By Danny C. | DCPeriodical | 11/02/19 |
As most are probably aware, after living in asylum for seven years in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, on April 11th, 2019, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by London Metropolitan Police on a US extradition warrant.
Hours later, a UK judge sentenced him to two-weeks short of a year in Bellmarsh Prison, a maximum security lockup known as ‘Britain’s Guantanamo,’ for skipping bail in 2012 on unrelated allegations stemming from Sweden.
Julian Assange, of course, is the founder and operator of the Wikileaks website, and is responsible for the publishing of millions upon millions of classified and private government, military, and corporate documents, predominantly American, detailing corruption, cover ups, severe war crimes, secret torture programs, election rigging, mass surveillance operations, and more; and out of all of those millions of leaks published, none have been disputed as being anything but authentic.
Since his April court appearance, Assange has been locked away with no human contact for 23 hours a day. Even his legal team finds it nearly impossible to contact him in preparation for his case as the prison has been arbitrarily withholding his mail.
Besides being unable to remember his own name during his first appearance before the UK’s Westminster Magistrates Court in late October (2019), Assange, a thin man to begin with, had reportedly lost nearly forty pounds since being caged, and according to experts, is displaying all the signs of someone who has undergone strenuous torture.
This was confirmed by Nils Melzner, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, who saw Assange months back and concluded back then that he was showing ‘all the symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture.’ His condition has only worsened since.
“Under the Convention against Torture, States must conduct a prompt and impartial investigation wherever there is reasonable ground to believe that an act of torture has been committed. ‘In a cursory response sent nearly five months after my visit, the UK Government flatly rejected my findings, without indicating any willingness to consider my recommendations, let alone to implement them, or even provide the additional information requested,’ the UN expert said.”-United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Nov. 1, 2019 Release.
According to Melzner, Assange’s life is at serious risk. His friends, family, and supporters all over the planet remain sick with concern.
While the Western establishment and the corporate press which props them up have generally labelled Assange a ‘hacker’—in Joe Biden’s case, a ‘hi-tech terrorist’—millions around the world herald him as an unjustly persecuted hero, the embodiment of free speech, and quite possibly the most important journalist of all time.
In this piece we’ll examine the saga that is Julian Assange, weigh the evidence pertaining to the allegations he faces, and review the important materials he published and what they revealed to the world.
A Campaign of Attacks and Smears
While Julian Assange endures this cruel and unusual punishment at the hands of the British government, he also faces vicious smears from establishment mouthpieces in the Western press, who are by and large completely unsympathetic to his grotesque mistreatment—most choosing to not even report on it—as they convince their viewers that Assange is a ‘cyber-terrorist’ and an ‘asset of Russia,’ repeatedly accusing him of working with Donald Trump and the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 US Presidential Election.
In reality, these are unfounded accusations.
To begin with, Assange didn’t hack a single computer, cellphone, or any other piece of technology in order to obtain the materials his website—Wikileaks—published. The materials came from whistleblowers within the very governments being exposed. This makes the ‘hacker’ label complete nonsense.
Secondly, when it comes to election meddling, Assange did no such thing. Wikileaks released tens of thousands of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton and her cohorts at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) just before the presidential election, yes, but Assange certainly didn’t time it that way. He, as always, published the materials when they were handed to him; and while the American press, various intelligence reps, and Clinton’s DNC push the conspiracy theory that Russian agents obtained the documents through hacking into the DNC’s servers, none of their assertions have been substantiated with satisfactory evidence.
In fact, not long after the hack, a forensic outfit of former intelligence officers released a report asserting the leaks weren’t hacked at all. They concluded the documents were downloaded by someone directly from the DNC servers. In other words, they were stolen by one of their own.
This fuelled speculation about a 27-year-old DNC computer worker named Seth Rich who was murdered on the streets of DC just after they were released.
Those speculations only increased when award winning investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, was secretly recorded stating he had a source in the FBI who had shown him documents confirming Seth Rich was the leak; and increased more so when Assange all but said Rich was his source on Icelandic television.
Adding to all this, recent court documents released from a lawsuit involving businessman Ed Butowsky describe a meeting between Assange and Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner. During this meeting, the court documents say, Assange told Ratner his source of the incriminating DNC leaks was indeed the murdered Seth Rich and his brother Aaron.
To add to all of this, the investigation around the leaks was more than questionable. Somehow the DNC was able to keep the FBI from examining their servers after multiple requests, and were instead permitted to hire a private firm, called CrowdStrike, to do the forensic investigation for the FBI; a firm with ties to Clinton, founded and chaired by members of the Atlantic Council—an openly anti-Russian think tank—which is funded by a Ukrainian oligarch who also happens to be one of the most profuse Clinton Foundation donors. It is from CrowdStrike where we find the entire Russian-election-rigging narrative taking its roots.
Ironically, it was through those very leaked documents (which were also released through other media outlets, not just Wikileaks) that the world learned how Clinton and the DNC had rigged the 2016 Democratic Primaries. The party officials had bent over backwards, lied, cheated, and deprived other candidates of funding and press coverage—chiefly Bernie Sanders—while funneling money into Hillary Clinton’s campaign, illegitimately guaranteeing her the nomination. Several senior members of the DNC were forced to resign upon the disclosure.
This, in a nutshell, is what lost Clinton the election to Donald Trump. Again, Assange published the materials, whoever they came from, when he was given them. The information was all accurate, and it was the information, for which Clinton and the DNC were responsible, that buried their chances at a presidential win. Not Russia, whom Wikileaks has published troves of secret documents against; not Trump, for whom Julian Assange has voiced no respect for; and not Assange himself. If he is guilty of anything here, it is unflinching honesty.
In short, nearly every accusation and smear waged against Julian Assange is a falshood.
Legal Charges Assange Stands Accused Of
Conspiracy to Hack Secret Government Databases
Let’s consider, understand, and comprehend something here: Julian Assange has published millions of documents that spell out a colossal bevy of crimes perpetrated by the US government, and to live as a free man would leave him as the number one source for future whitleblowers to use, so it isn’t hard to figure out why they want him silenced.
But unfortunately for the American government, to convict Assange for publishing these types of documents would mean they’d have to convict a number of reporters from major American media outlets who have published the same kinds of materials. Doing so in a country that heralds itself for having freedom of the press could unleash a wave of indignation, being as the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees this freedom.
Consequently, seeking conviction of Assange for journalistic pursuits—which is the honest reason they want him punished—isn’t the route the imperialistic establishment is taking. Instead, the charge waged against him is ‘conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.’
The US alleges that in 2010 ‘Assange agreed to assist [Bradley/Chelsea] Manning in cracking a password stored on United States Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network, a United States government network used for classified documents and communications.’
Manning, a former military intelligence analyst, leaked a massive database of classified diplomatic communications through Wikileaks in 2010, exhibiting savage American war crimes perpetrated in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most notably was the release of the video titled ‘Collateral Damage’ (below), which shows American soldiers in 2007 indiscriminately murdering a dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians, including two reporters, while shooting machine guns from an Apache helicopter—first at the unarmed civilians, then at a van children were hit in.
For exposing these unthinkable crimes, Manning was tortured by the American government and locked away for seven years.
Now the US government is claiming to have communications between Assange and Manning where Assange offered to help crack the passwords of classified US intelligence computers. His lawyers have countered that Assange did nothing with Manning but in engage in ‘the kinds of communications journalists have with sources all the time.’
Manning, who was released from prison in 2017, refused to testify against Assange to a secret grand jury in early 2019, which was her legal right. But for doing so she has been thrown in jail once again—with inadequate reasoning as to why.
Misconduct Allegations in Sweden
Many opponents of Assange throw the word ‘rape’ around in connection to accusations arising from Sweden—charges which were dropped by Swedish authorities and then recently reopened—but this is quite an unfair (and dangerous) distortion of what the actual allegations are.
What it breaks down to is two Swedish women who accused Assange of having condom-less sex with them—on separate occasions—in August 2010, right after Wikileaks published the Iraq and Afghanistan papers which shot it into worldwide notoriety.
In both cases the sex was consensual, and in both cases the girls continued relationships with Assange after the alleged incidents. One of the two, in fact, refused to sign an affidavit accusing him of rape, stating her only request was that he take an HIV test.
The other of the two, Anna Ardin (who some reports have attempted connecting to the CIA), alleges Assange tampered with a condom because it was broken after one of their sexual encounters. She then, it has been reported, produced a broken condom to authorities as her evidence, but those authorities found no DNA on it, not even hers. It was, for all intents and purposes, unused.
Assange, of course, flatly denies these accusations as just another part of an ongoing character assassination campaign that has been waged against him by Western imperialists since Wikileaks rose to infamy—maybe not so coincidentally, as mentioned, just before the accusations were made.
What Julian Assange Did Do
In a world where ‘going through the proper channels’ has proven completely ineffective, what Julian Assange definitely did do was provide a platform for anonymous whistleblowers to disseminate documents detailing official crimes which otherwise would’ve remained concealed in the dark. By shining a light on them, he broke barriers in raising public awareness, and forced much needed change in many important ways. No matter what he stands accused of, what he did through Wikileaks is nothing short of heroic. To anyone misinformed enough to disagree, consider this:
It is because of Julian Assange we know of the atrocious, almost unrepeatable travesties committed by the American war machine, from the targeting of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan to the inhuman (and internationally illegal) torture programs initiated by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney—and the many politicians, such as Nancy Pelosi, who knew full well of, approved of, and kept silent about them.
Because of Assange we know how the US government was, and is, well aware of the fact that their allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were financially and logistically supporting radical Sunni rebel groups, such as ISIS and al Qaeda; while we also know, thanks to Assange, of the CIA’s role in creating both terrorist groups in the first place.
We know about the millions upon millions of dollars the Clintons have accepted from the Saudi and Qatari governments since at least 1997, when Bill Clinton was president, through to at least 2016.
We know about the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s election tampering, and not only of the Democratic primaries, but also of the Republican primaries, where the DNC strategized to ensure Donald Trump, who they figured they could beat on election day, would win the GOP nomination, which, as we know, he did—and they still lost.
We know of Hillary Clinton’s spearheading of the Libyan war, which led to Gaddafi’s brutally savage murder (which Clinton laughed about) and the total destruction of the country, leaving it the terrorist controlled, slave trade possessing, destitute wasteland it is today—just as we also know the plan in Syria all along was to destroy the region and overthrow Assad in the same way.
Because of Assange we know the specifics of multitudes of CIA and NSA spying programs targeting innocent (private) US as well as foreign citizens. Wikileaks’ Vault 7 consisted of secret papers documenting thousands of hacking systems used by the CIA, including how they tap into iPhones, tablets, Androids, Mac and Windows computers and even Smart TV’s to spy, en masse, on an unsuspecting public.
We also know, thanks to Assange, of the methods used by the CIA to interfere in foreign elections—France’s 2012 presidential contest, for example—and of secret projects to spy on foreign diplomats, as was the case, for instance, with German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Assange exposed the secret locations of Amazon’s data collection centers, and the non-tax-paying company’s contracted ties to the CIA.
He exposed the Russian Intelligence Authorities use of the Russian mob to handle ‘dirty work’ for the Kremlin.
He exposed the inhuman protocols for treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay; the secret meetings to concoct civil-liberty-encroaching free trade agreements like the TPP and TTIP; Sony’s ties to influential politicians; the documented crimes and corruption within the correspondences between government officials of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria…
…And all of this is just the tip of the iceberg.
What’s at Stake
Let’s break it down to brass tacks. Julian Assange is a journalistic hero in his own right, and he is currently being attacked and destroyed. Of this much, experts, his family, supporters, and anyone paying attention is sure of.
The very criminally-driven establishment he exposed for crimes as disgraceful as torture is now unabashedly torturing him for doing so, right before our very eyes.
Make no mistake about this situation, my friends, because it is an attack against us all. A precedent is being set here. A line that once began with Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden has now clearly been drawn in the sand, and not just by the American and British governments, but by the entire domineering Western ruling class. To tell the truth about their atrocities is to cross that line, and in doing so you will be liable to meet the same fate as David Kelly, Richard Piggot, Stephen Ward, and Jeffrey Epstein.
In Assange’s particular case we must realize that this, with no exaggeration, could be the defining moment, once and for all, when we witness the tyrannous end of free speech, and are given irrefutable proof that we’re mere subjects living under complete and utter despotism. We cannot allow this to happen.
What You Can Do
Fortunately Assange hasn’t been extradited yet and there’s still time to get involved.
First and foremost, be aware and spread that awareness. Challenge the smear campaign ‘reporting’ being oozed into the public from the private interest and intelligence serving media, and correct with facts anybody regurgitating their misinformation.
Additionally, you can (and should) sign one of the many petitions for Assange’s freedom, such as the Australian petition urging the ‘Prime Minister and/or the Foreign Minister of the Australian Government intervene and ensure Julian Assange’s freedom of safe passage and return to his home Australia or any other location that Julian Assange requests to travel to’; or the UK petition, which demands of the British government that Assange ‘under no circumstances be extradited to the US where he would face a politically motivated and unfair trial.’
Julian Assange’s life is in danger for publishing the truth about the very system of unaccountable totalitarianism currently assaulting him, and in terms of freedom, liberty, and justice, his destiny exemplifies our own. We, therefore, are obligated to stand up and fight alongside him.
“When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a tyrant.” -Thomas Jefferson.
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