The UK’s Decision to Extradite Assange Shows Why The US/UK’s Freedom Lectures Are a Farce

The Assange persecution is the greatest threat to Western press freedoms in years. It is also a shining monument to the fraud of American and British self-depictions.

Glenn Greenwald | June 17, 2022

People protest with t-shirts and easter eggs at Largo di Torre Argentina to demand Julian Assange’s freedom against extradition, on April 11, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

The eleven-year persecution of Julian Assange was extended and escalated on Friday morning. The British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, approved the U.S.’s extradition request to send Julian Assange to Virginia to stand trial on eighteen felony charges under the 1917 Espionage Act and other statutes in connection with the 2010 publication by WikiLeaks of thousands of documents showing widespread corruption, deceit, and war crimes by American and British authorities along with their close dictatorial allies in the Middle East.

This decision is unsurprising — it has been obvious for years that the U.S. and UK are determined to destroy Assange as punishment for his journalism exposing their crimes — yet it nonetheless further highlights the utter sham of American and British sermons about freedom, democracy and a free press. Those performative self-glorifying spectacles are constantly deployed to justify these two countries’ interference in and attacks on other nations, and to allow their citizens to feel a sense of superiority about the nature of their governments. After all, if the U.S. and UK stand for freedom and against tyranny, who could possibly oppose their wars and interventions in the name of advancing such lofty goals and noble values?

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Julian Assange’s extradition to the US

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UK Court Approves Assange Extradition

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Julian Assange Must Be Freed, Not Betrayed

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Countercurrents | February 18, 2020

On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.

I know Australia House well. As an Australian myself, I used to go there in my early days in London to read the newspapers from home. Opened by King George V over a century ago, its vastness of marble and stone, chandeliers and solemn portraits, imported from Australia when Australian soldiers were dying in the slaughter of the First World War, have ensured its landmark as an imperial pile of monumental servility.Read More »

The Lancet publishes letter from doctors: “End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange”

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Countercurrents | February 18, 2020

This week’s edition of the Lancet—the world’s pre-eminent peer reviewed medical journal—carries a letter from 117 medical doctors in 18 countries, renewing their call for urgent action to save the life of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Their letter appears less than one week before the start of the US extradition hearing in London that may decide Assange’s fate.

The doctors’ two-page letter appears in the correspondence section of the Lancet under the heading “End torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange.” It was written by Dr Stephen Frost (UK), Dr Lissa Johnson, clinical psychologist (Australia), Dr Jill Stein (former leader of the US Green Party) and William Frost (UK).Read More »

Ex-CIA chief blames millennials for WikiLeaks revelations

A Journal of People report

Ex-CIA Chief Hayden Blames ‘Millennial’ Culture For Intel Leaks. Source: Internet

A former chief of CIA said millennials and related groups have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy and transparency than certainly my generation did.

Michael Hayden, a former chief of CIA, claimed the US federal government may be suffering due to cultural differences between old spymasters and fresh-faced “millennials”.Read More »

US Election Secrets: John Pilger Interviews Julian Assange

By John Pilger and Julian Assange

Telesur | 5 November, 2016

 

The WikiLeaks founder says that political and financial elites will not permit Dondald Trump to win this election.

John Pilger: What’s the significance of the FBI’s intervention in these last days of the U.S. election campaign, in the case against Hillary Clinton?

Julian Assange: If you look at the history of the FBI, it has become effectively America’s political police. The FBI demonstrated this by taking down the former head of the CIA [General David Petraeus] over classified information given to his mistress. Almost no-one is untouchable. The FBI is always trying to demonstrate that no-one can resist us.  But Hillary Clinton very conspicuously resisted the FBI’s investigation, so there’s anger within the FBI because it made the FBI look weak.  We’ve published about 33,000 of Clinton’s emails when she was Secretary of State. They come from a batch of just over 60,000 emails, [of which] Clinton has kept about half – 30,000 — to herself, and we’ve published about half.Read More »

EU Bullies Targeting World’s Poorest

by  Ben Chacko

Morning Star | 15 October, 2016

GLOBAL trade unions accused the European Union of “brutal neocolonialism” yesterday as leaked documents exposed the bloc’s drive to privatise services in Third World countries.

Secret demands being made by the European Commission as part of the shadowy Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa) — an international trade treaty being thrashed out by the EU, United States and allied countries — were released yesterday by the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website.

Union federations Education International, the European Public Service Union, Public Services International (PSI), the International Union of Food Workers, UNI Global Union and the International Transport Workers Federation issued an immediate call for Tisa talks to be halted in the wake of the exposé.Read More »

DNC Leak Reveals Party Insiders Promised Access to Obama in Exchange for Cash

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 25 July, 2016

Dinner with President Barack Obama was offered to donors who could afford $10,000 seats. (Photo: The White House/flickr/cc)

Wealthy potential donors to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were courted with promises of access to the president, a Washington Post analysis of internal DNC emailsreleased by WikiLeaks has found. The party insiders’ pitches appear to be in violation of White House policy, the newspaper notes.

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