The Persecution of Julian Assange Sends Some Alarming Signals | New Eastern Outlook

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13-04-19 08:14:00,

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The arrest of Julian Assange by British police on 11 April 2019 raises a number of troubling questions. It naturally enough provoked the outrage of Assange’s supporters; a blandly noncommittal comment by the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs (“appropriate consular assistance”); and a wilful disregard of the many significant issues by the mainstream media who may, ironically, end up as the major victims of the pursuit of Assange by the UK and US authorities.

Assange was a founder of the Wikileaks organisation, which in its relatively brief life had exposed a significant number of documents that proved exceedingly embarrassing for the United States government. Perhaps the most infamous was a military video “Collateral Damage” released by Wikileaks in 2007. It showed US soldiers celebrating the murder of Iraqi civilians and including the murder of two Reuter’s reporters.

The video had itself been leaked by Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, whose link to Assange’s current arrest is significant. Assange had been granted bail by a British court on a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden on the basis of allegations of sexual assault by Assange when he was on a visit to Stockholm. There was a history to those charges themselves. Assange had been questioned in Sweden and allowed to leave the country without being charged. The original prosecutor had decided there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

A new prosecutor decided otherwise not on the basis of evidence, but because of political considerations, i.e. pressure from above. Nonetheless, the Swedish authorities again decided in 2013 that they wished to drop the case. We now know, as the result of Freedom of Information requests, that the British were pressuring the Swedish authorities not to do so. One document released under Freedom of Information had a British official emailing the Swedish authorities: “don’t you dare get cold feet.”

It is one of the many failings of the mainstream media in this case that it never occurred to them to ask why the British should be so anxious that Assange be prosecuted by the authorities of a foreign country in respect of the allegations about Assange (a non-British citizen) allegedly sexually assaulting two Swedish nationals.

Assange was unaware at the time of these machinations.

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Assange’s persecution sends freedom of speech & journalists’ rights into ‘oblivion’ – Moscow

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12-04-19 06:45:00,

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the manner in which the UK government executed the arrest of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is demeaning to human dignity, and his long-running persecution is a blow to journalism.

Commenting on the arrest and detention of the publisher in the UK on Thursday, the ministry’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, condemned the British authorities for manhandling the 47-year-old Assange as he was being hauled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

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“The manner in which this operation was executed leaves a total impression of a flagrant and unconcealed neglect for the human dignity of the arrestee,” she said, adding that Moscow hopes all of Assange’s rights would be respected.

Zakharova pointed out that before his eventual arrest by the UK police, Assange had to endure years of persecution while forced to live in “unbearable conditions” at the embassy.

Assange has been a de facto prisoner at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, when he was granted asylum by then-president Rafael Correa. Correa’s former ally and successor, Lenin Moreno, has distanced himself from the leftist cause and taken on a more pro-American stance, repeatedly calling Assange a “nuisance” that he would like to get rid of.

During Moreno’s time in office, Ecuador placed various restrictions on Assange, cutting off his internet access and leaving him virtually incommunicado since March last year. Only his lawyers were allowed to visit him. In the meantime, it was reported that Assange’s health has been rapidly deteriorating since he was afraid of going to hospital out of fear of being arrested and extradited to the US.

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“The persecution and harassment, the creation of inhumane conditions for his existence – this is sending freedom of speech and the right to spread information into oblivion. This is a blow to the rights of journalists. There can be no other assessment,” Zakharova said.

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The Persecution of Julian Assange Is the Persecution of Truth – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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06-03-19 01:30:00,

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The Persecution of Julian Assange Is the Persecution of Truth

The Moral Bankruptcy of the Western World

Paul Craig Roberts

“The persecution of Julian Assange is the conquest of us all: of our independence, our self respect, our intellect, our compassion, our politics, our culture.” — John Pilger

The next time an American, Britisher, or Australian goes on about the freedom, democracy, and humanitarianism of his country, show them this:  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51204.htm 

The Australian government refuses to defend a citizen, Julian Assange, who the United Nations has ruled is held in arbirary detention by the UK and US governments in the absence of any charges for no other reason than to exact revenge on a journalist who told truth that embarrassed Washington.

In effect, Assange has been cast into a dungeon by governments whose behavior is precisely that of a lawless medieval robber baron.

As John Pilger says, the behavior of our governments reflects on our own characters.  What kind of people are we that we accept the lawlessness of our governments? The US, UK, and Australian governments are not worthy of the people’s support.  The governments are criminal organizations.  They do criminal things.  They murder vast numbers of peoples on the basis of lies, such as “weapons of mass destruction” and  “use of chemical weapons”  and steal the lands of other peoples. They have imprisoned Assange in one room of the Ecuadorian embassy in London without presenting any charges shown to any judge or jury.  They lie and commit perjury every time they open their mouths.  They steal $21 billion from Venezuela and accuse Maduro, not themselves, of theft and corruption. They spy illegally on their own citizens.  They are their own citizens worst enemy.  

While the idiots that comprise Western punditry wring their hands over the offense given by female athletes who protest having to compete against men who claim to be women ( https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/03/no_author/fury-as-ex-olympian-sharron-davies-says-trans-women-should-not-compete-in-womens-sport/ ), a real hero has been incarcerated for 7 years without trial or conviction, and the pundits, who regard themselves as the salt of the earth, cannot find a word with which to protest the injustice. 

The Prisoner Says No To Big Brother

By John Pilger

March 04,

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All Pretence is Over in Persecution of Assange

All Pretence is Over in Persecution of Assange

19-02-18 07:54:00,

by Craig Murray, February 14, 2018

The “judge” who dismissed Assange’s case yesterday was “Lady Arbuthnot of Edrom”, wife to Tory peer, former Tory junior Defence Minister and government whip Lord James Arbuthnot. Not to mention Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel. Arbuthnot was naturally Eton educated, the son of Major Sir John Sinclair Wemyss Arbuthnot. Of course Lady Arbuthnot’s children were all sent to Eton too.

At the first hearing, I was stunned by reports of completely inappropriate comments by Lady Arbuthnot, including responding to representations about Assange’s health by the comment that medical care is available in Wandsworth prison. As the official charade is that Assange is wanted for nothing but jumping bail, for which a custodial sentence is rare, that callous attempt at gallows humour was redolent of Arbuthnot’s Tory mindset. She also remarked – and repeats it in yesterday’s judgement – that Assange has access to fresh air through the Embassy’s balcony. That is simply untrue. The “balcony” floor is 3 feet by 20 inches and gives no opportunity to exercise. Julian does not have access to it. He is confined to a small area within the Embassy, which still has to function. The balcony is off the Ambassador’s office. He has been given access to it on average about twice a year. But Lady Arbuthnot showed a very selective attitude to getting at the truth.

The truth is that just last week the evidence was published which inarguably proves that the questioning for sexual allegations was only ever a charade to secure Assange in custody for deportation to the US, to face charges for publishing the USA’s dirty secrets. In 2013 Sweden wished to drop the investigation and the arrest warrant, and was subject to strong persuasion from the Crown Prosecution Service to maintain the warrant. This included emails from the CPS telling the Swedes “Don’t you dare” drop the case, and most tellingly of all “Please do not think this case is being dealt with as just another extradition.” That last exposes the entire pretence in just one sentence.

It is worth noting it was not the servile UK corporate media, but the Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi and the Italian newspaper Le Repubblica which obtained these emails through dogged freedom of information requests and High Court proceedings.

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