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Now That Media Coverage Is Turning In Assange's Favor, We Have A Chance To Free Him

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The MSNBC website's caption for the recent pro-Assange Rachel Maddow segment was hilariously begrudging: "as detestable a character as Assange may be, the charges are an assault on American press liberties." Now that many of the media propagandists who helped create the current crisis for journalism are being forced to backtrack in their war against Julian Assange, it seems insulting him is their only way to even partially save face.

Indeed, they've gotten themselves into an alarming situation-one that all other Americans in the journalism and reporting world are unfortunately also subject to. It's been revealed that the Trump administration wants to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act, a charge that specifically applies to his journalistic activities. Establishment pundits like Maddow are siding with Assange because this threat to press freedom has become too big to seriously deny, which makes the incident a bittersweet affair.

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Still, the U.S.' move to prosecute Assange for espionage is backfiring in many ways. The Intercept's Robert Mackey has written about the consequence of the Espionage Act charge: "The uproar could make it easier for Assange's lawyers in the U.K.""where he is currently serving a 50-week jail term for violating bail""to argue that he is wanted in the United States primarily for embarrassing the Pentagon and State Department, by publishing true information obtained from a whistleblower, making the charges against him political in nature, rather than criminal." Such an action would be unlawful under Article 4 of the U.S.-U.K. extradition treaty, which states that "extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense." This makes Assange's extradition to the U.S. less likely.

Just as importantly, media coverage and public opinion are now finally shifting in Assange's favor. The Trump administration has gone too far in its project to set a precedent for prosecuting journalists, and it's seeing the blowback. For the activists and online commentators who've been working to free Assange, the priority should be to make this blowback as big as possible.

We should use our personal online platforms to spread the now undeniable fact that the government is trying to jail and potentially execute a man for engaging in the routine journalistic practice of leaking government information. This can get us to mobilize our friends, family, and social media followers in Assange's defense. The ways to do this have been summarized in one graphic from DefendWikiLeaks.org, which lists the following actions:

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-Inform yourself and those around you about the facts surrounding the Assange case

-Monitor media and correct misinformation with facts

-Contact politicians, unions, press freedom groups, human rights groups, and business groups about the need to defend Assange

-Sign petitions (like this one and this one)

-Organize events for Assange

-Promote and share WikiLeaks publications

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-Donate to the WikiLeaks official defense fund

-Write to Julian about how much we appreciate what he's done and what we're doing to help him

These are exactly the kinds of actions that the deep state has been trying to prevent people from taking in recent years. In 2016, an era began where the centers of power found it necessary to wage an all-out war against dissent. WikiLeaks' release of the DNC emails caused the corporate media to lose control over the narrative at a time when establishment politics was facing widespread popular opposition, and when massive inequality was causing a rise in social movements. This provoked a crackdown against free speech that's going to continue indefinitely. As Chris Hedges wrote in 2017:

The elites face an unpleasant choice. They could impose harsh controls to protect the status quo or veer leftward toward socialism to ameliorate the mounting economic and political injustices endured by most of the population. But a move leftward, essentially reinstating and expanding the New Deal programs they have destroyed, would impede corporate power and corporate profits. So instead the elites, including the Democratic Party leadership, have decided to quash public debate. The tactic they are using is as old as the nation-state""smearing critics as traitors who are in the service of a hostile foreign power.

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As Assange's mother said, "he is being killed by slow motion assassination". Rather than giving him the medical treatment he desperately needed when imprisoned at the super-max Belmarsh, he was evidently drugged with hallucinogenic drugs to destroy his mind and render him incapable of speaking. I am remembering that when Boston cops captured the Tsarnaev kid suspected of bombing the Boston marathon (he did not do it) the first thing they did was to slit his larynx so that he couldn't speak. They are doing the same to Assange. If he dies while at Belmarsh, it would end the case against him but leave in place the precedent of charging journalists with espionage - to instill enough fear in journalists to cow them from ever again reporting the truth about American war crimes. So while yes, I think there is some hope, I also think that the rule of law is dead - at least in the US and UK - and that the government and judicial forces who worship war in both countries do not give a hang about the wording of extradition treaties and will do whatever serves their interests in advancing perpetual, endless, global war.

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I am highlighting just one thing in your very good comment:

" ... Tsarnaev kid suspected of bombing the Boston marathon (he did not do it) ..." Yes, he did not do it.

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all sadly true, Lila, INHO.

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Very good article. Thanks.

You refer to "turnkey tyranny."

From a comment of mine on another article:

Edward Snowden:
The only thing that restricts the activities of the surveillance state are policy. Even our agreements with other sovereign governments. We consider that to be a stipulation of policy rather than a stipulation of law. And because of that, a new leader will be elected. They'll flip the switch, say that because of the crisis, because of the dangers that we face in the world, you know, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority. We need more power. And there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it, and it will be turnkey tyranny.

And, as former NSA operative William Binney who was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician, quit his job only after he realized that the NSA is now openly trampling the constitution, says as he holds his thumb and forefinger close together, "We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state."

"Turnkey" means EVERYTHING is in place to simply flip the switch or turn the key to impose tyranny here in the US. To have all bases covered making it simply turnkey would have required an untold amount of resources and planning. And why would they have gone to all that trouble to set into place a ready-to-go "Turnkey Tyranny?" I will take a wild guess. I think they plan to turn the key. When, I don't know ... I am not an insider.

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