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The International Persecution of Julian Assange


The WikiLeaks founder has survived the efforts of Sweden, Britain, Australia, the U.S. and parts of the press to destroy him—at least so far. Although the Swedish inquiry was dropped last week, no end is in sight for the long collusion against him.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE
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The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE

Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Sweden Drops Rape Inquiry Against Julian Assange

By Donald Kaufman

The WikiLeaks founder wants to talk with U.K. and U.S. authorities about his legal status now that Swedish authorities have ended their seven-year investigation.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Celebrates First Days Free


The soldier, who was serving a 35-year prison term for giving classified government information to WikiLeaks, was released after seven years. President Obama commuted the sentence in January.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: The Most Remarkable Thing About 2016 Election Was Bernie Sanders, Not Trump (Video)

In a BBC “Newsnight” interview, the renowned linguist (pictured) talks about the Democrats’ betrayal of the working class and Sanders’ incredible feat of breaking with “a century of U.S. history.”

Posted on May 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

James Comey: The Only Reason Julian Assange Is Not ‘Apprehended Yet’ Is He’s Out of Reach


Journalist Glenn Greenwald and WikiLeaks responded quickly on Twitter to Comey’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE

Why Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Is Unfit to Be Attorney General


In the few short weeks since his confirmation, Sessions has come forth with a number of loathsome actions or statements on race, ethnicity or minority rights. And he’s probably just getting started.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Warns That Press Freedom Is at Risk as the U.S. Seeks to Arrest Julian Assange

With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

From Edward Snowden to Julian Assange: Filmmaker Laura Poitras Takes On Another Renegade in ‘Risk’

“Citizenfour” director Poitras returns with “Risk,” a film about WikiLeaks founder Assange, and becomes a target by association.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Is WikiLeaks an Ethical News Source or a ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’?

By Eric Ortiz

CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks on Thursday after Julian Assange defended his organization in a Washington Post op-ed earlier in the week.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of McCarthyism, Maintains Russia Was Not WikiLeaks’ Source (Video)

The founder of WikiLeaks discusses his organization’s role in the 2016 election, America’s current political climate and more in a Democracy Now! interview.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Socialist Lenin Moreno Wins Ecuadorean Presidential Election, Much to Julian Assange’s Relief


The political rival of the president-elect had threatened to expel the WikiLeaks founder from Ecuador’s embassy in London.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008


The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

The Debate Over WikiLeaks and Privacy Rights


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers to use the latest leaks to help companies improve their cybersecurity, but critics argue that privacy is dead.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE

Checking In With Trump Supporters

By Clara Romeo

We interviewed fans of the new president to learn what drew them to the inauguration and to discover their hopes for his administration.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Manning and the Gangster State


Patrick Semansky / AP

In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence


The whistleblower, originally set to be released in 2045, will now be freed on May 17.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

Trump and the GOP Are at Odds Over Alleged Russian Hack


Washington is engaged in a food fight full of ignorance and hypocrisy.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Truthdiggers of 2016: Risk-Takers Are Honored for Challenging the Status Quo


From politicians who went against the grain to activists who risked their lives for a cause, our most popular Truthdiggers serve as a reminder to stand up for justice in the face of adversity. (Pictured here, David Archambault II, tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota and a leader in the Dakota Access pipeline fight.)

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

Best of Truthdig’s Ear to the Ground 2016: A Showcase of Activists’ Approaches to the Election


Our Ear to the Ground section was filled with election news this year, of course. The most-read posts, however, were less about the outcome than about activism inspired by the democratic process.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 READ MORE

Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth 2016: Some Chomsky, Some Comedy and a Whole Lot of Politics

Our list of the 10 most-viewed A/V Booth posts includes quite a variety of figures, but there’s a constant throughout: the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’


On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Hypocrisy Behind the Frenzy Over Russia’s Role in the U.S. Election


What’s perhaps most telling about the information that the CIA has accused Russia of sharing with the American people is that it was all “real news” about newsworthy topics.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction


The CIA’s claims about Russian involvement in Clinton’s leaked emails are unsubstantiated. Yet the mainstream media continues the narrative, signaling a total abnegation of all journalistic standards.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE

Top WikiLeaks Editor: Democrats Should Be Happy About the Organization’s Commitment to Transparency


Writing in The New York Times, Sarah Harrison defended the publication against accusations that it “abett[ed] the candidacy of Donald J. Trump by publishing … information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its influence over the Democratic National Committee.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

‘Hold Fast to the Causes of the Oppressed’: Chris Hedges Speaks at Jill Stein Rally in Philadelphia

The columnist’s speech Saturday was part of a final campaign event for the Green Party presidential candidate.

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Julian Assange Speaks About Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Election and the Litany of Charges Against Him

In a 25-minute interview, WikiLeaks’ founder gives an analysis of the emails he published from the personal account of John Podesta (Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman), and much more.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Update: CNN Announces Donna Brazile’s Resignation in Light of New WikiLeaks Revelations


The interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman came under scrutiny as new evidence points to abuses of power. 

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Here Comes Trouble


As is to be expected, the closer we come to the Nov. 8 election, the more debates and divisions have appeared in discussions about the headlines of the moment.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange, Publisher of the Clinton Campaign Emails


For illuminating what the Democratic presidential nominee’s camp does in the dark, the long-confined hacker-turned-journalist is under fresh attack from familiar adversaries and taking hard, if necessary, criticism from erstwhile allies.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Are There Any Heroes Left?


It’s been a rough few months, and it’s not as though the conclusion of this presidential election cycle is going to usher in a fresh wave of optimism. Still, some Truthdig readers held in high regard a few figures and/or topics that made news in recent days.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Naomi Klein Criticizes Glenn Greenwald’s Handling of Clinton Campaign Email Leaks


The writer told The Intercept founder he wasn’t doing enough to support privacy in reporting content hacked from the personal account of John Podesta, the Democratic presidential campaign’s chairman. And Greenwald agreed.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Ecuador Admits to Cutting Off WikiLeaks Founder’s Internet Because of Podesta Emails


The web access of Julian Assange (pictured) was intentionally shut down by Ecuadorean government officials, who felt the WikiLeaks founder was interfering in the U.S. presidential election. (Updated)

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Should Be Applauded for Removing the Mask of U.S. Power


The Clinton campaign and Democratic Party want to bury inconvenient truths. But by choosing to demonize journalistic organizations and deflecting blame to Russia, they are doing a disservice to America.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE

WikiLeaks’ ‘Podesta Emails’ Reveal the Power Behind the Clinton Campaign


Thousands of documents have exposed the inner workings of Hillary Clinton’s team and the symbiotic relationship it shares with some members of the press.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

Alongside New Email Dump, WikiLeaks Releases E-Reader Version of Hillary Clinton’s Speeches


Emails lay bare what members of the presidential candidate’s inner circle believe to be her vulnerabilities—from her scandal-laden husband to her ties to big money.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE

Hacked Emails Show Clinton Suggesting She Hides Her True Policy Positions From the Public


The candidate’s supporters in the media have long insisted that she is fundamentally honest. Now, emails hacked allegedly from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta tell a far different story.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 READ MORE

Assange Promises ‘Significant’ Leak Before Election, Urges Journalists to Lend a Hand

By Emma Niles

Some are calling it an “October surprise” that could affect the U.S. voting. But the WikiLeaks founder says only that the website will release a mass of secret documents on American foreign policy over the next 10 weeks. And, he adds, with “more than a million documents to get through,” WikiLeaks needs all the help it can get.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

GOP Lobbyist Offers Reward in Murder of DNC Staffer After a Storm of Rumors


Seth Rich was shot to death in early July, and speculation about his connection to Democratic National Committee emails leaked soon afterward have prompted both outrage and serious speculation.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: Should President Obama Pardon Whistleblowers?


The current presidential candidates have expressed opinions about the punishment of whistleblowers, with ideas ranging from execution to full pardons. In light of renewed debate over the cases of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, we want to hear what you think.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

Green Party’s Jill Stein Praises WikiLeaks, Calls Julian Assange a Hero


In an aggressive op-ed published by The Hill on Tuesday, the party’s presidential nominee argues that the organization known for publishing secret information from anonymous sources provides a valuable service by exposing “corruption and wrongdoing.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald: How Democrats Use ‘Russia Sympathizer’ to Smear Rivals


The Intercept journalist points out that Clinton loyalists have given Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and even Julian Assange a “turn in the Kremlin seat” and puts this form of “Red-baiting” into historical context.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE

A WikiLeaks Editor Talks About Julian Assange, National Security and Protecting Whistleblowers

Sarah Harrison, investigations editor at WikiLeaks, gave an exclusive interview to acTVism to discuss attempts to extradite her colleague, Julian Assange, and how international law interacts with national surveillance.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Julian Assange: Next Leak of Hillary Clinton Emails Will Be Enough to Indict Her, but ...


The WikiLeaks founder says that although he plans to publish “very strong material” on the former secretary of state, the FBI will let her off the hook to gain favor should she become president.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

Julian Assange Would Be No Safer Under a Clinton Administration, Cannes Audience Hears


“Julian is a political prisoner who has been demonised in the press,” said journalist, hacker and WikiLeaks representative Jacob Applebaum to applause.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

John Cusack and an Ex-Clinton Aide Wage a War of Tweets Over Internet Freedom


The spat between the actor and former State Department staffer Alec Ross frames an issue that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves in the presidential race.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE

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