Rumours that Julian Assange is under arrest in Virginia
I became aware of these rumours last night from this video from George Webb.
Here the message is reinforced
This is a voice that I would trust before anyone from the “alt-right” - John Kiriakou
Elizabeth Vos puts things right
Assange Prosecution Will Focus On Chelsea Manning Era Releases, Not DNC Emails
25 November, 2014
It seems that the shades have finally been ripped off of the persecution of Julian Assange. Fallen by the wayside is the pretense used to justify his arbitrary detention: allegations of sexual misconduct, of Russian involvement, and of aiding Trump’s ascension to the Presidency.
Jonasson directly refutes what she referred to as the ‘wildly speculative’ suggestion of security journalist and FBI informant Marcy Wheeler, who claimed that the charges against the former WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief related to the Russiagate scandal.
As intimated by Jonasson, the existence of such charges against Assange is hardly a new revelation. In an article published with Common Dreams, Nozomi Hayase wrote: “On November 29, 2010, the US Attorney General publicly confirmed the existence of a secret grand jury investigation into disclosures of classified information made by WikiLeaks.”
As discussed in Suzie Dawson’s Being Julian Assange, edited by this writer, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks’s central role in raising support for Chelsea Manning has been virtually memory-holed by establishment media. While the legacy press is happy to interview Manning on her choice in lipstick color, it is loath to recall that it was Julian Assange who, in January 2017, promised his own extradition on the condition that Manning was to be given clemency. Four months later, thanks in part thanks to Assange’s promise, Chelsea Manning was freed.
The recent confirmation of the US’s intent to extradite and prosecute Assange also confirms what his supporters have stated for years: Assange is a political prisoner. His asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London has been transformed under the government of President Lenin Moreno into a torture chamber, that Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges recently characterized as a “little house of horrors.”
In the title of his piece, Hedges compares Assange’s treatment to the Crucifixion of Christ. Like Nozomi Hayase’s description of WikiLeaks acting as a shield for whistleblowers, Hedges’s allegorical comparison of Assange’s treatment with crucifixion gets at the heart of not only the journalist’s shocking suffering on behalf of others and evident selflessness, but also the degree to which the slow death of Assange is taking place in public, mocked by crowds of what should be his strongest protectors: fellow journalists.
In a discussion with fellow journalist and Editor-In-Chief of Consortium News Joe Lauria, it was alleged that Assange went multiple days without food after his lawyers were forbidden from visiting him. Chillingly, it appears that Assange has been barred from meeting with his legal counsel again over the weekend, preventing him from preparing for an upcoming US Court hearing:
As Hedges discussed with Lauria, and as intimated by Christine Assange in an audio clip played during the RT segment, it appears that the Ecuadorian government is essentially smoking Assange out of the embassy by making his protracted confinement there unlivable.
With the establishment backed into a corner, forced to prosecute Assange not only in a legal setting, but in the court of public opinion, for WikiLeaks’s earliest releases, we can expect to see an attempt to reignite smears portraying Assange and WikiLeaks as having recklessly published unredacted material during Cablegate. This claim was refuted during Chelsea Manning’s trial by General Robert Carr, head of the Pentagon Task Force investigating any potential harms from the publication, who stated, under oath, that they had been unable to find a single person who had been physically harmed by WikiLeaks’ war leaks and Cablegate. Most of the public remains, however, ill-informed on the rigorous process with which WikiLeaks both validates and carefully redacts its publications.
“A Guardian journalist has, in a previously undetected act of gross negligence or malice, and in violation of a signed security agreement with the Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger, disclosed top secret decryption passwords to the entire, unredacted, WikiLeaks Cablegate archive… We have already spoken to the (US) State Department and commenced pre-litigation action.”