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The Empire Slowly Suffocates Assange Like It Slowly Suffocates All Its Enemies


The court ruled that Assange may appeal only on the grounds that his freedom of speech might be restricted in the US, and that there is a possibility he could receive the death penalty. If the US provides "assurances" that neither of these things will happen, then the trial moves to another phase where Assange's legal team may debate the merits of those assurances. If the US does not provide those assurances, then the limited appeal will move forward.

Absurdly, the court determined that Assange's lawyers may not argue against extradition on matters as self-evidently critical as the fact that the CIA plotted to assassinate him, or on the basis that he is being politically persecuted for the crime of inconvenient journalism.

The mass media are calling this a "reprieve", even "wonderful news", but as Jonathan Cook explains in his latest article "Assange's 'reprieve' is another lie, hiding the real goal of keeping him endlessly locked up," that's all a bunch of crap.

"The word 'reprieve' is there?—?just as the judges' headline ruling that some of the grounds of his appeal have been 'granted'?—?to conceal the fact that he is prisoner to an endless legal charade every bit as much as he is a prisoner in a Belmarsh cell," writes Cook. "In fact, today's ruling is yet further evidence that Assange is being denied due process and his most basic legal rights?—?as he has been for a decade or more."

Cook writes the following:

"The case has always been about buying time. To disappear Assange from public view. To vilify him. To smash the revolutionary publishing platform he founded to help whistleblowers expose state crimes. To send a message to other journalists that the US can reach them wherever they live should they try to hold Washington to account for its criminality.