People close to Julian Assange have asked me to try to help spread the word about his situation. I have found that most people don’t seem to know who Julian is or why they should care. I will explain the connections of the main players and the very basics:
by Sue Basko
Julian Assange is an Australian journalist, internet activist, and programmer. He founded WikiLeaks, a ground-breaking website that publishes documents, often documents obtained by hacks or classified documents obtained by other means. The documents show truth of what our governments are doing. The mission is to give people truth and transparency about their governments.
Bradley Manning is a U.S. Army soldier. He was working as a computer analyst. There was an absolutely horrific war crime committed by U.S. soldiers against civilians in Iraq. Iraq is the nation in the Middle East that the U.S. invaded in 1990 and then again in 2003.
The war crime can be seen in the video below on this page. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW. The video is of a gunner in a helicopter over an Iraq suburb claiming that people on the ground are armed with AK-47s and shooting, and he asks to “engage” them, meaning kill them. In fact, there are no AK-47s or anything that looks like an AK-47. There are two men carrying camera bags that look like camera bags. They were photographers. After all those people were shot, a family in a van drives up and tries to assist them, and they are also killed.
The motive of the soldiers in this horrific killing have never been publicly revealed. Was the gunner hallucinating? Was he on drugs? Was he suffering from PTSD that made him so fearful of a camera bag that he would kill many people? Or was it malice? His laughter and enjoyment and blatant lies make this look like malice and a war crime.
Bradley Manning allegedly put the video, encrypted, onto a CD labeled “Lady Gaga songs,” and sent it to WikiLeaks. Anonymous, the hacker collective, allegedly decrypted the video, and WikiLeaks posted it on its website.
The revelation of this shocking act led to a hasty end to the war in Iraq. However, instead of prosecuting the soldier who lied and killed all these people, or admit the U.S. had no business waging war in Iraq, the U.S., in particular U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, focused their attack on Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.
Bradley Manning is on trial in a Court Martial procedure. He has been held in solitary confinement in torture conditions for two years as of this writing.
Julian Assange has been on house arrest in the UK. The U.S. is trying to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden and then to the U.S. to make him answer for a secret indictment. The decision whether to allow extradition to Sweden will be made May 30, 2012. It has been reported that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Sweden on June 4, presumably to take custody of Mr. Assange. Other reports state the U.S. FBI has been questioning Europeans over the past few weeks, trying to build a case against Mr. Assange.
Jeremy Hammond, a 27 year old hacker and political activist from Chicago, allegedly hacked the website and emails of Stratfor, a private company in Texas that is allegedly hired out by the U.S. to commit spying acts against U.S. citizens in violation of the official U.S. Department of Justice rules on infiltration in citizen groups. (You can download those rules HERE) Jeremy Hammond is a young man who hacked on a laptop in his little house in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood that he shared with many young activists. Jeremy Hammond is likely the world’s most gifted and proficient hacker, and his list of alleged hacks is extensive and impressive. His work was politically motivated.
The hacked emails from Stratfor revealed that Stratfor spies had been hired to infiltrate Occupy camps and groups. The emails also revealed that a secret Grand Jury had been convened and a secret indictment against Julian Assange exists.
Jeremy Hammond was arrested after being outed by Sabu, whose real name is Hector Monsegur, a relatively unskilled hacker with the group LulzSec. Sabu, an unemployed father of two living in public housing in New York City, was arrested and quickly turned FBI informant. While under FBI control, Sabu was doing low level hacks, tweeting hints that he had turned, and engaged in entrapping his online compatriots by urging them to “work with” him on various politically meaningless hacks. The FBI raided Jeremy Hammond’s Chicago house and arrested him. Mr. Hammond was extradited to New York, where he was jailed and where after a few months, a larger indictment was brought against him. He faces trial or a deal.
Before he was arrested, Jeremy Hammond was involved in planning protests for NATO and G8. As the NATO Summit neared in Chicago, the FBI conducted a campaign of harassment against NATO protesters and journalists. Infiltrators were placed to entrap protesters from out of town, staying in Bridgeport, in a scheme to produce molotov cocktails, a form of bottle bomb that explodes on impact when tossed. These charges appear to be pure entrapment. The 3 men charged have been nicknamed the NATO3. It has been reported that the FBI was involved in the entrapment of the NATO3, admitted there was no case, and then the prosecution was taken over by the desperate-to-impress Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez. The case is being prosecuted under the Illinois Terrorism Law, which is so broad it is surely unconstitutional. Let’s wait and watch – the first step for the lawyers representing the NATO3 should be to challenge this ridiculously broad law. See this post on ILLINOIS ENTRAPMENT and this on ILLINOIS TERRORISM LAW. (You can read about the petty harassing police work against the NATO3 at Bridgeport Cops vs The Occupiers.)
IF YOU or your friends were harassed while in Chicago for NATO, keep in mind the mechanism that harassed you is the same mechanism that is holding Bradley Manning captive for telling the truth. It is the same mechanism that is trying to extradite Julian Assange and put him on trial – for revealing the truth about horrific war crimes. If you had your door kicked in or had guns pointed at you during Chicago NATO, please keep in mind you are victim of the same mechanism that is punishing Bradley Manning and Julian Assange and Jeremy Hammond. You are part of the anti-war movement and/or part of the quest to reveal truth.
My opinion is that war crimes should be revealed, and if it took Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Wikileaks to reveal this one, that is what it took. The U.S. should stop tormenting these brave men for showing us the truth. And the U.S. has no business delegating spy duties to a private company such as Stratfor. In fact, the U.S. has no business spying on its citizens.
IF YOU WANT TO SHOW SUPPORT for Julian Assange and/or Bradley Manning, you can tweet to @StateDept which is the twitter account for the U.S. State Department and of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Read more and watch the Collateral Murder video here in the original link: