As Australia is a member of the Five Eyes I am not surprised that there is silence here in Australia about Assange. It is as if the cover has been drawn over the patient and his toe already tagged ready for the mortuary of history.
There are so many crucial aspects to his case that should be exposed and he should not be treated as our politicians blandly declare,’the same as anyone else’. He is NOT like anyone else and thus his treatment should be different. Justice may be blind but is she also stupid? I hope not.
The most disturbing thing is the silence over the breach of the right to seek asylum. It is enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and supported by the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.Under these agreements, a refugee is a person who is outside that person’s own country’s territory owing to fear of persecution on protected grounds, including race, caste, nationality, religion, political opinions and participation in any particular social group or social activities.You can see it refers to the principle of non-refoulement and the right to a fair trial. The blatant regression on these principles is gob-smacking, as is the silence on the part of the mainstream media in addressing it. Moreno is guilty of money laundering and other criminal acts, of which inviting the UK hounds to arrest Assange, in a deal with the UK, the US and the IMF for funds in return for Assange, is but one. Former President Correa declared that Moreno will go to jail for corruption, for having performed an unforgettable crime against humanity by setting up a deal with the US the IMF and the UK to have Assange arrested in return for cash; a Judas.
The UK District Judge Michael Snow said “Mr Assange’s behaviour is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests.” Shaw has by this, run his piratical flag up the legal mast already! Clearly the job of the UK is to deliver Assange to the US and he cannot expect the impartiality of the law there, or anywhere it seems.
There are incredibly important principles at play in all of this farce; the impending show trial of Julian Assange, whether in the UK, Sweden or the US. Firstly there are laws and treaties which are being broken (Refugee Law) secondly justice must be seen to be done and the secret trials that will undoubtedly ensue will breach that. Another is the revelation of facts by Wikileaks and Assange for the public interest and common good and this is the job of journalists, although it seems now that virtually everywhere the MSM has a policy of cut and paste from the organs of government or corporate sources. You read something in Der Spiegel and you’ll find the same article virtually intact in most other MSM publications.
Assange did something courageous and morally right, he went to primary sources and published un-redacted material revealing war crimes and human rights abuses on the part of the US, other governments and their agents. This is in the public interest to know. Assange in addition has the rights bestowed from Natural Law. This is another aspect generally ignored, and the Assange case also reinforces what Murray Rothbard argues; that “the very existence of a natural law discoverable by reason is a potentially powerful threat to the status quo and a standing reproach to the reign of blindly traditional custom or the arbitrary will of the State apparatus.” Assange is a threat to the State apparatus, thus he is pursued by them beyond what is just or fair. Another contravention then, of his natural rights, is his ‘non-saleability’. He was sold by Moreno and is being sold by the UK and implicitly by Australia as its silence is complicity.
We want a just society. We are a nation built around the notion of a ‘fair go’. Amartya Sen refers in The Idea of Justice, to the innate sense children have of what is fair and just. ‘the strong perception of manifest injustice applies to adult human beings as well (as children) . What moves us, reasonably enough, is not the realization that the world falls short of being completely just – which few of us expect – but that there are clearly remediable injustices around us which we want to eliminate.’ Assange was redressing injustice as he saw it and this is the pre-eminent attitude ALL journalists should have. If you don’t speak up for his rights as a journalist and a human being, despite his obvious personality flaws, or even mention the debate he has triggered, then who will? Will it be as Niemoller put in this quote.
‘First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.’