Many in the West Support Assange’s Leaks, and Few Want Him Extradited to U.S.

On the 17th September, Alex Willemyns reported in Morning Consult As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in extradition limbo, a new Morning Consult survey shows Americans, Europeans and Australians are far more likely to say the Australian national was “right” than “wrong” to shed light on U.S. government policies such as the secret surveillance of … Continue reading “Many in the West Support Assange’s Leaks, and Few Want Him Extradited to U.S.”

On the 17th September, Alex Willemyns reported in Morning Consult

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in extradition limbo, a new Morning Consult survey shows Americans, Europeans and Australians are far more likely to say the Australian national was “right” than “wrong” to shed light on U.S. government policies such as the secret surveillance of American citizens, and few want to see him extradited to face espionage charges in the United States.

Read complete article in Morning Consult

UN Peace Day Rallies – Sept 2022

Melbourne Melbourne UN Peace Day rallyState Library of Victorianoon 18 SeptemberIt is lies that start wars and have brought the world to the brink of climate devastation. It is truth, and acting on truth, that can save us. Our theme for this UN Peace Day rally is Truth Not War. The event will be a broad-based, … Continue reading “UN Peace Day Rallies – Sept 2022”

Melbourne

Melbourne UN Peace Day rally
State Library of Victoria
noon 18 SeptemberIt is lies that start wars and have brought the world to the brink of climate devastation. It is truth, and acting on truth, that can save us.

Our theme for this UN Peace Day rally is Truth Not War.

The event will be a broad-based, inclusive, colourful and peaceful rally with speeches and music that celebrate Melbourne’s longstanding tradition of rallying for Peace, opposing nuclear weapons and arms buildup, respecting and protecting our environment and showing resolve in protecting peacemakers like WikiLeaks publisher and the recipient of the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize, Julian Assange.

In the words of Prime Minister Albanese: “Enough is enough!”

Join us at the State Library of Victoria.
11am – Music starts 
12 noon – Speeches and more music 
1pm – March down Swanston St to the British Consulate, 90 Collins St 


Organised by Melbourne 4 Assange, PEN Melbourne, Anti AUKUS Vic and Extinction Rebellion
www.assangecampaign.org.au
www.penmelbourne.org
https://www.facebook.com/noaukusvic/
https://rebellion.global/groups/au-victoria/#events

Sydney

–  Wednesday 21 Sept 10am
– – US Consulate
– Thursday 22 Sept 11am-12pm
– – Electorate office PM Anthony Albanese Marrickville.

Canberra

 –  Wednesday 21 Sept 12.30pm
– – Garema Place Canberra City

Adelaide

–  Wednesday 21 Sept – 12.30pm 
– – Parliament House Steps Adelaide 
– –  Free Assange SA Government Vote (More)

Julian Assange Presented Keys to Mexico City

On the 15th September 2022, Gabriel Shipton tweeted about John Shipton and he accepting the keys to Mexico City on behalf of his brother Julian Assange Editors Note: Mexico City has a population of 9 million. More than a third of that of Australia Further coverage in the ABC reports “The Mexican President López Obrador has written … Continue reading “Julian Assange Presented Keys to Mexico City”

On the 15th September 2022, Gabriel Shipton tweeted about John Shipton and he accepting the keys to Mexico City on behalf of his brother Julian Assange

Editors Note: Mexico City has a population of 9 million. More than a third of that of Australia

Further coverage in the ABC reports

“The Mexican President López Obrador has written multiple times to Joe Biden, calling for the prosecution against Julian to be dropped,” Gabriel Shipton told the ABC.

“He has also offered Julian asylum in Mexico.

“He met with [US] Secretary of State [Antony] Blinken a couple of days ago, and also in that meeting discussed Julian’s freedom and how to get Julian out of prison.”

His family is continuing to pressure Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to intervene in the case.

“There’s this expectation in the electorate in Australia that Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister, is going to actually do something to end Julian’s persecution,” Mr Shipton said.

“I’m beginning to sense that there’s a bit of disappointment after a hundred days of government that the Albanese Government hasn’t been able to act to free Julian.”

Gabriel Shipton said he wanted to see the case resolved and his brother freed before the end of the year.

“If the Australian government can manage that, I think that would be a Christmas miracle for us,” he said “We take a lot of energy from the growing wave of support around the world for Julian’s freedom.”

Also covered in The Associated Press

This week the objective was to insert mention of Julian Assange into a meeting between Mexico’s president and the United States’ top diplomat. Next week, it will be to have Australia’s prime minister bring it up with the U.S. president at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

“We call President López Obrador an ice-breaker,” because afterward the leaders of Chile, Colombia and Bolivia called for his release too, Gabriel Shipton said during the visit to Mexico. Among a packed scheduled of events, John Shipton received the key to the capital Wednesday on behalf of Assange, a ceremonial honor the city bestows on distinguished guests. The day before, he addressed Mexico’s Senate.

President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador demanding the release of Julian Assange

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Assange supporters call for ‘Truth not War’ on UN Peace Day

On the 14th September 2022, the Assange Campaign issued this press release Calls of ‘Truth not War’ can be heard around the globe this week as supporters of the world’s most famous political prisoner, Australian journalist Julian Assange, rally for his immediate release by the 21stanniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace (21 Sept 2022).  … Continue reading “Assange supporters call for ‘Truth not War’ on UN Peace Day”

On the 14th September 2022, the Assange Campaign issued this press release

Calls of ‘Truth not War’ can be heard around the globe this week as supporters of the world’s most famous political prisoner, Australian journalist Julian Assange, rally for his immediate release by the 21stanniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace (21 Sept 2022). 

Julian’s growing army of millions of supporters – from ordinary people to governments, politicians, professional and non-government organisations, charities, activists, lawyers, journalists, authors, academics, doctors, artists, unions and grass-roots community groups – are all calling on the USA and UK Governments to stop the US extradition and drop the charges against the award-winning Australian journalist and WikiLeaks founder.

On 5 April 2010, WikiLeaks published ‘Collateral Murder’, a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen civilians in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.

Julian has now been detained and imprisoned in the UK for over 12 years in what former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer describes as “murder by slow torture”.

Julian’s father, John Shipton says that the politically-motivated US charges are ‘unprecedented in our times, of attacking knowledge’: our right to know the truth, the truth about government war crimes and policies, adherence to law and international law and abrogation of the International Declaration of Human Rights.

“Julian Assange, for publishing the truth; the truth of monumental state crimes, is constantly pursued with severe and unrelenting malice, exceedingly bitter animosity and a vile, deceitful and unscrupulous crusade of lies and slander,” says John.

“The precedent set by this political prosecution is extremely dangerous. The extraterritorial application by the United States of its laws to Australian citizen Julian Assange and the death penalty sentence equivalent, 175-year incarceration. Julian will pay the ultimate price for exposing the truth and his persecution inevitably chills and intimidates exposure of government criminality and public contribution to policy formation. Erecting a wall of secrecy between government and the people. Results of which, are before our eyes; corruption, war crimes and crimes against humanity … us!”

“I mention the destruction and emiseration of Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen … We cannot and must not allow this to occur.”

he United States government has charged Julian with 17 counts under the Espionage Act 1917 and one charge of conspiracy to commit unauthorised access to a government computer, a violation of the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a terrorism offence under the US Patriot Act.

However, last month US Republican Senator Rand Paul called for the repeal of the Espionage Act after it was used by the FBI to justify a recent raid on the home of former US President Donald Trump.

The US Government and its spy agency the CIA, now face multiple court proceedings in the UK, USA and Spain over:

  • their ongoing persecution of Julian Assange including the plot to murder and kidnap him
  • violations against Julian’s basic human rights
  • illegal bugging of a foreign embassy (the London Ecuadorian Embassy)
  • hacking into world leaders’ personal phones and emails
  • the violation of the US First Amendment of American citizens who visited Julian during the 7 years he spent in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy before he was forcibly dragged out by London police, and
  • Julian’s ongoing, unjustified, solitary confinement incarceration in the high-security HM Belmarsh Prison where he is seriously ill and being denied lifesaving medical attention, access to his legal team and regular family visits.

Julian’s brother, Gabriel Shipton – who is in Mexico with his father for talks with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador- says that Assange relatives, along with those of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Che Guevara have been invited by the President as special guests to attend the country’s Independence Day celebrationson 16 September. 

“We are humbled by the invitation from Mexican President Obrador. The Mexican President continually stands for Julian’s freedom publicly and in his talks with President Biden. He has also offered Julian the protection of Mexican citizenship. Our family again plead with the Australian government to simply stand up for one of its own citizens and publicly call for Julian’s immediate release,” says Gabriel.

Adds John Shipton: “We urge Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to act soon, otherwise it may be too late to save Julian’s life. And if Julian dies or if the US extradition succeeds, it will also be the death of truth in war, the death of press freedom and journalists, freedom of speech, the protection of human rights plus international law and whistle blowers. There’s a lot at stake here.”

In Australia, UN Peace Day events will be held in:
Melbourne
Sunday 18 Sept noon-2pm,
– – State Library of Victoria Peace Day ‘Truth Not War’.
– – FreeJulian Assange event (More)
Sydney
Wednesday 21 Sept 10am,
– – US Consulate
– Thursday 22 Sept 11am-12pm,
– – Electorate office PM Anthony Albanese Marrickville.
Canberra 
Wednesday 21 Sept 12.30pm,
– – Garema Place Canberra City
Adelaide 
Wednesday 21 Sept – 12.30pm 
– – Parliament House Steps Adelaide 
– – Free Assange SA Government Vote (More)

Listen or download radio grabs of John Shipton speaking about his son, Julian Assange 

Media contact: Jodie Harrison 
media@assangecampaign.org.au
+61 (0)425 754 370

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On the 4th September 2022, the editors collected after work and memes that had been retired from the site for later reference

On the 4th September 2022, the editors collected after work and memes that had been retired from the site for later reference





Open Letter on the Concerns of Many Australians About the Well Being and Future of Julian Assange.

On the 28th August 2022, The Assange Campaign Inc wrote to the Prime Minster of Australia and copies to other senior ministers. The open letter reads: Subject: Open Letter on the Concerns of Many Australians About the Well Being and Future of Julian Assange. To:  Honourable Anthony Albanese MP, Prime MinisterCC: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong  … Continue reading “Open Letter on the Concerns of Many Australians About the Well Being and Future of Julian Assange.”

On the 28th August 2022, The Assange Campaign Inc wrote to the Prime Minster of Australia and copies to other senior ministers. The open letter reads:

Subject: Open Letter on the Concerns of Many Australians About the Well Being and Future of Julian Assange.

To:  Honourable Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister
CC: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong
        Attorney-General, Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP

Dear Prime Minister, 

As secretary for the Assange Campaign Inc., I wish to raise with you the concerns of many Australians about the well being and future of Julian Assange.The Assange Campaign Inc is Australia’s peak body supporting Julian Assange.  The concerns and issues we raise below represent the views of:

  • 700,000+ petitioners on change.org
  • senders of more than 110,000 + emails to Members of Parliament
  • 500,000+ viewers of the film Ithaka on the ABC
  • numerous groups that participate in events nationwide
  • a multitude of users active online and in social media
  • active groups of professionals such as:
    • Lawyers for Assange
    • Doctors for Assange
    • Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)
    • concerned religious groups

Recent polling shows us the majority of Australians who are aware of Mr. Assange’s circumstances favour his return to Australia.

I am writing to ask you to use your influence with your colleagues in the UK and the United States to ensure Mr Assange is released from  Belmarsh prison and into a home detention and/or electronic monitoring setting as soon possible.

We were very encouraged by your election commitment that the “ongoing pursuit of Mr Assange” served no evident “purpose” and that “enough is enough”.  We wish to take up your offer to “change the way politics operates in this country and actually answer questions”, and to provide some “transparency” of process long denied by the previous Government.

Our question, then, is what progress in your ninety-nine days of government has been made to ensure that Mr Assange’s mental and physical health are prioritised which means his release from Belmarsh prison.

This request is made on the basis it addresses many urgent concerns relating to Mr. Assange such as:

  • unrestricted access to medical attention of his own choosing
  • unrestricted access to legal services in his own timing and choosing
  • unrestricted access to the healing benefits of family life
  • a non violent detainee should not be incarcerated with violent criminals
  • an uncharged detainee should not be incarcerated with convicted detainees
  • an uncharged detainee should not be incarcerated in an institution lacking facilities to provide for uncharged detainees
  • one thousand, two hundred and fifteen days incarcerated in Belmarsh Prison without conviction

We have been warned Mr Assange’s situation is life threatening and this request is based on the presumption of innocence before conviction and other core international human rights. Both the UK and Australia are signatories to common binding treaties.

This is simply a request for you to stand up for fair play for Australian citizens when detained abroad.

Our grassroots connections believe that your commitment to ‘change the way politics operates in this country’ has added heart into the management of our country, better reflecting our national spirit of fairness. Your commitment to the Voice to Parliament has been critical to this. We understand you will receive various official briefings on the Assange case but, for all those in Australia and globally who fear for Julian, we hope you can reply not just from your head but with some of this heart your Government has shared elsewhere.

We wish you every success in Government and feel our democracy will be strengthened by it.

Yours Sincerely
Matthew Bretherton

P.S.

In support, a quote from the book,

‘The Trial of Julian Assange’ by  Nils Melzer (Former UN Rapporteur on torture)

“Quite obviously, however, for purely preventive custody, the extremely restrictive conditions at Belmarsh were neither necessary nor proportionate – two mandatory basic requirements for any lawful interference with fundamental rights. Instead, Assange should have been moved to a less securitized institution or to guarded house arrest, with unrestricted access to his professional activities, to his family, his lawyers and the outside world more generally.”

(Page 273

A summary of this book is available at https://www.assangecampaign.org.au/trial-assange/


Letter can be downloaded as a pdf

References for commitments used in letter
1. Daily Mail 2021-2-3
‘Enough is Enough’ he [Mr. Albanese] responded. ‘I don’t have sympathy for many of his actions but essentially I can’t see what is served by keeping him incarcerated.’ 
2 Sydney Morning Herald Albanese reveals two-term strategy if Labor wins
The Labor leader said if he won government on Saturday he wanted to “change the way that politics operates in this country” by avoiding soundbites and “actually answering questions”.
3. Twitter @AlboMP
The Australian people deserve accountability and transparency, not secrecy.
4. ALP National Platform 2021 Page 144
Labor believes that the Australian government should be doing everything necessary to ensure that Mr Julian Assange is treated fairly and humanely, and welcomes the priority given to the health and welfare of Mr Assange in the UK Court’s decision. This includes ensuring that under no circumstances should Mr Assange or any Australian face the death penalty. The UK Court has found that Mr Assange should not be extradited to the USA given his ill-health, and Labor believes it is now time for this long drawn out case against Julian Assange to be brought to an end.

Ithaka: Voting Open for AACTA Awards

On the 25th August 2022, calls for Ithaka, The Movie, to be considered for Australian Academy for Cinema, Television and Arts (AACTA) Awards appeared in social media. Your browser does not support iframes.

On the 25th August 2022, calls for Ithaka, The Movie, to be considered for Australian Academy for Cinema, Television and Arts (AACTA) Awards appeared in social media.

Volunteer Opportunities at Assange Campaign

On the 11th August 2021 the Assange Campaign is appealing for volunteer assistance Do you want to help spread the word of Julian’s human rights, press freedom and democracy? Perhaps you’re interested in the grassroots of political parties? Do you enjoy finding and creating a vibrant office space? Or, know anyone who might? Assange Campaign … Continue reading “Volunteer Opportunities at Assange Campaign”

On the 11th August 2021 the Assange Campaign is appealing for volunteer assistance

Do you want to help spread the word of Julian’s human rights, press freedom and democracy?
Perhaps you’re interested in the grassroots of political parties?
Do you enjoy finding and creating a vibrant office space?
Or, know anyone who might?

Assange Campaign Inc. is a volunteer-driven organisation and we are looking for 2-3 people to support our small team with three key projects.
We are currently

  1. Social media volunteer: The role will involve brainstorming and sourcing content, drafting copy, designing social media tiles on Canva and moderating comments. Time commitment: 3-5 hours per week, ideally a minimum commitment of 6 months. Experience: Good written communication skills. Previous social media experience is preferred. Location: Remote.
  2. Branch mapping volunteer: The role will involve researching and documenting which branches of Australia’s political parties are supportive or otherwise when it comes to freeing Julian Assange. Time commitment: 3-5 hours per week, ideally until mapping is complete. Experience: Good understanding of or interest in Australia’s political party structure and process. Previous research experience is preferred. Location: Remote.
  3. Office procurement and setup volunteer: The role will involve researching and inspecting potential office spaces, supporting rental applications, and, ideally, helping set up the office space, once secured. Time commitment: 3-5 hours per week, ideally until office space is setup. Experience: Desire to facilitate a vibrant and functional office space. Previous experience in office procurement or office management preferred. Location: Melbourne’s Inner North.

Please email our coordinator, Zey, via volunteering@assangecampaign.org.au with any expressions of interest or questions, including any relevant experience. Please note that you will need to supply your own devices and transport, but we will provide you access to any required software and supporting staff members.

Spot the Difference in Australian Foreign Policy

On the 10th August 2022, Lisa Beaumont posted this observation on a Campaign mail list Senator Penny Wong Joint statement on UK decision to extradite Julian Assangewith: The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP17 June 2022The Australian Government notes the decision of the United Kingdom Home Secretary to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.We also note that … Continue reading “Spot the Difference in Australian Foreign Policy”

On the 10th August 2022, Lisa Beaumont posted this observation on a Campaign mail list

Senator Penny Wong 
Joint statement on UK decision to extradite Julian Assange
with: The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP

17 June 2022


The Australian Government notes the decision of the United Kingdom Home Secretary to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.
We also note that Mr Assange has several avenues through which he can appeal this decision.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will continue to offer consular assistance to Mr Assange, noting that Australia is not a party to Mr Assange’s case, nor can the Australian government intervene in the legal matters of another country.
We will continue to convey our expectations that Mr Assange is entitled to due process, humane and fair treatment, access to proper medical care, and access to his legal team. 
The Australian Government has been clear in our view that Mr Assange’s case has dragged on for too long and that it should be brought to a close. 
We will continue to express this view to the governments of the United Kingdom and United States.

Senator Marise Payne
Statement on Sentencing of Alexei Navalny 
03 February 2021


Australia is deeply concerned by Russian authorities’ arrest and subsequent sentencing of Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months’ imprisonment. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concluded that Mr Navalny’s 2014 conviction, which was used as grounds for his current detention, was “unlawful” and “politically motivated”. We call for Mr Navalny’s immediate and unconditional release.
Australia is also concerned by the approach of Russian authorities against peaceful protesters and journalists detained in recent weeks. We call for their release without delay. Australia supports all peoples’ right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
We reaffirm a call for Russia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into Alexei Navalny’s poisoning using the banned Novichok nerve agent last August.

Nils Melzer
The Trial of Julian Assange
First Published 8th Februray 2022
Page 106 On Political Persecution


Official arbitrariness almost always constitutes a central element in political persecution and related ill-treatment

Julian Assange, Unequal Before the Law

In August 2022, George Miller posted an article translated from Nils Melzer in Le Monde Diplomatique Double standards on ‘Britain’s only political prisoner’ Julian Assange is in the UK’s Belmarsh high-security prison, fighting extradition to the United States. The implications of his treatment for democracy go far beyond one man’s fate. As Special Rapporteur on Torture, … Continue reading “Julian Assange, Unequal Before the Law”

In August 2022, George Miller posted an article translated from Nils Melzer in Le Monde Diplomatique

Double standards on ‘Britain’s only political prisoner’

Julian Assange is in the UK’s Belmarsh high-security prison, fighting extradition to the United States. The implications of his treatment for democracy go far beyond one man’s fate.

As Special Rapporteur on Torture, I was mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor compliance with the global prohibitions on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments and punishments, investigate alleged violations of these prohibitions and transmit questions and recommendations to the states concerned with the aim of clarifying individual cases. When I investigated Julian Assange’s case, I found irrefutable evidence of political persecution and arbitrary judicial decisions, as well as deliberate torture and ill-treatment. Yet the states responsible (the US, UK, Sweden and Ecuador) refused to cooperate with me in carrying out the investigative procedure required under international law.

The Assange case is the story of a man persecuted and mistreated for revealing the sordid secrets of the powerful, in particular, war crimes, torture and corruption. It’s a story of deliberately arbitrary judicial decisions made by Western democracies eager to claim exemplary human rights records. It’s a story of deliberate collusion by intelligence services without the knowledge of national parliaments and the public. And it’s a story of manipulated and manipulative reporting by the mainstream media to deliberately isolate, demonise and destroy an individual.

In a democracy governed by rule of law, everyone is equal before the law. In essence, this means that comparable cases should be treated in the same way. Like Julian Assange, who is currently being held in Belmarsh high-security prison, the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was held in British extradition detention, from 16 October 1998 to 2 March 2000. Spain, Switzerland, France and Belgium sought to prosecute him for torture and crimes against humanity. Like Assange today, Pinochet described himself as ‘Britain’s only political prisoner’.

Unlike Assange, however, Pinochet was not accused of having obtained and published evidence of torture, murder and corruption, but . . .

Nils Melzer is Human Rights Chair at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and was UN Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2016 to 2022. He is the author of The Trial of Julian Assange: a Story of Persecution, Verso, 2022, on which this article is based.

Read original article in Le Monde Diplomatique