Assange in Court.
I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange’s legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening.
6 months ago, Julian Assange was arrested. Since then his worst fears have been confirmed as he’s been accused of 17 charges of Espionage in the US, where he faces 175 years in prison. For journalism.
Don't extradite #Assange!
via Courage Foundation
Ecuador: Violent raid jeopardizes Ola Bini’s right to a fair trial
The raid carried out by the Attorney General’s Office on the home of Fabián Hurtado, the independent information technology expert witness in the case of digital rights defender Ola Bini, which resulted in the seizure of his electronic equipment, again caused great concern about the guarantee of a fair trial for Bini, Amnesty International said today.
Reformulation of charges in Ola Bini's case. The irregularities continue
"Ola Bini, free software activist, human rights defender and expert in digital security, is subject to a judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. So far, a large set of organizations around the world have denounced that there is a political motivation in the accusation and that the case is marked by serious violations of due process..."
I wonder what is the most outrageous: that opening a telnet connection on such public IP can be considered evidence of Ola Bini "hacking" for sone Ecuadorian judge... or that Ecuadorian telecommunication infrastructure relies on machines with open telnet port? X((
(Well, I actually know for sure: #FreeOlaBini)
Remember the prosecution "evidence" of Ola Bini "hacking" into Ecuadorian gov computers? That bogus screenshot of an opened telnet session, with no login?
Well... telnet 18.104.22.168 and here you go! They left these machines open, on public IP... Is opening a telnet "hacking" srsly? Ridiculous! #FAIL. Shame, Ecuador!
Ola Bini, arrested same day as #Assange, is accused of "alleged non-consensual access to computer & telco systems", and risks for 3-5y of jail in Ecuador... for wearing a #WikiLeaks t-shirt and connecting via telnet to a public IP address *without even trying to log in*...
Ola Bini was seen *wearing a Wikileaks t-shirt*, as part of the accusation against him.
This is part of an all out political persecution of anyone involved with Wikileaks. No justice in Ecuador it seems..
Today is the hearing to reformulate the charges against Ola Bini. This is an illegal move that the Prosecution is doing even when 90+ organizations world wide denounce due process violations in the case. Why we allow this to happen? #FreeOlaBini
#FreeOlaBini Ola is finally free!
Now: next steps of properly defending him against these non-existent charges... <3
Prosecutors Threw the Book at Julian Assange. Here's How That Could Backfire
The Justice Department argues Assange is not a journalist. Journalism advocates say that makes the case even more dangerous, because the Espionage Act doesn’t differentiate between reporters and everyone else. That in turn means a successful prosecution of Assange will set the precedent for prosecuting journalists as spies down the road.
Julian Assange's full five-day extradition hearing will be in February 2020.
A British court on Friday set February 2020 as the date for the full extradition hearing on whether Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, should be sent to the United States to face a slew of charges, including several under the Espionage Act.
Think of Julian #Assange, of what you know of his life, his personality, what he has been accused of...
Now ask yourself if he should spend his life in a US prison for exposing war crimes, lies and the cold machinery of imperialism?
Chelsea Manning Released from Alexandria Detention Center After Grand Jury Lapses
Free... for now. She may be back in jail in one week...
The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken
"...the Assange prosecution looks more like an attack on core political speech protected by the First Amendment than a proper exercise of prosecutorial discretion. "
50 weeks of jail for #Assange. 1 year for "skipping bail" in the UK, while being arbitrarily detained for 7 years.... That should leave time for the US to further their persecution and extradition attempts .
If we let him be extradited to the US, it's potentially any journalist, any activist, any troublemaker that could follow...
Donc, c'est confirmé. Voici la preuve que les US veulent #Assange pour "obtention et dissémation d'informations confidentielles" (journalisme, quoi), dans le cadre de l'"Espionnage Act" de 1917 (pour lequel les sanctions vont jusqu'à la peine de mort...).
Même si vous n'aimez pas le type, s'il n'est pas parfait, si vous pensez qu'il a pu dire ou faire des conneries, il est tout de même moment de le soutenir.
Ecuador Detains a Friend of Assange. Critics Say It’s Guilt by Association. - The New York Times
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