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Will an "Apparent Suicide" be the Fate of Julian Assange?

• By Gary D. Barnett

This title is not meant as a prediction, although considering the history of the fate of dissidents against the state, it needs to be considered. The life and story of Julian Assange has all the markings of a pre-determined outcome, but absolutely nothing should be accepted without scrutiny. The destiny of Julian Assange, a true modern hero, is uncertain to be sure, but with his arrest and state incarceration, and an almost assured extradition, his future seems bleak.

Many have called for the death of Julian Assange, including members of Congress. There was always the risk that he would be murdered, but instead he has been in a prison environment for the past seven years in Ecuador's embassy in London. Now he is being held in what is labeled as Britain's "Guantanamo Bay," Belmarsh High Security Prison. His arrest and imprisonment has changed the game so to speak, and those who wanted a quick end to this dilemma by assassination are temporarily out of luck.

I first wrote about the plight of Assange in 2012, and have continually followed his impossible situation. I have great respect for anyone willing to report the truth about the evil and corrupt nature of the U.S. government and its agents of force, and will always support such efforts regardless of public opinion.

What most do not realize is that this is one of the most important events of our time. Those who dare to speak out against power put their lives in great jeopardy. They do this knowingly, and the only real incentives for these brave actions are the satisfaction of telling the truth, and exposing the corruption and evil that exists in this world. This is a moral decision, and it is fraught with extreme risk. Many have taken this path and died for their efforts, and many have been financially ruined and psychologically destroyed. The final fate of Julian Assange is not yet clear, but he is just one man against the powerful state apparatus, and has little hope of any honest justice.

Nothing is so important as truth, so when telling the truth is considered criminal by the state, then the obvious conclusion is that the state fears the truth, and therefore is likely guilty of high crimes itself. When the government is afraid of the truth, and pursues with deadly force those who expose it, it is time to eliminate that government for it has become an enemy of the people it pretends to represent.

The American Empire, as with past empires, has become a police state that trusts no citizen, and will use any method possible to stop those who dare to question its policies. The U.S. government of today is watching everyone, monitoring every activity, storing the personal information of every citizen, and aggressively targeting any who refuse to bow down to government authority. Julian Assange is the latest victim of this powerful state aggression against truth tellers.

From beginning to end, this assault by the U.S. against Assange has been a calculated criminal act meant to silence him in an effort to protect state lies, corruption, war crimes, and mass murder. There is much at stake for this fascist government and its banking and corporate rulers. The war machine is a trillion dollar a year business, and many stand to lose should the truth be told about the nefarious acts of the political class. When government and its corporate partners can only exist with constant war, the elite rule and the rest of society squirms under the thumb of oppression and tyranny. In this environment, truth is always the enemy of the state. That is why in 2012, Assange, in a declassified military document, was designated as an enemy of the state.

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