For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists
23 January 2018
Free Julian Assange!
By Thomas Scripps, 9 October 2020
What took place at London’s Old Bailey was a process of vicious retribution against a journalist who exposed the barbarism of the ruling class before the world.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 October 2020
The silence of the government and Labor has been a green light for the abuses that Assange has been subjected to over the past month, and the entire US-led campaign to destroy him.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 October 2020
In a final affront to due process, Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused to admit into evidence a statement by veteran human rights campaigner and Assange’s instructing solicitor Gareth Peirce.
2 October 2020
“This case is already chilling press freedom. It is a frontal attack on journalism, on the public’s right to know, and our ability to hold governments, both domestic and foreign, to account.”
Evidence of war crimes, torture, surveillance and assassination plots: Assange hearing nears final day
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 1 October 2020
The CIA’s surveillance was targeted against Assange’s communication with his legal representatives, considered “priority targets.”
A tale of two leaks
NYT hailed for publishing Trump’s tax returns, Assange pilloried for exposing DNC-Clinton corruption in 2016
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 September 2020
The New York Times, having led the chorus against WikiLeaks for its exposure of Clinton and the Democrats in 2016, has discovered the virtues of the fearless publication of leaked documents in the 2020 election.
Former US prison warden testifies Assange will be treated like a “terrorist”: The “war on terror” comes home
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 30 September 2020
Baird’s testimony made clear that Assange is now the victim of the CIA-backed torture and rendition which he courageously exposed as WikiLeaks publisher and journalist.
By Thomas Scripps, 29 September 2020
No amount of lame denials can hide the fact that if Assange is put in the clutches of these people, he will be disappeared into the darkest corner of the US prison system.
Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis: Assange is a “highly principled individual with enormous courage”
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 September 2020
“This war on journalism is an element of the rise in authoritarianism in countries that in the past championed press freedom, but can no longer claim to do so.”
Free Julian Assange! The political issues confronting educators in the fight for freedom of information
By the Committee for Public Education (Australia), 28 September 2020
“Teachers and educators are among those owing a debt to Assange and to the whistleblowers who courageously decided to leak classified information in the public interest.”
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 26 September 2020
Accepting the defence’s argument that any dramatic change in the facts surrounding the case before November 13 would have to be taken into account, Baraitser asked, “What impact on your case, say you, will the American elections have?”
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 25 September 2020
Edward Fitzgerald QC told the court that Dr Blackwood had described the Truesdale correctional centre in “glowing” terms. Yet he had failed to acknowledge Chelsea Manning’s suicide attempt there.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 24 September 2020
What UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer described in May 2019 as the “public mobbing” and “psychological torture” of Assange has had the desired effect.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 September 2020
“This is not something that the Australian government can just hide its head in the sand and say ‘nothing to do with us.’”
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 23 September 2020
Kopelman’s evidence confirms the warnings made since November 2019 by Doctors for Assange that Assange is suffering “psychological torture” and “could die in prison.”
Explosive evidence from Trump insider
By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 22 September 2020
Cassandra Fairbanks testified that Arthur Schwartz, a wealthy Republican Party donor and key Trump ally, had provided her with evidence of plans by the Trump administration to impose the death penalty.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 September 2020
The statement demonstrates that the attempt to prosecute Assange for exposing war crimes is widely viewed as an act of imperialist banditry that brands Britain and the US as rogue states.
Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 September 2020
Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 19 September 2020
“The publication of that video and those words was the equivalent of the death of George Floyd and his words ‘I can’t breathe’. They had a profound effect on public opinion in the world.”
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 18 September 2020
John Sloboda said that the Iraq War Logs had been brought “to the largest global audience of any single release.” There have been no comparable revelations in the last decade.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2020
Panetta’s comments confirmed the mafia-character of the US-pursuit of Assange, its politically-motivated nature and flagrant disregard for international laws.
Former Der Spiegel journalist exposes US government lies that Assange “failed to redact” and “put lives at risk”
By Laura Tiernan, 17 September 2020
Testimony from John Goetz established that the only “harm to life” came from US war crimes which Assange and WikiLeaks were trying to expose.
Assange exposed “a very serious pattern of actual war crimes,” Daniel Ellsberg tells extradition hearing
By Thomas Scripps, 17 September 2020
Ellsberg said that “with the Manning and Assange papers, I found my name being mentioned all the time as a very good person … to use me as a foil against these new revelations which were supposedly very different from mine.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 September 2020
“The attempt by the State to control information is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in the court.”
By the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020
The first action of the newly formed London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee was to pass a resolution calling for the defence of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Thomas Scripps, 16 September 2020
Both expert witnesses shared the view that the prosecution of Assange is politically motivated—which, if found to be true, would bar his extradition.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 September 2020
A damning picture was painted of the degrading treatment which would characterise Assange’s detention in the US and of the impossible restrictions which would be placed on his legal defence.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 September 2020
The Australian political and media establishment has largely responded to the vicious attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights by pretending that they are not occurring.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 September 2020
The US authorities are seeking to prevent judicial confirmation that their pursuit of Assange has included illegal spying, and gross violations of attorney-client privilege.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 September 2020
Dr Stephen Frost, founder of Doctors for Assange, told the WSWS, “While the Court today adjourned due to the risk of infection from COVID-19, Julian Assange has been sent back to Belmarsh maximum security prison where the threat of infection from COVID-19 is extremely high—and he is severely immunocompromised.”
Assange targeted for political views in “terrifying threat to First Amendment,” expert witnesses tell hearing
By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 10 September 2020
WikiLeaks’ exposure of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan had played “possibly the most important role” in catalysing public opposition to both wars.
Assange extradition hearing: WikiLeaks exposed US drone killings, torture and rendition, says Guantanamo Bay lawyer
By Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 9 September 2020
Clive Stafford Smith likened US torture tactics to those of the Spanish Inquisition.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 September 2020
Assange’s kangaroo court extradition hearing has seen the UK, which boasts of being one of the world’s oldest democracies, sink to the level of a tinpot dictatorship.
By our reporters, 8 September 2020
Longstanding supporters were joined by others who had travelled from across the UK and from Switzerland, France, Portugal, the United States and Australia.
8 September 2020
“The American indictment is clearly rigged, a demonstrable sham. So far, the hearings have been reminiscent of their Stalinist equivalents during the Cold War.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 September 2020
The persecution of Assange is an attempt to intimidate mass opposition to imperialist war, social inequality and a turn to authoritarianism, amid a breakdown of global capitalism and an eruption of the class struggle.
By Laura Tiernan, 3 September 2020
The National Union of Journalist’s actions are an attack on press freedom and the public’s right to access information independently of the state-controlled and corporate media outlets.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 August 2020
Labor parliamentarian Julian Hill could just as well have condemned his own party’s refusal to oppose the unprecedented persecution of the WikiLeaks publisher.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 August 2020
The visit has underscored the brutal conditions in which Assange is imprisoned and has sparked renewed fears that his health is continuing to deteriorate.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 27 August 2020
The SEP’s recent National Congress committed to “intensifying the fight for the unconditional freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange” and the defence of all persecuted journalists and whistleblowers.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 August 2020
The response underscores the international support for Assange among workers and young people which finds no expression in the official political parties or the corporate press.
By Kevin Reed, 24 August 2020
The expert panelists made clear that Assange would be held in the most draconian conditions, treated as a terrorist and denied due process.
New Senate Intelligence Committee volume on “Russian interference” smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange
By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2020
The one-thousand-page fifth volume of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation is largely devoted to building an elaborate and false narrative against WikiLeaks.
By Kevin Reed, 19 August 2020
Democrats and Republicans with close ties to the intelligence agencies have launched a campaign of opposition after the president said he would look into the case of the former NSA contractor who exposed illegal mass surveillance.
By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2020
The 152 legal experts are unambiguous: the campaign against Assange has been based on gross violations of law and he must be immediately released from prison.
By Thomas Scripps and Kevin Reed, 15 August 2020
Yesterday’s hearing in London made clear, if any further proof was needed, that the prosecution of Assange is a shameful and degrading show trial, intended to railroad an innocent man to prison or death.
By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020
The documents provided the world’s population with an unprecedented insight into the first war crimes of the 21st century.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 July 2020
As it stands, the UK courts are continuing with Assange’s extradition process based on an outdated indictment.
By Thomas Scripps, 18 July 2020
The signatories have all either hitherto kept a criminal silence over Assange’s persecution, or, in the case of Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Long-Bailey, found their voice only after losing leading positions in the Labour Party.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2020
UN official Nils Melzer stated that Assange’s persecution was “about intimidating all other journalists and publishers and making sure that no-one does what he has done, because that’s what states are afraid of.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020
Author Andrew Fowler said that journalists “should be more supportive” of Assange “because of what he taught us.”
By our reporters, 6 July 2020
The Socialist Equality Group’s Tom Peters spoke at one of the Wellington vigils, which was part of global protests held to mark the jailed WikiLeaks founder’s birthday.
By Thomas Scripps, 30 June 2020
In yet another Kafkaesque turn, UK legal proceedings are continuing on the basis of an indictment which has been replaced and therefore has no legal force in the US.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 June 2020
The doctors note that since they last wrote to the prestigious medical journal in February, the abuse of the WikiLeaks founder’s rights has only intensified.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020
The indictment paints a picture of US operatives pouring through decade-old tabloid gossip and dredging up the most unsavoury creatures of their own intelligence agencies to fling mud at Assange.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020
The “60 Minutes” program was the first substantive examination of Assange’s plight by the Australian media since the coronavirus pandemic began.
By Kevin Reed, 19 June 2020
Portions of an internal CIA report on the 2017 exposure have been released by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020
The event revealed further details about the illegal surveillance and disinformation campaign waged against the WikiLeaks founder by the CIA and the Trump administration.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 June 2020
Assange has a chronic lung condition and his health has been ruined by years of psychological torture and medical neglect.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 June 2020
The hearings have had a farcical character, with Assange unable to participate due to coronavirus dangers and the press frequently excluded.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 May 2020
The “Russian connection” was baldly asserted by the Democratic Party, US intelligence officials and the corporate media
By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020
The British state continues to obstruct both Assange’s ability to conduct his defence and journalists’ ability to report on the case in detail.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 April 2020
Assange’s legal team insisted that a hearing could not proceed under the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic
By Alice Summers, 27 April 2020
The vindictive suspension of the COVID-19 prisoner release programme demonstrates the criminal disregard of the British ruling class for the lives of prisoners.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2020
As the US government finalised its bogus charges against Assange, it oversaw dirty tricks operations targeting his partner and their infant child.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2020
Moris’s comments are a moving refutation of the media smears directed against Assange and underscore the urgency of the fight for his immediate freedom.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2020
Assange’s arrest was an historic crime, setting a precedent for escalating attacks on press freedom and the democratic rights of the working class.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 April 2020
Judge Vanessa Baraitser has decreed that Assange will remain behind bars and that his extradition show-trial will proceed in May, even as the coronavirus pandemic spreads rapidly in British prisons.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 April 2020
The WikiLeaks founder is currently held on remand pending extradition to the US, not charged with any crime or serving any sentence, in Belmarsh maximum security prison.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2020
The video exposed the criminality of the Iraq war and had a profound impact on the consciousness of millions of workers and young people the world over.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020
The WikiLeaks founder, held in Belmarsh prison and facing extradition to the US for exposing war crimes, has a chronic lung condition and has had his health destroyed by a decade of mistreatment by the British state
By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020
Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s refusal came amid mounting calls for the release of vulnerable, low-risk prisoners from the UK’s overcrowded and woefully unprepared prison systems during the coronavirus crisis.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 March 2020
A press release issued by WikiLeaks stated that Assange’s lawyers “will argue that he is vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak in the prison where he is on remand.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 March 2020
The British authorities are willfully placing Assange’s life at risk, even though he has been convicted of no crime.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 March 2020
Doctors4Assange has restated its demand that the Australian government immediately fulfil its obligations to Assange, under conditions in which his life is imperilled by the coronavirus pandemic.
By Kevin Reed, 16 March 2020
Within two days of Manning’s release from jail, a GoFundMe campaign organized by her supporters raised more than enough to pay the punitive fines imposed on her for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By the Committee For Public Education (CFPE), 14 March 2020
The important stand taken by the teachers should be followed by employees at every workplace and industry around the world.
By Kevin Reed, 13 March 2020
Manning, who had been in prison for a year for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury empaneled as part of the conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released following her attempted suicide on Wednesday.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 March 2020
Michael Kirby, the co-chair of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute, branded Assange’s treatment as “shocking and excessive” and likened it to the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 March 2020
In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that “the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange’s life” and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 March 2020
Penny Wong did not differ with government representatives, who explicitly endorsed the British judiciary’s brutal attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights.
By Sue Phillips, 7 March 2020
The active intervention of teachers and education support staff is just one indication of the growing concern among millions of people that Assange’s persecution has immense implications.
As anger mounts over Assange’s persecution, former foreign minister Carr calls for moral appeals to Australian government
By Richard Phillips, 6 March 2020
Veteran Labor leader Bob Carr is attempting to divert the growing movement for the release of Assange into dead-end appeals to the Australian parliament.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 March 2020
As Assange faced a legal travesty, government ministers declared their faith in British “due process,” while the Labor Party maintained its silence.
By our correspondents, 5 March 2020
About 60 workers, young people and housewives joined the picket, which was held outside Fort Railway station in Colombo.
By our correspondent, 5 March 2020
Well-known Daily Mirror journalist and cartoonist Gihan de Chickera stated: “Assange, and journalists everywhere, must be free to continue their work unhindered.”
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 March 2020
Assange is part-way through a show trial that began last week to decide on his extradition to the US, where he faces 175 years in prison on espionage charges.
By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2020
Corbyn said nothing when he could have raised Assange’s fate in Parliament every single day, informing millions of the fundamental violation of his democratic rights.
By our correspondents, 2 March 2020
In Zurich, Marianne Arens spoke on behalf of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) and called for the mobilisation of the working class in Assange’s defence.
By our correspondent, 2 March 2020
Participants applauded and cheered the speakers as they denounced the Australian government’s complicity in the abuses of Assange’s basic legal rights.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 February 2020
”If journalists cannot write about war crimes allegedly committed by Western armed forces, what is the legitimacy of these democratic countries?”
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 28 February 2020
The first week of the extradition hearing in USA v Julian Assange ended yesterday at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court with Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejecting a submission from Assange’s lawyers that he be allowed to sit with them in court.
Interviews from SEP (UK) public rally
“The working class needs to demand that Assange is released, not that the ruling class do it on their behalf”
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending the public rally held by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in defence of Julian Assange on Sunday in London.
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
Queensland students and workers in Parramatta denounce the escalating government attacks on democratic rights.
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
John Shipton outlined his son’s decade-long history of arbitrary detention in the UK.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 27 February 2020
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange issued a defiant protest in court yesterday, opposing the flagrant abuse of his legal rights in extradition proceedings brought against him by the United States government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 February 2020
This speech was delivered by Oscar Grenfell, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to a public rally in defence of Julian Assange, held in London on Sunday.
27 February 2020
Assange and Manning are being persecuted because they dared to expose US war crimes and government corruption.
By our reporters, 27 February 2020
Speakers denounced the persecution of Assange as a major threat to democratic rights, exposed the complicity of Canada’s ruling elite and stressed the importance of a global mobilization of the working class to secure his freedom.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 26 February 2020
As proceedings were due to begin, a court official told WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson that he was barred from the public gallery.