If you knew that a government routinely covered up soldiers
massacring civilians as if they were shooting them in a video game,
would you stay silent?
If you knew that 66,081 of the 109,000 recorded deaths
in the illegal war on Iraq from US military were civilians, would
you stay silent?
If you found out that a government was spying on the
citizens of every nation in the world and passing the information
onto corporations and the military, would you stay
Julian Assange did not stay silent. Courageously, he
published the documents exposing murder and illegal surveillance,
passed on to him by US. soldier, Private Manning.
These documents were also accessed and published in whole or in
part by many other reporting outlets, including The Guardian, Der
Spiegel, The New York Times, El Pas, Al-Akhbar, Svenska Dagbladet,
Aftonbladet, Verdens Gang, Aftenposten, Politiken, NRC, RTL Nieuws,
Die Welt,and Fairfax Media. But those media are not being
The United States Government was the government involved in
these war crimes and illegal global surveillance. It controlled the
mainstream and corporate press and was incensed that Wikileaks, an
alternative press, had the moral conviction to out it for its
crimes. Its revenge was to engineer Julian Assange's illegal
detention in the Ecuadorian Embassy from August 2012.
Using trumped up charges, the UK and Swedish Governments
colluded with the United States so that Assange was likely to be
extradited to the United States on unknown and probably illegal
grounds if he left his place of asylum. The United States has the
highest rates of imprisonment in the world and its private and
military prisons are known to be brutal and unaccountable.
Assange did not committed any crime by publishing material from
a foreign state, any more than have the newspapers who also
published this. His arbitrary detention has been denounced by the
United Nations. His access to internet, telephone and visitors have
all been withdrawn recently and a change of government in Ecuador
threatens his continued asylum in its embassy. The Australian
Government needs to act to bring Assange home to safety, in
accordance with UN rulings.
Will you speak up for Julian Assange, as he did for you?
Rallies planned for Australia include: on
Sunday 17 June: Sydney - 1-3 PM at the Town Hall Square. Speakers
include John Pilger and James Cogan Socialist Equity Party (SEP)
National Secretary. on Tuesday 19 June: Melbourne - outside the
British Consulate 12-2PM. (...