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Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill
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Subject: Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill
Date: Wed, 29 May 2019 22:52:34 -0000 (UTC)
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Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, And Hardly Anyone’s Talking About It
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Caitlin Johnstone
May 29

Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that
“Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not
possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.”

This jarring revelation has been reported by a small handful of outlets,
but only as an aside in relation to Sweden refusing Samuelson’s request
for a postponement of a scheduled hearing regarding Assange’s detention
en absentia for a preliminary investigation of rape allegations. The fact
that the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder is so ill that he can’t converse
lucidly is itself far more significant than the postponement refusal, yet
headlines mentioning Samuelson’s statement focus on the Swedish case,
de-emphasizing the startling news from his lawyer.

As of this writing I’ve been able to find very few news outlets
reporting on this at all, the most mainstream being a Reuters article with
the very tame headline “Swedish court rejects delay of Assange hearing
over ill-health: lawyer”. The Sydney Morning Herald also covered the
story without even mentioning illness in headline, instead going with
“Swedish court rejects effort to delay Assange hearing”. The much
smaller alternative media outlet World Socialist Website has been the only
outlet I’ve found so far which reports on Samuelson’s statement in
anything resembling its proper scale, publishing a good article titled
“Despite Assange’s ill-health, Swedish court rejects delay to
hearing” a few hours ago.

This news has been so under-discussed and under-appreciated as of this
writing that I didn’t find out about it until hours after the story
broke, and I’m very plugged in to both alternative media commentary and
WikiLeaks-related news. A report that Julian Assange was so sick he could
barely speak all the way back on Friday and we still have no news about
how he’s doing now should be hugely significant for everyone who cares
about Assange, press freedom, government transparency or peace activism.

Another part of this story which has gone completely uncovered in all
English-language media as of this writing is the news that Assange has
actually been transferred to the hospital wing of Belmarsh prison. This
was reported by the Swedish outlet Upsala Nya Tidning, a newspaper
published in the same district court Assange is scheduled to call in to
for his hearing. The report was also based on a statement to the press by
Per Samuelson.

The article reports the following, per machine translation:

“Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer wants the
arrest hearing on Monday in Uppsala to be postponed. According to the
lawyer, who has now visited his client in British prison, Assange is
admitted to the medical department and was unable to make a call.

“Last Friday, Assange’s Swedish defender, lawyer Per E Samuelson,
visited his client in prison. In a letter to Uppsala District Court, the
lawyer says that they met for just under two hours. According to the
lawyer, Assange’s state of health at the meeting was such that ‘a
normal conversation with him was not possible’. Julian Assange is said
to have been taken to the prison’s ward, but there is no more detailed
information about his state of health.”

This story was picked up from Upsala Nya Tidning by Danish new agency
Ritzau and published in the outlet Politiken, with the title (per machine
translation) “Weakened Assange hospitalized in London prison:
‘Impossible to have a normal conversation with him’”. These news
outlets are to my understanding as reputable as any other mainstream
western outlet, yet they remain the only publications I’ve been able to
find which are reporting that Assange has been hospitalized. This is
absolutely bizarre.

I’ve emailed Per Samuelson with a request to confirm the news that
Assange has been hospitalized. I’ll update this article if I hear back.

For Assange’s supporters, one of the many frustrating things about his
imprisonment has been the way he’s been cut off from the usual means
which used to be used to inform the public about his well being. It used
to be that news reports could be easily confirmed or refuted by people who
had consistent access to Assange in some way by sources like the WikiLeaks
Twitter account, but the people who operate that account don’t have
ready access to him anymore. Now we’re seeing all sorts of rumors
circulating about how Assange is faring in prison, and it gets difficult
to sort out fact from fiction. It appears that it would be difficult to
find a more reliable source on the state of his health than his own
lawyer, however.

It has long been an established fact that Assange was in failing health
while trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy in London; doctors who visited him
published an article with the Guardian in January 2018 titled “We
examined Julian Assange, and he badly needs care — but he can’t
get it”. Renata Avila, an activist and author who has worked with and
written about WikiLeaks, tweeted in response to the new revelations, “He
needed urgent assistance after his expulsion from the Embassy. Instead, he
was not allowed to receive adequate medical treatment. In the case of Emin
Huseynov (1 y @ Swiss Embassy) it took at least a month of treatment to go
back to normal. Imagine after 7 years! Brutal.”

We have been watching the slow-motion assassination of Julian Assange.
They have been choking him to death by tactical psyops, siege tactics, and
wilful neglect as surely as if they placed a noose tied around his neck,
not just in Belmarsh Prison but in the embassy as well. The only
difference between his execution and someone on death row is the same as
the difference between covert and overt warfare, which makes sense because
the intelligence, judicial and military agencies who are carrying out his
death sentence operate within the same power structure which carries out
war. First came the smears (propaganda), then came the siege (sanctions),
and they staged their coup (dragged him out of the embassy) and now
they’ve got him in their clutches and they can do what they want behind
closed doors. That’s how you kill a nation while still looking like a
nice guy, and that’s how they’re killing Assange.

Shout this from the rooftops. Whether this media blackout is self-imposed
or perhaps the result of the malicious use of a D-notice, we have to use
everything in our power to get this information into the mainstream, and
get people asking questions of the press and their local members about
what the Dickens is going on in Belmarsh prison right now. Assange’s
life may depend on it.

UPDATE: WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has confirmed that
Assange has been transferred to the health ward of Belmarsh prison, and
that his health has been steadily deteriorating since his imprisonment.
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