Posts Tagged ‘ Julian Assange ’

The Fifth Estate

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‘The Fifth Estate’, based on two books by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and David Leigh, is the story of Julian Assange’s rise and of his somewhat peculiar working relationship with Berg, former spokesperson for WikiLeaks. Of course, included within, is a look into the global impact of WikiLeaks itself and all that governmental disapproval it’s since managed to amass.

Given the attention that’s surrounded Assange the last few years, a high profile film on the WikiLeak’s founder was always inevitable. For it, Bill Condon, famed for the likes of ‘Kinsey’ and dare I say, two of the Twilight movies, was given the reigns. His long time editor, Virginia Katz, keeps the cuts edgy and hurried straight from the opening scene. If only its plot structure and story could live up to all those impressively symbiotic technical aspects. Continue reading

Snow Joke As Edward Gives America The Run Around

The United States has increased pressure on Russia to hand over former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is believed to be hiding out in Moscow while waiting for news of an asylum request to Ecuador.

However Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Snowden has not crossed into Russian territory, rejecting US demands to extradite the National Security Agency leaker, who continues to evade justice.

Lavrov said that accusing Russia of “violation of US laws and even some sort of conspiracy” with regard to Snowden is “absolutely ungrounded and unacceptable.” Continue reading

Assange Battling Extradition To Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is back in court today for a full extradition hearing over alleged sex offences.

The 39-year-old Australian is wanted by the Swedish authorities over claims that he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to Stockholm last August.

At Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London,his lawyers are expected to argue that he could face execution in the United States if he is extradited to Sweden.

They believe there is a “real risk” he could be extradited on to the US, where he could be detained in Guantanamo Bay or even face the death penalty.

The claim that he could face extradition to the US and even execution emerged in a skeleton argument released by his lawyers in the wake of a preparatory legal hearing at the same court last month.

Mr Assange’s legal team have also suggested that extraditing him to Sweden could breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which bans torture.

The internet activist, who has been on bail since he handed himself into London Metropolitan Police in December, denies committing any offences and has vowed his work will continue as the extradition battle continues.

Wikileaks is currently mirrored on over 1400 websites, in order to ensure that it will not be brought down.