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From Press Freedom To Prison Systems, Everything Assange Touches Gets Illuminated

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The US appeal of a British court ruling on the Assange extradition case has concluded, and the judges will probably not have a decision ready until at least January—a full year after the extradition was denied by a lower court. Assange, despite being convicted of no crime, will have remained in Belmarsh Prison the entire time.

During that time the judges will be weighing arguments they’d heard about the cruel nature of the US prison system, which formed a major part of the reasoning behind Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s rejection of the US extradition request. They’ll be considering the draconian policy of Special Administrative Measures, whose victims are cut off from human contact and from the outside world. They’ll be considering the brutality of the supermax ADX facility in Florence, Colorado whose inmates are kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, and where Assange could easily wind up imprisoned despite the prosecution’s flimsy assurances.

Assange probably never set out on this journey with the goal of calling attention to the abuses of the US prison system as his foremost priority, but, as is so often the case with anything his journey touches, those abuses keep getting pulled into the light of public awareness anyway. His case is now no longer just about press freedom, US war crimes, corrupt governments collaborating to stomp out inconvenient truth tellers, and the malfeasance of US alphabet agencies, but about the abusive nature of the US prison system as well.

And this is a big part of what I find so endlessly captivating about the life of this extraordinary individual. No matter what he’s doing, no matter where he is, no matter how beaten down and silenced and immobilized they may appear to have him, his life keeps exposing things. Keeps bringing things into the light.

It’s been a constant throughout his life as near as I can tell, from when he was a young man using his technical prowess to help Australian police bring down distributors of online child pornography in the mid-nineties. This curious impulse to bring what is hidden in the dark out into the light where it can be seen is what gave birth to WikiLeaks and all the major revelations about the criminality and corruption of the powerful which resulted from its publications.

And as paradigm-shattering as those many bombshell revelations were, they were arguably small potatoes compared to the criminality Assange exposed by simply standing his ground until the most powerful institutions in the world conspired to drag him from the Ecuadorian embassy and lock him in Belmarsh Prison for telling the truth.

Assange created an innovative publishing platform which allowed whistleblowers to upload files anonymously on the premise that corrupt power needs to be able to communicate secretly in order to operate efficiently. Corrupt power responded by silencing, immobilizing, isolating, imprisoning and torturing him. In so doing, corrupt power exposed itself and its true nature far more than any WikiLeaks drop ever could.

Since Assange’s imprisonment there’s been a jaw-dropping deluge of revelations about the malfeasance of the power structures which rule over us which could not have been exposed to such an extent in any other way.

It was revealed that the US power alliance will openly jail journalists for telling the truth with as much brazenness and despotism as any other tyrannical regime, giving US-targeted nations the ability to rightly call out the hypocrisy of Washington’s concern trolling about human rights.

It was revealed that because he inconvenienced the most powerful government in the world, Assange has been subjected to abuses which amount to psychological torture according to a UN special rapporteur on torture.

It was revealed that the CIA plotted to kidnap and assassinate Assange, an earth-shaking discovery we wouldn’t have been able to confirm for decades under normal circumstances, but due to a miraculous combination of partisan feuding and their frantic compulsion to silence him it was confirmed just a few short years after the fact.

It was revealed that CIA proxies spied on Assange and his lawyers at the Ecuadorian embassy and conspired to collect the DNA of his child from a soiled diaper.

It was revealed that the US prosecution relied on false testimony from a diagnosed sociopath and convicted child molester who collaborated with the FBI.

It was revealed that the western news media are so propagandistic and morally bankrupt that they will viciously smear a dissident journalist for years to manufacture consent for his arrest and imprisonment, and then act completely guiltless when the most powerful government on earth works to extradite him into its dungeons.

And now we’re seeing the same US government which has been plotting this man’s destruction and even death for many years humiliating itself by hilariously trying to argue that he would be safe under their care, just so they can get their claws into him. Like Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events taking on whatever disguise might allow him to nab the Baudelaire orphans.

The more they come after him, the more damage they do to themselves. It’s like Assange is standing in a beam of sunlight surrounded by vampires, and every time they reach in to grab him they wind up disintegrating their own limbs.

Their old tactics never seem to have the intended effect. The harder they struggle to keep him from being able to expose their crimes, the more of their own criminality they reveal.

It always reminds me of the lyrics to that Johnny Cash song: “Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand, workin’ in the dark against your fellow man/ But as sure as God made black and white, what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.”

And the struggles of our world today really do seem to come down to a battle between light and darkness. I say this not in any kind of mystical or metaphysical sense, but in the sense that there are on all levels forces which wish to bring the unseen out of hiddenness and forces which have a vested interest in keeping things hidden.

On the global level there are vast power structures which have a vested interest in keeping their misdeeds out of public attention and making sure we all remain confused and misinformed about what’s really going on in the world. On a sociological level there are individuals who have a vested interest in keeping their personal actions out of the light and preventing anyone from clearly seeing what they’re really up to. On an internal level we’ve all got subconscious forces at play within ourselves whose existence depends on avoiding the light of conscious perception.

And on every level there’s a struggle to bring those things into the light. On a global level there are forces working to expose the corruption and tyranny of ruling power structures. On a sociological level there are forces working to expose liars, manipulators, abusers, crooks and psychopaths. On an internal level there are always forces working to bring the endarkened aspects of ourselves into consciousness.

It’s a struggle that’s happening on every level of our species, and Julian Assange seems to be one of the very brightest points in that struggle.

It appears to be a very reliable principle of the human condition that if you firmly and sincerely resolve deep within yourself to desire truth above all else and to seek it at all cost, it causes everything your life touches to move into the light: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Hidden psychological tendencies become seen, understood and resolved. Abusive family dynamics, manipulative behavior patterns and everything untruthful around you and in you all starts to move into the spotlight. Some relationships end, others deepen. It upends your world while grounding you in something far more meaningful than the sources in which you’d formerly sought stability.

This movement into truth can be devastating, humbling, humiliating or downright terrifying, and sometimes all of them at once, because it’s a relinquishing of control and a surrendering to whatever’s true, no matter what that turns out to be, no matter how insecure or embarrassed or inadequate it might make you feel at first. But looking back there’s an immediate understanding that you wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I don’t know Julian Assange personally, but I suspect he may have signed an internal contract like this at some point in his life. The desire for truth, come what may, whatever the cost, whatever the consequences. Whether he did or did not, that has been the result of the luminescent path his journey has blazed through humanity during his time on this planet. And the world is a much better place for it.


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  • (Oops! This was meant to be a new thread. See if I can get this right.)


    As per popular demand, I have submitted a revised version of my post on Assange. I do want it to be accessible to left brained people. Thanks all for the constructive criticism.

    Even for the non constructive criticism. Much of it was amusing.


    Some have asked why I am promoting this on Cait’s blog. As near as I can understand, they think I should use my own blog, and I am making Cait’s blog my blog.

    Much of the advice put out about building an audience fr a new blog is to refer to it on more established blog’s comments box; sort of like cross pollination. It’s Cait’s blog; if she doesn’t mind, I don’t.

    By the way, the comments section on my own blog is open. However, unlike Cait, I zap nutsers pretty quick.

  • The silence of corporate(MSM) media is deafening. Assange somehow manages to survive the most inhuman emotional “braking wheel” torture imaginable. He doesn’t rat his sources as The Intercept has, repeatedly. Whistleblowers are the true heroes and they usually are destroyed in the process regardless of what the worthless politicians say. May his strength prevail throughout this inhuman ordeal. Peace

  • You are damned right Sister, and so is He.

  • A fair minded judge would release Assange. I think this case comes down to whether the judges will operate in a corrupt political way or in a legal way. At least one of the judges seems corrupt.

    The U.S. military murdered some Al Jazeera journalists during the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these journalists were sent to Gitmo.

    • There’s a lot of pressure from the US (and plenty from the UK) to punish Assange. That’s why he’s been in jail for years while the legal process slowly goes on- punishment without a conviction, and no appeals to worry about.

    • The Lead Judge sounds like a Real Conservative. That’s bad for Julian.

  • Wizards, frequently, are bearers of light.

  • Get the covid vaccinations everybody, the fascists will hate you for it but you will be saving the workers who feed you!

    • Mandates, coercion, blackmail, bribery, threats, name calling, police violence, belittling, mocking, endless propaganda and scaremongering.
      No John, Fascists wear suits, white coats and uniforms. They always have.
      Your ignorance is surpassed only by your gullibility.

      • I don’t think he’s gullible. His obsessive trolling in pushing the vaxx with his irrelevant anti-fascist stance makes me think he’s a paid lobotomized Big Pharma propagandist.

      • It’s true, the people who hate BLM also hate covid vaccination programs. In Italy they’ve been using antivax marches to attack organized labor. You are on the same side on this, and you need to own it.

        • You’re so full of shit! Black people are on top of the list for vaccine hesitancy. And in Italy, where was that exactly and when? Chances are nowhere at no time. Big Pharma, get out of this body! :o)

          • October 9, 2021, Rome Italy, the fascist Forza Nuova was marching against the vaccination program when they suddenly found enough time to trash a leftist union hall. Check it out if you’re not too busy beating up flight attendants for doing their job.

            • ASSANGE SYNDROME 2.0

              As per popular demand, I have submitted a revised version of my post on Assange. I do want it to be accessible to left brained people. Thanks all for the constructive criticism.

              Even for the non constructive criticism. Much of it was amusing.


              Some have asked why I am promoting this on Cait’s blog. As near as I can understand, they think I should use my own blog, and I am making Cait’s blog my blog.

              Much of the advice put out about building an audience for a new blog is to refer to it on more a established blog’s comments box; sort of like cross pollination. It’s Cait’s blog; if she doesn’t mind, I don’t.

              By the way, the comments section on my own blog is open. However, unlike Cait, I zap nutsers pretty quick.

              Happy Halloween, all.

          • You got awful quiet when presented with facts. I’m not surprised.

  • Brilliant writing as always. Your writing seems to nearly always shine a very powerful light right into the deepest recesses of humanities HORRIFIC FAILINGS. In my own humble opinion it seems to me that over time the masses have been cleverly disenfranchised of any say at all, in any area that is of any ACTUAL IMPORTANCE in our so called civilisation. So called Democracy is now DEMOCRAZY, the new normal is ABNORMAL.

  • A criminal syndicate is in control here. What the fuck can anyone do? It’s 1984, only a thousand times more horrific than Orwell could imagine.

  • When one rocks the boat, it’s not the fat guys with the guns that fall out, it’s the little people doing the rocking.

  • Well now. I have finished my new blog post on the Assange syndrome, and one of the first places I should post it is on Cait’s comment box. Just because she has written such an example of what I am talking about. It is really sad.

    Assange illuminates nothing. He tells us nothing that was not already known. The forces of oligarchy couldn’t care less if you expose them, if no one is going to do anything about them.

    All that does is to flag their enemies for them. But I think many of you are figuring that out. You notice that twitter is mapping out all the followers of the pro Assange accounts hashtags.

    You were surprised by this?


    • I think you’ve missed the point here, Tim. I’ve just read your blog post and it is all over the place, a bit muddled.
      Caitlin’s article is more about the principle than the person. Forget your analysis of Assange’s character, and concentrate on the effect he has. That is what matters now, to him, to all journalist and to the world at large.
      Just look at what he has helped reveal about the US and its cronies.

      • Somebody thinks my Assange piece is all over the place and muddled. Sometimes the stuff I write needs pruned down, some things shifted around. I work on that. So I read it over.

        No, everything goes to the main points. Everything flows. This one is pretty good.

        I often find that people who find my stuff to be muddled just cannot read something that is laid out in a holistic or ‘stream of thought’ way, because they are excessively ‘left brained’. Especially, when I put out a stream of ideas they have not heard or do not like, and challenge them to ‘try them on’.

        Your further comments show that you have completely missed the point and sub points I was making. Perhaps that is my fault; I usually expect the reader to make his/her own connections and conclusions.

        The main thread is, very simply, that people are building Assange up in their minds to be something he is not. Secondarily; the effects he has had have been wholly negative; he is a distraction from what people really need to focus on and to do. Also secondarily; people’s dysfunction on this subject derives from some bad ideas regarding ‘truth’ and ‘freedom’ which are deeply rooted in western culture.

        Go back and give it another try.

        • Tim

          So is this comment your blog, or is your blog your blog?

          Are you shilling for your blog here, or is your blog here?

          Your dilemma is that of all parasites.

    • Tim Rourke, on your insistance, I wasted five minutes reading your piece and here’s the verdict: you don’t KNOW anything. All you say is speculations (“if”, “maybe”, “perhaps”, “it seems”…) that don’t even make it to barfly chatter level. In your piece yesterday, you didn’t even seem to know that the CIA had indeed heard of the Russian plan to take Assange to Russia and planned to ram his car and kill him in a shootout with the Russians. Your “definitive” intellectual production reminds me of the quip: “Of all the people who’ve got nothing to say, the nicest ones are those who shut the fuck up.” And they’re even nicer if they have the decency to respect the sufferings of a courageous man instead of using the opportunity to try and shed light on their own miserable egos.

  • Just exactly WHAT do people do after they’re all woke up — pick up a gun; guillotine some VIPs; march hand in hand down Penn. Ave. forever and demand, demand, demand that the Elite behave better, or else?
    Here’s what you are eventually going to HAVE TO DO because
    there. is. no. other. way.
    If you do not want More Of The Same that you’ve gotten after every election in the past, do not vote for another R or D, ever, no matter what an R or D promises! Jimmy Dore explains EXACTLY why.

  • First, they came for the Conspiracy Theorists, and not enough realized the long-term goals of the (star chambered) conspirators. Next, they came for ….

  • To be fair. Proving what one person can do, Mr Assange could be dismayed by the cowardice of those who imagine typing, house arrest and child sacrifice are the path to a better world.

  • Truer words have never been spoken! Even though it seems a bit unfair not to give Mike Pompeo the full credit he deserves for this abomination. He’s been the miserable lynchpin of this whole shit show – while Assange’s case had ended up on the back burner -, bribing a Spanish surveillance team to spy on him at the Ecuadorian embassy while plotting to kill him, bribing the new Ecuadorian president into betraying him in exchange for an international loan and then weighing in on the Brits with an iron fist. Of course nobody would dream of finding anything likeable about Pompeo, let alone inspiring, but the chutzpah is takes to try and get Assange expelled from Britain at the very moment the US refuses to extradite the wife of an American spook who killed a British kid while driving on the wrong side of the road and then quietly flew home is jaw-dropping! And then the very guy who made history by boasting “we lied, we cheated, we stole” on video puts on his sheep’s clothing and swears with his hand on his heart that truther Assange will be safe with him at all times and is at absolutely no risk of being epsteined in his prison system! Can’t make that stuff up! I can hear Geronimo’s ghost whispering in the judge’s ear: “Fat bastard speaks with forked tongue!”

    • I realize I got a bit carried away here in the last part since the US government has changed and Pompeo is not in charge anymore. Of course the song remains the same but I don’t know if the new envoy is also a fatso and if therefore Geronimo’s ghost is likely to make this remark. He could have whispered instead a more classic – and no less accurate: in the face of history: “Pale Face speaks with forked tongue”.

    • Brilliant ,simply brilliant. Blessings from the prison city of Auckland ,New Zealand. If you like music with a message you can check us [Tripzville] out on youtube “Halo” https://youtu.be/Ohllyzp1kCc

  • Julian’s life path/ actions are such an amazing gift , in light of the fact he required no prior assurances from ‘us’ that we’d give a damn.
    – J.Joslin ( Detroit , Michigan – somewhere between Mexico & Canada)

  • A good article, but how do we get this out to the unenlightened?

    I think it would be even more hard-hitting if the focus were now on the corruption of British justice, because, although Julian Assange is the scapegoat, the British judiciary is on trial. We used to think our judiciary was the best in the world. They have a lot to lose of the public becomes as sceptical of them as they are now of the Metropolitan Police. As the word gets out abroad, whole populations will be aroused against the British judiciary. This is the single most threatening issue for the British Establishment.

    And this loss of reputation is the most likely thing to make them release Julian Assange.

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