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An Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange With Daniel Ellsberg, Craig Murray, Bill Binney and Ray McGovern
Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, on Saturday helped moderate a daylong chain of interviews in defense of WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange, including a discussion with Daniel Ellsberg.
A #Unity4J online vigil was held on Saturday (September 1, 2018) to defend the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, whose sanctuary at the Ecuadorian embassy in London has turned into torturous solitary confinement.
Among the participants on Saturday were Craig Murray, a former U.K. ambassador; Nat Parry, son of Consortium News founder and first editor, Robert Parry; Bill Binney, former technical director at the National Security Agency, and Ray McGovern, a former CIA officer. Joe Lauria interviewed Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower and author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.
International media have reported that Ecuador may hand over Assange to United Kingdom authorities, with a fear that he then would be extradited to the United States. The U.K. and Ecuadorian sides are engaged in ongoing negotiations, but Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer for Assange and WikiLeaks since 2010, has acknowledged that Assange’s legal team is not part of those talks
The fate of Assange represents a threat to human rights, asylum rights, liberty and press freedoms. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights already have found in Assange’s favor.
#Unity4J originated from an unplanned but timely response to injustice when Assange’s internet access and visitation rights were taken away. The action has grown into a series of high-profile monthly online vigils.
A dynamic new format for the monthly online vigils was introduced on Saturday. Conceived by organizer Suzie Dawson, the concept is described as a “daisy-chain style digital relay”—which featured more than twenty guest appearances of 30 minutes duration each. At the conclusion of each segment, the guests transitioned from interviewee to interviewer.
“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act,” Assange reminds us, “we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.”
1. The original video, as posted on YT, is about 11h30m long and over 3Gb in size. It is now available in bite-sized chunks, at about 1/8th the size of the original;
2. Obviously there has been some editing, but the content is there as much as is possible and reasonable;
3. I will continue to upload these chunks as quickly as I reasonably can;
4. There were numerous technical glitches that, again, were part of the original broadcast.
Now, for the video sets:
Video #01 (47m29s) (For about the first five minutes there is no audio. This was part of the original, but I left it up because there is an unidentified woman speaking whose audio comes back online at the 5m15s mark)
Part 1: Unknown Woman with Joe Lauria, Editor of Consortium News (21m40s)
Part 2: Joe Lauria, Editor of Consortium News, with Margaret Kimberley, Senior Columnist for and Editor of Black Agenda Report (25m49s)
Coming soon ...