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.
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.
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.
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