Julian Assange Remains Imprisoned.


By Jerry Alatalo

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“I want no money raised by injustice.” 

“Letter of State”, 1027; after pilgrimage to Rome.

– CANUTE “THE GREAT” (995-1035) King of England and Denmark

ikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange remains by almost any definition or perspective a political prisoner inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, U.K.. Despite having never been charged with a single crime and many expert attorneys and the United Nations stating his detention is simply … well, – wrong,  Mr. Assange is still being held after more than 6-years and denied his clearly justified freedom.

Two historical examples similar to Julian Assange’s are those of Israeli nuclear weapons whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu and Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Remarkably, in both cases unjust, extreme political retribution became chosen and actualized by apartheid states against men opposed to their governments’ policies.

Mr. Vanunu told the world of Israel’s previously secret possession of nuclear weapons and paid the price of enduring long-term silencing and loss of freedom. After the Israeli nuclear technician leaked information on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons to British press in 1986, he was eventually caught in Italy and returned to Israel, where after a behind-closed-doors trial he became sentenced to 18 years in prison, of which 11 of those years were especially brutal in solitary confinement. Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg once described Mordechai Vanunu as the “prominent figure of the nuclear era”.

Nelson Mandela, who became a practicing attorney, spent the years 1963-1990 locked up in South African prisons until built-up worldwide pressure started bringing down apartheid. He was finally granted freedom, and after being released from prison he was met by massive crowds of celebrating supporters. Mandela then eventually joined with South African President F. W. de Klerk in bringing an end to apartheid. Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with President F.W. DeKlerk – the man he succeeded as president after Mandela won election in 1994. Nelson Mandela is remembered as one of the most influential political figures of recent history.

In the last years of his life, Nelson Mandela would joke about being labeled a “terrorist” – by those trying to sustain South African apartheid – to fellow members of The Elders group, including Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson, America’s former president Jimmy Carter, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan (who passed away at 80 on August 18), and other retired leaders in the group. Mr. Mandela wondered out loud to his Elder friends about whether he’d be allowed to pass through the Pearly Gates – considering he was a “terrorist”.

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any hold the erroneous perception that Julian Assange is a whistleblower, but in fact he is a publisher who facilitates dissemination of information obtained by those who find “sitting on” facts which must absolutely become known by all people both unconscionable and willingly accepting of one’s own moral bankruptcy. If one could imagine life were truth, WikiLeaks represents the emergency room and intensive care unit anguished whistleblowers go to after coming to the painful realization they have no other options. Julian Assange’s millions of supporters around the Earth unanimously agree: “Julian’s only ‘crime’ is that of sharing the truth – and that is not a crime.” It is important to note that WikiLeaks’ entire archived, searchable mountain of published materials is 100% accurate – a phenomenal achievement in journalism, taking into account that means WikiLeaks’ over 10,000,000 (ten million!) documents.

Of the nations most responsible and closely associated with the unjust, over 6-years-long imprisoning of Julian Assange – United States, United Kingdom, Ecuador, Australia, – none have the nationwide societal conditions which warrant comparisons to formerly apartheid South Africa and present-day apartheid Israel. South Africa was practicing apartheid through extreme, violent racial discrimination and separation between majority blacks and minority whites, and Israel practices apartheid now through violent racial discrimination and suppression of human rights directed against Palestinians.

The uniquely related form of apartheid visible in the case of Julian Assange is extreme discrimination directed against him specifically and, by extension, all free speech advocates on Earth seriously intent on gaining and sharing vital truth.

The extraordinary situations, circumstances and facts differ between the three men when considering their respective experiences, yet those knowledgeable of Nelson Mandela, Mordechai Vanunu and Julian Assange’s life stories understand they belong with other equally courageous, respected men and women in a distinct grouping. Is it reasonable to suggest “Mandela, Vanunu, Assange …” – positioning the three men in the same sentence – represents a definite distinct continuum?

Here’s the simple, direct, 100% accurate answer …

Free Julian Assange.

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(Thank you to #Unity4J at YouTube)

 

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9 thoughts on “Julian Assange Remains Imprisoned.

    1. Sha’Tara,

      Thank you. How are you. One of these days we’ll start learning how to create videos like this one from people volunteering their time and talent at #Unity4J. Until then, anyone with videography, musical, artistic, communication skills, etc. (or just wish to get involved in supporting Julian Assange) are encouraged to sign up on the website shown at the end of the video.

      Peace.

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    1. Hello and thank you for sharing that article Ray.

      The words of Isaiah at the end, – “Yea, Truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no Judgment.” – reminded of a recent bombshell announcement by a former Qatari monarchy leader, who described/recalled supplying terrorist mercenaries for the purpose of overthrowing the Syrian government as (paraphrasing) “moving in on the weakened prey”.

      Isaiah back then, and the former “royal” power-wielder from Qatar today, perceive the concept of “prey” differently, apparently revealing of the grand choice people continuously face of choosing good or evil, and evoking mental images of the lion laying down with the lamb and swords being transformed into plowshares.

      We noticed no posts for 8 months at your blog, Ray. What’s up with that, brother? 🙂 We would appreciate if your efforts are concentrated on extensive commentary at websites around the internet, and explains the inactivity. It likely came as a disappointment to you as well to see Information Clearing House decide on temporarily ending comments.

      As time passes we discover new interesting bloggers, and because we keep the WordPress # of others’ blogs “followed” at strictly 50 (which we show using the “blogs followed” widget, while others disingenuously follow hundreds, perhaps thousands, to generate “clicks”), look at the activity or non-activity of each in determining which to maintain, and saw it had been 8 months. Please notify us if new posts become available.

      Feel free to describe any interesting online battles you’ve engaged in or under-reported developments… 🙂

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      1. Good Day, Jerry. I am spending more Time commenting on articles in The Washington Post, The Times of Israel, Truthdig and other online sites daily, and I post to my Public Face Book page,
        https://www.facebook.com/ray.j.cormier

        When I started my Blog in 2011, in the 11 months, there were over 14,000 Views, The next year, it went to 24,000 views.
        In 2013, the views dropped 2/3 to 7,700, and has dropped steadily since then to 2500 for last year.
        I also realized my articles are way too long to keep an attention span for the average reader in a 30 second sound byte Society to generate much discussion.

        I’m in the process of re-evaluating everything, and how to proceed from here?

        Both Trump and Putin said they discussed the Syrian WORLD WAR and the Golan Heights Israel wants as a buffer zone to keep Iranian forces away from Israel’s border. According to International Law, the Israeli annexation of the Golan is illegal. The residents of the Golan had no vote on the Israeli annexation and the MSM never highlight that like they constantly demonize Russia for annexing Crimea AFTER the People voted in a Referendum to rejoin Russia after a separation of 60 years.

        As to ‘Speaking ‘truth to Power’ the 1st Biblical story related to the concept is that of the Jewish Prophet Micaiah.

        He had gonads down to his ankles figuratively speaking, speaking to the kings of Israel and Judea holding a Summit Meeting to discuss going to War with Syria over the Golan Heights.
        And the king of Israel gathered the prophets, about four hundred men and said to them, “Shall I go on to Ramoth Gilead, to do battle, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Ascend, and the Lord will deliver [it] into the hands of the king.”

        And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no other prophet of the Lord here from whom we may inquire?”
        And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is one more man from whom to inquire the word of the Lord, but I hate him for he does not prophesy good about me, only bad; Micaiah the son of Imlah.” And Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not say so.”
        Now the messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah, spoke to him saying, “Behold, the words of the prophets are unanimously favorable to the king. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and you shall speak favorably.”
        In other words, go along with the majority and don’t rock the boat.

        Micaiah said to the other 400 Prophets and to Israeli king Ahab’s face,
        “I saw all the Israelites scattered over the mountains like sheep who have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master. Let them return each one to his house in peace.’ ”
        And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not say to you that he does not prophesy good concerning me, only bad?”

        Micaiah continued, “Therefore, listen to the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord seated on His throne, and all the host of heaven were standing by Him on His right and on His left.
        And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab so that he will go up and fall in Ramoth-Gilead?’ One said in this manner and another one said in that manner.
        And a certain spirit came forth and stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him,’ and the Lord said to him ‘How?’
        And he said, ‘I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’
        And He said, ‘You will entice and you will prevail. Go forth and do so.’
        And now, behold the Lord has placed a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, whereas the Lord spoke evil concerning you.”

        Naturally, one of the other Prophets gave Micaiah a shot to the head.

        The kings went to War with the majority and the king of Israel said, concerning Micaiah,”Place this one in prison, and feed him a scant amount of bread and a scant amount of water until I come back in peace. ”
        And Micaiah said: “If you will return in peace, the Lord did not speak to me.” And he said, “All the nations listen.”

        This one Day, one Scene in his Life is the only mention of Micaiah in the whole Bible. The king divested of his Royal robes and Chariot, entering the battle incognito and was killed that night.

        Looking to that part of the World Today, History is still repeating itself these 2900 years later, and the Nations are not listening.

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        1. Ray,

          Interesting tale of Micaiah. We assume “a shot to the head” means Micaiah was knocked unconscious and thrown into prison, yes? The “certain spirit” mentioned might be one which people should consider avoiding strenuously.

          What are you seeing and doing with regard to the Browder-Magnitsky scandal? How they’re keeping the lid on it is beyond me …

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          1. Jerry, ‘A shot to the head’ is the way I paraphrased the situation, but the actual wording from the Jewish Tanach (Old Testament) is, “And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah approached and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and he said, “Which [way] did the spirit of the Lord pass from me to speak with you?”

            That ‘certain spirit’ is active in this world in many places Today.

            As to the Browder-Magnitsky case, I read what you wrote on it and some other articles.
            Like the Jewish-Palestinian situation, slowly there is more awareness something is wrong with the story.

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    1. Hello Stuart,

      Many people practice a form of “solitary confinement” through meditation, but Assange’s situation has long passed the point of ridiculous. The one encouraging aspect considering the scandalous persecution of Assange is knowing he and his attorneys are having wise discussions, and the attorneys are likely recounting the sentiments and support being expressed around the world, particularly during the #Unity4J vigils led by Suzie Dawson and Elizabeth Vos. Thank you.

      Peace.

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