An Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange With Daniel Ellsberg, Craig Murray, Bill Binney and Ray McGovern

Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, on Saturday helped moderate a daylong chain of interviews in defense of WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange, including a discussion with Daniel Ellsberg. 

#Unity4J online vigil was held on Saturday to defend the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, whose sanctuary at the Ecuadorian embassy in London has turned into torturous solitary confinement.

Among the participants on Saturday were Craig Murray, a former U.K. ambassador; Nat Parry, son of Consortium New’s founder and first editor, Robert Parry; Bill Binney, former technical director at the National Security Agency, and Ray McGovern, a former CIA officer. Joe Lauria interviewed Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower and author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. 

The entire 11 hour and 45 minute event can be viewed here:

International media have reported that Ecuador may hand over Assange to United Kingdom authorities, with a fear that he then would be extradited to the United States. The U.K. and Ecuadorian sides are engaged in ongoing negotiations, but Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer for Assange and WikiLeaks since 2010, has acknowledged that Assange’s legal team is not part of those talks.

The fate of Assange represents a threat to human rights, asylum rights, liberty and press freedoms. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights already have found in Assange’s favor.

#Unity4J originated from an unplanned but timely response to injustice when Assange’s internet access and visitation rights were taken away. The action has grown into a series of high-profile monthly online vigils. 

A dynamic new format for the monthly online vigils was introduced on Saturday.  Conceived by organizer Suzie Dawson, the concept is described as a “daisy-chain style digital relay”—which featured more than  twenty guest appearances of 30 minutes duration each. At the conclusion of each segment, the guests transitioned from interviewee to interviewer. 

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act,” Assange reminds us, “we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.”

For more information about Assange and WikiLeak’s legal situation, visit and  and .

57 comments for “An Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange With Daniel Ellsberg, Craig Murray, Bill Binney and Ray McGovern

  1. September 5, 2018 at 17:52

    While the entire 11-hour #Unity4J Vigil 4.0 and its participant discussions was excellent, the talk between Bill Binney and Suzie Dawson from 7 hours, 44 minutes to 8 hours, 36 minutes is one which all Americans specifically, and all people on Earth broadly, would do well to study.

    With September 11, 2018 marking 17 years since that generally-perceived “world changing” day, – and emphasizing “world changing” has a different interpretation for those convinced a new investigation is necessary – it is extremely difficult to assess otherwise but that the NSA document pertaining to maintaining secrecy around 9/11 represents a “smoking gun”.

  2. Todd Pierce
    September 5, 2018 at 11:17

    Thanks to the people who gave of their time in recognizing the immensely valuable contribution Julian Assange made to the cause of world peace and genuine liberty of the kind which can come from knowing what an evil government tis doing in one’s own name. Just like Dan Ellsberg did with the Pentagon Papers and lately, The Doomsday Machine. That’s not the nefarious “Liberty” of so many so-called “Libertarians” who always invoke “liberty” in calling for domestic spending cuts, which only serve to make more money available for war spending and tax cuts for the oligarchs who enrich themselves off the wars.

  3. September 5, 2018 at 02:56

    Shame Australia …. you are letting the most honest and prolific journalist that Australia could produce to just rot in a ‘gaol’ !!!! Please address this humanitarian issue ASAP Thankyou

  4. Sally
    September 4, 2018 at 12:42

    Thank you! We need his freedom!

  5. September 4, 2018 at 11:39

    The Warmongers want to Kill the Messenger who Reveals their War Crimes to the World. Vetetans For Peace say “Free Julian Assange!”

  6. pickleRick
    September 4, 2018 at 11:17

    You’re all wasting your time worrying about J.A. being extradited to UK/USA. They have him where they want him, contained and quiet. If they wanted him back, they would get him back. He’s no threat, leakers are the threat and they’ve succeeded at cooling that landscape or at least distracting public attention.
    If Assange was brought back it would be political suicide because now they have to formally and publicly punish him. ‘Publicly’ being the key word here and the public is only divided in the media, less so in reality. The whole idea of power is holding on to it, bringing Assange back stirs up a hornets nest.

  7. September 4, 2018 at 10:25

    The vigil should be picketing outside the offices of every news outlet in the English speaking world until each news outlet agrees to demand the freedom of Assange on an everyday basis. I offer to picket outside the office of my local newspaper, the Montreal Gazette, for two hours every week until they do. If enough people do this, it may make a difference. I am well over 80, and I am busy, so it won’t be easy for me, and I can’t do it alone. Others should do the same thing.
    Michael Fish, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada

  8. CitizenOne
    September 3, 2018 at 00:11

    A Verizon Customer objects to spying:

    Verizon today said it has completed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s operating business and formed a new subsidiary called “Oath” that includes both Yahoo and AOL.

    Oath is “a diverse house of more than 50 media and technology brands that engages more than a billion people around the world,” Verizon’s announcement said. (Yahoo alone has previously said it already had more than 1 billion monthly users.)
    Further Reading
    With path cleared to close Yahoo deal, Verizon prepares the pink slip printer

    Advertising is key to Verizon’s plans for Oath. Since Verizon is a home Internet provider and the largest wireless carrier in the US, its access to Internet subscribers’ browsing histories could help boost the Yahoo/AOL advertising business. The Republican-led Congress and President Donald Trump recently wiped out rules that would have made it harder for ISPs to use their customers’ browsing history to serve personalized advertising.

    Verizon said Oath will “continue to build the industry’s most advanced and open advertising technology solutions, with brands such as One by AOL and BrightRoll that span across mobile, video, search, native and programmatic ads.”

    Verizon purchased AOL in 2015. Many Yahoo and AOL employees will soon be out of a job, as Verizon is reportedly planning to cut about 2,100 workers from the combined organization, about 15 percent of the total.

    Former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is now the CEO of Oath.

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has resigned from the company. Mayer is set to receive a severance package worth about $23 million and stock compensation worth about $187 million.

    “It’s been my great honor and privilege to be a part of this team for the last five years. Together, we have rebuilt, reinvented, strengthened, and modernized our products, our business, and our company,” Mayer wrote in a Tumblr blog post.

    While Verizon purchased Yahoo’s operating business, the rest of Yahoo will be re-named “Altaba.” Altaba will essentially be a holding company for the 15-percent stake Yahoo owns in Alibaba, its 35.5-percent ownership stake of Yahoo Japan, as well as patents and some other investments.

    Verizon said its “Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports,, Makers, Tumblr, Build Studios, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more, with a mission to build brands people love.”

    “We have dominating consumer brands in news, sports, finance, tech, and entertainment and lifestyle coupled with our market leading advertising technology platforms,” Armstrong said. “Now that the deal is closed, we are excited to set our focus on being the best company for consumer media, and the best partner to our advertising, content and publisher partners.”

    The upshot is that Oath will read your email and has reserved the right to own your information and your identity to use your information as it sees fit to remunerate your identity to enrich itself abrogating your right under constitutional laws to protect your privacy which is a completely unconstitutional breach of privacy.

    What does Oath’s privacy policy state?

    It states the following privacy policy:

    New Privacy and Terms

    You appear to be a [United States – English] user. If this is not correct, please select the option that applies to you from this list:

    AOL is now part of Oath, the media and tech company behind today’s top news, sports and entertainment sites and apps.

    By choosing “I accept” below, you agree to Oath’s new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Below is a summary of some of the key updates. To learn more about our approach to privacy, click here.
    How we collect and use data.

    We’ve updated some of the ways we collect and analyze user data in order to deliver services, content, relevant advertising and abuse protection.
    This includes: analyzing content and information when you use our services (including emails, instant messages, posts, photos, attachments, and other communications), linking your activity on other sites and apps with information we have about you, and providing anonymized and/or aggregated reports to other parties regarding user trends.

    Combining data.

    We also combine data among our services and across your devices. This will provide you with better personalized services and features across your devices and Oath accounts. We’ve provided information about your choices with respect to your use of our services, and given you control in our Privacy Controls section.

    Key Points in Terms of Service

    We’ve updated our mutual arbitration clause.
    Hopefully, disputes will never be an issue, but in the case of one, this allows a third-party arbitrator to help us resolve them. We’ve also added a class action waiver. These provisions are an important part of our relationship with you, so please read them carefully.
    We’ve specified the legal entity that provides each service to you.
    For some services, this may be a different entity than the entity that previously provided the service. We’ve also reserved the right to transfer the providing entity for each service in the future.
    General provisions that apply to billing, auto-renewal, and refunds have been added.
    Unless the additional terms for a service override the Terms of Service, these provisions apply to your use of our paid services.
    Applicability of Terms.
    If you are using our services on behalf of another account owner (e.g., as an administrator, consultant or analyst) or on behalf of a company, business or other entity, the Terms of Service apply to your activities and are binding on the account owner or entity.
    Indemnity for Non-Personal Use.
    If you are using our Services on behalf of a company, business or other entity, or if you are using our Services for commercial purposes, we’ve added an indemnity provision, which requires you and the entity to protect us against certain legal actions.
    We’ve updated our choice of law and forum provisions.
    New York law now governs and New York, New York is the designated forum.

    Business to Business.

    The Oath Business-to-Business Privacy Policy applies when you use Flurry, Gemini, ONE by AOL, Convertro, BrightRoll or any other Oath business-to-business products. All other consumer-facing activities are covered by the Oath Privacy Policy. Learn More.

    Arbitration clauses?
    The “right” to read your emails?
    The right to abridge your Constitutional rights to privacy?

    Nowhere in the panoply of commercial media will you hear one word uttered in opposition to ISPs abrogation of constitutional rights requiring that ISPs behave in ways that prohibit spying or the reading of personal communications in order to gain formerly private information now eclipsed by the overarching grasp of Verizon’s “Oath” corporation which has gobbled up and abrogated the free speech rights of its paying customers.

    If you thought Citizens United was abhorrent to democracy as legitimatized by the Supreme Court providing free speech rights to the wealthy and you also thought that the eradication of net neutrality was just some bland law that served no purpose then consider the new law of the land granting ISPs the right to read your emails and spy on you as protected free speech for the privilege of providing an electronic communication vessel you pay for but which denies your rights to privacy and enforces its rights to read your emails and market your formerly private communications as part of its business model enforced by demanding that you submit to the terms of service which are an abrogation of your constitutional rights to free speech unencumbered by spies and peeping toms who will use every electron you type for their commercial interest.

    • Homer Jay
      September 3, 2018 at 07:28

      Thanks Citizen, This is truly disturbing information which I am glad you shared. By the time we all realize that a neo-fascist cooperate global state has taken away all our rights, we will have no rights to use to get those rights back.

    • Jeff Harrison
      September 3, 2018 at 13:17

      Thanx, citizen one. Aside from the chilling realization of the power of these telecommunications companies, the bit of news that Marissa Meyer is picking up a ~$200M severance package after 5 years of service is exceptionally annoying. After 30 years, my pension from my company is just at $2k/month (and they’ve now eliminated that for new employees). If you’ve ever wondered how we got the 1%ers we’ve got, this right here is the reason. I say bring the 90% tax bracket for income >$5M/yr.

      • CitizenOne
        September 4, 2018 at 01:00

        There will never ever be another one like you. There will never ever be another who can do the things you do. Will you give another chance? Will you try, little try? Please stop and you remember we were together, anyway.

        And if you have a certain evenin’ you could lend to me. I’d give it all right back to you and how it has to be with you

        I know your moves and your mind
        And your mind
        And your mind
        And your mind
        And your mind
        And your mind
        And your mind

        Will you stop and think and wonder? Just what you’ll see. Out on the train yard, Nursin’ penitentiary

        It’s gone, I cry out long. Go head, brother. Did you stop it to consider? How it will feel. Cold, grinded grizzly bear jaws
        Hot on your heels. Do you often stop and whisper? It’s Saturday’s shore. The whole world’s a savior. Who could ever, ever,ever, Ever, ever, ever ask for more?

        Do you remember? Will you stop? Will you stop? The pain

        And there will never be another one like you. There will never be another one who can do the things you do, oh will you give another chance? Will you try, little try? Please stop and you remember we were together, anyway.

        How you must of think and wondered, how I must feel. Out on the meadows while you run the field. I’m alone for you and I cry.

        • Brad Anbro
          September 4, 2018 at 20:42

          The Doors!

  9. backwardsevolution
    September 2, 2018 at 23:31

    “Finally, Trump will push for Julian Assange to testify -with immunity- to probably the Senate Intelligence Committee (but there are alternative options) on what he knows about -potential- Russian involvement in US election meddling and hacking of DNC or RNC servers and computers. There’s no-one who know more on this than Assange, and he has evidence.

    That his deal with the DOJ was killed by James Comey will be all the more impetus for Trump to hear what he has to say. For many people, it will appear ironic, but this may be Assange’s best bet to regain freedom.

    The one person who can prove that there was never any collusion between Trump and Russia is locked up in a tiny embassy in London. And the one person who can get him out of there lives in the White House.”

    I can see it coming.

    • RickD
      September 3, 2018 at 10:58

      You claim to see but your post and the link provided are both rather blatantly blind to reality.

      • backwardsevolution
        September 3, 2018 at 13:55

        RickD – no one has a crystal ball, but what the guy wrote in his post makes perfect sense. No pardon, just immunity and freedom for testifying. It’s perfect. Assange has the evidence to clear Trump of ridiculous charges, and Trump has the power to free Assange.

        The author of the piece, who is NOT a Trump supporter by any stretch of the imagination, also said:

        “Trump will end the ‘monopolies’ of Facebook, Google, Twitter et al. The intelligence community will hate this, but they already hate him anyway, so why bother? And besides, it’s the only thing to do that makes any sense. The AT&T model might be useful, essentially creating Baby Bells, though the international reach of the companies may add a layer or two of complications.

        But you simply can’t have a few roomfuls of boys and girls ban and shadowban people with impunity from networks that span the globe and reach half of the world’s population on the basis of opaque ‘Terms and Conditions’ that in effect trump the US constitution the way they are used and interpreted. Whether they are private companies or not will make no difference in the end.

        At some point an ‘entity’ becomes a ‘utility’. Twitter and Facebook already are the most efficient way to alert people in cases of emergency. To throw people out of such systems is indefensible.

        The CIA and FBI will protest like there’s no tomorrow, but they have to realize that spying on Americans the way they do at present in conjunction with Alphabet and Facebook is just as indefensible as throwing people off these services. The judicial system will at some point be forced to curtail these powers. Better for the executive power to be ahead of that. Baby Bells it is.”

        Talking about reality – Trump became President. Who would ever have thought that would become reality?

        • willow
          September 3, 2018 at 18:41

          Michael Moore predicted Trump’s win. Here’s his July 2016 essay describing exactly how

          Here’s a excerpt:

          “In 2012, Mitt Romney lost by 64 electoral votes. Add up the electoral votes cast by Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It’s 64. All Trump needs to do to win is to carry, as he’s expected to do, the swath of traditional red states from Idaho to Georgia (states that’ll never vote for Hillary Clinton), and then he just needs these four rust belt states. He doesn’t need Florida. He doesn’t need Colorado or Virginia. Just Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And that will put him over the top. This is how it will happen in November.”

          And on election night, that’s exactly happened. Heed the man!

    • dhinds
      September 5, 2018 at 20:42

      “The one person who can prove that there was never any collusion between Trump and Russia is”

      Craig Murray is another.

  10. backwardsevolution
    September 2, 2018 at 23:25

    From “The Forrest Gump of All Future Democrat Losses”, Senator Mark Warner and James Comey were instrumental in nixing the fruitful negotiations with Julian Assange.

    “Okay, so we have Warner very much in the thick of the DOJ negotiations with Assange. Fast forward to late June 2018, when his name pops up again in a list of 10 Democratic Senators who asked Vice President Mike Pence to, on a visit to Ecuador, ask new president Lenin Moreno, to revoke Assange’s asylum on the London embassy.

    Warner is there, along with such fine human beings as Dianne Feinstein, and the two Dicks Durbin and Blumenthal. Wikileaks, which posted the list, suggested: “Remember them”. Looks like an idea. Why would the Democratic Party want Assange delivered to the lions? Oh, right, Russia Russia, the entirely unproven allegations which they are so desperate to tie Assange into. […]

    …someone should investigate Mark Warner’s role in all of this. Warner was pivotal in killing off the Assange legal teams’ talks with the DOJ, he asked Ecuador to stop Assange’s asylum (which is so illegal you don’t even want to go there), and now he requests for Assange to appear before the US Senate.

    Someone investigate that guy. If I can say one last thing, it would be that Warner exemplifies all that is wrong with the US Democratic Party. He’s the Forrest Gump of all their future election losses. The Democrats should be standing up to protect people like Assange, but instead they follow the example of Hillary, who said about Assange “can’t we drone this guy?”


  11. September 2, 2018 at 23:24

    I believe you could rally the people of the US to be part of this vigil. This is deep in my heart.

    Perhaps e very Saturday night at say 10pm to 10:15 you set up a vigil in this great man’s behalf.

    A time of prayer, a time of thankfulness for what this man has stood for and stood up against, for the sacrifices he has made (for all of us), for his health and family, etc. We could unite across this country to uphold this shining light named Julian Assange.

    And humble ourselves for 15 minutes a week.

    Ron Paul just mentioned your vigil. Thus my comment.

  12. Satoshi Christ
    September 2, 2018 at 21:59

    Good article

  13. Jean 2
    September 2, 2018 at 19:27

    I think this is great but where is the the vigil for the striking prisoners incarcerated by the AmeriKan prisons for profit system? What good is a strong journalist set free without strong journalism?

  14. September 2, 2018 at 18:58

    Ask President Trump to pardon persecuted journalist Julian Assange

    Strange bedfellows indeed

    something we can agree on

    • Tom Kath
      September 2, 2018 at 19:34

      Thank you Jean. I actually believe Trump should, would, and could act in Julian’s defence and interests. He has certainly been known to tap into the subconscious moral support of the many “people” not represented by the MSM. He is in some measure also subject to persecution by the same people who want Julian’s blood.

      I have a distinct aversion however, to a “PARDON” ! It implies a distinct and full admission of wrong doing. Maybe Trump is doing the more fundamentally correct thing of attacking the REAL wrongdoers.-

    • Robyn
      September 2, 2018 at 23:22

      Don’t you have to have been convicted of something before you can be pardoned? Julian hasn’t even been charged with anything, let alone convicted (although I see on a related article on RT that some still think he’s been charged with rape).

      • michael
        September 3, 2018 at 07:32

        Ford pardoned Nixon who (like most crooked politicians) was never convicted of anything.

  15. September 2, 2018 at 14:26

    Suzie is right about James Bamford. I’ve read his detailed shocker, “The Shadow Factory.” I recommend it. Will Bill Binney be writing something because what I’m hearing is dynamite? I think everyone should know what Bill is laying out.

  16. Joe Betro
    September 2, 2018 at 14:20

    Completely agree with Assange on:

    “Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.”

    Silence and apathy towards injustices is in itself a huge injustice and it used to really get to me. I understand now though that most people are in a Great Depession and just fighting their own battles to just survive.

    I always see the word “fear” and “fears” though when it comes to Assange and losing fear is what will ultimately save Assange and all of us!

    So much love to you all! ??

  17. Bess Kontos
    September 2, 2018 at 14:06

    We must heip free Julian Assange. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.

  18. DaveJie
    September 2, 2018 at 10:02

    Thank you! Where is the outrage in the United States of Sheeple?

  19. Lin Cleveland
    September 2, 2018 at 08:47

    Thanks for this vigil. I’ll let others know!

  20. September 2, 2018 at 06:06

    Mr Assange should be freed and not sent ti the United States. He has been in prison in that Embassy. The accusation in Sweden is not valid anymore. He must be freed to see his children, and for medical attention.

  21. Deschutes
    September 2, 2018 at 05:30

    Thank you to everyone for putting on this Vigil for Julian, and keeping him in your thoughts and advocating for his release. I cannot believe that he has been trapped in that horrible embassy in London for 6 years! Absolutely criminal behavior by the USA and UK governments, god what total assholes. Assange and Wikileaks have done SO MUCH to reveal American war crimes and corruption leading from the ‘Collateral Damage’ video from Manning, to the Clinton email scandal.


  22. Kim Louth
    September 2, 2018 at 02:12

    I pray Julian Assange has a bombshell document up his sleeve to protect himself.

    • September 2, 2018 at 07:37

      BOMBSHEL DOCUMENTS MEAN ABSOLUTE NOTING to a gangster clique sitting in Washington they TOTALLY disregard INTERNATIONAL LAW.

      The interesting part of International I learned when attending Int. Law School (Graduate J.D.) Namely: 60% of the International Law was written by American University Law School Professors. Where are these Profs. and/or former Int. Law students now to defend what they wrote or learned? Typical American amnesia.

      • September 2, 2018 at 14:40

        But the ‘clique’ is enforcing ‘national’ security.

        • September 4, 2018 at 07:11

          Guess when trashing “national” security the Washington clique is doing it to you and all your American acquaintances residing in America seemingly it is OK according to you. And as far as I’m concerned doing it inside America is OK with me also because under International Law what people do in their own country to themselves is their business that outsider(s) have no business sticking their noses into.
          The unfortunate part with Americans is they do not differentiate “national” and
          “international” whatever Americans allow and do to themselves at home (national) they do the same and frequently worse all over the world (international).
          The subject is BOMB SHELL DOCUMENTS what people allow and do to themselves in their own country has a difficult time to be classified BOMB SHELL, it is their business and their business only. Stay home America and the world will be a better place without American interference. Julian Assange is a prime example the charges did originate / belong to Sweden and have been scrapped by Sweden, so there are no charges, but not so with America and its Fox Terrier lapdog being obvious haven taken up where Sweden left off, as the two of them seemingly do not understand mine and thine. But no worry, with steady temperature increase helped along by the human animal by 2050 will have taken care of it by overheating the whole shebang so Mother Nature can start Planet Earth over. Maybe second time around she will leave human animals out of the equation seeing the success rate has been pretty dismal with no improvement changes in sight. Realistically the human animal has not been to Planet Earth’s advantage just take a look around at the other Planets in the Universe none of which show the human animal cause problems of Planet Earth. Want some more problem(s) Luxembourg a coal and iron ore mining country now in the process putting together mining rare metals on the Moon, just what we need, more problems as if we do not have enough problems already.

  23. Kim Louth
    September 2, 2018 at 02:07

    Please let us know how concerned citizens can help Julian Assange.

    • Kieron
      September 2, 2018 at 13:26

      Exactly Kim, the majority of us that read Consortium news would gladly act to address the injustice we see in the case of Julian Assange and indeed much of what is wrong with the western killing machine. But where do you start? Most of the sheep out there are already so indoctrinated that convincing them that we can change the system is becoming almost impossible. Short of witnessing the mushroom cloud they believe we are all in the safe hands of our politicians and military.

  24. Steve Abbott
    September 2, 2018 at 01:37

    Thanks to all involved, for this vigil, and thanks to Julian Assange a d wikileaks for the trutha that they have shared and continue to share!

  25. m toro
    September 1, 2018 at 23:31

    Julian has given people all over the world an opportunity to see what our governments are doing, that they keep hidden from us.

    It is important for us to support him any way we can.

    I do not want my government to do things which officials believe must be hidden from the public.

  26. September 1, 2018 at 22:23

    Contact the Schiller Institute for assistance in freeing Assange. What can I do to Help?

  27. Ariel Ky
    September 1, 2018 at 21:52

    Let’s hold the energy for a positive outcome, and freedom for Julian Assange. It’s still possible.

  28. Stephen Johnson
    September 1, 2018 at 21:16

    We need a full investigation and exposition of the false Russia-gate news and so much other propaganda which continues to be constantly broadcast throughout mainstream media. We need to expose the CIA propaganda machine. There should be serious consequences for the CIA or other agencies which are using taxpayer money to deceive the public.

  29. Sterling Hartnett
    September 1, 2018 at 20:57

    Thank-you, thank-you and thank-you.

  30. D Lang
    September 1, 2018 at 18:15

    Thanks, Joe, and all involved.

  31. September 1, 2018 at 16:24

    A movement! Great! Except that there’s no solidarity. Period. One after another, the progressive sites betray the people. The progressives sell their souls. The light is almost completely extinguished. It’s not just the fake, huge Left (Sanders, Obama, Democracy Now, The Intercept etc, etc) that isn’t on the side of justice. The Left left of that Left is, when push comes to shove, not what it pretends to be.

    I really, really hope that Julian is freed, as in truly freed. But I hope for that for bad people too, since I don’t believe in torture. Of course, in the case of bad people, I only want to see them freed from torture, not necessarily restraint.

  32. Sally Snyder
    September 1, 2018 at 15:05

    Here is an interesting look at why the United States should be very cautious in its approach to prosecuting Julian Assange:

    What is critical to remember about WikiLeaks and its targets is that no one including Hillary Clinton has ever denied that the documents released by Assange et al are not genuine.

    • September 2, 2018 at 08:39

      Yes, Sally, In a debate I was in with a Clintonite at work, who would certainly describe himself as a progressive, he was frothing at the mouth with righteous indignation over the unfounded allegation of rape. And it struck me that he really thought that because Julian was accused of rape, then it mattered not about the emails, the content of them, and what they revealed about the corruption of the DNC, the Clintons, and the MSM. When I said how the two were really unrelated and we should seek truth on justice on both fronts, he responded asking why Wikileaks doesn’t go after Republicans! I actually had to remind him of “Collateral Murder” and Chelsea Manning, and the heat that Bush and co. took for all that, to which he responded “I mean lately.” As if Wikileaks can coordinate the timing of scandals between the Reps and Dems so as to keep it all even (not to mention they are cut from the same cloth so to expose one is to expose the other). I walked away with with an acute awareness of how effective this misdirection campaign has been on account of Western intelligence and the MSM. Wikileaks lifted the veil for all to see the repugnant repressive regime that governs the world, and for that Julian must pay…and most people aren’t even interested in what Wikileaks revealed. It is absolutely incredible to see reasonable people’s minds so twisted. The world is up-side-down. Thank you CN and Wikileaks for shining light in dark places. I will keep hope for Julian’s freedom and justice for the real criminals.

      • Vincent Castigliola
        September 2, 2018 at 10:19

        Good point Homer. There all too many people who refuse to consider facts if they run contrary to their political beliefs and embrace without analysis any claims that support those beliefs. When HRC first blamed the USSR for her loss, I thought that this obvious fabrication would never be accepted. Likewise the illogical claims of CW use by al Assad against his own people and Putin’s attempted murder of a Russian who had been previously convicted of espionage and then pardoned by Putin are without credible motive. Nevertheless these wild accusations are accepted by many as “gospel”

      • Joe Wallace
        September 4, 2018 at 20:43

        Homer Jay:

        The debate with your Clintonite co-worker underscores the importance of Robert Parry’s rule for investigative journalists at Consortium News: “We don’t care what the truth is; we care what the truth is.”

    • Anonymot
      September 2, 2018 at 08:45

      Hillary Clinton, phony Democrat, phony almost everything including wife, was embarrassed by the WickiLeaks exposure of her totally useless position as Secretary. Now, what does a WASP do when threatened? It stings. Demonstrating what a nasty person she is, she is the force behind keeping Assange and Snowden holed up outside of their country.

      Enraged that the CIA didn’t keep their promise to make her president, and still owner of the Democrat’s party, she’ll have her claws in their backs as long as she can.

      • RnM
        September 2, 2018 at 09:44

        Very apt description of the failed candidacy of the presumptive swamp queen. Donald Trump deserves large credit for this, for his indefatigable efforts, at the least.

  33. Janet Morgan
    September 1, 2018 at 12:34

    The Australian Gov’t must bring him home-unmolested-they should be proud of him!Call Cate Blanchette!

  34. September 1, 2018 at 11:06

    Thank you for this. I cannot help but think that should the cadre of arrogant, narcissistic psychopaths that lead our oh so “humanitarian” – “Western democracies” – decide to finally martyr Julian, they will be making an even bigger mistake then when they assassinated Che so many decades ago. Leaving we the global populace without even the ‘hope’ or ‘pretense’ of access to “truth” also leaves us all with very little to lose in standing up to this monstrous global system of institutionalized theft and mass brutality masquerading as -“freedom.”

  35. September 1, 2018 at 08:35

    Excellent Joe!

  36. mike k
    September 1, 2018 at 06:59

    Thanks so much for conducting this vigil to free Julian Assange. Our silence on this crucial issue would be deadly.

    • Bob Van Noy
      September 1, 2018 at 08:48

      I totally agree mike, thanks to all participants…

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