The Persecution of WikiLeaks

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.

WikiLeaks exposes US profiteering after Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 24 June 2011

On June 15, the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks began releasing US diplomatic cables from the period immediately following the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010.

Washington releases Pentagon Papers 40 years after publication

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2011

The official release of the Pentagon Papers 40 years after they were leaked and published underscores the profound shift to the right by the media and the entire political establishment in the intervening decades.

WikiLeaks cables reveal Chinese vice president’s secret visit to Fiji, in defiance of Australia

By Robert Morgan, 27 May 2011

Beijing told Canberra the 2009 flight to Fiji was a mere “transit” stopover, en route to Latin America, but Vice President Xi Jinping then spent two days meeting with senior junta members.

Wikileaks cable exposes Canadian duplicity in Iraq war

By Carl Bronski, 19 May 2011

A US diplomatic note shows that the very same day Canada’s Prime Minister told parliament that Canada would not join the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Canadian officials were privately assuring Washington that the Canadian Armed Forces could be “discreetly” deployed in support of the war on Iraq.

Guantanamo documents reveal US brutality and lawlessness

By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2011

WikiLeaks has released new evidence of wrongful imprisonment and torture by the US military and intelligence agencies.

Bradley Manning to be transferred to Army prison in Kansas

By Naomi Spencer, 21 April 2011

Pentagon officials announced abruptly on Tuesday that they were transferring accused whistleblower Bradley Manning to an Army prison facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

US blocks UN torture investigator from seeing Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 13 April 2011

The Obama administration has blocked the UN special rapporteur on torture from visiting Bradley Manning, who is being held in solitary confinement at a military prison.

British government presses US over treatment of Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 6 April 2011

The British government indicated Tuesday it would press the US to moderate its inhumane treatment of Army Private Bradley Manning, who is being held on charges he leaked evidence of war crimes to WikiLeaks.

Inside WikiLeaks—an attack from a former supporter

By Johann Müller, 1 April 2011

Domscheit-Berg, a former employee of WikiLeaks has written a book which seeks to discredit the whistle blowers’ web site.

The case of Fabien Engelmann in France

Trade unionist, ex-member of Lutte Ouvrière and the NPA—and neo-fascist

By Olivier Laurent, 21 March 2011

The political trajectory of Fabien Engelmann is not an aberration, but the consequence of the nationalist perspectives of the unions and the “far left” in France.

Mounting criticism of US torture of Private Bradley Manning

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2011

The ACLU is one of many groups to protest the treatment of Manning, the alleged source of documents on US war crimes published by WikiLeaks.

India used bribes to win vote on US nuclear accord, WikiLeaks cables show

By Keith Jones, 19 March 2011

India’s Congress Party-led government has been rocked by the publication of a WikiLeaks cable showing that it used bribery to win a pivotal non-confidence vote.

Australia: Thousands turn out in support of WikiLeaks, Assange and Manning

By James Cogan, 18 March 2011

The large attendance demonstrated the outrage felt by a broad cross-section of the Australian population over the collaboration of the Labor government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard with the US-led persecution of Assange and WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks founder was warned of CIA “dirty tricks” campaign

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2011

An Australian intelligence official told Julian Assange last August that the US counterintelligence campaign might include sexual entrapment.

Obama, Private Manning and human rights

By Barry Grey, 15 March 2011

Even as the United States preaches the sanctity of human rights to the world—in order to disguise its efforts to prop up besieged dictatorships in Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain and install a new client regime in Libya—President Barack Obama is defending the torture of a US citizen at home.

Obama defends abuse of Private Bradley Manning

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2011

The US president was asked at a Friday press conference about the military torture of the Army private, accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks.

The Guardian’s hatchet job on Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 10 March 2011

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, published by the Guardian newspaper, is a politically-motivated hatchet job aimed at discrediting Assange and facilitating his persecution.

Military ramps up torture of alleged WikiLeaks source

Private Bradley Manning forced to sleep naked

By Barry Grey, 8 March 2011

The US military and the Obama administration have escalated their sadistic abuse of alleged WikiLeaks source Private First Class Bradley Manning.

Private Bradley Manning held naked at military brig

By Kate Randall, 5 March 2011

PFC Bradley Manning, suspected by the US Army of being WikiLeak’s source, was stripped naked in his cell at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia for two straight nights.

Free Bradley Manning!

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2011

In targeting Bradley Manning for a capital offense, the US government is at the same time seeking to intimidate all opposition to the war policies of the corporate and financial elite.

US Army charges accused WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning with capital offense

By Barry Grey, 3 March 2011

The United States Army late Wednesday notified Private First Class Bradley Manning, whom it suspects of being WikiLeak’s source for thousands of classified military reports and embassy cables, that it was filing an additional 22 charges against him.

WikiLeaks cables expose Peruvian politicians’ subservience to Washington

By Luis Arce, 2 March 2011

Two weeks ago, El Comercio, Peru’s most influential newspaper, began publishing secret cables from the US embassy in Lima released by of WikiLeaks. What has been released so far reveals the degree of submission and dependency on US imperialism by all the major political parties of the Peruvian bourgeoisie.

Defend Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 26 February 2011

The ruling by Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden represents a grave threat to his liberty and even to his life.

Judge rules WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden

By Julie Hyland, 25 February 2011

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault, Judge Howard Riddle, sitting at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, London ruled Thursday.

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US threatens “military option” against China over space arms race

By John Chan, 22 February 2011

The secret cables demonstrate deep concern within both the Bush and Obama administrations about China’s capacity to destroy US military and spy satellites.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denounces Australian Labor government

By Richard Phillips, 19 February 2011

Assange said the Gillard government was deeply involved in Washington’s campaign against him and would “give the United States everything it wants”.

WikiLeaks cables reveal closer US-Japan intelligence relations

By Oliver Campbell, 18 February 2011

The cables, from 2006 and 2008, underscore the growth of tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, and point to Washington’s attempts to undermine Chinese influence, in concert with its allies.

US security firms planned smear campaign against WikiLeaks

By Julie Hyland, 17 February 2011

US security firms drew up a plan for a campaign of smears and destabilisation against WikiLeaks, according to emails obtained and leaked by Anonymous, the cyber protest hackers.

WikiLeaks: Verdict on Assange extradition due February 24

By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2011

A ruling on the extradition to Sweden of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be made until February 24, Judge Howard Riddle, presiding over the hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates Court, said Friday.

Omar Suleiman—longtime collaborator with Israel and US

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2011

Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Suleiman’s collaboration in repression of the Palestinians and torture of CIA prisoners

Extradition hearing against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reconvene

By Julie Hyland, 9 February 2011

The extradition hearing against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to reconvene on Friday morning, Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court stated on Tuesday.

Julian Assange legal team makes devastating critique of Swedish extradition attempt

By Robert Stevens, 8 February 2011

The attempt to extradite WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange to Sweden on trumped-up sex charges was stepped up yesterday in the Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London.

Julian Assange condemns Australian Labor government at public meeting

By Margaret Rees, 7 February 2011

WikiLeaks’ founder and editor Julian Assange strongly condemned the Labor government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a pre-recorded address broadcast to a large public meeting convened in Melbourne last Friday.

WikiLeaks: Cables reveal connivance of US government with Mubarak dictatorship

By David Walsh, 5 February 2011

WikiLeaks released US State Department cables Thursday that add details to the picture of official US collaboration with the Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak, now under siege by an outraged population.

The New York Times’ Bill Keller on WikiLeaks: A collapse of democratic sensibility

By David Walsh, 3 February 2011

The New York Times posted a lengthy piece January 26 by Bill Keller, its executive editor, on the subject of the newspaper’s relations with WikiLeaks and its co-founder, Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks exposes Washington’s dollar diplomacy

By Tom Carter, 3 February 2011

Secret WikiLeaks cables expose the ugly alliance between Washington and major US corporations to advance their interests in every corner of the world.

WikiLeaks exposes US complicity in murder, torture by Egyptian government

By Tom Eley, 29 January 2011

A new release of WikiLeaks documents, diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Cairo from 2009 and 2010, make clear that the Obama administration was well aware that the Mubarak regime held onto power by terrorizing the population.

FBI, UK police carry out raids against WikiLeaks supporters

By David Walsh, 29 January 2011

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation carried out 40 raids January 27 as part of the ongoing campaign to suppress WikiLeaks and its supporters. Also on Thursday British police arrested five young men in connection with the same case.

Stop US torture of Bradley Manning!

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2011

Thirty miles from downtown Washington DC, the US military is engaged in the torture of Army Private Bradley Manning, jailed on suspicion of leaking classified documents to the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks.

Amnesty International opposes US abuse of Private Manning

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2011

The human rights group said Manning is a victim of “inhumane treatment”

Swiss banker jailed for supplying information to WikiLeaks

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2011

Rudolf Elmer provided data on tax evasion by thousands of wealthy individuals and corporations.

Sri Lankan coverup of WikiLeaks war crime revelations

By Vilani Peiris, 20 January 2011

The political and media establishment has reacted to WikiLeaks revelations, which confirm that the Rajapakse government was responsible for war crimes, by suppressing the leaked US diplomatic cables and defending the military’s actions.

WikiLeaks and Tunisia

By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2011

American foreign policy specialists have described the events in Tunisia over the past week as the “first WikiLeaks revolution.”

Lawyer protests brutal treatment of Bradley Manning

By Tom Eley, 15 January 2011

The lawyer representing Private Bradley Manning, who is accused of turning over classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, has demanded his release from a military prison, where he is being held in solitary confinement.

WikiLeaks supporters protest threatened extradition of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 13 January 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a number of protesters outside Woolwich Crown Court in London on Tuesday.

Warning from lawyers for Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder faces “real risk” of rendition to US, torture and death

By Julie Hyland, 12 January 2011

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at Belmarsh magistrates’ court, London, yesterday for a preliminary hearing on the extradition warrant issued against him by Sweden’s public prosecutor.

US government pursues bogus criminal prosecution of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By Don Knowland, 11 January 2011

A subpoena obtained by the US government amounts to confirmation that prosecutors have convened a grand jury in an effort to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and perhaps others on charges of conspiring to steal documents with Army private Bradley Manning.

US government demands Twitter account information of WikiLeaks and followers

By Andre Damon, 10 January 2011

The US Department of Justice issued a subpoena to Twitter, the social networking site, demanding that it hand over information on WikiLeaks and its collaborators, including a member of the Icelandic parliament.

British police trained Bangladeshi death squads

By Simon Whelan, 7 January 2011

Cables released by WikiLeaks reveal how the British government provides training to a Bangladeshi government paramilitary force specialising in executing political opponents.

Cables reveal how US and UK sought to plunder Zimbabwe’s resources

By Ann Talbot, 6 January 2011

The US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks contain revealing details of how the United States and Britain sought to further their commercial interests in Zimbabwe.

Cables expose US-Israeli war talks

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2011

US diplomatic cables quoted by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten expose discussions between US legislators and Israeli officials on preparations for the next Middle East war.

Documents expose Egyptian regime as stooge of US imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 4 January 2011

Diplomatic documents expose the Mubarak regime in lock-step behind US imperialism’s policies on Iraq, Iran and the Gaza Strip.

1990 cable details crucial meeting on eve of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2011

A secret cable from 1990, published by WikiLeaks on New Year’s Day, provides a detailed account of a crucial meeting between the US ambassador and Saddam Hussein on the eve of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

Lebanon government gave covert support for Israeli attack on Hezbollah

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2011

A classified cable from the US embassy in Beirut has revealed how Lebanon’s ruling March 14 alliance discussed with the US its preparations for a military attack by Israel against its rival Hezbollah.

WikiLeaks cables expose US hostility to Rudd’s Asia Pacific Community plan

By Peter Symonds, 31 December 2010

American opposition to former Australian PM’s plan to ease tensions between China and the US, underscores Washington’s aggressive, confrontational orientation to Beijing.

Falsifying history and repudiating democratic rights: Floyd Abrams’ attack on WikiLeaks

By David North, 31 December 2010

Floyd Abrams, who played a significant role in the legal defense of the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers, has endorsed the government’s campaign against WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange.

Letters on the Nation and WikiLeaks

31 December 2010

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site on “The Nation joins the campaign against Julian Assange.”

The Nation joins the campaign against Julian Assange

By David Walsh, 30 December 2010

The Nation magazine in the US, with its publication of “The Case of Julian Assange” by columnist Katha Pollitt, has joined the right-wing campaign against the WikiLeaks co-founder.

Raul Castro sought “political channel” to Washington

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2010

WikiLeaks cables showed that Fidel Castro believed that the Obama administration would be open to relaxing the longtime US isolation of Cuba.

WikiLeaks confirms Fatah sought Israeli-US support for attack on Hamas

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2010

A cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed that members of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party asked Israel to attack its rival Hamas.

US cable demonstrates Sri Lankan government’s collusion with paramilitary death squads

By Sarath Kumara, 29 December 2010

While well aware of the crimes being committed, Washington maintained a diplomatic silence and fully backed the Sri Lankan government’s renewed war against the LTTE.

The New York Times backs the attack on WikiLeaks

By Alex Lantier, 28 December 2010

With a brief Christmas Day editorial, “Banks and WikiLeaks,” the New York Times editorial page finally broke its silence on the official campaign targeting WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks cables: Spanish socialist government plans to renege on election pledges

By Paul Mitchell, 24 December 2010

Cables published by WikiLeaks reveal that the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) did not expect to win the March 14, 2004 election and were was seeking to renege on their manifesto pledges within hours of coming to power.

WikiLeaks cables expose France’s collaboration with US imperialism

By Kumaran Ira, 24 December 2010

Cables leaked to WikiLeaks expose how the entire French political establishment supports the illegal US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

ISSE/SEP meetings in Germany defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party held two meetings in Germany in defense of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Secret cables reveal Washington intervened in Italy to defend CIA kidnappers

By David Walsh, 23 December 2010

Secret diplomatic dispatches, released by WikiLeaks, reveal how US authorities put pressure on the Italian government to protect CIA agents responsible for kidnapping and torture.

Britain assured US its interests would be protected in Iraq war inquiry

By Robert Stevens, 23 December 2010

Cables released by WikiLeaks reveal that the British government informed a US official it had “put measures in place” to protect American interests in advance of the Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war.

The political significance of the WikiLeaks revelations

By Nick Beams, 23 December 2010

The following report was delivered by Nick Beams, SEP (Australia) national secretary to SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on December 20 and 21.

Australia: SEP public meetings defend WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 22 December 2010

The speakers explained the significance of key WikiLeaks cables, the intensifying provocations against the site’s founder Julian Assange, and the necessity for the international working class to put an end to the system responsible for the crimes and conspiracies exposed by the leaked documents.

Julian Assange replies to media smear campaign

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2010

In his first face-to-face broadcast interview since being released from a London jail, Assange discussed the trumped-up charges against him in Sweden.

German newspapers publish appeal opposing censorship of WikiLeaks

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 December 2010

A number of German newspapers and news web sites have issued a joint appeal rejecting any censorship or persecution of the WikiLeaks web site by either governments or commercial interests, or both.

WikiLeaks and Germany’s Left Party

By Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2010

Germany’s Left Party has been remarkably restrained in its comments about the revelations on the WikiLeaks web site and the persecution of its founder Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks cables reveal commercial motivations behind New Zealand troop deployment to Iraq

By Tom Peters, 22 December 2010

Cables released by WikiLeaks show that New Zealand sent soldiers to Iraq in order to safeguard a lucrative contract for dairy giant Fonterra.

Imperialist diplomacy exposed: Behind the witch-hunt of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

By James Cogan, 22 December 2010

The following report was delivered by James Cogan, Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national organiser, to SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on December 20 and 21.

Julian Assange and the defense of democratic rights

By Joseph Kishore, 21 December 2010

Over the past several months, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been the target of a state-orchestrated campaign based on trumped-up allegations of sexual misconduct.

US complicit in India’s systematic use of torture in Kashmir

By Deepal Jayasekera, 21 December 2010

US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks show that Washington has long had evidence of Indian authorities’ systematic use of torture against opponents of Indian rule over Jammu and Kashmir, but has chosen not to speak out against New Delhi’s gross human rights violations.

Colombia cable: Army murder of civilians “widespread”

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2010

A classified cable from the US embassy in Bogota confirms that Washington was told the Colombian army’s murder of civilians was “widespread,” yet still approved military aid.

Letters from our readers on WikiLeaks

21 December 2010

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the persecution of WikiLeaks.

Biden brands WikiLeaks leader “terrorist” and criminal

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2010

US Vice President Joseph Biden made the highest-level public attack on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, calling Assange a “high-tech terrorist” and agreeing with a suggestion that the organization’s activities are “criminal.”

Cables expose Washington’s contempt for international law, democratic rights

By Barry Grey, 20 December 2010

Secret cables published in recent days by WikiLeaks reveal the efforts of the United States to thwart the exposure by the Council of Europe and the International Criminal Court (ICC) of human rights violations by the US and its allies.

WikiLeaks founder defiant after release from British jail

By Patrick Martin, 18 December 2010

Julian Assange said that his organization had emerged stronger from the attacks by Swedish, British and US political authorities.

Accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning held in solitary confinement

By Naomi Spencer, 18 December 2010

Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been held in solitary confinement by the military for more than seven months.

Cables show US reversed Indonesian army ban for Obama visit

By John Braddock, 18 December 2010

The resumption of US ties with Kopassus was determined by the Obama administration’s steps to counter Chinese influence in Asia.

WikiLeaks cable reveals US role in 2006 Thai coup

By John Chan, 18 December 2010

A US diplomatic cable has shown that Washington knew in advance of the preparations for the 2006 military coup that ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Julian Assange granted bail

By Ann Talbot, 17 December 2010

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail at the High Court in London on Thursday.

Protesters denounce legal persecution of Assange

By our reporters, 17 December 2010

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a number of those protesting at the High Court in London, supporting the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including documentary filmmaker John Pilger.

Cables show Portugal’s role in secret CIA prisoner flights

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2010

The Portuguese government agreed to make an Azores air base available for CIA flights, while keeping the arrangement secret from its own people.

Spain’s Socialist Party government colluded with US to conceal Iraq war crimes

By Paul Mitchell, 17 December 2010

Cables released by WikiLeaks show the PSOE government worked the Bush and Obama administrations to prevent prosecutions of US officials for war crimes.