2020-02-24: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-24). Assange's US extradition hearing begins: What's it all about and how did we get here? rt.com A London court is set to begin hearings to determine whether or not jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to the US on charges of conspiracy where he faces life in prison. | Assange has languished in London's top security Belmarsh Prison since he was dragged from London's Ecuadorian Embassy by British police in April last year and subsequently slapped with 18 charges under the US Espionage Act, which could see him sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. | The Australian journalist and whistleblower had, for the seven years prior, been living in the London embassy, where he had sought asylu…

The Canary (2020-02-24). Julian Assange supporters protest outside court ahead of extradition hearing. thecanary.co Supporters of Julian Assange have gathered outside court as the WikiLeaks founder begins his fight against extradition to the US, where he is accused of helping to leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents.Demonstrators, including Assange's father John Shipton, arrived at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, with some holding placards calling for his immediate release.Some said they had arrived as early as 6am, with signs reading: "Don't shoot the messenger, free Assange" and "Free Julian Assange, Nobel Peace Prize nominee". Tents were erected on nearby grass.John Shipton, the father of Julian Assange, speaks…

RT (2020-02-24). 'Oppression, arbitrary detention & torture will happen to journalists if extradition is successful' — Assange's father. rt.com If Julian Assange's transfer to the US isn't stopped, other journalists and publishers face the imminent risk of being persecuted, detained or even tortured, his father exclaimed as his extradition trial got under way in London. | A crowd of supporters have gathered outside London's Woolwich Crown Court, which will hear arguments from lawyers for US authorities who want Assange extradited on espionage charges that carry a maximum sentence of 175 years behind bars. | "We're here to vigorously and firmly support Julian in this ten-year-long oppression and political action that's [reached its] culmination here i…

RT (2020-02-24). Palestinian flag, Yellow Vests, Anonymous masks: Wide range of protester groups join demonstration in support of Assange (PHOTOS). rt.com Supporters of Julian Assange have staged quite a show outside Woolwich Court in London, throwing their artistic weight behind the embattled WikiLeaks co-founder. | Overlooked by a few policemen, dozens of protesters began amassing near the courthouse earlier on Monday, just as the judges began the closely-watched extradition hearing for Assange. | There was no shortage of conventional placards calling for Assange's release, but some activists showed unorthodox creativity. One protester, dressed as a biblical character, stole the show by carrying a yellowish cross, with the words "The truth will win" imprinted…

RT (2020-02-24). 'Every journalist should feel a cold, icy hand running down their spine': Assange's extradition case examined in new RT doc. rt.com With Julian Assange's US extradition hearing getting under way in London, RTD's new film sheds light on why the WikiLeaks founder's landmark case may lay the path for future prosecution of journalists. | "Every journalist in the United States should feel a cold, icy hand running down their spine at the charges that had been leveled against this publisher. Because they could be next," writer Suelette Dreyfus says about Assange whose project published leaked documents exposing possible US War crimes in Iraq and letters exposing shenanigans against Bernie Sanders in 2016 by bosses within the Democratic Party. | "

WSWS (2020-02-24). Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds London rally in defence of Assange and Manning. wsws.org The meeting was attended by more than 130 workers, youth and students who came from all over the UK.

WSWS (2020-02-24). Australian and New Zealand demonstrations demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder and US whistleblower. wsws.org The weekend rallies point to growing international support for Assange and Manning and a deeper political understanding and determination to fight by important layers of students, workers and youth.

WSWS (2020-02-24). Don't Extradite Assange campaign calls on Boris Johnson to intervene. wsws.org The struggle to free Julian Assange requires an implacable struggle by the working class against the Johnson and Trump governments now conspiring to silence him forever.

WSWS (2020-02-24). Washington, D.C., transit police engaged in competitions for highest number of arrests in the metro system. wsws.org A whistleblower revealed that approximately 50 Metro Police in Washington, D.C., engaged in a weekly contest for number of arrests, tickets, and citations.

sputniknews (2020-02-24). Former Greek Finance Minister Slams Assange Case as 'Assault on Journalism'. sputniknews.com The main court hearing on Julian Assange's extradition to the US kicks off in London on Monday as the WikiLeaks founder faces a spate of charges for his role in leaking classified documents about US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

sputniknews (2020-02-24). 'It Would be the End of Free Speech': Protest Against Assange's Extradition at Belmarsh Prison. sputniknews.com Today is the day a London court begins hearing on what looks to become (or at least precede) one of the defining cases of the decade — the extradition trial of Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder has found support from human rights advoctes from across the globe, including France's Yellow Vest movement.

Staff (2020-02-23). Thousands Protest in London Against Assange Extradition Before Start of Hearing. truthout.org The extradition hearing to decide whether to send Julian Assange to the United States to be tried for publishing classified military documents on Wikileaks is expected to finally begin on Monday in London. | Assange is

acTVism Munich (2020-02-23). Julian Assange "Stop Extradition Protest" in London. dissidentvoice.org This video documents the protest that took place in London on the 22nd of February 2020 to stop the extradition of Julian Assange. This protest was organised by the "Don't Extradite Assange Campaign." | CORRECTION IN VIDEO AT 00: 14: " … and 1 count of conspiracy 'to commit computer intrusion.'"

Staff (2020-02-22). Ahead of Extradition Hearing, Hundreds March for Assange in London. truthdig.com LONDON—Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. | Famous Britons, including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the crowd protesting the U.S. espionage charges against the founder of the secret-spilling website. An extradition hearing for Assange is due to begin in a London court on Monday. | WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told a rally outside Parliament that the prosecuti…

teleSUR (2020-02-22). 'Don't Extradite Assange' is the Shout at London's Streets. telesurenglish.net In London, hundreds of free speech activists Saturday marched from the Australia House to Parliament Square in support of RELATED: | Beginning Feb. 24, London's Woolwich Crown Court will…

Tom Coburg (2020-02-22). Bid to free Manning launched as explosive new evidence threatens to end Assange extradition. thecanary.co Lawyers acting on behalf of imprisoned whistleblower Meanwhile, more evidence has emerged to further the argument that the extradition hearings should end on th…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2020-02-22). Eminent Monsters: British doctors, human experimentation and the origins of psychological torture. thecanary.co "For the last 60 years doctors working for the British and American governments have used psychological torture to destroy people". So begins The Canary attended the UK premier at the

Staff (2020-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2020. democracynow.org Democratic Contenders Take Aim at Billionaire Michael Bloomberg in Nevada Debate, Protesters Interrupt Nevada Debate to Demand Immigration Discussion, Michael Bloomberg Made Transphobic Remarks in 2019, Bloomberg Campaign NDAs Could Prevent Reporting of Abuses, U.N. Warns of Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria's Idlib, German Far-Right Gunman Kills 10 in Frankfurt Suburb, China Expels Wall Street Journal Reporters over "Racist" Op-Ed, Trump Taps Ally Richard Grenell as Director of National Intelligence, As Roger Stone Faces Sentencing in Federal Court, Trump Hints at Pardon, Julian Assange's Lawyers: Trum…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-20). "Leave Our Bloke Alone": A Little Mission for Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org I think that now it is time that the government I am a part of needs to be standing up and saying to both the UK and the US: 'enough is enough, leave our bloke alone and let him come home.' — George Christensen, Australian conservative MP, Sydney Morning Herald, February 19, 2020 An odd …

pip.hinman (2020-02-20). Barrister says 'democracy at stake' in Assange trial. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-02-19). New blow to media freedom, whistleblowers. greenleft.org.au

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-02-18). While demanding Assange, US refuses to extradite CIA agent who killed British teen. thegrayzone.com High-ranking CIA agent Anne Sacoolas is charged with killing a teenage British citizen. While the US demands Julian Assange's extradition,…

John Pilger (2020-02-18). John Pilger: It is time for Julian Assange to be saved, not betrayed. thegrayzone.com The truth is that Australia could have rescued Julian Assange and can still rescue him. Leaders of his homeland who have…

Fight Back (2020-02-18). Courtroom erupts in response to racist decision in Gerald Reed case. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The courtroom was packed February 14. This was my fourth Gerald Reed court hearing. Usually, there is a crowd of folks who show up to support Gerald and his mother, Armanda Shackleford, who has been fighting for her son since he was arrested, tortured and framed in 1990. Shackleford sits in the front row, wearing her Free Gerald Reed t-shirt. Together we sit for an hour, two hours, three, and hear powerful men debate the innocence of a man whose sentence was vacated a year ago. | But today was different. Two alderpersons were there, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez and Jeanette Taylor, to show their suppor…

Susan Price (2020-02-18). John Pilger: Julian Assange must be freed, not betrayed. greenleft.org.au People will carry pictures of the Australi…

pip.hinman (2020-02-18). Protest Julian Assange's extradition. greenleft.org.au The United States government wants to extradite the journalist and whis…

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Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds London rally in defence of Assange and Manning
wsws.org | 2020-02-24
The meeting was attended by more than 130 workers, youth and students who came from all over the UK.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/24/lond-f24.html

Palestinian flag, Yellow Vests, Anonymous masks: Wide range of protester groups join demonstration in support of Assange (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-02-24
Supporters of Julian Assange have staged quite a show outside Woolwich Court in London, throwing their artistic weight behind the embattled WikiLeaks co-founder. | Overlooked by a few policemen, dozens of protesters began amassing near the courthouse earlier on Monday, just as the judges began the closely-watched extradition hearing for Assange. | There was no shortage of conventional placards calling for Assange's release, but some activists showed unorthodox creativity. One protester, dressed as a biblical character, stole the show by carrying a yellowish cross, with the words "The truth will win" imprinted…
rt.com/news/481552-assange-protest-flags-masks/

Julian Assange supporters protest outside court ahead of extradition hearing
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-24
Supporters of Julian Assange have gathered outside court as the WikiLeaks founder begins his fight against extradition to the US, where he is accused of helping to leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents.Demonstrators, including Assange's father John Shipton, arrived at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, with some holding placards calling for his immediate release.Some said they had arrived as early as 6am, with signs reading: "Don't shoot the messenger, free Assange" and "Free Julian Assange, Nobel Peace Prize nominee". Tents were erected on nearby grass.John Shipton, the father of Julian Assange, speaks…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/02/24/julian-assange-supporters-protest-outside-court-ahead-of-extradition-hearing/

Don't Extradite Assange campaign calls on Boris Johnson to intervene
wsws.org | 2020-02-24
The struggle to free Julian Assange requires an implacable struggle by the working class against the Johnson and Trump governments now conspiring to silence him forever.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/24/demo-f24.html

'Every journalist should feel a cold, icy hand running down their spine': Assange's extradition case examined in new RT doc
rt.com | 2020-02-24
With Julian Assange's US extradition hearing getting under way in London, RTD's new film sheds light on why the WikiLeaks founder's landmark case may lay the path for future prosecution of journalists. | "Every journalist in the United States should feel a cold, icy hand running down their spine at the charges that had been leveled against this publisher. Because they could be next," writer Suelette Dreyfus says about Assange whose project published leaked documents exposing possible US War crimes in Iraq and letters exposing shenanigans against Bernie Sanders in 2016 by bosses within the Democratic Party. | "
rt.com/news/481402-assange-journalism-rt-doc/

Assange's US extradition hearing begins: What's it all about and how did we get here?
rt.com | 2020-02-24
A London court is set to begin hearings to determine whether or not jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to the US on charges of conspiracy where he faces life in prison. | Assange has languished in London's top security Belmarsh Prison since he was dragged from London's Ecuadorian Embassy by British police in April last year and subsequently slapped with 18 charges under the US Espionage Act, which could see him sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. | The Australian journalist and whistleblower had, for the seven years prior, been living in the London embassy, where he had sought asylu…
rt.com/news/481432-assange-extradition-hearings-begin/

Australian and New Zealand demonstrations demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder and US whistleblower
wsws.org | 2020-02-24
The weekend rallies point to growing international support for Assange and Manning and a deeper political understanding and determination to fight by important layers of students, workers and youth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/24/sepa-f24.html

Washington, D.C., transit police engaged in competitions for highest number of arrests in the metro system
wsws.org | 2020-02-24
A whistleblower revealed that approximately 50 Metro Police in Washington, D.C., engaged in a weekly contest for number of arrests, tickets, and citations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/24/metro-f24.html

'It Would be the End of Free Speech': Protest Against Assange's Extradition at Belmarsh Prison
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-24
Today is the day a London court begins hearing on what looks to become (or at least precede) one of the defining cases of the decade

Former Greek Finance Minister Slams Assange Case as 'Assault on Journalism'
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-24
The main court hearing on Julian Assange's extradition to the US kicks off in London on Monday as the WikiLeaks founder faces a spate of charges for his role in leaking classified documents about US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
sputniknews.com/uk/202002241078393266-ex-greek-finance-minister-slams-assange-case-as-assault-on-journalism/

Julian Assange "Stop Extradition Protest" in London
acTVism Munich | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-23
This video documents the protest that took place in London on the 22nd of February 2020 to stop the extradition of Julian Assange. This protest was organised by the "Don't Extradite Assange Campaign." | CORRECTION IN VIDEO AT 00: 14: " … and 1 count of conspiracy 'to commit computer intrusion.'"
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/julian-assange-stop-extradition-protest-in-london/

Bernie Sanders Wins Big in Nevada Democratic Vote
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-23
Broad-based support across age, racial and ideological groups propelled Bernie Sanders to a dominant victory in Nevada's Democratic caucuses, tightening his grip on the front-runner spot in the race to find a challenger to President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | 'Don't Extradite Assange' is the Shout at London's Streets | Joe Biden, the former vice president, appeared headed to a badly needed second-place finish in Nevada after poor showings earlier this month in the first two nominating…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernie-Sanders-Wins-Big-in-Nevada-Democratic-Vote-20200223-0001.html

Thousands Protest in London Against Assange Extradition Before Start of Hearing
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-23
The extradition hearing to decide whether to send Julian Assange to the United States to be tried for publishing classified military documents on Wikileaks is expected to finally begin on Monday in London. | Assange is charged with 17 counts under the Espionage Act, involving receipt, obtaining and disclosing national security information. He has also b…
truthout.org/articles/thousands-protest-in-london-against-assange-extradition-before-start-of-hearing/

Bid to free Manning launched as explosive new evidence threatens to end Assange extradition
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-02-22
Lawyers acting on behalf of imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning have lodged a motion, arguing for her release. This comes as WikiLeaks tweeted that Julian Assange's lawyers intend to produce 'bombshell' evidence at next week's extradition hearing. | Meanwhile, more evidence has emerged to further the argument that the extradition hearings should end on th…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/02/22/bid-to-free-manning-launched-as-explosive-new-evidence-threatens-to-end-assange-extradition/

Ahead of Extradition Hearing, Hundreds March for Assange in London
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-22
LONDON–Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. | Famous Britons, including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the crowd protesting the U.S. espionage charges against the founder of the secret-spilling website. An extradition hearing for Assange is due to begin in a London court on Monday. | WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told a rally outside Parliament that the prosecuti…
truthdig.com/articles/ahead-of-extradition-hearing-hundreds-march-for-assange-in-london/

Eminent Monsters: British doctors, human experimentation and the origins of psychological torture
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2020-02-22
"For the last 60 years doctors working for the British and American governments have used psychological torture to destroy people". So begins Eminent Monsters, a chilling new documentary about the development and application of "psychological torture" techniques which have been, and continue to be, used by the UK and US governments as well as others around the world. | The Canary attended the UK premier at the Bertha DocHouse, on the bottom floor of th…
thecanary.co/feature/2020/02/22/eminent-monsters-british-doctors-human-experimentation-and-the-origins-of-psychological-torture/

'Don't Extradite Assange' is the Shout at London's Streets
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-22
In London, hundreds of free speech activists Saturday marched from the Australia House to Parliament Square in support of Julian Assange who faces a court that will decide whether or not to be extradited to the United States. | RELATED: | Europe's Human Rights Watchdog Opposes Assange's Extradition | Beginning Feb. 24, London's Woolwich Crown Court will…
telesurenglish.net/news/Dont-Extradite-Assange-is-the-Shout-at-Londons-Streets-20200222-0004.html

John Pilger: Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed
John Pilger | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-21
On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death. | I know Australia House well. As an Australian myself, I used to go there in my early days in London to read the newspapers from home. Opened by King George V over a century ago, its vastness of marble and stone, chandeliers and solemn portraits, imported from Australia when Austra…
mintpressnews.com/john-pilger-julian-assange-must-be-freed-not-betrayed/265037/

"Leave Our Bloke Alone": A Little Mission for Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-20
I think that now it is time that the government I am a part of needs to be standing up and saying to both the UK and the US: 'enough is enough, leave our bloke alone and let him come home.'

Barrister says 'democracy at stake' in Assange trial
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-20
civil liberties Pip HinmanIssue 1254 Australia WhistleblowersFebruary 20, 2020February 24 is the first day of Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing at Belmarsh Prison in London. The United States government will argue for his extradition to the US.
greenleft.org.au/content/barrister-says-democracy-stake-assange-trial

New blow to media freedom, whistleblowers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-19
Fighting Fund civil liberties Jim McIlroyIssue 1254 Australia The Afghan Files AFP raid ABCFebruary 19, 2020Federal Court judge We…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-blow-media-freedom-whistleblowers

John Pilger: It is time for Julian Assange to be saved, not betrayed
John Pilger | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-18
The truth is that Australia could have rescued Julian Assange and can still rescue him. Leaders of his homeland who have…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/17/john-pilger-julian-assange-saved-betrayed/

While demanding Assange, US refuses to extradite CIA agent who killed British teen
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-18
High-ranking CIA agent Anne Sacoolas is charged with killing a teenage British citizen. While the US demands Julian Assange's extradition,…
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/18/assange-us-extradite-cia-killed-british-teen/

Courtroom erupts in response to racist decision in Gerald Reed case
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-18
Chicago, IL – The courtroom was packed February 14. This was my fourth Gerald Reed court hearing. Usually, there is a crowd of folks who show up to support Gerald and his mother, Armanda Shackleford, who has been fighting for her son since he was arrested, tortured and framed in 1990. Shackleford sits in the front row, wearing her Free Gerald Reed t-shirt. Together we sit for an hour, two hours, three, and hear powerful men debate the innocence of a man whose sentence was vacated a year ago. | But today was different. Two alderpersons were there, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez and Jeanette Taylor, to show their suppor…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/18/courtroom-erupts-response-racist-decision-gerald-reed-case

Protest Julian Assange's extradition
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-18
civil liberties Kerry SmithIssue 1254 Australia whistleblowerFebruary 18, 2020Australian citizen Julian Assange's extradition hearing is set to start at Belmarsh Prison, London, on February 24. | The United States government wants to extradite the journalist and whis…
greenleft.org.au/content/protest-julian-assanges-extradition

John Pilger: Julian Assange must be freed, not betrayed
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-18
civil liberties John PilgerIssue 1254 Britain Julian Assange extraditionFebruary 18, 2020On February 22, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. | People will carry pictures of the Australi…
greenleft.org.au/content/john-pilger-julian-assange-must-be-freed-not-betrayed