As we go to air, the Wikileaks controversy continues to dominate the news, and we turn now to look at broader issues around the leaked material.
With the focus entirely on the personality and legal debacle of Julian Assange, the embattled whistle blower and arguably greater victim in all of this is PFC Bradley Manning, who has been locked in an isolation cell for the past seven months under extremely restrictive conditions which amount to torture. He is prevented from exercising in his cell and has been forcibly medicated with anti-depressants.
Bradley Manning is accused of being the source for the leaked Baghdad “Collateral Murder” video which thrust Wikileaks into the international spotlight in April 2010.
Meanwhile, there are ongoing questions regarding the integrity of Julian Assange because of his sweeping dismissal of 9/11 conspiracy theories. Here are his exact words as transcribed by Matthew Bell of the Belfast Telegraph on 19 July 2010: “I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.”.
Michel Chossudovsky has probed into the origins of Wikileaks and observes the following:
Wikileaks’ geopolitical focus on “oppressive regimes” in Eurasia and the Middle East was “appealing” to America’s elites, i.e. it seemingly matched stated US foreign policy objectives. Moreover, the composition of the Wikileaks team (which included Chinese dissidents), not to mention the methodology of “exposing secrets” of foreign governments, were in tune with the practices of US covert operations geared towards triggering “regime change” and fostering “color revolutions” in different parts of the World.
Today we welcome to the show veteran broadcaster and media professional Anthony Lawson to discuss these matters and more. Anthony recently posted a video on youtube highly critical of Assange, suggesting that “if Julian Assange did not already exist then the CIA and Mossad would need to invent him”. This viewpoint, which is shared by a variety of independent researchers, stems from the observation that the bulk of material leaked seems to prop up US foreign policy objectives while leaving Israel completely untouched.
Anthony pulls no punches in this interview, so fasten your seat belts folks!
It is our opinion nonetheless that the case of PFC Manning is a clear instance of a genuine whistle blower risking his career for the sake of transparency, justice and freedom.
Wishing you the very best of Christmases from the crew at TNRA, may we suggest you also visit the Bradley Manning support network where you can leave a donation for this brave young man.
During the show we take a detailed look at the legal questions surrounding the arrest of Julian Assange and the possibility of his being extradited to the US to face espionage charges.
As the show goes to air today Assange is due to appear in court to appeal for his release on bail. The legality of his detention is increasingly being questioned, since he has not actually been charged with a crime, but rather is wanted for questioning.
Lady Ludford MEP, the Liberal Democrat European justice and human rights spokeswoman, claimed the arrest warrant system, which she said she supported, was being used by Sweden to carry out a fishing expedition. Sweden had yet to formally charge Assange with any offence.
In a letter to the Guardian, Ludford wrote that past cases showed that it was “not a legitimate purpose for an EAW to be used to conduct an investigation to see whether that person should be prosecuted”. She added: “Normal cross-border cooperation on collection of evidence or interrogation of suspects called ‘mutual legal assistance’, using for example video-conferencing or a summons for temporary transfer of a suspect, should be used when more appropriate. “I urge the UK courts to refuse to allow the Assange EAW to be a fishing expedition without a pending actual prosecution. EU rules should be properly respected so that the integrity of the European arrest warrant process is protected.”
Amy Goodman interviews Daniel Ellsberg on the Assange case:
In the second half we take a look at issues in mental health and human rights affecting Australians.
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In tonight’s show we delve once more into the controversy surrounding Julian Assange who now languishes in a “segregation unit” in London’s Wandsworth prison awaiting extradition to Sweden on “sex crimes” charges.
Earlier in the week Wikileaks experienced a concerted attack from its corporate service providers with Amazon, Paypal and VISA and a Swiss bank freezing funds and closing accounts.
Simultaneously, reports flooded in of massive denial of service attacks against these same organisations from a hacker group known as “anonymous”.
Despite death threats and calls from prominent US politicians for him to be declared an “enemy combatant” and/or charged with espionage offenses, Assange has been receiving strong support from a variety of surprising quarters including the Murdoch Press and former Australian PM Kevin Rudd.
Yesterday it emerged via Wikileaks that Labor senator Mark Arbib, instrumental in Rudd’s sacking as PM, has secret ties with the US embassy and had been feeding the US ambassador with inside information about leadership tensions within the party.
Is a revolution underway? Or is this merely part of a globalist frame-up to create an “internet 9/11″ to justify draconian changes to our internet freedoms?
Find out on tonight’s show!
After studying all the known facts it seems clear that Mr. Assange is definitely the victim in this sad affair, yet the media (including the “high-brow” broadsheets) continue to publish stories about Assange which prominently feature the word “rape”, while dredging up trivial gossip about his sex life.
‘An allegation has been reported all around the world’, Assange says of the continuing Swedish legal circus. ‘It’s at present on six million websites. In fact one in twenty websites mentioning the word rape also mentioned my name.’
This remains the case even though the leaked “rape” charge was almost immediately withdrawn, and no formal charges have been laid, and despite the disingenuous attempts of crooked journalists to dispel valid and justified suspicion that this is all a product of the CIA dirty tricks department.
The propensity of the global mainstream media to act in lock-step to publish baseless slander is something which must be confronted and exposed. It is tangible proof that there is a conspiracy of the powerful running things, shaping opinion and subverting democracy and the rule of law.
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Breaking with usual practice, the Wikileaks organisation have released their latest leaks directly through the mainstream press with simultaneous publications in The Guardian, Der Spiegel and the New York Times.
A disturbing outcome is that information in the leaked documents is being used by the media to incriminate Pakistan in the Afghan war.
The Pakistan connection was the top story on the BBC World News on the day the documents were released. The Pakistan Government is vehemently rejecting these accusations and a Pakistani government spokesperson said that the whole affair was an attempt to sabotage the US/Pakistan relationship. This comes at a time when the US is stepping up predator drone attacks against targets in Pakistan.
Clearly, there are multiple agendas at work here.
In the second half of the show I am joined by Josh Jackson to review the new blockbuster film Inception.
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