Free Julian Assange!

Free Julian Assange! The political issues confronting educators in the fight for freedom of information

By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 28 September 2020

“Teachers and educators are among those owing a debt to Assange and to the whistleblowers who courageously decided to leak classified information in the public interest.”

Decision on Assange’s extradition set for next year

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 26 September 2020

Accepting the defence’s argument that any dramatic change in the facts surrounding the case before November 13 would have to be taken into account, Baraitser asked, “What impact on your case, say you, will the American elections have?”

Assange lawyers expose politically biased medical evidence

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 25 September 2020

Edward Fitzgerald QC told the court that Dr Blackwood had described the Truesdale correctional centre in “glowing” terms. Yet he had failed to acknowledge Chelsea Manning’s suicide attempt there.

Medical evidence shows devastating impact of decade-long state vendetta against Assange

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 24 September 2020

What UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer described in May 2019 as the “public mobbing” and “psychological torture” of Assange has had the desired effect.

Assange’s partner Stella Moris calls for Australian government to intervene in his defence

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 September 2020

“This is not something that the Australian government can just hide its head in the sand and say ‘nothing to do with us.’”

Assange faces “very high risk of suicide,” medical expert tells court

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 23 September 2020

Kopelman’s evidence confirms the warnings made since November 2019 by Doctors for Assange that Assange is suffering “psychological torture” and “could die in prison.”

Explosive evidence from Trump insider

Assange dragged from embassy “on the orders of the president”

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 22 September 2020

Cassandra Fairbanks testified that Arthur Schwartz, a wealthy Republican Party donor and key Trump ally, had provided her with evidence of plans by the Trump administration to impose the death penalty.

Thirteen former national presidents demand an end to the British show-trial of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 September 2020

The statement demonstrates that the attempt to prosecute Assange for exposing war crimes is widely viewed as an act of imperialist banditry that brands Britain and the US as rogue states.

Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 September 2020

Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.

Witnesses recall Collateral Murder attack: “Look at those dead bastards,” shooters said

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2020

“The publication of that video and those words was the equivalent of the death of George Floyd and his words ‘I can’t breathe’. They had a profound effect on public opinion in the world.”

Iraq Body Count co-founder: WikiLeaks exposed mass civilian casualties to a global audience

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 18 September 2020

John Sloboda said that the Iraq War Logs had been brought “to the largest global audience of any single release.” There have been no comparable revelations in the last decade.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta: We are prosecuting Assange to intimidate others

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2020

Panetta’s comments confirmed the mafia-character of the US-pursuit of Assange, its politically-motivated nature and flagrant disregard for international laws.

Former Der Spiegel journalist exposes US government lies that Assange “failed to redact” and “put lives at risk”

By Laura Tiernan, 17 September 2020

Testimony from John Goetz established that the only “harm to life” came from US war crimes which Assange and WikiLeaks were trying to expose.

Assange exposed “a very serious pattern of actual war crimes,” Daniel Ellsberg tells extradition hearing

By Thomas Scripps, 17 September 2020

Ellsberg said that “with the Manning and Assange papers, I found my name being mentioned all the time as a very good person … to use me as a foil against these new revelations which were supposedly very different from mine.”

Journalist Andrew Fowler: If Assange is extradited, the same can happen to any of us

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 September 2020

“The attempt by the State to control information is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in the court.”

London bus drivers resolve to fight for Assange’s freedom

By the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020

The first action of the newly formed London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee was to pass a resolution calling for the defence of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange faces life imprisonment in politically motivated trial, witnesses argue

By Thomas Scripps, 16 September 2020

Both expert witnesses shared the view that the prosecution of Assange is politically motivated—which, if found to be true, would bar his extradition.

Assange would not have fair US trial, witness tells Old Bailey

By Thomas Scripps, 15 September 2020

A damning picture was painted of the degrading treatment which would characterise Assange’s detention in the US and of the impossible restrictions which would be placed on his legal defence.

Australian government, Labor opposition silent on sadistic British show-trial of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2020

The Australian political and media establishment has largely responded to the vicious attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights by pretending that they are not occurring.

US attempting to block Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 September 2020

The US authorities are seeking to prevent judicial confirmation that their pursuit of Assange has included illegal spying, and gross violations of attorney-client privilege.

Assange hearing adjourned as prosecution lawyer is tested for COVID-19

By Thomas Scripps, 11 September 2020

Dr Stephen Frost, founder of Doctors for Assange, told the WSWS, “While the Court today adjourned due to the risk of infection from COVID-19, Julian Assange has been sent back to Belmarsh maximum security prison where the threat of infection from COVID-19 is extremely high—and he is severely immunocompromised.”

Assange targeted for political views in “terrifying threat to First Amendment,” expert witnesses tell hearing

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020

WikiLeaks’ exposure of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan had played “possibly the most important role” in catalysing public opposition to both wars.

Assange extradition hearing: WikiLeaks exposed US drone killings, torture and rendition, says Guantanamo Bay lawyer

By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 9 September 2020

Clive Stafford Smith likened US torture tactics to those of the Spanish Inquisition.

The working class must demand an end to the show trial of Julian Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 8 September 2020

Assange’s kangaroo court extradition hearing has seen the UK, which boasts of being one of the world’s oldest democracies, sink to the level of a tinpot dictatorship.

Protesters condemn show trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey

By our reporters, 8 September 2020

Longstanding supporters were joined by others who had travelled from across the UK and from Switzerland, France, Portugal, the United States and Australia.

Watch John Pilger’s speech outside the London show-trial of Julian Assange

8 September 2020

“The American indictment is clearly rigged, a demonstrable sham. So far, the hearings have been reminiscent of their Stalinist equivalents during the Cold War.”

As British show-trial resumes: The working class must defend Julian Assange!

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 September 2020

The persecution of Assange is an attempt to intimidate mass opposition to imperialist war, social inequality and a turn to authoritarianism, amid a breakdown of global capitalism and an eruption of the class struggle.

Oppose NUJ censorship of journalist Craig Murray!

By Laura Tiernan, 3 September 2020

The National Union of Journalist’s actions are an attack on press freedom and the public’s right to access information independently of the state-controlled and corporate media outlets.

Labor MP denounces Australian government’s refusal to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 August 2020

Labor parliamentarian Julian Hill could just as well have condemned his own party’s refusal to oppose the unprecedented persecution of the WikiLeaks publisher.

Julian Assange receives first visitors in six months: “He is in a lot of pain”

By Oscar Grenfell, 28 August 2020

The visit has underscored the brutal conditions in which Assange is imprisoned and has sparked renewed fears that his health is continuing to deteriorate.

Free Julian Assange! Defend Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 August 2020

The SEP’s recent National Congress committed to “intensifying the fight for the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange” and the defence of all persecuted journalists and whistleblowers.

Fund appeal for Assange’s legal defence wins significant public support

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 August 2020

The response underscores the international support for Assange among workers and young people which finds no expression in the official political parties or the corporate press.

Online panel examines what would happen if Assange is extradited to the US

By Kevin Reed, 24 August 2020

The expert panelists made clear that Assange would be held in the most draconian conditions, treated as a terrorist and denied due process.

New Senate Intelligence Committee volume on “Russian interference” smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2020

The one-thousand-page fifth volume of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation is largely devoted to building an elaborate and false narrative against WikiLeaks.

Trump’s suggestion of a pardon for Edward Snowden meets US intelligence community backlash

By Kevin Reed, 19 August 2020

Democrats and Republicans with close ties to the intelligence agencies have launched a campaign of opposition after the president said he would look into the case of the former NSA contractor who exposed illegal mass surveillance.

Prominent lawyers and legal associations demand Assange’s freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2020

The 152 legal experts are unambiguous: the campaign against Assange has been based on gross violations of law and he must be immediately released from prison.

The show trial of Julian Assange: A cruel and pseudolegal farce

By Thomas Scripps and Kevin Reed, 15 August 2020

Yesterday’s hearing in London made clear, if any further proof was needed, that the prosecution of Assange is a shameful and degrading show trial, intended to railroad an innocent man to prison or death.

Ten years since WikiLeaks published the Afghan war logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020

The documents provided the world’s population with an unprecedented insight into the first war crimes of the 21st century.

Assange appears in court, as lawyers warn case may be delayed by new US indictment

By Thomas Scripps, 28 July 2020

As it stands, the UK courts are continuing with Assange’s extradition process based on an outdated indictment.

UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 18 July 2020

The signatories have all either hitherto kept a criminal silence over Assange’s persecution, or, in the case of Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Long-Bailey, found their voice only after losing leading positions in the Labour Party.

Online documentary exposes the psychological torture of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2020

UN official Nils Melzer stated that Assange’s persecution was “about intimidating all other journalists and publishers and making sure that no-one does what he has done, because that’s what states are afraid of.”

Online book launch of The Most Dangerous Man in the World defends Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020

Author Andrew Fowler said that journalists “should be more supportive” of Assange “because of what he taught us.”

Vigils in New Zealand demand freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 6 July 2020

The Socialist Equality Group’s Tom Peters spoke at one of the Wellington vigils, which was part of global protests held to mark the jailed WikiLeaks founder’s birthday.

New US indictment of Julian Assange not served in UK courts

By Thomas Scripps, 30 June 2020

In yet another Kafkaesque turn, UK legal proceedings are continuing on the basis of an indictment which has been replaced and therefore has no legal force in the US.

In letter to the Lancet, doctors condemn torture of Assange and demand his release

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 June 2020

The doctors note that since they last wrote to the prestigious medical journal in February, the abuse of the WikiLeaks founder’s rights has only intensified.

US indictment of Assange based on testimony of FBI assets, convicted child molester

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020

The indictment paints a picture of US operatives pouring through decade-old tabloid gossip and dredging up the most unsavoury creatures of their own intelligence agencies to fling mud at Assange.

Julian Assange’s fiancé calls on the Australian government to secure his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020

The “60 Minutes” program was the first substantive examination of Assange’s plight by the Australian media since the coronavirus pandemic began.

CIA acknowledges its trove of cyber warfare tools was exposed by WikiLeaks in 2017

By Kevin Reed, 19 June 2020

Portions of an internal CIA report on the 2017 exposure have been released by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020

The event revealed further details about the illegal surveillance and disinformation campaign waged against the WikiLeaks founder by the CIA and the Trump administration.

Julian Assange unable to attend court hearing due to illness as legal travesty continues

By Thomas Scripps, 2 June 2020

Assange has a chronic lung condition and his health has been ruined by years of psychological torture and medical neglect.

Administrative hearing in Julian Assange’s extradition case to be held today

By Oscar Grenfell, 1 June 2020

The hearings have had a farcical character, with Assange unable to participate due to coronavirus dangers and the press frequently excluded.

Declassified Mueller investigation transcripts confirm no evidence WikiLeaks colluded with Russia

By Thomas Scripps, 15 May 2020

The “Russian connection” was baldly asserted by the Democratic Party, US intelligence officials and the corporate media

Assange extradition hearing rescheduled for September

By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020

The British state continues to obstruct both Assange’s ability to conduct his defence and journalists’ ability to report on the case in detail.

Assange extradition hearing delayed following defence appeal

By Thomas Scripps, 28 April 2020

Assange’s legal team insisted that a hearing could not proceed under the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic

Application for delay in Assange extradition hearing as COVID-19 sweeps through UK prisons

By Alice Summers, 27 April 2020

The vindictive suspension of the COVID-19 prisoner release programme demonstrates the criminal disregard of the British ruling class for the lives of prisoners.

Intensive CIA spying on Assange targeted his infant child

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2020

As the US government finalised its bogus charges against Assange, it oversaw dirty tricks operations targeting his partner and their infant child.

Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris speaks out: “His life is on the brink”

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2020

Moris’s comments are a moving refutation of the media smears directed against Assange and underscore the urgency of the fight for his immediate freedom.

A year since the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2020

Assange’s arrest was an historic crime, setting a precedent for escalating attacks on press freedom and the democratic rights of the working class.

Vindictive court rulings prove British state wants Assange dead

By Thomas Scripps, 8 April 2020

Judge Vanessa Baraitser has decreed that Assange will remain behind bars and that his extradition show-trial will proceed in May, even as the coronavirus pandemic spreads rapidly in British prisons.

As it releases thousands of prisoners, UK government keeps Julian Assange locked-up in danger

By Thomas Scripps, 6 April 2020

The WikiLeaks founder is currently held on remand pending extradition to the US, not charged with any crime or serving any sentence, in Belmarsh maximum security prison.

Ten years since WikiLeaks published Collateral Murder

By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2020

The video exposed the criminality of the Iraq war and had a profound impact on the consciousness of millions of workers and young people the world over.

Julian Assange still held on remand as coronavirus spreads through UK prisons

By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020

The WikiLeaks founder, held in Belmarsh prison and facing extradition to the US for exposing war crimes, has a chronic lung condition and has had his health destroyed by a decade of mistreatment by the British state

Julian Assange’s bail request denied despite coronavirus risk

By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020

Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s refusal came amid mounting calls for the release of vulnerable, low-risk prisoners from the UK’s overcrowded and woefully unprepared prison systems during the coronavirus crisis.

Julian Assange to apply for bail amid coronavirus dangers in British prisons

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 March 2020

A press release issued by WikiLeaks stated that Assange’s lawyers “will argue that he is vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak in the prison where he is on remand.”

Growing demands for Assange’s release as first coronavirus case confirmed in British prisons

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 March 2020

The British authorities are willfully placing Assange’s life at risk, even though he has been convicted of no crime.

Doctors condemn Australian government’s refusal to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 March 2020

Doctors4Assange has restated its demand that the Australian government immediately fulfil its obligations to Assange, under conditions in which his life is imperilled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fund drive to pay Chelsea Manning’s court fines raises $267,000 in two days

By Kevin Reed, 16 March 2020

Within two days of Manning’s release from jail, a GoFundMe campaign organized by her supporters raised more than enough to pay the punitive fines imposed on her for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Australia: Melbourne teachers vote to defend Assange and Manning

By the Committee For Public Education (CFPE), 14 March 2020

The important stand taken by the teachers should be followed by employees at every workplace and industry around the world.

Chelsea Manning released from jail after grand jury is dismissed by US federal court

By Kevin Reed, 13 March 2020

Manning, who had been in prison for a year for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury empaneled as part of the conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released following her attempted suicide on Wednesday.

International Bar Association condemns British attacks on Assange’s legal rights

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 March 2020

Michael Kirby, the co-chair of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute, branded Assange’s treatment as “shocking and excessive” and likened it to the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib.

Julian Assange’s mother, doctors warn he is at heightened risk due to coronavirus

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 March 2020

In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that “the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange’s life” and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.

Australian Labor MP feigns concern over US extradition of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 March 2020

Penny Wong did not differ with government representatives, who explicitly endorsed the British judiciary’s brutal attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights.

Australia: “Teachers for Assange and Manning” campaign in Melbourne

By Sue Phillips, 7 March 2020

The active intervention of teachers and education support staff is just one indication of the growing concern among millions of people that Assange’s persecution has immense implications.

As anger mounts over Assange’s persecution, former foreign minister Carr calls for moral appeals to Australian government

By Richard Phillips, 6 March 2020

Veteran Labor leader Bob Carr is attempting to divert the growing movement for the release of Assange into dead-end appeals to the Australian parliament.

Australian parliamentary parties endorse British show trial of Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 March 2020

As Assange faced a legal travesty, government ministers declared their faith in British “due process,” while the Labor Party maintained its silence.

Sri Lankan SEP hold rally in defence of Assange and Manning

By our correspondents, 5 March 2020

About 60 workers, young people and housewives joined the picket, which was held outside Fort Railway station in Colombo.

Sri Lanka: Prominent journalist and cartoonist call for Julian Assange’s freedom

By our correspondent, 5 March 2020

Well-known Daily Mirror journalist and cartoonist Gihan de Chickera stated: “Assange, and journalists everywhere, must be free to continue their work unhindered.”

Trump ordered Assange’s seizure by British police and wanted him dead

By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 March 2020

Assange is part-way through a show trial that began last week to decide on his extradition to the US, where he faces 175 years in prison on espionage charges.

Jeremy Corbyn’s criminal silence during Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2020

Corbyn said nothing when he could have raised Assange’s fate in Parliament every single day, informing millions of the fundamental violation of his democratic rights.

Rally in defence of Julian Assange held in Zurich

By our correspondents, 2 March 2020

In Zurich, Marianne Arens spoke on behalf of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) and called for the mobilisation of the working class in Assange’s defence.

Brisbane rally calls for freedom for Assange and Manning

By our correspondent, 2 March 2020

Participants applauded and cheered the speakers as they denounced the Australian government’s complicity in the abuses of Assange’s basic legal rights.

Slovenian journalist Blaž Zgaga: If Assange is extradited “the same can happen to any of us”

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 February 2020

”If journalists cannot write about war crimes allegedly committed by Western armed forces, what is the legitimacy of these democratic countries?”

Judge rules Assange cannot sit with lawyers during extradition hearing

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 28 February 2020

The first week of the extradition hearing in USA v Julian Assange ended yesterday at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court with Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejecting a submission from Assange’s lawyers that he be allowed to sit with them in court.

Interviews from SEP (UK) public rally

“The working class needs to demand that Assange is released, not that the ruling class do it on their behalf”

By our reporters, 28 February 2020

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending the public rally held by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in defence of Julian Assange on Sunday in London.

Australia: Workers and youth call for intensification of Assange and Manning defence campaign

By our reporters, 28 February 2020

Queensland students and workers in Parramatta denounce the escalating government attacks on democratic rights.

Julian Assange’s father demands immediate bail for imprisoned son

By our reporters, 28 February 2020

John Shipton outlined his son’s decade-long history of arbitrary detention in the UK.

Julian Assange condemns court for preventing him from speaking to lawyers

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 27 February 2020

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange issued a defiant protest in court yesterday, opposing the flagrant abuse of his legal rights in extradition proceedings brought against him by the United States government.

“The fight for Assange’s freedom requires the political mobilisation of the working class”

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 February 2020

This speech was delivered by Oscar Grenfell, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to a public rally in defence of Julian Assange, held in London on Sunday.

Free Assange and Manning! SEP and IYSSE to hold demonstration in Colombo

27 February 2020

Assange and Manning are being persecuted because they dared to expose US war crimes and government corruption.

Montreal: Demonstration outside US consulate demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 27 February 2020

Speakers denounced the persecution of Assange as a major threat to democratic rights, exposed the complicity of Canada’s ruling elite and stressed the importance of a global mobilization of the working class to secure his freedom.

Persecuted journalist Assange handcuffed, stripped naked on first day of extradition trial

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 26 February 2020

As proceedings were due to begin, a court official told WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson that he was barred from the public gallery.

SEG (New Zealand) rally in Wellington demands freedom for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 26 February 2020

Speakers denounced the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder and the whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, who are both in prison and being psychologically tortured for revealing US war crimes.

SEP US presidential candidate Joseph Kishore: “Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!”

Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 26 February 2020

The Socialist Equality Party opposes Assange’s extradition to the United States. We demand immediate freedom for Assange and for whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

The show trial of Julian Assange begins

By James Cogan, 25 February 2020

The first day of the British court hearing yesterday to determine if WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States left no doubt that what is taking place is a legal travesty that threatens both Assange’s life and fundamental democratic rights.

Assange extradition trial opens in London

By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 25 February 2020

Amid growing popular outrage over the railroading of Assange to a US prison, lawyers for the Department of Justice sought to reframe the charges against him.

“Victories are not won through political cowardice, but in struggle”

By Chris Marsden, 25 February 2020

This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden to a public rally held in London on Sunday.

Hundreds protest outside Woolwich Crown Court to demand Assange’s freedom

By our reporters, 25 February 2020

Protesters were not allowed anywhere near the building, kept behind barricades and an imposing steel fence by security and police.

Rally and march in Melbourne, Australia demands freedom for Julian Assange

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 February 2020

Many people in the city centre expressed support for the march as it passed, with some joining the demonstration.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds London rally in defence of Assange and Manning

By our reporter, 24 February 2020

The meeting was attended by more than 130 workers, youth and students who came from all over the UK.

Don’t Extradite Assange campaign calls on Boris Johnson to intervene

By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2020

The struggle to free Julian Assange requires an implacable struggle by the working class against the Johnson and Trump governments now conspiring to silence him forever.