Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

Snowden, others urge Trump to drop case against Assange

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Edward Snowden and Noam Chomsky are among those calling on Donald Trump to drop the US government’s investigation into Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. The pair — along with more than 100 other activists, journalists and government workers — have signed an open letter to the president that calls prosecuting WikiLeaks ‘a threat to all free journalism.’ The letter asks the Department of Justice to drop plans to charge Assange and other WikiLeaks staff members.” (05/15/17)


Julian Assange offers James Comey a job because he “knows where bodies are buried”

Source: International Business Times

“Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has reacted to the shock firing of FBI director James Comey by jokingly offering him a job. He also warned the dismissal will be an ‘extraordinary boon for transparency’ as a tsunami of leaks is now expected. ‘WikiLeaks would be happy to consider hiring James Comey to help lead its DC office should he like to properly investigate the US government,’ Assange said. … The FBI director made headlines last week (3 May) after describing WikiLeaks [as] ‘intelligence porn’ after it leaked sensitive data from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Comey had brushed off the suggestion press freedom would be at risk should Assange be arrested by US authorities for publishing classified material.” (05/10/17)


Sweden: Assange lawyer asks court to drop arrest warrant

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Public statements by US officials saying the United States wanted the arrest of Julian Assange are grounds for Sweden to repeal the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest warrant, his lawyer said on Wednesday. … Lawyer Per Samuelsson said the US had now openly said it wants to arrest Assange. ‘Given that the US is obviously hunting him now, he has to make use of his political asylum and it is Sweden’s duty to make sure that Sweden is no longer a reason for the fact he has to stay in the embassy,’ Samuelsson said. … Samuelsson said Sweden’s Supreme Court had previously rejected a similar request for the detention order to be torn up on the grounds that there was little chance that Assange would be handed over to the US. ‘With the Supreme Court’s own reasoning, his detention should now be rescinded because we can now prove that the US is hunting Julian Assange,’ he said.” (05/03/17)


The CIA director is waging war on truth-tellers like WikiLeaks

Source: Washington Post
by Julian Assange

“Mike Pompeo, in his first speech as director of the CIA, chose to declare war on free speech rather than on the United States'[s] actual adversaries. He went after WikiLeaks, where I serve as editor, as a ‘non-state hostile intelligence service.’ In Pompeo’s worldview, telling the truth about the administration can be a crime — as Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly underscored when he described my arrest as a ‘priority.’ News organizations reported that federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring charges against members of WikiLeaks, possibly including conspiracy, theft of government property and violating the Espionage Act. All this speech to stifle speech comes in reaction to the first publication in the start of WikiLeaks'[s] ‘Vault 7’ series.” (04/26/17)


The bipartisan urge to suppress dissent

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The University of California at Berkeley’s inhospitality to conservative speakers, the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on Monday, prompted a Twitter rebuke from President Trump a few months ago. Yet his administration seems determined to demonstrate that suppression of opposing views is a bipartisan impulse. … the Justice Department is once again looking for a way to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for sharing classified documents with the public. The Obama administration abandoned that project after concluding that charging Assange with violating the Espionage Act would create a precedent that could be used against any news organization that publishes stories based on ‘defense information’ from sources who obtained or divulged it illegally — a very common journalistic practice. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says we shouldn’t worry about that because Assange is not a real journalist, a debatable and constitutionally irrelevant point. The ‘freedom of the press’ that is guaranteed by the First Amendment is not the freedom of people who work for officially recognized news outlets; it is the freedom to use technologies of mass communication.” (04/26/17)


Candidate Trump: “I love Wikileaks.” President Trump: “Arrest Assange!”

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Ron Paul

“There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy. The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would ‘drain the swamp,’ meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check — the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations — he has turned his back on those who elected him.” (04/25/17)


Trump regime prosecutors consider vexatious/malicious prosecution of WikiLeaks heroes

Source: Washington Post

“Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, taking a second look at a 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents and investigating whether the group bears criminal responsibility for the more recent revelation of sensitive CIA cyber-tools, according to people familiar with the case. The Justice Department under President Barack Obama had decided not to charge WikiLeaks for revealing some of the government’s most sensitive secrets — concluding that doing so would be akin to prosecuting a news organization for publishing classified information. Justice Department leadership under President Trump, though, has indicated to prosecutors that it is open to taking another look at the case, which the Obama administration did not formally close.” (04/20/17)


CIA, FBI launch manhunt for heroic leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks

Source: CBS News

“CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor [sic] inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst [sic] security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems. Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken [sic] or how it was stolen [sic].” [editor’s note: The leaker is a hero, not a traitor, and the material was not “taken” or “stolen” — it was copied and revealed (by WikiLeaks) to the people who both pay for, and are affected by, it – TLK] (04/20/17)


Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 04/19/17

Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: We spend the entire show talking with [Julian] Assange from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since June 2012. In the wide-ranging interview, Assange discusses the allegations that WikiLeaks was abetted by Russian intelligence in its publication of DNC emails and the new-found admiration for him by FOX News, Anne Coulter, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump. Also, why Assange believes he and Hillary Clinton may get along if they ever met in person. And we premiere an unreleased song by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame.” [various formats] (04/19/17)


Ecuador: Assange hints at running for UK parliament

Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“WikiLeaks head Julian Assange has hinted he may run for the UK parliament in June’s snap election…. On Twitter on Wednesday he asked his followers what they thought of the idea of his running, adding ‘the government has detained me without charge for seven years.’ His followers strongly approved. … British MPs are not obliged to attend parliament in person. However if elected Assange would be unable to cast a vote unless he could somehow make it to Westminster without being arrested. Assange is holed up in London’s Ecuador embassy, where he sought asylum in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face [questioning over] rape allegations[, likely to be followed by rendition the US for political prosecution].” (04/19/17)