The Persecution of WikiLeaks
SEP national secretary James Cogan calls for maximum participation in rallies to free Julian Assange
25 February 2019
Cogan explains the connection between the fight for Assange’s freedom and the fight against the escalating government attacks in every country against freedom of the press and other basic democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2019
The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.
By James Cogan, 23 February 2019
The persecution of Assange is the spearhead of a global offensive against freedom of speech and for censorship of oppositional voices on the internet.
Elizabeth Vos, editor-in-chief of Disobedient Media, urges support for Free Assange demonstrations in Australia
23 February 2019
“We are collectively obligated to protect the ‘rebel library of Alexandria’ that Assange and others have built.”
By James Cogan, 22 February 2019
News that the WikiLeaks publisher’s passport was renewed last October does not reduce by one iota the danger that he confronts.
By our reporters, 20 February 2019
“I’m going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press”—Adam, University of NSW.
By James Cogan, 19 February 2019
In less than 48 hours, Roger Waters’ statement has been retweeted from his Twitter account 2,700 times and “liked” over 5,800 times.
18 February 2019
John Pilger, journalist, filmmaker and outspoken opponent of militarism and injustice, will be one of the main speakers at the demonstration in Sydney.
SEP national secretary James Cogan participates in Unity4J discussion on the defence of Julian Assange
By our reporters, 16 February 2019
Cogan explained why the SEP has called demonstrations demanding the freedom of Julian Assange, as well as the broader campaign by the WSWS against internet censorship.
By our reporters, 15 February 2019
Cogan will be interviewed about the demonstrations called by the Socialist Equality Party to demand the freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, and the broader campaign being waged by the WSWS against internet censorship.
By our reporters, 15 February 2019
The event was addressed by Consortium News editor Joe Lauria, SEP national secretary James Cogan and other prominent WikiLeaks defenders.
15 February 2019
“Julian Assange follows in the footsteps of a long tradition of journalists and whistleblowers who have made significant contributions to civil societies.”
By our reporters, 14 February 2019
“I’m going, because I believe Assange should be set free and he should be defended. All people should go to the rallies if they believe in democratic rights.”
Australian government claims credit for release of detained Bahraini footballer, but refuses to assist Julian Assange
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2019
Politicians who have abrogated the right to seek asylum and joined the persecution of Julian Assange have postured as champions of persecuted refugees.
Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 February 2019
Roger Waters, the iconic voice of Pink Floyd and renowned solo artist, has called for action to free Julian Assange.
By the IYSSE (Australia), 9 February 2019
The defence of Assange is at the cutting edge of the fight against growing authoritarianism and an assault on democratic rights around the world.
By our reporters, 5 February 2019
“I support the rally to free Assange. It is important for us to hold this protest to show that we will not tolerate any further attack on our democratic rights.”
By James Cogan, 30 January 2019
WikiLeaks is a media organization that exercised the legally-protected rights of the press to published leaked information.
By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2019
Stone has been indicted on charges of lying to Congress about his alleged communication, through intermediaries, with WikiLeaks.
Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, 2pm, March 3! Melbourne State Library, 1pm, March 10!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019
The Australian government has the undeniable duty and power to intervene to secure freedom for Julian Assange. The record has demonstrated, however, that it will take such action only if it is compelled to do so by the greatest pressure from below.
By Mike Head, 24 January 2019
The WikiLeaks founder is seeking to block a concerted operation to terminate his political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 January 2019
A host of articles attacking Julian Assange this week are representative of what the world-renowned investigative journalist John Pilger aptly described as “Vichy journalism.”
By Mike Head, 5 January 2019
The Moreno government’s investigation into the granting of the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship is clearly designed to repudiate both.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2019
Not a word about Rudy Giuliani’s Fox News interview has been said by the political and media establishment in the US, Europe or Australia.
By our reporters, 15 December 2018
“The Australian government’s role in the attacks on Assange has been pathetic, gutless, disgraceful. They just do what the US deep state tells them to do.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 December 2018
The WikiLeaks publisher, whose health appears to be deteriorating, made the comments at a hearing against the Ecuadorian government’s “Special Protocol,” aimed at forcing him into British and US custody.
By James Cogan, 7 December 2018
The fight for the freedom of Assange is a matter of fundamental political principle.
By James Cogan, 6 December 2018
The lack of any case against WikiLeaks explains the scurrilous allegations by the Guardian newspaper last week.
By James Cogan, 28 November 2018
The newspaper has the nerve to declare that it serves to “give a voice to those less heard, challenge the powerful, and hold them to account.”
By James Cogan, 20 November 2018
The sealed US charges underscore the danger facing Assange and the perfidy of those who support his persecution.
By James Cogan, 17 November 2018
The relentless persecution of Assange is intended to intimidate and silence all critical and independent journalists and media organisations, as well as would-be whistleblowers.
By Mike Head, 8 November 2018
Morrison’s remarks are the first direct statement by the government of its support for the drive by the US government to get its hands on the WikiLeaks publisher.
By Tom Hall, 6 November 2018
The latest round of slanders is aimed at preparing public opinion for an eventual indictment of the WikiLeaks founder on espionage charges.
By Mike Head, 2 November 2018
The ban is another warning of the Moreno government’s preparations to terminate the WikiLeaks publisher’s asylum.
By Mike Head, 30 October 2018
The WikiLeaks founder told an Ecuadorian court hearing that President Moreno had already decided to terminate his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2018
The Ecuadorian government’s public renunciation of any responsibility to defend Assange is an ominous warning that it is preparing to turn him over to British authorities.
By James Cogan, 22 October 2018
WikiLeaks lawyers will challenge Ecuador’s threat to evict Assange from its London embassy if he does not accept anti-democratic conditions for continuing asylum.
By Mike Head, 18 October 2018
The letter effectively confirms that if the WikiLeaks founder is forced to leave Ecuador’s embassy, on whatever pretext, the British government will deliver him into the hands of the US.
By James Cogan, 15 October 2018
Ecuador’s decision does not end the danger Assange faces or his effective imprisonment inside the small embassy building in London.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 October 2018
Kristinn Hrafnsson’s appointment is testament to WikiLeaks’ invaluable contribution to genuine journalism.
By James Cogan, 25 September 2018
Former British whistleblower Craig Murray linked the newspaper’s allegations directly to the Mueller investigation in the United States.
By Oscar Grenfell and James Cogan, 31 August 2018
The attempt to prevent Manning visiting Australia followed a high-level meeting of the Five Eyes spying network, which called for a campaign against those who “sow discord.”
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 30 August 2018
The SEP demands that Manning be granted her visa and restates its demand for the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 August 2018
If forced out, Assange faces arrest by British police and imprisonment on bail infringement charges relating to a case dropped by Sweden over a year ago.
By James Cogan, 15 August 2018
The purported evidence of ties between Russian intelligence, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks is threadbare to the point of being ludicrous.
By our reporters, 13 August 2018
August 16 will mark six years since WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government.
International artists’ visa refusals highlight UK government’s “hostile environment” against migrants
By Paul Bond, 13 August 2018
The racist visa bans have provoked widespread protests, condemning them and their parallels with the 1930s.
By Mike Head, 9 August 2018
WikiLeaks said it received a request for Assange to answer questions about supposed “Russian interference” in the 2016 election.
By Mike Head, 7 August 2018
Moreno’s threats to “take measures” if Assange “intervenes” in the politics of other countries is a fraudulent attempt to justify turning the journalist over to the war criminals in Washington and London.
By Mike Head, 2 August 2018
Jennifer Robinson said the WikiLeaks editor wants to exercise his right to return to Australia, provided he is protected from extradition to the US.
Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
2 August 2018
This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held July 22–27.
By Mike Head, 31 July 2018
The Moreno government is in the process of revoking the WikiLeaks editor’s asylum and throwing him into the hands of the American authorities.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 July 2018
The Moreno government’s negotiations to hand over Julian Assange to his persecutors are of a piece with the role played by all of the governments of Latin America’s “Pink Tide” and their pseudo-left satellites.
By Mike Head, 27 July 2018
The Moreno government’s response is a further warning of secretive plans with the British and American authorities to hand the WikiLeaks editor over to them.
By our reporters, 25 July 2018
WSWS reporters interviewed Latin American migrants and exiles condemning the new President’s abandonment of Julian Assange.
Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks editor: “I’ve not been able to speak to my son for four months”
By Richard Phillips, 24 July 2018
“I say defend Julian, not just because I’m his mother, but as a citizen and someone who believes in democracy and freedom.”
By Paul Mitchell, 24 July 2018
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno is in London this week and behind the scenes he is involved in a conspiracy with the British, US and Australian governments to evict WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
By Mike Head, 23 July 2018
Plans are afoot to subject the WikiLeaks editor to lengthy imprisonment by the British authorities, pending extradition to the US.
By James Cogan, 21 July 2018
A conspiracy is well advanced, involving the US, British, Ecuadorian and Australian governments, to have Assange hauled before a show trial in the US.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2018
Media reports point to the ongoing conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assange’s political asylum in violation of international law.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2018
The statements by Ecuador’s president and foreign minister come amid growing signs of Quito’s bowing to pressure from Washington.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 July 2018
The speakers included individuals, such as Daniel Ellsberg, who have been persecuted by governments for taking a courageous stand against war and authoritarianism.
By James Cogan, 9 July 2018
In 2010, Assange and WikiLeaks had committed no crime for informing millions about US war crimes. Today, under the new legislation, such courageous actions could attract a penalty of decades in jail.
By James Cogan, 5 July 2018
The US, British and Australian governments are utilising the Ecuadorian government to try and break Assange by denying him any external communication or visitors.
By our correspondents, 4 July 2018
“WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange courageously exposes the criminality of the US, its machinations, lies and cover-ups.”
By James Cogan, 28 June 2018
Leading Democratic senators, including Diane Feinstein and Mark Warner, have declared they are “extremely concerned about Ecuador providing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.”
By our correspondents, 25 June 2018
More Sri Lankan academics, writers and workers have spoken out in support of the International Committee of the Fourth International’s campaign in defence of the WikiLeaks editor.
By Thomas Scripps, 23 June 2018
Spiked has echoed the propaganda of the British government and a compliant media in demanding the prosecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.
“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights”
By our reporters, 22 June 2018
Workers and young people who attended the SEP’s Sydney rally denounced the persecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange and demanded his immediate release.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2018
Valencia’s comments are another indication of a conspiracy to force the WikiLeaks editor out of the Ecuadorian embassy and into British and US custody.
By Mike Head, 21 June 2018
Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson said yesterday his situation is “very difficult” and Ecuador was “under significant pressure from the US” to force him to leave its London embassy.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 21 June 2018
SEP national committee member Linda Tenenbaum told the Sydney rally that the event was to initiate an international movement in defence of Assange and basic democratic rights.
By Evrim Yazgin, 21 June 2018
Evrim Yazgin, International Youth and Students for Social Equality president at the University of Melbourne, explained how Assange’s struggle for the truth had politicised a generation of young people.
By Sue Phillips, 21 June 2018
Committee For Public Education national convenor Sue Phillips told the Sydney rally that the defence of Assange is intimately connected to the fight for the democratic and social rights of students, educators and the working class.
By our reporters, 21 June 2018
“Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights.”
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Tom Peters from the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) addressed a rally outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington to demand that the Australian government secure Assange’s freedom.
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Protests occurred in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington D.C. and in other cities across the US.
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Speaking in Melbourne, SEP national secretary James Cogan indicted the Australian political and media establishment for their attacks on Assange and called for a turn to the working class.
By Mike Head, 19 June 2018
“The vigils being held across the world in solidarity with the WikiLeaks founder are of immense importance.”
By Linda Tenenbaum, 18 June 2018
The international socialist movement and the working class are the decisive force in the fight for Assange’s freedom and the defense of all democratic rights.
By our reporters, 18 June 2018
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“We’re not asking Malcolm Turnbull to defend Assange, we are telling him!”
18 June 2018
Hundreds of people participated in Sunday's demonstration in Sydney Town Hall Square to demand Julian Assange's safe return to Australia. The rally, organised by the Socialist Equality Party, featured speeches from SEP Australia national secretary James Cogan and independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.
By our reporters, 18 June 2018
“We need heroes like Assange to continue this work and tell us the truth.”
16 June 2018
Lakshman Mendis, Bertie B. Kudahetti, Ratnasiri Paranawithana and Bartholameuse Wimalaratne endorse the international campaign to free Julian Assange.
Join the June 17 demonstration in Sydney and June 19 rallies to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 16 June 2018
The rallies and vigils will be important contributions to the development of an ongoing campaign to secure Assange’s freedom.
16 June 2018
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16 June 2018
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By our reporters, 16 June 2018
“Assange has been imprisoned for more than a third of my lifetime. Teenagers of today have grown up in a world of fear, censorship and the presence of a police state.”
By Mike Head, 15 June 2018
Whatever the backroom machinations involve exactly, Assange is in great danger.
By our reporters, 15 June 2018
Indian Trotskyists campaigned last week in Kolkata and Sriperumbudur as part of the international struggle to defend the WikiLeaks editor.
The Democratic National Committee lawsuit against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: A major attack on press freedom
By Ed Hightower, 15 June 2018
Should the Democratic Party prevail, journalists could face criminal prosecution and civil damages any time they reported on unlawful government or corporate activity.
14 June 2018
In the wake of the Vault 7 leaks, the US state apparatus is even more determined to silence WikiLeaks and silence Assange.
By our reporters, 14 June 2018
Ken Loach is one of the world’s most respected film directors, whose body of work demonstrate his socialist convictions and a deeply felt sympathy for the working class.
14 June 2018
A leading member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media and of the Media on Trial organisation, Robinson has opposed regime change wars in the Balkans and the Middle East
By Mike Head, 12 June 2018
Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson insisted that the Turnbull government can and must intervene on behalf of the WikiLeaks editor.
By our reporters, 12 June 2018
Socialist Equality Party member Will Marshall moved a resolution in defence of Assange at Footscray City College.
By our reporters, 12 June 2018
“Assange is a symbol of freedom of speech and justice for ordinary people. It is critical that we free him.”
By Andre Damon, 11 June 2018
Despite initially voicing opposition to the attack on Assange, the entire gamut of the middle-class “left” has either ignored, downplayed or supported Assange’s persecution.
By our reporters, 11 June 2018
Canberra must meet its obligations to protect Julian Assange, as it did for Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste.
By Richard Hoffman, 11 June 2018
The Turnbull government must exercise its discretion to request from Britain the safe passage of Julian Assange to Australia.