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Month: January, 2012

Short video on the FACTS about the Julian Assange case

For more FACTS and what action you can take visit justice4assange.com

Generic Government responses on Julian Assange – The proof

The following text is identical to my initial response from Sharon Bird MP. The story behind the below letter can be found at http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/index.php/topic,3884.0.html

” The Australian Governement is committed to providing high quality consular support to all Australians overseas. As part of its consular role, the Government endevours to protect the legal rights of all Australians abroad. This includes Mr Assange.

Like any other Australian, Mr Assange has a right to privacy and the disclosure of specific details of the consular assistance provided to Mr Assange is not permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act. I can, however, assure you that Australian consular officials are working closely with Mr Assange and his lawyers to provide him with appropriate consular support in his current circumstances.

Extradition proceedings against Mr Assange must proceed in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom and Sweden. It is important to remember that when Australians are involved in legal or judicial processes overseas, there is a limit to what the Australian Government can do for them; the Government cannot, for instance, intervene in the judicial processes of other countries.

The Australian Government has, however, clearly expressed its expectation to UK and Swedish authorities that Mr Assange’s case will proceed in accordance with proper due process.”

 

Free Bradley Manning campaign in Sydney, Australia

As I walked through the CBD of Sydney, I quickly checked out the Occupy Sydney setup.. I spotted a sign from the distance… Could it be?

Yes! A group of activist had got together to raise awareness of the injustices that Bradley Manning is facing.

Not only did they have a large banner with a clear message… a few members of the group were distributing leaflets they had prepared with some details about the circumstances surrounding Bradley Manning.

 

The Leaflet reads as follows;

“Fair go for BRADLEY MANNING!

Join the campaign for justice for Bradley and win his release from prison

‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’

Bradley Manning, a 24 year old US army intelligence analyst, is currently undergoing criminal prosecution in the US for allegedly leaking classified material to WikiLeaks

Manning faces court-martial and a possible life sentence. His crime? He allegedly leaked a distressingly vivid video to WikiLeaks, later released by WikiLeaks as “Collateral Murder”, showing US soldiers killing 11 Iraqis, including two journalists, and wounding two children. He has also been charged with sharing the “Iraq War Logs”, the “Afghan Diaries” and is suspected of realising files exposing injustices at Guantanamo Bay. These documents implicate the US and NATO forces in war crimes, human rights abuses and complicity in torture and corruption.

Bradley Manning has been in prison for over 18 months. For 10 months he was kept in solitary confinement, reportedly suffering humiliating and inhumane treatment under prison authorities. The US government continues to deny UN special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez an un-monitored meeting with Bradley to assess these reports.

We believe that the crimes revealed in the WikiLeaks documents far outweigh any crime Bradley may have committed. It is wrong that he is punished while the perpetrators of war crimes and human rights abuses go un-investigated an unprosecuted.

Find out more at www.bradleymanning.org and support the growing calls for his release. Email xyz@abc.inc to join the mailing list.”

My request for action to my MP for Julian Assange

Preface

I wrote an email on the 24th December 2011 to my federal member, Ms Sharon Bird of Cunningham, who is a member of the Australian Labor Party. Unfortunately I did not save a copy of the email I sent… In summary of my email, I outlined my concerns of the Bradley Manning case and the naming of Julian Assange in witness statements and I requested that the Government intervene and stop the likely extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

Ms Bird, MP first responded to my letter on the 3rd of January. I suspect the letter was plucked straight from the party room computer system, and maybe a few alternations to match my letter. However, Ms Bird, MP did not mention the United States or Bradley Manning in the response.

I wrote a second letter on the 12th of January with clear facts, and a clear request for action. I received a very quick response that Ms Bird MP has made a representation on my behalf  to both the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, and the Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP.

I wait for further contact, and I will update on receipt.

To Sharon Bird, MP – 24 December 2011

..oops.. I did not save a copy ..

From Sharon Bird, MP – 3 January 2012

Dear Mr ████████

Thank you for your email dated 24 December regarding the detention of Mr Julian Assange. The Australian Governement is committed to providing high quality consular support to all Australians overseas. As part of its consular role, the Government endevours to protect the legal rights of all Australians abroad. This includes Mr Assange.

Like any other Australian, Mr Assange has a right to privacy and the disclosure of specific details of the consular assistance provided to Mr Assange is not permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act. I can, however, assure you that Australian consular officials are working closely with Mr Assange and his lawyers to provide him with appropriate consular support in his current circumstances.

Extradition proceedings against Mr Assange must proceed in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom and Sweden. It is important to remember that when Australians are involved in legal or judicial processes overseas, there is a limit to what the Australian Government can do for them; the Government cannot, for instance, intervene in the judicial processes of other countries.

The Australian Governemtn has, however, clearly expressed its expectation to UK and Swedish authorities that Mr Assange’s case will proceed in accordance with proper due process.

Yours sincerely

SHARON BIRD MP

To Sharon Bird, MP – 12 January 2012

In response to your letter dated: 3 January 2012

Dear Ms Bird, MP

Thank you for your response to my email dated 24 December regarding the detention of Mr Julian Assange. I have further raised my concerns on the possibility of Mr Assange’s likely extradition to the United States of America.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains frustrated by the lack of assistance from the Australian federal government over his prolonged overseas legal plight, three weeks ahead of his appeal against extradition to Sweden in the UK Supreme Court.

While Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s office had been in contact with Mr Assange’s lawyers in the past month, there has been no real action.

Mr Assange has not received adequate assistance from the federal government over his potential extradition from Britain to Sweden.

The federal government should be offering more than just consular assistance. There should also be diplomatic activity and political statements.

Assange has said on multiple occasions his expulsion to Sweden could lead to his handing over to authorities in the United States, where WikiLeaks is being investigated for publishing thousands of secret state cables.

The federal government needs to protect Assange from the possibility of rendition to the United States. Whilst the government may claim it is premature to speculate on the actions of the United States and what further representations Australia may take, during the pretrial hearing for alleged whistle blower Bradley Manning in December of 2011, Mr Assange was named on numerous occasions.

I disagree that the government is concerned about due process for Mr Assange’s case as the Prime Minister Hon. Ms Julia Gillard has falsely publicly accused Mr Assange of illegal activities in December of 2010.

I need to hear the prime minister and the attorney-general quite clearly advocating to the US that they would not support onward extradition of an Australian journalist to face trumped up charges in the United States.

Regards,

Mr ████████

From Sharon Bird, MP – 16 January 2012

Dear Mr ████████

Thank you for your letter dated 12 January regarding the case of Mr Julian Assange, which I receieved in this morning’s mail.

I have made a representation on your behalf to both the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, and the Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP. Once additional information is at hand from each Minister, I shall make contact with you again.

Yours sincerely

SHARON BIRD MP

More…

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Underground – Co-Authoured by Julian Assange in 1997

Hacking, madness and obsession on the electronic frontier

‘Gripping, eminently readable.. Dreyfus has uncovered one of this
country’s best kept secrets and in doing so has created a highly
intense and enjoyable read’ — Rolling Stone

 

Download an electronic copy of the book here -> Underground

 

While the copy-right status of the book is a bit hard to understand, Im taking the following lines from the preface that the book can be distributed on the internet by any source. Please correct me if I have misunderstood the books copyright and should not be sharing.

“Why would an author give away an unlimited number of copies of her book for free? That’s a good question. When ‘Underground’’s researcher, Julian Assange, first suggested releasing an electronic version of the book on the Net for free, I had to stop and think about just that question.” & “‘Underground’ belongs on the Net, in their ephemeral landscape.”