I’m elated! Chelsea Manning is finally going to be released. Obama signed the commutation today.
Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy organisation which published the diplomatic cables, has previously said its founder Julian Assange would agree to be extradited to the US if Mr Obama granted clemency to Manning.
The White House said the Manning commutation was not influenced in any way by Mr Assange’s extradition offer.
Mr Assange, who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, did not immediately comment on whether he plans to surrender.
But he did tweet: “Thank you to everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning’s clemency. Your courage & determination made the impossible possible.”
I think if the decision Obama made was not a prisoner exchange, then Assange doesn’t have to surrender. He’s already being illegally detained by the US extradition order they funneled through Sweden. Or, if he is sentenced to a day in prison, he’d keep his promise if he serves that time. I think a day in jail is too much for the person who stood up to the US intelligence machine and exposed some of their worst crimes.
ADDED: It’s only a shame that Edward Snowden and Jeremy Hammond can’t also be set free from their political prisons.
This is a great interview, it’s really thoughtful.
What will journalism look like in 5 years? Wikileaks created a whole new model that’s being used in the production of stories about tax avoidance by the wealthy class, while the middle and poor classes still pay income taxes.
What is #PanamaPapers? Over 2TB of leaked bank communications exposing shell companies and tax avoidance and money laundering by HSBC, UBS, and others. CBC and Toronto Star have the names of the Canadians, but will not be releasing them since they’d face libel suits for doing so without other supporting evidence (and probably even then still).
“When asked why Canada doesn’t have the political will to put an end to the abuse of offshore tax havens, Francis replied: “Because the offshore and taxation lobby is the most powerful in this country.””
Iceland’s Prime Minister may fall over involvement with the crooked Panamanian bank.
The London police force has wasted millions of pounds on detaining Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy for years.
The out-of-control police response to protests against the killing of Michael Brown in a St. Louis, MO suburb, continues.
Yesterday more journalists were arrested without charge, leaving little evidence for the wronged reporters to seek damages in a civil lawsuit.
This police riot in Ferguson is more evidence that Obama is hostile toward the free press (which includes Julian Assange trapped in London).
The police are blaming the media and the public for what’s going wrong. The blame begins and ends with their behaviour. Their member killed an unarmed kid. They refused to charge the culprit. They’ve fired teargas at children and peaceful demonstrators. They’ve arrested media. None of these things are reasonable in the United States considering the First Amendment.
The police said that anyone other than people carrying $50K cameras will be arrested tonight. That’s an illegal threat in the US of A.
It’s time for a lot of resignations.
The killing was live-tweeted
An interesting ethical debate is taking place. FirstLook Media, the controversial and adversarial media outlet owned by PayPal’s inventor, has withheld the name of the 5th country the NSA collects recordings of all phone calls from. SOMALGET and MYSTIC are Top Secret programs revealed by the Snowden leaks from the NSA. Following on the earth shaking revelations of last year starting with the “metadata” gathering in the US called PRISM, MYSTIC is again changing Americans’ views of what their spy agencies are actually working toward.
I think WikiLeaks should reveal this information, and not because it’s likely to cause deaths, but because a Top Secret American program having a country name revealed more than a year after it was known to be compromised, is not a reason to redact it any longer. WikiLeaks is right, and the citizens of the violated nation have a human right to know the United States government was able to record every phone call. It wouldn’t be the first time a Top Secret American program has led to people dying, either.
People can then place the blame where it belongs for any deaths, at the feet of the NSA, and Bush/Obama, not simplistically on the WikiLeaks scapegoat.
Some NSA efforts to destroy Assange and intimidate people supporting Wikileaks have been revealed.
ANTICRISIS GIRL was a system to spy on Wikileaks searchers.
This other item is big news too, because Matt’s been an important journalist covering Wall St. crimes.
UPDATE: and Matt’s left First Look.