The WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance has announced a series of rallies on Assange’s behalf at every DFAT office in Australia and at every Australian embassy worldwide, scheduled for the day after the UK’s extradition decision is made public (date of the decision is not yet known). Details on the “Bring Julian Home” action are on the WACA’s Facebook page.
WikiLeaks, a free press publishing and media organisation, has revealed human rights abuses, war crimes and corruption in governments across the world. Yet the US Administration wants to close WikiLeaks down and prosecute its founder Julian Assange. International financial services organisations have blocked payments to WikiLeaks, denying them vital income. The Australian government has failed to take a stand against the political persecution of Assange. Australian Prime Minister Gillard’s assertion that WikiLeaks’ activities were illegal was proved to be false by an Australian Federal Police investigation.
What does this say about our democracy?
Captain Ashden Fein, the lead prosecutor, said that Manning “gave the enemies of the United States unfettered access to these documents.” But did he? Define “enemies.” To prove the most serious charge against Manning, the prosecution must show that he intended the documents to reach our “enemies.”
Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, says that the information was not intended to reach al Qaida or any other enemy. He is very optimistic about their chances, saying “The sky is not falling, the sky has not fallen and the sky will not fall.” If the information was not intended for the use of an enemy, and would have been of no significant use to an enemy, then Coombs may believe that the government will not be able to prove the charges.
“The document came to us on a frost-damaged parchment, it’s hardly ‘present day’ technology”, claimed Assange.
“But whoever compiled it is a master of espionage. They know when you are sleeping, they know when you’re awake. And they have some strong opinions about whether you’ve been good or bad, based on outmoded ideals and capitalist dogma.”
The contents of the list have raised a few eyebrows. There are details of Occupy LSX campaigners who went home at night, and workers in the financial sector are named and shamed.
The CIA, Mossad, people who steal cables from railways and the entire population of Greece have also been pencilled in, along with most of the England rugby team.
The Murdochs top the list, Ricky Gervais is second and Silvio Berlusconi’s name appears no fewer than eight times. But so far, no mention of Bradley Manning has been discovered.
“The jury’s still out on him”, claimed Assange. “Not being classified as ‘naughty’ isn’t a guarantee that he’s been listed as nice, but it’s all a bit academic to Manning anyway.”
“There aren’t any chimneys in solitary confinement, and the guards have confiscated his stocking.”
Supporters of Wikileaks have been quick to act. Shadowy hackers ‘Anonymous’ have vowed to bring down the figure-head of the totalitarian regime at the heart of the list, if he doesn’t stray into North Korean airspace first.
As a spokesman for the group explained, “We think this list describes plans for a ‘denial of service’ attack, so we’re planning to combat it with a bit of ‘misinformation’.”
“By spreading a rumour that Santa only eats Heston Blumenthal’s new prune and fermented herring mince pies, we’re directly challenging his constitution. There’s a good chance he’ll be caught with his pants down.”
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT is calling all musicians, artists, music fans and basically EVERYONE who cares about FREE SPEECH to SUPPORT WIKILEAKS!
“WikiLeaks is under attack by the big financial services companies , but there are still ways you can beat them.
As a result of exposing U.S. embassies from around the world, five major US financial institutions, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and the Bank of America, have tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks The attack has blocked over 95% of our donations, costing tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue. The attack is entirely political. In fact, in the only formal review to occur, the US Treasury found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to financial blockade .
Your donations are vital to pay for our fight against this and other kinds of censorship, for Wikileaks’ projects, staff, servers and protective infrastructure. We are entirely supported by the general public.”
Atari Teenage Riot - “Black Flags” feat. Boots Riley/ Anonymous (Edit3!)
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Atari Teenage Riot wants YOU to be in their viral video for “Black Flags.”
If you want to be in the video and show that you support the ideals mentioned above, please send us the following footage:
· Take your mobile phone, webcam or any other camera and film yourself lip-synching the song http://soundcloud.com/alec_empire/atari-teenage-riot-black-flags
· Have a black flag in the background, or hold it while you’re lip-syncing. (The black flag motif will link all images together. If you don’t have one to hand, use a black T-shirt, pull it inside out, stick the arms into it…there you go.)
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Journalists’ statement on attacks on WikiLeaks
Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing organization Wikileaks, is being angrily criticized and threatened for his part in huge leaks of military documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (the ‘War Diaries’). He is being accused of irresponsibly releasing confidential military information, of endangering lives of people named in the leaked military reports and even of espionage. Some media organizations have joined in this criticism.
We, journalists and journalist organizations from many countries, express our support for Mr Assange and Wikileaks. We believe that Mr Assange has made an outstanding contribution to transparency and accountability on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, subjects where transparency and accountability has been severely restricted by government secrecy and media control. He is being attacked for releasing information that should never have been withheld from the public.
We believe Wikileaks had the right to post confidential military documents because it was in the interest of the public to know what was happening. The documents show evidence that the US Government has misled the public about activities in Iraq and Afghanistan and that war crimes may have been committed.
Has Wikileaks endangered lives? There was legitimate criticism of Wikileaks for not vetting the Afghanistan documents fully enough, with some names such as informers being released. Fortunately there is no evidence that anyone has been injured or killed as a result. We note that Wikileaks learned from that mistake and has been much more careful with the Iraq documents. Overall, Wikileaks’ factual reporting of numerous undisputed abuses and crimes is of far greater significance than the widely criticized mistakes over inadequate redacting.
Mr Assange is being personally pressured because of his involvement in the military leaks, including threats of espionage charges. Mr. Assange is no more guilty of espionage than any journalist or any whistleblower. This is a terrible precedent and one that is contrary to open government.
If it is espionage to publish documents provided by whistle blowers, then every journalist will eventually be guilty of that crime. Mr Assange deserves our support and encouragement in the face of the attacks.
Since it was launched in 2006, Wikileaks has been an extraordinary resource for journalists around the world, furthering transparency at a time when governments are reducing it. Although it is not part of the media, and does not purport to be, its mission of informing the public and reducing unjustified secrecy complements and assists our work. As grateful beneficiaries of Wikileaks and Mr Assange’s work, we stand in support of them at this time.