May 162018
 


Carl Spitzweg The raven 1845

 

Julian Assange appears to be painfully close to being unceremoniously thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. If that happens, the consequences for journalism, for freedom of speech, and for press freedom, will resound around the world for a very long time. It is very unwise for anyone who values truth and freedom to underestimate the repercussions of this.

In essence, Assange is not different from any journalist working for a major paper or news channel. The difference is he published what they will not because they want to stay in power. The Washington Post today would never do an investigation such as Watergate, and that’s where WikiLeaks came in.

It filled a void left by the media that betrayed their own history and their own field. Betrayed the countless journalists throughout history, and today, who risked their lives and limbs, and far too often lost them, to tell the truth about what powers that be do when they think nobody’s looking or listening.

Julian is not wanted because he’s a spy, or even because he published a number of documents whose publication was inconvenient for certain people. He is wanted because he is so damn smart, which makes him very good and terribly effective at what he does. He’s on a most wanted list not for what he’s already published, but for what he might yet publish in the future.

He built up WikiLeaks into an organization that acquired the ultimate trust of many people who had access to documents they felt should be made public. They knew he would never betray their trust. WikiLeaks has to date never published any documents that were later found out to be false. It never gave up a source. No documents were ever changed or manipulated for purposes other than protecting sources and other individuals.

 

Julian Assange built an ’empire’ based on trust. To do that he knew he could never lie. Even the smallest lie would break what he had spent so much time and effort to construct. He was a highly accomplished hacker from a very young age, which enabled him to build computer networks that nobody managed to hack. He knew how to make everything safe. And keep it that way.

Since authorities were never able to get their hands on WikiLeaks, its sources, or its leader, a giant smear campaign was started around rape charges in Sweden (the country and all its citizens carry a heavy blame for what happened) and connections to America’s favorite enemy, Russia. The rape charges were never substantiated, Julian was never even interrogated by any Swedish law enforcement personnel, but that is no surprise.

It was clear from the get-go what was happening. First of all, for Assange himself. And if there’s one thing you could say he’s done wrong, it’s that he didn’t see the full impact from the campaign against him, sooner. But if you have the world’s largest and most powerful intelligence services against you, and they manage to find both individuals and media organizations willing to spread blatant lies about you, chances are you will not last forever.

If and when you have such forces running against you, you need protection. From politicians and from -fellow- media. Assange didn’t get that, or not nearly enough. Ecuador offered him protection, but as soon as another president was elected, they turned against him. So have news organizations who were once all too eager to profit from material Assange managed to obtain from his sources.

 

That the Guardian today published not just one, not two, but three what can only be labeled as hit pieces on Julian Assange, should perhaps not surprise us; they fell out a long time ago. Still, the sheer amount of hollow innuendo and outright lies in the articles is astonishing. How dare you? Have you no shame, do you not care at all about your credibility? At least the Guardian makes painfully clear why WikiLeaks was needed.

No, Sweden didn’t “drop its investigation into alleged sexual offences because it was unable to question Assange”. The Swedes simply refused to interview him in the Ecuador embassy in London, the only place where he knew he was safe. They refused this for years. And when the rape charges had lost all credibility, Britain asked Sweden to not drop the charges, but keep the pressure on.

No, there is no proof of links from Assange to Russian hackers and/or to the Russian government. No, there is no proof that DNC computers were hacked by Russians to get to John Podesta’s emails. In fact there is no proof they were hacked at all. No, Ecuador didn’t get tired of Julian; their new president, Moreno, decided to sell him out “at the first pressure from the United States”. Just as his predecessor, Correa, said he would.

Julian Assange has been condemned by Sweden, Britain, the US and now Ecuador to solitary confinement with no access to daylight or to medical care. Without a trial, without a sentence, and on the basis of mere allegations, most of which have already turned out to be trumped up and false. This violates so many national and international laws it’s futile to try and count or name them.

It also condemns any and all subsequent truth tellers to the prospect of being treated in the same way that Julian is. Forget about courts, forget about justice. You’ll be on a wanted list. I still have a bit of hope left that Vladimir Putin will step in and save Assange from the gross injustice he’s been exposed to for far too many years. Putin gets 100 times the lies and innuendo Assange gets, but he has a powerful nation behind him. Assange, in the end, only has us.

What’s perhaps the saddest part of all this is that people like Chelsea Manning, Kim Dotcom, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are among the smartest people our world has to offer. We should be cherishing the combination of intelligence, courage and integrity they display at their own risk and peril, but instead we let them be harassed by our governments because they unveil inconvenient truths about them.

And pretty soon there will be nobody left to tell these truths, or tell any truth at all. Dark days. By allowing the smartest and bravest amongst us, who are experts in new technologies, to be silenced, we are allowing these technologies to be used against us.

We’re not far removed from being extras in our own lives, with all significant decisions taken not by us, but for us. America’s Founding Fathers are turning in their graves as we speak. They would have understood the importance of protecting Julian Assange.

To say that we are all Julian Assange is not just a slogan.

 

 

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    Carl Spitzweg The raven 1845   Julian Assange appears to be painfully close to being unceremoniously thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy in Lond
    [See the full post at: I Am Julian Assange]

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    V. Arnold
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    Assange may well be thrown out; what better time to chalenge the hegemon?
    I think the time is ripe for this to happen.
    There is much more to be said, but not at this time, but shortly…

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    Within 2 mintutes of publishing this the Ron Paul Institute asked for permission to republish.

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    zerosum
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    We do not have a grip on reality the way most people see it

    truth tellers

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=truth%20teller
    One who has a grip on reality the way most people see it
    The story telling form is often linear and applies concepts generally accepted as real and beliefs and values that do not get challenged much.

    whistle blowers
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistleblower
    is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity
    Whistleblowing is a topic of ongoing ethical debate.

    #40665

    Dr. D
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    “Looking at latest decisions of @realDonaldTrump someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies. But frankly, EU should be grateful. Thanks to him we got rid of all illusions. We realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.”— Donald Tusk May 16, 2018

    May be getting the message. Enough lying, you’re on your own.

    #40667

    rapier
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    Assange made the same mistake AE did. That is aligning with the fascists to defeat neoliberalism It won’t work. The fascists today in the West are simply neoliberals with a catch. Catch 22 if you will. Markets, with a nationalist/racial patina.

    Assange and AE are the Walter Duranty’s of this age. Imagining themselves players in some historic struggle that can be won. Making the hard tactical choices. Thus missing the great gift that is life. There is no final victory to be had.

    #40668

    Nassim
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    I fully sympathise with Assange.

    The Australian governments – both parties – are disgrace for not protecting him. It just goes to show that Australia is still a colony of the UK.

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    V. Arnold
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    The editor in chief at the Bangkok Post was sacked for his reporting on Prayut Chan ocha, Thailand’s PM.
    The Nation’s cartoonist was threatened last month; but decided to carry on as well. So far so good.
    Fear rules our world and causes us to make very bad decisions; and we all become prisoners with no bars…

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    V. Arnold
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    Be sure to remember:

    Fear is a thief, do not let it steal from you.

    ..

    #40680

    Thanks AE for the article. To me, JA is a symbol of the slide we are barrelling down toward the nightmare outlined by George Orwell in his seminal book 1984.

    My suggestion is for the little people ( like myself ) who are aware to embrace an everyday campaign to raise awareness. I would humbly submit an iconic visual symbol ( such as the Che Guevara or Obama ‘hope’ ) be created to grace millions of T-shirts and stickers. We have to resist.

    We can’t in good conscious, let this key injustice be ignored and pass into the mist of history.

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    oxymoron
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    Thanks so much for this article. Raul – you, and your like are Julian Assange. Where would we find facts or perspectives without the tireless activities of you and your like. I for one salute you and imagine a world where alternative media is shut down entirely and think of these words – “There will be blood”.

    As for reality. In the framework of understanding laid down by those of us enlightened. We are either asleep or awake – which really has nothing to do with this world as we see it. But while dreaming I would at least prefer to call bullshit – bullshit!

    Any system under too much pressure will break. Like a river red gum tree in a long drought that simply drops an entire limb, (sometimes hundreds of years grown) to save itself – I hope society will do the same with usury.

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