An appeal from Stop the War Coalition:
'No wonder Wikileaks is under concerted attack -- undoubtedly orchestrated by the US government. The aim is to silence the whistle blowing website, which every day reveals the secrecy and lies used to justify war, torture and corruption.
There is nothing warmongering politicians fear more than the exposure of the real reasons for the mass slaughter and destruction that they carry out in our name.
Over the past two years Wikileaks has proved itself repeatedly to be a true servant of democracy and an enemy of liars and hypocrites.
The disgraceful refusal to grant Julian Assange bail, while he fights extradition to Sweden, is all of a piece with the attack on Wikileaks.
The suspicion must be that the Swedish government -- deeply incriminated in its support for George Bush's "war on terror" -- has hatched a plan with the US government to whisk Assange to America, where politicians and right-wing commentators arecalling for him to be jailed for decades or executed.
Julian Assange next appears in court on Tuesday 14 December and Stop the War has called a protest at 1.00 pm outside the Westminster Magistrates Court. Details and a link for a flyer publicising the protest are below. Please spread the word as widely as possible and encourage everyone you can to join the protest.
We have also initiated an open letter (LINK BELOW) of support for Wikileaks and Julian Assange, signed by among others, John Pilger, former UK ambassador Craig Murray, actors Miriam Margolyes and Roger Lloyd-Pack, Salma Yaqoob, writers Iain Banks and A L Kennedy, artists David Gentlemen and Katharine Hamnett, and comedians Alexei Sayle and Mark Thomas.
We are encouraging all local Stop the War groups around the country to organise street stalls this weekend to collect signatures for the SUPPORT WIKILEAKS petition.
STOP THE EXTRADITION OF JULIAN ASSANGE
PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF WIKILEAKS
TUESDAY 14 DECEMBER, 1.00PM
WESTMINSTER MAGISTRATES COURT
70 HORSEFERRY ROAD, LONDON SW1 P2
DOWNLOAD FLYER TO PUBLICISE PROTEST HERE:
OPEN LETTER / PETITION SUPPORTING WIKILEAKS
Signed by John Pilger, Craig Murray, Mark Thomas, Salma Yaqoob and many more.
READ LETTER & FULL LIST OF SIGNATORIES HERE: http://bit.ly/hkUVKS
The open letter has been produced in the form of a petition to
enable the collection of signatures to be added to the list.
Please print it and collect as many signatures as you can, then
return it to the Stop the War office.
DOWNLOAD HERE: http://tinyurl.com/39azq63