By: Michael D. Jacobsen
The right to freedom of the press is something that every American citizen holds dear. There is a reason that freedom of the press was enshrined as the First Amendment of the Constitution. Because without this, there is no way to maintain some sort of liberty from our government. While we could argue about just how accurate the press is, we will never argue that it does not have the right to inform the people about what their government is doing; that is, unless it makes the American government look bad, in which case many countries will unite to try and arrest a person who dares speak ill of what seems to be a global agenda.
Here we will look at the facts on the case against Julian Assange: he has been held as a virtual prisoner in an Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. He was charged in 2010 on charges of rape in Sweden. Julian Assange had denied these claims as fabricated. However, it was decided by the UK’s Supreme Court that he should be extradited to Sweden to face these charges. At this point, Mr. Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy to seek asylum. The charges were later dropped in 2017. Since then, there have been further charges leveled against him for breaching bail conditions in the UK.
He has been in the embassy for six years and nine months. In the meantime, the United States has been trying to charge Assange with a list of crimes. For a long time the only crime he was charges with was conspiring with Bradley Manning for trying to crack a passcode. Once in custody the United States created 17 more charges against Assange in order to justify his extradition. It also should be noted that the rape charges in Sweden which were dropped, were suddenly reopened.
And finally after all this time, the Ecuadorian embassy has decided to evict Julian Assange from their protection. Since then he has been held in prison, while the United States works hard to extradite him. Meanwhile, the condition of Assange continues to decline. I can only speculate on what is happening to him. However, it seems that his health is not a priority to those tasked with keeping him imprisoned.
His health is not even enough of a reason to let him out of prison, even though he is scheduled to be released on 9/22/19. Because this will be before any sort of hearing (which are not scheduled until February of next year), authorities are afraid he may choose to flee justice. In other words, if he dies in prison, that is just fine…as long as they have him in custody while he has not been convicted of anything.
Julian Assange took refuge in an Ecuadorian embassy for 2,487 days. He was evicted shortly after they received a 4.2 billion dollar loan from the IMF. While almost every media outlet chose to ignore this coincidence, I figured that it was worthy of being mentioned. Since then, he has been held by the United Kingdom in Belmarsh prison, where his health has been reported as deteriorating, and he is rapidly losing weight. His lawyer stated that he is too ill to testify in his extradition hearing to the United States. Very little is said about just how ill he has become under government custody.
This leads as to why the United States is trying to extradite Assange: so they can prosecute him for violations of the Espionage Act. This is rather disturbing, because his website Wikileaks is, at its core, a journalism site. However, the federal government has decided that it is alright to prosecute people for reporting news, rather than leaking information. This is clearly an attack on the journalists, rather than the people who leaked the information. Let’s add to this the people who have released information about their country committing crimes, in this case Bradley (later Chelsey) Manning.
Whistle blowers are supposed to be protected from payback of revealing the wrongdoings of others. Yet, because this is the government, this seems to not apply. We all know that the information that has been revealed by Manning showed reporters being murdered by U.S. forces, and lies about how many civilians were killed In Afghanistan and Iraq. While Manning was prosecuted for releasing classified information, one would wonder why a journalist would be prosecuted for publishing said information. The notion behind the charges are that of trying to hamper the war effort. This is a very troubling act, as it shows that journalists will be punished for publishing something seen as unfavorable towards the government. Freedom of the press is supposed to be sacred in our country. Yet, once again, the apathy of the citizens of our country seems to be wanting to turn another blind eye to yet another example of our government outrageously overstepping its bounds.
The desire to prosecute Julian Assange has nothing to do with what Wikileaks has published. What it does have to do with is that here we see an agency that is willing to stand up against globalist power. We, as Americans, should be outraged by what we have seen released by Assange and posted on Wikileaks. Instead we sit idly by, and hope for the best with Assange regarding this flagrant act by our own government. This has been an ongoing issue, regardless of who is the President of our country. The entire situation also shows that it has nothing to do with political affiliation, but everything to do with global agenda.
The same case can be made for Edward Snowden, who lives in exile because he revealed that the NSA was spying and collecting data on American citizens. Yet, for all the overreach of the department, he is the criminal for revealing exactly what they had been, and without a doubt still are, doing to whomever they please. To reveal this information, he has had to live 6 years in exile in order to protect himself. Whistleblowing should not be prosecuted; more so when we are talking about our government spying on its own citizens. Yet, once again, if you make the United States government look bad, you can expect them to do all they can to place you behind bars.
All of this points to a growing need to keep people who reveal the dark side of American government in silence. A government “by the people and for the people” should not have to resort to these sort of tactics, yet it is obvious that our government does. Allowing the masses to know if our government is violating its duty to the citizens is not a crime. Keeping the citizens ignorant of said crimes, however, is a crime. We all need to reclaim our duty as the last stand against a corrupt and tyrannical government, as our Founding Fathers had tried to plan for. Ignorance is not a virtue, and neither is cowardice. If we know something is wrong, then we need to do something about it.
And that, my friends, is the Uncensored Truth.
Thank you for reading.