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"Assange’s Judge a Disgrace to the Bench"
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Assange’s Judge a Disgrace to the Bench, Former UK Ambassador Says
Both Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are now in jail, both over offenses related to the publication of materials specifying U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and both charged with nothing else at all. No matter what bullshit political and MSM liars try to feed you, that is the simple truth. Manning and Assange are true heroes of our time, and are suffering for it.

Amid Growing Threats Against Her Life, Ilhan Omar Issues Urgent Call to Confront 'Acts of Hate By Right-Wing Extremists'
"Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country's Commander in Chief. This is endangering lives. It has to stop."

"Her Life Is in Danger": Dems Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar
"The president is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Sudan's military seizes power from President Omar al-Bashir
Sudan's military has overthrown and arrested President Omar al-Bashir after months of protests against his nearly 30-year rule.

Citing Assange's Work Exposing US 'Atrocities,' UK Labour Leaders Speak Out Against Extradition Effort
The WikiLeaks publisher, says shadow home secretary, "is being pursued because he has exposed wrongdoing by U.S. administrations and their military forces."

Following Trump Administration's Bullying, ICC Judges Reject Probe Into War Crimes in Afghanistan
The decision represents "a shocking abandonment of the victims"

Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'
President Donald Trump: Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced its unanimous rejection of a request to investigate American military and intelligence professionals who served in Afghanistan. This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law. We welcome this decision and reiterate our position that the United States holds American citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards. Since the creation of the ICC, the United States has consistently declined to join the court because of its broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers; the threat it poses to American national sovereignty; and other deficiencies that render it illegitimate. Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response.

JOHN PILGER: Assange Arrest a Warning from History
Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight, says John Pilger. Dissent has become an indulgence. And the British elite has abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice.

7 Years of Lies About Assange Won’t Stop Now
One of the few towering figures of our time was reduced to nothing more than a sex pest and scruffy bail-skipper, writes Jonathan Cook.

Venezuela Rejects Asylum Removal and Arrest of Julian Assange
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza published a statement on Twitter stating that President Maduro, on behalf of the government and the people, "expresses his most categorical rejection of the atrocious decision that deprived Australian-Ecuadorean Julian Assange of the right to diplomatic asylum."

US Threatens Venezuela at UNSC as IMF Freezes Funds
By Ricardo - Venezuelanalysis - April 11, 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence told the UNSC that "the time has come" for the UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's "legitimate president" and accept the latter's representative to the world body. He added that the US would circulate a resolution to this effect, but offered no details on its timetable. A previous US resolution at the UNSC was vetoed by Russia and China on February. Pence went on to reiterate the warning that "all options are on the table" to oust the Maduro government. "This is our neighborhood," he told reporters afterward, calling on Russia to cease its support to the Maduro government.

Correa Says Moreno INA Papers Probe Led to Facebook Page Block
The INA Papers alleges Moreno's link to a firm which deposited millions to an offshore company, whose owner put money in Moreno's brother's shell company.
Early Friday, former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa confirmed that his Facebook account had indeed been blocked, just one day after the ex-head of state publicly criticize Lenin Moreno for the withdrawal of asylum previously granted to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

OAS Sacrifices Its Charter for Trump's Desperate Venezuelan Regime Change Bid
In a legally dubious attempt to legitimize Juan Guaido's shadow regime, the US pushed to install a neoliberal operative implicated in an alleged Maduro assassination plot as Venezuela's Organization of American States ambassador.

Paraguay to Formally Withdraw From UNASUR
The government of Mario Abdo is now the third to formalize its abandonment, joining Colombian President Ivan Duque, who on Aug. 27, 2018, and Ecuador's Lenin Moreno, who on March 14, 2019, made a similar decision. Since April 2018, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru suspended their participation, leaving Venezuela, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and Uruguay as active members.

IMF Deal for Ecuador Paved Way for Assange’s Arrest
Embassy ouster was a long-reported condition for pact

'I know nothing about WikiLeaks.' Donald Trump has no comment on Julian Assange arrest
“I know nothing about WikiLeaks," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "It’s not my thing." ...and said what happens next is up to the attorney general.

Ecuador arrests Swedish software developer allegedly tied to WikiLeaks after Assange arrest, official says

Putin Wants the Rights of Assange to Be Observed
Press secretary for the Russian Presidency, Dmitry Peskov told reporters that he currently can't make any detailed statements on the overall situation but stated that "We, of course, hope that all of his rights will be observed."

Least We Forget: WikiLeaks: Collateral Murder (Iraq, 2007)
Video footage from a U.S. Apache helicopter in 2007 leaked by U.S. Army intelligence analyst and whistleblower Bradley Manning to Wikileaks. The video shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well.

While Much of US Media Plays Along, Critics Warn Assange Indictment an 'Obvious' Ploy With Deeper Dangers
"It is quite obvious the U.S. authorities have picked just one element of what they have been working on for a long time," Hrafnsson said. "There is no assurance that there would not be additional charges when he is on U.S. soil. And I think, and I believe, that this was an angle in the approach to increase the likelihood of him being extradited. That is obvious."

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