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Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

The human rights lawyer “knew that when you sue the powerful, you will often lose,” The Nation wrote. “But he also understood that such suits could prompt political action, and that … was often more important in achieving justice than the litigation itself.”

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From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Michael Ratner, Pioneering Civil Rights and Constitutional Lawyer, Dies at 72

Ratner, who led the charge against excesses in the war on terror, died of complications of cancer Wednesday.

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Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?

Monday marks the 1,000th day WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spent in political asylum inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, fearing extradition to the United States. On “Democracy Now!” his attorney Michael Ratner (pictured here) discusses whether Swedish prosecutors could be giving Assange a way out.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Document Dump: Efforts to Track WikiLeaks Supporters Revealed

Julian Assange’s attorney comments on documents reported about on Glenn Greenwald’s new investigative site showing that U.S. officials sought to get governments worldwide to agree to prosecute Assange, that the British intelligence agency has a program to identify computers used to search for the whistle-blowing publisher WikiLeaks, and more.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Calls Julian Assange’s De Facto Detention ‘Intolerable’

Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in Northern Ireland, has visited Julian Assange and written a condemnation of his asylum—which is effectively a house arrest—for the “crime of being a journalist who told the truth.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Assange: Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond’s Guilty Plea Part of ‘Crackdown’

Julian Assange told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday that the Pentagon and the Obama administration are going after “bright young men, determined, courageous and moral,” like Jeremy Hammond, who pleaded guilty this week to hacking private intelligence firm Stratfor, the FBI and other institutions.

Posted on May 29, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Assange Lawyer to U.S. and Britain: ‘Back Off’

Michael Ratner, legal adviser to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, applauds Ecuador for standing up to two of the world’s most powerful countries, the United States and the United Kingdom, and says those countries will break international law under the U.N. Refugee Convention if they prevent Assange from accepting asylum in Ecuador.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange

Few people have so fully devoted their lives to exposing abuses of power as WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE


Leaked Email Suggests Secret Indictment of WikiLeaks Founder

Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the U.S. Justice Department, has information about a confidential “sealed indictment” for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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