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    US announces 17 new espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged by the US Justice Department with receiving and publishing classified information in a new indictment.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-annou...bZz1Wl9bRil5Kw

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    The Chinese and Russians were really ahead of their times, now we are only catching up with their methods of censure

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    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-annou...bZz1Wl9bRil5Kw
    ...publishing documents that harmed the US and its allies.
    Now only we know why so many got harmed....

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    Should have entered the Russian embassy instead of the Equador embassy all those years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    Should have entered the Russian embassy instead of the Equador embassy all those years ago.
    Perhaps the prospect of sharing a tiny Moscow flat with Ed Snowden was too much for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Perhaps the prospect of sharing a tiny Moscow flat with Ed Snowden was too much for him.
    Preferable to the rest of your life in an American gulag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    Should have entered the Russian embassy instead of the Equador embassy all those years ago.
    I think the Russian Embassy was under heavy surveillance already, he wouldn't have made there

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    a message to the free press of the world

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    indeed,

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    a message to the free press of the world
    Carry on as normal and stop doing the Kremlin's dirty work?

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    ^vlad's team just stabs them with an umbrella

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    Might be a good time to look at that footage again of a US helicopter gunship murdering unarmed Reuters journalists. Thanks Wiki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    ^vlad's team just stabs them with an umbrella
    Nah, that was the Bulgarians.

    Vlad's team invite them for a nice up of tea, remember?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Might be a good time to look at that footage again of a US helicopter gunship murdering unarmed Reuters journalists. Thanks Wiki.
    Maybe have a look at the Syrians trying to kill that news crew the other day while you're at it.

    Pesky war zones.

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    ‘Everyone else must take my place’: Assange in letter from British prison
    24 May, 2019

    In a handwritten letter from Belmarsh prison, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange says he is being denied a chance to defend himself and that elements in the US that “hate truth, liberty and justice” want him extradited and dead.

    The letter was sent to independent British journalist Gordon Dimmack. It was dated May 13 – ten days before the US announced 17 additional charges under the Espionage Act against the jailed whistleblower.

    In light of the new indictment, Dimmack read out the letter in a YouTube video. A photo of the handwritten note was soon posted online as well.

    “I have been isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself: no laptop, no internet, ever, no computer, no library, so far, but even if I get access it will just be for a half an hour, with everyone else, once a week,” Assange wrote. “The other side? A superpower that has been preparing for 9 years, with hundreds of people and untold millions spent on the case.”

    Assange was arrested on April 11, after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and UK police seized him from the Latin American country’s embassy in London. He was sentenced to 50 weeks behind bars for skipping bail, and sent to Belmarsh, a prison south of London once dubbed 'British Guantanamo' for being used to jail terrorism suspects.

    I am defenseless.
    “I am unbroken, albeit literally surrounded by murderers, but, the days where I could read and speak and organize to defend myself, my ideals, and my people are over until I am free! Everyone else must take my place,” Assange wrote in the letter.

    The WikiLeaks publisher had sought refuge in Ecuador in 2012, claiming – correctly, as it turned out – that trumped-up charges in Sweden would be used to get him extradited to the US. A secret indictment of Assange, only made public in March, charged him with violating the Espionage Act over the 2010 publication of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

    “The US government, or rather, those regrettable elements in it that hate truth, liberty and justice, want to cheat their way into my extradition and death, rather than letting the public hear the truth, for which I have won the highest awards in journalism and have been nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Assange wrote.

    Truth, ultimately, is all we have.
    The new charges against Assange have alarmed even the mainstream media outlets that have spent years pouring vitriol on WikiLeaks, as they began to realize his prosecution along those lines would essentially criminalize all journalism. However, because Assange and WikiLeaks have been demonized by advocates of the Russiagate conspiracy theory as “agents of the Kremlin” and spies, media pushback against the charges has been muted at best.

    https://www.rt.com/news/460215-assan...r-from-prison/

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    175 yrs in jail for revealing war crimes? Where's MSM outrage over persecution of Assange?

    Julian Assange holds a video conference with Catalan students outside the University of Barcelona on September 26, 2017 Getty Images / David Ramos
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    The news that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has been indicted on 17 additional charges under the US Espionage Act and could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison should concern all journalists, the world over.

    Some, to their credit, have spoken out against the relentless persecution of the white-haired Australian truth-teller.

    But it's nothing compared to the outrage that could and should be stirred. Most journalists in the west have stayed as silent as Trappist monks with sore throats, or actually taken the side of the authorities acting against Assange.

    Just imagine, as I discussed here if Julian was a Russian dissident, being treated in the same way by the Russian authorities. Then we'd be seeing column after column in ‘serious newspapers’ urging people to join the ‘Free Assange’ campaign. Celebrities would be falling over themselves to show their support. There'd be calls for yet more sanctions to be imposed on Russia, and to be maintained until the ‘political prisoner’ was released. But who so far has come out in defense of Assange, save for Pamela Anderson and Roger Waters? Where are the great ‘human rights defenders’?

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/460177-assa...lists-outrage/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    The WikiLeaks publisher had sought refuge in Ecuador in 2012, claiming – correctly, as it turned out – that trumped-up charges in Sweden would be used to get him extradited to the US.
    Shit journalism, charges in Sweden can not get him extradited to US. Charges in US can but they are very recent.
    Only one of the 17 charges has to hold for either Britain or Sweden to extradite him now..
    Lets see what Britain does when he gets released, will they send him to US or pass on that hot potato to Sweden?
    May the bridges I burn light my way

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    Dissident from other side: (he too is suffering under the cruel chinkies...)

    Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural

    Since being allowed to leave China in 2015, he has been living in Berlin, Germany, with his family, working on installations, and traveling extensively.





    and his "art"



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    ^The barstools surely manufactured in China (or in Thailand?) Anybody interested to buy the art?

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    Some federal prosecutors disagreed with decision to charge Assange under Espionage Act

    Two prosecutors involved in the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argued against the Justice Department’s decision to accuse him of violating the Espionage Act because of fear that such charges posed serious risks for First Amendment protections and other concerns, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The previously undisclosed disagreement inside the Justice Department underscores the fraught, high-stakes nature of the government’s years-long effort to counter Assange, an Internet-age publisher who has repeatedly declared his hostility to U.S. foreign policy and military operations. The Assange case also illustrates how the Trump administration is willing to go further than its predecessors in pursuit of leakers — and those who publish official secrets.

    The internal Justice Department debate over how, or whether, to prosecute Assange stretched back to the Obama administration, which ultimately decided that such charges were a bad idea but did not formally close the case.

    The case was dormant when the Trump administration began, but in 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, eager to demonstrate his zeal for pursuing anti-leak investigations, urged the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia to take a second look at prosecuting Assange.

    In a sign of how seriously they took their task, one of the assistant U.S. attorneys asked to evaluate the case was James Trump, an aggressive veteran prosecutor with experience in intelligence leak matters.

    James Trump was part of the team that won criminal convictions in 2015 against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was charged with leaking classified information to journalist James Risen. Prosecutors in that case had taken the dramatic step of seeking to compel Risen to reveal his source in court. The prosecution team in that case wanted to jail Risen until he cooperated with investigators, but that plan was scuttled by then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., according to people familiar with the matter who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

    When it came to Assange, James Trump was concerned about pursuing a prosecution that was so susceptible to First Amendment and other complicated legal and factual challenges, the people familiar with the matter said.

    Another prosecutor, Daniel Grooms, also disagreed with charging Assange, according to the people familiar with the matter. At the time, Grooms served as criminal chief in the U.S. Attorney’s office that was handling the case.

    Prosecutors debated the case internally for months, with James Trump and Grooms advocating against Espionage Act charges, the people said. By the time prosecutors actually charged Assange, James Trump had offered his opinion and was no longer part of the discussions, and Grooms left the Justice Department last month for unrelated reasons, these people said.

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    America’s Top Newspaper Editors Alarmed by Assange Indictment

    The newsroom chiefs at New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today raised concerns about the Trump administration’s latest threat to the First Amendment.

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    A former CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower says that an extradited Julian Assange would have no chance of a fair trial in front of a federal judge who “reserves every national security case for herself.”
    John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Eastern District of Virginia Judge Leonie Brinkema for telling ABC News about CIA waterboarding, told Russian state-sponsored RT They are going to try to make an example of Julian,” adding “He’s been charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. His judge was also my judge and ex-Snowden’s judge and [CIA whistleblower] Jeffry Sterling’s judge who reserves every national security case for herself.”
    “She is a hanging judge. She will not give him a fair trial. It’s impossible for Julian to receive a fair trial in the Eastern District of Virginia,” added Kiriakou.


    A former CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower says that an extradited Julian Assange would have no chance of a fair trial in front of a federal judge who “reserves every national security case for herself.”
    John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Eastern District of Virginia Judge Leonie Brinkema for telling ABC News about CIA waterboarding, told Russian state-sponsored RT They are going to try to make an example of Julian,” adding “He’s been charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. His judge was also my judge and ex-Snowden’s judge and [CIA whistleblower] Jeffry Sterling’s judge who reserves every national security case for herself.”
    “She is a hanging judge. She will not give him a fair trial. It’s impossible for Julian to receive a fair trial in the Eastern District of Virginia,” added Kiriakou.

    https://themindunleashed.com/2019/05...ing-judge.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    a federal judge who “reserves every national security case for herself.”
    So she's on the payroll then...

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    Did SMS Records Prove Julian Assange Was Framed By Police ?

    https://www.inquisitr.com/3775914/do-new-sms-records-prove-julian-assange-was-framed-by-police/

    BREAKING: Assange Releases SMS Records Revealing He Was Framed By Police In Rape Cases ? True Activist

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