FREE JULIAN ASSANGE - An Open Letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, TD

Julian Assange Face Picture

 

 

 05 October 2021

Mr. Simon Coveney TD,
Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Iveagh House,
St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.

https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-for-julian-assange

An Open Letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, TD

Dear Minister,

 

We, the undersigned, appeal to the Irish Government and, in particular to you, as Minister for Foreign Affairs, to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist, Julian Assange.
Since “9/11” and the subsequent mis-named War on Terror, respect for international law by the US, NATO and other allied countries has virtually collapsed which has led to the most horrific war crimes and abuses being committed. Sadly, Ireland is implicated in this because of the facilitation of the US military at Shannon Airport. Many of these war crimes were exposed by Julian Assange through his publishing organisation, Wikileaks, which is why he is being punished by the US and UK Governments.

Julian Assange has spent ten years incarcerated, firstly in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and for the last two years in solitary confinement at Belmarsh Prison in the UK. Though a British Court refused to extradite him due to fears he would not survive the US penal system, this is now being challenged by the US Government. If the appeal succeeds, Julian Assange faces a sentence of 175 years, likely to be spent in extreme isolation.

Throughout his incarceration, visits by his family, supporters and his legal team have been, and continue to be, severely curtailed and often spied upon. He has been denied the right to a fair hearing in the UK because of the tactics of the US prosecutors, including submitting last minute fresh indictments, which were allowed by the UK judge.
There is no proven case against Julian Assange. The US admitted under oath as far back as 2013 that it had not found any evidence that anyone had come to harm as a result of WikiLeaks’ publications. A key informant for the FBI, on which the US based strong aspects of its indictment against Assange, subsequently admitted publicly that he fabricated his evidence. Recent media reports alleging that the CIA planned to kill or kidnap Assange in London raise further questions about the US Government’s vendetta against him. His trial should have long since collapsed for numerous reasons not least the ban on political extradition in the US/UK Extradition Treaty and the fact that the CIA has spied on Assange’s defence counsel.

This is clearly a politically motivated case simply because Julian Assange exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The documents released by Wikileaks were published widely by mainstream media outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and many others.

Julian Assange is in effect a political prisoner. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US, therefore, is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. It is ironic that Western countries, which claim to be defenders of freedom, are acting in this way.

Julian Assange’s treatment by the Ecuadorian Embassy and by the UK Government has been condemned as close to torture by multiple social justice and human rights groups. Since being forcibly removed by British police from the Ecuadorian Embassy over two years ago, his physical and mental condition have seriously deteriorated at the inhumane high security and Covid-ridden Belmarsh Prison. Professor Nils Melzer, the UN Rapporteur on Torture, has described how “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to persistent and progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

We condemn the ongoing treatment of this brave journalist and the overhanging threat of extradition to the US. We add our call to multiple organisations from around the world such as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, various medical organisations, thirty-three elected politicans on the island of Ireland and multiple others who have called for Mr. Assange’s immediate release.

We specifically call on the Irish Government to live up to its claim to be a defender of human rights and therefore to act forthrightly to intervene with President Biden to drop the US Government appeal, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to release Julian Assange immediately and with Prime Minister Morrison to meet Australia’s consular responsibilities to Julian. It would be going against everything we in Ireland claim to stand for if the Irish Government, which is familiar with miscarriages of justice in British courts, failed to speak up in defence of Julian Assange.

Julian Assange has suffered enough, simply because he exposed, through his journalism, extensive governmental deceit, corruption, war crimes, state-sponsored killings, extraordinary rendition [kidnapping], military cover-ups of unlawful killings, and ultimately the true wholescale horror of the disastrous, futile wars led by the US and British Governments. He spoke truth to power and has been vindicated. It is beyond time for him to be released and allowed to enjoy life in peace with his family. We appeal to you to do everything within your power to ensure this happens.

Yours sincerely,

SIGNED:

Jim Roche, PRO, Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)

Máiréad Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

Jenny Bassett, Free Assange Ireland (FAI)

Roger Cole, Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)

Dette McLoughlin, Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW)

Dr. Edward Horgan, Chairperson, Veterans for Peace, Ireland Chapter

Dr. John Lannon, Shannonwatch

Frank Keoghan, Secretary, People’s Movement

Joe Murray, Director, AFRI Action from Ireland

Barry Sweeney, World Against War, Coordinator Ireland Chapter

REVELATIONS OF CIA CONSPIRING TO MURDER JULIAN ASSANGE JEOPARDISE US PROSECUTION CASE; THE CANARY, 021021

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2021/10/02/revelations-of-cia-cons…

The US prosecution of Julian Assange has been dealt another blow following revelations that the CIA plotted the kidnap and rendition or murder of the WikiLeaks founder. The revelations also directly implicate Mike Pompeo, former CIA director and secretary of state, and US president Donald Trump.

Separately, there’s evidence of how cyber activists foiled a 2012 attempt by British police to break into and enter the Ecuadorian embassy where Assange had sought asylum.

Politically motivated
Meanwhile, Assange is still held in Belmarsh Prison, even though UK tribunal judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked his extradition to the US on health and safety grounds – meaning risk of suicide. But her ruling regarding the charges raised equated to a “ringing endorsement of the US prosecution case”.

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Links between climate change and our security

Taoiseach Micheál Martin gave a well-crafted speech to the UN Security Council on Thursday. He carefully avoided the large elephants in the Security Council room, and these were not just Chinese, Indian and Russian elephants. An Taoiseach said: “The impact of climate change is global and our collective security is at risk.”

Nato and its allies are the largest collective security organisation on Earth. An Taoiseach and the UN Security Council have got the wrong end of the climate change stick.

Nato and its associated militarism are among the greatest polluters on the planet, even in peacetime. However, the US, Nato and their allies have been waging aggressive resource wars across the wider Middle East since the end of the Cold War, causing massive destruction and hugely contributing to climate change and causing millions of unjustified deaths.

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IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)

PRESS RELEASE – 18 June 2021

• SUPPORT LE CHÉILE EVENT IN DUBLIN TOMORROW

• CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY - NO TO RACISM, NO TO WAR!

The Irish Anti-War Movement in a statement today called for support for the ‘Le Chéile - Diversity not Division’ event planned for Smithfield in Dublin at 2pm tomorrow 19 June.

Racism is so often utilised by ruling elites to justify war. This has been the case for hundreds of years. In WW1 leaders on both sides used racist propaganda to demonise the alleged enemy and thus convince ordinary people to slaughter each other in muddy trenches. The rise of the Nazis in Germany in the 1930’s was partly predicated on racism and the Nazis subsequent horrific war crimes against Jews, Romas and others fuelled by it.

CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY - NO TO RACISM, NO TO WAR! IAWM SUPPORTS LE CHÉILE VENT IN SMITHFILED, DUBLIN TOMORROW 19 JUNE.

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)

PRESS RELEASE – 18 June 2021

• SUPPORT LE CHÉILE EVENT IN DUBLIN TOMORROW

• CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY - NO TO RACISM, NO TO WAR!

The Irish Anti-War Movement in a statement today called for support for the ‘Le Chéile - Diversity not Division’ event planned for Smithfield in Dublin at 2pm tomorrow 19 June.

Racism is so often utilised by ruling elites to justify war. This has been the case for hundreds of years. In WW1 leaders on both sides used racist propaganda to demonise the alleged enemy and thus convince ordinary people to slaughter each other in muddy trenches. The rise of the Nazis in Germany in the 1930’s was partly predicated on racism and the Nazis subsequent horrific war crimes against Jews, Romas and others fuelled by it.

STOP THE GENOCIDE AND IMPENDING FAMINE IN TIGRAY: PROTEST AT GPO AT 1PM MONDAY, 14TH JUNE

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM)

PRESS RELEASE – 12 ​June 2021

- Stop the genocide and impending famine in Tigray

- Support the Tigray Community in Ireland, Monday 14th at 1pm, at the GPO, Dublin

In a statement today, the Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) expressed grave concern for the worsening conditions in Tigray, a region in the north of Ethiopia.

Conditions in the Tigray region have been spiralling downwards since the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared war on Tigray, launching airstrikes and sending in ground troops in November 2020.

Many believe this escalation was a punishment after Tigray held regional elections in defiance of an election ban by the federal government after it cancelled elections due to be held in August 2020. Since then, the Ethiopian administration has been blocking or limiting access to electricity, aid, food, and water for millions of Tigrayan people.