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CULTURE & COMMUNICATION / For years, journalists cheered Assange’s abuse. Now they’ve paved his path to a US gulag
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 10/09/2020
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For years, journalists cheered Assange’s abuse. Now they’ve paved his path to a US gulag

Jonathan Cook جونثان كوك

 

Court hearings in Britain over the US administration’s extradition case against Julian Assange begin in earnest next week (Sept. 7). The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms.

A journalist and publisher has been deprived of his liberty for 10 years. According to UN experts, heMichalis Kountouris has been arbitrarily detained and tortured for much of that time through intense physical confinement and endless psychological pressure. He has been bugged and spied on by the CIA during his time in political asylum, in Ecuador’s London embassy, in ways that violated his most fundamental legal rights. The judge overseeing his hearings has a serious conflict of interest – with her family embedded in the UK security services – that she did not declare and which should have required her to recuse herself from the case.

All indications are that Assange will be extradited to the US to face a rigged grand jury trial meant to ensure he sees out his days in a maximum-security prison, serving a sentence of up to 175 years.

None of this happened in some Third-World, tinpot dictatorship. It happened right under our noses, in a major western capital, and in a state that claims to protect the rights of a free press. It happened not in the blink of an eye but in slow motion – day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

And once we strip out a sophisticated campaign of character assassination against Assange by western governments and a compliant media, the sole justification for this relentless attack on press freedom is that a 49-year-old man published documents exposing US war crimes. That is the reason – and the only reason – that the US is seeking his extradition and why he has been languishing in what amounts to solitary confinement in Belmarsh high-security prison during the Covid-19 pandemic. His lawyers’ appeals for bail have been refused.

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Courtesy of Jonathan Cook
Source: https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2020-09-02/media-assange-persecution/
Publication date of original article: 02/09/2020
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=29569

 

Tags: #FreeJulianAssangeUS GulagPolitical prisoners of the EmpireCorporate MediaMedialies
 

 
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