With #LabourLeadership over, #WikiLeaks offers award for #LabourLeaks

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Artwork under Creative Commons with Attribution the wonderful @SomersetBean

WikiLeaks offers award for #LabourLeaks

23 September 2016

Wikileaks offers £20,000 reward for #LabourLeaks with information on how the Labour Party’s top officials have attempted to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming and staying on as leader.

With our #DNCleaks, Wikileaks exposed how those at the top of the US Democratic Party had worked tirelessly to tilt the scales in favour of Hillary Clinton as she faced off against Bernie Sanders in the race to be the Democrat presidential candidate. Our revelations eventually prompted the resignation of five of the most senior members of the Democratic Party in the aftermath of the Democratic Convention, including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Wikileaks is now moving on to the machinations of top officials in the UK Labour Party to tilt the scales against the membership-elected leader Jeremy Corbyn in favour of his challengers.

The first leadership election saw Corbyn win by a landslide in September 2015. Tens of thousands of people, assumed to be Corbyn supporters, were purged from the party and were unable to vote. With the latest leadership election, similar reports have surfaced, with over 3,000 members or supporters – assumed to be predominantly Corbyn supporters – being refused the right to vote for the party leader. Over 1,500 are currently being investigated.

On top of this, around one quarter (130,000) of the party membership were disenfranchised when the party’s National Executive Committee disallowed party members who had joined after 12 January 2016 from voting in the leadership election. Like officials at the top of the Democratic Party, those in the Labour Party apparatus are meant to be neutral in the process of electing leadership candidates. But it is clear this has not been the case. The scales are being tilted.

Wikileaks is offering a £20,000 reward for information which will help Labour Party members understand how their top party officials are attempting to undermine their democratic will. We are particularly interested in #LabourLeaks information about strategising at the highest levels of the Labour Party and its National Executive Committee.

Our secure and anonymous submission system can be found here: https://wikileaks.org/#submit

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Questions about Julian #Assange at London Mayor Question Time 14/09/2016 #MQT

In response to my letter to London Assembly Members about “What is the Metropolitan police doing in the #Assange and #WikiLeaks Embassy Surveillance?”  member David Kurten has tabled three questions for the Mayor today:

Questions for written answers submitted during Mayor’s Question Time will be given a written response by Monday, 19 September 2016.

Update 19/09/2016: “Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.” http://archive.is/JIqx6, http://archive.is/VbHFJ, http://archive.is/hojYE

Update 20/09/2016:

One question remains unanswered:  http://archive.is/rhSpI,

US Presidential Campaigners on Julian #Assange and #WikiLeaks

2016 Presidential Campaign Green Candidate Jill Stein

2012 Presidential Campaign Ron Paul

2013 Former US President Jimmy Carter

What is the Metropolitan police doing in the #Assange and #WikiLeaks Embassy Surveillance?

In reaction to the attempted break in at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London

I wrote to my representative London Assembly Members:

On February 2016 the United Nations Working Group of Arbitrary Detention ruled that Julian Assange the editor of WikiLeaks should be released and compensated by the UK and Sweden. Neither countries recognise the political asylum that Ecuador has granted Julian Assange for the persecution and threat to his life, work and human rights by the actions of United States government. The US government investigations of a publisher and the work of his staff at WikiLeaks for the last 6 years in a Grand Jury investigation in Washington Virginia for Espionage, Conspiracy to commit espionage, The theft or conversion of property belonging to the United States government, Violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, (general) Conspiracy, sends chills to the publishing and journalistic world. The public threats to his life the last 6 years and the persecution, of WikiLeaks have been broadcasted and met with impunity despite Human Rights organisations condemning them.

The UK refuses to allow safe passage to Ecuador de facto trapping him in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Knightsbridge for 4 long years. Despite his deterioration of health and urgent need for medical attention unable to be offered to him within the confines of the Embassy, the UK government persists that they will arrest him the moment he steps outside the embassy to visit a hospital. The Metropolitan Police has spent millions of tax payers money in a 24/7 police surveillance of Julian Assange at the embassy to support his immediate arrest, first with overt presence of uniformed police surrounding the embassy and a covert surveillance operation and since October 2015 having scaled down the overt presence they declared to have increased the covert operation.

I find the whole matter distasteful and a blatant disregard for Human Rights Law, the UK’s violation of International obligations all paid for by London Taxpayers who have never been asked their opinion on the matter.

The new London Mayor Sadiq Khan since his election is silent on the matter. Does he condone such spending by the public purse under his control that violates the Human Rights he has pledged to uphold in his public office and as a human rights lawyer?

This morning we woke up to the news that :

“…at 2:47am an unknown man scaled the side wall+window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London; fled after being caught by security”

And my question is, what is Metropolitan Police doing in its surveillance 24/7 of Assange in the Embassy? Having stood outside the Ecuadorian Embassy for hundreds of hours in solidarity vigil over the last four years I have stood witness to the millions of pounds that have been spent in surveilling it and laying a seige upon it to create a threat of arrest onto Julian Assange as well as monitor and record the diplomatic work at the embassy as well as the WikiLeaks work conducted there by Julian Assange. When a matter of real threat to someone’s safety and security arises, like potential burglary, potential attempt onto Julian Assange’s life not to mention the threat on a diplomatic premises, what does the Metropolitan police do?

Considering the 24/7 surveillance operation they conduct together with other parts of government controlled security and intelligence services how is it that not a single word has been mentioned by Sir Bernard Hogan Howe who happily spends our Tax payers money on such operation? What is the Mayor have to say with such a hypocrisy going on with the Embassy Assange surveillance or are we Londoners not to know what is going on in our own back yard on the name of a frankly ludicrous claim of ‘national security’ or upsetting the diplomatic relations with an allied country like the one of the United States. Under Sir Bernard Hogan Howe’s watch these things have been going on and what does he have to say on the matter? Is the UK state apparatus complicit in undermining Julian Assange’s and the Ecuadorian Embassy staff safety, just like the UK political leadership is arbitrarily detaining him to the detriment of his health in blatant violation of his human rights?

Not in our name! I appeal to you, our elected London Assembly members to take action that the MetPol actions are scrutinised and that the London Mayor takes a serious interest in both the budget that is being entrusted with but also what the MetPol is doing to Julian Assange safety and security under Sadiq Khan’s guardianship.

I thank you in advance for your time

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Emmy Butlin
Julian Assange Defence Committee
Grassroots solidarity for Julian Assange the WikiLeaks Editor

14//09/2016 Update can be found here: http://wp.me/p2MRYW-19V

Some resources:

1]. Assange case Fact finder: https://justice4assange.com/assange-case-fact-checker.html
2]. US gov investigates WikiLeaks: https://wikileaks.org/google-warrant/press.html
3]. UN ruled Julian Assange is Arbitrarily detained: https://justice4assange.com/UN-Working-Group-on-Arbitrary.html

JA's 4 years political asylum

Defend Julian #Assange during #DNCLeaks by #WikiLeaks

It is not surprising, that during the latest WikiLeaks release, the DNC Email Archive, Julian Assange is under constant attack for his work. In a recent interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now he says to gathered supporters:

“It’s going to be a very big publishing year for WikiLeaks and I am really happy about that, in many different types of publications and so actually I implore everyone here to get ready to gather around us, that extended periphery and protect our ability to publishing, to pay our staff, to give us information to be published, or information that can be used to defend ourselves. It is necessary and it will be very necessary over the coming months.”

Let’s do it! The wonderful @SomersetBean has given us a wonderful graphic to mark JA’s Arbitrary Detention, Let’s use it!

four years of JA detention by Bean

And here is a handy list of resources for WLsup to defend him and WikiLeaks🙂

1]. The Assange Case Fact Checker
2]. The US Gov Investigates WikiLeaks
3]. UNWGAD Assange is held Arbitrarily must be released
4]. UK and Sweden must give the good example

The UNWGAD Press video 5 February 2016:

The legal Seminar in Brussels on 30 May 2016:

Supporters speak out on 19 June 2016 and more http://www.freeassangenow.org:

1]. Ciaron O’Reiley 4th Embassy Anniversary
2]. Eileen Chubb 4th Embassy Anniversary
3]. Brian Eno, First They Came for Assange
4]. Who Is Julian Assange? By Renata Avila, First They Came for Assange
5]. Angela Richter, Sarah Harrison, Michael Sontheimer from Berlin
6]. Noam Chomsky, First They Came for Assange
7]. Slavoj Zizek, First They Came For Assange
8]. Perez Esquivel, First They Came for Assange
9]. Michael Moore, Ecuadorian Embassy, London
10]. Dick Smith, Knightsbridge
11]. Arundhati Roy, First They Came For Assange
12]. Ai Weiwei, First They Came for Assange
13]. Vivienne Westwood, First They Came for Assange
14]. Yanis Varoufakis & Srećko Horvat
15]. Ken Loach, First They Came for Assange
16]. Jean Michel Jarre, First They Came Assange
17]. Laibach, music group
18]. Roberto Saviano, First They Came for Assange
19]. Patti Smith Reciprocate this Love
20]. The Archangel Raine @NTG1Messenger
21]. Amy Goodman, They First Came for Assange
22]. Carey Shenkman They First Came for Assange

Let’s add our voice to them and Defend this man who has dedicated his life to his work in our service:

Julian #Assange of #WikiLeaks speaks at the US Green Party Convention 6 August 2016

Original Source: http://heavy.com/news/2016/08/julian-assange-green-party-watch-voting-fear-clinton-extortion-trump-interview-highlights-video/

Julian Assange: Voting Because You Fear the Other Candidate Is ‘Extortion’

Published 2:26 pm EDT, August 6, 2016 Updated 2:42 pm EDT, August 6, 2016

Julian Assange addressed the Green Party this morning in a powerful live-feed video. Technical difficulties at first made it look like the interview might not happen at all. Assange even asked someone off camera: “Did they not test this?” Eventually they were able to overcome the difficulties and have a lengthy Q&A. These are highlights from his speech.

Here’s what you need to know.

Assange Said Voting to Keep the Other Candidate Out Is a Type of Extortion

Assange told the Green Party that voting for one candidate solely to keep the other out of office was a form of extortion.

“What the Clinton campaign at the moment is trying to say is… Maybe we’re connected to arms dealers and to Saudi Arabia and yes maybe we subverted the integrity of the Democratic primary… But you’ll just have to swallow that or else you’ll get Donald Trump. That’s a form of extortion…

He added:

“It’s very important not to allow the political process to suffer from extortion or even yourself to be susceptible to extortion… It’s important for those people who feel their principles have been violated in the way the Democratic primary process has been run or how Chelsea Manning been in prison for 35 years… to go OK, there’s a cost to violating principles, even if there’s also a cost to yourself, even if you don’t like the risk that Donald Trump becomes President. One has to have a line somewhere, otherwise as each election cycle proceeds you’re pushed further and further into the corner.”

He also addressed the DNC leaks from WikiLeaks and the implications involved.

What they show is not only was there a sort of internal view … about how to undermine Bernie Sanders and support Hillary Clinton… But rather there were formal instructions made to DNC staff to execute a campaign of black propaganda against Bernie Sanders…”

He continued:

“For example, Luis Miranda the communications chief instructed his staff to put out … allegations that Bernie Sanders supporters were engaged in acts of violence. Similarly there were discussions to expose or rather claim that BS was an atheist and this would harm him in the south. … Then there’s aspects to do with how financing was being bounced around between the DNC and state parties and the Hillary Clinton Victory Fund. To my mind the most ongoing interesting material is the influence peddling structure of the DNC…”

Assange Said WikiLeaks Was Not Trying to Harm Hillary Clinton
Assange addressed rumors that WikiLeaks was actively trying to harm Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

When we published the DNC leaks, the New York Times … said that I intended to harm Hillary Clinton. This is what we’ve been doing for 10 years. That was a completely fabricated story… We are in interested in power and publishing the truth about power so people can work out however they choose to reform power…

He encouraged third-party activists to keep fighting.

“What is happening now with the Green party and Gary Johnson and Bernie Sanders’ campaign is very important but it must be seen past the moment, past this political moment… (This is a) moment to build a movement and build pressure. Having built it, then, one can … hold accountable and check the abuses of government during the next four years… (Clinton and Trump) are two (of) the most unpopular pair of presidential candidates in U.S. history. … They are going to continue to generate oversight and resistance which will not only create a fertile field for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to grow their support, but will create a very fertile field to understand and hold the government to account.”

He added that although he believes Clinton will most likely win, he doesn’t prefer either candidate:

“I was asked this question, did i prefer Clinton or Trump? The answer is do i prefer cholera or gonorrhea? … It’s a very sad situation. Given the reality has always been, the president pretty quickly merges with the bureaucracy that’s around it… Corporate lobbyists are enormous compared to political parties.”

He added that he was concerned with Google being one of those lobbyists and its connection to the White House. He was concerned that closer relations might hurt the way we communicate down the line.

Assange: Jill Stein Will Be Attacked More After the Convention
Assange noted that Stein will be facing greater attacks in the coming months from the media.

I’ve just seen the attacks have started to ramp up on Jill Stein. They are going to go thru the roof. Those attacks are going to be ferocious… You’ll learn lessons from that on how the media works and how one can defend your principles and ideas in the face of that… To defend civil liberties and the Internet, the first thing is to practice it.”

He encouraged the delegates watching the feed:

“Become your own media in practice in small ways and big ways… Keep your principles and sense of clarity on those principles.”

For a better feel of how the speech was received by the audience at the Green Party Convention watch the video made by Claudia Stauber which you can find here:

For a good video and audio of Julian Assange’s speech (technical defficulties prevented audio from the Green Convention) see here:

CNN politics reports Jill Stein’s comments about JA here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/06/politics/jill-stein-julian-assange-green-party-convention/index.html