1:42 PM, Jul 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not find a home in France. The French government has announced today it will not grant asylum to the fugitive.
"France has received the letter from Mr Assange. A closer examination shows that given the legal elements and the material situation of Mr. Assange, France can not act on its request. The situation of Mr Assange presents no immediate danger. He is also the subject of a European arrest warrant," the French government writes in a statement released by the Elysee Palace.
The French paper Le Monde reports:
In a brief statement sent Friday, July 3 by the Elysee Palace, the President of the Republic has raised an objection of inadmissibility to the open letter of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who asked Paris to host it because " his life is in danger " ...
In a long letter to François Hollande, published by Le Monde, Mr. Assange had indeed called on France to grant him asylum. He affirms in this text and physical and mental health is threatened, after more than three years in the premises of the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
The rejection of this request, which was not formally a political asylum - a long and cumbersome process - is not a surprise. The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, had already hinted several times that he was not favorable to a possible home of Mr Assange in France.
Tried first to give them to NYTimes, WashPost, and Politico.2:01 PM, Feb 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bradley Manning pleaded guilty today to leaking classified material. "Army Pfc. Bradley Edward Manningpleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred U.S.
2:53 PM, Dec 12, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Julian Assange is planning a senate run in Australia as a member of the "WikiLeaks Party," he recently revealed in an interview.
4:29 PM, Sep 1, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
WikiLeaks has long claimed that it is taking measures to protect the men and women whose identities may be exposed in leaked documents for the first time. These people include spies, sources, and the like who never thought their names would appear on the Internet in a leaked State Department document. But now, from Spiegel, one of the media outlets that has cooperated with WikiLeaks in exposing America’s secrets, we learn:
4:03 PM, Aug 29, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last week, when Libyan tyrant Muammar Qaddafi had reportedly fallen from power, Senator John McCain, along with his colleague Senator Lindsey Graham, issued (in part) the following statement:
10:31 AM, Apr 27, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
A two-page assessment of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr is among the newly leaked WikiLeaks files. Khadr, of course, killed American serviceman Christopher Speer during a shootout in Afghanistan.
The rise and fall of WikiLeaksApr 25, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 31 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
During a span of 22 months the website WikiLeaks.org morphed from a digital anarchist demonstration project into a semisuccessful international campaign against the American government. WikiLeaks solicited classified documents and then orchestrated a global media typhoon around them.
6:00 PM, Mar 2, 2011 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL
Many questions have been raised about Julian Assange’s and WikiLeaks’s association with the anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Israel Shamir. (See, notably, Michael Moynihan’s detailed exposé on Reason.com here.) Among other things, Shamir defends the “veracity” of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and is a proponent of the theory of ZOG or the “Zionist Occupation Government.”
5:00 PM, Feb 24, 2011 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
The Bradley Manning Support Network announced today that PayPal has closed the account of a group, Courage to Resist, that the network is working with to raise funds for the U.S. Army soldier alleged to have delivered classified cables and other secret government documents to WikiLeaks. The website that facilitates online payments will no longer let Courage to Resist use its services.
11:49 AM, Feb 24, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Accused rapist Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is supposed to be extradited to Sweden to face charges of rape. The Guardian reports:
And creates its own.2:38 PM, Feb 7, 2011 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL
In a major development that has been largely ignored or misrepresented in the American media, the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has obtained access to the full stash of over 250,000 classified American diplomatic cables previously obtained by WikiLeaks. The paper has been posting a steady stream of cables to its own website independently of the self-styled “whistleblower organization.”