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Documents in Julian Assange Rape Investigation Leak Onto Web

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The ongoing rape-and-sexual-molestation investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taking another in a series of odd turns. A file containing 100 pages of interview transcripts, investigatory notes and other material in the case has appeared online, where it’s being eagerly dissected by Swedish WikiLeaks-watchers.

The documents appear to consist of pretrial discovery material that prosecutors provided to Assange’s Stockholm lawyer Björn Hurtig last year, which Hurtig subsequently faxed to the office of Assange’s British attorney Mark Stephens. The documents begin with a Nov. 23 cover letter addressed to Stephens’ co-counsel, in which Hurtig advises: “Please note that the documents are legally privileged information for Mr Julian Assange and nobody else.”

Somehow, though, after arriving in London, the documents got out. They were anonymously posted to the Adobe Acrobat file sharing and collaboration site in recent days, and the link is being circulated on Swedish message boards and blogs. Stephens did not immediately return a phone call from Wired.com on Wednesday.

The file relates how Assange’s separate sexual encounters with two women in Sweden last year led to the criminal investigation, telling the story through police interviews with the two alleged victims, and with friends to whom they’d confided. There is nothing in the extensive details to support Assange’s past assertions that the Swedish criminal probe is part of “dirty tricks” campaign against WikiLeaks.

The most substantive content in the file was previously reported by Britain’s Guardian in December, apparently from a subset of the same police documents.

Assange began seeing the two women during a 10-day trip to Stockholm last August. The first woman, referred to in court as “Miss A.”, told police that her consensual encounter with Assange became violent when Assange pinned her to the bed as she attempted to reach for a condom. He then allegedly released her and agreed to wear the condom, but did something to it that caused it to rip, and continued to have sex.

The second woman, Miss W., also initially had consensual relations with Assange using a condom. But later, as they shared a bed, Assange allegedly began having sex with her while she was asleep — the basis of the rape allegation.

According to her police statement, she woke up and asked, “Are you wearing anything?”

“You,” Assange replied.

“You’d better not have HIV,” she said.

“Of course not.”

According to the police report, “she felt it was too late” to halt the unprotected sex. “He [Assange] was already inside her and she let him continue. She couldn’t be bothered to tell him again. She had nagged about condoms all night. She had never had unprotected sex before. He said he wanted to come inside her, he didn’t say when he did, but he did it.”

Following the incidents, Miss A. and Miss W. met up and went to police, after failing to persuade Assange to take an HIV test.

While most of the details of the allegations have been well known since December, the lurid color in the raw file has captivated Swedish readers. In addition to the serious charges, the police reports capture criticism by the women of Assange’s personal hygiene and sexual performance. Miss A., who housed Assange during his visit to Sweden, told a friend that Assange was prone to not flushing the toilet after use, and didn’t shower.

Once during sex with Assange, Miss W. says she turned towards him and smiled. “He asked her why she’s smiling, what is there to smile about,” reads the report. “She didn’t like the undertone in his voice.”

There are also some unreported details about the genesis of the criminal case.

• Miss A. saved the broken condom from her encounter for a week while Assange stayed in her flat in Stockholm, and then turned it over to police once the criminal investigation began. A Xeroxed photo of the condom is in the file. Police forensics examiners were unable to obtain a DNA sample from the condom.

• Miss W. voluntarily underwent a full rape-kit test at a hospital, and was given anti-HIV medication. No results from the rape kit are included in the leaked documents.

• Miss W. was being interviewed by police when she learned that Swedish prosecutors had issued an arrest warrant for Assange for sexual molestation based on Miss A’s statements. At that point, Miss W. appeared to become upset and was unable to concentrate on the questioning, the police investigator writes, and the interview was terminated.

• Miss W. also provided police with a condom from one of her wakeful encounters with Assange. The police were able to retrieve male DNA from that condom, but do not have a sample of Assange’s DNA with which to compare it.

The investigator who interviewed Miss W. took handwritten notes, which she then keyed into the national police-evidence system. But when she tried to access the file later to make revisions, she found herself locked out. A supervisor instructed her to refile the report from scratch, with the unspecified revisions.

Assange has not been charged, and he has denied any wrongdoing. He is currently on house arrest near London while he fights extradition to Sweden.

His lawyer, Stephens, has argued that Swedish prosecutors are abusing the Swedish and British legal process by attempting to extradite Assange without charging him with a crime, and for alleged offenses that are not subject to extradition. A two-day hearing is set for Feb. 7 and 8 in London.




So they were unable to get a DNA sample, and then they have one but have no comparrison even though Assange has been in British custody? DNA samples are taken as standard. So what's the deal? One woman involved was upset when she'd heard he had been arrested, police were locked out of the file and told to re-enter it with unspecified revisions... this is nothing but a further smear campaign. Insinuating Assange has HIV and doesn't flush the toilet won't fool anybody imo, it's obvious the man is clearly being discredited by a dirty tricks campaign just as he says he is.

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No, not apart from all of it. :hmm:

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Wikileaks' Julian Assange 'would be denied justice'

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Julian Assange arrives at court in London Mr Assange and his supporters claim the inquiry is politically motivated


There is a risk of "flagrant denial of justice" if Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is tried for rape in Sweden, his lawyer has told a UK court.

Geoffrey Robertson QC fears his client could face the death penalty if then extradited to the US on separate charges relating to Wikileaks.

Mr Assange, 39, denies claims of sexual assault against two women.

Prosecutors say any threat of unfair treatment would see the European Court of Human Rights intervene.

At the extradition hearing in London, the prosecutor in Sweden attempting to extradite Mr Assange has been accused of having a "biased view" against men.

His lawyers earlier said he was "willing and able" to co-operate with Swedish authorities, so no arrest warrant was needed.

'Trial by media'

They said the European Arrest Warrant under which he had been detained was invalid because he had not yet been charged.

Mr Robertson told Belmarsh Magistrates' Court there was a risk his client could be extradited to the US, or even Guantanamo Bay, and could face the death penalty as a result.

He said Swedish rape trials were regularly "tried in secret behind closed doors in a flagrant denial of justice".

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“Court heard Assange was in Sweden for five weeks and wasn't questioned by prosecutors. This shouldn't have happened, says witness”

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In a document released by Mr Assange's defence team (PDF), they argued that:


    * Swedish prosecutor Marianne Nye is "not eligible" or an appropriate "judicial authority" to issue a European Arrest Warrant
    * The Swedes are guilty of an "abuse of process" as they have not demonstrated any intention to charge or prosecute Mr Assange
[list=]* The application for a warrant is "disproportionate" as he is willing to co-operate and be interviewed by phone, e-mail or videolink[/list]
    * The arrest warrant paperwork is not valid as it does not "unequivocally" state that he is wanted for prosecution
    * The offences Mr Assange faces - unlawful coercion and sexual molestation - are not criminal acts under British law; and
    * Extraditing Mr Assange to Sweden would be a "real risk of a flagrant denial of justice" and a "blatant breach" of British constitutional principles.


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One of the arguments Mr Assange's lawyers will raise concerns what is known as "double" or "dual criminality". This principle ensures that no one is extradited unless the allegations against them from the requesting state, amount to a criminal offence in English law.

His lawyers will argue that the first three allegations which cover unlawful coercion and sexual molestation do not constitute an offence under English law.

The equivalent offence would be sexual assault, which requires a lack of consent. It will be argued that the arrest warrant doesn't allege a lack of consent.

Double criminality, however, doesn't apply in the case of the fourth allegation, rape.

This is one of the list of offences under the European Arrest Warrant framework where the extraditing country has simply to tick a box.

Mr Assange's lawyers will seek to argue double criminality here by reference to European law, but it may prove a difficult argument to win.



Mr Robertson also said the extensive press coverage surrounding events risked a "trial by media".

He said front-page articles had described his client as a coward for refusing to return to Sweden.

"There's a danger this kind of media campaign, media vilification, will prejudice this secret trial," he told the court.

He also attacked the conditions Mr Assange could be held in if extradited to Sweden, saying the remand prison in Gothenburg had been criticised for its treatment of foreign prisoners.

Retired Swedish appeal court judge Brita Sundberg-Weitman, who was called as a witness, attacked Mr Assange's treatment by the authorities.

She said his case had been "extremely peculiar" from the start and criticised the authorities for revealing he was under investigation for rape.

Talking about the prosecutor Marianne Ny, she said: "She seems to take it for granted that everybody under prosecution is guilty. I think she is so preoccupied with the situation of battered women and raped women that she has lost balance."

Clare Montgomery QC, representing the Swedish authorities has argued the Australian must face charges of rape and sexual molestation following the accusation of two women.

She told the court rape is one of 32 offences that warrants extradition, and Mr Assange was accused of having sex with one woman without a condom, despite her saying she would only consent if he wore one.

The other woman's claims implicitly suggested a lack of consent, she added.

"Mr Assange, by using violence, forced Miss A to endure him restricting her freedom of movement, taking hold of her arms, forcefully spreading her legs and lying on top of her," she said.

"Violently forcing yourself on someone and causing them to endure your lying on top of them can only be understood as violent, unlawful coercion, as action taken without... consent."

She also denied Swedish prosecutor Ms Nye was not authorised to issue the arrest warrant and said Mr Assange was wanted for prosecution not merely interrogation.

The whistle-blowing website has been used to publish leaked US diplomatic cables, as well as other sensitive material from governments and high-profile organisations.

Mr Assange arrived at court under an intense media spotlight, and supported by a number of high-profile campaigners including Bianca Jagger, Jemima Khan and veteran politician Tony Benn.

The Australian had his bail conditions amended so he could leave his adopted home in Norfolk to spend the night in Paddington, west London.

Several witnesses are expected to be called to court on Tuesday, and district judge Howard Riddle may yet reserve his judgement to a later date.

Mr Assange was released on bail by a High Court judge just before Christmas after spending nine days in Wandsworth prison.

He denies sexually assaulting two female supporters during a visit to Stockholm in August and claims the inquiry is politically motivated.

The extradition hearing is expected to last two days.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations, a judge has ruled.

At Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south London, District Judge Howard Riddle said the extradition would not breach Mr Assange's human rights.

Mr Assange said the ruling, which he will challenge, was due to a "European Arrest Warrant system run amok".

The 39-year-old denies three allegations of sexual assault and one of rape last August in Stockholm.

He believes the claims are politically motivated because of Wikileaks' publication of sensitive material - including leaked US diplomatic cables - from governments and high-profile organisations that has made headlines worldwide.

Mr Assange has been released on bail on the same terms he was granted in December.

Bail was granted then after he had spent nine days in Wandsworth prison in London following his arrest under a European Arrest Warrant on 7 December.

Following the extradition ruling on Thursday, Mr Assange said: "What we saw today at Belmarsh was a rubber-stamping process. It comes as no surprise, but is nonetheless wrong.

"There was no consideration during this entire process as to the merits of the allegations made against me, no consideration or examination of even the complaints made in Sweden."

He added: "We have always known that we would appeal. We have always known that in all likelihood we would have to apopeal."

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Judge Riddle dismissed the argument that Mr Assange would not receive a fair trial in Sweden that had been made by his lawyers during the two-and-a-half-day hearing earlier this month.

They had argued that criticism by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt had made Mr Assange "public enemy number one" in Sweden.

But delivering his ruling on Thursday, the judge said: "The defence refer to the alleged denigration of the defendant by the Swedish prime minister.

"For this reason and other reasons it is said Mr Assange will not receive a fair trial. I don't accept this was the purpose of the comment or the effect."

Mr Assange's lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC, had also argued that rape trials in Sweden were regularly "tried in secret behind closed doors in a flagrant denial of justice".

Clare Montgomery QC, for the Swedish authorities, told the hearing that evidence from a trial would be heard in private but the arguments would be made in public.

Judge Riddle said that did not mean the trial would be unfair or breach human rights.

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Dismissing further arguments made by Mr Assange's lawyers, the judge found:

The allegations against Mr Assange were extradition offences
The prosecutor who issued the European Arrest Warrant for Mr Assange had been suitably qualified
The warrant was issued for the purpose of prosecution and not simply for questioning
During the hearing two weeks ago, Mr Robertson said his client could ultimately be extradited to the US on separate charges relating to Wikileaks - and could face the death penalty there.

In response, Ms Montgomery said Sweden provided "protection against that sort of threat and violation" taking place.

The European Court of Human Rights would intervene if Mr Assange was to face the prospect of "inhuman or degrading treatment or an unfair trial" in the US, she said.

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There was no need for a warrant in the first place, and it was issued when there were no charges?! :blink:

He's got shafted tbf, he went over to Sweden the first time they asked and they dropped the case the same day and chose not to question him further. All the rest is because Wikileaks didn't bow to threats from the US not to publish those leaked cables. They go public, US leans on Sweden who reopen the case :blink: at a second location to prosecute him for something there was no evidence for the first time around?! :blink:

If there's anyone left who doesn't think he's been set up they must work for the US Government's PR dept. :rolleyes:

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Ex-UK spy boss says WikiLeaks sparked Egyptian revolution

Dearlove gets schooled on radical transparency


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The former head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service has credited WikiLeaks and other secret-spilling sites with sparking the revolutions sweeping the Middle East.

At what was supposed to be an off-the-record appearance last month at the Cambridge Union Society, Former MI6 Chief Richard Dearlove said that the technology WikiLeaks harnesses is fundamentally strengthening the hand of the individual as he goes up against powerful organizations.

“I would definitely draw parallels at the moment between the wave of political unrest which is sweeping through the Middle East in a very exciting and rather extraordinary fashion and also the WikiLeaks phenomenon,” Dearlove said. “Really, what ties these two events together, and of course a number of other events, is the diffusion of power, away from the states and the empowerment of individuals, and small groups of individuals, by technology.”

The former spy didn't know just how prophetic his words would be: Much of the talk was captured on video, including an exchange with a critic. She cited a leaked document from 2002 that has come to be known as the Downing Street Memo, which appeared to show him as saying that “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy” of then US President George W. Bush of removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.

“I find that a terrible betrayal of everything democracy is supposed to stand for and that the intelligence service is supposed to provide,” the unidentified woman told Dearlove. She went on to challenge his assertion that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is an “undignified flag-carrier” who has yet to justify his zeal for radical transparency.





“To find out information like that, and that's what public servants are actually doing, and that's how intelligence is being used, I think the most dignified way we can recover from that is to find out that information and move forward from there,” she continued.

Dearlove first said he wouldn't comment, but couldn't help adding: “The Downing Street Memo, which you just read, is a misquotation of what I said, and what I said is not in the public record.”

Elsewhere in the 20-minute video, Dearlove said: “I think it would be generally accepted that most organizations large and small also require moments in their existence for the benefit of their members of confidentiality. However, there's absolutely no question that technology is significantly shifting these domains and altering the relationship quite fundamentally between the citizen and government.”

Following the exchange with the critic, Dearlove quickly took a question from what what is assumed to be a more sympathetic audience member. But the leaked comments and conversation are now a permanent part of the internet record. Ah, the irony.

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New charge against alleged WikiLeaker carries death penalty

Bradley Manning accused of aiding the enemy


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The US Army has filed 22 additional charges against accused WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning, including one that carries a potential death sentence.

The aiding the enemy offense filed against the Army intelligence analyst is the military equivalent of treason, but prosecutors said on Wednesday that they planned to seek only a sentence of life in prison if he is convicted on the charge. The decision ultimately rests with the presiding military judge, who would be free to sentence Manning to death if he is found guilty, according to NBC News.

Manning, 23, was arrested in May and charged in July with downloading confidential documents and later supplying them to WikiLeaks. The whistleblower website has been publishing the material since July.

The new charges come after an intensive seven-month investigation that has coincided with what Attorney General Eric Holder has characterized as “a very serious, active, ongoing investigation that is criminal in nature” against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Pentagon and military officials told NBC News that investigators have made no direct link between Manning and Assange, and none of the charges filed against Manning make any reference to WikiLeaks. The news outlet has previously reported that US investigators have been unable to prove that WikiLeaks obtained classified US files from Manning.

Other new charges filed against Manning include theft of public property or records, computer fraud, transmitting defense information and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published knowing it would be accessible to the enemy.

“The new charges more accurately reflect the broad scope of the crimes that Pvt. 1st Class Manning is accused of committing," Capt. John Haberland, a legal spokesman for the Military District of Washington, said in a statement.

Manning remains in custody at the US Marine Brig at Quantico, south of Washington, DC. He has been alternately been held under suicide watch and prevention of injury designations, which among other things require him to be confined to a 6-by-12-foot cell with a bed, a drinking fountain and a toilet for about 23 hours a day and heavily restrict him from reading or exercising.

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Feds defend Twitter dragnet on WikiLeaks supporters

Constitutional claims 'baseless'


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Federal prosecutors on Friday defended their attempts to access the Twitter records of three WikiLeaks supporters, arguing their claims that the dragnet violates their constitutional rights should be rejected.

In a 19-page filing in federal court, prosecutors said a ruling issued last month should be upheld despite the claims by WikiLeaks supporters Jacob Appelbaum, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, and Rop Gonggrijp that it violates their right to free speech. The filing came in an ongoing criminal investigation into Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blower website.

The March 11 order approved the government's request for IP addresses the supporters used to access Twitter between November 2009 and last December and the email addresses they gave when registering with the micro-blogging website. US Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan said there were no constitutional violations because the information sought didn't involve the content of any of the Twitter subscribers' communications. Federal prosecutors agreed.

“The subscribers' claim that Twitter's non-content records are subject to heightened protections under the First Amendment is baseless,” they wrote.

The information demand was made in a confidential filing in December under the US Stored Communications Act. The Twitter users also argued that the secrecy of the motion violated their Fourth Amendment right protecting them from unreasonable searches and seizures. The government later agreed to make public most of the court documents filed in their demand, but withheld revealing one document that Buchanan said would reveal “sensitive nonpublic facts, including the identity of targets and witnesses.”

Friday's court filing is here.

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WikiLeaks releases classified files on Guantánamo Bay

Secret docs on 779 prisoners


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WikiLeaks has released over 100 military dossiers detailing prisoners at the US prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, promising to release more than 600 additional classified documents over the next month.

More than 750 files have already been shared with The New York Times, The Guardian, National Public Radio (NPR), and The Washington Post. According to The Guardian, the files – classified as secret – describe the experiences of almost every prisoner held at the camp since it opened in 2002, and they show that many prisoners were held on the "flimsiest grounds" or based on confessions pulled from prisoners with "maltreatment" through torture.

At least 779 people have been held at the camp, according to The Guardian, and 172 are still there. Many, the paper says, were flown to the camp in cages, and the prisoners include children, elderly people, and mentally ill people.

This is the fourth major collection of US classified documents released by WikiLeaks. Previously, the whistleblowing site leaked a trove of US State Department cables and documents related to the Afghan and Iraq wars. All of these documents, including the Guantánamo files, were allegedly given to WikiLeaks by US Army private Bradley Manning, who has been imprisoned at the US Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia, but the Pentagon has said he will be moved to the main US Army prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

"It is unfortunate that The New York Times and other news organizations have made the decision to publish numerous documents obtained illegally by WikiLeaks concerning the Guantanamo detention facility. These documents contain classified information about current and former GTMO detainees, and we strongly condemn the leaking of this sensitive information," reads a statement from Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, and Ambassador Dan Fried, special envoy for closure of the Guantanamo Detention Facility.

President Barack Obama ordered the prison closed more than two years ago.

“Both the previous and the current Administrations have made every effort to act with the utmost care and diligence in transferring detainees from Guantanamo," the Pentagon statement continued. "The previous Administration transferred 537 detainees; to date, the current Administration has transferred 67. Both Administrations have made the protection of American citizens the top priority and we are concerned that the disclosure of these documents could be damaging to those efforts.

"That said, we will continue to work with allies and partners around the world to mitigate threats to the US and other countries and to work toward the ultimate closure of the Guantanamo detention facility, consistent with good security practices and our values as a nation.”

According to The Guardian, the documents show that in detaining prisoners at Guantanamo, the US has been more concerned will obtaining intelligence rather than imprisoning terrorists. The prisoners include an 89-year-old Afghan villager suffering from senile dementia who held "suspicious phones numbers", the paper says, and a 14-year-old kidnap victim who may have had knowledge of local Taliban leaders.

Nearly 100 inmates were described as having depressive or psychotic illnesses, the paper says, and "many" went on hunger strike or attempted suicide.

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Bradley Manning to be moved to new military prison

Shifted from Marine to Army custody


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US soldier Bradley Manning, held in military custody facing charges of leaking large amounts of classified data, is to be moved to a different jail.

At present, Manning is being held in the US Marine Corps brig at Quantico, Virginia. According to an announcement by top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson, he will now be moved to the main US Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, which has more extensive facilities.

"The fact that we have made a decision to transfer this particular pre-trial confine ... should not be interpreted as a criticism of the place he was before," Johnson told reporters.

According to military spokespersons, Manning will suffer a less arduous and isolating confinement regime at Leavenworth, where he is expected to be able to take longer exercise and recreation periods and mix with other prisoners more – for instance at mealtimes.

Manning's current regime has seen him locked in his cell for 23 hours a day and his clothing taken away at night. His Marine jailers have stated that these measures were required under their procedures as Manning was assessed by them as being a suicide risk.

Lt Col Dawn Hilton, commanding the medium-security Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Leavenworth, told the Press Association that her jail had more comprehensive facilities than the Quantico brig – including a range of qualified mental, emotional and physical health professionals. Following Manning's "imminent" arrival there he will be comprehensively evaluated to discover whether he presents a threat to himself or others, according to the colonel. The 150 prisoners already under her care – including eight awaiting trial – normally get three hours recreation per day and eat their meals in a common dining area rather than in their cells.

Johnson said that Manning had been held in Virginia so that he could attend an interview in the Washington area in order to determine his competence to stand trial. That interview having been completed on 9 April, the move to Leavenworth can now go ahead.

The conditions of Manning's imprisonment at Quantico had been roundly criticised in many quarters. An Obama administration official, PJ Crowley, was forced to resign after adding his voice to that criticism, and the British government had formally expressed concern on the matter to the US State Department.

It is widely believed that Private Manning's alleged leaking of classified data (obtained while working as a junior intelligence analyst at a base in Iraq) is the source of the huge trove of classified US files released in recent times by the WikiLeaks website and its mainstream-media partners. However this is unproven and reports have it that US prosecutors cannot establish a court-worthy link between Manning and WikiLeaks.

Manning will certainly face trial, and if convicted he seems likely to serve a lengthy sentence. It is far less clear that any US prosecution will be mounted against WikiLeaks or persons involved with it.

Colourful WikiLeaks supremo Julian Assange is at present in the UK, battling an extradition request by prosecutors in Sweden arising from sexual offence charges he faces there.





It's about damn time they got him out of there, what with not having established a link between him and wikileaks. :hmm:

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WikiLeaks releases classified files on Guantánamo Bay

Secret docs on 779 prisoners


By Cade Metz • Register



At least 779 people have been held at the camp, according to The Guardian, and 172 are still there. Many, the paper says, were flown to the camp in cages, and the prisoners include children, elderly people, and mentally ill people.

President Barack Obama ordered the prison closed more than two years ago.

“Both the previous and the current Administrations have made every effort to act with the utmost care and diligence in transferring detainees from Guantanamo," the Pentagon statement continued. "The previous Administration transferred 537 detainees; to date, the current Administration has transferred 67. Both Administrations have made the protection of American citizens the top priority and we are concerned that the disclosure of these documents could be damaging to those efforts.

"That said, we will continue to work with allies and partners around the world to mitigate threats to the US and other countries and to work toward the ultimate closure of the Guantanamo detention facility, consistent with good security practices and our values as a nation.”

According to The Guardian, the documents show that in detaining prisoners at Guantanamo, the US has been more concerned will obtaining intelligence rather than imprisoning terrorists. The prisoners include an 89-year-old Afghan villager suffering from senile dementia who held "suspicious phones numbers", the paper says, and a 14-year-old kidnap victim who may have had knowledge of local Taliban leaders.

Nearly 100 inmates were described as having depressive or psychotic illnesses, the paper says, and "many" went on hunger strike or attempted suicide.


Personally I can't wait to peruse these, but I doubt any of us will be very surprised... the US held kids, the elderly and the mentally ill amongst those at Guantanamo, with evidence ranging from little to none and much of what they did have was obtained unreliably through torture.

There's reported to be 172 people still held there, which surely cannot be allowed to continue - oh the irony, think the UN will go in and liberate the people of America whom the state treats so appallingly (sound familiar? :rolleyes: ) - and so much for President Barack Obama promising to close it down over two years ago. :thumbdown:

Think I'm a little insulted that they're still pretending that they're doing this in the interests of the security of the American people. Nobody buys this anymore, maybe the new cover story was cut with the austerity measures or something because it's high time we had a better explanation than that, with absolutely no proper information into what could possibly compel a nation to condone torture and their other dark and dodgy practises.

Then they talk about their values as a nation? The people maybe, but the government and the others behind this behaviour?

You've got no values! You're 'kin torturers and that's about as low as you get on the scum-o-meter.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is ignoring a Metropolitan Police order to surrender himself at a police station, his representative has said.

Susan Benn said he was advised to "decline to comply" and will remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy while his application for asylum is processed.

Officers from the Met's extradition unit delivered a note to Mr Assange at the London embassy on Thursday.

He wants to avoid being sent to Sweden to face rape and assault accusations.

The police letter required that the 40-year-old surrender himself to Belgravia police station at 11:30 BST on Friday.

Under international diplomatic arrangements, the police cannot go into the embassy to arrest Mr Assange.

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In a statement, Ms Benn, a committee member of Mr Assange's defence fund, said: "This should not be considered any sign of disrespect. Under both international and domestic UK law asylum assessments take priority over extradition claims.
Julian Assange Mr Assange is facing extradition to Sweden from Britain for questioning over alleged sex crimes

"The issues faced by Mr Assange are serious. His life and liberty and the life and liberty of his organisation and those associated with it are at stake."

The Wikileaks website published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses.

Mr Assange fears that if he is sent to Sweden he could be sent on to the United States to face charges over Wikileaks and that there, he could face the death penalty.

Ms Benn said it was "only a matter of time" before US authorities begin extradition proceedings against him.

She said: "Mr Assange did not feel safe from US extradition in the UK. We are all too aware of the abuses of the US-UK extradition treaty. Although Mr Assange has been trapped in the UK under dangerous circumstances, he has at least had the freedom to apply for political asylum.

"It is in this context that Julian has made the difficult decision to seek refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy to ask for asylum. Julian will remain in the embassy under the protection of the Ecuadorian government while evidence for his application is being assembled and processed."

Mr Assange, whose bail conditions include staying at a named address between 22:00 and 08:00 BST, arrived at the embassy in Knightsbridge on 19 June.

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Mr Assange, whose bail conditions include staying at a named address between 22:00 and 08:00 BST, arrived at the embassy in Knightsbridge on 19 June.

Does not staying at the named address not break his bail agreement? So if he does not get asylum then he'll have a warrant issued for his arrest?

I'm a little confused by this one, I mean it is possible the US may have managed to get these charges in Sweden brought against Assange, but if they haven't then the man needs to stand trial.

The lengths he is going to suggest to me he is more worried about the US than the charges in Sweden.

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Mr Assange, whose bail conditions include staying at a named address between 22:00 and 08:00 BST, arrived at the embassy in Knightsbridge on 19 June.


Does not staying at the named address not break his bail agreement? So if he does not get asylum then he'll have a warrant issued for his arrest?

I'm a little confused by this one, I mean it is possible the US may have managed to get these charges in Sweden brought against Assange, but if they haven't then the man needs to stand trial.

The lengths he is going to suggest to me he is more worried about the US than the charges in Sweden.


I'm not sure, but I do know (by reading) that claiming asylum is considered by law as taking priority over and above any extradition proceedings, so as far as I know, Assange is safe there and so long as he doesn't leave the embassy then nobody can touch him.

Dunno about a warrant being issued either, but I expect it just gives him time to try and get a genuinely fair trial and then be left alone. It's no surprise at all to me that these allegations resurfaced right after the US threatened that they'd get him if he published those leaked documents and he'd gone ahead and published them anyway. The two are obviously connected imho, and so much for freedom of speech. :rolleyes:

It's effectively imprisoned Assange at the embassy instead of Guantánamo Bay... but I know which I'd prefer!!

Agreed about him being more worried about the US. Wouldn't you in his shoes? Remember that the charges in Sweden had been looked at and dropped already, and the Swede's even admitted that US officials direct intervention had reopened the case in another city, something that is allowed in Sweden.

I don't think he was ever 'guilty' of anything other than publishing those documents tbh, and I don't think that's a crime. I just hope he manages to sort something out so he can go home and get on with his life.

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AntiLeaks group claim responsibility for WikiLeaks attacks

DDoS hampers Trapwire surveillance system leaks


By Iain Thomson • The Register




The WikiLeaks website has been under a major DDoS attack over the last few days and a group calling itself AntiLeaks has claimed responsibility.

"We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at asylum in Ecuador," said the group's self-proclaimed leader, who calls himself Diet Pepsi.

"Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us."

According to the WikiLeaks Twitter feed, the website, and those of its associates and mirrors, have been hit by a massive DDoS attack reaching 10Gbits/s and using a more complex system than a standard bulk UDP or ICMP packet flooding. The range of IP addresses is huge, indicating either thousands of machines taking part or some really good simulation.

The AntiLeaks group hasn't been heard of before and its Twitter feed only started this month. While it's possible they are simply claiming the attacks rather than carrying them out, it's clear the attacks are being taken by WikiLeaks as an attempt to shut down information.

Attacks on #WikiLeaks are not only intended to prevent secrets from being revealed, but also to maintain an monopoly on influence.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 10, 2012


The attack comes as WikiLeaks is trying to distribute more emails from the hacking of private security group Stratfor Global Intelligence. This latest batch, released in the last few days, concern the existence of a US-based monitoring system called Trapwire.

Trapwire was set up by the Abraxis Corporation, a private security operation fun by former intelligence officers and headed by ex-CIA man Richard Helms. The Abraxis CEO said in an interview seven years ago that the system was designed to share threat information and establish patterns of data that could be used to predict attacks.

"It can collect information about people and vehicles that is more accurate than facial recognition, draw patterns, and do threat assessments of areas that may be under observation from terrorists," he said. "The application can do things like 'type' individuals so if people say 'medium build,' you know exactly what that means from that observer."

Helms claimed then that it was the largest source of threat data outside the US government, and the leaked emails show its scope has widened further. According to one from Fred Burton, Stratfor's vice president for intelligence, the Trapwire network is now covering most North American and British high-value targets (HVT.)

"I knew these hacks when they were GS-12's at the CIA. God Bless America. Now they have EVERY major HVT in CONUS, the UK, Canada, Vegas, Los Angeles, NYC as clients," he wrote.

An annual Trapwire license will set the user back $150,000 he said, with a quarter-million dollar signup fee on top.

Meanwhile, the attacks on Wikileaks go on and the organization is appealing for more funds to get extra bandwidth. AntiLeaks might have a few more problems on their hands, however, if Anonymous is to be believed.

Hey @antileaks, do you know who you're messing with? #Anonymous #WikiLeaks
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Assange hasn't even been charged with anything so calling him a terrorist is ridiculous imo... it's clearly political and an advanced attack like this sounds to me like the CIA or some other government sponsored effort.

Plus, there's nothing like poking a wasp's nest, out of all the people you don't want to start trouble with it's Anonymous. :snigger:

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

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Wikileaker Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador.

The Australian geeklord, who is sheltering in the South American country’s London embassy, was granted asylum out of concern he’d face persecution in the West, Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino said this afternoon.

Assange™ faces extradition to Sweden for questioning over allegations of coercion and sexual molestation. He has denied any wrongdoing.

He fled to the embassy in June and sought asylum after the UK Supreme Court ended his legal fight against the extradition.

Contrary to what you might read, the Ecuadorian embassy is not considered Ecuadorian soil. Instead, under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the host state’s police are prevented from entering a guest country’s embassy.

That means the Met and and other UK forces are prevented, by convention, from entering the embassy to arrest Assange for breaking the terms of his bail. He had been arrested under a European warrant and was under orders to stay at his home address until his extradition date.

Assange is therefore safe until he steps foot outside the embassy where he’s been sheltering. Patino said he was “confident” the British government would offer Assange a guarantee of safe passage to Ecuador now that he has been granted asylum. The UK Foreign Office has declined to offer such a guarantee.

Patino reportedly told a press conference that Britain threatened to enter the Ecuadorian embassy if it did not hand over Assange.

The Wikileak supremo has suggested that his arrest is politically motivated and that once in Sweden he would be extradited to the US on charges relating to his whistleblower website, which leaked 250,000 confidential US diplomatic cables in 2010.

Patino said the government of Ecuador had contacted the governments of the UK, Sweden and the US, and had failed to receive guarantees that the legal process in Sweden would operate free from any obstacles. He said the US hadn't guaranteed it would not seek Assange’s extradition to bring charges.

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Can't see this making Ecuador many friends around the world.

If he was that innocent go and face trial or is it one big setup con?


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If he was that innocent go and face trial or is it one big setup con?


It does seem iffy to me. Both the cases were previously closed in Sweden, iirc, and were re-opened at the behest of the USA. Of course the Americans will want to ship him back; he did make them look foolish, amongst other things.


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Can't see this making Ecuador many friends around the world.

If he was that innocent go and face trial or is it one big setup con?


It's definitely a set up imho.

America is angry with Assange for revealing classified data that has made them look rather foolish, showing up their shady behaviour and unflattering comments said about various famous/important other people.

That's about the top and bottom of it, the US threatened Assange with trouble if he went through with the Wikileaks disclosures, and the rest is just how they're trying to get at him since he ignored their warnings and published it anyway.

As O-Dog says, the charges had been previously dropped, because the Swedish authorities found there was "no case to answer" with the sex thing, but it was reopened in another Swedish city - which their law allows - at the direct request of American politicians. Dodgy? Not half.

Assange even offered to answer this new, second round of questions on these reopened allegations, by video link, but surprisingly the Swedish police who supposedly had more questions to ask of him, didn't bother to take him up on his offer.

I think this proves America are more interested in showing Assange into a room and turning the key in the lock to keep him there as punishment than they are interested in investigating any particular alleged crime.

I think good on Ecuador tbh, but can't help noticing the threats have already started towards them eg British government already talking removing their diplomatic status so that they can still get Assange. It's so transparent, nobody who's read up on this (that I know of) thinks he's a criminal, not even a bit. This is simple revenge, he hurt them, so now they want to hurt him back.

Rather than lock him up, I think all governments documents should be publicly available. What's that old saying about don't allow to thrive in the darkness what would whither in the light of day? America would just prefer it so if anyone disagreed with them, then they automatically class them as terrorists - that should tell you all you need to know! It's scary stuff for us citizens of the world.

His British lawyer, Mark Stephens, claimed the charges in Sweden are just a 'holding case' while the US prepares its prosecution over Wikileak's activities. He said Assange could face extradition or illegal rendition to the US from Sweden where he could be detained in a high-security prison and face the death penalty.

You can just see a cell in Guntanamo with his name on it... if he's lucky. Just look what happened to Bradley Manning! So he's probably not just fighting for his freedom either, but his life.

It's shameful that only Ecuador are doing the right thing and sticking up for him.

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WikiLeaks' secrets weren't, says former MI5 chief

Dame Stella Rimington wants pollies' TXTs on the record


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WikiLeaks' revelations of the "secrets" of global diplomacy weren't that secret, says Dame Stella Rimington, novelist and former Director general of MI5.

Speaking in Australia, where she today delivered an address to the International Council on Archives conference , Rimington told The Reg AGR that one of the issues public sector archivists need to deal with is what they do given at a time when much communication takes place casually. Prime Ministerial TXT messages, for example, may be key to reconstructing events for which the public rightly wants them to be held to account and therefore belong in public archives.

Capturing such material, she said, needs careful consideration because some of it may be worthy of classification as secret. And when information is truly secret, she says it is treated with extreme care.

“Governments need to be able to keep secrets, especially secret services, to protect us in a difficult world,” she said. That observation led her to offer an opinion on WikiLeaks, which she says probably didn't publish anything significantly secret.

Stressing that she has no inside knowledge of Assange-related escapades, Rimington said she understands – as does the rest of the world – that the dump of diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks came from Bradley Manning, who she described as “a young soldier.”

“If it is all such sensitive stuff why was it available to a young soldier,” she asked. “If you do have secrets you must look after them and limit access to them.”

“That's coupled with the vetting of your people [because] if you have incredibly top secret information you must protect it. You must limit access - that does not seem that difficult - so that only in the most inside layer is there access for those who need to know.”

“It seems to it seems to me that there was a so-called secret database was enormous and available to a huge number of people,” which means the content simply wasn't that sensitive.

Rimington also said she feels Prime Ministerial TXTs won't be able to justify tighter controls, as the public rightly wants accountability for elected officials.

“I don't think the line between essential secrecy and appropriate openness changes because of fast communications,” she said. “You can only have it [archived material] effectively if the record is complete.”

She's also not sure archivists can keep up in a world in which “resources are limited and information increases exponentially.”

But she feels linking different sources of public data will help.

“Genealogists and the like can link collections all over the world, all ensuring that greater amounts of information are available to be used by people who want to use it. Huge amounts of data are made easier to access.”

But she also lamented that, in polite conversation about the role of public archives, “everything is focusing on this WikiLeaksy thing.”

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