In a B-rated movie most would imagine such an atrocity happening to a computer programmer overseas, but this was real life for Ola Bini.
Shortly after Assange’s arrest, Swedish computer programmer and internet activist, Ola Bini was also detained only by the Ecuadorian government. Held in subhuman quarters without charge for months, he was finally allowed to be freed from his horrible prison situation but must remain in Ecuador.
With special permission from Mr. Bini I am publishing his own words.
I was detained and imprisoned on April 11, by the Ecuador government. This detention happened without valid cause and with a large amount of irregularities. I have never committed a crime, and I’m innocent.
The prosecution still, after more than 100 days, have not presented any charges. They still have not said what computer systems I’m supposed to have attacked. They still have absolutely no evidence of anything.
Properly speaking, this investigation should have been done on July 13th. But the prosecution has decided to drag in another innocent person into the investigation, in order to gain 30 more days.
So, while I was released from prison on June 20th through a successful Habeas Corpus petition, this unjust persecution still continues. We don’t know when they will give up. But, we will prevail. Thanks for believing in me.
Please, keep in mind that Ola is a good friend of Assange’s. It seems they hoped to gain more information about Julian. Ecuador has basically declared him guilty by association. There is no evidence of him doing anything illegal. The injustices committed by Ecuador continue to add up.
The Department of Justice has announced it will begin using capital punishment again only months after indicting Julian Assange with 18 indictments under the Espionage Act. This makes it totally illegal to extradite Assange according to the U.K.’s extradition treaty of 2003. According to Wikipedia (information can be seen here):
Under section 94 of theExtradition Act 2003, it is unlawful for an extradition of an individual to take place if the individual is accused of a capital crime, unless the Home Secretary has received assurances that the death penalty would not be applied in that case.
Even with assurances from the U.S. with the announcement that capital punishment will again be used in capital offenses, the U.K. would be fools to extradite.
The announcement can be seen here by the DOJ. They are resuming after almost two decades. It just seems convenient this decision was made so soon after issuing the extradition warrant in the Assange case. Any judge or politician in England should easily see what they are about to do.
If extradited, the judge most certainly will seek the death penalty in his case to silence him forever. We must not allow this to happen to an innocent publisher.
William Barr stated in the DOJ’s announcement:
Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Attorney General Barr said.
New York Mayor Ed Koch stands between Donald Trump, left, and Roy Cohn at the Trump Tower opening in October 1983. (Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
It actually appears so. As a New York builder and contractor, you can’t help but see the many connections. So many that it is undeniable. Let’s start with an article by the Washington Post that explains many of the ties. (Article can be seen here)
This would not have been news to Trump, whose early political mentor and personal lawyer wasRoy Cohn, consigliere to such dons as Fat Tony Salerno and Carmine Galante. After Cohnguidedthe brash young developer through the gutters of city politics to win permits for Trump Plaza and Trump Tower, it happened that Trump elected to build primarily with concrete rather than steel. Hebought the mudat inflated prices from S&A Concrete,co-ownedby Cohn’s client Salerno and Paul Castellano, boss of the Gambino family. Trump moved next into the New Jersey casino business, which was every bit as clean as it sounds. State officials merely shrugged when Trump bought a piece of land from associates of Philadelphia mob boss“Little Nicky” Scarfofor roughly $500,000more than it was worth. However,this and other ties persuaded police in Australia to block Trump’s bidto build a casino in Sydney in 1987, citing Trump’s “Mafia connections.”
But an even more accommodating laundromat came along: luxury real estate — yet another mob-adjacent field in whichthe Trump name has loomed large. Because buyers of high-end properties often hide their identities, it’s impossible to say how many Russian Mafia oligarchs own Trump-branded condos. Donald Trump Jr. gave ahint in 2008: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”
For instance: In 2013,federal prosecutors indictedRussian mob boss Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov and 33 others on charges related to a gambling ring operating from two Trump Tower condos that allegedly laundered more than $100 million. A few months later, the same Mr. Tokhtakhounov, a fugitive from U.S. justice,was seenon the red carpet at Trump’s Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
Obviously, this doesn’t make Trump guilty of anything but when it comes to the mafia, things often that look fishy are. There’s more. Trump’s wiseguy persona comes from Queens where the mafia is notorious. Much of his language is adapted from there. From a Newsweek article seen here:
To be sure, Trump’s upbringing in Queens, where the Mafia was ubiquitous, helped form his wiseguy persona. So did an apparent behavioral disorder that caused him to buy switchblades and start fights in school. But it’s also evident that by the time he was 30, the future president was on the FBI’s radar as someone the Mafia might turn to in a pinch. And by the time he was 70, with a business trajectory studded with mobsters, it should’ve come as no surprise that he was paying hush money to women, allegedly offering a secret hotel deal to Vladimir Putin, calling his longtime former lawyer Michael Cohen a “rat” or denouncing prosecutors for pressuring his associates to “flip.”
This was the life he had chosen.
Some of Cohn’s Mafia clients controlled New York’s construction unions, whose blessings Trump needed to complete his projects. So he “hired mobbed-up firms to erect Trump Tower and his Trump Plaza apartment building in Manhattan, including buying ostensibly overpriced concrete from a company controlled by Mafia chieftains Anthony ‘Fat Tony’ Salerno and Paul Castellano,” Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston wrote in Politico in 2016. Village Voice investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, who chronicled Trump’s deals in books and articles through the years, wrote that Trump probably met Fat Tony through Cohn. “This came at a time when other developers in New York were pleading with the FBI to free them of mob control of the concrete business,” Johnston wrote.
One benefit of such connections was that workers tearing down the Bonwit Teller building where Trump Tower was planned could take allegedly illegal shortcuts around strict city regulations for disposing of construction waste. According to a Newsweek source who asked not to be identified because his family is well-known in the construction business, the asbestos and concrete were dumped near abandoned docks in Brooklyn and other discrete places instead of prescribed sites farther away—saving time and money. The White House referred Newsweek to the Trump Organization, which did not respond to an inquiry.
“On paper,” as one of several news accounts put it, the demolition workers were members of Local 95, a Genovese-controlled union. But in reality, they were undocumented workers from Poland and South Korea. Ronald Fino, son of a Buffalo, New York, Mafia capo, told Newsweek they were known as “the sneaker brigade” for “remov[ing] the asbestos illegally.” (Through the years, Trump denied knowing about the illegal workers, but in 1998, after years of litigation, he quietly paid a total of $1.38 million “to settle the case, with $500,000 of it going to a union benefits fund and the rest to pay lawyers’ fees and expenses,” The New York Times revealed in 2017.)
But by 1988, Trump was feeling so comfortable associating with Mafiosi that he did his first name-licensing deal with a luxury limo rental company owned by John Staluppi, a made member of the Colombo crime family, according to William Bastone, founding editor of The Smoking Gun website. And by that time, Trump was deep into his quest for an Atlantic City fortune.
But early on, Trump relied on his associations with underworld characters to open his grandiose (and ultimately bankrupt) gambling dens on the boardwalk. One of the more interesting characters back then was Daniel Sullivan, “a 42-year-old giant of a man with great charm and a criminal record,” who “dealt with labor problems at Trump’s construction sites,” according to O’Harrow’s deep-dive story. Trump went into a drywall manufacturing business with Sullivan, which was “among the firms implicated in a racketeering scheme involving the carpenters’ union and the Genovese crime family” represented by Cohn, O’Harrow wrote. Sullivan also brought Trump into an Atlantic City land-leasing deal with Kenneth Shapiro, whom law enforcement authorities had identified as a financier and agent for Philadelphia mobster Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo.
Let’s face it, folks. Trump runs his presidency much like a mafia don. In fact, many jokingly call him “The Don.” His constant use of mafia-style language grouped with his connections truly make even the most dedicated supporter scratch their heads. So whether he was ever part of the “families” or just an innocent man in the wrong circles, the connections cannot be denied.
Then we must talk about Russian Money Laundering. In another article by the Washington Post seen here, it states:
Let’s go back to 1984, when David Bogatin, an alleged Russian gangster who arrived in the United States a few years earlier with $3 in his pocket, sat down with Trump and bought not one but five condos, for a total of $6 million — about $15 million in today’s dollars. What was most striking about the transaction was that at the time, according to David Cay Johnston’s “The Making of Donald Trump,” Trump Tower was one of only two major buildings in New York City that sold condos to buyers who used shell companies that allowed them to purchase real estate while concealing their identities. Thus, according to the New York state attorney general’s office, when Trump closed the deal with Bogatin, whether he knew it or not, he had just helped launder money for the Russian Mafia.
And so began a 35-year relationship between Trump and Russian organized crime. Mind you, this was a period during which the disintegration of the Soviet Union had opened a fire-hose-like torrent of hundreds of billions of dollars in flight capital from oligarchs, wealthy apparatchiks and mobsters in Russia and its satellites. And who better to launder so much money for the Russians than Trump — selling them multimillion-dollar condos at top dollar, with little or no apparent scrutiny of who was buying them.
Over the next three decades, dozens of lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, mortgage brokers and other white-collar professionals came together to facilitate such transactions on a massive scale. According to a BuzzFeed investigation, more than 1,300 condos, one-fifth of all Trump-branded condos sold in the United States since the 1980s, were shifted “in secretive, all-cash transactions that enable buyers to avoid legal scrutiny by shielding their finances and identities.”
The Trump Organization has dismissed money laundering charges as unsubstantiated, and because it is so difficult to penetrate the shell companies that purchased these condos, it is almost impossible for reporters — or, for that matter, anyone without subpoena power — to determine how much money laundering by Russians went through Trump-branded properties. But Anders Aslund, a Swedish economist, put it this way to me: “Early on, Trump came to the conclusion that it is better to do business with crooks than with honest people. Crooks have two big advantages. First, they’re prepared to pay more money than honest people. And second, they will always lose if you sue them because they are known to be crooks.”
After Trump World Tower opened in 2001, Trump began looking for buyers in Russia through Sotheby’s International Realty, which teamed up with a Russian real estate outfit. “I had contacts in Moscow looking to invest in the United States,” real estate broker Dolly Lenz told USA Today. “They all wanted to meet Donald.” In the end, she said, she sold 65 units to Russians in Trump World Tower alone.
Maybe there was no Russiagate and no collusion on the part of the President but he was definitely involved in money laundering with Russia for 35 years.
In an article by Esquire, the following is revealed from a Deutsche bank (article can be read here):
Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes.
In the summer of 2016, Deutsche Bank’s software flagged a series of transactions involving the real estate company of Mr. Kushner, now a senior White House adviser. Ms. McFadden, a longtime anti-money laundering specialist in Deutsche Bank’s Jacksonville office, said she had reviewed the transactions and found that money had moved from Kushner Companies to Russian individuals. She concluded that the transactions should be reported to the government — in part because federal regulators had ordered Deutsche Bank, which had been caught laundering billions of dollars for Russians, to toughen its scrutiny of potentially illegal transactions.
After Mr. Trump became president, transactions involving him and his companies were reviewed by an anti-financial crime team at the bank called the Special Investigations Unit. That team, based in Jacksonville, produced multiple suspicious activity reports involving different entities that Mr. Trump owned or controlled, according to three former Deutsche Bank employees who saw the reports in an internal computer system…Senior executives worried that if they took a tough stance with Mr. Trump’s accounts — for example, by demanding payment of a delinquent loan — they could provoke the president’s wrath. On the other hand, if they didn’t do anything, the bank could be perceived as cutting a lucrative break for Mr. Trump, whose administration wields regulatory and law enforcement power over the bank.
Regardless, all the suspicious activity adds up to a lot of questions people should be asking in regards to Russia using Trump’s organizations to launder money.
There is no Russian collusion but there are some serious questions in regards to Trump’s business connections and transactions that should be asked.
Epstein was found in his cell with marks around his neck, in the fetal position and blue in the face, reports say. He either attempted suicide or was assaulted. Somehow, this isn’t surprising. So many who have had possible evidence on the Clinton cartel and the child trafficking in DC seem to magically commit suicide.
In Epstein’s current situation, you would think he would have been put on suicide watch and been supervised well enough that no one could cause him harm. Many have predicted this. Let’s just see how this plays out in the end…
So justice is turned away,
and righteousness stands at a distance.
For truth has stumbled in the public square,
and honesty cannot enter.
As Assange languishes in prison, in a hospital ward, suffering from the brutality of our Western society, this verse spoke to me. It spoke to me of the downfall of what was once an example of freedom. It spoke to me of a time when the press held the government accountable, the way it should be. It made me miss my youth.
This verse spoke to me of how truth lays trampled in the street by corporate run propaganda centers calling themselves journalists. It whispered to me softly to be careful because independent journalists may be next. It shouted at me that real journalists are persecuted and slowly assassinated. It screamed of the injustice being done to our truth tellers today.
Mostly though, I mourned the silencing of the greatest journalist of our time. The justice being lost as he is martyred underneath the very noses of those he sought to educate. I wept for the loss of a free speech advocate and a human rights hero. I felt the agony of the quietness left from one of the greatest human beings I have ever known. For I miss his words terribly.
This verse reminded me of what they have done to a fellow man who cared. For him, I weep but I also fight! He deserves that.
I care enough to stand up and tell you what is happening to Assange is wrong. It is an injustice. It is an example of the hypocrisy of our politicians. An illustration of how our media is capable of helping to destroy one of its own. It is a sample of what tyrrany is to come if we don’t stop it.
Yes, this verse spoke to me today. Loudly and clearly.
We Americans need to know what is going on for more than one reason. Our country is already known for its many human rights violations and war crimes. We are known as the empire for a reason. Our government truthfully seeks to rule the whole world. We cause chaos, destroy cities and hospitals. We bomb the innocent and our media lies to us about it. They tell us it’s all in the name of freedom and democracy.
This law will make holding torturers and war criminals accountable impossible!
Now, our intelligence agencies want to criminalize any media organization who would share the names of those who commit those crimes. They want to not only hide the crimes from us but prosecute anyone who exposes those who are behind them. The next step to 1984’s Big Brother is being made into law. Soon, the “ministry of truth” and “doublespeak” will be made a reality.
Everything about the world Orwell envisioned has become so obvious that one keeps running up against the novel’s narrative shortcomings.
The whole main frame of the bill is to prevent organizations like Wikileaks to even exist.
Every year, Congress passes the Intelligence Authorization Bill in order to fund it’s intelligence agencies but this year it includes a secrecy law that would shield those who commit torture and prosecute those who reveal the names of the torturers. (Example would be the publisher who revealed Gina Haspel was involved in the CIA torture program).
According to the New York Times (article seen here):
The C.I.A.’s proposal “seriously expands the felony criminal penalties that could be used against journalists, against whistle-blowers and against public-interest organizations,” said Emily Manna, a policy analyst for Open the Government, a group promoting accountability. “It opens the door to a ton of abuses and secrecy to a much greater extent,” she said.
If you don’t cultivate a healthy respect for just how advanced modern propaganda has become, you won’t be able to understand what the propagandists are doing when observing the behaviors of the political/media class, and you’ll almost certainly wind up being fooled by the propaganda machine in various ways yourself.
The fact that people think of themselves as rational creatures, but in reality have many large cognitive vulnerabilities which can and will be exploited to cause them to interpret data in an irrational way, is not some amusing-yet-inconsequential bit of trivia. It’s an absolutely crucial piece of the puzzle in understanding why the world is as messed up as it is, and in figuring out how to fix it. The immense political consequences of this reality extend into every facet of civilization.
For example, have you ever wondered why ordinary people you know in real life often harbor highly negative opinions about Julian Assange, seemingly to no benefit for themselves, even while he’s being viciously persecuted for his truthful publications by some of the most corrupt political forces on the planet? You’ve probably correctly concluded that it’s because they’re propagandized, but have you ever wondered why that propaganda works? Even on some of the more intelligent people you know?
The reason is partly because of a glitch in human cognition known as the just world hypothesis or just world fallacy, which causes us to assume that if bad things are happening to someone, it’s because that person deserves it. Blaming the victim is more psychologically comfortable than seeing that we live in an unjust world where we could very easily become victim ourselves someday, and we select for that comfort over rational analysis.
In the early 1960s a social psychologist named Melvin Lerner discovered that test subjects had a curious tendency to assign blame for an unfortunate event to the victims — even when said event couldn’t logically have been their fault — and to assign positive attributes to people who received good fortune — even if their fortune was due solely to random chance. Lerner theorized that people have an unconscious need to organize their perceptions under the fallacious premise that the world is basically just, where good things tend to happen to good people and bad things tend to happen to bad people. Nothing in a rational analysis of our world tells us that this assumption is in any way true, but tests by Lerner and subsequent social psychologists have backed up his theory that most of us tend to interpret events through the lens of this irrational assumption anyway.
Like other cognitive biases, this one fundamentally boils down to our annoying psychological tendency to select for cognitive ease over cognitive discomfort. It feels more psychologically comfortable to interpret new information in a way that confirms our preexisting opinions, so we get confirmation bias. It feels psychologically comfortable to assume something is true after hearing it repeated many times, so we get the illusory truth effect. It feels more psychologically comfortable to believe we live in a fair world where people get what they deserve than to believe we’re in a chaotic world where many of the most materially prosperous people are also the most depraved and sociopathic, and that we could be next in line to be victimized by them, so we get the just world fallacy.
When news first broke in November of last year that the Trump Justice Department was preparing to charge Julian Assange for 2010 publications by WikiLeaks, establishment Democrats suddenly began babbling about “karma”. These people weren’t Buddhists or Hindus, yet when the Trump administration (who they claim to oppose) began an aggressive assault on the free press (which they claim to support), they began reaching for eastern philosophical concepts which have no evidentiary basis whatsoever in order to justify it. Their irrational belief in a just world was psychologically more comfortable than going against their confirmation bias about the guy who spilled dirt on Queen Hillary, so they selected it. Not because it was more truthful, but because it was more comfortable.
You see this more and more often as facts in evidence make it abundantly clear that the Trump administration’s persecution of Assange pose the greatest threat to the free press in modern history, both among the rank-and-file citizenry and among the political/media class. Countless opinion segments and articles have flooded the mainstream media denying that Assange’s persecution poses a threat to press freedoms, on the basis that Assange is different from the mainstream press in some way.
This isn’t due solely to the fact that these establishment lackeys know they’ll never publish anything which inconveniences power like Assange did (many mainstream journalists sincerely believe that they hold power to account in some way); a lot of it is due to the fact that it’s much more psychologically comfortable to believe that Assange is being savagely persecuted because he deserves it. Believing that Assange is getting what’s coming to him is just plain more psychologically comfortable than believing you’re in an endlessly out-of-control world where bad things happen to good people, and that in fact you live in a world where your own government will tortureand imprison a journalist for publishing embarrassing facts about it. And it’s certainly a lot more comfortable than believing you could be next.
The just world fallacy explains so much about what’s going on today. It explains why everyone scrambles to defend their government when it begins victimizing a sovereign nation for refusing to comply with the demands of the powerful. It explains why people have been so easily propagandized into believing that poverty is caused by the laziness of the poor rather than the exploitation of the rich. It explains why people are so quick to justify the censorship of a perceived political enemy on the internet. It explains why any time video footage of a controversial police shooting goes viral, the comments are always flooded with people saying the victim should have known better than to get down on the ground so slowly or reach for his wallet so quickly. It explains why attempts to discuss rape culture are so often bogged down by moronic comments about how its victims should behave. It explains why people justify mass government surveillance claiming that if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Some of these issues are more obvious to those on the left of the partisan divide, and some of them are more obvious to those on the right, but the impulse to create a false sense of safety in yourself is the exact same in all examples.
Even those who are wide awake to what’s going on in the world and don’t fall for any of the victim-blaming dynamics described above still often fall for a victim-blaming illusion of their own: the impulse to blame the propagandized masses for being propagandized, instead of blaming the propagandists. This one is just as deluded as any of the others, and it works for the same reason: it’s just plain more psychologically comfortable to believe that someone is being victimized by the system because of some flaw in the victim.
If we had a just and fair world, creating propaganda would be illegal along with murder, theft, fraud, and every other infraction on an individual’s personal sovereignty. To be clear, I don’t think that trying to make it illegal would work. I believe we need to evolve beyond the manipulations so they no longer affect us, but that requires us to see it as the serious offense that it is. If in the future we are to evolve to see it clearly, propaganda will elicit an instant and aggressive backlash from the collective against the propagandist. But right now it doesn’t, and it’s protected in part by people who believe that the crime of manipulation is outweighed by the crime of being trusting. Deliberately manipulating people for money, power or both is an attack on people’s psychological sovereignty, and until we see it as such then we will never turn our anger where it’s meant to go: on the perpetrators. If we can’t eradicate propaganda then we will never be able to see and understand what’s going on in the world clearly enough to fix it.
In reality, we live in a very unjust world. We live in a world where money is the only real valuing system, and money selects for ruthlessness. Money elevates those who will do what it takes to get ahead, and so money elevates sociopaths. No amount of muddle-headed magical thinking about “karma” is going to make that untrue. There is no grand arbiter in the sky selecting for goodness and badness. We must select good and badness. People must be held to account for their actions by those that observe that those actions are unjust. Great things happen to bad people, and awful things happen to good people, and when culture elevates greed and sociopathy that is only going to get more true until we put an end to it.
It is psychologically comfortable to believe that we live in a just world. It is much less psychologically comfortable to understand that we don’t, and that we never will unless we fight very hard for it. One is an illusion, the other is reality. A preference for reality over comfort is the primary factor which separates those who serve corrupt power from those who speak out against it.
Tired of reading the same quotes from Julian Assange? You love them all but you are looking for something you’ve never read before. Here are a few I found from his Twitter feed and other places.
“The greater the power, the more need there is for transparency, because if the power is abused, the result can be so enormous. On the other hand, those people who do not have power, we mustn’t reduce their power even more by making them yet more transparent.”
“Journalism should be more like science. As far as possible, facts should be verifiable. If journalists want long-term credibility for their profession, they have to go in that direction. Have more respect for readers.”
“Journalists always like an excuse for why are they talking about something now when they didn’t talk about something a week ago. They always like to say something is new.”
“CIA Director Mike Pompeo has called WikiLeaks a “hostile non-state intelligence service” because WikiLeaks obtains accurate leaks, publishes them & protects its sources–as all serious media should. What does the CIA expect the press to be? A “docile pro-state stupidity service”?”
“I am not an *ian or an *ist. A weak state means domination by strong states externally and by the most powerful group internally. A strong state of size is a menace externally and internally where it has impunity and shifts its society into a quest for patronage.”
“Human beings, as well as having admirable qualities, are also sadistic and stupid. With them, we make our states and other groups. With such imperfect clay the wonder is not that we don’t have utopia but that we don’t form Somalia or North Korea 100% of the time.”
“As long as WikiLeaks keeps publishing I will not be released.
“Manning is a hero. A torture & prison survivor who is alleged to have taken on two wars. You cannot even glance at the power of her star.”
“So happy the head of the CIA has declared @WikiLeaks “an enemy of the United States.” (really, CIA incompetence). Extradition much harder.”
“I am not from the UK, I came to London to freely advise the Guardian newspaper on our leaks. But no good dead goes unpunished. It immediately stabbed me in the back, broke every clause of the contract and campaigned for my imprisonment while I was before the courts. No honor.”
“The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is built around the insane notion that no EU member state will ever “go bad” and send an extradition request for a political purpose and hence there is no political exemption and no evidence is needed to extradite. Pure ideology.”
“If we have brains or courage, then we are blessed and called on not to frit these qualities away, standing agape at the ideas of others, winning pissing contests, improving the efficiencies of the neocorporate state, or immersing ourselves in obscuranta, but rather to prove the vigor of our talents against the strongest opponents of love we can find.“
“The truth is not found on the page, but is a wayward sprite that bursts forth from the readers mind for reasons of its own.”
“Yet just as we feel all hope is lost and we sink back into the miasma, back to the shadow world of ghosts and gods, a miracle arises; everywhere before the direction of self interest is known, people yearn to see where its compass points and then they hunger for truth with passion and beauty and insight. He loves me. He loves me not. Here then is the truth to set them free. Free from the manipulations and constraints of the mendacious. Free to choose their path, free to remove the ring from their noses, free to look up into the infinite voids and choose wonder over whatever gets them though. And before this feeling to cast blessings on the profits and prophets of truth, on the liberators and martyrs of truth, on the Voltaires, Galileos, and Principias of truth, on the Gutenburgs, Marconis and Internets of truth, on those serial killers of delusion, those brutal, driven and obsessed miners of reality, smashing, smashing, smashing every rotten edifice until all is ruins and the seeds of the new.“
“You do not need to justify the possession of these noble instincts. Such attributes are normally distributed. You have a constellation of these attributes and that makes you who you are. Recognise that the substantial ones are invariant.
You must satisfy your invariant instincts or you will be at odds with your own character. It is only when we are not at odds with our basic makeup that we can find life meaningful.”
The Trump administration has done more harm to the Constitution than any other administration in U.S. history. First, by coercing Ecuador into evicting Assange and incarcerating him as well as the 18 indictments under the Espionage Act. As though that isn’t enough, Assange’s belongings were seized for evidence illegally.
Then there is the incarceration of Chelsea Manning. Who says she will never testify in the grand jury of Assange and that her trial testimony is good enough. They have imposed fines of a thousand dollars a day that will add up to apptoximately 440,000 dollars before this is through. While she languishes in jail, she has lost her home and it will leave her completely bankrupt.
Assange faces 175 years in prison if extradited. If he is prosecuted in the U.S. and found guilty, he will literally die in jail for simply publishing documents and a video exposing U.S. war crimes. He may never get to hug his young children again. He chose to give up his life for truth and justice. Little did he know that there is no such thing under this administration.
The attacks on both are attacks on our rights as individuals. The destruction of Assange’s mental and physical health cannot be reversed or repaid. The pain his family and children have gone through will remain with them for the rest of their lives. They are literally maiming the greatest journalist of our time and muting his voice permanently.
While Trump’s people threaten to arrest ICC judges if they prosecute war criminals, the real heroes remain incarcerated and face their lives destroyed. This is not just an atrocity, it is a war on us as individuals.
Face it. It is us against them now. If we allow this tragedy to complete, the greatest threat to press freedom will be realized. The truth will be destroyed forever and government lies will be all that remains…
In a Consortium News interview, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, Kristinn Hraffnsson who visited Assange 2 weeks ago, explained that despite Assange’s condition stabilizing he is still on the hospital ward at Belmarsh prison. (You can watch interview here).
Earlier it was reported he would be returning to his cell in mid-June but the ward must have chose to do otherwise for good reasons. As more info becomes available, I will update.