By Rei Tanotsuka, 11 July 2020
“I am broken, albeit literally surrounded by murderers, but the days when I could read and speak and organise to defend myself, my ideals and my people are over until I am free! Everyone else must take my place.” Julian Assange
I don’t really need to explain the beauty of Assange. Anyone who has read anything that I have written or who knows me personally, understands that integrity is my leit-motif of beauty. There is nothing more breathtaking than bearing witness to a being whose sense of righteousness overrides the natural thanatos that keeps us handcuffed to ever compromising values. After writing about Nathan Rich in my last post – someone who can be bought for the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee, I bring forth my reverence for Assange.
Assange is a frontal assault to the vituperative American Empire and it is no mean feat to have the strongest, most belligerent nation chasing your tush all around Europe for a decade. You have to be leagues above the very best minds to earn this level of notoriety, and Assange definitely took the lion’s share when brains were being given out in Oz… I suspect he took a whopping 90% of Australia’s brain, we were left holding the remaining cells of “command left”, “command right” and beer GPS.
What is odd about Assange is that he is bestowed with a tungsten will in doing “the right thing” in addition to that incredible intellect, no protean whim susceptible to a payout (a price of a fancy cup of coffee) to get him to bargain off his values.
Assange has contributed to the publication of more than 2 million diplomatic cables and if we were to transfer this into print, it would equal to 30,000 volumes of American lies! Assange has made select information, traditionally cloaked under the banner of “classified” designed to hide the whore in America’s virginal visage, common knowledge. America has no scruples and is not only willing and able to turn tricks, she does so with gusto.
Throughout history, rulers have implicitly understood the clout of having knowledge and hence will do anything to obstruct educating the masses on issues which really matter. Mussolini silenced his opposition Antonio Gramsci for 20 years, for vital information pertaining to the fascistic rule of power hungry war mongers can’t be exposed. The price you pay as a whistle-blower is not something that 99% of us could ever afford or are prepared to pay.
Assange has made the ultimate sacrifice
Assange has given his life for the truth. Every time we speak about the heinous barbarism of the American psychopaths starring in the Afghan files, we need pay homage to Mannings and Assange. Each snippet of information in our daily political discourse came packaged with episodes of solitary confinement, psychological torture and physical abuse. As we sit on our comfy sofas, sipping freshly brewed tea lamenting the fate of Assange, he’s left to languish in a sterile concrete box, the IV drip of “hope” being the only sustenance in his will to live another day of solitary.
I guess those of us who care, know that a fate paralleling death awaits Assange if the dastardly American Empire ensnares him in its propinquity. This is what Charles Glass journalist, conjectures to be the fate of Assange.
“His most likely destination is the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” otherwise known as the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, or ADMAX, in Florence, Colorado. Among its 400 inmates are Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, FBI agent-turned-Russian spy Robert Hanssen, and Oklahoma City co-bomber Terry Nichols. The prison’s regime is ruthless: 23-hour daily confinement in a concrete box cell with one window 4 inches wide, six bed checks a day with a seventh on weekends, one hour of exercise in an outdoor cage, showers spraying water in one-minute spurts and “shakedowns” at the discretion of prison staff.”
The man who is Assange, is but one embodiment of the divine truth. The light of righteousness lives through these mere mortals in each epoch, and us common folk are privileged to have shared their timeline.