Last month, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested after spending seven years held up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. On Wednesday, Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a UK judge because he skipped bail in 2012 on now dropped rape and sexual assault charges, which would have had him extradited to Sweden.
Judge Deborah Taylor denied his pleas for leniency considering what he was facing at the time with threats on his life and the now obvious false accusations against him.
Taylor said, “By hiding in the embassy you deliberately put yourself out of reach, while remaining in the UK… In so doing, you exploited your privileged position to flout the law.”
Assange did apologize for skipping bail as his attorneys explained that he did so because he was a “desperate man” fearing extradition to the United States.
In a letter read by attorney Mark Summers, Assange said he found himself “struggling with terrifying circumstances” and did what he thought best. They also appealed for leniency considering that he had been in the embassy for seven years.
However, Judge Taylor was less than impressed with Assange’s apology nor his attorney’s pleas on his behalf.
Taylor said Assange’s seven years in the embassy had cost British taxpayers £16 million, and he sought asylum as a “deliberate attempt to delay justice.”
“It is essential to the rule of law that nobody is above or beyond the reach of the law,” Taylor said. “Orders of the court are to be obeyed.”
She then pointed out that Assange had not willingly surrendered, but had to be dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy last month.
Assange supporters chanted “shame on you” at the judge as Assange was led away.
What many forget is that Assange’s release of documents probably helped to stave off a Hillary Clinton presidency and that his life has been in jeopardy. Even the mainstream media and politicians wanted Assange dead and said so.
When Assange was arrested, he was photographed with a very important book in his hand. Obviously, it was a deliberate message for those willing to pay attention. As Matt Agorist pointed out:
Assange was in handcuffs when he was brought out and as he was being dragged from the embassy, he managed to grab the book, Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State.
For those who may not know, Gore Vidal was an American author who has studied the actual history of the United States—not the propagandistic chest pumping horse manure taught in schools—but the very real, violent and corrupt history of the United States government.
Vidal was born inside this system, educated in expensive private schools in Washington DC and grew up, quite literally, surrounded by the elite. His father was a high ranking official in the Franklin Roosevelt administration and his grandfather was US senator Thomas Pryor Gore (D-Oklahoma). He was incredibly smart and would eventually become a best-selling author.
In his 30s, after writing a series of mainstream novels, Vidal decided to try his hand at historical fiction. This decision would set him on a path to waking up to the atrocities carried out by the United States dating back to Abraham Lincoln.
Vidal was one of the first public figures to question the motives and wisdom of Lincoln—and he was lambasted for it. Despite bipartisan attacks on all fronts for his critical skepticism of the United States, Vidal’s six-volume “American Chronicle” series of historical novels about the United States became best sellers.
As the years went on, Vidal became outspoken about the rise of the military industrial complex and predicted the very situation we find ourselves in today.
“USA Belongs To A Handful Of Men Who Also Control The Media. Look At General Electric. It Produces Nuclear Weapons For The Pentagon And Also Owns The NBC News Cable Channel, Which Is A Very Sophisticated Censure Apparatus, Intrinsic To The System. It’s Genius. It’s Like An Electronic Cage Around The Nation Which Blocks Information From Getting Through.” ~ Gore Vidal
In the book Assange was pictured holding, Vidal explained how the United States established the “massive military-industrial-security complex” and the “political culture that gave us the ‘Imperial Presidency.’”
The book was written by Vidal and The Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay. In it, the two dissected the apparatus that would eventually facilitate Assange’s arrest. Through propaganda and manipulation, the establishment has tricked the masses into accepting their corrupt order as the norm. Both Vidal and Assange knew this.
“It Doesn’t Actually Make Any Difference Whether The President Is Republican Or Democrat. The Genius Of The American Ruling Class Is That It Has Been Able To Make The People Think That They Have Had Something To Do With The Electing Of Presidents For 200 Years When They’ve Had Absolutely Nothing To Say About The Candidates Or The Policies Or The Way The Country Is Run.” ~ Gore Vidal
In the book, Vidal explains the false history of the US and how this false history is used to manipulate people into supporting mass murder and corruption.
“I think everybody should take a sober look at the world about us, remember that practically everything that you’re told about other countries is untrue, what we’re told about ourselves and our great strength and how much we are loved – forget it,” wrote Vidal.
“Our strength is there, but it’s the kind of strength that blows off your hand while you hold up the grenade; it’s a suicidal strength as well as a murderous one.”
In essence, like it or not, Assange is a political prisoner and there is no doubt that what was conveyed by Vidal and what Assange was attempting to communicate to the public is true. The state doesn’t like to be challenged when it believes it is a god.
The question is, will the American people turn on him the way the Trump administration has turned on him?
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