This week Katharine Murphy talks to Menna Rawlings, the outgoing British high commissioner to Australia, who manages the close relationship between the two countries. They delve into the highs and lows of her time in Australia, including the challenges of navigating diplomacy in the age of WikiLeaks, our complicated relationship with climate change and the positive impact of migrationContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Australian politics  => Australia news  => WikiLeaks  => Technology  => UK news  => Politics  => Climate change  => Migration ) [pubDate] => Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:35:38 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2018/dec/16/a-new-age-of-diplomacy-australian-politics-live-podcast )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => 'Trust deficit': UK's top envoy to Australia on diplomacy in the WikiLeaks era [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/16/trust-deficit-uks-top-envoy-to-australia-on-diplomacy-in-the-wikileaks-era [description] =>
Britain’s outgoing high commissioner opens up about the challenges of the role in a more transparent age
A couple of decades ago, when Menna Rawlings joined the foreign office after university, the profession was a closed circle. No one thought about private cables finding their way to the public domain.
That changed in 2010, when WikiLeaks dumped more than 250,000 classified cables, sparking an international diplomatic crisis.
In general I think there is scope to be more open about what we doContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Australian politics  => Australia news  => WikiLeaks  => Technology  => UK news ) [pubDate] => Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:35:35 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/16/trust-deficit-uks-top-envoy-to-australia-on-diplomacy-in-the-wikileaks-era )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Why we stopped trusting elites – podcast [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2018/dec/14/why-we-stopped-trusting-elites-podcast [description] =>
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 ) [pubDate] => Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:00:46 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2018/dec/14/why-we-stopped-trusting-elites-podcast )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Farage finds Ukip awful. So what about his more sinister friends? | Nick Cohen [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/08/nigel-farage-ukip-awful-more-sinister-friends-ted-malloch [description] => His association with extremist Ted Malloch is more disturbing than the newfound distaste for his party
Nigel Farage clutched his pearls and resigned from Ukip last week, protesting that he of all people could not possibly associate with criminals. The decision of his successor Gerard Batten to hire convicted fraudster and inveterate yob Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) was simply “too awful to contemplate”.
Farage isn’t always so choosy about the company he keeps. His alliance with “Ted” Malloch, a little man who thinks he’s a big deal, tells all you need to know about Farage and the movements that now dominate Britain, the US and the emerging dictatorships of eastern Europe.
What kind of failure as a braggart do you have to be to fail to impress the 45th president of the United States?Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Nigel Farage  => UK Independence party (Ukip)  => Politics  => Robert Mueller  => US news  => Donald Trump  => US politics  => WikiLeaks  => Russia ) [pubDate] => Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:30:02 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/08/nigel-farage-ukip-awful-more-sinister-friends-ted-malloch )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Pamela Anderson's political activism – from French riots to broken capitalism [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/06/pamela-anderson-political-activism-is-no-flash-in-the-pan [description] =>
The former Baywatch star has published a detailed defence of France’s gilets jaunes movement – we should not be surprised by her leftist analysis
Following protests that have taken place in France over the past few weeks and riots that saw hundreds arrested in Paris, the gilets jaunes or yellow vests movement has found a vocal, and to some, surprising supporter in Pamela Anderson.
Earlier this week the Canadian-American actor and activist, who now lives in France, attempted to explain the aim of the movement in a series of tweets and in a blogpost on her website.
Pamela Anderson has an infinitely more substantive take on what's happening in France than the Wall Street Journal
Pamela Anderson has a Henry Miller quote in her bio and tweeted the best essay on class conflict I've read all year. pic.twitter.com/b9AqmLivjSContinue reading... [category] => Array (  => Activism  => France  => World news  => WikiLeaks  => US television ) [pubDate] => Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:50:36 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/06/pamela-anderson-political-activism-is-no-flash-in-the-pan )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Trump aide's appearances on RT channel are focus for Russia inquiry [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/06/ted-malloch-rt-trump-russia-investigation [description] =>
Ted Malloch, a Trump campaign adviser, has been questioned about his relationship with the Kremlin-controlled broadcaster
Robert Mueller is allegedly examining a Trump campaign adviser’s appearances on the Kremlin-controlled broadcaster RT, offering new hints about the investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump’s associates.
Mueller’s investigators have asked Ted Malloch, the London-based American academic who is also close to Nigel Farage, about his frequent appearances on RT, which US intelligence authorities have called Russia’s principal propaganda arm.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Trump-Russia investigation  => RT  => US news  => WikiLeaks  => Julian Assange  => Russia  => World news ) [pubDate] => Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:51:20 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/06/ted-malloch-rt-trump-russia-investigation )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/30/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trumps-credibility-americas-compromised-leader [description] =>
As the Mueller investigation continues to produce troubling charges against his innermost circle, the US president’s word is increasingly suspect both at home and abroad
Earlier this week Donald Trump stood on the south lawn of the White House and ridiculed Theresa May’s Brexit agreement as a “great deal for the EU”. He is likely to make the same contemptuous case during the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend, although pointedly there is no planned bilateral. Given the political stakes facing her back home, Mrs May must feel as if 14,000 miles is a long way to travel for the weekend merely to be trashed by supposedly her greatest ally.
When this happens, though, who does Mrs May imagine is confronting her? Is it just Mr Trump himself, America First president, sworn enemy of the international order in general and the European Union in particular? That’s a bad enough reality. But might her accuser also be, at some level, Vladimir Putin, a leader whose interest in weakening the EU and breaking Britain from it as damagingly as possible outdoes even that of Mr Trump? That prospect is even worse.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Donald Trump  => Robert Mueller  => US news  => Russia  => Europe  => World news  => Vladimir Putin  => WikiLeaks  => Media  => US elections 2016  => US politics  => US Congress  => Hillary Clinton  => Michael Cohen  => Theresa May  => Politics  => G20 ) [pubDate] => Fri, 30 Nov 2018 18:30:42 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/30/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trumps-credibility-americas-compromised-leader )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Healthy scepticism is more useful than old-fashioned trust | Letters [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/30/healthy-scepticism-is-more-useful-than-old-fashioned-trust [description] => Readers respond to the long read about why we stopped trusting elites
I enjoyed reading How our trust in elites crumbled (The long read, 29 November). I admit to being successfully duped by the elite through subliminal marketing messages, fear-mongering media, biased research and invisible, expensive algorithms. When these shocking stories of “truth” emerge from the cracks, shake me to the core and shift me to a new axis, my eyes open. Like the liberal elite, I have difficulty coming to terms with reality.
My contribution to the debate is as follows: I do not think that the elites act in unison, or that there is one single source of control. There is not one self-interested elite, or shaper of public attitudes. I think that there are many elites acting in self-interest that may or may not act against or in opposition to each other. And I think that is why the many elites are losing their sense of reality and watching the trust of the public decline.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Politics  => UK news  => Brexit  => Donald Trump  => MPs' expenses  => US news  => WikiLeaks  => Media ) [pubDate] => Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:08:40 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/30/healthy-scepticism-is-more-useful-than-old-fashioned-trust )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Why we stopped trusting elites [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/29/why-we-stopped-trusting-elites-the-new-populism [description] =>
The credibility of establishment figures has been demolished by technological change and political upheavals. But it’s too late to turn back the clock. By William Davies
More from this series: The new populism
For hundreds of years, modern societies have depended on something that is so ubiquitous, so ordinary, that we scarcely ever stop to notice it: trust. The fact that millions of people are able to believe the same things about reality is a remarkable achievement, but one that is more fragile than is often recognised.
At times when public institutions – including the media, government departments and professions – command widespread trust, we rarely question how they achieve this. And yet at the heart of successful liberal democracies lies a remarkable collective leap of faith: that when public officials, reporters, experts and politicians share a piece of information, they are presumed to be doing so in an honest fashion.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Politics  => Brexit  => Donald Trump  => MPs' expenses  => WikiLeaks  => Phone hacking  => Iraq: The war logs  => Afghanistan: the war logs  => US news ) [pubDate] => Thu, 29 Nov 2018 06:00:14 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/29/why-we-stopped-trusting-elites-the-new-populism )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Trump adviser sought WikiLeaks emails via Farage ally, Mueller document alleges [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/28/ted-malloch-wikileaks-information-trump-campaign-mueller-investigation [description] =>
Ted Malloch was allegedly passed request to get advanced copies of emails stolen from Trump’s opponents by Russian hackers
An ally of Nigel Farage was asked to obtain secret information from WikiLeaks for Donald Trump’s team during the 2016 election campaign, according to US investigators.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Trump-Russia investigation  => Robert Mueller  => Nigel Farage  => Paul Manafort  => Trump administration  => Donald Trump  => US news  => US politics  => WikiLeaks  => Russia ) [pubDate] => Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:05:35 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/28/ted-malloch-wikileaks-information-trump-campaign-mueller-investigation )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Trump ally was tipped off about Clinton emails leak, Mueller believes [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/28/trump-clinton-emails-robert-mueller-roger-stone-jerome-corsi [description] =>
Legal papers show Roger Stone asked Jerome Corsi to contact Julian Assange in July 2016
US special counsel Robert Mueller’s team believes a rightwing author and conspiracy theorist tipped off Roger Stone, a Donald Trump ally, months before WikiLeaks released thousands of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, according to a draft legal document.
The document, part of a plea offer to Jerome Corsi, provides unprecedented insight into an active part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump’s associates.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Trump-Russia investigation  => Donald Trump  => WikiLeaks  => Julian Assange  => Hillary Clinton  => Democrats  => Trump administration  => Russia  => US politics  => US news  => World news  => Robert Mueller ) [pubDate] => Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:23:49 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/28/trump-clinton-emails-robert-mueller-roger-stone-jerome-corsi )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy, sources say [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/27/manafort-held-secret-talks-with-assange-in-ecuadorian-embassy [description] =>
Trump ally met WikiLeaks founder months before emails hacked by Russia were published
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign, the Guardian has been told.
Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 – during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Paul Manafort  => Donald Trump  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Ecuador  => Hillary Clinton  => Robert Mueller  => Democrats  => US news  => World news ) [pubDate] => Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:23:55 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/27/manafort-held-secret-talks-with-assange-in-ecuadorian-embassy )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => PM ‘probably regrets’ comments about Pamela Anderson, Kelly O’Dwyer says [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/20/pm-probably-regrets-comments-about-pamela-anderson-kelly-odwyer-says [description] =>
Minister for women says Scott Morrison ‘didn’t mean to cause any offence’ when he made a lewd suggestion about the actor
The minister for women has semi-apologised on behalf of the prime minister for “smutty” comments he made about Pamela Anderson, as she attempted to advocate on behalf of Julian Assange.
Kelly O’Dwyer said she stood by her comments in the wake of the Liberal party leadership spill, when she backed female colleagues who made complaints of bullying and intimidation and said she was taking a “very active and personal interest” in the complaints process.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Australian politics  => Scott Morrison  => Australia news  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks ) [pubDate] => Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:01:44 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/20/pm-probably-regrets-comments-about-pamela-anderson-kelly-odwyer-says )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Russian Twitter trolls stoking anti-Islamic sentiment in Australia, experts warn [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/20/russian-twitter-trolls-stoking-anti-islamic-sentiment-in-australia-experts-warn [description] =>
Researchers say Russia-linked accounts strongly back Julian Assange and try to destabilise democracy by amplifying social divisions
Russian Twitter trolls have targeted Australia’s democracy primarily through attempts to stoke anti-Islamic sentiment and have begun to advocate on behalf of Julian Assange, researchers have warned.
On Tuesday academics from the University of Canberra told a parliamentary inquiry that tweets identified by Twitter as belonging to an “organised influence operation” from Russian troll-farm the Internet Research Agency were playing on fears around Islam.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Australian politics  => Russia  => Twitter  => Islam  => Australia news  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Social media  => Cyberwar ) [pubDate] => Tue, 20 Nov 2018 01:27:18 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/20/russian-twitter-trolls-stoking-anti-islamic-sentiment-in-australia-experts-warn )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Pamela Anderson accuses 'smutty' Scott Morrison of abandoning Assange [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/nov/18/pamela-anderson-accuses-smutty-scott-morrison-of-abandoning-assange [description] =>
Baywatch star questions whether Australian PM has ‘strength and conviction’ to bring WikiLeaks founder home
Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has penned a furious open letter to the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, calling him “smutty”, “lewd” and questioning his “strength and conviction”.
Writing on the US website the Daily Beast, Anderson criticised Morrison’s response to her calls for the government to help WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange return to Australia, accusing him of trivialising the issue.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Scott Morrison  => Australian politics  => Australia news ) [pubDate] => Sun, 18 Nov 2018 04:13:25 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/nov/18/pamela-anderson-accuses-smutty-scott-morrison-of-abandoning-assange )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Julian Assange charges: everything you need to know [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/nov/16/julian-assange-wikileaks-have-criminal-charges-been-prepared-us [description] =>
What is WikiLeaks founder potentially being charged with, and what could happen next?
We don’t know for sure. But a mistake in a document filed by the US authorities in an unrelated case hints that criminal charges may have been prepared in secret.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => US news  => Media  => World news  => Law  => Ecuador ) [pubDate] => Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:32:39 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/nov/16/julian-assange-wikileaks-have-criminal-charges-been-prepared-us )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Assange must follow new Ecuador embassy rules, says judge [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/oct/29/assange-must-follow-new-ecuador-embassy-rules-says-judge [description] =>
WikiLeaks founder claims regulations are bid to coerce him into ending asylum
A judge in Ecuador has ruled against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, rejecting his request to loosen new requirements that he says are meant to push him into leaving his asylum in the country’s embassy in London.
The judge, Karina Martínez, found that stricter rules recently imposed by the South American nation’s embassy – such as requiring Assange to pay for his internet and clean up after his cat – do not violate his asylum rights because authorities have the right to decide what is and isn’t allowed inside the building.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Ecuador  => Rafael Correa  => Media  => Americas  => Law  => UK news  => World news ) [pubDate] => Mon, 29 Oct 2018 22:46:55 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/oct/29/assange-must-follow-new-ecuador-embassy-rules-says-judge )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => How Russia cyber attacks helped Trump to the US presidency | Kathleen Hall Jamieson [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/22/russia-cyber-theft-trump-us-election-president-clinton [description] =>
It’s clearer than ever: the theft and leaking of Democratic emails were key to Clinton’s election defeat
In the process of announcing the US Justice Department’s July 2018 indictment of a dozen Russian military intelligence officers for hacking Democrats’ computers and publishing the contents, US deputy attorney general Rod J Rosenstein noted that: “What impact they may have had [on the 2016 presidential election] … is a matter of speculation.” I disagree. While the case will never be iron-clad, one can plausibly determine how these Kremlin-tied saboteurs changed the contest that put real estate developer Donald J Trump in the White House.
Doing so entails two steps. The first requires documenting the ways in which the Russian cyber-theft of more than 150,000 emails and documents affected key players, bolstered or undercut the electoral strategies of the major party contenders, legitimized central Republican attacks, and altered the media and debate agendas. The second involves asking how these changes in the balance of messaging and the media agenda compare to those whose effects have been documented in past campaigns.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard professor in the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, director of its Annenberg Policy Center, and author of Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped elect a President (Oxford University Press, 2018) from which this analysis is drawn.
WikiLeaks founder accuses government of violating his ‘rights and freedoms’
Julian Assange has launched legal action against the government of Ecuador, arguing that new house rules for his stay in the country’s London embassy violate his “fundamental rights and freedoms”, his lawyers said on Friday.
Assange’s lawyer, Baltasar Garzón, said the WikiLeaks founder was suing Ecuador’s foreign minister, José Valencia, for “isolating and muzzling” him with the new rules, which order Assange to avoid making online political comments and to take better care of his cat.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => Ecuador  => Media  => World news  => Americas  => WikiLeaks ) [pubDate] => Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:01:06 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/oct/19/julian-assange-launches-legal-action-against-ecuador )  => SimpleXMLElement Object ( [title] => Ecuador tells Assange to avoid political activity online – and feed the cat [link] => https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/oct/16/ecuador-embassy-tells-assange-clean-bathroom-feed-the-cat-do-laundry [description] =>
WikiLeaks founder told by Ecuadorian embassy to respect rules or lose diplomatic asylum
Ecuador has laid out a stringent new set of house rules for Julian Assange, warning the whistleblower to avoid online comments about political issues – and ordering him to clean his bathroom and take better care of his cat, or risk losing his pet.
Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s UK embassy since June 2012, must obtain approval for all visitors from diplomatic staff three days in advance. He is expressly banned from activities which could be “considered as political or interfering with the internal affairs of other states,” according to the memo seen by the Guardian.
Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in central London since June 2012. He initially sought asylum following a series of legal challenges through British courts to a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden, where he was accused of rape and sexual assault, which he denies.Continue reading... [category] => Array (  => Julian Assange  => WikiLeaks  => Ecuador  => UK news  => Americas  => World news  => Media  => London ) [pubDate] => Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:01:15 GMT [guid] => http://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/oct/16/ecuador-embassy-tells-assange-clean-bathroom-feed-the-cat-do-laundry ) )