Why Assange Extradition Case Matters to Our Democracy

On Monday January 13, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in his fight against extradition to the US. The administrative hearing concerned Assange’s lack of access to legal counsel, making it difficult for him to adequately prepare for his case. His lawyer, Gareth Peirce, told the Judge that UK prison is blocking … Continue reading “Why Assange Extradition Case Matters to Our Democracy”

The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public Defense of Free Speech

On Saturday, The New York Times published a front-page article on the leaked files that exposed the Chinese government’s coordinated crackdown on ethnic minorities. In covering the story, the newspaper noted that although the source and the methods through which documents were gathered are unclear, the disclosure of 403 pages of internal documents is one … Continue reading “The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public Defense of Free Speech”

Assange’s Extradition Is a Case About the Crimes of Empire

On October 21, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in his fight against extradition to the United States. Assange has been charged with 17 counts of Espionage in the U.S., where he faces 175 years in prison related to WikiLeaks’ 2010 publication concerning US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Diplomatic Cables and … Continue reading “Assange’s Extradition Is a Case About the Crimes of Empire”

The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All

With the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, we are seeing the US government’s blatant attack on the First Amendment. This assault now is officially acknowledged by a US federal court, where the judge dismissed a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against WikiLeaks on the grounds of … Continue reading “The Prosecution of Julian Assange Affects Us All”

We Must Defend Assange To Save Democracy From American Despotism

On Thursday, the Department of Justice made an unprecedented move to file 17 Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This indictment was what Assange and his legal team have been warning about since 2010 and the risk of extradition was the sole reason why Assange sought and was granted political asylum by Ecuador … Continue reading “We Must Defend Assange To Save Democracy From American Despotism”

Assange’s US Extradition Battle: The Fight to Defend the Conscience of America

It has been over three weeks since Ecuador illegally terminated political asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the UK police violently arrested him. Assange is now held in solitary confinement in what many have called the UK’s Guantanamo Bay. On Thursday, Assange’s fight against US extradition began at a UK court. The US charged … Continue reading “Assange’s US Extradition Battle: The Fight to Defend the Conscience of America”

Why Julian Assange’s Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs

On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high level Ecuadorian government … Continue reading “Why Julian Assange’s Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs”

Chelsea Manning’s Fight Against the Grand Jury Exposes Battle for Free Speech

The former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was sent to jail Friday for refusing to answer questions relating to WikiLeaks 2010 disclosures at a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. She has been remanded into federal custody and is made to remain confined until she testifies or until the end of the … Continue reading “Chelsea Manning’s Fight Against the Grand Jury Exposes Battle for Free Speech”

Bitcoin: Cryptographic Tool That Can Secure Civil Liberties

Over a half-century ago, President Dwight Eisenhower recognized a force that threatens democratic government. In his farewell address on January 17, 1961, he alerted the American people about a "permanent armaments industry of vast proportions" and its impact in shaping the very structure of our society. He called it the military-industrial complex and urged the … Continue reading “Bitcoin: Cryptographic Tool That Can Secure Civil Liberties”

Justice for Julian Assange, Test of Western Democracy

This has been the 7th year that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spent Christmas in confinement inside Ecuador’s London embassy. For nearly a decade, the US government’s aggressive witch-hunt of truthtellers has trapped him in the UK. Assange claimed political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 to mitigate the risk of extradition to the US, … Continue reading “Justice for Julian Assange, Test of Western Democracy”