Chomsky: Julian Assange's 'savage persecution' and the telling silence of our Vichy press

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Chomsky: Julian Assange's 'savage persecution' and the telling silence of our Vichy press

Noam Chomsky on Julian Assange's Trial and the Silence of the [Canadian] Press

Q: Why is the world of journalism so silent about the persecution of Julian Assange?

NC: 'You'll have to ask them. They shouldn't be. Maybe people are afraid or maybe they have other reasons. But it's not a great tribute to journalism to see them back away from supporting someone who has lived up to the highest ideals of the profession and is being savagely persecuted for doing so.

This is a mission that journalists should applaud. They should be in the front lines of defending Assange, and in effect themselves, against state power that is out of control..."


Go ask them...then post their answers.


"Vichy Press?" Little as  I like the macho, exploitative Assange, I don't want him to be tortured, jailed or persecuted by the US or any other bourgeois state for his (legitimate and important) revelations. But why do you always use such inflated rhetoric?


Because it's true. Especially in this case.

'The Media is a weapon' - Abby Martin


"...I don't know how much clearer we can make it. They're prosecuting him for possession of documents, for attempting to solicit documents. Also publishing. This is a daily occurrence. All journalists do this. These are common journalistic activities. These are all under the umbrella of basic freedoms. And that's what they're criminalizing here.

And that's why this entire case is so significant and has such far-reaching implications. Really grave ramifications for everyone, not just journalists. Which is what makes it all the more egregious when you hear nothing about it in the fucking media and nothing about it in the 'independent' media. They're sitting on their asses talking about Bernie Sanders' asshole or something. It's ridiculous.

What are you doing? How can you not be outraged about this? How can you not be concerned about this, or the extraterritorialization of it? It's not even in the US. This is happening in a UK court to an Australian! This trial is unjust. It's unprecedented. And what they're doing to Julian Assange is completely illegal, unfair and will criminalize journalism. It's an affront to freedom of speech as a whole not just for journalists.

And once again they've led us down this garden path where we're focusing on Julian Assange the journalist instead of the fucking crime. We're focusing on the messenger instead of the message - the fucking war crimes, the torture, the drone strikes. What the fuck is going on here? Why isn't that being addressed? The United States pretends that they are the victims, that the WikiLeaks publications somehow caused injury or harm to Americans. But yet they can't provide a single example, not one!

So they paint themselves as victims without any proof while ignoring the thousands, the tens of thousands of victims in the leaks! The people in Iraq, in Afghanistan, people kidnapped, or snatched from Europe and taken to CIA black sites, the mass surveillance, all of it! This is unbelievable. They're shooting the messenger while ignoring the message and letting these m*ther-f*cker*s get away with war crimes in broad daylight and no-one's even reporting it. Not even alternative media is doing their jobs. It's pathetic, unacceptable shit. A complete violation of any semblance of justice. So that was day 7 in this sham trial, this sham extradition hearing. And we'll be back tomorrow..."

'Excellent Recap by Richard Medhurst' (starts at 30:07 - and vid)


I made it clear that little as I like Assange, and trust me, I've met many such guys in decades on the left, that in no way do I support his extradition, jailing and possible torture. I agree fully about the importance of WikiLeaks.


"...It is hard for me to convey to a British audience what an assault this represents by the Trump administration on Assange's self-image of their own political culture. The First Amendment is celebrated across the political divide and the New York Times judgement [Pentagon Papers publication] is viewed as a pillar of freedom. The US government is now saying, completely explicitly, in court, those reporters could and should have gone to jail and that is how we will act in future. The Washington Post, the NYT, and all the 'great liberal media' of the USA are not in court to hear it and do not report it, because of their active complicity in the 'othering' of Julian Assange as something sub-human whose fate can be ignored. Are they really so stupid as not to understand that they are next?

Craig Murray - Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 10

Again, where is the Canadian media - mainstream and alternative on this? Having participated whole-heartedly in the 'othering' and smear campaign, they seem now to have adopted an attitude of 'omerta' and gone completely silent.  Cui bono? Carl on Parl? Rick Salutin? Brent Patterson? Are you getting this?  Is anybody out there?


"In Melbourne in 2010, after he had released the infamous US helicopter gunship video, Collateral Murder, which showed innocent civilians, including two Reuters news staff being mowed down in a Baghdad square, Assange worried about being snatched off the streets.

Now the United States is trying a less dramatic but equally questionable version of its CIA rendition program. The attempt to extradite Assange is designed to stifle dissent, sending a chill through the ranks of investigative journalists worldwide. If Assange can be prosecuted for exposing evidence of US war crimes, so can any journalist anywhere in the world..."

Andrew Fowler: Assange Makes His Way to Date With Destiny He Always Predicted


WATCH: "All people have the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, and regardless of frontiers."

'Can't we just drone this guy?'


Celebrating the Courage & Journalism of Julian Assange: Pilger, Murray, Fowler and Tinari

"Our number one enemy is ignorance and I believe that is the Number One enemy of everyone. It's not understanding what is actually going on in the world. It's only when you start to understand that you can make effective decisions and effective plans. The question is who is promoting this ignorance?

Well, those organizations that try to keep things a secret and those organizations which distort true information to make it false. Misrepresent it. In this latter category it is bad media. It really is my opinion that the media in general are so bad you have to question whether the world wouldn't be better off without them altogether. They're so distorted as to how the world actually is that the result is we see wars and corrupt government just carrying on.

One of the hopeful things that I've discovered is that nearly every war that has started in the last 50 years has been the result of media lies. The media could have stopped it if they hadn't reported government propaganda. They could have stopped it...

But what does that mean? That means basically populations don't like wars populations have to be fooled into wars. Populations don't willingly with open eyes go into a war. So if we have a good media environment, then we'll also have a peaceful environment..."  - Julian Assange -


From The Editor: Why I Give a Shit About the Assange Trial

"The silence from the journalistic community with regards to Julian Assange is indicative of the end of journalism in the Western world...This is not about a man fighting for his fate out there in a London courtroom, but also about our future here and now as concerned citizens of the so-called free democratic world..."


The Jimmy Dore Show

"Bob Woodward silent about Julian Assange and the attack on the Free Press."


A Guide to Journalists and Organizations Covering Assange Trial for Those Upset About Lack of Media Coverage

"Diagnosing why establishment media institutions are not covering Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's extradition trial in London."


Why Are Amnesty International Monitors Not Able to Observe the Assange Hearing?

"...Amnesty International had requested access to the court for a trial monitor to observe the hearings, but the court denied us a designated seat in court. Our monitor initially did get permission to access the technology to monitor remotely, but the morning the hearing started he received an email informing us that the judge had revoked Amnesty International's remote access.

'Amnesty International have monitored trials from Guantanamo Bay to Bahrain, Ecuador to Turkey. For our observer to be denied access profoundly undermines open justice.'


The 'undermining of open justice', so outrageously obvious in this case, is precisely the reason why there is no wish by the kangaroo court and state to have Amnesty observe it. For much the same reason the Canadian Vichy press coverage is also barely there - twisted and skewed when it is. Perhaps it is  better this way, since, as the presstitute media have already amply demonstrated in the preparatory smear and disinformation campaign phase of this process,  they ultimately work for the same team as the open-justice opposition forces now silencing Amnesty at the free speech trial of the century. They are in fact an enemy not to be trusted.


MEAA Webinar: The Case Against Julian Assange

Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-Chief WikiLeaks

Scott Ludlam, Australian Green Party

"This case represents a boot kicking down the door of what passed for press freedom and the rule of law. And not just in United States. I think we need to be very clear this case is an act of repression. In any other regime, we would characterize this as an act of repression. The purpose of repression is to provoke fear and surrender. That is what repression is for. One of the audiences is you: union members who are writers and journalists, publishers and people with a voice and a platform. We're the target audience..."


NDPP, please note that thread titles, like headlines, capitalize the first word only, as well as proper names, etc. All other words in the title are to be lower case. Thanks.


Don't Extradite Assange! (and vid)

"...Everything seems to be a distraction. There are 28 million displaced persons from the last 20 years of war. Craig Murray estimates the dead at around 4 million. These souls cry for justice. This trial is a distraction for us from the war criminals that must be brought to justice:*"  John Shipton, father of Julian Assange

*Also explains why the Vichy media who work for the war criminals won't cover this trial.


Project Censored: Principles of Journalism on Trial (podcast)

"I was on Project Censored's radio show to discuss the Assange trial and what it means for journalism."


Katie Halper: Working Around the Assange trial with journalist Kevin Gosztola (and vid)

"Shoutout to Kevin Gosztola and the small # of brave journalists actually covering the Assange trial."


Journalist Andrew Fowler Speaks to WSWS: 'If Assange is extradited the same can happen to any of us.'

"I always thought it would be tough going, even in the halcyon days when Assange was pointing to a new way for journalists to flourish in the then bourgeoning internet age. WikiLeaks was a counterweight to the rising intrustiveness of the surveillance state. It would be expected that the US - the sole superpower in particular would try to smear its name.

What was disheartening was to witness the relish with which journalists who had previously greeted him as with open arms, turned on him. Many of these journalists saw themselves as part of the ruling elite, not representatives of the voiceless, the unrepresented in society. The attempt by the state to control journalists is at the heart of the charges against Assange. Its physical manifestation is there every day in court.

If the extradition hearing determines that what Assange did was an extraditable offence, then no journalist anywhere in the world will be safe from extradition to the United States. What Assange is charged with is what every journalist does every day, encourages sources to leak, helping them to protect themselves, exposing evidence of war crimes.." *

Not every journalist. Not here.


IBA Warns Against Assange Extradition

"Human Rights arm of International Bar Association strongly criticises potential extradition of Julian Assange to US. Removal would set a 'dangerous precedent' human rights institute says."


In defense of Julian Assange (and vid)

'I want his right to publish restored.'

"A book talk and panel discussion with contributors to In Defense of Julian Assange. I participated on the panel about the need to defend Julian Assange along with Anya Parampil, Nathan Fuller and Renata Avila. Enjoy."