Julian Assange’s speech via video link, before a side meeting of the UN general assembly on Wednesday, cited US issues that should not be ignored by its citizens and people of the world, as they are not characteristics of a democracy.
(See http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/in_un_address_wikileaks_julian_assange. to access the entire speech.)
1. The implications of “indirect” aiding of the enemy, through leaking information to the internet or other media. (See http://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=US-investigates-possible-W-by-Glenn-Greenwald-120927-110.html and http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/exposed_us_may_have_designated_julian for a thorough accounting.)
2. The state of mind of Bradley Manning at the time he allegedly leaked the Wikicables and coined the phrase “mother of war” in regards to the atrocities and.corruption they revealed.
3. The cruel and tortuous treatment of Manning in an attempt to force him to say what they wanted to hear and to put fear in potential leakers. 4. Selective prosecution and the “whole of government” investigation of WikiLeaks which as a matter of public record includes: (from the speech)
” the Department of Defense; CENTCOM; SOUTHCOM; the Defence Intelligence Agency; the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division; the United States forces in Iraq; the First Armored Division; the U.S. Army Computer Crimes Investigative Unit, the CCIU; the Second Army Cyber Command; and within that three separate intelligence investigations, the Department of Justice, most significantly, and its U.S. grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which now has, according to court testimony early this year produced a file of 42,135 pages into WikiLeaks, of which less than 8,000 concern Bradley Manning; the Department of State; the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Services. In addition, we have been investigated by the Office of the Director General of National Intelligence, the ODNI; the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive; the Central Intelligence Agency; the House Oversight Committee; the National Security Staff Interagency Committee; and the PIAB, the President’s Intelligence—the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. The Department of Justice spokesperson, Dean Boyd, confirmed in July 2012 that the Department of Justice investigation into WikiLeaks is ongoing.”
5. The dramatic character change of President Obama and a Democratic administration of secrecy and despotic militaristic solutions to problems at home and abroad.