Posts Tagged ‘Julian Assange’

Julian Assange holed up in Ecuador Embassy in London

August 16, 2012

We absolutely must fulfil our obligations under the Extradition Act… we remain determined to do so. – William Hague, British Foreign Secretary

No one is going to terrorize us! — President Rafael Correa

Amazing crass stupidity of British government, makes one ashamed to be British. Overnight William Hague has thrown away all the goodwill the London 2012 Olympics has generated worldwide.

If the police storm the Embassy, even to hint they will, means no Embassy worldwide is safe, it is open season on embassies and diplomats in pariah states.

Julian Assange has committed no crime in UK. Sweden could have questioned him at any time in London, but chose not to. They questioned an alleged murderer in Serbia.

Sweden is a poodle of US. Sweden has refused to give guarantees he will not be extradited to US. If I was Swedish I would be ashamed of what was being done in my name.

Anyone would think a mass murderer wanted for War Crimes was holed up in Ecuador Embassy. But even if one was, the British could not storm the Embassy.

Julian Assange could be questioned at any time by the Swedish authorities in London. There are no charges laid against him, he is simply wanted for questioning for what what are not even offences in English law. Not only has Sweden refused to question Julian Assange in London, they have refused to give any reason for this refusal.

Former Stockholm chief district prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem also made it clear that the Swedish government had no legitimate reason to seek Assange’s extradition when he testified that the decision of the Swedish government to extradite Assange is “unreasonable and unprofessional, as well as unfair and disproportionate”, because he could be easily questioned in the UK.

This is not about fulfilling obligations under the Extradition Act, and it is hypocritical to claim it is.

The Extradition Act should be scrapped. It allows people to be extradited with no evidence against them being submitted to an English Court. People have been extradited for parking tickets, unpaid (or challenged) restaurant bills.

Julian Assange is an Australian citizen. Australia is another poodle of the US. They should be protesting loud and clear at the mistreatment of one of their citizens. They have remained silent.

William Hague accuses Ecuador of harbouring an alleged criminal. Maybe Hague should get his facts right. Julian Assange is wanted for questioning, no charges have been laid against him. How therefore is he an alleged criminal?

An attack on Ecuador is an attack on Latin America, a growing market for British goods and services. Unbelievable crass stupidity by British Government.

British government in threatening Ecuador is seen as acting as a colonial power bullying a small Latin American country.

Julian Assange interviewed by John Pilger

January 14, 2011

Also see

Birgitta Jónsdóttir Calls US Subpoena of Her Twitter Account over WikiLeaks Involvement “Disturbing”

Who do they think they are?

Julian Assange back in court battling extradition

The War You Don’t See

Julian Assange back in court battling extradition

January 13, 2011

If all Sweden wishes is to question Julian Assange, this could be done in London, it could even be carried out in the Swedish Embassy. That Sweden chooses not to exercise that option shows that the whole case is a farce, merely a ruse to get Julian Assange into Sweden prior to extraordinary rendition to the USA.

The case also exposes the farce of the European Arrest Warrant. No evidence has to be produced in Court for its execution, even though it could have been issued by a corrupt judiciary in the country of origin.

Also see

Who do they think they are?

Birgitta Jónsdóttir Calls US Subpoena of Her Twitter Account over WikiLeaks Involvement “Disturbing”

Julian Assange freed on bail

Wikileaks WikiRebels documentary SVT

Is there any difference between China and USA?

Who do they think they are?

January 8, 2011
Birgitta Jonsdottir

Birgitta Jonsdottir

If the Iranian government was to attempt to coercively obtain this information from journalists and activists of foreign nations, human rights groups around the world would speak out. — Julian Assange

I think I am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a phone. — Birgitta Jonsdottir

Today, the existence of a secret US government grand jury espionage investigation into WikiLeaks was confirmed for the first time as a subpoena was brought into the public domain. — Wikileaks

Note that we can assume Google and Facebook also have secret US government subpeonas. They make no comment. Did they fold? — twitter

Wikileaks has committed no crime in the US. Julian Assange has committed no crime in the US. Wikileaks supporters have committed no crime. Nato has said no lives have been put at risk.

But one would would not think so from the hysterionics coming out of the US. One would not think so from the death threats coming out of the US.

If you work for the US governement, you are not allowed to read Wikileaks, not allowed to discuss or talk about, not even allowed to access from your home computer. If you work for the USAF, you are not even allowed to read The Guardian. I am tempted to stand outside a USAF base, pst, would you like a Guardian?

One would not think so from the inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning, held in solitary confinement for several months. He has not been charged with anything. The only ‘evidence’ against him has come from a pathological liar associated with Wired. A patholigical liar who changes his story with every time of telling.

We have Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Bank of America refusing to handle transactions for Wikileaks claiming they are doing something illegal but have yet be able to say why or what is illegal. On the other hand they are more than happy to process transactions for illegal Jewish Settlements in Occupied Palestine. [see Spot the difference between Israel and Wikileaks]

The lastest is to demand of twitter that they hand over information re Wikileaks and any supporters of Wikileaks, though the reports are as yet a little confused as to what is being demanded and from whom.

One of those targetted is Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic MP and former WikiLeaks volunteer. She says the US justice department has ordered Twitter to hand over her private messages.

@birgittaj just got this: Twitter has received legal process requesting information regarding your Twitter account in (relation to wikileaks)

@birgittaj usa government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. do they realize i am a member of parliament in iceland?

@birgittaj i dont blame twitter for what is going on – they managed to unseal the subpoena and thus i know about it and can do something about it.

Birgitta Jonsdottir has demanded a meeting with the US Ambassador to Iceland. She says “The justice department has gone completely over the top.” She said last on twitter that the “USA government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. Do they realize I am a member of parliament in Iceland?”

“It’s not just about my information. It’s a warning for anyone who had anything to do with WikiLeaks. It is completely unacceptable for the US justice department to flex its muscles like this. I am lucky, I’m a representative in parliament. But what of other people? It’s my duty to do whatever I can to stop this abuse.”

Can we any longer trust US corporations who dominate the Internet? Is there any difference between these global corporations and the state? The US is already using PayPal, Visa and MasterCard to learn who has made donations to Wikileaks.

Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) in Washington, said it appeared the US justice department was looking at building a case against WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, over its publication of secret US documents. EPIC has already requested that the US authorities hand over information about their investigations into people who have donated to WikiLeaks via Mastercard, Visa or PayPal.

If twitter has had a request to hand over information on Wikileaks supporters, then it is reasonable to asume Google and facebook have had similar requests. Did they quietly roll over?

@wikileaks Note that we can assume Google & Facebook also have secret US government subpeonas. They make no comment. Did they fold?

Birgitta Jonsdottir has probably pissed of the US as in 2009 she took Julain Assange to a party at the US embassy in Reykjavik where he chatted with the ambassador to Iceland.

WikiLeaks published a secret report on the collapse of Iceland’s banks.

In Iceland Birgitta Jonsdottir has championed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative which is aimed at creating legislation to make Iceland a legal haven for journalists and media outlets.

Birgitta Jonsdottir is not the only one to be targetted by the US authorities. July 2010 Jacob Appelbaum, one of Assange’s closest colleagues, was interrogated for three hours and had his phones confiscated upon entering the US at Newark airport. Customs officials photocopied receipts and searched his laptop.

The subpoena served on Twitter, which is actually an Order from a federal court that the DOJ requested seeks the same information for numerous other individuals currently or formerly associated with WikiLeaks, including Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, and Julian Assange. It also seeks the same information for Bradley Manning and for WikiLeaks’ Twitter account.

The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the “means and source of payment,” including banking records and credit cards. It seeks all of that information for the period beginning 1 November 2009, through to the present.

The Order was signed by Federal Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia Theresa Buchanan and served on Twitter by the DOJ division for that district. It states that there is “reasonable ground to believe that the records or other information sought are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation” (language required by the relevant statute). It was issued on 14 December 2010 and ordered sealed, ie kept secret from the targets of the Order. It gave Twitter three days to respond and barred the company from notifying anyone, including the users, of the existence of the Order. On 5 January 2011 the same judge directed that the Order be unsealed at the request of Twitter in order to inform the users and give them 10 days to object. Had Twitter not so requested, it would have been compelled to turn over this information without the knowledge of its users.

The specific clause of the Patriot Act used to acquire the subpoena is one that the FBI has described as necessary for “obtaining such records [that] will make the process of identifying computer criminals and tracing their internet communications faster and easier”.

The subpoena itself is an unusual one known as a 2703(d). Recently a federal appeals court ruled this kind of order was insufficient to order the disclosure of the contents of communication. Significantly, however, that ruling is binding in neither Virginia – where the Twitter subpoena was issued – nor San Francisco where Twitter is based.

This is clear abuse of the Patriot Act. Terroism legislation that was rushed through in the wake of 9/11. Legislation used not for dealing with terrorism but for clamping down on democracy.

This is further evidence of the willingness of the US to probe, harass and intimidate anyone having anything to do with WikiLeaks, anyone willing to expose the War Crimes of Obama.

The behaviour is that of a totalitarian state and it is completely unacceptable. Obama is proving to be an evil president on a par with Robert Mugabe.

And just in case we need reminding, and most of the mainstream useless journalists clearly do need reminding, these henious crimes of of which Wikileaks and Julian Assange stand accused (though not in the Court of World Opinion) is to investigate and expose those in high office corrupted by power and to hold them to account.

It is not a crime to expose war crimes! It is not a crime to expose war criminals!

This month Julian Assange is back in Court to fight extradition to Sweden.

Shame on BBC for their pathetic news coverage. Blink and you would have missed it. More time was devoted to Liverpool sacking their manager.

Also see

US wants Twitter details of Wikileaks activists

US tells Twitter to hand over WikiLeaks supporter’s messages

DOJ subpoenas Twitter records of several WikiLeaks volunteers

WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas

US government orders Twitter to release WikiLeaks activists’ details

Wikileaks: Twitter deserves credit for defending its users’ rights

Why Barack Obama is devoted to destroying Wikileaks, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning

State Department To Columbia University Students: DO NOT Discuss WikiLeaks On Facebook, Twitter

Why American journalists have failed to support WikiLeaks

Wired’s refusal to release or comment on the Manning chat logs

Assange Case Is Driven By A Tangled Swedish Web

Rove Might Be Trying To “Pull A Siegelman” With Julian Assange

Julian Assange freed on bail

Wikileaks WikiRebels documentary SVT

Is there any difference between China and USA?

Julian Assange freed on bail

December 16, 2010

‘Well it’s is great to smell fresh air of London again.’ – Julian Assange

‘I hope to continue my work and continue to protest my innocence in this matter and to reveal as we get it, which we have not yet, the evidence from these allegations.’ – Julian Assange

‘I’m relieved. He should never have been denied bail in the first place.’ — Tariq Ali

‘Information is the currency of democracy.’ — Thomas Jefferson

‘The history of the way it [the case] has been dealt with by the Swedish prosecutors would give Mr Assange some basis that he might be acquitted following a trial.’ — Mr Justice Duncan Ouseley

At a two-hour hearing in the High Court today at the Royal Courts of Justice, Julian Assange has been freed on bail. The bail conditions are as set two days ago, but with the additional condition that five not two people have to stand surety.

The case is looking increasingly Orwellian. Sweden appealed the release on bail two days ago, hence the hearing today in the High Court. They claim because he has wealthy backers, he may abscond as he has the means and resources to do so. Why does he need wealthy backers, because Sweden objected to his release and a ludicrously high bail of £240,000 has been set. Why would he abscond? He did not abscond from Sweden. The case was dropped and he was allowed to leave the country. He made no secret of the fact that he was in England. He voluntarily gave himself up to the police. His release dependent on on all the paperwork being completed, on the bail money being delivered to the High Court in cash, and on the people being found for surety. This is not likely to happen until this evening, his curfew then kicks in.

It was touch and go whether he would be actually set free tonight, that maybe Julian Assange would have to spend an additional night in prison, but at 6pm this evening he stepped outside the Royal Courts of Justice and gave a brief press conference on the steps.

He said he was pleased to be able to breathe fresh air again. He thanked all those around the world who have had faith in him and who have stood by him. He sees the hand of the US behind his detention. He thanked the members of the press who were not taken in. He thanked his legal team. He thanked British Justice for setting him free. He also drew attention to all the political prisoners around the world who are being held without trial in far worse conditions than he. He made the point that he has still not been made aware of charges against him.

Whilst in prison, Julian Assange was accompanied by two prison guards when he wished to exercise, was kept under 23-hour lock down in solitary confinement, kept under 24-hour CCTV surveillance, his mail was withheld.

In August Julian Assange made himself available to Swedish police. He answered all their questions. The case was dropped, he was free to leave. Nevertheless he remained in Sweden until September just in case there was anything else needed clearing up.

When he was in ‘hiding’ at the Frontline Club in England, he made his whereabouts known to the the Extradition Unit of the Metropolitan Police. He was in communication with them. He said he would turn himself in when an arrest warrant was served, which he did.

What we are seeing is a vendetta being pursued by Sweden.

Who really blocked the release on bail? Sweden or UK? Or are they both jumping to the Puppet Master Uncle Sam?

No charges have been laid against Julian Assange. He is merely wanted for questioning in Sweden, nothing more. All this effort to question a man? He could be questioned in England, he could even be questioned at the Swedish Embassy, which technically is Swedish territory. This has been offered to Sweden and they have turned it down. Why are they so keen to get him to Sweden? Extra-ordinary rendition to the US? The US is rumoured to be scouring the statute book to find something, anything, with which to charge him.

If the US thought with this intimidation they could silence Julian Assange and Wikileaks then they have seriously miscalculated. They have propelled both to the top of the world’s media agenda.

Julian Assange will be held under house arrest under strict conditions of curfew in a house in Norfolk on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. Not one iota of evidence has been presented in Court against him, nor is the Swedish Prosecutor required to under the European Arrest Warrant which once again highlights the scandal of the European Arrest Warrant. In Sweden, all court proceedings have been held in secret.

The Judge awarded costs against the Swedes!

Much as we may wish to celebrate we must not forget that this is only the first skirmish. He has still to fight the extradition to Sweden which could go all the way to the Court of Human Rights.

Nor must we forget Bradley Manning, accused of leaking information to Wikileaks. For several months he has been held in inhumane and degrading conditions in solidarity confinement, 23-hour lock down, 24-hour CCTV surveillance. He is not allowed a pillow or sheets. He is not allowed to exercise, not even in his cell. All without trial.

Also see

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange freed on bail

WikiLeaks’ Assange Walks Free As Bail Upheld

Julian Assange granted bail at high court

Assange walks free after nine days in jail

Julian Assange bail decision made by UK authorities, not Sweden

Dear Government of Sweden …

Julian Assange bail hearing

Julian Assange’s bail host had ‘no hesitation’

The Julian Assange case: a mockery of extradition?

Is there any difference between China and USA?

Riz Khan – The WikiLeaks War

Wikileaks WikiRebels documentary SVT

John Pilger: Global Support for WikiLeaks is “Rebellion” Against U.S. Militarism, Secrecy

Ex-CIA Ray McGovern Supports Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks: Swedish government ‘hid’ anti-terror operations with America from Parliament

As WikiLeaks’ Assange Freed on Bail, Alleged Military Leaker Bradley Manning Imprisoned under Inhumane Conditions

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning ‘tortured’

The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention

Spot the difference between Israel and Wikileaks

Ex-CIA Ray McGovern Supports Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

December 16, 2010

Anyone who cricises Julian Assange and Wikileaks should watch this CNN interview with Ray McGovern who served nearly 30 years with the CIA. He worked with seven US Presidents from J F Kenendy to Bush Snr.

Julian Assange bail hearing

December 14, 2010
International media mingle with police and protesters outside court

International media mingle with police and protesters outside court

Exposing War Crimes Is No Crime

Exposing War Crimes Is No Crime

Sex Crimes My Ar$e

Sex Crimes My Ar$e

Justice for Julian

Justice for Julian

Justice for Assange

Justice for Assange

do you want to know a secret

do you want to know a secret

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

First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. – Mathew 23:26

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. — Proverbs 3:27

Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I know: I was blind but now I see. — Job 9:25

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the authorities are wrong. — Voltaire

To avoid transparency, you need to live in the darkness. — Paulo Coelho

Since the dawn of times: when the news was bad, the messenger was killed (Assange arrested today). — Paulo Coelho

A week following his first appearance in Court and following a second Court apearance, Julian Assange was granted bail on condition that his supporters found £240,000!

THe holding of Julian Assange in prison, the ludicrous bail conditions, he also has to wear an elctronic tag, makes a mockery of geunine rape cases, a mockery of the English legal system. If this is not a political show trial then what is?

Following his first Court apearance and detention last week, US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates welcomed his detention. Is this normal for an alleged rape case?

Hilary Clinton claimed Assange committed crimes against International Community! What International Law has he broken? Unlike Israel which has broken International Law – Right of Return of Refugees, Siege of Gaza, attacks on an aid flotilla on the High Seas – but not a bleep from Clinton. What did Wikiweaks do? Expose hypocrisy of people like Clinton.

Michael Moore wired $20,000. But this is a sick joke. A man wanted in South Africa for killing his wife was released on bail. The newspapers The New York Times, The Guardian and others who are doing very well out of the papers released to him should finance all of his legal costs.

Since when has an alleged rapist been top of Interpol’s most wanted list?

People were outside Court from 9am to get a seat for the 2pm hearing. The street crammed with TV broadcast vans. 70 people crammed into the Court, standing, sitting on the floor. Hearing lasted one and a half hours. Bail conditions: £240,000 bail, wear an electronic tag, surrender all travel documents, reside at an address in Suffolk, report to the police everyday, 8 hour curfew. £200,000 of the bail money has to be delivered to the Court in cash!

But he will NOT be released as Swedish prosecutors have appealed his release and cannot now be released until their appeal has been heard. Everyone had left Court in a celebratory mood, bail had been granted, then the Swedish prosecutor lodges an appeal

This is a mockery of the English legal system!

Supporters incl Michael Moore, Bianca Jagger, Jemima Khan, Ken Loach, John Pilger.

His Swedish defence lawyer is being stopped in Sweden from releasing evidence that would help his case.

I do not know what the state of play is this week, but last week, Swedish prosecutors had not provided any evidence, had not laid any charges, and yet he was detained without bail being granted.

Those who allege rape, were bragging about their sexual conquest of Julian Assange.

The European Arrest Warrant is seriously flawed as it has an underlying false assumtion that a fair trial can be had in all European countries which are signatories and that they comply with human rights.

What is alleged as ‘rape’ is not even recognised as rape in English law! There has still not been any charges formally laid. All the Swedish authorites want him for is questioning. Unless there is a hidden agenda, ie get him to Sweden for extraordinary rendition, why can they not question him in England?

Something is going very very wrong here.

Julian Assange is under 24-hour video surveillance, letters of support are not reaching him. A fine example to Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Burma how to deal with political prisoners and dissidents. That and the brutal crackdown on student demonstrators last week.

What is on trial is the Establishment! And they have been found guilty in the Court of World Opinion!

Life imitating art – read the Millennium trilogy for an insight of the dark side of the Swedish Criminal Justice System. Written by investigative journalist Stieg Larsson who had to spend his time in hiding due to death threats.

Please join Justice for Assange UK facebook group.

This is not a prosecution, this is persecution.

Special thanks to Paulo Coelho for providing the quotes. Later this week a podcast from Daniel Ellsberg and Paulo Coelho.

Please vote for Julian Assange as Time person of the year. Click on the facebook like.

Also see

Wikileaks founder Assange bailed, but release delayed

Julian Assange to stay in jail as Sweden fights bail decision

Assange remains locked up until Swedish appeal

WikiLeaks: Julian Assange granted bail but remains locked up

Sweden To Appeal WikiLeaks Founder’s Bail

Wikileaks: Assange supporters rally at London court

“Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange” by Michael Moore

Why did I back Julian Assange? It’s about justice and fairness

Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange

WikiLeaks ‘rape’ victims had hidden agendas … and I’ve seen the proof says Assange lawyer

Tiny Iceland takes on credit card giants in Wikileaks flap

Inside Story – WikiLeaks and the craft of journalism

The Julian Assange case: a mockery of extradition?

J’Accuse: Sweden, Britain, and Interpol Insult Rape Victims Worldwide

Julian Assange team may fly in Swedish lawyer

The Day Daniel Ellsberg Met Paulo Coehlo on Twitter

Is there any difference between China and USA?

Wikileaks WikiRebels documentary SVT

Who Will Be TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year?

Riz Khan – The WikiLeaks War

December 9, 2010

This is an absolute must watch!

Also see

Al Jazeera – Riz Khan – The WikiLeaks War

Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero? Glenn Greenwald Debates Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News

Julian Assange Protest

Is there any difference between China and USA?

Israel: Using Wikileaks to build a straw man

Attorney: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Endangered by Bail Denial in London; Still No Charges Filed in Sweden

Julian Assange Protest

December 8, 2010

The guy in this video was the subject of one of the cables released by Wikileaks. Please listen to what he has to say and read what he has written on Indymedia UK.

Today hackers took out the Mastercard website for blocking payments to Wikileaks.

Aslo see

PlowsharesActivist SolidaritySpeaksOut@Court as AssangeJailed

Anonymous Mastercard attack ‘hits payments’

Hackers take down Mastercard site after wikileaks donations are banned

Is there any difference between China and USA?

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?

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange refused bail

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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.”

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