Chris Hedges and John Shipton: Slow-motion Execution of Julian Assange

Julian Assange

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 25, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the torture of Julian Assange with his father, John Shipton.

Julian Assange committed the empire’s greatest sin – he exposed it as a criminal enterprise. He documented its lies, callous disregard for human life, rampant corruption, and innumerable war crimes. Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Labour, Trump or Biden – it does not matter. The goons who oversee the empire sing from the same satanic songbook. Empires always kill those who inflict deep and serious wounds.

Assange is in precarious physical and psychological health, and suffered a stroke during court video proceedings on October 27. That he has been condemned to death should not come as a surprise. The 10 years he has been detained – seven in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and nearly three in high-security Belmarsh Prison – were accompanied by a lack of sunlight and exercise, as well as unrelenting threats, pressure, anxiety and stress. “His eyes were out of sync, his right eyelid would not close, his memory was blurry,” his fiancee Stella Moris said of the stroke.

His steady physical and psychological deterioration has led to hallucinations and depression. He takes antidepressant medication and the antipsychotic quetiapine. He has been observed pacing his cell until he collapses, punching himself in the face and banging his head against the wall. He has spent weeks in the medical wing of Belmarsh. Prison authorities found “half of a razor blade” hidden under his socks. He has repeatedly called the suicide hotline run by The Samaritans because he thought about killing himself “hundreds of times a day.” The executioners have not yet completed their grim work.

Toussaint L’Ouverture, who led the Haitian independence movement, the only successful slave revolt in human history, was physically destroyed in the same manner. He was locked by the French in an unheated and cramped prison cell and left to die of exhaustion, malnutrition, apoplexy, pneumonia, and probably tuberculosis. Unless we mobilize to halt this judicial execution, this will be Assange’s fate as well.

Transcript and video

From the archives:

Chris Hedges and Nils Melzer: The Trial of Julian Assange: A Story of Persecution

The Judicial Kidnapping of Julian Assange, by John Pilger

Chris Hedges: Julian Assange Could Soon Be Extradited To The United States

Justice For Julian Assange Is Justice For All by John Pilger + Nils Melzer: If Julian Assange Dies, He Would Have Been Tortured To Death!

Kevin Gosztola: US Government’s Appeal Hearing In Assange Extradition Case: Day 2 + Daniel Ellsberg on Assange Extradition Hearing + Chris Hedges: It Strikes Me As Particularly Weak On All Counts

Chris Hedges and John Pilger: The Appeals Hearing of Julian Assange

Kristinn Hrafnsson: The US Govt Contemplated Killing Julian Assange With UK Complicity

Prime Witness In Assange Case Admits To Lying + MPs Hand-Deliver Letter To Belmarsh Demanding Access To Julian Assange

Chris Hedges, Aaron Mate, Roger Waters and Randy Credico: Stand With Assange

Chris Hedges and Nils Melzer: The Psychological Torture of Julian Assange

Global Assange + Julian Assange’s Father, John Shipton Speaks Out

Julian Assange’s Father: They’re Murdering My Son by Finian Cunningham + Kristinn Hraffnson: Julian Assange’s US Extradition Case A Matter of Life and Death!

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  8. The hypocritical establishment is a toxic cesspit of institutionalised cruelty and iniquitous cynicism….as I wrote in my shared post to FB “we are governed by monsters….”

  9. And what do his executioners look like?
    They wear suits and ties.
    They strut and preen in positions of authority.
    The mouth platitudes and political pornspeak.
    The lie through their teeth.
    They haunt the world with their hubris.
    They are husks of human beings.
    They are war criminals.
    They are mass murderers.
    They are the 1% and their insidious ilk.

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