I am once again writing about Julian Assange because he has become a symbol of the modern world’s remorse. This is certainly not the last article I will dedicate to him. I hope the next article brings good news about his situation.
Julian Assange is the world’s largest journalist. While Assange revolutionized source protection in the digital age with the founding of WikiLeaks 17 years ago, and then some of the biggest stories of the 21st. In the century, he placed himself around a long time about any other journalist living on earth. And while he shows the world that they can put the world’s greatest journalists in prison for the revelation of uncomfortable truths, they show the world that they can imprison everyone.
That has always been what it has been about. It is not a question of whether Assange crossed an arbitrary procedural border when he worked with Chelsea Manning to expose American war crimes. The US is not interested in protecting its national security. It is not about excusing other justifications made by people, their obvious support for persecuting a journalist because he is pursuing journalism.
It is about setting a legal precedent that allows the US empire to deliver anyone around the world to anyone who reveals uncomfortable facts. It is about showing all journalists around the world that if they can do it with the greatest of them, they can do it with everyone. And as with so many things in today’s world, it is the control of narratives.
To accept the persecution of Julian Assange is to accept the idea that all media around the world must function as propaganda organs of the US government.
In a politically divided American environment, 15 congressmen and one senator from different, mostly opposing parties gathered four days ago to write a joint letter to President Biden. A rare event in American politics. At the same time, there are diverse and powerful voices, including figures like Republican Trump supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene, libertarian Senator Rand Paul, left-wing Democratic guard Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal.
Our demanding society lives in the myth of prosperity, which is based on living beyond one’s means. Most of us have to pay back loans. Some people even pay back a loan taken out for their vacation. As if you couldn’t relax cheaper. Such people will not take risks for a journalist. Even if they secretly believe that Assange’s actions are right, they will not go out of their way to support him.
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Author of the article: Marek Wojcik