STAND UP FOR AS­SANGE

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - James Roberts, ad­dress sup­plied

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.

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