European assembly says WikiLeaks founder’s detention ‘sets dangerous precedent’
Julian Assange’s detention “sets a dangerous precedent for journalists”, according to politicians from the Council of Europe’s parliamentary arm, who voted on Tuesday to oppose the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to the US.
The words of support for Assange and implicit criticism of the UK government will be contained in a final report produced by the Labour peer Lord Foulkes for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which focuses on upholding human rights across the continent.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Extradition  => Council of Europe  => Human rights  => UK news  => Europe  => World news  => US news  => Media  => WikiLeaks ) [pubDate] => Tue, 28 Jan 2020 20:00:31 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/28/julian-assange-detention-sets-dangerous-precedent-for-journalists )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Top UN official accuses US of torturing Chelsea Manning [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/31/chelsea-manning-us-torture-un-official-wikileaks [description] =>
Ex-army intelligence analyst jailed over refusal to testify against WikiLeaks reportedly subjected to ‘severe measures of coercion’
A top United Nations official has accused the US government of using torture against Chelsea Manning, the former army intelligence analyst currently jailed in the US over her refusal to testify against WikiLeaks.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Chelsea Manning  => United Nations  => WikiLeaks  => US military  => US news  => Media ) [pubDate] => Tue, 31 Dec 2019 15:17:58 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/31/chelsea-manning-us-torture-un-official-wikileaks )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange’s extradition fight could turn on reports he was spied on for CIA [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/17/julian-assanges-extradition-fight-could-turn-on-reports-he-was-spied-on-for-cia [description] =>
Allegations a security firm at Ecuadorian embassy gave footage to CIA come as 100 doctors urge Australia to protect him
Julian Assange’s fight against extradition to the US could last years, and his argument could hinge on reports he has been illegally spied upon and his sensitive information given to the CIA.
Meanwhile, more than 100 doctors from across the world have written to the Australian government, urging it to act and “protect the life of its citizen”, in a letter to be delivered to the foreign affairs minister on Tuesday, amid warnings Assange’s health continues to deteriorate.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Australian politics  => UK news  => US news  => Australia news  => London  => Health ) [pubDate] => Mon, 16 Dec 2019 17:01:26 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/17/julian-assanges-extradition-fight-could-turn-on-reports-he-was-spied-on-for-cia )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => US efforts to extradite Julian Assange akin to rendition, WikiLeaks editor says [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/03/us-bid-to-extradite-julian-assange-akin-to-forced-rendition-wikileaks-editor-says [description] =>
Kristinn Hrafnsson argues case sets ‘dangerous precedent’ for press freedom internationally
The planned extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange by the United States is a “new form of forced rendition” and a “dangerous precedent” for press freedom, according to the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson.
Ahead of a private briefing for Australian parliamentarians on Tuesday afternoon, Harfnsson, an Icelandic-based investigative journalist, told the National Press Club in Canberra the “forced rendition” of Assange was not occurring “with a sack over the head and an orange jumpsuit but with the enabling of the UK legal system and with the apparent support of the Australian government”.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Australian politics  => Australia news  => Barnaby Joyce ) [pubDate] => Tue, 03 Dec 2019 06:30:42 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/03/us-bid-to-extradite-julian-assange-akin-to-forced-rendition-wikileaks-editor-says )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Chemical weapons watchdog defends Syria report after leaks [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/25/chemical-weapons-watchdog-opcw-defends-syria-report-after-leaks [description] =>
Whistleblower claims OPCW’s findings misrepresented some facts over 2018 chlorine attack
The head of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog has defended its conclusion that chlorine was used in an attack in Syria in April 2018, after a whistleblower alleged the report misrepresented some of the facts amid Russian claims that the watchdog is being politicised by the west.
WikiLeaks at the weekend published an email from a member of the fact-finding team that investigated the attack which accused the body of altering the original findings of investigators to make evidence of a chemical attack seem more conclusive.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Chemical weapons  => Syria  => OPCW  => WikiLeaks  => Middle East and North Africa  => World news  => Bashar al-Assad ) [pubDate] => Mon, 25 Nov 2019 17:24:47 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/25/chemical-weapons-watchdog-opcw-defends-syria-report-after-leaks )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange's health is so bad he 'could die in prison', say 60 doctors [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/nov/25/julian-assanges-health-is-so-bad-he-could-die-in-prison-say-60-doctors [description] =>
Group’s open letter calls for Wikileaks founder to be moved from London high-security jail to hospital
More than 60 doctors have written an open letter saying they fear Julian Assange’s health is so bad that the WikiLeaks founder could die inside a top-security British jail.
The 48-year-old Australian is still fighting a US bid to extradite him from Britain on charges filed under the Espionage Act that could see him given a sentence of up to 175 years in a US prison.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks ) [pubDate] => Mon, 25 Nov 2019 05:16:23 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/nov/25/julian-assanges-health-is-so-bad-he-could-die-in-prison-say-60-doctors )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => The Guardian view on extraditing Julian Assange: don’t do it | Editorial [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/20/the-guardian-view-on-extraditing-julian-assange-dont-do-it [description] =>
The US case against the WikiLeaks founder is an assault on press freedom and the public’s right to know
Sweden’s decision to drop an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange has both illuminated the situation of the WikiLeaks founder and made it more pressing. He must be defended against extradition to the United States in a case that digs at the foundations of freedom and democracy in both Britain and the US, and could see him sentenced to a total of 175 years.
Mr Assange is in Belmarsh prison, where he served a 50-week sentence for skipping bail. He had entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid arrest when Sweden asked Britain to extradite him for questioning. Though he denies any wrongdoing, that investigation was appropriate. Prosecuting authorities have said the complainant’s evidence was credible and reliable, but that the passage of time – Mr Assange entered the embassy in 2012 – meant that witnesses’ memories had faded.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => WikiLeaks  => Media  => Extradition  => Chelsea Manning  => US news  => Donald Trump  => Sweden  => Europe  => World news  => Sajid Javid  => Politics  => UK criminal justice  => Law  => Press freedom  => Newspapers  => Newspapers & magazines ) [pubDate] => Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:24:33 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/20/the-guardian-view-on-extraditing-julian-assange-dont-do-it )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => House investigating whether Trump lied to Robert Mueller in written answers [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/18/house-investigating-whether-trump-lied-to-robert-mueller-in-written-answers [description] =>
General counsel has urged judges to order the release of still-secret material redacted from the report
The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal court on Monday that the House is investigating whether Donald Trump lied to the special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s investigation.
The president provided Mueller with written answers to some of the special counsel’s questions but refused to sit for an interview with his team. Mueller also wrote in his final report that he considered some of Trump’s answers to be incomplete or imprecise.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Trump impeachment inquiry  => Robert Mueller  => Donald Trump  => US elections 2020  => WikiLeaks  => US news  => Trump-Russia investigation  => Trump administration ) [pubDate] => Tue, 19 Nov 2019 01:53:29 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/18/house-investigating-whether-trump-lied-to-robert-mueller-in-written-answers )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Roger Stone: Trump adviser found guilty on all counts in WikiLeaks hacking case [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/15/roger-stone-guilty-verdict-wikileaks-hacking-case-latest-news [description] =>
Stone found guilty of obstruction of justice and making false statements over what he told Congress relating to emails hacked from Democrats
Roger Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” and longtime adviser to Donald Trump, was found guilty on Friday of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The verdict makes Stone only the latest among a growing list of people once in the president’s inner circle who have been convicted on federal charges. News of Stone’s convictions came as dramatic testimony at the public impeachment hearing unfolded on Capitol Hill.
....A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Roger Stone  => US news  => US Congress  => US crime  => WikiLeaks ) [pubDate] => Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:31:55 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/15/roger-stone-guilty-verdict-wikileaks-hacking-case-latest-news )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Bribery allegations over fishing rights rock Iceland and Namibia [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/15/bribery-allegations-over-fishing-rights-rock-iceland-and-namibia [description] =>
‘Fishrot files’ lead to head of Samherji fishing company and Namibian ministers stepping down
Two Namibian government ministers have resigned and the boss of Iceland’s biggest fishing company has stepped aside amid a spiralling scandal over alleged bribes paid to officials in the southern African country in exchange for trawling rights.
Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of the Icelandic fishing firm Samherji, and Namibia’s fisheries and justice ministers, Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala, are the first heads to roll following revelations this week of a vast corruption case.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Iceland  => Namibia  => Fishing industry  => Africa  => Europe  => World news  => WikiLeaks  => Media  => Business ) [pubDate] => Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:29:52 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/15/bribery-allegations-over-fishing-rights-rock-iceland-and-namibia )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => I saw Roger Stone as 'access point' to WikiLeaks in 2016, Bannon tells court [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/08/roger-stone-trial-steve-bannon-wikileaks-trump-2016 [description] =>
Former White House strategist testifies under subpoena at trial of Stone, accused of lying to Congress about dealings with WikiLeaks
Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, believed that political operative Roger Stone was the “access point” to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election, he told a federal court in Washington on Friday.
The ex-chief executive of Donald Trump’s campaign testified for less than an hour at the trial of Stone, accused of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his dealings with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Steve Bannon  => Roger Stone  => US news  => US politics  => US elections 2020  => World news  => US elections 2016  => Hillary Clinton  => WikiLeaks  => Media ) [pubDate] => Fri, 08 Nov 2019 22:02:19 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/08/roger-stone-trial-steve-bannon-wikileaks-trump-2016 )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange extradition judge refuses request for delay [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/21/julian-assange-extradition-judge-refuses-request-for-delay-wikileaks [description] =>
WikiLeaks founder’s legal team wanted an extra month to submit evidence
Julian Assange has been told there can be no delay in his US extradition case, as he appeared in court in London.
The WikiLeaks founder’s legal team requested more time to submit evidence and the postponement of the full extradition hearing, while claiming the charges against him were politically motivated, at a case management hearing at Westminster magistrates court.
Assange's supporters converge on van thought to be returning the Wikileaks founder to Belmarsh prison pic.twitter.com/qaHzM4tBA7Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => UK news  => Media ) [pubDate] => Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:51:55 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/21/julian-assange-extradition-judge-refuses-request-for-delay-wikileaks )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Australia must oppose any move to extradite Julian Assange to US, Labor MP says [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/15/australia-must-oppose-any-move-to-extradite-julian-assange-to-us-labor-mp-says [description] =>
Backbencher Julian Hill joins Barnaby Joyce in expressing concerns about WikiLeaks founder
The Labor backbencher Julian Hill has declared Australia must vigorously contest any move to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States on espionage charges.
Joining concerns about Assange expressed by the former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, the Victorian Labor MP told Guardian Australia: “I do hold serious concerns about [Assange’s] situation.
(June 1, 2010)Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Australian politics  => UK news  => Australia news  => Barnaby Joyce  => Labor party ) [pubDate] => Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:00:25 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/15/australia-must-oppose-any-move-to-extradite-julian-assange-to-us-labor-mp-says )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange to remain in jail pending extradition to US [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/14/julian-assange-to-remain-in-jail-pending-extradition-to-us [description] =>
WikiLeaks founder’s custody will be extended after current prison terms comes to end
Julian Assange will stay in prison after the custody period on his current jail term ends because of his “history of absconding”.
As home secretary, Sajid Javid signed an order in June allowing Assange’s extradition to the US over hacking allegations. A 50-week jail term was imposed in the UK after he had jumped previous bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Media  => UK news ) [pubDate] => Sat, 14 Sep 2019 09:18:24 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/14/julian-assange-to-remain-in-jail-pending-extradition-to-us )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange to appear in court after Javid signs US extradition request [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/13/julian-assange-sajid-javid-signs-us-extradition-order [description] =>
Home secretary opens way for court to consider whether Assange should be sent to US
The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: “He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow.”
(June 1, 2010)Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Extradition  => Sajid Javid  => US news  => WikiLeaks  => UK news  => Law  => World news  => UK criminal justice  => Politics ) [pubDate] => Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:47:46 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/13/julian-assange-sajid-javid-signs-us-extradition-order )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange: US charges expected to be revealed at hearing [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/11/julian-assange-us-charges-expected-revealed-hearing-extradition [description] =>
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief says US will present evidence in support of extradition request
The US will detail all the charges against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, when it seeks his extradition in a London court, the editor-in-chief of the whistleblowing website has said.
“The American authorities, the Department of Justice, will present the evidence in support of their extradition demand,” Kristinn Hrafnsson said.
(June 1, 2010)Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => UK news  => US news  => Media  => World news  => Extradition  => Law ) [pubDate] => Tue, 11 Jun 2019 16:06:16 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/11/julian-assange-us-charges-expected-revealed-hearing-extradition )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange shows psychological torture symptoms, says UN expert [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/31/julian-assange-shows-psychological-torture-symptoms-says-un-expert [description] =>
UK government urged not to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder to US where he faces decades in prison
Julian Assange is showing all the symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to psychological torture and should not be extradited to the US, according to a senior UN expert who visited him in prison.
Nils Melzer, UN’s special rapporteur on torture, is expected to make his appeal to the UK government on Friday. It comes after Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, was said by his lawyers to be too ill to appear by video link for the latest court hearing of the case on Thursday.
(June 1, 2010)Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => UK news  => Human rights  => WikiLeaks  => Media  => Law  => United Nations ) [pubDate] => Fri, 31 May 2019 07:00:26 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/31/julian-assange-shows-psychological-torture-symptoms-says-un-expert )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange too ill to appear in court via video link, lawyers say [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/30/julian-assange-too-ill-appear-court-via-video-link-lawyers-say [description] =>
Hearing is latest stage in possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder to US
Julian Assange was too ill to appear by video link for the latest hearing in relation to his possible extradition to the US, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder told a court.
The hearing was the first since 2 May, when lawyers for the US government began pressing its case to extradite him to face trial for what they described as one the largest compromises of classified information in history.
(June 1, 2010)Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => US politics  => UK news  => Media  => US news  => World news ) [pubDate] => Thu, 30 May 2019 10:18:42 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/30/julian-assange-too-ill-appear-court-via-video-link-lawyers-say )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Sajid Javid should lift US threat from Julian Assange | Letters [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/27/sajid-javid-should-lift-us-threat-from-julian-assange [description] => The WikiLeaks founder should face justice in Sweden, but the home secretary must make a formal undertaking that his approval for a second, onward extradition to the US will not be forthcoming, argues Naomi Colvin
Speaking as someone who knows and has quarrelled with Julian Assange, I feel that your description of him as an “unattractive character” (Editorial, 25 May) is a little ungenerous, but you are right to note the dire consequences of his being charged under the US Espionage Act of 1917.
The allegations against him in Sweden are an entirely separate matter. They have been left outstanding for far too long, in a way that is profoundly unsatisfactory to all sides. The Swedish allegations deserve to be heard on their own merits, without the threat of a second extradition from Sweden to the United States. Sajid Javid must make a formal undertaking that his approval for a second, onward extradition will not be forthcoming. That your editorial did not call for this is a surprising omission.
Filmmaker James Ricketson, who was jailed in Cambodia on spying charges, says Assange is being used as ‘an example’ in attack on media
The Australian film-maker who spent 15-months in a Cambodian jail on spying charges says he fears Julian Assange is being used as an “example” to other journalists as part of what he described as “a fundamental attack on the fourth estate”.
James Ricketson spent more than a year inside the overcrowded Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on spying charges before his release last September after a public outcry and lobbying by the Australian government.
(June 1, 2010)Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Australia news  => Australian film  => Cambodia  => Press freedom  => Australian politics  => Australian media  => Newspapers  => US news  => UK news  => Sweden ) [pubDate] => Fri, 24 May 2019 22:19:59 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/25/julian-assange-australian-government-urged-to-intervene ) )