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 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.
the Socialist Equality Party Australia and SEG (NZ), 28 January 2020
The SEP rallies in February will demand that the Australian government end its collaboration with Washington and immediately use its legal and diplomatic powers to secure Assange’s freedom.
Socialist Equality Party Public Meeting in London:
28 January 2020
The SEP (UK) urges all readers of the World Socialist Web Site to attend our public meeting in London on Sunday February 23, in defence of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
By our reporters, 27 January 2020
The protest testified to the global scope of the support for Assange, despite the relentless lies and slanders that have been directed against him by the corporate media.
“People are waking up and if we ‘yellow vests’ succeed, and if Julian Assange gets out, something huge will have happened which could prevent many wars”
By Alice Summer, 27 January 2020
Corinne was one of around 100 protesters who came from France to take part in Saturday’s rally in support of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange outside Belmarsh prison.
By Roger Jordan, 27 January 2020
The Canadian political establishment has maintained a deafening and complicit silence on the persecution of Assange throughout the past nine years.
“We hope this protest will inspire others”
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2020
The protests point to the deeply-rooted opposition among workers internationally to US and European governments’ relentless campaign to destroy Assange.
As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights
By Laura Tiernan, 24 January 2020
The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
By James Cogan, 23 January 2020
The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has opened the floodgates for a global war on independent and critical journalism and the imposition of sweeping censorship.
By Mike Head, 22 January 2020
This evidence alone requires the US extradition case to be thrown out of court on the grounds of illegality.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 January 2020
The Socialist Equality Party (Canada) is holding a public meeting in Montreal on Sunday, February 2 to fight for the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, oppose war, and defend democratic rights.
Assange’s French legal advisor Juan Branco: “We’ve experienced a strong shift that we now need to nurture”
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2020
In comments to the WSWS this week, Branco stated: “Citizens have their mass and geniuses like Julian Assange on their side—private interests have their economical power, cynicism and capacity to corrupt on theirs.”
The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state
By Richard Hoffman, 15 January 2020
The political and legal attack on Assange represents a qualitative intensification of the destruction of core rights and, indeed, on legality itself as the mode of bourgeois rule.
By James McDonald, 15 January 2020
A long-time educator has submitted the following statement to the WSWS.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 January 2020
Since his last hearing on December 19, the WikiLeaks founder has had just two hours total to review evidence relating to the US extradition request with his legal team.
By Eric London and Thomas Scripps, 14 January 2020
The prosecution of Assange is a travesty of justice that will forever stain the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Ecuador.
By James Cogan, 14 January 2020
The Times, which welcomed the arrest of journalist Julian Assange last year, has effectively endorsed the decision by Carlos Ghosn to flee charges of tax evasion and money laundering.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 January 2020
Melzer demanded the abandonment of the extradition proceedings, Assange’s freedom and a criminal investigation into those responsible for his persecution.
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 January 2020
In a statement responding to Melzer’s finding, the courageous whistleblower declared: “Even knowing I am very likely to stay in jail for an even longer time, I’m never backing down.”
By our correspondents, 7 January 2020
Afterwards, a University of Colombo student, declared: “I agree with the point made in this meeting that the fight for the freedom of Assange is so crucial for the defence of democratic rights internationally.”
By Mike Head, 4 January 2020
Carr’s statement is, first of all, a symptom of the alarm within the ruling class about the mounting popular demand for the freedom of the WikiLeaks founder.
By Kevin Reed, 4 January 2020
In response to a question from a reporter, Lopez Obrador said the WikiLeaks founder should be pardoned and his torture should be ended.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 December 2019
US comedian Jimmy Dore discussed the initiative on the December 19 edition of his “Jimmy Dore Show Podcast.”
By our reporters, 30 December 2019
The central Australian group points to the sort of formations workers and youth around the world need to establish in order to secure the release of Assange and Manning.
New WikiLeaks documents expose doctoring of chemical weapons report to justify 2018 US attack on Syria
By Niles Niemuth, 28 December 2019
Just as extraordinary as the leaks themselves is the complete blackout observed by the mainstream media in the United States and Europe.
By Mike Head, 28 December 2019
Assange’s phone call highlights the danger that he could die in jail, effectively at the hands of the British, US and Australian governments.
By Thomas Scripps, 21 December 2019
David Morales, a former Spanish military officer, is accused of spying on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and was charged in October with privacy violation, bribery and money laundering.
Judge says Assange extradition hearing will take “three to four weeks” as political opposition mounts
By Laura Tiernan, 20 December 2019
Assange appeared physically unwell, but followed the proceedings carefully via videolink from Belmarsh maximum security prison.
“He is a political prisoner, not a criminal”
By Laura Tiernan, 20 December 2019
Dr. David Morgan and Dr. Marco Chiesa are among the more than 100 doctors from around the world who have issued three open letters to the UK and Australian governments protesting Assange’s brutal persecution.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2019
Labor and the Coalition have not responded to calls that they defend Assange, in keeping with their nine-year involvement in his persecution.
By Eric London, 18 December 2019
Yesterday, the whistleblower celebrated her 32nd birthday in a prison cell.
By Mike Head, 18 December 2019
The resolution adopted by the forum focussed on the need to take the defence of the WikiLeaks founder out to the working class globally.
Over 100 doctors demand Australian government act to save the life of Julian Assange “before it is too late”
By our reporters, 17 December 2019
Addressing Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the doctors write: “Should Mr Assange die in a British prison, people will want to know what you, Minister, did to prevent his death.”
17 December 2019
The following open letter has been issued to the Australian government by Doctors4Assange on behalf of more than 100 signatories.
Powerful response to call for stepped-up fight to free Assange and Manning at SEP (Australia) meeting
By our reporters, 17 December 2019
The speakers stressed that the upsurge of support for Assange and Manning was inseparable from the growth of the class struggle internationally.
Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Assange’s threatened extradition, but declares he is “not a journalist”
By Oscar Grenfell and Kevin Reed, 16 December 2019
The blog post justifying the decision to exclude Julian Assange from a list of imprisoned journalists is shot through with contradictions and double-speak.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 December 2019
It is clear that the fundamental legal rights of the WikiLeaks founder and world-famous investigative journalist are being trampled in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition.
14 December 2019
We urge all workers, youth and all those who cherish democratic rights to come forward and defeat the attack on Assange and Manning.
By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2019
As part of the FBI probe into supposed Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the entire contents of a Google account belonging to Somerset Bean, a WikiLeaks supporter and graphic designer, was subpoenaed by the American government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 December 2019
The media blackout continues the nine-year collaboration of major outlets in the US-led campaign to smear, vilify and silence the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 December 2019
Dr Chesterfield-Evans said that prior to the Assange case, he had “never seen governments completely wipe their hands of an individual, lock people up and refuse to give them medical treatment.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 9 December 2019
The signatories declare: “As journalists and journalists’ organizations that believe in human rights, freedom of information and of the public’s right to know, we demand the immediate release of Julian Assange.”
By Kevin Reed, 9 December 2019
Edward Snowden gave an interview via live video link to The Right Livelihood Awards in Stockholm, in which he categorically defended WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange and imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
By Johannes Stern, 9 December 2019
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed Nils Melzer, who denounced the role of governments and the mainstream media in the persecution of Julian Assange and warned of the dangerous consequences of the erosion of democratic rights.
By Eric Ludlow, 7 December 2019
In an indication of growing support for Assange, the forum was attended by over 100 people and addressed by two prominent lawyers and an academic.
By Alex Lantier and V. Gnana, 6 December 2019
Strikers denounced the imprisonment of the Australian journalist under appalling conditions in Britain, for having revealed imperialist war crimes in Iraq.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 December 2019
The teachers have taken an important stand which points the way forward for other educators, and for all sections of the working class, in the fight for democratic rights and against the persecution of Assange.
Doctors condemn failure of British government to answer letter demanding medical care for Julian Assange
By our reporters, 5 December 2019
The doctors state that “the UK government’s refusal to take the required measures to protect Mr Assange’s rights, health and dignity appears...unlawfully and unnecessarily exposes Mr Assange to potentially irreversible medical risks.”
By Kevin Reed, 5 December 2019
Somerset Bean, an artist and political activist, who has been a staunch supporter of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, revealed on Monday that Google was compelled by court order to provide the US authorities access to his online account.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2019
“The only way to help Assange is a mass of people having his back and supporting him so that they have to release him because the people are against it.”
Assange is facing a “new form of forced rendition”
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 December 2019
Hrafnsson said Assange’s “rendition” was not taking place “with a sack over the head and an orange jumpsuit, but with the enabling of the UK legal system and with the apparent support of the Australian government.”
By our reporters, 4 December 2019
At the Socialist Equality Party’s stall in Trafalgar Square, many were attracted by posters calling for Assange’s freedom.
Halt the extradition of Julian Assange!
By Eric London, 3 December 2019
The surveillance violates the centuries-old right to attorney-client privilege and exposes the prosecution and extradition effort as an illegal frame-up.
By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2019
The aim of Trump and Boris Johnson is to either send Assange to the US, lock him up and throw away the key, or subject him to such psychological and physical cruelty that he dies in prison.
WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson: “If Julian is taken to that Devil’s Island across the Atlantic, his life is lost”
By Oscar Grenfell and Richard Phillips, 3 December 2019
In an interview with the WSWS, Hrafnsson stated: “The case of Julian Assange is, in all senses, the turning point. It is the biggest and the most serious attack on journalism and the free press in decades, if not 100 years.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 2 December 2019
British authorities had previously sought to block the interview, because the spying operation exposes the illegality of the entire US-led campaign against the WikiLeaks publisher.
By our reporters, 2 December 2019
The branch listened attentively as an SEP member reported the growing public concern over the plight of Assange and his declining health.
By our reporters, 2 December 2019
“Something inside me told me that I had to do everything to defend Assange… It was going to be one of those life-defining moments for me”—Margaret Richardson
By our reporters, 2 December 2019
“Assange is a journalist, he’s done nothing wrong and we need to get him back to Australia. There should be marches, rallies, protests and that sort of thing everywhere.”
By our reporter, 30 November 2019
The following speech was delivered by veteran investigative journalist John Pilger to a public meeting in London on November 28 at St Pancras New Church.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 November 2019
The surge of support for Assange is a welcome blow to the conspiracy of silence surrounding his persecution, enforced by governments, establishment parties and the corporate media around the world.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 November 2019
It is a glaring exposure of the thoroughly rotten character of the Labor Party that, on the issue of Assange, it is well to the right of Joyce, a conservative nationalist and populist.
By Mike Head, 29 November 2019
While largely focussed on lobbying parliamentarians, the meeting gave expression to the deep-felt concern of working class and professional people over the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder.
By Laura Tiernan, 27 November 2019
An open letter by doctors urging action to save the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has received international media coverage, winning growing support among doctors.
By Oscar Grenfell, 27 November 2019
The refusal of the Coalition and Labor to uphold Assange’s rights as an Australian citizen is inextricably tied to their support for the US alliance and their own turn to police state measures.
Resolution: Stop the US extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange! Free Assange and Manning!
26 November 2019
The following resolution was unanimously adopted by a meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party in Sydney last November 24. Similar resolutions were passed at events in Brisbane, Alice Springs and Wellington, New Zealand.
By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2019
The doctors’ action marks a new stage in the struggle to free Assange because it has been taken independently by a group of professional workers, animated by profound concern for his fate and for democratic rights.
Meetings in Australia and New Zealand pass resolutions demanding freedom of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
By our reporter, 26 November 2019
The meetings on the weekend took place just days after Swedish prosecutors had abandoned—for the third time—their “preliminary investigation” into the false allegations that Assange had committed sexual assault.
By our reporters, 26 November 2019
“What’s happening to Julian Assange affects us all. He has told the truth and he has exposed the war criminals and that’s why the US wants him.”
By Laura Tiernan, 25 November 2019
More than 65 eminent medical doctors from the UK and around the world have issued an open letter calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange.
Clinical Psychologist Lissa Johnson on Julian Assange: “A maximum security prison is no place to treat a torture victim”
By Laura Tiernan, 25 November 2019
Australian clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson is a lead signatory to the open letter by medical doctors in defence of Julian Assange.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 November 2019
Robinson warned that the US attempt to prosecute Assange for publishing the truth was setting a “terrifying precedent” for all journalists and media organisations.
By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2019
A whistleblower’s memo establishes that the July 2018 OPCW report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma falsified the findings of investigators to justify the attack on Syrian government forces carried out by the US, the UK and France.
24 November 2019
“Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison.”
“We are all Julian Assange”
By our reporters, 23 November 2019
Popular support in Alice Springs for imprisoned journalist Julian Assange is matched by a deep distrust of government authorities and the major parliamentary parties.
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 November 2019
Miller’s article had the character of a rearguard action, aimed at defending the discredited lies and slanders that have been used to justify the persecution of Julian Assange.
By our reporter, 22 November 2019
All those who value and uphold core democratic principles, and who support the freedom of Assange and Manning, should attend the meetings this weekend.
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 November 2019
Speakers warned that the persecution of Assange was creating a precedent for the suppression of press freedom and for the application of repressive US laws all over the world.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 November 2019
The discrediting of the Swedish investigation, which played a linchpin role in the US-led pursuit of Assange, exposes the lawless character of the entire operation against the WikiLeaks founder.
By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2019
The action confirms that the incessant media claims of “rape” and “sexual assault” by the WikiLeaks founder are a politically motivated fraud.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 November 2019
The British ruling class has no intention of providing even the appearance of a fair trial of Assange, after which they intend to railroad him to his persecutors in the United States.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 November 2019
Despite never having been charged with a crime, Sweden’s investigation provided the pseudo-judicial pretext for embroiling Assange in the legal system.
By our reporters, 18 November 2019
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the protesters who attended Saturday’s demonstration to demand the freedom of the WikiLeaks founder.
16 November 2019
By James Cogan, 15 November 2019
The number of people who have signed the petition is a measure of the broader support and sympathy for Assange.
By our reporters, 13 November 2019
“Governments are trying to hide the truth and lie to the people. That’s why they are unfairly persecuting Assange and confining him to prison.”
SEP (Sri Lanka) presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena, 9 November 2019
Assange and Manning are being persecuted because the US and its imperialist allies are preparing for war and want to silence all honest journalists and fighters for the truth.
7 November 2019
“Assange is being held as a political prisoner. That is undeniable now, and still no action from the Greens... Ultimately, you have abandoned Assange.”
By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2019
Hundreds gathered to hear speeches by Assange’s father John Shipton and fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, and a performance by rap artist M.I.A.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 November 2019
Assange’s appeal for workers to form “blocs” in their workplaces is an important call for the mobilisation of the working class to fight for his freedom.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2019
Melzer’s statements confirm that the British government, acting on behalf of the US administration of President Donald Trump, is seeking nothing less than Assange’s psychological and physical destruction.
By Kevin Reed, 2 November 2019
Roger Waters, the internationally acclaimed musician and creative force behind the rock band Pink Floyd, is playing a prominent and welcome role in the fight to free the WikiLeaks publisher.
By Paul Bond, 1 November 2019
An Exhibition of Free Expression: Dedicated to the defence and freedom of Julian Assange was recently on view at Monkton Arts, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
By Oscar Grenfell, 30 October 2019
The establishment of the group is in response to a growing groundswell of demands for the Australian government to stop Assange’s extradition to the US.
Public meetings in Australia and New Zealand
28 October 2019
The aim of the meetings is to prepare for the political action that must be organised in Australia and internationally in opposition to the legal travesty against Assange that is underway in the British courts.
By Oscar Grenfell, 26 October 2019
The British judiciary is terrified that the investigation into the illegal surveillance of Assange will further expose the lawless character of the attempt to extradite him to the US.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 October 2019
The appearance of Assange, ill and defenceless, before a magistrate who showed contempt for the law, makes clear that the persecution of the award-winning journalist has been a pseudo-legal travesty from the beginning.
By Richard Tyler, 23 October 2019
SEP national secretary Chris Marsden told demonstrators: “We want the working class to defend a man whose freedom is of paramount importance for every man, woman and child on this planet.”
By Laura Tiernan, 22 October 2019
Julian Assange told the court: “This superpower had 10 years to prepare for this case… I can’t access any of my written work… They have an unfair advantage dealing with documents… This is not equitable what is happening here.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 22 October 2019
Threats to prosecute journalists underscore the need for media workers to defend Julian Assange, whose jailing has opened the floodgates for the assault on press freedom.