Watch the 9th Vigil for Julian Assange with John Pilger, John Kiriakou and Ray McGovern

Consortium News broadcast the 9th Online Vigil for Julian Assange Friday night. Among the special guests were journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, who visited Assange at the Ecuador embassy in London. Watch the replay here.

The Unity4J vigil in support of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange began with CN Editor Joe Lauria interviewing John Pilger, who’s just been to see Assange. Other guests were former CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

31 comments for “Watch the 9th Vigil for Julian Assange with John Pilger, John Kiriakou and Ray McGovern

  1. Carol Davidek-Waller
    January 3, 2019 at 03:56

    A tour de force. Great discussion on so many topics.

  2. Alexander Beldock
    December 23, 2018 at 16:41

    Is there at the least, a petition I may sign on behalf of of Julian Assange . I’d be happy to do it. I’m based in New York City.

    Alex Beldock

  3. rosemerry
    December 23, 2018 at 16:25

    Surely nobody believes the Guradian (sic) now? Luke Harding was one of the authors of the despicable “biography” of Julian some year ago, AFTER the paper used the WikiLeaks revelations. He also wrote the fanciful stories about the “GRU assassins” in Salisbury. Of course, also “Collusion” about the US Russiagate saga.

  4. December 23, 2018 at 16:05

    It has ever been so that power has no hesitation to crush the true-tellers. This scenario keeps playing out through the centuries unabated with no sign of understanding by most people that such behavior keeps them in the prisons of the powerful. I am so glad to see those standing with Assange even as history tells us we will lose. Only the power of the people will change this and so far the numbers of those that get it are small indeed. But still we hope…

  5. December 23, 2018 at 08:54

    If there is a place to add my name to a group of this protesting Julian’s criminally unjust detainment, please do.
    He is my hero. As are the others. So many brave souls putting themselves on the line for us. Eternal gratitude for what you do and what it has cost you all, in the name of a feeedom not owned or destroyed by anyone or any government. You are all the freedom fighters of this day. Long may you thrive!

  6. Rex Williams
    December 22, 2018 at 18:14

    The fact that the weak sycophantic Australian government, both sides of the kindergarten, have done nothing to help Julian, under direct instructions no doubt from their masters in the USA, is sadly a clear indication that we are never likely to make it as a respected country. But is is great to see the support he is being accorded and the respect he enjoys for the service he provided to the world’s knowledge of the illegal, criminal and inhuman acts now seen as standard practice in so many parts of our globe. The support of people like Consortium News, Daniel Ellsburg and so many other respected organisations and individuals is a great pleasure to me.
    More strength to you all.

    • Sue Skidmore
      December 23, 2018 at 17:50

      Thanks for your commentary. It is very true–“the illegal, criminal, and inhuman acts now seen as standard practice in so many parts of our globe…”

  7. Robyn Townsend
    December 22, 2018 at 16:01

    As a fellow Australian, I am truly disgusted by the bipartisan cowardice of the sycophantic politicians in Canberra for not standing up and protecting one of our citizens. Well NOT IN MY NAME Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten NOT IN MY NAME

  8. Stephen Morrell
    December 22, 2018 at 10:24

    The silence from Jeremy Corbyn has been deafening

  9. December 22, 2018 at 09:28

    Hi my Hero ?? Julian. Head up and stay strong, your the greatest in the Internet World who has ever beeing! Love you #FreeAssange now! Greetings Wendula Strube

  10. Suzie speirs
    December 22, 2018 at 08:16

    The corruption and warmongering is destroying the world
    The people of earth are being starved and bombed by those with the biggest guns
    The people of the world all know this is going on
    The fact that Julian Assange stands up for this is right
    Julian, who is an Australian citizen must be given immediate freedom

  11. Diana
    December 21, 2018 at 23:39

    Just had a delicious fantasy. We bombard the Ecuadorian Embassy in UK with canned goods for Julian! We drop cans by air, send cases of food in by boat, by taxi, by bus, by plane…oops…helicopter! Crowd the streets with people carrying canned goods.


  12. Z
    December 21, 2018 at 23:09

    In noting the problems with the elite-owned news media in Ecuador, questions arise re: social media use in Ecuafor and any grassroots media there.

  13. Mirina
    December 21, 2018 at 22:33

    …. With gratitude to all for keeping up with vigils for Julian. Prayers for his freedom, ASAP.
    Is there a petition to sign and ultimately show global support for freeing Julian?

  14. December 21, 2018 at 22:15

    R u unaware that plenty of Americam Democrats also support Assange? These old, white guys who are featured in this program such blatantly political Republicans, theur credibility is questionable.

    • bardamu
      December 22, 2018 at 20:33

      Susan, not all old white guys are Republican.

      * John Pilger is Australian who makes journalistic films, very many of an anti-war nature.
      * Last week I watched here a conversation including Dan Ellsberg and Mike Gravel. Ellsberg is not only an activist but of course the man who revealed to Americans The Pentagon Papers many decades back.
      * Gravel was a Democratic senator from Alaska for a good many years.
      * I believe that Ray McGovern may actually be Republican, but he challenges Republicans and Democrats over war and torture very publicly and directly.
      * I don’t know Kiriakou’s party politics, but he’s a whistleblower either way.

  15. December 21, 2018 at 22:03

    Has anyone asked Trump to Pardon Assange?

    • Devil's Advocate
      December 22, 2018 at 21:40

      Pardon him?! He hasn’t been convicted, let alone charged with anything. The charges would be interesting, as he’s not an American, and hasn’t broken any American, British, Australian or Ecuadorian laws that anybody would be aware of.

      • Em Sos
        December 23, 2018 at 19:00

        Well spoken D.A.!
        As you know, much of what you have to say, on diverse issues, I concur with.
        I recently attempted to post a 23rd essay on OEN, but was informed by an anonymous someone there, that the pseudonym (pen name, with accompanying photo of myself) which I had been using, was no longer acceptable to their ‘community standards’.
        No one had the decency, preventively, of informing me, as to any forthcoming required changes.
        I was simply informed that I needed to alter my name, and amend my bio., before I would be permitted to log-on again. The decision was simply post-facto, unilaterally, handed down.
        Fait accompli! Just like the practices in any hierarchical business corporation.
        No accusations, or the like, about any ‘yellow journalism’ on my part.
        As far as I’m concerned; a very disingenuous dismissal of me as a contributor.
        Not what one expects from a so-called liberal, progressive media site.
        Yes, what I write about is controversial and pushes buttons!
        Yet, of the blue, a particular, unnamed individual, takes a dislike to these opinions and I am shut out as a contributor, on above cited dubious merit.
        I do believe that ‘Devil’s Advocate’ is likewise a pseudonym, accompanied, not by an actual photograph of your person, but by a picture of the devil himself.
        I guess community standards are not applied evenly across the board.
        In my opinion, democracy ought to be a universal community standard, but as we all know, this is NOT the case.
        Perhaps then, ‘someone’ else, at Consortium News, can better interpret what community standards actually mean, as far as freedom of written express goes, in a defunct democracy?

      • Calgacus
        December 25, 2018 at 13:36

        Assange has been charged in the USA, as was revealed a few weeks back. Trump could pardon him, but don’t hold your breath. In today’s US system of “justice” you don’t have to commit a crime to be charged and you don’t have to be charged or convicted to be executed.

      • evelync
        December 25, 2018 at 14:10

        The U.S. apparently HAS filed charges against Assange. These charges are, apparently, sealed but evidence of their existence was accidentally?/inadvertently? copied and pasted onto a non sealed legal document where they were recently discovered.
        Assange’s attorneys have filed charges in the U.S. demanding that the accused be publicly informed of the charges against him – 6th Amendment??? The judge overseeing the case has postponed ruling on whether or not she will unseal those charges and that’s where that sits, as far as I know.
        That case is being handled by the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia.

    • rosemerry
      December 23, 2018 at 16:21

      For what? He has committed no crime and there is no reason why he should be sent to the USA.
      As for Trump-who would believe him?

    • Brad Owen
      December 28, 2018 at 10:28

      You rightly perceive that Trump, being an outsider to the corrupt and wicked Establishment, is an ally to Assange. He wants him to be the State’s star witness, since he knows where all the bodies are buried, where the shovels were hidden, where all the payoffs took place. He does not want him pardoned until after he participates in the legal takedown of the Establishment and its DS apparatus.

  16. Carmen
    December 21, 2018 at 21:19

    Looking SO forward! It brings solace to hear so many brilliant minds on top of this most pertinent and tragic situation. We will follow at the grassroots level as we get direction. Thank you!.

  17. Wendy Myers
    December 21, 2018 at 21:12


  18. December 21, 2018 at 21:10

    Sunshine for Julian

  19. December 21, 2018 at 18:13

    Let Assange do his work!

  20. December 21, 2018 at 16:15

    Thanks for keeping track of Julian Assange’s status as I always want to know. It is much appreciated. Assange has done a wonderful job informing people and I appreciate him and his organization (who do so much).

  21. Pete Allerhand
    December 21, 2018 at 15:09

    I can’t imagine that Julian is guilty of or indeed answerable to any political or public crimes. He may well be perceived as a political pest but so what? Anybody who makes a statement becomes a pest in somebody’s eyes – that was what used to be called democracy.

  22. Anne Streeter
    December 21, 2018 at 14:19

    All the best and the brightest lining up in support of Julian Assange!!

  23. Lorraine Culshaw
    December 21, 2018 at 12:39

    FREE assange!!!

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