With the surrendering of Julian Assange by Ecuador to London’s Metropolitan police, the WikiLeaks publisher’s long embassy asylum ends, and a new phase of his persecution begins.
But is that a bad thing? Assange is in poor health, and his erstwhile “protectors” proved unable, or unwilling, to provide proper medical attention. The British prison system should be capable of better.
Moreover, his arrest pushes the case so far made against Assange past the pages of a curiously unsympathetic press and into the English courts, where claims of fact must meet the test of proof.
John Helmer is a journalist, former academic, government policy advisor, author, broadcaster and principal behind the news website, Dances with Bears, where his recent article, ‘The Julian Assange Case Now Puts the US on Trial in a British Court: Is There a GET-OUT-OF-JAIL Card for Assange?‘ explores the likely tangled path to justice Julian Assange and his lawyers must now navigate.
Some of John Helmer’s book titles include: ‘The Deadly Simple Mechanics of Society’, ‘Drugs and Minority Oppression’, (with Claudia Wright) ‘The Jackal’s Wedding – American Power, Arab Revolt’, ‘Grand Strategy for Small Countries, Case Studies in Transforming Weakness into Power,’ and his latest is the newly out political and personal memoir, ‘The Man Who Knows Too Much About Russia’.
John Helmer in the first half.
And; murderous criminality is not the sole purview of the American state; its friends and allies are remorseless killers too. In the 1990’s, details of Operation Gladio emerged from the testimony of former Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti during a special investigation into the 1980’s terrorist bombings initially blamed on that country’s infamous Red Brigades.
What was revealed next as chronicled in Paul L. Williams’ book, Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and the Mafia, should have provoked outrage fervid enough to tear out root and branch the fascist tendrils permeating Europe, and America’s power structures. Should have.
Antony C. Black is a long-time freelance essayist devoted to, among other topics, “debunking one aspect or another of US and Western imperialism”. His efforts have found purchase in print in the past at the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, and Canadian Dimension Magazine, as well as online at Z Mag, Swans, ICH, and Global Research. Antony’s latest, a review of Williams’ Operation Gladio, ‘Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance‘ I found at Off-Guardian.org. Black is too a former steelworker, psychotherapist, and retired school teacher.
Antony C. Black and the “far-right figures in the intelligence, military, government, media, Church and corporate sectors … [and] motley assortment of unreconstructed WW2 fascists, psychopaths and criminal underworld types” also known as, “Gladio” in the second half.
And; Victoria-based activist and long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, John Helmer and putting the United States in a British dock, courtesy of… Julian Assange.
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