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If Assange is the Falcon, Trump is the Snowman

espionage (noun) … the practice of spying or of using spies, typically by governments to obtain political and military information. Oxford Dictionary

The Falcon and the Snowman

It is as if Trump has thrown us back to the Cold War era. The Americans have added 17 charges against Assange under the Espionage Act. I can’t see how Assange has committed espionage. He is not a spy, he works for no one, he is not in the employ of an enemy state, he has released past military information known by anyone interested, he put no lives at risk (the US government were perfectly capable of doing that themselves). He has not been paid, Assange released information to anyone interested in US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 1974 Christopher Boyce was jailed for 40 years for selling information to the Soviet Union. He didn’t like what the US military was doing, he was fearful they would use nuclear weapons again. Boyce warned the Australian people that the CIA was behind the sacking of the Whitlam government in 1975. How is Assange much different to Boyce? Why doesn’t the Australian parliament support him? More recently David Hicks father, Terry, campaigned to have his son released from Quantanamo Bay. Hicks was charged unlawfully by the US government with the assistance of the Howard government. He was subject to rendition and severe beatings, sleep deprivation and other conditions of detention that contravene international human rights. Assange is looking at similar treatment if he is extradited by the UK government to the US.

Meanwhile even leading democrat, Nancy Pelosi, has accused Trump of engaging in a cover-up after allegations were made that the Russian government helped rig the US presidential elections:

“We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up,” Pelosi said after a recent Democrats meeting.

Penultimate scene of ‘The Falcon and the Snowman‘ where Christopher Boyce gives the falcon its freedom.

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Ecuador releases files on Assange

Tonight an Ecuadorian cyclist, Richard Carapaz, will win the Giro d’Italia 2019 – one of the most famous bike races in the world. Meanwhile the Ecuadorian government has handed over to United States prosecutors their files of Julian Assange to aid in his conviction and possible death sentence for speaking out against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here is Ciaron O’Reilly’s latest report from outside Belmarsh prison in England.

Ciaron gives some very good advice to activists below.

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Below is film of a reflection  I gave outside Belmarsh Prison on May 25 th. 2019 on the plight of my friend WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange. Julian is presently… 

  • confined to a cell 23 hours a day in Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison/London
  • he has 30 minutes on the exercise yard, weather permitting. 
  • he has 30 minutes to compete for access to phone etc. 
  • he has 2 visits a month. 
  • he is extremely isolated and is unable to prepare to defend himself or others.
  • this past week the traitorous Ecuadorian Moreno administration handed over Julian’s personal effects to U. S. Prosecutors. 

and the U. S. laid 17 additional charges under the Espionage Act that carries the death penalty.


A Reflection by Ciaron O’Reilly outside Belmarsh Prison

on the Plight of Julian Assange/ 17 charges of Espionage

APPEAL FOR SUPPORT TO CONTINUE SOLIDARITY WORK OUTSIDE BELMARSH PRISON/LONDON 

Over 8+ years, I have accompanied Julian Assange through the UK courts and his time in the Ecuadorian embassy – *both providing personal security and organising on the street solidarity. For the past 6 weeks I have been camped on a Traffic Island at the entrance of Belmarsh Prison. Prior to moving here I was 140 days on the street outside the Ecuadorian embassy.

If you wish to support this solidarity work. – you 

can donate through my account with

Credit Union Australia 

BSB 814282

Acc No. 10010687

or the Go Fund Me Page

https://www.gofundme.com/CiaronOReilly

Many thanx to all those who have supported this effort thus far. 

2 responses to “If Assange is the Falcon, Trump is the Snowman

  1. UN rapporteur accuses Australia of failing to protect Assange's rights

    U-N rapporteur on Torture (says) that (the Australian) government has failed to support Julian Assange, and is complicit in his psychological torture.

    The UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, recently visited Mr Assange in a British jail with a doctor and psychiatrist to assess his condition, and said he feared the Wikileaks founder could die in prison.

    Julian Assange is facing possible extradition to the United States, where he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    Mr Melzer says he wouldn’t get a fair trial in the U-S, and added the Australian Government was failing to protect a citizen.

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  2. 'Never reveal your source'

    Jamie Larcombe was just nineteen
    When he signed up for the Operation
    The Generals called ‘SLIPPER’
    Code for global war
    In Afghanistan, Middle East and the
    Gulf of Aden
    No medals will bring Jamie home,
    That boy from Kangaroo Island
    Last Train to Mirabad by Ian Curr

    Recently the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have been raiding both the ABC and News Corp looking for information about an Afghan vet who has revealed war crimes by Australian Generals.

    There have been many stories in the press about these wide-ranging “new” powers of search but I am more concerned about the victims of these war crimes.

    The whistleblower/source now faces life imprisonment after these raids by the AFP of the ABC and News Corp … just look how readily both organisations complied with search warrants giving up private files to police.

    And read how pissed off the whistleblower was with the ABC:

    “I gave Dan Oakes (ABC) the information in 2016 … He ran a different story. My story was about bad leadership and bad generals. He ran a story about bad soldiers [not generals as I wanted]. ”

    And, he said “the ABC was “reckless” in publishing documents online that … led to his arrest:

    “At the time I was pretty angry because (the ABC) published the document on the internet and it was pretty obvious where it had all come from. People in Defence could work out that the common link with the documents was me”

    What happened to the maxim: ‘Never reveal your source’ when it is not safe to do so.

    Page 2 of AFP Search Warrant

    Note that the search warrant cites ‘Operation Slipper

    Sapper Jamie Larcombe and an Afghan soldier were killed as part of Operation SLIPPER that stretched across continents.

    Sapper Jamie Larcombe and his partner

    Reference
    Whistleblower at centre of ABC raid stands by Afghan leaks

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