The Persecution of WikiLeaks

Sweden’s investigation into Julian Assange was a political frame-up from the outset

By David Walsh, 20 May 2017

The entire affair was aimed at discrediting and paralyzing WikiLeaks and creating conditions under which Assange could be extradited or abducted to the US, to be executed or condemned to a lifetime in prison.

Sweden drops bogus investigation, but Julian Assange threatened with extradition to US

By Robert Stevens, 20 May 2017

The case against the WikiLeaks founder was concocted from the beginning so he could be sent from Sweden to the US.

WikiLeaks’ lawyers sharply criticize Laura Poitras’ documentary Risk

By David Walsh, 19 May 2017

Poitras’ film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the four lawyers contend, undermines the credibility of the organization at a critical moment and exposes the documentary’s subjects “to considerable legal jeopardy.”

Chelsea Manning released amid growing attacks on democratic rights in the US

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2017

Manning’s seven-year imprisonment at the hands of the US military was the most draconian sentence ever served for leaking classified documents.

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning to be released from prison today

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 May 2017

Manning has served seven years in prison, frequently under brutal conditions, for leaking evidence to WikiLeaks exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Risk: Laura Poitras’ confused, superficial documentary about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2017

The film broaches a dozen subjects and avoids treating any of them in depth, and often fails to take a clear position of any kind.

FBI director threatens WikiLeaks and Assange

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2017

James Comey complained that WikiLeaks, unlike the American media, does not work with the US intelligence community to protect its secrets.

US steps up campaign against Julian Assange

By Barry Grey, 22 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site condemns the reported preparations of the US Justice Department to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage and issue an arrest warrant against him.

US preparing to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 21 April 2017

According to a press reports Thursday, the US Department of Justice has prepared the charges it needs to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

CIA Director calls WikiLeaks an “enemy,” says Assange has “no First Amendment freedoms”

By Eric London, 15 April 2017

Pompeo’s speech lays out the new standard: the First Amendment only applies to speech that the CIA deems tolerable.

The WikiLeaks revelations and the crimes of US imperialism

By Andre Damon, 9 March 2017

The WikiLeaks documents expose the US as the greatest “rogue state,” carrying out spying, hacking, exploitation and disinformation operations all over the world in order to further the interests of the US ruling elite.

WikiLeaks revelations raise new questions about the death of journalist Michael Hastings

By Bryan Dyne, 9 March 2017

Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan when he was killed in a June 2013 car crash.

WikiLeaks reveals vast CIA spying, cyberwar operation

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2017

Amid Democrats’ claims of Russian hacking in support of Trump and Trump’s charge that he was bugged by Obama, WikiLeaks has revealed a vast CIA operation directed against the people of the US and the world.

Julian Assange statement exposes bogus rape allegation

By Steve James, 13 December 2016

Assange not only exposes the bogus rape allegations made against him, but presents a devastating review of the US-led campaign to ensure his arrest pending deportation.

Swedish authorities finally question Julian Assange after six years

By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2016

The Swedish authorities are blatantly flouting international law in their vindictive pursuit of Assange.

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2016

The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential contest.

Trump and Clinton brawl in the gutter

By Andre Damon, 13 October 2016

Long-suppressed social tensions in the United States are expressing themselves in an election campaign marked by increasingly violent recriminations by both candidates.

The Bellingcat research collective: War propaganda masquerading as “citizen journalism”

By Steve James, 13 October 2016

Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins is employed by the Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank.

Sweden upholds Assange arrest warrant

By Paul Mitchell, 22 September 2016

The significance of the Swedish decision is underscored by the revelations from WikiLeaks, which have led US news outlets to declare they could determine who becomes the next American president.

Political prisoner Chelsea Manning begins hunger strike

By Tom Hall, 12 September 2016

Manning began her hunger strike in military prison on Friday in protest against the abuse and harassment that drove her to attempt suicide in July.

New York Times launches McCarthyite witch-hunt against Julian Assange

By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2016

The Times’ vilification is aimed at discrediting in advance any information from WikiLeaks exposing the crimes of US imperialism and its favored candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Sexual assault accusations used to oust leader at Tor Project

By Adam Mclean, 19 August 2016

The Tor Project, a network and tool for anonymizing one’s internet traffic, has been a repeated target of attacks from US intelligence agencies.

Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy

By Paul Mitchell, 15 August 2016

Assange remains fearful that attempts will be made to railroad him to the United States, where a sealed Grand Jury indictment involving espionage charges is awaiting him.

WikiLeaks offers $20,000 reward over murder of DNC staffer linked to email leak

By E.P. Bannon, 12 August 2016

Rich was in charge of DNC voter expansion data and had access to a wide range of information about the inner workings of the Democratic Party.

Whistle-blower Chelsea Manning: “I became very, very sad” during torture

By Tom Carter, 4 August 2016

A recently published interview sheds light on the conditions faced by Manning, the US Army whistle-blower and political prisoner, who attempted suicide on July 5.

From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive

The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs

By E.P. Bannon, 3 August 2016

The revelation of the correspondence again makes clear the degree to which the American “fourth estate” is completely integrated into the capitalist state.

Chelsea Manning hospitalized, then returned to prison

By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2016

While some media reports claimed a suicide attempt was involved, this has not been confirmed by the Army or Manning’s attorneys.

Swedish court refuses to drop arrest warrant for Julian Assange

By Josh Varlin, 26 May 2016

The Stockholm Court rejected the conclusion of a United Nations working group that Assange has been arbitrarily detained in violation of international human rights conventions.

Julian Assange challenges anti-democratic “no platform” campaign

By Laura Tiernan, 24 May 2016

The Sheffield meeting was a victory over efforts to silence Assange and close down debate on fundamental issues surrounding the escalation of militarism and war.

International Monetary Fund discussed forcing Greek debt default

By John Vassilopoulos, 12 April 2016

A leaked teleconference transcript published by WikiLeaks exposed differences between the European Union and IMF on how to enforce a third austerity package.

The Guardian defends continued persecution of Julian Assange by UK and Sweden

By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2016

In seeking to undermine the UN’s opinion, the Guardian simply parrots the line of the British and Swedish governments.

UK and Swedish governments continue their persecution of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2016

London and Stockholm have rejected the UN’s verdict that Assange has been arbitrarily detained.

UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder

Stop the persecution of Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016

Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.

Five years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 8 December 2015

Assange is the victim of a transparent frame-up. His sole crime was to bring to global attention the heinous war crimes committed by the US and other imperialist powers in Iraq and Afghanistan—crimes authorised at the highest levels of government.

UK pressured Sweden not to question Julian Assange in London

By Paul Mitchell, 24 October 2015

Nearly five years after Assange’s arrest without charge, and in breach of a Swedish law, the prosecutor has still not taken a statement from the WikiLeaks editor.

UK: Metropolitan Police threaten “covert” measures to arrest Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2015

The decision to end the police presence outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in no way lessens the threat to the founder of WikiLeaks.

Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating prison rules

By Kevin Martinez, 21 August 2015

The imprisoned whistleblower was sentenced to 21 days of restrictions but was spared indefinite solitary confinement following public outrage over the trial.

Chelsea Manning facing indefinite solitary confinement

By George Gallanis, 15 August 2015

The whistleblower faces solitary confinement for disorderly conduct, disrespecting corrections officers and having prohibited items.

Sweden drops some allegations against Julian Assange but US-backed persecution continues

By James Cogan, 14 August 2015

The passing of five years has not dampened Washington’s vindictive pursuit of the WikiLeaks editor.

WikiLeaks email release reveals hacking by governments worldwide

By Mike Head, 13 July 2015

At least 46 countries are identified as seeking Hacking Team software to secretly access and monitor computers and smart phones.

French president rejects bid to assist WikiLeaks founder

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2015

President Hollande has rebuffed calls to grant asylum to Assange in the wake of revelations by Wikileaks of illegal NSA spying on several French leaders.

The Gunman, Sean Penn’s attack on WikiLeaks and related matters

By David Walsh, 15 April 2015

Penn’s views and activities are worth considering, especially in the light of his recent disgraceful comments about Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Four years since the arrest of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2014

The ongoing exposure of the crimes of American imperialism over the past four years says much about why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains a wanted man.

UK paved way for Sweden’s new demand for Assange’s extradition

By Robert Stevens, 22 November 2014

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s only “crime” is his exposure of imperialist war crimes and conspiracies against the world’s population.

Swedish court upholds vendetta against Julian Assange

By James Cogan, 21 November 2014

The ruling continues the monstrous frame-up and political persecution of the WikiLeaks editor.

Assange says he may soon leave Ecuadorian embassy

By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2014

Assange was first arrested in London in December 2010 under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

Swedish court upholds detention order against Julian Assange

By Thomas Gaist, 17 July 2014

The detention order stems from trumped-up rape claims leveled against Assange in the wake of WikiLeaks’ publication of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy

Defend Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2014

Assange’s sole “crime” was to publish secret documents exposing war crimes carried out by the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan and conspiracies hatched by the US State Department in countries around the world.

NSA records and stores content of all phone calls in two countries

By Eric London, 21 May 2014

New Snowden leaks reveal that the US government acquires the content of 100 percent of phone calls in the Bahamas and a second, as-yet undisclosed country.

WikiLeaks, Assange targets of active FBI probe

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2014

Court documents confirm that the FBI and US Justice Department are continuing a “criminal/national security” investigation against WikiLeaks and its founder.

Leaked documents detail NSA surveillance operations against WikiLeaks

By Thomas Gaist, 19 February 2014

Files from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the US has waged an international campaign against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange and its supporters.

WikiLeaks Party mired in crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 August 2013

The party’s turmoil provides a salutary lesson in class politics.

The sentencing of Bradley Manning

By Eric London, 22 August 2013

The sentencing of whistleblower Bradley Manning to a 35-year prison term will be remembered as a milestone in the collapse of American democracy.

Again on Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets

By Richard Philips, 22 August 2013

The US documentary did poorly at the Australian box office following its release last month and was withdrawn from local cinemas after a few weeks.

Floyd Abrams praises Manning verdict

By Tom Carter, 21 August 2013

Floyd Abrams’ letter to the New York Times dated July 31 typifies the response within “liberal” sections of the political establishment to the conviction of whistleblower Bradley Manning on espionage charges.

Bradley Manning’s statement: A forced “confession” concludes a drumhead tribunal

By Eric London, 15 August 2013

Bradley Manning issued an apologetic statement at his sentencing hearing yesterday in an indication of the immense government pressure on the young whistle-blower.

Manning prosecution rests case in sentencing phase

By Matthew MacEgan, 12 August 2013

The information presented by witnesses during this phase of the trial have demonstrated the extreme weakness of the espionage charges on which Private Manning was convicted.

Bradley Manning prosecution pushes for maximum 136-year sentence

By Matthew MacEgan, 2 August 2013

The conviction of Manning on espionage charges is a frontal attack on First Amendment guarantees of press and speech freedom.

The Bradley Manning verdict: Criminalizing the exposure of crimes

By Joseph Kishore, 1 August 2013

Manning, Assange and Snowden have put their lives at risk to expose to the American people the secret actions of a military-intelligence apparatus that operates without constraint and above the law.

Defense rests in Manning court-martial

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 July 2013

Yesterday, the team defending Private Bradley Manning gave its closing argument, putting an end to this stage of the court-martial.

Prosecution delivers closing arguments in Manning trial

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 July 2013

The prosecution’s closing arguments on Monday sought to portray Manning as arrogant and reckless, operating with the conscious aim of providing information to Al Qaeda.

Prosecutors attack Bradley Manning for being “anti-patriotic”

By Matthew MacEgan, 22 July 2013

The attempt to smear Manning as "un-American" underscores the frameup character of the procedures against him.

Judge retains “aiding the enemy” charge against Bradley Manning

By Matthew MacEgan and Joseph Kishore, 19 July 2013

On the basis of the government’s line of argument and actions, nothing remains of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Freedom of the press under attack in Manning case

By Matthew MacEgan, 17 July 2013

The judge hearing the case against Bradley Manning said she would decide Thursday whether to dismiss seven of the charges.

Bradley Manning’s defense rests its case

By Matthew MacEgan, 12 July 2013

On Wednesday, the defense rested its case in the court-martial of Bradley Manning, a trial that reveals the anti-democratic character of the US government.

Defense begins case in trial of Bradley Manning

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2013

Bradley Manning’s defense team began arguments this week in the face of a preemptory ruling prohibiting mention of the Army private’s motives for leaking evidence of war crimes.

Prosecution case vs. Bradley Manning threatens First Amendment rights to free speech and press

By Ed Hightower, 4 July 2013

In charging Manning with “aiding the enemy,” the US government is equating the publication of classified information about its secret and illegal activities with espionage, treason and aiding terrorists.

A cinematic disinformation job on Julian Assange

Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

By Richard Phillips, 2 July 2013

Peppered with factual errors and outright falsifications, Gibney’s documentary is an attempt to discredit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and defend the US intelligence apparatus.

“Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped”

NSA whistleblower Snowden issues defiant response to government threats and media lies

By Eric London, 18 June 2013

In comments posted on the web site of the Guardian newspaper, Snowden skewered the Obama administration and Democratic and Republican Party officials, while indicating that more revelations are to come.

Bradley Manning’s supervisors testify in third day of court martial

By Naomi Spencer, 6 June 2013

The government is determined to connect Manning to Al Qaeda, arguing that because the WikiLeaks web site is publicly available to anyone, Manning must have intended to “aid the enemy.”

US government charges Manning with “aiding the enemy” in court martial

By Naomi Spencer, 5 June 2013

The ongoing Army court martial of Private Bradley Manning is a crude political frame-up.

Bradley Manning’s court martial begins

By Naomi Spencer, 4 June 2013

After 1,100 days in prison, Army private Bradley Manning faced a military court martial Monday. Day one of the trial was characterized by government secrecy, vindictiveness, and lies.

Why the SEP does not endorse the WikiLeaks Party

By Patrick O’Connor—SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 20 May 2013

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has launched a new party ahead of Australia’s federal election in September.

WikiLeaks cables confirm collusion between Vatican and dictators

By Marc Wells, 15 April 2013

Diplomatic communications expose the relationship between the Vatican and dictatorial regimes, from Chile’s Pinochet to Argentina’s Videla to Spain’s Franco.

Government witnesses to testify anonymously at Bradley Manning trial

By Naomi Spencer, 12 April 2013

A military judge ruled Wednesday that the government can call witnesses to testify in secret in the court martial against accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.

The New York Times’ Bill Keller smears Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013

Attempting to justify the Times’ unprincipled role in the events leading up to Manning’s arrest, the newspaper’s former executive editor wrote a column on March 10, “Bradley Manning’s Confidant.”

The Obama administration’s persecution of Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 8 March 2013

The Obama administration intends to make an example out of the accused whistleblower.

Bradley Manning and the media

By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013

At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.

Bradley Manning pleads not guilty to “aiding the enemy” charge

By Naomi Spencer, 1 March 2013

In a statement in military court Thursday, accused whistleblower Bradley Manning admitted leaking government files, but pleaded not guilty to “aiding the enemy.”

Bradley Manning denied whistleblower defense

By Naomi Spencer, 19 January 2013

Manning’s motive for leaking evidence of war crimes is not admissible in his court martial, the military judge has ruled.

US Army judge rejects motion to dismiss charges in Bradley Manning case

By Naomi Spencer, 10 January 2013

Manning was granted only a 112-day reduction in sentencing on a life term in hearings this week.

Hearing on Bradley Manning’s pre-trial confinement concludes

By Naomi Spencer, 12 December 2012

Manning was arrested May 26, 2010, accused of the largest leak of classified military and government documents in history while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

WikiLeaks editor denounces mass internet surveillance and US attacks on democratic rights

By Richard Phillips, 11 December 2012

Julian Assange brushes aside provocative questions by CNN television journalist to promote new book on global internet surveillance and mass spying operations.

Bradley Manning speaks on abuse

By Naomi Spencer, 1 December 2012

Accused whistleblower Bradley Manning told the military court of sleep deprivation, isolation, and torment by guards.

Bradley Manning testifies on his detention

By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012

Bradley Manning took the stand to speak on his pre-trial detention Thursday. It was the first public statement from the accused whistleblower in over two years.

Psychiatrists testify on military mistreatment of Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 30 November 2012

Psychiatrists testified Wednesday that recommendations to end Manning’s solitary confinement were ignored.

Bradley Manning hearing focuses on unlawful pre-trial punishment

By Naomi Spencer, 28 November 2012

The Army’s pre-trial hearing resumed Tuesday against Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

US military brands Assange, WikiLeaks as “the enemy”

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2012

Secret US Air Force documents brand WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange as “the “enemy,” placing them on a legal par with Al Qaeda.

Australian “liberal” press joins persecution of Assange

By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2012

Having defended Assange in 2010, the entire media establishment has now fallen behind the campaign to railroad him to the US.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party back extradition of Assange

By Chris Marsden, 27 August 2012

Britain’s largest pseudo-left groups have lined up behind the demand that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden.

UK media lines up behind campaign to extradite Assange and silence WikiLeaks

By Julie Hyland, 22 August 2012

The British media has played a venal role throughout the ongoing efforts to witch-hunt and silence WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Julian Assange demands end to US witch-hunt

By Mike Head, 20 August 2012

About 200 police lined the streets around the Ecuadorean embassy in London as the WikiLeaks editor addressed hundreds of supporters and media representatives.

Thousands mass outside Ecuadorean embassy to support Assange

By Daniel O’Flynn and Rick Wilson, 20 August 2012

Two thousand protesters massed outside the Ecuadorean embassy in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Australian government lines up behind British threats against Assange

By Richard Phillips, 18 August 2012

Canberra’s refusal to publicly criticise, let alone challenge, the British government further demonstrates its role as a co-conspirator in the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder.

Imperialist lawlessness and the witch-hunt against Julian Assange

By Chris Marsden and Barry Grey, 18 August 2012

Britain’s aim in deporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden is to create the conditions for him to be transferred to the United States and tried for treason.

UK threatens to storm Ecuadorean embassy to seize Assange

By Robert Stevens, 17 August 2012

The UK government has threatened to invade the Ecuadorian embassy in pursuit of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“Julian has shown us things that really needed to be known”

By our reporter, 17 August 2012

About 150 supporters of Julian Assange demonstrated outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London yesterday.

Bradley Manning defense files motion to dismiss charges over pre-trial abuse

By Eric London, 16 August 2012

Bradley Manning’s defense team filed a motion requesting all charges against the soldier be dismissed on the grounds that he was subjected to “unlawful pretrial punishment.”

Australian TV program exposes Assange frame-up

By Mike Head, 28 July 2012

“Four Corners” pieced together what happened in the three crucial weeks after the WikiLeaks editor arrived in Sweden in mid-August 2010.

Further US demands for espionage charges against Assange

By Richard Phillips, 9 July 2012

The US Senate intelligence committee head has repeated calls for the WikiLeaks editor to be put on trial.