Ordem do dia: eliminar Julian Assange

A mídia brasileira (sob controle das grandes corporações norte-americanas) insiste em não discutir a gravidade da situação envolvendo a prisão absurda de Julian Assange, líder do website de livre-informação Wikileaks.

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O governo da Suécia tem seguido à risca as ordens do governo norte-americano de incriminar Julian por crimes sexuais, na tentativa de prendê-lo e silenciá-lo. Nos Estados Unidos, Assange é considerado um dos mais perigosos terroristas do mundo e inimigo público número um. Seu crime? Assim como no caso Bradley Manning (que está ligado também ao último vazamento do Wikileaks), foi revelar a verdade.

O vazamento de mais de 250.000 mil documentos oficiais da diplomacia norte-americana repercutiu no mundo todo e instaurou uma verdadeira crise política e diplomática em todo o Ocidente.

Hoje, em Londres, Julian Assange se apresentou à polícia britânica e permanecerá em custódia até o dia 14 de Dezembro. Diz o The Guardian: "Assange told City of Westminster magistrates court today that he intended to fight his extradition, setting up what could be a long legal battle. The 39-year-old Australian turned himself in to Scotland Yard this morning to face a European arrest warrant. He was asked by the court whether he understood that he could consent to be extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion, involving two women. Assange said: "I understand that and I do not consent." Assange denies the allegations, which stem from a visit to Sweden in August. He and his lawyers claim the accusations stem from a "dispute over consensual but unprotected sex", and have said the case has taken on political overtones. Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny has rejected those claims. Journalist John Pilger, filmmaker Ken Loach, and socialite Jemima Khan were among six people in court willing to offer surety. They all offered at least £20,000 each. An anonymous individual offered £60,000. But District Judge Howard Riddle refused the WikiLeaks founder bail on the grounds that he had access to financial means and might fail to surrender. The judge said these were "serious allegations against someone who has comparatively weak community ties in this country and the means and ability to abscond". But he rejected the prosecution claim that bail should be rejected on the grounds of Assange's safety".

A situação é grave. Assange é um preso político - isso está muito claro. Estão tentando construir a imagem de um novo inimigo para a grande massa: a de um hacker problemático, violento e que abusa de mulheres.

A Mastercard e a Visa anunciaram ontem o boicote ao site Wikileaks. Desta forma, as doações anônimas feitas por clientes destas empresas não podem mais ser efetuadas, isto é, as pessoas do mundo todo (nós, pessoas comuns) não podem mais transferir dinheiro virtualmente ao website.

Líderes do Wikileaks informaram que, mesmo com a prisão de Assange, vão continuar divulgando novos documentos oficiais com informações sigilosas, mas importantes para a formação do senso crítico em questões internacionais.

A caçada começou. Querem silenciar Assange e todo o novo movimento jornalístico que está surgindo neste início de século XXI.

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2 comentários:

Rafael Zanatta disse...

Noam Chomsky, Jeff Sparrow, Lizzie O'Shea e outros escreveram uma Open Letter ao Primeiro Ministro da Austrália para que medidas sejam tomadas para a proteção da vida de Julian Assange:

Dear Prime Minister,

We note with concern the increasingly violent rhetoric directed towards Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.

“We should treat Mr Assange the same way as other high-value terrorist targets: Kill him,” writes conservative columnist Jeffrey T Kuhner in the Washington Times.

William Kristol, former chief of staff to vice president Dan Quayle, asks, “Why can’t we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are?”

“Why isn’t Julian Assange dead?” writes the prominent US pundit Jonah Goldberg.

“The CIA should have already killed Julian Assange,” says John Hawkins on the Right Wing News site.

Sarah Palin, a likely presidential candidate, compares Assange to an Al Qaeda leader; Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and potential presidential contender, accuses Assange of “terrorism”.

And so on and so forth.

Such calls cannot be dismissed as bluster. Over the last decade, we have seen the normalisation of extrajudicial measures once unthinkable, from ‘extraordinary rendition’ (kidnapping) to ‘enhanced interrogation’ (torture).

In that context, we now have grave concerns for Mr Assange’s wellbeing.

Irrespective of the political controversies surrounding WikiLeaks, Mr Assange remains entitled to conduct his affairs in safety, and to receive procedural fairness in any legal proceedings against him.

As is well known, Mr Assange is an Australian citizen.

We therefore call upon you to condemn, on behalf of the Australian Government, calls for physical harm to be inflicted upon Mr Assange, and to state publicly that you will ensure Mr Assange receives the rights and protections to which he is entitled, irrespective of whether the unlawful threats against him come from individuals or states.

We urge you to confirm publicly Australia’s commitment to freedom of political communication; to refrain from cancelling Mr Assange's passport, in the absence of clear proof that such a step is warranted; to provide assistance and advocacy to Mr Assange; and do everything in your power to ensure that any legal proceedings taken against him comply fully with the principles of law and procedural fairness.

A statement by you to this effect should not be controversial – it is a simple commitment to democratic principles and the rule of law.

We believe this case represents something of a watershed, with implications that extend beyond Mr Assange and WikiLeaks. In many parts of the globe, death threats routinely silence those who would publish or disseminate controversial material. If these incitements to violence against Mr Assange, a recipient of Amnesty International’s Media Award, are allowed to stand, a disturbing new precedent will have been established in the English-speaking world.

In this crucial time, a strong statement by you and your Government can make an important difference.

We look forward to your response.

Rafael Zanatta disse...

Vídeo do que rolou hoje nos Tribunais de Westminster:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmngb883a0I

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