A Mysterious Silence Has Surrounded Julian Assange

Authored by Dennis Bernstein via ConsortiumNews.com,

Julian Assange remains cut off from the world in Ecuador’s London embassy, shut off from friends, relatives and thousands of supporters, leaving him unable to do his crucial work...

In a recent communication between Randy Credico, an Assange supporter, comic and radio producer, and Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, Assange’s fear of arrest and extradition to the US was confirmed by the leader of the Russia-gate frenzy.

Credico received the following response from Schiff after meeting the the Congressman’s staff, in which Credico was trying to connect Assange with Schiff: “Our committee would be willing to interview Assange when he is in U.S. Custody and not before.”

Dennis Bernstein spoke with John Pilger, a close friend and supporter of Assange on May 29. The interview began with the statement Bernstein delivered for Pilger at the Left Forum last weekend in New York on a panel devoted to Assange entitled, “Russia-gate and WikiLeaks”.

Pilger’s Statement

“There is a silence among many who call themselves left. The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity. The Collateral Damage video, the war logs of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Cablegate revelations, the Venezuela revelations, the Podesta email revelations … these are just a few of the storms of raw truth that have blown through the capitals of rapacious power. The fakery of Russia-gate, the collusion of a corrupt media and the shame of a legal system that pursues truth-tellers have not been able to hold back the raw truth of WikiLeaks revelations. They have not won, not yet, and they have not destroyed the man. Only the silence of good people will allow them to win. Julian Assange has never been more isolated. He needs your support and your voice. Now more than ever is the time to demand justice and free speech for Julian. Thank you.”

Dennis Bernstein: We continue our discussion of the case of Julian Assange, now in the Ecuadorian embassy in Great Britain. John Pilger, it is great to talk to you again. But it is a profound tragedy, John, the way they are treating Julian Assange, this prolific journalist and publisher who so many other journalists have depended on in the past. He has been totally left out in the cold to fend for himself.

John Pilger: I have never known anything like it. There is a kind of eerie silence around the Julian Assange case. Julian has been vindicated in every possible way and yet he is isolated as few people are these days.  He is cut off from the very tools of his trade, visitors aren’t allowed. I was in London recently and I couldn’t see him, although I spoke to people who had seen him. Rafael Correa, the former president of Ecuador, said recently that he regarded what they are doing to Julian now as torture.  It was Correa’s government that gave Julian political refuge, which has been betrayed now by his successor, the government led by Lenin Moreno, which is back to sucking up to the United States in the time-honored way, with Julian as the pawn and victim.

Should be a ‘Constitutional Hero’

But really it comes down to the British government. Although he is still in a foreign embassy and actually has Ecuadorian nationality, his right of passage out of that embassy should be guaranteed by the British government. The United Nations Working Party on Unlawful Detentions has made that clear. Britain took part in an investigation which determined that Julian was a political refugee and that a great miscarriage of justice had been imposed on him.  It is very good that you are doing this, Dennis, because even in the media outside the mainstream, there is this silence about Julian. The streets outside the embassy are virtually empty, whereas they should be full of people saying that we are with you. The principles involved in this case are absolutely clear-cut. Number one is justice. The injustice done to this man is legion, both in terms of the bogus Swedish case and now the fact that he must remain in the embassy and can’t leave without being arrested, extradited to the United States and ending up in a hell hole.  But it is also about freedom of speech, about our right to know, which is enshrined in the United States Constitution. If the Constitution were taken literally, Julian would be a constitutional hero, actually. Instead, I understand the indictment they are trying to concoct reads like a charge of espionage! It’s so ridiculous.That is the situation as I see it, Dennis. It is not a happy one but it is one that people should rally to quickly.

DB: His journalistic brethren are sounding like his prosecutors. They want to get behind Russia-gate freaks like Congressman Adam Schiff and Mike Pompeo, who would like to see Assange in jail forever or even executed.  How do you respond to journalists acting like prosecutors, some of whom used his material to do stories? This is a terrible time for journalism.

JP:You are absolutely right: It is a terrible time for journalism. I have never known anything quite like it in my career. That said, it is not new. There has always been a so-called mainstream which really comes down to great power in media. It has always existed, particularly in the United States. The Pulitzer Prize this year was awarded to The New York TimesandThe Washington Post for witch-hunting around Russia-gate! They were praised for “how deeply sourced their investigations were.” Their investigations turned up not a shred of real evidence to suggest any serious Russian intervention in the 2016 election.

Like Webb

Pilger and Assange, London. (Oct. 7, 2011 – Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe)

The Julian Assange case reminds me of the Gary Webb case. Bob Parry was one of Gary Webb’s few supporters in the media. Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series contained evidence that cocaine trafficking was going on with the connivance of the CIA. Later Webb was hounded by fellow journalists and, unable to find work, he eventually committed suicide. The CIA Inspector General subsequently vindicated him. Now, Julian Assange is a long way from taking his own life. His resilience is remarkable. But he is still a human being and he has taken such a battering.

Probably the hardest thing for him to take is the utter hypocrisy of news organizations—like The New York Times, which published the WikiLeaks “War Logs” and “Cablegate,” The Washington Post and The Guardian, which has taken a vindictive delight in tormenting Julian. The Guardian a few years ago got a Pulitzer Prize writing about Snowden. But their coverage of Snowden left him in Hong Kong. It was WikiLeaks that got Snowden out of Hong Kong and to safety.

Professionally, I find this one of the most unsavory and immoral things I have seen in my career. The persecution of this man by huge media organizations which have drawn great benefit from WikiLeaks. One of Assange’s great tormentors,The Guardian‘s Luke Harding, made a great deal of money with a Hollywood version of a book that he and David Lee wrote in which they basically attacked their source. I suppose you have to be a psychiatrist to understand all of this. My understanding is that so many of these journalists are shamed. They realize that WikiLeaks has done what they should have done a long time ago, and that is to tell us how governments lie.

DB:One thing that disturbs me greatly is the way in which the Western corporate press speculate about Russian involvement in the U.S. 2016 election, that it was a hack through Julian Assange. Any serious investigator would want to know who would be motivated. And yet the possibility that it might be the dozen or so pissed-off people who went to work for the Clinton machine and learned from the inside that the DNC was all about getting rid of Bernie Sanders…this is not a part of the story!

Eight Hundred Thousand Disclosures on Russia

JP:What happened to Sanders and the way that he was rolled by the Clinton organization, everybody knows that this is the story. And now we have the DNC suing WikiLeaks! There’s a kind of farcical element to this. I mean, none of this came from the Russians. That WikiLeaks is somehow in bed with the Russians is ludicrous. WikiLeaks published about 800,000 major disclosures about Russia, some of them extremely critical of the Russian government. If you are a government and you are doing something untoward or you are lying to your people and WikiLeaks gets the documents to show it, they will publish no matter who you are, be they the United States or Russia.

DB:Randy Credico, because of his work and his decision to devote a very high-profile series to the persecution of Julian Assange, recently found himself under attack. He went to the White House Press Roast and, after having a nice discussion with Congressman Schiff, he yelled out “What about Julian Assange?”  The room was packed full of reporters but Randy was attacked and dragged out. It was if everyone there was embarrassed to recognize that one of their brethren was being brutalized.

JP:Randy shouted some truth. It is very similar to what happened to Ray McGovern. Ray is a former member of the CIA but extremely principled. I might suggest he is a renegade now.

DB:It was hysterical to watch these four armed guards who kept shouting “Stop resisting, stop resisting!” and they are beating the hell out of him!

JP:I thought the image of Ray being hauled off was particularly telling. These four overweight, obviously ill-trained young men manhandling Ray, who is 78 years old. There was something highly emblematic about that for me. He stood up to challenge the fact that the CIA was about to hand over leadership to a person who had been in charge of torture. It is both shocking and surreal, which of course the Julian Assange case is as well. But real journalism should be able to get through the shocking and the surreal and get to the truth. There is so much collusion now, with all these dark and menacing developments. It is almost as if the word “journalism” is becoming blighted.

DB:There has certainly been a lot of collusion when it comes to Israel. Then the word “collusion” is quite appropriate.

Wikileaks’ “Collateral Damage” video.

JP:That’s the ultimate collusion. But that’s collusion with silence. Never has there been a collusion like the one between the U.S. and Israel. It suggests another word and that is “immunity.” It has a moral immunity, a cultural immunity, a geopolitical immunity, a legal immunity, and certainly a media immunity. We see the gunning down of over 60 people on the day of the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Israel has some of the most wickedly experimental munitions in the world and they fired them at people who were protesting the occupation of their homeland and trying to remind people of the Nakba and the right of return. In the media these were described as “clashes.” Although they did become so bad thatThe New York Times in a later edition changed its front page headline to say that Israel was actually killing people. A rare moment, indeed, when the immunity, the collusion was interrupted. All the talk of Iran and nuclear weapons is without any reference to the biggest nuclear power in the Middle East.

DB:What would you say have been the contributions that Julian Assange has made in this age of censorship and cowardice in journalism? Where does he come into the picture?

JP:I think it comes down to information. If you go back to when WikiLeaks started, when Julian was sitting in his hotel room in Paris beginning to put the whole thing together, one of the first things he wrote was that there is a morality in transparency, that we have a right to know what those who wish to control our lives are doing in secret. The right to know what governments are doing in our name—on our behalf or to our detriment—is our moral right. Julian feels very passionately about this. There were times when he could have compromised slightly in order to possibly help his situation. There were times when I said to him, “Why don’t you just suspend that for a while and go along with it?” Of course, I knew beforehand what his answer would be and that was “no.” The enormous amount of information that has come from WikiLeaks, particularly in recent years, has amounted to an extraordinary public service. I was reading just the other day a 2006 WikiLeaks cable from the U.S. embassy in Caracas which was addressed to other agencies in the region. This was four years after the U.S. tried to get rid of Chavez in a coup. It detailed how subversion should work. Of course, they dressed it up as human rights work and so on. I was reading this official document thinking how the information contained in it was worth years of the kind of distorted reporting from Venezuela. It also reminds us that so-called “meddling” by Russia in the U.S. is just nonsense. The word “meddling” doesn’t apply to the kind of action implied in this document. It is intervention in another country’s affairs.

WikiLeaks has done that all over the world. It has given people the information they have a right to have. They had a right to find out from the so-called “War Logs” the criminality of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They had a right to find out about Cablegate. That’s when, on Clinton’s watch, we learned that the NSA was gathering personal information on members of the United Nations Security Council, including their credit card numbers. You can see why Julian made enemies. But he should also have made a huge number of friends. This is critical information because it tells us how power works and we will never learn about it otherwise.  I think WikiLeaks has opened a world of transparency and put flesh on the expression “right to know.” This must explain why he is attacked so much, because that is so threatening. The enemy to great power is not the likes of the Taliban, it is us.

DB:And who can forget the release of the “collateral murder” footage by Chelsea Manning?

JP:That kind of thing is not uncommon. Vietnam was meant to be the open war but really it wasn’t. There weren’t the cameras around. It is indeed shocking information but it informs people, and we have Chelsea Manning’s courage to thank for that.

DB:Yes, and the thanks he got was seven years in solitary confinement. They want to prosecute Assange and maybe hang him from the rafters in Congress, but what about Judith Miller and The New York Times lying the West into war? There is no end of horrific examples of what passes for journalism, in contrast to the amazing contribution that Julian Assange has made.

Click here to listen to this interview.

Comments

NidStyles vulcanraven Wed, 06/13/2018 - 04:45 Permalink

 

You dolts, you’re aware I can’t tell what you want if you aren’t going to actually approach and say something. Your spirits barely register as most of you are so completely shut down that it’s impossible to even tell you’re there. John has no power here, he doesn’t pay for anything of mine.

 

Q was an operation ran by the US Special Forces Psychological Operations to oust and con a specific group of actors to commit certain acts thereby discrediting them to the general public. It was ran in collusion with various law enforcement entities across the nation. It wasn’t a real leaker, it was the brain child of a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, whom are a group within Freemasonry.

 

You guys want to know the full story, just ask me IRL. I will tell you the whole thing, and it will likely sound insane to you, but it really happened. All because someone thought I said one thing, when I actually said something else.

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FBaggins GardenWeasel Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:00 Permalink

The problem is that D503 could be right in all of his assertions. Because people do not really know they tend to either become paralyzed or uninterested in changing things for the better, which is exactly the reason why the financial establishments and their puppet governments all over the world try to keep everyone in the dark. In the massive information control of the establishment-deep-state-run NSA, CIA, FBI, DHS, the military, politicians, the MSM and much of the entertainment industry, in the US and in all other related counterparts in every other Western nation, there has never in the history of the human race been so much brain washing, mind control, and manipulation of the ordinary people. Yet, in the face of this goliath, and in the very nation where the perception management is most pervasive, the US, the simple truth, with the aide of the sling of independent free speech, remains the very stone to bring the giant down.  Assange and Snowden obviously had inside help but they are true whistleblowers and heroes of humanity and freedom. All of those in the chain of command of the establishment who are against full pardons, including Trump, are simply enemies of the truth, real freedom, and the people.  

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kiwidor NidStyles Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:38 Permalink

however, now that the 'everything is fake' narrative and the 'TPTB' narrative and all the other confusing narratives contradict themselves and everything else, all other narratives have to be taken with a bag of salt.

poured directly on the ground around your home and computer and so on.

so yeah, we wanna know what EVIDENCE you have.

likewise, 'Q' better show up with some head-rolling.

all claims are assumed to be false now, unless proven otherwise.  Q, or not Q.   provide evidence. show us the bodies.

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MadHatt Karl Marxist Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:38 Permalink

How is anyone going to be arrested if the senior staff of the FBI, CIA, and DOJ are corrupt? Perhaps you only read a few posts, and missed the ones you are asking about. Here and here.

James Baker - FIRED [reported today - resigned [false]] / removed Jan/FIRED 4.21
Lisa Page - FIRED [reported today - resigned [false]]
[Added]
Mike Kortan, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs - FIRED [cooperating under 'resigned' title]
Josh Campbell, Special Assistant to James Comey - FIRED
[DOJ]
David Laufman, Chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section [NAT SEC - HRC email invest] - FIRED/FORCE
John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division - FIRED/FORCE
Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General - FIRED
Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division - FIRED/FORCE
Bruce Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General – Demoted 2x - cooperating witness [power removed]
Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General – No. 3 official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein - FIRED/FORCE

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Its only once the bad actors are removed that actual justice can happen.

Hope that helps.

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holgerdanske janus Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:55 Permalink

Donald. If you have just one shred of common sense, then call off your dogs of war, and promiss Assange fair treatment.

It is dead easy, you can do that faster than combing your hair, and it would be the right thing to do.

Better side with justice and fairness than covering the swamp.

Donald, just do it!

Please.

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The Chief holgerdanske Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:02 Permalink

Julian represents all of the reasons Trump won. If he dies (or more accurately, when we find out he's dead), Trumps presidency dies.

If Trump had but one honest adviser, he should be telling Trump to get in front of this, FAST. If Trump wants to decapitate the globalist cabal HQ'd in the UK with one stroke, he could call for an accounting of the welfare of JA and give him a full pardon. The previous crime gang leading the US and the UK murdered him. How they spin it to be Trump's fault is still a bit of a toss up.

If that effort grows legs, Trump will be finished. Assange is loved by more people on Earth than God.

 

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Nameshavebeenc… Ms No Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:34 Permalink

Why are you blaming Trump, when JA went into hiding due to Obama & the Brits? 
Sure, Trump could probably make a call to release JA, but the Brits have to remove their phony arrest warrant first. As well as the DOJ.  There is also another roadblock or two;

Trump is getting rid of the problems. They have to clean up the FBI and DOJ first. So far, they have made good headway on the FBI with a lot of high profile firings, as well as indictments against the criminals involved in the Strozk/Page Scandal. There is still more to go & once Mueller/Obama/Clinton is exposed by the IG report, the rest will fall out of the way, as well as the media.

Then, Trump can do something about JA.

The criminals at the highest levels in both the US and Britain need JA silenced, as he and WL have exposed a big piece of what they have been up to. Hence the phony arrest warrants. If Clinton won, JA would be dead by now via 'suicide'.

There are already more than 24 credible FBI agents ready to testify about the massive corruption at the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ. Along with the 35000+ sealed indictments, things are about to get more interesting......
 

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otschelnik Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:37 Permalink

The Swedes have dropped the ersatz rape case, Julian would do OK in British court, other than failing to appear against a summons.  I wonder what is worse, being a prisoner in the Ecudorian embassy cut off from the world, or being extradited to the USA and getting back on the front pages, where Assange from jail can take on the lame stream media, the neocons, the corrupt left, the sham morality.  As a jounalistic function Wikileaks he's got a case that he's broken no American law. 

And the best lawyers in the world would line up to argue in court. 

Monsantaclaws Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:40 Permalink

Taken at face value this continued situation is appalling .
However , there are other narratives which may not be obviously lunatic --- that JA was spirited away from the Embassy at the time his Internet connection was allegedly terminated .
Far fetched? I would love to actually know otherwise .But I fear too many 'noses' would be knocked badly out of joint, if officially confirmed .

bowie28 Monsantaclaws Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:20 Permalink

Yes, the "internet cut off and no visitors" seems like a cover for the fact that he was removed from the embassy.

If so the question is by whom and did he go voluntarily?

Best case -- he made a deal with Trump to spill the beans on DNC / Seth Rich and is in protective custody waiting to take the stage to provide his evidence when the time is right.  Qanon June 11 posting a smiling Assange gif and a pic of Seth Rich 3 minutes apart indicates this could be the case. https://qanon.pub/

Also, it always seemed strange to me that he was allowed to stay in the embassy with all the damage he was doing to the Clintons and their friends.  With the US/UK history of doing regime changes, invading countries and all the other international crimes it doesn't make sense that they would in this case respect the sanctity of the embassy of a country as small and weak as Ecuador.  Are we to believe the US/UK was not able to "convince" the Ecuadorian gov to give him up or simply send a team into the embassy to take him by force?  Seems like there is more to the story that we have not been told.

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litemine Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:56 Permalink

To MAGA to happen, J.A. needs to be able to walk free and let the Deep States Secrets out of the Bag. The Government was to be for the People....That just isn't the Case.

 

RedDwarf Wed, 06/13/2018 - 04:01 Permalink

Julian Assange is a political prisoner.  They now intend to break him through the torture of isolation.  They want the appearance of clean hands, but this is anything but.

holgerdanske Eyes Opened Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:00 Permalink

I think we are all just venting our anger. We need to focus.

There is no way, short of civil war, the police could prevent a peaceful march to the embassy and the peaceful removal of Assange. 100000 thousand people in the street cannot just be "shot". At least not conveniently!

Tommy demonstrations has shown broad support and action. It just needs to be co-ordinated and directed peacefully towards a unifying goal, the release of Assange and Tommy.

God knows May is so unpopular, and the handling of Brexit so deceitful and the justice metered out to Tommy so clumsy, people are ready.

They just need direction, inspiration and leadership.

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