Free Julian Assange!

“We hope this protest will inspire others”

French “yellow vests” protest for Assange outside Belmarsh prison in London

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.

The prosecution of Glenn Greenwald and the global war on free speech

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.

Witnesses testify that CIA spied on Assange and his lawyers

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.

SEP to hold public meeting in Canada to demand freedom for Julian Assange

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.

An Open Letter to fellow Educators: Take a stand with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By James McDonald, 15 January 2020

A long-time educator has submitted the following statement to the WSWS.

Julian Assange attends procedural hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court

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.

The international witch-hunt of Julian Assange

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.

Carlos Ghosn, Julian Assange and the class justice of the New York Times

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.

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns Britain’s criminal role in the torture of Julian Assange

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.

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer condemns US torture of Chelsea Manning

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.”

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting in Colombo demands release of Assange and Manning

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.”

210 Call for support to Assange/Manning

6 January 2020

Ex-Australian foreign minister calls for release of Julian Assange to halt damage to US alliance

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.

Mexican president calls for Julian Assange’s freedom

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.

Australian teachers’ defence of Julian Assange welcomed by WikiLeaks supporters

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.”

Australia: Julian Assange support group formed in Alice Springs

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.

Julian Assange “slowly dying” and “often sedated” in Belmarsh prison

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.

Assange gives evidence in Spanish case against security contractor

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”

Medical observers blocked from attending Assange hearing

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.

Growing demands for Australian government to intervene in defence of Assange

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.

Chelsea Manning must not be forgotten!

By Eric London, 18 December 2019

Yesterday, the whistleblower celebrated her 32nd birthday in a prison cell.

Brisbane forum calls for broad support for Assange and Manning

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.”

Doctors issue open letter to the Australian government: Julian Assange at risk of death in prison

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.

Julian Assange denied access to lawyers and vital evidence in US extradition case

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.

SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo: Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!

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.

Warrant targeting Assange supporter reveals scope of US government campaign against WikiLeaks

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.

Corporate media silent on journalists’ letter demanding freedom for Julian Assange

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.

Australian doctor condemns Britain’s denial of adequate medical care to 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.”

Hundreds of journalists around the world sign open letter demanding freedom for Assange

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.”

Exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden condemns persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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.

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer: “With censorship inevitably comes tyranny”

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.

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks at Melbourne forum in defence of Assange

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.

French public sector strikers call to free Julian Assange

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.

Meeting of Australian teachers passes resolutions in defence of Julian Assange

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.”

Mueller probe accessed the Google account of Assange supporter Somerset Bean

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.

Australian teenagers call for support for Julian Assange

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”

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson addresses the Australian press club

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.”

Protesters against London NATO summit speak in defence of Julian Assange

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!

CIA spying on Assange’s lawyers exposes criminal operation against WikiLeaks founder

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.

Opposing NATO and Trump means fighting to free Julian Assange!

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.”

Spanish judge to question Assange over illegal CIA spying in Ecuadorian embassy

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.

Greater Manchester Unite community branch hears report on fight to free Julian Assange

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.

SEP meeting in Alice Springs demands freedom for Assange and Manning

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

Central Australian residents speak out in defence of Julian Assange

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.”

John Pilger visits Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison: “Look how you frighten them!”

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.

Groundswell of support for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

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.

Australian Labor Party shuts down parliamentary discussion on Assange

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.

Australia: Queensland parliament forum reflects growing support for Assange

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.

Doctors’ open letter defending Julian Assange wins global support

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.

Australian PM rejects Pamela Anderson’s appeal that his government defend Assange

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.

The significance of the doctors’ open letter in defence of Julian Assange

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.

Attendees at meetings in Australia and NZ support campaign for release of Assange and Manning

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.”

Doctors demand “urgent” medical intervention to save Julian Assange’s life

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.

Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson addresses public meetings in Australia

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.

Leaked email on alleged chemical attack shows 2018 strikes against Syria based on lies

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.

An open letter from doctors: Julian Assange “could die in prison”

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”

Interviews with Alice Springs workers and youth about public meeting to defend Assange and Manning

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.

Sydney Morning Herald columnist defends Swedish frame-up of Assange

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.

Attend “Free Assange and Manning” meetings this weekend in Australia and New Zealand

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.

Conference at European Parliament defends Julian Assange

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.

Collapse of Swedish “sexual misconduct” frame-up exposes political conspiracy against Assange

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.

Sweden drops investigation into bogus sexual misconduct allegations against Julian Assange

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.

Julian Assange appears in court via video link: Legal rights denied by judge

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.

UN special rapporteur exposes Swedish sexual misconduct frame-up of Assange

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.

Protesters at London’s Trafalgar Square speak out to demand freedom for Julian Assange

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.

999 Meghan McCain denounces Pamela Anderson, MIA as agents of Putin over support for Assange

16 November 2019

Petition calling for Julian Assange’s freedom tabled in Australian parliament

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.

Australian workers and youth speak-out in support of Julian 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.”

Build a mass movement to free class-war prisoners Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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.

210 Assange video

8 November 2019

Australian Greens member demands party leader defend Julian Assange

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.”

Concert for Assange outside UK Home Office demands “No extradition!”

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.

Julian Assange calls for workers to organise in his defence

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.

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer warns: Julian Assange may die in a British prison

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.

Roger Waters on RT: “The US and UK are trying to kill Julian Assange”

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.

UK art exhibition for Julian Assange: “If courage was not contagious, I wouldn’t be here today”

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.

Australian parliamentarians form cross-party group in defence of Julian Assange

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

Meeting defending Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning in Melbourne this Sunday

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.

Britain obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA spying on Julian Assange

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.

Julian Assange’s court hearing in London: Britain stages a lawless show-trial

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.

Hundreds protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court to demand freedom for Julian Assange

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.”

UK judge rejects delay in Assange extradition case

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.”

010 Speeches outside Assange hearing

22 October 2019

Australian media companies protest government attacks on press freedom

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.

Growing calls for Australian government to defend Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2019

The fear in Australian ruling circles is that if Assange is extradited to the US, the latent support for him will coalesce into a political movement against the official set-up.

Join the protest to oppose his extradition to the United States!

Julian Assange to appear Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The World Socialist Web Site urges the widest support for Monday’s demonstration outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London starting at 9 a.m.

UN official’s briefing on torture of Assange boycotted by US media

By Oscar Grenfell, 18 October 2019

The media silence is a continuation of its complicity in what UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer has described as the “public mobbing” of Assange.