How Concern Trolls Distract From the Message To Free Assange

I see it all the time. People spreading the truth about Assange only to have “concern” trolls distract by asking for proof of life, or calling a letter from Assange fake, or saying something to the effect of, “I am so worried about Assange, is he really alive?” Folks, these people may be legitimate supporters who unknowingly are distracting or they may simply do it on purpose. Regardless, ignore them. Don’t even comment. Many will simply take up your time and are a waste of your breath.

Christine Assange once said, “We need Wikileaks warriors, not worriers.” She said this with good reason. Worrying doesn’t free her son, action does. We can pray for him but Jesus himself called for action from his followers. “To get a job done, you must apply your abilities. “ This is a quote from an old friend, but it is a fact.

Worrying by itself ends up being complacency.

The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities. ~Benjamin Mays

Here is a tweet from his mother on concern trolls:

If you do respond, only respond with facts and then ignore. Concern trolls hurt the movement. We don’t have time to spend it educating the same people repeatedly. Here is how Christine recommends showing your support on social media.

How to tweet to raise public support for Julian Assange

1) Assume others have no prior accurate info on J

2) Make tweet the info message! (Many do not read

3) Use words ALL understand

4) Space words for easy reading

5) Leave reader with positive impression of J

(Note: Sorry my screenshot would not allow me to cover #5. )

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One thought on “How Concern Trolls Distract From the Message To Free Assange

  1. A good point. I would add, this is a good approach also to replying to the common or garden-variety troll who raises old smears and untruths about Julian Assange or Wikileaks. Best to answer them politely with facts. It gets boring and frustrating, because you have to make the same points over and over again, that have been answered years ago. But awareness of Julian Assange’s plight is slowly growing, and it is the uninformed people who are new to the case that we should be targeting, even when we respond to (what appear to be) paid trolls.


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