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Interview: President of Australian Lawyers Alliance speaks out in defense of Assange


“I think what it does show is the United States’ hypocrisy on this particular issue. If the US Government decides to leak materials against other regimes such as China for example, or Russia, then that’s all ok. But if there’s material out there that the United States doesn’t want to be out there, then the United States comes down upon that journalist very very hard. And I think that the so called “land of the free” has shown that it has got a glass jaw when it comes to tactics being used against it, that it itself uses against other nations.”

(via theamericanbear)

Source: crystalfallz

BREAKING: Bradley Manning is formally charged with 'aiding the enemy' - AFP


The enemy being Truth?

Source: brooklynmutt

The Rolling Stone Interview with #JulianAssange | #Assange vs. #Keller


[…] Why did Keller feel the need to tell the world how pleased the White House was with him? For the same reason he felt the need to describe how dirty my socks were. It is not to convey the facts – rather, it is to convey a political alignment. You heard this explicitly: Keller said, “Julian Assange may or may not be a journalist, but he’s not my kind of journalist.” My immediate reaction is, “Thank God I’m not Bill Keller’s type of journalist.” […]

7 page interview on Rolling Stone

Source: anonymissexpress

#OccupyUNESCO: #WikiLeaks denounces #UNESCO after WikiLeaks banned from UNESCO conference on WikiLeaks


WikiLeaks denounces UNESCO for banning WikiLeaks from conference about WikiLeaks (February 16-17, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris).

WikiLeaks denounced UNESCO for banning WikiLeaks from tomorrow’s international conference about WikiLeaks. The large two-day conference, which has 37 speakers listed, is to be held UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. US organizers have stacked the conference with WikiLeaks opponents and blocked all speakers from WikiLeaks, stating that the decision to censor WikiLeaks representation was an exercise in ’freedom of expression… our right to give voice to speakers of our choice’.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denounced the conference: ’UNESCO has made itself an international human rights joke. To use “freedom of expression” to censor WikiLeaks from a conference about WikiLeaks is an Orwellian absurdity beyond words. This is an intolerable abuse of UNESCO’s Constitution. It’s time to occupy UNESCO.’

WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson expressed consternation in a letter to UNESCO about the exclusion: ’UNESCO has a duty to assure that fairness and balance is secured in important discussions carried out under the banner of the organization. It is obvious that this will hardly be the case, given the selection of speakers. This is both a disgrace to UNESCO and potentially harmful to WikiLeaks.’

Julian Assange calls for an immediate investigation “UNESCO must conduct a full, frank and open investigation as to how its constitution, which tasks it to promote freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of communication, has become a blunt instrument of censorship. UNESCO must demonstrate that cold-war style power-plays, by the United States, or indeed any other country, are no longer acceptable.”

The following hash tag may be used to follow the story: “#OccupyUNESCO”

Full details and a longer explanatory article follow.

Conference Details: - Livestream: The Media World after WikiLeaks and News of the World 09:00-16:45, 16-17 February 2012 mms://stream.unesco.org/live/room_4_en.wmv

- Conference URL: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-…

- Venue: UNESCO Headquarters 7 place de Fontenoy , 75352 Paris, France https://maps.google.com/maps/place?…

UNESCO Constitution: http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-…

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19: http://www.udhr.org/UDHR/ART19.HTM

WikiLeaks refused participation at UNESCO WikiLeaks conference

When WikiLeaks became aware that a two day conference about WikiLeaks’ impact was being hosted by UNESCO, WikiLeaks expressed its consternation that no-one from WikiLeaks had been approached to participate - and requested that WikiLeaks be given access to meaningful participation at the conference.

UNESCO forwarded WikiLeaks’ letter to Ronald Koven of the “World Press Freedom Committee”. The WPFC is based in Reston, Virginia, in the United States. UNESCO lists the organizers as the U.S. “World Press Freedom Committee” (WPFC) in cooperation with the UNESCO Communication & Information Sector. The WPFC board (http://is.gd/1bF0N3 ), is comprised of Washington insiders, cold war ideological allies (such as Freedom House and the disgraced IAPA) and U.S. mainstream media groups.

Although WikiLeaks has over 90 partner organisations and despite numerous other books having been published on WikiLeaks, UNESCO and the WPFC decided to exclude WikiLeaks and stack the UNESCO conference with a “who’s who” of WikiLeaks opponents and critics, no matter how insignificant or poorly informed. This includes speakers who are not merely critics, but four who have active legal conflicts with the organization. Tellingly, the key note is by a journalist who serialized her failed anti-WikiLeaks book in a U.K tabloid as “The WikiFreak: In a new book one author reveals how she got to know Julian Assange and found him a predatory, narcissistic fantasist”.

Ronald Koven is the WPFC’s spokesman on ’press freedom concerns’ at UNESCO. Koven has been monitoring UNESCO for the U.S. organizations for over 30 years. In recent years he has been a U.S. Embassy informant and is mentioned in WikiLeaks’ cables. Koven refused WikiLeaks participation due to what can only be interpreted as political considerations:

“I can only share in your attachment to freedom of expression. It must include our right to give voice to speakers of our choice.”

Koven went on to justify the exclusion:

“The main focus of this conference is not about WikiLeaks as such but about the implications of its actions for the future of professional journalism.”

This characterisation is at odds with the description of the aims of the conference on its website: “The conference aims to explore a wide range of new questions for traditional media and journalism posed by the WikiLeaks phenomenon” (that is, WikiLeaks).

WikiLeaks again contacted UNESCO’s Sylvie Coudray, who is in charge for Freedom of Expression, reminding UNESCO that it has a duty to ensure fairness and balance in conferences carried out under the banner of the organization, and in accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UNESCO’s legacy is at stake, and the political decisions driving this exclusion are yet another episode in the persecution of WikiLeaks.

UNESCO responded “We do not have intention to cause any polemic” and stated that WikiLeaks could attend the conference- as long as WikiLeaks did not demand to participate as speakers. She appears to deny WikiLeaks work as journalism:

“Mr Koven has already answered to some of your questions. May I underline that the conference is *about journalism* in light of the situations that occurred with Wikileaks and News of the World, and *not about the episodes themselves*.”

The full correspondence between WikiLeaks, UNESCO and WPFC is available at the end of this document.

Although the conference is meant to be about WikiLeaks and freedom of the press, there is nothing about the most serious attack on WikiLeaks and freedom of expression everywhere. The extrajudicial attack has wiped out 95% of WikiLeaks revenues and has been the subject of wide-spread condemnation, including from the UN and the EU. Since Dec 2010, US financial giants VISA, MasterCard, The Bank of America, PayPal and Western Union have been involved in an economic censorship war against this organization. A formal U.S. Treasury investigation found there were no grounds for the US to blacklist WikiLeaks. Despite this, the unlawful blockade continues.

MasterCard, along with the U.S. State Department, sponsored the WPFC organized the 2011, so-called, “UNESCO World Press Freedom Day”, during the start of the U.S. economic censorship campaign against WikiLeaks. It also conspicuously avoided discussion of extrajudicial banking blockade against WikiLeaks.

More on wikileaks.org


Source: thefreeusapress

The Assange case means we are all suspects now | John Pilger


This week’s Supreme Court hearing in the Julian Assange case has profound meaning for the preservation of basic freedoms in western democracies.

This is Assange’s final appeal against his extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual misconduct that were originally dismissed by the chief prosecutor in Stockholm and constitute no crime in Britain.

The consequences, if he loses, lie not in Sweden but in the shadows cast by America’s descent into totalitarianism. In Sweden, he is at risk of being “temporarily surrendered” to the US where his life has been threatened and he is accused of “aiding the enemy” with Bradley Manning, the young soldier accused of leaking evidence of US war crimes to WikiLeaks.

The connections between Manning and Assange have been concocted by a secret grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, which allowed no defence counsel or witnesses, and by a system of plea-bargaining that ensures a 90 per cent conviction. It is reminiscent of a Soviet show trial.

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Once again, I feel like I should be apologizing for the Australian government. They are such fucking doormats for America. If our government had a middle name it’d be ‘welcome’.

Source: theamericanbear

US Government Accuses Bradley Manning of Aiding Al Qaeda | Kevin Gosztola


That’s right! They’re trotting out the most hollow and meaningless word in the post-9/11 lexicon:

The pre-trial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, concluded with the government revealing in its closing argument for the first time the enemy, which they believe Manning’s actions aided: the terrorists.

I feel an all-caps rage reaction coming..

Calling what Manning did a “six month-long enterprise of indiscriminately harvesting information,” Cpt. Ashden Fein stated in the prosecution’s closing argument that Manning had actual knowledge that what he gave to WikiLeaks would end up in the hands of the enemy and that enemy was Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and similar enemies.

An Al Qaeda propaganda video was shown. Subtitled, the video featured a figurehead of the organization discussing the released information, like the State Department cables. The figurehead said the cables revealed “foreign dependencies.” He said something about relying on Allah for actions against the US and then said before taking actions jihadists should rely on the “wide range of resources on the Internet” now.

here it comes…can’t. hold. on…

Fein asserted that AQAP is “urging followers to collect and archive WikiLeaks information.” Manning “knowingly gave intelligence through WikiLeaks to the enemy.” He “wantonly caused the release of this information.” It was “not just good for declared enemies” but also accessible to “all other enemies with Internet access.”


I…just…gah…what the fuck is this.

If they think those diplomatic memos are the most dangerous information on the Internet, think again.

Yesterday, without even trying, I found a highly detailed and accurate guide on how to make thermite with easily-available ingredients (with addendums on how to make it ignite easier and how to ignite it, and suggestions for use including ‘destroying an old car’ and ‘melting some steel’).

Thermite burns at 2500 degrees Celsius. For comparison - matches burn at 230 degrees Celsius and petrol burns at around 800 degrees Celsius. Thermite can burn TWICE AS HOT AS PETROL.

And I found that without even trying.

That’s just one example of what is publicly available on the Internet. Diplomatic memos are the least anyone has to worry about. 

Source: theamericanbear


Bradley Manning’s “trial” begins today.


Bradley Manning’s “trial” begins today.


Source: theamericanbear