Rumors about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are swirling around the internet so fast right now that it seems like each time I run a Google search to see if there is any news, several new theories have sprung up already. But this is a good thing. It shows those in control that the rest of us aren’t going to simply sit back, fret, and do nothing. We are going to make sure that Julian is okay. Whatever it takes.
Before Assange, people could be forgiven for thinking that trapping someone inside a small space in London and holding them hostage as a political prisoner was something that only happened during the medieval era. After all, the Tower of London has seen many political prisoners in its time, most of them put there for dubious reasons at best. And now, in the year 2016, we have Julian Assange holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Utterly trapped and unable to even get fresh air or step outside for a walk for fear of arrest. And he has been there since 2012.
What of this possible arrest, you ask? For anybody that has read even in passing that there are rape charges that were filed against Julian, let me just put this to rest right now, once and for all. Julian Assange did not rape anybody.
What he did do was have consensual sex with two women without using protection. In Sweden, if a woman goes to the police and says a man didn’t use protection, they can arrest you on the spot. No proof whatsoever is needed. In this particular case, the women in question both found out that he had been with the other one and sought revenge. Don’t people think it’s odd that the charges were immediately dropped, only to be reinstated again?
If you have been paying attention to WikiLeaks long enough, you will know that the United States would dearly love to bring Julian Assange onto American soil so that they can prosecute him for treason, something that could result in the death penalty. If Julian so much as steps outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy, there are British guards stationed outside that will whisk him away to Sweden. From there, the Swedish authorities would almost certainly give him up to the American authorities.
So, for anybody who asks why Julian Assange doesn’t just face the Swedish rape allegations if he knows he is innocent, this is why. It’s all a game. And it’s a game that Sweden and the United States have rigged in their favor to win. But that really shouldn’t surprise anybody.
We’ve all heard by now that Mark Halperin from The Circus has claimed that Julian Assange could be “very easily extradited” if Hillary Clinton wins the upcoming election. And you know what? He’s probably right. But when Assange’s WikiLeaks supporters took down most of the internet on the East Coast and West Coast recently, this was a warning shot to politicians. If political leaders are worried about leaked e-mails and data now, they need to get their heads around the fact that if Julian gets extradited to Sweden and then the United States, or tortured and murdered, it’s game over as far as they are concerned. Is this something they really want to risk because of their pride and ambitions?
Speaking of politicians, WikiLeaks is reporting that it was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who demanded that Ecuador cut all internet access for Assange. Ecuador has obviously bowed to American authority and pressure, and this lack of Julian online is what is so concerning to everybody right now.
WikiLeaks posted on their Twitter feed yesterday that it wasn’t unreasonable that supporters were demanding proof that Julian Assange is still alive, and for that very reason they are giving a survey asking participants what would be the most effective and believable way to show that Assange is not singing with the choir invisible.
Thousands keep demanding Assange proof of life. Not unreasonable. He’s in a tough spot and is WikiLeaks best known validator. Preference?
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 24, 2016
When I took the poll last night, I chose a video speech, which was ranked highest at that point, but I noticed that having Assange stand at his window was in a very close second place.
How do you feel about this whole situation? Is it right that governments are holding a man hostage who is so committed to truth and justice? What do you think the best method of proof would be to show us that Julian Assange is still alive and well?
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