Julian Assange What's next?

Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by Anonymous, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. fishypants Moderator

    That is very interesting.

    Have the journalists shown the actual documents that GCHQ released under FOIA?

    If not then we could re-request them.
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  3. Anonymous Member

    The link to this is interesting:
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  5. fishypants Moderator

    I'm going with "no" on that one, but it is a really interesting and (apart from that sentence) well-written article.

    That's not a new thing though. Pretty much everyone he has ever worked with reports the same basic Assange-personality. Which is kind of sociopathic if we're honest. I wish that wasn't the case, but reports by all kinds of different people he's worked with are pretty consistent. Occam's Razor suggests that's what he's actually like.
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    I believe that in regular common parlance, the term is "fatal flaw" and these often lead to total train wrecks getting done, and never resolved.

    This is most detailed report on Assange's character that I have read to date. Much of it startled me. I do admire many of his accomplishments, but this portrait made me very sad. For example:

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    A couple more bits that stuck with me:
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    WikiLeaks@wikileaks 6s
    On his 700th day detained without change in Ecuadorian Embassy, new docs show Assange remains target of massive FBI probe

    Assange targeted by FBI probe, US court documents reveal | The Age

    WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange remains the subject of an active criminal investigation by the United States Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, newly published court documents reveal.

    Papers released in US legal proceedings have revealed that a "criminal/national security investigation" by the US Department of Justice and FBI probe of WikiLeaks is "a multi-subject investigation" that is still "active and ongoing" more than four years after the anti-secrecy website began publishing secret US diplomatic and military documents.

    Confirmation that US prosecutors have not closed the book on WikiLeaks and Mr Assange comes as a consequence of litigation by the US Electronic Privacy Information Centre to enforce a freedom of information request for documents relating to the FBI's WikiLeaks investigation.

    Justice Department lawyers last month told the US District Court in Washington DC that there had been "developments in the investigation over the last year." In a document filed with the court on Monday, the US Government further affirmed that the "main, multi-subject, criminal investigation of the [Department of Justice] and FBI remains open and pending" making it necessary "to withhold law enforcement records related to this civilian investigation."

    In August 2013 US Army private Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in eight years, as a consequence of his conviction on espionage and other charges for leaking thousands of classified US military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.

    During Private Manning's trial US military prosecutors made repeated references to Mr Assange, alleging that the WikiLeaks publisher guided and directed the soldier's disclosure of classified information.

    The US Department of Justice opened an investigation of WikiLeaks after Private Manning's arrest in May 2010.

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    FBI has active criminal case against WikiLeaks’ Assange – court documents | RT

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains the target of “a multi-subject investigation” by the FBI, new leaks have revealed. Assange has been unable to leave London’s Ecuadorian Embassy since June 2012 amid fears he will handed over to US jurisdiction.

    Four years after the whistleblowing site was founded, the FBI still has “an active and ongoing” criminal case open against Assange, court papers leaked to Australian newspaper the Age have revealed.

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    WikiLeaks @wikileaks · 4h
    FBI's star witness against #WikiLeaks: charged with 18 counts and convicted for sex crimes in Iceland
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    59 International Organizations Call Upon UN to Remedy Human Rights Violations in Pre-Charge Detention of Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange

    Groups Submit Reports to UN Universal Periodic Review Citing Sweden’s Human Rights & Procedural Violations in Treatment of Julian Assange

    Geneva, Switzerland - Before the United Nations this Sunday, 26 international human rights, fair trial, and jurist organizations, and 33 Latin American civil society organisations, condemned Sweden’s violation of the fundamental human rights of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has experienced protracted pre-charge detention stemming from a Swedish investigation which has yet to charge him. Mr. Assange’s pre-charge detention has spanned nearly four years as US Federal Grand Jury prepares a criminal case against WikiLeaks and it’s officers.

    Two Swedish organizations, as well as jurist organizations from around the world including the American Association of Jurists (AAJ), the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and the Indian Association of Lawyers submitted two reports —one in English and one in Spanish— each highlighting various procedural rights violations of Julian Assange, Sweden’s longest running case of pre-trial deprivation of liberty.

    A third report, signed by 33 human rights groups, media and civil society organisations, and unions, including the Global Women’s March (Marcha Mundial das Mulheres, MMM), petitioned the Human Rights Commission in Geneva to intervene to free the ’political prisoner’, Julian Assange.

    The reports were submitted to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the peak UN human rights review mechanism that investigates each country’s human rights record every four years. The submissions expose numerous systematic deficiencies in Swedish pre-trial procedures like the routine placement of persons who have not been charged with any crime in indefinite, isolated, or unexplained pre-charge detention.

    According to the English report, signed by 16 organizations, "The methods employed by the prosecutor in Mr. Assange’s case are a clear violation of his fundamental human rights, yet they remain beyond the reach of judicial review.”

    The second submission, signed by 10 international human rights, fair trial, and jurist organizations, says that “the Swedish Authorities’ demand that Mr. Assange be physically present in Sweden for questioning... would imply that Mr. Assange would have to renounce his inalienable right [to the protection afforded by his asylum in relation to the United States], but also means in practice that Mr. Assange would have to risk his life and physical integrity”.

    The third submission, signed by 33 human rights groups, media and civil society organisations, and unions, from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Ecuador, petitioned the UN Human Rights Commission to intervene with Sweden in order to secure the immediate release of Julian Assange:

    "The entire international community has witnessed the opportunistic manipulation of the accusations against Mr. Assange, in an attempt to destroy his reputation and to prevent his freedom and his ability to act politically. It is obvious that this unprecedented situation has not come about as a result of the alleged acts committed in Sweden, but rather due to the clear political interference by powerful interests in response to Mr. Assange’s journalistic and political activities. This situation has turned Julian Assange into a political prisoner, who is effectively condemned to house arrest without any charges having been brought against him, without being able to exercise his right to due process."

    On 19 June 2014, Julian Assange will have spent two years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London (and a total of nearly four years in the UK under different forms of restrictions to his freedom of movement). He has been granted political asylum in relation to US attempts to prosecute him as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Sweden has refused to give assurances that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States. A Swedish prosecutor has kept a preliminary investigation open for nearly four years, but has not charged Julian Assange with any crime. The prosecutor refuses to question him in London, leading to a stalemate. At least four formal offers have been made to the prosecution to interview Mr. Assange in person, in writing, via telephone, or via video-link. All offers have been declined. The stalemate has cost over $10 million in the UK alone, where a costly police detail watches the Embassy and all of Mr. Assange’s visitors around the clock.

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  14. Lets get 20,000 people to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy. Push pass the scumbags at the door, and ferry him away.

    Enough is Enough!
  15. rickybobby Member

    You first.
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  19. Random guy Member

    Finally some movement on this case.
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  23. julian assange is a russian spy working for the illuminati
    and the international pharmaceutical industry
    christian d'asnieres
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    Julian Assange statement on the second anniversary at the Ecuadorian embassy

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    After 2 Years of Confinement, Will Sweden Resolve Assange’s Case? Swedish Foreign Minister Won’t Say

    Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt refuses to address questions from Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman about the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted for questioning in Sweden on allegations of sexual offenses. Assange's attorneys recently asked the Swedish government to withdraw a warrant that has kept him confined in Ecuador’s London Embassy for two years.

    Assange has voiced fears he would ultimately be sent for prosecution in the United States if he were to return to Sweden. Assange’s attorneys say the warrant should be lifted because it cannot be enforced while Assange is in the embassy and Swedish prosecutors refuse to question him in London. Although Assange faces a warrant for questioning, he has not been formally charged. Fifty-nine international organizations have submitted reports to the United Nations challenging Sweden’s treatment of Assange.

    Speaking at the Almedalen political festival in Visby, Bildt refuses to address the case directly, calling it an issue for the Swedish judicial system, not its political one. We get reaction to Bildt’s comments from Assange legal adviser Jen Robinson, who also discusses the parallels between Assange and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. "We are now seeing a trend of whistleblowers, publishers, journalists having to seek asylum and refuge in countries around the world because of their concern about prosecution in the United States," Robinson says.

    Video and transcript:
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  29. rof Member

    VERDICT: Julian Assange is to REMAIN in detention in absentia.
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  30. Random guy Member

    Considering the usual help rape victims get from the police (even in Sweden), this is ridiculous. I allways knew the political establishment in Scandinavia was US' bitches, but I had never imagined they would enjoy being buggered so thoroughly by their masters in public.
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    WikiLeaks publishes 'unprecedented' secret Australian court suppression order

    WikiLeaks has struck again, releasing the text of a secret court order that cannot be published in Australia.

    The anti-secrecy group has this morning published a Victorian Supreme Court suppression order that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange describes as “unprecedented” in scope.

    The suppression order is itself suppressed. No Australian media organisation can legally publish the document or its contents.

    In a statement provided to Fairfax Media, Assange said it was “completely egregious to block the public's right to know and suppress the media in any instance, and especially in cases of international corruption involving politicians and subsidiaries of a public organisation”.

    “Despite the legal implications WikiLeaks publishes this suppression order, as it will others, to uphold our values of freedom of information and transparency of government - the Australian people have a right to know, we work to ensure this right for them, even when their government tries to obstruct it."

    WikiLeaks suggests there has not been a comparable “blanket suppression order” since 1995 when the Australian government sought to suppress publication by Fairfax Media of details a joint US-Australian espionage operation to bug a new Chinese embassy in Canberra.

    Assange argues that the suppression order, together with the Australian government's recent introduction of legislation to criminalise reporting on certain types of intelligence operations, is part of “an increasing trend in Australia of suppressing press freedoms for the sake of politics".

    "The Australian government is not just gagging the press, it is blindfolding the Australian public," Assange said.

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    Social media users could be charged for sharing Wikileaks story | Brisbane Times

    Social media users could land themselves in legal hot water if they share Wikileaks' reporting of a secret suppression order made by the Victorian Supreme Court.

    The wide-ranging suppression order was published on the group's website on Wednesday and was quickly shared on websites including Twitter and Google+.

    Fairfax Media's report of Wikileaks' action was tweeted more than 1000 times within hours of it being published online.

    It is against the law for Australian media organisations to publish the contents of the suppression order.

    Media lawyer Peter Bartlett, from Minter Ellison, said anyone who tweets a link to the Wikileaks report, posts it on Facebook, or shares it in any way online could also face charges.

    Using a hashtag such as "Wikileaks" is not in breach of the order but any mention on social media of the information detailed in it, such as people's names, is banned.

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    WikiLeaks Victorian Court injunction suppression order | Crikey

    By Bernard Keane

    WikiLeaks’ revelation of a Victorian Court gag order recalls that the overuse of such orders can be defeated by the threat of online exposure.

    The penchant of Victorian courts for throwing suppression orders around like confetti came unstuck overnight with WikiLeaks publishing an injunction by the Victorian Supreme Court. Victorian courts have a history of being willing to issue gag orders.

    The revelation is reminiscent of the running battle between sites like WikiLeaks, social media, British MPs and UK courts up until 2011. Superinjunctions developed as a legal manoeuvre exploiting the British Human Right Act 1998, which established a right to privacy binding on government bodies, and were frequently used by celebrities anxious to prevent the feral UK tabloids from revealing private information. However, large companies began using them as well, as a superinjunction prevented even the reporting of the existence of an injunction. WikiLeaks was one of the organisations to out the multinational company Trafigura, which had used a superinjunction to prevent mainstream revelations of its dumping of toxic waste in Africa. London law firm Carter-Ruck became notorious for its use of superinjunctions, but badly overplayed its hand on Trafigura when it tried to use them to ban reporting of parliamentary questions about Trafigura, leading to a social media backlash.

    Carter-Ruck was also humiliated when its efforts to sue Twitter on behalf of Premier League philanderer Ryan Giggs for breach of a superinjunction led to a Twitter frenzy about Giggs and former lover Imogen Thomas. Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who had campaigned against superinjunctions, then named him in Parliament. At one point, a British court issued what was dubbed a “hyperinjunction” which prevented a person from revealing any information about a legal case to anyone at all, privately or publicly.

    However, the use of superinjunctions in the UK has now fallen dramatically — in fact, virtually to zero — and in the view of one UK lawyer, directly as a result of the likelihood of online exposure. The Victorian order isn’t quite a superinjunction, but it is sweeping nonetheless, and identifying the individuals it refers to is prohibited. And the same Streisand Effect is at work, particularly given the casual invocation of national security as the basis for the injunction.

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    Caution thrown to wind as WikiLeaks breaks gag order | CNN

    They were warned not to share it, but share it they did. Australians, intrigued by the latest revelation from WikiLeaks, took to social media to pass on a document they were never meant to see.

    Also, here are two articles from Malaysia:

    Malaysia must come clean on banknote case | Free Malaysia Today

    Reopen banknote scandal case, anti-graft pressure group tells MACC | Yahoo News Malaysia
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    The latest on the story we're not allowed to tell you: The government's gag order blows up in its face

    WikiLeaks publication of court suppression order draws ire of Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono towards Australia

    It’s the explosive story that the Australian Government doesn’t want you to know about — but its attempts to shut it down have blown up in its face.

    Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the Australian government to release details of a corruption case that names current and former leaders of Asian nations.

    WikiLeaks defied a Victorian Supreme Court directive earlier this week and published a suppression order over the case, which the whistleblower website called an “unprecedented” case of censorship.

    The case involves allegations that Asian officials and their families were bribed to secure contracts to print their currencies by scandal-plagued banknote manufacturer Securency, which is linked to Australia’s central bank.

    Yudhoyono has reacted angrily to the smear and demanded that the government “shed light” on the allegations, details of which Australian media organisations cannot legally publish.

    His reaction led to the Australia Government releasing an extraordinary statement, which explicitly denies that Yudhoyono or his predecessor Megawati Sukarnoputri were involved in the scandal.

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