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.

Australian officials visit Julian Assange as campaign to free him expands

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

Australian “foreign interference” bills seek to protect “US secrets”

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.

Professor Stuart Rees, former director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, calls for Assange’s liberty

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”

New York City transit workers demand freedom for Julian Assange

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.

Free Julian Assange rallies called in Sri Lanka and India

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.

Sri Lankan workers and students defend Julian Assange

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.

US activist Kevin Zeese calls for demonstrations against the persecution of Julian Assange

6 June 2018

“Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is being defined by the treatment of Julian Assange.”

Ten weeks incommunicado: Conspiracy builds to force Assange out of Ecuadorian embassy

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.

Free Julian Assange! Support the June 19 vigil in London

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.

Journalist Antony Loewenstein: “Heavy pressure” needed to win freedom and justice for Assange

6 June 2018

The following statement was sent by journalist and filmmaker Antony Loewenstein, a consistent defender of WikiLeaks.

Ecuadorian foreign minister asserts treatment of Assange is “not censorship”

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.

John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce “urgent campaign” to free Assange

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.

Terry Hicks, father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, supports Julian Assange

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.”

Lift the ban on communications! Free Julian 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.

Singer-songwriter Roger Waters calls for defence of Assange

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.

Lawyer Julian Burnside endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration for Assange’s freedom

4 June 2018

“The Turnbull government must help Julian Assange now. He must be helped to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy without being arrested.”

Australian students support June 17 Sydney rally demanding freedom for Julian Assange

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.”

Break the silence on the danger facing Julian Assange

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”

Detroit autoworkers call for Julian Assange’s freedom

By Will Morrow, 31 May 2018

Workers opposed the persecution of Assange and the broader drive to silence political dissent and censor the Internet.

The working class must mobilize to free Julian Assange!

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”

Join the June 19 London vigil demanding freedom for Julian Assange!

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.”

Demand freedom for Julian Assange! Join the demonstration in Sydney on June 17!

By James Cogan, 29 May 2018

Assange’s situation stems directly from the Australian government’s refusal to protect one of its citizens.

John Pilger endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defence of Julian Assange

29 May 2018

“Julian is a courageous editor persecuted for exercising a right enshrined in the United States Constitution.”

For international action to defend Julian Assange!

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.

Julian Assange “in jeopardy” of being forced into UK and US detention

By Mike Head, 25 May 2018

Reports allege that the WikiLeaks founder could be removed from Ecuador’s London embassy “any day now.”

Australian workers and youth defend Julian Assange

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.

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung fuels the campaign against Julian Assange

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.

WikiLeaks and whistleblowers condemn new allegations against Julian Assange

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.

Conspiracy emerges to push Julian Assange into British and US hands

By Mike Head, 16 May 2018

The Guardian has instigated a foul campaign to justify Ecuador forcing Assange to leave its embassy.

Jeremy Corbyn silent on persecution of Julian Assange

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.

Whistleblower and former political prisoner Chelsea Manning speaks to WSWS

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.

New Zealand: IYSSE and SEG meeting opposes Internet censorship

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.

Australian workers and youth denounce persecution of Julian Assange

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.

The CIA Democrats vs. Julian 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.

Australian meetings to call for Julian Assange’s freedom

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.

John Pilger and Julian Burnside denounce silencing of WikiLeaks’ 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.

Bloomberg: Ecuador cut Assange’s Internet to win “good graces of international investors”

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.

Two weeks since WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange silenced by Ecuador

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!”

Students, faculty and staff at University of Michigan oppose persecution of Julian Assange

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.

Why has Ecuador silenced 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.”

Protesters denounce silencing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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.

Ecuador cuts off Julian Assange’s access to the outside world

By Mike Head, 29 March 2018

Julian Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadoran embassy increasingly resembles that of a prisoner.

British judge refuses to overturn Julian Assange’s arrest warrant

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.”

Britain warned Sweden not to drop Assange extradition proceedings

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.

Julian Assange loses initial bid to overturn British arrest warrant

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.

Julian Assange challenges warrant for his arrest as doctors confirm worsening of his health

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.

Freedom for Julian Assange!

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.

Trudeau government bans Chelsea Manning from entering Canada

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.

CIA vetoes Chelsea Manning’s Harvard fellowship

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.

Sweden’s investigation into Julian Assange was a political frame-up from the outset

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.

Sweden drops bogus investigation, but Julian Assange threatened with extradition to US

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.

WikiLeaks’ lawyers sharply criticize Laura Poitras’ documentary Risk

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.”

Chelsea Manning released amid growing attacks on democratic rights in the US

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.

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning to be released from prison today

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.

Risk: Laura Poitras’ confused, superficial documentary about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

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.

FBI director threatens WikiLeaks and Assange

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.

US steps up campaign against Julian Assange

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.

US preparing to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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.

CIA Director calls WikiLeaks an “enemy,” says Assange has “no First Amendment freedoms”

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.

The WikiLeaks revelations and the crimes of US imperialism

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.

WikiLeaks revelations raise new questions about the death of journalist Michael Hastings

By Bryan Dyne, 9 March 2017

Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan when he was killed in a June 2013 car crash.

WikiLeaks reveals vast CIA spying, cyberwar operation

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.

Julian Assange statement exposes bogus rape allegation

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.

Swedish authorities finally question Julian Assange after six years

By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2016

The Swedish authorities are blatantly flouting international law in their vindictive pursuit of Assange.

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

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.

Trump and Clinton brawl in the gutter

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.

The Bellingcat research collective: War propaganda masquerading as “citizen journalism”

By Steve James, 13 October 2016

Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins is employed by the Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank.

Sweden upholds Assange arrest warrant

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.

Political prisoner Chelsea Manning begins hunger strike

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.

New York Times launches McCarthyite witch-hunt against Julian Assange

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.

Sexual assault accusations used to oust leader at Tor Project

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.

Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy

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.

WikiLeaks offers $20,000 reward over murder of DNC staffer linked to email leak

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.

Whistle-blower Chelsea Manning: “I became very, very sad” during torture

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.

Chelsea Manning hospitalized, then returned to prison

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.

Swedish court refuses to drop arrest warrant for Julian Assange

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.

Julian Assange challenges anti-democratic “no platform” campaign

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.

International Monetary Fund discussed forcing Greek debt default

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.

The Guardian defends continued persecution of Julian Assange by UK and Sweden

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.

UK and Swedish governments continue their persecution of Julian Assange

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

Stop the persecution of Julian Assange!

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.

Five years since the arrest of Julian Assange

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.

UK pressured Sweden not to question Julian Assange in London

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.

UK: Metropolitan Police threaten “covert” measures to arrest Julian Assange

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.

Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating prison rules

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.

Chelsea Manning facing indefinite solitary confinement

By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015

The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.

Sweden drops some allegations against Julian Assange but US-backed persecution continues

By James Cogan, 14 August 2015

The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.

WikiLeaks email release reveals hacking by governments worldwide

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.

French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder

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.

The Gunman, Sean Penn’s attack on WikiLeaks and related matters

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.

Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange

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.

UK paved way for Sweden’s new demand for Assange’s extradition

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.

Swedish court upholds vendetta against Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 21 November 2014

The ruling continues the monstrous frame-up and political persecution of the WikiLeaks editor.

Assange says he may soon leave Ecuadorian embassy

By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2014

Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

Swedish court upholds detention order against Julian Assange

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

Defend Julian Assange!

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.