WikiLeaks — “#ReconnectJulian” : Online Vigil for Julian Assange

“In 1940 the elected president of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, was captured by the Gestapo, at the request of Spain, delivered to them and executed. Today, German police have arrested the elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the request of Spain, to be extradited.”

Julian Assange — March 25 2018

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom joins journalist Suzie Dawson — and a host of other supporters including former CIA John Kiriakou and Ray McGovern —  of Julian Assange in an online vigil event. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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As is being widely reported, WikiLeaks Editor In Chief Julian Assange has had his human right to freely communicate restricted, at the Ecuadorean Embassy in which he is arbitrarily detained. This includes the ability for him to use internet, a phone and to receive visitors.

“Ecuador has cut Julian Assange’s internet connection at its embassy in London, preventing him from communicating with the outside world.

The move is to prevent the WikiLeaks founder from interfering in other countries’ affairs, Ecuador said.

It comes after Mr Assange questioned accusations that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the UK on 4 March.” (BBC)

On Monday March 26 2018, Julian Assange used Twitter to question the decision by the UK and more than 20 other countries to retaliate against a nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK city of Salisbury by expelling Russian diplomats.

“Further, while it is reasonable for Theresa May to view the Russian state as the leading suspect, so far the evidence is circumstantial & the OCPW has not yet made any independent confirmation, permitting the Kremlin push the view domestically that Russia is persecuted,” Assange tweeted.

Activist and citizen journalist Suzie Dawson has issued the following message:

“His friends, supporters and loved ones find this unacceptable and are coming together to demand Julian’s access to them be immediately restored.

We are calling upon members of the public in the UK to assemble at the Ecuadorian Embassy (4 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge Station, opposite Harrods) to show their support for Julian.

Everyone unable to attend the Embassy in person is encouraged to join this online event to help raise awareness about Julian’s situation.

Please amplify the hashtag: #ReconnectJulian and share this release everywhere.”

Former CIA John Kiriakou (6:11:30) and Ray McGovern (2:49:20) participated in the online vigil.

John Kiriakou added that the CIA and US intelligence agencies would be extremely happy at the news that Assange had been isolated. He went on to say that they most likely added pressure to Ecuador and Spain to punish Assange, as the United States intelligence community was tired of waiting to prosecute the Wikileaks co-founder.

Kiriakou referenced the likelihood that secret charges await Assange in the United States, specifying that such charges would likely be filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, which he said is known as “the Espionage court.” Kiriakou explained that this was because no national security defendant had ever won a case there, and that it is the home of the Central Intelligence Agency. He said: “[Assange] couldn’t possibly get a fair trial in the Eastern District of Virginia.”

Ray McGovern, a veteran CIA analyst and prominent member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) joined the panel and spoke about his friendship with Julian Assange being initially sparked by Wikileaks’ publication of documents on Afghanistan. McGovern spoke of Assange and Wikileaks providing a pattern by which we can model our journalistic efforts. Ray told us that his five hours on the streamed vigil were the: “… Most pleasant five hours I’ve spent in a long long time, and I admire what you’re doing.”   ( Elizabeth Vos — Co-Founder and Editor in Chief at Disobedient Media. )

“#ReconnectJulian” : Online Vigil for Julian Assange

REFERENCES

Silencing of Assange Sparks Historic Ten-Hour Online Vigil To #ReconnectJulian — Disobedience Media

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WikiLeaks — “#ReconnectJulian” : Online Vigil for Julian Assange

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