2020-02-20: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-20). 'Journalism is not a crime': Australian MP says charges against Assange must be dropped after visiting him in UK prison. rt.com Continued persecution of the WikiLeaks co-founder is a "crazy situation," Australian lawmaker George Christiansen told RT, adding that Julian Assange did not commit any crime aside from running afoul of US elites. | Christiansen, a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, questioned the integrity of the legal process against Assange, who is now facing the possibility of extradition to the US over "unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense." | The journalist was hauled out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his asylum was revoked in April 2019, an…

Rebecca Gordon (2020-02-20). Impunity Guaranteed for Torturers (and Presidents). counterpunch.org On February 5th, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In other words, Trump's pre-election boast that he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody" and not "lose any voters" proved something more than high-flown hyperbole. (To be fair, he did

RT (2020-02-20). WATCH harrowing footage of 2007 Baghdad killings projected onto UK parliament wall in protest against Assange's extradition. rt.com Campaigners have projected the footage of an American airstrike on Iraqi civilians, originally exposed by WikiLeaks, onto the parliament building in London, to protest against the proposed extradition to the US of Julian Assange. | Clips from the infamous 2007 footage were projected onto Westminster Palace, where both houses of parliament are located. The same video was projected on the wall of the Belmarsh maximum security prison in London, where the WikiLeaks co-founder is awaiting his US extradition trial. The images on the buildings' walls included photos of the activist along with slogans like 'Don't extr…

WSWS (2020-02-20). Lawyers file new motion demanding release of Chelsea Manning. wsws.org Lawyers for Manning, the courageous whistleblower who has been in prison for eleven months for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury in the case of Julian Assange, have filed a new motion in federal court demanding her release.

WSWS (2020-02-20). Growing support for Julian Assange on eve of extradition hearings. wsws.org The fight for Assange's freedom requires the mobilisation of the working class, not moral appeals to capitalist politicians.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-02-20). Pardoning Julian Assange: Donald Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC. globalresearch.ca The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account …

Stephen Lendman (2020-02-20). Slow Motion Murder of Julian Assange by US/UK Regimes. globalresearch.ca Assange's crucifixion is all about waging war on dissent, truth-telling on major issues, and journalism the way it's supposed to be. | It's about creeping totalitarian rule in the US, UK, and West — equity, justice, and respect for the rule …

stclair (2020-02-20). Pardoning Julian Assange: Trump, WikiLeaks and the DNC. counterpunch.org The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account has become a matter of hagiography, an article of faith, with grave conclusions: WikiLeaks and

WSWS (2020-02-20). Australia: Students and workers demand release of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. wsws.org "Trillions are spent on war, which creates refugees, kills children and workers, but the people who make these wars happen are roaming free whilst Assange is being murdered by the state."

Nozomi Hayase (2020-02-20). Assange's Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-War Movement. zcomm.org The US government's extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange is a critical moment for press freedom, but also for the anti-war movement…

WSWS (2020-02-20). Labor Party leads Australian attack on British government over Huawei. wsws.org The line-up behind the US confrontation with China sheds further light on the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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 …

WSWS (2020-02-20). Eminent Monsters: A Manual for Modern Torture, directed by Stephen Bennett. wsws.org "We have a system that punished the whistle blowers like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange, not the perpetrators of torture"—Professor Nils Melzer…

Jacob Hornberger (2020-02-20). The CIA's Role in Operation Condor. counterpunch.org The Washington Post reported that top secret documents confirm the role that the CIA played in Operation Condor, the international state-sponsored assassination, kidnapping, torture, and murder ring run by U.S.-supported military dictatorships in South America in the late 1970s. The documents confirm that the CIA's role in the operation was to provide communications equipment to the

sputniknews (2020-02-20). Inmate Murdered In Belmarsh Jail, Where WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Is Being Held. sputniknews.com Belmarsh prison is a large, modern prison in south-east London which handles most of the remand prisoners who on trial or awaiting trial in the capital. Among those being held there is Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who is fighting extradition to the United States.

sputniknews (2020-02-20). WikiLeaks Confirms an "Offer" Was Made to Julian Assange Prior to His Indictment. sputniknews.com In 2017 The Wall Street Journal reported that California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher proposed to reach out to Julian Assange on behalf of US President Donald Trump to offer a pardon to the WikiLeaks publisher, if he could prove Russia wasn't involved in the DNC Leaks.

sputniknews (2020-02-20). Meet Richard Grenell: What You Need to Know About New Director of US National Intelligence. sputniknews.com Grenell will replace Joseph Maguire, a retired US Navy admiral who was appointed last August. Maguire was at the centre of Donald Trump's impeachment drama. He testified before Congress about a whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment. Although Maguire defended the whistleblower's right he did not criticise president Trump.

sputniknews (2020-02-20). 'Duck Troops' at Chinese Border to Face Plague-of-Egypt-Like Locust Invasion Bewilders Netizens. sputniknews.com The worst locust outbreaks in decades has already hit several East African countries as well as Pakistan, which declared a national emergency and considered making an exception to a trade embargo with India to import pesticides. While India is buying drones to curb the coming swarms, locusts' natural enemies are preparing for the battle in China.

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

RT (2020-02-19). A year in jail & quarter million fine since, lawyers seek freedom for Chelsea Manning refusing to testify against WikiLeaks. rt.com Chelsea Manning's attorney has filed a new motion requesting her release from jail, where she has been for nearly a year for continuously refusing to testify before a grand jury against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. | Manning's incarceration has "exceeded its lawful scope" by moving from being a coercive tactic to a criminal punishment, her lawyer Moira Meltzer-Cohen said in a Manning was jailed in March of 2019 for refusing to testify before a gran…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2020-02-19). Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison. On February 24, a court in the U.K. will hold a hearing to determine whether to …

John Pilger (2020-02-19). Julian Assange Must be Freed, Not Betrayed. globalresearch.ca 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 …

WSWS (2020-02-19). Assange defence team: "The empire calls it espionage. We call it journalism" wsws.org A packed press conference was addressed by WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, lawyer Jennifer Robinson and Australian MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen.

WSWS (2020-02-19). Australian MPs visit Julian Assange at Belmarsh Prison. wsws.org Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen said they agreed with UN official Nils Melzer's assessment that Assange is the victim of psychological torture.

Rebecca Gordon (2020-02-19). How Much Cruelty Can Trump Get Away With? Ask Obama. thenation.com How Much Cruelty Can Trump Get Away With? Ask Obama.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-02-19). Chelsea Manning's Lawyers Demand Her Release, Decry 'Punitive' Incarceration. commondreams.org "No matter how much you punish me, I will remain confident in my decision," said the whistleblower. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/lawyers-maiing-motion-release-punitive.jpg

Global Research News (2020-02-19). Selected Articles: The Truth About Assange. globalresearch.ca By The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founderJulian Assange to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison. …

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). Julian Assange must be freed, not betrayed | John Pilger. thecanary.co 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. | Some Australian history: | 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,…

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…

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

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

Aaron Maté (2020-02-11). Exclusive: New leaks shatter OPCW's attacks on Douma whistleblowers. thegrayzone.com Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry…

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