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By Binoy Kampmark

The train of history is an unpredictable one. The less well-oiled gears may be wonky. The driver may be asleep or dosing off. How one influences that train is a matter of some conjecture. Great figures of history have attempted to control their role in it. The error often lies in assuming that history is made at the time, when it is actually made after the time. As a keen Winston Churchill quipped about the architect of appeasement Neville Chamberlain, history would treat him poorly for the simple reason that he would write it. Continue Reading…

By Niraj Lal, WikiLeaks Party National Council member

with images by Banksy

No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.
– Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States of America, The New Freedom, 1913

A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.
– The 14th Dalai Lama

The truth shall set you free.
– John 8:32

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On the Senate race

admin —  August 24, 2013 — 7 Comments

Western Australian WikiLeaks Party lead Senate candidate, Gerry Georgatos, who is also a statistical researcher along with being an investigative journalist, forecasts the Senate race.

In this year’s Federal Senate election, Australians have the opportunity to write a little bit of our national history.

In Victoria, Julian Assange is fighting for the sixth Senate spot. The first five seats will be shared by Labor and the Liberals. But the sixth seat is between Julian Assange and the Greens candidate, Janet Rice. The Greens and the Wikileaks have preferenced each other above the major parties, so it will ultimately come done to who between them gets a greater share of the primary vote.

Julian Assange is a world-famous dissident who has achieved more for the public record, and in the public interest, than all of the news media combined. On the basis of this achievement, we hoped the Greens would give full backing for Julian’s bid for the sixth spot. WikiLeaks exposures over the past six years have given considerable ammunition to environmental campaigns across the globe, and have forced greater accountability and transparency onto polluting industries in a host of cases from India to Africa and elsewhere. This is in addition to Assange’s achievements in bringing the US-led military-industrial complex to account on a range of issues that it is desperately trying to hide from the public.

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“Mr. Manning’s treatment has been intended to send a signal to people of conscience in the U.S. government who might seek to bring wrongdoing to light.”
– Julian Assange, ABC News, Aug 21, 2013

Wikileaks chief editor Julian Assange, and leader of the WikiLeaks Party, deemed it a “tactical victory” though still revolting to western concepts of justice. The 35 year sentence of Bradley Manning immediately brings to mind a sense of disproportion, an enormous swatter taken to the hapless fly. True, it was not the Sisyphean rock he would have to push up the hill for the rest of his life. 35 seems better in terms of carceral brutality than 60. But the premise remains grotesque.

For one thing, the documents Manning disclosed, for the vast part, would not have qualified for a sentence beyond their classification date – 25 years. That was the position of the defence, which was rejected by Col. Denise Lind. In another, the material, as pointed out by Chase Madar in The Passion of Bradley Manning (2012) was qualified under the label of “top secret”. From the trove of 250 thousand documents, a mere 15-16 thousand, in Madar’s reading, were “secret”.

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Today the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden’s role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America’s global surveillance program. But rather than thank Edward Snowden, the President laughably attempted to criticize him while claiming that there was a plan all along, “before Edward Snowden.” The simple fact is that without Snowden’s disclosures, no one would know about the programs and no reforms could take place. As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently once stated, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Luckily for the citizens of the world, Edward Snowden is one of those “people of good conscience” who did not “remain silent”, just as Pfc Bradley Manning and Daniel Ellsberg refused to remain silent.

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WikiLeaks Party Live!

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On Thursday night in Melbourne Fitzroy Town Hall was a full house to hear from WikiLeaks Party Victorian Senate candidates Julian Assange, Leslie Cannold and Binoy Kampmark in the forum ‘Truth-Telling: Criminalised by our Government and Suppressed by Our Media’, jointly presented with Radio 3CR. Missed out? Watch our live stream recording at our new WikiLeaks Party Live Ustream channel.

By WikiLeaks Party Senate candidate for Victoria Leslie Cannold

Why does Australia need WikiLeaks Party members in the Senate? How does the Wikileaks Party differ to the WikiLeaks publishing organisation? What difference can WikiLeaks Senators make to the business as usual approach both major parties take in the Senate, and how will it differ from the sort of representation offered by the Greens?

Leslie Cannold

Leslie Cannold

Such intelligent questions deserve answers that mainstream media coverage of the WikiLeaks Party (WLP) isn’t offering. Instead, much of the chat focuses on the personal life and locational issues of our first Victorian candidate, Julian Assange, the world’s best known asylum-seeker.

The mainstream media’s obsession extends to coverage of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, too. As an exasperated Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology John Naughton wrote recently in The Observer,

Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story. The story is what he has revealed about the hidden wiring of our networked world. This insight seems to have escaped most of the world’s mainstream media.

The mainstream media’s indifference to the risks whistleblowers and publishers take to reveal corruption is a key cause of Australia’s democratic decline. It is this democratic decline that the The Wikileaks Party formed to rectify. As I wrote a few years ago in The Age:

There are rules that have long governed the way the democratic game is played…These define what is and isn’t cricket when it comes to how individuals and institutions engage in our democracy. It is these procedures and values, often unarticulated and widely taken for granted, that are under siege now and [are] the cause of Australia’s democratic decline. Continue Reading…

Attention all members of The Wikileaks Party. We need your help NOW! YOU can be part of history by raising donations to help us take the fight to Canberra this 2013 election year!Fund raise

Our first ‘bucket brigade’ member Luke Williams, a fellow WLP member braved the journey to Eveleigh Farmer Markets last weekend and rattled the bucket collecting donations from the public. Wearing his new WikiLeaks Party shirt with pride he successfully raised over $200. The general feedback from the public and the overall feel of the day was very positive. There were many that stopped and were curious to find out more. With donating, new WLP stickers were handed out which the little kids loved. The day was full of smiles and great conversations.

YOU too can be part of the official WikiLeaks party bucket brigade – it’s very simple and only takes a few steps to get yourself ready to go:

  1. Email your full name, post-code, a photocopy of your drivers license or passport with your address covered to Gregory Fisher, our NSW Fundraising Coordinator – [email protected]. Your privacy is important to us, as is our security for each WLP member.
  2. Purchase a 2L white bucket from Bunnings or a local hardware store.
  3. Download fliers with information about the party, what we stand for and our candidates: wikileaksparty.org.au/resources
  4. We’ll give you advice on how to collect your new WLP tshirt, your official ‘Authorised Fundraiser’ sticker and you’re ready to be the newest and coolest WLP party bucket brigade member! Collection locations are in Sydney or Melbourne at present – we hope to add more locations soon.

Have fun, talk about why we need the WikiLeaks Party and help our fundraising campaign. Together we can make sure our campaign puts the WikiLeaks Party into the Australian Senate this election!

Download the WIKILEAKS PARTY DONATION FUNDRAISING INSTRUCTIONS (PDF, 600kb)

by Ken Sievers, WikiLeaks Party member

What is the TPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the so-called “free trade” agreement currently under negotiation between the US, Australia and several other countries. [1] The US hopes to finalize these negotiations by October this year.

The goal of the TPP is to make it easier for big business and international corporations to act across borders without interference from states. The TPP will effectively erode state oversight in favour of corporate freedom in areas such as the environment, workers rights, food safety, internet freedom, the costs of medicine, and financial regulation. tpp

Probably the most dangerous feature of the agreement as it now stands is the introduction of an Investor State Disputes Settlement (ISDS) system, in which foreign corporations are allowed to sue countries in order to protect the profitability of their investments.

The TPP is another step in the direction of total market deregulation in the interests of international big business and is another threat to Australia’s national sovereignty. What is at stake is democratic society’s ability to regulate a market economy in the broad public interest. The TPP would constitute a further shift of power towards corporate rule without the normal means of democratic accountability, such as elections, advocacy and public protest. Continue Reading…

Transcript of Julian Assange’s remarks in the ‘Can we trust the media?’ debate, Splendour in the Grass 2013

I feel for the other side, I really do.

Can we trust the media?

That’s the media that has called for me and my staff to be assassinated, droned, rendered and prosecuted? For espionage, for our publications, and our involvement in the Snowden case? Even this year ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and ‘The Washington Post’ have pushed this junk.

Noam Chomsky in ‘The Common Good’ wrote that “the smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum…”

We live in a media-ocracy. What’s politically possible is defined by the media environment.

In Australia, Murdoch’s News Corporation owns 60% of the mainstream media, one of the worst concentrations of media ownership in the world.

I started WikiLeaks because I understood this reality; the media frame defines the political possibility. 

So, to bring about meaningful change, we have to enlarge the media frame.  With WikiLeaks we have had significant successes in achieving this in some areas, though more needs to be done.  We have to improve the access and quality of media of information to all Australians and to the world.

That’s why we’ve set up the WikiLeaks Party, and that’s why I’m running this year for election to the Australian Senate.  And that’s why my colleague, human rights lawyer Kellie Tranter, here today, is also running for the Senate for the WikiLeaks Party. Continue Reading…