Silenced and cut off from the outside world, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last six years with no access to sunlight, fresh air, or proper medical treatment. Furthermore, last March President Lenin Moreno’s Ecuadorian government cut his access to the internet, phone calls and even visitors and journalists. For a man who has already been confined to the embassy for so long, these restrictions are particularly harsh.
"For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.”
–George Orwell, 1984 (1949)
See Glenn Greenwald for the latest on the quite public hanging of Assange in which Trump tries to outdo Obama in an accelerated witch hunt. By the way, if Ms. Maurizi was a U.S. journalist, she too could be subject to prosecution in the Land of the (Un)free and Home of Cowardice.
Thank you writer, Stefania Maurizi. Thank you for reminding us about John Peter Zenger… telling the TRUTH is not illegal. : )
And as to all those who pretend to be media---------your hypocrisy is telling. You are glad to use Wikileaks material and yet condemn Assange. If Assange is extradited to America for telling TRUTH-------for sure the First Amendment is dead in America----it’s been long gone in Teresa May’s UK.
Go to the wikileaks shop and buy as many T - shirts as possible. Help Assange , because we can’t let the encroaching Orwell world win! : )
Telling the Truth is obviously very much illegal, but it is the right thing to do – especially in these totalitarian times.
Stefania Maurizi has made exceptional contributions to journalism and the Wikileaks case, including her courageous search for transparency in the British justice system regarding Assange’s case. This is a much needed article as Assange is being abandoned by most “liberal” establishments all around. He is indeed a pioneer with the courage and integrity of a Giordano Bruno, who brilliantly and with full understanding of the risks, walked right in front of the armies and powers of the world, to take their masks away. He is the man standing in front of the tank in the Tienanmen square. Except, that he has done it for us, not for himself.
The way he has been abandoned tells more about us than about him. Ignorance and hypocrisy rules our times. I have witnessed first hand the dissidence of the east. He is being treated worst.
It’s worse than abandonment. Liberals actively attack him while 'progressives" look away in hope of non-personing him. (Or accuse him and Wikileaks being tools of Russians).
SECRECY: THE OXYGEN OF THE DEEP STATE, THE ENEMY OF DEMOCRACY
Right. The ISO, putatively a revolutionary socialist organization, 10 years ago supported Julien Assange. Today, they are silent.
This article fits right into the whole cover-up of Russian’s sabotage of the 2016 US election. Nice job. The “alleged” interference. Poor Julian. Hand him over to the Ruskies.
Wikileaks did indeed help change the world - it helped elect Trump and thus the world is worse off in so many ways, the Iran deal, Paris accord, national monuments, endangered species, net neutrality, immigrants bashed, tax giveaways to the rich, 5-4 anti-labor court decisions, access to birth control and abortion at risk, auto efficiency standards rolled back…and so much more. If Assange were paid agent of the fossil fuel barons and military contractors he would do little different
I bet you’re a fan of Rachel Maddow!
Per the latest, Assange has been handed over. Still searching confirmation.
The Greenwald piece is good.
He discusses the legality and pretended legality around the event, which of course are not irrelevant. But the relevance in this case clearly derives from the impact of legality on the theatre of governmental public relations and damage control. These are things more difficult to pin down, but they are worth our speculation because public relations and not legality by itself will determine the actions taken.
The US has made it quite obvious that they will set aside their 1st Amendment and lose a good deal of public face to silence Wikileaks or at least make an example of Assange to deter journalism and transparency in government and corporations.
Partly this must be because Wikileaks has been quite effective. Partly it is almost because the rulers know that they still intend to implement further very unpopular plans, as one can easily see with Trump grandstanding against Iran. Partly it will be because the government knows that their regular mouthpieces from Fox to CNN to MSNBC to the NYT and WaPo will back them because Wikileaks and the general practice of whistleblowing have led to successful competition with the commercial press, which has largely failed to work with the new media.
If the line can be held, this is a superior journalism or at least a superior operator within the journalistic system.
Wow I forgot all about that paragraph from the book. Orwell was a prophet. I bet he is rolling in his grave from this Assange business.