The spectacle of an outspoken social critic tortured while a crowd, thrilled by the ritual blood letting, watches — that is nothing new. History is replete with the persecution of men and women who speak up against injustice and pay a terrible price while the masses of people, misled by their overseers, view the execution as sport.
“How dare he act so high and mighty!” neoliberals and fascists cry, angered that the pageant’s main attraction has yet to beg for mercy.
Yet this is exactly what onlookers around the world are witnessing as Julian Assange is tormented and tortured for revealing the evil nature of the corporate state where the wealthy exercise their “right” to conquer other nations and peoples, murder innocents in cold blood, and line their pockets with gold while they defile the entire planet with impunity.
Why is Julian Assange being crucified?
Who better to explain why Julian Assange is in the cross hairs of the neoliberal state than Chris Hedges, another man that has defied the power of the the corrupt ruling class and paid a price for doing so:
“Julian is targeted because his organization WikiLeaks released the Iraq War Logs in October 2010, which documented numerous US war crimes—including images seen in the Collateral Murder video — of gunning down two Reuters journalists and 10 other unarmed civilians.
“He is targeted because he made public the killing of nearly 700 civilians that had approached too closely to US checkpoints.
“He is targeted because he exposed the hacking tools used by the CIA known as Vault 7, exposing that the CIA is able to compromise cars, smart TVs, web browsers and the operating systems of most smart phones, as well as operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux.
“He is targeted because he exposed the more than 15,000 unreported deaths of Iraqi civilians, the torture and abuse of some 800 men and boys, aged between 14 to and 89, at Guantánamo.
“He is targeted because he showed us that Hillary Clinton in 2009 ordered US diplomats to spy on U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other U.N. representatives from China, France, Russia, and the UK, spying that included obtaining DNA, iris scans, fingerprints, and personal passwords, part of the long pattern of illegal surveillance that included the eavesdropping on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in the weeks before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
“He is targeted because he exposed that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the CIA orchestrated the June 2009 military coup in Honduras that overthrew the democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya, replacing it with a murderous and corrupt military regime. He is targeted because he released documents that revealed that the United States secretly launched missile, bomb, and drone attacks on Yemen, killing scores of civilians.
“He is targeted because he made public the $657,000 paid to Hillary Clinton by Goldman Sachs to give talks and her private assurances to corporate leaders that she would do their bidding while promising the public financial regulation and reform. He is targeted because he revealed the internal campaign to discredit and destroy British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn by members of his own party.
“For these truths alone he is guilty.”
Brothers and Sisters:
FREE JULIAN ASSANGE!
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