I want you to imagine that you get the breaking news story of your life. Someone has brought you a video of the mob and a police officer murdering an entire family. You know exposing the mob will endanger but you feel you have to do it. Then this person brings you thousands of documents showing the corruption of the mob. You start going through these documents to keep the innocent safe but two other news outlets release the documents before you get the chance to redact them. They release the passwords to said documents against your explicit instructions To your shock and amazement, you are being blamed for the innocent’s names being released.
Suddenly, your whole life is being torn to pieces and you now allegedly raped two women. The police department holding the allegations drop the case, only to be reopened again twice.
Now you are facing life in prison because the state decided you are the one who committed the crime, not the mob…
Yeah, it sounds crazy but this is what happened to Julian Assange on a grander scale.
Assange is more than an award-winning journalist and publisher. He is a free speech advocate and a human rights activist. He is currently awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face the rest of his life in prison or worse yet, the death penalty. We all know he’s innocent. That in fact, he’s a hero who has been tortured for truth. Yet the ruling elites want to make human example. Why? Fear.
All activism requires free speech. Julian Assange remains imprisoned & tortured, for using free speech to inform the public about crimes committed by the powerful. Julian’s freedom is, therefore, crucial to the viability of all activism. If they can silence Assange, they can silence us all. That’s why we must all unite.
John Pilger gave a message from Assange on Sunday at the protest featuring Roger Waters of Pink Floyd (article can be seen here):
Message from Assange delivered from Pilger:
It’s not just me. It’s much wider. It’s all of us. It’s all journalists and all publishers who do their job who are in danger.
Journalist John Pilger has delivered a stark warning from WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who said that his persecution is intended to kill dissent. “Speak up now,” Pilger said, or face “the silence of a new kind of tyranny.”
“The danger Julian Assange faces can easily spread to the present and past editors of the Guardian, the New York Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais in Spain, the Sydney Morning Herald, and many other newspapers and media outlets that published the WikiLeaks revelations about the lies and crimes of our governments,” Pilger continued.
“By defending Julian Assange we defend our most sacred rights,” Pilger warned. “Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny.”
“In the fight to save the life of Julian Assange, there are reasons to believe using free speech is making an impact. We see an escalating clampdown on free speech suggesting the establishment is fearful of us and we see more people coming forward to support him”, said Stephen Perret on Twitter. “We speak up to free Julian Assange. Waiting passively to see what happens will only bring greater tyranny. We must democratically demonstrate the power of free speech to end Julian’s inhuman persecution! We are ordinary people doing the work of the mass media.”
In fact, by saving Assange, we save our own lives, our children’s lives, and future generations. Even when the establishment knows it is wrong, they lack the humility and ethics to admit it. As long as we do not hold them accountable they will never admit their error in imprisoning Assange. So it is up to us to stand up and make them listen. It is no longer a social media fight but must be fought in the streets peacefully through protests, voting, letters, and phone calls. If your elected officials won’t answer back, keep calling, show up at their offices, FIGHT!
We are one step away from giving up our rights to protest, to speak our mind and for our media to lose the ability to expose the lies and criminal behavior of our governments. Show you care. Silence is complacency!