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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    The anti-Julian Assange stuff really does not belong in this thread. This thread is about his arrest and extradition. I'll search for a thread to move the off-topic posts to, or will start another thread to put them in.


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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    ‘Rubbish!’: Correa blasts CNN for claim that Assange made embassy into ‘command post for meddling’


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    Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has lashed out at CNN over a report claiming whistleblower Julian Assange turned the country’s embassy in London into a “command post for election meddling,” branding the story “rubbish.”

    In a Monday report, CNN alleged that the WikiLeaks founder had used the Ecuadorian embassy, where he lived under asylum for seven years, as a base from which to help Russia “undermine” the 2016 US presidential election. CNN claimed Assange received “in-person deliveries” of potentially “hacked materials” and held “suspicious meetings” with “Russians and world-class hackers.”



    A day later, CNN published comments from an interview with Correa in which he said that since Assange was posting information about Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump, his whistleblowing amounted to "manipulation." This is why Ecuador eventually cut off Assange's internet access in the embassy, Correa said — but he denied there was any cooperation between Assange, Russia and Ecuador to interfere in the US election.

    CNN, however, framed the story to fit with its conspiracy narrative of Assange and Quito aiding in Moscow’s alleged interference, with its headline dramatically reading that Correa “confirms” the election meddling. In a tweet promoting the story, the network implied that Correa was aware of the alleged meddling and simply didn't care.

    Correa told RT on Wednesday that CNN’s original story about the embassy operating as a “command center” was “rubbish” and that the network was trying to build an untrue narrative of cooperation between Assange and Russia to ensure the public supports his eventual fate.

    Quote What CNN and other media are saying is rubbish, but we're used to it. They are prepping for the show. The reason is, when they extradite Assange to the US and sentence him to life, they want the honest backing of the public. They are setting the stage.
    Correa compared CNN's assertions about Assange to its claims about "weapons of mass destruction" in the lead up to the Iraq war in 2003 — media manipulation which was used to make Americans "applaud a war,” he said.

    Now, to "justify the assassination of Assange or to extradite him" they are constructing a new narrative about a fake "command center" for election meddling, he said.

    Correa also denied claims made by other media that he had a direct telephone line with Assange in the embassy. In reality, he said, he only spoke to Assange once — when the WikiLeaks founder interviewed him for his show on RT.

    Correa said that CNN's claims about illicit activities in the London embassy were not confirmed by actual evidence, but based on the report by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into so-called Russian interference and disproven "collusion" with the Trump campaign.

    The former Ecuadorian leader also dismissed claims made by CNN that it was pressure from US authorities that forced Quito to cut off Assange’s internet and phone access.

    In Correa’s opinion, Assange was "justified" in publishing damaging material about Clinton because it was "true" — but he also said that publishing about one candidate and not the other was a kind of “manipulation.”

    When Assange was arrested by British police and dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April, Correa slammed his successor Lenin Moreno as the “greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history” for having “allowed” it to happen, adding that Assange's arrest was "a crime that humanity will never forget.”

    CNN even attempted to implicate RT in the whole conspiracy by including in the story a long-debunked theory that this network was in cahoots and “coordinating behind the scenes” with WikiLeaks simply because it reported on a new document dump which was posted on the website before the whistleblowing site tweeted out a link to the information.

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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    ABC News Australia

    Four Corners | Hero or Villian : The Prosecution of Julian Assange

    Published 22nd July 2019

    ABC News Australia highlighting the machinations leading upto the arrest of Julian Assange.



    &


    Four Corners | The United States Vs Julian Assange

    Published 29th July 2019

    This video spotlights the u-turn of attitude towards Julian & Wikileaks by the current President of the United States, Mr Donald J Trump.

    Read all about it here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-...rning/11350854

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    Update on federal court case.

    Quote Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit
    US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks

    By Eric London
    31 July 2019

    In a ruling published late Tuesday, Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

    In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, a Bill Clinton nominee and former Assistant Special Prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, dismissed “with prejudice” a civil lawsuit filed in April 2018 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) alleging WikiLeaks was civilly liable for conspiring with the Russian government to steal DNC emails and data and leak them to the public.

    Jennifer Robinson, a leading lawyer for Assange, and other WikiLeaks attorneys, welcomed the ruling as “an important win for free speech.”

    The decision exposes the Democratic Party in a conspiracy of its own to attack free speech and cover up the crimes of US imperialism and the corrupt activities of the two parties of Wall Street. Judge Koeltl stated:

    Quote If WikiLeaks could be held liable for publishing documents concerning the DNC’s political financial and voter-engagement strategies simply because the DNC labels them ‘secret’ and trade secrets, then so could any newspaper or other media outlet. But that would impermissibly elevate a purely private privacy interest to override the First Amendment interest in the publication of matters of the highest public concern.
    The DNC’s published internal communications allowed the American electorate to look behind the curtain of one of the two major political parties in the United States during a presidential election. This type of information is plainly of the type entitled to the strongest protection that the First Amendment offers.

    The ruling exposes the illegality of the conspiracy by the US government, backed by the governments of Britain, Ecuador, Australia and Sweden and the entire corporate media and political establishment, to extradite Assange to the US, where he faces 175 years in federal prison on charges including espionage.
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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    This is why all the shootings I guess...cannot believe this has not made it to msm

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    WATCH Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters jam ‘Wish You Were Here’ at Assange demo outside UK Home Office

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    Watch rock ‘n’ roll legend and Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters perform his hit track ‘Wish You Were Here’ outside the UK Home Office, during a rally in honor of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

    Taking a makeshift stage right outside the British interior ministry office, the rocker’s performance is intended as a message of solidarity with Assange, who was arrested in April and now faces extradition to the United States. A long-standing supporter of Assange and WikiLeaks, Waters said he was “ashamed to be an Englishman” following the transparency activist’s arrest.

    Award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger also took the stage to speak out on behalf of Assange. Pilger, who recently visited the anti-secrecy campaigner in London’s Belmarsh Prison, says Assange is undergoing psychological torture.

    Assange was jailed for violating bail conditions in the UK after spending some seven years under asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He is wanted in the US for his role in a series of leaks in 2010, in which whistleblower Chelsea Manning passed thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.


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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Excellent post there Hervé

    Here's the transcript which should be printed out and put on a wall at home. I'll be using much of this to form the text for the letter I'll be writing to my MP this week.

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    All of us are in danger’: John Pilger delivers a chilling warning from Julian Assange

    (transcript)

    00:00
    It's an honour today to be here. I think Roger has just arrived to introduce. Roger Waters, as well as making brilliant music, Roger has been speaking out for the rights of men and women for many years, and I thank him warmly for initiating this extraordinary event to celebrate and defend Julian Assange.

    Roger regards Julian as a hero and so do I and and it'll be a pleasure to introduce Julian's brother Gabriel who is here from Melbourne.

    Gabriel went with me recently to visit Julian and Belmarsh prison and was deeply moved by the treatment of his brother. Behind us here of course is the Home Office, the polite name for Britain's interior ministry.

    The behaviour of the British government towards Julian Assange is a disgrace; a profanity on the very notion of human rights. It's no exaggeration to say that the treatment and persecution of Julian Assange is the way dictatorships treat a political prisoner.

    There is one reason for this: Julian and WikiLeaks have performed a historic public service by giving millions of people facts, and why and how their governments deceive them secretly and often illegally. Why they invade countries, why they spy on us,

    Julian has been singled out for special treatment for one reason only: he is a truth teller.

    His case is meant to send a warning to every journalist and every publisher; the kind of warning that has no place in a democracy I spoke to Julian at the weekend - he'd been just allowed to have his first proper exercise. He was allowed to pace up and down in a small bitumen yard.

    However at Belmarsh prison they have a sense of humour. On the walls facing the so called ‘exercise yard’ are happy clappy words about the “blades of grass beneath your feet” but there's no grass.

    Julian is locked up for more than 21 hours, sometimes longer.

    It's four months.

    Four months since he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy literally in brutal contravention of international law.

    It's four months and he is still denied the documents and the basic tools to prepare his case against an outrageous demand for his extradition to the United States where he faces incarceration and almost certainly torture, and yet he is not allowed today to call his American lawyers. He is not allowed access to vital documents; he is not allowed access to a computer; he's confined in a single cell in the hospital wing where he is isolated most of the time from other people.

    All this, all this because he infringed bail, a bail order the merest of offences and he sought political asylum from the threat to his life that awaited him in Trump's America.

    When I asked Julian what he'd like me to say today, he was adamant:

    "Say it's not just me. It's much wider. It's all of us, it's all journalists and all publishers who do their job who are in danger.”

    In other words, the danger Julian Assange faces can easily spread to the present and past editors of The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais in Spain, the Sydney Morning Herald, and many other newspapers and media outlets around the world that published the WikiLeaks revelations about the lies and crimes of our governments.

    Never before in my career as a journalist have I known such an attack on our most basic freedom to publish and to know.

    The message is loud and clear: be careful or you too will end up in an American hellhole.

    Journalism is not a crime in the United States - not yet - but if Julian is extradited and convicted it will become a crime. Journalism that does its job and tells people what governments do behind their backs in their name.

    Julian is not an American he is an Australian citizen WikiLeaks which he founded is not a US-based publication, but the meaning of his extradition could not be clearer.

    No matter who you are, or where you are, if you expose the crimes of government you'll be hunted down, kidnapped and sent to the US as a spy.

    17 out of the 18 charges that Julian faces in America relate to the routine work of an investigative journalist which is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The 18th charge about hacking doesn't even relate to him. And even the prosecution over there say that the whole thing is a sham.

    The US prosecutors know it's a sham. A federal judge recently declared effectively it's a sham.

    The British government know it's a sham.

    The Australian government knows it's a sham. That's why Julian has been locked up more than 21 hours a day in a maximum-security prison and treated worse than a murderer. Why is that? Why is he not protected by international law as the United Nations working party has demanded?

    He is to be made an example. that's why. What happens to Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is meant to intimidate us too and frighten us into silence, and the moment that we fall silent it's over.

    By defending Julian Assange we defend our most sacred rights. Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny

    The choice is ours.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Quote Posted by Tintin (here)
    Excellent post........

    "He is to be made an example. that's why. What happens to Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is meant to intimidate us too and frighten us into silence, and the moment that we fall silent it's over.

    By defending Julian Assange we defend our most sacred rights. Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny

    The choice is ours.

    Thank you"
    Thanks for transcribing.

    It is unbelievable that the US could target him. He is not American. Wikileaks is not a USA corp. Who can stop this affront? We have no international body that is strong and neutral. I think that is what the United Nations could have been. It was undermined IMO and subverted.

    Inch by inch and one by one, silencing all reasonable response to tyranny IMO is working.

    I look back and see how we have been persuaded that various ISMS like "terrorism" justified all kinds of crimes against humanity. IMO the US is leading the war against liberty and justice. How ironic we appear and how dangerous. I feel shame for the country in which I was born and reside.

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    Quote Posted by Delight (here)
    It is unbelievable that the US could target him.
    There's nothing unbelievable about it. You go against the war machine and the war machine will see you as the target and will stop at nothing in order to destroy you. The machine needs more wars and conflicts, peace is a problem as it does not result in profit. The war machine is so deeply ingrained into the entity of USA & it's government that it's hard to distinguish those two things these days.

    "In war, truth is the first casualty."
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    WATCH Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters jam ‘Wish You Were Here’ at Assange demo outside UK Home Office

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    Edited time: 3 Sep, 2019 10:55
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    © Global Look Press / ZUMAPRESS / Lexie Harrison-Cripps

    Watch rock ‘n’ roll legend and Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters perform his hit track ‘Wish You Were Here’ outside the UK Home Office, during a rally in honor of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

    Taking a makeshift stage right outside the British interior ministry office, the rocker’s performance is intended as a message of solidarity with Assange, who was arrested in April and now faces extradition to the United States. A long-standing supporter of Assange and WikiLeaks, Waters said he was “ashamed to be an Englishman” following the transparency activist’s arrest.

    Award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger also took the stage to speak out on behalf of Assange. Pilger, who recently visited the anti-secrecy campaigner in London’s Belmarsh Prison, says Assange is undergoing psychological torture.

    Assange was jailed for violating bail conditions in the UK after spending some seven years under asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He is wanted in the US for his role in a series of leaks in 2010, in which whistleblower Chelsea Manning passed thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.


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    Embassy insider exposes lies and errors in CNN's defamatory report on Assange

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    © Western Journalism/KJN

    A "bombshell" CNN report claimed to show how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published stolen Democratic Party emails in 2016 in cooperation with the Russian government from his place of refuge in Ecuador's London embassy. Ecuadorian diplomat Fidel Narváez — who served in the embassy throughout Assange's stay — says that CNN's report was error-ridden and defamatory.

    "There are so many smears, speculations, and some false information in that report that somewhat somebody needs to set the record straight," Narváez says. "It is unbelievable how they twist every single thing in order to to defame Julian and Ecuador."

    Guest: Fidel Narváez, former Ecuadorian diplomat who served in Ecuador's London embassy for six of the seven years that Julian Assange lived there under asylum.

    Read Fidel Narváez's article at The Grayzone: "40 rebuttals to the media's smears of Julian Assange - by someone who was actually there."

    Read CNN's [error-ridden] report: "Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling."


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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    exactly; people who lack empathy you can't talk to no matter what
    whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve

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    From https://en.mercopress.com/2019/09/28...assy-in-london

    Spanish company working for the CIA spied on Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London
    28 September, 2019


    El País said Undercover Global Ltd, responsible for security at the embassy while Assange was staying there, sent the US intelligence service audio and video files

    A Spanish private security firm, which is under investigation in Madrid, spied on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of the CIA while he was inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, El Pais daily reported Friday.

    Citing unspecified documents and statements, the paper said Undercover Global Ltd, which was responsible for security at the embassy while Assange was staying there, sent the US intelligence service audio and video files of meetings he had with his lawyers.

    The reports were allegedly handed over by David Morales, who owns the company and is currently being investigated by Spain's National Court, the paper said.

    One of Assange's lawyers confirmed the National Court was looking into the matter.

    “There is a criminal case under investigation at the National Court but it is being conducted in secret ... and we cannot say anything about what is being investigated beyond what has been leaked” to the press, Aitor Martinez revealed.

    The leak “probably came from employees at the firm”, he said.

    According to El Pais, Undercover Global installed microphones in the embassy's fire extinguishers as well as in the women's toilets where Assange's lawyers used to meet for fear of being spied on.

    It said the company also installed a streaming system so the recordings could be directly accessed by US officials, enabling them to spy on a meeting Assange had with Ecuador's secret service chief Rommy Vallejo in December 2017.

    At the time, they were planning to smuggle Assange out of the embassy and take him to another country by means of a diplomatic passport - but the plan never materialized.

    At the end of April, Assange's lawyers filed an extortion suit against a group of Spanish nationals who reportedly used videos and documents from inside the embassy.

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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    I have to admit I never followed along the Assange story, neither Wikileaks I only heard bits and pieces
    seems it gotten completely out of control, damn...

    so, they have admitted defeat and he has to suffer for their incompetence (at least that's what I read between the lines)
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    Wasn't there a case in April this year when a Spanish reporter was asking for 3 million in exchange for audio/video captured inside the embassy?
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    This is the same story from a wider angle with more history and details.

    How the Trump Admin Used a Secret Livestream to Spy on Julian Assange

    Working directly with Ecuador’s corrupt government, the U.S. government abandoned all sense of legality and moral decency by spying on Assange twenty-four hours a day via an illegal livestream surveillance operation set up by a private security firm and approved by Ecuador’s president.

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    Feature photo | A still from surveillance footage shows Julian Assange resting inside of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Screenshot | El Pais

    Earlier this year MintPress News published an article about how Australian journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning had “brought the U.S. government to its knees,” by revealing the U.S. torture program, war crimes, and “Cablegate”. At the time it appeared that the Trump administration was “more than ever willing to exact full revenge upon those who exposed the truth,” and now we know just how far they’ve been willing to go to make that happen.

    Working directly with Ecuador’s corrupt government, the U.S. government abandoned all sense of legality and moral decency by spying on Assange twenty-four hours a day via an illegal livestream surveillance operation set up by a private security firm and approved by Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno. The revelation was made by Spanish news outlet El Pais, and it’s as stunning as the corporate media’s complicity.

    Ecuador granted Assange asylum under former President Rafael Correa but after the 2017 election — and despite Moreno’s running as a left-wing PAIS Alliance candidate — the country’s political landscape shifted dramatically to the right. When Moreno wasn’t busy renegotiating Chinese loans, he was making backroom deals with the U.S., and Julian Assange was the bargaining chip. Moreno’s cooperation with the Trump administration was bought and paid for by massive IMF loans and in April 2019 Moreno illegally revoked Assange’s political asylum and allowed British authorities to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange had sought protection for over seven years, and seize him.

    After Assange’s arrest, Moreno refused to return Assange’s belongings from the embassy, instead turning over his documents, equipment, cellphones, personal effects, and more to the United States. The Canary’s John McEvoy recently published an interview with the former foreign minister of Ecuador, Guillaume Long, who described Moreno as “a Shakespearean traitor” who he says “betrayed Correa, he betrayed his party, he betrayed his electorate…he betrayed Ecuadorians, and he betrayed democracy, and he certainly betrayed Assange.”



    Surveillance at the embassy
    According to El Pais, Judge Jose de la Mota of Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, is currently investigating UC Global S.L., a security company headquartered in Spain, and the activities of its founder, David Morales, for what has been exposed as a mind-blowing, complex, and invasive surveillance operation set up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UC Global in order to monitor Assange’s every move. They’re also being investigated for misappropriation, bribery, and money laundering.

    According to sources and court documents examined by El Pais, meetings that Assange took with his attorneys, family, friends, and colleagues were all monitored. Fire extinguishers, “decorative elements” in the embassy, and even the women’s bathroom were all bugged. The scandal seems to have reached peak insanity when the Ecuadorian government took it upon itself to steal a used diaper from a baby who was seen occasionally at the embassy and have it tested for DNA, which begs the question of what exactly the government planned on doing if the test showed Assange to be the father. Blackmail? Threaten the wellbeing of the child? What exactly?

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    Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino holds a photo an electric socket at the London embassy where a hidden mic was found. Dolores Ochoa | AP


    Quote In Edward Snowden’s words:

    Not a joke: the CIA allegedly ran an operation to livestream surveillance of women in the toilet, hoping to overhear them planning the legal defense for an asylum seeker. This is skulls-on-hats level villainy; simply indefensible for people claiming to be ‘the good guys.’”
    UC Global, the company that initially set up the security apparatus at the embassy, was hired and paid directly by the Senain, Ecuador’s now-defunct intelligence service established by former President Correa in 2009, because he feared that the U.S. had co-opted Ecuador’s existing intelligence services. However, Fidel Narvaez, the former ambassador to the U.K. assigned to the embassy in London, admitted that after the Senain was created the agency became “an animal without god or law,” and that neither he nor the-Foreign Minister Long had any control over its activities and security operations within the embassy. But the Senain wasn’t the only thing out of control.

    UC Global’s Morales admitted that he was working for the United States at the same time the Senain was paying him and that he sent “documents, videos and audios” of meetings Assange held at the embassy directly to the CIA. He was quoted as saying, “We are playing in another league. This is the First Division.” El Pais reported that Morales first met “the Americans” at a 2015 security fair held in Las Vegas — which may have been the 2015 ICS West International Security Conference held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center owned by Sheldon Adelson, a Zionist billionaire who, interestingly enough, is on Morales’ roster of clients.


    Sheldon Adelson
    Adelson is a self-made American businessman who made most of his money in the casino business and was last estimated to be worth around $34 billion. In 2006, he co-founded the newspaper Israeli and then later established Israel Hayom, a free daily newspaper created to support all things Netanyahu. He also purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

    where three of its own investigative journalists uncovered “the secret sale of the newspaper” to Adelson. NPR later reported that “a flood of reporters and editors left the paper after it was bought by the Adelson family, citing curtailed editorial freedom, murky business dealings and unethical managers.”

    Adelson is also a pro-Israel Zionist fanatic who donated $5 million to the “Friends of the Israel Defense Forces” in 2014, rejects the idea of a two-state solution and continued aid to the Palestinians, and believes in establishing Jewish sovereignty throughout the “biblical land” of Israel — which means more illegal land grabs, annexation, settlements, and violence for Palestinians.

    Adelson was close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but leaked transcripts from a corruption investigation into Netanyahu revealed he told police that he had cut ties with Netanyahu and “vowed he would never meet with him again.” Of course this could just be a means to distance himself from the corruption allegations being lodged against Netanyahu.

    Adelson is also considered one of the “most generous and influential Jewish philanthropists” in the world and, according to a WikiLeaks cable, once donated $54 million to Israel in a three-month period. He’s a member of the Republican Party and, in case anyone was wondering who the biggest influencer of the Trump campaign was in 2016, that would be Adelson, along with his wife, Miriam. They donated $5 million to Trump’s inauguration fund, making it Trump’s largest inaugural contribution as well as the largest individual donation ever made to a presidential inaugural committee.

    When it came to Trump’s campaign, the Adelsons were his second largest donor after Robert Mercer and, according to the New York Times, Adelson and his wife were the “biggest spenders on federal elections in all of American politics.” The Times went on to report:

    Quote Mr. Adelson in particular enjoys a direct line to the president. In private in-person meetings and phone conversations, which occur between the two men about once a month, he has used his access to push the president to move the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and, more recently, cut aid to the Palestinians, according to people familiar with their discussions, who spoke anonymously to discuss private matters. Mr. Trump has done both, triggering a backlash from some American allies.”
    Like John Bolton, who was recently fired, Adelson pushed Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, proposed dropping a nuclear bomb on Tehran, and once said that he wanted his son to grow up to be a sniper for Israel’s IDF. He’s also been accused of allowing the CIA to use his casinos as a front for spying; and, according to reports, Adelson encouraged Trump to focus on the “embarrassing disclosures about the Clinton campaign and Hillary Clinton’s dealings with major banks found in [a] recent WikiLeaks documents dump,” reinforcing speculation that Trump’s “I love WikiLeaks” rant on the campaign trail was merely a tactic to get elected.



    Trump administration complicit in illegal spying
    It’s clear that Adelson, a client of Morales’ UC Global, has a close relationship with Trump, leaving little to the imagination about what Trump knew in terms of the surveillance operation at the Ecuadorian Embassy. And, regardless of how Trump-thumpers or Q zombies want to twist what he said or did on the 2016 campaign trail, Trump has always been anti-leaks, anti-WikiLeaks, and anti-Assange. In 2010, he called for the execution of WikiLeaks’ staff and in 2017, his long-time close friend Ivonne Baki, an Ecuadorian ambassador now stationed in Qatar, brokered meetings between Paul Manafort and President Moreno, who expressed his desire to expel Assange from the embassy in return for U.S. concessions.



    After Assange’s arrest earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed a superseding indictment against Assange that included 17 charges under the Espionage Act. This will be the first time in American history that an administration has charged a journalist under that draconian law for committing acts of journalism. Although Trump has the Constitutional power to pardon Assange of all charges and end his extradition case in the U.K., it appears he’s washed his hands of any responsibility to consider such an option by claiming he now “knows nothing about WikiLeaks,” despite the dozens of times he invoked the name on his campaign trail.

    But the truly vile and nefarious element of this case, which has exposed the Trump administration’s true colors, is the fact that in December 2017 UC Global installed new video cameras in the embassy along with “an external streaming access point in the same area so that all of the recordings could be accessed instantly by the United States.” Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was head of the CIA at the time.

    The administration’s direct involvement in an illegal, livestream surveillance operation of a publisher, journalist, and political prisoner who at the time had never been charged with a single crime is beyond shocking and reveals just how corrupt that administration is and how critical the situation has become for press and media workers around the world.

    Meanwhile, Trump has spent his presidency tweeting about a “witch hunt” the Democrats have been carrying out against him since before the 2016 election and initiating conspiracy theories like “Spygate.” Just this year Trump tweeted (his emphasis):

    Quote [R]eally bad people SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN!”

    “They got caught spying on my campaign”

    “SPYING did occur on the Trump 2016 campaign”

    “It is now finally time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even Spying or Treason.”

    “My campaign was seriously spied upon by intel agencies and the Democrats.”

    “THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!”

    “Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!”
    And while the Trump administration was secretly watching a political prisoner via a livestream in one of the grossest voyeuristic intelligence games America has seen, it egregiously breached his privacy and violated attorney-client privilege — and not just with the livestream but with audio, documents and files handed over to them by UC Global and President Moreno’s government.

    There’s a reason Ecuador shut down Assange’s communication on March 27, 2018, after he tweeted out “the forgotten message” about the Senain, and a reason he was arrested 24 hours after WikiLeaks held a press conference about the spying operation at the embassy: the U.S. government in no way wanted Ecuador’s spy operation — which was likely initially shared with former CIA Director John Brennan and then taken over by his successor and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who once called WikiLeaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service” — exposed.



    A suspicious timeline of events
    When Assange was granted asylum in 2012, the Ecuadorian government hired UC Global, a private military company founded by David Morales, a former member of the Spanish Defense Marine Infantry who was once described as “the perfect mercenary.” As previously reported, most of UC Global’s employees come from the NATO military sector and the company operates around the world, including in Spain, France, U.K., Qatar, and the United States.

    Three years after UC Global was hired, WikiLeaks published the emails of Italian malware vendor Hacking Team, which rocked the Ecuadorian government. The technology company specializes in spyware, such as monitoring online activities, decryption of files and emails, and remote activation of microphones and cameras on targeted computers. The emails not only revealed that the Senain had purchased a three-year spyware package from Hacking Team, but that the intelligence agency had been spying on citizens, activists and detractors.

    Opposition forces decried former President Correa’s government while Ecuadorian political activist Fernando Villavicencio, an opposition mouthpiece for the U.S., published an article entitled, “Assange Spied on by the Intelligence of Ecuador,” detailing the Senain’s spying operation at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, which was dubbed “Operation Hotel.” Villavicencio’s article was likely a joint intelligence effort to deflect from U.S. involvement in the operations, deride Correa’s government, dismantle his support base, and turn public opinion against Assange by describing him as a “bad houseguest” and releasing alleged derogatory intelligence reports from the Senain.


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    Rafael Correa, Christine Assange
    Correa, right, holds the hands of Julian Assange’s mother, Christine, during a meeting in Quito, Ecuador. Martin Jaramillo | AP


    Fast forward to March 13, 2018, when welivesecurity.com published an article reporting that the Hacking Team’s Remote Control System had been detected in the systems of 14 countries. Less than a week later, President Moreno rescinded Ecuador’s contract with UC Global, hired PromSecurity Cía. Ltd. to surveil the embassy in London, and announced that he was shutting down the Senain and that a new intelligence agency would be established.

    Exactly two weeks later, on March 27, 2018, when Assange was still in control of his Twitter account, he tweeted what has since been described as “the forgotten message:”

    Quote Senain bought spy packages from Hacking Team for 3 years.”
    He included a link to an article published earlier that day that reported, “While developers suspect that the Hacking Team (HT) spy program is still working, the National Secretariat of Intelligence of Ecuador (Senain) has not confirmed whether or not it terminated its relationship with this Italian company.” Approximately four hours after Assange’s tweet, President Moreno cut all of Assange’s communications, including visitors to the embassy and phone and internet access. A few days later WikiLeaks tweeted,

    Quote Although Ecuador claims it isolated Assange over his Tweeting about the detention of [Basque rebel leader Carles] #Puigdemont in Germany, the political context is his breaking the “Watergate” of Ecuador, #HackingTeam, which led to the implosion of the national spy service this month.”
    Two weeks later, The Guardian went on a one-week propaganda spree about “Operation Hotel” (read Tom Coburg’s “Julian Assange’s lawyers were placed under surveillance. But that’s not the whole story” via thecanary.co), the same operation that Fernando Villavicencio reported on back in 2015 after WikiLeaks published the Hacking Team emails.

    This time, however, Villavicencio and The Guardian’s Luke Harding reported that the Senain had spent an extraordinary amount of money protecting Assange rather than surveilling him and that Correa’s government had been “rife with corruption, working hand-in-glove with Assange” to build some sort of elaborate war room to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections — which apparently no surveillance camera picked up:

    Quote Moreno has gone to extreme lengths to convince the public that he’s rooting out government corruption. With the shutdown of the Senain, the revocation of UC Global’s contract at the embassy…the Guardian articles, and the creation of a new intelligence agency, he would have everyone believing that he saved the country from the evil trappings of Rafael Correa’s former government if he could.
    But now we know that the U.S. government, including the Trump administration, was directly involved in the operation at the embassy and it seems obvious that at every turn where they may have been exposed, Ecuador took steps to protect itself as well as the United States. And sure, maybe Trump didn’t know — but his secretary of state was likely heading up the operation stateside while he was the director of the CIA and his second biggest campaign donor is a client of the guy who was running the actual operation within the embassy so any deniability would be, at best, implausible.


    The UN investigates Ecuador’s human rights violations
    On March 29, 2019, the UN special rapporteur on privacy, Professor Joe Cannataci, received a complaint filed by Assange’s legal team from the Special Procedures Branch of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, which stated that Assange’s right to privacy during his stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London had been violated. Cannataci immediately requested that a meeting be set with Assange that day and he contacted the Ecuadorian Embassy three times with no response. Two days later, he emailed the Ecuadorian ambassador in London, Jaime Marchán, again to no avail.

    Then, in a conspicuous attempt to distract the public and distance themselves from the PR ****-storm they knew was coming with the inevitable disclosure of Moreno’s spying operation, on Tuesday, April 2, Ecuador’s minister of foreign relations, Jose Valencia, filed a complaint with the OHCHR Office in Geneva claiming that President Moreno’s privacy was also violated. He cited the “INA Papers” — a leaked batch of documents that included Moreno’s personal emails, text messages, and family photos, and exposed his involvement in corruption and money laundering via an offshore company — giving the impression that Assange was behind the leaks.

    The meeting between Assange and the UN Rapporteur never took place in the Ecuadorian Embassy (although they subsequently met at Belmarsh prison) and only five days after Assange’s legal team lodged the privacy complaint with the UNCHR, they caught wind of President Moreno’s plan to revoke his asylum and hand him over to British officials.

    Extortion
    The entire spying operation at the embassy, sans U.S. involvement, was first disclosed by WikiLeaks during an April 10, 2019 press conference, at which WikiLeaks informed the public about the large-scale operation, as well as about a group of individuals who attempted to extort the publishing outlet with material obtained from the operation. According to WikiLeaks Editor in Chief Kristinn Hraffnson:

    Quote We learned about some individuals in Spain who were peddling around that they had a massive trove of documents relating to Julian Assange from inside the embassy and that it entailed audio, video, photographs, and documents.
    Hraffnson eventually met with the extortionists, who showed him hundreds of thousands of documents, videos, and confidential medical records and legal documents, all pertaining to Assange. They had “pretty much everything on the life of Julian Assange inside the embassy,” he stated. The extortion ring demanded 3 million euros from WikiLeaks for the material, threatening to go to the press if WikiLeaks didn’t pay.

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    A still from surveillance footage shows Assange meeting with a confidant at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Screenshot | El Pais


    According to Anonymous Scandinavia (@AnonScan) at the time:

    Quote We have reason to believe that the attempt of extorsion [sic] in the amount of three million euros, has connections to government officials cooperating with for example C 9 [Senain] and Prom Security.
    In complaints later filed by Assange, a group of Spaniards, Ecuadorian Ambassador Jaime Marchán, and four employees of Promsecurity were all named as taking part in the extortion ring and/or “alleged crimes that would have been committed inside the embassy, especially data leaks, listening and also the dissemination of both audio and video data and thousands of documents.”

    President Moreno retaliated against WikiLeaks’ public disclosure of the colossal surveillance operation running at the embassy by illegally revoking Assange’s asylum and allowing U.K. officials to enter the diplomatic embassy in London to arrest him. With El Pais’ latest article, the U.S. may take further steps to distance itself and distract the public by planting articles via corporate media outlets such as The Guardian, more restrictions placed on Assange at Belmarsh, and a general black-PR campaign carried out by British and U.S. intelligence agencies — especially now that the Trump administration has been directly implicated.

    This is not the time for dialogue
    In light of recent developments, this is no longer the time for debate or dialogue. It’s time that the people in power who have been complicit in Assange’s ongoing torture — and what can only be described as a breach of human rights and privacy violations of epic proportions — be held to account. This includes President Moreno, Ambassador Marchán, President Trump, and Secretary of State Pompeo among many, many others. This also includes the corporate media, who have been spewing U.S. and Ecuador intelligence garbage about Assange for years.

    This isn’t just about a journalist who is still sitting in a high-security prison despite his custodial sentence ending last week — although that alone should be enough of an outrage for anyone sitting on the side of justice and a free press. The U.S.-Ecuadorian spying operation in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London is about the precedents that will be set for spying on journalists and media workers if citizens do not rise up and demand accountability.

    It’s become an almost macabre comedy of sorts how many journalists and publishers who work with the U.S. and British intelligence agencies and/or side with the Trump administration think they’re immune because the U.S. intelligence community never spies on its allies (insert senior officials of the European Union, Great Britain, Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, Mexico, and on and on). Or perhaps, like so many Americans, they justify it because “they aren’t doing anything wrong,” until they realize they’ve been booted out through Trump’s revolving door over some minuscule infraction like questioning the government.

    It’s dangerously naive or ignorant to believe that the president of the United States — who thinks that presidential term limits don’t apply to him; has a former CIA director as his secretary of state; pushed 38-and-counting high-ranking people out of his administration; casually talks about nuking other countries; encourages hatred and violence not only against ethnic groups but against some of our own U.S. congresswomen; calls the press an enemy of the state; wants the staff of WikiLeaks executed; threatened the life of the unnamed “CIA Trump whistleblower;” refuses to pardon Edward Snowden; is holding Chelsea Manning hostage in a federal prison; imprisoned whistleblower Reality Winner for five years and is currently prosecuting Daniel Hale and Joshua Schulte for revealing illegal drone assassinations and CIA hacking weapons respectively; is the first president in U.S. history to prosecute a journalist for journalism; and deliberately and with cold calculation spied on Julian Assange twenty-four hours a day for years via an illegal live-stream — is worthy of any media worker’s trust.

    Jimmysllama is an independent researcher and writer who provides balanced, critical analysis with a focus on the Boston bombings, Magnitsky Act, and WikiLeaks. She is currently trying to stay warm in the Midwest. You can read more of her work at jimmysllama.com and find her on Twitter at @jimmysllama.
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    Julian Assange - the case of the WikiLeaks founder
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    A history of Assange since he was spotlighted up to the present.

    "British police arrested Julian Assange on April 11, 2019 in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The arrest ended nearly seven years of diplomatic asylum and left little standing between Assange and extradition.

    Assange has been accused of sexual assault in Sweden, while in the US he is wanted on espionage charges and for publishing top secret documents on the internet platform he founded, WikiLeaks. Since his arrest, he has been held in Belmarsh, a maximum-security prison on the outskirts of London. If the UK turns Assange over to the US, he could face up to 175 years in prison if convicted. His case is highly politicized. Some brand him a traitor. Others say he champions freedom of information. As our report shows, the case against Julian Assange also involves some apparent inconsistencies."
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    Pamela Anderson: The Making of a Scape Goat

    "Pamela Anderson has made this impassioned video confronting the Trump-deranged and the Hillary apologists in her Hollywood milieu on behalf of Julian Assange.

    The result is a refreshing blast of truth. I've always been impressed with Anderson's intelligence but this left me impressed with her character and her backbone.

    Assange is to appear in court today in London to fight extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. Last June, former Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed an order allowing Assange to be extradited.

    US authorities accuse Assange of scheming with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break a password for a classified government computer. The case is expected to take months to resolve, with each side able to make several appeals of unfavorable rulings.

    A little birdie has told me to expect Assange to be testifying in the US next February."

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    "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."
    (Julian Assange)

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    Assange in Court
    22 Oct, 2019 in Uncategorized by craig

    I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange’s legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening.

    Before I get on to the blatant lack of fair process, the first thing I must note was Julian’s condition. 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.

    The charge against Julian is very specific; conspiring with Chelsea Manning to publish the Iraq War logs, the Afghanistan war logs and the State Department cables. The charges are nothing to do with Sweden, nothing to do with sex, and nothing to do with the 2016 US election; a simple clarification the mainstream media appears incapable of understanding.

    The purpose of yesterday’s hearing was case management; to determine the timetable for the extradition proceedings. The key points at issue were that Julian’s defence was requesting more time to prepare their evidence; and arguing that political offences were specifically excluded from the extradition treaty. There should, they argued, therefore be a preliminary hearing to determine whether the extradition treaty applied at all.

    The reasons given by Assange’s defence team for more time to prepare were both compelling and startling. They had very limited access to their client in jail and had not been permitted to hand him any documents about the case until one week ago. He had also only just been given limited computer access, and all his relevant records and materials had been seized from the Ecuadorean Embassy by the US Government; he had no access to his own materials for the purpose of preparing his defence.

    Furthermore, the defence argued, they were in touch with the Spanish courts about a very important and relevant legal case in Madrid which would provide vital evidence. It showed that the CIA had been directly ordering spying on Julian in the Embassy through a Spanish company, UC Global, contracted to provide security there. Crucially this included spying on privileged conversations between Assange and his lawyers discussing his defence against these extradition proceedings, which had been in train in the USA since 2010. In any normal process, that fact would in itself be sufficient to have the extradition proceedings dismissed.

    Incidentally I learnt on Sunday that the Spanish material produced in court, which had been commissioned by the CIA, specifically includes high resolution video coverage of Julian and I discussing various matters.

    The evidence to the Spanish court also included a CIA plot to kidnap Assange, which went to the US authorities’ attitude to lawfulness in his case and the treatment he might expect in the United States. Julian’s team explained that the Spanish legal process was happening now and the evidence from it would be extremely important, but it might not be finished and thus the evidence not fully validated and available in time for the current proposed timetable for the Assange extradition hearings.

    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.

    The extradition is plainly being rushed through in accordance with a Washington dictated timetable. Apart from a desire to pre-empt the Spanish court providing evidence on CIA activity in sabotaging the defence, what makes the February date so important to the USA? I would welcome any thoughts.

    Baraitser dismissed the defence’s request for a separate prior hearing to consider whether the extradition treaty applied at all, without bothering to give any reason why (possibly she had not properly memorised what Lewis had been instructing her to agree with). Yet this is Article 4 of the UK/US Extradition Treaty 2007 in full:

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    On the face of it, what Assange is accused of is the very definition of a political offence – if this is not, then what is? It is not covered by any of the exceptions from that listed. There is every reason to consider whether this charge is excluded by the extradition treaty, and to do so before the long and very costly process of considering all the evidence should the treaty apply. But Baraitser simply dismissed the argument out of hand.

    Just in case anybody was left in any doubt as to what was happening here, Lewis then stood up and suggested that the defence should not be allowed to waste the court’s time with a lot of arguments. All arguments for the substantive hearing should be given in writing in advance and a “guillotine should be applied” (his exact words) to arguments and witnesses in court, perhaps of five hours for the defence. The defence had suggested they would need more than the scheduled five days to present their case. Lewis countered that the entire hearing should be over in two days. Baraitser said this was not procedurally the correct moment to agree this but she will consider it once she had received the evidence bundles.

    (SPOILER: Baraitser is going to do as Lewis instructs and cut the substantive hearing short).

    Baraitser then capped it all by saying the February hearing will be held, not at the comparatively open and accessible Westminster Magistrates Court where we were, but at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, the grim high security facility used for preliminary legal processing of terrorists, attached to the maximum security prison where Assange is being held. There are only six seats for the public in even the largest court at Belmarsh, and the object is plainly to evade public scrutiny and make sure that Baraitser is not exposed in pulic again again to a genuine account of her proceedings, like this one you are reading. I will probably be unable to get in to the substantive hearing at Belmarsh.

    Plainly the authorities were disconcerted by the hundreds of good people who had turned up to support Julian. They hope that far fewer will get to the much less accessible Belmarsh. I am fairly certain (and recall I had a long career as a diplomat) that the two extra American government officials who arrived halfway through proceedings were armed security personnel, brought in because of alarm at the number of protestors around a hearing in which were present senior US officials. The move to Belmarsh may be an American initiative.

    Assange’s defence team objected strenuously to the move to Belmarsh, in particular on the grounds that there are no conference rooms available there to consult their client and they have very inadequate access to him in the jail. Baraitser dismissed their objection offhand and with a very definite smirk.

    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. The 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.

    The whole experience was profoundly upsetting. It was very plain that there was no genuine process of legal consideration happening here. What we had was a naked demonstration of the power of the state, and a naked dictation of proceedings by the Americans. Julian was in a box behind bulletproof glass, and I and the thirty odd other members of the public who had squeezed in were in a different box behind more bulletproof glass. I do not know if he could see me or his other friends in the court, or if he was capable of recognising anybody. He gave no indication that he did.

    In Belmarsh he is kept in complete isolation for 23 hours a day. He is permitted 45 minutes exercise. If he has to be moved, they clear the corridors before he walks down them and they lock all cell doors to ensure he has no contact with any other prisoner outside the short and strictly supervised exercise period. There is no possible justification for this inhuman regime, used on major terrorists, being imposed on a publisher who is a remand prisoner.

    I have been both cataloguing and protesting for years the increasingly authoritarian powers of the UK state, but that the most gross abuse could be so open and undisguised is still a shock. The campaign of demonisation and dehumanisation against Julian, based on government and media lie after government and media lie, has led to a situation where he can be slowly killed in public sight, and arraigned on a charge of publishing the truth about government wrongdoing, while receiving no assistance from “liberal” society.

    Unless Julian is released shortly he will be destroyed. If the state can do this, then who is next?

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