Posts Tagged ‘ Wikileaks ’

Persecuting Assange: The mainstreaming of neoliberal pathology

August 18, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Simon Wood  

[A]fter four years of stalling, Swedish prosecutors have this week expressed their intention to question Assange within the embassy, something they could have easily done at any time. Indeed, those believing that (Swedish prosecutor) Marianne Ny really has at heart the best interests of the two women involved in the case must now ask themselves why she would therefore allow some of her investigations into allegations of sexual assault to be dropped -- as they were last year -- because the deadline for bringing charges expired. Given that Sweden is now willing to interview Assange in the embassy, why could they have not done this sooner for the sake of the women involved? The only possible conclusion is that this -- as long stated by several serious analysts -- is a purely political investigation and that Assange is right to fear for his security." (08/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/18/persecuting-assange-the-mainstreaming-of-neoliberal-pathology/  

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NPR host demands that Assange do something its own reporters are told never to do

August 18, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Naomi LaChance  

"In a ten-minute interview aired Wednesday morning, NPR's David Greene asked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange five times to reveal the sources of the leaked information he has published on the internet. A major tenet of American journalism is that reporters protect their sources. Wikileaks is certainly not a traditional news organization, but Greene's persistent attempts to get Assange to violate confidentiality was alarming, especially considering that there has been no challenge to the authenticity of the material in question." (08/17/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/08/17/npr-cant-accept-assange-protect-sources/  

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Ecuador: Assange to be questioned in London embassy

August 11, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Ecuador says a date for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in the British capital will be set 'in the coming weeks.' The development is a possible breakthrough in an impasse that has seen Assange holed up in Ecuador's embassy for more than four years. Assange sought political asylum at the embassy in June 2012 after he was accused of involvement in a suspected rape case in Sweden, an allegation he denies. He fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he will then be sent to the United States for prosecution over WikiLeaks'[s] publication of thousands of diplomatic letters." (08/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/11/ecuador-assange-questioned-london-embassy/88554800  

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The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 42

August 3, 2016
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The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
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"In this fortnight’s episode, The DNC WikiLeaks Edition, we talk about the big DNC WikiLeaks email drop, What’s in the News with stories on guns in Europe, a bunch of police misconduct, guns in Massachusetts, and freedom of speech, and a segment with some news on my future endeavors in podcasting." [various formats] (08/02/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/dnc-wikileaks-edition-tlf042/  

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Snowden and media friends: L’etat, c’est nous

July 31, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Good and honest motives or not, [Edward] Snowden and the journalists who help him disseminate 'curated' selections from the information in his possession have set themselves up as little governments. They're not 'return[ing] this information to the public' which theoretically owns it. They're merely parceling out the information THEY'VE decided it's OK for the public to have. But the the NSA and the US State Department do the same thing. Snowden and friends differ from those organizations merely on content selection criteria, not on the principles involved."

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6939  

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Unpacking the DNC emails

July 27, 2016
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Peter Van Buren The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren  

"The same people on the Clinton team who made enormous efforts to claim her private email server -- which operated unencrypted over the Internet for three months, including during trips to China and Russia, and which contained top-secret national-security data -- was not hacked by the Russians now are certain that the DNC server was hacked by the Russians. ... Instead of focusing on the contents of the hacked emails and the dirty tricks they exposed, many mainstream-media outlets headlined instead the Clinton-campaign talking point that the Russians hacked the emails and released them in an effort to derail her candidacy in favor of Donald Trump's." (07/26/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/unpacking-the-dnc-emails/  

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The Hunt for Red Trump-tober

July 26, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Julian Assange has done it again: exposed the inner workings -- and crimes -- of our political class, that is. This time his target is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, whose emails were hacked by a Romanian who calls himself 'Guccifer 2.0,' and posted online by WikiLeaks. As revelations tumble out of the enormous data dump -- e.g. DNC staffers conspired to target Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, as an 'atheist' -- the collusion of the party leadership with the Clinton campaign to marginalize Sanders threatens the Democrats with a potential explosion on the eve of their convention. It's 'gas meets flame,' as one Democratic party leader put it. The Clinton campaign has responded by pushing a bizarre conspiracy theory that recalls the darkest days of the cold war: the DNC leak, they claim, is part of a plot by the Kremlin to elect Donald J. Trump President of these United States. Yes, seriously." (07/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/24/hunt-red-trump-tober/  

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Wikileaks bags big game: Wasserman Schultz to resign as DNC chair after convention

July 25, 2016
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Wikileaks Washington Post    

"The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said she will resign this week in the aftermath of the release of thousands of embarrassing internal email exchanges among Democratic officials. ... In a trove of messages released by hackers on the website WikiLeaks, party officials discuss boosting Hillary Clinton's candidacy during the primaries -- and disparage Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The Clinton campaign -- and several cyber security experts -- said the leak was a political ploy carried out by the Russian government to aid in the election of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump." [editor's note: Standard Clinton rhetoric -- everyone is to blame except for misdeeds that are exposed except for the people who actually committed those misdeeds - TLK] (07/24/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hacked-emails-cast-doubt-on-hopes-for-party-unity-at-democratic-convention/2016/07/24/a446c260-51a9-11e6-b7de-dfe509430c39_story.html  

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WikiLeaks email dump reveals that mainstream media works directly with Hillary, DNC

July 24, 2016
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Wikileaks Anti Media    

"Wikileaks's Friday leak of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails reveals many nefarious activities. In light of new evidence the DNC intentionally sabotaged Bernie Sanders while DNC staffers mocked him, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party continue to be hit with embarrassing revelations. One of the most damning findings of the leak is the fact Clinton and the DNC have worked closely with, manipulated, and bullied media outlets." (07/23/16)

http://theantimedia.org/wikileaks-media-dnc-hillary/  

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Turkey: Regime blocks WikiLeaks access after Erdogan party email leak

July 21, 2016
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Wikileaks Fox News    

"Turkey has banned access to the WikiLeaks website, the group announced Wednesday, after the release of a trove of documents purportedly related to the country's power structure. The documents, which were published Tuesday, contain information from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP party, according to Wikileaks. The email dump comes hot on the heels of Friday's failed coup attempt against Erdogan. ... The Turkish government has previously banned access to websites deemed to be carrying material critical of Turkey, including YouTube and Twitter. Some opposition media websites were blocked following Friday night's coup attempt, which was quashed by security forces loyal to President Erdogan." (07/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/20/turkey-blocks-wikileaks-access-after-erdogan-party-email-leak.html  

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Swedish AG asks to question Assange at Ecuador’s UK embassy

June 22, 2016
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Wikileaks Firstpost [India]    

"Swedish authorities have written to the Ecuadorean foreign office in UK seeking a meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, as he began his fifth year holed out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. It could prove to be a major breakthrough in the protracted standoff between the 44-year-old Assange and Sweden, where he is wanted [sic] in relation to a 2010 rape allegation. 'Interviewing Assange inside the embassy has been Ecuador's request for four years. Over 1,400 days we have been asking the Swedes to come and interrogate him in our embassy. So it is welcome there has been change of heart and some sign of political will,' said Ecuador's foreign minister, Dr Guillaume Long." (06/21/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/sweden-to-question-julian-assange-in-ecuador-embassy-in-london-2847650.html  

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Sweden: Court upholds warrant for Assange

May 25, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"A Swedish district court on Wednesday upheld an arrest warrant for Julian Assange, in a blow to the WikiLeaks founder's hopes to end his years-long stay at Ecuador's embassy in London. Assange is wanted on rape charges [sic] in Sweden that date back to 2010. ... In February, a United Nations working group concluded that the hacker and anti-secrecy activist has been 'arbitrarily detained' for the last three years, and that he should be allowed freedom of travel. After that claim, Assange's lawyers filed a motion asking the Stockholm District Court to overturn his arrest warrant. But Swedish officials continue to believe the charges [sic] are valid and still consider him a flight risk, Marianne Ny, the director of public prosecutions, said in a statement." [editor's note: In point of fact, Assange has not been "charged" with any crime in Sweden; Ny claims to just want to question him, but has declined numerous opportunities to do so - TLK] (05/25/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/281187-swedish-court-upholds-warrant-for-wikileaks-founder-assange  

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Italy: Foreign ministry summons US ambassador over NSA spying

February 24, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Italy's foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador John Phillips on Tuesday after WikiLeaks released top-secret documents showing how Washington had spied on the Italian prime minister. Foreign Minister Michele Valensise asked for 'clarifications' about U.S. surveillance, the Italian ministry said in a statement. The Italian government also alluded to changes that the Obama administration made in 2014, on the heels of damaging leaks from Edward Snowden, to prohibit personal spying on friendly foreign leaders. In response, the American ambassador promised to 'immediately' address Italy's concerns, the foreign ministry claimed." (02/23/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/270495-italy-summons-us-ambassador-over-reported-nsa-spying  

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Sweden: Lawyers ask court to overturn Assange arrest warrant

February 22, 2016
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Wikileaks Independent [UK]    

"Lawyers have made a formal request to a Swedish court to overturn Julian Assange's arrest warrant in a rape case [sic]. The journalist has spent more than three years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeal against extradition failed in the UK courts. Thomas Olsson, one of Assange's lawyers, said in a statement: 'We consider that there have arisen a number of new circumstances which mean there is reason to review the earlier decision.'" (02/22/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-lawyers-ask-court-to-overturn-julian-assanges-arrest-warrant-a6889041.html  

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When in Rome: “Criminal consequences” for Assange’s tormentors?

February 8, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Prior to this ruling, Assange's persecutors might have been able to plausibly claim legal uncertainty as an extenuating circumstance. That defense is no longer available. Assange's continued confinement after the ruling constitutes the knowing and intentional commission of several prosecutable war crimes." (02/06/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4595  

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Assange says he’ll accept arrest if UN rules against him

February 4, 2016
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Wikileaks USA Today    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday that he would allow British officials to arrest him if a United Nations panel rules against him in a case against the United Kingdom and Sweden about his detention in London. ... The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to announce Friday its verdict on whether Assange is being detained illegally, according to media reports. The decision comes more than 16 months after the man filed a complaint with the panel about his detention. ... Assange noted that if the panel rules in his favor, he expects the return of his passport and 'the termination of further attempts to arrest me.'" (02/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/03/julian-assange-will-accept-arrest/79800340/  

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Court ruling against Chicago sheriff proves thuggish anti-Wikileaks blockade was unconstitutional

December 1, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Beyond the positive outcome in this specific case -- What kind of person would become sheriff of Chicago and then choose to spend his time worrying about adult sex ads? -- the 7th Circuit's ruling is crucial for protecting free speech rights generally. That's because corrupt public officials have realized that they can abuse their power to pressure corporations to 'suffocate' private actors whom they dislike but who are breaking no laws. The most notorious, most dangerous case was in late 2010, when Joe Lieberman blatantly abused his power as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to implicitly threaten and coerce companies like Amazon to terminate website hosting and payment processing services to WikiLeaks, which had just published the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs and diplomatic cables." (12/01/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/12/01/court-ruling-against-chicago-sheriff-proves-thuggish-anti-wikileaks-blockade-was-unconstitutional/  

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Julian Assange and the value of WikiLeaks: Subverting illusions

August 17, 2015
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OpEdNews
by Norman Solomon  

"Three years after Ecuador's government granted political asylum to Julian Assange in its small ground-floor London embassy, the founder of WikiLeaks is still there -- beyond the reach of the government whose vice president, Joe Biden, has labeled him 'a digital terrorist.' The Obama administration wants Assange in a U.S. prison, so that the only mouse he might ever see would be scurrying across the floor of a solitary-confinement cell. Above and beyond Assange's personal freedom, what's at stake includes the impunity of the United States and its allies to relegate transparency to a mythical concept, with democracy more rhetoric than reality. From the Vietnam War era to today -- from aerial bombing and torture to ecological disasters and financial scams moving billions of dollars into private pockets -- the high-up secrecy hiding key realities from the public has done vast damage. No wonder economic and political elites despise WikiLeaks for its disclosures." (08/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7cuctt  

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WikiLeaks: NSA eavesdropped on the last three French presidents

June 24, 2015
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Wikileaks ABC News    

"WikiLeaks published documents late Tuesday that it says show the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents, releasing material which appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece's economy, relations with Germany -- and, ironically, American espionage. The release caused uproar among French politicians, although it didn't reveal any huge surprises or secrets." (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2d6rqs  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime warns citizens to ignore Wikileaks doc dump

June 22, 2015
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Wikileaks The Guardian [UK]    

"Saudi Arabia has warned its citizens to ignore thousands of its diplomatic documents leaked by the transparency site WikiLeaks, which give a rare insight into the kingdom’s habit of buying influence and monitoring dissidents. ... On Sunday the Saudi foreign ministry spokesman Osama Nugali warned citizens not to 'allow enemies of the state to achieve their intentions in regards to exchanging or publishing any documents,' many of which, he said, had been 'fabricated in a very obvious manner.'" (06/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2c7yb5  

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Media lessons from Snowden reporting: LA Times editors advocate prosecution of sources

June 8, 2015
posted by

Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"When it comes to taking the lead in advocating for the criminalization of leaking and demanding the lengthy imprisonment of our source, it hasn't been the U.S. Government performing that role but rather -- just as was the case for WikiLeaks disclosures -- those who call themselves 'journalists.' Just think about what an amazing feat of propaganda that is, one of which most governments could only dream: let's try to get journalists themselves to take the lead in demonizing whistleblowers and arguing that sources should be imprisoned! As much of an authoritarian pipe dream as that may seem to be, that is exactly what happened during the Snowden debate." (06/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzmrw22  

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America’s most wanted secret — Wikileaks is raising $100k reward for leaked drafts of the TPP

June 3, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"The only real information we have about the shady corporate giveaway known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), is via three chapters released by Wikileaks. Now, the whistleblower organization is raising $100,000 as a reward for additional leaked draft chapters." (06/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhud6x5  

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Sony hack: Wikileaks publishes more than 30,000 documents

April 17, 2015
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Wikileaks The Hollywood Reporter    

"On Thursday, WikiLeaks published more than 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures, obtained from a hack that has been sourced to North Korea in anticipation of the studio's release of The Interview. The Julian Assange website noted in a press release that 'whilst some stories came out at the time, the original archives, which were not searchable, were removed before the public and journalists were able to do more than scratch the surface.' In a move that could trigger another round of embarrassing prying into Sony affairs, WikiLeaks has now published those documents in a searchable format." (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pyh7ea4  

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Interview: Julian Assange

March 17, 2015
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Wikileaks teleSUR [state media -- multiple Latin American governments]
by Chris Spannos  

"In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Julian Assange talks about why he chose Ecuador for asylum and the ongoing U.S. investigation into WikiLeaks." (03/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/me2ocgs  

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Sweden: Prosecutor requests permission to question Assange at London embassy

March 13, 2015
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Wikileaks Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A Swedish prosecutor said on Friday that she had asked permission to question Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in the British capital, where he has taken refuge since losing a legal battle against extradition to Sweden in 2012. Prosecutors had previously refused to travel to London, but lead prosecutor Marianne Ny said time was running out to press certain charges against Assange, as their statue of limitations will be reached in August. ... One of Assange's defense lawyers, Per Samuelson, welcomed Friday's offer, saying his client would probably accept it. 'It's something that we have been asking for four years,' Per Samuelsson, one of Assange's lawyers, told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet. 'This is the way to go so that he is (proven) innocent.'" (03/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n55f4r7  

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