Cuba will not revoke political asylum for Americans, such as Assata Shakur, who have fled the United States, the Associated Press reports. Since President Barack Obama announced a shift in US policy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey state police and the FBI have seized upon the shift as an opportunity to force Cuba [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 23, 2014 11:02 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 18, 2014 4:34 pm|
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuador Embassy in the United Kingdom for two years. To mark the anniversary, his legal defense team is making a push to have the United Nations Human Rights Commission intervene in the case. His legal defense team is also planning to make a filing in Swedish courts next week that will contain new information.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 23, 2013 7:00 am|
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on secret US surveillance programs like PRISM, has provided details on United States government hacking and cyber-spying to a newspaper in Hong Kong.
The South China Morning Post, which previously interviewed Snowden, was shown information that Snowden said indicated the US government had hacked into “Chinese mobile firms to steal millions of text messages.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 4, 2013 10:40 am|
The FBI has added former Black Panther and former member of the Black Liberation Army, Assata Shakur, to its “most wanted terrorist” list. The decision is political and clearly aimed at the Cuban government, which granted political asylum to her after she escaped from prison in 1979. It also is an escalation of the government’s demonization of her for continuing to openly espouse radical political views, while in exile outside of the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 11, 2012 2:22 pm|
Lawyers for WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting further information on the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Assange and WikiLeaks.
Former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, counsel to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) write, “In light of recent reports suggesting the possibility of an ongoing criminal investigation of Mr. Assange and/or WikiLeaks—and the existence of secret grand jury proceedings in the Eastern District of Virginia—we write to assess whether Mr. Assange in fact faces any criminal jeopardy in the United States and to protect his interests in the face of an investigation and/or trial.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 17, 2012 10:28 am|
How do supporters of WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange make the leap that he is more likely to be extradited to the United States from Sweden than the United Kingdom? That is a common question and, certainly, a key question for anyone who remains skeptical of whether Assange should have been granted asylum by Ecuador.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday August 16, 2012 1:25 pm|
Regardless of your feelings about Julian Assange or Wikileaks, Ecuador has the sovereign right to grant political asylum to individuals who meet their requirements. Ecuador has decided that Julian Assange is justified in his request for asylum, and the UK, US, Sweden and other international players should respect that.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 3, 2012 10:54 am|
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London awaiting a decision from Ecuador on his asylum request for over a month now. Recent headlines suggest Ecuador is going through all the motions a country would need to go through before it granted asylum to someone who had made such a request. They also have announced that they will not be making any decision on the Assange’s request while the Olympic games in London are taking place.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 19, 2012 3:18 pm|
Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, entered the Ecuadorian embassy in the United Kingdom last night and requested political asylum. Ecuador’s foreign minister says the country is now reviewing the request.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 30, 2012 6:22 am|
The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom issued a much anticipated decision today, ruling Sweden’s request for WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s extradition was “lawfully made.” By a majority of 5-to-2, the court found the Swedish public prosecutor in the case was in fact a “judicial authority” and held that the European arrest warrant [...]