ON FEB 1-2, 2012 Julian Assange’s case will be heard by the UK Supreme Court, in a two-day hearing on Sweden’s extradition request
The decision by the Supreme Court panel came on the same day as Bradley Manning’s pre-trial Article 32 hearing commenced in Fort Meade, near Washington D.C. Read more on Australia.
Supporters will be protesting in London and elsewhere. Check back for updates here, or leave comment with information.
Is Julian Assange a Trade Deal?
Greetings World Citizens: This is a message from Anonymous Operation Want
- vital information from WikiLeaks cables on the ties between the Swedish Wallenberg family, Bush, Rove, the Heritage Foundation and NASDAQ
“Legitimate authority is important. All human systems require authority, but authority must be granted as a result of the informed consent of the governed. Presently, the consent, if there is any, is not informed, and therefore it’s not legitimate.”
“From the glory days of American radicalism, which was the American Revolution, I think that Madison’s view on government is still unequaled,” he tells me during the three days I spend with him as he settles into his new location in England. “That people determined to be in a democracy, to be their own governments, must have the power that knowledge will bring – because knowledge will always rule ignorance. You can either be informed and your own rulers, or you can be ignorant and have someone else, who is not ignorant, rule over you. The question is, where has the United States betrayed Madison and Jefferson, betrayed these basic values on how you keep a democracy? I think that the U.S. military-industrial complex and the majority of politicians in Congress have betrayed those values.”
Why is WikiLeaks so focused on defending Bradley Manning?
Manning is alleged to be one of our sources, regardless of whether those allegations are true or not. He has now sat in various U.S. military prisons for the past 600 days as a result of what we published. So we feel that we owe him a duty of care. I have heard from people close to his defense that it is their view that the abuse of him was in order to get him to testify against us.
And they’re going after Manning, who is facing a life sentence, to get him to say that you’re a spy?
To be another chess piece on the board in the attack on us. The U.S. government is trying to redefine what have been long-accepted journalistic methods. If the Pentagon is to have its way, it will be the end of national-security journalism in the United States.
They’re trying to interpret the Espionage Act to say that any two-way communication with a source is a collaboration with a source, and is therefore a conspiracy to commit espionage where classified information is involved. The Pentagon, in fact, issued a public demand to us that we not only destroy everything we had ever published or were ever going to publish in relation to the U.S. government, but that we also stop “soliciting” information from U.S. government employees. The Espionage Act itself does not mention solicitation, but they’re trying to create a new legal precedent that includes a journalist simply asking a source to communicate information. A few years ago, for example, the CIA destroyed its waterboarding interrogation videos. In the Manning hearing, prosecutors described how we had a most-wanted list, which included those interrogation videos if they still existed.
“Collateral Murder” – the video you released in April 2010 showing a U.S. helicopter gunship firing on a group of Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters journalists and two children – was the first scoop that got you major media attention. You learned that The Washington Post actually had the video and had been sitting on it.
A Post reporter named David Finkel had the video. We had sources who explained that he had even shown them the video in his home. Yet he concealed it.
Finkel’s response [ed. to the “Collateral Murder” video] was, “There were a lot of bad days in Iraq.”
He had been embedded with ground troops in that area for some nine months on the ground. He had clearly developed too close an affinity for the people he was embedded with and came out essentially campaigning on their behalf after the release of the video. (below)
Were those kinds of failings by the mainstream media what inspired you to start WikiLeaks?
The things that informed me most were my experiences in fighting for freedom of the press, freedom to communicate knowledge – which, in the end, is freedom from ignorance. Secondly, my experiences in understanding how the military-intelligence complex works at a practical level. I saw that publishing all over the world was deeply constrained by self-censorship, economics and political censorship, while the military-industrial complex was growing at a tremendous rate, and the amount of information that it was collecting about all of us vastly exceeded the public imagination.
When people talk about your childhood, the two main words used to describe you are “nomadic” and “hacker.” You first got into trouble when you were 17 for hacking into Pentagon networks, as well as several Australian sites. It seems in some ways that you’ve been engaged in a lifelong campaign against authority.
I haven’t had a lifelong campaign against authority. Legitimate authority is important. All human systems require authority, but authority must be granted as a result of the informed consent of the governed. Presently, the consent, if there is any, is not informed, and therefore it’s not legitimate. To communicate knowledge, we must protect people’s privacy – and so I have been, for 20 years, developing systems and policy and ideals to protect people’s rights to communicate privately without government interference, without government surveillance. The right to communicate without government surveillance is important, because surveillance is another form of censorship. When people are frightened that what they are saying may be overheard by a power that has the ability to lock people up, then they adjust what they’re saying. They start to self-censor.
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Australian Senator Scott Ludlam calls on countrymen to defend Australian citizen Julian Assange
Links to actions in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Anonymous #opAssange
WACA WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance www.wikileaksaustraliancitizensalliance.net #akaWACA
Sweden v. Assange News
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Dear Citizens of the world,
You may have noticed that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, an international platform which brings the truth to you, has been arrested and held for over 400 days without any charges. Wikileaks discovered big scandals all over the world and now they need your help! He would never ask you and we would also like to avoid asking you for financial help, but in this case it is absolutely necessary to support Julian Assange to pay his lawyers and stuff like that. The world has to know about this important case, so you might print the flyers and spread them in your town.
Dear British Supreme Court, we demand that you do not extradite Julian Assange to the Swedish government. Otherwise we are forced to react!
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We would not forgive the British Supreme Court.
We do not forget Julian Assange.