Julian Assange, Wikileaks
"There's a man in London who is facing extradition to Sweden and then to the United States
because two Swedish women discovered that he was sleeping with both of them."
It is absolutely disgraceful that Julian Assange has in effect been held under house arrest in London for over three years (as of July 2015) without being charged by either the government of Sweden or the U.K. government with any crime. Much praise is due to the government of Ecuador for providing Assange with protection from rendition to Sweden and consequent extradition to the U.S., where he would probably be tortured and would certainly be jailed for life. The government of the U.K. is, to its shame, just a tool of the Americans. And to its shame also, the government of Australia (a U.S. vassal state) has done absolutely nothing to help or protect Assange (an Australian citizen) or even to protest this blatant injustice.
Truthfulness has never been counted among the political virtues, because it has little indeed to contribute to that change of the world and of circumstances which is among the most legitimate political activities. Only when a community has embarked upon organized lying on principle, and not only with respect to particulars, can truthfulness as such, unsupported by the distorting forces of power and interest, become a political factor of the first order. Where everybody lies abut everything of importance, the truthteller, whether he knows it or not, has begun to act; he, too, has engaged in political business, for, in the unlikely event that he survives, he has made a start toward changing the world. — Hannah Arendt, "Truth and Politics", in Between Past and Future
WikileaksA radical new development in the fight against censorship emerged in 2006. Wikileaks allows whistleblowers to upload documents which may prove embarrassing to governments and corporations without risk of harrassment.
Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations.
- Raffi Khatchadourian: No Secrets: Julian Assange's mission for total transparencyAssange is an international trafficker, of sorts. He and his colleagues collect documents and imagery that governments and other institutions regard as confidential and publish them on a Web site called WikiLeaks.org. Since it went online, three and a half years ago, the site has published an extensive catalogue of secret material, ranging from the Standard Operating Procedures at Camp Delta, in Guantánamo Bay, and the "Climategate" e-mails from the University of East Anglia, in England, to the contents of Sarah Palin's private Yahoo account. The catalogue is especially remarkable because WikiLeaks is not quite an organization; it is better described as a media insurgency. It has no paid staff, no copiers, no desks, no office. ... Key members are known only by initials — M, for instance — even deep within WikiLeaks, where communications are conducted by encrypted online chat services. The secretiveness stems from the belief that a populist intelligence operation with virtually no resources, designed to publicize information that powerful institutions do not want public, will have serious adversaries.
- White House condemns release of Afghan war documents
A hacker-founded whistleblower website called Wikileaks has released [July 25, 2010] close to 75,000 documents, from the battlefront in Afghanistan, which purportedly show the complicity of Pakistani spy agencies and the Taliban in waging a war against Western military forces.
- In Disclosing Secret Documents, WikiLeaks Seeks 'Transparency'
WikiLeaks.org, the online organization that posted tens of thousands of classified military field reports about the Afghan war on Sunday, says its goal in disclosing secret documents is to reveal "unethical behavior" by governments and corporations.
- 'Data journalism' scores a massive hit with Wikileaks revelations
The emerging form of disclosure through the internet, pioneered so successfully in the past couple of years by Wikileaks, deserves our praise and needs to be defended against the reactionary forces that seek to avoid exposure.
CablegateOn November 28, 2010, Wikileaks began releasing the first of 250,000 secret, confidential and NOFORN ('not to be shown to foreigners') cables sent between the U.S. State Department and numerous U.S. embassies around the world, cables which, in the words of Israel Shamir, "throw a bright light upon the murky policies of the American Imperium, on their methods of collecting information, of delivering orders, of subverting politicians and robbing nations."
Predictably, the U.S. State Department condemned the release, and there have been attempts to block the Wikileaks Cablegate website. An advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has even called openly in a TV interview for Assange's assassination. Acting in her role as U.S. puppet the Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has declared WikiLeaks to be "acting illegally" — without, however, saying which law in which country has been broken (and Julian Assange is rightly considering suing her for slander).
It was the Zionist Senator Joe Lieberman who leaned on Amazon to ban Wikileaks from its servers. And he also leaned on Tableau Software to prevent Wikileaks using its visualization software to display some things graphically. It's so amusing to see people like Lieberman and Hillary Clinton (who "waxed lyrical in a speech in January about an Internet free of government interference") squirming in the light of the Wikileaks revelations. They show no reluctance to invade the privacy of ordinary people but these hypocrites complain loudly when the tables are turned. And note that people such as Lieberman and Clinton have a right to privacy only as ordinary people, not when they are acting as the official (elected or appointed) representatives of the citizens who elected the government of which they are part.
BBC, 2010-12-03: Domain name provider forces Wikileaks offline
"The website of whistle-blowing organisation Wikileaks has been shut down
by the company [EveryDNS.net] providing it with domain name services."
The Wikileaks and Cablegate websites can still be accessed via several IP addresses, as given at Wikileaks Mirrors (the IP addresses for Cablegate are: 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52). If that URL goes down also then that page can be accessed via: http://184.108.40.206 For a complete list of mirrors see Cryptome's page.
Support for Assange
We protest at the attacks on WikiLeaks and, in particular, on Julian Assange. The leaks have assisted democracy in revealing the real views of our governments over a range of issues which have been kept secret and are now irreversibly in the public domain. All we knew about the mass killing, torture and corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan has been confirmed. The world's leaders can no longer hide the truth by simply lying to the public. The lies have been exposed. The actions of major corporations such as Amazon, the Swiss banks and the credit card companies in hindering WikiLeaks are shameful, bowing to US government pressure. The US government and its allies, and their friends in the media, have built up a campaign against Assange which now sees him in prison facing extradition on dubious charges, with the presumed eventual aim of ensuring his extradition to the US. We demand his immediate release, the dropping of all charges, and an end to the censorship of WikiLeaks.— Letter to The Guardian (UK), 2010-12-10, from John Pilger and 17 others
Clearly, the world will never be the same. Now's the time for all ordinary people to say "Fuck you!" to the American Imperium and to the corporate capitalist global elite (with the U.S. government as its compliant tool) — and none too soon. And also to all the puppet governments (Sweden, Australia, Canada and others) upon which the American Imperium depends; without their active support it cannot last long.
- Why Amazon Caved, and What It Means for the Rest of Us
- Darren Pauli: Wikileaks site down ... but not out
- WikiLeaks site's Swiss registrar dismisses pressure to take it offline
- Okke Ornstein: How WikiLeaks builds a global open source insurgency
- Deepa Kumar: WikiLeaks, Iran, and the US's Arab Allies: What the Corporate Media Are Not Saying
- Bruce Sterling's take on Wikileaks
- U.S. Subpoenas Twitter Over WikiLeaks Supporters
- The War on WikiLeaks: John Pilger's Investigation and Interview With Julian Assange
- Expressen, 2011-03-11: Interrogator [Irmeli Krans] in the Assange case friend with woman [Anna Ardin] accusing Wikileaks founder
- James Moore: WikiLeaks and the myth of objective journalism
- Moon of Alabama: The Thaileaks — "He [Andrew MacGregor Marshall] sets those cables [from the U.S. embassy and consulate in Thailand] into detailed and lucid political and historic context in a four part Thaistory."
- Chase Madar: Bradley Manning: American hero — Four reasons why Pfc Bradley Mannning deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, not a prison cell.
Added from June 2011 onward:
- Harry Browne: Dublin Wikileaks Cables Reveal Irish Govt. Groveling to the US
The revelation that a senior Irish official discussed possible amendments to domestic criminal law with the US ambassador is contained in a Wikileaks cable ... Like many of the cables from around the world, the Dublin cables so far revealed through Wikileaks show US diplomats effectively united with their local counterparts against a common enemy: the people — whether the people take the form of anti-war activists, jurors or voters in an upcoming election.
- Steve Fishman and New York Magazine: Perception Management
- Julian Assange files new challenge against extradition to Sweden (2011-11-16)
- WikiLeaks says Stratfor emails to expose sinister spies and insider traders
'Private lives of private spies' have been laid bare as WikiLeaks began publishing a huge tranche of emails from US intelligence firm Stratfor.
- WikiLeaks lawyer, on 'inhibited person' travel list, stopped at airportAustralian human rights lawyer and WikiLeaks supporter Jennifer Robinson appears to have been placed on a travel watch list and was prevented from leaving the UK this morning until approval was secured from the Australian High Commission. ... [It is possible that] Robinson was stopped not at the behest of an Australian agency but a foreign agency. In December, Robinson was in the US to monitor the pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning and was sharply critical of the conduct of the hearing.
- Amy Goodman: Julian Assange and America's vendetta against WikiLeaks
- Craig Murray: Why Eurosceptics Should Back AssangeThe Framework Agreement in its English version specifically states, in Article 1, that the European Arrest Warrant must be issued by a "judicial decision". That really can only mean a court — it cannot mean a prosecutor on any construction. ... The truth is that Philips and his fellow judges live in the real world, and were more concerned to please both the EU and the US by getting Assange extradited on charges that would not stand any genuine judicial investigation.
- James Cogan: Defend Julian AssangeAssange's extradition to Sweden will almost certainly result in criminal charges and his detention. It would also establish the conditions for US authorities to unveil a secret grand jury indictment on charges of espionage and to file a warrant for his extradition from Sweden. ...
[The] intense hatred of Assange in US ruling circles is the product of WikiLeaks' public exposure of the sinister machinations and crimes of the US government and governments around the world. The website published information that revealed US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as hundreds of thousands of American diplomatic cables documenting anti-democratic intrigues that go on every day in the corridors of power internationally. ...
The Australian Labor government has openly collaborated in the persecution of Assange, an Australian citizen. Before any charges or trial, Prime Minister Julia Gillard branded his actions in publishing diplomatic cables as "illegal." The attorney-general threatened to cancel his passport and demanded that Britain enforce the Swedish extradition warrant. Should Assange manage to return to Australia, the Labor government last month amended legislation to remove any barrier to extraditing Australian citizens on "political offences" committed in other countries.
The treatment of Assange, Manning and WikiLeaks are part of a far broader assault on democratic rights internationally already underway under the guise of the "war on terror." Fundamental rights such as the freedom of speech and association are being criminalised by governments intent on protecting the interests of the corporate elite amid a deepening global crisis of capitalism.
- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum in Embassy of Ecuador in London (2012-06-20)Assange was beginning to exhaust his legal options in Britain to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about separate encounters he had with two WikiLeaks volunteers in August 2010. Although he admits to brief affairs with the women [one, at least, a CIA operative?], he denies their accusations of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion.
- Pepe Escobar: It's Ecuador or GuantanamoThe Swedish case against Assange stinks to Scandinavian high heavens — featuring a certified man-eating prosecutor (Marianne Ny) and two groupies, the vengeful, ultra-manipulative Anna Ardin and the shy Sofia Wilen, both of which had consensual sex with Assange.
It boils down to Ardin exacting revenge on Assange — who traded her sexual favors for the younger Wilen. It was Ardin who convinced Wilen to officially make the complaint of a sexual assault — duly directing Wilen to a police station.
Wilen's interrogation was not even finished when a policewoman called the female prosecutor and got an order to arrest Assange in absentia. That the prosecutor issued the arrest warrant even without having read a complaint — by Wilen or by Ardin — proves this is not a sophisticated Stieg Larsson Scandinavian noir; it's cheap smut. ...
Eager to prevent WikiLeaks from making Sweden its HQ, the rabid Swedish rightwing pounced, in force. It helped that their mentor was no one else than Karl Rove — who had been advising Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, aka Sweden's Reagan, for two years. ...
If Assange were Chen Guangcheng — denouncing China's excesses — the whole hypocritical Atlanticist West would be rallying behind him. And all this is happening while Dubya, Dick and Rummy (George W Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld), the Three Lethal Stooges, destroy a whole country and are allowed to roam free.
Britain threatens to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to arrest Julian Assange
There are reports that "Mr Assange was offered [Australian] consular assistance, but he thanked them and declined the offer." Consular assistance normally means renewal of a passport and (if an Australian is arrested overseas) recommendation of a lawyer. But Australian passports are valid for ten years, so it is unlikely that Julian Assange's Australian passport will expire anytime soon. And Assange has no need of a recommendation of a lawyer since the Wikileaks legal team is already being headed by the renowned Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon (who indicted the Argentinian torturer Augusto Pinochet). So what exactly does 'consular assistance' mean in this case? It certainly does not mean support from Assange's home government in the form of a denunciation of threats by prominent U.S. citizens for his assassination, and it does not mean the Australian government's requesting the Swedish government to provide assurance that Assange will not be handed over to the U.S. if he sets foot in Sweden. It's very likely that that is exactly what would happen, exposing Assange to the likelihood of torture and the possibility of execution. Shame on the Australian government!
- Britain warns Ecuador over Assange asylum (2012-08-15)A stern warning from Britain on the eve of Ecuador's much-anticipated decision on Julian Assange's asylum request led its foreign minister to accuse Britain on Wednesday of threatening to storm his nation's London embassy to arrest the WikiLeaks founder. ... As news broke of the warning, police were seen reinforcing Scotland Yard's presence outside the embassy ...
- WikiLeaks condemns Britain's intimidation of Ecuador
- UK police descend on Assange's embassy refuge (2012-08-16)More police have arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up after seeking political asylum. Two more Metropolitan Police vans have parked directly outside the entrance to the west London building and a crowd of media and Assange supporters has been ordered behind police tape 20 metres from the door ...
- How Assange can leave Ecuadorean Embassy without arrestThere is only one way that Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, can leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London without being arrested. The Ecuadorean Government will need to grant him immediate citizenship and appoint him Honorary Consul, or better, UK or UN Ambassador and issue him with a diplomatic passport. Anything less will not work as the British authorities have upped the stakes and made it patently clear that they will ignore protocol and conventions to arrest Assange even if he is granted political asylum.
- Tiffany Madison: Ecuador grants Wikileaks' Assange asylum, ignites diplomatic storm with EnglandSince 2009, pressure on the U.K. government to deliver Assange has increased. Though he has not been charged with a crime, he is wanted for questioning in Stockholm on unrelated charges filed after the first leak [of U.S. State Department cables]. It is customary for law enforcement to interrogate suspects in other nations, but Swedish officials have refused to visit the U.K., demanding physical extradition. Sources suspect this demand is a foil to capture Assange for the U.S. government.
[Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo] Patiño clarified that Ecuador would allow Assange's extradition to Sweden with guarantees that no eventual extradition to the United States would take place. Sweden refused to make such promises.
CIA analysts believe extradition to Sweden for questioning could result in international rendition, torture and indefinite detention without charge or trial. The government of Ecuador agrees. "It is not impossible that he would be treated in a cruel manner, condemned to life in prison, or even the death penalty," Patiño said.
- [The Australian] Govt must do more for Assange: Greens
The Australian government must do more than merely provide WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with consular assistance, the Greens say. ... Greens senator Scott Ludlam says the government must take a more active role in the case. "He's an Australian citizen, he's in enormous trouble and he needs the help of his government," Senator Ludlam told reporters in Canberra on Friday. "Consular assistance is for people who've lost their passports. This needs a diplomatic and political resolution."
Not likely to happen as long as Julia Gillard remains a U.S. puppet.
- Assange exploits decade of US follyTHE saga of Julian Assange's extradition from Britain, which began with the WikiLeaks founder having sex with "Miss A" and "Miss W" in Sweden two years ago, could only have happened in a post-9/11 world. ...
There is evidence of a US investigatory process and preparations for an indictment that could form the basis for extradition from Sweden. Australia has been a reluctant defender of Assange's legal rights ever since Prime Minister Julia Gillard pre-emptively declared: "The foundation stone [of the WikiLeaks postings] is an illegal act that certainly breached the laws of the United States of America." Claims to be ignorant of US prosecutors' plans now stand exposed as false.
In other words, the Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr is a liar.
- Annie Machon: The Assange Witch HuntIf Assange were extradited merely for questioning by police — he has yet to be even charged with any crime in Sweden — there is a strong risk that the Swedes will just shove him straight on the next plane to the US under the legal terms of a "temporary surrender". And in the US, a secret Grand Jury has been convened in Virginia to find a law — any law — with which to prosecute Assange. Hell, if the Yanks can't find an existing law, they will probably write a new one just for him.
- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange calls for an end to US 'witch-hunt'
- Full transcript of Julian Assange's speech outside Ecuador's London embassy
- Julian Assange: Two Years of Cablegate as Bradley Manning Testifies for the First Time
- EU official [Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs] tells Julian Assange 'just go to Sweden'
thomas vesely's comment:
this woman is a total simpleton.
What this reveals is how stupid politicians think we all are. Malmström tells us she "does not believe for a minute" Julian Assange would be extradited to the US from Sweden. Is this meant to be reassurance that his extradition from the UK to Sweden would end with the resolution of sex accusations?
Anyone with half a brain can see that she has left a doorway wide open in her wording for a second extradition. Her statement is CLEARLY not a guarantee of no second extradition.
Julian Assange has offered time and again to be interviewed by Swedish prosecutors in London. (Such interviews have been done before, on one occasion even for a suspected serial murderer.) He has expressed his willingness time and again to go to Sweden if a guarantee is given that there would be no onward extradition to America.
Anyone with half a brain can see that politicians from four countries, Sweden, UK, US and Australia, have not been entirely honest in the whole truth. Julian Assange has taken the only option which does not put his life at risk.
The 'rape' is merely a holding charge which would allow the US to request extradition. The unwillingness of Sweden to offer a guarantee against extradition and the fact that a grand jury has already sat in secret make extradition to the US a certainty.
The whole episode has shows political interference at the highest level, completely ignoring the Swedish Code of Judicial Procedure.
Swedish Counsel for Assange, Bjorn Hurtig writes "I have asked her [the prosecutor] several times that they should hear my client so that we can be aware of the accusations. They have said no to this initially (and by this I mean for several weeks). Furthermore I remind her that I several times have asked her to give me the evidence in the case. She has said no to this also. I then tell her that I have asked my questions informally and in writing and tell her about a formal request that I made 14 of September 2010. This formal request has not yet been formally answered, which I find to be a breach of Swedish law (23:18 Rättegångsbalken). I also tell her that Sweden has not followed art 6:3 of The European Convention of the 4 november 1950, because Julian has not been informed of the accusation in detail and in his own language. Neither has he been informed of the documents in the case in his own language. This is an incorrect behavior.
I then tell her that Julian is indeed willing to participate in a hearing. But I remind her that I asked her in writing (14 of September) if he was free to leave Sweden for doing business in other countries and that she called me and said that he was free to leave. This is important because it means that Julian has not left Sweden in trying to escape the Swedish justice. Then I reminds her that Julian and I several times have tried to give them dates when he could come to Sweden and participate in a hearing, for example I spoke to the second prosecutor Erika Leijnefors during week nr 40 and told her that Julian could participate in a hearing the 10 of October (a Sunday) or some day the following week. The prosecutor in charge (Marianne Ny) said no to this. Other times Marianne Ny has said no to our proposals due to that one of her police officers were sick or because the time did not suit her. This is also important because it shows that Julian has tried but Marianne Ny has said no."
Sweden is being pressured by the US. The whole prosecution has been a text book example of the abuse of legal process. Releasing unsubstantiated allegations to the press, (a clear violation of Swedish law), can only have come from the prosecutors office. Chapter 23 section 4 of the Swedish Code of Judicial Procedure. [Trans] "The investigation should be conducted so that no one is exposed to unnecessary suspicion or suffer cost and inconvenience. The preliminary investigation shall be conducted as expeditiously as the circumstances admit."
After the first prosecutor threw out the rape charge, the prosecution was restarted by politician Claes Gustaf Borgström who is the Swedish Social Democratic Party's spokesperson on gender equality issues. He is also the brother of journalist Annette Kullenberg who works for the Expressen, which just happened to leak the smear against Assange.
Links added since January 2013:
- ‘There is a drone with Assange’s name on it’ — William Blum (2013-01-28)
- Assange receives Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts (2013-02-04)
Assange was gracious enough not to forget to thank some of those who have paid the biggest price and have provided material that has exposed more evil than anyone else in recent history: “I want to thank all our anonymous volunteers and all those volunteers from Anonymous. You are unseen in your work but your work far from unseen. But I want to specifically name some. Volunteer, Aaron Swartz, aged 26. Political activist, hounded to death, right here in New York last month as part of the broader political crackdown against our ideals. Alleged source, now political prisoner Bradley Manning. Bradley is now two weeks away from 1,000 days in prison. The longest pre-trail detention in US military history. Alleged source, now political prisoner Jeremy Hammond, detained without trial, right here in New York, for the last 336 days as of today. Volunteer and alleged source, now political prisoner, Gottfrid Svartholm, detained in Sweden for almost five months. WikiLeaks banking blockade protestors Christopher Weatherhead, aged 22 and Ashley Rhodes aged 28. Sentenced in the UK last week to 18 months and 7 months in prison respectively.”
- 'You might call the United States CIA: ‘Murder Inc.’' – exclusive interview with Assange's lawyer Ratner (2013-04-11)
- Assange officially files to run for Australian Senate (2013-02-14)
Julian Assange, the most famous whistleblower and fighter for transparency in the world, something that has made him enemy number one of the United States of America, has officially filed documents with the Australian Electoral Commission to run for a senate seat in the Australian state of Victoria in the upcoming September federal elections. The fight proves to be a test not only for Mr. Assange but also for the Australian people who now will have a choice for real positive change in their country or to keep the status quo. Will he win? Chances are good. ...
When I spoke with Mr. Ratner I asked him if Mr. Assange would be able to fulfill the duties of the office, which will be filled by an appointee chosen by Mr. Assange if he is not able to physically take the seat, as has been stated by his supporters, and he stated that the situation is a not clear due to the fact that, as he put it, Australia is a “lap dog for America”, and may attempt to send Mr. Assange to America where he faces life in prison or even execution, for publishing material that was embarrassing to the United States and which exposed war crimes and secret wars being carried out in contravention of international laws and treaties. ...
The fears which Mr. Assange has are very real and exist to this day, a fact that was underlined in a recent interview with William Blum on the Voice of Russia, who said that it was a given that Assange was on US Government assassination lists and who in his words has, “… a missile with his name on it, inside a drone with his name on it!” ...
Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks Party are bravely continuing their fight to end the illegal and criminal conduct of government and fighting for transparency, time will tell if the Australian people also support such noble ideals.
- Colin Robinson: In defence of Julian Assange (2014-03-07)
Julian Assange's publisher writes about his experience of working with the much-criticised WikiLeaks founder
- Julian Assange tells SXSW audience: ‘NSA has grown to be a rogue agency’ (2014-03-08)
- YouTube videos (via RT) by and about Julian Assange
- John Pilger (2014-11-17): The Siege of Julian Assange is a FarceThe Americans are pursuing Assange because WikiLeaks exposed their epic crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale killing of tens of thousands of civilians, which they covered up; and their contempt for sovereignty and international law, as demonstrated vividly in their leaked diplomatic cables. ...
Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape wrote: “The allegations against [Assange] are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction… The authorities care so little about violence against women that they manipulate rape allegations at will. [Assange] has made it clear he is available for questioning by the Swedish authorities, in Britain or via Skype. Why are they refusing this essential step in their investigation? What are they afraid of?”
- Assange stakeout has cost UK taxpayers £9mn (2015-01-04)
- Julian Assange to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London (2015-03-13)
Ecuador’s foreign ministry said in a statement: “We welcome the decision of the Swedish authorities to finally interview Julian Assange in our London embassy. The government of Ecuador has repeatedly made this offer since 2012, when it granted asylum to Mr Assange. This decision could have been taken from the beginning, and not only when the case is about to be subject to statute of limitation. It is a great injustice that Mr Assange, due to the prosecutors' failure to fulfil their duty, has been deprived of freedom without charge in the United Kingdom, and confined in our embassy for almost 1,000 days. This amounts to a violation of his human rights, at great personal cost to him and his family.”
- Assange calls Swedish prosecutors ‘reckless’ after Ecuador embassy interview falls through (2015-06-18)
- Under siege: Assange marks 3rd anniversary in London’s Ecuador embassy (2015-06-19)
Following the WikiLeaks publication of classified US military and diplomatic documents in 2010, Assange has been deprived of freedom altogether for nearly five years. He served a term in prison, then under house arrest and in the embassy, although no actual charges have been brought against him.
- Justice for Assange
On 11 May 2015 the Supreme Court of Sweden issued a split decision in relation to Julian Assange’s appeal in the detention matter. Judge Svante O. Johansson wrote the dissenting opinion finding in favour of Julian Assange arguing that the actual harm and intrusion outweighed the reasons for a continued detention. The majority argued that Julian Assange should continue to be detained in absentia without charge and that the fact that the preliminary investigation had been frozen for over four years could be disregarded because the prosecutor decided on March 13, 2015 that she would accept questioning Mr. Assange in the embassy of Ecuador in London, where he has asylum.
But the prosecutor, Marianne Ny, subsequently cancelled the interview. Why? What is she afraid of? Being exposed as a tool of the Americans?
- Prosecutor cancels Assange meeting (2015-06-17)
- Assange Open Letter France
- Assange’s open letter was not ‘explicit’ application for French asylum — WikiLeaks (2015-07-03)
- John Pilger: Kafka-like Persecution of Julian Assange (2015-07-31)
- Double standards? Sweden interviews 44 in London, but not Assange (2015-08-10)
- Assange Claims Australia has Handed Over its Sovereignty to Washington (2015-09-30) — For sure it has.
- UK resisted Swedish efforts to interview Julian Assange (2015-10-19)
- Assange in UK: Five years without freedom — or charges (2015-12-07)
Assange's judicial drama began with two women [Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen] who jointly visited a Stockholm police station on a Friday afternoon in August 2010. Both women had had consensual sex with Julian Assange. Then they found out that Assange had had intercourse with the respective other party.
The women then wanted to know how they could force Assange to take an HIV test. Several hours later, the police opened a criminal investigation into Assange over allegations of rape and sexual assault. Eva Finne, the Stockholm prosecutor in charge of the case, initially dropped that investigation for lack of sufficient initial suspicion. Another prosecutor, Marianne Ny of Gothenburg, picked the case up. ... No formal charges have been brought forward to this day. ...
[After receiving permission to leave Sweden and then travelling to the UK] Assange took refuge in the [Ecuadorian] embassy after exhausting every possible legal action to avoid extradition. His fear of being sent to the United States cannot be dismissed as paranoia. The United States reacted strongly to the biggest revelations released by WikiLeaks in 2010. The publication of the "Afghan War Diary" (more than 91,000 US reports on the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010), the "Iraq War Logs (nearly 392,000 reports from 2004 to 2009) and especially "Cablegate" (more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables from 2003 to 2010) had shown the world a new — and hardly flattering — image of US political activity. ...
[Nikolaos] Gazeas [a lawyer based in the western German city of Cologne] particularly criticized the Swedish prosecutors: "Up to this point, there has been no questioning of Assange in the UK. If you consider that the Swedish judiciary conducted — in 2014 alone — 44 questionings of witnesses or defendants abroad, it seems quite remarkable that they refused, in the case of Assange, to consider an obvious move like that for such a long time, only to abandon it eventually due to formal issues."
"Put very cautiously," Gazeas said, "it gives rise to the suspicion that the Swedish authorities involved don't seem to have such a profound desire to actually conduct an interrogation of Assange in London."
And the reason is that if the Swedish authorities did then it would become clear that there is no basis for continuing to investigate this case, and the extradition request would lapse, and U.S. vassal state Sweden would anger its master by denying it the opportunity to extradite Assange to the U.S. (where he would very likely be tortured and jailed if not murdered in revenge for his revelations of U.S. crimes).
- Sweden reaches deal with Ecuador to question Julian Assange in London (2015-12-14)
- ‘UN decision undeniable victory, Sweden & UK lost,’ Assange tells crowds in London (2016-02-05)
- UN Rules WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Being Detained Unlawfully (2016-02-06)
- Assange stays put as Britain, Sweden reject UN decision (2016-02-05)
On Friday, the group [the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD)], based in Geneva said in a statement that "the various forms of deprivation of liberty to which Assange has been subjected constitute a form of arbitrary detention." ... "The UN body issued its decision after a 16-month independent review that took into account all evidence submitted by Sweden and the UK," Carey Shenkman, Assange's US human rights lawyer, told DW. "We now look to both countries to implement the reported decision in accord with their obligations under international law." ...
[But] As details of the UNWGAD's decision were leaked on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement reiterating that Assange would be arrested if he left the embassy. Swedish prosecutors, too, said that the UN panel's decision would have "no formal impact" on its ongoing investigation.
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