Julian Assange’s mother reported yesterday
that the WikiLeaks founder has not been permitted any visitors during his detention in Belmarsh Prison, including from
doctors and his lawyers. Doctors who visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy have attested
that he urgently needs medical care. Belmarsh is a maximum security prison sometimes referred to as “the UK’s Guantanamo Bay
And yet we’re asked to believe that this has something to do with an alleged bail violation and a US extradition request
for alleged computer crimes carrying a maximum sentence of five years. If you zoom out and listen to the less-informed
chatter of the overt propagandists and the brainwashed rank-and-file western mass media consumers, you will also see
that people believe this has something to do with Russia and rape allegations as well.
Actually, none of these things are true. Assange is being imprisoned under draconian conditions for journalism, and for journalism only
. The Obama administration declined to prosecute him
after WikiLeaks’ publication of the Manning leaks out of concern that doing so would endanger press freedoms, and the
Obama administration didn’t have any more evidence
at its disposal than the Trump administration has now. The “crime” Assange is accused of consists of nothing other than standard journalistic practices
that investigative journalists engage in all the time
, including source protection and encouraging the source to obtain more material. The only thing that has changed is an
increased willingness in the White House to prosecute journalists for practicing journalism, and there are an abundance
to believe that he will be hit with far more serious charges
once extradited to US soil. They’re not going to all this trouble for a bail violation and a five-year maximum
But if you zoom out even further, in the grand scheme of things this barely even has anything to do with Assange. Sure,
he has of course been a thorn in the side of those who operate the transnational western power alliance, and given the
choice they would of course prefer him to be locked up or dead than free and alive. But that’s not what the corrupt
influencers who are strangling our world are shooting for here. They are making a grab for something much, much bigger.
Assange just happens to be a stepping stone along the way.
As we’ve discussed previously
, the prosecution of Assange is really designed to set a legal precedent which will enable the US government to imprison
journalists for trying to hold it to account using journalism. The reason you are seeing the phrase “Assange is not a
journalist” bleated constantly by empire lackeys all around the world today is because they need a counter-narrative for
the indisputable fact that this precedent poses a threat to journalists around the world, the argument being that since
Assange isn’t a journalist (pure bullshit
by the way), this isn’t setting a precedent for journalists. As though their personal definition of what a “real
journalist” is will be the one used by the US government when determining whether or not to prosecute other people for
doing things similar to what Assange did, instead of whatever definition happens to suit US government agendas in that
But in order to get the really, really big picture perspective of what these bastards are going for, we need to zoom out
even further than that.
In the sci-fi novel Ender’s Game, the young protagonist applies a vicious beating to one of his bullies, killing him. When asked why he did this by his
handlers, the boy, who has been bred and raised to become a strategic savant, explains that he did it not out of malice
toward the bully, nor only to win the fight, but to win all future fights as well. If the kids at school see what
savagery he’s capable of and know he’s not to be trifled with, he won’t ever have to fight them.
If this sounds a bit sociopathic to you, that’s because it is. And, with the notable difference of the bully and victim
roles being reversed, this is exactly the principle we are seeing exercised with Assange.
The entire world is watching what is being done to Assange currently. No matter how propagandized you are, no matter how
much you hate the man personally, you’re watching that happen and learning a lesson from it. And that lesson is, never
do anything remotely like what that guy did, or you’ll meet the same fate. This is the real goal of Assange’s
persecution, and it doesn’t impact merely one Australian publisher in a UK jail cell, nor even merely the investigative
journalists around the world who are interested in practicing the lost art of holding power to account using journalism,
but everyone in the world who consumes news media.
And it works. I know it works because it works on me. I’ll say right here and now, if you’ve got information that
incriminates the most powerful people in the world, keep it the hell away from me. Give it to someone else, literally
anyone else, because I myself am far too cowardly and have far too much to lose by getting involved in anything that
could lead to me rotting in some overseas prison cell. I’ve got kids. I’m in love. I cannot and will not go down that
path. And if this is true for me I know for certain that it’s true for countless others as well. They’ve brutalized
whistleblowers to the point that it’s surely had a severe chilling effect on those who would otherwise become key leak
sources, and now they’re brutalizing the journalists who publish those leaks as well. The odds of someone willing to
blow the whistle on real power meeting a journalist who is willing to help them are rapidly diminishing to zero.
They’re trying to win this fight against Assange in brutal fashion to ensure that they win all future fights as well.
Which is why it’s absolutely stupid that this conversation so often gets fixated on Assange the man, whether it’s smears
The other day I published a massive mega-article
attacking the major smears about Assange I’ve encountered. There are 27 of them in total so far, and I’ll be adding
more soon. This mountain of smears exists because instead of paying attention to the world-shaping dangers I just
outlined which threaten to make it impossible to oppose the leaders of the US-centralized empire who are marching us
towards either extinction or dystopia
, people are babbling about Assange’s personality, or whether or not he cleaned up after his cat while at the embassy.
The flip side of this is people who fixate on Assange as a hero, which can of course help draw attention to his plight
and therefore be of some benefit, but ultimately that’s also missing the forest for the trees. This is so very, very
much bigger than Assange, and we need to oppose it for reasons that are far, far more significant than the individual
characteristics of one man who, depending on what we’ve heard, we may or may not believe is a nice person.
Never lose sight of this: the intimidation of whistleblowers and leak publishers threatens to stop truth from informing
the behaviors of our entire species, leaving only the whims of the most powerful to decide our fate. The most powerful
people are those most dedicated to pursuing power, those sociopathic enough to step on anyone’s head and do whatever it
takes to secure as much control as possible over as many humans as possible. That’s who we’re handing the steering wheel
of our world to if we allow truth to be intimidated into silence.
And never lose sight of this, either: with the imprisonment and prosecution of Julian Assange, these same sociopathic
oppressors have exposed themselves. They have ripped off the friendly Big Brother mask and exposed the dark infernal
entities which squirm and hiss underneath. This sudden interest in the legal technicalities of bail protocol and
journalistic source protection protocol happen to look exactly the same as prosecuting a journalist for publishing facts
because that is exactly what is happening. Don’t ever let anyone gaslight you into believing otherwise, and don’t you
dare miss this rare opportunity to point out to your fellow humans how our oppressors have revealed their true nature.
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