The Persecution of WikiLeaks

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.

SEP campaign teams in UK win support for Assange and 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.

Audience members at London meeting discuss way forward in fight for 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.

ICFI supporters hold rally in India to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

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.

“The IYSSE will redouble its efforts to build a mass movement of young people in Assange’s defence”

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.

Sweden reopens “preliminary investigation” and seeks extradition of Julian Assange

By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2019

No new evidence has been cited by Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson.

London public meeting demands the freedom of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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

Free Julian Assange, Free Chelsea Manning!

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.

The defence of Assange and Manning is the spearhead of the struggle against imperialism

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.

ICFI supporters in India to hold picket to free Assange

9 May 2019

The protest organised by the Indian Trotskyists is part of the ICFI’s international campaign to defend WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Assange’s father tells demonstrators Australian government must secure son’s release

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.

The sentencing of Julian Assange: A legal travesty

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.

Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for bail violation in vindictive political ruling

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.

Protester at Assange jail sentencing: “That was a declaration of an outlaw state”

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.

SEP (Australia) candidates demand freedom for Assange and Manning at Sydney rally

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.

On Australian TV, Julian Assange’s father calls for son’s freedom

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 April 2019

John Shipton warned that his son’s persecution was “to demonstrate that publishers and whistleblowers will be destroyed.”

White House correspondents’ tribute to press freedom silent on Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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.

UK’s Julian Assange Defence Committee holds public meeting

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.

Julian Assange was denied access to lawyers, visitors in Britain’s Belmarsh prison

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.

US court orders Chelsea Manning to remain in prison

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.

Legal experts: Assange likely faces espionage charges if extradited to US

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.

US preparing more charges against Julian Assange

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.

Growing popular support for Julian Assange in Australia

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.

Julian Assange’s extraordinary record of investigative journalism

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.

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees denounces attacks on WikiLeaks publisher

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.”

Why the defense of Julian Assange is necessary for all workers

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.

Ecuador arrests Swedish associate of Assange amid threat of crackdown

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.

Australian political establishment rejects calls for defence of Julian Assange

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.

Prominent WikiLeaks supporter Somerset Bean speaks out in defence of Assange

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.”

SEP (Sri Lanka) calls urgent picket to defend Assange and Manning

16 April 2019

The protest called by the SEP and IYSSE will be held at 4 pm today at Fort Railway Station, Colombo.

Stop the extraordinary rendition of Julian Assange!

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.

UK Labour leads “rape” smears against Julian Assange demanding Swedish extradition

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.

Supporters protesting outside Belmarsh prison speak out in defense of Julian Assange

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.

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

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.”

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis speaks out for Assange

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.”

In leaked court testimony, Assange denounces his illegal detention

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.”

Workers and youth in Australia support Julian Assange

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.

Assange faces ongoing threats at Ecuador’s London embassy

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.

UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law

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.

Supporters oppose eviction of Julian Assange outside London’s Ecuadorian embassy

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.”

Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

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.

Chelsea Manning files motion for immediate release pending appeal

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.

Chelsea Manning held in solitary confinement for more than two weeks

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.

The guilty silence over the jailing of Chelsea Manning

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!”

Support continues to pour in for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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.

James Cogan to participate in Unity4J online forum to defend Assange and Manning

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.

IYSSE holds rally at University of Michigan to defend Chelsea Manning

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.

Workers and young people speak out at Melbourne rally to free Assange and 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

“Britain now plays the key role in the conspiracy to silence Julian Assange once and for all”

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.

Free Chelsea Manning!

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.

Melbourne rally calls on workers and youth to defend Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 11 March 2019

James Cogan declared that “the fight to free Assange must become part of all the actions by workers.”

Vigil outside London Ecuadorian embassy demands freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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.

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusal to testify against WikiLeaks

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.

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify against Julian Assange

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.

US court upholds subpoena of whistleblower Chelsea Manning

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”

Address by Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees to the Sydney Free Assange rally

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.”

IYSSE (Australia) convenor Oscar Grenfell’s speech to the Sydney Free Assange rally

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.”

More voices from the Sydney Free Assange rally and Brisbane Livestream meeting

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.”

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

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.

Media Serve the Governors, Not the Governed

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

Hundreds defy slanders, lies and media censorship to demand freedom for Julian Assange

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.

Workers and youth speak out at Free Assange rally in Sydney

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.”

Freedom for Julian Assange depends upon the intervention of the working class

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.

Sydney rally issues strong demand for the freedom of 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.”

US Federal Court subpoenas whistleblower Chelsea Manning

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.

Australian government refuses to defend 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.

Cohen assertions are not evidence of WikiLeaks “collusion” with Trump or Russia

By James Cogan, 28 February 2019

If Roger Stone did tell Trump he talked with Julian Assange, then Stone was lying.

Australian filmmaker Curtis Levy demands freedom for Julian Assange

28 February 2019

Veteran documentarian Curtis Levy speaks out in defence of the WikiLeaks publisher and freedom of the press.

Australian workers and youth support March 3 and March 10 rallies demanding freedom for Assange

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.”

Australian media union complicit in the persecution of Julian Assange

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.

Australian teachers pass workplace motion endorsing Free Assange rallies

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.

Attend March 10 Solidarity Vigil in London for Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 25 February 2019

The SEP (UK) calls on all defenders of civil liberties and democratic rights, all opponents of imperialist wars for regime change, to attend the March 10 vigil and make it known in your workplaces, campuses and schools.

The working class and the fight to free Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 23 February 2019

The persecution of Assange is the spearhead of a global offensive against freedom of speech and for censorship of oppositional voices on the internet.

Elizabeth Vos, editor-in-chief of Disobedient Media, urges support for Free Assange demonstrations in Australia

23 February 2019

“We are collectively obligated to protect the ‘rebel library of Alexandria’ that Assange and others have built.”

Authorities confirm Assange’s Australian passport was renewed last October

By James Cogan, 22 February 2019

News that the WikiLeaks publisher’s passport was renewed last October does not reduce by one iota the danger that he confronts.

Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 20 February 2019

“I’m going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press”—Adam, University of NSW.

Support for Assange and SEP Australia demonstrations evokes strong international response

By James Cogan, 19 February 2019

In less than 48 hours, Roger Waters’ statement has been retweeted from his Twitter account 2,700 times and “liked” over 5,800 times.

John Pilger calls for participation in demonstrations to demand the freedom of Julian Assange

18 February 2019

John Pilger, journalist, filmmaker and outspoken opponent of militarism and injustice, will be one of the main speakers at the demonstration in Sydney.

SEP national secretary James Cogan participates in Unity4J discussion on the defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 February 2019

Cogan explained why the SEP has called demonstrations demanding the freedom of Julian Assange, as well as the broader campaign by the WSWS against internet censorship.

SEP (Australia) national secretary James Cogan to speak tomorrow on Unity4J online vigil

By our reporters, 15 February 2019

Cogan will be interviewed about the demonstrations called by the Socialist Equality Party to demand the freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, and the broader campaign being waged by the WSWS against internet censorship.

Sydney meeting opposes persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 15 February 2019

The event was addressed by Consortium News editor Joe Lauria, SEP national secretary James Cogan and other prominent WikiLeaks defenders.

Human rights advocate Professor Stuart Rees supports rallies for the freedom of Julian Assange

15 February 2019

“Julian Assange follows in the footsteps of a long tradition of journalists and whistleblowers who have made significant contributions to civil societies.”

Australian students endorse rallies to free Julian Assange

By our reporters, 14 February 2019

“I’m going, because I believe Assange should be set free and he should be defended. All people should go to the rallies if they believe in democratic rights.”

Australian government claims credit for release of detained Bahraini footballer, but refuses to assist Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 February 2019

Politicians who have abrogated the right to seek asylum and joined the persecution of Julian Assange have postured as champions of persecuted refugees.

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 February 2019

Roger Waters, the iconic voice of Pink Floyd and renowned solo artist, has called for action to free Julian Assange.

IYSSE calls on students in Australia to join the demonstrations in defence of Julian Assange

By the IYSSE (Australia), 9 February 2019

The defence of Assange is at the cutting edge of the fight against growing authoritarianism and an assault on democratic rights around the world.

Australian workers and youth support March rallies in defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 5 February 2019

“I support the rally to free Assange. It is important for us to hold this protest to show that we will not tolerate any further attack on our democratic rights.”

Stone indictment presents no evidence of links between WikiLeaks and Trump campaign

By James Cogan, 30 January 2019

WikiLeaks is a media organization that exercised the legally-protected rights of the press to published leaked information.

Long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone arrested in Mueller probe

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2019

Stone has been indicted on charges of lying to Congress about his alleged communication, through intermediaries, with WikiLeaks.

Rally to demand the Australian government acts to free Julian Assange!

Sydney Martin Place Amphitheatre, 2pm, March 3! Melbourne State Library, 1pm, March 10!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 25 January 2019

The Australian government has the undeniable duty and power to intervene to secure freedom for Julian Assange. The record has demonstrated, however, that it will take such action only if it is compelled to do so by the greatest pressure from below.

Julian Assange issues “urgent” legal challenge against US extradition plans

By Mike Head, 24 January 2019

The WikiLeaks founder is seeking to block a concerted operation to terminate his political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.

Corporate media smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 January 2019

A host of articles attacking Julian Assange this week are representative of what the world-renowned investigative journalist John Pilger aptly described as “Vichy journalism.”

Ecuador unveils “special examination” of Julian Assange’s asylum

By Mike Head, 5 January 2019

The Moreno government’s investigation into the granting of the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship is clearly designed to repudiate both.

Silence follows Trump attorney’s statement that Julian Assange did nothing “wrong”

By James Cogan, 4 January 2019

Not a word about Rudy Giuliani’s Fox News interview has been said by the political and media establishment in the US, Europe or Australia.

Australian workers and youth speak out in defence of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 15 December 2018

“The Australian government’s role in the attacks on Assange has been pathetic, gutless, disgraceful. They just do what the US deep state tells them to do.”