Julian Assange: The Price of Being A Western Dissident

Julian Assange is doing humanity a favour by exposing through the US Embassy Cables that “Oil motivates U.S. policy more than fighting terrorists,” and that the killing and torturing of tens of thousands of civilians by the US and NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Iraq War Logs and Afghanistan War Logs were evidence of war crimes.

However, to Assange’s dismay, as a western dissident, he does not enjoy the soft-power of being a Chinese dissident; the “free” world politicians not only fail to acknowledge the nobility of his work in exposing human rights violations and war crimes committed by NATO and the US, President Obama described his act as a “deplorable documents dump”; former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich believed that he should be “ treated as an enemy combatant”; Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell called him a “high-tech terrorist”; while Sarah Palin wanted him to be “hunted down like al-Qaeda”; Other politicians including some mainstream media “pundits openly calling for his death”.

As an instant response, WikiLeaks has been blocked from being accessed by federal employees of the US. So as in Germany.

In Canada, censors blocked his WikiLeaks website, Interpol issued an arrest warrant and the key advisor to Canada’s PM Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan, called for his assassination by drone.

Facebook reportedly deleted his WikiLeaks page together with his 30,000 fans; US government funded press watchdog (press freedom group), Reporters Without Borders accused him of “irresponsible”.

His sources of finance have been blocked by western corporations such as VISA, MasterCard, Amazon, PayPal, Western Union and Bank of America. As a result, WikiLeaks was forced to shut down briefly in 2010 due to their inability to plug the funding gap;

We can hardly find the mainstream western media showing any zest in promoting him as a human rights campaigner or press freedom fighter. In fact, as The Australian has observed, “the editors turn on him”; The Guardian also noticed that “more American journalists back away from WikiLeaks and Assange”. An opinion piece in the Washington Post called for his prosecution and then reform the espionage law.

If you trust the CNN poll, the American people appear to abandon him as well with 77% opposing his released of the US government documents.

Assange’s legal team complain that they have been watched and was also experiencing other forms of pressure from Washington.

In Australia, Assange had definitely been let down by his mother country. The Australian government not only failed to show interest in defending his basic human rights and promoting press freedom, PM Julia Gillard has joined the US in condemning him and alleged that he act illegally but unable to “say what law WikiLeaks has broken”; the Australian government had in a couple of occasions threatened to arrest him, in spite of the knowledge that Assange has been badly treated in the UK since 2010 – his personal freedom had been deprived by an electronic tag and was held under virtual house arrest, and having spent nine days in solitary confinement in a London prison for a crime that he has not been charged with and in relation to allegations that he emphatically denies. Assange has basically received no assistance from the Australian government, according to his mother.

An article on the Crikey rightly points out that, Julian Assange will be better off smuggling weapons in Baghdad, as weapon smugger received more help from the Australian government.

In fact, reports reveal that the Australian government has on one stage contemplated the idea of cancelling his passport; his Australian lawyer, Jennifer Robinson was once reportedly prevented from boarding a flight back to Australia at Heathrow airport citing the excuse that she was on a “watch list” and would need official approval to return to her native Australia.

Assange is a Western dissident, he does not enjoy the soft-power of being a Chinese one. His course may be noble and like the Russian suggested, deserve a Noble Peace Prize. However, the forces that determine his faith are powerful and merciless. He may end up like Bradley Manning in the notorious US military prison stripped naked every night in isolation and suffer from harassment and sleep-deprivation with accordance to the CIA interrogation manual. Some UN officials may occasionally comment about his treatment as “cruel and degrading”, most mainstream media will not report such commentaries anyway.

Manning trial by the “free” world will be in secrecy; his lawyer is reportedly struggling to have the government documents released so as to work out ways to defend him. Apparently, people who are concerned about his well being are also struggling to gain access to him.

The Australian government is fully aware of the mistreatment of Assange by the “free” world including the British authority and the Swedish, but Assange has been left alone to fend for himself.

Are human rights and freedom of press universal western values?

Wei Ling Chua is an accredited INS and ANFS freelance journalist, independent researcher of media disinformation. His blog is www.outcastjournalist.com. To be on his mailing list go here or Twitter.

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  • WVPoorboy

    I do not support nor do I condemn My question is is what he put out the truth,if so doesn’t the world need to know the truth or are we complacent in believing lies just because it’s easier. If the governments of the world are embarrassed by what he posted then maybe its a good thing.

    • Malk

       of course it’s a good thing… nobody is arguing against that.

  • Rejection_of_logic

    Assange is the classic case of The Messenger and our Overlords want him dead.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > However, to Assange’s dismay, as a western dissident,
    he does not enjoy the soft-power of being a Chinese dissident…

    Gee, I wonder why that is?
    Could it be the support of the Chinese dissidents by the US is disingenuous?
    Could it be that the US is merely interest in destabilizing the Chinese government
    while at the same time drive public attention away from its own totalitarianism and war crimes?

    What’s the difference between Commie China & the Land of the Free?
    One pretends to be a democratic republic and the other one doesn’t.
    One country’s people knows they’re not free and
    the other country’s people are free to be obedient to the elites.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Word.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      I agree with your points but commie China does claim to be communist which they are clearly not.

      • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

        true but
        the Chinese are using the label Communist
        the same way Amerikan politicians use Democrat & Republican
        the titles are designed to obfuscate

        the Chinese government hasn’t ever really been ideological communists
        just as the US government has never been ideological democrats

        • Aa

          ‘the Chinese government hasn’t ever really been ideological communists’
          This is not true. The Cultural Revolution was instigated by the ideals of Communists.

          • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

            Actually
            The Cultural Revolution was instigated by the ideals of Mao.
            Mao was an opportunist not an ideologue.
            The Cultural Revolution was a failed attempt to unshackle China from 5000 years of tradition.

            This is not to say that there weren’t hardliner commie ideologues in the government & party at one time.  But they were always in the minority and never had any real power, except as tools of the opportunists.

          • Jin The Ninja

             succinct, but great analysis.

          • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

            thankz
            it occurred to me that
            what Mao wanted to accomplish
            with the Cultural Revolution
            the destruction of 5000 years of tradition
            will be accomplished by modernity
            but not before modernity
            gets twisted into a Chinese shape

          • Jin The Ninja

            i always think it is strange when i hear how mao, often referred to himself as the monkey king; since i was a young kid, i have often thought of myself as sun wu kong. and if mao had read the story instead of appropriating a traditional folktale for populist appeal, he would have realised, that, there was no greater subverter of power, divine or institutional than monkey. mao idealised european modernisation, he hated everything chinese. monkey would laughed at mao, and perhaps in  a just world, shat on his head…

          • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

            well maybe Splendid Monkey
            when he rebelled against Heaven
            before he submitted to Guanyin

            maybe more like Cao Cao
            but a mere imitation
            more like Sima Yan
            & we’ll see if his dynasty lasts as long

          • Jin The Ninja

            sima yan, yes- i agree, but without the cool hanfu.

            i ve always read monkey’s submission to guan yin, as the submission to maternal authority which opposes submission to state patriarchy.
            obviously a contentious view, but interesting i think.

          • mannyfurious

            I’ve nothing to add of any relevance. I just found that interpretation to be stimulating. I’ve never looked at Monkey’s action that way. It’s been so long since I read the book that I’m not sure how well your interpretation fits, although I agree that it is interesting.I’m going to re-read the book when Yu’s revised translation comes out and keep your interpretation in mind and see how it plays out.

          • Jin The Ninja

            like i said, may be a ‘stretch’ but i think the understanding that he is a ‘trickster’ demi-god archetype is undervalued/underutilised. i think the obvious buddhist themes are more recognisable ergo frequently engaged w/- to the detriment of the daoist undertones. and tony yu’s versions are the best. tell me what you think, when you re-read.

          • MoralDrift

            Yeah I always kinda wondered how much it would have sucked to have been a true Red Party official….only to find out that all your comrades were just in it for the power

  • Redacted

    Just ignore that red dot on your forehead. That brings freedom to your brain!

    • Calypso_1

      The path of liberation is not one for the fearful

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  • rtb61

    This points to one person in particular Barack ‘The Betrayer’ Obama, that lying deceitful fake progressive liberal, is nothing but a tool of the largest multi-national corporations on Earth.
    The US Diplomatic service, should be called US Corporations foreign extortion service, using threats and violence to leverage ever greater profits, it is hardly US Corporations backed the US government in attempting to silence Wikileaks.
    The worst of all the US government was blatantly obviously in it’s focus on keeping the leak from the US people as it’s priority. Liars, using lies to promote their own deceitful conspiracies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/exohuman Exo Human

    Am I the only one who thinks Assange is a fake?

    If Assange were a genuine threat he would have been taken out long ago. Wikileaks releases inconsequential ‘secrets’ (that everybody knows) in huge quantities, and we’re all impressed, all fooled. Who is Assange? Where did he come from? Who gives him his information? Who pulls his strings?

    Real whistleblowers typically don’t live very long: they certainly don’t make the glamorous, primetime chat-shows.

    Sorry, he’s a disinfo fake. Get used to it.

    • David Howe

       any reason why you feel that way or are you just talking out of your ass?  I suspect you are suffering from Celebrity Exhaustion Syndrome

    • Colony Room

      Research- via the web will answer all four of your questions and more. Also I would argue that you have no notion of what real human virtue looks like.
      This isn’t like Hollywood, there are more factors at work than just vengeful governments and ultimatums. Exactly, what whistleblowers were you referring to that “typically don’t live very long”? Are you sure your not, wrong about it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=537648678 Josh Weide

      And with all the major players upset by him, you are the only one who’s figured this out? Not with any evidence, but based on a hunch? Oh, I suppose all the fuss from world powers galore is just a conspiracy to fake their outrage. But to what end?

    • mysophobe

      A competent whistleblower would create a situation in which his death is more dangerous to those whom he’s exposing than allowing him to live would be. Something as simple as making it known that a posthumous release of damning personal info on his would-be pursuers (affairs, mistresses, dirty dealings, pederasty, etc.) is guaranteed through multiple anonymous channels upon his death. By their very nature, these people will choose self preservation over protecting the collective in a heartbeat. The others who live somewhat virtuous lives will be, by their very nature, repulsed by the idea of assasinating an innocent man. Divide and conquer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=537648678 Josh Weide

    What is wrong with so many villains in our world who are willing to wish for, or worse, publicly condone or even order someone’s death? Life is the most precious thing in the universe, and Assange is clearly a man of noble will. Anyone who would regard him as an enemy is themself the enemy of humanity. If you devalue human life like that, kill yourself.

  • DrDavidKelly

    I don’t think Assange is a fake. I find him a curious character, can’t quite get an angle on him but maybe you need to have a bit of megalomania in you to do what he does. One thing that does seem strange is his propensity for martyrdom. It’s almost as if he is willingly going to the gallows so to speak. I wouldn’t like to see that happen but I am curious to see what is inside the wikileaks ‘insurance policy’ file.

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  • mysophobe

    “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” – George Orwell

  • Adam’s Shadow

    “Oil motivates U.S. policy more than fighting terrorists,” 
    File that under “No shit.”

  • Rtaffeve

    All the events of the Julian Assange case leads me to believe he will soon have a (not so) tragic accident.  It has all the signs set in place for if the legal proceedings don’t work or don’t move fast enough.