The Persecution of WikiLeaks

NSA records and stores content of all phone calls in two countries

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.

WikiLeaks, Assange targets of active FBI probe

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.

Leaked documents detail NSA surveillance operations against WikiLeaks

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.

WikiLeaks Party mired in crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 August 2013

The party’s turmoil provides a salutary lesson in class politics.

The sentencing of Bradley Manning

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.

Again on Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets

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The US documentary did poorly at the Australian box office following its release last month and was withdrawn from local cinemas after a few weeks.

Floyd Abrams praises Manning verdict

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.

Bradley Manning’s statement: A forced “confession” concludes a drumhead tribunal

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.

Manning prosecution rests case in sentencing phase

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.

Bradley Manning prosecution pushes for maximum 136-year sentence

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.

The Bradley Manning verdict: Criminalizing the exposure of crimes

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.

Defense rests in Manning court-martial

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.

Prosecution delivers closing arguments in Manning trial

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.

Prosecutors attack Bradley Manning for being “anti-patriotic”

By Matthew MacEgan, 22 July 2013

The attempt to smear Manning as "un-American" underscores the frameup character of the procedures against him.

Judge retains “aiding the enemy” charge against Bradley Manning

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.

Freedom of the press under attack in Manning case

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.

Bradley Manning’s defense rests its case

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.

Defense begins case in trial of Bradley Manning

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.

Prosecution case vs. Bradley Manning threatens First Amendment rights to free speech and press

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

Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

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”

NSA whistleblower Snowden issues defiant response to government threats and media lies

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.

Bradley Manning’s supervisors testify in third day of court martial

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.”

US government charges Manning with “aiding the enemy” in court martial

By Naomi Spencer, 5 June 2013

The ongoing Army court martial of Private Bradley Manning is a crude political frame-up.

Bradley Manning’s court martial begins

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.

Why the SEP does not endorse the WikiLeaks Party

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.

WikiLeaks cables confirm collusion between Vatican and dictators

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.

Government witnesses to testify anonymously at Bradley Manning trial

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.

The New York Times’ Bill Keller smears 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.”

The Obama administration’s persecution of Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 8 March 2013

The Obama administration intends to make an example out of the accused whistleblower.

Bradley Manning and the media

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.

Bradley Manning pleads not guilty to “aiding the enemy” charge

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.”

Bradley Manning denied whistleblower defense

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.

US Army judge rejects motion to dismiss charges in Bradley Manning case

By Naomi Spencer, 10 January 2013

Manning was granted only a 112-day reduction in sentencing on a life term in hearings this week.

Hearing on Bradley Manning’s pre-trial confinement concludes

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.

WikiLeaks editor denounces mass internet surveillance and US attacks on democratic rights

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.

Bradley Manning speaks on abuse

By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2012

Accused whistleblower Bradley Manning told the military court of sleep deprivation, isolation, and torment by guards.

Bradley Manning testifies on his detention

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.

Psychiatrists testify on military mistreatment of Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012

Psychiatrists testified Wednesday that recommendations to end Manning’s solitary confinement were ignored.

Bradley Manning hearing focuses on unlawful pre-trial punishment

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.

US military brands Assange, WikiLeaks as “the enemy”

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.

Australian “liberal” press joins persecution of Assange

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.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party back extradition of Assange

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.

UK media lines up behind campaign to extradite Assange and silence WikiLeaks

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.

Julian Assange demands end to US witch-hunt

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.

Thousands mass outside Ecuadorean embassy to support Assange

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.

Australian government lines up behind British threats against 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.

Imperialist lawlessness and the witch-hunt against Julian Assange

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.

UK threatens to storm Ecuadorean embassy to seize Assange

By Robert Stevens, 17 August 2012

The UK government has threatened to invade the Ecuadorian embassy in pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“Julian has shown us things that really needed to be known”

By our reporter, 17 August 2012

About 150 supporters of Julian Assange demonstrated outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London yesterday.

Bradley Manning defense files motion to dismiss charges over pre-trial abuse

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.”

Australian TV program exposes Assange frame-up

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.

Further US demands for espionage charges against Assange

By Richard Phillips, 9 July 2012

The US Senate intelligence committee head has repeated calls for the WikiLeaks editor to be put on trial.

Video: SEP candidate defends WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange at Melbourne rally

By our reporters, 4 July 2012

Patrick O’Connor outlined the policies required to defend Assange and defeat the broader attacks on democratic rights.

Judge orders prosecution to explain stonewalling in Bradley Manning case

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.

New evidence of US operation against Julian Assange

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.

Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks’ founder, speaks with the WSWS

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”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from Ecuadorian embassy

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.

WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange threatened with arrest

By Richard Phillips, 21 June 2012

British police declared that the Australian citizen would be arrested if he left the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The Australian Labor government—a key accomplice in the vendetta against Julian Assange

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.

WikiLeaks founder Assange seeks asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London

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.

British court rejects WikiLeaks editor’s final extradition appeal

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.

Workers and youth denounce government attacks on Julian Assange

By our reporters, 12 June 2012

Those attending SEP meetings on Sunday explained why it is necessary to defend WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange

SEP public meetings pass resolutions defending 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.

Bradley Manning’s motions to dismiss charges rejected

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.

Defend Julian Assange

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

Defend WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange

2 June 2012

Democratic rights cannot be defended through the decayed façade of parliament or the reactionary Labor and trade union apparatuses.

Australian protests demand release of WikiLeaks founder

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.

“The Labor government just wants to shut Assange up”

By our reporters, 1 June 2012

In interviews with the WSWS, students and workers defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

British Supreme Court endorses extradition of Julian Assange

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”.

Military judge rejects motions to reduce charges against Bradley Manning

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.

Former Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson speaks with the WSWS

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.

Australian Greens cover for Labor government in Julian Assange witch hunt

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.

Assange lawyer delayed while flying to Australia

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.

Australian government reinforces conspiracy against Assange

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”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks with WSWS

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.

UN torture official denounces US treatment of Bradley Manning

By Kate Randall, 9 March 2012

The UN’s top torture official has denounced the US government’s “cruel, inhuman” treatment of Bradley Manning.

Further evidence of secret US indictment of Julian Assange

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.

Free Bradley Manning!

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.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange awaits court decision on extradition

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.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange appeals extradition before UK Supreme Court

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.

Presiding officer calls for Bradley Manning to face court-martial

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.

Manning prosecution lays basis for terror charge against WikiLeaks founder Assange

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.

UK’s Supreme Court will hear Assange appeal against extradition

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.

Bradley Manning and the attack on democratic rights

By Naomi Spencer, 19 December 2011

Workers must oppose the persecution of military whistleblower Bradley Manning as part of a defense of democratic rights.

Army hearing begins against accused whistleblower Bradley Manning

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.

WikiLeaks’ Assange given green light to appeal extradition order before UK Supreme Court

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.

WikiLeaks “is shining light on the crimes that go on behind the scenes”

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.

WikiLeaks wins top Australian journalism prize

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.

Mother of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, speaks with the WSWS

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.

Oppose the extradition of Julian Assange

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.

British High Court dismisses appeal by WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange against extradition

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.

“These are the Royal Courts of Injustice”

By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court.

Imperialist powers prepare to keep UN forces in Haiti

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.

WikiLeaks cables expose Washington’s close ties to Gaddafi

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

US government preparing new attacks against WikiLeaks

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.

WikiLeaks cables detail US military designs on Haiti

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.

WikiLeaks documents shed light on US-backed intervention in Libya

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.

UK judge defers judgement on extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange

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.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fights extradition 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.

WikiLeaks has provided evidence of war crimes, say Assange supporters

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.