Julian Assange Arrested, Take Action Now

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Above photo: Rally outside the British embassy in Washington,DC in June, 2018. By Margaret Flowers

April 11, 2019 – Today, Wikileaks publisher, Julian Assange, was expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted asylum almost seven years ago, and arrested by British police. He is being held for extradition to the United States. Assange is a journalist who should not be prosecuted for publishing the truth.

Julian Assange being removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in the United Kingdom under arrest on April 11, 2019. From Ruptly video.

Popular Resistance calls for the immediate release of Julian Assange and safe passage home.

TAKE ACTION:

Contact the British embassy closest to you or plan a rally. The next day to organize around is May 2 when Assange will be back in court.

Contact us at info@popularresistance.org if you are planning an action so we can let others know.

Here is a list of British embassies in the U.S.:

Washington, DC
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008
Phone: +1-202-5886500  +1-202-588-7800
Email: britishembassyenquiries@gmail.com

Atlanta, GA
Georgia Pacific Center, Suite 3400, 133 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: +1-404-9547700
Fax: +1-404-9547702
Email: britishconsulategeneral.atlanta@fco.gov.uk

Boston, MA
One Memorial Drive, 15th Floor Suite 1500 Boston, MA 02142
Phone: +1-617-2454500
Fax: +1-617-6210220

Chicago, IL
625 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200 Chicago, IL 60611
Phone:+1-312-970-3800
Fax:+1-312-9703852

Denver, CO
World Trade Centre Tower 1625 Broadway, Suite 720 Denver, CO 80202
Phone: +1-303-5925200
Fax: +1-303-5925209
Email: Mark.Stevens@britcondenver.com, info@britcondenver.com

Houston, TX
Suite 1900, Wells Fargo Plaza, 1000 Louisiana Suite 1900 Houston, TX 77002
Phone: +1-713-6596270
Fax: +1-713-6597094
Email: bcg.houston@fco.gov.uk

Los Angeles, CA
2029 Century Park East, Suite 1350 Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: +1-310-4810031
Fax: +1-310-4812960
Email: bcg.losangeles@fco.gov.uk

Miami, FL
1001 Brickell Bay Drive Miami, FL 33131
Phone: +1-305-4006400

New York, NY
885 Second Avenue New York, NY 10022
Phone: +1-212-7450200
Fax: +1-212-759-0359
Email: public.enquiries@newyork.mail.fco.gov.uk

San Francisco, CA
1 Sansome Street, Suite 850 San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: +1-415-6171300
Fax: +1-415-4342018
Email: UKinsanfrancisco@fco.gov.uk

Seattle, WA
900 Fourth Ave., Suite 3100 Seattle, WA 98164
Phone: 206-622-9255
Fax: 206-622-4728

Assange in handcuffs in police wagon as he is being taken away from the embassy.

We urge people in the UK, US, Australia and around the world to protest the extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange at every step of legal proceedings. In court today it was disclosed that the US is seeking extradition of Assange over an alleged conspiracy with Chelsea Manning “to break a password to a classified US government computer,” according to the US Department of Justice.

Watch the #Unity4J online emergency vigil here. This vigil takes place every Friday night. Tune in and spread the word:

Popular Resistance will be doing all it can to build a broad movement for freedom for Julian Assange so he can continue his important work as a publisher and journalist. Assange has committed no crime and has had his political asylum, which has been recognized by the UN, taken away from him for no legitimate reason.

The prosecution of Julian Assange is an attack on Freedom of the Press in the 21st Century. WikiLeaks is democratizing journalism, redistributing power and increasing transparency. Publishing the truth is not a crime. The attack on Assange is a threat not only to journalism but opposition to war and empire. People need to stand up for Assange, our right to know and build a movement against US imperialism.

Wikileaks’ breakthrough journalism has been a public service that exposed US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, human rights violations at the Guantanamo Bay prison and showed corporate corruption of US foreign policy in State Department cables. Wikileaks has published documents concerning governments and corporations throughout the world.

Wikileaks has democratized the media by creating the ability for people to expose crimes of governments and corporations by anonymously leaking documents that show their activities. This innovation gives power to people to be the media. Such power is essential at this time of corporate concentration of media, where six companies control 90 percent of the news.

Wikileaks documents have been covered in major news outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post and have had an impact on the development of public policies.

The US and international courts should be prosecuting those who committed crimes exposed in the documents published by Wikileaks, not the media outlet who exposed the crimes.

Chelsea Manning, who leaked documents to Wikileaks, is being held for refusing to testify before a grand jury in Alexandria, VA. She refuses to testify in secret against Julian Assange. Manning should be released. Manning and Assange are sacrificing their freedom for our right to know

Yesterday, was the 30th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). Beginning under President Obama and continuing under President Trump, whistleblowers are being arrested and charged with the Espionage Act at increasing levels. From the time the Espionage Act was passed in 1917 until the Obama administration took office, it was used against one person. Eight people were prosecuted by the Obama Department of Justice. The number of investigations of leaked information has tripled under the Trump administration.

Visit Wikileaks official action page to defend Julian Assange and Wikileaks (including donations),
The Julian Assange support group has also updates and live streams.
  • il corvo

    How will the US sell the Assange prosecution to the American people? They will label him as undermining the safety and security of the US Government, meaning that you and I are much less safe with Assange and all like him free to publish. The news media with stay mum or support the government because of their fears about being implicated in publishing classified material. This US government will operate behind an iron curtail of lies fabricated as security and the frightened public will look to the authority of the government for guidance. Without facts how do we recognize truth?

  • Marshalldoc

    The implications of this catastrophe, and the world’s silent complacent complicity in it, presage more horrors to come.

  • Mary Vogt

    Why can’t you set up a petition page that is easy? People won’t do all this. There are numerous petition sites who automate this process. If you want big numbers, you need to do that.

  • William Johnson

    I’m sure a massive propaganda campaign is already underway and in the U.S., this will likely result in a majority of people thinking Assange did something wrong for publishing crimes committed by the security state. Of course, not a day goes by that the U.S. and it’s partners, NATO and otherwise, do not commit criminal acts too few folks know are ongoing since they don’t have the time to research such matters, don’t care for various reasons, or are just too tired from trying to survive to deal with much besides TV and smartphones. But hey, should the day come most can’t afford a six pack and a football game, we might find people paying attention we never thought would.

  • Kim Lane

    I AM GOING TO THE BRITISH EMBASSY ON SANSOME IN SAN FRANCISCO TO PROTEST . WILL ARRIVE ABOUT 11:30AM. PLEASE JOIN ME THERE.

  • Thomas Brennan

    Put the focus on what Assange and Manning were trying to expose, the surveillance state.

  • Jon

    The corporate media should be a target of indignant protest.

  • Andrew Bennett

    The scum are also continuing the filthy smears accusing him of being a rapist.

  • ProudlyUnaffiliated

    Assange is an actor in this play. What will happen? Worst case scenario: he is killed by deep state operators who are furious with him. Best case scenario: he gives up all the info on the crimes of deep state and helps to bring them down and hopefully goes free and is defended against his enemies for the rest of his life. Not clear what happens next, pray for his usefulness to combat evil, his continuing courage, and heroism.

  • Hansa Junchun

    I am going to the Ecuadorian consulate in New Haven to register my disgust with President Moreno’s corruption and cowardice!

  • rosko

    Assange is and always has been a wannabe and a person looking for his fifteen minutes of fame. He hid like a coward in that embassy for seven years and did not have the balls to come out.

    The good part is that this douche will be extradited, tried, convicted, and incarcerated in a United States Federal Prison. When one receives illegally and publishes illegally US government files that are not a persons to publish, one should be in prison.

    All of you anarchist, socialist, communist, and bleeding hearts in these leftest fringe organizations simply don’t like the rule of law. They only like laws that they benefit from, they also ignore laws that don’t like.

    So Assange, enjoy your time in prison! You made stupid decisions, now you live with the repercussions of those decisions.

  • chetdude

    Other than deconstructing their “coverage of events” to tease out a few concrete facts, the corporate media should be entirely IGNORED…

  • chetdude

    Yep, in bizarro partisan national security police state USAmerica-land, consensual sex without a condom has become “rape”…

  • chetdude

    Actually, Mr newbie deep state troll, since the USAmerican Empire is in the latter stages of its suicidal path after 18 years of a bloated war machine that can’t “win a war”, 40 years of domestic neglect and growing inequality, complete removal of whatever fig leaf of “moral authority” its propaganda machine was able to create during phony “cold war one” and the final indignity of their failed coup attempt in Venezuela (Thank you, Russia! Bye bye Monroe Doctrine!)…

    It’s HIGHLY likely that if given a fair trial, Assange will be exonerated and released.

    If he’s not given a fair trial, the resistance against the dying Empire will be that much stronger here in the belly of the beast…

    This is a win-win for our side…

  • rosko

    You and all of your communist buddies just don’t have a clue. Socialism and communism don’t work, if you think Russia is so good just move there. You will not be missed. GFY!

  • Jon

    I think that is less effective than publicly humiliating them by exposing their litany of lies, omissions and distortions ever since . . Visualize several thousand people outside the office of XYZ denouncing specific factually many of their erroneous reporting (not the fault so much of reporters as the corporate culture they have to adopt to keep working). Key points by consensus on our side can then be broadcast through OUR media outlets, like this one.

  • chetdude

    You are a funny but predictable little tr*ll.

    Thanks to USAmerican meddling in their elections, Russia is just another gangster capitalist state, just like USAmerica. Russia is run of, by and for their Oligarchs just as USAmerica is of, by and for ours.

    And no nation has ever been allowed to institute a Socialist or Communist system of government.

    For you ignorant folk and for folks who care to know the truth, here’s what Socialism really means:

    Socialism is Worker and Community (THE PEOPLE’S) OWNERSHIP of the means of production coupled with democratic processes for decision making that allows the people to achieve consensus about where, when and what to produce, how much and how to do it along with how to fairly and equally distribute what’s produced.

    I know these concepts are almost impossible for capitalists to grasp but there it is — the actual definition…

  • steffenc

    Go get a real job, spreading propaganda online is obviously not your top skill.

  • kevinzeese

    Haha. What you don’t understand is that Venezuela is still a capitalist country. Seventy percent of the economy is in private hands. There economy is a mixed economy as the US economy is. What is not working for Venezuela are two things. First, the price of oil dropped dramatically from over $150 a barrel to under $50 a barrel. This has been a problem for Venezuela since the 1920s as oil has dominated their economy since then. Second, the US economic war which has had numerous negative effects including adding to inflation but also the stealing of billons of dollars in Venezuelan assets. Another factor is hoarding of food and other essentials, selling subsidized food in Colombia and keeping them off markets in warehouses. There have been significant prosecutions of this type of activity.

  • The govt doesn’t sell us, they just do it. We are not a democracy. That is just a MASK. We are under benign totlitarianism right now.

  • Neville

    By charging Julian the US would have to admit to the crimes against humanity that it committed that Julian had reported to the world

  • chetdude

    And just as USAmerica’s deepest systemic problem is a complete infrastructure and economy has been built that absolutely requires burning (and eating) fossil-fuels just to exist.

    OIL, Venezuela’s colonial monocrop has left them as dependent as we are.

    Chavez tried to diversify their economy but didn’t have enough time to accomplish very much – especially in the face of Venezuela’s Oligarchs and the relentless USAmerican effort to deter and even try to overthrow him before he could really get started.

  • Nick Smegg

    I would describe those scum as the Feminazi Left, led in the UK by the odious Jess Phillips MP.

  • David Stevens

    It would be so much easier if you guys took the time to write up a letter to go out and everyone just filled in their personal information. This is what some very effective groups and campaigns are doing. Its so much easier to take action and get large numbers of people. Thanks for your consideration.

  • David Stevens

    I’m so sick of all these patriotic trolls with their red white and blue hard-ons for a system that doesn’t give 2 flying fig leaves about them wishing harm on Assagne because he has spent 7 years in the embassy. So what? Nobody wants to be or deserves to be tortured and that’s exactly what’s going to happen to Julian. So go away and learn some real US history which isn’t all too flattering and quit with the strange sociopathic fetish of wishing fellow human beings be locked up in a cage somewhere.

  • Hutlee

    Every government has skeletons in the closet that they don’t want the public to know about, some maybe legitimate, some may not be so legitimate. Only when the people have access to these issues can the difference be determined. Right now, the Mueller Reprt is being redacted, and who knows what is being removed. We can rest assured that administration is making sure that any damaging information is being redacted. Here is where people like Assange are needed. Whistle Blowers are never popular with leaders.

  • Dymphna

    Great explanation!

  • Dymphna

    Rosko shows his ignorance and nastiness in each word he writes.

  • Pat moore

    socialism is working pretty well in many European countries, with the US in third-world status on many issues- healthcare, income inequality, infrastructure, housing, support for children ……I could go on.

  • dopfa

    rosko, you’re a war crime apologist if you believe the world doesn’t have the right to know about the atrocities the government commits in our names. Hiding behind “classified documents” as the US Government commits heinous acts is NOT patriotism, it complicity for mass murder.

  • dopfa

    Assange published MASS WAR CRIMES the US Government committed. It has NOTHING to do with communism, socialism, or Russia. Mass murder committed for obscene profit is NOT something to be patriotic about, Mr. “America-Can-Do-No-Wrong.” Slaughter in the name of righteousness is the worst kind of crime, and minions like you are the worst kind of people. Blindly cheering the war criminals on makes you an accomplice. Were you? How many people did you blow away in the terroristic war on terror? Or are you just a chicken hawk, cheering on the slaughter from the safety of your armchair?

  • Deanna Clark

    When I saw that Big Oil exec exclaim on camera, “Venezuela? We can just go and take the place and the oil…We’re the United States of America, we can do what we want.” I realized the mindset the little folk are facing. The shameless hubris may be their weakness…

  • Deanna Clark

    1) Russia is not communist, genius! 2) The old joke there was “Our govt. is a septic tank…the biggest chunks rise to the top.” This can be easily said of Washington.

  • rosko

    If Russia is so good, just pack your stuff and take. You will not be missed.

  • chetdude

    Russia is just another gangster capitalist state, just like USAmerica.

    I prefer to stay here (with millions of other wonderful radical people) and nibble away in the belly of the beast!

  • rosko

    I have been places and done things you will never imagine. You people praise lawbreaking ingrates and bottom feeders like Assange.

    If someone stoled something from your house that belonged you would scream like a bitch. Assange took stuff that did not belong to him, and published it unlawfully. He raped two women in Sweden and hid like the coward he is for seven years in a third world embassy. I have have no respect for him and many of you.

    You guys do not like laws because you do not the consequences for breaking them.

  • rosko

    You are socialist bottom feeder who probably has never been pricked by the reality of the real world.

  • chetdude

    “Consensual sex without using a condom”…not “rape”…Yeah, arrogant and stupid but NOT RAPE as defined by USAmerican law.

    And Sweden dropped the charges years ago…

    Helped Publish dirty secrets and war crimes perpetrated by the USAmerican Empire and it’s bloated war machine (just like the New York Times, Fox News, etc.)

    “Broke bail” by gaining asylum from a decent former-President of Ecuador in order to avoid being extradited and being in danger of being executed by Obama and now Trump for the ‘crime’ of helping to reveal those war crimes.

    (Now Trump has bought off the new right-wing pResident of Ecuador to withdraw political asylum)

    Apparently you’re fine with war criminals…

  • rosko

    Assange made a bunch of very poor decisions that got him put away. If he had made better decisions he would not be locked up.

  • chetdude

    You’re just a bloviating prick…

    Viva Socialismo!!!

    We are winning and We shall Overcome!!!

  • chetdude

    Shee-it.

    The Empire would have found some pretext to continue their harassment of Julian Assange…

    In order to deter other Journalists from reporting USAmerican economic and war crimes…

  • rosko

    And your friends in Russia are innocent? They invade the Crimea, the invade Ukraine, they shoot down an. unarmed Malaysian civilian aircraft, over the Ukraine. the invade Georgia, and the prop up despots like Assad and Maduro. Crawl back into your hole and shut up already.

  • David Stevens

    You mean to say he risked his life and freedom to bring us news we weren’t getting. Classified information about the US slaughtering a million innocent civilians and turning millions more into refugees. And dont forget he exposed torture at Gitmo. All this was being done in your name Rosko and with your money under the guise of “classified information” You know when the government classifies things Rosko? When they’ve broken the law and deemed you a child that can’t handle the truth.

  • rosko

    Beg to differ! They classify stuff that does not need to made public. If a terrorist got blown away by a Hellfire missile that came through the window of his mud hut, so what. I would rather him be dead than one innocent American. If someone were to be tortured at Gitmo, oh well! If it saved one American life it’s worth it. Assange did not risk his life for anything, he is an opportunist who made some really stupid decisions. That did nothing but get him locked up.

  • Organized_and_United_We_Rise

    In the meantime, it’s up to the genuine patriots, the ‘winter soldiers’ to stand for US democracy, for political, social, economic, racial, gender and environmental justice, to campaign for an inclusive, fair and equitable future for us all. That takes time and effort, sure, however, these are the kinds of citizen contributions history will remember and admire. Those who know or suspect what’s going on yet who choose to go on bitching on the sidelines, drooling in front of their teevees or stay caught up in some sort of self-involved patterns of consumption and self-gratification will remain inconsequential.

  • Organized_and_United_We_Rise

    I contact news readers, journalists and news show producers via email. I protest crappy, shoddy or self-dealing sub-journalism via emails addressed directly to the people involved. I don’t always get responses beyond the standard “thank you for contacting us, we’ll look into this” generic messages, but every once in awhile, my efforts pay off.

    What actions have you taken to confront the corporate media?

  • William Johnson

    Damn fool or idiot. Not sure which. Willfully ignorant at best.

  • William Johnson

    I don’t know about sides. Think assigning such terms a waste of time. As a man of Cherokee descent, I can’t help but think the invaders of our lands are getting exactly what they asked for, although I don’t think it’s too late for people to go native, as they used to say. After all, for tens of thousands of years, our rivers, creeks and streams ran clean, our soil healthy, the air fit to breathe and all this without any regulations whatsoever. We had no need for a prison, a constable, nor any of the trapping of what folks call, a civilized society. Try and imagine a world like that for a second and just maybe you’ll understand the position of Native Peoples. It’s not us who were uncivilized, It’s the other way around.

  • Jon

    I’d be glad to be part of such a confrontation, but live in a very rural are, far from such. I spend lots of time this way and am very active with building an alternative via Green Party. Occasionally I do write LTE.

  • Organized_and_United_We_Rise

    empires don’t care…

  • Organized_and_United_We_Rise

    “All of you anarchist, socialist, communist, and bleeding hearts in these leftest fringe organizations simply don’t like the rule of law. They only like laws that they benefit from, they also ignore laws that don’t like.”

    …said the trumpcult member, gaslighting the rest of us while pretending his dear leader–who only likes laws he benefits from and ignores laws he doesn’t like–never behaves that way. Wake up, Einstein! Whether you’re all-in with the orange man’s fake white nationalism, his pretend populism, his authentic racism or his genuine criminality, you’re acting like a WWF fanboy while being used like a nervous nanny goat at a remote lumbermen’s camp.

  • Neville

    The Roman Empire didn’t care until it was to late for them ,to care .

  • Neville

    He hid in plain sight from a kangaroo court

  • Neville

    Why do your kind have to accuse those who have a different opinion to be communist or socialists , I am neither but I’m not real keen on the form of capitalism we have to endure

  • rosko

    If not a capitalist society, what’s next the 45% to 55% effective tax rate that comes with socialism. I already pay a hell of a lot in taxes, too much!

    I earned my money by working hard and investing wisely. I, like most people, find it extremely offensive the idea that you want me to pay more taxes. These taxes would go to support folks who did not earn it, many of whom live on the dole. Don’t think so.

    If a person has a valid reason or physical reason that they cannot work, by all means we should help them. If someone can work and they refuse to, they deserve absolutely nothing from the government.

  • kevinzeese

    Taxes on the wealthy existed in the US of over 91% for the top bracket from the 1940s through the early 1960s and stayed above 70 percent until 1980. The US as a flourishig capitalist country throughout that perod.

    Capitalists benefit from the infrastructure of the country, the education provided in public schools and public universities and so many aspects of a county. If Warren Buffet were alive in the caveman era, he would not have been wealthy. He probably would have been the dinner of some animal. He is wealthy because of the world he lives in. High taxes on the Warren Buffet’s of the world make sense — even Buffet agrees!

  • chetdude

    Apparently they are YOUR friends in Russia — thanks in no small part to the capitalist masters you’re pimping for, Russia has been just another gangster capitalist state since the mid-90s…

    Or did you miss the end of the (State-Capitalist Dictatorship) in the USSR in the early 90s, hmmm?

  • chetdude

    Alas, a couple other pieces of the puzzle are that even though the New Deal and Unions forced more fair distribution of the increased wealth here in USAmerica, the 1940s through 1971 were a period of unregulated, metastasized ‘growth’ that was powered by mindless burning of fossil-fuels and resulted in unbelievable levels of pollution on a Planet that was not yet severely overcrowded by homo sapiens(sic).

    The Buffets and Kochs and Adelsons and Gates and Bezos and Zuckerbergs of the world buy the rules (politicians) that enable them and very few others to become filthy rich.

  • Neville

    I paid my 49% tax rate on the work I did as a contractor in this country or being paid $239 penalty/overtime rate for Sunday work as an employee and seeing $3.50 in my hand after paying tax so I’d like to see income tax abolished and a 20% goods tax introduced and kill off many company taxes so they can afford to employ workers

  • Steven Berge

    I was thinking of going on May 1. Is that when you’re going? Was going to ask any Move To Amenders if they wanted to go.

  • Steven Berge

    He exposed illegal and anti citizen activities by several governments. Don’t you want to know what your government is doing in your name when it is violating your rights and the rights of others?

  • rosko

    Yes, but he is in jail!