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Julian Assange has recently been before a Magistrates Court. Renowned filmmaker and journalist John Pilger who attended the hearing described it as a 50s style show trial.

Julian is held in Bellmarsh prison ( UKs “Gitmo”) in solitary confinement  23 hours per day and only recently allowed limited access to a computer to prepare for his upcoming extradition trial due February 2020.

His defence team request that the date be put back to later in the year was rejected out of hand by the Magistrate and then ruled that the trial be held in Bellmarsh prison.

This punishment is for nothing more than telling the truth.

If the warmongers get away with this, who will be next?

George Orwell would have recognised what’s happening, he wrote a book about these issues: 1984

Something similar is happening in Australia where the MSM are making common cause over AFP raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist and rightly so, but next to nothing about the plight of Julian, who if extradited to America could end up facing a prison term of 175 years.

Democracy should be about free speech and the right to know what our government is doing in our name.

If we do not learn the lessons of history we are doomed to repeat them


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  1. Even those who have spent years demonizing Assange have balked at this lunge of extraterritorial executive power by the US government. The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian have expressed grave concern about the charges he faces. UK Special Envoy on Media Freedom Amal Clooney stated at the June Global Conference for Media Freedom, the charges ‘criminalize common practices in journalism’, which the American Civil Liberties Union has warned, ‘establish a dangerous precedent that can be used to target all news organizations that hold the government accountable by publishing its secrets’. (from New International)


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