I’ve been one of the most strident critics of Julian Assange since journalist James Ball confirmed that Assange was passing highly sensitive US Embassy Cables onto the dictatorship of Belarus that could have been used to prosecute brave opposition activists.
It finally happened – Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested. It was no surprise: many signs pointed in this direction.
Julian Assange is admirable because he chose to open up the can of worms that the world hides and the so called powerful leaders are feeling threatened by his revelations and want him behind bars.
Early Thursday morning, news broke that WikiLeaks’ co-founder Julian Assange had been arrested by London›s Metropolitan Police Service at the Ecuadorian embassy. It was later announced that Assange was arrested in relation to an extradition warrant on behalf of the United States for conspiring with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack into a classified US government computer in 2010.
To sympathisers and celebrity boosters, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose extended furlough inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London ended in handcuffs this month, is a legend and a maligned whistleblower.
Julian Assange has been making waves, then and now. Back then it was because WikiLeaks published what the story terms as devastating material that Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning had copied from Iraq war logs and diplomatic documents, most notably video shot by American soldiers in an Apache helicopter
Navalny is another Julian Assange. He has the bravery and the guts to stand up to Putin. That he came back from Germany to resume his anti corruption fight when he could very well have remained in exile and saved his life, speaks of his grit (“Navalny’s mettle poses a threat to Putin’s authority,” Jan. 29, Gulf Today).
Assange raised a fist in a defiant gesture to acknowledge his supporters in the gallery at Westminster Magistrates' Court for a case management hearing. He was clean shaven and wearing a blue sweater and sports jacket. He read his name to the court when asked and gave his date of birth.
I was in Kabul in 2010 when Julian Assange and WikiLeaks first released a vast archive of classified US government documents, revealing what Washington really knew about what was happening in the world. I was particularly interested in one of these disclosures, which came in the shape of a video that the Pentagon had refused to release despite a Freedom of Information Act request.
Fifty years ago this spring, Harvard students occupied the school's administration building, demanding that the university end its complicity in the Vietnam War by kicking ROTC off campus. The student demands also included creating a black studies program and ending evictions of working-class people from property