The reaction to Julian Assange and Wikileaks by the American Empire and its cowardly minions may say more about the true nature of the Empire than what will be revealed in the leaked cables. They have managed to succeed in conveniently arresting Aassange on spurious allegations. They are calling for censorship and they are literally calling for Assange’s head. They are showing their hidden fascistic nature.
The problem with Assange from the point of view of the Empire is that he isn’t controlled. And worse, he is disobedient. Assange however hasn’t done anything that the Guardian and scores of other news outlets have done. They have reported what Assange has gathered and reported to them. The actions of Assange and the Guardian et al are essentially the same.
The reaction to Assange’s willingness to act without permission or approval is more telling than the leaks themselves. For some unknown reason, the Swedish state, Pay Pal, Amazon and many entities including governments, private companies, and individuals, have acted to strangle Assange and Wikileaks. It would be perfect irony if somebody managed to leak the communications between the American state and these servile organizations.
The psychological, social, and financial stranglehold on Assange is not only abusive to Assange and Wikileaks but it is a message to everybody else. It is the same message that is conveyed through acts of collective punishment against Palestinian, Iraqi, and Afghan populations. And that message is; don’t disobey the Empire.
The Real Crime
Assange has been derided in media all over the planet as a rapist. This is a charge that will taint his character for the rest of his days. And what is his alleged crime? He is alleged to have had sex without a condom. And for that INTERPOL has placed Assange on its list of ‘Most Wanted’. This is clearly a matter of abusing legal frameworks for political purposes. The incident has diminished INTERPOL and the Swedish state.
According to Melbourne barrister James D. Catlin, who acted for Julian Assange in London in October, over three quarters of media articles about Assange are about rape. Today, that percentage is likely higher. And according to Catlin, "There is no suggestion of drugs nor identity concealment. Far from it. Both women boasted of their celebrity connection to Assange after the events that they would now see him destroyed for."
And according to Catlin, "Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape. That is the basis for a reinstitution of rape charges against WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange that is destined to make Sweden and its justice system the laughing stock of the world and dramatically damage its reputation as a model of modernity."
The Swedish state took aim at Assange first for his publication of the Collateral Murder video in April. They are undoubtedly talking direction from the angry Americans that are salivating for his blood.
Assange is being harassed and defamed for his Wikileaks activity. Nobody doubts this. Even the most naive apologist for the American state knows it. There are those on the political right that openly opine that this brutal behaviour by the state is a positive development. In the heat of the moment they are in a panic. They are attacking free speech and freedom of the press. When the dust settles on this fiasco, those calling for Assange's head will be ridiculed and diminished. They will know how Assange is feeling today; or maybe that is too generous an assessment of the political and psychological health of the Empire's servants.
If there was any doubt that mainstream media operate as propaganda tools for the Empire, their reactions to this episode should put them to rest. And this episode informs us who does and who does not believe in governments being accountable. Many have shown that they believe the state should have the freedom to act arbitrarily and with impunity. These are very dangerous sentiments and they go against the principles of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.
The fact that the legal process of any country is used as a convenient political tool by the Empire should ring alarm bells. And the spectacle of mainstream media panicking because somebody has the courage to do the job they should be doing (exposing the crimes of a murderous Empire) is a more significant story that the leaks. The servile marching to the Empire's beat we witness from the Swedish state, Amazon, PayPal, and many others may tell us more about the Empire than the leaks themselves. These bizarre and surreal reactions to Wikileaks and Assange have exposed the cowards of the Empire for what they are.
What the state deems secret or classified are very often actions that either border on criminality or actions that are criminal. There is no doubt as to why they want, for instance, the Collateral Murder video kept under wraps.
As many of us cringe, the cheerleaders for the state behave no differently that the quislings that have supported fascistic types of state rule throughout history. These people and the state are clearly our enemies.
What is truly frightening is the obvious power the American state has in controlling nations, companies, and individuals.
The cloak of rational law, free speech, freedom of the press, and democracy has fallen to the ground.
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