The Persecution of WikiLeaks
By Eric London, 21 May 2014
New Snowden leaks reveal that the US government acquires the content of 100 percent of phone calls in the Bahamas and a second, as-yet undisclosed country.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2014
Court documents confirm that the FBI and US Justice Department are continuing a “criminal/national security” investigation against WikiLeaks and its founder.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014
Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 August 2013
The party’s turmoil provides a salutary lesson in class politics.
By Eric London, 22 August 2013
The sentencing of whistleblower Bradley Manning to a 35-year prison term will be remembered as a milestone in the collapse of American democracy.
By Richard Philips, 22 August 2013
The US documentary did poorly at the Australian box office following its release last month and was withdrawn from local cinemas after a few weeks.
By Tom Carter, 21 August 2013
Floyd Abrams’ letter to the New York Times dated July 31 typifies the response within “liberal” sections of the political establishment to the conviction of whistleblower Bradley Manning on espionage charges.
By Eric London, 15 August 2013
Bradley Manning issued an apologetic statement at his sentencing hearing yesterday in an indication of the immense government pressure on the young whistle-blower.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 August 2013
The information presented by witnesses during this phase of the trial have demonstrated the extreme weakness of the espionage charges on which Private Manning was convicted.
By Matthew MacEgan, 2 August 2013
The conviction of Manning on espionage charges is a frontal attack on First Amendment guarantees of press and speech freedom.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 August 2013
Manning, Assange and Snowden have put their lives at risk to expose to the American people the secret actions of a military-intelligence apparatus that operates without constraint and above the law.
By Matthew MacEgan, 27 July 2013
Yesterday, the team defending Private Bradley Manning gave its closing argument, putting an end to this stage of the court-martial.
By Matthew MacEgan, 26 July 2013
The prosecution’s closing arguments on Monday sought to portray Manning as arrogant and reckless, operating with the conscious aim of providing information to Al Qaeda.
By Matthew MacEgan, 22 July 2013
The attempt to smear Manning as "un-American" underscores the frameup character of the procedures against him.
By Matthew MacEgan and Joseph Kishore, 19 July 2013
On the basis of the government’s line of argument and actions, nothing remains of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
By Matthew MacEgan, 17 July 2013
The judge hearing the case against Bradley Manning said she would decide Thursday whether to dismiss seven of the charges.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 July 2013
On Wednesday, the defense rested its case in the court-martial of Bradley Manning, a trial that reveals the anti-democratic character of the US government.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2013
Bradley Manning’s defense team began arguments this week in the face of a preemptory ruling prohibiting mention of the Army private’s motives for leaking evidence of war crimes.
By Ed Hightower, 4 July 2013
In charging Manning with “aiding the enemy,” the US government is equating the publication of classified information about its secret and illegal activities with espionage, treason and aiding terrorists.
A cinematic disinformation job on Julian Assange
By Richard Phillips, 2 July 2013
Peppered with factual errors and outright falsifications, Gibney’s documentary is an attempt to discredit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and defend the US intelligence apparatus.
“Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped”
By Eric London, 18 June 2013
In comments posted on the web site of the Guardian newspaper, Snowden skewered the Obama administration and Democratic and Republican Party officials, while indicating that more revelations are to come.
By Naomi Spencer, 6 June 2013
The government is determined to connect Manning to Al Qaeda, arguing that because the WikiLeaks web site is publicly available to anyone, Manning must have intended to “aid the enemy.”
By Naomi Spencer, 5 June 2013
The ongoing Army court martial of Private Bradley Manning is a crude political frame-up.
By Naomi Spencer, 4 June 2013
After 1,100 days in prison, Army private Bradley Manning faced a military court martial Monday. Day one of the trial was characterized by government secrecy, vindictiveness, and lies.
By Patrick O’Connor—SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 20 May 2013
WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has launched a new party ahead of Australia’s federal election in September.
By Marc Wells, 15 April 2013
Diplomatic communications expose the relationship between the Vatican and dictatorial regimes, from Chile’s Pinochet to Argentina’s Videla to Spain’s Franco.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 April 2013
A military judge ruled Wednesday that the government can call witnesses to testify in secret in the court martial against accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013
Attempting to justify the Times’ unprincipled role in the events leading up to Manning’s arrest, the newspaper’s former executive editor wrote a column on March 10, “Bradley Manning’s Confidant.”
By Naomi Spencer, 8 March 2013
The Obama administration intends to make an example out of the accused whistleblower.
By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013
At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 March 2013
In a statement in military court Thursday, accused whistleblower Bradley Manning admitted leaking government files, but pleaded not guilty to “aiding the enemy.”
By Naomi Spencer, 19 January 2013
Manning’s motive for leaking evidence of war crimes is not admissible in his court martial, the military judge has ruled.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 January 2013
Manning was granted only a 112-day reduction in sentencing on a life term in hearings this week.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 December 2012
Manning was arrested May 26, 2010, accused of the largest leak of classified military and government documents in history while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
By Richard Phillips, 11 December 2012
Julian Assange brushes aside provocative questions by CNN television journalist to promote new book on global internet surveillance and mass spying operations.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2012
Accused whistleblower Bradley Manning told the military court of sleep deprivation, isolation, and torment by guards.
By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012
Bradley Manning took the stand to speak on his pre-trial detention Thursday. It was the first public statement from the accused whistleblower in over two years.
By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012
Psychiatrists testified Wednesday that recommendations to end Manning’s solitary confinement were ignored.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 November 2012
The Army’s pre-trial hearing resumed Tuesday against Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2012
Secret US Air Force documents brand WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange as “the “enemy,” placing them on a legal par with Al Qaeda.
By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2012
Having defended Assange in 2010, the entire media establishment has now fallen behind the campaign to railroad him to the US.
By Chris Marsden, 27 August 2012
Britain’s largest pseudo-left groups have lined up behind the demand that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden.
By Julie Hyland, 22 August 2012
The British media has played a venal role throughout the ongoing efforts to witch-hunt and silence WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
By Mike Head, 20 August 2012
About 200 police lined the streets around the Ecuadorean embassy in London as the WikiLeaks editor addressed hundreds of supporters and media representatives.
By Daniel O’Flynn and Rick Wilson, 20 August 2012
Two thousand protesters massed outside the Ecuadorean embassy in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Richard Phillips, 18 August 2012
Canberra’s refusal to publicly criticise, let alone challenge, the British government further demonstrates its role as a co-conspirator in the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder.
By Chris Marsden and Barry Grey, 18 August 2012
Britain’s aim in deporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden is to create the conditions for him to be transferred to the United States and tried for treason.
By Robert Stevens, 17 August 2012
The UK government has threatened to invade the Ecuadorian embassy in pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By our reporter, 17 August 2012
About 150 supporters of Julian Assange demonstrated outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London yesterday.
By Eric London, 16 August 2012
Bradley Manning’s defense team filed a motion requesting all charges against the soldier be dismissed on the grounds that he was subjected to “unlawful pretrial punishment.”
By Mike Head, 28 July 2012
“Four Corners” pieced together what happened in the three crucial weeks after the WikiLeaks editor arrived in Sweden in mid-August 2010.
By Richard Phillips, 9 July 2012
The US Senate intelligence committee head has repeated calls for the WikiLeaks editor to be put on trial.
By our reporters, 4 July 2012
Patrick O’Connor outlined the policies required to defend Assange and defeat the broader attacks on democratic rights.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 June 2012
A military judge on June 25 ordered Army prosecutors to address accusations that they have withheld evidence from the defense team of accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.
By Richard Phillips, 27 June 2012
The Obama administration and its allies in Britain, Sweden and Australia are stepping up their operations against Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks web site.
By Richard Phillips, 25 June 2012
Christine Assange speaks on the political operation against her son, his bid for asylum in Ecuador and the role of the Australian government.
Australian and US governments “playing word games”
By Richard Phillips, 22 June 2012
Assange refuted US government denials of a Grand Jury indictment against him and denounced the Australian government’s so-called consular support.
By Richard Phillips, 21 June 2012
British police declared that the Australian citizen would be arrested if he left the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
By Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 21 June 2012
From the beginning of the US drive to silence Assange and WikiLeaks, the Australian government has provided unstinting support to the conspiracy against its own citizen.
By Kate Randall, 20 June 2012
The move by Assange is the latest in an effort to halt his extradition to Sweden, where he faces trumped-up allegations of sexual misconduct.
By Mike Head, 15 June 2012
As a result of yesterday’s UK Supreme Court ruling, Julian Assange could be forcibly removed to Sweden as early as June 28.
By our reporters, 12 June 2012
Those attending SEP meetings on Sunday explained why it is necessary to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange
By our reporters, 12 June 2012
The resolution denounced the persecution of WikiLeaks and its editor and outlined the program that workers and youth must take up to fight this assault on democratic rights.
By Naomi Spencer, 11 June 2012
A military judge rejected on Friday motions by Bradley Manning’s defense team to drop some charges against the accused whistleblower.
By James Cogan, 9 June 2012
The legal avenues to prevent Assange’s extradition from Britain to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault are rapidly being exhausted.
SEP public meetings in Australia
2 June 2012
Democratic rights cannot be defended through the decayed façade of parliament or the reactionary Labor and trade union apparatuses.
By our reporters, 1 June 2012
Several hundred people rallied in Australian cities yesterday to oppose the British Supreme Court ruling that the WikiLeaks founder can be extradited to Sweden.
By our reporters, 1 June 2012
In interviews with the WSWS, students and workers defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
By Robert Stevens, 31 May 2012
At the UK Supreme Court in London, Wednesday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden. The judges ruled by a majority of five to two that the extradition request had been “lawfully made”.
By Naomi Spencer, 27 April 2012
An Army judge rejected a motion to dismiss the charge of “aiding the enemy” and combine other charges against accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.
By Richard Phillips, 23 April 2012
Jennifer Robinson, who was temporarily stopped at Heathrow airport last week and told she was on a watch list, discusses the incident and the ongoing government and media attacks on Julian Assange.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 April 2012
The remarks of Greens Senator Scott Ludlam laid bare the duplicitous role played by his party throughout the Assange affair.
By Mike Head, 20 April 2012
The incident raises fresh questions about the Australian government’s close involvement in the Obama administration’s global operation to railroad Assange to jail.
By Mike Head, 12 April 2012
The Labor government is doing everything it can to help Washington railroad Assange to jail and silence WikiLeaks.
“The attacks on us are extraordinarily revealing”
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 2012
Julian Assange discusses his British court appeal against extradition to Sweden and the ongoing attacks on WikiLeaks, freedom of the press and other basic rights.
By Kate Randall, 9 March 2012
The UN’s top torture official has denounced the US government’s “cruel, inhuman” treatment of Bradley Manning.
By Mike Head, 1 March 2012
The Stratfor emails undoubtedly reflect sentiments in the Obama administration to exact revenge on Assange and destroy WikiLeaks for having exposed US war crimes.
By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 20 February 2012
The court martial of alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning highlights the intersection between the crimes of American militarism and the attack on democratic rights by the Obama administration.
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2012
The UK Supreme Court concluded a two-day hearing Thursday of an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, challenging his extradition to Sweden on unsubstantiated and contested allegations of sexual assault made in August 2010.
By Julie Hyland, 2 February 2012
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before the UK Supreme Court Wednesday for the start of a two-day hearing to challenge his extradition to Sweden on trumped-up sexual assault charges.
By James Brewer, 14 January 2012
Following a seven-day hearing held last month, the presiding officer has recommended that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning face a general court-martial.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 December 2011
The pre-trial proceedings against Army Private Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Maryland concluded Thursday after less than a week of hearings. Manning is charged with leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including evidence of US war crimes, to WikiLeaks.
By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2011
The Supreme Court in the UK is to hear an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden.
By Naomi Spencer, 19 December 2011
Workers must oppose the persecution of military whistleblower Bradley Manning as part of a defense of democratic rights.
By Naomi Spencer, 17 December 2011
The persecution of Bradley Manning entered a new phase on Friday, with pretrial military proceedings. Manning, a US Army private, is accused of leaking evidence of war crimes and other government secrets to whistleblower organization WikiLeaks.
By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2011
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be allowed to make an appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court against his extradition to Sweden on trumped-up sex charges.
Demonstrators speak in support of Assange
By our reporters, 6 December 2011
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters outside the High Court in London.
By Richard Phillips, 30 November 2011
The Walkley Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Journalism” flies in the face of a vicious US-led attack on WikiLeaks and indicates the depth of support for Assange among serious journalists.
By Richard Phillips, 26 November 2011
Christine Assange discusses the US-led frame-up campaign against WikiLeaks and her son Julian, the role of the Gillard Labor government, and the political implications for basic democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens, 7 November 2011
The decision last week by the High Court in London to dismiss the appeal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his extradition to Sweden is an attack on democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2011
On Wednesday, the High Court in London dismissed the appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden on frame-up charges of rape and sexual assault.
By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court.
By John Marion, 28 September 2011
Amid new controversy, the United Nations is debating renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2011
US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks expose the close collaboration between the US government and Muammar Gaddafi, who Washington now insists must be hunted down and murdered.
Sweeping subpoena issued earlier this year
By David Walsh, 26 August 2011
The Obama administration and its Department of Homeland Security are continuing their assault on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, as part of the effort to stifle opposition to American militarism and imperialism.
By John Marion, 28 July 2011
Newly released embassy cables reveal the US government’s interest in maintaining a UN military force for the occupation of Haiti.
By Robert Morgan, 27 July 2011
Washington has had only one objective—the installation of a regime that better serves the interests of the US and international oil and gas companies.
By Robert Stevens, 14 July 2011
UK High Court judges Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Ouseley deferred judgment on whether WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden.
By Robert Stevens, 13 July 2011
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at the High Court at London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday to appeal against his extradition to Sweden on trumped-up charges of rape.
By Robert Stevens, 13 July 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those protesting outside the High Court in London in support of Julian Assange.