Julian Assange turns 48 today. For most it would be a happy birthday but for the truthteller it is just another day of being incarcerated. There will be no cake or gifts for this hero. No party or celebration. Not even greeting cards because Belmarsh doesn’t allow them.Just the usual day, 23 hours in his cell and an hour out of it.
Assange has been illegally detained for 9 years despite 2 U.N. rulings calling for his freedom and countless human rights organizations supporting him. Numerous people advocate for his freedom. There are protests worldwide and yet the U.K. and U.S. governments refuse to listen. We need a mass movement to free him before his health deteriorates any further. Doctors have already stated some of his conditions are irreversible.
He is looking at 175 years in prison if extradited to the United States where he will be tried by the infamous espionage judge who has never found a person “Not guilty.” In all likelihood, he faces more violations of his human rights. The U.N. special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has stated he has all the signs of prolonged psychological torture. He was even put on Belmarsh’s hospital ward for 3 weeks, yet the U.K. continues it’s persecution of this innocent journalist.
I will wish Assange a happy birthday, but the best gift we can give him is to continue to write and call our elected officials, protest, and educate the public. Please consider donating to his defense fund at