KW: The persecution of Julian Assange by the U.S and British governments is not only lacking any sense of the word ‘honourable’ but also letting us all know just how little respect our governments have for any of their citizens. This is a major warning to us all as we glibly sit back and say to one another that I don’t care that google of facebook has my data becasue one day you will when they have ‘personality typed’ into a catagory and know exactly where you are and what you are doing. One day they may be the governemnts we bow too. Contempt for citizens is already too gross to go back to ‘normal’. Read more about an innocent man being tortured to death right before our very eyes with mainstream media silent.
Fellow Australian investigative reporter John Pilger wrote: – Veteran British journalist John Pilger has blasted the “atrocious” and “appalling” treatment of Julian Assange by a judge who decided this week to reject the whistleblower’s request to delay his upcoming US extradition hearing.
“To say it is surreal is not enough, it is simply appalling,” Pilger, who was present in the courtroom on Monday, told RT’s Going Underground. Pilger accused District Judge Vanessa Baraitser of using “disgraceful” and “dictatorial gestures” toward Assange and said she was clearly biased in favor of the attorney acting on behalf of the US government.
“Her bias was incandescent,” Pilger said, adding: “I’ve never seen anything like this. It belonged in a show trial in the 1950s… Moscow, Prague, you name it.” The decision [by the judge] was made simply because the decision had been preordained – this is what the state wants, and this is what the state will get; regardless of anything to do with the court, regardless of any defense argument.
Reports from Pilger and others inside the room suggest the WikiLeaks co-founder looked weak and weary, his months behind bars at a maximum security prison – much of that time in solitary confinement – having had a significant deteriorative impact on both his physical and mental health. He reportedly held back tears as he told the judge he could not “think properly.”
Pilger said his condition was the result of having “no access to proper exercise, no access to proper intellectual stimulus and no access to the people around him.” Even convicted criminals responsible for “terrible crimes” at Belmarsh still “have a human social life” which is denied to Assange, he said.
Stalinist Show Trial of Julian Assange Is Underway In England I never thought that the English would abandon their concept of law as a shield of the