Pepe Escobar On The Assange Trial: The Mask Of Empire Has Fallen


Authored by Pepe Escobar through The Asia Times,

The principle of “History in the making” has actually been pressed to extremes when it concerns the amazing civil service being performed by historian, former UK diplomat and human rights activist Craig Murray

Murray– actually, and on an international level– is now placed as our guy in the public gallery, as he meticulously files in vivid information what might be specified as the trial of the century as far as the practice of journalism is concerned: the kangaroo court evaluating Julian Assange in Old Bailey, London.

Let’s concentrate on three of Murray’s reports this week– with an emphasis on 2 intertwined themes: what the US is truly prosecuting, and how Western business media is ignoring the court proceedings.

Here, Murray reports the exact moment when the mask of Empire fell, not with a bang, however a whimper:

” The gloves were off on Tuesday as the US Government explicitly argued that all reporters are liable to prosecution under the Espionage Act (1917) for publishing categorized information.”( italics mine).

” All journalists” indicates every legitimate journalist, from every citizenship, running in any jurisdiction.

Analyzing the argument, Murray added, “ the US government is now stating, totally explicitly, in court, those press reporters could and must have gone to jail which is how we will act in future. The Washington Post, the New York Times, and all the “terrific liberal media” of the US are not in court to hear it and do not report it( italics mine), because of their active complicity in the “othering” of Julian Assange as something sub-human whose fate can be ignored. Are they truly so silly as not to comprehend that they are next?

Err, yes.”

The point is not that self-described paladins of “great liberal media” are stupid.

Absolutely nothing to see here

Formerly, Murray had actually currently detailed how ” the mainstream media are turning a blind eye.

Murray also detailed how “ the six of us allowed in the public gallery, by the way, need to climb up 132 steps to get there, numerous times a day. As you understand, I have an extremely dodgy ticker; I am with Julian’s father John who is 78; and another people has a pacemaker.”

So why is he “the man in the general public gallery”?

” I do not in the least discount rate the gallant efforts of others when I discuss that I feel obliged to write this up, and in this information, because otherwise the crucial basic facts of the most important trial this century, and how it is being carried out, would pass nearly completely unidentified to the general public. If it were a real process, they would want people to see it, not completely reduce participation both physically and online.”

Unless individuals all over the world read Murray’s reports– and really couple of others with much less detail– they will ignore profoundly crucial elements plus the general appalling context of what’s truly occurring in the heart of London. The main truth, as far as journalism is worried, is that Western business media is entirely ignoring it.

Let’s check the UK protection on Day 9, for example.

There was no post in The Guardian— which can not perhaps cover the trial because the paper, for many years, was deep into no holds barred smearing and overall demonization of Julian Assange.

There was absolutely nothing on The Telegraph— extremely near MI6– and just a short AP story on the Daily Mail.

There was a brief article in The Independent only since one of the witnesses, Eric Lewis, is among the directors of the Independent Digital News and Media Ltd which publishes the paper.

For many years, the process of degrading Julian Assange to sub-human level was based on duplicating a bunch of lies so often they become fact. Now, the conspiracy of silence about the trial does wonders to expose the true face of Western liberal “worths” and liberal “democracy”.

Daniel Ellsberg speaks

Murray offered definitely necessary context for what Daniel “Pentagon Documents” Ellsberg made it really clear in the witness stand.

The Afghan War logs released by WikiLeaks were quite comparable to low-level reports Ellsberg himself had blogged about Vietnam. The geopolitical framework is the same: invasion and profession, against the interests of the outright majority of the gotten into and occupied.

Murray, illustrating Ellsberg, composes that “the war logs had actually exposed a pattern of war crimes: torture, assassination and death teams. The one thing that had altered considering that Vietnam was that these things were now so stabilized they were classified below Supersecret.”

This is an extremely essential point. All the Pentagon Documents were in reality Supersecret. Most importantly, the WikiLeaks papers were not Leading Secret: in truth they were listed below Leading Secret, not subject to restricted distribution. So they were not truly sensitive– as the United States federal government now declares.

On the by now famous Collateral Murder video, Murray information Ellsberg’s argument:

” Ellsberg mentioned that it absolutely revealed murder, including the purposeful machine gunning of an injured and unarmed civilian. That it was murder was undoubted. The dubious word was “collateral”, which indicates unexpected. What was really stunning about it was the Pentagon reaction that these war crimes were within the Rules of Engagement. Which allowed murder.”

The prosecution can not discuss why Julian Assange kept no less than 15,000 files; how he took a great deal of time to edit the ones that were released; and why both the Pentagon and the State Dept. declined to work together with WikiLeaks. Murray:

” Ten years later, the US Government has actually still not been able to call one single individual who was really harmed by the WikiLeaks releases.”

Prometheus Bound 2.0

President Trump has made 2 infamous recommendations to WikiLeaks on the record: “I like WikiLeaks” and “I know absolutely nothing about WikiLeaks”.

I felt forced to depict Julian Assange’s plight as Prometheus Bound 2.0 In this poignant post-modern catastrophe, the essential subplot centers on a fatal blow to true journalism, in the sense of speaking truth to power.

Julian Assange continues to be dealt with as an extremely hazardous criminal, as his partner Stella Moris explains it in a tweet.

Craig Murray will perhaps go into History as the main character in a really small chorus cautioning us all about the catastrophe’s implications.

It’s likewise rather fitting that the catastrophe is likewise a commentary on a previous age that featured, unlike Blake’s poem, a Marriage of Hell and Hell: GWOT and OCO (Global War on Horror, under George W. Bush, and Overseas Contingency Operations under Barack Obama).

Julian Assange is being condemned for exposing imperial war criminal activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet in the end all that post-9/11 sound and fury represented absolutely nothing.

It actually metastasized into the worst imperial nightmare: the development of a prime, compounded peer rival, the Russia-China strategic collaboration.

” Not here the darkness, in this twittering world” (T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton).

An army of future Assanges waits for.

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