The Persecution of WikiLeaks
By Robert Stevens, 15 June 2019
The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington’s vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.
By our reporters, 15 June 2019
Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two “Yellow Vest” protestors from France.
By Mike Head, 14 June 2019
The move, coming just one day before Assange’s first extradition hearing, makes clear the British government’s intent to hand the journalist over to his persecutors in Washington.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 June 2019
Andrew Fowler warned: “If Assange is left to swing in the breeze, it will be an open invitation for any journalist, anywhere in the world, to be extradited to the US.”
By Kevin Reed, 6 June 2019
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 June 2019
Despite Swedish prosecutors having investigated Julian Assange on bogus allegations of sexual misconduct for eight years, they have never charged him.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2019
The brazen responses demonstrate the criminality of the US-led vendetta against Assange, which is proceeding in violation of due process and the fundamental tenets of international law.
By our reporters, 3 June 2019
A protest in Trafalgar Square on Saturday was organised via social media and endorsed by the Julian Assange Defence Committee.
“I felt that sitting behind my laptop just wasn’t enough and so I decided to try and organise something myself”
By Steve James, 3 June 2019
Flex organised a protest in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning outside the US Consulate last Saturday.
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 June 2019
The statement was a powerful indictment of the Australian political and media establishment, which has abandoned the WikiLeaks founder or openly participated in his persecution.
John Pilger speaks out:
By our reporters, 31 May 2019
Investigative journalist, broadcaster and film maker John Pilger spoke to the media outside the Westminster Magistrates Court about Assange’s case.
By our reporter, 31 May 2019
The WSWS spoke to Joseph A. Farrell, a WikiLeaks ambassador and a Centre for Investigative Journalism board member.
“We are told that we live in a democratic society, but this proves it’s not the case”
By our reporters, 31 May 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to some of those protesting outside Westminster Magistrates Court against efforts to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 May 2019
The WSWS demands Assange’s immediate release from the maximum security prison and his transfer to a hospital with the best medical care available and with doctors of his choice.
By Robert Stevens, 30 May 2019
Under conditions in which the WikiLeaks journalist is facing life in prison or worse, the Guardian cannot bring itself to defend him.
By Chris Marsden, 30 May 2019
The following is a letter to Britain’s Guardian from Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden demanding the newspaper correct and apologise for lies they published in an editorial on Julian Assange.
By our correspondents, 30 May 2019
Leading members of Sosyalist Eşitlik and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality addressed the meeting, which adopted a resolution calling for the freedom of Assange and Manning.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 May 2019
The ruling is the latest example of the international legal vendetta being perpetrated against the WikiLeaks founder.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 May 2019
Labor and the Coalition are signalling their support for the US-led persecution of Assange, for his exposure of war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.
By Eric London, 27 May 2019
Trump’s suggestion to pardon US war criminals exposes the class character of the bipartisan campaign against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
“It’s a political imprisonment and completely unjust, so please support, donate and spread the message”
By our reporters, 27 May 2019
SEP campaigners in UK cities won a strong response to the call for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistle-blower Chelsea Manning.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 May 2019
In the first publicly-released comments to supporters since his arrest, Assange detailed his conditions of isolation at Belmarsh prison and called for supporters to mobilise in his defence.
By Laura Tiernan, 23 May 2019
According to Amnesty International, neither Assange nor whistleblower Chelsea Manning are “prisoners of conscience” and their defence is not being actively pursued by the human rights charity.
On the spot report: Ecuador’s government colludes with Washington to seize Julian Assange’s possessions
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 21 May 2019
Supporters of Assange began gathering by 8 a.m. yesterday outside the embassy to witness and denounce the search and seizure.
Speech by Ulrich Rippert to London meeting
“Defending Julian Assange requires the mobilisation of the working class in a struggle against capitalism”
20 May 2019
We are publishing the speech of Ulrich Rippert, chairman of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party) in Germany, at the May 12 public meeting in London in defence of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
By our reporters, 20 May 2019
The campaigns followed last week’s public meeting in London that resolved to redouble efforts to secure Assange and Manning’s freedom.
By Laura Tiernan, 16 May 2019
Last Sunday’s public meeting in London convened by the Socialist Equality Party to defend jailed WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning provoked a wide-ranging discussion.
By our correspondents, 16 May 2019
The rally in the capital of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu attracted the attention of workers and youth.
By Alice Summers, 15 May 2019
We are publishing the speech of the IYSSE representative at the May 12 meeting in London in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2019
No new evidence has been cited by Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson.
By our reporter, 13 May 2019
Speakers included leaders from the Socialist Equality Parties in Britain, Australia, the United States and Germany, with Clara Campos representing the Julian Assange Defence Committee.
Attend Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting in London
10 May 2019
The SEP (UK) is hosting a public meeting in London on May 12 to demand the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, held in Belmarsh prison, and the freedom of Chelsea Manning, who had been imprisoned for more than two months for refusing to testify against Assange.
By Chris Marsden, 9 May 2019
We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Chris Marsden.
9 May 2019
The protest organised by the Indian Trotskyists is part of the ICFI’s international campaign to defend WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
By our reporter, 6 May 2019
Friday’s protest in Sydney was held two days after Assange was sentenced in a British court to 50 weeks’ jail on bogus bail charges.
By Andre Damon, 2 May 2019
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher and journalist, was sentenced to almost a year in prison by a UK judge Wednesday, in what can only be called a show trial.
By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019
The sentence is part of ongoing efforts to ensure that Assange is extradited to the US, where he faces the savage wrath of the US ruling elite whose war crimes WikiLeaks courageously exposed.
By our reporter, 1 May 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to some of those protesting outside London’s Southwark Crown Court against the jailing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By our reporter, 29 April 2019
The protest, in Sydney’s western suburbs, underscored the working-class opposition to Canberra’s role in the persecution of Assange and Manning.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 April 2019
John Shipton warned that his son’s persecution was “to demonstrate that publishers and whistleblowers will be destroyed.”
By David Walsh, 29 April 2019
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday evening was a travesty. No one on the podium referred to either Julian Assange or Chelsea Manning, and no one in the audience protested this criminal omission.
By Paul Mitchell, 29 April 2019
At the meeting many ideas were discussed and agreed on how best to take forward the campaign to defend WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 April 2019
The reported denial of the WikiLeaks founder’s right to consult his legal counsel, for over a week, casts grave doubt that he will be afforded due process.
By Niles Niemuth, 23 April 2019
The courageous whistleblower has been held in jail since March 8 in an effort to force her to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
SEP (Australia) election candidates win strong support for the immediate release of Assange and Manning
By our correspondents, 23 April 2019
The SEP is the only political party in the election defending Julian Assange and US whistleblower Chelsea Manning and fighting to mobilise workers and youth to demand their immediate release from prison.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2019
If he is extradited to the US, Assange will be denied genuine due process and will likely face charges carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
By Kristina Betinis, 19 April 2019
A report by CNN confirms the warnings made by the WSWS that if the journalist is extradited to the United States, additional, possibly capital, charges would be brought against him.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 April 2019
Since Assange’s illegal arrest by the British police last Thursday, 75,000 more people have signed a petition demanding that the Australian government take action to defend the WikiLeaks founder.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2019
A review of WikiLeaks publishing activities demonstrates that Assange has played an unparalleled role in the exposure of wars, diplomatic intrigues and illegal surveillance operations.
By Stuart Rees, 18 April 2019
“This is not a legal controversy. It is a massive political issue. The US culture of revenge has to be exposed and challenged. Grass roots outrage needs to be mobilised.”
By the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, 18 April 2019
The following statement in defense of Julian Assange was issued by the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2019
The arrest of Ola Beni, carried out on the sole evidence of his having visited Assange, signals that the Ecuadorian government is preparing broader political repression.
By Mike Head, 16 April 2019
Both the ruling Liberal-National Coalition and opposition Labor Party have doubled down on their support for Washington’s decade-long operation to lock Assange away.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 April 2019
“The powers that be want to use the persecution of a successful and effective publisher as a warning to us all not to challenge their power and their crimes.”
16 April 2019
The protest called by the SEP and IYSSE will be held at 4 pm today at Fort Railway Station, Colombo.
By Eric London, 15 April 2019
What is being presented as an extradition request by the US is so loaded with illegality that it would be more precise to call it an extraordinary rendition.
By Laura Tiernan, 15 April 2019
This is the Blairites’ answer to global public outrage over Assange’s brutal seizure from the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday.
By our reporters, 15 April 2019
Protesters at Saturday’s demonstration to demand the release of Julian Assange from Belmarsh prison spoke to the World Socialist Web Site.
By David North, 15 April 2019
We are reposting David North’s essay, first published over eight years ago, in defense of Julian Assange against efforts by the US media and government to discredit the WikiLeaks founder after the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) member Robert Stevens speaks at rally to demand release of Assange from Belmarsh prison
By our reporter, 15 April 2019
Stevens said, “Join the fight to defend Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. Workers and youth internationally must mobilise immediately to defend these class war prisoners.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2019
“Journalists, all over the world, who have published material that WikiLeaks made available, should stand up for Julian’s rights.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 April 2019
The WikiLeaks founder declared: “No journalist, no citizen, should accept that what they speak about can be defined from day to day by reasons of political expediency.”
By our correspondents, 9 April 2019
SEP campaigners found a deep well of opposition to the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder over his exposure of the war crimes and diplomatic intrigues of the US and its allies.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 April 2019
While the Ecuadorian government denied that Assange would be “imminently” expelled from the embassy, it did not dispute that plans had been afoot to terminate his political asylum.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2019
The Ecuadorian regime, and its co-conspirators in the British and US governments, are engaged in a sordid and illegal conspiracy to terminate the political asylum of the WikiLeaks founder.
By Paul Mitchell, 6 April 2019
Defenders of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London yesterday, after a warning that he faces eviction from the building where he sought political asylum in 2012 “within hours to days.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 April 2019
Moreno accused Assange of “repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum,” to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.
By Kevin Reed, 3 April 2019
Manning was imprisoned by District Judge Claude Hilton on civil contempt charges for courageously refusing to testify before a secret grand jury preparing a frame-up case against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
By Kevin Reed, 25 March 2019
Manning has been subjected to solitary confinement after refusing to testify before a grand jury empaneled for the purpose of crafting frame-up charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Andre Damon, 18 March 2019
The jailing of Chelsea Manning has been met with silence in the establishment media, the “liberal” press, the “progressive” wing of the Democratic Party, and the middle-class pseudo-left.
“Free Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange now!”
By our reporters, 16 March 2019
Students and workers across the United States and internationally continue to speak out against the jailing of whistleblower Chelsea Manning and the ongoing persecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
Watch from Friday, 4 p.m., US eastern time, Saturday: 7 a.m., Australian eastern time
15 March 2019
The vindictive re-imprisonment of Chelsea Manning underscores the urgency of the fight to free Julian Assange from his arbitrary detention by the British government.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at University of Michigan, 14 March 2019
The rally at the University of Michigan advanced an international strategy to mobilize youth, students and the broadest layers of the working class against the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning.
By our reporters, 12 March 2019
“If Julian doesn’t receive freedom, if Chelsea Manning is not released, then we are going down a slippery slope.”
Chris Marsden at Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange
By Chris Marsden, 12 March 2019
This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party (UK) National Secretary Chris Marsden at the Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange held outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on March 10.
Emmy Butlin at London rally to defend Assange
“We need international solidarity to bring about a positive outcome in this struggle for freedom for Julian Assange”
12 March 2019
This speech was delivered by Emmy Butlin of the Julian Assange Defence Committee at the Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange held outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, on March 10.
By Andre Damon, 11 March 2019
Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange are class-war prisoners, whose freedom depends on the mobilization of the working class.
By our reporters, 11 March 2019
James Cogan declared that “the fight to free Assange must become part of all the actions by workers.”
By our reporters, 11 March 2019
A spirited rally was held yesterday outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, called by the Julian Assange Defence Committee and supported by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) and World Socialist Web Site.
By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2019
The courageous whistleblower has already been imprisoned for seven years and subjected to solitary confinement and torture for exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Mike Head, 8 March 2019
A federal judge ordered Manning to prison Friday on contempt charges for refusing to provide testimony against WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange.
By James Cogan, 6 March 2019
The subpoena is an escalation of the US government’s efforts to extradite Julian Assange, and a new and vindictive persecution of Manning.
“Julian Assange is a significant international citizen who has made a stand for truth-telling”
By Professor Stuart Rees, 6 March 2019
When the controversy about Julian first started, a Republican senator from New York, King, said: “Why doesn’t somebody take a gun and shoot the son-of-a-bitch? I know it’s illegal, but it would be wonderful for Americans’ freedom if that happens.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 March 2019
“They’re persecuting Julian Assange because they know how much he and WikiLeaks have done to politically educate an entire generation of young people.”
By our reporters, 6 March 2019
“We need to demand of the government, ‘what are you going to do to assist Julian now?’ We should not be beating around the bush because his life is in danger.”
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019
The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.
Speech by Joe Lauria, March 3, 2019
By Joe Lauria, 5 March 2019
Joe Lauria, the editor-in-chief of Consortium News, delivered this speech to the rally organised by the Socialist Equality Party in Sydney to demand the freedom of Julian Assange.
Opening remarks to March 3 Sydney rally by Socialist Equality Party leader, Linda Tenenbaum
By Linda Tenenbaum, 5 March 2019
Julian Assange has never been charged with a crime; he has an Australian passport; he is an Australian citizen and, as such, the Morrison government is obligated to defend his democratic rights.
By our reporters, 5 March 2019
“People want to bring him home so he can continue his work of bringing these corporate and government criminals to justice.”
Speech by James Cogan, March 3, 2019
By James Cogan, 4 March 2019
The following speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary, James Cogan, to the SEP’s March 3 rally at Sydney’s Martin Place to free Julian Assange.
By our reporters, 4 March 2019
James Cogan declared: “We are sending a clear message to Julian Assange today and he will hear it—you are not alone, you have not been abandoned, you have not been forgotten. You will be freed.”
By Matthew Brennan, 2 March 2019
The subpoena provides no information as to what prosecutors intend to ask Manning, but all indications are that it is part of an effort by the US Department of Justice to escalate its pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 March 2019
In a Senate committee hearing, Foreign Minister Marise Payne reiterated the government’s refusal to secure the freedom of the persecuted WikiLeaks founder.
By James Cogan, 28 February 2019
If Roger Stone did tell Trump he talked with Julian Assange, then Stone was lying.
28 February 2019
Veteran documentarian Curtis Levy speaks out in defence of the WikiLeaks publisher and freedom of the press.
By our reporters, 28 February 2019
“I’m going on March 3 and I think everyone should come because we need to take action to free Assange and end war.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 February 2019
The MEAA claims to defend journalists, but only those who have not fallen afoul of the US and Australian governments and the major media conglomerates with which it collaborates.
Terry Hicks, father of former Guantanamo prisoner David Hicks, speaks on the defence of Julian Assange
26 February 2019
Terry Hicks, who waged a determined five-year battle to secure his son’s release from Guantanamo Bay and repatriation to Australia, spoke out on the campaign to free the WikiLeaks publisher.
By our reporters, 26 February 2019
The motion was moved by a member of the Committee For Public Education (CFPE), which is actively promoting and campaigning for the demonstrations on March 3 and March 10.
SEP national secretary James Cogan calls for maximum participation in rallies to free Julian Assange
25 February 2019
Cogan explains the connection between the fight for Assange’s freedom and the fight against the escalating government attacks in every country against freedom of the press and other basic democratic rights.