Julian Assange: Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond Guilty Plea Part of Crackdown on Journalism, Activism

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democracynow on May 29, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – Jeremy Hammond of the hacktivist group Anonymous has pleaded guilty to hacking into the private intelligence firm Stratfor, the FBI and other institutions. Hammond says his goal was to shed light on how governments and corporations act behind close doors. Some five million Stratfor emails ended up on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, shedding light on how the private intelligence firm monitors activists and spies for corporate clients. In a statement, Hammond said he accepted the plea deal in part to avoid an overzealous prosecution that could have resulted in at least 30 years in prison. He has already served 15 months, including weeks in solitary confinement. Joining us from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Hammond’s prosecution comes as part of a wider crackdown “on effective political activists and alleged journalistic sources.”

Assange: U.S. Probe of WikiLeaks & “Show Trial” of Bradley Manning Aims to Scare Whistleblowers

http://www.democracynow.org – Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of disclosing a trove of government documents and cables to WikiLeaks, is set to go on trial next week. Manning has already pleaded guilty to misusing classified material he felt “should become public,” but has denied the top charge of aiding the enemy. Speaking from his refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange calls Manning’s case “a show trial … to terrorize people from communicating with journalists and communicating with the public.” Assange also discusses his own legal status as he continues to evade extradition to Sweden. Assange fears that returning to Sweden would result in him being sent to the United States, where he fears a grand jury has secretly indicted him for publishing the diplomatic cables leaked by Manning.

Julian Assange on Meeting With Google, Responds to Anti-WikiLeaks Attacks From New Film to Finances

http://www.democracynow.org – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy last year to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex assault and rape allegations. He fears that Sweden will agree to extradite him to the United States. On Tuesday, Ecuador’s foreign minister accused the British government of trampling on Assange’s rights by refusing to allow him to travel to Ecuador, which granted him political asylum almost a year ago. Joining us from the embassy, Assange addresses what he calls “attacks on all fronts against WikiLeaks,” from a monetary embargo involving some of the world’s largest financial firms to a new Hollywood documentary on WikiLeaks, “We Steal Secrets.” Assange also discusses a little-known meeting he held in June 2011 with Google CEO Eric Schmidt. We air an excerpt of audio recording from that meeting.

Web Exclusive: Julian Assange on Fighting the International Crackdown on WikiLeaks

In this 40-minute web exclusive interview, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks discusses his more than 300 days in the Ecuadorean embassy, the U.S. Justice Department spying on journalists, the future of WikiLeaks and Visa’s financial blockade on WikiLeaks.

via Web Exclusive: Julian Assange on Fighting the International Crackdown on WikiLeaks

Or listen: http://traffic.libsyn.com/democracynow/wx2013-0529_Assange_aok.mp3


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  8. 2nd and third video are duplicates, Lo.

    It may interest DS readers to listen to Eric Schmidt’s very recent BBC Radio 4 conversation about The Digital Age http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r9xr

    As for Gibney’s duplicity: “We Steal Secrets” appears to be a blatant exercise to vilify and discredit Wikileaks; but Julian quickly responded to the film’s insidious intent, eliding Amy’s ironic question about the title being a verbatim quote from General Hayden’s advocacy of pragmatic illegality, and by direct implication, his State’s obvious immunity. It would have been useful to hear Julian’s considered criticism of this, before his spirited defense.

    Hayden is not subtle. His cack-handed disingenuous manner and language will be shocking to some Europeans. Had he been schooled in the older ways of traditional diplomacy, he might have refrained from such an obvious advertisement and if necessary, only deployed the more nuanced inference of the term steal, as in “steal a march.” It never seems to dawn on these steroidal mechanics that legitimate dissent is actually healthy.

    Gibney’s glib Hollywood tactics will fail to convince anyone with a smattering of (independent) intelligence and contextual knowledge; but I’ve only seen the trailer, so should keep my powder dry.

    The next spectacle on the release horizon is a dramatic biographical account: The Fifth Estate.

    Movies are movies…the illuminated shade of the late Walter Benjamin, must be wondering whether the coming generation will remember to consult and absorb his celebrated 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (or Reproducibility)” unless they are somehow adversely affected by the perceived cultural stigmas attached to his posthumously published (2006) writings “On Hashish.”

    • Thanks for letting me know about the duplicate video, David. It wasn’t there yesterday and now Lockerz won’t let me “collect” it, saying it has already been “collected”. I have to use Lockerz’ coding for the videos here now as WordPress.com has put huge blue banner ads on ALL the videos with Youtube coding within our blog posts.

      I checked this post after it was posted and the videos were all correct (no duplicates). The coding was all different for each video, too. Don’t know how/why the coding changed but I’m sure it’s with Lockerz. They are using the coding from the video website Vodpod which they bought out over a year ago. Obviously, it doesn’t always work.

      The best video on this post, imo, is the last one (a link to Dem. Now to watch it there as Lockerz doesn’t allow their coding).

      • Thanks Lo, I managed to listen to the last part, the mp3 version.

        What Julian says about the unprecedented political education the Internet affords us is true, I think. The notion that we are now more aware of “how the world works” is quite alarming though,as it clearly operates on covert anarchic, quite lawless principles behind the scenes so to speak, while the prevalent political theatricality “upholds” the illusion of ethical jurisprudence.

        What “law” would that be, that makes state murder legal? I think Michael Ratner is a terrific example of principled professionalism. Seems to me there is a great debacle brewing, as we awaken to the consequences of the heinous sabotage of the ethos of law by corporate money power.


        • Thanks, David. Glad you listened to it; was hoping it didn’t get lost on the post filled with videos.

          I’ve learned so much via the Internet in the last 20-odd years. It’s like having a library at your fingertips. Of course, one needs to learn what sources are reputable and which are less so, especially when looking up political issues.

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