Rally against the #TPP 12:30pm this Friday 13th March at DFAT 123 Pitt Street Sydney

The TPP secret negotiations between Australia US, Japan and nine other countries are still dragging on. It’s because of voices like yours, from people around the world creating awareness about this dodgy deal that it’s yet to be signed, together we can (and must) stop it.
The US is driving the agenda on behalf of its War Profiteers like Haliburton’s CSG, Monsanto’s GMOs, Big-Pharmaceutical, Embedded Big-Media, Tobacco and other industries. TPP - dirtiest deal you've never heard of
We have to make sure that our government ‘behaves according to the wishes of the people’, as the danger is they will agree to shameful deals for higher medicine prices. Allowing foreign companies to sue future Governments if we modify or write new laws regarding our health, environment, workers’ rights, mining rights, copyright, TV restrictions to show Australian made and just about any aspect of society you can think of.

Thanks to WikiLeaks we have some idea of what’s going, no wonder they want to keep Assange locked up. 1st TPP Leak, 2nd TPP Leak.

The Stop TPP campaign is growing and is having an impact. See the GetUp video and sign the Sum of Us petition, read the recent front page article in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times.
It seems that The Greens are the only political party in parliament that are trying to address the injustices of the TPP. For more info on who’s doing what regarding the TPP.
TPP negotiators are meeting secretly again on March 13, in the US.
Say no to shameful deals and call for the release of the TPP text before it is signed!
Join us with AFTINET and others Friday March 13 at 12.30 pm outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade office, Angel Place Bldg, 123 Pitt St, Sydney

FAQ #Assange, Who did What When & Why, a thorough synopsis.

Read and share this document from Justice for Assange justice4assange.com
Here is a sample of questions that get answered accurately;
- Why is Mr. Assange still in the embassy?
- What does the law say?
- Why do the UK and Sweden disobey international law?
- Why was he given asylum?
- What is the status of the US investigation against Mr. Assange?
- What is the status of the Swedish investigation against Mr. Assange?
- Is Mr. Assange accused of ’rape’?
- Why is the US investigation taking so long?
- What is the status of the United Kingdom’s actions against Mr. Assange?

Documents from Edward Snowden reveal that UK intelligence agency GCHQ was spying on WikiLeaks in 2012. The UK government admits to spending more than $10m (now $14.7m USD) on the ongoing embassy police encirclement against Mr. Assange, a figure increasing about $15k a day. Despite requests, it has refused to divulge further information. The encirclement expenditure has been a source of cross-party controversy in the United Kingdom, with the cost being equal 24,828 hospital beds or the training of 285 police. The UK government refuses to release most of its materials on Mr. Assange saying that to do so would compromise the United Kingdom’s international relationships and national security. But several prominent figures have spoken out about the situation.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous, that money should be spent on frontline policing. It’s completely wasted.”
- London Mayor Boris Johnson

“It’s absolute madness… either somebody else has to pay – that is, the Swedish authorities – or we just have to back off and stop guarding the embassy. It is ludicrous.”
- Baroness Jenny Jones, deputy chair of the Police & Crime Committee at the London Assembly

It is unfair for taxpayers to continue to fund this farce. The time has come for the Met to review its strategy on Assange, and withdraw the officers currently guarding the Ecuadorian embassy.”
- Former Scotland Yard royalty protection chief Dai Davies

See http://govwaste.co.uk

Watch the interview with MEP Eva Joly, former French Presidential Candidate, Member of the European Parliament, and investigating judge. Read the transcript from her press conference in Stockholm on 27 March 2014 in English (original); or French.

Justice4Assange has released a systematic rebuttal of UK media myths around Julian Assange’s extradition.

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Assange: “The son of a bitch is me” – statement on the sentencing hearing of US journalist Barrett Brown

Wednesday December 17, 15:00 GMT from WikiLeaks

“How corrupt can we be? Let us take Barrett Brown campaigning against Fox’s calls to assassinate Julian Assange, and flip that to say he’s campaigning for the assassination of FBI agents and use that to put him away for a decade. And then, if he tries to talk about this abuse in order to re-establish the true context, we’ll gag him!”

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Nothing so well describes the surreal universe that has enveloped the United States as yesterday’s sentencing hearing of Barrett Brown.

Barrett has been jailed without trial for over two years now. He faces eight and a half more years. His next sentencing hearing is due in January 2015. The situation also involves me personally and the work of WikiLeaks.

Barrett Brown’s Hunter S Thompson style, his public lampooning of the US security state and his defence of WikiLeaks and Anonymous did not win him friends in the US administration and soon enough the FBI was looking for any excuse to take him down.

The case against Barrett Brown can be broken down into two parts. Two charges against him occur as a direct result of his journalistic work on our Stratfor materials (anonymizing his sources and discussing, with others, the material they provided to him). These charges are at odds with national and international protections for the press and freedom of expression. The third charge concerns his speech acts after the FBI threatened to charge his mother unless he handed over his source material. There are no other charges.

The FBI showed up at his mother’s home on March 6, 2012. His mother hid Barrett’s journalistic notebooks among her pots and pans; an action any son could be proud of. Barrett didn’t co-operate and so the FBI made good on its threat. His mother was charged, convicted and eventually placed on six months probation—for obstructing the course of justice.

“My better judgement was clouded by my maternal instinct” she wryly told the judge.

Barrett reacted to this injustice inflicted on his mother like any son would. He became ill-tempered. But, being an American from generation Y, his anger was expressed on social media.

Barrett, a journalist as well as a son, said he was going to “ruin” the FBI officer concerned by investigating his connections—including those of his adult children. Not a complete fool, he stated, in the same sentence, that this was not a threat of violence, but rather the equalisation of a double standard: doing what the Bank of America did against WikiLeaks when it asked US intelligence contractor Aaron Barr to map out WikiLeaks’ relationships, including, specifically, with the journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Barrett’s angry comments to his friends was at odds with the times. Twitter is a police interview that never ends. Facebook has all your friends wearing a wire. Youtube has you in the dock talking to the judge. Every social media user creates a vast library of statements that may be taken out of context by vengeful or ambitious officials. Users should be displayed their Miranda rights each time they log on.

The most serious claim against Barrett Brown is that six months after the March 6, 2012 FBI raid on his mother’s address he tweeted “illegally shoot the son of a bitch”. It sounds bad. It is a clear incitement to murder. The FBI claim that the “son of a bitch” Barrett was referring to was one of their agents. That is false. The “son of a bitch” is me—and the person who called for my assassination was not Barrett Brown.

Barrett’s full retweet was “dead men can’t leak stuff… illegally shoot the son of a bitch”. The quote is from Fox news host Bob Beckel, who called for my assassination—an injustice that Barrett was trying to draw attention to. Here is the video proof.

The FBI took no action against Bob Beckel or the numerous other senior figures calling for my assassination. A bill was put before Congress to declare WikiLeaks staff “enemy combatants” in order to make our assassination legal. It did not pass, but the FBI still refused to act.

Two days after Barrett retweeted the Bob Beckel statement, the FBI arrested not Bob Beckel, but Barrett Brown. He has been in jail ever since.

The Barrett Brown case is such an obvious injustice that a public campaign by his lawyers to place the Beckel statement back into its proper context would be an obvious step for his defence team.

Indeed, after being publicly monstered by the FBI’s decontextualisation effort, Barrett Brown and his lawyers fought to place the quote back into its proper context. As a result he and his legal team were gagged.

“Brown has shown his intent to continue to manipulate the public through press and social media comments,” the government claimed to the court on August 8, 2013. Public commentary “made by or condoned by the defense will ‘undermine a fair trial.’” As a result, the court ruled it was necessary“to restrain Counsel and Defendant from making prejudicial statements to the press and media.”

How fine, how noble, how egalitarian. Fair trial rights for the government as well as the defence! Neither the defence nor the government can state their case to the public while Barrett Brown rots in jail awaiting his sentence—except to repeat the formal charges made by the government. Neither the greatest King nor the most destitute beggar may sleep in a box on the street. Fair’s fair!

For more on Barrett https://search.wikileaks.org/?q=”barrett+brown”