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july 2019 by juliusbeezer
We examined Julian Assange, and he badly needs care – but he can’t get it | Sondra S Crosby, Brock Chisholm and Sean Love | Opinion | The Guardian
It is unconscionable that Mr Assange is in the position of having to decide between avoiding arrest and potentially suffering the health consequences, including death, if a life-threatening crisis such as a heart attack were to occur. Further, our assessment reveals that he has had no access to sunlight, appropriate ventilation or outside space for over five and a half years. This has taken a considerable toll. It is our professional opinion that Mr Assange’s physical and psychological circumstances at the embassy are in violation of the spirit of the UN standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners.

We must ask: why does Mr Assange remain unable to exercise his human right to health services? Are states allowed to choose who is entitled to this fundamental right and who is not?

We call on the British Medical Association and colleagues in the UK to demand safe access to medical care for Mr Assange and to oppose openly the ongoing violations of his human right to healthcare. As tensions between the UK and Ecuador escalate over Mr Assange’s unsustainable situation, the international press has now reported new efforts to resolve the situation diplomatically through a mediator. Any such discussions must include a fair and transparent discussion of his access to healthcare.
assange  healthcare 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Assange questioned over Sweden 'rape' at Ecuadorean embassy - BBC News
Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren listened as an Ecuadorean prosecutor put the questions to Mr Assange...

Ms Isgren and Swedish police inspector Cecilia Redell left the embassy at 13:30 local time (13:30 GMT) without making any statement to the media. They may continue questioning Mr Assange for several days...

It's taken many months of tortuous diplomatic and legal exchanges just to get the Swedish prosecutor in the door.

Under the agreement worked out with Ecuador, the Swedes were not allowed to question Julian Assange directly. Instead questions were to be submitted in Spanish and put to the Wikileaks founder by an Ecuadorean prosecutor.
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Wikileaks Founder Blasts Twitter's Soft Censorship - Bitsonline
Julian Assange, the rogue editor of Wikileaks who is living as a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has blasted Twitter over its increasing use of soft censorship. He highlighted a growing trend within mainstream media companies and platforms where dissenting viewpoints are labeled as offensive, or “fake news”.
The latest event seems to be an inconspicuous change in his account security settings; modifying them without his consent to ensure the images and tweets he posts are labeled as offensive or disturbing — and therefore not shown. In the era of clicks and eyeballs, this dramatically reduces the reach of his content.
twitter  assange  censorship  attention  security 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Intercepted Podcast: Julian Assange Speaks Out as Trump’s CIA Director Threatens to “End” WikiLeaks
This week on Intercepted: We spend the entire show talking with Assange from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since June 2012. In the wide-ranging interview, Assange discusses the allegations that WikiLeaks was abetted by Russian intelligence in its publication of DNC emails and the new-found admiration for him by FOX News, Anne Coulter, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump. Also, why Assange believes he and Hillary Clinton may get along if they ever met in person.

[to a fly-by troll whose comment, unanswered, was sufficiently plausible to potentially reduce the audience for the main event]

Could you cite an example of the kind of behavior you mean? I listened to the end with interest, and found Scahill and Assange measured and thoughtful throughout.
For me the highlight was Assange’s schooling of CIA director Pompeo on what the First Amendment actually means (from 39:50–>43:35), and what rights Pompeo might have to amend it (spoiler: none).
assange  wikileaks  us  politics  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Leak at WikiLeaks: A Dispatch Disaster in Six Acts - SPIEGEL ONLINE
When David Leigh of the Guardian finally found himself sitting across from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as the British journalist recounts in his book "Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy", the two agreed that Assange would provide Leigh with a file including all of the diplomatic dispatches received by WikiLeaks.

Assange placed the file on a server and wrote down the password on a slip of paper -- but not the entire password. To make it work, one had to complete the list of characters with a certain word. Can you remember it? Assange asked. Of course, responded Leigh.

It was the first step in a disclosure that became a worldwide sensation. As a result of Leigh's meeting with Assange, not only the Guardian, but also the New York Times, SPIEGEL and other media outlets published carefully chosen -- and redacted -- dispatches. Editors were at pains to black out the names of informants who could be endangered by the publication of the documents
guardian  wikileaks  assange  informationmastery  security 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Julian Assange's Defence Statement - Craig Murray
In the morning she went out to pick up breakfast for us. After enjoying breakfast together, I left her home on good terms. At no stage when I was with her did she express that I had disrespected her in any way or acted contrary to her wishes other than to not be interested in her enough to pay her attention above my security situation or attempts to sleep. She accompanied me to the train station on her bicycle and we kissed each other goodbye. She asked that I call her so we could see each other again and I said I would. She called the next day or the day after. We made friendly small talk but we were quickly disconnected due to a failing mobile connection. I did not call her back due to problems obtaining telephone credit (as a result of my bank cards being blocked) and the pressing security situation.
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Assange: "The son of a bitch is me" - statement on the sentencing hearing of US journalist Barrett Brown
The most serious claim against Barrett Brown is that six months after the March 6, 2012 FBI raid on his mother’s address he tweeted “illegally shoot the son of a bitch”. It sounds bad. It is a clear incitement to murder. The FBI claim that the “son of a bitch” Barrett was referring to was one of their agents. That is false. The “son of a bitch” is me—and the person who called for my assassination was not Barrett Brown.

Barrett’s full retweet was “dead men can’t leak stuff… illegally shoot the son of a bitch”. The quote is from Fox news host Bob Beckel, who called for my assassination—an injustice that Barrett was trying to draw attention to. Here is the video proof.

The FBI took no action against Bob Beckel or the numerous other senior figures calling for my assassination. A bill was put before Congress to declare WikiLeaks staff “enemy combatants” in order to make our assassination legal. It did not pass, but the FBI still refused to act.
journalism  law  us  wikileaks  assange 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Panama Papers: Have the media censored the story? - Al Jazeera English
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, a non-profit group in the US, coordinated the reporting with 376 journalists from 109 news organisations and 76 countries poring over the files.

Such multi-newsroom collaborations are growing more common in an age of big data leaks, partly because newsrooms are shrinking while the influential players they are trying to hold accountable are growing in size, power and complexity.

But despite the success of the collaboration, the select group of media organisations that had access to the data have been criticised for how they tackled the story.

One of the main criticisms has been the way they went after wealthy business figures and some political leaders while largely shying away from the corporate side of the story that has enabled trillions of dollars, euros, pounds and rubles to be hidden offshore.

This has in turn raised a larger question: can the corporate-owned news media really be expected to hold the corporate world to account?
journalism  wikileaks  assange  socialmedia  privacy  germany  PanamaPapers 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The NSA and American Spies Targeted SPIEGEL - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Germany's highest court ruled in 2007 that press freedom is a "constituent part of a free and democratic order." The court held that reporting can no longer be considered free if it entails a risk that journalists will be spied on during their reporting and that the federal government will be informed of the people they speak to.

"Freedom of the press also offers protection from the intrusion of the state in the confidentiality of the editorial process as well as the relationship of confidentiality between the media and its informants," the court wrote in its ruling. Freedom of the press also provides special protection to the "the secrecy of sources of information and the relationship of confidentiality between the press, including broadcasters, and the source."
journalism  freedom  surveillance  privacy  assange  wikileaks  us  germany 
july 2015 by juliusbeezer
Julian Assange: The Byline Interviews, Part Two – 'It’s Almost All Censorship'
If we look at the big players in the Western press, such as the international New York Times or the BBC, they are all highly compromised organisations in terms of geo-politics, and in terms of their relationships with their own countries. It would be nice to live in a world where people didn't have to deal with an organisation that is not compromised in any manner whatsoever, but we don't live in that world. People have to use cars and they have put to petrol in their cars, and that petrol is made by Shell or BP.
[Update: Byline cnts its pages to 500 the archival copy; caught it; Assange-Byline-Interview.odt is archived locally]
assange  media  journalism  driving  transport  metaphor  hegemony 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Prosecutor’s behaviour in ‘case’ Assange questions Swedish principle of prosecutor-neutrality | SWEDHR Research & Reports
In the view of Swedish Doctors for Human Rights, the case has had a markedly political content, being this factor prominent behind the breaches by Sweden of Julian Assange’s human rights all along this process. For instance, the disregard of his right to political asylum, or the reasons Sweden had for immobilized WikiLeaks by stalling the case in London. Not to mention the biased declarations against Assange, many of them ad-hominem, from the part of the government, ministers, [4] and the Swedish media. [5] We also have stressed that the official Swedish stance on the case of the WikiLeaks founder has been associated with the collaboration of Swedish officials on behalf of U.S. interests. A collaboration seen particularly in the geopolitical front and in matters of Intelligence, [6] all which Assange did in fact expose through his organization WikiLeaks. [7]
assange  law 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Full Transcript of my interview with WikiLeaks Spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson | Jamie Thomas' Blog :)
WikiLeaks and Assange have been on the receiving end of quite a lot of hostility from the mainstream media; they see WikiLeaks as a competitor and also they realise that in many ways what WikiLeaks have revealed is quite shaming to the role of the mainstream media and I think that is reflected in the atmosphere towards WikiLeaks. When it comes to Julian Assange it is also the element of attacking individuals who go against the mainstream.
wikileaks  assange  media  journalism  agnotology 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Why the ‘case’ against Julian Assange in Sweden should be dropped, and dropped now! | The PROFESSORS' BLOG – Science, Culture & Human Rights For All
Brief rationale on why the preliminary-investigation of the ‘case’ against Julian Assange in Sweden should be dropped, now. A further delay only fosters damage to the international position of Sweden.
assange  sweden 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Six Pounds One Minute - Hazel Press
At roughly the same time that Marianne Ny (the Swedish prosecutor responsible for the Assange case), began to refuse to question Assange under the EU Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA), Swedish police travelled to Serbia to question Alexander Eriksson about the Västberga helicopter robbery. In 2011, police travelled to Poland to question a suspect about 69 missing cows and in 2012 they travelled to Serbia to question a man about the Uppsala murder case.

The Swedish Code of Judicial Procedure (Section 4, Chapter 23) states (PDF link):

The investigation should be conducted so that no person is unnecessarily exposed to suspicion, or put to unnecessary cost or inconvenience.

The preliminary investigation shall be conducted as expeditiously as possible. When there is no longer reason for pursuing the investigation, it shall be discontinued.

Not only has Assange clearly been “put to unnecessary cost or inconvenience”, but the UK has also been adversely affected. Equally clearly, the investigation has not been “conducted as expeditiously as possible”.
wikileaks  assange  police  sweden 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Assange and the European Arrest Warrant « LRB blog
I wrote a short comment mentioning this on Shami Chakrabarti’s excellent piece in yesterday’s Guardian, only to find it deleted by a moderator for not abiding by ‘community standards’. Probing further, I found that other mentions of Assange had also been deleted; and that because of my perseverance in trying to raise the issue three times, any comments I post are now ‘pre-moderated’. I find that puzzling (and upsetting: it seems to place me in the company of trolls). All the ‘Assange’ comments, including mine, were polite, non-racist, non-sexist, non-defamatory and relevant; though the moderator apparently thinks not. He explained in an email to me that ‘the Assange case is off topic in the context of the article in which you were commenting’. He also suspected my comments of being ‘obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like’ because I included links in them. All very odd.
commenting  censorship  agnotology  guardian  wikileaks  assange 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
At Julian Assange's Book Party, A Mix of Energy Drinks, MIA, and Google Bashing | Motherboard
Google's co-founder Larry Page "is constructing this giant machine," said Assange, "but it has no color. It’s like white rice." But Schmidt “is the soy sauce. He comes along with certain political and geopolitical flavor and he’s poured that all over Google.”

“If the future of the internet is to be Google, that should be of serious concern to people all over the world,” Assange writes. “A ‘don't be evil’ empire is still an empire.”

As for how to fight such empires, Assange has much less to say. His avatar did have one piece of advice for the crowd at Babycastles: “Every time you go to a party and take a picture and post that picture to Facebook, you’re being a rat,” he said with stone-cold severity. “You're being a narc.”
assange  facebook  google  surveillance 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Extraditing Assange
Assange v. Sweden, the case for the defence, issued in the form of a fisking of Dave Allen Green's partial articles for the New Statesman.
wikileaks  assange  law 
february 2013 by juliusbeezer
Legal myths about the Assange extradition
this quick post sets out five common misconceptions and some links to the relevant commentary and material
assange  wikileaks  law 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
The legal mythology of the extradition of Julian Assange
Since August 2010 a number of inter-connected assertions have been made about legal aspects of the criminal investigation and subsequent proceedings by supporters of Assange. Some of the assertions are false and misleading but they remain widely circulated.
law  assange  wikileaks  commenting 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Guardian’s David Leigh Talks About Julian Assange and Wikileaks
promoting ‘Wikileaks – Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy‘ David Leigh…
…on Julian Assange:
“As an IT guy [Assange] is a genius… as a journalist he’s an amateur… and a reckless amateur.”

…on citizen journalism:
“You put everything out there and the citizen journalists make sense of it… unfortunately none of that happened.”

…on Assange’s claims that the book is a smear:
“I’d like Julian to sit in front of me and say he didn’t say [that he didn't care if Wikileaks caused informants to be killed]. He did say that.”

…on civilian casualties:
“[Assange] doesn’t have blood on his hands as far as I know… The point of this War Log stuff was to demonstrate how many civilian casualties there have been… because America decided to have two wars.”
wikileaks  assange  guardian 
february 2011 by juliusbeezer
Can WikiLeaks' Assange Expect Australian Government Help? - TIME
Indeed, Australian lawyers say there is not much the country should do while Assange is caught up in the British court system. "If the extradition request fails then Assange could return home," explains Donald Rothwell, a professor of international law at the Australian National University. However, that could change if he is extradited to Sweden. If he does end up there, the Australian government would have a "stronger obligation" to intervene through diplomatic channels.
wikileaks  assange  law  international  extradition 
february 2011 by juliusbeezer
Guernica / The Hidden Curse of Thomas Paine
wikileaks Assange's 2008 essay "The Hidden Curse of Thomas Paine" eerily prophetic in hindsight

No authorship claimed on served page. But presumably reflects the period in which Assange was coming to realise that the "wiki" bit of wikileaks was not a go-er. Interesting background on publication of Paine in late 18th century, if true.
wikileaks  attention  politics  journalism  assange 
february 2011 by juliusbeezer
Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government” « zunguzungu
the conspiracy will turn against itself in self-defense, clamping down on its own information flows in ways that will then impede its own cognitive function. You destroy the conspiracy, in other words, by making it so paranoid of itself that it can no longer conspire:

The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This must result in minimization of efficient internal communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaption. Hence in a world where leaking is easy, secretive or unjust systems are nonlinearly hit relative to open, just systems.
wikileaks  politics  assange 
december 2010 by juliusbeezer

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