(Publisher, hacker?, spook?)
|Born||Julian Paul Hawkins|
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
|Alma mater||Central Queensland University, University of Melbourne|
|Parents|| • Christine Assange|
• John Shipton
|Children|| • Gabriel|
|Spouse|| • Teresa Doe|
• Sarah Harrison
• Stella Moris-Smith Robertson
|Party||Independent, (since 2015), WikiLeaks, (2012—2015)|
A "hacktivist" of mysterious background, whose website, Wikileaks, has been the conduit for a lot of whistleblowing. His pronounced disinterest in 9/11 is particularly notable.
“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.”
Julian Assange (19 July 2010) 
By 2019, the original Belfast Telegraph page was changed to hide the 9-11 quote to anyone who had not logged in. The citation uses an archived version.
Facing arrest, Assange took refuge in June 2012 in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) reported he was being "arbitrarily detained". He was arrested in April 2019 and imprisoned in Belmarsh. In May 2019 allegations surfaced that he was being chemically lobotomized.
- 1 Background
- 2 Wikileaks
- 3 Ecuadorian embassy siege
- 4 Initial US Charge
- 5 Woolwich Crown Court
- 6 Old Bailey
- 7 Crowd Justice
- 8 Opinions
- 9 Documents by Julian Assange
- 10 Related Quotations
- 11 Related Documents
- 12 References
Julian Assange was born in Australia to Christine Ann Hawkins, a visual artist, and John Shipton, an anti-war activist and builder, who separated before their son was born. His mother married Richard Brett Assange when Julian was a year old. Assange had a nomadic childhood, and had lived in over thirty Australian towns and cities by the time he reached his mid-teens, when he settled with his mother and half-brother in Melbourne, Victoria. His mother "became involved with Leif Meynell, also known as Leif Hamilton, a member of Australian cult The Family, with whom she had a son before the couple broke up in 1982." Assange’s hacker alias, which he used from the age of 16, was Mendax, (Latin for "lying").
Assange was arrested for hacking in 1991, in 1996 he plead guilty and was sentenced leniently in light of his disrupted childhood
- Full article: Wikileaks
- Full article: Wikileaks
In 2006, Assange set up Wikileaks, a website intended to publish leaked information. This has published a lot of information. Webster Tarpley, noting that Assanges's statement on the attacks of September 11th, termed it a modified limited hangout.
Ecuadorian embassy siege
In June 2012 Julian Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies. Assange was effectively imprisoned in the Ecuadorian embassy 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 (UNWGAD) 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'". 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".
In a 2015 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.
On 4 February 2016, Julian 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/)."
On 28 November 2016, Assange said:
- “Today, marking the six-year anniversary of Cablegate, WikiLeaks expands its Public Library of US Diplomacy (PLUSD) with more than half a million (531,525) diplomatic cables from 1979. If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it. (…) In 1979 it seemed as if the blood would never stop. Dozens of countries saw assassinations, coups, revolts, bombings, political kidnappings and wars of liberation.”
|Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange|
"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'.”
Assassination plot allegation
Edward Fitzgerald, barrister for Assange, said that since 2016 a Spanish company, acting on behalf of the US authorities, had planned an assassination inside London's Ecuadorean embassy which could have been presented as an "accident". The plot had reportedly been exposed by a whistleblower.
A US Justice Department statement confirmed press reports that Assange was arrested in the United Kingdom on Thursday morning under the US/UK extradition agreement. The full indictment is here.
On 11 April 2019, Craig Murray tweeted:
- "Have to head back to London to help in light of Ecuadorian betrayal and Julian's sad arrest. The fight is now on whether a journalist should be imprisoned for publishing documents from a whistleblower on war crimes."
- "Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago."
Publishing a video of the arrest, RT reported:
- "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years. Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno has announced that the country has withdrawn asylum from Assange."
|Journalist Gordon Dimmack receives letter from Belmarsh Prison|
On the day of his arrest, Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court where District Judge Michael Snow remanded him to Belmarsh Prison until 2 May 2019, when he was sentenced by Judge Deborah Taylor at Southwark Crown Court to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions in 2012.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) said it was deeply concerned by the “disproportionate sentence” imposed on Assange for violating the terms of his bail, which it described as a “minor violation”:
- “The working group is further concerned that Mr Assange has been detained since 11 April 2019 in Belmarsh Prison, a high-security prison, as if he were convicted for a serious criminal offence. This treatment appears to contravene the principles of necessity and proportionality envisaged by the human rights standards.
- “UNWGAD reiterates its recommendation to the government of the United Kingdom, as expressed in its opinion 54/2015, and its 21 December 2018 statement, that the right of Mr Assange to personal liberty should be restored.”
On 25 May 2019, Assange addressed a letter to journalist Gordon Dimmack describing the conditions in prison:
- "I have been isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself, no laptop, no internet, no computer, no library so far, but even if I do get access it will be just for half an hour with everyone else once a week. Just two visits a month and it takes weeks to get someone on the call list and the Catch-22 in getting their details to be security screened. Then all calls except lawyer are recorded and are a maximum 10 minutes and in a limited 30 minutes each day in which all prisoners compete for the phone."
Initial US Charge
|Facing up to 175 years in prison?|
On Thursday 11th April 2019, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a March 6, 2018 indictment charging Julian Assange, the founder head of WikiLeaks, for conspiring to commit computer intrusions by assisting Chelsea Manning with breaking a US government password. The Grand Jury charged violations of U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 371, 1030(a)(1), 1030(a)(2) and 1030(c)(2)(B)(ii), and if convicted "each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."
17 additional charges
On 23 May 2019, the USDOJ unveiled a further 17 criminal charges against Julian Assange, saying he contravened the Espionage Act of 1917 by publishing the names of classified sources and conspired with and assisted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information. Each charge carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years.
He now faces a total of 18 criminal counts, which could result in up to 175 years in prison if convicted:
- “These unprecedented charges demonstrate the gravity of the threat the criminal prosecution of Julian Assange poses to all journalists in their endeavour to inform the public about actions that have been taken by the US government,” said Barry Pollack, an American attorney for Assange.
The USDOJ’s quick turnaround with the filing of a more substantial indictment against Assange is not surprising. Under extradition rules, the United States had only a 60-day window from the date of Assange’s arrest in London to add more charges. After that, foreign governments do not generally accept superseding charges.
Kristinn Hrafnsson tweeted:
- "I find no satisfaction in saying ‘I told you so’ to those who for 9 years have scorned us for warning this moment would come. I care for journalism. If you share my feeling you take a stand NOW. Either you are a worthless coward or you defend Assange, WikiLeaks and Journalism."
Woolwich Crown Court
|WCC extradition hearing (days 1-4)|
Julian Assange's four-day extradition hearing began at Woolwich Crown Court (WCC) on 24 February 2020 and was adjourned until 18 May 2020. (At a procedural hearing on 4 May 2020, magistrate Baraitser agreed to postpone resumption of the extradition hearing to September 2020 – date and venue to be decided.)
Caitlin Johnstone summarised proceedings on 28 February 2020:
The first week of the Julian Assange extradition trial has concluded, to be resumed on May 18th. If you haven’t been following the proceedings closely, let me sum up what you missed:
The prosecution is working to extradite Assange to the US under a US-UK extradition treaty, a treaty whose contents the prosecution now says we should ignore because they explicitly forbid political extraditions. The prosecution says it doesn’t matter anyway because Assange is not a political actor, yet in 2010 the US government that’s trying to extradite him labelled him a political actor in those exact words. Assange’s trial is taking place in a maximum security prison for dangerous violent offenders because that’s where he’s being jailed for no stated reason and despite having no history of violence, which means he’s kept separate from the courtroom in a sound-resistant safety enclosure where he can’t hear or participate in his own trial. The magistrate judging the case, Vanessa Baraitser, says he can’t be allowed out of the enclosure since he’s considered dangerous, because he’s been arbitrarily placed in a prison for dangerous violent offenders. The magistrate keeps telling Assange to stop speaking up during his trial and to speak through his lawyers, yet he’s being actively prevented from communicating with his lawyers.
On 30 August 2020, Craig Murray wrote:
The travesty that is Julian Assange’s extradition hearing resumes fully on 7 September 2020 at the Old Bailey. I shall be abandoning my own legal team and going down to London to cover it again in full, for an expected three weeks. How this is going to work at the Old Bailey, I do not know. Covid restrictions presumably mean that the numbers in the public gallery will be tiny. As of now, there is no arrangement for Julian’s friends and family in place. It looks like 4am queuing is in prospect.
On 20 August 2020, Assange's fiancée Stella Moris tweeted:
"Today I'm launching a Crowd Justice campaign to free Julian.
"Our children need their father back.
"Please help me make that happen."
Thank you to every one of you who has donated to our appeal so far. Reading all of your comments has been incredibly touching and inspiring.
Yesterday I was able to take our two sons Gabriel and Max to visit Julian in Belmarsh Prison for the first time in almost six months.
Julian wanted me to thank you personally for all of the help you have provided in covering his legal fees to fight the extradition to the USA, where he faces 175 years in prison.
The visit to Belmarsh was difficult for everyone and very stressful. We had to wear masks and visors and were not allowed to touch during a 20-minute meeting. He looked a lot thinner than the last time I had seen him. He is also in a lot of pain with a frozen shoulder and a sprained ankle.
However, it was great that Julian was able to see his children. Gabriel showed him that he can now recite the alphabet and count.
The total legal costs of fighting the extradition have already exceeded £500,000 even though all of the lawyers involved are working for a fraction of their usual rates – with most working for free.
We initially set a cautious target of £25,000. However, thanks to your generosity and support, we had raised that figure within 24 hours. Yesterday, we also reached our next target of £50,000 with pledges from over a thousand people.
We have now set a new target of £100,000. Any amount you can donate, no matter how small, will go towards Julian’s legal fight against extradition.
|"Following 9/11, the CIA paved the way for the creation of ISIS"|
On 6 October 2017, Assange tweeted:
- "The Nobel Peace Prize has finally been awarded to a group that fits the criteria: the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
On 12 February 2018, he tweeted:
And on 13 February 2018, he tweeted:
Documents by Julian Assange
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:Assange Statement on the start of Bradley Manning trial||statement||4 June 2013||Chelsea Manning|
|Document:Freedom and the Future of the Internet||book introduction||1 October 2012||Surveillance State|
Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet
|Document:Google and the NSA||article||24 August 2013||National Security Agency|
|Document:Guantanamo SOP Confirms Psychological Torture||article||17 November 2007||Torture|
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|
|Document: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|
|COVID-19/Response||<nowiki>“To minimize [[[COVID-19]]] infection the UK is granting early release to all non-violent, non-Julian Assange prisoners.”</nowiki>||Caitlin Johnstone||4 April 2020|
|Prison||“Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned, he will effectively have been tortured to death. Much of that torture will have taken place in a prison medical ward, on doctors' watch. The medical profession cannot afford to stand silently by, on the wrong side of torture and the wrong side of history, while such a travesty unfolds. In the interests of defending medical ethics, medical authority, and the human right to health, and taking a stand against torture, together we can challenge and raise awareness of the abuses detailed in our letters. Our appeals are simple: we are calling upon governments to end the torture of Assange and ensure his access to the best available health care before it is too late. Our request to others is this: please join us...”||117 doctors||February 2020|
|Document:Abuses show Assange case was never about law||blog post||27 May 2019||Jonathan Cook||Craig Murray says: "As a summary of the truly breathtaking series of legal abuses by states against Julian Assange, that the corporate and state media has been deliberately distorting and hiding for a decade, this excellent account by Jonathan Cook cannot be bettered."|
|Document:All Pretence is Over in Persecution of Assange||blog post||14 February 2018||Craig Murray||“Lady” Arbuthnot has perhaps performed an unwitting public service by the brazen nature of her partiality, which exposes beyond refutation the charade of legal process behind the effort to arrest Assange, in reality over the publication of USA secrets.|
|Document:Assange Bail Application Today||blog post||25 March 2020||Craig Murray||If the authorities now refuse to allow him out on bail during the COVID-19 outbreak, I do not see how anybody can possibly argue there is any intention other than to cause his death.|
|Document:Assange Must Not Also Die in Jail||blog post||13 August 2019||Craig Murray||Many of the same people who are relieved by Jeffrey Epstein’s death would like to see Julian Assange dead too.|
|Document:Beyond Words||blog post||8 April 2020||Craig Murray||Nobody cultivates her own anonymity more than Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser who has her existence carefully removed from the Internet almost entirely. Yet she seeks to destroy the peace and young lives of Julian Assange’s family.|
|Document:Chelsea Manning released, faces new imprisonment for refusing to testify against Assange||Article||10 May 2019||Niles Niemuth||“The idea I hold the keys to my own cell is an absurd one, as I face the prospect of suffering either way due to this unnecessary and punitive subpoena: I can either go to jail or betray my principles,” Manning explained. “The latter exists as a much worse prison than the government can construct.”|
|Document:Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles.||blog post||12 April 2019||Craig Murray||Julian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”.|
|Document:Civil Liberty Vanishes||blog post||6 May 2020||Craig Murray||"Serious questions have to be asked about why the UK government has developed its own unique app, universally criticised for its permanent central data collection and ability to identify individuals from their unique codes. That this is overseen by NHSX CEO Matthew Gould who held all those secret meetings with Liam Fox and Adam Werritty, including with Mossad, frankly stinks."|
|Document:Council of Europe sides with Julian Assange||Article||Sara Chessa||The attitude of European institutions is changing after years of silence which seemed to authorise or support the US and the United Kingdom’s behaviour in relation to an individual who is apparently deprived of the right to prepare his defence and deprived as well of his right to dignified psychophysical conditions. Now, the Council of Europe has decided to speak up on behalf of Julian Assange.|
|Document:Diane Abbott – 2019 Speech on Julian Assange||Speech||11 April 2019||Diane Abbott||We only have to look at the treatment of Chelsea Manning to see what awaits Julian Assange if he is extradited to the US|
|Document:Eye Witness to the Agony of Julian Assange||Article||2 October 2020||John Pilger||In the Assange trial, the defendant was caged behind thick glass, and had to crawl on his knees to a slit in the glass, overseen by his guard, to make contact with his lawyers. His message, whispered barely audibly through face masks, was then passed by post-it the length of the court to where his barristers were arguing the case against his extradition to an American hellhole.|
|Document:Framing Russian meddling in the Catalan question||report||October 2017||Integrity Initiative/Cluster/Spain||An example of Projection by the Integrity Initiative. The Moncloa operation shows that the group itself has been involved in subverting the Spanish political process. This document accuses Russia of involvment in the Catalonia independence question.|
|Document:Free Julian Assange, Mr. President||Article||9 February 2018||Roger Stone||The Donald Trump I know is a generous, compassionate, humane and, above all, fair man. As his steadfast, loyal, decades-long supporter, with all I have I implore him: Mr. President, FREE JULIAN ASSANGE!|
|Document:George Monbiot’s excuses for not speaking out loudly in defence of Assange simply won’t wash||blog post||6 October 2020||Jonathan Cook||The war on Julian Assange has not only been a war on journalism. It is also a war on the whistleblowers who have assisted journalists and Wikileaks in arriving at the truth. Hanging on the outcome of Assange’s case is not only his personal fate, but journalism’s very ability to tap into sources close to the centres of power. In abandoning Assange, we abandon any hope of finding out the truth on a whole range of the most pressing issues facing us.|
|Document:Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed||Article||18 February 2020||John Pilger||Sarah Ferguson's interview made no mention of a leaked document, revealed by WikiLeaks, called 'Libya Tick Tock', prepared for Hillary Clinton, which described her as the central figure driving the destruction of the Libyan state in 2011. This resulted in 40,000 deaths, the arrival of ISIS in North Africa and the European refugee and migrant crisis.|
|Document:Julian Assange Tortured with Psychotropic Drug||Article||8 May 2019||Kurt Nimmo||The FBI, Pentagon, and CIA are “interviewing” Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison. The CIA Director Gina Haspel (aka Chemical Gina) has her hands in this one, and we are being told that Assange is being “treated” with BZ (a powerful drug that produces hallucinations).|
|Document:Julian Assange denied access to lawyers, visitors in Britain’s Belmarsh prison||Article||24 April 2019||Oscar Grenfell||Chelsea Manning’s punitive detention is a warning of the treatment that will be meted out to Julian Assange if he is extradited to the US|
|Document:Julian Assange exposed the crimes of powerful actors, including Israel||blog post||19 April 2019||Alison Weir||Julian Assange has recently been honoured with the 2019 Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Right to Information and Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire has nominated him for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.|
|Document:Julian Assange is a suspected Russian intelligence asset||Article||24 February 2020||Susie Boniface||"If Assange was interested in avoiding extradition to the US, he'd have gone to Sweden to answer the charges that were unlikely to see a conviction, and where he had far less chance of being extradited. But if he really WERE a Russian intelligence asset... well, then it all makes sense." - except that what it really makes is nonsense.|
|Document:Media Freedom? Show me the MSM Journalist Opposing the Torture of Assange||blog post||7 September 2020||Craig Murray||At a time when the government is mooting designating Extinction Rebellion as Serious Organised Crime, right wing bequiffed muppet Keir Starmer was piously condemning the group, stating: “The free press is the cornerstone of democracy and we must do all we can to protect it.”|
|Document:Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange||Article||2 August 2019||Oscar Grenfell||Judge Koeltl further undermined the claims of the Trump administration, the Democrats and the media that Julian Assange is a “hacker,” undeserving of First Amendment protections. In other words, the attempt to extradite Assange to the US and prosecute him is a frontal assault on the US Constitution and press freedom.|
|Document:Muellergate and the Discreet Lies of the Bourgeoisie||Blog post||1 April 2019||Craig Murray||The capacity of the mainstream media repeatedly to promote the myth that Russia caused Clinton’s defeat, while never mentioning what the information was that had been so damaging to Hillary, should be alarming to anybody under the illusion that we have a working “free media”.|
|Document: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|
|Document:On the Pavement with Wikileaks||blog post||7 April 2019||Craig Murray||Pretty well all of the Western media is going to want to focus on these false anti-Assange narratives, and they will be determined to give as little attention as possible to the fact he is a publisher facing trial for publishing leaked state documents which revealed state wrongdoing. It is a classic and fundamental issue of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.|
|Document:Revenge Is Mine Saith Washington||article||20 November 2018||Paul Craig Roberts||An abridged article about the persecution of Julian Assange. It illustrates the depths to which elementary notions of justice have sunk in the West - and especially in the UK and USA - where perceived threats to Deep State interests are involved.|
|Document:Sex, Lies and Julian Assange||Transcript||23 July 2012||Andrew Fowler||He humiliated the most powerful country in the world. But his relationship with two Swedish women, and their claims of sexual assault, may yet destroy Julian Assange.|
|Document:So Where is the Swedish Warrant?||blog post||27 April 2019||Craig Murray||All those Blairite MPs who seek to dodge the glaring issue of freedom of the media to publish whistleblower material revealing government crimes, by hiding behind trumped-up sexual allegations, are left looking pretty stupid.|
|Document:The 7 years of lies about Assange won’t stop now||Blog post||11 April 2019||Jonathan Cook||A brief resume of the lies and deceptions promoted by The Establishment about Julian Assange during his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.|
|Document:The Armoured Glass Box is an Instrument of Torture||blog post||Craig Murray||I think there is a corner of the mind of this daughter of dissidents from apartheid that rejects her own role in the torture of Julian Assange, and is continually urging “I had no choice, I had no agency”. Those who succumb to do evil must find what internal comfort they may.|
|Document:The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History||Article||12 April 2019||John Pilger||Leni Riefenstahl, close friend of Adolf Hitler, whose films helped cast the Nazi spell over Germany told me that the message in her films, the propaganda, was dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the public: "When people no longer ask serious questions, they are submissive and malleable. Anything can happen.”|
|Document:The Broader View Reveals the Ugliest of Prospects||blog post||17 June 2019||Craig Murray||I find it hard to believe that I live in times where Julian Assange suffers as he does for telling the truth, where a dedicated anti-racist like Jeremy Corbyn is subjected to daily false accusations of racism and to US and security service backed efforts to thwart his democratic prospects, where the most laughable false flag is paraded to move us towards war with Iran, and where there is no semblance of a genuinely independent media.|
|Document:The Health of Julian Assange: A Case of State-sponsored Neglect||Article||25 February 2020||Nina Cross||Professor Nils Melzer: “It was obvious that Mr Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years,” … “Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma."|
|Document:The Unrelenting State||blog post||31 May 2019||Craig Murray||Julian Assange: That the most lucid man I know is now not capable of having a rational conversation is extremely alarming.|
|Document:Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance||Op-ed||29 October 2017||Carole Cadwalladr||(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)|
|Document:UN expert says "collective persecution" of Julian Assange must end now||Report||31 May 2019||Nils Melzer||“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Professor Melzer said. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!"|
|Document:Why I am Convinced that Anna Ardin is a Liar||blog post||11 September 2012||Craig Murray||To those useful idiots who claim that the way to test these matters is in court, I would say of course, you are right, we should trust the state always, fit-ups never happen, and we should absolutely condemn the disgraceful behaviour of those who campaigned for the Birmingham Six|
|Document:Wikileaks - Open Letter to the US Government||open letter||14 July 2011||RevolutionTruth|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 1||blog post||25 February 2020||Craig Murray||It does not matter to Baraitser or Arbuthnot if there is any genuine need for Assange to be incarcerated in a bulletproof box, or whether it stops him from following proceedings in court. Baraitser's intention is to humiliate Assange, and to instill in the rest of us horror at the vast crushing power of the state.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 2||blog post||26 February 2020||Craig Murray||Then, to wrap up proceedings, Baraitser dropped a massive bombshell. She stated that although Article 4.1 of the US/UK Extradition Treaty forbade political extraditions, this was only in the Treaty. That exemption does not appear in the UK Extradition Act.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 10||blog post||16 September 2020||Craig Murray||Q. Counsel for the US Government James Lewis QC asks defence witness: you suggest that the First Amendment precludes this prosecution. A. Eric Lewis Yes, There has never been a prosecution of a publisher under the Espionage Act of 1917 for publication of classified information.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 11||Wikispooks Page||17 September 2020||Craig Murray||Dan Ellsberg, doyen of whistleblowers, had at first been inclined to believe the US Government on Iraqi WMD, just as he had first been inclined to believe the government on deaths caused by Wikileaks releases. In both cases it had proved they were making it up.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12||blog post||18 September 2020||Craig Murray||Finally US Government lawyer Clair Dobbin unveiled her key point: Surely all these contentious points were therefore matters to be decided in the US courts after extradition? No, replied defence witness Carey Shenkman. Political offences were a bar to extradition from the UK under UK law, and his evidence went to show that the decision to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917 was entirely political.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13||blog post||20 September 2020||Craig Murray||“Strictly protect” is nothing to do with security classification, which is what protects national security information. As Nicky Hager said, its normal use is to prevent political embarrassment. As in Australasia, it is a term largely used to protect their secret political assets.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14||Wikispooks Page||22 September 2020||Craig Murray||Following defence witness Professor Grothoff, the only further evidence heard was the reading by Edward Fitzgerald QC of the gist of a statement from Cassandra Fairbanks. I did not hear most of this because, having adjourned to 4.30pm, the court re-adjourned earlier than advertised, while Julian’s dad John Shipton, the musician M.I.A. and I were away having a coffee.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15||blog post||23 September 2020||Craig Murray||The only possible conclusion from yesterday’s testimony is that the performance of the representative of the United States Government (James Lewis QC) was, in and of itself, full and sufficient evidence that there is no possibility that Julian Assange will receive fair consideration and treatment of his mental health issues within the United States system. The US Government has just demonstrated that to us, in open court, to perfection.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 16||blog post||24 September 2020||Craig Murray||"As James Lewis QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC exchange pleasantries, as the friendly clerks try to make the IT systems work, and my mind swims in horrified disbelief. They are discussing a fate for Julian Assange, my friend, as horrible as that of the thousands who over 500 years were dragged from this very spot and strung up outside. They are all chatting and working away as though we were a normal part of civilised society."|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 17||blog post||25 September 2020||Craig Murray||I am going to write to Judge Baraitser applying for a copy of the transcript of Lewis cross-examining Professor Kopelman on the razor blade, with a view to reporting James Lewis QC to the Bar Council. I do wonder whether the General Medical Council might not have reason to consider the practice of Dr Rachel Daly in this case.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 7||Wikispooks Page||9 September 2020||Craig Murray||Today we had two expert witnesses, who had both submitted lengthy written testimony relating to one indictment, which was now being examined in relation to a new superseding indictment, exchanged at the last minute, and which neither of them had ever seen. I am obliged to say that I simply cannot believe the blatant abuse of process that is unfolding before my eyes in this courtroom.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 8||blog post||10 September 2020||Craig Murray||As Trevor Timm testified today, senior prosecutors in the US Justice Department had opposed this prosecution as unconstitutional and refused to be involved. President Trump was left with this discredited right wing sleazeball, Gordon Kromberg. Now here we are at the Old Bailey, with a floundering James Lewis clutching at this oaf Kromberg for intellectual support.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 9||blog post||15 September 2020||Craig Murray||Craig Murray: "It has taken me literally all night to write this up – it is now 8.54am – and I have to finish off and get back into court. The six of us allowed in the public gallery, incidentally, have to climb 132 steps to get there, several times a day. As you know, I have a very dodgy ticker; I am with Julian’s dad John Shipton who is 78; and another of us has a pacemaker."|
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