Townsville, Queensland, Australia
|Residence||Embassy of Ecuador, London|
|Alma mater||Central Queensland University, University of Melbourne|
Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks. In 2012 he took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies. Asked about 9/11, he stated that "I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud."
Ecuadorean embassy siege
Julian Assange is now effectively imprisoned in the Ecuadorean embassy, London, as a result of establishment allegations of sexual offences. He is under a siege by the Metropolitan Police which has cost over £10million. On 13 March 2015, it was reported that Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny had asked for Julian Assange to be interviewed in London about the rape and sexual assault allegations, despite previously insisting talks should be held in Stockholm. Assange's lawyer Per Samuelsson said:
- "I have spoken to him early this morning - I think I even woke him up - and he said 'this is a great victory for me' in the case. But simultaneously he was irritated that it took so long for the prosecutor to do her job properly...there is a mixture of feelings."
In 2014, Julian Assange complained to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that he was being "arbitrarily detained" as he could not leave the embassy without being arrested. The panel of legal experts, which has taken evidence from the UK and Sweden, was due to announce the findings of its investigation into the case on 5 February 2016 but the BBC leaked the result a day early under the headline "UN panel 'rules in Julian Assange's favour'".
On 4 February 2016, Assange tweeted:
- "Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal. However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me. Julian Assange, Embassy of Ecuador, London (https://justice4assange.com/)."
Commenting for the first time on the UNWGAD panel's ruling, Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny said on 9 February 2016 she was "currently working on a renewed request to interview Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London".
"Free Julian Assange"
On 1 March 2016, Britain and Sweden were called upon to respect the UNWGAD decision and free Julian Assange. The following statement, signed by more than 500 high profile signatories from more than 60 countries including William Blum, Noam Chomsky, John Goss, Craig Murray and John Pilger, was delivered to the Swedish and UK Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva:
- “We the undersigned, including legal and human rights organisations, academics, and policymakers condemn the reactions of the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to the finding by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained.
- "The governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom are setting a dangerous precedent that undermines the United Nations Human Rights system as a whole. We urge Sweden and the United Kingdom to respect the binding nature of the human rights covenants on which the decision is based, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; as well as the independence, integrity and authority of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
- "We therefore call on the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to comply without further delay with the Working Group’s findings and 'ensure the right of free movement of Mr. Assange and accord him an enforceable right to compensation, in accordance with article 9(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights'.”
Views On September 11th
Webster Tarpley is highly critical of Julian Assange, describing Wikileaks as a "modified limited hangout". Perhaps the most convincing single piece of evidence of this is his public support for the US government's official narrative as regards the September 11th attacks.
"I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud."
It is an open question whether this is his sincere belief.
More leaks to come
WikiLeaks is planning new releases of secret documents on controversial negotiations and intelligence agency operations, according to the anti-secrecy organisation's Australian founder, Julian Assange.
In an interview with Fairfax Media, Assange said that while he does not expect to leave Ecuador's London embassy any time soon, WikiLeaks very much remains in the business of publishing the secrets of diplomats and spies:
- "There'll be more publications – about large international so-called free trade deals, and about an intelligence agency," Mr Assange said.
Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been pilloried by many as traitorous to Western interests. Yet those who maintain that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing due to false evidence, concealed police diaries and other misrepresented evidence have cause to be grateful to Assange and those who support and assist him. In December 2011, six weeks after the end of the Libyan maelstrom of war and bloody death, with its brutal killing of Muammar Gaddafi, Jim Swire secretly travelled to Tripoli for his final meeting with al-Megrahi, a man shortly to die of cancer. The NATO bombing campaign was over, and the conflict had reduced to sporadic outbreaks of firing and killing in several outlying parts of the country. Tripoli seemed at peace and the quiet streets offered no hint of the evil that had rampaged across the nation over the previous ten months.
Unknown to Jim Swire, American intelligence and some within the American administration had three months previously been discussing the illegal rendition and assassination of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Stratfor is a Texas headquartered global intelligence supplier to large corporations such as the Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The company’s Vice President is Fred Burton, a man much respected by those who see all foreigners as inferior to Americans. A contributor to US chat shows and Fox News, Burton has written several books and is a welcome speaker at Republican and right-wing gatherings.
- "I would like to kill the terrorist al-Megrahi myself. I'm hunting for him on my own thru a few channels. If he can be found, I'll have him whacked."
We can be sure that if Genchur and friends had carried out an assassination they would have killed any witnesses including members of the Megrahi family who were continually at Baset’s bedside. Five days later on 24 August 2011, CEO Fred Burton added a further statement:
- “While the world is focusing on the chaos in Libya counterterrorism agents could take advantage of this window of opportunity to capture al-Megrahi. The symbolism of grabbing and bringing him back to stand trial in a US court would resonate around the world.”
The Genchur and Burton emails were revealed solely through the brave actions of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Those who believe in the freedoms of an informed democracy should have cause to be grateful.
Documents by Julian Assange
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Assange Statement on the start of Bradley Manning trial||statement||4 June 2013||Chelsea Manning|
|Freedom and the Future of the Internet||book introduction||1 October 2012||Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet|
|Google and the NSA||article||24 August 2013||Google|
National Security Agency
|Guantanamo SOP Confirms Psychological Torture||article||17 November 2007||Guantanamo Bay detention camp|
|Standard operating procedures for military personnel running the Guatanamo Bay military prison confirm that the rules governing the treatment of its inmates amounts to systematic torture|
|Julian Assange at Moment of Truth||Video transcript||15 September 2014||UKUSA|
|Speech by Julian Assange to the Moment of Truth event in New Zealand on 15 September 2014|
|No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardian||article||5 February 2016||Jonathan Cook||Demonstrates the Establishment-friendly double standards of the UK's flagship 'Left-wing' newspaper - The Guardian - through analysis of its coverage of a UN decision on the political asylum of Julian Assange|
|Wikileaks - Open Letter to the US Government||open letter||14 July 2011||RevolutionTruth|
- "Marianne Ny: Making an arse of Swedish law"
- "Wanted by the CIA: Julian Assange - Wikileaks founder"
- "Sweden Tells the UN that Indefinite Detention Without Charge is Fine"
- "Swedish prosecutors to quiz Assange in London"
- "Julian Assange case: Who is on the UN's expert panel?"
- "UN panel 'rules in Julian Assange's favour'"
- "Assange: I will accept arrest by British police on Friday if UN rules against me" More info: https://justice4assange.com
- "Will Swedish prosecutors question Assange in London?"
- "Urging Sweden and the UK to free Julian Assange"
- "Assange: More leaks to come"
- "The Global Intelligence Files"
- "Above the Tearline: A Window of Opportunity For a Rendition in Libya"
- "Julian Assange and the assassination of Al-Megrahi"