Ecuador has committed the greatest crime of the century by allowing the British Police to come and arrest Assange. They have revoked his citizenship and violated their own Constitution. They have turned over the greatest journalist of our time.
According to a Wikileaks tweet:
The Economist relates Ecuador betrayal of Assange to having “signed a $4.2bn loan agreement with the IMF” last month.
The arrest video can be seen here:
In a video from Ruptly the arrest shows a very frail Assange being handled treacherously by the UK police. This is a disgusting display of force. Assange is later scene after his hearing (where he was convicted of jumping bail) giving the thumbs up sign.
The United States government immediately put out an extradition request nearly after Assange was expelled. Here is the statement from Assange’s US attorney Barry J Pollack:
Today may mark the death of real journalism. This sets a precedent for future freedom of speech and free press. It will inevitably bring in an era of government run news. Are we seeing the beginning of Big Brother’s take over of the United States. Is this the end of the first amendment? Certainly it appears so.
This what the First Amensment states very clearly:
Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It does not state “only for citizens” nor does it state “only for American press”. The journalism done by Julian Assange is no different than that done by journalists in time past like Woddward and Bernstein. The only exception is that Assange is a foreigner.
The case against Assange is seen clearly in several tweets by Wikileaks seen below:
We cannot allow this to take place. This is not just about Assange but about our rights as human beings. If the US treats Assange as they have Manning he wil be tortured.. Torture is also against the Constitution as it is seen as a cruel and unusual punishment.
The arrest of Assange,in closing, must be seen for what it truly is, a violation against all of us. It is a disgusting display of the US empire’s ability to bully other countries. It is an example of government overreach and an attack on human rights. It sets a precedent that we may never be able to remove on the future of journalism. It is the end of exposing government corruption. May God have mercy on us all for not preventing this carastrophe.