Assange makes UN appearance
THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.
Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy", a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.
The documents, some originally classified "Secret/NoForn" - not releasable to non-US nationals - record a probe by the air force's Office of Special Investigations into a cyber systems analyst based in Britain who allegedly expressed support for WikiLeaks and attended pro-Assange demonstrations in London.
The counter-intelligence investigation focused on whether the analyst, who had a top-secret security clearance and access to the US military's Secret Internet Protocol Router network, had disclosed classified or sensitive information to WikiLeaks supporters, described as an "anti-US and/or anti-military group".
The suspected offence was "communicating with the enemy, 104-D", an article in the US Uniform Code of Military Justice that prohibits military personnel from "communicating, corresponding or holding intercourse with the enemy".
The analyst's access to classified information was suspended. However, the investigators closed the case without laying charges. The analyst denied leaking information.
Mr Assange remains holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London. He was granted diplomatic asylum on the grounds that if extradited to Sweden to be questioned about sexual assault allegations, he would be at risk of extradition to the US to face espionage or conspiracy charges arising from the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic reports.
US Vice-President Joe Biden labelled Mr Assange a "high-tech terrorist" in December 2010 and US congressional leaders have called for him to be charged with espionage.
Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee - both once involved in presidential campaigns - have both urged that Mr Assange be "hunted down".
Mr Assange's US attorney, Michael Ratner, said the designation of WikiLeaks as an "enemy" had serious implications for the WikiLeaks publisher if he were to be extradited to the US, including possible military detention.
US Army private Bradley Manning faces a court martial charged with aiding the enemy - identified as al-Qaeda - by transmitting information that, published by WikiLeaks, became available to the enemy.
Mr Ratner said that under US law it would most likely have been considered criminal for the US Air Force analyst to communicate classified material to journalists and publishers, but those journalists and publishers would not have been considered the enemy or prosecuted.
"However, in the FOI documents there is no allegation of any actual communication for publication that would aid an enemy of the United States such as al-Qaeda, nor are there allegations that WikiLeaks published such information," he said.
"Almost the entire set of documents is concerned with the analyst's communications with people close to and supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, with the worry that she would disclose classified documents to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
"It appears that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are the 'enemy'. An enemy is dealt with under the laws of war, which could include killing, capturing, detaining without trial, etc."
The Australian government has repeatedly denied knowledge of any US intention to charge Mr Assange or seek his extradition.
However, Australian diplomatic cables released to Fairfax Media under freedom-of-information laws over the past 18 months have confirmed the continuation of an "unprecedented" US Justice Department espionage investigation targeting Mr Assange and WikiLeaks.
The Australian diplomatic reports canvassed the possibility that the US may eventually seek Mr Assange's extradition on conspiracy or information-theft-related offences to avoid extradition problems arising from the nature of espionage as a political offence and the free-speech protections in the US constitution.
Mr Assange is scheduled this morning to speak by video link to a meeting on his asylum case on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting will be attended by Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino.
In a separate FOI decision yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the release of Australian diplomatic cables about WikiLeaks and Mr Assange had been the subject of extensive consultation with the US.
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks now ‘enemies of US' as Ecuador, UK to discuss Assange at UN meeting
September 27, 2012 10:15AM
JULIAN Assange has addressed the UN, calling for an end to the persecution of WikiLeaks, after reports they had become enemies of the US.
Assange spoke about the ethical and legal aspects of diplomatic asylum on a video link from Ecuador, where he has been granted asylum.
"We commend and agree with the words that peace can be achieved… But the time for words has run out," he said.
"It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks, our people and our sources.
Assange also mentioned Bradley Manning, the US private accused of supplying WikiLeaks with hundreds of sensitive diplomatic and military cables.
Assange accused the US government of detaining Manning without charge and mistreating him.
The WikiLeaks founder told a UN panel that Pte Manning, accused of "death penalty crimes", was "degraded, abused and psychologically tortured".
The US military has now put Assange and WikiLeaks in the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban, Fairfax reports.
Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents revealed military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy", a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.
The revelation comes as an official from the Ecuadorian embassy in London said foreign minister Ricardo Patino was planning to meet UK Foreign Secretary William Hague while they both attended the UN general meeting in New York.
"We hope that meeting will mark the beginning of a new chapter in seeking a solution to the present situation," the official said.
"For the part of the Ecuadorian government we are more than willing to find an amicable answer that respects the values of international human rights and the integrity of sovereign nations,'' he said.
Mr Hague said earlier this week that he had held talks with Ecuador's Vice President, Lenin Moreno, in August over the Australian activist and that negotiations would continue.
"I've seen no sign of any breakthrough since our meeting,'' Hague said.
"The position was to uphold the law in the United Kingdom. That remains the position. This may go on for some time.''
The meeting in New York would come 100 days after Assange dramatically sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy after he exhausted all avenues of avoiding extradition to Sweden to face questioning over an alleged sexual assault.
Mr Assange fears the extradition will lead to his extradition to the United States where he could face interrogation over leaking secret defence and diplomatic documents.
April 9, 2009
The US military has now put Assange and WikiLeaks in the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban, Fairfax reports
Didn't even have to slaughter a tonne of innocent people !! ha
He exposed them for what THEY ARE , no more than a rant nowdays for those above the law and your what ??
Wrong or Right ?
April 9, 2009
Assange is reported to have chronic lung problems, and having regular Doctors visits in the embassy. If he goes to the Hospital, they will arrest him. They are trying to get permission to let him go, and return to the Embassy. Not sure it they have given a definite answer, however the answer has got to be NO, because they have a duty to uphold the law. UK Supreme Court has issued the arrest warrant, who can you override them? The State department would not have the power to override them, and Assange does not have diplomatic status.
"greeney2" wrote: Assange is reported to have chronic lung problems, and having regular Doctors visits in the embassy. If he goes to the Hospital, they will arrest him. and Assange does not have diplomatic status.
yhe word is he is so ill he could die & we would never know it. .... burn the body. (( change name, get new Ecuadorian passport & fly to Ecuadore a free man.
I mean, yhe he is dyeing an may not make out the week. 😀
"greeney2" wrote: Assange does not have diplomatic status.
December 2, 2012
This link is the declassified document mentioned by the poster:
http://wikileaks.org/IMG/pdf/Assange-Wi ... AF-FOI.pdf
Cheers magonia17, yhe there are hundreds of documents, from several sources ..... such as internal intelligence documents, & E-mails, digital communications & computer system documents/dumps that show the usa is out to get julian Assange by whatever means they can.
They have a sitting grand jury waiting to swop & issue a warrant / order to arrest / kill Assange.
& they even trumped up fake rape charges in Sweden to have him extradited to Sweden for rendition to the USA.
The US Government is not fooling anybody.
If the USA spent half the time they have chased Julian Assange around the world, on fixing their bankrupted & failing economy.
The USA would not be a third world country trying to hold onto it's former glory days, like a fat retired ex-football player.
April 9, 2009