The ANC ( Catalan National Assenbly) and the Assange’s mother Christine Assange have given support to the international activist on hunger strike for the freedom of the Catalan people and Julian Assange …. . By Shaltai Boltay
The human rights defender pirate activist arrived in Athus (Belgium) municipality that marks the first 205kms traveled 50% of his libertarian walk through the Catalan people and Wikileaks editor Julian Assange.
This will b my final tweet 4 a while,I plead 2 every city on Earth 2 join in the Global protest on Sat 24th August 2 save Heroic Julian’s life so far Denver+Toronto have joined up with London Please join in+end this horrendous injustice against a hero who exposed State war crimes pic.twitter.com/d0ohxF0Yzj
Supported by members of the collective Anonymous, ANC, European Pirates, Julian Assange’s own mother and various Catalan and international activists, the activist expelled four days ago from France by Gendarmeria Jorge Fernández, passed 23 days on a hunger strike after more than 200 km traveled and 15% loss of muscle mass; an effort recognized and valued every day by a greater number of people.
I admire your courage & committment in walking 450 km to raise public awareness of my sons plight @chalecosamarill!
Julian Assange had come out in support of the right of Catalans to hold a referendum consultation on independence with a live speech by internet to thousands of demonstrators in Barcelona.
This was used as an excuse for isolating him and cutting his internet connection, leading to his eventual arrest and probable extradition to face hundreds of years jail in the US for publishing the truth on Wikileaks about US military crimes.
The case is seen a a way to gag all journalists from daring to tell the truth about powerful tyrants on mass media. Chelsea Manning is now jailed and receiving a $1000 per day fine for refusing to testify against Julian Assange.
But the majority of the mass media, though happy to make money publishing the Wikileaks scandals, have now failed to support Assange and aided the continuing massive campaign to blacken his name.
La ANC y la madre de Assange dan apoyo al activista internacional en huelga de hambre por la libertad del pueblo Catalán y Julian Assange
El activista pirata defensor de derechos humanos llega a Athus (Belgica) municipio que marca los primeros 205kms recorridos el 50% de su caminata libertaria por el pueblo catalán y el editor de Wikileaks Julian Assange.
Apoyado por miembros del colectivo Anonymous, ANC, Piratas Europeos, la propia madre de Julian Assange y diversos activistas tanto catalanes como internacionales, el activista expulsado hace cuatro días de Francia por la Gendarmeria Jorge Fernández, cumple 23 días en huelga de hambre tras más de 200 kms recorridos y un 15% de pérdida de masa muscular; un esfuerzo reconocido y valorado cada día por un mayor número de personas pendientes de su estado de salud.
Let's go on a graphic tour of some of WikiLeaks biggest exposures of wrongdoing and criminality from our corrupt elites. This is why they want Julian Assange silenced (and anyone else daring to do expose them).
Today 20th August I can find no mention in the BBC online that their sister media outlet The Guardian was forced by police to destroy hard drives with leaked info of US security crimes, in their basement yesterday. Incredible but I just spent half an hour searching, check yourself!. ah, but of course, the BBC is controlled by the British Government. A story that is second most popular in the Washington Post ISN’T WORTH REPORTING the next day in the BBC. Is this pre-nazi Germany or what?!
Poor Brad Manning faces 130+ yrs in jail .. while the real criminals, robbers, torturers, murderers and ecocidal lunatics are having a wild party tonight…
U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (R) is escorted by military police as arrives to hear the verdict in his military trial July 30, 2013 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)
The verdicts in the Bradley Manning trial are about to be announced and between now and sentencing – which is likely to commence as soon as next week – it is imperative that you, the world’s media, come together and demand that Manning be released. Whether you are The Guardian, Der Spiegel, the New York Times, the Washington Post, El Pais, Le Monde, The Age or any of those other publications that collaborated or benefited from the publishing of material revealed by Bradley Manning: you are party to the charges raised and Bradley needs your help and intervention now. Continue reading “Manning verdict: to the world’s media – THIS is the moment when Bradley needs your help”
In just over a week from now, the sentencing phase of Bradley Manning’s court martial will commence. Some time in August we will know the verdict on all outstanding charges, as well as the sentence in relation to those charges of which, if any, he has been found guilty. Depending on what happens over the next couple of weeks, a maximum sentence of life imprisonment may still be on the cards. Even if the more serious charges are dismissed, he could still face severe sentencing.
And, so, we are at that critical point when all stops have to be pulled out – for every day, every minute, every second – until the verdict is announced. In short, it’s make or break time. And this is not just about Bradley Manning – it never was – for if he falls, then so do we all.
Though the justice system will deny this, it is a fact that the court of public opinion has significant influence on a trial’s outcome, particularly in the case of a political trial. Moreover, in the land where celebrities are cast as gods, it is inevitable that they too can influence events and decisions, including those of a political nature.
So, to everyone who believes they have influence and that the true criminals in this case are those in Government: this is the time to do whatever you can to make a bold and uncompromising statement – whether that be in the mainstream press, on television, via the Internet or by any other means.
Finally, to those thousands of people around the world who knew that Bradley – a thrice Nobel Peace Prize nominee and acclaimed by three Nobel laureates – should never have been charged in the first place, know that whatever the outcome of this farcical trial if we have the same courage as Manning has shown from day one then we will prevail and see, sooner or later, his liberation.
Note: the above video features a song for Bradley by the UK ska band, The Specials. Below is a copy of a full-page advertisement to be published in the New York Times on July 25 (assuming costs are recouped in time – see here to add your name to the ad). An earlier video tribute by celebrities and well known political commentators is also featured once more.
Worldwide protests in support of Manning are called for July 27. To see where, click here .
Go for it!
1. The U.S. government ended its five-week case against Manning in the first week of July, after
providing no evidence that he had “aided the enemy” by passing military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.
2. Manning’s defense then filed four motions to direct a verdict of not guilty on most of the greater offenses he’s charged with, including “aiding the enemy,” violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and stealing government property. If we take just one of these four charges that of ‘Aiding the enemy’… In January Judge Denise Lind asked the prosecutors, “Would you have pressed the same charges if Manning had given the documents not to WikiLeaks but directly to the New York Times?”. Their reply: “Yes Ma’am.” This reply was interesting in that it equated Wikileaks with all other media, which means, basically, that any media publishing anything about war crimes is in the eyes of the Government, ‘aiding the enemy’: the enemy here being the public. Also, by selectively prosecuting Manning and not, say, the New York Times, the Government demonstrates that this trial is an absurdity and entirely political.
3. An important defense witness was Yochai Benkler, a Law professor, who explained how Wikileaks is a publishing house that uses new methods of gathering and disseminating information. Excellent commentary on Benkler’s testimony is given by Kevin Gosztola. Here is a full transcript of Benkler’s testimony.
4. For commentary by the Bradley Manning Support Group on all the four charges that the defense is seeking dismissal, click here .
Ask any Welsh man or woman about whistleblower Bradley Manning and most will simply say, they want him back.
Back home to Wales, where he spent his childhood; back to a country that – like he – is small in size but grand in its visions; renowned more for its poetry and bards than the wars or arrogance of the country where Manning now finds himself prosecuted merely for telling the truth.
Today…today is the 1000th day of Manning’s incarceration without trial. And on this most inauspicious day we offer an asymmetric take on his prosecution, to examine how it can be subverted – via its ‘Welsh dimension’.
And should you be poetic too you may hear a cry, carried high by the eagles of Myrddin from the misty eyries of Yr Wyddfa, to the song-filled valley of Afon Mawdach and on to the druidic Preseli hills: ‘Gadewch iddo fynd. Gadewch iddo fynd nawr!’*
66 comments By Nicole Belle In New York on Saturday, a public memorial was held for Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last week. Among the remembrances of Aaron’s genius, his commitment to progressive causes, his idealistic beliefs of making this a better world, there was also an action plan laid out by his partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman:
“Aaron was targeted by the FBI,” said ThoughtWorks chairman Roy Singham, Swartz’s employer before his death. “After PACER, they targeted him. He was strip-searched. Let’s not pretend this wasn’t political,” he argued before being interrupted by applause.
Swartz’s partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman framed her call to action in terms of Swartz’s beliefs: “Aaron believed there was no shame in failure. There is deep, deep shame in caring more about believing you’re changing the world than actually changing the world.”Stinebrickner-Kauffman, also an activist, named five targets for action:
Hold the Massachusetts US Attorney’s office accountable for its actions in prosecuting Aaron; Press MIT to ensure that it would “never be complicit in an event like this again”; “All academic research for all time should be made free and open and available to anybody in the world”; Pass and strengthen “Aaron’s Law,” an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that would narrow prosecutorial discretion for computer crimes; Advocate for fundamental reform of the criminal justice system.