2020-09-19: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2020-09-19). Mainstream US reporters silent about being spied on by apparent CIA contractor that targeted Assange. thegrayzone.com Despite being spied on and having their privacy invaded by the UC Global firm that targeted Assange, reporters from major US news outlets have said nothing in protest. Meanwhile, new evidence of that firm's CIA links has emerged. A Spanish security firm apparently contracted by US intelligence to carry out a campaign of black operations …

_____ (2020-09-19). Mainstream US Reporters Silent About Being Spied On. popularresistance.org A Spanish security firm apparently contracted by US intelligence to carry out a campaign of black operations against Julian Assange and his associates spied on several US reporters including Ellen Nakashima, the top national security reporter of the Washington Post, and Lowell Bergman, a New York Times and PBS veteran. | To date, Nakashima and her employers at the Washington Post have said nothing about the flagrant assault on their constitutional rights by UC Global, the security company in charge of Ecuadorian embassy in London, which seemingly operated under the watch of the CIA's then-director, Mike Pompeo.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-19). Argentinians commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Night of the Pencils. peoplesdispatch.org The night of September 16, 1976, was one of the bloodiest night of the last civic-military dictatorship in Argentina, when a group of high school students were kidnapped and tortured by the state security forces…

Revolutionary United Front (2020-09-19). Tuesday 9/29: Bi-Weekly Community Meeting On Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Attack foiled as explosives-laden car found in NW Syria. yenisafak.com A potential terrorist attack was thwarted as authorities seized a vehicle rigged with explosives in northwestern Syria on Saturday.A car found in Syria's Afrin region was fitted with 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of explosives connected to mobile phones for remote detonation, according to a statement by the governor's office of Turkey's southern Hatay province.Police in Afrin received intelligence reports that a bomb-laden vehicle prepared in the Tal Rifat region, under the control of the PYD/YPG/PKK terrorist organization, was sent to the Operation Olive Branch area in Afrin for an attack on security forces or civil…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-18). Exposing War Crimes Should Always Be Legal. Committing And Hiding Them Should Not. thealtworld.com each frustrating day making it clearer than the day before that what we are watching is nothing other than a staged performance by the US and UK governments to explain why it's okay for powerful governments to The Assange defense team is performing admirably, making the arguments they need to make to try and prevent an extradition that will set a precedent which will

Kevin Gosztola (2020-09-18). Good Ellsberg, Bad Assange: At Extradition Trial, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Dismantles False Narrative. globalresearch.ca Opponents of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange often hold up Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as an example of someone who was responsible for a good leak. They insist WikiLeaks is not like the Pentagon Papers because supposedly Assange was reckless …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-18). Assange on Trial: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm. counterpunch.org Day Seven September 16. Central Criminal Court, London. Proceedings today at the Old Bailey regarding Julian Assange's extradition returned to journalistic practice, redaction of source names and that ongoing obsession with alleged harm arising from WikiLeaks releases. John Goetz of Der Spiegel added his bit for the defence, making an effort to set the record

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-18). Assange's Eighth Day at the Old Bailey: Software Redactions, the Iraq Logs and the Extradition Act. dissidentvoice.org September 17. Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey struck similar notes to the previous day's proceedings: the documentary work and practise of WikiLeaks, the method of redactions, and the legacy of exposing war crimes. In the afternoon, the legal teams returned to well combed themes: testimony on …

Craig Murray (2020-09-18). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12. globalresearch.ca A less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government's insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly …

Daniel Ellsberg (2020-09-18). U.S. Press Freedom Under Attack in WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Extradition Case. zcomm.org "Now the American press is staring right down the barrel at the use of the Espionage Act against American journalists and publishers for doing journalism."

The Canary (2020-09-18). Assange 'offered win-win deal by Trump to avoid extradition. thecanary.co The WikiLeaks founder's extradition hearing was told that Trump associates sought the source of leaks from the Democratic National Committee. | By | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was offered a "win-win" deal by Donald Trump to avoid extradition by revealing the source of the hacking of Democratic party emails, a court has heard. | Trump approval: | Barrister Jennifer Robinson said she was asked to attend the meeting by her client, Assange, with Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson at the Ecuador…

MEE staff (2020-09-18). Islamic State's 'canary caliph' gave intelligence to US in 2008, documents claim. middleeasteye.net Islamic State's 'canary caliph' gave intelligence to US in 2008, documents claim | Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla identified dozens of fellow militants as well as the structure of al-Qaeda, US government documents allege | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 19: 26 | Mawla was arrested in 2008 by US forces and interrogated in Umm Qasr, southern Iraq, at Camp Bucca (AFP/File photo) | The current leader of the Islamic State…

RT (2020-09-18). French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections. rt.com France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home. Meanwhile, France recorded its worst day for new cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began. | Le Maire announced his diagnosis via Twitter on Friday, noting that he has no symptoms of the virus, but saying he will still "stay in solitary confinement for 7 days," per government regulations. | J'ai été testé positif à la COVID-19 ce soir. Je me suis immédiatement mis à l'isolement à mon domicile conformément aux règles sanitaires édictées par le gouvernement. Je ne présente aucun symptà¥me. Je resterai…

Matt Sedlar (2020-09-18). Political Trials and Electoral Bans: the Battle for Democracy in Ecuador. cepr.net OpenDemocracy See article on original site Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno and his allies have gone to great lengths to prevent former president Rafael Correa and his political movement from returning to power. In order to achieve this goal, the current government has persecuted opponents and barred candidates from running. Moreno's authoritarianism has, so far, gone …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-18). CIA torture survivor testifies that cable leaks were crucial to securing redressal. peoplesdispatch.org Today's testimonies reinforced the defense's argument that the revelations made by Wikileaks has been in the interest of the public and often crucial to securing justice for US crimes…

_____ (2020-09-18). Scheer Intelligence: How Today's Uprisings Compare To The 1960s Rebellions. popularresistance.org The 1960s live on in U.S. memory as an era of counterculture rebellions and the civil rights movement that changed the course of the nation's history. The mass uprisings that took place from coast to coast have been immortalized in myriad films and books, but these often focus on well known figures rather than the everyday Black and Chicano youths that fueled the movement. In their new book, Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the 1960s, renowned historians Mike Davis and Jon Wiener set out to capture the complete history of the city's revolutionary political scene by focusing on the working class Americans who are so…

Raul Diego (2020-09-18). Pentagon's Top Spy Agency Turns To AI for Targeting and Operations Planning. mintpressnews.com Reminiscent of the 1983 sci-fi classic WarGames, the DIA's new MARS program aims to create a system that uses AI to scour volumes of foreign intelligence and make decisions on how to act on it.

WSWS (2020-09-17). Journalist Andrew Fowler: If Assange is extradited, the same can happen to any of us. wsws.org "The attempt by the State to control information is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in the court."

Craig Murray (2020-09-17). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 10. globalresearch.ca The gloves were off on Tuesday as the US Government explicitly argued that all journalists are liable to prosecution under the Espionage Act (1917) for publishing classified information, citing

_____ (2020-09-17). Assange Court Report September 16: Afternoon. popularresistance.org A famous Vietnam era whistleblower, 89-year-old Daniel Ellsberg, has told a court that he feels "a great identification," with both Julian Assange and his source Chelsea Manning, who, he said, "were willing to suffer the risk of imprisonment or even death to get information to the American public." | Ellsberg, a former US Marine officer who served with the US State Department in Vietnam during the war years, is best known for leaking a huge tranche of US government documents on the war to the New York Times in 1970, documents that showed that the government had been lying to the American people about the conflict…

Abdul Rahman (2020-09-17). WikiLeaks' Guantanamo files exposed inhumane American 'war on terror'. peoplesdispatch.org The documents published by Wikileaks in 2011 revealed how top US officials were directly involved in the torture and illegal detention of many innocents. This explains the US attempt to punish Julian Assange for revealing their failures…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-17). Assange's Seventh Day at the Old Bailey: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm. dissidentvoice.org September 16. Central Criminal Court, London. Proceedings today at the Old Bailey regarding Julian Assange's extradition returned to journalistic practice, redaction of source names and that ongoing obsession with alleged harm arising from WikiLeaks releases. John Goetz of Der Spiegel added his bit for the defence, making an effort to set the record straight on …

Staff (2020-09-17). Daniel Ellsberg Warns U.S. Press Freedom Under Attack in WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Extradition Case. democracynow.org Legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says Julian Assange's extradition hearing in London could have far-reaching consequences for press freedoms. The WikiLeaks founder faces an ever-evolving array of espionage and hacking charges related to the release of diplomatic cables that revealed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange faces almost certain conviction, if extradited, and 175 years in prison. "The American press has remained in kind of a state of denial for 40 years, really, since my case, that the Espionage Act has wording in it that could be aimed directly at…

_____ (2020-09-17). Good Ellsberg, Bad Assange. popularresistance.org Opponents of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange often hold up Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as an example of someone who was responsible for a good leak. They insist WikiLeaks is not like the Pentagon Papers because supposedly Assange was reckless with sensitive documents. | On the seventh day of an extradition trial against Assange, Ellsberg dismantled this false narrative and outlined for a British magistrate court why Assange would not receive a fair trial in the United States. | Assange is accused of 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of conspiracy to commit a computer crime…

pip.hinman (2020-09-17). Julian Assange's treatment amounts to torture — it must end. greenleft.org.au

Amanda Yee (2020-09-17). Brooklyn supply drive honors legacy of community activists Donna & Nicholas Heyward, Sr. liberationnews.org Nicholas Heyward, Sr. became a vocal advocate against police brutality after NYPD officer Brian George shot and killed his 13-year old son, Nicholas Heyward, Jr. in 1994.

Alan Macleod (2020-09-16). "A Disgrace": Amnesty International Blocked From Monitoring Trial of Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com Amnesty International's Europe Director described the hearings against Assange as an "assault on the right to freedom of expression" that would have a "chilling effect on media freedom."

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-16). Assange on Trial: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures. counterpunch.org DAY FIVE Having had a coronavirus scare towards the end of last week, necessitating a brief suspension of proceedings for September 11, the extradition proceedings for Julian Assange resumed with Eric Lewis. The chairman of the board of Reprieve, who has cut his teeth on representing Afghan detainees in US custody and those in Guantánamo,

WSWS (2020-09-16). London bus drivers resolve to fight for Assange's freedom. wsws.org The first action of the newly formed London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee was to pass a resolution calling for the defence of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

_____ (2020-09-16). Day Nine: Julian Assange Extradition Hearing. popularresistance.org Things became not merely dramatic in the Assange courtroom today, but spiteful and nasty. There were two real issues, the evidence and the procedure. On the evidence, there were stark details of the dreadful regime Assange will face in US jails if extradited. On the procedure, we saw behaviour from the prosecution QC that went well beyond normal cross examination and was a real attempt to denigrate and even humiliate the witness. I hope to prove that to you by a straightforward exposition of what happened today in court, after which I shall add further comment.

Anish R M (2020-09-16). Assange will not get a fair trial in US, says Pentagon Papers publisher in testimony. peoplesdispatch.org In the recent set of testimonies, Assange's defense team dismantled the prosecution's argument that Assange caused any harm by publishing classified names…

_____ (2020-09-16). Assange Would Not Have Fair US Trial, Witness Tells Old Bailey. popularresistance.org Julian Assange's extradition hearing resumed yesterday morning after a coronavirus test for a member of the prosecution's legal team came back negative. | Mark Summers QC, one of Assange's lawyers, asked District Judge Vanessa Baraitser to give a direction mandating the use of masks for the remainder of the hearing. She responded that government guidance on wearing masks in public places in the Old Bailey "does not include the well of the court," before saying, "those that wish to wear masks in the well of the court are welcome to do so" but "there is no obligation to do so, and I make no direction."

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-16). Assange's Sixth Day at the Old Bailey: US Prison Conditions and Politicised Prosecutions. dissidentvoice.org September 15. Central Criminal Court, London. Today, witnesses appearing in the extradition trial of Julian Assange fleshed out some points touched upon the previous day: the fate awaiting the WikiLeaks publisher in the US prison system, and the political nature of process. Before commencing, Judge Vanessa Baraitser was a touch peeved. She noted that one …

Noam Chomsky (2020-09-16). Chomsky, Walker and Ellsberg Defend Julian Assange. zcomm.org Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, and Daniel Ellsberg oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the US to face charges under the Espionage Act…

RT (2020-09-16). Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg testifies in Assange's defense, says WikiLeaks exposed 'war crimes' in 'public interest'. rt.com Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg — whose 'Pentagon Papers' leak exposed illegal US bombing during the Vietnam War — said Julian Assange would not see a fair trial if extradited to the US, comparing the publisher's case to his own. | Testifying at Assange's extradition hearing on Wednesday, Ellsberg said the WikiLeaks co-founder would be denied a chance to defend himself if sent to the US for a trial, noting that, like in his own case, Assange would not be permitted to argue his publications were in the 'public interest.' | "I observe the closest of similarities to the position I faced, where the expos…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-16). Daniel Ellsberg Tells UK Court That US Seeks Both 'Revenge' Against Julian Assange and to 'Crush' Future Whistleblowers. commondreams.org The Pentagon Papers leaker previously called Assange's prosecution the most "significant attack on freedom of the press" since his 1971 case. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/assange_ellsberg.jpg

Manlio Dinucci (2020-09-16). VIDEO — Con Assange Messa a Processo la Libertà di Tutti. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange si trova rinchiuso in un carcere di massima sicurezza in Gran Bretagna dove attende di essere giudicato. Nel caso dovesse essere estradato negli Stati Uniti rischierebbe fino a 175 anni di carcere. In questo focus speciale di

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Maduro security forces committed crimes against humanity: UN. yenisafak.com Venezuelan security forces and allied groups have committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.Reasonable grounds existed to believe that President Nicolas Maduro and his interior and defence ministers ordered or contributed to the crimes documented in the report in order to silence opposition, they said.Most unlawful executions by state agents have not been prosecuted in Venezuela, where the rule of law and democratic institutions have broken down, they added.The U.N. fact-finding mission said other national…

WSWS (2020-09-16). Nurse alleges forced sterilizations, medical malpractice at Georgia immigrant detention center. wsws.org The chilling report provides further evidence of the sadistic abuse meted out by the Trump administration in its fascistic war on immigrants.

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-16). Police murder of Daniel Prude: Document release causes new scandal. liberationnews.org A new wave of outrage is sweeping Rochester, N.Y. following the release of internal government documents related to the police murder of Daniel Prude, a 41 year-old Black man who had traveled to the city to visit his brother. The documents detail how city authorities conspired to cover up the facts surrounding his death. Prude …

Alex MacDonald (2020-09-16). 'Physical evidence' of killings presented at Syrian officials' trial in Germany. middleeasteye.net 'Physical evidence' of killings presented at Syrian officials' trial in Germany | Anwar Raslan and Eyad al-Gharib are on trial over alleged involvement in notorious Branch 251 intelligence unit | Wed, 09/16/2020 – 13: 54 | 'The Muted Demonstration', an installation by Syrian artist Khaled Barakeh, which consists of structures dressed in clothes that belong to Syrian activists, on sidelines of Ko…

A Guest Author (2020-09-16). Growing old in prison after COVID-19. workers.org By Major Tillery Major Tillery is an innocent man who has spent 35 years in prison because gross prosecutorial and judicial misconduct led to his fraudulent conviction for murder in 1985. He has spent 20 years in solitary confinement. Major has become an advocate for prisoners' rights against the injustice . . . |

RT (2020-09-16). Another color revolution? US orchestrating Belarusian unrest, says Russian spy chief Naryshkin; Belarus' leader Lukashenko agrees. rt.com The director of Russia's foreign intelligence service (SVR) has accused the US of fomenting anti-government demonstrations in Belarus. Spy boss Sergey Naryshkin says Washington provided about $20 million to bolster the opposition. | His comments came as the president of Belarus said that — what he called — the orchestrators of the current events planned their tactics in accordance with the classic American textbook of color revolutions. Speaking on Wednesday, Alexander Lukashenko added that the turmoil had been plotted by Western countries for over a decade. | "According to the available information,…