03 Jan 2020

Dissenter Weekly With Guest John Kiriakou: UN Official Condemns ‘Coercive Confinement’ Of Chelsea Manning

In our first “Dissenter Weekly Update” episode of the year, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou joins the show. He is also a former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We highlight letters to the United Kingdom and United States government from United Nations Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer that condemn

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01 Jan 2020

UN Special Rapporteur On Torture Blasts UK Government’s Indifference To Abuse Against Julian Assange

UN Special Rapporteur On Torture Nils Melzer strongly objected to the UK government’s indifference toward WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s ongoing abuse and mistreatment in detention.

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27 Nov 2019

Dissenter Weekly Update: Whistleblower Concerns Over Trump Gutting Asylum, WikiLeaks Publishes OPCW Whistleblower Email

This week’s “Dissenter Weekly Update” episode features a story involving whistleblowers at immigration agencies, who object to how President Donald Trump is gutting the asylum process available to immigrants. According to a United States Senate report, “Whistleblowers reported that in nearly all cases where asylum officers found that asylum seekers

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07 Aug 2019

Judge Denies Chelsea Manning A Hearing, Insists Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Fines Are Not Punishment

A federal judge denied Chelsea Manning’s motion to reconsider fines imposed against her for refusing to testify before the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. He also undermined due process and refused to hold a hearing

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Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court in London. Screencap source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrjVOedHS4o
14 Jun 2019

Judge Sets ‘Long Timetable’ For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition

A judge set timetable for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition case. His defense said he’ll have time to prepare against serious charges.

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Chelsea Manning waits on a subway platform. Still image from "XY Chelsea" trailer via SHOWTIME.
10 Jun 2019

‘XY Chelsea’ Is Bittersweet Film On Chelsea Manning’s Life After Commutation

“XY Chelsea” explores moments in Chelsea Manning’s life immediately following her release from military prison at Fort Leavenworth.

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05 Jun 2019

Chelsea Manning Has Better Grasp Of Grand Jury Than Federal Judge Who Jailed Her

When Judge Anthony Trenga sent Chelsea Manning back to jail, he urged her to reflect on her principled opposition to testifying before the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Manning took Trenga’s admonishment seriously and wrote a letter to Trenga that outlined why she opposes the grand jury in general. She delved

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Chelsea Manning. Photo by joltcan on Flickr.
31 May 2019

Chelsea Manning Owes Court $500—Then $1,000—For Every Day She Maintains Grand Jury Resistance

Chelsea Manning requested a hearing to challenge the harsh fines levied to force her to testify before the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

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29 May 2019

Unraveling The Justice Department’s Conspiracy Theory Against Julian Assange

Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed the Justice Department is relying on a theory of the case, which was concocted and partly tested during Chelsea Manning’s military trial. The theory adopts the CIA’s viewpoint, which is that WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” and suggests Assange

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Photo by Tim Evanson on Flickr.
23 May 2019

In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist

To listen to the story, click the above player. In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists

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