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June 15 2017

As the Espionage Act Turns 100, We Condemn Threats Against Wikileaks

The federal law that is commonly used to prosecute leakers marks its 100th birthday on June 15,2017.

Signed into law on June 15, 1917, the Espionage Act 18 U.S.C. § 792 et seq., was Congress’s response to a fear that public criticism of U.S. participation in World War I would impede the conscript of soldiers to support the war effort and concerns about U.S. citizens undermining the war effort by spying for foreign governments. Although some parts of the law were repealed, many remain in effect 100 years later.

Most pertinent today, the law criminalizes both the disclosure and receipt of certain national security information. As a result, the Espionage Act remains the most common grounds upon which leakers of U.S. governmental information are prosecuted. Indeed, the recent charges against the alleged source of the NSA Russian Election Systems Phishing documents are based on the Espionage Act.

To date, however, the United States has never sought to prosecute a journalistic entity under the Espionage Act for either receiving secret government documents from a source or further disseminating the documents themselves or information from them in the course of reporting. There is nothing in the language of the law that prevents its use against a news organization, but it has been unofficially accepted that it should not apply to the press.

So it is alarming that the Justice Department is reportedly taking a serious look at bringing criminal charges against Wikileaks and Julian Assange for disclosing classified information . In so doing, the Trump administration is threatening to step over a never-crossed line – applying the secret documents provisions of the Espionage Act to journalistic practices. The threat is greatly concerning in the context of prosecuting whistleblowers, and, more broadly, preserving a free press.

The threat is greatly concerning in the context of prosecuting whistleblowers, and, more broadly, preserving a free press.

Leaks are a vital part of the free flow of information that is essential to our democracy. And reporting on leaked materials, including reporting on classified information, is an essential role of American journalism. The US Supreme Court, in Bartnicki v. Vopper, recognized that those who lawfully obtain information pertaining to a matter of public interest have a near absolute right to publish it even if their source illegally obtained the information. Prosecuting Wikileaks for its role in this fundamental democratic process will undermine these vital protections.

In sections 793(d), (e) and 798 the Espionage Act criminalizes the unauthorized communication of both certain classified information and information “connected with the national defense.” Section 793(c) also prohibits merely obtaining national defense documents “with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation.” Whether the principle of Bartnicki v. Vopper would bar a successful prosecution against a news organization under these provisions has never been tested.

A strong defense of Wikileaks is not simply an anti-Trump position. As current events indicate, leaks are non-partisan: those on both sides of the aisle typically embrace leaks that are politically useful and condemn leaks that are politically damaging. President Donald Trump famously praised Wikileaks when disclosures of DNC emails benefitted him. He now threatens to bring the strong arm of the law down on it.

It can be difficult to separate rhetoric from a planned course of action with this administration. But there are strong signs this White House intends to follow through on its bluster.

First, CIA Director Mike Pompeo labeled Wikileaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” at an April 13, 2017 speech at the Center for Strategic And International Studies. The director then followed up by asserting his “philosophical understanding,” as opposed to a legal conclusion, that Wikileaks and Assange are not exercising First Amendment rights.

About a week later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that his department was “stepping up its efforts” “on all leaks” with the goal being to “put some people in jail.”

President Trump also reportedly urged then-FBI director James Comey to prosecute and imprison journalists who published classified information. Comey’s failure to prioritize this has been cited as the one of the reasons for his firing.

Moreover, the president’s reported initial first choice for FBI director, former Senator Joseph Lieberman, has a history of belligerence against both the news media broadly and Wikileaks in particular. In 2010, Lieberman called for an investigation of the New York Times and other news media for publishing Wikileaks documents, proposed an “anti-Wikileaks Law” that would have criminalized the disclosure of intelligence source names, and pressured Amazon and credit card processors to choke off funding for Wikileaks.

Many of the other threats the president and those speaking on his behalf have made against the news media both during the election and since he took office require legislative action by either Congress or the states. Unlike his threat to “open up the libel laws”—which would require action by 50 state legislatures or otherwise be subject to Congressional oversight—the executive branch can initiate a federal criminal prosecution on its own.

We condemn the threats of prosecution of Wikileaks and call for all to speak out against the them.

One hundred years is long enough to let the threat of prosecution under the Espionage Act cast a shadow over our free speech and press freedom protections. Sign our petition, and tell U.S. lawmakers to reform this outdated and overbroad law.

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Read more about how the Espionage Act came to be and the law's murky legal history.

May 23 2017

Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks' Assange is "Long Overdue Decision"

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Swedish prosecutors have dropped an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has denied the allegations, which he calls a pretext for his ultimate extradition to the U.S. to face prosecution under the Espionage Act. Since 2012, Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. It’s not clear whether Assange will emerge any time soon. "This is a small victory, but in this long road to free Julian Assange and all the people working for WikiLeaks," says our guest Renata Avila, a Courage Foundation trustee and human rights lawyer. "But it will finally help us lawyers to focus on the main issue, which is the persecution, the political persecution, and imminent prosecution of Julian Assange in the United States."

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May 08 2017

June 24 2015

05:56

23 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1657 days. 
 – 1097 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1851 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1203 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1012 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1949 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks released a collection of TOP SECRET intelligence reports which show the NSA spied on France’s three most recent presidents.
    • In response, French President François Hollande called an emergency meeting to discuss the claims.
  • Coverage of WikiLeaks’ Saudi Cables continues:
    • Albawaba: Lebanon asked for Saudi support to maintain Roumieh prison
    • The Express Tribune: Saudi govt offered $10b for Mubarak’s release
    • Sudan Reeves: The View of Khartoum from Saudi Arabia
    • Deccan Chronicle: Saudis tried to shield students from US Montana college scandal
    • Vice: Saudi Money Flowed to Newspapers in Canada
    • Reuters: Iran shipped nuclear equipment to Sudan
    • The Indian Express: How Saudi Arabia wanted to match Iranian influence over India
    • Firedoglake: Revelations from Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Sudan & Egypt
  • A Twitter hashtag created to discredit WikiLeaks’ Saudi Cables, “#Saudi_WikiLeaks_Are_Fake”, within which WikiLeaks identified the use of bots.
  • Playwright Angela Richter’s book “Supernerds: Conversations with Heroes”, which includes interviews with Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Daniel Ellsberg, is available via Amazon.
  • American singer-songwriter Patti Smith dedicated a song to WikiLeaks during her concert in Cologne.
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WikiLeaks - Espionnage Élysée

WikiLeaks - Espionnage Élysée
https://wikileaks.org/nsa-france

Today, 23 June 2015, WikiLeaks began publishing “Espionnage Élysée”, a collection of TOP SECRET intelligence reports and technical documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years.

The top secret documents derive from directly targeted NSA surveillance of the communications of French Presidents Francois Hollande (2012–present), Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–2012), and Jacques Chirac (1995–2007), as well as French cabinet ministers and the French Ambassador to the United States. The documents also contain the “selectors” from the target list, detailing the cell phone numbers of numerous officials in the Elysee up to and including the direct cell phone of the President.

Prominent within the top secret cache of documents are intelligence summaries of conversations between French government officials concerning some of the most pressing issues facing France and the international community, including the global financial crisis, the Greek debt crisis, the leadership and future of the European Union, the relationship between the Hollande administration and the German government of Angela Merkel, French efforts to determine the make-up of the executive staff of the United Nations, French involvement in the conflict in Palestine and a dispute between the French and US governments over US spying on France.

A founding member state of the European Union and one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, France is formally a close ally of the United States, and plays a key role in a number of US-associated international institutions, including the Group of 7 (G7), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The revelation of the extent of US spying against French leaders and diplomats echoes a previous disclosure in the German press concerning US spying on the communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials. That disclosure provoked a political scandal in Germany, eventuating in an official inquiry into German intelligence co-operation with the United States, which is still ongoing.

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June 23 2015

Les #SaudiCables révèlent comment l'Arabie Saoudite a vécu le soulèvement de Bahreïn en 2011

Les ingérences de l'Arabie Saoudite dans les affaires intérieures de Bahreïn apparaissent au grand jour dans les documents top secret publiés depuis le 20 janvier par le site de lanceurs d'alerte WikiLeaks.
Wikileaks a commencé à rendre publics les Câbles Saoudiens, une masse d'un demi-million de correspondances et de documents confidentiels entre le gouvernement saoudien et ses ambassades à travers le monde. (...) Source: Global Voices
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04:41

22 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1656 days. 
 – 1096 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1850 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1202 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1011 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1948 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Coverage of WikiLeaks’ Saudi Cables continues:
    • The Hill: Hillary Clinton’s passport info released by Wikileaks
    • Washington Post: How leaked Saudi documents might really matter
    • Commentary Magazine: Saudi Wikileaks a Reality Check on Iraq
    • Counterpunch: Saudi Arabia, Propaganda and Control
    • LBCI: Saudi Arabia threatens Lebanon TV station “LBCI” – WikiLeaks
    • New York Times: Cables Released by WikiLeaks Reveal Saudis’ Checkbook Diplomacy
    • Angry Arab News Service: Ben Hubbard on Saudi cables: My take versus the NYTimes
    • Fox News: Riyadh offered flights to Saudi students to escape cheating scandal at US school
    • Daily Mail: BBC reporter shot by al Qaeda was played by Saudi into $1.5m silence
    • Mehr: Iran should ‘react concretely’ to Saudi WikiLeaks spills
    • Expressen: Saudi Arabia wanted to hire Swedish PR agency
    • Global Voices: Saudi Cables Reveal How Saudi Arabia Saw Bahrain’s February 14 Uprising
    • @Farshadmm: Iran’s ex-minister Mohajerani received £65k uni bursary from Saudi for his son’s education in London
    • @ASE: WikiLeaks exposes that Saudi Arabia and Russia traded votes for spots on the UN Human Rights Council
    • A spreadsheet containing Saudi Embassy contact information is available in the Saudi Cables.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson appeared on RT to discuss the Saudi Cables.
  • Sony emails released by WikiLeaks show that Sony has a secret contract saying that Spider-Man can’t be black or gay.
  • WikiLeaks released a teaser trailer for an upcoming release about France.
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June 20 2015

22:31

20 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1654 days. 
 – 1094 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1848 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1200 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1009 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1946 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks began releasing the Saudi Cables, over half a million cables and other documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
    • WikiLeaks: Buying Silence: How the Saudi Foreign Ministry controls Arab media
    • International Business Times: US refused Osama bin Laden son’s request for father’s death certificate
    • Sydney Morning Herald: Saudi Cables reveal secret Saudi government influence in Australia
    • Haaretz: Saudi top secret memo says Iran bombed South Sudan
    • Chicago Tribune: WikiLeaks reveals Saudi diplomatic intrigue, royal’s unpaid limo bills
    • Christian Science Monitor: What WikiLeaks reveals about Saudi diplomats
    • Times of Israel: Saudi cables reveal kingdom’s deep concern over Iran nuke talks
    • Middle East Eye: Leaks from Saudi ministry appear to show extent of influence over regional media
    • News Everyday: Saudis Offered $10 Billion to Free Mubarak
    • Sudan Tribune: Egyptian intelligence coordinated with Khartoum to assassinate S. Sudan’s Kiir
    • Global Voices: Saudi Cables: What We’ve Learned So Far about Lebanon
  • In response to the cable leak, the Saudi Foreign Ministry warned against sharing possibly “faked” documents.
  • The Intercept and Firedoglake both wrote in-depth reports on Google having to turn over Jacob Appelbaum’s data to the US Government as part of the WikiLeaks grand jury investigation.

Julian Assange News:

  • Human Rights Watch general counsel Dinah Pokempner criticized Sweden for “foot-dragging” in the Assange case, as he marked three years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
  • Julian Assange’s mother, Christine, released a statement to mark his three years inside the Embassy.

Chelsea Manning News:

Courthouse News released the first part of their exclusive interview with former Army Maj. Ashden Fein, the head prosecutor during the trial of Chelsea Manning.

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Comment les Séoudiens « achètent » les journaux – au sens propre comme au figuré : en s'abonnant…

Comment les Séoudiens « achètent » les journaux – au sens propre comme au figuré : en s’abonnant massivement (plusieurs milliers) à une publication, et en lui faisant savoir que ces abonnements ne seront reconduits l’année suivante qu’après réévaluation du niveau de complaisance du média :
https://wikileaks.org/saudi-cables/buying-silence

One of the ways “neutralisation” and “containment” are ensured is by purchasing hundreds or thousands of subscriptions in targeted publications. These publications are then expected to return the favour by becoming an “asset” in the Kingdom’s propaganda strategy. A document listing the subscriptions that needed renewal by 1 January 2010 details a series of contributory sums meant for two dozen publications in Damascus, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Kuwait, Amman and Nouakchott. The sums range from $500 to 9,750 Kuwaiti Dinars ($33,000). The Kingdom effectively buys reverse “shares” in the media outlets, where the cash “dividends” flow the opposite way, from the shareholder to the media outlet. In return Saudi Arabia gets political “dividends” – an obliging press.

Concernant Beyrouth :

نجدية بيروت

نفيدكم بموافقة وزارة الثقافة والإعلام على تجديد الاشتراك في مجلة (مرآة الخليج) اللبنانية بمبلغ وقدره (5.000) خمسة آلاف ريال سعودي وذلك لمدة عام من 1/1/2010م وفق خطاب التعميد المرفق صورة منه.

للإطلاع وإبلاغ إدارة المجلة المذكورة بمضمونه، وإشعارهم بعدم تجديد الاشتراك للعام القادم إلا بعد موافقة وزارة الثقافة والإعلام وموافاتنا بالفواتير اللازمة للفترة من 1/1/2010 حتى 31/12/2010م لتتمكن وزارة الثقافة والإعلام من صرف الاستحقاق. تحياتنا،،،
الخارجية

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June 19 2015

Angry Arab fait monter la sauce : _Saudi Wikileaks tomorrow_

Angry Arab fait monter la sauce : Saudi Wikileaks tomorrow
http://angryarab.blogspot.fr/2015/06/saudi-wikileaks-tomorrow.html

I am not at liberty to speak more about the unpublished Saudi cable Wikileaks as the scoop belongs to Al-Akhbar but what I know (and it is only partial) is that it is quite damning and explosive. It is a documented chronicle of the corrupt financial manipulation of Arab politics and media by this tyrannical royal family.

Je sens que le site du Akhbar va être paaaarticulièrement difficile à consulter demain… #saudileaks

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07:14

18 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1652 days. 
 – 1092 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1846 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1198 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1007 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1944 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks released their second batch of Sony Files which includes 276,394 documents.
  • WikiLeaks released an English synopsis of the 33rd session of the German NSA-BND inquiry as part of an ongoing series.
  • Jacob Appelbaum sent out a series of tweets regarding a warrant served on Google which has again confirmed the ongoing grand jury into WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange News:

  • John Pilger wrote an article marking three years since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy to seek asylum.
  • Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam released a statement on Julian Assange’s three years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy. The statement is particularly critical of the Australian Government’s complicity in Assange’s persecution.
  • Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino stated that Sweden has violated Julian Assange’s rights by delaying the questioning procedure for years.

June 18 2015

00:09

17 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1651 days. 
 – 1091 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1845 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1197 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1006 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1943 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Trident whistleblower William McNeilly was dishonorably discharged from the Royal Navy for his disclosure. He will not be facing a court martial or any further action.

Julian Assange News:

  • The Swedish prosecutor has cancelled a meeting to take Julian Assange’s statement in the Ecuadorian Embassy. Assange has been willing to give his statement for over four years, but it is only recently that the prosecutor accepted the possibility of taking it in the Embassy.
    • Ecuador released a statement saying it is evaluating Sweden’s request to take Assange’s statement.
  • Justice for Assange released a statement marking three years since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy.
  • The UK refused to disclose documents on the bugging of Julian Assange’s meetings with his lawyers, claiming national security exemptions.
  • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa discussed Julian Assange’s ongoing asylum in an interview with Euronews.

June 17 2015

06:12

16 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1650 days. 
 – 1090 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1844 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1196 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1005 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1942 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir fled arrest by the ICC to South Africa and then returned safely back to Khartoum, Sudan. ICC has been trying to bring him to trial on charges of crimes against humanity for six years. WikiLeaks has 1379 documents on President Bashir.
  • Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla recently denounced bribery, but WikiLeaks cables suggest he has been involved in multiple bribery cases.

Julian Assange News:

  • The Swedish Prosecution submitted a request for permission to interview Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy during June or July 2015.
  • Julian Assange was part of a Q&A during a screening of “The Yes Men are Revolting” in New York. Video clips can be found here and here, and a summary article can be found here.
  • Julian Assange will speak at the Czech 19th International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava this October.
  • Video is available of the Metropolitan Police Chief answering questions about the cost of the Ecuadorian Embassy Assange siege.

Chelsea Manning News:

June 14 2015

04:20

13 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1647 days. 
 – 1087 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1841 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1193 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1002 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1939 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Yesterday, Courage flew Emin Huseynov, an press freedom campaigner known as “Azerbaijan’s Julian Assange”, from Baku to Bern, Switzerland where he will seek asylum. Huseynov had been being sheltered in Baku’s Swiss Embassy for nearly a year and Courage announced they had been involved with his case since early 2015.
  • WikiLeaks criticized a Sunday Times article which claims Russia and China have access to nearly one million Snowden documents. They commented, “We predict that the Sunday times will have to admit that “cracked” and possession is speculation. No quote actually says that.”

June 13 2015

00:37

12 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1646 days. 
 – 1086 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1840 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1192 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1001 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1938 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • The TPP fasttrack bill was defeated in the US House of Representatives. This comes after WikiLeaks’ latest TPP release yesterday.
  • Courage launched a search engine for the Snowden documents. WikiLeaks noted that only 459 out of nearly 1 million documents have been released.

Julian Assange News:

  • Julian Assange and The Yes Men will have a live discussion after a screening of “The Yes Men are Revolting” in NYC, June 14.

June 12 2015

04:30

11 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1645 days. 
 – 1085 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1839 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1191 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 1000 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1937 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks released the Heathcare Annex to the to the secret draft Transparency Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
    • Sydney Morning Herald: Medicines to cost more and healthcare will suffer, according to Wikileaks documents
    • WikiLeaks: Analysis by Professor Jane Kelsey (New Zealand)
    • WikiLeaks: Analysis by Dr Deborah Gleeson (Australia)
    • Public Citizen: Statement on TPP Transparency for Healthcare Annex
    • teleSUR: Big-Pharma Measures in TPP Will Raise Drug Prices
    • Democracy Now!: Backlash Against TPP Grows as Leaked Text Reveals Increased Corporate Control of Public Health
  • New York Times published an analysis of WikiLeaks’ $100,000 bounty for the full TPP agreement and the ethics of paying for a story.
  • WikiLeaks released two more transcripts of the Bundestag Inquiry into BND and NSA.
  • Sony emails released by WikiLeaks show that Sony Music Entertainment ‘anticipated’ being sued by pop star Kesha over alleged sexual abuse by producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.

Julian Assange News:

  • Byline published an interview with Julian Assange in which he discusses how we are living in a “surveillance society”.

June 09 2015

01:03

8 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1642 days. 
 – 1082 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1836 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1188 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 997 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1934 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Many opponents of WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, including Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein, were among those who asked that General David Petraeus receive leniency for the leaks he was convicted of.

Julian Assange News:

  • FOI requests show that, during the time period Sweden was refusing to question Julian Assange in London, Sweden requested to interview 44 other people in the UK.
  • Professor John Keane wrote an essay about his meeting with Julian Assange and their discussion of Google.
  • Supporters of Julian Assange will hold a vigil outside the Ecuadorian Embassy on June 19 marking three years since Assange entered.

June 08 2015

02:58

7 June 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1641 days. 
 – 1081 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1835 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1187 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 996 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1933 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Video is available of today’s Courage event in Berlin, “The digital surveillance state – Quo vadis, Democracy?” (starts @ 26:30). Speakers were Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley, Konstantin von Notz, Martina Renner, and Peter Schaar, with moderation by Sarah Harrison and introduction by Norman Solomon.
  • An article in New Republic discusses the TISA draft leaked by WikiLeaks and the worldwide implications it carries.
  • WikiLeaks has reached over half its $100,000 pledge goal for the release of the TPP chapters.

Julian Assange News:

  • A report into the Thomas Quick convictions, one of the biggest Swedish legal scandals in history which saw an innocent man convicted of eight murders, found that “groupthink” was behind the convictions and that the same people were involved in all the investigations.
    • Claes Borgström represented Quick during four trials which led to his conviction. Borgström is currently seeking the extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden.
    • Thomas Olsson who currently represents Quick (now Sture Bergwall) is also a lawyer to Assange.
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June 05 2015

Cristina se encontró con Snowden en Moscú | Cristina Kirchner, Estados Unidos, Rusia

Cristina se encontró con Snowden en Moscú | Cristina Kirchner, Estados Unidos, Rusia
http://www.eldestapeweb.com/cristina-se-encontro-snowden-moscu-n6443
http://www.eldestapeweb.com/adjuntos/177/imagenes/000/087/0000087782.jpg

«#Snowden se encontró con la presidenta Fernández de #Kirchner. Hablaron por más de una hora. No sé por qué ella no ha hecho hecho comentarios públicos al respecto», afirmó Anthony Romero, director ejecutivo de la American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

En declaraciones publicadas por el diario Buenos Aires Herald, Romero, quien es uno de los abogados de Snowden en los Estados Unidos, afirmó que la presidenta Kirchner se convirtió en «la primera jefa de Estado» en mantener un encuentro con el exespía y aseguró que no entiende «por qué la Presidenta no ha hablado sobre esa reunión».

El exespía está refugiado en la embajada de Rusia tras revelar que incluso jefes de Estado fueron espiados por los Estados Unidos en el marco de sus actividades de monitoreo de las redes. «El se llevó una buena impresión de ella», reveló Romero.

Hoy en día, la organización ACLU brinda representación legal a Snowden, quien enfrenta cargos de espionaje en los Estados Unidos por haber dado a conocer información secreta.

http://zinc.mondediplo.net/messages/1965 via speciale

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