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"Why Assange prosecution is complete bullshit!"


'Everyone Else Must Take My Place': Assange in Letter From British Prison

"I have been isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself: no laptop, no internet, ever, no computer, no library, so far, but even if I get access it will just be for half an hour, with everyone else, once a week,' Assange wrote. 'The other side? A superpower that has been preparing for 9 years, with hundreds of people and untold millions spent on the case..."


Despite Assange's Ill Health, Swedish Court Rejects Delay To Hearing

"The rejection of the request for the Swedish hearing to be delayed casts further light on the international legal vendetta to which Assange is being subjected..."


We Must Defend Assange To Save Democracy From American Despotism

"Defending Assange is a duty of everyone who cherishes freedom..."


Amid Grave Concerns For His Health, Assange Transferred To Belmarsh Prison Medical Wing

"WikiLeaks issued a statement today confirming that its founder Julian Assange has been transferred to the medical ward of Britain's Belmarsh Prison. The media organisation said it has 'grave concerns about the state of health of our publisher.' 

It reported: 'During the 7 weeks in Belmarsh his health has deteriorated and he has dramatically lost weight. The decision of prison authorities to transfer him to the health ward speaks for itself.' The statement must send the alarm for all defenders of democratic rights. The British authorities' detention of Assange in Belmarsh Prison, a maximum-security facility dubbed the UK's Guantanamo is a continuation of the 8-year campaign by the US government and its allies to physically and psychologically destroy the WikiLeaks founder.

It is part of the ongoing denial of Assange's fundamental legal and human rights, aimed at preventing him from mounting  any defence against unprecedented US Espionage Act charges over WikiLeaks exposure of war crimes, mass surveillance operations and global diplomatic conspiracies..."



Abuses Show Assange Case Was Never About Law

"Everything you don't know about the Assange case abuses because the media has been 'hiding under a rock for the past decade...with a blind spot the size of Langley, Virginia..."


Assange is Gravely Ill and Hardly Anyone's Talking About It

"A report that Julian Assange was so sick he could barely speak all the way back on Friday and we still have no news about how he's doing now should be hugely significant for everyone who cares about Assange, press freedom, government transparency or peace activism..."


Assange Moved To Prison Hospital

"Julian Assange has been moved to hospital unit at Belmarsh."


Assange Psychologically Tortured To 'Breaking Point'

"What has shocked me about this particular case is how a single individual has been isolated and singled out by several 'democratic' states and persecuted in a sustained manner to the point of breaking him..." - UN Special Rapporteur on Torture - 


Galloway: 'Assange May Have To Die Before Journalists Realize Implications'

"Assange may die in the hands of British authorities having been judicially murdered. This is a story which is growing exponentially..."


"Let me put it this way, if a British journalist were in a jail in Moscow and his health had so sharply deteriorated he'd been taken to a hospital wing, what would be the hue and cry for his release? You just have to ask that question in order to answer it."

Yes, and especially here...


The UN Torture Report on Assange Is An Indictment Of Our Entire Society (and vid)

"...Today, following a scorching rebuke of multiple governments by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, media outlets around the world are reporting that Julian Assange has been found to be the victim of brutal psychological torture.

Melzer, who by his own admission began his investigation - as someone who had 'been affected by the same misguided smear campaign as everybody else,' regarding Assange, speaks of Assange's plight with the fresh-eyed ferocity of a man who has not been immersed in a soul-corroding career in establishment politics or mass media.

A man who, when looking deeply and objectively into the facts with uncorrupted vision, was able to see clearly just how unforgivably abusive Assange's treatment has been. 'In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,' Melzer said. 'The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end now!'

Melzer condemned attempts to extradite Assange to the US under the Espionage Act as well as what he called 'a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr Assange, not only in the US, but also in the UK, Sweden and more recently Ecuador..."


Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray on Julian Assange

"I have no confidence whatsoever in the British justice system."


Murray: The Unrelenting State

"I witnessed enough of the British state's complicity in torture to know that this may be more than just the consequence of unintended neglect. The mills of God grind slowly. Those of the devil seem to spin dangerously fast..."


Sydney Peace Prize Recipients Demand Australian Government Defend Assange

"...Signatories to last week's statement supporting Assange included world-renowned defenders of civil liberties. Among them were well-known Australian investigative journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, artist  and anti-war activist George Gittoes, human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, Zimbabwean politician Senator Sekai Holland, Indian environmental advocate Vandana Shiva and US linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky.

The statement was issued following the unveiling of 17 espionage charges against Assange for WikiLeaks' exposures of US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison. 'Julian's 'crime' is courageous, truthful journalism,' the statement declared. 'In response to WikiLeaks' revelations about murderous wars and US spying to promote the economic dominance of US companies, the Trump administration seeks revenge.'

The Peace Prize recipients warned that through its charges against Assange, the US is seeking to 'falsely claim a legal basis for their actions' which 'reflect the naked political motives of a great power..."


Sweden's Probe Made It Impossible For Assange to 'Defend Himself' - UN Rapporteur to RT (and vid)

"The Swedish authorities made it impossible for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to cooperate with a rape investigation without the risk of being extradited to Washington, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer told RT. Watch the full interview here..."



"...For them, laws are things they use to further their means, nothing else. Other than that, they care nothing for the laws that govern their countries even though they are the very same laws that allowed them to assume their power. They think they're going to get away with the murder of Julian Assange. Unhindered by any law. That means there is no longer a functioning-international-legal system. There are only rogue states..."

But there is 'a rules based international order' aka might makes right.


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Sydney Peace Prize Recipients Demand Australian Government Defend Assange

"...Signatories to last week's statement supporting Assange included world-renowned defenders of civil liberties. Among them were well-known Australian investigative journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, artist  and anti-war activist George Gittoes, human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, Zimbabwean politician Senator Sekai Holland, Indian environmental advocate Vandana Shiva and US linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky.

The statement was issued following the unveiling of 17 espionage charges against Assange for WikiLeaks' exposures of US war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison. 'Julian's 'crime' is courageous, truthful journalism,' the statement declared. 'In response to WikiLeaks' revelations about murderous wars and US spying to promote the economic dominance of US companies, the Trump administration seeks revenge.'

The Peace Prize recipients warned that through its charges against Assange, the US is seeking to 'falsely claim a legal basis for their actions' which 'reflect the naked political motives of a great power..."

Unfortunately, they can demand all they want, there was never was, and never will be, even the slightest required Austrailian diplomatic representation for Assange in his seven year imprisonment.

Years ago, the leaked emails of US government security contracter Stratfor illustrated the anti-Assange collusion with Austrailian government officials.

In the last few days , the inner fascism of Five Eyes /US constellation of security states is increasingingly and unapologetically out in the open.

Journalists and whistlebowers who expose the crimes and dark underside of state operations are intimidated and targetted, and it is becoming normalized in Australia:

Australia: Police raid ABC headquarters over Afghanistan stories : Police search the TV corporation's offices in Sydney in second high-profile probe into news outlets in 24 hours.

Police in Australia raided the headquarters of national broadcaster ABC in connection with a series of stories it ran in 2017 on accusations of unlawful killings committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

The operation on Wednesday came just a day after police raided the Canberra home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst about a report that detailed the authorities' bid to gain powers to spy on citizens' communications at home....

Warring Against Sources: The Australian National Security State, Journalism and the Public Interest   06 JUN 2019 Binoy Kampmark

“What’s gone on this morning sends clear and dangerous signals to journalists and newsrooms across Australia. This will chill public interest reporting.” – News Corp Australia spokesperson, The West Australian, June 4, 2019

These are dark times for journalists and publishers. It did not seem coincidental that Annika Smethurst, a News Corp journalist, and political affairs editor, would be a target of an Australian Federal Police warrant. Chelsea Manning, courtesy of a ruling by Judge Anthony Trenga, remains in federal custody in the United States. Julian Assange is facing decline in the maximum security abode that is Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom.

The story supposedly linked to the AFP [Australia Federal Police] warrant had been published by Smethurst on April 29, 2018. More than a year had elapsed, with little in the way of public murmurings. Australians have, for the most part, fallen under the anesthetist’s spell regarding intrusive, unnecessary and dangerous national security laws. Another set of them would hardly matter....


John Lyons

AFP: I’m still staggered by the power of this warrant. It allows the AFP to “add, copy, delete or alter” material in the ABC’s computers. All Australians, please think about that: as of this moment, the AFP has the power to delete material in the ABC’s computers. Australia 2019.



Interview: Emily Butlin Discusses Julian Assange's Critical Situation (and vid)

"A shocking tale of states and institutions all colluding to abuse one preeminent political prisoner..."

Even more shocking is how many now collaborate and advocate on behalf of this barbarity.


Further to post #260:

Glenn Greenwald

The police attacks on journalists in Australia are becoming genuinely frightening - police now showing up at journalists' homes, demanding passwords, downloading phones & computers. But the irony is few defended Assange, whose treatment is the template


The Global War on Journalism

"The timing of the Australian raids is not accidential..."

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Warns Julian Assange Could Die in Prison

"In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. Melzer's comment on Assange's dire condition follows a statement he issued on May 31 demanding an immediate end to the 'collective persecution' by the US and its allies..."


A Swedish Court Injects Some Sense

"When, eight years late, the European Arrest Warrant request for Assange was finally put before a Swedish court, the court refused to issue it. It therefore remains the case that there is no Swedish extradition warrant for Assange..."


WikiLeaks Warns US Justice Department Preparing New Charges Against Assange

"The US Justice Department is preparing even more charges against journalist and publisher Julian Assange, WikiLeaks warned Thursday. The news came the same day as fresh warnings about the deterioration of Assange's health..."


Gorilla Radio's Chris Cook Interviews UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer (audio)

Nils Melzer and the case for Julian Assange's immediate release.


Freeing Julian Assange (Part 1)

"Here, Contraspin does an in-depth analysis of the intelligence establishment's campaign against WikiLeaks."



Online Vigil 33.0 in support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks



Online vigil 33.1 in support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks




UN expert says "collective persecution" of Julian Assange must end now. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Chris Hedges long interview with Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture:


US Issues Formal Request For Assange's Extradition

"...Speaking to KPFA radio today, Australian investigative journalist John Pilger said that these actions vindicated Assange's warnings that 'so-called liberal democracies were changing 'and increasingly adopting the methods of 'autocracies'. Pilger called for the broadest mobilisation in defence of Assange."


"The Assange case is a poster child of state persecution. Every journalist, activist and all who care about democracy should know about the massive propaganda and legal corruption used to take Assange down. This is what tyranny looks like!"


Chris Hedges: Assange is Being Persecuted For His Virtues

"...There is nothing like the boot of the oppressor on your neck to give you moral clarity. None of these war crimes and hundreds more reported to the US military but never investigated, would have been made public without Julian, Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks.

Even if Julian were odious, which he is not, even if he carried out a sexual offense, which he did not, even if he was a poor houseguest - a bizarre term for a man trapped in a small room for nearly seven years under house arrest - which he was not, it would make no difference. Julian is not being persecuted for his vices. He is being persecuted for his virtues. His arrest eviserates all pretense of the rule of law and rights of a free press..."


Julian Assange: Remembering the Powerful Exposed By WikiLeaks

"Assange's 'crime' was revealing deep, embarrassing, sometimes deadly malfeasance by numerous actors, including the US government, the media, the Democratic Party-Clinton machine, and Israel..."


'Mirthless Laugh' - the Persecution and Torture of Julian Assange

"For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking..."


Extradition Order To Send Assange To UK Poses Existential Threat To All Truth Seekers - Galloway

"Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed on Thursday that he had signed a request for the extradition of Assange to the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act. The order will go before the UK courts on Friday. Failing to support Assange now will have disastrous consequences for journalism and all who profess to hold progressive values, Galloway warned..."


Julian Assange in His Own Words (and vid)

"The US is applying its jurisdiction to other countries..."


Assange To Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020

"Decision on Assange's fate will not come for at least eight months..."


"I was in court for Julian Assange's extradition hearing before a judge whose husband was a Tory defence minister. 'My life is at stake', said a fragile Julian by video link from prison. Denied a computer, he is prevented from preparing his own defence. Such is British justice."


WATCH: "At Westminster Magistrates Court Chris Hedges said that the 'judicial lynching' of Julian Assange for 'exposing the crimes of empire' sets a 'terrifying' legal precedent 'that allows the [US] government to prosecute publishers irrespective of where they live."


Freeing Julian Assange - Part Two

"The UK Intelligence plot to frame WikiLeaks as working with Russian intelligence didn't start in 2016, but in 2009. Guess who was head of the UK foreign intelligence Russia desk in 2009? 

Christopher Steele."


Hedges: The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange

"Most of us who have followed the long persecution of Assange expected this moment, but it was nevertheless deeply unsettling, the opening of the final act in a Greek tragedy where the hero, cursed by fortuna or fate, confronts the dark forces from which there is no escape..."


Imperialism On Trial - Free Julian Assange (and vid)

"Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will share their expertise on imperialism in general and on the Julian Assange case in particular..."


May Curious Eyes Never Run Dry

"..In any event, the indictments for which Assange is now imprisoned have nothing to do with Sweden, Russia, Trump or mistreatment of his cat. They are a straight forward attempt to prosecute a publisher for committing acts of journalism."


Assange Judge Refuses To Step Down Despite Evidence of Intelligence and Defence Links

"Accusations of a conflict of interest have emerged regarding the judge presiding over the pre-extradition hearings of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Indeed, there appears to be overwhelming evidence of family links to the defence industry, to a vocal critic of whistleblower Edward Snowden and to a former head of MI6 who oversaw the 'sexed up' dossier that led to the Iraq war..."

What conflict of interest? That IS the interest.


Media Freedom is Almost Over. Only One Thing Can Save Julian Assange From Dying in Prison

"The truth is there's only one thing that can stop Assange dying in prison and media freedom along with him. And that's if public opinion doesn't stand for it..."

If so then he's probably doomed. Public opinion is effectively controlled by the same interests that want Assange, WikiLeaks and any other publisher of 'secrets' silenced. As is amply demonstrated on Babble, it is the masters' narrative that most often prevails.

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As is amply demonstrated on Babble, it is the masters' narrative that most often prevails.

It must be a lonely life being a superior moral species such as yourself. I suppose duty compels you to express (and feel?) only scorn for the vast majority of your fellow humans, thus imprisoning yourself in a tiny spiritual cell.


The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing the Julian Assange Witch Hunt

"As we noted in a media alert last week, the groundwork for the persecution of Assange has been laid by a demonizing, state-run corporate propaganda campaign. Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture, who is also Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow has turned the accepted 'mainstream' view of Assange completely on its head:

'First of all, we have to realize that we have all been deliberately misled about Mr Assange. The predominant image of the shady 'hacker', 'sex offender' and selfish 'narcissist' has been carefully constructed, disseminated and recycled in order to divert attention from the extremely powerful truths he exposed, including serious crimes and corruption on the part of multiple governments and corporations. By making Mr Assange 'unlikeable' and ridiculous in public opinion, an environment was created in which no one would feel empathy with him, very similar to the historic witch-hunts or to modern situations of mobbing at the workplace or in school..."


"Under Article 3 of the UN Convention Against Torture Assange simply cannot be extradited to the US. No ifs, no buts."


"37 MEPs call on the European Commission to prevent the extradition of Assange to the US: 'his detention constitutes not only an attack on the right to information, which is a fundamental pillar of democracy, but also contravenes both international and European legislation."


Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange  -  by UN Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer

"...In the end it finally dawned on me that I had been blinded by propaganda, and that Assange had been systematically slandered to divert attention from the crimes he exposed."


Judge Emma Arbuthnot Refuses to Recuse Herself in Show Trial of Julian Assange

"...No legal argument will convince Arbuthnot to recuse herself. Her connections via her family to the security services are the very reason she has been selected in this case. The British ruling class requires an official to rubber stamp Assange's transfer to the US, in what amounts to an extraordinary rendition..."


Twitter Removes Account of Assange Defense Organisation

"...Twitter's move is part of a wider pattern. [Unity4J co-founder Elizabeth] Vos told independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone: 'It seems that Assange supporters have  been targeted for suspension over the last few days and weeks, including the suspension of individuals as well as accounts like Unity4J. All of these suspensions are unacceptable but I find the Unity4J suspension especially egregious, because it was an activist account supporting a journalist who's been silenced or 'disappeared', so this suspension is an extension of that suppression..."

But fear not. Guardian, NYT and WaPo twitter feeds continue to purvey the lies we prefer as usual.


'The Claim to Defend Media Freedom is Grotesque Until We Free Assange'

"Politicians gather in London to defend official narratives from disobedient facts. Meanwhile official narratives factually explode around them and publisher Julian Assange is tortured for journalism down the road. The claim to Defend Media Freedom is grotesque until we free Assange."



CNN Twists Embassy Surveillance Records to Attack Julian Assange

"Thorough debunking by Kevin Gosztola of CNN's Assange-Russia story. CNN has no evidence and accordingly, as is the norm, relies on conjecture. With so many outlets still drinking the Russiagate Kool-Aid, it's up to independent voices like Kevin to push back."            


Assange Faces 'Psychological Torture' in British Prison as UK [& Canada] Vows to Protect Media Freedom        


"An important win for free speech: we have won our motion to dismiss for Wikileaks in the DNC lawsuit against Assange, WikiLeaks et al over the 2016 election publications on First Amendment grounds. Full judgment..."

"The DNC does not claim that the stolen materials are false or defamatory..DNC provides no evidence that Trump campaign and Wikileaks participated in theft of DNC emails, helped the Russian Federation, or were even aware of the hack beforehand..."


US Federal Court Exposes Democratic Party Conspiracy Against Assange and WikiLeaks

"In a ruling late Tuesday, Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, a Bill Clinton nominee and former assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate special prosecution force, dismissed 'with prejudice', a civil lawsuit filed in April 2018 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) alleging Wikileaks was civilly responsible for conspiracy with Russian government to steal DNC emails and data and leak that to the public.

Judge Koeltl said the DNC's argument that Assange and WikiLeaks 'conspired with the Russian Federation to steal and disseminate the DNC's materials' is 'entirely divorced from the facts.'.."

voice of the damned

^ Interesting to compare that article to the trots' headline in post 284...

Judge Emma Arbuthnot refuses to recuse herself in show trial of Julian Assange

Strange that the US Deep State is able to arrange show-trials in London, but not New York.



"Do not forget Julian Assange. Or you will lose him. I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of a US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him."


Jennifer Robinson, A Leading Member of Assange's Legal Team Speaks With WSWS

"The recognition that we can be protected by the First Amendment is critical, particularly in the context of the statement made by Mike Pompeo - now US secretary of state - when he was CIA director, that WikiLeaks is a 'hostile non-state intelligence agency' and Julian Assange does not benefit from the First Amendment. We now know Assange absolutely does benefit from the First Amendment and this will be important ongoing for WikiLeaks.

It's disappointing that there was not a stronger pushback on Obama's decision to open a grand jury and continue it in relationship to WikiLeaks for so long. It is only now, in the hands of the Trump Administration, that many people understand just how dangerous that is.

The UN Rapporteur on Torture [Nils Melzer] said in his report on Julian Assange that not only has he been vilified by states but the media's participation in his vilification has significantly undermined Assange's position, and he is right. I wonder if there had been more support from the media and human rights groups had pushed back harder, whether this indictment would have been politically feasible..."


CN Live! Episode 5

"Lissa Johnson, Rebecca Peters, James Howard Kunstler, and George Szamuely. We'll also screen Mark Davis's breath-taking talk last night at the Sydney event: 'Julian Assange and the US Culture of Revenge."


Talk To the Totalitarian Hand: State Responses to the Torture of Julian Assange, Morally Disengaging Media, And What it Means For Us All

"While Julian Assange rots in prison for publishing journalism, clincial psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson explains some of the science behind how we got here, and also how we push back. 'Governments can only be relied upon to uphold human rights when their citizens demand it of them...'


'Slow, Cruel Assassination': Assange's Mother Blasts US & UK ForTreatment of Whistleblower

"My son Julian Assange is being slowly, cruelly and unlawfully assassinated by the US and UK Governments, for multi-award winning journalism revealing war crimes and corruption..."

Let the historical record show many western so-called progressives actively aided and abetted the forces responsible for the public persecution of these dissident truth-telling heroes. Then, their task completed, they averted their eyes and fell silent.  Their treachery, cowardice and repeated alignments with the enemy will not be forgotten. They are a controlled gate-keeping liberal 'opposition' that increasingly comes only to the aid of the oppressors not the oppressed, and are not to be trusted or relied upon in any serious struggle.


....But there is every reason to fear Assange is already in danger, in Belmarsh maximum security prison, where he is currently incarcerated. As the great journalist John Pilger tweeted six days ago:

"Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him.    I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him."

There is no official explanation as to why Julian’s health has continued to deteriorate so alarmingly in Belmarsh. Nobody genuinely believes him to be a violent danger, so there is absolutely no call for him to be imprisoned in the facility which houses the hardcore terrorist cases.

Assange is fighting major legal cases in the UK, Sweden and the United States, yet is permitted visitors for only two hours per fortnight, inclusive of time spent with his three sets of lawyers. All of his visitors have been alarmed by his state of physical health and many have been alarmed by his apparent disorientation and confusion....

If their was a real "free press" concerned with press freedom, the slow murder of this political prisoner would be a constant headline. 

This legalized state torture/obliteration would get MSM outrage were it ha similar event in a country on the imperial US/UK enemy list.


Latest Tweet by Pilger on Assange:

"Visting Julian Assange in prison I glimpsed his barbaric treatment. Isolated, denied proper exercise, access to the library, a laptop, he cannot prepare his defence. He is even denied calls to his US lawyers. His UK lawyer wrote to the governor on 4 June. Silence. How lawless."

BUT China...BUT Russia...


'His Psychological Torture is Unabated': John Pilger Reveals Assange Prison Conditions

"I spoke to Julian Assange at the weekend. His psychological torture is unabated. He remains isolated in his small cell, mostly 23 hours a day, denied proper exercise. He has lost more weight. Although 'approved', phone calls to his parents are still not possible. Britain 2019." 

As the world silently watches.


Caitlin Johnstone: A Society Is Only As Free As Its Most Troublesome Political Dissident

"You wouldn't know it from any western mass media reporting as of this writing, but musician Roger Waters is about to perform the iconic Pink Floyd song 'Wish You Were Here' in front of the office of British Home Secretary Priti Patel in order to draw attention to the persecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. As long as you live in a society which you can give rise to a coordinated multi-governmental campaign to lock up a journalist for the rest of his life based on bogus charges because he exposed US war crimes, you are not free and you should not agree to pretend that you are..."


Roger Waters and John Pilger Make Powerful Defence of Julian Assange in London (and vid)

"...Pilger said he had spoken with Assange over the weekend. 'When I asked Julian what he would like me to say today, he was adamant. 'Say it's not just me. It's much wider. It's all of us..."


Why Some Babblers Are Almost Always Wrong...

"Dear Editor, ...


Craig Murray: The World's Most Important Political Prisoner

"We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange's uniquely lengthy imprisonment for a bail violation. He will receive parole for the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the USA - a process which could last several years.

Assange is now, plainly and without argument, a political prisoner. He is not in jail for bail jumping. He is not in jail for sexual allegations. He is in jail for publishing official secrets and for nothing else. The UK now has the world's most famous political prisoner, and there are no rational grounds to deny that fact. Who will take a stand against authoritarianism and for the freedom to publish?"