Jan. 18 Media Advisory on WikiLeaks/Assange News

 
The Justice Integrity Project updated our recent reports linking the ongoing probes of WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange in Sweden and in the United States. This provided a summary for other researchers of:
 
Swedish flag1) Here are our major recent investigative reports and opinion columns on the topics of free press, national security and personal privacy: 

2) Here are our recent radio or TV interviews on the topic (available globally by archive):

3) Our archive of such reports arranged by date is in our website section labelled News Reports accessible at the top of our home page, with most of the reports also published as notes to a blog here, typically within a day or two of original publication.

  

Editor's Note: Below is a selection of significant blogs and news articles on legal reform and related political, security and media factors. The articles contain a sample of news, with the full article viewable by clicking the link.

Salon/Unclaimed Territory, The vindication of Dick Cheney, Glenn Greenwald, Jan 18, 2011.The crux of Bush/Cheney radicalism -- the mindset and policies that caused much of the controversy -- continues and has even been strengthened. Gen. Hayden put it best, as quoted by The Washington Times: "You've got state secrets, targeted killings, indefinite detention, renditions, the opposition to extending the right of habeas corpus to prisoners at Bagram [in Afghanistan]," Mr. Hayden said, listing the continuities. "And although it is slightly different, Obama has been as aggressive as President Bush in defending prerogatives about who he has to inform in Congress for executive covert action."

Harper’s No Comment, Australia Opens Probe of CIA Rendition, Scott Horton, Jan.18, 2011. Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born Australian citizen, traveled to Pakistan in 2001, seeking work and religious schooling for his children. Now Australian authorities announce that they believe that Habib’s claims of torture at the hands of Egyptian police are credible and that Habib was transferred to Egypt from Pakistan through a CIA renditions process. They also state that Australian intelligence figures might have been complicit in the rendition to torture and may have been present or close by as he was tortured.

U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Creates Professional Misconduct Review Unit, Appoints Kevin Ohlson Chief, Jan. 18, 2011. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the creation of a new Professional Misconduct Review Unit to handle disciplinary actions for career attorneys at the Department of Justice that arise from Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) investigations and appointed Kevin Ohlson to be its Chief. 

Legal Schnauzer, What Might Be Lurking in WikiLeaks' "Thermonuclear Device?" Roger Shuler, Jan. 18, 2011. It appears increasingly likely that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden and turned over to the United States for criminal charges of a dubious nature. That brings heightened urgency to this question: What is contained in the "thermonuclear device" of government files that WikiLeaks has vowed to release if harm comes to the organization or its leader? A source tells Legal Schnauzer that the files could include information about Bush-era crimes, including political prosecutions, stolen elections, U.S. attorney firings, and more.

Jersey Journal, Audio of oral arguments in federal government's appeal of dismissal of 4 of 6 corruption charges against Jersey City mayoral candidate, Jan. 17, 2011.  Federal prosecutors are appealing ruling by U.S. District Judge Jose Linares in the corruption case against former Assemblyman Louis Manzo. Readers can hear members of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia question attorneys involved in the federal government's appeal of a lower court judge's ruling that dismissed four of six charges against former Jersey City mayoral candidate Louis Manzo and his brother Ron. 

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