The collateral damage video which went viral upon its publication shows American airman engaging and gunning down unarmed innocent Iraqis civilians.
Surely a country which self declares itself as the bastion of freedom, home of the brave and the land of the free press should celebrate the integrity and truth seeking that Julian personifies?
But alas this appears to be the last thing the American government wants, is truth. In reality it seeks revenge. A course of action being assisted and accommodated with the help of the British government and it’s Judiciary.
The judiciary that brought us the Guildford Four ,the Birmingham 6 and the Craigavon 2.
Julian took sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy because he felt the British were trying to extradite him to Sweden for him to be further extradited to America.
No extradition has been sought by Sweden and no charges brought.
Julian has now completed his full sentence on a charge of breaking his bail conditions and is now being held on behalf of the American administration pending extradition.
The very thing Julian feared and warned us against has now come to pass.
The new Ecuadorian president expelled Julian from the embassy in return for a large loan from American banks and the IMF. Britain has held him in a maximum high security prison with some of the country's most violent criminals and America is trying to succeed in having Julian, an Australian citizen, transferred to the States were many assume he will simply disappear into the penal system never to see the light of day again.
Perhaps Gitmo which Obama forswore to close might be his destination?
Chelsea Manning is still languishing in prison for her refusal to falsely accuse Julian Assange of any crime and is being punished by the American judiciary who want to use any false testimony they can get to build their case against Julian.
Two whistle blowers, two truth seekers, two advocates for humanity, both now facing the cruellest of corrupt regimes for speaking truth to power.
What are our local media doing to highlight these continued injustices?
You guessed it absolutely nothing. Mealy mouthed spineless hacks in print ,on the radio and in our front rooms, too frightened to lift a pen, their voice or their eyes of the pre ordained script.
Self censorship from those who claim to stand up for the oppressed, I’d laugh if it wasn’t so sadly farcical.
Shame on them - they know who they are and so do we. And shame on everyone of us who does not stand for truth and justice for Julian and Chelsea!
⏭ Fra Hughes blogs @ The North Belfast Journal: A View From Napoleon's Nose.