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Manning Sentenced

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Manning Sentenced

Bradley ManningUS military whistleblower Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for handing WikiLeaks files that formed the largest breach of official secrets in US history.

The 25-year-old could apply for parole and be freed in a little under a decade, and his lawyer has issued a plea to president Barack Obama to pardon the soldier.

Manning had faced up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 documents, battle videos and diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website. Manning appeared ashen-faced moments before he heard his fate in a courtroom at Fort Meade military base in Maryland, close to the US capital.

Military judge Colonel Denise Lind delivered her verdict in a less than two-minute statement, saying Manning would be demoted from private first class to private E1 status, and later dishonourably discharged :: Read the full article »»»»


Julian Assange Confirms New Australian WikiLeaks Political Party

Posted: December 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Julian Assange Confirms New Australian WikiLeaks Political Party

Julian AssangeJulian Assange says he intends to run for a Senate seat in the next election, with plans for an Australian WikiLeaks party “significantly advanced”. The Australian has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy since June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sexual assault allegations.

Mr Assange is concerned that if he goes to Sweden, authorities will allow him to be extradited to the United States to be questioned over WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

Mr Assange has told Fairfax Media he intends to push ahead with previously-announced plans to run for the Australian Senate. He said he had not yet registered to vote, but told Fairfax he believes he will be able to register in either New South Wales or Victoria as an overseas voter.

Mr Assange said a “strategic decision” would determine which state he would run to represent. He also said “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have expressed interest in standing for a yet-to-be registered Australian WikiLeaks party :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Has Our Julian Fallen For His Own Celebrity?

Posted: August 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Has Our Julian Fallen For His Own Celebrity?

Julian AssangeIt’s been a while since – July 6: Wikileaks Latest Round of Releases, Syrian Emails! – we bought into the Assange story, his antics up until July this year seemed to follow a fairly righteous route. Is he simply trying to avoid facing Swedish questioning on charges that he’s pretty much admitted to?

Has Mr Assange now fallen for his own celebrity? Asking this question might seem a little odd, but consider US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland’s statement yesterday and the question becomes more than a little relevant.

Ms Nuland said that the US had nothing to do with the UK’s attempt to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden, that our Julian was simply avoiding facing possible charges for having sex without a condom, a crime in Sweden where two female WikiLeaks volunteers in Sweden have accused Assange of sexual misconduct.

“He is making all kinds of wild assertions about the US when in fact his issue with the government of the United Kingdom has to do with whether he’s going to face justice in Sweden for something that has nothing to do with WikiLeaks, it has to do with charges of sexual misconduct,” Ms Nuland said in a press conference. “He is clearly trying to deflect attention away from the real issue, which is whether he’s going to face justice in Sweden. That case has nothing to do with us. It’s a matter between the United Kingdom, Sweden and now Ecuador has inserted itself.”

We realise that WikiLeaks – as an organisation – has an obligation to protect it’s protagonists, but is Julian Assange WikLeaks? or is the organisation larger than just one man? For a man who is prepared to spend – perhaps – the rest of his life in asylum, it’s odd that he simply doesn’t front the Swedish charges, surely there is someone within WikiLeaks that might keep the fight going in his absence?

In fairness to Mr Assange, Ms Nuland, as with previous US statements, declined to comment on the intentions of the US to prosecute WikiLeaks members :: Read the full article »»»»


Wikileaks Latest Round of Releases, Syrian Emails!

Posted: July 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Julian Assange, News, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Wikileaks Latest Round of Releases, Syrian Emails!

WikiLeaks - The Syria FilesWikiLeaks – the behemoth that would be our galactic Yoda –  has begun publishing more than 2 million emails from Syrian political figures that it says will shed light on the regime’s crackdown on dissent and embarrass Syria’s opponents. The emails date back to 2006 but also cover the past 16 months, in which thousands have been killed in a bloody crackdown by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The whistleblowing website says the files will give an insight into how the Assad government operates, and also reveal Western countries and businesses which continue to support Syria. WikiLeaks says the emails came from Syrian ministries including foreign affairs, finance and presidential affairs.

In a statement on the website, Wikileaks says: “Today, Thursday 5 July 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing the Syria Files – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture. Over the next two months, ground-breaking stories derived from the files will appear in WikiLeaks (global), Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), ARD (Germany), Associated Press (US), L’Espresso (Italy), Owni (France) and Publico.es (Spain). Other publications will announce themselves closer to their publishing date“.

Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the material is embarrassing to Syria, as well as to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts,” Mr Assange said in a statement. “It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it.” :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED: Our Julian Applies For Political Asylum to South American Republic

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Julian Assange, News, Revolute, WikiLeaks, World of the News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED: Our Julian Applies For Political Asylum to South American Republic

Julian Assange Extends His UK Stay

UPDATED! 30 June 2012: A spokesperson for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he has defied a British police order to turn himself in for extradition to Sweden and will remain holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London.

Julian Assange is seeking asylum in Ecuador in a last-ditch bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault. The Australian born founder of Wikileaks visited Ecuador’s embassy in London this morning to seek political asylum.

A statement on the embassy’s website said Ecuador was a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights and had an obligation to review all applications for asylum.

The decision to consider Mr Assange’s application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden.

The statement from the Embassy of Ecuador in London said,  “While the department assesses Mr Assange’s application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian Government,” the statement said. “The decision to consider Mr Assange’s application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden.”

On June 15, 2012 Britain’s Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes :: Read the full article »»»»


Assange Seeks Reopening of Extradition Case

Posted: June 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Julian Assange, Revolute, WikiLeaks | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Assange Seeks Reopening of Extradition Case

Julian AssangeOur favourite loud-mouth, Julian Assange, has set his lawyers a mammoth task, again.  The WikiLeaks founder has asked the British Supreme Court to reopen the appeal against his extradition to Sweden.

Last month, the court rejected Mr Assange’s last-ditch appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations.

The court, which is Britain’s highest, handed down its decision in the 18-month legal marathon after rejecting Mr Assange’s argument that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant for him was not entitled to do so.

But in a surprise move, Mr Assange’s lawyers have challenged the validity of the decision and, in an unusual move, have asked the top court to reopen the case.

Lawyer Dinah Rose asked for 14 days to consider whether to apply to reopen the case, on the grounds that the judgment referred to material not mentioned during the appeal hearing in February :: Read the full article »»»»