Posts Tagged ‘press freedom’

Is there any difference between China and USA?

December 8, 2010
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange refused bail

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange refused bail

“There is nothing so strong … as the simple truth.” — Charles Dickens

‘ … one of the major reasons for government secrecy is to protect the government from its own population.’ — Noam Chomsky

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.” – Luke 12:2-3

‘EVERY attack now made on Assange and Wikileaks was made against me and release of Pentagon Papers.’ — Daniel Ellsberg

“The corruption of the press is part of our sad reality, and it reveals the complicity of the oligarchy.” — Monseñor Romero of El Salvador

“What WikiLeaks has done is make people understand why so many Americans are politically apathetic … After all, the evils committed by those in power can be suffocating, and the sense of powerlessness that erupts can be paralyzing, especially when … government evildoers almost always get away with their crimes. …” — Pravda

‘Assange’s accuser wrote- “7 Steps to Legal Revenge” which explains how women can use the courts to get their own back on unfaithful lovers.’ — Jemima Khan

‘Rape is being used in the #Assange prosecution in the same way that women’s freedom was used to invade Afghanistan. Wake up!’ — Naomi Klein

In Freedom for Sale, John Kampfner looks at a number of countries where freedoms is for sale, China and the USA are in among his case studies.

The recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be marked by an empty chair. That chair signifies more than any other symbol the committee were correct in awarding the prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. A far more worthy recipient than last year’s sick joke.

A number of countries will not be attending. They have been bullied and intimidated into not attending by the corrupt thugs who run China.

The US Diplomatic Cables (so-called Cablegate) released by Wikileaks reveals Russia to be a mafia fiefdom. Mafia intimidate businesses to get their way.

The Diplomatic Cables reveal US intimidated countries at last year’s climate talks.

The US has intimidated companies to shut down Wikileaks, hackers have tried to shut down the site. As I write, wikileaks is now mirrored on over a 1,000 sites around the world.

The latest has been Visa. This evening on BBC Radio 4 news The World Tonight I had to hear stomach churning garbage from Visa justifying their blocking of Wikileaks from the Visa payment system. Now correct me if I am wrong, but do not Visa facilitate and enable all manner of Internet scams? We all know how difficult it is to get companies to stop dealing with dodgy regimes.

Swiss banks will not handle money for Wikileaks. Quite though happy to handle money for Nazis, Third World thugs, mafia and and any number of corrupt and dodgy individuals and organisations.

Try searching Tiananmen Square Massacre in China. Try even mentioning the date. [see Eyewitness account of Tiananmen Square]

US has done its best to remove Wikileaks off the net, from servers hosting the site, from domains name servers needed to find the site.

Remember Scot Ritter, US weapons inspector who said Blair’s Dodgy Dossier was dodgy, that there were no WMDs, that we were being taken into an illegal war on a lie? Out of nowhere came sex allegations against him.

Remember David Mellor, a Tory Minister in the last Conservative Government? He launched a scathing attack on Israel. Next thing he knew he was embroiled in a sex scandal. She turned out to be an Israeli.

The Swedish lawyers say the extradition request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has nothing to do with politics. Why then following his arrest did US Defence Secretary Robert Gates welcome his arrest!

Anyone who has read the excellent Millennium trilogy knows how dirty is Sweden when it comes to locking away dissidents who threaten the state.

Since when has a relativley minor alleged sex crime been at the top of Interpol’s most wanted list? A sex case that had previously been dropped as no case to answer. Do we now report all sex crimes to Interpol? Not political?

It is difficult to understand why the US is so upset about the release of the Diplomatic Cables. Most of it is tittle-tattle, more what you’d expect in Hello magazine than of diplomatic concern. The information of substance is nothing what is not already known to informed opinion.

But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested in somewhat Orwellian fashion that “such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.”

What though this release does expose is the crass hypocrisy, governments saying one thing in public, another in private.

The US regards diplomatic secrecy as sacrosanct, and yet its own cables reveals it was spying on diplomats at the UN.

Julian Assange has been denied bail. Why? Thugs are let out on police bail. People of standing were prepared to vouch for him. He is not a danger to society. The very fact he has been denied bail says this is political. The establishment has had its tail tweaked and does not like it.

What is maybe more revealing about the Diplomatic Cables, if we put to one side the Hello magazine tittle-tattle is what they do not tell us, and here I quote Noam Chomsky in conversation with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! (30 November 2010):

One of the most interesting cables was a cable from the U.S. ambassador in Israel to Hillary Clinton, which described the attack on Gaza- which we should call the U.S./Israeli attack on Gaza- December 2008. It states correctly there had been a truce. It does not add that during the truce- which was really not observed by Israel- but during the truce, Hamas scrupulously observed it according to the Israeli government, not a single rocket was fired. That’s an omission. But then comes a straight line: it says that in December 2008, Hamas renewed rocket firing and therefore Israel had to attack in self-defense. Now, the ambassador surely is aware that there must be somebody in the American Embassy who reads the Israeli press- the mainstream Israeli press- in which case the embassy is surely aware that it is exactly the opposite: Hamas was calling for a renewal of the cease-fire. Israel considered the offer and rejected it, preferring to bomb rather than have security. Also omitted is that while Israel never observed the cease-fire- it maintained the siege in violation of the truce agreement- on November 4, the U.S. election 2008, the Israeli army invaded Gaza, killed half a dozen Hamas militants, which did lead to an exchange of fire in which all the casualties, as usual, were Palestinian. Then in December, Hamas- when the truce officially ended- Hamas called for renewing it. Israel refused, and the U.S. and Israel chose to launch the war. What the embassy reported is a gross falsification and a very significant one since- since it has to do the justification for the murderous attack- which means either the embassy hasn’t a clue to what is going on or else they’re lying outright.

The truth is always the first casualty in war and make no mistake this is war. It is a war between those who want an open society and those in power. We are seeing the first infowar for control of cysberspace. What we are also seeing is a dying empire lashing out at its critics.

For Julian Assange, a facebook suport group has been established Justice for Assange. How long before it gets taken down?

Nutters in the US may huff and puff, but has Wikileaks done anything illegal?

Also see

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange refused bail

Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths

Wikileaks: servant of democracy, enemy of hypocrites and liars

The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange

News Flash: 123 Americans Dead, No WikiLeaks Connection

“I Am Wikileaks” Campaigners Rally to Defense

Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership”

U.S. Climate Envoy Refuses to Answer Democracy Now!’s Questions on WikiLeaks Cables’ Account of Summit Manipulation

Pablo Solón Responds to Secret U.S. Manipulation of Climate Talks Revealed in WikiLeaks Cable

Glenn Greenwald on the Arrest of Julian Assange and the U.S. “War on WikiLeaks”

Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal on WikiLeaks Cables and U.S. Manipulation of Climate Talks

Live with the WikiLeakable world or shut down the net

Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA operative

Assange Beseiged: Making a Mockery of the Real Crime of Rape

Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA operative

Ellsberg: “EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”

WikiLeaks founder jailed in London on bogus charges

Special Report: STD fears sparked case against WikiLeaks boss

Hackers take down Mastercard site after wikileaks donations are banned

Assange and Interpol

Julian Assange Protest

The WikiLeaks Case: IS ‘FREEDOM OF THE PRESS’ ANOTHER U.S. CATCH PHRASE FOR TOTALITARIANISM WITH A DEMOCRATIC FAÇADE?

Has WikiLeaks Actually Done Anything Illegal?

Johann Hari: This case must not obscure what WikiLeaks has told us


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