Official Secrets: Priti Patel’s Early War on Whistleblowers

Nina Cross21st Century Wire As British ambassador to the US Kim Darroch tended his wounds of humiliation last month, following the leak of a cache of diplomatic cables and documents, including emails describing President Trump as ‘inept’ and ‘uniquely dysfunctional,’  an outraged UK government descended into panic over how to handle such an apparently sensitive and damaging betrayal of confidential information.  A police investigation was launched to find the leaker.  Is this dubious leak now being used to mount an attack on whistleblowers – with the help of Boris Johnson’s…

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RUSSIAGATE: Prosecutors in Roger Stone Case File Motion to Play ‘Godfather Part II’ Clip During Trial

Currently, Democrats are still lamenting the disasterous performance of Robert Mueller during last week’s underwhelming Congressional hearings. As that chapter goes out with a whimper, Russiagate’s ultimate side-show attraction is just warming up. Former Trump advisor Roger Stone’s trial is scheduled for November 5th, after he pleaded not guilty to charges of lying about conspiring to obtain supposed ‘hacked’ emails from Democratic National Committee prior to the 2016 US Presidential Elections. He has a trial scheduled for November 5th. So disquieted are authorities over Stone’s public remarks about his case…

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Jeremy Hunt, Tommy Robinson and The ‘Press Freedom’ Propaganda Troupe

Nina Cross21st Century Wire There is no doubt that Jeremy Hunt’s Global Media Freedom conference in London last week was framed in irony due with its exclusion of two Russian news outlets, Sputnik and RT, but also because of its proximity to HMP Belmarsh where award-winning journalist Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is held in arbitrary detention. But Hunt was not the only one dubiously claiming to champion press freedom. On his way into Belmarsh, Stephen Yaxely-Lennon aka Tommy Robinson, co-founder of the extreme rightwing ethno-nationalist group the English Defence…

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National Strike in Ecuador Against US Imperialism, Calling for Assange’s Freedom

After the US-backed Moreno regime allowed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be illegally rendered by British abductors from its embassy back in April, some 20,000 protesters marched through the country’s capital city of Quito with banners reading “world disgrace” demanding the release of Assange. Their demonstrations were met with violence from the Ecuadorian police including beatings, tear gas attacks, and the use of trained attack dogs against peaceful demonstrators. This week, new protests took place across Ecuador, which happened to coincide with CNN’s latest ‘dossier’ report against Assange – a…

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Rafael Correa Rubbishes CNN Claim of Ecuador Embassy as ‘Russian Hacking Hub’

This week CNN ran what can only be described as a fake news compendium featuring a wholly fictional account of Julian Assange’s time in the Ecuador Embassy in London. In their “exclusive” report, CNN falsely claimed that Assange used the embassy a “command post” for working with “Russians and world-class hackers” to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election. Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa rebuked CNN’s Russiagate emporium calling it “rubbish”. RT International reports… .Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has lashed out at CNN over a report claiming whistleblower Julian…

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CIA Pushes for Expansion of Secrecy Laws to Shutdown Public Criticism

By Kevin Gosztola When the CIA and other agencies in the United States government pushed for the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) in 1981, it was crafted to exclude “covert agents” who resided in the U.S. There was consideration by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of how the legislation might “chill or stifle public criticism of intelligence activities or public debate concerning intelligence policy.” More than three decades later, the CIA is apparently unsatisfied with the protections the bill granted covert agents. Adam Schiff: Tool of the establishment.…

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CNN’s Latest Epic Fake News Feature on Julian Assange

By Stephen Lendman CNN stands out as the most untrustworthy name in airing utter rubbish masquerading as television news — featuring a daily drumbeat of managed news misinformation, disinformation, and Big Lies. Though time and again it’s hard distinguishing between its deplorable programming and what’s featured on other cable channels and broadcast ones, including abroad in other Western nations and Israel. The UK owned and operated BBC resembles Fox News with a British accent, state-supported propaganda its specialty. On Monday, CNN featured fake news about Julian Assange, held by Britain…

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Swedish Prosecutors: ‘It’s Not on the Cards’ to Interview Assange – After Hanging Arrest Warrant Over Him for Seven Years

Nina Cross21st Century Wire Swedish prosecutors have this week announced that for the time being they will not be issuing a European Investigation Order (EIO) to interview Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks.  According to Sweden’s Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions,  Eva-Marie Persson,”…it is currently not on the cards to issue a European investigation order…” For now, they will be analysing evidence before making a decision regarding procedure. So, how is it possible she is now not in a position to interview him – yet two months ago she requested his…

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Nils Melzer: Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange

The following Op Ed was written for the occasion of the International Day in Support of Torture Victims, 26 June 2019  WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange (Image Credit: David G Silvers. Cancillería del Ecuador, Wikicommons) By Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture I know, you may think I am deluded. How could life in an Embassy with a cat and a skateboard ever amount to torture? That’s exactly what I thought, too, when Assange first appealed to my office for protection. Like most of the public, I had been subconsciously…

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From 9/11 to Shoplifting: Assange in the Context of the European Arrest Warrant

Nina Cross21st Century Wire It is astonishing to think that the many coordinated attacks leveled against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by the governments of the Britain, Sweden, Ecuador and the US, have all been stacked, in their colossal forms, on the tiny European Arrest Warrant (EAW).  This little manhunt-widget gifted the US and its allies the power to corner Assange like a chess piece.  They have used the EAW in a way that suggests their motto always has been ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow.’ The origins of the EAW…

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‘We Are Golunov’ but Not ‘Assange’: Western Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

The case of Julian Assange poses many questions about the direction western society is heading in… OPPOSITE ENDS: The case of award-winning journalist and publisher Julian Assange held in UK Belmarsh Prison awaiting possible extradition to the US for espionage charges – contrasts with recently released Russian opposition journalist Ivan Golunov. Johanna Ross21st Century Wire ‘Journalists should never have to face intimidation for doing their jobs’ – tweeted UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt last week, a day before his country granted a US request to extradite former Wikileaks editor Julian…

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INTERVIEW: Ecuadorian diplomat Fidel Navraez on Julian Assange extradition

Last Friday, the US extradition case for Julian Assange was officially opened at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where formal proceeding are expected to extend into late February or early March of 2020.  The following interview was recorded after Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing in London on June 14, 2019, where SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen met and spoke with diplomat and former Ecuadorian Consul for the UK, Fidel Navraez, who is also a close friend of Julian Assange and was with him throughout his application and asylum with Ecuador…

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WikiLeaks’ Assange Says His Life at Stake in Extradition Fight

Source: (Bloomberg) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court that his life was “effectively at stake” as he battled being sent to the U.S. to face charges that he endangered national security. Appearing via videolink from the high-security Belmarsh prison, Assange said observers “should not fall into believing that WikiLeaks is anything but a publisher.” He spoke after a judge at Westminster Magistrates Court ordered that his full five-day hearing should be fixed for Feb. 25 next year. The court appearance comes after Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed…

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Assange US Extradition Hearing Set for February 2020

Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire Today the US extradition case for Julian Assange was officially opened at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, where a rough schedule was laid out for formal proceedings which are expected to extend to late February and into early March of 2020.  This came after yesterday’s news that the British Home Secretary Sanjid Javid signed the US extradition request, effectively certifying it for consideration of the courts, thus staking the Tory government position on the matter. The hearing was held in Court Room No. 3, an extremely…

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UK Home Secretary Sanjid Javid Signs Order to Extradite Assange to U.S.

This morning, UK Home Secretary has Sanjid Javid signed the extradition order that could send WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the Unite States to stand trial on 18 indictments including espionage. Home Secretary Javid insists he is justified in his decision to render Assange to the US, still claiming that, “I want to see justice done.” Running for Tory leadership: Sanjid Javid. Taking what appears to be a ‘tough stance’ on award-winning journalist Assange, it should also be noted that Javid is also running for the Tory leadership, where MPs…

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INTERVIEW: CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou discusses the Julian Assange case

This week, the US Justice Department delivered a formal extradition request for Julian Assange to UK officials, which means any additional US charges against him beyond the 18-count indictment filed last month may be unlikely now. SUNDAY WIRE host Patrick Henningsen discussed the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with former CIA analyst and whistleblower, John Kiriakou, host of Loud and Clear on Sputnik Radio and columnist at Reader Supported News – for a deeper insight into Assange’s current situation and what fate may await him in the Eastern District…

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EVENT: Wednesday June 12th: ‘Imperialism on Trial – Free Julian Assange’

Join us this Wednesday June 12th in London for Imperialism on Trial, with powerful line-up of speakers representing a broad spectrum of of voices across the independent media, politics and activism – focusing on the issue of Press Freedom and the plight of award-winning publisher Julian Assange and his organisation WikiLeaks. All those taking part in the events recognise the dire situation Julian faces, and feel so passionately for him, on a human level, where extradition to the US may result in up in a prison sentence totally 175 years…

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INTERVIEW: Emmy Butlin discusses Julian Assange’s critical situation

This past week the world learned how Julian Assange failed to appear for an extradition hearing in London due to his deteriorating health conditions, as he continues to serve a 50-week sentence in London’s super-max Belmarsh prison.  According to Assange’s Swedish defense lawyer, Per Samuelson, “it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.” A disturbing tale of states and institutions – all colluding to abuse an award-winning journalist still being held arbitrarily as a political prisoner. In this segment from Episode #282 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio…

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Miscarriage of Justice: Why Assange’s Belmarsh Sentence is Wrong

Nina Cross21st Century Wire The statement by UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, on the psychological effects on Julian Assange of years of state-sponsored abuse by self-professed democratic countries, exposes an evident breakdown of international law.  One of the signs that there is a collective persecution is the flagrant lack of proportionality in the way the law is applied to Julian Assange by countries involved.  It is increasingly apparent that the sentence passed by Judge Deborah Taylor on 1st May at Southwark Crown Court is a critical part of…

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No Time to Wait: We Must Act Now to Save Julian Assange

Charlotte Gracias21st Century Wire Why are the general public not outraged by the psychological torture and deterioration in Julian’s Assange’s health? The answer is as simple as it is abominable: because the corporate and state media oracles have conducted an eight-year campaign of vilifying Julian Assange. On Thursday 30 May, was the first time that many of us realised that we might lose Julian Assange due to his deteriorating health. That same day he was due to speak by video link at the extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court. I…

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Assange Has Been Exposed to ‘Psychological Torture’ For Years, UN Expert Reveals

“Mr Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.” Source: Sputnik WikiLeaks issued a statement on Wednesday expressing “grave concerns” about Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website, saying that his health “had already significantly deteriorated after seven years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy” and has continued to decline during the seven weeks he’s been in London’s Belmarsh prison. There’s overwhelming evidence that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has just been moved to the health ward of London’s Belmarsh prison, has been exposed…

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