUR (2019-06-14). Assange to Face Full US Extradition Hearing in February 2020. telesurenglish.net The co-founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange will face a new, full U.S. extradition hearing in February 2020, a court at Westminster magistrates, in London, has heard. The February 2020 hearing will reportedly last for five days, they said. | RELATED: | UK Signs Request To Extradite Assange to US | The hearing date was set after British Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed on Thursday that he had signed and certified the U.S. extradition order papers. | The U.S. Justice Department filed 18 charges...

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume...

kathy_f (2019-06-14). Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops. greenleft.org.au The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war...

aljazeera (2019-06-14). UK court sets Assange's US extradition hearing for February 2020. aljazeera.com British judge schedules full extradition hearing next year for WikiLeaks founder wanted in US on espionage charges.

Staff (2019-06-14). Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut...

WSWS (2019-06-14). US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee's habeas corpus appeal. wsws.org The court's refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.

Staff (2019-06-14). John Pilger: Julian Assange Extradition Case is a WAR ON JOURNALISM! dissidentvoice.org Going Underground's Farhaan Ahmed talks to John Pilger after Julian Assange's US extradition hearing, where it was decided that Julian would not face a full extradition hearing next year until after the 24th of February.

Staff (2019-06-14). Bini, Friend of Assange, Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. truthout.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institu...

Kevin Gosztola (2019-06-14). Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition. commondreams.org Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court in London. (Photo: Screen shot from Ruptly livestream) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assange.png...

aljazeera (2019-06-14). Saudi air defence intercepts five Houthi drones: SPA. aljazeera.com The drone attack comes days after a missile strike on Abha airport injured 26 amid escalating tension in the region.

Adriaan Alsema (2019-06-13). Proposal to imprison whistleblowers appears in Colombia's anti-corruption bill. colombiareports.com A bill initially proposed to counter corruption in Colombia turns out to have an article that can put state officials leaking alleged corruption in prison, local media reported Wednesday. According...

Staff (2019-06-13). Daniel Ellsberg: 'I Wanted to See the War Ended'. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between author and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and Sharmini Peries of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of...

Staff (2019-06-13). UK's Decision to Pass Assange Extradition Request. dissidentvoice.org "It seems like all the (Tory leadership) candidates are falling over themselves to show who is the most slavishly pro-American ." — Neil Clark on Sajid Javid's decision to pass Assange extradition request to courts.

kathy_f (2019-06-13). Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times. greenleft.org.au "Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit...

Staff (2019-06-13). Daniel Ellsberg: 'I Wanted to See the War Ended'. truthdig.com On the 48th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers, the whistleblower reflects on his decision to leak classified info to the New York Times.

Staff (2019-06-13). Say Goodbye to the First Amendment. truthdig.com "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press," reads the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet, for the first time ever, a publisher is being prosecuted under the World War I-era Espionage Act. Julian Assange, co-founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, is facing 170 years in prison if he is extradited to the U.S. from the United Kingdom. The case could deal a monumental blow to the free press in the United States. | The U.S. first charged Assange in April with attempting to help a U.S. Army whistleblower break into a military computer system, for which Assange wo...

Tyler Durden (2019-06-13). UK Officially Signs Extradition Order to Send Julian Assange to US. theantimedia.com (ZH) —Early on Thursday UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed that he has signed a US extradition request for Julian Assange, putting the WikiLeaks founder a step closer to facing prosecution for espionage and hacking on American soil, where he's almost assured life in prison or worse after the US Justice Department filed 17 new charges ...

kathy_f (2019-06-13). Australia 'world's most secretive democracy': New York Times. greenleft.org.au "Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit...

aljazeera (2019-06-13). UK interior minister signs US bid to extradite Julian Assange. aljazeera.com The WikiLeaks founder will now face a court hearing on Friday after Britain's home secretary signs extradition order.

teleSUR (2019-06-13). UK Signs Request To Extradite Assange to US. telesurenglish.net The United Kingdom's Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Thursday that he signed the United States' extradition request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. | RELATED: | US Officially Files Extradition Request for Julian Assange | Javid said he said he signed the papers on Wednesday, a day after the U.S. Justice Department asked the United Kingdom to...

amnesty (2019-06-13). UK must refuse extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. amnesty.org Following the formal extradition request by the United States to the United Kingdom for Julian Assange and ahead of tomorrow's extradition hearing in the Westminster Magistrates' Court, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Europe, said: | "The British government must not accede to the US extradition request for Julian Assange as he faces a real risk of serious human rights violations if sent there. The UK must comply with the commitment already made that he would not be sent anywhere he could face torture, ill-treatment or the death penalty. |

amnesty (2019-06-13). Turkey: Further information: Detainees no longer in police custody. amnesty.org All detainees held at the police's anti-terrorism branch in Urfa province, south eastern Turkey, following clashes between security forces and the armed PKK on 18 May, have been either released or sent to prison custody. The 13 people that were remanded in prison are no longer considered to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Staff (2019-06-13). Chicago Police Tortured Victims With Electric Shocks, Burns and Beatings. truthout.org Flint Taylor, a founding partner of the People's Law Office in Chicago, has spent almost 50 years defending some of the most vulnerable people within the criminal legal system. In his new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, Taylor describes the history of systemic violence running rampant within the Chicago Police Department. It's a history he knows all too well from his work with the Fred Hampton assassination case, among many others. This excerpt recounts some of the torture unleashed by police in Chicago during the 1980s, under Police Commander Jon Burge. During this time, Burg...

Staff (2019-06-13). Say Goodbye to the First Amendment. truthdig.com "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press," reads the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet, for the first time ever, a publisher is being prosecuted under the World War I-era Espionage Act. Julian Assange, co-founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, is facing 170 years in prison if he is extradited to the U.S. from the United Kingdom. The case could deal a monumental blow to the free press in the United States. | The U.S. first charged Assange in April with attempting to help a U.S.

WSWS (2019-06-13). New Zealand protest opposes persecution of Julian Assange and Australian journalists. wsws.org Tom Peters of the Socialist Equality Group warned that press freedom and democratic rights are "not compatible with endless war and endless attacks on living standards."

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-13). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org Fruitvale and MacArthur Oakland...

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Russia: Trump Destabilizes Europe by Sending Troops to Poland. telesurenglish.net The Kremlin said Thursday the Russian military was closely tracking United States plans to beef up its forces in Poland and taking steps to ensure Russia's national security was not threatened by what Moscow regards as a betrayal of trust. | RELATED | Putin Fires Police Officers for Arresting Russian Journalist | U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to Polish President Andrzej Duda Wednesday that he would deploy 1,000 extra U.S. troops to Poland as well as surveillance drones, an...

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-12). Trump Regime Formally Requests Assange's Extradition to the US. globalresearch.ca A total of 18 charges against Assange, with reportedly more to come, are all about wanting truth-telling journalism the way it should be on vital domestic and geopolitical issues silenced. | Trump regime hardliners want information about US wrongdoing suppressed. They ...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-13). Mauritania: Allow Ex-Guantanamo Detainee to Travel. hrw.org (Tunis) — Mauritanian authorities should issue a passport without delay to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee or explain the legal grounds for denying his right to travel, Human Rights Watch said today. | | | Mohamedou Ould Slahi | © 2019 Human Rights Watch | The United States released Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of a renowned prison memoir, after he was detained for more than 14 years in Jordan, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo, and returned him to his...

WSWS (2019-06-12). Russian journalist Ivan Golunov released after campaign against his arrest. wsws.org While supporting the US-led persecution of Julian Assange, Western media and politicians, as part of their campaign for regime change in Moscow, decried the arrest of Golunov.

WSWS (2019-06-12). Australian journalist calls on colleagues to defend Assange. wsws.org Andrew Fowler warned: "If Assange is left to swing in the breeze, it will be an open invitation for any journalist, anywhere in the world, to be extradited to the US."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-11). Legal Expert Says 'Congress Must Repeal the AUMF' After Supreme Court Rejects Yemeni Man's Appeal for Release From Gitmo. commondreams.org "The Supreme Court can no longer be trusted to enforce due process. If Congress doesn't put a stop to this unconstitutional cruelty, no one will." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/guantanamo_0.jpg...

WSWS (2019-06-11). Aerospace and defense giants United Technologies and Raytheon announce merger. wsws.org The merger plan announced on Sunday will create a colossal military contractor valued at $100 billion.

Staff (2019-06-11). U.S. Submits Extradition Request for Julian Assange. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The United States government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United Kingdom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a U.S. official said Tuesday. | Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and of conspiring with former Army private Chelsea Manning to crack a Defense Department computer password. That indictment, which includes Espionage Act charges, was issued by the Justice Department last month and...

WSWS (2019-06-11). US issues formal request for Assange's extradition. wsws.org The Trump administration is pressing ahead with its attempt to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder over his role in the exposure of US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.

Media Lens (2019-06-11). "Mirthless Laugh": The Persecution And Torture Of Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking. The BBC headline: Julian Assange subjected to psychological torture, UN expert says Melzer is Professor of International Law at ...

WSWS (2019-06-11). SEP (Australia) calls rallies demanding freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org The protests will demand that the Australian government take immediate action to prevent the WikiLeaks founder's extradition to the US and secure his complete freedom.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-06-11). Supreme Court Rejects Prisoner's Case, Won't Address Perpetual Detention At Guantanamo. shadowproof.com The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by a Guantanamo Bay captive against his perpetual detention, even though war on terrorism has no end in sight.

Chris Hedges (2019-06-11). First Assange. Then Us. truthdig.com Chris Hedges gave this talk Tuesday, June 11, at an event held in London in support of Julian Assange. | Ask the Iraqi parents of Sabiha Hamed Salih, aged 15, and Ashwaq Hamed Salih, aged 16, who were killed by shrapnel in Baghdad on July 31, 2004, what they think of Julian Assange. | Ask the man and his two young daughters who saw their wife and mother shot to death and were themselves wounded in a car fired upon by U.S. Marines in Fallujah on July 22, 2005, what they think of Julian Assange. | Ask the parents of Huda Haleem, an 18-year-old girl, and Raghad Muhamad Haleem, a 5-year-old boy, shot dead by U.S. sol...

RT (2019-06-11). Supreme Court justice questions endless detention at GITMO prison. rt.com After the Supreme Court shot down an appeal from one of the few remaining captives in America's military prison in Guantanamo Bay, one justice has broken ranks and questioned the ongoing policy of indefinite detention.

WSWS (2019-06-10). Australian workers and youth defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org "Assange is a genius and a hero and if it wasn't for him, people around the world would not know about government war crimes and other illegal things that they have been doing."

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-10). Trump's Justice Department Preparing "Additional Indictment" Against Assange. Currently Facing 18 Spurious Charges. globalresearch.ca According to editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsson: "[The Trump administration] is so desperate to build its case against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange that it is using a diagnosed sociopath, a convicted conman and sex criminal, who was exposed by ...

Drone Wars UK (2019-06-10). The Danger of Armed Drones: Targeted Killings. globalresearch.ca The use of armed drones is presented as a 'risk-free' solution to security problems. Through using remotely-controlled aircraft to take out bad guys far away from our shores, we are told, we are keeping the public as well as our ...

Staff (2019-06-10). Trump Has a Soft Spot for American War Criminals. truthdig.com The president's desire to pardon U.S. soldiers and a military contractor accused of crimes in the never-ending war on terror is troubling, at best.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-06-08). When the Journalists Ganged Up on Assange They Ganged Up on Themselves. globalresearch.ca Journalists did not appreciate the implications for themselves of the contrived and false indictment of Julian Assange by a corrupt US government. It was obvious to a few of us that the indictment by the US government, a government constrained ...

United Nations (2019-06-08). FROM THE FIELD: Murals help heal wounds of bloody conflict in Guatemala. un.org "The villagers knew that the military kidnapped [indigenous] people and brought them here and tortured them. While alive, they were forced to dig their own graves. Some would be buried in the ground, here, still half alive." The chilling words of Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a member of an indigenous group in Guatemala.

WSWS (2019-06-08). US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings. wsws.org Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.

WSWS (2019-06-07). WikiLeaks warns US Justice Department preparing more charges against Assange. wsws.org The threat of new charges against the persecuted journalist, already facing 170 years in prison, comes amid fresh fears about his health after his father reported a "short notice" medical appointment.

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Torture in Saudi prisons: 'Most oppressive era we have witnessed'. aljazeera.com Three Saudi clerics reportedly on death row and dozens of activists are believed to have endured brutal treatment.

Joshua Cho (2019-06-07). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'‚ÄĒDespite Record of Torture and Coverup. commondreams.org The most egregious part of Strobel‚Äôs report is its whitewashing of Haspel‚Äôs disturbing record in the CIA by uncritically transmitting glowing endorsements by other CIA officials. (Photo: FAIR) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-06-07_at_12.09.26_pm.png...

Tom Coburg (2019-06-07). Extradition attempts against Assange turn to farce as US prosecution seeks help of convicted paedophile. thecanary.co US authorities are reportedly preparing to use a convicted paedophile as a prosecution witness against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.Discredited witness?: A WikiLeaks press release claims the US is now hoping to use Sigurdur Thordarson as a witness in its prosecution against Assange. It also states that, as part of the US extradition request, further charges are likely to be added to those already listed: | Press Release: DoJ preparing to file additional indictment against Assange. | The Trum...

Derek Royden (2019-06-07). Julian Assange and the increasing threat to freedom of the press. nationofchange.org The continued persecution of Manning and Assange shows that while actual war criminals are showered with praise and given lucrative sinecures, those who reveal their crimes are the ones who will face punishment.

WSWS (2019-06-07). Sri Lankan Trotskyists win strong support for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org University students voice their concerns about the US-led assaults on Assange and Manning and speak out in defence of free speech.

Rebecca Gordon (2019-06-07). The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon. thenation.com The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon...

Staff (2019-06-07). UN Torture Expert Says Assange Is Victim of Psychological Torture. therealnews.com UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer investigated the situation of Julian Assange, despite initial reservations. He says if Assange is extradited he faces a "politicized trial," part of the unprecedented international effort to silence and imprison him...

Adam Veitch (2019-06-07). Colombia's military tortures soldiers in fake guerrilla camps: opposition. colombiareports.com Colombia's military fakes guerrilla kidnappings and torture to train its own troops, according to evidence and testimonies made public by the country's opposition. Opposition Senator Gustavo Petro (Humane Colombia) blasted...

pip.hinman (2019-06-07). Bring Julian Assange home appeal. greenleft.org.au Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released. | * * * | We are a diverse group of people, many of whom originally came together in 2018 to work for the release of James Ricketson from his Cambodian jail. We now reunite to push for the release of Julian Assange who is currently very ill in Britain's Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition to either the United States or Sweden. | On May 9, he was visited by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer: "Our finding...

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-07). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur and fruitvale Oakland...

Ted Rall (2019-06-06). Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime. counterpunch.org British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador's embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange's predicament and relief that the Department of Justice More

RT (2019-06-06). Mind-controlled drones? Pentagon hopes to test telepathy tech on humans within 4 years. rt.com The Pentagon agency tasked with developing new technology for the US military says it's just a few short years away from beginning human tests of a headset that gives its wearer telepathic powers.

susan_p (2019-06-06). Behind the US Espionage Act. greenleft.org.au WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces 17 counts of violating the United States Espionage Act, for publishing material given to him by former US soldier Chelsea Manning. | The material included documents that exposed US war crimes and other material about Washington's wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, which the military wanted to keep secret from the public. | The Espionage Act was passed in 1917 as the US entered the First World War. A product of wartime hysteria, it was first used against the Socialist Party (SP) and against anarchists and the anarcho-syndicalists of the Industrial Workers of the World, who op...

Joshua Cho (2019-06-06). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. fair.org A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that ostensibly independent ...

Staff (2019-06-06). Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms. democracynow.org Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside...

Staff (2019-06-06). Clemency for Lowly War Criminals, Free Passes for the War Architects. truthout.org Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all. There was substantial evidence that he was planning to use the yearly moment honoring the country's war dead to grant executive clemency to several U.S. soldiers and at least one military contractor. All have been accused, and one already convicted, of cri...

Pamela Rafalow Grossman (2019-06-06). Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age. progressive.org In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."

Joe Lauria (2019-06-06). After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material. commondreams.org "These raids are all about intimidating journalists and intimidating whistle blowers so that mistakes made by the Government, including potential crimes, by the military, remain covered up, remain secret, and don’t fall in to the public domain." (Photo: Shutterstock) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/messenger.jpeg...

WSWS (2019-06-06). The global war on journalism. wsws.org The arrest of Julian Assange has set a precedent for the state persecution of journalists, triggering police raids in Australia and France against reporters documenting government crimes and corruption.

Staff (2019-06-06). Corporate Media Will Regret Abandoning Julian Assange. truthdig.com After British police arrested Julian Assange on April 11, the first instinct of corporate journalists was to perform a line-drawing exercise. In so doing, corporate media dutifully laid the groundwork for the US Department of Justice's escalating political persecution of the WikiLeaks founder, and set the stage for a renewed assault on a free and independent press by the Trump administration. | Following the philosopher of science Karl Popper, I'll call this the problem of journalistic demarcation. Facing his own demarc...

Staff (2019-06-06). Activists Face Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets From Factory Farms. truthout.org Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging ups...

WSWS (2019-06-06). UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison. wsws.org The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.

Joshua Cho (2019-06-06). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. fair.org by Joshua Cho A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that ...

Rebecca Gordon (2019-06-06). Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty. commondreams.org If the crime is big enough‚ÄĒlike creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guant√°namo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq‚ÄĒthe risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1894214.jpg...

MAIL (2019-06-06). Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms. democracynow.org Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside...

John O'Day (2019-06-05). Corporate Media Have Second Thoughts About Exiling Julian Assange From Journalism. fair.org "Democracy dies in darkness," reads the Washington Post slogan—though apparently sometimes it's good to put people in prison for exposing government wrongdoing ( 4/11/19). | After British police arrested Julian Assange on April 11, the first instinct of corporate journalists was to perform a line-drawing exercise. In so doing, corporate media dutifully laid the groundw...

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-06-05). Calling Solitary Confinement 'Government Torture,' Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Release Everyone'. commondreams.org In tweet commenting on upcoming "protective custody" of Paul Manafort, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says prison sentences don't provide license to commit "human rights violations" | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aoc-ban-solitary-manafort.jpg...

Consortiumnews (2019-06-05). After Assange's Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material. consortiumnews.com Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who've challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports. By Joe Lauria in... Read more →

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-05). Following US Lead on Assange, Australia Goes on Assault Spree Against Free Press. mintpressnews.com SYDNEY — Since the United States charged journalist Julian Assange with 17 counts of Espionage Act violations — charges that could see Assange facing the death penalty — Australia appears to be following America's lead and cracking down on free press, particularly journalists and publications that publish government secrets. | Australia — Assange's nation of origin and a Five Eyes member — has conducted two raids in as many days. The first was on Tuesday, when Aus...

WSWS (2019-06-05). Australian government forces refugees back to face repression in Sri Lanka. wsws.org At least 20 more asylum seekers have been detained by the Australian navy and deported to Sri Lanka to face possible torture and imprisonment.

Tom Coburg (2019-06-05). Journalists now fair game as police raid public broadcaster following US hounding of Assange. thecanary.co In April, US authorities issued an extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with warnings from The Canary and other m...

Consortiumnews (2019-06-05). 'No One is Above the Law' (Except the U.S.A.). consortiumnews.com Julian Assange's Australian lawyer and a European human rights lawyer argue that the conduct of the U.S. regarding the WikiLeaks publisher blatantly disregards numerous laws. By Greg Barns and Lisanne Adam Special to Consortium News On 11 April 2019, UK... Read more →

WSWS (2019-06-04). XY Chelsea: A deeply flawed portrait of US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. wsws.org The film charts Manning's life following Barack Obama's unexpected commutation in January 2017 of her vindictive 35-year-term jail sentence.

George Szamuely (2019-06-04). Strange Defenders: Assange and the Press. globalresearch.ca In recent days, in response to the Trump administration's issuance on May 23 of a 17-charge indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a number of prominent liberal columnists and Democratic politicians have come out with highly critical comments. Understandably, ...

Peter Koenig (2019-06-04). The Murdering of Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org Julian Assange is being slowly murdered by "Her Majesty's Prison Service" at Belmarsh prison in the south-east of London. The prison is notorious for holding people who have never been charged with a crime indefinitely. It is also called the British version of Guantanamo, and, typically used to detain so-called terrorists, thus called by the ...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-04). Nearly 100 Animal Rights Activists Arrested for Protesting 'Torturous Practices' at Duck Slaughterhouse. commondreams.org "The real criminality is the systemic torture and slaughter of billions of animals in the cruelest, filthiest, most sadistic conditions. But the police protect the corporate criminals." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/animal_rights1.png...

Bill Van Auken (2019-06-04). Pentagon Fires Guantanamo Prison Commander for Calling Attention to US Crimes. globalresearch.ca The Pentagon has announced the abrupt firing of the commander of the infamous US prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. | In a statement released Sunday, the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which oversees the extra-legal detention center, ...

Patrick Cockburn (2019-06-04). Why the US is Persecuting Assange. counterpunch.org I was in Kabul a decade ago when WikiLeaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what I had just learned from the news wires.He was intensely interested and asked me what was known about the degree of classification of the files. When I told him, he said in a relieved tone: "No real secrets, then." More

Global Research News (2019-06-04). Selected Articles: The Murdering of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Global Research has over 50,000 subscribers to our Newsletter. | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us ...

MAIL (2019-06-04). Headlines for June 4, 2019. democracynow.org CBP Confirms 2 More Migrants' Deaths in Recent Days, Judge Denies Dem Request to Block Funding of Border Wall, Mexico, U.S. Lawmakers Hope to Avert Trump Tariff on Mexican Goods, U.S. Sends Border Patrol Agents to Guatemala, Trump Meets with Theresa May as Protesters Blast His U.K. Visit, Sudan: Death Toll from Anti-Protest Raid Mounts, as Transitional Gov't Sets Timeline for Election, Reports: Car Bomb Kills At Least 14 People in Northern Syria, Swedish Court Rejects Detention Request for Julian Assange, New Images Appear to Contradict Reports of Killings of High-Level North Korean Officials, House Passes Disast...

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-06-04). Hey Trump: Remember Wikileaks? globalresearch.ca Last week in an episode of my daily Ron Paul Liberty Report we discussed whether the US and British government were actually trying to kill jailed Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. More than seven years ago Assange was granted asylum ...

WSWS (2019-06-04). In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition. wsws.org Despite Swedish prosecutors having investigated Julian Assange on bogus allegations of sexual misconduct for eight years, they have never charged him.

unitedEditor (2019-06-04). Monthly Review May 2019. uwidata.com Europe Assange: The Globalists' revenge On May 1 in London, the courts sentenced Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison. Assange was found guilty of violating a court order when he was released on bail seven years ago. On May 23, The US Department of Justice made new accusations against Assange. Among the ...

WSWS (2019-06-04). SEP Australia meetings on Labor's election debacle and the defence of Assange. wsws.org The leftward movement of workers and youth can find no way expression within the present political framework. It must be developed into a conscious political movement, based on a socialist perspective.

RT (2019-06-04). Controversial new US abortion laws akin to 'torture' — UN Commissioner. rt.com Recently passed abortion legislation in several US states equates to violence against women, according to UN human rights commissioner Kate Gilmore, who also called out what she termed the "extremist hate" behind the measures.

Aviva Stahl (2019-06-04). Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading—and American Prisons Won't Stop. thenation.com Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading—and American Prisons Won't Stop...

Zero Hedge (2019-06-03). New Snowden Leaked Memos Show NSA Aided Israel's "Targeted Assassinations" iranian.com A couple of new bombshell leaked NSA documents from the Snowden archive published days ago by The Intercept confirms the extremely close level of cooperation between American and Israeli intelligence services, especially as part of the so-called "global war on terror" since 9/11. The documents reveal the NSA even assisted in an aggressive targeted assassination campaign waged by Israel inside Lebanon, ...

WSWS (2019-06-03). Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured. wsws.org The brazen responses demonstrate the criminality of the US-led vendetta against Assange, which is proceeding in violation of due process and the fundamental tenets of international law.

WSWS (2019-06-03). Sydney Peace Prize recipients demand Australian government defend Assange. wsws.org The statement was a powerful indictment of the Australian political and media establishment, which has abandoned the WikiLeaks founder or openly participated in his persecution.

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Swedish Court Rejects Request to Detain Assange over 2010 Case. telesurenglish.net A Swedish court on Monday said it considers Julian Assange a suspect in a 2010 rape case but rejected a request to detain him, dashing the prosecutor's hopes of having him swiftly extradited from Britain. | RELATED: | UN Rights Expert Defends Assange, Says Institutions Abusing Power for 'Ulterior Motives' | The Uppsala district court...

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Swedish court rejects request to detain Assange over rape case. aljazeera.com Uppsala court's decision means WikiLeaks founder will not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation.

WSWS (2019-06-03). Valentina Flex, organiser of Edinburgh Assange and Manning protest, speaks to the WSWS. wsws.org Flex organised a protest in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning outside the US Consulate last Saturday.

WSWS (2019-06-03). Protests in London and Edinburgh demand freedom for Assange and Manning. wsws.org A protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday was organised via social media and endorsed by the Julian Assange Defence Committee.

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Julian Assange, the Espionage Act and implications for free media. aljazeera.com US prosecutors expand the indictment against the WikiLeaks founder under the Espionage Act.

Corinna Barnard (2019-06-03). Abuses Show Assange Case Was Never About Law. consortiumnews.com Jonathan Cook says 17 glaring legal anomalies provide overwhelming evidence that the WikiLeaks publisher has been the victim of political persecution. By Jonathan Cook Jonathan-Cook.net It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian... Read more →

Robert Fisk (2019-06-03). The Final Punishment of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org From the start, I've been worried about the effect of Wikileaks, not on the brutal western governments whose activities it has disclosed in shocking detail (especially in the Middle East) but on the practice of journalism. When we scribes were served up this Wikileaks pottage, we jumped in, paddled around and splashed the walls of reporting with our cries of horror. And we forgot that real investigative journalism was about the dogged pursuit of truth through one's own sources rather than upsetting a bowl of secrets in front of readers, secrets which Assange and co — rather than us — had chosen to mak...

plenglish (2019-06-03). Swedish Court Rules Out Arrest Warrant For Assange. plenglish.com Stockholm, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) A court in the Swedish city of Uppsala on Monday ruled out issuing an arrest warrant in absentia against the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who is in serious health conditions in the British prison of Belmarsh.

Consortiumnews (2019-06-03). Don't Be Fooled: Media Still Selling Out Assange. consortiumnews.com The media outlets that have suddenly rushed to Assange's cause are doing so out of self-protection, writes Jonathan Cook, not legal or journalistic principle. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net A few corporate media publications have finally come out in very half-hearted support... Read more →

WSWS Repost (2019-06-03). Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange? indybay.org Having been silent about defending Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, the Democratic Socialists of America is exposed as imperialist and undemocratic. It is not a true socialist party.

Staff (2019-06-02). US History Is Defined by the Use of Torture. truthout.org Soon after 9/11, the US began holding people in secret prisons around the world in places called "black sites." Black sites were secret and what happened within them was unknown. When we did learn about the techniques our government was using to extract information, we were told it was not torture but something called "enhanced interrogation." It sounded new and not so brutal. But it was torture. An updated version of it, but torture nonetheless, which forced us to think about what we were willing to do to other human beings in a state of war. In this episode, Rebecca Gordon argues that enhanced interrogation...

Pierre Tristam (2019-06-01). Trump Against the First Amendment. commondreams.org Julian Assange after being arrested by U.K. authorities in May. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assange_4.jpg...

Craig Murray (2019-06-01). Julian Assange and the Unrelenting State. globalresearch.ca We are seriously worried about the condition of Julian Assange. He was too unwell to appear in court yesterday, and his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, found him in a state where he was unable to conduct a conversation ...

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-01). Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org Another crude and sad chapter, yet more evidence of a system's vengeance against its challengers. Julian Assange, like they dying Roman emperor Vespasian, may be transforming into a god of sorts, but the suffering of his mortal physical is finding its mark. While some in the cynical, narcissistic press corps still find little to commend ...

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-31). The UN Torture Report on Assange Is an Indictment of Our Entire Society. dissidentvoice.org On the eighth of April, shortly before London police forcibly carried WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy, a doctor named Sondra S Crosby wrote a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting that the office look into Assange's case. Today, following a scorching rebuke of multiple ...

Riva Enteen (2019-05-31). National Lawyers Guild Echoes Smear Campaign About Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org I have been a proud member of the National Lawyers Guild for over 30 years, beginning in law school, and serving as union staff of the SF/Bay Area Chapter for over a decade. The Guild was founded in 1937 as an organization of lawyers to defend FDR's New Deal, and was the first racially integrated ...

susan_p (2019-05-31). WikiLeaks: Assange indictments 'the gravest attack on press freedom'. greenleft.org.au In response to the news on May 24 that the United States government is seeking to lay multiple espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the organisation accused US President Donald Trump's administration of launching "an unprecedented attack on the global free press". | The unsealed Espionage Act charges carry combined sentences of 175 years in prison and relate to disclosures of war crimes and human rights abuses by the US government, including the groundbreaking Collateral Murder video, Iraq War Logs, Afghan War Diaries, Cablegate, and the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Manuals, published in 2010 an...

Consortiumnews (2019-05-31). UN Says Assange Tortured: Watch the Webcast. consortiumnews.com Julian Assange was "psychologically tortured" by four nations ganging up on him, said the UN special rapporteur on torture. Watch the replay with Pentagon Papers whistle blower Dan Ellsberg, and other guests. The 32nd webcast vigil for Julian Assange was... Read more →

Jon Wiener (2019-05-31). Opposing Julian Assange's Extradition Is Essential—Even if You Dislike Him. thenation.com Opposing Julian Assange's Extradition Is Essential—Even if You Dislike Him...

United Nations (2019-05-31). Friday's Daily Brief: Fundraising for Mozambique, Assange's rights, Asia-Pacific development, Somalia and Sudan updates. un.org This Friday, we cover: a donor conference to support life-saving and recovery aid for Mozambique following two recent devastating cyclones; the need to respect Wikileaks' Assange's rights; how Asia-Pacific is working towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ; news from Somalia and Sudan; and a new stamp honouring Kofi Annan.

susan_p (2019-05-31). Poetry: A battle over truth. greenleft.org.au This is a battle over truth and freedom of the press. But the debate has been shifted to focus solely on one man, because it is much easier to vilify a man than freedom and democracy. Freedom will be plucked from our hands if we debate it on the merits of one man. | ***
For freedom, not Assange | Silent steps are taken in the dark | The shadows of history are seen on the walls | Power cringes in the light of truth | Behind closed doors truth is classified | Our fate sealed with government stamps | Truth only becomes truth by inspection | | So the gates are locked | Truth deemed such a fragile flower | That i...

RT (2019-05-31). Craig Murray on Julian Assange: "I have no confidence whatsoever in the British justice system" dissidentvoice.org "I have no confidence whatsoever in the British justice system" says Craig Murray after Wikileaks are 'gravely concerned' over sharp decline in Julian Assange's health.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-31). UN Special Rapporteur On Torture: 'The Collective Persecution Of Julian Assange Must End Here And Now'. shadowproof.com In a blistering statement against democratic countries collaborating to prosecute and enable the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned the "collective persecution" against him. "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence, and political persecution, I have never seen a...

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-05-31). Roaming Charges: Intimations of Imbecility. counterpunch.org + Every reporter, editor and publisher who used or cited any document published by Wikileaks should file an amicus brief opposing his indictment and extradition, since Assange is being indicted on their behalf. + Out of a total eleven prosecutions under the Espionage Act against government officials accused of providing classified information to the media, More

MAIL (2019-05-31). U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture" democracynow.org The United Nations special rapporteur on torture is warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from the effects of "psychological torture" due to his ongoing detention and threats of possible extradition to the United States. The U.N. expert, Nils Melzer, also warned that Assange would likely face a "politicized show trial" if he were to be extradited to the United States. Melzer writes, "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a lo...

Colin Benjamin (2019-05-31). Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail Guards Pepper-Spray Black Woman Strapped to Torture Chamber Restraint Chair. blackstarnews.com Chantelle Glass is being victimized above by guards inside Cuyahoga County Jail torture chamber... | A newly released video shows a Black Ohio woman being pepper-sprayed and assaulted by corrections officers inside Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail—while she was strapped to a restraint chair, in July 2018. | The Cuyahoga County Jail has been in the news recently because of the suspicious deaths of nine inmates over the past year. Two corrections officers have been arrested and charged in connection with one of those deaths--that of inmate Joseph Arquillo. Several others have also been arrested and charged wi...

amnesty (2019-05-31). United Arab Emirates: Incommunicado detainee at risk of torture: Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui. amnesty.org Lebanese detainee Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui has been held incommunicado since 11 April 2019. He is at heightened risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui is serving a 15-year prison sentence in the United Arab Emirates on "terrorism" charges. Legal proceedings against him have been seriously flawed, including arbitrary detention, excessive pre-trial detention, forced confessions, allegations of torture, and lack of access to medical care. In April 2019, the Prosecutor pressed new speech-related charges against Ahmad following a TV news report in which his sister and legal consultant were interviewed a...

amnesty (2019-05-31). Nigeria: Human rights agenda. amnesty.org The human rights situation in Nigeria is marked by serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, violence against women and girls, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, mass forced evictions, environmental pollution and lack of accountability for human rights violations and abuses. Amnesty International is proposing the following human rights agenda and recommendations to the government to improve respect for the human rights of everyone in Nigeria.

William A. Blunden (2019-05-31). Edward Who? The Snowden Affair Ends with a Whimper. dissidentvoice.org Do not send to those who tout secure drops, Tor, crypto-comms — these are traceable, diagrammable via basic net transmission tech. — Cryptome It's been more than six years since Edward Snowden went public. After all the breathless headlines, Hollywood movies, book deals, Pulitzer prizes, and glossy prime time biopics. What, pray tell, has come ...

Consortium News (2019-05-31). UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture" theantimedia.com (CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for "deliberately" exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," which can only be described as "psychological torture." "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political ...

Consortiumnews (2019-05-31). UN Torture Report: 'Demonized' Assange Has Faced 'Psychological Torture'. consortiumnews.com The UN special rapporteur on torture has blasted four nations for imposing psychological torture on Julian Assange. 'A Relentless and Unrestrained Campaign of Public Mobbing, Intimidation and Defamation' Warns of 'Criminalization of Journalism' By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News... Read more →

Bruce Shapiro (2019-05-31). Trump's Charges Against Julian Assange Would Effectively Criminalize Investigative Journalism. thenation.com Trump's Charges Against Julian Assange Would Effectively Criminalize Investigative Journalism...

United Nations (2019-05-31). UN expert criticizes States for 'ganging up' on Wikileaks' Assange; warns against extradition, fearing 'serious' rights violations. un.org After visiting Julian Assange in a London prison, an independent UN human rights expert expressed urgent concern on Friday, for the Wikileaks co-founder's well-being, accusing "a group of democratic States" of "ganging up" on the prisoner to "isolate, demonize and abuse" him and warned against extraditing the controversial publisher to the United States.

RT (2019-05-31). Assange Hospitalized, "dagger in journalist hearts" — George Galloway. dissidentvoice.org The attorney of WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange's has revealed that he was too ill to appear in a video chat for his extradition hearing. Assange has spent the past seven weeks at Belmarsh prison, where his health has continued to deteriorate. The WikiLeaks founder faces extradition to the US over "espionage" charges dating ...

amnesty (2019-05-31). Émirats arabes unis: Un homme détenu au secret risque d'źtre torturé. amnesty.org Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui, un ressortissant libanais, est détenu au secret depuis le 11 avril 2019. Il court un risque accru de subir des actes de torture et d'autres mauvais traitements. Ahmad Ali Mekkaoui purge une peine de 15 ans de réclusion aux Émirats arabes unis pour ´ terrorisme ª. Les procédures judiciaires ą son encontre ont été entachées de graves irégularités - détention arbitraire, détention provisoire d'une durée excessive, ´ aveux ª forcés, allégations de torture et manque d'accŹs ą des soins médicaux, entre autres.

John McEvoy (2019-05-30). WikiLeaks expresses 'grave concerns' as Julian Assange's health deteriorates further. thecanary.co Julian Assange was unable to appear in court via videolink for his US extradition hearing on 30 May amid "grave concerns" for the WikiLeaks founder's health. This news is a predictable result of the UK's wilful neglect of Assange's well-being. | "Grave concerns": | On 28 May, Reuters reported that Assan...

Consortiumnews (2019-05-30). WikiLeaks Expresses 'Grave Concerns' for Assange's Health. consortiumnews.com WikiLeaks on Wednesday said it was gravely concerned for the health of its publisher, Julian Assange, and questioned Britain's "standing as a human-rights abiding nation." By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News WikiLeaks has condemned Britain for its treatment of... Read more →

Miriam Schneir (2019-05-30). The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange. thenation.com The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange...

amnesty (2019-05-30). Bahrain: Joint letter calling on the King to commute the death sentences of Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali. amnesty.org The organizations urge Bahrain's king, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to commute the death sentences of Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali, who have exhausted all legal remedies available to them after the Court of Cassation rejected their appeal on 6 May 2019. The organizations oppose the death penalty in all cases, regardless of who is accused, the crime, their guilt or innocence, or the method of execution. The cases of Mr. Ali Al-Arab and Mr. Ahmed Al-Malali raise additional concerns, however, given the allegations that their confessions were obtained under torture and their right to a fair trial was violated.

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-05-30). Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage and Julian Assange. thenation.com Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage and Julian Assange...

Intercepted (2019-05-29). Prosecuting Julian Assange for Espionage Is a Coup Attempt Against the First Amendment. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | The Tru...

Shadowproof (2019-05-29). Unraveling The Justice Department's Conspiracy Theory Against Julian Assange. shadowproof.com Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed the Justice Department is relying on a theory of the case, which was concocted and partly tested during Chelsea Manning's military trial. The theory adopts the CIA's viewpoint, which is that WikiLeaks is a "non-state hostile intelligence service," and suggests Assange...

unitedEditor (2019-05-29). What does the future hold for Julian Assange? uwidata.com What does the future hold for the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, who became famous around the world for publishing top-secret materials regarding spy scandals, corruption at the highest echelons, war crimes and the diplomatic secrets of world powers? UWI spoke with lawyer and expert on media-related criminal cases Ahmet ąáą∂rtoƒülu. HERO OR THIEF? Some ...

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-29). Palestine: No Letup in Arbitrary Arrests, Torture. hrw.org | | Protesting the electricity crisis, in the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza, on January 12, 2017. One demonstrator holds a sign that reads, in Arabic, "We want electricity." On that day, Hamas security forces detained scores who participated in the demonstrations in Jabalia. | © 2017 Mahmoud Abu Salama | (Ramallah) — Both the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza are arbitrarily arresting peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said today. From January 2018 throu...

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-05-29). Trump Pardoning War Criminals, Prosecuting Whistleblowers. mintpressnews.com "What is the message to the soldiers and to the world if blatant war criminals are pardoned, while Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are severely persecuted for exposing war crimes?" -- Gerry Condon, Veterans for Peace...

Corinna Barnard (2019-05-29). Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, and Hardly Anyone's Talking About It. consortiumnews.com Caitlin Johnstone finds this jarring revelation reported by only a few outlets, often in an offhand manner. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that "Assange's health situation on Friday was such that... Read more →

MAIL (2019-05-27). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. democracynow.org Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. In April, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

MAIL (2019-05-24). Jeremy Scahill: New Indictment of Assange Is Part of a Broader War on Journalism & Whistleblowers. democracynow.org The Espionage Act charges filed against Julian Assange mark just the latest attempt by the Trump administration to criminalize journalism and whistleblowers. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is back in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Two weeks ago, drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was arrested in Tennessee. We air a new video by The Intercept titled "Why You Should Care About Trump's War on Whistleblowers," featuring Jeremy Scahill. We also speak to Scahill and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about how the corporate media has failed to stand up for Assange and others.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-24). In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist. shadowproof.com To listen to the story, click the above player. In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists...

MAIL (2019-05-24). Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage Charges Against Assange Are Most Significant Attack on Press in Decades. democracynow.org As the Justice Department charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act, we speak to Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, he was charged with violating the Espionage Act for leaking a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications. At the time, Ellsberg faced over 100 years in prison. He tells Democracy Now!, "There hasn't actually been such a significant attack on the freedom of the press ... since my case in 1971."

Ben Norton (2019-05-24). Trump's charges against Assange are historic attack on press freedoms. Media and Obama helped set the stage. thegrayzone.com It is not just Trump, but the media, Obama, Bush, mainstream "human rights" organizations, Republicans and Democrats alike that put...

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