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July 24 2019

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“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.” — Julian Assange

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June 12 2019

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June 01 2019

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Assange exposed to severe abuse - UN expert


GENEVA (31 May 2019) A UN expert who visited Julian Assange in a London prison says he fears his human rights could be seriously violated if he is extradited to the United States and condemned the deliberate and concerted abuse inflicted for years on the Wikileaks co-founder.

“My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” said Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture.

“I am particularly alarmed at the recent announcement by the US Department of Justice of 17 new charges against Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act, which currently carry up to 175 years in prison. This may well result in a life sentence without parole, or possibly even the death penalty, if further charges were to be added in the future,” said Melzer, who was also following up on earlier concerns for Assange’s health.

Although Assange is not held in solitary confinement, the Special Rapporteur said he is gravely concerned that the limited frequency and duration of lawyers’ visits and his lack of access to case files and documents make it impossible for him to adequately prepare his defence in any of the complex legal proceedings piling up against him.

“Since 2010, when Wikileaks started publishing evidence of war crimes and torture committed by US forces, we have seen a sustained and concerted effort by several States towards getting Mr. Assange extradited to the United States for prosecution, raising serious concern over the criminalisation of investigative journalism in violation of both the US Constitution and international human rights law,” Melzer said.

“Since then, there has been a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Sweden and, more recently, Ecuador.” According to the expert, this included an endless stream of humiliating, debasing and threatening statements in the press and on social media, but also by senior political figures, and even by judicial magistrates involved in proceedings against Assange.

“In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination.”

Melzer was accompanied during his prison visit on 9 May by two medical experts specialised in examining potential victims of torture and other ill-treatment. The team

were able to speak with Assange in confidence and to conduct a thorough medical assessment

“It was obvious that Mr. Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years,” the expert said. “Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr. Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.

“The evidence is overwhelming and clear,” the expert said. “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.

“I condemn, in the strongest terms, the deliberate, concerted and sustained nature of the abuse inflicted on Mr. Assange and seriously deplore the consistent failure of all involved governments to take measures for the protection of his most fundamental human rights and dignity,” the expert said. “By displaying an attitude of complacency at best, and of complicity at worst, these governments have created an atmosphere of impunity encouraging Mr. Assange’s uninhibited vilification and abuse.”

In official letters sent earlier this week, Melzer urged the four involved governments to refrain from further disseminating, instigating or tolerating statements or other activities prejudicial to Assange’s human rights and dignity and to take measures to provide him with appropriate redress and rehabilitation for past harm. He further appealed to the British Government not to extradite Assange to the United States or to any other State failing to provide reliable guarantees against his onward transfer to the United States. He also reminded the United Kingdom of its obligation to ensure Assange’s unimpeded access to legal counsel, documentation and adequate preparation commensurate with the complexity of the pending proceedings.

“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Melzer said. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!” 

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May 14 2019

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GETTING JULIAN ASSANGE: THE UNTOLD STORY

“Veteran investigative journalist @JohnPilger exposes Swedens politically motivated ‘rape’ allegations against my son fellow Australian journalist Julian Assange A MUST read! The timeline of political persecution & abuse of legal process. Step by step!” ― @AssangeMrs

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.’

December 27 2017

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I believe the person who are now posting to @JulianAssange is not Julian himself but, maybe, some staffer of the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Free Julian Assange, UK - this is the root cause of the problem.

December 26 2017

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December 25 2017

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Julian Assange’s Twitter Gone: A Look at What Happened

“On the early morning hours of Christmas Day, Julian Assange’s Twitter account quietly disappeared. Gone. Missing. Nothing but caches left behind. Hours later, Wikileaks’ and Embassy Cat’s accounts are still active, but neither has acknowledged this strange, mysterious development. And although some clues point to Assange’s possibly deleting the account himself, we don’t know for certain that’s what happened. One reporter is saying, however, that he has been in touch with Assange and the leader of WikiLeaks is fine. But he hasn’t verified this claim, which just leaves us with more questions. And while Assange is silent, many alt accounts are rising, trying to take his place. Here’s everything that we know so far.”

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November 07 2017

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October 10 2017

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September 28 2017

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“Spain is a great nation with a rich culture. I support the right to self-determination of all its peoples, collectively and individually.” — @JulianAssange

September 26 2017

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RT News: Canada blocks Chelsea Manning visit, citing ‘treason’

“Manning is not a felon. She was found to have disciplinary violations in the military justice system--of disclosing info to the press, only.” “Constitution states that all federal felonies must proceed by way of a grand jury indictment. Manning was never indicted by a grand jury.” — @JulianAssange on Twitter

July 16 2017

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Seth Rich murder: one year anniversary

  • Family releases statement on the anniversary of Seth Rich's death, vigil held in DC (ABC7 via WJLA, Jul. 10 2017)

    “The family of murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich released a statement Monday morning on the one-year anniversary of his death.

    In the statement, the family says thank you for all the support they have received since Rich's murder as well as for the work done to establish scholarships in Rich's name.

    The family also thanked D.C. Police for their efforts as they continue to investigate Rich's murder, saying ‘While we are saddened that the crime has not been solved yet, we were aware early on, this was going to be a difficult case to solve.’

    Rich, 27, was shot in the back while walking home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood on July 10, 2016. This incident happened shortly before Wikileaks released emails which sparked the resignation of several party leaders on the eve of the Democratic Convention.”

  • Seth Rich: Family blasts ‘partisan’ investigations on 1st anniversary of DNC staffer’s death (RT Viral, Jul. 10 2017)

    “Rich, 27, was shot in the back and fatally injured while walking home in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington D.C. on July 10 last year. The incident, which police investigators believe was a failed robbery attempt, has been a source of speculation among some people who believe the shooting is linked to the leaking of DNC emails.

    In a statement released on the one-year anniversary of Rich’s death, the family have pleaded for those investigating the case to ‘cease using Seth as a political football in predetermined partisan narratives.’

    The family adds: ‘The continual push of false and inaccurate information about Seth's death, along with the harassment of Seth's friends, family and co-workers, hurts those who were closest to Seth, and does nothing to bring justice to his killers.’

  • Silent Vigil For One Year Anniversary of Seth Rich Murder (Big League Politics, Jul. 10 2017)

    “The police initially ruled that the shooting was a botched robbery — but his wallet, watch, and necklace were still on his person when he was discovered by police. He had bruises on his knees and his face. He was alive and able to communicate with emergency workers at the scene — though what he told them has never been made public.

    Despite the incident taking place on a street with many surveillance cameras, no footage was ever released to the public that may aid in identifying a suspect. Likewise, no dash or body camera footage has ever been published.

    Rich had been drinking alone at a bar called Lou’s City Bar in the hours leading up to his death. Police reportedly never questioned the staff on duty that evening.

    In June, tech mogul Kim Dotcom released a statement asserting that Rich was the source of the leaked emails, and that he had gone by the alias ‘Panda.’ Social media postings from both Rich and those closest to him reveal that he had an extreme fondness for the animals.

    ‘I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich,’ Kim wrote in his statement. ‘Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.

    I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.’

    Dotcom added that, ‘he wanted to change that from the inside.’”

    “In an interview last year, Assange also alluded to Rich having been the source of the earth shattering leaks, which exposed a massive plot to undermine the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.

    ‘Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often significant risks. There was a 27-year old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back… murdered.. for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington,’ Assange said during an interview with Dutch TV last year. When asked by the host if he would suggest that Rich was involved, he stated that ‘we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States and that our sources face serious risks… that’s why they come to us so we can protect their anonymity.’”

    “In a recently discovered video from the Election Data Summit in 2015, Rich was seen expressing concern about ballot integrity.

    ‘Seth Rich, with the DNC,’ he introduces himself, after clearing his throat. ‘I think some of you had spoken about provisional ballots and rejected ballots — I guess we have looked at, as an outside practitioner with a vested interest in training our voters, how do we get better access to data that tells us why ballots are rejected — why ballots are cast as provisional — so we can analyze that and develop better training guides?’

    The following year, nearly three months before Rich was killed, New York voters reported two highly suspicious voter purges that barred 120,000 people from being able to vote. The scandal lead to massive outcry from supporters of Sanders, who believed that the DNC was engaging in election fraud to nominate Hillary Clinton.”

July 07 2017

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“Fucking globalists” — @realldonaldjtru

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June 26 2017

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WikiLeaks' Assange Urges Americans to Replace US Democratic Party

“…hysteria about alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election led to a situation where other problems like class inequality, health issues and high crime rates are being ignored. ‘The Democratic base should move to start a new party since the party elite shows no signs that they will give up power,’ Assange wrote.”

June 21 2017

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