Affecting documentary focuses on the family of the WikiLeaks founder, with whom it is perhaps easier to sympathise
The ordeal of Julian Assange goes on: there is no end in sight to his incarceration on remand in London’s brutal Belmarsh prison pending the renewal of the US government’s extradition request, which almost certainly would put him in an American supermax jail for the rest of his life. This film, directed by Ben Lawrence and produced by Assange’s brother Gabriel Shipton, tells the heart-rending personal story of his family’s battle to free him.
No public figure has had a more wildly fluctuating reputation on the political stock exchange, with the possible exception of Aung San Suu Kyi. As one media pundit says here: people have almost forgotten what they think of Assange. In 2010, the founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks sensationally exposed evidence of US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, a story pursued in concert with global mainstream media organisations including the Guardian. He became a liberal hero. But then he was confined to tiny rooms in London’s Ecuadorian embassy from 2012 to 2019 as a political asylum seeker, rather than face a sex assault investigation in Sweden, which he claimed was simply a smear and a scam to extradite him to the US.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Film  => Documentary films  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Hillary Clinton  => Donald Trump  => Culture  => Media  => US news  => World news  => Extradition  => UK criminal justice  => Law ) [pubDate] => Wed, 06 Jul 2022 12:00:14 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jul/06/ithaka-review-emotional-look-at-absent-julian-assanges-legal-troubles )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => ‘There were plans to poison Julian’: Ithaka, the film charting Assange’s fight for freedom [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jun/30/poison-julian-assange-ithaka-ecuador-embassy-wikileaks-father [description] =>
From his Belmarsh wedding to his skateboarding round Ecuador’s embassy, Ithaka tells the story of the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition battle, through the eyes of his hard-campaigning father
The poem Ithaka, written in 1911 by the Greek writer Constantine Cavafy, opens with the lines: “As you set out for Ithaka / hope that your journey is a long one / full of adventure, full of discovery.” It has given a new documentary about Julian Assange both its title and, in many ways, its theme. The film follows Assange’s 76-year-old father, John Shipton, on his own long and winding road to try to save his son from US jail on espionage charges, resulting from the state secrets revealed by WikiLeaks, the organisation Assange founded.
The film – made by Australian director Ben Lawrence and produced by Gabriel Shipton, Assange’s brother – is released in Britain at a crucial stage in the journey. Two weeks ago, home secretary Priti Patel gave the go-ahead for the extradition of Assange, who has been held for the last three years in Belmarsh, the high security prison in London, after spending seven years holed up in the embassy of Ecuador until his arrest in 2019. His legal team are appealing against the latest decision and the battle will be fought over the coming months.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Film  => Julian Assange  => Documentary films  => WikiLeaks  => Freedom of speech  => Espionage  => War crimes  => Torture  => Culture  => Law  => Media  => Sheffield Doc/Fest  => Digital media ) [pubDate] => Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:29 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jun/30/poison-julian-assange-ithaka-ecuador-embassy-wikileaks-father )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => What’s at stake in the extradition of Julian Assange? [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2022/jun/27/whats-at-stake-in-the-extradition-of-julian-assange [description] =>
After the UK home secretary decided to extradite Julian Assange to face trial and a possible life sentence in the US, Ben Quinn reports on what the ruling means for the WikiLeaks founder – and for press freedom
Few public figures are harder to categorise than the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. To his fans, he is a fearless truth-teller, exposing state wrongdoing; to many governments, he’s a dangerous fanatic akin to a “digital terrorist”.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Australia news  => Julian Assange  => Press freedom  => Extradition  => WikiLeaks  => Law  => Media ) [pubDate] => Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:30:50 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2022/jun/27/whats-at-stake-in-the-extradition-of-julian-assange )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Australia won’t conduct ‘megaphone diplomacy’ on Julian Assange amid calls to intervene [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jun/19/australia-wont-conduct-megaphone-diplomacy-on-julian-assange-amid-calls-to-intervene [description] =>
Labor government urged to do more to stop Australian WikiLeaks co-founder’s extradition to US from UK
The Albanese government insists it will not conduct “diplomacy by megaphone” as it faces calls to do more to prevent the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US.
On Saturday, the British home secretary, Priti Patel, approved the extradition of Assange to the US, where he is charged with breaching the US Espionage Act and faces up to 175 years in jail if convicted. He has 14 days to appeal the decision.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Australia news  => Australian politics  => WikiLeaks  => Labor party ) [pubDate] => Sun, 19 Jun 2022 05:01:33 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jun/19/australia-wont-conduct-megaphone-diplomacy-on-julian-assange-amid-calls-to-intervene )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange’s extradition from UK to US approved by home secretary [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jun/17/julian-assange-extradition-to-us-approved-by-priti-patel [description] =>
Appeal likely after Priti Patel gives green light to extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder
Priti Patel has approved the extradition of the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US, a decision the organisation immediately said it would appeal against in the high court.
The case passed to the British home secretary last month after the UK supreme court ruled that there were no legal questions over assurances given by US authorities on Assange’s likely treatment.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Extradition  => Law  => Media  => US news  => World news  => Priti Patel  => Politics  => WikiLeaks  => UK criminal justice  => Law (US)  => UK news  => Australia news  => Press freedom ) [pubDate] => Fri, 17 Jun 2022 18:32:03 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jun/17/julian-assange-extradition-to-us-approved-by-priti-patel )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => The Guardian view on Julian Assange’s extradition: a bad day for journalism | Editorial [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/17/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assanges-extradition-a-bad-day-for-journalism [description] =>
Priti Patel could have turned down the American request. By not doing so she dealt a blow to press freedom
The decision by Priti Patel, the home secretary, to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US ought to worry anyone who cares about journalism and democracy. Mr Assange, 50, has been charged under the US Espionage Act, including publishing classified material. He faces up to 175 years in jail if found guilty by a US court. This action potentially opens the door for journalists anywhere in the world to be extradited to the US for exposing information deemed classified by Washington.
The case against Mr Assange relates to hundreds of thousands of leaked documents about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as diplomatic cables, which were made public by WikiLeaks, working with the Guardian and other media organisations. They revealed horrifying abuses by the US and other governments that would not otherwise have been disclosed. Despite claiming otherwise, US authorities could not find a single person, among the thousands of American sources in Afghanistan and Iraq, who could be shown to have died because of the disclosures.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => WikiLeaks  => Press freedom  => Julian Assange  => Media  => US prisons  => US news  => Priti Patel  => Barack Obama  => Newspapers  => Politics  => Newspapers & magazines  => World news  => UK news ) [pubDate] => Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:34:39 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/17/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assanges-extradition-a-bad-day-for-journalism )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Britain has approved Assange’s extradition – war criminals and murderers, rejoice | Peter Oborne [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/17/britain-julian-assange-extradition-priti-patel-us [description] =>
Priti Patel’s decision to hand over the WikiLeaks co-founder shows the price of investigative journalism anywhere the US holds sway
Murderers, torturers and war criminals will be toasting the British home secretary, Priti Patel, tonight. Her decision to approve the extradition of Julian Assange turns investigative journalism into a criminal act, and licenses the United States to mercilessly hunt down offenders wherever they can be found, bring them to justice and punish them with maximum severity.
Julian Assange’s supposed crime was to expose atrocities committed by the US and its allies, primarily in Afghanistan and Iraq, during the war on terror. He shone a light on the systematic abuse dealt out to prisoners in Guantánamo Bay. He revealed the fact that more than 150 entirely innocent inmates were held for years without even being charged.
Peter Oborne is a journalist and the author of Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about IslamContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Law  => Priti Patel  => Media  => Politics  => UK news ) [pubDate] => Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:38:29 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/17/britain-julian-assange-extradition-priti-patel-us )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => ‘We’re going to fight’: Julian Assange’s wife addresses US extradition – video [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2022/jun/17/were-going-to-fight-julian-assanges-wife-addresses-us-extradition-video [description] =>
Stella Assange, the wife of the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, said on Friday that she would appeal against Priti Patel’s decision to approve his extradition to the US to face criminal charges. Speaking to reporters outside the Royal Courts of Justice, she said: ‘We’re going to fight this. We’re going to use every appeal avenue.’ WikiLeaks immediately released a statement to say it would appeal against the decisionContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Priti Patel  => Extradition  => WikiLeaks  => UK criminal justice  => Law (US) ) [pubDate] => Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:58:20 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2022/jun/17/were-going-to-fight-julian-assanges-wife-addresses-us-extradition-video )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Extraditing Julian Assange would be a gift to secretive, oppressive regimes | Peter Oborne [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/20/extradite-julian-assange-investigative-journalism-wikileaks [description] =>
Handing over the WikiLeaks founder to the US will benefit those around the world who want to evade scrutiny
In the course of the next few days, Priti Patel will make the most important ruling on free speech made by any home secretary in recent memory. She must resolve whether to comply with a US request to extradite Julian Assange on espionage charges.
The consequences for Assange will be profound. Once in the US he will almost certainly be sent to a maximum-security prison for the rest of his life. He will die in jail.
Peter Oborne is a journalist and author. His latest book, Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about Islam, is available nowContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Media  => US news  => World news  => Investigative journalism  => Newspapers & magazines  => Newspapers ) [pubDate] => Fri, 20 May 2022 14:13:28 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/20/extradite-julian-assange-investigative-journalism-wikileaks )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Priti Patel, hear this loud and clear: Julian Assange must not be handed over to the US | Duncan Campbell [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/10/priti-patel-julian-assange-us-extradition [description] =>
A decision from the home secretary is imminent. Extradition would set a disastrous precedent
Priti Patel now has to make one of the most important decisions of her career: will she bow to heavy pressure from the United States and send a vulnerable man who has been convicted of no crime to face an indeterminate number of years in an American jail where he may experience intimidation and isolation? Her decision is imminent and all other legal avenues have been explored.
This was the scenario 10 years ago in the case of Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who, working out of his north London bedroom, trawled through the computer systems of Nasa and the US defence department in search of information about UFOs and left behind some mildly rude messages about the systems’ sloppy security. The home secretary was Theresa May, who halted extradition proceedings at the last minute.
Duncan Campbell is a former Guardian crime correspondent and Los Angeles correspondent
Do you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a letter of up to 300 words to be considered for publication, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.orgContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Priti Patel  => WikiLeaks  => Extradition  => UK criminal justice  => Law  => Politics  => UK news  => Media  => US news ) [pubDate] => Tue, 10 May 2022 09:46:17 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/10/priti-patel-julian-assange-us-extradition )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => From the archive: why we stopped trusting elites – podcast [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2022/apr/27/from-the-archive-why-we-stopped-trusting-elites-podcast [description] =>
We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors.
This week, from 2018: the credibility of establishment figures has been demolished by technological change and political upheavals. But it’s too late to turn back the clockContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Donald Trump  => Brexit  => Nigel Farage  => MPs' expenses  => WikiLeaks  => Iraq: the war logs  => Hillary Clinton ) [pubDate] => Wed, 27 Apr 2022 04:00:17 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2022/apr/27/from-the-archive-why-we-stopped-trusting-elites-podcast )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Change of government would present ‘great opportunity’ in fight to free Julian Assange, his father says [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/20/change-of-government-would-present-great-opportunity-in-fight-to-free-julian-assange-his-father-says [description] =>
John Shipton, father of the WikiLeaks founder, says ‘of course things would change’ if Labor were elected in May
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The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has touted the possible election of a Labor government as a “great opportunity” for the movement to free the WikiLeaks founder from imprisonment.
Speaking at a Sydney Q&A screening of documentary Ithaka, which documents his efforts to free Assange, John Shipton said a groundswell of parliamentarian support was growing for his son’s plight and he was buoyed up by the prospect of an incoming Labor government.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Australia news  => Julian Assange  => Anthony Albanese  => WikiLeaks  => Labor party  => Australian politics ) [pubDate] => Wed, 20 Apr 2022 05:32:33 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/20/change-of-government-would-present-great-opportunity-in-fight-to-free-julian-assange-his-father-says )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange marries Stella Moris in London prison ceremony [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/mar/24/julian-assange-marries-stella-moris-in-london-prison-ceremony [description] =>
WikiLeaks founder granted permission to wed partner, who fought back tears outside the prison, saying ‘What we’re going through is inhuman’
Julian Assange and his partner, Stella Moris, got married on Wednesday at Belmarsh high-security prison in south-east London.
The WikiLeaks founder, 50, was granted permission last year to marry Moris – with whom he has two children – at the prison where he has been held since 2019 after the US took legal action to extradite him to face trial on espionage charges.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => London  => Prisons and probation ) [pubDate] => Thu, 24 Mar 2022 04:17:31 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/mar/24/julian-assange-marries-stella-moris-in-london-prison-ceremony )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange marries Stella Moris in UK high-security jail – video [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2022/mar/24/julian-assange-marries-stella-moris-in-uk-high-security-jail-video [description] =>
Wearing a dress made by Vivienne Westwood, Stella Moris walked through the crowd of well-wishers to cut her wedding cake. But unlike most new brides, she was alone. Her husband, Julian Assange, remained in Belmarsh prison where the pair had just been married watched by their two children and a handful of guests. Assange is being held in jail while US authorities seek his extradition to face trial on 18 counts relating to WikiLeaks' release of vast troves of confidential military records and diplomatic cables more than a decade ago
- Julian Assange marries Stella Moris in London prison ceremony
- ‘Today I will marry the love of my life’: Julian Assange’s fiancée
Stella Moris’s wedding to WikiLeaks co-founder takes place at Belmarsh prison on Wednesday
Today is my wedding day. I will marry the love of my life. My husband to be is the father of our two sons, he is a wonderful man, intelligent and funny, he has a deep-seated sense of right and wrong and he is known the world over for his work as a courageous publisher. At lunchtime today, I will go through the gates at the most oppressive high security prison in the country and be married to a political prisoner, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Media ) [pubDate] => Wed, 23 Mar 2022 07:00:22 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/mar/23/today-i-will-marry-the-love-of-my-life-julian-assanges-fiancee )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange set to marry in Belmarsh prison [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/mar/13/julian-assange-set-to-marry-in-belmarsh-prison [description] =>
WikiLeaks founder will tie the knot with Stella Moris on 23 March, wearing a kilt designed by Vivienne Westwood
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will get married in Belmarsh prison on 23 March, with just four guests allowed to attend.
Vivienne Westwood is designing a wedding dress for the 50-year-old’s fiancee, the lawyer Stella Moris, and a kilt for Assange, whose parents have links to Scotland. The designer has been a staunch supporter of Assange.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Extradition  => UK criminal justice  => Law  => Marriage  => Family ) [pubDate] => Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:58:45 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/mar/13/julian-assange-set-to-marry-in-belmarsh-prison )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => ‘Cypherpunks have rallied to Assange’: NFT auction raises $52m for WikiLeaks founder [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/feb/09/julian-assange-cryptocurrency-fundraiser-nfts [description] =>
Cryptocurrency funds aim to help Assange’s legal defense as he seeks to avoid extradition from the UK to the US
An online auction of digital art raised more than $52m worth of cryptocurrency to help fund Julian Assange’s legal defense, the winning bid coming from a group of supporters who had pooled their money.
The Australian-born WikiLeaks founder is battling extradition from Britain to the US, where the authorities want him to face trial on 18 criminal charges including breaking a spying law, after WikiLeaks began to publish thousands of secret classified files and diplomatic cables in 2010.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Cryptocurrencies  => UK news  => Technology  => WikiLeaks  => Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)  => Art ) [pubDate] => Wed, 09 Feb 2022 19:11:47 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/feb/09/julian-assange-cryptocurrency-fundraiser-nfts )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange wins first stage of attempt to appeal against extradition – video [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2022/jan/24/julian-assange-wins-first-stage-appeal-against-extradition-video [description] =>
The WikiLeaks founder has won the first stage of an attempt to avoid extradition to the US to face espionage charges. Assange's partner, Stella Morris, spoke to supporters and the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice after the decision was made and explained they will now have to wait for the supreme court to decide if it will hear the appealContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => UK news ) [pubDate] => Mon, 24 Jan 2022 15:39:15 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2022/jan/24/julian-assange-wins-first-stage-appeal-against-extradition-video )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange wins first stage of attempt to appeal against extradition [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jan/24/julian-assange-wins-first-stage-of-attempt-to-appeal-against-extradition [description] =>
WikiLeaks founder is seeking to appeal against ruling that he can be sent to US to face espionage charges
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be able to go to the supreme court in the UK to challenge a decision allowing him to be extradited to the US to face espionage charges.
However, the high court refused him permission for a direct appeal, meaning the supreme court will first have to decide whether or not it should hear his challenge.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => UK news  => WikiLeaks  => Law  => Extradition  => US news  => World news ) [pubDate] => Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:54:39 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jan/24/julian-assange-wins-first-stage-of-attempt-to-appeal-against-extradition )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => There Will Be No More Night review – chilling meditation on modern warfare [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jan/24/there-will-be-no-more-night-review-chilling-meditation-on-modern-warfare [description] =>
Éléonore Weber’s documentary, air-strike footage of pilots on night missions, could work well in a gallery
This hypnotic meditation on modern warfare from Éléonore Weber is an experimental cine-essay that feels closer to a gallery installation than a documentary. Watching it is a bit of a test of concentration: 75 minutes of helicopter airstrike footage from American and French missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Clip after clip of pilots following what’s on the ground hundreds of metres below. Who is that in their crosshairs: a Taliban fighter holding a Kalashnikov or a farmer with a rake? Farmers know that they get mistaken for fighters, so run and hide their tools when they hear helicopters. Which of course makes them look suspicious.
In the cockpit, we hear American voices: “Request permission to engage.” “We got a guy with an RPG.” This is the notorious video WikiLeaks dubbed Collateral Murder, a US airstrike filmed from an Apache helicopter in 2007. The rocket-propelled grenade launcher turned out to be a camera tripod belonging to a Reuters photographer, who was one of a dozen civilians killed in the attack. It’s impossible to watch and not think of computer games. “Kill! Kill! Kill” we hear in another video – you can almost feel the itch to shoot everything that moves.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Film  => Documentary films  => Iraq  => Afghanistan  => WikiLeaks  => World news  => South and central Asia  => Middle East and north Africa  => Media  => Culture ) [pubDate] => Mon, 24 Jan 2022 10:00:48 GMT [guid] => https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jan/24/there-will-be-no-more-night-review-chilling-meditation-on-modern-warfare ) )