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Last week, while in London, I went to see Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. We talked off the record of course, so I won’t divulge too much, but will post only what Julian insisted on making public. Before it’s too late.
Assange shared an enlightening story about a Kurdish TV station that had been shut down in Denmark. The story, like so many others – from diplomatic cables with undiplomatic comments to hundreds of uninvestigated war crimes in Iraq – came to his attention through a leaked cryptogram.
Once upon a time there was a Kurdish TV network in Denmark. It would just as happily ‘be’ anywhere else, but more fitting markets were off limits to the channel. The station, Roj TV, was aimed at Turkish Kurds, and that made the Turkish authorities very angry.
Turkish officials pressed their NATO ally Denmark to shut down the TV channel under some plausible pretext. But Denmark was reluctant, saying that multiple inspections didn’t find any propaganda of terrorism and there were no grounds to close it down. Such things weren’t done there; Denmark, after all, is a democracy.
[Please click below to continue reading] Continue reading They’ll try to shut you down’: Meeting Assange & the non-stop ‘War on RT’, by Margarita Simonyan
The siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. Their quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee from gross injustice whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His true crime is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.
The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Even the British government clearly believes it must end. On 28 October, the deputy foreign minister, Hugo Swire, told Parliament he would “actively welcome” the Swedish prosecutor in London and “we would do absolutely everything to facilitate that”. The tone was impatient.
The Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, has refused to come to London to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct in Stockholm in 2010 – even though Swedish law allows for it and the procedure is routine for Sweden and the UK. The documentary evidence of a threat to Assange’s life and freedom from the United States – should he leave the embassy – is overwhelming. On May 14 this year, US court files revealed that a “multi subject investigation” against Assange was “active and ongoing”.
Ny has never properly explained why she will not come to London, just as the Swedish authorities have never explained why they refuse to give Assange a guarantee that they will not extradite him on to the US under a secret arrangement agreed between Stockholm and Washington. In December 2010, the Independent revealed that the two governments had discussed his onward extradition to the US before the European Arrest Warrant was issued.
[Please click below to continue reading] Continue reading THE SIEGE OF JULIAN ASSANGE IS A FARCE – A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION, John Pilger
New Zealand has been a puppet state of the US for a long time, the legalization of spying last year cemented this relationship further.
Today Julian Assange, Glen Greenwald, Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom were at the Auckland Town hall this evening. Here is what they had to say. For the fun stuff start at 48 minutes onwards.
The public has never been so polarized in New Zealand, the majority last year was opposed to the law but it was passed anyway. “…enormous amounts of data about the activities of New Zealand citizens” was handled by Edward Snowden himself as revealed by Greenwald in Auckland today.
What is now happening in New Zealand is that Kim Dotcom is not letting go, he is not giving up. This event is nothing short of a PR coup by Dotcom. Think about it, he was in court not long ago on the orders of the US. Now he has National political presence via the Mana Party, has kept the privacy debate alive and then this right before the elections.
He has a lot to loose no matter how you see him. Of course he is a shrewd businessman but that is not relevant. Privacy is a human right and right now, no matter what Kim Dotcom’s politics, he is advocating something important: Our freedom.
Kim Dotcom summarised the objective here by saying: “…we are going to do everything we can and we are going to work really really hard to prevent this country in participating in mass surveillance and are going to close one of the five eyes.”