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Assange Must Not Also Die in Jail

By Craig Murray | August 13, 2019

The highly dubious death of Jeffrey Epstein in a US maximum security prison is another strong reason not to extradite Julian Assange into one – particularly as many of the same people who are relieved by Epstein’s death would like to see Assange dead too.

But there is every reason to fear Assange is already in danger, in Belmarsh maximum security prison, where he is currently incarcerated. As the great journalist John Pilger tweeted six days ago:

Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him.
I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him.

There is no official explanation as to why Julian’s health has continued to deteriorate so alarmingly in Belmarsh. Nobody genuinely believes him to be a violent danger, so there is absolutely no call for him to be imprisoned in the facility which houses the hardcore terrorist cases.

Assange is fighting major legal cases in the UK, Sweden and the United States, yet is permitted visitors for only two hours per fortnight, inclusive of time spent with his three sets of lawyers. All of his visitors have been alarmed by his state of physical health and many have been alarmed by his apparent disorientation and confusion.

It is because of Assange’s draconian one year sentence for “bail-jumping” on claiming political asylum that he can be kept in such harsh conditions and with so little access to his lawyers. That is why his sentence was so unprecedentedly stiff for missing police bail. Otherwise, as a remand prisoner awaiting extradition hearing his conditions would ordinarily be less harsh and his access to lawyers much better. The Establishment has conspired to reduce his ability to defend himself in court. I am not convinced it is not conspiring to destroy him.

August 13, 2019 - Posted by | Deception | , ,


  1. The term used to refer to “the people”, that is, the power of the populace at large, must be enlisted if Julian Assange is to be taken from those in control of the government in England. Obviously, by now, those who operate from behind the protection given them in acting in behalf of the laws they want enforced, they are doing wrong to Julian Assange.

    Forego legal language, technicality and so forth: the people must well up and take an initiative. That can be done by electing those who are as brave as Assange. That can be done by petition to shame those who do the wrong. There are ways to combat the wrong-doing of those who want to keep secret what they do… in the name of the people, but for their own protection of their wealth, status or power.

    Otherwise, the people deserve what slavery and ignorance is forced upon them.

    Comment by michael | August 13, 2019 | Reply

  2. Unlike Epstein, Assange has already published his secrets. My guess is that they want a show trial, with Assange as the iconic example of ‘an enemy of the state’.

    Comment by rkm009 | August 13, 2019 | Reply

  3. A searing commentary. I admire John Pilger (2003: “Palestine Is Still The Issue”). I admire Amb. Craig Murray. I admire Julian Assange’s courage; do not forget him. (goddamit: can’t his lawyers blow the lid off the “Establishment”?!)

    [2019: Palestine Is Still THE Issue!]

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 13, 2019 | Reply

  4. If you’re looking for some backbone in this fight for Assange, don’t look at any Australian Politician(from across the political spectrum). To the best of my knowledge, not ONE has said a word in support of him, or at least, it hasn’t been reported in our 7th rate MEDIA. Their SILENCE is DEAFENING.
    Even though they are elected to “Represent the People”, they answer to “someone else”…..

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 13, 2019 | Reply

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