Chris Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (Scheerpost) — Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, is one of the very few establishment figures to denounce the judicial lynching of Julian Assange. Melzer’s integrity and courage, for which he has been mercilessly attacked, stand in stark contrast to the widespread complicity of many human rights and press organizations, including PEN America, which has become a de facto subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee. Those in power, as Noam Chomsky points out, divide the world into “worthy” and “unworthy” victims. They weep crocodile tears over the plight of Uyghur Muslims persecuted in China while demonizing and slaughtering Muslims in the Middle East. They decry press censorship in hostile states and collude with the press censorship and algorithms emanating from Silicon Valley in the United States. It is an old and insidious game, one practiced not to promote human rights or press freedom but to envelop these courtiers to power in a sanctimonious and cloying self-righteousness. PEN America can’t say the words “Belarus,” “Myanmar” or the Chinese tennis star “Peng Shuai” fast enough, while all but ignoring the most egregious assault on press freedom in our lifetime. PEN America only stopped accepting funding from the Israeli government,

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Manufacturing Contempt for Assange: How the Media Made WikiLeaks Founder into a Scapegoat

[embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=NI_-8gGTy28[/embed] The High Court in London has upheld the U.S. government’s appeal to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a key step towards his rendition to the United States. The Australian publisher faces up to 175 years in prison once he sets foot on American soil. Whether he ever makes it to the United States is still in question. His legal team has indicated they will challenge the ruling, which will inevitably draw out court proceedings and prolong his stay inside Belmarsh Prison. Also of note is the 50-year-old’s health. This weekend, it was revealed that he had suffered a stroke in October as a result of the stress of the trial. Two individuals who have been closely monitoring the Assange trial are Pablo Navarette and John McEvoy. Pablo is a British-Chilean filmmaker and the founder of Alborada magazine, an outlet concentrating on Latin American politics. John is an investigative journalist whose work documents the impact of the British national security state on public life. In November, the pair published an article entitled ‘“A Lot of Mistakes”: The Guardian and Julian Assange,’ which can be read on MintPress News. Today, they discussed the role that The Guardian, and the

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Whitney Webb Interview – Maxwell Trial Façade, Assange Extradition and the ‘Vaccine Equity’ Hypocrisy

[embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=QM4lHATWl4U[/embed] Chile-based investigative reporter, Whitney Webb joins Danny Marshall on his The Last American Vagabond podcast, with her incisive perspectives on the recent UK ruling regarding Julian Assange’s potential extradition, the utter façade that is the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, and how the Omicron variant has exposed an inherent hypocrisy in the stance of those calling for “vaccine equity” while pretending to be anti-imperialists. Whitney is about to give birth to her second child so we may not be hearing from her for a while. #authorarea{ background: #000000; border: 1px solid #000000;; padding: 10px; width:100%px; height:100%px; overflow:hidden; } #authorarea h3{ margin:0; } #authorarea h3 a{ text-decoration:none; } #authorarea img{ margin:0; float:left; border: 1px solid #ffffff; width: 150px; height: 150px; } #authorarea p{ margin:0; } #authorarea p a{ } .authorinfo{ float:left; margin-left:5px; } Contributed by Alexandra Bruce Contact

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Chris Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (Scheerpost) — Let us name Julian Assange’s executioners. Joe Biden. Boris Johnson. Scott Morrison. Teresa May. Lenin Moreno. Donald Trump. Barack Obama. Mike Pompeo. Hillary Clinton. Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett and Justice Timothy Victor Holroyde. Crown Prosecutors James Lewis, Clair Dobbin and Joel Smith. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser. Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia Gordon Kromberg. William Burns, the director of the CIA. Ken McCallum, the Director General of the UK Security Service or MI5. Let us acknowledge that the goal of these executioners, who discussed kidnapping and assassinating Assange, has always been his annihilation. That Assange, who is in precarious physical and psychological health and who suffered a stroke during court video proceedings on October 27, has been condemned to death should not come as a surprise. The ten years he has been detained, seven in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and nearly three in the high security Belmarsh prison, were accompanied with a lack of sunlight and exercise and unrelenting threats, pressure, anxiety and stress.  “His eyes were out of sync, his right eyelid would not close, his memory was blurry,” his fiancé Stella Morris said of the stroke. His steady physical and

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John Pilger: The Judicial Kidnapping of Julian Assange

“Let us look at ourselves, if we have the courage, to see what is happening to us” – Jean-Paul Sartre Sartre’s words should echo in all our minds following the grotesque decision of Britain’s High Court to extradite Julian Assange to the United States where he faces “a living death”. This is his punishment for the crime of authentic, accurate, courageous, vital journalism. Miscarriage of justice is an inadequate term in these circumstances. It took the bewigged courtiers of Britain’s ancien regime just nine minutes last Friday to uphold an American appeal against a District Court judge’s acceptance in January of a cataract of evidence that hell on earth awaited Assange across the Atlantic: a hell in which, it was expertly predicted, he would find a way to take his own life. Volumes of witness by people of distinction, who examined and studied Julian and diagnosed his autism and his Asperger’s Syndrome and revealed that he had already come within an ace of killing himself at Belmarsh prison, Britain’s very own hell, were ignored. The recent confession of a crucial FBI informant and prosecution stooge, a fraudster and serial liar, that he had fabricated his evidence against Julian was ignored.

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The Australian Government has put Booster Juice on the Christmas drinks menu for protection against… The post TNE 32 Booster Juice appeared first on The Unshackled.

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John Pilger: Justice for Assange is Justice for All

When I first saw Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison, in 2019, shortly after he had been dragged from his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, he said, “I think I am losing my mind.” He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms was emphasised by a yellow identifying cloth tied around his left arm, an evocative symbol of institutional control. For all but the two hours of my visit, he was confined to a solitary cell in a wing known as “healthcare”, an Orwellian name. In the cell next to him a deeply disturbed man screamed through the night. Another occupant suffered from terminal cancer. Another was seriously disabled. “One day we were allowed to play Monopoly,” he said, “as therapy. That was our healthcare!” “This is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” I said. “Yes, only more insane.” Julian’s black sense of humour has often rescued him, but no more. The insidious torture he has suffered in Belmarsh has had devastating effects. Read the reports of Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and the clinical opinions of Michael Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London and Dr. Quentin Deeley, and

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Chris Hedges: The Most Important Battle for Press Freedom in Our Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Scheerpost) – For the past two days, I have been watching the extradition hearing for Julian Assange via video link from London. The United States is appealing a lower court ruling that denied the US request to extradite Assange not, unfortunately, because in the eyes of the court he is innocent of a crime, but because, as Judge Vanessa Baraitser in January concluded, Assange’s precarious psychological state would deteriorate given the “harsh conditions” of the inhumane US prison system, “causing him to commit suicide.” The United States has charged Assange with 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one count of trying to hack into a government computer, charges that could see him imprisoned for 175 years. Assange, with long white hair, appeared on screen the first day from the video conference room in HM Prison Belmarsh. He was wearing a white shirt with an untied tie around his neck. He looked gaunt and tired. He did not appear in court, the judges explained, because he was receiving a “high dose of medication.” On the second day he was apparently not present in the prison’s video conference room. Assange is being extradited because his organization WikiLeaks released the Iraq

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Lee Camp: Julian Assange’s Father, John Shipton, on the U.S. Government’s ‘Scandalous’ Plan to ‘Murder’ His Son

[embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=5t-mOuidsZY[/embed] Scheerpost — One of the biggest moments in Julian Assange’s trial is slated to happen next month, when the embattled and imprisoned WikiLeaks founder’s final extradition hearing is held in Great Britain. And as host Lee Camp points out before introducing his guest in this clip from “Redacted Tonight,” there have been some stunning developments recently in Assange’s story—namely, the revelation that the U.S. government and a certain three-letter intelligence agency were ginning up possible plans to assassinate Assange. If ever there were an expert on Julian Assange, it would surely be Camp’s guest, John Shipton—Assange’s father—who calls the assassination plot considered by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other U.S. officials “pretty scandalous,” if not entirely surprising. Shipton also holds forth on the American government’s big quandary if Assange were to be brought onto U.S. soil to face charges, the man who perjured himself to implicate Assange, and why he thinks his son’s work has been a “great success” despite his plight. Have a look at the clip above to watch the whole interview. Feature photo | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years

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A Day in the Death of British Justice

I sat in Court 4 in the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday with Stella Moris, Julian Assange’s partner. I have known Stella for as long as I have known Julian. She, too, is a voice of freedom, coming from a family that fought the fascism of Apartheid. Today, her name was uttered in court by a barrister and a judge, forgettable people were it not for the power of their endowed privilege. The barrister, Clair Dobbin, is in the pay of the regime in Washington, first Trump’s then Biden’s. She is America’s hired gun, or “silk”, as she would prefer. Her target is Julian Assange, who has committed no crime and has performed an historic public service by exposing the criminal actions and secrets on which governments, especially those claiming to be democracies, base their authority. For those who may have forgotten, WikiLeaks, of which Assange is founder and publisher, exposed the secrets and lies that led to the invasion of Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the murderous role of the Pentagon in dozens of countries, the blueprint for the 20-year catastrophe in Afghanistan, the attempts by Washington to overthrow elected governments, such as Venezuela’s, the collusion between nominal political

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Assange Denied Bail: Both Tortuous and Torturous

Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser ruled today Assange denied bail, despite ruling days ago he is not be extradited to the US. Thus, Assange will remain imprisoned while the US appeals the decision to the UK High Court. Loading… Magistrate Vanessa Bararitser walked into Westminster Magistrates Court No.1 at 10.12am this morning with the sunniest smile and most carefree disposition I have ever seen her adopt. Her shoulders appeared visibly lifted. She positively beamed at Clair Dobbin, counsel for the US government, as she invited her to put the case for the prosecution as to why Julian Assange should not be released on bail. Mrs Dobbin has one of those gloomy, presbyterian personalities that only fully comes to life when it has the chance to condemn somebody. There is nothing like a flat Belfast accent for a really rousing condemnation, and this was a collector’s item. Julian Assange, she stated in tones that made plain she considered that name in itself to be suspicious and unsavoury, had shown he would go to great lengths to avoid extradition to the United States. The judgement against his extradition turned only on one single point – that of his

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Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13

At one point in the Assange hearing day 13, Julian loudly declared, “I will not permit the testimony of a torture victim to be censored by this court!” Loading… The Assange hearing day 13 gave us the most emotionally charged moments yet at the Assange hearing, showed that strange and sharp twists in the story are still arriving at the Old Bailey, and brought into sharp focus some questions about the handling and validity of evidence, which I will address in comment. NICKY HAGER The first witness of the day was Nicky Hager, the veteran New Zealand investigative journalist. Hager’s co-authored book “Hit and Run” detailed a disastrous New Zealand SAS raid in Afghanistan, “Operation Burnham”, that achieved nothing but the deaths of civilians, including a child. Hager was the object of much calumny and insult, and even of police raids on his home, but in July an official government report found that all the major facts of his book were correct, and the New Zealand military had run dangerously out of control: “Ministers were not able to exercise the democratic control of the military. The military do not exist for their own

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Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12

At the Assange hearing day 12, the defence witnesses included Professor John Sloboda of Iraq Body Count and Carey Shenkman testifying on the history of the Espionage Act of 1917. Loading… The Assange hearing day 12 was a less dramatic day, but marked by a brazen and persistent display of this US Government’s insistence that it has the right to prosecute any journalist and publication, anywhere in the world, for publication of US classified information. This explicitly underlay the entire line of questioning in the afternoon session. The morning opened with Professor John Sloboda of Iraq Body Count. He is a Professor of Psychology and musicologist who founded Iraq Body Count together with Damit Hardagan, and was speaking to a joint statement by both of them. Professor Sloboda stated that Iraq Body Count attempted to build a database of civilian deaths in Iraq based on compilation of credible published material. Their work had been recognised by the UN, EU and the Chilcot Inquiry. He stated that protection of the civilian population was the duty of parties at war or in occupation, and targeting of civilians was a war crime. Wikileaks’ publication of the Iraqi

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The Government’s War on Wikileaks, Assange, Manning and Hammond

In episode 7 of Truth In Media with Ben Swann, we explain the secret grand jury targeting Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Jeremy Hammond, and discuss the government’s lasting damage on the lives of whistleblowers in an interview with John Kiriakou. —————- Support Truth in Media by visiting our sponsors: Unstoppable Domains: Buy one domain, get one free. https://truthinmedia.com/unstoppable Pulse Cellular: Use code “TRUTH” for 10% off every plan for life. https://truthinmedia.com/phone Pure VPN: Military grade VPN protection. https://truthinmedia.com/vpn Brave Browser: Open source and built by a team of privacy focused, performance oriented pioneers of the web. https://truthinmedia.com/brave The post The Government’s War on Wikileaks, Assange, Manning and Hammond appeared first on Ben Swann's Truth In Media.

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Julian Assange is in immense danger

Altnews editor comments: If there ever was better proof of the US and UK governments interfering in the business of

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“Events Today Could Lead To The Last War In The History Of Mankind”, Veteran Putin General Warns

Altnews Editor comments: #FalseFlag events, #Warmongering, #Imperialism, #Tyranny, #WarCrimes, #Crimes_against_humanity, Lies and Deception, Dishonesty, Fraud……. I hope you have had

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Socialism, Privacy And Charity For The Powerful. Capitalism, Surveillance And Rugged Individualism For The Powerless.

Altnews editor’s comment: Our favourite rogue journalist contributor, Caitlin Johnstone, masterfully describes the status quo of the rule by the plutocracy

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How To Get Rid Of Paranoid Conspiracy Theorists

By Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper Are you as sick and tired as I am

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