By Rainer Shea
Source: Ghion Journal
2019 is a time when we’re supposed to have always been at war with Russia, when those who hold incorrect thoughts are Russian propagandists who should be censored for spreading “fake news,” and when the crimes that political prisoners are accused of become real simply because the official consensus says they are. In this world, heroes like Julian Assange are turned into the most heinous villains imaginable through media narrative control and the actions of corrupt courts.
Assange is arguably the biggest enemy of the global oligarchy, because he’s created a tool for exposing high-level corruption that continues to regularly do PR damage to governments and corporations. And the power structure’s means for retaliation have been to smear him, and to target him with misuse of the law at every opportunity. In fact, it’s not hyperbolic to say that the operation to take down Assange has driven society in a more totalitarian direction than it’s already been heading.
Show trials, where the government theatrically convicts people for crimes they haven’t committed, are a classic feature of dictatorships. Examples range from the Nazi People’s Court, where prisoners frequently had charges leveled against them without being able to defend themselves, to the extrajudicial arrests and assassinations that the United States has engaged in throughout the War on Terror. The persecution of Assange and other whistleblowers is taking America to a point where the state can treat dissidents the way that they were treated under the Third Reich.
As a U.N. panel found in 2016, Assange was being arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy throughout his time there, with threats of prosecution giving him no choice but to stay confined in a legal refuge. During this time, his health deteriorated dangerously because he was denied access to medical treatment. He was kept in this situation as governments around the world continued to threaten him with prosecution, and as media outlets throughout the West harmed his chances for freedom by directing a politically motivated smear campaign against him. The most damaging piece of slander that these outlets have directed against Assange is the claim that WikiLeaks got Democratic National Committee emails from Russian hackers in 2016, a now thoroughly debunked lie that’s been floated as a route for prosecuting him.
Since the U.S. pressured and, through the International Monetary Fund, bribed Ecuador to force Assange…