Do you remember the television show “I Dream of Jeanie”? Remember her tiny little room in the lamp her master found her in? He’d call for her and she’d appear and sometimes even got out of his house. Compared to Julian Assange, she had it made. He is stuck in his little room and can never leave other than to meet a visitor in another little room or go to his bed in a converted women’s bathroom. The isolation and loneliness must be overwhelming at times.
Now imagine being stuck in that room for 8 months and not allowed internet access, phone calls or visitors. He’s endured that and even though his rights have been partially restored, he’s still being detained arbitrarily. If he leaves these confines, he looks at extradition to the U.S. where he faces life behind bars, in solitary confinement, if not the death penalty. If he is convicted of espionage, he may not even be allowed visitors or to see his lawyers.
Visitors find Assange still in good spirits, however. He’s ready to fight as always. After 8 years of isolation and 8 months of pure torture, most people would have easily given up. Not Assange. His courage and integrity stand up against 3 governments who want to destroy him.
As a publisher and journalist, this man has endured much more than any other in the history of the United States itself. He has stood heroicly against world government’s corruption and injustice, exposing what is wrong. So why is the United States and the United Kingdom trying so desperately to silence him? Because they themselves have become criminal and crooked. They hide their crimes from the public and when exposed prosecute the whistleblowers who bring to light their fraudulent transgressions.
Mainstream Media should have long ago broadcast this disgusting atrocity against human rights and free speech but being organizations that propaganda tools this would be against the corporations who own them. In fact, there have been more smears published about Assange than anything else.
Many have never even heard of Julian Assange and the fact he has been confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for 6 1/2 years without sunlight, fresh air or proper medical care against two UN rulings. They have no idea that the government who promised to protect him tortured him for 8 months through solitary confinement. Even prisoners get an hour outside a day, yet Assange has been allowed on the balcony only 6 times for a few minutes in the last 6 years. This is a tragedy and a disgusting display of government overreach amongst other things.
The permanent damage done to this man can never be repaired or repaid. The damage done by his stint in solitary confinement alone is irreversible. (See my article on the effects of solitary confinement seen here.) Yet, Julian Assange still stands tall. An innocent man who simply published the truth against governments who seek to destroy him in order to make what he has exposed a crime.
How will this all end? We can only fight to see a good outcome. In fact, we must fight that this man does not deteriorate before our eyes. As human beings, we must end this breach of human rights and save this man for truth and justice and for good conscience sake.
Please write your elected officials or call them and demand they stand up for this man and free him. If not for a fellow human being, for future generations free speech and free press.