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Manning has been detained since March after declining to answer questions in connection with the investigation into WikiLeaks

A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request by the former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to be released from jail on bail, and upheld a lower court’s decision to hold Manning in civil contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

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Witnesses in Mueller report say Trump discussed possibility of upcoming releases of hacked emails

Donald Trump claimed to know in advance about the publication on the WikiLeaks website of hacked documents damaging to his opponent Hillary Clinton, according to the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The report by former FBI director Robert Mueller restates the finding by US intelligence that emails stolen from Democratic party organisations and the Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta, had been hacked by Russian military intelligence, the GRU, and provided to WikiLeaks through two online personas, DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0.

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Whatever Julian Assange’s legal position (Letters, 13 April), the UK authorities should be aware of the US’s approach to international law. In May 2002, the US withdrew its acceptance of the Rome statute, under which the international criminal court had been created, threatening to release – by military force if necessary – any indicted US citizens who might come to be legitimately held at The Hague. In August 2002, the US threatened to withdraw aid from countries that refused to recognise the immunity of US military personnel from ICC prosecution. Even the US-based Human Rights Watch described this as “blackmail”.

The US continues to withhold recognition of the ICC, which it openly demeans, revoking the visa of its chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, this month, merely for declaring the ICC’s intention to investigate US servicemen and CIA personnel for their possible roles in war crimes and other abuses.

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UK foreign secretaries wrote to assure Ecuador president over WikiLeaks founder’s extradition

Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, was assured by two British foreign secretaries that Julian Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face the death penalty, according to letters seen by the Guardian.

Letters signed by the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and his predecessor Boris Johnson, dated 7 March 2018 and 10 August 2018 respectively, confirm a person cannot be extradited if they could face the death penalty, according to British legislation.

Related: Assange tried to use embassy as 'centre for spying', says Ecuador's Moreno

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In the hierarchy of progressive political causes, women seem to be relegated to the bottom of the pile

In case you’ve forgotten, or have been confused by politicians who failed to mention it, let me remind you why I believe Julian Assange was in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years before he was ejected and arrested last week. I don’t believe it was for being a journalist or a truth-teller to power, and it wasn’t for releasing evidence of America’s war crimes. He was in the embassy because, in 2010, Sweden issued an international arrest warrant so that he might answer allegations of sexual assault and rape. Assange would not accept extradition, jumped bail in the UK and absconded.

So it was curious to hear Diane Abbott, when answering questions about Labour’s enthusiastic objection to Assange’s possible extradition to the US to face charges of involvement in a computer-hacking conspiracy, say those sexual assault charges were “never brought”. The allegations were made, she generously conceded, but the charges were never brought.

It is possible to believe Assange should not face extradition to the US, but perhaps take a look at why he jumped bail

Related: Assange's indictment is Trump's next step in his war on press freedom | Trevor Timm

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Exclusive: President says he has it in writing from UK that WikiLeaks cofounder’s rights will be respected

Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a “centre for spying”, Ecuador’s president has said in an interview with the Guardian.

Lenín Moreno also said he had been given written undertakings from Britain that Assange’s fundamental rights would be respected and that he would not be sent anywhere to face the death penalty.

Related: Everything you need to know about Julian Assange

Related: From hatred to love to cold indifference: Trump's changing tune on WikiLeaks

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Some have argued that Assange isn’t under attack for ‘journalism,’ but for ‘activism.’ That’s a troubling logic to fall for

The attempted extradition and prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by the United States should be an obvious outrage. It’s a very clear effort by the US government to punish those who expose embarrassing secrets about its actions, and it could set a precedent that would threaten journalists everywhere. And yet many of those who should be championing Assange’s cause and condemning the prosecution are doing exactly the opposite. Plenty of liberals and mainstream journalists are inexplicably cheering for Assange to be punished.

There has been plenty of over-the-top gloating about Assange’s arrest. In the Atlantic, Michael Weiss said Assange “got what he deserved”. Some Democratic politicians have been salivating at the possibility of prosecuting him. Hillary Clinton said that Assange needs to “answer for what he has done”. Charles Schumer said he hoped Assange “will soon be held to account for his meddling in our elections on behalf of Putin and the Russian government”. Dianne Feinstein has been calling for Assange to be brought here and prosecuted since 2010. The West Virginia Democratic senator Joe Manchin went even further, with the truly disturbing comment that “now [Assange is] our property and we can get the facts and truth from him”. Nor did Bernie Sanders speak up to defend Assange, opting for the same shameful silence he has taken on the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The other 2020 candidates, with the exception of Mike Gravel and Tulsi Gabbard, have also stayed quiet.

Nathan Robinson is the editor of Current Affairs

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Women’s issues are always the political side salad, never the main event. We are always told we have to wait until everything else is perfect and then we can focus on the fact that women are being sexually abused in their workplaces, beaten in their homes and sexually assaulted in their personal lives.

For example, in recent months I and others have been pushing the government to make it a legal duty on all employers to protect their staff from sexual abuse and harassment at work, just as they have to make sure their employees’ fingers don’t get chopped off or that staff aren’t doused in bleach.

Sexual crimes are so much easier to loathe when they are done by marauding barbarians in the theatre of war

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WikiLeaks founder’s father says Australian government should ‘do something’ after his arrest in London

The father of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has called on the Australian government to help his son and suggested he could be brought back to his home country.

John Shipton, who lives in Melbourne, urged Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, to step in following Assange’s arrest in London last week.

Related: Whatever you think of Julian Assange, his extradition to the US must be opposed | Owen Jones

(June 1, 2010) 

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Campaigners fear rape allegations are being overlooked as US case against WikiLeaks co-founder takes centre stage

Women’s groups have added to pressure on Sajid Javid to ensure Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden. Failure to do so would effectively endorse “rape culture”, they claim.

A coalition of campaigners representing survivors of sexual violence urged the home secretary to focus on the unresolved rape allegations emanating from Sweden against Assange. They fear that US charges – relating to WikiLeaks’ disclosures – may be given priority in the UK.

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Authorities investigating whether Ola Bini was working with WikiLeaks and Assange as part of attempt to ‘destabilise’ Ecuador

A judge in Ecuador has jailed a Swedish software developer whom authorities believe is a key member of WikiLeaks and close to Julian Assange, while prosecutors investigate charging him with hacking as part of an alleged plot to “destabilise” the country’s government.

Ola Bini, 36, was ordered to held in preventive detention on Saturday pending possible cyber-attack charges and his bank accounts were frozen. Prosecutors were examining dozens of hard drives and other material he had in his possession, according to local media reports.

Related: 'Rude, ungrateful and meddling': why Ecuador turned on Assange

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Letters to Sajid Javid and Diane Abbott call for attention to focus on any Swedish case

Political pressure is mounting on Sajid Javid to prioritise action that would allow Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden, amid concerns that US charges relating to Wikileaks’ activities risked overshadowing longstanding allegations of rape.

More than 70 MPs and peers have written to Javid and the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, urging them to focus attention on the earlier Swedish investigations that Assange would face should the case be resumed at the alleged victim’s request.

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The case against the WikiLeaks founder is the justice department’s perfect vehicle to ultimately get what Trump wants

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is so disliked in journalism and political circles that many reporters and liberal politicians were publicly cheering on Thursday when the Trump administration released an indictment of Assange, which was related to his interactions with the whistleblower Chelsea Manning in the months leading up to the publication of Pentagon and state department cables in 2010.

Related: The Assange prosecution threatens modern journalism | Kenneth Roth

Donald Trump has been furious with leakers and the news organizations that publish them ever since he took office

Related: Julian Assange's charges are a direct assault on press freedom, experts warn

Trevor Timm is executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation

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Hillary Clinton told an event in New York that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's dramatic arrest on Wednesday was not about 'punishing journalism', but holding him to account for the hacking charges against him. The Australian is charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer network with whistleblower Chelsea Manning. WikiLeaks released a cache of hacked Democratic party emails that embarrassed Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested, after being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in the course of proceedings for extradition to the US (Assange faces five years in US jail as standoff ends, 12 April). For his almost seven years of asylum there, besieged by the British state, that is exactly what Assange and his lawyers have said would happen. They always maintained that the Swedish investigations for sexual assault and misdemeanour were a pretext, aimed at his deportation to the US. The aim of deportation persisted after the Swedish cases were dropped.

Chelsea Manning is once again a political prisoner – indefinitely – for her principled refusal to be examined in secret by a grand jury investigation into the Russian interference scandal.

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The only thing standing between an Assange prosecution and a major threat to global media freedom is Britain

The US government’s indictment of Julian Assange is about far more than a charge of conspiring to hack a Pentagon computer. Many of the acts detailed in the indictment are standard journalistic practices in the digital age. How authorities in the UK respond to the US extradition request will determine how serious a threat this prosecution poses to global media freedom.

Journalistic scrutiny is a key democratic safeguard against governmental misconduct. Strong reporting often depends on officials leaking information of public importance. That is why, although many democratic governments prohibit officials themselves from disclosing secret information, few prosecute journalists for publishing leaked information that they receive from officials. Similarly, because electronic communications are so easily traced, today’s investigative journalists often make extraordinary efforts to maintain the confidentiality of their sources, including setting up communication avenues that cannot easily be detected or intercepted.

It is dangerous to suggest that these actions are somehow criminal rather than steps routinely taken by investigative journalists

British authorities have the power to prevent any US prosecution from eroding media freedom

Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch

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Clinton says at New York event: ‘I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it’s not about punishing journalism’

Hillary Clinton said the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published hacked emails from her 2016 presidential campaign, must “answer for what he has done” in the wake of his dramatic arrest on Thursday.

Her comments came hours after Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and taken into custody by London’s Metropolitan police and charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network.

Related: Julian Assange faces US extradition after arrest at Ecuadorian embassy

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Former prosecutor says it would be ‘uphill task’ even if rape inquiry is reopened

Swedish lawyers have said they doubt Julian Assange will ever stand trial in Sweden even if prosecutors decide to reopen an investigation into a rape accusation.

The WikiLeaks founder was arrested in London on Thursday after being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had stayed since 2012 in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he has always denied.

Related: Whatever you think of Julian Assange, his extradition to the US must be opposed | Owen Jones

An arrest warrant for Assange was issued in August 2010 for two separate sexual assault allegations in Sweden. Police questioned him in Stockholm, where he denied the allegations. After returning to the UK, he feared that if he were extradited to Sweden he might be extradited on to the US, where he could face charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret US government files.

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States that commit crimes in foreign lands depend on at least passive acquiescence. This is achieved in a number of ways. One is the “othering” of the victims: the stripping away of their humanity, because if you imagined them to be people like your own children or your neighbours, their suffering and deaths would be intolerable. Another approach is to portray opponents of foreign aggression as traitors, or in league with hostile powers. And another strategy is to cover up the consequences of foreign wars, to ensure that the populace is kept intentionally unaware of the acts committed in their name.

Related: From hatred to love to cold indifference: Trump's changing tune on Wikileaks

(June 1, 2010) 

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Several party MPs distance themselves from leadership backing of Assange, claiming he cannot ‘evade justice’

The Labour leadership’s support for Julian Assange has prompted a new row in the party, with several MPs accusing the frontbench of downplaying the allegations of sexual assault against the WikiLeaks founder.

The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, joined Jeremy Corbyn in calling on the government to block Assange’s extradition after he was arrested on behalf of US authorities, who have charged him with involvement in a computer-hacking conspiracy.

Julian Assange stands accused of rape, in Sweden. It is critically important that we all remember this, before all else. It would be deeply troubling if the possibility that Mr Assange may be guilty of sexual violence were to be air-brushed out of the conversation.

The woman who has accused Assange of rape has asked for charges to be resumed. It is absolutely right he should face the full force of the law.

Hi @Isobel_waby! Lovely to hear from you but the charges are not dropped. Mr Assange has evaded them for the last 7 years. I have a great deal of respect for Sweden & it’s judicial system. He needs to be subject to their process’s. Allegations of rape matter.

This thread is everything you need to know about why Julian Assange case and why the right thing to do is ensure if the Swedish authorities request his extradition that case is prioritised.

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(June 1, 2010) 

The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British

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