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Monday, June 4, 2012

Socialist Equality Party rallies Julian Assange defense

Aussie Labor, Greens plot with Washington to silence speech, press, deny right to know
Excerpt by Carolyn Bennett

Washington has sought to destroy Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the organization he founded, WSWS reports. The motive behind this is the  courageous release of videos and diplomatic cables exposing to world audiences “the daily criminality of the U.S. government and the anti-democratic machinations and intrigues of governments around the world, including Canberra,” the Commonwealth of Australia’s federal capital.

As many as 40 people associated with WikiLeaks have been pursued by intelligence and police agencies internationally. The organization also remains subjected to unprecedented financial blockades.

Alleged WikiLeaks’ whistleblower, U.S. Army private Bradley Manning has been held for more than 740 days without trial. In September, he will face a military court martial.

Labor Party (Australia)

“The Australian Labor government is intimately involved in the vendetta against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

“In 2010, under conditions where American politicians were calling for the execution of an Australian citizen and labeling Assange a ‘high-tech terrorist,’ the Australian prime minister, Julie Gillard, vilified Assange’s actions as illegal.

“She established a taskforce of Australian intelligence and police officers to actively aid U.S. efforts to fabricate criminal charges against Assange and others.”

Green Party (Australia)

“With the support of the Greens, Labor enacted new legislation this year that is designed to ensure the WikiLeaks’ editor can be extradited to the United States for ‘political offenses’ if he returns to Australia.”

Responsible for keeping the minority Labor government in power, the Greens “have played an utterly cynical and duplicitous role throughout the entire persecution of Assange.

“Backed by various pseudo-left protest groups, the Greens have sought to turn popular opposition into the dead end of appeals directed to the prime minister and Labor to do more on Assange’s behalf; thus promoting false illusions in the very forces that are collaborating with Washington to criminalize WikiLeaks, crush freedom of speech, and intimidate political dissent.”
Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

In response, the SEP (Australia) has scheduled a series of public meetings (Sunday, June 10 in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth) “to discuss the perspective that is urgently required to defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and the fundamental democratic rights of the working class.”

They are urging World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) readers and SEP supporters and concerned professionals, workers and young people to advertise the meetings as widely as possible and attend on June 10.

“SEP public meetings in Australia, Defend WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange, June 2, 2012, http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jun2012/mtgs-j02.shtml

“SEP Public Meetings: Defend WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange, http://www.sep.org.au/website/meetings


People again gathered in Melbourne to show their support for Wikileaks, indymedia.org.au.

Free Speech paper at http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20024973-503543.html

WikiLeaks' Assange under fire as U.S. power groups show their thin skin - RT, identi.ca


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