Julian Assange Reaches End Of Prison Sentence, Judge Refuses To Release Him

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been ordered to stay in a British prison despite reaching the end of his 50-week prison sentence. Assange was due to be released on September 22 after serving his sentence for breaching bail conditions by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. However, the 48-year-old was told at a court hearing in London last month that he will be kept in Belmarsh prison because of “substantial grounds” for believing he will abscond ahead of a hearing on his possible extradition to the United States.…

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Why Opposing US Extradition of Julian Assange Should Matter to UK

Wise Up Action reports… On Friday the 27th of September 2019 the Greenwich and Lewisham Assange Campaign (GLAC) organised a public meeting at the Greenwich Forum. It was well attended and a monthly solidarity vigil will be established at Belmarsh Prison in support of Julian Assange as a result. Please visit their Facebook Page Here follows a report from the event by one of its members. GLAC held a very successful public meeting, launching the campaign in the area. The GLAC is formed of activists who see the defence of…

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ECUADOR: Protests Heat Up in Quito, Moreno Government Leaves Capital City

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has announced his administration is leaving the capital city of Quito amid new protests.  Protesters have been met with tear gas from police on the streets of Quito, as they came out against the Moreno government and “austerity cuts tied to a recently implemented IMF deal,” RT reports. Mass protests were also cracked down on by police last April, after the US-backed Moreno regime allowed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be illegally rendered by British abductors from its embassy. Those demonstrations were also met with violence…

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ECUADOR: Protests Heat Up in Quito, Moreno Government Leaves Capital City

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has announced his administration is leaving the capital city of Quito amid new protests.  Protesters have been met with tear gas from police on the streets of Quito, as they came out against the Moreno government and “austerity cuts tied to a recently implemented IMF deal,” RT reports. Mass protests were also cracked down on by police last April, after the US-backed Moreno regime allowed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be illegally rendered by British abductors from its embassy. Those demonstrations were also met with violence…

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Britain’s Unconvicted Prisoner: Keeping Assange on Lockdown for Neocons in Washington

Nina Cross21st Century Wire This article is a second piece focusing on Belmarsh prison, where the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, continues to be arbitrarily detained by the British government.  The first part showed how Belmarsh prison has been systematically denying Assange access to justice by restricting all the means through which he could prepare his defence; access to and possession of legal documents, talking to his US lawyers, restricted meetings with his UK lawyers, and access to a laptop as a basic means to prepare his defence.  These restrictions…

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Trust and Disclosure: Are Civil Rights Being Sacrificed on the Altar of Brexit?

Nina Cross21st Century Wire On Monday evening MPs voted to force the UK government to publish all of its no-deal Brexit ‘Yellowhammer‘ documents.  A majority vote of 311 to 302 was passed in favour of what is known as a “humble address” to force the government to publish all the Yellowhammer documents available to the cabinet or a cabinet committee since 23rd July, the date Boris Johnson was appointed as Prime Minister.  The motion was brought by Tory MP and former cabinet attorney general, Dominic Grieve. In effect, this demanded…

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Persecution of Jeremy Hammond: Patrick Henningsen & Eugene Puryear on latest WikiLeaks-related developement

This latest move by the US federal government smacks of desperation, as they try and coerce yet another witness into turning federal evidence in the wider effort to build its case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In this segment of Radio Sputnik’s show, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), host Eugene Puryear is joined by 21WIRE editor Patrick Henningsen, to talk about political prisoner Jeremy Hammond being forced to testify in front of a Wikileaks-related secret grand jury in eastern Virginia – in the very same manner in which Chelsea Manning…

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Roger Waters ‘Serenades’ British Home Secretary, Calling for Release of Julian Assange

Thousands of supporters gathered last night outside the British Home Office demanding to end to the unlawful detention and persecution of Julian Assange, who is currently being held in London’s notorious Belmarsh Prison.  Crowds cheered as award-winning journalist John Pilger introduced Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, performing on a small stage whilst serenading the British Home Secretary Priti Patel with an acoustic rendition of “Wish You Were Here.” Watch: VIDEO: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters performs ‘Wish You Were Here’ outside the UK Home Office in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian…

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Julian Assange: Deprivation of Justice and Double Standards in Belmarsh Prison

A TALE OF TWO PRISONERS: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and right-wing personality Tommy Robinson, are being treated very differently inside HM Belmarsh Prison.Nina Cross21st Century Wire Alfred de Zayas, former UN Rapporteur, has described the actions of the British authorities in pursuit of Assange as “… contrary to the rule of law and contrary to the spirit of the law.”  What we see on the surface is an illusion of British justice, masking a political agenda behind it. Britain’s notorious Belmarsh Prison is now being presented as beacon of good…

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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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