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Chris Hedges on the Persecution of Julian Assange (Video)

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses The Trial of Julian Assange, a new book by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

In July 2010, Wikileaks published Cablegate, one of the biggest leaks in the history of the US military, including evidence for war crimes and torture. Julian Assange, the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks, immediately found himself a target, accused of hacking, and later sexual assault. He spent the next seven years in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fearful that he would be extradited to Sweden to face the accusations of assault and then sent to US. In 2019, Assange was handed over to the British police. On the same day, the US demanded his extradition. He faces up to 175 years in prison for alleged espionage and computer fraud. It was at this moment that Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, started his methodical investigation into how the US and UK governments were working in tandem to imprison Assange for life in the United States. The more Melzer investigated the more it became apparent that the UK and the United States were grossly distorting the legal process to revoke Assange’s most basic rights, including due process along with the flagrant manipulation of evidence. The violations included the taping of Assange’s meetings with his attorneys, in violation of attorney-client privilege. Melzer gathered medical and psychological evidence to prove that Assange has suffered prolonged and orchestrated psychological torture. All these measures were instituted solely because Assange provided to the public evidence of war crimes, lies, corruption and a callous indifference by the United States to human life.

Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact. 

7 comments

  1. I recall Obama declaring Assange a journalist and the government would not press charges in his hacking and exposing US secrets in Cablegate,
    Then Assange announced he had evidence of the Bank of America’s criminal activities on a hard drive.
    Later the media announced the accusation of Julian’s sex assault.

    So Assange exposes government War Crimes and the government refuses to prosecute or punish.
    BOA is threatened with possible bad news and Asange is now wanted for sex crimes.

  2. Another loathsome example of the methodical destruction of human rights, and the vendetta carried out against those who dare to bring such destruction to light.
    Last week and this we are treated to more examples of the disregard this supposed “beacon of freedom” has for human beings round the world. The expose is coming through the New York Times so presumably that gives the writers a semblance of protecti0n, but in reality our government, in our name, is just as dangerous to press freedom as any other on earth.

  3. As long as Assange went after the errand boys (governments) he was not considered a major problem.
    When Assange and co threatened to expose the errand boy’s bosses (multi national corporations), he was jumped on, framed, terrorised, locked up, humiliated, tortured and brutalised.
    Mammon IS god, on this little blue planet.

  4. The U.S. Great Britain and Israel have been the true Axis of Evil of the World for many years. Because they hold certain status as Super Powers, they can commit the most heinous of crimes and do.
    This sickens me as a citizen of the U.S. It shows a callous indifference to all human life and a love affair with the almighty Dollar. We must withdraw our consent to all programs and resist wherever we can. Now Russia is threatened and the stakes are very high once again. It’s ok for Biden to threaten Russia re: Ukraine but he says nothing about the evil in Palestine. Lies lies and more lies. America is a nightmare.

  5. There is no free press. This claim is flat-out false . There is no democracy either. It’s all a sham, a pretense to keep people from rising up and overthrowing their masters. The US persecution of Assange is absolutely despicable, but this is a county that perfected the pretense, shams, deception and deceit in “democracy” (let the people vote and bitch – change nothing). Protesting does not work. Voting does not work. What could be more obvious?

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