2021-01-06: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2021-01-06). UK judge justifies CIA spying on Assange citing debunked CNN report based on… CIA spying. thegrayzone.com UK judge Vanessa Baraitser justified CIA spying on Julian Assange by citing a falsehood-filled CNN report. Her judgment highlighted corporate media’s enthusiastic role in a state-sponsored assault on press freedom. The British judge ruling in the US government’s extradition against journalist Julian Assange justified a CIA spying operation targeting both the WikiLeaks publisher and the Ecuadorian government by pointing to debunked accusations published by CNN. Yet in a self-referential loop, the American media outlet’s dubious claims about Assange themselves ironically …

Chris Hedges (2021-01-06). The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange. zcomm.org As is clear from the memoir of one of his attorneys, Michael Ratner, the ends have always justified the means for those demanding his global persecution…

Staff (2021-01-06). “Miscarriage of Justice”: No Charges Against White Kenosha Officer Who Shot & Paralyzed Jacob Blake. democracynow.org In Kenosha, Wisconsin, District Attorney Michael Graveley has announced that no charges will be filed against the white police officer who fired seven shots at Jacob Blake, paralyzing the 29-year-old Black man in August. Officer Rusten Sheskey fired the shots at point-blank range into Blake’s back as he leaned into his car, with his three children, aged 3, 5 and 8, inside the vehicle. Prosecutors maintain the shooting was in self-defense because Blake had a small knife in the car. Video of Blake’s shooting sparked an uprising in Kenosha in August against systemic racism and police brutality. Blake’s family denoun…

Eds. (2021-01-06). Chris Hedges: The Empire is not done with Julian Assange. mronline.org As is clear from the memoir of one of his attorneys, Michael Ratner, the ends have always justified the means for those demanding his global persecution.

Alan Macleod (2021-01-06). Journalists, Activists Condemn UK Decision to Keep Assange Locked Up without Charge. mintpressnews.com “To us, that is nothing more than a pretext to keep him detained. This seems unnecessarily punitive and adding insult to injury after the 10 years of hell that he has endured” — Rebecca Vincent, Reporters Without Borders…

Pip Hinman (2021-01-06). Assange decision welcome but sullied by legal chicanery. greenleft.org.au The ruling that Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States is welcome, but it comes after the charade in which British authorities held an unconvicted person in a top security prison and made his defence as difficult as possible, argues Stuart Rees.

The Canary (2021-01-06). WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be released after ‘inhumane’ bail refusal. thecanary.co WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s hopes for freedom have been dashed after a judge refused him bail despite a decision to block his extradition to the United States. | District judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected an application for Assange’s release with strict conditionals over concern he would abscond. | It follows a decision that he should not be extradited to the US on mental health grounds due to the risk of suicide. | Assange will have to remain in custody as the US government is appealing against Monday’s extradition ruling. | Announcing her bail decision at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Baraitser said: “A…

news.un (2021-01-06). UN human rights expert ‘cautiously’ welcomes UK court’s refusal to extradite Julian Assange. news.un.org An independent UN human rights expert has welcomed a British court’s refusal to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on the basis that he would be exposed to oppressive conditions of imprisonment.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-06). Julian Assange’s bail plea denied. peoplesdispatch.org A British judge denied Julian Assange’s plea for bail on Wednesday, January 6. Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the bail request filed by Assange’s legal team on the grounds that he still has “incentive” to abscond. Assange will continue to remain in the high security prison in Belmarsh pending the appeal filed by the United States on his extradition. The same judge on Monday had The judge, on Wednesday, stated that…

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail by UK judge. laprensalatina.com London, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday after British judge Vanessa Baraitser deemed him a flight risk, despite having blocked his extradition to the United States on health grounds earlier this week. Baraitser ruled that Assange — who was born in Queensland, Australia — cannot be extradited to the …

Fight Back (2021-01-06). Wisconsin FRSO condemns the DA’s no-charges verdict in the attempted murder of Jacob Blake. fightbacknews.org On January 5, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that there would be no charges against police officer Rusten Sheskey, who attempted to execute Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, by shooting him seven times in the back at point blank range on August 23, 2020. Blake was shot while his children watched in horror from the back seat of his vehicle. The other two officers who assisted Sheskey in his crime will also face no charges. | While this ruling is a gross miscarriage of justice, it was not unexpected. Since the beginning of the new year, stories have been circulating out of Kenosha a…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). A prominent ISIL leader arrested in S Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — The Iraqi intelligence service announced on Wednesday the arrest of a prominent leader of the ISIL terrorist group in the south of Baghdad.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-05). “It’s not as bad as Iwo Jima, I suppose”: The Julian Assange Extradition Verdict. dissidentvoice.org The barrister-brewed humour of Edward Fitzgerald QC, one of the solid and stout figures defending a certain Julian Assange of WikiLeaks at the Old Bailey in London, was understandable. Time had worn and wearied the parties, none more so than his client. Fitzgerald had asked for water, but then mused that its absence could hardly …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-05). The Julian Assange Extradition Verdict. globalresearch.ca The barrister-brewed

Gloria La Riva (2021-01-05). Julian Assange wins victory as extradition denied. liberationnews.org The U.S. government has pursued Assange since at least 2012, for his work exposing hundreds of thousands of U.S. military and intelligence documents and video that show outright war crimes, included targeted murders of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

RT (2021-01-05). Journalists Angered by Assange Ruling. dissidentvoice.org A London court has ruled against those seeking Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US. Assange is charged with 17 counts of espionage as well as hacking.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Julian Assange verdict: Good day for human rights, bad day for journalism. peoplesdispatch.org Renata Avila talks about the verdict in the Julian Assange extradition trial. She says that while it was historic in being the first positive verdict from UK courts in 10 years, the implications for journalism are dangerous due to the statements the judge made…

Amy Goodman (2021-01-05). ‘Victory for Julian”: UK blocks WikiLeaks founder Assange extradition to US on espionage charges. nationofchange.org While the decision is a “very significant victory” for Assange, the judge has largely sided with the U.S. prosecution.

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-01-05). UK judge denies US request to extradite Assange. nationofchange.org “I find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America.”

Pablo Navarrete (2021-01-05). #TheCanaryLive — Julian Assange extradition hearing decision: what next? thecanary.co On the day a UK court ruled that Julian Assange will

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-05). Australian Labor Party Urges US to Drop Charges Against Assange. commondreams.org The opposition argues the case must “be brought to an end” as the prime minister says the WikiLeaks founder will be “free to return home” if extradition battle won.

Charles Glass (2021-01-05). Ruling Assange Can’t Be Extradited Is an Indictment of US Prisons. thenation.com Ruling Assange Can’t Be Extradited Is an Indictment of US Prisons…

_____ (2021-01-05). Assange Wins. The Cost: Press Freedom Is Crushed. popularresistance.org The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped by larger lessons that should disturb us deeply. | Those who campaigned so vigorously to keep Assange’s case in the spotlight, even as the US and UK corporate media worked so strenuously to keep it in darkness, are the heroes of the day. They made the price too steep for Baraitser or the British establishment to agree to lock Assange away indefinitely in the US for exposing its war crimes and its…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-05). Dietro il verdetto di Londra su Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Da un processo ingiusto — quello di Londra a Julian Assange, fondatore di WikiLeaks — è scaturita una sentenza che a prima vista appare giusta: la non-estradizione del giornalista negli Stati uniti, dove lo attende una condanna a 175 anni …

WSWS (2021-01-05). “Every journalist should be concerned about what was said today in court. Because the political arguments provided by the United States were upheld by the British judicial system” wsws.org Assange’s closest associates hailed the court’s decision as a victory but warned that the fight to secure his freedom was far from over.

Rod Driver (2021-01-05). Brutal Human Rights Abuses: Torture, Sanctions and Failure to Address “Economic Rights” globalresearch.ca “Wrong things are done in the name of Islam, worse things are being done in the name of democracy and human rights” (Dr. Mohamed Mahathir, former Malaysian Prime Minister(1)) | Torture — Legal Black Holes | Some philosophers have suggested that …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-01-05). ‘You Alone Have the Power to Temper Justice With Mercy’: Trump Urged to Stop Execution of Lisa Montgomery. commondreams.org Three attorneys representing Lisa Montgomery, who is set to be executed by the federal government on January 12, released on Tuesday a petition for her clemency after sending the document to President Donald Trump. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-22_at_9.13.34_am_0.png

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-04). Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Wants to Give Asylum to Julian Assange. commondreams.org “Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance,” the Mexican president said Monday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/mexico-asylym-assange.jpg

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Taliban trying to move leadership from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Kabul says. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The Taliban are looking to transfer its top leadership from Pakistan to Afghanistan, a strategy which has led to the insurgent group increasing its attacks in the country’s south in order to increase the area under its control, Afghan intelligence claimed on Monday. Zia Sara, the director of the National Directorate …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-04). Judge turns down plea to extradite Julian Assange to US; bail hearing on Wednesday. peoplesdispatch.org Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused the plea to extradite WikiLeaks founder to the US on the grounds that there was a high chance of his committing suicide due to the brutal prison conditions there. She accepted most of the other contentions of the prosecution…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Mexico: AMLO Offers Political Asylum to Julian Assange. telesurenglish.net Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Monday offered political asylum to Australian journalist Julian Assange after Britain’s Crime Court refused to extradite him to the U.S. | RELATED: | “Our Foreign Affairs Ministry will ask the U.K. government to release Assange so that Mexico can offer him political asylum,” AMLO said. | “The court’s verdict is a triumph of justice. Assange is a journalist who compli…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-04). A victory for Assange but long battle ahead. peoplesdispatch.org Hundreds of people, who had gathered outside the London Central Criminal Court, celebrated the denial of the US plea to extradite Julian Assange. The verdict was a relief to Assange’s family and supporters . However, there were also voices of caution due to the judge accepting most of the prosecution’s arguments.

Alan Macleod (2021-01-04). “No Victory for Press Freedom” — Assange Wins Case but Judge Sets Worrying Precedent. mintpressnews.com Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States as many feared, but his fate still hangs in the balance as it was the integrity of his mental health, not the right to a free press, that saved him.

Staff (2021-01-04). Non-extradition ruling a win for Assange, not for press freedom. therealnews.com A U.K. judge’s ruling has spared Julian Assange for now, but advocates warn the court’s rejection of Assange’s free speech defense could stifle investigative journalism.

Dr. Leon Tressell (2021-01-04). US Imperialism Defeated: UK Court Blocks Extradition of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Today at the Old Bailey in London

sputniknews (2021-01-04). UK Court Ruling Against Assange’s Extradition Victory for All Journalists, Lawyer Says. sputniknews.com MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – The decision of a UK court to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States is a victory for all journalists, the whistleblower’s Ecuadorean lawyer, Carlos Poveda, told Sputnik on Monday.

commondreams (2021-01-04). CPJ Welcomes UK Decision Not to Extradite Julian Assange, Urges DOJ to Drop Charges. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2021-01-04). ‘We’ll give him protection’: Mexican president promises asylum for Julian Assange. rt.com Mexico’s president has offered asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, hours after a British judge refused to extradite Assange to the US to face espionage charges. | “Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance, I am in favor of pardoning him,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters on Monday, saying “we’ll give him protection.” | “Our tradition is protection,” Obrador added. | Also on rt.com | | Earlier on Monday, Judge…

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-04). Assange Wins. The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom. counterpunch.org The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped by larger lessons that should disturb us deeply.

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-04). Assange wins. The cost: Press freedom is crushed, and dissent labelled mental illness. dissidentvoice.org The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped by larger lessons that should disturb us deeply. Those who campaigned so vigorously to keep …

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-04). Assange Wins. The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom, The Labelling of Dissent as Mental Illness. globalresearch.ca The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped …

_____ (2021-01-04). Stella Moris: If British Court Sends Julian Assange To The United States. popularresistance.org London – A month ago, I would wake up in the middle of the night seized by a recurring nightmare: my little boys, Max, 22 months, and Gabriel, who is three, had been orphaned. I was still here but their father was not. | Their father is Julian Assange, the publisher of WikiLeaks. Today, that terrible nightmare is all too close to becoming a reality. | Julian has been on remand in Belmarsh prison in South-East London for almost two years. | He is fighting a political extradition to the United States, where he risks being buried in the deepest, darkest corner of the US prison system for the rest of his life. Julian…

_____ (2021-01-04). Assange: Judge Denies United States’ Extradition Request. popularresistance.org Citing harsh federal prison conditions in the United States, a British district court judge rejected the United States government’s extradition request against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | Judge Vanessa Baraitser accepted that Assange was diagnosed with a “recurrent depressive disorder.” Although he functions at a high level, she accepted he was diagnosed with autism as well. | She accepted that he would likely be imprisoned at a supermax prison in the U.S. under special administrative measures (SAMs) and would find a way to commit suicide. | “I am satisfied that, in these harsh conditions, Mr. Assange’s m…

_____ (2021-01-04). Protesters Gather In DC In Solidarity With Assange. popularresistance.org Press freedom activists and independent journalists endured the cold and rain outside the British Embassy in Washington D.C. on Sunday Jan. 3. With less than 24 hours until a potential blow to the future of press freedom, the crowd of free speech advocates was there to make as much noise as possible. | On Monday, Jan. 4, U.K. judge Vanessa Baraitser will announce if the U.K. government will extradite Australian journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison for charges under the Espionage Act. Leading press freedom and human rights groups have acknowl…

_____ (2021-01-04). Father Takes Assange’s Fight To New York. popularresistance.org The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has turned his focus from the UK to the US where he hopes a change of president could advantage his son. | Assange is being held at London’s Belmarsh Prison, pending a court decision on a warrant for his extradition to the US to face charges. | A judgment is due to be handed down at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, but Assange’s father John Shipton won’t be there. | Mr Shipton says there’s too much uncertainty about his ability to travel amid a series of border closures in the UK due to a mutant strand of coronavirus. | “It’s all up in the air like it is for everybody…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Worldwide Activists Back UK Verdict Against Assange’s Extradition. telesurenglish.net Human rights defenders, social activists, and political figures worldwide Monday reacted with joy to the United Kingdom Criminal Court’s refusal to extradite Australian journalist Julian Assange to the U.S. | RELATED: | Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who denied the extradition on health grounds and high risk of Assange committing suicide, “accepted all the U.S. persecution motives,” Former Consul of Ecuador in the U.K. Fidel Narvaez condemne…

Staff (2021-01-04). UK Judge Blocks Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. truthout.org A judge in the United Kingdom has blocked an extradition request from the U.S. to transport Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to face espionage charges. | Judge Vanessa Baraitser of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court U.S. authorities are seeking to charge Assange over his role i…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). UK Judge Rules Against Extradition of Assange To US. telesurenglish.net British Judge Vanessa Baraitser on Monday ruled that Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges of espionage and hacking government computers, as reported by The Guardian. | RELATED: | In making her decision, the British judge argued that the U.S. prison system has terrible and repressive characteristics, which puts Assange at risk of suicide. | “The rejection by the U.K. court of the US Govt’s request…

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). UK judge blocks WikiLeaks founder Assange’s extradition to US. laprensalatina.com London, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- A British court on Monday rejected a request by the United States to extradite the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, on the grounds that it would be detrimental to his mental health and that he would be a suicide risk. Assange, an Australian citizen, is accused by the US …

Staff (2021-01-04). Decision Is Good News for Assange But Sets Grave Precedent for Other Journalists. truthout.org In a stunning decision, a British judge has blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, saying he would not be safe in a U.S. prison due to his deteriorated mental state. In 2019, Assange was indicted in the United States on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The United States has already announced plans to appeal the ruling. Press freedo…

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