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ASSANGE’S CASE: A CRUCIAL TEST FOR PRESS FREEDOM & INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE

In a powerful and revealing discourse explaining the importance of the Julian Assange trial to the right to freedom of the press and justice, Matt Kennard, head of investigations at Declassified UK, reminds us of the unprecedented impact Assange’s Wikileaks had on humanity and our understanding of the crimes committed by our governments in our name, behind our backs and the lies they told us.

I encourage you to watch this insightful and timely story as Assange awaits a UK court’s decision on whether he should be extradited to the USA for sharing and showing us THE TRUTH.

The irony is unbelievable.

“”If we all learn from Assange and actually hold powerful corporations, powerful states to account and reveal their criminality, we might live in a democracy where we know what those who act in our name are really doing, because at the moment we have a secret state with secret agencies doing things all over the world that no one knows about, and that is how they like it. They don’t want us to know what they’re doing,”” Kennard states.

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English Script:
Matt Kennard: The most powerful country in the world is exerting the right to pluck any foreign citizen, put them in a supermax prison for the rest of their life merely for publishing information that government doesn’t like. That should terrify everyone. For me, and I think many journalists, this is the most important press freedom case in modern history. The legal process in the Assange case has been corrupted from the start. Assange’s privileged conversations with his lawyers was spied on by the intelligence agency behind this prosecution, the CIA. They had enlisted U.S. Global, which was running security for the Ecuadorian embassy in London to spy on Assange and set up cameras and to have a live feed coming from the Ecuadorian embassy. The chief magistrate in the case, Lady Arbuthnot, her husband is a Tory Lord and ex defense minister. Lady Arbuthnot has personally received financial benefits from partner organizations of the Foreign Office, which in 2018 called Assange a miserable little worm.

“It’s about time that this miserable little worm walked out of the embassy and gave himself up to British justice”.

Her son is vice president of an investment house, which is heavily invested in a cyber security company set up by MI5 and GCHQ HQ to stop data leaks. The Home Secretary that sets aside the initial US extradition request. Sajid Javid, had attended six secretive conferences with CIA, NSA officials organized by a group who has published calls for Assange to be assassinated or taken down. We also revealed the Assange is one of only two people held in Belmarsh. Maximum security prison for violating his bail conditions. Over 25% of the inmates are held for murder and over two thirds held for violent offenses. So it’s completely irregular that Assange is even being held in that facility. The mainstream media’s response to the Assange case has been pitiful. We at “declassified” have published eight investigations now highlighting irregularities, conflicts of interest and all sorts of worrying developments in this case. No one is being picked up by the mainstream media. Most mainstream journalists do not see their role as challenging power.

They’re an accessory to power. Particularly egregious has been the Guardian. They benefited hugely from the early WikiLeaks releases and from Assange’s personal bravery. The Guardian, in fact, covered the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial more than it covered the Julian Assange trial. That is just a symptom of a wider malaise amongst the mainstream media who do not seem to understand that this is a threat to them. For them, Assange is someone different. He’s a hacker. He’s a computer scientist. He’s not a journalist. When in fact, of course, he is a journalist. He revealed more war crimes and more criminal action by the most powerful country in the world than any journalist has ever done in history. There’s no reason this stops with Assange. Assange is being prosecuted mainly under the Espionage Act, for things that National Security reporters do every day, talk to sources and get leaks which expose wrongdoing by powerful states. This case criminalizes that he would be the only journalist or publisher in the Colorado Supermax where he would go.

“It’s closed off to the rest of the world. Inside, the most dangerous inmates are sealed off. We designed the cells so the inmates can’t see the sky intentionally.”

He would spend 23 hours of his day in what is being called a concrete coffin. He would be allowed out one hour a day shackled and would have no human contact at all. Effectively solitary confinement. What Julian Assange did was actually live up to the ideals that journalism should be about. It’s about revealing the criminality of the people who act in our name. And he did it repeatedly and on a scale which had never been done before. There’s been ten years of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world, in alliance with the media, destroying this man’s reputation, destroying every part of his personality. And it’s worked. He’s an unpopular figure. But the point is, people need to delve under all the propaganda which is entrenched in our system and entrenched in the media and think about what he’s done.

He exposed war crimes. If we all learn from Assange and actually hold powerful corporations, powerful states to account and reveal their criminality, we might live in a democracy where we know what those who act in our name are really doing, because at the moment we have a secret state with secret agencies doing things all over the world that no one knows about, and that is how they like it. They don’t want us to know what they’re doing. “They had to go those dead bastards”. Someone like Assange upsets that whole system. But we should take his inspiration and expose them to the sunlight which they hate, but which is vital for a real democracy. For me, the great hope in the UK is the growing alternative media scene. The mainstream media is dying and we shouldn’t lament its death. We should look to support new media like double down use like declassified, which are actually exposing the powerful and revealing stories and narratives which you can’t get in the mainstream. Join the future of journalism. Join Double Down News on Patreon.

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