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“Treat incitement seriously.” – Wikileaks press release calling for legal consequences for incitement to murder, 10./11.1. 2011

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In a press release twittered on early January 11th 2001, Wikileaks is calling for legal action against media and politics personnell committing open crime (incitement to murder) in publications and broadcastings:

“… WikiLeaks staff and contributors have also been the target of unprecedented violent rhetoric by US prominent media personalities, including Sarah Palin, who urged the US administration to “Hunt down the WikiLeaks chief like the Taliban”. Prominent US politician Mike Huckabee called for the execution of WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange on his Fox News program last November, and Fox News commentator Bob Beckel, referring to Assange, publicly called for people to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch.” (wn030: an diesem abschnitt gibt es ein detail zu korrigieren. anders als in der pressemeldung behauptet, hatte Huckabee zur hinrichtung von Bradley Manning, nicht von J. Assange aufgerufen. mittelalterlich genug, trotzdem bleibt der name in der liste eine unkorrektheit, sofern uns nicht neue zitate von Huckabee bekannt werden. wir konzentrieren uns eher auf aussagen wie die von Beckel. Über die späten korrekturen der fehlermeldungen in medien wie u.a. dem SPIEGEL berichtet der BILDblog auf dieser seite.)

The press release reminds of some of the loudest people openly debating murder:

US radio personality Rush Limbaugh has called for pressure to “Give [Fox News President Roger] Ailes the order and [then] there is no Assange, I’ll guarantee you, and there will be no fingerprints on it.”, while the Washington Times columnist Jeffery T. Kuhner titled his column “Assassinate Assange” captioned with a picture Julian Assange overlayed with a gun site, blood spatters, and “WANTED DEAD or ALIVE” with the alive crossed out.

John Hawkins of Townhall.com has stated “If Julian Assange is shot in the head tomorrow or if his car is blown up when he turns the key, what message do you think that would send about releasing sensitive American data?”

Christian Whiton in a Fox News opinion piece called for violence against WikiLeaks publishers and editors, saying the US should “designate WikiLeaks and its officers as enemy combatants, paving the way for non-judicial actions against them.”

WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange said: “No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than Wikileaks but when senior politicians and attention seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement — to murder. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger.”

The text raises concerns over the security of live and health of their staff members:

“WikiLeaks has many young staff, volunteers and supporters in the same geographic vicinity as these the broadcast or circulation of these incitements to kill. We have also seen mentally unstable people travel from the US and other counties to other locations. Consequently we have to engage in extreme security measures.”

One of the WikiLeaks volunteers left the Seattle airport after a flight to the US around the time of the press release tweet. (See his notes on his arrival here – Jacob Appelbaum reports detention and questioning at the airport, similarly to last year’s news. More about this here and here, although, re. this last link – to abc – j. appelbaum has a correction. see re. correction here. since jan15th, you can also click this article about appelbaums detention in seattle.)

The press release is calling for legal consequenses for persons who misuse the freedom of speech for illegal invocations of the mentioned kind:

“We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

It ends with a link where visitors and readers who were not aware how seriously America is leaving civilized ground can take a look at some other examples. Presented quotes of calls for murder.

http://www.peopleokwithmurderingassange.com/

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Some additional links related to this topic:

reactions to Beckel’s call for murder (digitalfernsehen), German language

der standard zu diesem auftritt von Beckel

zu beginn dezember wurde durch einen anwalt von Lawyers Against War ein professor angezeigt, der öffentlich einen mord an assange begrüßte  (Flannagan)

im netz sind mehrere webseiten aufgetaucht, deren webadressen verbindungen von “kill” und “assange” oder “julianassange” darstellen. bisher enthalten sie keine inhalte. – update hierzu: http://jan.wildeboer.net/2011/01/wrt-killjulianassange-com-killassange-com-and-godaddy/

auf die pressemitteilung geht der SPIEGEL im beitrag zum heutigen gerichtstermin am 11.1. kurz ein: http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,738872,00.html

away from central  topic of this page (necessary legal steps against crime, i.e.  public incitement to murder), but necessary due to timeliness: a link related to the court date today – anlässlich  also dieses  im oben verlinkten SPIEGEL-beitrag erwähnten heutigen gerichtstermins: der guardian veröffentlicht eine zusammenfassung der verteidigungs-argumentation (11.1.2011)

zu genau diesem aktuellen gerichtstermin-thema wiederum sind ab minute 2:10 in einem tagesschau-beitrag vom 16.12. (verlinkt findet sich dieser tagesschau-kommentar auf dieser gulli-seite) ein paar sätze zu hören, die sich in vielen medien eher vermissen lassen noch. die kommentatorin Annette Dittert merkt an, dass im gegebenen fall der veranstaltete zirkus schwer verständlich ist. da es keine anzeige gibt (die beiden frauen hatten eine solche von anbeginn an nicht vor), ist zu fragen, warum sich die schwedische staatsanwältin Assange unter den gegebenen umständen (er soll nur befragt werden) nicht einfach in england befragen kann. der tagesschaulink ist auch über einen “dipp” auf gulli zu finden.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/14-5 – john pilger dropped some well written words in a recent article: “hell hath no fury like imperial mafiosi scorned”. feel free to click the commondreams-link for a n informative sample, presenting violent media rhetoric examples spread via Fox News since 1998.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/01/15/qa-former-wikileaks-spokeswoman-birgitta-jonsdottir/ – “… WikiLeaks is not a terrorist organization and it’s not right when people that have strong media attention, such Sarah Palin and others, when they start to call for the assassination of Julian Assange. Just look at what happened in Arizona. People need to understand that words are very powerful and if you use this word calling for the assassination of Julian Assange or me or anybody else associated with WikiLeaks, are these people willing to live with the consequences if any of us would be killed?- Do you think you’re really at risk of being assassinated? – You don’t put out empty threats like this. This is a very serious threat. Here is a person that was running as a vice-president of the United States saying things like this. How can you possibly take the United States seriously if this is the quality of the dialogue of the people that are running for the highest offices in this country? …”

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Zwischenfrage: und habt ihr auch was zu diesem “Subpoena”? (Anordnung an Twitter zur Auslieferung von wikileaksbezogenen Daten) <> wn030: haben wir. ein paar leseempfehlungen haben wir hier und hier zusammengestellt (erster link beschäftigt sich mit den daten der in der anordnung genannten accounts, zweiter mit der abfrage der daten von followern und usern, selbst solchen, die per zufall im netz auf einen tweet geklickt haben, ohne eingeloggt zu sein). die abfrage ist bestandteil von erkundungs-schnüffeleien im zusammenhang der konstruktion des konspirations-vorwurfs (siehe dazu wiederum links in den ergänzungen unten).

http://wp.me/psdI6-WU

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Written by wn030

January 11, 2011 at 4:22 am

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  1. es wird zu dieser seite 2 ergänzungs-(link-)updateplätze geben, diesen hier und einen, der sich mit rechtlichen schritten gegen öffentliche aufrufe zum mord beschäftigt. wir hoffen, dass der zweite sich nicht über updatemangel beklagen muss.

    der erste jedoch beschäftigt sich mit der parallel vom US-amerikanischen DoJ (Department of Justice) vorbereiteten anklage gegen den wikileaks-sprecher Assange, unter konstruktion eines konspirations-falls.

    http://wlcentral.org/node/889

    im netz gesichtetes kommentar: “I don’t get generally how a country having death penalty can ask for extradition at all…”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/12/world/europe/12assange.html – WikiLeaks Founder Said to Fear ‘Illegal Rendition’ to U.S.

    http://www.fsilaw.com/~/media/Files/Assange%20Skeleton%20Argument%2011_01_2011.ashx – die verteidigung im verfahren gegen die auslieferung – 7.-8.2.2011

    und das gespräch dazu hier: http://www.reddit.com/r/WikiLeaks/comments/f05zy/assange_skeleton_argument_for_feb_7_extradition/

    http://wlcentral.org/node/902 – Misleading press coverage of Julian Assange Trial

    http://ctwatchdog.com/2011/01/12/how-much-did-lawyer-for-wikileaks-accusers-help-cia-in-torture-rendition – “… As Sweden’s Minister of Justice, Bodström helped his nation in 2001 secretly turn over to the Central Intelligence Agency two asylum-seekers suspected by the CIA of terror, … The CIA flew the terror suspects to Egypt for torture as part of the decade’s rendition effort requiring secret, high-level Swedish cooperation. ….”

    randerscheinungen der anklagevorbereitungen: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/01/15/us_us_wikileaks_state_department/ – Anti Wikileaks government praises Ellsberg – While excoriating Julian Assange, the State Department lauds Pentagon Papers film


    peoples’ voices
    – @sarah palin, quitter in chief: 1. He is born in Australia. Therefore he can not be tried for treason 2. Show proof that …”

    http://www.focus.de/politik/weitere-meldungen/wikileaks-nach-schwedischer-regierung-keine-auslieferung-fuer-julian-assange_aid_592227.html – “Die schwedische Regierung will nicht über eine mögliche Auslieferung von Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange an die USA entscheiden. Ministerpräsident Fredrik Reinfeldt sagte am Donnerstag in London, dass Schweden keine Menschen an Staaten mit praktizierter Todesstrafe ausliefere. …”

    am 21.1. erscheint auf der plattform wl-central ein beitrag, der sich mit den kernpunkten des jetzigen verfahrens – auf grundlage eines artikels von Brita sundberg-Weitmann – beschäftigt: http://wlcentral.org/node/1015 – mit besonderem hinweis auf die oben erwähnte frage, wasum assange nicht in england befragt wird: “… The question Sundberg-Weitman raises is that of why Ny … ‘did not accept Assange’s proposal to be interrogated in England,’ which is a legitimate request, in accordance with ‘rules valid in both Sweden and Britain on Mutual Legal Assistance.’ She goes on to explain that The Handbook on International Legal Assistance, published by the Swedish National Prosecutor General, provides various means by which to proceed with interrogations in such cases. This detail is highlighted because Ny had claimed that ‘it would not be compatible with Swedish law to interrogate Assange in England. Sundberg-Weitman notes that this ‘obviously is not true.'”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/03/3128929.htm

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/04/drop_the_case_against_assange

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/world/europe/08assange.html?partner=rssnyt

    http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/anna+ardin – Anna Ardin and SW did not go to the closest police station. They chose a distant one, the Klara police station where her friend, …, active social democrat Irmeli Krans worked that very friday afternoon. …

    press link updates extradition hearing feb 2nd+feb 3rd:

    our collection of relevant live tweets from press in the courtroom is here

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/assanges-extradition-may-turn-on-a-crayfish-party-20110204-1aguk.html

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/07/julian-assange-court-extradition-hearing

    Assange’s full defence to be published on FSI website – http://bit.ly/fvkW95 – at 10am http://bit.ly/ennwRY

    Guardian’s extradition hearing livefeed: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2011/feb/07/assange-extradition-hearing

    2nd liveblog from hearing: http://www.matrixlaw.co.uk/Members/28/Clare%20Montgomery.aspx

    AlJazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net//news/europe/2011/02/20112791540339907.html

    first recent guardian article re hearing – “spotlight” – ready while hearing still ongoing at 3:40 pm gmt+1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/07/julian-assange-extradition-procedures

    http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Anhoerung-ueber-Assanges-Auslieferung-unterbrochen-1184900.html

    7.2.2011 7pm gmt+1 http://www.channel4.com/news/wikileaks-julian-assange-facing-secret-trial-in-sweden

    7.2. 8:15pm gmt+1 http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/0,1518,744051,00.html

    statement of björn hurtig (stockholm lawyer): http://tinyurl.com/5stgenl

    http://wlcentral.org/node/1175 – AUS attorney general responds to open letter to PM

    day 2 of the extradition hearing (feb 8th 2011):

    http://storify.com/wikinews030/assange-hearding-day-2-feb8th-2011 (part I – beginning till lunch break)

    http://storify.com/wikinews030/assange-hearing-day-2-part-ii (part II)

    (links to media articles [BBC, nytimes, guardian, AlJazeera] included)

    feb 9th: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2011/feb/09/julian-assange-statement-court-video

    weitere links zur anklage, die in den USA zu basteln versucht wird:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703313304576132543747598766.html – U.S. investigators have been unable to uncover evidence that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange induced an Army private to leak government documents to his website, according to officials familiar with the matter. …


    extradition hearing tweets collection, feb 11th 2011

    WP: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/10/AR2011021006324.html – Why the U.S. shouldn’t try Julian Assange

    teeater

    January 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

  2. updateplatz 2:
    thema wie geht ein land und seine einwohner mit strafrechtlich relevanten vorgängen um? der aufruf zu mord ist auch in den usa zumindest offiziell ein verbrechen.

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/82tl76

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/wikileaks_calls_for_sarah_palins_arrest.php

    oder mal anders gefragt: wenn sich das heimatland der verbrecher nicht rührt – wie geht dann statt dessen ein anderes land mit kriminellen um?
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/assange-attorney-palin-prosecuted-inciting-violence-visits-australia/ – “… “Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that’s what we intend to do.” …” – only weak point: rawstory prolongs the abovementioned inaccuracy (see main text above) re Huckabee, corrected in many media already in december (incl NYtimes, SPIEGEL et al). just follow the link in the article above, the media watchblog BILDblog hinted at it in december. here’s this link again. you can’t expect media to treat this seriously as long as you try to prolong a misquotation. as much middle-age-attitude in Huckabee’s quote is (still a call for murder for any civilized country), he was referring to Bradley (“those in the government who leaked” – not those who published). – Huckabee is no Australian case. Beckel is. Palin, too. Many others as well. But as long as there’s no new quote from Huckabee, he does not belong to this list, no aussie relation. – This is a matter and question of reliability (the reliability of the press release, for example. And the integrity of the attoney’s announcement). If you once forced media to correct a quote they relied on – afterwards you should treat this experience they made seriosuly.

    teeater

    January 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm

  3. … and … while you’re waiting for news, here’s a nice video in case you missed it (uploaded on july 5th 2010)

    teeater

    January 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

  4. … und an dieser stelle müssen wir aktuell ein weiteres ergänzungsthemenfeld starten.

    nach den unglaublichen vorgängen in bezug auf die
    forderung an twitter nach gerausgabe von daten (hier details bezügl. der bekannteren namen und hier zum rattenschwanz des auftrags) weiter zum nächsten schritt:

    http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/3aw-generic-blog/julian-assange-named-after-supression/20110114-19r0y.htmlwie schaltet man einen namen aus den medien aus?

    http://tinyurl.com/4sortzu – this is a podcast of a radio show described to us by a considerate web citizen. the part about wikileaks starts at min. 30 ff. – following note about this received from the mentioned reader and listener: “I will try to clarify: I read the news article first. Then I clicked on “podcast” and listened to radio. It started talking about Wikileaks after 30 minutes & clarifies the news article I posted initially to you guys. This Will then explain all the coverage appearing on Australian papers talking about Assange 1996 case. I hope that made sense?”

    wn030: a hint has always the potential to be a byte more than just a hint. a critical historian can try to check the influence of DUSCHTERfan-institutions on the australian gov (of whose institution exactly the mentioned order came, stays unclear on the text page). anyway – a topic of this kind non-covered in the media is an answer and also having the potential to be a byte more than just a hint. yes, a “topic of this kind”. we are talking about cenzorship of an even more not imagined before way and size. what’s next? simply ban search key words from media? how about banning “mass protest”, for example? silence about a topic from this kind in the media is then in fact a byte more than just a hint. kneeing down in front of a cenzor means for whichever medium, whatever size: “I welcome you, grand mister. And I welcome my own beaming back to times when I myself was not even a leaflet, under your sword, under your order, under your will.”

    a few minutes later, same concerned reader clarifies his point:

    1. Found piece here: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/3aw-generic-blog/julian-assange-named-after-supression/20110114-19r0y.html
    2. I then send that link to you and a few others to RT.
    3. I then see podcast: http://media.mytalk.com.au/3AW/AUDIO/140111_Hinch_Replay.mp3
    4. I fast forward to the “30 minute” time line and listen for about 5 minutes
    5. While that is happening I read latest story about Assange related to his 1996 case. Which seems to imply that the fact that they can talk about him now was due to The Guardian wanting to find out more about him for their book.
    6. My initial question is then… So they were not allowed to talk about Assange for all that time or what is going on?

    wn030: the text on the mentioned page mentions clearly only so far till now: 14 January, 2011 – 4:52 PM – Yesterday on the program I said I’d just received a notification from the Victorian County Court warning me of a suppression order against …

    so: a radio station in melbourne. received information. about an order (not known if the institution who filed it was named to the medium or not) and mentions: “yesterday”. so the station was informed on 13.1.2011 according to the page’s publishing date online. Not known: when did they (the informing institution) receive the order and a confirmation that they (the informing institution) in fact received this order, immediately followed then by the question: who filed it. any possible relations to similar processes in 1996 is in our eyes the case of a critical historian. (but that’s only us.) any possible relation to similar processses extremely soon is in our eyes the case of concerned media. we see: radio station received information on jan 13th. our focus: who filed the order. when exactly.

    teeater

    January 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

  5. the full interview in a nice 80ies paper outfit copy is here. (you can view it also via docs google) (official print publishing date: jan 17th, available from jan 12th on) – the page where the new statesman announces this interview is here. – and if you prefer this interview as a page text not a pdf, it’s here.

    teeater

    January 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

  6. j. appelbaum informs abc about one of the mistakes in their article:

    “Dear @abc – I did not invent the Tor Project, I’m just another (computer literate techie) who works on it. There are many more incorrect things in your story.”

    teeater

    January 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  7. http://nos.nl/video/211885-compleet-interview-met-julian-assange.html

    an interview. uploaded: 15 januari 2011, 18:32 Duur: 21:33 – “Video NOS-correspondent Arjen van der Horst in gesprek met Julian Assange over WikiLeaks, Nederland en de VS. (Geen ondertitels, die volgen later)”

    teeater

    January 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm

  8. […] “Treat incitement seriously.” – Wikileaks press release calling for legal consequences for inc… (tags: wikileaks supertaalk assange recherche drohungen fechten sammlung links) […]

  9. another video you might wish not to miss – Reportage “Rebellen im Netz”

    teeater

    January 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

  10. Churchill Club panel – Ellsberg about NSA, STASI and the fear of released 1% – “how to shut them down”… you can ff. to 1:35:00

    teeater

    January 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

  11. TV-Doku “Rebellen im Netz” (mit allerdings stellenweise extem freier “übersetzung”, vgl. den SPIEGEL-artikel zu besonders auffälligen mißgriffen)

    teeater

    January 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

  12. teeater

    January 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  13. (part 2, still via andyworthington.co.uk )

    teeater

    January 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

  14. updates re bradley manning are here.

    teeater

    January 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm

  15. teeater

    February 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

  16. ellsberg:

    teeater

    February 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  17. teeater

    September 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  18. Guardian reader “FrankLittle” recently submitted a list of quotations worth being noted (submitted in a comment field under a Guardian article by David Leigh):

    People have criticised Assange for being preposterously grandiose and lashing out at imagined “enemies”.

    His real enemies are dangerous enough, so maybe he’s understandably getting a little paranoid.

    ‘Republican Rep. Peter King of New York called for Assange to be charged under the Espionage Act and asked whether WikiLeaks can be designated a terrorist organization.’

    ‘KT McFarland, who held national security posts under the Nixon, Ford and Reagan governments… She also called for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face terror charges, claiming: “He’s waging cyberwar on the United States and the global world order. Mr. Assange and his fellow hackers are terrorists and should be prosecuted as such.”

    The comments came as a former adviser to Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, suggested a different solution to the international diplomatic crisis – assassinating Mr Assange.

    Prof Tom Flanagan said Barack Obama should “put out a contract and maybe use a drone or something” to rid the world of Mr Assange.’

    ‘A prominent Tea Party group issued a statement Tuesday apparently calling for the execution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for the recent release of confidential U.S. documents.

    Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation argues that killing Assange is acceptable because he is not an American citizen and has allegedly aided and abetted the country’s enemies. He also claims that killing Assange would send a message.

    “You are not going to make cyber war on America, which is basically what has happened here.”

    It’s a shame Assange couldn’t get on with the Guardian

    Yes it is, this issue is a little one sided at the moment.

    teeater

    September 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

  19. teeater

    January 14, 2012 at 12:54 am

  20. teeater

    March 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  21. wn030-7

    December 17, 2012 at 8:54 am


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