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June 21 2017

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Binney, McGovern, Rowley: WikiLeaks and the Global Information War

“Monday, June 19 marks five years since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought asylum in Ecuador. In the half a decade since then, Assange has been prevented by British authorities from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London despite the UN finding last year that he has been the subject of arbitrary detention. His case and the campaign against Wikileaks have caused a global debate over whistleblowing that rages to this day.”

May 19 2017

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Julian Assange case: Sweden dropped the investigation!

  • @wikileaks: BREAKING: Sweden has dropped its case against Julian Assange and will revoke its arrest warrant. Background: twitter.com/wikileaks/stat…

  • @wikileaks: UK states it will arrest Assange regardless & refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received an extradition request from the US.

  • @wikileaks: UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a US extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to UK.

  • @JulianAssange: Detained for 7 years without charge by while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget.

  • @JulianAssange: justice4assange.com

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  • @avilarenata: FINALLY Sweden will do what @UNHumanRights ordered more than a year ago: End the Arbitrary Detention of #Assange. UK must cooperate

  • @avilarenata: UK insists violating Assange Human Rights. Exercising right to asylum is not Jumping Bail. news.met.police.uk/news/statement… Australia must act.

  • @avilarenata: #Australia must act to protect its citizen @JulianAssange but they do not do anything. Why? Political persecution. Defend his asylum.

  • @avilarenata: Jumping bail they say. Seeking asylum we say.

  • @avilarenata: Pathetic attempt by Swedish prosecution authority to justify their incompetence and arbitrary treatment. Reality = it was political.

  • @avilarenata: #Assange This woman claims to work for justice. Refused to advance an investigation for 7 years. Now she blames #Ecuador on her incompetence

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  • @avilarenata: #Ecuador cooperated to the fullest with Swedish authorities. Incredible that an arbitrary detention conducted by Sweden is blamed on them.

  • @avilarenata: Don't expect gentle treatment of the press on #Assange case but don't be mislead by them. Today's victory evidences an arbitrary prosecution

  • @avilarenata: #Assange case Incredible that no one is questioning the refusal of Marianne Ny to conduct telephone interview or visit UK during YEARS.

  • @avilarenata: Journalists reporting #Assange case, the prosecutor had 5 alternatives to interrogate him. She arbitrarily refused to conduct interview 5 yr

  • @avilarenata: Dear media, if you want to "battle #FakeNews, be congruent and check your facts while reporting about @JulianAssange case.

  • @avilarenata: Journos reporting on @JulianAssange case: the alleged offense in UK is disputed and an excuse to keep him captive

    Statement on Julian Assange

    Met's position following decision by Ms Marianne Ny, in relation to the Swedish authorities investigation

  • @avilarenata: The battle for @JulianAssange and @wikileaks freedom continues. Donate to help close the US investigation

    COURAGE - Wikileaks Staff Legal Expenses

    The WikiLeaks official legal and public defence fund is raised and run by the Courage Foundation. The fund is for legal fees, and does not go to WikiLeaks' core operations.

  • @avilarenata: @Snowden and others urge @POTUS to drop case against @JulianAssange and @wikileaks

    Edward Snowden and others urge Trump to drop case against Assange

    Snowden among more than 100 signatories to open letter to president calling for clemency for Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members

  • @avilarenata: Next in @JulianAssange case: defend his asylum. In today´s world ignoring political asylum will be an epic mistake. Stand in solidarity.

January 14 2014

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Albina Kurmanbekova was born a Muslim in Kyrgyzstan but converted to Christianity. Apostasy is a crime under sharia law and returning her to her country of origin may be extremely harmful to her personal safety. The second class status of women under sharia is also of relevance. In Kyrgyzstan this status is made even worse by the local cultural practice of ‘bridenapping’ which combines kidnapping with forced marriage. Albina legally entered the United States on a work-and-travel visa and has respected American laws by going through the official channels to seek asylum.
Albina Kurmanbekova – Victims of Sharia (Liberties Alliance, Dec. 27 2013)

August 07 2013

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Washington’s decision [to cancel a meeting with President Putin] showed that the US will readily ‘sacrifice their bilateral relations with Russia’ for the issues of their ‘internal agenda,’ said Andrey Klimov, vice chairman of the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee. ... Rather than seeing it as ‘a tragedy,’ Klimov said he perceives the move as ‘an outcome of the situation of the domestic policy of the US.’ ... Edward Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has also been scathing about the cancellation, saying that a human rights decision had been politicized by the Obama administration. ‘What has Putin got to do with Snowden? Putin didn't make the decision to grant asylum. This is not even political asylum, but temporary asylum,’ he told RT. ‘It appears that for the US, international policy trumps human rights, and they don't want to act within the legal boundaries, simply don't understand that Russia is not able to hand over Snowden at the current time.’
Kremlin ‘disappointed’ Obama calls off Putin talks, decision ‘Snowden-related’ (RT News, Aug. 7 2013)

August 03 2013

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Poll Shows Snowden Maintains Support

from Government Accountability Project (Aug. 2 2013):

Associated Press: Snowden Walks Free in Russia to US Anger

Yesterday, NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden was granted asylum for one year in Russia and left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. The decision by the Russian government puts a new strain on an already fragile relationship with the US. Little is known about Snowden's current whereabouts, other than a statement from WikiLeaks saying that he was headed to a "secure, confidential place."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney commented on the administration's extreme disappointment in the Russian government's decision, reiterating the White House's claim that "Mr. Snowden is not a whistleblower." GAP strongly disagrees based on legal rationale, which can be found in GAP's official statement on Snowden's case.

The asylum decision will most likely have an impact on President Obama's planned trip to Russia in September for the G-20 summit as some Congress people have already advised. The American people – according to another Quinnipiac poll – would disagree, given that 55% of Americans continue to view Snowden as a whistleblower and just 34% view him as a traitor, an understanding that runs contrary to the views of many Senators and Representatives.

Finally, this New Yorker piece takes a pragmatic look at both Snowden's and Bradley Manning's cases, focusing on their previous demonstrations of sincere patriotism – exhibited not only through their disclosures but through their military service and elsewhere – as compared with the administration branding each of them as 'traitors.'

As to what Snowden will be doing with his allotted asylum time in Russia, the public can only speculate. His papers do allow him to work in the country, and he has already been offered a job by Russia's top social network site VKontakte.

August 02 2013

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We would like to thank the Russian people and all those others who have helped to protect Mr. Snowden. We have won the battle -- now the war.
— WikiLeaks (via Twitter)
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Angry statements by US politicians only justify Ru decision to grant Snowden asylum -> his ofense is political, no fair trial possible.
— Renata Avila (via Twitter)
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Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport (RT News, Aug. 1 2013)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory.

The whistleblower has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said, with his words later confirmed by Russia’s Federal Migration service.

“I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added.

Kucherena showed a photocopy of the document to the press. According to it, Snowden is free to stay in Russia until at least July 31, 2014. His asylum status may be extended annually upon request.

With his newly-awarded legal status in Russia, Snowden cannot be handed over to the US authorities, even if Washington files an official request. He can now be transported to the United States only if he agrees to go voluntarily. ...
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Statement on Snowden’s Successful Russian Asylum Bid

from wikileaks.org (Aug. 1 2013):

Today, Thursday 1st August at 15:50 MSK, Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia. He left Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow with WikiLeaks staffer and legal advisor Sarah Harrison who has accompanied him during his 39 day stay in the transit zone and continues to do so. Ms Harrison has remained with Mr Snowden at all times to protect his safety and security, including during his exit from Hong Kong. They departed from the airport together in a taxi and are headed to a secure, confidential place.

On 16th July Mr Snowden made a request for temporary asylum to Russia. Despite the ongoing pressure from the United States, which has been trying to interfere with this sovereign process in violation of the UN Protocol on the Rights of Refugees, Russia has done the right thing and granted Mr Snowden temporary asylum. The certificate of temporary asylum by the Russian Federation lasts for one year and affords Mr Snowden the right to live in and travel around Russia, where he can now plan his next steps in safety. On receiving his asylum certificate Mr Snowden said: "Over the past eight weeks we have seen the Obama administration show no respect for international or domestic law, but in the end the law is winning. I thank the Russian Federation for granting me asylum in accordance with its laws and international obligations."

WikiLeaks, whilst being a publishing organisation, also fights for the rights and protections of journalistic sources, and so has taken a leading role in assisting Mr Snowden secure his safety. Mr Snowden, an American citizen, was forced to flee his country to enable him to safely reveal to the public the crimes of his government. President Barack Obama while elected on a platform promising to protect whistleblowers, has now prosecuted more national security whistleblowers than all other presidents in United States history combined. This bellicose response from the US administration makes it clear that Snowden could not receive a fair trial. Assange said "This is another victory in the fight against Obama’s war on whistleblowers. This battle has been won, but the war continues. The United States can no longer continue the surveillance of world citizens and its digital colonization of sovereign nations. The public will no longer stand for it. Whistleblowers will continue to appear until the government abides by its own laws and rhetoric."

WikiLeaks commends Russia for accepting Snowden’s request and supporting him when many countries felt so compromised by US threats that they could not. Throughout Snowden’s stay in the airport it has been heartening to see citizens of the United States, of Russia and the world supporting Mr Snowden. WikiLeaks would also like to extend their gratitude to the airport staff who have assisted in making the extended stay of Mr Snowden and Ms Harrison as comfortable and secure as possible, despite the difficult conditions.

Mr Snowden and Ms Harrison have been staying in the airport for almost six weeks, having landed on an Aeroflot flight from Hong Kong on the 23rd June. They had been booked on a connecting flight the following day. Mr Snowden intended to request asylum in Latin America. However, after Mr Snowden’s departure was made public, the United States government canceled his passport, which rendered onward travel impossible.

From within the transit zone of the airport, Mr Snowden and Ms Harrison spent a number of weeks prior to his Russian application assessing the options available to him to ensure his future safety. Without a passport and no immediate offers of the necessary safe passage, travel was impossible. Over twenty asylum requests to various countries were made to try to secure Mr Snowden’s passage. Throughout this period the United States took irregular and disproportionate actions to block Mr Snowden’s right to seek asylum: downing the plane of the President of Bolivia and making direct political and economic threats againt nations Mr Snowden requested assistance from. This is in violation of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2312 (1967), which states that:

"the grant of asylum. . . is a peaceful and humanitarian act and... as such, it cannot be regarded as unfriendly by any other State."

Despite these actions, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua stood strong and granted Mr Snowden asylum. At a meeting with lawyers and human rights organisations on the 12th July, Mr Snowden announced that he accepted Venezuela’s asylum offer, although ultimately US interference has, at least for the time being, prevented its practical acceptance.

The Obama administration has demonstrated in its treatment of Bradley Manning, Thomas Drake, James Risen, James Rosen and others that the United States is no longer a safe place for whistleblowers and national security journalists. WikiLeaks urges that the US government amends its ways, reverse this trend and re-establish its moral authority. We will continue to defend Mr Snowden and urge the United States government to respect its constitution and international law.

July 28 2013

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EXTRADITING ASSANGE

released: Feb. 13 2013

This document provides the facts about Julian Assange's situation. Mainstream reportage on Assange's case is of a poor quality, with the result that many members of the public are misinformed on the most basic facts about his legal and factual situation. This document aims to remedy this situation.

This document provides comprehensively cited information about why Julian Assange has been given asylum by Ecuador, and about the sequence of events leading up to that point.

The document also considers the most frequent false or misleading claims made in the media and demonstrates how they are incorrect. Reference is made to all of the necessary documentary evidence and each quotation links to the original source, so that readers can follow up and ascertain for themselves the truth of the matter. ...

Reposted byverschwoerer verschwoerer

July 25 2013

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Edward Snowden's fear of flying is justified | Geoffrey Robertson | Comment is free | The Guardian

So far Snowden has had three offers of asylum from Latin America, but to travel there means dangerous hours in the air. International law (and the Chicago Convention regulating air traffic) emphatically asserts freedom to traverse international airspace, but America tends to treat international law as binding on everyone except America (and Israel). Thus when Egypt did a deal with the Achille Lauro hijackers and sent them on a commercial flight to Tunis, US F-14 jets intercepted the plane in international airspace and forced it to land in Italy, where the hijackers were tried and jailed. President Mubarak condemned the action as "air piracy contrary to international law" and demanded an apology, to which Reagan replied: "Never." The UK supported the action as designed to bring terrorists to trial.

In 1986 Israel forced down a Libyan commercial plane in the mistaken belief that PLO leaders were among its passengers, and the US vetoed UN security council condemnation. So there must be a real concern, particularly after Nato allies collaborated in forcing down the Bolivian president's jet, that the US will intercept any plane believed to be carrying Snowden to asylum, either because he is tantamount to a terrorist (Vice-President Biden has described Julian Assange as a "hi-tech terrorist") or simply because they want to put him on trial as a spy.

That, no doubt, is why Snowden cancelled his ticket to Cuba a few weeks ago, fearing the flight would end in Florida. Russia has, in effect, provided him with temporary asylum (there is no legal magic about staying airside – he is in Russia) so he might be best advised to accept the gag and enjoy Moscow's hospitality. Until, perhaps, a new government in Germany after its September elections offers him a platform if he turns up as a refugee, whereupon he could take a tramp steamer to Hamburg.

July 18 2013

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A Letter to Edward Snowden: 10 Reasons You Should Hightail It to Venezuela

“According to Wikipedia you practice the martial arts and are a self-declared Buddhist, interests you apparently nurtured while you worked as an undercover CIA agent as a State Department officer at the US embassy in Japan.”

July 17 2013

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Snowden’s lawyer to RT: ‘He fears torture, execution; never witnessed such persecution by the US’ — RT News

Following the official asylum petition by Edward Snowden to the Russian authorities, RT interviewed Snowden’s Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who has explained to RT the intricacies of the Russian asylum process.

Kucherena elaborated on the personal motivation of Edward Snowden’s petition and highlighted the legality of such a request. He stressed that the Russian decision to review the asylum request was based on the “human rights” aspect of the issue. ...

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Ecuador hopes Russia will provide the former US intelligence officer Edward Snowden with temporary asylum, Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told the press on Tuesday. Patino also expressed satisfaction that Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia had already offered Snowden asylum. The minister also explained why his country had not provided Snowden with temporary documents to travel. ‘Such a decision must take into account all the aspects of safety, so that he could go to one of the countries that offered him asylum, such conditions haven’t been established so far,’ said Patino.
Ecuador hopes Russia gives Snowden temporary asylum. (RT News, Jul. 16 2013)

July 16 2013

U.S. Government Must Heed Call of Human Rights Experts Worldwide to ... - American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)


U.S. Government Must Heed Call of Human Rights Experts Worldwide to ...
American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)
For those following the saga of Edward Snowden, it has been a remarkable week, with major human rights actors all over the world lining up to call on the United States to respect his right, enshrined in international law, to seek asylum. Mr. Snowden ...

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Snowden officially applies for temporary asylum in Russia – human rights lawyer — RT News

Temporary asylum is sort of “humanitarian status” or postponed deportation. To receive such asylum in the Russian Federation, the applicant should request it at the FMS by filling out the relevant form, the service explains on its website.

The initial application review period may take up to five days, and the rest of the process can be pro-longed to three months.

In the event that it is approved, the applicant has a right to stay in the country for 12 months and can then extend this term for another year.

As Moscow reviews Snowden’s application over the next several days, Snowden will either continue to stay in the transit zone of the city’s airport or move to a center for asylum seekers, the Head of the Public Chamber of FMS Vladimir Volokh told Interfax.

"Right now we are beginning the first stage – the definition of [Snowden’s] legal status. Snowden would have to be in the transit area or FMS can transfer him to the temporary accommodation for refugees or internally displaced persons”, Volokh said.

July 15 2013

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【Twitter】 the importance of asylum

  • @avilarenata: Why Asylum is such an important institution? Ala’a Jarban, LGTB activist in Yemen techpresident.com/news/wegov/241… seeking asylum in Canada

  • @avilarenata: Asylum is also an exercise of sovereign power: U.S. granted it to former Bolivian Presidents onzalo Sánchez de Lozada, massacre suspect.

  • @avilarenata: A State is free to decide who it grants asylum to. And no one can question such decision as it is a unilateral exercise of sovereign power.

  • @avilarenata: And the act of seeking asylum is a fundamental right, ius cogens even.

  • @avilarenata: Political asylum was constantly used in Latin America during the dirty wars. It saved lives of political leaders and intellectuals.

  • @avilarenata: Defend the right of Snowden to seek asylum and the right of Assange to enjoy it (Right to Safe Passage). Defend asylum without exceptions.

July 12 2013

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According to human rights lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, the request for political asylum has already been written by Snowden. Kucherena said he will provide legal support for the former NSA contractor seeking asylum. The Russian authorities should be able to decide on Snowden’s asylum request in two to three weeks’ time, he added. Meanwhile, Russia’s presidential human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin suggested that it would be better for Snowden to ask the UN or the ICRC for refugee status instead of seeking asylum in Russia. That way it won’t harm Russian-American relations, he added.
Snowden wants asylum in Russia, ready to meet condition not to damage US (RT News, Jul. 12 2013)
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The Human Rights Watch representative used this opportunity to tell Mr Snowden that on her way to the airport she had received a call from the US Ambassador to Russia, who asked her to relay to Mr Snowden that the US Government does not categorise Mr Snowden as a whistleblower and that he has broken United States law. This further proves the United States Government’s persecution of Mr Snowden and therefore that his right to seek and accept asylum should be upheld.
Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport (wikileaks.org, Jul. 12 2013)

July 10 2013

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