David Swanson calls Official Secrets the best movie so far of this year. It tells the story of a whistleblower who took great risks to expose the greatest possible crimes by people holding the most power in the world.
Nowadays, being a friend of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange seems to be enough cause for some authorities to harass you. Read the press release by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which says that Ola Bini’s case is political, not criminal. Bini has been released from detention, but according to an interview in Swedish by Swedish Television, Bini is still not allowed to leave Ecuador, his equipment is still confiscated, he does not know what he is accused of and the police/prosecutor has only asked him to give up his passwords. According to the latest news from the beginning of August, the investigation against Bini has been extended.
Read about the couple who risk death penalty in Thailand, because they want to live free of any nation’s law. According to the latest news we have found, the couple are still on the run and are now married.
A group of lawyers are asking the International Criminal Court to investigate the European Union for crimes against humanity, arguing that their policies are responsible for thousands of migrant deaths and widespread rape and torture. The lawyer Juan Branco, who is a co-author of the refugee report, is also an adviser to WikiLeaks.There are actually even more related issues to investigate European leaders for, not least their role behind the NATO-led attack on Libya in 2011, which included catching Muammar Gaddafi, who was then murdered. This is a root cause of many of the later problems. Gaddafi actually predicted the flow of migrants from Africa that would follow the bombing of Libya and tried to warn for it.
Only a few years before that, European and other leaders had been friendly with Gaddafi. Tony Blair eved agreed to train Gaddafi’s special forces.
One week ago, it was revealed in Swedish media that a group of Swedish reserve officers are part of a hidden organization together with foreign military personnel, with the purpose to influence policies and decisions behind the scenes in the NATO area. The organization is called Circle of the Golden Lion (COGL). Watch the documentary on TV4 Play (in Swedish, only available in Sweden for a limited time). Otherwise, there is little reporting about other organizations working to influence policies and decisions behind the scenes. Why the focus on COGL but not on other organizations that may have larger influence?
In Sydney and Canberra, police has raided journalists who have revealed allegations of unlawful killings and misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan and that the government was considering giving spy agencies greater domestic surveillance powers. Alan Jones says many Australians would agree that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) mishandled these cases. The incident has also reminded him of other controversial decisions made by the AFP and brought back memories of whistleblower Richard Boyle, who is facing a maximum 161-year jail sentence after exposing abuses of power.
On February 28, 1986, he was just a short distance from Palme. Now he’s sure. The Palme murder was a commissioned work. “I know that the police is involved,” he says in the pod “Nemo meets a friend”, writes Aftonbladet. … There were also walkie-talkies everywhere. I heard it beep and that people talked to each other through these. … Then I heard after the murder that there was no surveillance at all and then I understood that something was not right, says Robert Gustafsson in the pod according to Aftonbladet. He also tells how he was called to testimony only three weeks after the incident. The interrogation was over the phone. But when he talked about his observations, he noticed that he was not listened to…