On the 11th of April it will be 2 years since Julian Assange was arrested and incarcerated in the UK’s high security prison, Belmarsh.
Julian’s worst fears had come true. The United States was determined to take revenge on Julian after exposure of the corruption and crimes of government and big business.
Prior to his arrest, his shaving gear was taken away so that an uncharacteristically long grey beard and long grey hair would be the first thing to catch people’s eye upon his arrest.
This prompted sketches on Saturday Night Live with Michael Keaton appearing as Julian Assange – a James Bond like villain wanting to blow up the moon. Trevor Noah stated Wikileaks released “hacked DNC emails” – although NSA whistle-blower, Bill Binney proved that the data was leaked by someone with physical access to the emails and were not hacked. Noah laughed at the way Julian was arrested and carried out of the embassy by authorities. He said that Mr. Assange had helped Chelsea Manning break and crack a password and enter US government computers. This is false and misleading. Chelsea Manning worked in an Iraq Army Unit as an intelligence analyst and had legal access via a Top-Secret Clearance. She did not need assistance to “hack” into computers. In her 2013 court-martial Manning testified that “the released files were not very sensitive and did not report active military operations”.
Noah joked about Julian being an unwelcome guest at the Ecuadorian Embassy and laughed about Julian’s cat leaving litter about the room.
The so called “Hollywood left” have shown their hand. They are not the champions of the people. They will do the bidding of the puppet masters behind them.
The smears and attacks on Julian were made to make him appear as unappealing as possible to the public and demean him to ensure he receives as little support as possible.
If we only listen and read news in the mainstream media, we will not know of the truth behind the demonisation of Julian or the reason and people behind it.
The UN Human Rights website states,
“GENEVA (31 May 2019) ‑ A UN expert who visited Julian Assange in a London prison says he fears his human rights could be seriously violated if he is extradited to the United States and condemned the deliberate and concerted abuse inflicted for years on the Wikileaks co-founder.
“My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” said Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture.
“I am particularly alarmed at the recent announcement by the US Department of Justice of 17 new charges against Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act, which currently carry up to 175 years in prison. This may well result in a life sentence without parole, or possibly even the death penalty, if further charges were to be added in the future,” said Melzer, who was also following up on earlier concerns for Assange’s health.
“Since 2010, when Wikileaks started publishing evidence of war crimes and torture committed by US forces, we have seen a sustained and concerted effort by several States towards getting Mr. Assange extradited to the United States for prosecution, raising serious concern over the criminalisation of investigative journalism in violation of both the US Constitution and international human rights law,” Melzer said.
“Since then, there has been a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange.” According to the expert, this included an endless stream of humiliating, debasing and threatening statements in the press and on social media, but also by senior political figures, and even by judicial magistrates involved in proceedings against Assange.
“In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination.”
We recall Hilary Clinton asking, “can’t we just drone him?”
Julian Assange is one of us. He is an Australian citizen. We need to protect him, support him, and do everything we can to ensure his release.