Articles by Oscar Grenfell

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Groundswell of Support for WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

30 Nov 2019 – Over the past week, a growing groundswell of opposition to the US-led persecution of Julian Assange has come to the surface of political life internationally. Prominent public figures in Britain, Europe and Australia, including doctors, journalists, politicians and United Nations representatives, have condemned the WikiLeaks founder’s imprisonment in the UK’s maximum-security Belmarsh Prison.

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Conference at European Parliament Defends Julian Assange
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

At the European Parliament in Brussels on14 Nov, MEPs and prominent public figures condemned the US-led persecution of the WikiLeaks founder and called for his freedom. Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, remarked: “Two hundred years ago on this continent we were ruled by people who had absolute power. We decided we didn’t like that. We created states that were to be democracies governed by the people.”

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UN Rapporteur Nils Melzer Warns: Julian Assange May Die in British Prison
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

4 Nov 2019 – United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer has issued a chilling warning: If WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is not urgently released from prison and provided the medical care he requires, he may die behind bars in Britain. In accompanying comments to the Associated Free Press, Melzer said that his statement was based on “new medically relevant information.”

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Britain Obstructs Spanish Investigation into CIA Spying on Julian Assange
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

El País reported on Wednesday [23 Oct] that a request by Spanish judge José de la Mata to interview Assange via videolink had been rejected by the UK. He is investigating a complaint by Assange’s lawyers alleging that UC Global, the private company hired to provide security to Ecuador’s London embassy, illegally surveilled him on behalf of US authorities while he was protected with political asylum inside the building.

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UN Official’s Briefing on Torture of Assange Boycotted by Media
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

18 Oct 2019 – As it was, footage aired by the Russian-funded RT outlet showed a grand total of four people in the audience, surrounded by rows of empty chairs. To date, the RT article, and an accompanying video, appears to be the only report on the briefing by any media outlet in the world.

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British Judge Jails Assange Indefinitely, Despite End of Prison Sentence
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

14 Sep 2019 – In a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange will remain in prison, despite the fact that his custodial sentence for “absconding” bail expires on Sep 22. The ruling is the latest in a series of attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights by the British judiciary.

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Clinical Psychologist Lissa Johnson: They Are Trying to Break Assange “Physically and Psychologically”
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

28 Aug 2019 – Australian clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson has been an outspoken defender of Julian Assange. Earlier this year she wrote an extensive five-part investigative series titled “The Psychology of Getting Julian Assange.” Johnson provided the following responses to a series of questions earlier this week.

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John Pilger Warns: “Do Not Forget Assange. Or You Will Lose Him”
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

9 Aug 2019 – In a tweet that has been shared more than 10,000 times, Pilger wrote: “Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him. I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of a US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him.”. Christine Assange, Julian’s mother, responded to Pilger’s update with a series of tweets.

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Julian Assange’s Lawyer Briefs Australian Parliamentarians on His Persecution
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

1 Aug 2019 – As many as 30 federal Australian parliamentarians attended a closed-door legal briefing by Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer for Julian Assange, at Canberra’s parliament house yesterday. The MPs included representatives of the conservative parties, Labor and the Greens. The barrister outlined the dire implications for press freedom and democratic rights of the US-led persecution of Assange.

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Australian Anzac Day Celebrations Promote Militarism and War
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

Anzac Day celebrations on April 25 were used by the Australian political and media establishment to reaffirm its commitment to US-led wars and military preparations around the world, and to try to drown out widespread anti-war sentiment among working people.

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