Where is the media coverage of Julian Assange now that he has been imprisoned? There is a virtual blackout of the only journalist I know of in history who has never had to retract a thing he has put out. Perhaps that is part of the reason governments and their state-controlled media useful idiots don’t like him. Still, this being 9/11, and we were told that Islamic jihadis hated us for our freedom, which was an absolute lie to cover for the 9/11 attacks, the fact of the matter is that 9/11 was the beginning of the attacks on the liberties of the American people by their own government. I could provide you with numerous examples but if I actually have to do that, then you are simply not paying attention to what has been going on for some time now. Still, Assange was one person in the world who methodically exposed the corruption in governments around the world, and the media slandered and libeled him continuously. Yet, since his imprisonment, the media has been mum on the subject of Julian Assange.
Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him.
I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of a US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him.
— John Pilger (@johnpilger) August 7, 2019
Go ahead, do an internet search and tell me what you find of recent news concerning the Wikileaks co-founder. You won’t find a lot of new information, that’s for sure.
As for me, I’m constantly looking for new information on Assange to try and keep his story alive on the platform that I write for at SonsOfLibertyMedia.com and those outlets who may be just like me in that they don’t want anyone to forget his name and what he has stood for and what he is enduring to bring people the truth.
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With that said, Mnar Muhawesh at Mint Press News writes:
The role of journalism in a democracy is publishing information that holds the powerful to account — the kind of information that empowers the public to become more engaged citizens in their communities so that we can vote in representatives that work in the interest of “we the people.”
There is perhaps no better example of watchdog journalism that holds the powerful to account and exposes their corruption than that of WikiLeaks, which exposed to the world evidence of widespread war crimes the U.S. military was committing in Iraq, including the killing of two Reuters journalists; showed that the U.S. government and large corporations were using private intelligence agencies to spy on activists and protesters; and revealed how the military hid tortured Guantanamo Bay prisoners from Red Cross inspectors.
It’s this kind of real journalism that our First Amendment was meant to protect but engaging in it has instead made WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange the target of a massive smear campaign for the last several years — including false claims that Assange is working with Vladimir Putin and the Russians and hackers, as well as open calls by corporate media pundits for him to be assassinated.
The allegations that Assange conspired with Putin to undermine the 2016 election and American democracy as a whole fell completely flat earlier this month when a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed this case as “factually implausible,” with the judge noting that at no point does the prosecution’s “threadbare” argument show “any facts” at all, and concluding that the idea that Assange conspired with Russia against the Democratic Party or America is “entirely divorced from the facts.”
Perhaps the brazen character-assassination was priming the public to become apathetic towards Assange in preparation for his brutal fate, which would land him in the hands of U.S. and British authorities after spending years isolated inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Today, Assange sits behind bars in a London prison under shocking conditions even a murderer wouldn’t expect. Renowned filmmaker and journalist John Pilger visited him there and fears for Assange’s life, noting he is held in isolation, heavily medicated and denied the basic tools needed to fight his charge of extradition to the United States.
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Muhawesh then reminds us:
On May 23, Assange was charged under the U.S. Espionage Act for the possession and dissemination of classified information given to him by army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, marking the first time the Espionage Act has been used against a journalist for publishing classified information. He now faces a sentence of 175 years in jail if found guilty.
But you may not have known any of this because it seems clear the very media that spent years dragging Assange’s name through the mud are deliberately engaging in a media blackout on his treatment. So if you were waiting for the corporate media or their lapdog pundits to defend freedom of the press and freedom of speech, you’d be disappointed.
A double chorus of voices across the mainstream media spectrum cheered the destruction of the First Amendment. The New York Times applauded Trump, claiming he’d “done well” to charge Assange with an “indisputable crime.” CNN demanded that Assange finally “face justice,” while others claimed the day in court of the “narcissistic” “internet troll” who attacked America with his “vile spite” was “long overdue.”
All around the world, Assange’s treatment seems to have given the green light to governments to intimidate and hassle journalists. Australian police, for instance, recently conducted a raid on journalist Annika Smethurst’s home. Smethurst had not long before that revealed that the government had been secretly requesting permission to spy on its own citizens. Meanwhile, independent media everywhere are being marginalized by the crackdown on internet freedom.
If you recall, Assange was literally dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy after spending nearly a decade holed up there. However, as Matt Agorist reminds us, he had a message to send to people through the book he carried out with him.
On Thursday, several men in black suits, surrounded by a dozen cops, raided the Ecuadorian embassy in London and kidnapped Julian Assange. Moments later, the Department of Justice released a statement charging Assange with computer hacking “conspiracy” for allegedly working with US Army soldier at the time, Chelsea Manning. 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. As he was shoved into the van, Assange held the book facing forward so that it could be seen by the camera.
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) April 11, 2019
Agorist went on to elaborate on the author and the contents of the book.
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.”
While Muhawesh doesn’t really provide any new information on Assange, I appreciate the fact that he is continuing to keep Assange’s name out in the public.
On a positive note, RT actually did a new piece on Assange on Wednesday. In that piece, renowned British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood spoke out about the harsh treatment of Assange, his being placed in solitary confinement for no reason and his failing health as a result.
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“I was thrilled to bits to see him, he lost weight… The state Assange is in, it’s a wonder, don’t know how I would cope,” she told RT.
“He must not be extradited [to the US],” Westwood argued. “This man, believe it or not, faces 175 years in jail, that’s totally out of proportion, how crazy is all that!”
Ms. Westwood also referred to Assange as “one of the greatest heroes in the world.”
While President Trump, who was a fan of Assange when he ran for the White House, has turned on him and is seeking to prosecute him, Hillary Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah and company continue to walk around as free people. If that does not speak volumes to people, I don’t know what will. Perhaps this had something to do with Trump’s change of heart:
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