Prisoner of the British state Julian Assange is being kept inside a Hannibal Lecter style see-through armoured box throughout the hearings in a Belmarsh Prison ‘special court’ over his extradition warrant from the USA.
Assange, investigative journalist and WikiLeaks founder with many international journalism awards to his credit, and whose only ‘crime’ was releasing footage of a 2007 US massacre/atrocity in Iraq, is being escorted every day by Serco private security guards to and from his courtroom box/cage (built by G4) through a special underground tunnel from his cell, all shelled out for at untold cost to the taxpayer.
In scenes reminiscent of the Nazi State’s ‘Trial’ of Sophie Schöll, or the infamous and internationally condemned Diplock Courts from Northern Ireland’s darkest days of injustice, Assange is not allowed to even see his defence team, let alone confer with them in private as British law allows. Instead, he has to shout across the court chamber to them through a slit in the box and in full exposure to the entire court. And considering even the US authorities have no objection to Assange getting a proper legal defence, why are the Brits so craven and desperate to exceed their master’s call?
The UN special rapporteur on torture has already stated that Julian Assange was undergoing extreme psychological torture even before he was unceremoniously bundled out of his diplomatic sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy, and that his subsequent treatment by the British state has only served to amplify that. Amazingly, amid the deafening silence of UK and world ‘liberal’ media over his plight, the only effective action implemented to reduce his suffering was that made by his fellow prisoners in Belmarsh high security prison, who formed a successful campaign to get him removed from the 24 hour solitary confinement dungeon he was being kept in and be transferred to the normal part of the jail.
Yes, it was these people, all incarcerated violent criminals to a man, who are the only ones who took concrete sympathy with his plight and told the prison authorities, ‘He is not one of us, and the way you are treating him is wrong. Take him out of here.’
The quote above was used to condemn
the victims of Josef Stalin in the 1930s show trials, recently given a new
lease of life by US President Donald Trump in reference to Julian Assange,
independent journalist of international repute and founder of WikiLeaks.
As the South-West’s lone voice of bold, independent and uncompromising
journalism, The BRISTOLIAN here makes a public editorial statement of SOLIDARITY with fellow journalist JULIAN ASSANGE, who, after having his ASYLUM at the Ecuadorian Embassy REVOKED in a CLEAR, UNPRECEDENTED BREACH
of international law, is now being held in 23HR
PER DAY SOLITARY confinement in Belmarsh Prison under an absurdly DRACONIAN interpretation of bail law.
Refused LEGITIMATE ACCESS to his
defence lawyers, solely FOR DOING HIS
JOB AS A JOURNALIST, Assange is furiously fighting extradition to face a SECRET ‘grand jury’ court in the USA,
where a potential sentence of 175 YEARS
for alleged ‘espionage’ awaits him.
Assange has been consistently hounded, smeared and abused in the mainstream
media, simply because his organisation broke the TRUE STORY OF US WAR CRIMES COMMITTED IN IRAQ IN 2007. The Guardian and the New York Times at the time made lots of
publicity (and money) from assisting his revelations. Yet both the “LIBERAL” AND CONSERVATIVE voices of
mainstream media opinion have since fused into ONE SINGLE CACOPHONY OF GRUNTING PIG-HUMANS straight out of George
Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM.
Both Assange and CHELSEA MANNING
(his heroic, principled source for exposing the 2007 mass murders) have been
alternatively IGNORED, CONDEMNED, RIDICULED or DISMISSED in
the mainstream press, Manning’s Trans-status notwithstanding (normally a
favourite cause in the identity-politics-focused Guardian – but oddly NOT in relation to THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR PRESS FREEDOM TODAY).
BRISTOLIAN therefore exhorts its readership to support and show full
solidarity with Julian and Chelsea. For if they can come for Assange and
Manning in such a way and get away with it, then ONE DAY THEY WILL COME FOR US ALL.
* The latest news from WikiLeaks,
suppressed by the mainstream media, is that Assange has fallen seriously ill
and is in Belmarsh Prison Hospital, thanks to his 7 year confinement in one
room with no access to medical attention. We say that he should be RELEASED forthwith, and allowed to
recover fully from his illness and ordeal WITHOUT
FURTHER HARASSMENT OR PERSECUTION.