Jul 4, 2012

US increases harassment of WikiLeaks, Assange associates

The US government has ramped up its harassment of journalists and activists associated with WikiLeaks in recent months.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

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*This article was originally published on July 4, 2012.

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35 thoughts on “US increases harassment of WikiLeaks, Assange associates

  1. Michael de Angelos

    If that is the treatment Poitras has received just as film-maker, God only knows what is in store for Assange given that US politicians have openly called for his assassination.

    He is sensible to flee as both UK and Australian authorities comply with their masters except of course, when the UK refused to handover the murderous dictator Pinochet to Spain where he was wanted for the murder of Spanish citizens.

    As for enforcing security, as the US seems riddled with illicit drugs, Homeland Security (sounds so similar to pre-war Nazi Germany) seems hopelessly incompetent but maybe that’s because they spend so much time hassling political opponents.

  2. zut alors

    ‘…armed officials demanded she stop taking notes of their treatment of her because her pen was a threatening weapon, and threatened to handcuff her to stop her.’

    Surely this takes the cake. The Yanks have an obsessive fear mentality but who knew it was this advanced? Next you’ll be telling us that US marines on overseas deployment will be armed with pens. You can bet that Barry’s personal bodyguards are already kitted out with the latest Watermans.

    It will be only a matter of time before the US bans evil-doing pens on aircraft. Frankly, I can’t understand why anyone would travel there voluntarily.

  3. Frank Campbell

    The US is a paranoid state which has acted secretly and with impunity outside the law, any law, for over sixty years. Scores of countries have been invaded. Vietnam and Iraq are just the two most catastophic. The ALP has long been a fawning, complicit party to these crimes. Assange and others like him have every reason to fear for their freedom and their lives.
    Gillard instantly declared Assange a criminal. Since then, her minders have warned her to keep her mouth shut, but we all know Australia will do nothing material to assist Assange.
    Oh yes, and don’t mention the Abbott….

  4. Frank Campbell

    And remember that ex-Trot Paul Howes is an official US “protected source”.

    Outed by Wikileaks…

  5. michaelwholohan1

    The land of “new speak”. Perhaps a change in lyrics: ‘ The land of the feaks & the home of the depraved’

  6. klewso

    Are they hounding Domscheit-Berg?

  7. shepherdmarilyn

    No they won’t hound Danny boy because Danny boy turned.

    Consider the government treatment of Jennifer Robinson and Julian Assange and their total indifference compared to the treatment of Melinda Taylor.

  8. Frank Campbell

    Yes Marilyn, I forgot to mention Melinda Taylor- even though I’ve been sickened daily by the schmaltz.

    Carr milked this minor story like a fat Jersey cow. The ambassador worked flat out for three weeks to extricate her (the other three detained were rarely mentioned- they weren’t Australian)…
    Avuncular Carr constantly referred to Taylor, her husband and her parents by their first names, like a tabloid hack squeezing every drop of faux emotion from the tale…

    yet these people were never under serious threat- the cack-handed ICC only had to apologise for it’s dumb intrusion into Libya…eventually it did.

  9. klewso

    Wasn’t “Taylorgate” a “trade-off” by “New Libya”, to get the UN to back-off wanting to try “Gadaffi-duc Jnr”?

  10. SusieQ

    And if you ever doubted that ‘Get Smart’ wasn’t based on real life……

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