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Statement Concerning the Attempt to Kill Julian Assange

November 5, 2019
Julian Assange. Photo: Newsonline

Killing the witness to a crime is the ultimate obstruction of justice, and now, just that is being perpetrated on British soil in collaboration with U.S. officials. There is one person alive in possession of the means to quickly put the lie to the entire Russiagate hoax perpetrated primarily by British intelligence and the British infiltrated and controlled elements of the U.S. intelligence community. That is Julian Assange. Assange was the recipient of the leaked DNC and John Podesta files which John Brennan and friends claim were hacked by the Russians and turned over to WikiLeaks in a scheme to interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections in favor of Donald Trump. The Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity demonstrated forensically that the DNC files were leaked, not hacked over the Internet by the Russians, as claimed by Robert Mueller.

Julian Assange has repeatedly said that he received leaked files and these files did not involve Russian state actors. He offered to provide his evidence to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Rohrabacher shared this offer with President Trump along with Assange's denial of a Russian source for his documents. The documents detailed Hillary Clinton's subservience to Wall Street, all sorts of bad deeds by the Clinton Foundation, and the rigging of the 2016 Democratic primaries by the DNC against Bernie Sanders. Their truth has never been contested. Assange also offered to provide his evidence to the U.S. Justice Department and negotiations were actively underway when the Senate Intelligence Committee apparatchik, Mark Warner, blew them up. Assange is presently being held in London's Belmarsh Prison, her Majesty's hole for the most dangerous criminals in Britain. He is being held on a U.S. indictment for conspiring with Chelsea Manning concerning her release of embarrassing U.S. military documents way, way back in 2010. The indictment had been in the works since 2017, right after the Assange, Rohrabacher conversations, and was put before a U.S. Grand Jury right after legal hitman Robert Mueller concluded his fabricated campaign against the American President in April of 2019. When the indictment was unsealed, Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been granted asylum and hauled off to Belmarsh, awaiting extradition to the United States. Nils Melzer, the UN Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or punishment, warned on Nov. 1 in a statement regarding the condition of Assange:

"Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life."

Melzer had met Assange on May 9, after which he demanded immediate measures to protect Assange's health and dignity.

"Despite the medical urgency of my appeal, and the seriousness of the alleged violations, the UK has not undertaken any measures of investigation, prevention and redress required under international law," Melzer charged.

Assange "continues to be detained under oppressive conditions of isolation and surveillance, not justified by his detention status," he said. Melzer also attacked the U.S. role: "While the US Government prosecutes Mr. Assange for publishing information about serious human rights violations, including torture and murder, the officials responsible for these crimes continue to enjoy impunity." And, "despite the complexity of the proceedings against him led by the world's most powerful Government, Mr. Assange's access to legal counsel and documents has been severely obstructed." This, he said, had effectively undermined "his most fundamental right to prepare his defense."

This call from the UN Rapporteur places the responsibility on all UN states to take action to stop this political atrocity. The people who put this into operation should be fired or prosecuted as part of John Durham's investigation. This is a real test as to whether the U.S. Justice Department can assume any degree of honor.

Former British Ambassador Craig Murray, attended the court appearance of Assange on Oct. 21 for an extradition hearing. Murray wrote in his blog:

"Before I get on to the blatant lack of fair process, the first thing I must note was Julian's condition. I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight. But his physical appearance was not as shocking as his mental deterioration. When asked to give his name and date of birth, he struggled visibly over several seconds to recall both."

The hearing, Murray said, had convinced him of UN Rapporteur Melzer's earlier warning that Assange was being tortured. (see Murray's account of the hearing)

We call on all citizens of all nations to join the international campaign conducted by many organizations to bring the truth about this horrible intelligence crime into the sunlight, and to save Assange's life.