Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States because that government has given assurances he will be treated humanely.
So says the court in the UK which has seen Assange, his health broken and mental health in jeopardy, and turned away.
His crime? Revealing the truth about governments. For instance, what the U.S. government was doing in Iraq with our tax dollars in the now infamous “Collateral Murder” video i.e. gunning down Reuters journalists and shooting up a good Samaritan’s van carrying children in Baghdad.
The U.S. government tortured Chelsea Manning at length for allegedly leaking evidence of U.S. war crimes in Iraq.
The UK government tortured Julian Assange by holding him captive in the London embassy of Ecuador for seven years as his health deteriorated.
On what legal grounds? In so-called “free democracies” the publication of truth is a protected right of journalists. Indeed, a free press is considered the cornerstone of democracy.
Trumped up charges of rape (i.e. nonconsensual condomless intercourse) in Sweden was the ostensible reason Assange was targeted for lawfare, but the Assange’s accuser has now retracted his accusation. And the machinations behind getting her to make it in the first place have been revealed as bunk.
How Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, escaped the long arm of U.S. imperial power to suppress the truth makes for a thrilling documentary. Snowden remains a guest in Russia, and is now raising a family rather than returning to the U.S. to languish in prison himself.
Assange has a family, too, but his children are not permitted to know their father’s care.
People who dare tell the truth about the most powerful government in history pay a harsh price.
Their families pay a harsh price.
We all pay a harsh price as truth and real journalism subside into darkness.