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Posts Tagged ‘Julian Assange

Julian Assange the man and the sound of suffering

February 12, 2012

Though Julian Assange is a household name now, little was known about him before July 2010, when he dominated breaking international headlines when his site WikiLeaks published a trove of classified U.S. documents about the Afghanistan war. What kind of man is Assange, who founded WikiLeaks in 2006, and in 2010, was voted Person of […]

Julian Assange WikiLeaks hero or hellion?

February 6, 2012

Since the summer of 2010, Julian Assange has become a pop culture fixture, a self-appointed champion of free speech, the suspect in a Swedish sex crimes investigation and a man who says he’s keeping afloat a financially strapped Web operation that has mightily ticked off the U.S. government. Assange’s final stage in an extradition fight […]

Wikileaks – Bradley Manning calls for a new judge

December 16, 2011

A hearing for Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of being behind the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history, began Friday morning but almost immediately went into recess after Manning’s attorney asked the investigating officer to recuse himself. Attorney David Coombs said Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, the presiding officer, should step down. Among Coombs four […]

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks comeback

December 6, 2011

In the past few days, the WikiLeaks saga has taken two sharp turns. On Thursday, 287 documents appeared on the WikiLeaks site about the global surveillance and arms industry. The dump provided many documents to mine, and it’s still unclear what they might all mean. The Washington Post and other outlets called it a comeback […]

Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden

November 2, 2011

Julian Assange, the 40-year-old founder and public face of the website WikiLeaks, lost his battle Wednesday to stay in the United Kingdom and avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over sex charges. Since the summer of 2010, when WikiLeaks began releasing reams of classified U.S. intelligence documents, Assange has stoked the ire of top […]

WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning

October 25, 2011

The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks said it was suspending publishing classified US diplomatic files to focus on fundraising “to ensure our future survival”. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that because of a financial “blockade” mounted by Visa, Mastercard and other companies, it was “now forced to temporarily suspend its publishing operations and aggressively fundraise”. He said […]

Occupy protests spread to cities worldwide

October 15, 2011

Thousands of people across the world railed against corporate power, grinding poverty, and government cuts as the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to the streets of Europe, Asia and Australia. United for Global Change — the central site for the movement organizing worldwide protests — said 951 cities in 82 countries were to take part […]

Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder wins journalism award

June 3, 2011

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has won the 2011 Martha Gellhorn prize for journalism. The annual prize is awarded to a journalist “whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda, or ‘official drivel’, as Martha Gellhorn called it”. “WikiLeaks has been portrayed as a phenomenon […]

Whistle-blowing WikiLeaks provides much needed accountability of those in power

May 12, 2011

As Julian Assange wins the Sydney Peace Prize for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights,” NPR reports that “a federal grand jury in Virginia is scheduled to hear testimony on Wednesday from witnesses” in the criminal investigation of his whistle-blowing group, as “prosecutors are trying to build a case against [the] WikiLeaks founder whose […]

Julian Assange is only guilty of embarrassing the US

March 19, 2011

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange packed Sydney’s Town Hall to hear Julian Burnside QC and others denounce the treatment of the whistleblower website and the Australian-born Assange at the hands of the Australian and US governments. A panel which included journalist John Pilger and federal MP Andrew Wilkie, a former intelligence analyst and Iraq […]