From the beginning, US politicians and news commentators were screaming out for his murder in the most brutal way. There seemed to be no filter at all in how they were feeling; calling out for brutal forms of murder, inciting murder against my son. And still in the last few weeks – I think it was the Fox News presenter Kathleen McFarland (Fox News’ National Security Analyst) who was screaming out for Julian’s execution. This is somebody who has not broken the law and has done nothing but what any good investigative journalism would do – just to bring truth to the people – and has won very many awards for that.
Christine Assange, mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a recent interview, “‘If America can do it to Manning, What will happen to my son?’” from RT
Christine Assange Interview Pt. 2: Asylum in Ecuador and the future of Wikileaks
 June 28, 2012
As Wikileaks founder Julian Assange enters the ninth day in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, his mother, Christine Assange continues to be an outspoken advocate for free press and free information. Christine herself has become an information powerhouse of sorts, spending her days recapping facts of the case to various media outlets because information is power and will be the ultimate key to Julian’s freedom, she insists.
“What we’ve got is an information war,” Christine said. “People can support Julian on the principle of the matter, but they are much more authentic if they can argue the full facts.”
She speaks to her son regularly, reassuring that he is in “good spirits” and being treated very well in the embassy. Christine adds that surprisingly, he’s more relaxed than she’s seen him in a long time.
Even with financial blockades, extradition threats, house arrest without any criminal charges and even politicians advocating his assassination, Julian still has a “fighting spirit,” Christine said. Supporters around the world are powering him to keep Wikileaks alive to spearhead the fight for transparency, she said. The world needs whistleblowers like Julian exposing horrific American war crimes, especially in the time of the Barack Obama, a “rogue dictator.”
“Through the Wikileaks cables, the United States revealed themselves to be global tyrants,” Christine said. “Because they couldn’t discredit the cables, they had to pressure for a financial blockade on Wikileaks.”
Since December 2010, MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, PayPal and Western Union have all prevented customers from donating to Wikileaks, blocking 95 percent of its donations.
During Julian’s stay at the embassy, Christine said he’ll be working on the case fighting against Valitor, an Icelandic company that processes Wikileaks’ donations, over suspension of financial services. The case is the first of many against various other banking blocks. The financial blockades have cost Wikileaks nearly $20 million in donations.
Ecuador’s ambassadors have been welcoming of Julian, and hopes of her son being approved for political asylum are high; however, she still stresses the importance of political pressure.
In the nine days since Julian has took refuge in the embassy, more than 10,000 emails of support have poured into Ecuador’s US and UK embassies. Just Foreign Policy, a civil liberties activist group, has also sent a letter advocating asylum for Julian to Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa. The letter included signatures of directors Michael Moore and Oliver Stone, activist Noam Chomsky and actor Danny Glover.
Christine urges free information advocates to write a letter of support, spread information online, but most importantly, take the fight for information out onto the streets. If we don’t fight for a free press, we will lose it altogether, she said.
“Get off Twitter, and get to that rally,” Christine said. “We need bodies in the streets. There’s lots of support online, but the average person doesn’t see that. We need thousands of people on the street supporting what Julian is doing.”
If asylum isn’t granted, Christine said her son will apply for political asylum elsewhere and appeal to the Court of Human Rights. But even if Julian ends up in the hands of the United States justice system, she assures Wikileaks will continue.
“Pandora’s box is open and will not be shut,” Christine said. “This is the new way information is going to be spread.” -G. Razo

Christine Assange Interview Pt. 2: Asylum in Ecuador and the future of Wikileaks

June 28, 2012

As Wikileaks founder Julian Assange enters the ninth day in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, his mother, Christine Assange continues to be an outspoken advocate for free press and free information. Christine herself has become an information powerhouse of sorts, spending her days recapping facts of the case to various media outlets because information is power and will be the ultimate key to Julian’s freedom, she insists.

“What we’ve got is an information war,” Christine said. “People can support Julian on the principle of the matter, but they are much more authentic if they can argue the full facts.”

She speaks to her son regularly, reassuring that he is in “good spirits” and being treated very well in the embassy. Christine adds that surprisingly, he’s more relaxed than she’s seen him in a long time.

Even with financial blockades, extradition threats, house arrest without any criminal charges and even politicians advocating his assassination, Julian still has a “fighting spirit,” Christine said. Supporters around the world are powering him to keep Wikileaks alive to spearhead the fight for transparency, she said. The world needs whistleblowers like Julian exposing horrific American war crimes, especially in the time of the Barack Obama, a “rogue dictator.”

“Through the Wikileaks cables, the United States revealed themselves to be global tyrants,” Christine said. “Because they couldn’t discredit the cables, they had to pressure for a financial blockade on Wikileaks.”

Since December 2010, MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, PayPal and Western Union have all prevented customers from donating to Wikileaks, blocking 95 percent of its donations.

During Julian’s stay at the embassy, Christine said he’ll be working on the case fighting against Valitor, an Icelandic company that processes Wikileaks’ donations, over suspension of financial services. The case is the first of many against various other banking blocks. The financial blockades have cost Wikileaks nearly $20 million in donations.

Ecuador’s ambassadors have been welcoming of Julian, and hopes of her son being approved for political asylum are high; however, she still stresses the importance of political pressure.

In the nine days since Julian has took refuge in the embassy, more than 10,000 emails of support have poured into Ecuador’s US and UK embassies. Just Foreign Policy, a civil liberties activist group, has also sent a letter advocating asylum for Julian to Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa. The letter included signatures of directors Michael Moore and Oliver Stone, activist Noam Chomsky and actor Danny Glover.

Christine urges free information advocates to write a letter of support, spread information online, but most importantly, take the fight for information out onto the streets. If we don’t fight for a free press, we will lose it altogether, she said.

“Get off Twitter, and get to that rally,” Christine said. “We need bodies in the streets. There’s lots of support online, but the average person doesn’t see that. We need thousands of people on the street supporting what Julian is doing.”

If asylum isn’t granted, Christine said her son will apply for political asylum elsewhere and appeal to the Court of Human Rights. But even if Julian ends up in the hands of the United States justice system, she assures Wikileaks will continue.

“Pandora’s box is open and will not be shut,” Christine said. “This is the new way information is going to be spread.” -G. Razo

This Week on thepeoplesrecord.com:
June 23, 2012
We’ve noticed that every time we post about Julian Assange, updates to his extradition, or wikileaks that we lose 2-5 followers. So naturally, this week we’ve decided to dedicate an entire series of original posts on Wikileaks.
We’ll be interviewing Christine Assange (Julian Assange’s mother) and we’ll be doing posts that try to comb through every angle, explain the nature of the sexual allegations, exactly how and which facts have been misrepresented by the media, and of course updates to his extradition.
Additionally, we’re going to Chicago for a week on Thursday (June28-July5) for Socialism2012 (a huge leftist conference in Chicago put on by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change) so we’ll be posting live coverage &hopefully some great interviews from that as well! So many good speakers are going to be there, and we aren’t sure who we can get to agree to do interviews with us yet but attending the conference will be: China Mieville, Glenn Greenwald, Richard Wolff, Sherry Wolf, Boots Riley, Wallace Shawn (from the Princess Bride and Clueless), Ahmed Shawki, activists from Greece, Syria and from the current student movement in Canada, and many many more. We’ll try and cover as much as possible.
We’re also expecting to launch a Kickstarter for our 6-month project, which we’ll be able to share with you guys shortly.
Follow for updates @thepeoplesrecord.com and follow us on twitter @thepeoplesrec. Thanks for following! <3

This Week on thepeoplesrecord.com:

June 23, 2012

We’ve noticed that every time we post about Julian Assange, updates to his extradition, or wikileaks that we lose 2-5 followers. So naturally, this week we’ve decided to dedicate an entire series of original posts on Wikileaks.

We’ll be interviewing Christine Assange (Julian Assange’s mother) and we’ll be doing posts that try to comb through every angle, explain the nature of the sexual allegations, exactly how and which facts have been misrepresented by the media, and of course updates to his extradition.

Additionally, we’re going to Chicago for a week on Thursday (June28-July5) for Socialism2012 (a huge leftist conference in Chicago put on by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change) so we’ll be posting live coverage &hopefully some great interviews from that as well! So many good speakers are going to be there, and we aren’t sure who we can get to agree to do interviews with us yet but attending the conference will be: China Mieville, Glenn Greenwald, Richard Wolff, Sherry Wolf, Boots Riley, Wallace Shawn (from the Princess Bride and Clueless), Ahmed Shawki, activists from Greece, Syria and from the current student movement in Canada, and many many more. We’ll try and cover as much as possible.

We’re also expecting to launch a Kickstarter for our 6-month project, which we’ll be able to share with you guys shortly.

Follow for updates @thepeoplesrecord.com and follow us on twitter @thepeoplesrec. Thanks for following! <3