For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists
23 January 2018
Free Julian Assange!
By Oscar Grenfell, 31 July 2020
The documents provided the world’s population with an unprecedented insight into the first war crimes of the 21st century.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 July 2020
As it stands, the UK courts are continuing with Assange’s extradition process based on an outdated indictment.
By Thomas Scripps, 18 July 2020
The signatories have all either hitherto kept a criminal silence over Assange’s persecution, or, in the case of Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Long-Bailey, found their voice only after losing leading positions in the Labour Party.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2020
UN official Nils Melzer stated that Assange’s persecution was “about intimidating all other journalists and publishers and making sure that no-one does what he has done, because that’s what states are afraid of.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 July 2020
Author Andrew Fowler said that journalists “should be more supportive” of Assange “because of what he taught us.”
By our reporters, 6 July 2020
The Socialist Equality Group’s Tom Peters spoke at one of the Wellington vigils, which was part of global protests held to mark the jailed WikiLeaks founder’s birthday.
By Thomas Scripps, 30 June 2020
In yet another Kafkaesque turn, UK legal proceedings are continuing on the basis of an indictment which has been replaced and therefore has no legal force in the US.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 June 2020
The doctors note that since they last wrote to the prestigious medical journal in February, the abuse of the WikiLeaks founder’s rights has only intensified.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 June 2020
The indictment paints a picture of US operatives pouring through decade-old tabloid gossip and dredging up the most unsavoury creatures of their own intelligence agencies to fling mud at Assange.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 June 2020
The “60 Minutes” program was the first substantive examination of Assange’s plight by the Australian media since the coronavirus pandemic began.
By Kevin Reed, 19 June 2020
Portions of an internal CIA report on the 2017 exposure have been released by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 June 2020
The event revealed further details about the illegal surveillance and disinformation campaign waged against the WikiLeaks founder by the CIA and the Trump administration.
By Thomas Scripps, 2 June 2020
Assange has a chronic lung condition and his health has been ruined by years of psychological torture and medical neglect.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 June 2020
The hearings have had a farcical character, with Assange unable to participate due to coronavirus dangers and the press frequently excluded.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 May 2020
The “Russian connection” was baldly asserted by the Democratic Party, US intelligence officials and the corporate media
By Thomas Scripps, 5 May 2020
The British state continues to obstruct both Assange’s ability to conduct his defence and journalists’ ability to report on the case in detail.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 April 2020
Assange’s legal team insisted that a hearing could not proceed under the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic
By Alice Summers, 27 April 2020
The vindictive suspension of the COVID-19 prisoner release programme demonstrates the criminal disregard of the British ruling class for the lives of prisoners.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2020
As the US government finalised its bogus charges against Assange, it oversaw dirty tricks operations targeting his partner and their infant child.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2020
Morris’s comments are a moving refutation of the media smears directed against Assange and underscore the urgency of the fight for his immediate freedom.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2020
Assange’s arrest was an historic crime, setting a precedent for escalating attacks on press freedom and the democratic rights of the working class.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 April 2020
Judge Vanessa Baraitser has decreed that Assange will remain behind bars and that his extradition show-trial will proceed in May, even as the coronavirus pandemic spreads rapidly in British prisons.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 April 2020
The WikiLeaks founder is currently held on remand pending extradition to the US, not charged with any crime or serving any sentence, in Belmarsh maximum security prison.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 April 2020
The video exposed the criminality of the Iraq war and had a profound impact on the consciousness of millions of workers and young people the world over.
By Thomas Scripps, 3 April 2020
The WikiLeaks founder, held in Belmarsh prison and facing extradition to the US for exposing war crimes, has a chronic lung condition and has had his health destroyed by a decade of mistreatment by the British state
By Thomas Scripps, 26 March 2020
Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s refusal came amid mounting calls for the release of vulnerable, low-risk prisoners from the UK’s overcrowded and woefully unprepared prison systems during the coronavirus crisis.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 March 2020
A press release issued by WikiLeaks stated that Assange’s lawyers “will argue that he is vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak in the prison where he is on remand.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 March 2020
The British authorities are willfully placing Assange’s life at risk, even though he has been convicted of no crime.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 March 2020
Doctors4Assange has restated its demand that the Australian government immediately fulfil its obligations to Assange, under conditions in which his life is imperilled by the coronavirus pandemic.
By Kevin Reed, 16 March 2020
Within two days of Manning’s release from jail, a GoFundMe campaign organized by her supporters raised more than enough to pay the punitive fines imposed on her for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By the Committee For Public Education (CFPE), 14 March 2020
The important stand taken by the teachers should be followed by employees at every workplace and industry around the world.
By Kevin Reed, 13 March 2020
Manning, who had been in prison for a year for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury empaneled as part of the conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released following her attempted suicide on Wednesday.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 March 2020
Michael Kirby, the co-chair of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute, branded Assange’s treatment as “shocking and excessive” and likened it to the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 March 2020
In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that “the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange’s life” and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 March 2020
Penny Wong did not differ with government representatives, who explicitly endorsed the British judiciary’s brutal attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights.
By Sue Phillips, 7 March 2020
The active intervention of teachers and education support staff is just one indication of the growing concern among millions of people that Assange’s persecution has immense implications.
As anger mounts over Assange’s persecution, former foreign minister Carr calls for moral appeals to Australian government
By Richard Phillips, 6 March 2020
Veteran Labor leader Bob Carr is attempting to divert the growing movement for the release of Assange into dead-end appeals to the Australian parliament.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 March 2020
As Assange faced a legal travesty, government ministers declared their faith in British “due process,” while the Labor Party maintained its silence.
By our correspondents, 5 March 2020
About 60 workers, young people and housewives joined the picket, which was held outside Fort Railway station in Colombo.
By our correspondent, 5 March 2020
Well-known Daily Mirror journalist and cartoonist Gihan de Chickera stated: “Assange, and journalists everywhere, must be free to continue their work unhindered.”
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 March 2020
Assange is part-way through a show trial that began last week to decide on his extradition to the US, where he faces 175 years in prison on espionage charges.
By Chris Marsden, 2 March 2020
Corbyn said nothing when he could have raised Assange’s fate in Parliament every single day, informing millions of the fundamental violation of his democratic rights.
By our correspondents, 2 March 2020
In Zurich, Marianne Arens spoke on behalf of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) and called for the mobilisation of the working class in Assange’s defence.
By our correspondent, 2 March 2020
Participants applauded and cheered the speakers as they denounced the Australian government’s complicity in the abuses of Assange’s basic legal rights.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 February 2020
”If journalists cannot write about war crimes allegedly committed by Western armed forces, what is the legitimacy of these democratic countries?”
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 28 February 2020
The first week of the extradition hearing in USA v Julian Assange ended yesterday at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court with Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejecting a submission from Assange’s lawyers that he be allowed to sit with them in court.
Interviews from SEP (UK) public rally
“The working class needs to demand that Assange is released, not that the ruling class do it on their behalf”
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending the public rally held by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in defence of Julian Assange on Sunday in London.
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
Queensland students and workers in Parramatta denounce the escalating government attacks on democratic rights.
By our reporters, 28 February 2020
John Shipton outlined his son’s decade-long history of arbitrary detention in the UK.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 27 February 2020
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange issued a defiant protest in court yesterday, opposing the flagrant abuse of his legal rights in extradition proceedings brought against him by the United States government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 February 2020
This speech was delivered by Oscar Grenfell, a leading member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to a public rally in defence of Julian Assange, held in London on Sunday.
27 February 2020
Assange and Manning are being persecuted because they dared to expose US war crimes and government corruption.
By our reporters, 27 February 2020
Speakers denounced the persecution of Assange as a major threat to democratic rights, exposed the complicity of Canada’s ruling elite and stressed the importance of a global mobilization of the working class to secure his freedom.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 26 February 2020
As proceedings were due to begin, a court official told WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson that he was barred from the public gallery.
By our reporters, 26 February 2020
Speakers denounced the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder and the whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, who are both in prison and being psychologically tortured for revealing US war crimes.
Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 26 February 2020
The Socialist Equality Party opposes Assange’s extradition to the United States. We demand immediate freedom for Assange and for whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
By James Cogan, 25 February 2020
The first day of the British court hearing yesterday to determine if WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States left no doubt that what is taking place is a legal travesty that threatens both Assange’s life and fundamental democratic rights.
By Thomas Scripps and Laura Tiernan, 25 February 2020
Amid growing popular outrage over the railroading of Assange to a US prison, lawyers for the Department of Justice sought to reframe the charges against him.
By Chris Marsden, 25 February 2020
This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden to a public rally held in London on Sunday.
By our reporters, 25 February 2020
Protesters were not allowed anywhere near the building, kept behind barricades and an imposing steel fence by security and police.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 February 2020
Many people in the city centre expressed support for the march as it passed, with some joining the demonstration.
By our reporter, 24 February 2020
The meeting was attended by more than 130 workers, youth and students who came from all over the UK.
By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2020
The struggle to free Julian Assange requires an implacable struggle by the working class against the Johnson and Trump governments now conspiring to silence him forever.
“The release of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is up to us”
By our reporters, 24 February 2020
The weekend rallies point to growing international support for Assange and Manning and a deeper political understanding and determination to fight by important layers of students, workers and youth.
By Richard Dufour, 22 February 2020
“This case is tremendously important and holds serious implications for journalism, free speech and human rights around the world,” demonstration organizer Elizabeth Leier told the WSWS.
By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2020
Members of imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange’s legal team, together with Assange’s father John Shipton, held a press conference on Thursday in Paris.
Monday, February 24 at 7 PM eastern
David North and Joseph Kishore to address live stream campaign town hall meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan
By the Socialist Equality Party (US), 22 February 2020
The working class is the social force that can replace capitalism with international socialism. Sign up to attend Monday’s town hall campaign meeting and join the fight for socialism!
By Kevin Reed, 22 February 2020
Fresh evidence has emerged that the chief magistrate overseeing the extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has received financial benefits from organizations connected to the UK Foreign Office.
“This is the Dreyfus case of our age”
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 February 2020
McDonnell described the Assange case as “one of the most important and significant political trials of this generation,” but made clear that his party will do nothing to mobilise the immense popular support that exists for the WikiLeaks publisher.
Veteran “Four Corners” journalist Andrew Fowler denounces Australian government’s refusal to defend Assange
By Richard Phillips and James Cogan, 21 February 2020
“The persecution of Assange is an attack on anyone who speaks out against the power and authority of the United States. It is a warning to every journalist: ‘Pull your head in. Shut up. Don’t question.’”
By Kevin Reed, 20 February 2020
Lawyers for Manning, the courageous whistleblower who has been in prison for eleven months for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury in the case of Julian Assange, have filed a new motion in federal court demanding her release.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2020
The fight for Assange’s freedom requires the mobilisation of the working class, not moral appeals to capitalist politicians.
By our reporters, 20 February 2020
“Trillions are spent on war, which creates refugees, kills children and workers, but the people who make these wars happen are roaming free whilst Assange is being murdered by the state.”
By Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2020
“We have a system that punished the whistle blowers like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange, not the perpetrators of torture”—Professor Nils Melzer
By Thomas Scripps, 19 February 2020
A packed press conference was addressed by WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, lawyer Jennifer Robinson and Australian MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 February 2020
Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen said they agreed with UN official Nils Melzer’s assessment that Assange is the victim of psychological torture.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 February 2020
Some 130 prominent initial signatories, including nine former federal ministers, are demanding the “immediate release of Julian Assange, on medical grounds as well on the basis of the rule of law.”
By Laura Tiernan, 18 February 2020
The world’s pre-eminent medical journal carries a letter from 117 doctors in 18 countries calling for urgent action to save the life of the WikiLeaks publisher.
Courage Foundation holds public meeting in New York City in defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
By Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2020
The extradition hearing for Assange is scheduled to begin in London on February 24.
By Tom Peters, 18 February 2020
The Socialist Equality Group (NZ) is holding a rally in Wellington on Sunday February 23 as part of worldwide demonstrations in defence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
By James Cogan, 17 February 2020
Meetings should be convened by the staff of every media organisation and resolutions adopted opposing Assange’s extradition and insisting that his case is accurately and honestly reported.
Trump administration’s national counterintelligence strategy focuses on “hacktivists, leaktivists and public disclosure organizations”
By Kevin Reed, 15 February 2020
A major assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of the press is being prepared.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 February 2020
The court hearings, over the Vault 7 leaks exposing mass CIA spying and hacking operations, have been subjected to a near total media blackout.
By our reporters, 14 February 2020
Members and supporters of the SEP and its youth movement, the IYSSE, have been campaigning in working-class suburbs, at workplaces and university campuses.
After 10 months’ silence, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against extradition of Julian Assange
By Oscar Grenfell and Chris Marsden, 13 February 2020
For the past year, Corbyn has led the suppression of any discussion over Assange’s imprisonment in Britain and the country’s participation in the US-led attempt to destroy him.
By Mike Head, 13 February 2020
Despite the powerful public support and strongly expressed sentiments of the petition, its tabling received virtually no coverage in the corporate media.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 12 February 2020
The resolution is the outcome of the initiative of the Committee For Public Education, acting independently of the trade union apparatus.
Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
11 February 2020
“Everyone who recognises the need, before it is too late, to take a stand against gross injustice and for fundamental democratic rights should attend the rallies.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 February 2020
Socialist Alternative’s article, “The betrayal of Julian Assange,” is a crude attempt to cover up its own role in the “betrayal” of the WikiLeaks publisher.
By our reporters, 8 February 2020
Assange and Manning are the targets of a legal vendetta meant to intimidate and silence all those who would seek to expose the crimes of US imperialism and its allies.
Interview with international model Andreja Pejic: “I think standing behind Assange and Manning is where we should all be”
By Sue Phillips and Will Marshall, 7 February 2020
The WSWS spoke with Andreja Pejic about the campaign to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and broader political issues.
By Laura Tiernan and Chris Marsden, 6 February 2020
The aim of the Don’t Extradite Assange group is to rehabilitate the Labour Party and the trade unions, its “left” representatives in particular, and to corral the movement in defence of Assange under their control.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2020
That the British government is simultaneously stonewalling Melzer’s inquiries, and apparently conducting a behind-the-scenes campaign against him, underscores the flagrant illegality of the entire US-led vendetta against Assange.
Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly calls for Assange’s release, condemns threatened extradition
By Oscar Grenfell, 3 February 2020
Members of the assembly undoubtedly recognised that their report on media freedom would have no credibility if it remained silent on Europe’s most famous imprisoned journalist and publisher.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 February 2020
If dispatched to the US, the WikiLeaks founder will be held in extreme isolation—conditions usually inflicted on individuals convicted of terrorism offences.
1 February 2020
The Socialist Equality Party (Canada) is holding a public meeting in Montreal this Sunday, to fight for the freedom of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, oppose war, and defend democratic rights.
By our reporters, 31 January 2020
“It is now more than three months since your group was established but it has done nothing of substance in this time.”
“This ain’t a nice place to be: This ain’t Belmarsh, it’s Hellmarsh”
By Paul Bond, 30 January 2020
Despite going unmentioned, Assange’s deteriorating health and the concerns of independent medical professionals about his effective solitary confinement in the health care unit hung silently over the programme.
Edward Snowden warns that Assange and Greenwald prosecutions mark new stage in assault on press freedom
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 January 2020
The NSA whistleblower wrote: “The most essential journalism of every era is precisely that which a government attempts to silence. These prosecutions demonstrate that they are ready to stop the presses—if they can.”
By Roger Jordan, 30 January 2020
Canada’s leading media outlets have vilified Assange, while bemoaning the impact of WikiLeaks’ exposures on the global interests of American and Canadian imperialism.