Torturing Assange: An Interview with Andrew Fowler
by John Kendall Hawkins
"I love Wikileaks." - DJ Trump
"Can't we drone him?" - Hillary Clinton
Andrew Fowler is an Australian award-winning investigative journalist and a former reporter for the ABC's Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners programs. as well as the author of The Most Dangerous Man in the World: Julian Assange and WikiLeaks' Fight for Freedom. This is an updated edition of his 2011 account of the rise and political imprisonment of Assange. Much of that account explained how Assange seemingly inevitably moved toward an adversarial positioning against American imperialism abroad: He was a tonic for the indifference expressed by so many ordinary Americans in the traumatic aftermath of 9/11 and the rise of the surveillance state. Boston Legal's Alan Shore (James Spader) seems to sum it up succinctly:
Fowler's updated version discusses the torture Assange is currently undergoing at Belmarsh prison in Britain. Here is a must-see film regarding his torture.
Fowler's book also contains the latest on UC Global's comprehensive spying on Assange and his visitors at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in the last year of his 'refuge' there. UC Global is a Spanish security company hired to protect the embassy. It has since been revealed that they were passing on data to American intelligence, presumably the CIA.
Certainly, Fowler implies such a connection in his updated book, citing two Assange hacking breaches of US government servers, each of which, Fowler writes, the CIA went berserk, as if they'd been hit by a foreign enemy. In the last (new) chapter of the book, "The Casino," Fowler describes how outraged the CIA was when Assange published their hacking tools, known as Vault 7, on Wikileaks:
Sean Roche, the deputy director of digital innovation at the CIA, remembers the reaction from those inside the CIA. He said he got a call from another CIA director who was out of breath: 'It was the equivalent of a digital Pearl Harbor.'
Below is my recent interview with the author.
* Note: Upon his release of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg was referred to as "the most dangerous man in the world."
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