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London Review of Books | 9th August 2021

The Quiet Americans – LRB review

Alexander Cockburn​ blamed Ian Fleming for the creation of the CIA. Without Fleming, Cockburn wrote on the fiftieth anniversary of the first James Bond novel, ‘the Cold War would have ended in the early 1960s. We would have had no Vietnam, no Nixon, no Reagan and no Star Wars.’ As adjutant to Britain’s chief of naval intelligence, Lieutenant Commander Fleming undertook a secret mission to Washington in May 1941. He was ‘whisked off to a room in the new annexe of the embassy, locked in with a pen and paper and the necessities of life’, a colleague recalled, and there he wrote, ‘under armed guard around the clock, a document of some seventy pages covering every aspect of a giant secret intelligence and secret operational organisation’. This, the CIA’s official history reports, was the genesis of ‘the nation’s first peacetime, non-departmental intelligence organisation’. Fleming delivered the report to William ‘Wild…

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Ruling Assange Can’t Be Extradited Is an Indictment of US Prisons

The Nation


But the British court judgment, which is likely to be appealed, also delivers a body blow to freedom of speech. My junior year high school English teacher liked to tell a story about Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson…

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If Assange’s Fate Were Up To a Jury, He, Too, Might Have Walked Free

The Nation


Like William Penn and John Peter Zenger, the Wikileaks founder is fighting for our freedom. When the magistrate presiding last September at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, Vanessa Baraitser, confined the defendant to a bullet-proof glass cage at the back of…

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Biden’s Choice on Julian Assange and the First Amendment

The Intercept


Assange’s liberty represents that of all journalists and publishers whose job is to expose government and corporate criminality without fear of prosecution. When Joe Biden becomes president of the United States on January 20, a historic opportunity awaits him to…





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charles-glassCharles Glass is a broadcaster, journalist and writer, who began his journalistic career in 1973 at the ABC News Beirut bureau with Peter Jennings. He covered the October Arab-Israeli War on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts. He also covered civil war in Lebanon, where artillery fire wounded him in 1976. He was ABC News Chief Middle East correspondent from 1983 to 1993. Since 1993, he has been a freelance writer in Paris, Tuscany, Venice and London, regularly covering the Middle East, the Balkans, southeast Asia and the Mediterranean region. He has also published books, short stories, essays and articles in the United States and Europe.

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