What awaits Julian Assange in the US and why it is a matter of honor for every freedom-loving person not to let it happen
Julian Assange has become a symbol not only of the struggle for freedom, but also of how a “democratic state” with a beastly grin can try to destroy a person who has gone against the interests of this very state and the pressure groups that rely on it. His WikiLeaks project was a breath of freedom and opened the eyes of the world to the shady dealings of governments, state structures and special services around the world. The US has always loved such freedom-loving actions revealing the actions of “undemocratic dictatorships”. Just the main difference in Assange’s project was that the heroes of the documents he made public were American “figures”. And the benign concern for freedom of speech was quickly replaced with an all-out hatred.
At first, he was being watched “from afar”. On August 20, 2010, an arrest warrant was issued for Assange in Sweden, which stated that he was accused of sexual assault and rape. The accusation was already suggestive, but its very wording was paradoxical – allegedly, he did not use a condom during sex with the woman who insisted on it. At the same time, there was endless blocking of his accounts for no reason. He continued to be prosecuted for this ridiculous “rape” and had to move to Great Britain and live there under house arrest. But it became more obvious by the day that the American clients would not leave him alone and would be ready to come up with other “reasons” to extradite him to the United States, where he was guaranteed to get torture and death.
On June 19, 2012, Assange, who was under house arrest, took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and asked the Latin American country’s leadership for political asylum. He lived in the embassy for nearly seven years, but under pressure from US authorities, Assange was taken into custody at a central London police station in April 2019. Immediately after, the lengthy process of his extradition to the United States began. Despite strong support from civil society, on June 17, 2022, the head of the secretary of state for the Home Department still decided to extradite Assange to the United States, where he faces 175 years in prison. In fact, the victim was given to cannibals.
Nevertheless, the struggle of the entire progressive group of the civilized world for Assange’s freedom continues. British Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision to approve the extradition has been heavily criticized by the world community, as well as politicians, journalists, and diplomats from various countries. There remains hope, albeit slight, that justice will prevail. Julian Assange has already filed two appeals against the decision to extradite him to the United States. Many politicians were in solidarity with Assange. For example, President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he would seek to have the Statue of Liberty dismantled in New York if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is extradited and sentenced in the US. “If he is extradited to the United States and sentenced to the maximum term and death in prison, we must begin a campaign to dismantle the French donated Statue of Liberty that is in New York, because it is no longer a symbol of freedom,” the politician said during a news conference at the National Palace. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would not comment on the Mexican president’s words, because she obviously has nothing to say on this, and it turns out, quite fair from a moral point of view. This whole fight is a real fight for Assange’s life. Pink Floyd rock band founder Roger Waters thinks the US government might kill the WikiLeaks founder. He He told during a rally in Washington that Julian is still in Belmarsh prison, on his way to extradition to the US, where the US government could secretly kill him.
At the same time, those who visited the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London sued the CIA and former director Mike Pompeo, insisting that they were illegally searched in the diplomatic mission. The lawsuit says that while the plaintiffs initiated these actions, more than 100 American citizens who visited Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy complained about similar practices of rights violations. Even small cases like this increase the likelihood that Assange’s life will be saved. The Assange trial is a disgrace to democracy and a grave violation of human rights in the United States. The authorities are trying to destroy Julian Assange, when at the same time all free and honest citizens are for him. To prevent his death is a matter of honor for every freedom-loving person.