Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.
That the so called “Free press” has remained so silent on this even as they rail about the attacks on the “Free Press” when press credentials of one Jim Acosta removed, demonstrates clearly their complaints are all a farce.
This also shows quite clearly where ANY Politician or public figure stands when they call for his imprisonment and it on the side of the lie. I suggest every Politician be questioned as to where they stand vis a vis Julian Assange. If they for Prosecution they are champions of the lie over the truth and are unworthy of a persons vote for that reason. How can you vote for a person who lies or supports the lie?
How about exchanging Acosta (or the whole lot of CNN talk show hosts) for Assange’s safe passage back to Australia (or wherever Assange determines he should be). I’d go for that.
Or rather, just how long would any multi-million dollar salaried CNN talk show host last in the same conditions Assange has been under for the past 8 years? A: Not long.
By calendar, it is 34 years past 1984. Things.have not improved since then. How can anyone expect any freedom of.press or other communication?
The Democratic Party—seeking to blame its election defeat on Russian “interference” rather than the grotesque income inequality, the betrayal of the working class, the loss of civil liberties, the deindustrialization and the corporate coup d’état that the party helped orchestrate—attacks Assange as a traitor, although he is not a U.S. citizen. Nor is he a spy. He is not bound by any law I am aware of to keep U.S. government secrets. He has not committed a crime. Now, stories in newspapers that once published material from WikiLeaks focus on his allegedly slovenly behavior—not evident during my visits with him—and how he is, in the words of The Guardian, “an unwelcome guest” in the embassy. The vital issue of the rights of a publisher and a free press is ignored in favor of snarky character assassination.
So the Dims, including many in its “progressive” wing, and the media (right-wing, mainstream and “progressive”) sit by (and/or actively enable) the slow-death of Julian Assange who’s a prisoner in the London, UK Ecuadoran Embassy.
These are the same folks who have excoriated the murder of CIA-asset Jamal Khashoggi (who they called a “journalist”) in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, raising the reputation of the slimy spy to the level of martyr and even a pop-culture saint.
This is what happens when progressives adopt the ideology of LOTE. It so corrupts language, political-economics, activism - and pretty much everything else - that the world is covered in a dense fog and turned upside down.
Truly, the Dims are the most effective evil in the U.S. Duopoly (s)elected government that manages the nation and most of the biosphere on behalf of the oligarchs, plutocrats and corporatists who are the real powers in the global capitalist system.
Thanks again to Chris Hedges for never falling for the LOTE line and most importantly:
FREE JULIAN ASSANGE!!!
The late-stage, vicious system of imperial, colonizing, predatory capitalism that now sucks worldwide is absolutely dependent on slicing, dicing, sucking and cutting holes is reality. Its a shell game based on weaponization methodologies. Don’t understand something that is happening? Step back imagine it as something normal and healthy being twisted for weaponization. Who benefits? How is your mind and context being framed?
When we fail to stand for the revelations of crimes committed against us, we face their intensification and, given the divide and conquer methods of the system, greater division and greater subjugation. If not for us, then for everyone around us at some point - because social interrelations are being weaponized.
Those who put their eggs in the inanimate basket case of “Citizen United” cannot do so without a psychic consequence. The first premise is that the abstract concept can be a human ‘person’. The implicit consequence is that the human person is rightfully dehumanized to an abstract. Look around you, it happens every day.
The Aussies already implied they’d turn him over to the U.S. They are part of the “five eyes” (English-speaking) NSA coalition after all. But your point that he should be able to go where he wants is absolutely spot-on.
Well said! The reason the corporate press, like CNN is silent about Assange is… WIKILEAKS IS THE FREE PRESS VS.THE CORPORATE PRESS.
As Chris Hedges sees something of the Christ in Assange, neither of
them have " a place to rest their heads." No government on earth would accept Assange; his truthful journalism would reveal their corruption. And
the Romans knew the most painful death; America’s CIA being the first to hammer the nails. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyred by the Nazis, spoke of “the cost of discipleship;” and Julian Assange is paying that price; so that true words may bring freedom to us all.
“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”
Oscar Wilde, I believe, on one of humanities great problems.
The corpress won’t be next, because it serves power, and any posturing about a “free press” will be sacrificed on the altar of “national security”.
This is why the defense of Jim Acosta under the reasoning of “protecting free speech” is bullshit. That story is just a group of elites trying to get the public to protect an elite from another elite. If they cared about free speech Assange would be protected in addition to all other whistle-blowers.
Chris Hedges, HOW do we mobilize to stand together for justice for Julian Assange?
If the children of the government enablers of torture had their kids taken and treated the same way------------what would governments do? Probably nothing. They would just have more kids, I guess. Heartless in one area probably sets their tone for heartless in all areas.
Julian Assange seems to be the current future for Truth tellers. So Australia, America, and the UK ----a free press and citizenship and truth telling appear to have no value to you?
The mainstream media are outraged that self-promoting carnival barker Jim Acosta was banned from the White House, but is silent, and often complicit, with the labeling of the courageous, invariably truthful and accurate Julian Assange as a threat to national security and calls for his imprisonment, or even his execution.
Interesting jhow so many so-called progressives are rushing to Assange’s defense when there is clear evidence that he helped Russian operatives disrupt US elections and give the presidency to Donald Trump.
If he is so innocent why doesn’t he just come out of hiding and prepare to defend himself in court?
Mueller’s indictments all have to do with money. Not 1 criminal charge having to do with Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Lester Holt has no spine. His station owner’s a 1 percenter so he just does doggy stories. So we need watch-dogs like Manning, Snowden & Assange.
Think using facts & reason, not emotion.
thank you, common dreams, for publishing this excellent hedges’ exposé! i feel such deep concern for julian assange. he has committed no crime!
well like an old proverb of disputed origin warns, **"He who tells the truth better have one foot in the stirrup."
Chris, I hope that this will be read by many. You, sir, epitomize real and honest journalism with every word that you write. We can always depend on you to say what needs to be said.
This treatment of Assange is indeed nothing less than a crucifixion. Our masters of empire and their British lapdogs are determined to make an example of this man by making him pay for their collective sins. Even with all the truly serious problems that they could and should be dealing with, they are more focused on vengeance, as their dark secrets cannot bear the light of truth.
the old goat has gone straight to the core of what passes for “reality” in 2018!