by Citizen Wells
Julian Assange update November 4, 2021
from Belmarsh Prison by friend John Pilger, Last week High Court
hearing: “Julian had asked to attend the hearing and was refused”,
“Justice for Assange Is Justice for All”
“The National Security Agency is hiding
records about murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich,
according to one of my sources, who informed me yesterday that the
records are classified as a special access program (the highest level of
classification) because they include intercepted communications between
Mr. Rich and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger
They found, what he had done, he [Seth
Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the
way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t
it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote
this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a
sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and
said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID
SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a
[password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh
” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020From Consortium News by John Pilger November 1, 2021.
“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 Ecuadorian embassy, he said, “I think I am losing
He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms
was emphasized 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 reserve a contempt for
America’s hired gun in court, James Lewis QC, who dismissed this as
“At last week’s High Court hearing to
decide finally whether or not Julian would be extradited to America, he
appeared only briefly by video link on the first day. He looked unwell
and unsettled. The court was told he had been “excused”
of his “medication.” But Julian had asked to attend the hearing and was
refused, said his partner Stella Moris. Attendance in a court sitting
in judgement on you is surely a right.
This intensely proud man also demands the
right to appear strong and coherent in public, as he did at the Old
Bailey last year. Then, he consulted constantly with his lawyers through
the slit in his glass cage. He took copious notes. He stood and
protested with eloquent anger at lies and abuses of process.
The damage done to him in his decade of
incarceration and uncertainty, including more than two years in Belmarsh
(whose brutal regime is celebrated in the latest Bond film) is beyond
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so, too, is his courage beyond doubt, and a quality of resistance and
resilience that is heroism. It is this that may see him through the
present Kafkaesque nightmare — if he is spared an American hellhole.
I have known Julian since he first came to Britain in 2009. In our first interview, he described the moral imperative behind WikiLeaks: that
our right to the transparency of governments and the powerful was a
basic democratic right. I have watched him cling to this principle when
at times it has made his life even more precarious.
Almost none of this remarkable side to the
man’s character has been reported in the so-called free press whose own
future, it is said, is in jeopardy if Julian is extradited.
Of course, but there has never been a
”free press.” There have been extraordinary journalists who have
occupied positions in the “mainstream” — spaces that have now closed,
forcing independent journalism on to the internet.”
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