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January 25, 2021

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The litany of abuse and ill treatment of Assange: the arbitrary detention and deprivation of liberty, the social isolation and solitary confinement, the character assassination and vilification, the psychological torture and gross injustice. This has been inflicted on Julian as his punishment for the ‘crime’ of doing journalism, real journalism, courageous journalism; not the insipid, pseudo journalism churned out by stenographers for the powerful.

The response of our government and lamestream media to the plight of Julian Assange has been a stain on their name. It says a lot about their priorities and whose interests they serve, namely the purveyors of police state security and permanent war. Clearly most of our politicians and faux pundits care little for their fellow citizen, even less for the principles of free press, due process, and the rule of law, let alone freedom and democracy.

The decision by a UK court to deny his extradition to the US on humanitarian grounds is a significant symbolic trouncing for the Trump administration and a welcome victory for the international civil society that has campaigned long and hard on Julian’s behalf; but it does nothing to salvage the tarnished reputations of the UK, US and Australian governments.

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