UK Decision to Extradite Julian Assange Shreds Western Claims of “Democracy”
On April 20, a court in the United Kingdom ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States, where prosecutors are eager to sentence him to 175 years in prison. His crime? Having exposed on Wikileaks Anglo-American war crimes and dirty operations in Iraq and elsewhere. So much for the freedom of the press and human rights of which the U.S. and U.K. claim to be shining examples. While they praise and finance “dissidents” in “unfriendly” countries who denounce human rights violations, journalists who do the same in their countries are de facto sentenced to death behind bars.
As the UN rapporteur has warned repeatedly, Julian Assange himself has been subjected to psychological torture for years now in an abject British prison and basically left to die.
The outrageous extradition decision was scarcely mentioned in the mainstream media. But what’s new? Anything that goes against the established “narrative” is simply dismissed, with no regard for truth. And of course, what with non-stop attacks on Russia and China, there was no time or room to cover other items.
In fact, just one day before, April 19, the U.S. State Department had released its annual Human Rights Report exposing human rights violations in every country of the world — except the United States, which is not even mentioned.