Be Prepared To Shake The Earth If Julian Assange Is Arrested

in wikileaks •  11 months ago  (edited)

Today British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt repeated the tired old canard that WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange "is free to walk out of the doors of the Ecuadorean embassy any time he wishes," despite the fact that the US government has been increasingly open about its desire to arrest Assange, and that the UK government has for six years refused to say whether it has received a US extradition request from the government which tortured Chelsea Manning. He's as free to leave as a man with a gun pointed at his head after being told "Don't move or I'll shoot."

"Serious charges have been laid against him and we want him to face justice for those charges but we are a country of due process," Hunt said of Assange. "At any time he wants to he is free to walk out onto the street of Knightsbride and the British police will have a warm welcome for him."

Hunt didn't specify what those "serious charges" are, which is weird, because as far as the public record goes, there are none. Assange was never charged in the notorious Swedish sexual assault investigation, and that investigation was dropped months ago. The closest thing to a charge on the record is a warrant for an alleged bail violation which was absurdly filed a full 12 days after he applied for asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy, and any charge arising therefrom would not be "serious" by any stretch of the imagination.

So we have a UK official publicly stating that there is an agenda to arrest Assange on mysterious "serious charges" right before a visit to the UK by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, who recently met with US Vice President Mike Pence and reportedly discussed Assange. This follows almost four months of Assange being completely silenced and cut off from the world by the Ecuadorian government for tweeting political commentary. And, according to the editor-in-chief of RT Margarita Simonyan, there are in fact plans to turn Assange over to British authorities "in the coming weeks or even days."

"The above report that UK and Ecuador are preparing to turn Assange over to UK appears to be true," commented journalist Glenn Greenwald on Simonyan's statement. "Big question is whether the US will indict him and seek his extradition, the way Sessions and Pompeo vowed they would. Can't wait to see how many fake press freedom defenders support that."

How many indeed? For all the viral, click-friendly wailing and rending of garments about Donald Trump's "war on the press" because he says "fake news" and picks on Jim Acosta, does anyone expect the so-called free press to rush to the defense of a journalist who is being actively and aggressively persecuted with the full might of the western empire for publishing authentic documents about that very same empire?

We are about to find out if this is the part of the movie where the empire rips off the mask of freedom and democracy and reveals its true tyranny. Assange is a soft target, a controversial figure who has been on the receiving end of wildly successful smear campaigns marketed to every major political faction across the western world. He is the logical place to begin a crackdown on press freedoms and make a public example of what happens to those who shine the light of truth upon Big Brother.

If we allow them to imprison Julian Assange for practicing journalism, that's it. It's over. We might as well all stop caring what happens to the world and sit on our hands while the oligarchs drive us to ecological disaster, nuclear annihilation or Orwellian dystopia. If we, the many, don't have the spine to stand up against the few and say "No, we get to find out facts about you bastards and use it to inform our worldview, you don't get to criminalize that," then we certainly don't have the spine it will take to wrest control of this world away from the hands of sociopathic plutocrats and take our fate into our own hands.

The arrest of Julian Assange would be the fork in the road. It would be where we collectively decide as a species whether we want to survive into the future, and if we deserve to.

They do seem to be gearing up for something. Russia hysteria is at its most shrill and hysterical peak ever right now, and it just happens to be coming at a time when one of the key players in the establishment Russia narrative has been completely cut off from the world, unable to defend himself.

So be ready to shake the earth if they decide that this is a good time to sink their talons into him. If they touch one silver hair on that man's head, we must unleash relentless worldwide outrage the likes of which they have never before seen. Because we're not just fighting for Assange, we're fighting for our very survival.

Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out in defense of WikiLeaks and Assange in the past. His moral character combined with his continual rise toward the leadership of the British government may partly explain the rush to arrest Assange as quickly as possible. In what was in my opinion one of the most exciting occurrences in politics last year, Corbyn read an excerpt from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “The Masque of Anarchy” before an audience of thousands at the 2017 Glastonbury festival.

Corbyn roared:

"Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many—they are few!”

If Assange is arrested, that will be our cue to rise like lions from our slumber, which has gone on far too long at far too great a cost. We cannot permit them to use, exploit and oppress us like this anymore. We are the many. They are the few. Be ready to rise.

Click here for information about emergency action plans in the event of Assange’s eviction from the Ecuadorian embassy.


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I would think any other time in history would be better, on one hand coming out during a republican presidency he'd stand a better chance than other a democratic presidency....on the other hand Trump is president and the media hates him, whatever his administration decides the media will go to war over it just because it is Trump.

Actually now that I said that I came back to edit it.....Trump should come out and say he wants to prosecute him to the full extent of the law.....that way the media who hates him will do exactly the opposite and do what Caitlin hopes for.

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That the media will go on Trump no matter what is wrong they love him when he pushes war.

Who Do you Trust? Julian Assange or the CIA?

Worried for Julian Assange, for sure.

I do think this is some interesting timing, in the black swan sense. At this very moment the CIA, FBI, and other Deep State institutions are involved in a rolling coup where their only asset is their legitimacy.

Who do you trust? Assange and Wikileaks or the CIA Directors and intelligence operations he outed as war criminals, crooks, and liars?

He exposed their evil duplicity on many occasions; in recent memory.

It really is a striking contrast, perhaps a strong enough contrast to break the cognitive dissonance for many people who are stirring from their slumber.

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Exactly. If it wasn't for this Tommy Robinson mess one could at least have a bit of hope they'd leave Assange alone, now through I have some serious reservations.

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This poor girls story, makes the Robinson debacle seem almost nice...

Truly disgusting...

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Wow, that's disturbing. I'll have to remember to google her tomorrow and read more about it. Thanks.

I'd like to think that Assange would be safer in the USA than in the UK. It would be better for the USA if Trump (not the DOJ) had jurisdiction over him. Given that the UK tried to install Hillary in the US, I believe he will probably fall into the wrong hands there. He might be safer in Russia or China.

That's a powerful message, sister. 2018 still has something in store for us and the dense energy seems to culminate right now. Maybe this is the wake-up call of unity that the world has needed to grow beyond the old patterns.

Ready. More than ready.

I don't mean to sound callous, but it may be better for him and to the cause if he were arrested. The conditions he has lived in the past 6 years and more so in the past few months cannot be so far different than what he would face. The only difference is that those of us who have not stood up for him as vigorously as we should have because we thought he was safe, would finally be challenged to 'rise like lions'. If we did not, then we deserve everything we get.

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I assure you that conditions in the embassy are far gentler than the industrial slave processing centers that he would be housed in after a formal arrest.

You're unlikely to be raped by embassy staff, or shanked if you resist, for example. This is not to mention the myriad petty sadistic savageries that are endemic to the industrial processing of slaves in chains.

Shaking off the chains is far less easy than the morning dew, particularly if you're widely recognized as is Assange.

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Hopefully they leave him alone. That said, he would be in a federal prison system, those are more of a country club setting. There has been plenty of famous people in the federal system and none have ever complained of being raped or shanked. Even at that famous people can afford protection. Yes others outside could pay them more to off him but someone taking such a drastic measure would drive, in my opinion, the finally nail in the coffin for the democrats as they are the only ones with deep enough desire to want revenge upon him, especially Hillary.

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Country Club... He'll get the Chelsea Manning treatment at best.

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Three hots and a cot, unlimited fan mail , unlimited access to attorneys and reporters, unlimited money donations to live as about as state of the art as one can get in prison. Hopefully he won't end up there but if he does he'll live way better than the majority of a prison population.

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We should all be so lucky.

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I wish to make it clear it is my hope that Mr. Assange is allowed to walk out freely from the gentler prison he has lived in for the past few years. Though if this were not to happen, unlike a low level prize which would be subjected to all the forms of treatment you have mentioned, a highly prized inmate with all eyes and lawyers from global human rights organizations would most likely be spared physical harm. Of course it would not be a picnic. What I'm trying to get at is that if things remain status quo then he may be confined in the embassy for the next 20 years and wither away while we continue to sleep.

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As far as I know he was not even indicted. Also, I seriously doubt the USA will ever allow him or his lawyer to speak publicly. I suspect he will be interned in some foreign, solitary hell hole, subjected to torture to get his sources, and punish him for exposing the liars that are still very much in power
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I'm kinda surprised that Ecuador did not kicked him out the past 6 years. I mean it's a poor country (poor in comparison to the USA) and you can be sure that the US had tried to push every leaver they have that is not to obvious.

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Eduador's previous president was supportive of Julian.

Really interesting that I just tried to view this post online via Caitlin's website, and it was continually blocked somehow? But here on Steemit, here it is! Isn't that great?

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That's strange, sionnab. I just went in and was able to pull it up. Maybe you should try again? https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/20/be-prepared-to-shake-the-earth-if-julian-assange-is-arrested/ Hope it works this time.