On My Advocacy to Free Assange and Beyond

With all the hatred directed towards me, all the blatant lies, anyone else would have stopped campaigning to #FreeAssange.
But this is not about me. This is about the man who brought us the truth, risked his life to expose injustice and is now paying the ultimate price. From the beginning, it was never about me.

Yes, I’ve made some sacrifices to help him. Mostly my time and my heart, but all the things I’ve done are nothing compared to what he has done for us.

There is so much hatred on social media today it is mind blowing and so much directed at Assange. As good a person as Assange is, I do not know how he could handle that which was directed at him. For myself, I have often had to remind myself why I started supporting him to begin with.

I chose this road for many reasons when I look back. I wanted to make a difference and when I read about Assange’s plight, the mobbing and the torture, it made my soul scream. The more I read and learned, the more I knew I had to do something. So I started writing again and making memes which led to 3 DC vigils in front of the White House, mostly out of my pocket. Then I went to London for 21 days to watch over the embassy. Still I am planning another DC vigil in the cold on February 24th.

I didn’t want attention or fame. I wanted to set an example for others to follow. I wanted people to know the truth about what the U.K., the U.S. and Sweden were doing. In the end, I added Australia and Ecuador to that list.

If my doing what I do brought more people to help and taught them the truth and helped others free him,then I had done what I set out to do. Regardless of the consequences and hatred I have endured. I know others have been hurt by it as well. I know some of ended up dropping their support. I wonder if those people realize they only hurt Julian by attacking others?

Along the way many hated me for doing the above. It seems they viewed my support as some sort of crime. More Assange supporters believed incredulous lies being told about me. I can’t say I always have stood strong against the accusations of operative, troll, stalker, fake. Many times I bawled and thought about quitting. I made a few huge mistakes along the way. After all, I am human.

I am an empath and a sensitive person. I have a huge heart that breaks easily. The last 3 years I have been under constant, unending attacks by key supporters. For what? Doing what I can to help.

When I think about quitting I remind myself what he is going through. If together we can free him regardless of the hatred towards me, the end goal is worth my broken heart. For truly, his heart must be broken. He is suffering as an innocent man. He must often feel as Jesus did. Betrayed, persecuted and tortured for loving people enough to tell them the truth.

How it must break his heart to know so many want him dead, how many sit complacently while they martyr him. He’s dying inside those prison walls. Not just from the torture, but I believe from a broken heart.

My tears are a small price to pay to see him free. The hatred and mobbing of my character mean little compared to the sacrifice Julian is making.

So go ahead and hate me for fighting so hard. It doesn’t matter, it’s not about me. It’s about freeing my hero, Julian Assange.

Recent Updates on Assange

In a tweet by Julian’s friend Vaugh Smith he shared this…

Julian Assange called my family from prison this Christmas Eve while we were preparing for dinner. Please spare a thought for him. He spoke to my wife, Pranvera and our girls – who remembered Christmas with him in 2010 when he was our guest while on bail.
#politicalprisoners

This was the last time that Julian had a family Christmas. He told my wife and I how he was slowly dying in Belmarsh where, though only on remand, he is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and is often sedated. His US extradition proceedings start in February…

and he desperately needs our support. #alonethischristmas #MerryXmas #FreedomOfSpeech #FreeJulianAssange #WikiLeaks #JulianAssange

According to reports, last Friday, Assange was accompanied by 2 doctors in the prison van to court for the appearance via video link in Spain. Apparently, Belmarsh must be concerned that Assange may faint or worse for them to accompany him. This is very concerning.

When a person appears to be dying and the recognised treatments for saving his life are knowingly withheld, against the advice of more than 60 doctors, surely this is attempted murder in any nation that wants to claim rule of law!

This must be seen as torture, abuse of a prisoner and an extreme violation of human rights. The U.K. is supposed to be a civilized nation with respect for the laws it agreed to under the Vienna Convention as well as the United Nations which it helped form. International law is being ignored in this case and Assange is being slowly murdered without trial or jury.

If this continues, we will lose a hero simply through complacency and laziness. This must stop NOW! 6 months from now may be too late!

Reasons Why Assange Should Not Be Extradited

In this article, I intend to show you exactly why Assange should not be extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges resulting in 175 years in prison or the death penalty.

1. According to WSWs.org, (article seen here):

The Morales case has major implications for the US extradition attempt. UC Global was contracted by the Ecuadorian government to provide security for its embassy in London, where Assange sought and was granted political asylum in June 2012. Instead of protecting Assange, Morales’s company is known to have illegally monitored and recorded every aspect of his personal life from 2015 until March 2018. Investigations published by Spanish newspaper El Pais and Italian newspaper La Repubblica have uncovered evidence that leaves little doubt the surveillance was carried out on behalf of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Assange’s British lawyers made clear again yesterday that they intend to use the evidence arising from the UC Global case to argue that the extradition application should be rejected out-of-hand, as it further proves he will not receive a fair trial in the US. A major precedent was set in the 1970s, when the case against Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was quashed following the revelation that President Richard Nixon had overseen spying on consultations between Ellsberg and his doctors.

This obviously shows there is no possible justice to be found in the U.S.

2. Julian Assange’s case is political. In an article that I wrote in June of 2018, I explain with links backing my thoughts why the U.K. cannot legally extradite Assange. You can view the article in its entirety here.

Another defense available to Assange—and perhaps his most formidable one—will be to assert that he is being charged with a political offense. If that assertion is deemed correct, it could block his extradition, because, like many extradition agreements, the US-UK treaty forbids any transfer based on such charges. The categorical prohibition under Article 4 of the treaty could not be clearer: “Extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense.”

But what is a political offense? Transgressions such as espionage, sedition, and treason are what are known as “pure” political offenses, including under UK law—that is to say, activities that directly target the state but that would not necessarily be criminal in other contexts. A related category, known as “relative” political offenses, covers common crimes that are incidental to purely political activities. Because various jurisdictions have interpreted the expansiveness of this political exception differently over time, a universal definition of a relative political offense is difficult to articulate, but the basic principle of the political exception in extradition has remained unchanged since its origins in the late nineteenth century. It states, in brief, that nations should not return political opponents to face prosecution for challenging the states that would sit in judgement of them.

3. Another reason is the fact that after being examined by doctors and psychologists according to Nils Melzer, special rapporteur on torture from the UN, Julian shows all the signs of prolonged torture. His health is also deteriorating rapidly. By extraditing him, they are sentencing him to death as I believe the process itself may kill him.

4. But most important of all. Julian Assange never did anything illegal. He simply published material given to him by an outside source. The real reason the United States government wants this is two reasons. One, they want vengeance for being embarrassed. Two, they want to be able to set a precedent to prevent journalists worldwide from sharing the truth of their hidden criminal activity. If they convict Assange, they can arrest any journalist.

It appears that the U.K. justice system is waking up to this case being about more than simply Julian Assange as his British lawyers have submitted over 40,000 pages of evidence and expect the hearing to last 4 weeks.

There is another facet of this case that gives reason for Assange not to be extradited. The United States is well known for torturing people. Take the case of Chelsea manning who was it in solitary confinement for over a year, paraded naked in front of his peers and locked in a cold cell. Other cases have been recorded as well.

Very simply, if the British courts fail to be just in this case, Assange will die a martyr at their hands as well as the U.S. government’s. We must hold them accountable for their actions by writing the courts especially Vanessa Baraitser.

You can write her at:
Westminster.mc@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
SouthLondon.mc@justice.gov.uk
Mail:
Vanessa Baraitser
C/O Westminster Magistrates Court
181 Marylebone Rd
London NWI 5 BR
UK

A Growing Number of People and Organizations Are Supporting Assange’s Freedom

Recently, Reporters Without Borders joined in the battle for free press by demanding freedom for Assange. Many human rights organizations, doctors, journalists and celebrities have joined in this war on free speech. As the numbers keep growing, Assange’s extradition hearing looms on the horizon.

With only 2 months to go before his hearing starts, many are concerned with his obvious health deterioration. Every time he appears in court, pictures depict his declining health. Assange needs to be released and transported to a hospital that can treat his needs and the results of years of isolation and torture.

You can see his fatigue and loss of weight in each picture above. There is no excuse for 2 superpowers to gang up to destroy one man. The injustice in this case continues to grow as an innocent man languishes in prison. Keep in mind that Assange is being held for extradition. He already served the severe conviction for bail jumping. He has not stood trial, yet the U.K. judicial system holds him in its highest security prison in solitary confinement 23 hours a day. Though HMP Belmarsh many say he is on the hospital ward, it is still solitary confinement.

To make matters worse, HMP Belmarsh continues to claim they have mixups for his court appearances, holding an exhausted Assange over and making him hours late to appearances. How they can possibly screw up transportation for their highest profile prisoner is beyond me, but that is their excuse. Who knows how long Assange is made to sit in a cramped van with no access to movement or the bathroom or for the matter, a simple drink of water. Recently, before a court appearance, Assange was put in a “hot box” which entails placing the victim in a small room ranging in temperatures of 110 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. This is meant to dehydrate and confuse the individual. It can also lead to death.

This Christmas, Assange will spend his 8th holiday without seeing his young children. He will spend it in a small cell without any company, only four walks and a door to comfort him.

If the mistreatment of Assange continues, the eventual death of free press is imminent. What will be left is a government controlled lying machine and tyranny. We must stand up for Assange’s human rights because by doing so, we stand up for our own. We cannot let this man who only published the truth to die behind bars.

Briefing from Spanish Legal Team on the Court Appearance Over Spying

Special thanks to @DEACampaign on Twitter for sharing.

“Here is the briefing from a member of the Spanish legal team after Julian Assange had been video linked into the Spanish high court where UC Global’s director was being tried for illegally spying on Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy and allegedly selling the footage to the CIA.
“The declaration began 7 hours late due to lack of coordination between Belmarsh and Westminster. JA has confirmed that he was always denied that the new cameras recorded audio and that he did not know it. He has confirmed that he did
not know about the existence of a hidden microphone at the base of the fire extinguisher and another in the bathroom. And he has confirmed that he never authorized the company to subtract his notes and open his letters to digitize them.
He has also confirmed that his visitors did not authorize them to open their phones and photograph the imei codes and the sim card. In addition, he has confirmed that the names of the objectives that the company gave in the mails were mainly members of his defense team,
his lawyers. In addition, submitted to the judge the report of the UN Rapporteur against Torture, which says that he is in a very weakened and sensitive situation, considered as torture by the Rapporteur,after analyzing it by doctors who accompanied him, during his transfer the judge understood the situation and for that reason a concrete interrogation was made, fast and simple, attending to its delicate situation.”

It is obvious that there is no way in hell that Julian can obtain justice in the U.S. courts. They have all his legal conversations, his doctor visits and every word he spoke in the Embassy.

Assange in Court on Friday Due To CIA Spying Case in Spain

It appears that the U.S. government is once again projecting what it is so guilty of on to someone else. Julian Assange has been indicted a total of 18 times under the outdated Espionage act of 1917 in the U.S. basically called by higher ups as a hostile agent or spy. However, the truth is far from the claims. In Westminster Magistrates Court today, Assange appeared via video link in a Spanish court where evidence is being produced of Ecuador using UC Global Security to spy on Assange for the CIA.

Basically, the U.S. government has once again overstepped its boundaries to violate another individuals basic fundamental rights to privacy and lawyer/client privilege. Not only that but Moreno of Ecuador claimed that Assange had turned the embassy into a “spying center” when in fact the opposite was true.

According to an article seen here in El Pais:

The secret probe is the consequence of a criminal complaint filed by Assange himself, in which he accuses Morales and the company of the alleged offenses involving violations of his privacy and the secrecy of his client-attorney privileges, as well as misappropriation, bribery and money laundering. The director of UC Global S. L. has not responded to calls from this newspaper in order to confirm his version of events.

With many witnesses, including former employees of UC Global, this could be the evidence needed to end the case for his extradition. Once again, the security agencies and the DOJ may have cut their own throat which is well deserved in this case.

According to WWs.org seen here:

The hearing was held in private session. No members of the media or the public were allowed inside the courtroom to see or hear Assange, on the remarkable grounds that the Spanish prosecution of UC Global involves “matters of national security.” His appearance took place 24 hours after he appeared via video-link in a case management hearing ahead of the scheduled February 24 trial on the application by the United States to extradite him. Assange has been charged with 17 counts of espionage and is threatened with life imprisonment over his role in WikiLeaks’ publication of the documents leaked by whistleblower Chelsea Manning which exposed US war crimes and diplomatic intrigues.

The Morales case has major implications for the US extradition attempt. UC Global was contracted by the Ecuadorian government to provide security for its embassy in London, where Assange sought and was granted political asylum in June 2012. Instead of protecting Assange, Morales’s company is known to have illegally monitored and recorded every aspect of his personal life from 2015 until March 2018. Investigations published by Spanish newspaper El Pais and Italian newspaper La Repubblica have uncovered evidence that leaves little doubt the surveillance was carried out on behalf of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Among the numerous conversations that were illegally spied on were confidential discussions between Assange and his lawyers and doctors, meaning his fundamental legal right to privacy in these matters was violated.

This situation also helped Daniel Ellsburg when facing 115 years in prison under the same Espionage act according to this article seen here:

But Ellsberg was saved from almost certain prison time when it came out that a secret Nixon White House team dubbed “the plumbers” burglarized the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist in September 1971. The FBI had also recorded numerous conversations between Ellsberg and former National Security Council member Morton Halperin without a court order. And, further, Ehrlichman had offered the judge the directorship of the FBI in a move that he interpreted as a bribe.

Assange also could be in the clear if the U.K. justice system follows it’s treaty with the US regarding extradition (see article here), and also the gross injustice in this case.

Assange’s Christmas

This will be the first Christmas I have ever been alone. The loneliness and sadness is overwhelming. As I stare out the window at a cold December day I stop and realize I am fortunate to at least have that option. I can go to church Christmas Eve and eat Chinese Christmas Day. Assange doesn’t have those choices.

Julian Assange is in solitary confinement. He will spend his 8th Christmas alone away from his children. He will probably have a nasty meal, no Christmas decor, no holiday cheer. Only 4 miserable walls to stare at endlessly.

Julian Assange has young children. He has missed simple things while he was stuck in the embassy. His freedom was taken for telling the truth. He missed things like first steps, first birthdays, the first time they rode their bikes and the first day of kindergarten. Some may shrug that off, but I can’t.

Julian raised his first child on his own. A stay at home dad who gave his son love and attention. Children need a father, especially a good one like Julian Assange. What the 5 governments involved in this atrocity have done is to make his children a victim of unnecessary child neglect. They have taken a truly good father away from his children. This should not be.

So while we listen to sleigh bells ring, and sing silent night, a man who does not deserve the torture, is languishing in Belmarsh prison. While dinner is served and gifts handed out, the sound of prison doors slamming and a man down the hall screaming, is the song Assange hears. While we have a jolly good time with loved ones, Assange only has a cell to comfort him. While Julian suffers another Christmas alone, depressed and deteriorating, appreciate what you have. You might be next.

Assange:The Victim of Spying by the CIA

It appears that the U.S. government is once again projecting what it is so guilty of on to someone else. Julian Assange has been indicted a total of 18 times under the outdated Espionage act of 1917 in the U.S. basically called by higher ups as a hostile agent or spy. However, the truth is far from the claims. In Westminster Magistrates Court today, Assange appeared via video link in a Spanish court where evidence is being produced of Ecuador using UC Global Security to spy on Assange for the CIA.

Basically, the U.S. government has once again overstepped its boundaries to violate another individuals basic fundamental rights to privacy and lawyer/client privilege. Not only that but Moreno of Ecuador claimed that Assange had turned the embassy into a “spying center” when in fact the opposite was true.

According to an article seen here in El Pais:

The secret probe is the consequence of a criminal complaint filed by Assange himself, in which he accuses Morales and the company of the alleged offenses involving violations of his privacy and the secrecy of his client-attorney privileges, as well as misappropriation, bribery and money laundering. The director of UC Global S. L. has not responded to calls from this newspaper in order to confirm his version of events.

With many witnesses, including former employees of UC Global, this could be the evidence needed to end the case for his extradition. Once again, the security agencies and the DOJ may have cut their own throat which is well deserved in this case.

This situation also helped Daniel Ellsburg when facing 115 years in prison under the same Espionage act according to this article seen here:

But Ellsberg was saved from almost certain prison time when it came out that a secret Nixon White House team dubbed “the plumbers” burglarized the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist in September 1971. The FBI had also recorded numerous conversations between Ellsberg and former National Security Council member Morton Halperin without a court order. And, further, Ehrlichman had offered the judge the directorship of the FBI in a move that he interpreted as a bribe.

Assange also could be in the clear if the U.K. justice system follows it’s treaty with the US regarding extradition (see article here), and also the gross injustice in this case.

What Assange Is Likely Going Through In Prison

Interview with former prison inmate describes conditions of hospital wards in prison

I spoke with a former inmate who prefers to remain anonymous about what hospital wards in prison are like. This was his response.

Source: (laughs but then gets serious) Calling it a hospital ward is just a legal way to put a person in solitary confinement without calling it that. It’s still a cell. No hospital bed. Easier to watch you as there is a camera with you in the room. (Pauses) They have more private access to you. No one will be able to see you if they do something. (Pauses again) It’s like suicide watch.

Me: Did you have more access to medical care?

Anon: No. A first aid kit has more care. If you see a doctor they are from outside. It’s nothing like what most people would think. Real emergencies are taken to a real hospital.

I told him about Assange being put in a hot box prior to being seen in court.

Anon: Doesn’t surprise me none. They want you unable to testify. If you can’t think straight, then they gotcha. There ain’t any justice when you are in prison. Different set of rules.

From what I have read and heard, the idea of Julian actually getting any care at Belmarsh is impossible. He needs to be freed and taken to a healthcare facility immediately.

Doctors Blocked From Observing Assange’s Health Condition in Court Yesterday

2 doctors who wanted to access to Assange’s deteriorating health were blocked from yesterday’s court hearing at Westminster’s Magistrate Court. They wanted to view Assange via video link to get a better idea of his health status.

According to an article in WSWS.org seen here:

Dr. Chiesa and Dr. Morgan are among more than 100 doctors from around the world who have issued three open letters to the UK and Australian governments since November 25, protesting Assange’s brutal persecution and garnering worldwide media attention and public support. The doctors have acted on their duty to report torture and have called for Assange’s urgent transfer from Belmarsh Prison to a proper hospital setting.

On the eve of yesterday’s hearing, Dr. Stephen Frost, a lead signatory for Doctors4Assange, issued the following statement:

“That it is deemed necessary for senior medical experts to attend today’s hearing to observe Julian Assange from the public gallery via video link points to the extreme recklessness of the UK government’s continued arbitrary detention of Julian Assange and the psychological torture which results from that, as stated by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer. We repeat that it is impossible to assess adequately let alone treat Mr Assange in Belmarsh prison and that he must as a matter of urgency be moved to a university teaching hospital. When will the UK government listen to us?”

As Assange languishes in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, over 100+ doctors worldwide have signed the open letter demanding he be released and treated at the best hospital possible due to his prolonged torture. These requests have been ignored by the British government.

Over 900 journalists have now signed a separate petition as well for his release, still no action.

Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture recently said in an interview seen here:

⁦ “The rights of Julian Assange have been violated at all stages. Britain does not respect the rule of law in this case. Does this look like a plot? Absolutely”.

Before and after shot of Assange.what ten years can do to you while being persecuted.

The U.S. and U.K. have obviously venomously plotted out their strategy to destroy this truth teller out of vengeance for their crimes being exposed. Anyone who has a bit of morality can see how unfair this is. How can one man get justice from 2 of the biggest super powers in the world? He can’t. Only the People rising up and demanding justice for this hero can get results.