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Media's Hero Silenced by Media

January 2019
 

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At this point in time what happens to Julian Assange, the most prolific journalist and award winning publisher of our time, is critical.

No longer the Hero of journalism in mainstream media, he remains isolated in the Ecuadorian embassy, afraid to walk out for fear of extradition to the USA

on false charges of espionage.

He has had no freedom now for eight years, six of those spent in the Ecuadorian embassy.

And for the last seven months, since the new President, Moreno has taken up office,

he has been denied basic communication via phone and Internet; still has no access to fresh air, sunlight or medical care;

has been denied heating in the middle of winter; has had his bed taken away and is now sleeping on a yoga mat and is under surveillance 24/7.

The new government in Ecuador’s moves against Assange have been met with a global backlash.

To some extent this has shielded Julian from further persecution at the hands of Moreno.

When the people of Ecuador and the global community stepped up in defence of Julian during 2018,

the government in Ecuador took notice.

Now lines have been drawn and Moreno knows he can’t push Julian around without an equal pushback from citizens and global supporters.

Because of this, we have seen a limited reconnection of Julian’s Internet and restoration of some strict visitation rights.

This limited win has enabled Julian to experience some sense of normalcy again and has happened only because of public pressure and outrage.

Whoever you are, whatever news channel you watch or outlet you get your news from,

if they’re not aware of, or speaking out against Julian’s illegal detention, his torturous conditions will continue.

We urge you to join the movement to free Assange which has made great strides.

The UN has already issued a decree calling Julian’s detention illegal and immoral,

and have given specific notification to the governments involved, that his liberty and freedom of movement need to be guaranteed and restored immediately.

President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has also recently said on Fox that Assange shouldn’t be charged for anything,

as publishing is not a crime, and he’s right.

He also stated that what WikiLeaks did during the election was a normal function of a free press.

Adding, that no one working at the Washington Post or the New York Times went to jail when the Pentagon Papers were published.

Another bombshell revelation in late 2018 was the accidental discovery of a sealed indictment against Assange,

filed by the US Government in 2012 under the Obama administration.

Now that this cat is out of the bag, Julian and WikiLeaks are being covered in the news cycle, albeit sparingly.

Julian’s plight is back out into the open and his supporters see 2019 as being the year that finally ends the Julian Assange/WikiLeaks witch hunt.

The UN ruling, the words of Rudy Giuliani and the global pushback via the public and concerned international officials,

has helped build a movement that is rapidly gaining momentum.

As Rudy Giuliani said on 12/30/18

“It is not right to hack.

People who do it should go to jail, but no press person, or person disseminating that for the purpose of informing, has done anything wrong.”

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Greg Rzesniowiecki,
Jan 15, 2019, 4:23 PM
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