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The Martyrdom of Julian Assange

The Martyrdom of Julian Assange

Chris Hedges
The arrest Thursday of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public.
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There’s also a last-ditch, desperate-extremity tone to the whole business. The MSM has been dragged back into mentioning the “Collateral Murder” video kicking and screaming, to some extent. Also, in the context of USA poker players showing their cards and revolvers over the gaming table with Venezuela, the pathetic financial bravado with China, and an American economic miracle built on… uh, what exactly? All of this has contrary stochastic and go-for-broke qualities. We don’t even care that everyone knows we’re phony anymore, we’re Americans!

Which could bode no good, as ill winds usually do. But it could also break the other way. The unique quality of the Assange spectacle is that it knits together decades of USA imperialism with a crispness which is difficult for even the most Trump-obsessed to ignore. This could be a good teachable moment folks! (Said the schoolmarm on the Titanic.)

Another prisoner of conscience, from the 17th century (who wrote Pilgrim’s Progress from jail) has supportive verses for Assange:

Here come the angels, here come saints,
Here comes the Spirit of God,
To comfort us in our restraints
Under the wicked’s rod.

This gaol to us is as a hill,
From whence we plainly see
Beyond this world, and take our fill
Of things that lasting be.

We change our drossy dust for gold,
From death to life we fly;
We let go shadows, and take hold
Of immortality.

– John Bunyan, Prison Meditations

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WHen the DNC rigs the primaries again, and it’s leaked again, they want to make sure that the leaks never see the light of day. Like back in the good ol days.

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The treatment of Assange is why the potentially great leaders choose to be back benchers. They don’t want the heat, nor the martyrdom.

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Comey conceded that the emails were probably delivered to Wikileaks by an intermediary. Yeah, I think everyone agrees on that. Why does Hedges mention this? Personally, I think it highly likely that the intermediary was Russian-backed.

Can everyone not see, and agree, that Elections in the United States are illegally and immorally interfered with by various groups, of Americans, who have more effect than any Russian Government or group of Russians could possible have? This subject is a dead horse beaten to death by the Mueller commission.

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Folks, Hedges got the take-home:

The arrest Thursday of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press

We are neither under the rule of law nor confronting an electoral system. We are not in dialog with a government or a ruling class, but in simple opposition. We need to move to another mode of interaction.

In practice, that cannot likely be violence. But it surely cannot be cooperation.

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Many thanks to commondreams.org for publishing this excellent analysis and warning by Chris Hedges.

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And not just the good ol days of the U.S. but the good ol days of Nazi Germany.

Considering that voter turnout has been at a record low last election, perhaps many do see. The problem is what do we do about it?

cough Bernie cough

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That quote by Mr. Hedges says it all!

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I loved what Assange did—until he colluded with the Trump Campaign. We might not be living under semi-fascism now if he had not done that. His story is a morality play of the héroe going astray.