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November 21 2019

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@wikileaks: While the world knows Julian's name has been cleared in Sweden, he is sitting in a cell in Belmarsh prison, probably unaware of the news. The Prison cancelled all visits today. Don´t Extradite Assange!

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October 24 2019

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Assange in Court - Craig Murray

«I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight.

But his physical appearance was not as shocking as his mental deterioration. When asked to give his name and date of birth, he struggled visibly over several seconds to recall both. I will come to the important content of his statement at the end of proceedings in due course, but his difficulty in making it was very evident; it was a real struggle for him to articulate the words and focus his train of thought.

Until yesterday I had always been quietly sceptical of those who claimed that Julian’s treatment amounted to torture – even of Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – and sceptical of those who suggested he may be subject to debilitating drug treatments. But having attended the trials in Uzbekistan of several victims of extreme torture, and having worked with survivors from Sierra Leone and elsewhere, I can tell you that yesterday changed my mind entirely and Julian exhibited exactly the symptoms of a torture victim brought blinking into the light, particularly in terms of disorientation, confusion, and the real struggle to assert free will through the fog of learned helplessness.

I had been even more sceptical of those who claimed, as a senior member of his legal team did to me on Sunday night, that they were worried that Julian might not live to the end of the extradition process. I now find myself not only believing it, but haunted by the thought. Everybody in that court yesterday saw that one of the greatest journalists and most important dissidents of our times is being tortured to death by the state, before our eyes. To see my friend, the most articulate man, the fastest thinker, I have ever known, reduced to that shambling and incoherent wreck, was unbearable. Yet the agents of the state, particularly the callous magistrate Vanessa Baraitser, were not just prepared but eager to be a part of this bloodsport. She actually told him that if he were incapable of following proceedings, then his lawyers could explain what had happened to him later. The question of why a man who, by the very charges against him, was acknowledged to be highly intelligent and competent, had been reduced by the state to somebody incapable of following court proceedings, gave her not a millisecond of concern.»

«For the prosecution, James Lewis QC stated that the government strongly opposed any delay being given for the defence to prepare, and strongly opposed any separate consideration of the question of whether the charge was a political offence excluded by the extradition treaty. Baraitser took her cue from Lewis and stated categorically that the date for the extradition hearing, 25 February, could not be changed. She was open to changes in dates for submission of evidence and responses before this, and called a ten minute recess for the prosecution and defence to agree these steps.

What happened next was very instructive. There were five representatives of the US government present (initially three, and two more arrived in the course of the hearing), seated at desks behind the lawyers in court. The prosecution lawyers immediately went into huddle with the US representatives, then went outside the courtroom with them, to decide how to respond on the dates.

After the recess the defence team stated they could not, in their professional opinion, adequately prepare if the hearing date were kept to February, but within Baraitser’s instruction to do so they nevertheless outlined a proposed timetable on delivery of evidence. In responding to this, Lewis’ junior counsel scurried to the back of the court to consult the Americans again while Lewis actually told the judge he was “taking instructions from those behind”. It is important to note that as he said this, it was not the UK Attorney-General’s office who were being consulted but the US Embassy. Lewis received his American instructions and agreed that the defence might have two months to prepare their evidence (they had said they needed an absolute minimum of three) but the February hearing date may not be moved. Baraitser gave a ruling agreeing everything Lewis had said.

At this stage it was unclear why we were sitting through this farce. The US government was dictating its instructions to Lewis, who was relaying those instructions to Baraitser, who was ruling them as her legal decision. The charade might as well have been cut and the US government simply sat on the bench to control the whole process. Nobody could sit there and believe they were in any part of a genuine legal process or that Baraitser was giving a moment’s consideration to the arguments of the defence. Her facial expressions on the few occasions she looked at the defence ranged from contempt through boredom to sarcasm. When she looked at Lewis she was attentive, open and warm.»

«Finally, Baraitser turned to Julian and ordered him to stand, and asked him if he had understood the proceedings. He replied in the negative, said that he could not think, and gave every appearance of disorientation. Then he seemed to find an inner strength, drew himself up a little, and said:

“I do not understand how this process is equitable. This superpower had 10 years to prepare for this case and I can’t even access my writings. It is very difficult, where I am, to do anything. These people have unlimited resources.”

The effort then seemed to become too much, his voice dropped and he became increasingly confused and incoherent. He spoke of whistleblowers and publishers being labeled enemies of the people, then spoke about his children’s DNA being stolen and of being spied on in his meetings with his psychologist. I am not suggesting at all that Julian was wrong about these points, but he could not properly frame nor articulate them. He was plainly not himself, very ill and it was just horribly painful to watch. Baraitser showed neither sympathy nor the least concern. She tartly observed that if he could not understand what had happened, his lawyers could explain it to him, and she swept out of court.»

October 12 2019

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@SomersetBean: Today: Julian Assange has been in a London prison for 6 months, after UK police seized him from Ecuador's embassy. A journalist & publisher facing a US kangaroo court & 175 year prison sentence—for exposing the truth.

August 01 2018

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UK officials could soon begin burying radioactive waste under some of the country’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, according to new plans backed by the British government.

Nuclear waste is currently being stored at above-ground facilities across the UK but it is hoped that deep geological burials will provide a long-term solution to the problem of mounting leftovers. The plans were published in January but have now been bolstered by the support of MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee.




https://www.rt.com/uk/434729-nuclear-waste-national-park/



June 09 2018

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British Indian Curry - Chicken Jalfrezi

June 06 2018

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June 05 2018

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westeastsouthnorth: Port Isaac, England

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February 25 2018

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January 10 2018

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  • RT World News: Julian Assange ‘granted Ecuadorian ID’ required for passport, citizenship (10 Jan, 2018)

    “WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has cryptically uploaded a picture of himself dressed in the national colors of Ecuador. The country’s media reports the whistleblower has been granted an Ecuadorian ID.

    Assange’s ID was issued on December 21, Ecuadorian outlet El Universo reports, citing ‘reliable sources’ and providing the civil registry number to check on the government website. The document number 1729926483, upon checking on the Internal Revenue Service, is indeed registered to one Julian Paul Assange.”

  • RT World News: Assange getting Ecuadorian ID could be ‘first step’ to diplomatic immunity – rights activist (10 Jan, 2018)

    “The Ecuadorian ID reportedly granted to Julian Assange could mark his first step to obtaining diplomatic immunity, as Ecuador wants to resolve Assange’s indefinite embassy stay, human rights activist Peter Tatchell told RT.

    ‘Granting an identity card is potentially the first step towards granting citizenship of Ecuador. And there is a possibility that he could be then granted a diplomatic status, which would give him diplomatic immunity,’ Tatchell, who is a human rights campaigner and the director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said. He added that diplomatic immunity would mean that the WikiLeaks co-founder would be ‘free to leave the embassy and travel to Ecuador and the British government would not be able to lay a finger on him.’

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.”

June 13 2017

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for now... but given the recent ISIS attacks on Tehran, I’m not sure what happens in the future.

Reposted fromFlau Flau viathehedgehogsdilemma thehedgehogsdilemma

June 06 2017

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May 20 2017

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RT: You’re a whistleblower yourself. What can you tell us about your personal experience? Is it a tough job?

AM [Annie Machon, former MI5 intelligence officer] : Yes, I am a whistleblower from the old school from the 1990s, the analog-era effectively. But I worked for MI5 for six years as an intelligence officer, and it was there that I met my former partner and colleague, a man called David Shayler. We saw so many things going wrong at that time - only within six years - that we decided to resign and to go public. We tried to raise our concerns on the inside, and we were just told to ‘follow orders.’ So they had no will to reform or will to correct mistakes that were committing crimes in secret.

So we went public. And under the laws of the UK, we also faced automatic arrest and imprisonment for speaking out about the crimes of the spies. So we fled the country, we went on the run for a month around Europe; we went and lived in hiding for a year in France, and we lived in exile for another two years. I was arrested; many of our friends, family, supporters, and journalists involved in the case were arrested. Shayler himself went to prison twice. First of all, when the British failed to extradite him from France in 1998 to stand trial under the Official Secrets Act of 1989, and then after he returned voluntarily to face trial in 2000. Of course, he was convicted, because there was no legal defense under the Official Secrets Act, and he went to prison again. So we both paid a very high price… to expose the crimes of the spies.
'Chelsea Manning's example of courage paved the way for Snowden & Assange' (RT Op-Edge, May 17 2017)

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.

March 07 2017

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from alien-search-and-rescue-team.tumblr.com:

The Rendlesham Forest Incident

The Rendlesham Forest Incident, also known as ‘Britain’s Roswell’, is undoubtedly one of the best documented and most significant military encounters with a Craft of Unknown Origin or UFO. It is also a case that involved very credible witnesses, trained (USAF) United States Air Force observers and security police.

The incident spanned three days in 1980. Rendlesham Forest is a large pine forest, east of Ipswich, in Suffolk, England. Nearby are the twin NATO air bases, RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge; at the time both bases were being leased to the United States Air Force. Several UFO incidents, including multiple-witness sightings by military personnel, ground traces, and radioactive anomalies were reported from Rendlesham forest.

According to USAF security patrolmen on duty, “the object was described as being metallic in appearance and triangular in shape, approx. 2-3 meters across the base… it illuminated the entire forest with a white light, and had a pulsing red light on top and a bank(s) of blue lights underneath.” In November, 2002, the British Ministry of Defense released the “Rendlesham File” of documents related to and confirming the Rendlesham Forest incident.

February 17 2017

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wasbella102: St Paul’s Cathedral, London during the German bombing campaign called the Blitz.

Reposted bycoeurinakiteandratoniewszystko

June 09 2015

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Supporters of Julian Assange will hold a vigil outside the Ecuadorian Embassy on June 19 marking three years since Assange entered.
— from @wikileaks (Jun. 8 2015)
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