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    Assange sends protest package to Bahrain's top political prisoner

    A Bahraini protester prepares posters during a demonstration in solidarity with jailed freelance photographer Hussain Hubail in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama on October 25, 2013. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed al-Shaikh)

    Published Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has sent an "experimental" protest package fitted with a GPS tracker and spy camera to record its journey to jailed Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab.
    The package, sent from London on Monday, contains statements from international organizations demanding the release of Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), who is serving a two-year sentence in Bahrain's notorious Jaw prison for organizing pro-democracy protests.
    The 49-year-old rights leader was arrested several times and repeatedly tortured in the wake of the island kingdom's anti-government uprising that erupted in February 2011, drawing a slew of international criticism.
    "This is an experiment," said Domagoj Smoljo, co-founder of Mediengruppe Bitnik, a Zurich-based digital art and hacktivist group which is behind the parcel project.
    "We are trying to overcome certain boundaries and get to places that people usually have a hard time accessing," Carmen Weisskopf, another Bitnik co-founder, added.
    The group originally sent a similar package to Julian Assange at his refuge inside London's Ecuadorian Embassy to break what they described as a police siege there.
    Assange has been holed up in embassy for over a year. He believes British authorities intend to arrest and extradite him to the United States over his role in the publication of a barrage of incriminating government documents provided to WikiLeaks by former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.
    "Everything is possible," Smoljo said when asked if he believed Assange's package to Rajab will reach its destination. "When we said we're going to send a parcel to Assange, everyone told us this will never pass border customs."
    WikiLeaks' website confirmed that Assange sent the package to Rajab without providing details or clarifying the project's objectives.
    But Bitnik's members said that they had a conversation with Assange in which he decided that Rajab would be a suitable recipient for the traceable shipment.
    From what the group understood, Assange chose Rajab, in part, to highlight a "link between the fight in Bahrain for human rights, freedom of speech and democracy, and Assange's fight for more transparent governments in the West," Weisskopf said.
    Assange could not be reached for comment.
    A court originally sentenced Rajab in August 2012 to a three-year sentence on charges related to his activism, but the sentence was later reduced by one year in an appeal that outraged his supporters who believed he would be released following an avalanche of international support.
    Hundreds of activists, physicians, lawyers, bloggers and journalists have been arrested since the beginning of the uprising inside the tiny Gulf kingdom of 1.2 million people.
    BCHR says at least 89 people have been killed at the hands of police in the country since February 2011.
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    WikiLeaks Just Published Part Of A Massive Free-Trade Treaty That's Under Negotiation

    Countries involved in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft from a massive international trade agreement that is currently being negotiated.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) involves a 12-nation regional trade bloc that accounts for almost 40% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and about one-third of all world trade. The U.S. is leading negotiations and expects them to be finished this year.

    WikiLeaks published a draft, dated Aug. 30, that it says is the intellectual property rights chapter of the proposed pact that was debated in the 19th negotiating round.

    Intellectual property law expert Matthew Rimmer told the Sydney Morning Herald that the leaked draft favored U.S. trade objectives and multinational corporate interests "with little focus on the rights and interests of consumers, let alone broader community interests."

    Dr. Rimmer continued:

    "One could see the TPP as a Christmas wish-list for major corporations, and the copyright parts of the text support such a view. Hollywood, the music industry, big IT companies such as Microsoft and the pharmaceutical sector would all be very happy with this."
    Internet freedom advocates consider the TTP to be the biggest threat to the global Internet in years.

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation describes the TTP as "a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement."

    Daniel Drezner of Foreign Policy notes that there are several inaccuracies in the WikiLeaks press release, but also says that the organization "actually makes a decent point to make on the intellectual property front."

    WikiLeaks claims that the proposed IP chapter would "replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties."

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was a proposed U.S. law that would have allowed the government to create a “blacklist” of copyright-infringing websites that could be blocked. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a stalled pact that would greatly increase the power of international bodies to enforce copyright laws.

    “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons," according to WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange.

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    WikiLeaks Threatens To Reveal Information That Glenn Greenwald Says Could Lead To 'Deaths'

    "We will reveal the name of the censored country whose population is being mass recorded in 72 hours."WikiLeaks on Twitter

    America's National Security Agency (NSA) can "vacuum up and store the actual content of every conversation" in the Bahamas and an unnamed country, the new publication The Intercept reported Monday, based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
    Intercept Editor Glenn Greenwald — who wrote about documents leaked by Snowden when he was a columnist for The Guardian — said the publication didn't reveal the country because it was "very convinced" that doing so would lead to "deaths."

    After a heated discussion between WikiLeaks, Greenwald, Intercept Editor-In-Chief John Cook, and American WikiLeaks hacker-turned-Der Spiegal contributor Jacob Appelbaum, WikiLeaks tweeted that it will reveal the name of the second country being spied on by the NSA.

    WikiLeaks✔@wikileaks Follow
    @GGreenwald @johnjcook We will reveal the name of the censored country whose population is being mass recorded in 72 hours.

    That threat implies that WikiLeaks knows the other country — which would only be possible if the rogue publishing organization has access to the Snowden documents. There is no overt indication that it does.
    Consequently, there is no clear indication that WikiLeaks can back up the threat. The most plausible way for this to be possible is if Appelbaum, who led the reporting on several Der Spiegel articles based on NSA documents (which may or may not be from Snowden), shared information with his friend Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. Applebaum tweeted that The Intercept's redaction was "a mistake."
    Appelbaum, a friend of Laura Poitras, the other journalist whom Snowden gave a large set of documents, also gave a presentation detailing a classified document listing technology available to the NSA's hacking unit, known as TAO. It is not known how he acquired those documents.
    These coincidences do not imply that Appelbaum knows the unnamed country, or that he offered this information to Assange. But they are significant if they lend credibility to WikiLeaks' threat.
    The threat's potential for harm is real: Snowden's closest source and the U.S. government believe that revealing the unnamed country "could lead to increased violence."
    Scary stuff. Journalist Jeremy Duns, who assumes that Assange is behind the WikiLeaks tweets, summed it up like this:

    Jeremy Duns@jeremyduns Follow @20committee If his 72-hour SPECTRE-to-UN-style tweet is true, he a) May cause deaths b) Now has access to Snowden material. What a maniac.
    4:08 PM - 19 May 2014

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    The @WikiLeaks Twitter handle is widley considered to be run by founder Julian Assange.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/wikileaks-says-it-will-reveal-redacted-country-2014-5#ixzz32ESqR2kR
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    Whistle-Brawlers: Row over WikiLeaks threat to name NSA-target country

    Published on May 21, 2014 Despite warnings that doing so "could lead to increased violence" and potentially deaths, anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says it plans to publish the name of a country targeted by a massive United States surveillance operation. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/6eop5n
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    Indonesia demands explanation from Australia over WikiLeaks-published court order

    The Australian government’s attempts to protect international relations by suppressing details of a sensitive court case in Victoria appeared to have backfired, prompting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to demand an explanation.

    Apparently in response, the Australian government released an extraordinary statement late on Thursday saying that the “Indonesian President and the former president are not the subject” of court proceedings which Australian media outlets are otherwise banned from reporting.

    A blanket suppression order prevents Fairfax Media and other Australian outlets reporting the contents of the Victorian Supreme Court case, an affidavit in the case, or even the suppression order itself. The order was sought to protect the reputation of international leaders.

    But the order was published on international site WikiLeaks, where it can be read.

    After the document was uploaded, Dr Yudhoyono insisted that Australia immediately clarify why his name had been mentioned in such a context.

    "I ask that Australia issue a statement that both [former president] Megawati [Sukarnoputri] and my names are unstained, and so they do not defame other Indonesian officials. We want to hear directly from Australia," Dr Yudhoyono said, as reported by news portal Viva.

    He later took to Twitter to add to his comments.

    “The Government of Australia should be completely open and make transparent its law enforcement process and not cover it up”, the president tweeted.

    Another said: “The Government of Australia should not issue policies or statements that may raise suspicion about people who are outside Australia”.

    It was on his Twitter account in November last year where Dr Yudhoyono first made clear his displeasure at Mr Abbott’s responses to the spying revelations.

    Late on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs put out a statement headlined: “Suppression orders: Securency court proceedings”, saying the case “names a large number of individuals” but that “the naming of such figures in the orders does not imply wrongdoing on their part”.

    “The Australian Government obtained suppression orders to prevent publication of information that could suggest the involvement in corruption of specific senior political figures in the region, whether in fact they were or not,” the statement says.

    “The Government considers that the suppression orders remain the best means for protecting the senior political figures from the risk of unwarranted innuendo … The Government stresses that the Indonesian President and the former President are not the subject of the Securency proceedings.”

    But the innuendo reached the ears of the Indonesian President, who is already suspicious of the government over revelations that, in 2007, Australia tapped his phone and the phones of his wife and inner circle.

    The revelation, and its mishandling by the Abbott government, plunged relations between the two countries into turmoil and negotiations over a “code of conduct” to govern such spying have been under way since last December. The issue had been expected to be resolved by next month.

    But on Thursday Dr Yudhoyono said his Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa, had been in contact with his ambassador in Australia, as well as with Australia’s ambassador in Jakarta to discuss the latest disruption to the relationship.

    Dr Yudhoyono requested that the government of Tony Abbott reveal to Indonesia as clearly as possible which officials were under suspicion, both in Australia and in Indonesia.

    “If there are elements of this case in Indonesia, for example, please tell us who is involved … If law breaking is suspected, what is the case? And if it does exist, please work with the Indonesian corruption eradication commission (KPK),” Dr Yudhoyono said.

    "Indonesia is now the midst of implementing an aggressive campaign against corruption. If there are elements in Indonesia who are considered to be engaged, please reveal who they are.”

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    Swedish Court Rejects Julian Assange’s Appeal to Dismiss His Arrest Warrant

    More than two years after Julian Assange sought protection at the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK, a Swedish court is still demanding he return to that country to face questioning in a sex crimes investigation.
    Today a Swedish appeals court rejected Assange’s request to rescind the warrant for his arrest.
    “In making this assessment, account must be taken of the fact that Julian Assange is suspected of crimes of a relatively serious nature,” the court said in its statement today. “There is a great risk that he will flee and thereby evade legal proceedings if the detention order is set aside. In the view of the court of appeal, these circumstances mean that the reasons for detention still outweigh the intrusion or other detriment entailed by the detention order.”
    The ruling forces Assange to remain inside the embassy or risk arrest and extradition to Sweden. But new pressures on Swedish prosecutors could force them to travel to London to interrogate him instead of requiring him to travel to Sweden. Assange has resisted going to Sweden for fear that he would face further extradition to the U.S. where a grand jury investigation is ongoing.
    Last month, the UK’s foreign minister threw a wrench into the matter when he announced that the British government would welcome a visit by Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny to question Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy rather than force him to go to Sweden for questioning.
    “These are matters for the [Swedish] prosecutor to decide on, but if she wished to travel here to question Mr Assange in the embassy in London, we would do absolutely everything to facilitate that,” UK Foreign Minister Hugo Swire said. “Indeed, we would actively welcome it.”
    The prosecutor was taken aback by the statement and told the Guardian that she would consider the statement and respond publicly soon.
    Swire insisted that his statement did not amount to a change in the UK’s position. He acknowledged, however, that the UK government might not have been clear about its stance in the past.
    The appeals court in Sweden noted this matter in its ruling today, saying that the prosecutor had failed to examine alternative avenues for the investigation, which “is not in line with their obligation—in the interests of everyone concerned—to move the preliminary investigation forward.”
    Assange has not been charged with any crime, but prosecutors got an arrest warrant issued for him after he left Sweden while the investigation was ongoing.
    Assange asserts authorities told him he was free to leave, but when he did, they issued an arrest warrant for him. Assange sought exile from Ecuador because he believes the Swedish case is a trumped up attempt to get him extradited to the U.S. to face possible charges for his role in published documents leaked by Chelsea Manning.
    Assange, in his appeal to rescind the warrant, argued that although he had made himself available for questioning in the UK, the Swedish prosecutor has refused to accommodate that offer. This shows, Assange’s attorneys argue, that the investigation “has not been conducted with the effectiveness and urgency which can be demanded,” and that what can be won by maintaining the detention order is not in proportion to the harm and damage the decision causes. that has deprived Assange of his liberty for more than two years.
    The prosecutor told the appeals court, however, that she had “continually, over the past two years, tested the conditions and the practical possibility for conducting the interrogations and other necessary investigative measures in Great Britain.”
    The head of the Swedish bar association called the showdown a “circus” and urged the prosecutor to compromise. “It is time for this longstanding matter to be brought to a fair and proportionate end,” Anne Ramberg, head of the bar association told the Guardian.
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    After years of stalemate, Sweden seeks London date with Assange| Reuters

    After years of stalemate, Sweden seeks London date with Assange

    By Daniel ****son and Simon Johnson

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish prosecutors want to question Julian Assange in London over allegations of sexual assault, potentially ending an impasse that left the WikiLeaks founder holed up for almost three years in Ecuador's embassy.

    Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they had asked for Assange's approval to question him in London, a U-turn after years of insisting he must go to Stockholm for questioning about alleged assaults against two women in 2010.

    Assange denies the allegations, which are not related to WikiLeaks' publication of U.S. military and diplomatic documents, also in 2010. He refused to go, arguing Sweden could send him on to the United States where he might face trial.

    One of Assange's lawyers said he welcomed the request but expressed concern the process could take time because approval was needed from British and Ecuadorian authorities.

    "He has been nagging for this for four years. He wants nothing more than to have an opportunity ... to give his version of what happened and to clear his name," Assange's lawyer Per Samuelson told Reuters.

    Ecuador's embassy in London could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Assange, an Australian citizen, has been unable to leave Ecuador's embassy since claiming asylum there in 2012.

    Even if Sweden drops the investigation, he faces arrest by British police for jumping bail granted while the UK courts considered a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

    Samuelson said Assange and his lawyers had to discuss the request from Swedish prosecutors, who also want to sample his DNA, before responding.

    A Swedish appeals court late last year upheld a detention order on Assange, but said prosecutors had not made enough effort to question him.

    The main reason for prosecutors' change of heart is that several crimes Assange is suspected of are subject to a statute of limitations expiring in August.

    Prosecutor Marianne Ny said she still believed questioning him at the embassy would lower the quality of the interview and he would need to be in Sweden should the case come to a trial.

    "Now that time is of the essence, I have viewed it therefore necessary to accept such deficiencies to the investigation," she said in a statement.

    Sweden's Supreme Court is currently weighing whether to hear his request to lift the warrant for Assange's arrest and has asked the prosecutor to submit an opinion before a decision can be taken.

    London's police chief said last month the cost of keeping watch on Assange was a drain on police resources and the operation was under review.
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    After Swedish Prosecutors Back Down, Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?

    Published on Mar 16, 2015
    http://democracynow.org - Today marks the 1,000th day WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spent in political asylum inside Ecuador's London embassy. For the first time, Swedish prosecutors have opened the door to Assange's departure with a request to question him in London. Assange has never been charged over allegations of sexual assault, but has been holed up in the embassy since 2012, fearing a Swedish arrest warrant could lead to his extradition to the United States. We speak with one of Assange's lawyers, Michael Ratner, who argues the alleged sexual assault case is not strong enough to go forward.
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    Ecuador: Why Did It Take Sweden 1,000 Days to Agree to Question Julian Assange in Our U.K. Embassy?

    Published on Mar 20, 2015
    http://democracynow.org - Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño responds to recent reports Swedish prosecutors will seek to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Assange has never been charged over allegations of sexual assault, yet he has been holed up in the embassy since 2012, fearing that if he steps outside, he will be arrested and extradited to Sweden, which could lead to his extradition to the United States — which is investigating Assange over WikiLeaks publishing classified documents. "We are pleased to see the Swedish prosecutors say that they now want to take the statements from Julian Assange at our embassy," Patiño says. "But at the same time, we are concerned that 1,000 days have gone by, 1,000 days with Julian Assange confined in our embassy, before they say that they are going to do what they should have done from day one."

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    Julian Assange: Despite Congressional Standoff, NSA Has Secret Authority to Continue Spying Unabated

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    Assange on the Untold Story of the Grounding of Evo Morales’ Plane During Edward Snowden Manhunt
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    Julian Assange on Aiding Snowden, Tiff w/ The Intercept & Whether He'll Ever Leave Embassy Refuge
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    WikiLeaks Releases 500K U.S. Cables from 1978 on Iran, Sandinistas, Afghanistan, Israel & More
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    The Kill List: ICWatch Uses LinkedIn Account Info to Out Officials Who Aided Assassination Program
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    Julian Assange: British Nuclear Sub Whistleblower William McNeilly Revealed Major Security Lapses