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"Defend WikiLeaks" public rally in London

Ryan Gallagher
6 February 2011

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange will tomorrow appear at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court for his extradition hearing in relation to sexual offence allegations made against him in Sweden. 

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A series of events have been taking place in and around London in recent days in support of both Assange and the soldier Bradley Manning, who stands accused of leaking thousands of confidential military documents to WikiLeaks last year.

To coincide with tomorrow’s hearing – which is expected to last two days – Stop the War Coalition have organised a “defend WikiLeaks” public rally with speakers Tariq Ali, Tony Benn, Jemima Khan and Joe Glenton (a British soldier who refused to serve in the Afghan war).

The event begins at 7pm and will take place at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

For those unable to make it, I will be tweeting updates all evening.

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To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

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We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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