Julian Assange

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(Hacker)
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Born Julian Paul Hawkins
1971-07-03
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Central Queensland University, University of Melbourne
Children 4
Spouse Teresa Doe
Founder of Wikileaks
Party Independent,  (since 2015),  WikiLeaks,  (2012—2015)
A hacker of slightly mysterious background, whose website, Wikileaks, has been the conduit for a lot of whistleblowing. His opinion on 9/11 is notable.

Employment.png Editor-in-Chief

In office
2006 - 26 September 2018
Employer WikiLeaks
Succeeded by Kristinn Hrafnsson

Employment.png Chairman of the WikiLeaks Party

In office
2 July 2013 - 23 July 2015

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks.

On 28 November 2016, Julian Assange said:

“Today, marking the six-year anniversary of Cablegate, WikiLeaks expands its Public Library of US Diplomacy (PLUSD) with more than half a million (531,525) diplomatic cables from 1979. If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it. (…) In 1979 it seemed as if the blood would never stop. Dozens of countries saw assassinations, coups, revolts, bombings, political kidnappings and wars of liberation.”

This, in turn, he said led to the 9/11 terror strikes, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US, and the creation of ISIS.[1]

On 11 April 2019, Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court where District Judge Michael Snow remanded him to Belmarsh prison until 2 May 2019, when he will be sentenced for skipping bail in June 2012.[2]

Sealed indictment

On 16 November 2018, various corporate media revealed that US prosecutors are preparing to pursue a criminal case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange:

The indictment is sealed, and the nature of any charges against Assange is not known at this point.
Most experts believe that the notion that federal criminal charges could be brought based on the publication of truthful information is an incredibly dangerous precedent to set.

Indictment unsealed

On Thursday 11th April 2019, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a March 6, 2018 indictment charging Julian Assange, the founder head of WikiLeaks, for conspiring to commit computer intrusions by assisting Chelsea Manning with breaking a US government password. The Grand Jury charged violations of 18 U.S.C. §§371, 1030(a)(1), 1030(a)(2) and 1030(c)(2)(B)(ii). A US Justice Department statement confirmed press reports that Assange was arrested in the United Kingdom on Thursday morning under the US/UK extradition agreement.[3] The full indictment is here.[4]

Ecuadorian embassy siege

In June 2012 Julian Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies.[5] Assange is now effectively imprisoned in the Ecuadorian embassy as a result of establishment allegations of sexual offences. He is under a siege by the Metropolitan Police which has cost over £10million.[6] On 13 March 2015, it was reported that Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny had asked for Julian Assange to be interviewed in London about the rape and sexual assault allegations, despite previously insisting talks should be held in Stockholm. Assange's lawyer Per Samuelsson said:

"I have spoken to him early this morning - I think I even woke him up - and he said 'this is a great victory for me' in the case. But simultaneously he was irritated that it took so long for the prosecutor to do her job properly...there is a mixture of feelings."[7]

In 2014, Julian Assange complained to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) that he was being "arbitrarily detained" as he could not leave the embassy without being arrested.[8] The panel of legal experts, which has taken evidence from the UK and Sweden, was due to announce the findings of its investigation into the case on 5 February 2016 but the BBC leaked the result a day early under the headline "UN panel 'rules in Julian Assange's favour'".[9] Commenting for the first time on the UNWGAD panel's ruling, Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny said on 9 February 2016 she was "currently working on a renewed request to interview Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London".[10]

Tweets

On 4 February 2016, Julian Assange tweeted:

"Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal. However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me. Julian Assange, Embassy of Ecuador, London (https://justice4assange.com/)."[11]

On 6 October 2017, Assange tweeted:

"The Nobel Peace Prize has finally been awarded to a group that fits the criteria: the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.[12]

On 12 February 2018, he tweeted:

My arrest warrant judgment is tomorrow 2pm (Feb 13), Westminster Magistrates Court, London.[13]

And on 13 February 2018, he tweeted:

Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant.[14]

"Free Julian Assange"

On 1 March 2016, Britain and Sweden were called upon to respect the UNWGAD decision and free Julian Assange. The following statement, signed by more than 500 high profile signatories from more than 60 countries including William Blum, Noam Chomsky, John Goss, Craig Murray and John Pilger, was delivered to the Swedish and UK Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva:

“We the undersigned, including legal and human rights organisations, academics, and policymakers condemn the reactions of the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to the finding by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained.
"The governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom are setting a dangerous precedent that undermines the United Nations Human Rights system as a whole. We urge Sweden and the United Kingdom to respect the binding nature of the human rights covenants on which the decision is based, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; as well as the independence, integrity and authority of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
"We therefore call on the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to comply without further delay with the Working Group’s findings and 'ensure the right of free movement of Mr. Assange and accord him an enforceable right to compensation, in accordance with article 9(5) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights'.”[15]
Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange

Assange arrested

On 11 April 2019, Craig Murray tweeted:

"Have to head back to London to help in light of Ecuadorian betrayal and Julian's sad arrest. The fight is now on whether a journalist should be imprisoned for publishing documents from a whistleblower on war crimes."[16]

Wikileaks tweeted:

"Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago."[17]

Publishing a video of the arrest, RT reported:

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years. Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno has announced that the country has withdrawn asylum from Assange."[18]

Views On September 11th

"Following 9/11, the CIA paved the way for the creation of ISIS"

Webster Tarpley is highly critical of Julian Assange, describing Wikileaks as a "modified limited hangout". Perhaps the most convincing single piece of evidence of this is his public support for the US government's official narrative as regards the September 11th attacks.[19]

"I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud."
Julian Assange[20]

It is an open question whether this is his sincere belief.

More leaks to come

WikiLeaks is planning new releases of secret documents on controversial negotiations and intelligence agency operations, according to the anti-secrecy organisation's Australian founder, Julian Assange.

In an interview with Fairfax Media, Assange said that while he does not expect to leave Ecuador's London embassy any time soon, WikiLeaks very much remains in the business of publishing the secrets of diplomats and spies:

"There'll be more publications – about large international so-called free trade deals, and about an intelligence agency," Mr Assange said.[21]

Whacking Megrahi

Diagnosed with terminal cancer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi arriving at Tripoli airport, 20 August 2009

Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been pilloried by many as traitorous to Western interests. Yet those who maintain that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing due to false evidence, concealed police diaries and other misrepresented evidence have cause to be grateful to Assange and those who support and assist him. In December 2011, six weeks after the end of the Libyan maelstrom of war and bloody death, with its brutal killing of Muammar Gaddafi, Jim Swire secretly travelled to Tripoli for his final meeting with al-Megrahi, a man shortly to die of cancer. The NATO bombing campaign was over, and the conflict had reduced to sporadic outbreaks of firing and killing in several outlying parts of the country. Tripoli seemed at peace and the quiet streets offered no hint of the evil that had rampaged across the nation over the previous ten months.

Unknown to Jim Swire, American intelligence and some within the American administration had three months previously been discussing the illegal rendition and assassination of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Stratfor is a Texas headquartered global intelligence supplier to large corporations such as the Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The company’s Vice President is Fred Burton, a man much respected by those who see all foreigners as inferior to Americans. A contributor to US chat shows and Fox News, Burton has written several books and is a welcome speaker at Republican and right-wing gatherings.

On 19 August 2011, in a widely circulated email, Brian Genchur of Stratfor wrote:

"I would like to kill the terrorist al-Megrahi myself. I'm hunting for him on my own thru a few channels. If he can be found, I'll have him whacked."[22]

We can be sure that if Genchur and friends had carried out an assassination they would have killed any witnesses including members of the Megrahi family who were continually at Baset’s bedside. Five days later on 24 August 2011, CEO Fred Burton added a further statement:

“While the world is focusing on the chaos in Libya counterterrorism agents could take advantage of this window of opportunity to capture al-Megrahi. The symbolism of grabbing and bringing him back to stand trial in a US court would resonate around the world.”[23]

The Genchur and Burton emails were revealed solely through the brave actions of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Those who believe in the freedoms of an informed democracy should have cause to be grateful.[24]

 

Documents by Julian Assange

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Assange Statement on the start of Bradley Manning trialstatement4 June 2013Chelsea Manning
Document:Freedom and the Future of the Internetbook introduction1 October 2012Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet
Surveillance State
Document:Google and the NSAarticle24 August 2013Google
National Security Agency
Document:Guantanamo SOP Confirms Psychological Torturearticle17 November 2007Guantanamo Bay detention camp
Torture
Standard operating procedures for military personnel running the Guatanamo Bay military prison confirm that the rules governing the treatment of its inmates amounts to systematic torture
Document:Julian Assange at Moment of TruthVideo transcript15 September 2014UKUSA
Mass surveillance
Speech by Julian Assange to the Moment of Truth event in New Zealand on 15 September 2014
 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:All Pretence is Over in Persecution of AssangeWikispooks Page14 February 2018Craig Murray“Lady” Arbuthnot has perhaps performed an unwitting public service by the brazen nature of her partiality, which exposes beyond refutation the charade of legal process behind the effort to arrest Assange, in reality over the publication of USA secrets.
Document:Chelsea and Julian are in Jail. History Trembles.blog post12 April 2019Craig MurrayJulian Assange said nothing during the whole brief proceedings, other than to say “Not guilty” twice, and to ask a one sentence question about why the charges were changed midway through this sham “trial”. Yet Judge Michael Snow condemned Assange as “narcissistic”.
Document:Free Julian Assange, Mr. PresidentArticle9 February 2018Roger StoneThe Donald Trump I know is a generous, compassionate, humane and, above all, fair man. As his steadfast, loyal, decades-long supporter, with all I have I implore him: Mr. President, FREE JULIAN ASSANGE!
Document:Muellergate and the Discreet Lies of the BourgeoisieBlog post1 April 2019Craig MurrayThe capacity of the mainstream media repeatedly to promote the myth that Russia caused Clinton’s defeat, while never mentioning what the information was that had been so damaging to Hillary, should be alarming to anybody under the illusion that we have a working “free media”.
Document:No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardianarticle5 February 2016Jonathan CookDemonstrates the Establishment-friendly double standards of the UK's flagship 'Left-wing' newspaper - The Guardian - through analysis of its coverage of a UN decision on the political asylum of Julian Assange
Document:On the Pavement with Wikileaksblog post7 April 2019Craig MurrayPretty well all of the Western media is going to want to focus on these false anti-Assange narratives, and they will be determined to give as little attention as possible to the fact he is a publisher facing trial for publishing leaked state documents which revealed state wrongdoing. It is a classic and fundamental issue of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Document:Revenge Is Mine Saith Washingtonarticle20 November 2018Paul Craig RobertsAn abridged article about the persecution of Julian Assange. It illustrates the depths to which elementary notions of justice have sunk in the West - and especially in the UK and USA - where perceived threats to Deep State interests are involved.
Document:Sex, Lies and Julian AssangeTranscript23 July 2012Andrew FowlerHe humiliated the most powerful country in the world. But his relationship with two Swedish women, and their claims of sexual assault, may yet destroy Julian Assange.
Document:The 7 years of lies about Assange won’t stop nowBlog post11 April 2019Jonathan CookA brief resume of the lies and deceptions promoted by The Establishment about Julian Assange during his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.
Document:The Assange Arrest is a Warning From HistoryArticle12 April 2019John PilgerLeni Riefenstahl, close friend of Adolf Hitler, whose films helped cast the Nazi spell over Germany told me that the message in her films, the propaganda, was dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the public: "When people no longer ask serious questions, they are submissive and malleable. Anything can happen.”
Document:Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy allianceOp-ed29 October 2017Carole Cadwalladr(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)
Document:Why I am Convinced that Anna Ardin is a LiarWikispooks Page11 September 2012Craig MurrayTo those useful idiots who claim that the way to test these matters is in court, I would say of course, you are right, we should trust the state always, fit-ups never happen, and we should absolutely condemn the disgraceful behaviour of those who campaigned for the Birmingham Six
Document:Wikileaks - Open Letter to the US Governmentopen letter14 July 2011RevolutionTruth


References

  1. "Julian Assange: '1979 Is Year Zero of Our Modern Era'”
  2. "Julian Assange supporters ordered to forfeit £93,500 bail money"
  3. "Document: Julian Assange Indictment"
  4. "United States of America v Julian Paul Assange"
  5. "Marianne Ny: Making an arse of Swedish law"
  6. "Sweden Tells the UN that Indefinite Detention Without Charge is Fine"
  7. "Swedish prosecutors to quiz Assange in London"
  8. "Julian Assange case: Who is on the UN's expert panel?"
  9. "UN panel 'rules in Julian Assange's favour'"
  10. "Will Swedish prosecutors question Assange in London?"
  11. "Assange: I will accept arrest by British police on Friday if UN rules against me" More info: https://justice4assange.com
  12. "The Nobel Peace prize has finally been awarded to a group that fits the criteria: the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons"
  13. "My arrest warrant judgment is tomorrow 2pm (Feb 13), Westminster Magistrates Court, London"
  14. "Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant"
  15. "Urging Sweden and the UK to free Julian Assange"
  16. "Julian Assange arrested"
  17. "Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange political asylum"
  18. "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years"
  19. http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/515
  20. "Wanted by the CIA: Julian Assange - Wikileaks founder"
  21. "Assange: More leaks to come"
  22. "The Global Intelligence Files"
  23. "Above the Tearline: A Window of Opportunity For a Rendition in Libya"
  24. "Julian Assange and the assassination of Al-Megrahi"
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