The Persecution of WikiLeaks
Sheila Coombes, Professor Tim Hayward and journalist Vanessa Beeley demand freedom for Julian Assange
By our reporters, 11 June 2018
Three prominent individuals associated with the Media on Trial group have sent statements to the World Socialist Web Site supporting the campaign to free Julian Assange.
By James Cogan, 9 June 2018
The meeting occurred within the context of a growing international campaign to defend the WikiLeaks’ editor.
Julian Assange named as threat
By Mike Head, 9 June 2018
Andrew Hastie’s comments underscore the intense pressure being applied to the Turnbull government by the US military-intelligence establishment.
9 June 2018
“Julian Assange has worked tirelessly to support free speech and to expose abuses of power by governments.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defense of Julian Assange
8 June 2018
Assange’s “defense is the cutting edge of the fight against government suppression of the most fundamental democratic rights,” said Hedges.
“Julian Assange has done us a very great service”
By our reporters, 8 June 2018
Train operators and bus drivers expressed strong opposition to the persecution of Assange, linking the fight for his freedom to the defense of democratic rights and free speech.
7 June 2018
The SEP and supporters of the ICFI will demonstrate in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, and Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
By our correspondents, 7 June 2018
Many of those who spoke to the WSWS compared the attacks on WikiLeaks to the Sri Lankan government’s measures against journalists.
6 June 2018
“Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is being defined by the treatment of Julian Assange.”
By James Cogan, 6 June 2018
Demonstrations and vigils must be understood not as one-off protests, but the renewal of a determined campaign to win Assange’s freedom.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 June 2018
Workers and young people must demand that the Conservative government of Theresa May end its persecution of Assange, drop the bail-related issues against him and allow him to leave the embassy and, if he chooses, the UK, without fear of arrest.
6 June 2018
The following statement was sent by journalist and filmmaker Antony Loewenstein, a consistent defender of WikiLeaks.
By James Cogan, 5 June 2018
Assange is not only being censored, but faces imminent danger of being forced into the hands of his persecutors.
5 June 2018
The Courage Foundation, which raises funds for the legal defence of persecuted whistleblowers and journalists, has endorsed protests and vigils in defence of Julian Assange later this month.
5 June 2018
“We pulled apart all the government and media lies and character assassination against David and we never gave up. This is what we have to do for Assange.”
By James Cogan, 4 June 2018
The American state and its allies are seeking to destroy WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in order to intimidate every critical and independent media organisation.
By our reporters, 4 June 2018
Waters emailed the World Socialist Web Site last month to convey his support for international action to defend Julian Assange.
4 June 2018
“The Turnbull government must help Julian Assange now. He must be helped to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy without being arrested.”
By our reporters, 1 June 2018
“The governments know that by attacking Assange, it will have a ripple effect. They want every single student who is against war to be intimidated.”
By James Cogan, 31 May 2018
A profound shift has taken place among a layer that previously postured as “liberal,” “left” and even “socialist.”
“The government is after him because he’s telling the truth”
By Will Morrow, 31 May 2018
Workers opposed the persecution of Assange and the broader drive to silence political dissent and censor the Internet.
By Andre Damon, 30 May 2018
The demand for the freedom of Julian Assange must be connected to the developing international movement of workers against inequality, oppression and exploitation.
“I don’t think Assange will be forgiven by our rulers because he educated the world”
By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2018
Emmy Butlin of the Julian Assange Defence Committee said: “Individual contributions are great, but we change society as a group, acting together.”
By James Cogan, 29 May 2018
Assange’s situation stems directly from the Australian government’s refusal to protect one of its citizens.
29 May 2018
“Julian is a courageous editor persecuted for exercising a right enshrined in the United States Constitution.”
By The ICFI and WSWS international editorial board, 28 May 2018
The June 17 demonstration in Sydney will demand that the Australian government immediately act to secure Assange’s unconditional freedom and return to Australia.
By Mike Head, 25 May 2018
Reports allege that the WikiLeaks founder could be removed from Ecuador’s London embassy “any day now.”
By our reporters, 21 May 2018
The support for Assange stands in stark contrast to the venomous hostility to the WikiLeaks editor from governments and the corporate media.
By Peter Schwarz, 18 May 2018
The German daily has joined the campaign to justify handing over the WikiLeaks founder to British and American authorities.
By James Cogan, 17 May 2018
Beside WikiLeaks and the WSWS, only a handful of other websites and individuals have stepped forward to denounce the Guardian for serving as the conduit for the anti-Assange vendetta.
By Mike Head, 16 May 2018
The Guardian has instigated a foul campaign to justify Ecuador forcing Assange to leave its embassy.
By Laura Tiernan, 9 May 2018
It is more than two years since a United Nations human rights panel ruled that Assange’s persecution by the Swedish and British governments amounts to “arbitrary detention” and a violation of international law.
By Norisa Diaz, 2 May 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Chelsea Manning, known around the world for her courageous leaks of documents exposing US government war crimes and her subsequent arrest.
By our reporter, 24 April 2018
The speaker explained that censorship and the persecution of WikiLeaks was the response to opposition to war and social inequality.
By our reporters, 23 April 2018
The sentiments of ordinary people stand in stark contrast to the actions of the official parliamentary parties, which are all complicit in the attacks on WikiLeaks and Assange.
By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2018
The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee is an attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the press.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 20 April 2018
The Australian political and media establishment bears major responsibility for the outrages perpetrated against Julian Assange.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 April 2018
The WikiLeaks founder and publisher has been cut off from all access to the outside world for more two weeks by the Ecuadorian government under pressure from the United States and its allies.
By Eric London, 12 April 2018
President Lenin Moreno is working with the Trump administration to increase US military and economic influence in South America.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 April 2018
It is no coincidence that Assange has been shut off from any form of communication with the outside world as the US and its allies prepare for an escalation of war in Syria and beyond.
“The people are behind you!”
By Zac Corrigan, 3 April 2018
On Monday, an IYSSE campaign team spoke to students and faculty at the University of Michigan about the confinement and persecution of Julian Assange.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2018
The Ecuadorian government’s measures to silence Assange are bound up with a sharp turn to the right by the governments of a number of countries associated with Latin America’s so-called “Pink Tide.”
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2018
The Ecuadorian Embassy’s decision to sever all communication between Assange and the outside world is an illegal and vindictive act of political persecution.
By Mike Head, 29 March 2018
Julian Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadoran embassy increasingly resembles that of a prisoner.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 February 2018
Lawyers for Assange argued the warrant should be revoked because Sweden dropped its extradition warrant last year and that arresting him was no longer “proportionate” or “in the public interest.”
By Paul Mitchell, 13 February 2018
The UK remains determined to arrest journalist Julian Assange, who is trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in relation to trumped-up “sexual assault” charges.
By Mike Head, 7 February 2018
Even if the judge withdraws the warrant next week, Assange still faces extradition to the US to be tried on trumped-up charges of espionage and treason.
By Margot Miller, 27 January 2018
The clinicians, with a combined four decades of experience, said Assange's "continued confinement" is "a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare.”
Statement by Julian Assange opposing Internet censorship will be read at WSWS “Organizing Resistance” Webinar
16 January 2018
The webinar featuring David North and Chris Hedges will be broadcast live on January 16 at 7:00 pm EST.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2018
The “untenable” conditions under which the WikiLeaks founder remains confined are the product of an unrelenting drive by the US and British governments to punish him for exposing the crimes of imperialism.
By Tom Hall, 26 September 2017
Ottawa’s justification for barring Chelsea Manning amounts to a declaration that whistleblowers in the Canadian military can expect the same horrific treatment meted out to Manning.
By Eric London, 16 September 2017
After a quarter century of war, there is hardly a decision made in any of the official institutions of bourgeois power where the military and intelligence agencies do not have the final say.
By David Walsh, 20 May 2017
The entire affair was aimed at discrediting and paralyzing WikiLeaks and creating conditions under which Assange could be extradited or abducted to the US, to be executed or condemned to a lifetime in prison.
By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2017
The case against the WikiLeaks founder was concocted from the beginning so he could be sent from Sweden to the US.
By David Walsh, 19 May 2017
Poitras’ film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the four lawyers contend, undermines the credibility of the organization at a critical moment and exposes the documentary’s subjects “to considerable legal jeopardy.”
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2017
Manning’s seven-year imprisonment at the hands of the US military was the most draconian sentence ever served for leaking classified documents.
By Genevieve Leigh, 17 May 2017
Manning has served seven years in prison, frequently under brutal conditions, for leaking evidence to WikiLeaks exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2017
The film broaches a dozen subjects and avoids treating any of them in depth, and often fails to take a clear position of any kind.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2017
James Comey complained that WikiLeaks, unlike the American media, does not work with the US intelligence community to protect its secrets.
By Barry Grey, 22 April 2017
The World Socialist Web Site condemns the reported preparations of the US Justice Department to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage and issue an arrest warrant against him.
By Kevin Reed, 21 April 2017
According to a press reports Thursday, the US Department of Justice has prepared the charges it needs to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Eric London, 15 April 2017
Pompeo’s speech lays out the new standard: the First Amendment only applies to speech that the CIA deems tolerable.
By Andre Damon, 9 March 2017
The WikiLeaks documents expose the US as the greatest “rogue state,” carrying out spying, hacking, exploitation and disinformation operations all over the world in order to further the interests of the US ruling elite.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 March 2017
Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan when he was killed in a June 2013 car crash.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2017
Amid Democrats’ claims of Russian hacking in support of Trump and Trump’s charge that he was bugged by Obama, WikiLeaks has revealed a vast CIA operation directed against the people of the US and the world.
By Steve James, 13 December 2016
Assange not only exposes the bogus rape allegations made against him, but presents a devastating review of the US-led campaign to ensure his arrest pending deportation.
By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2016
The Swedish authorities are blatantly flouting international law in their vindictive pursuit of Assange.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2016
The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential contest.
By Andre Damon, 13 October 2016
Long-suppressed social tensions in the United States are expressing themselves in an election campaign marked by increasingly violent recriminations by both candidates.
By Steve James, 13 October 2016
Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins is employed by the Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 September 2016
The significance of the Swedish decision is underscored by the revelations from WikiLeaks, which have led US news outlets to declare they could determine who becomes the next American president.
By Tom Hall, 12 September 2016
Manning began her hunger strike in military prison on Friday in protest against the abuse and harassment that drove her to attempt suicide in July.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2016
The Times’ vilification is aimed at discrediting in advance any information from WikiLeaks exposing the crimes of US imperialism and its favored candidate, Hillary Clinton.
By Adam Mclean, 19 August 2016
The Tor Project, a network and tool for anonymizing one’s internet traffic, has been a repeated target of attacks from US intelligence agencies.
By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016
Assange remains fearful that attempts will be made to railroad him to the United States, where a sealed Grand Jury indictment involving espionage charges is awaiting him.
By E.P. Bannon, 12 August 2016
Rich was in charge of DNC voter expansion data and had access to a wide range of information about the inner workings of the Democratic Party.
By Tom Carter, 4 August 2016
A recently published interview sheds light on the conditions faced by Manning, the US Army whistle-blower and political prisoner, who attempted suicide on July 5.
From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive
The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs
By E.P. Bannon, 3 August 2016
The revelation of the correspondence again makes clear the degree to which the American “fourth estate” is completely integrated into the capitalist state.
By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2016
While some media reports claimed a suicide attempt was involved, this has not been confirmed by the Army or Manning’s attorneys.
By Josh Varlin, 26 May 2016
The Stockholm Court rejected the conclusion of a United Nations working group that Assange has been arbitrarily detained in violation of international human rights conventions.
By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016
The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.
By John Vassilopoulos, 12 April 2016
A leaked teleconference transcript published by WikiLeaks exposed differences between the European Union and IMF on how to enforce a third austerity package.
By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2016
In seeking to undermine the UN’s opinion, the Guardian simply parrots the line of the British and Swedish governments.
By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2016
London and Stockholm have rejected the UN’s verdict that Assange has been arbitrarily detained.
UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016
Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.
By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2015
Assange is the victim of a transparent frame-up. His sole crime was to bring to global attention the heinous war crimes committed by the US and other imperialist powers in Iraq and Afghanistan—crimes authorised at the highest levels of government.
By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2015
Nearly five years after Assange’s arrest without charge, and in breach of a Swedish law, the prosecutor has still not taken a statement from the WikiLeaks editor.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2015
The decision to end the police presence outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in no way lessens the threat to the founder of WikiLeaks.
By Kevin Martinez, 21 August 2015
The imprisoned whistleblower was sentenced to 21 days of restrictions but was spared indefinite solitary confinement following public outrage over the trial.
By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015
The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.
By James Cogan, 14 August 2015
The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.
By Mike Head, 13 July 2015
At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.
By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015
President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.
By David Walsh, 15 April 2015
Penn’s views and activities are worth considering, especially in the light of his recent disgraceful comments about Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2014
The ongoing exposure of the crimes of American imperialism over the past four years says much about why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a wanted man.
By Robert Stevens, 22 November 2014
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s only “crime” is his exposure of imperialist war crimes and conspiracies against the world’s population.
By James Cogan, 21 November 2014
The ruling continues the monstrous frame-up and political persecution of the WikiLeaks editor.
By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2014
Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 July 2014
The detention order stems from trumped-up rape claims leveled against Assange in the wake of WikiLeaks’ publication of secret US military and diplomatic documents.
Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy
By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2014
Assange’s sole “crime” was to publish secret documents exposing war crimes carried out by the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan and conspiracies hatched by the US State Department in countries around the world.