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Australian Foreign Minister
2014.01.02 04:21:21

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has condemned as "reckless" and "counterproductive" a WikiLeaks Party delegation which met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

The delegation, which reportedly included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's father John Shipton, met with Assad on December 23, according to a post on the Syrian president's Twitter feed.

Bishop said the delegation's actions risked involving Australia in the Syrian conflict which has killed more than 130,000 people since it began in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"It's an extraordinarily reckless thing for an organization registered as a political party in Australia to try and insert itself in the appalling conflict in Syria for their own political ends," Bishop said, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Wednesday.

"It's certainly counter-productive. It is not in support of the sanctions regime that Australia has in place, in fact it risks undermining the sanctions regime we have in place, and it risks aligning Australia with one side of the conflict in Syria, which is something we would not do."

The WikiLeaks Party website said the meeting was aimed at showing solidarity with the Syrian people and voicing opposition to western military intervention.

The WikiLeaks Party, founded as part of Assange's failed campaign for election to Australia's parliament in September, is distinct from the whistleblowing group which has said it neither knew about or approved the meeting.


Tags: Syria | Wikileaks | Australia

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WikiLeaks denies knowledge of meeting with Assad
2014.01.01 05:32:09

WikiLeaks has said it did not know about and did not approve a delegation to Syria which met with President Bashar al-Assad on December 23.

The visit triggered a furor when revealed in Australia on Tuesday, with the center-left Labor opposition describing it as "extraordinary" and "irresponsible".

"For an Australian political party to think it's sensible to go and have discussions and try and provide some legitimacy, is something I think which they have to explain," said Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen.

The WikiLeaks Party was founded by Assange as part of his failed campaign for election to Australia's parliament this year, but is distinct from the amorphous whistle-blowing group.


Tags: Syria | Wikileaks

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Let's not forget the reason for this holiday
2011.07.04 00:03:45

Bradley ManningOn Monday when you are slathering on the sunscreen (A & B), chomping into your third hot dog and opening your second beer, pause and remember for a moment the man who is making it all possible.

Tags: Wikileaks | Bradley Manning

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250 Legal Scholars Condemn Obama’s Treatment of Bradley Manning
2011.04.12 04:39:54

By Anthony Gregory

The Obama administration has detained the alleged Wikileaks whistleblower under tortuous conditions—for almost a year, has has been subjected to solitary confinement in a windowless 6×12 cell for 23 hours a day, under constant surveillance, prevented from exercising, lacking a pillow or sheets. For the remaining hour every day, he is allowed to walk in circles in a somewhat larger cell, still without any human company. Every give minutes he is asked, “Are you OK?” and must answer yes. Now he is being forced to sleep naked. Put together, his treatment constitutes cruel and unusual punishment without trial, protest 250 legal scholars, including preemenent liberal law professor Laurence Tribe, a man who taught Obama constitutional law, supported his 2008 campaign, and until recently worked as a Justice Department legal adviser. The letter draws scathing conclusions about his treatment, as well as about Obama’s personal culpability in this mockery of justice:

Tags: Bradley Manning | Wikileaks

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