Detained: the plight of Julian Assange

As I gaze out my window at the cold winter’s evening, I stop feeling sorry for myself being so cold when I think of the terrible situation Julian Assange finds himself in.  Just a man who wanted to see the world change by publishing documents proving corruption in the United States government, he has now been detained in the Ecuador Embassy in London for over 7 years without proper exercise, sunlight or fresh air.  Each day, most of us wake up, get ready for work and hurry out the door, taking for granted the fresh air and sunlight we get each day. Perhaps, we should stop a minute on our way and be grateful for what we have instead of griping about another long day at the endless grind.Met-Police-Ecuador-Embassy-London

Would Julian Assange have created Wikileaks if he knew what he knows now? Yes, I believe he would. I believe he is a crusader, a warrior of words, who will always stand up for the underdogs of the world, exposing corruption through truth.  Sometimes, a hero emerges from the crowd without even realizing he is about to become history.  Not that Julian’s human rights fight started with Wikileaks in 2006.  Julian has been crusading long before he even thought of the organization he created.  He published his first non-fiction book at 25 and once helped Australian police to shut down an online pedophile ring by using his excellent computer skills and the list goes on.

I cannot imagine what it must be like for him, day in and day out, in that room, longing to be free.  If he were guilty of anything, I would feel no sympathy but the fact is, he was set up that the United States government could extradite him. In fear of the extradition, Assange sought political refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy and so the long detainment began…14685887042109

I don’t think anyone can imagine the depression and loneliness that the isolation must cause, let alone the lack of sunlight and the health issues his confinement are causing.  My heart hurts and the tears fell as I read that once again, his legal attempts to be freed are thwarted by the UK government’s refusal to be humane and just.  How any human being can see his conditions and refuse to let him go is beyond my simple comprehension.  However, corruption runs deep in most governments today and when a country is in bed with the US it must be difficult to be fair and sympathetic.

Some have called for Assange to give up and come to the United States to be tried, but they do not understand the ramifications of this action.  The Feds would torture him for information and then see to it that he disappeared off the face of the earth, literally.  At this point, I cannot see the grand jury case being dropped or a pardon from Trump in his future and so those of us who long to see him free continue to fight.ap-julian-assange-jc-170519

How long can one man stand to be in isolation without it affecting who he is?  Doctors who have studied situations similar to his have said that it changes the personality of the individual permanently.  It causes depression, paranoia, and severe health issues. 7 years is a long time and I am sure, Assange is not the same man as when he walked through those doors in December of 2011.  Christmases have passed without seeing his children or family, birthdays have gone by and still, he sits in front of his computers sharing the truth with us as though he is not being held like a bird in a cage.

Standing watch outside are Britain’s finest (ahem), police officers standing guard in case Julian steps outside to arrest him on a bail warrant that he most certainly has served more than enough time for.  If he stepped outside now, would they arrest him or would he be shot? After all, The UK government has spent millions making sure he stays put.  What are the chances the British government themselves wouldn’t dispose of this truth teller?

The United States government wants to prosecute him on charges of espionage and theft of government property.  The fact is, however, that he simply published leaks just like the New York Times or the Washington Post.  The only difference is that the documents Wikileaks released were true and accurate and showed the war crimes being committed by the US military in Iraq.  In other words, it made them look bad so they feel the need to get vengeance.  Like a child, those in high government positions are holding a grudge.

So what can we as individuals do to help this hero obtain freedom and help his cause?  More than you might think.  Here is a short list of things I have done that you can do to.

  1. Educate people. Let people know of the injustice and inhumanity involved in his case.
  2. Use social media.  Retweet articles. Send false news to the Wikileaks Task Force.  Retweet memes.
  3. Write letters to heads of state in your country and others.  Write letters to the governing bodies.  Email them and also use snail mail. The more letters written the greater the impact.
  4. Donate to his legal defense fund at I am Wikileaks official donation page even 5 dollars will help or whatever currency you have.
  5. Thank Assange and let him know you are supporting his fight for freedom.  Everyone needs to know that someone cares.

The whole situation has become a terrible atrocity.  One man made a difference and now he is paying the ultimate price.  Stand up and fight and free Assange!8f085bcd676dd08204e847d8031e4a27--keep-fighting-inspiring-quotes


Donna J. Camling Obituary


Donna Jo Ptacek


17522685_1627741500586723_6590968486604597195_nDonna J Ptacek, 66, passed away at her home in Conrath, WI on January 20, 2018. Donna was born on April 26, 1951 to William and Imogene (Parker) Kincade in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. She moved and attended school in Rockford,IL. Donna had two children Terry A. Camling and Kerrie A.(Camling) Dixon. She moved to Conrath later in life. She was a beautician for many years but spent most of her life dedicated to her two children, her 3 grandchildren and her great grandson.

Donna also was very creative and loved to paint ceramics and did stained glass for many years. She loved the outdoors, gardening, raising her animals and had several dogs during her life. She was a loving, sweet lady and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her son and daughter and 3 grand children, Zakkary Camling, Katelyn Camling, Dylan Camling and her great grandson Liam.

Open Letter to President Trump on Ecuador Declaring Julian Assange’s Diplomatic Status

Dear Mr. President:

Sir, in recent days, Ecuador declared Julian Assange diplomatic status in Britain only to have the UK reject his status. This is unprecedented and in fact, against international law. By supporting his status as a diplomat Mr. President you would be gaining support from many outside supporters around the world as well as many Wikileaks supporters here in the United States.  This would benefit you in many ways.  You would not have to go through a lengthy pardoning process and would gain even more support from those of us who want to see Assange freed after his 5.5-year political asylum inside a room the size of a small office. This would also appear to the general public as you supporting international law.

Julian Assange has been detained by the United Kingdom for over 7 years on allegations by Sweden that were dropped last May after Sweden meeting with Assange.  The only thing keeping him there is the possible extradition to the US to face charges which are bogus in nature and were made up under the Obama administration.  Julian Assange and Wikileaks are simply media that published documents given to them just like Washington Post journalists Woodward and Epstein during the Watergate scandal.  Just as the New York Times has purportedly released leaks given to them, so Wikileaks has done the same.  The difference is that Wikileaks has never had to retract a story in its 11 years existence as being false.

Last year, Wikileaks and Julian Assange released emails from the DNC and John Podesta that exposed the corruption of Clinton and her colleagues during the primaries and beyond.  The emails showed media collusion with the Clinton campaign and many of the Clinton Foundation crimes against humanity. This in fact, helped get you elected sir and Wikileaks deserves our appreciation and thanks for saving us from the destruction of a Clinton Presidency and enabled you to MAGA.

Please sir, a pardon would be in order but by supporting his diplomatic status it would allow Julian Assange safe passage to his political asylum in Ecuador where he is now a citizen.  After his detainment, it has affected Julian’s health and well being as seen in this article Possible ramifications of Julian’s detainment

As a United States journalist and citizen, I implore you to support his diplomatic status as a world leader and a compassionate, outstanding human being.

Thank you

A Concerned Citizen


Whistleblowers, Hacktivists and Leakers: Is there a difference?

When you hear these words, what does it make you think of? Many people believe that all 3 are criminals or that a hacktivist is a felon.  But wait.  If any of the 3 do what they do for to expose a wrongdoing in a government and show the people the documents that prove the act happened, should that be a crime?

The 3 names that come to mind are Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Lauri Love. Chelsea was in the military when he leaked his documents to Wikileaks. He was convicted of being a traitor but later set free for releasing classified documents which disclosed war crimes by the US.  Edward Snowden is a whistleblower who showed us all how the government is spying on us and violating our 4th amendment rights to privacy.  Lauri Love is a hacktivist who will be going on trial for also gaining data by hacking into a US database.  All 3 are considered criminals in the US.

Is disclosing a scandal really a crime?  What about Julian Assange and Wikileaks who simply published information given to them that also exposed corruption at the highest level of government?  Julian Assange would face 45 years in prison if extradited to the United States.

Ask yourself this.  If whistleblowers, hacktivists, and leakers did not exist, would governments be held accountable for the misconduct they hide behind closed doors?  Are laws too strict on these individuals?

Yes, in the United States the laws are incredibly strict.  No other democracy in the world has stricter laws.  Punishment for individuals who commit an act of exposure often faces the rest of their life in prison and outrageous fees.  In fact, most face more time than a rapist, murderer or pedophile.  Why should they get more time than acts of violence?

Simply put, the treatment of the above is unfair and oftentimes way overboard.  It is time that government officials stop persecuting these people and reward them for doing the right thing.  After all, when we turn our heads to wrong, we are just as guilty.