Welcome! And many thanks to supporters old and new for being here today, to stand up for justice for Australian journalist Julian Assange, and his work as editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
Although uncharged with any crime, anywhere in the world, at the request of the US, the UK government has detained Julian for nearly five years now, under constant 24-hour surveillance and house arrest.
Today marks three years of his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Ecuador granted Julian political asylum due to threats on his life and liberty by the US government and its agencies.
Again, bowing to US pressure, the UK government breached international law with a three year ongoing 24-hour police siege of the Ecuadorian Embassy, preventing Julian leaving to take up lawful residency in Ecuador.
This misuse and waste of police time and money has cost the UK taxpayer upwards of £10 million and climbing. London’s Lord Mayor has expressed concern that these resources would be better spent on real policing.
Perhaps this money and police resources could be directed into a thorough investigation of the long standing serious allegations of unsavoury criminal activity among a certain group of politicians in the UK parliament!
For the past five years Julian has been denied legal rights and justice.
For the past three years the UK government has denied him even the basic human rights given to prisoners .. the right to have a minimum of one hour a day of exercise, fresh air and sunshine.
Why is this happening to an uncharged multi-award winning investigative journalist?
Could it have something to do with WikiLeaks busily exposing corruption in high places?
Blockading Julian in the embassy for the past three years has ironically backfired on the US.
With more time on his hands Julian and WikiLeaks have been even more prolific, transitioning from being perceived as a maverick outsider to a globally respected and trusted media organization.
With a new state of the art submission system and sophisticated archival and search facilities, WikiLeaks is leading a transformation in journalism, and is now a valued resource for investigative journalists globally.
Thanks to whistle-blowers and WikiLeaks the world has recently been informed about the details of the biggest so called Free Trade Agreement in history, the TPP and her ugly sisters TISA and the TTPP.
These three treaties were to be kept secret from the public until five years after being signed.
This Trojan Horse of ruthless US corporations would turn our Parliaments into brothels and our politicians into mere pimps of Wall St .. A corporate caliphate straddling the world like a giant octopus with its tentacles reaching into and controlling every aspect of our lives .. undermining our environment, businesses, farms, health services, civil rights, democracy and sovereignty.
Julian and the WikiLeaks team have reached out to protect whistle-blowers and journalists world wide.
After helping Edward Snowden to safety, in 2013 they set up The Courage Foundation. The board of directors also includes lawyers, journalists and whistle-blowers from the CIA, FBI and MI5. The Courage Foundation gives whistle-blowers and journalists the skills and resources to protect themselves from political persecution, and runs the Legal Defence Fund for Edward Snowden and other whistle-blowers.
Since being trapped in the Embassy by the UK government, Julian has found the time to write and co-author three highly informative books and produce two powerful films on power and corruption .. all of which were well received.
His book ‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’ is a constant reference for those interested in the Surveillance State.
Last year the European Parliament invited Julian to address them on corruption based on the WikiLeaks Cablegate documents.
WikiLeaks has been successful in its legal actions against the three big corporations, Pay Pal, MasterCard and Visa, who were involved in the illegal Banking Blockade against WikiLeaks donations.
Shining a light on the absurdity of Julian’s extradition case was instrumental in getting the European Arrest Warrant legislation changed in the UK, so that UK citizens can no longer be extradited without charge.
We need a brave new media for our Brave New World of Globalisation and Mass Surveillance.
The world needs whistle-blowers and journalists who will give us the truth, so we have the correct information to solve our problems, and protect ourselves from the abuses of power.
Julian once described WikiLeaks as “The Intelligence Agency of the People”. It is a fitting description!
The truth .. from the people,
For the people,
Funded and defended,
By the people,
Julian and the WikiLeaks team have shown extraordinary courage under fire.
The UK government has shown extraordinary cowardice!
Julian’s fight for justice and freedom is everyone’s fight for justice and freedom.
His future is our future and our children’s future.
Despite everything, WikiLeaks and Julian are still standing, and we are all still standing with them.