The Persecution of Julian Assange
Prologue: ABC - the Australian Media House - had recently a hard awakening to harsh treatment by the forces of their own state governance - something for what others call voices that warn and predict often just 'Conspiracy Theorists' - but it became the Orwellian reality in Australia 2019.
That horrific experience might have triggered that the ABC journalists had now a closer and maybe more fair look at the case of Julian Assange, an Australian citizen for whom the Australian government has done nothing.
Hero or Villain: The Prosecution of Julian Assange
By Four Corners - 22. July 2019
Julian Assange is one of the most influential figures to emerge this century.
The Australian born founder of WikiLeaks has harnessed the technology of the digital age to unleash an information war against governments and corporations. WikiLeaks has collaborated with anonymous sources to release highly classified and often deeply embarrassing information to the world.
The organisation exploded onto the world stage in 2010 when it began publishing a series of spectacular leaks laying bare the conduct of the United States.
At the centre of it all was Julian Assange.
The leaks sparked ferocious debate over the right to know and the right to keep secrets.
Now Julian Assange is in the fight of his life.
In April this year he was dragged, protesting, from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, nearly seven years after seeking diplomatic protection.
He is facing extradition to the United States on espionage charges stemming from the spectacular 2010 leaks by Private Chelsea Manning.
Everyone has an opinion about Julian Assange, but now you will hear from those who have been on the inside. Four Corners investigates the prosecution of Julian Assange in key interviews with those at the heart of WikiLeaks and those who have sought to bring him to US justice.
These insider accounts give powerful insights into how these momentous events have unfolded.
The United States vs Julian Assange
By Four Corners - 29, July 2019
In the 2016 race to the White House, presidential candidate Donald Trump took a shine to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, led by its Australian founder Julian Assange.
Trump revelled in the damage inflicted upon his opponent, Hillary Clinton, by a series of sensational leaks published by the site.
Now, as President, Donald Trump has performed a spectacular flip, presiding over an administration determined to imprison the publisher of the leaks.
In Part Two of its investigation into Julian Assange, Four Corners looks at Assange’s activities conducted during the nearly seven years he spent sheltering in the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Sex, Lies and Julian Assange (2012)
By Four Corners - 27. July 2019
When Julian Assange arrived in Sweden in August 2010 he was greeted like a conquering hero.
But within weeks there was a warrant out for his arrest and he was being investigated for rape and sexual molestation.
Until recently he was taking sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, arguing he won't receive justice if he's taken to Sweden and that US authorities are building a case for his extradition.
In this program from 2012, Four Corners reporter Andrew Fowler examines in detail what happened in those crucial weeks while Julian Assange was in Sweden.
What was the nature of his relationship with the two women who claim he assaulted them? And what did they tell police that led the authorities to seek his arrest?
Both Assange and his supporters believe the attempt by authorities to force his return to Sweden is simply the first step in a plan to see him extradited to the United States.
Four Corners looks at claims the United States is working hard to unearth evidence that would lead to a charge of "conspiracy to commit espionage" being made against Assange - which in turn would be used in his extradition from Sweden.
The program also documents the harassment experienced by Assange's supporters across the globe - including his Australian lawyer - and the FBI's attempts to convince some to give evidence against him.