STAND UP FOR ASSANGE
THE campaign to free journalist Julian Assange from his imprisonment in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy is being stepped up with a major demonstration planned for June 17 in the capital of his home country of Australia.
The Sydney demonstration coincides with the sixth anniversary of Assange’s confinement and has received the backing of his fellow award-winning Australian Journalist, John Pilger, amongst others.
Assange has been effectively put in solitary confinement since March this year when, following a change of Government in Ecuador, his access to telephone and computer was withdrawn, and he is now only allowed visitors from his legal representatives.
The new right-wing regime of Lenin Moreno is seeking favour with the Trump administration by shamelessly trying to force Assange out of his “political asylum” at the Embassy.
The founder of the groundbreaking Wikileaks investigative journalism website is regarded as an “enemy of the State” by the US because he has exposed its war crimes, and global conspiracies, all over the world. US soldier, Chelsea Manning, paid the price for her collaboration with Wikileaks in exposing US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan by being jailed for her whistle-blowing.
The aim of the US and the Moreno regime in Ecuador is to force Assange out of the Embassy by any means so he can be arrested by the British police and then extradited to the US, where he would face a kangaroo court, and life imprisonment or worse.
All honest journalists, and workers and youth all over the world, should support Julian Assange in his quest for liberty, and escape from his sinister oppressors.
He is a rarity in these days of a largely tame, and neutered, press and media: an honest journalist who follows the path of truth wherever it may lead, regardless of whose powerful toes he steps on.