It would really be a good thing to let Julian Assange go.
He is an example of a real hero. It is so evil the way our society crushes men of conscience.
Australian MP George Christensen called on Donald Trump to pardon WikiLeaks founder and fellow Australian citizen Julian Assange while he still can, as it seems to be the US president’s last month in the Oval Office.
Christensen – a member of the Liberal National Party who represents Dawson, Queensland – launched a petition this week encouraging the president to pardon the journalist, who faces up to 175 years in prison for publishing classified material. Christensen also appeared on Sky News Australia to make his case. He told the network that Assange “has been a target of the Democrats,” noting that his persecution started under the administration of former president Barack Obama.
“I mean Hillary Clinton hates his guts, obviously, for exposing who the real Hillary was, and you’ve had a war on Assange by the Democrats and the deep state,” he claimed, pointing out that projected president-elect Joe Biden has called Assange a criminal and a “hi-tech terrorist.”
The MP argued that a pardon is “one way that Donald Trump can stand up for free speech,” and against the Democratic establishment, and would also allow him to “poke the deep state in the eye.”
At the center of the United States’ “great document of democracy that is the United States Constitution” is free speech and freedom of the press, Christensen declared, before concluding, “So I’m hoping that he will pardon Julian Assange. It’s the right thing to do.”
While William Barr was refusing to prosecute Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Rod Rosenstein, while he was keeping secret the investigation of Hunter Biden, he was working to crush Julian Assange.
The pressure that he was putting on the UK ensured that they wouldn’t simply wash their hands of the matter and let Assange get on a plane to Russia.
One of the things that made me most angry about Trump’s behavior during the rough period of 2018 was that he seemed to abandon Julian, a man who played such a massive role in his election victory. He now has an opportunity to make up for that.
It is frankly difficult to even try to process the fact that Republicans like Lindsey Graham and Ben Sasse claim that America is not a nation of people, but “a nation of ideas,” and yet they are unwilling to stand up for the most basic freedom of speech, which you would think would have to be one of these ideas that they’re talking about.
Julian is a man that is close to my heart. He created totally life-destroying problems for himself, out of a desire to spread truth in a world built on lies. (Remember – without Assange, we never would have known about Pizzagate, which has become a key factor in understanding the nature of our ruling class).
His personhood has already been crushed by the years of isolation and the ongoing torture. He deserves much more than simple freedom. But surely, freedom is something we can provide him with.