This is a unique opportunity to see Juan Passrrelli’s film, The War on Journalism, live-streamed by Consortium News with commentary by Daniel Ellsberg and others afterwards.
Outlets Urge U.S. to Drop Its Charges Against Assange
‘This is a war of propaganda’: John Pilger on Ukraine and Assange | Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo
World-Wide Backing as Parliament Encircled for AssangeRead more
Biden’s efforts to have Assange extradited should be called out
An op-ed in the Chicago Tribune by Stephen F. Rhode, who is a constitutional lawyer and past chair of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
Plaintiff in CIA Lawsuit will Speak at MKE Unitarian Forum
On November 13, the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee will host a Forum co-sponsored by Peace Action Wisconsin with lawyer, Deborah Hrbek, and former head of the National Lawyers Guild, Marjorie Cohn titled, “Can a Lawsuit against the CIA affect the U.S. Attempt to Extradite Julian Assange?”
Deborah Hrbek will discuss the lawsuit against the CIA, Mike Pompeo, the security firm, UC Global, and its CEO David Morales filed August 15 by Hrbek, her law partner Margaret Ratner Kunstler, and two American journalists. The plaintiffs allege their constitutional rights as U.S. citizens - to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the US government- were violated when they visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The lawyers and journalists claim that information copied from their electronic devices - such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets - that they were required to surrender upon entering the Embassy, was shared without their knowledge with the CIA, as were their privileged conversations with their client Assange while in the Embassy.
The suit additionally cites the illegal seizure of privileged information from Assange’s visitors who are U.S. citizens, including: his U.S. defense attorneys, “human rights attorneys with active cases defending Guantanamo Bay Detention Center detainees,” “national security journalists whose sources might be in jeopardy if exposed” and physicians.
Based on evidence revealed in an ongoing Spanish case against defendant, David Morales, the plaintiffs further allege that former CIA Director Mike Pompeo approved this “unreasonable search and seizure” in violation of U.S. citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights.
Hrbek will discuss the implications of that lawsuit on the Assange extradition matter, while Marjorie Cohn will unpack the extradition request and indictment. Both will discuss why press freedom and government accountability is at stake if the Department of Justice continues to prosecute Julian Assange and seek his extradition.
Margaret Ratner Kunstler et al., vs. CIA et al.: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/22136088-margaret-ratner-kunstler-et-al-v-cia-et-al-complaint
August 20, 2022, in Truthout by Marjorie Cohn, “Mike Pompeo and CIA Sued for Illegal Surveillance of Assange’s Visitors”
August 16, 2022, Interview of Deborah Hrbek on Democracy Now!, “Mike Pompeo and CIA Sued for Spying on Americans who Visited Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy in U.K.”
Deborah Hrbek is a partner at HRBEKKunstler and has represented WikiLeaks reporters and filmmakers since 2015.
Marjorie Cohn, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, is a retired criminal defense attorney and Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law who writes for Truthout.
Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd, will be at the Fiserv Center July 28- help us hand out flyers for Assange
Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd, will be at the Fiserv Center July 28 - help us hand out flyers for Assange.
Waters' concert is as much activism as music. In it he supports Julian Assange and he wants our help.
Source: Paula Iasella video of Waters concert in Boston showing Collateral Murder Video with his commentary.A tweet with a clip from Roger's concert is here:
Roger, Peace Action WI, and the national Assange Defense campaign want supporters to leaflet outside. This would be a very good opportunity to reach thousands of people about defending Julian Assange. We will be handing flyers out before and after the concert.
BEFORE SHIFT 6:30 - 8:00
AFTER SHIFT 10:45 - 11:30
Meet on Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Drink Wisconsibly at 320 W. Highland (across the patio from the Fiserv Center)
or Contact Ann Batiza for information on picking up and distributing flyers. Ann will not be available after 6 p.m.
414-238-3903 | [email protected]Massachusettt's Peace Action's, Brian Garvey, said of the show in Boston,
"It was a message that was explicitly anti-war, anti-authoritarian, pro-people, and pro-justice; offering commentary that was not only poignant but also intentionally challenging to a mainstream audience."
For more information about the publisher, Julian Assange, go to: AssangeDefense.org
Please call Senator Tammy Baldwin and your Representative to urge President Biden to stop this extradition.
Capitol Switchboard for Senators and Representatives: 202-224-3121.
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Consortium News just published this article by Craig Murray, the person I recommended in Peace Action Wisconsin's newsletter, the Mobilizer, as one of the best sources on Assange's neverending trial. Murray is the former U.K. ambassador to Uzbekistan who exposed torture there. The new documentary Ithaka, that is the topic of this review, follows Julian's father and brother in their quest to free Julian. Some of you met them while they were here in Milwaukee while the camera was rolling. Ithaka is expected to reach the U.S. in November.
Here's an excerpt:
Away from the Tory Babel over who will be the top “world-leading” sociopath, I just spent two evenings in the company of decent people. John and Gabriel Shipton, Julian’s father and brother, were in Glasgow and Edinburgh for the screening of Ithaka, the documentary that follows the fight by Julian Assange’s family to have him freed. I was moderating the Q & A.
The odd pub may also have been visited.
Ithaka is heart-rending, and it has an important message in rehumanizing Julian after over a decade of concerted (I use that word advisedly) propaganda aimed at dehumanizing him.
The link to the entire article is here:
A second piece I would like to bring your attention to is the editorial by the Guardian on June 17 after Julian's lawyers filed their appeals in his case. Here is an excerpt:
The use of the Espionage Act to prosecute him [Assange] should be seen for what it is: an attack on the freedom of the press. As the Knight First Amendment Institute’s Carrie DeCell wrote in 2019, when the charge sheet was published, “soliciting, obtaining, and then publishing classified information ... [is] what good national security and investigative journalists do every day”.
Here is the link to the entire editorial:
Thank you to those who care to examine whether this case will destroy press freedom.