Covering the Julian Assange Story

With corporate TV and press abandoning the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher, Consortium News has been in the forefront among alternative media in chronicling his plight. But we can’t do it without you. 

Assange outside UK Supreme Court in 2011. (Flickr)

Except for a brief moment after his dramatic arrest, the mainstream media has abandoned Julian Assange. They do this at their own peril.   

That’s because the arrest and espionage indictment of Assange for practicing journalism is a danger to all journalists everywhere.

Consortium News started covering the Assange case on Dec. 16, 2010 with an article by founding editor Robert Parry, one of the leading investigative reporters of his generation. Bob argued that Assange was practicing journalism in the exact way that he did.   He wrote: 

“… the process for reporters obtaining classified information about crimes of state most often involves a journalist persuading some government official to break the law either by turning over classified documents or at least by talking about the secret information. There is almost always some level of “conspiracy” between reporter and source.

Though some elements of this suspected Assange-Manning collaboration may be technically unique because of the Internet’s role – and that may be a relief to more traditional news organizations like the Times which has published some of the WikiLeaks documents – the underlying reality is that what WikiLeaks has done is essentially “the same wine” of investigative journalism in “a new bottle” of the Internet.

By shunning WikiLeaks as some deviant journalistic hybrid, mainstream U.S. news outlets may breathe easier now but may find themselves caught up in a new legal precedent that could be applied to them later.”

Since that first article, Consortium News has published more than 200 articles and 60 videos on Assange and WikiLeaks, more than 200 of the articles and all of the videos coming in the past two years alone. That’s because this website has recognized the historic importance of the case against Assange, which has justly been compared to the trials of John Peter Zenger and Alfred Dreyfus.

Our Assange coverage has not just scratched the surface, but has dug deeply into the meaning of the case, legally, politically and historically.  We are committed to continuing this in-depth coverage of Assange’s ongoing extradition ordeal at the hands of the Trump administration. 

But we can’t do it alone. You have an immense role to play as readers and viewers, our only source of support. Please join our team, or reaffirm your commitment to it, with a generous, tax-deductible donation today to our 25th Anniversary Spring Fund Drive.

Here (in reverse chronological order) is the full archive of CN‘s stories on WikiLeaks and Assange. There are more than 200 articles on Assange in the past two years. CN Live! has produced 60 videos on the WikiLeaks publisher.   

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22 comments for “Covering the Julian Assange Story

  1. evelync
    June 16, 2020 at 08:55

    Bob’s fine argument also clarifies, I think, the fight for Net Neutrality – a fight to keep the internet under the umbrella of the TeleCommunications Act. The media giants, like the national security state wrt journalism, are trying to conflate/confuse a “technical” advance in order to reclassify internet electronic “communication” as “information” to remove those protections established in 1934.

  2. Sanford Kelson
    June 15, 2020 at 15:11

    Some day soon I hope, Consortium New’s archives will be researched thoroughly, looking for evidence not readily available in the mass media record, in order to help convict so many of our elected non-representatives.

  3. Brian Eggar
    June 15, 2020 at 13:07

    Although the US government have gone to great lengths to create a trial that is entirely rigged, I am sure that some people would be worried that Assange might still be let off.

    For that reason, it seems almost certain that upon his arrival steps will be taken to epstein him or maybe covid him.

    Mainstream media have done a marvellous job in burying anything to do with Assange. I bought a decal off Ebay and from Australia saying “Free Julian Assange” and stuck it on the back of the car. The other day,somebody came up and said who is Julian Assange and unfortunately they were not joking.

  4. June 15, 2020 at 09:36

    Thank you, julian, for releasing “Vault 7”. keep up the good work. The more that CIA activities are publicized, the better off we are as a society.

  5. June 14, 2020 at 00:04

    I could not resist commenting. Well written!

  6. Kerry Pay Mann
    June 13, 2020 at 10:33

    United States IS the Satan hypocrisy is it’s the name just like the abolitionists Quakers John Brown fought White Supremacy America propagates myth not reality!

    • June 15, 2020 at 12:57

      @Kerry Pay Mann

      You are conflating and confusing me. You mean the US is a satan bad country? Oh my goodness gracious me. That US must be a bad place. Please – avert your eyes….you don’t know what is going to happen next.

      But if it is true, that the whole place is bad then it will most assuredly get what it deserves don’t you think?

      I don’t think the whole place is bad, and in fact, if you want to get back to the root of it, then you are thinking about the wrong country…..because the main perpetrator of imperialism is still sitting in their castles. Look there.

      Personally though, I think Ireland should reunify. Leave the supposed “United Kingdom” and unite Ireland! Talk about a great thing if it were to happen. I hope it does.

      I think we all get what we deserve in the end.

  7. Francis Lee
    June 13, 2020 at 03:06

    A certain Mr A Schicklgruber once said:

    ” … the receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous … All effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points … until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand.” Guess what his alias was?

  8. Elena
    May 8, 2020 at 04:29

    Thank you! Julian Assange must be freed!

  9. Michael Peters
    May 7, 2020 at 21:12

    #transparencyworksforeveryone…….except…

    • Pavla Vecerkova
      May 9, 2020 at 12:35

      Julian Assange case is the case of all of us.
      In nowadays a real journalist are in the prison or being killed and criminals are in the charge of all Media. We can not be silenced.

  10. May 7, 2020 at 11:51

    No More War

  11. May 7, 2020 at 11:15

    The real criminals are in Washington & London. All Julian Assange did make their crimes PUBLIC !! And then these US & UK dare tell us they’re democracies. Their LIES, cover-ups are part of todays FAKE NEWS & BRAINWASHING of the MASSES !! This Manipulation is worse than under Hitler & the Nazi’s. For more info read this book (a.o. used by the Nazi’s & Joseph Goebbels) : ‘ Mass Psychology’ by Gustave Le Bon (1841 – 1931)

  12. May 7, 2020 at 09:01

    Thank you for your amazing job covering Julian’s incredible and unbelievable story. The mainstream media has been ignoring this. We, as a magazine, have done an interview with Julian’s famous supporters Dame Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corré. Both speak out in defence of Assange. Let’s all keep fighting for Julian Assange.

  13. John Garcha
    May 6, 2020 at 18:27

    I have donated $5 Today, I wish I could do more, thanks,

    • Consortiumnews.com
      May 7, 2020 at 07:37

      Thank you. It is much appreciated.

  14. Angus
    May 6, 2020 at 15:57

    A hero and a pioneer. History will vindicate him.

    • Thom Culpeper
      June 13, 2020 at 04:10

      I’m with you Angus..! My ‘kick-in’ or ‘Boot -in’, if you will, will be under another, moniker, Aengus of Antipodes..! Now living 15 ks from Julian & his family’s local village, (Goolmangah), place of his primary education..! Brains often come from the other, ‘Neck of the Woods’.. ! Nimbin, in it’s soul, is one of the beating hearts of Julian’s paradigm..! TRUTH…! “LET IT BE”…! In profound VERITAS…!

  15. cc
    May 6, 2020 at 12:21

    Would like to see more about this and understand if what he did was a crime or not…..I suspect not.

    • Consortiumnews.com
      May 6, 2020 at 12:39

      Please check out the linked archive above, which fully explains Assange’s case.

  16. Buffalo_Ken
    May 6, 2020 at 11:09

    I really appreciate the coverage here. Coverage on Assange’s critically important travails (unjustly inflicted upon him) is what first bought me here. Between this site and Craig Murray’s blog, there is so much to be learned about the fate of journalism.

    I’ll keep an eye on the fundraising progress and I’ll send more if need be.

    Peace

  17. May 6, 2020 at 11:04

    Thank you very much! You can also cover much more of the Julian Assange story if you cover the systematic and widespread entrapment and persecution of “rättshaverister” (rightsclaimants) in Sweden that Julian Assange is the most famous victim of, who has to get his Reparation First – to be alive, healthy, compensated and free from the torture and enslavement in abusive legal procedures, so that he can be asked by us to be heard, if he wants to, as our witness.

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