Julian Assange and his Declaration of the human rights and human wrongs

This post is about Julian Assange’s case and the questionable way of his legal proceedings being handled.

Not so long ago I wrote a post called “The President’s new cross: a Nobel prize for Peace” praising the new president Obama for the chilling impact he brought by stepping forward to save the US’s reputation and economy. Mind you, my opinion of him didn’t change much since then, but then Wikileaks released classified documents and Julian Assange stepped into light.

This was what I thought at the time:
Mark my words, comrade… one day things will change.”
– Sgt. Reznov, Call of Duty: World at War

And things did change but Obama is trapped and because of that Nobel prize he can’t really react on what’s happening right now: Wikileaks. He simply “walks on eggs” and the first thing he would say in favor of Assange, will threaten his presidential seat and have his patriotism questioned or…if he strongly speaks against him, he’ll have that prize sounding an alarm. So you see, the man is stuck.

As you all know, Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks is apparently the biggest US enemy right now…to the US Gov. that is, because to the rest of the world, he is a hero.
There’s a filthy war now where sex charges are trying to overshadow the damaging leaked documents.
I want to separate these 2: Julian+Wikileaks and Julian+”rape and molestation” charges

Simply put…He received classified documents, published some and then shared some others with the world’s biggest news agencies, knowing that he can’t fight this battle alone. It takes courage or insanity to pull something like this, knowing that you’ll probably end up dead…though that thought was already in his head which led him to have his ‘insurance file” ready if anything should happen.

Human wrongs
The documents are damaging, but what’s in some of them is nothing that we didn’t already know.
In some others we hear about corruption like we’ve never encountered before and then comes the hard part where war-crimes are committed, such as the Apache chopper shooting down people on the street and the soldiers having fun, laughing while doing it, then shooting at the car with children inside for trying to save one of the wounded. That’s what you wanted to keep secret?
That video broke my heart and the little trust I had left in the US died at that very moment.

Whistleblowers shouldn’t be punished for uncovering the truth. If I had been the first person to see that video, I would have done just the same, I too would have gone deeper and blow this for the whole world to see it.
We are talking here about human lives being taken while the soldiers were laughing.
If that doesn’t get to you, if that doesn’t wake up the warrior inside you, then you are paralyzed by fear or ignorance. It has not a damn thing to do with patriotism or national security.

The great Martin Luther King Jr. said:

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

Manning and Assange protested and used their positions, money, resources to do just that, and for that, they both are my heroes.
Please don’t feel offended because Manning had a conscience and Julian had resources and courage.
Manning will probably have to serve 52 years for exposing those files, and Julian will probably face hell for the years to come.
They both, risked their lives for the truth. Is that simple.

The US gov. reaction is shocking and low, and the measures taken to suppress those files from coming out, the manner the US citizens are banned from reading the docs or even the news (US blocks over 25 news sites publishing #wikileaks docs http://bit.ly/ibKFCj) …well, that makes China blush.

Dear US officials, as you know, bad news travel fast and the rule that applies in marketing today “ the word to mouth” has unlimited power.
You simply can’t stop people from talking, so hold your breath for a moment and think about the fact that those documents were classified and they are now public…and yes, we do talk about them at home, at the office, on twitter, blogs…in bed, and there isn’t much you can do.
What happens today defines people’s lives and they have the fundamental right to know and talk about it without pressure, fear or oppression.
You can pressure countries’ leaders and big companies who had ties with Assange to bow under your power, but its people know better.
You’ve done it with Amazon, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard….

It’s too late to contain the damage you’ve just received, but not too late to get back to your senses and fix the damage you’ve done.

I apologize for stepping on your nerve now, but the moment Sarah Palin speaks on your behalf (that woman is very “dense” by the way), or the moment your politicians call for the assassination of a WHISTLEBLOWER on your national television, even trying to use the Espionage act (which is a cheap shot)… now that’s the moment you, as a nation, lost it. By “it” I refer to it all.
If you pride yourself to be a nation where free-speech is free, let the free-speech be free then.
If you pride yourself to be a nation where justice always prevails, then show us: punish those responsible for the Apache killing, those who took bribes to facilitate hundreds of millions worth of contracts involving oil…again, punish the contractors who pimped boys in Afghanistan. They should be brought to court and jailed for life for doing that. Shall I go on?
There is work for the next 50 years for your justice system based on those logs, so how about you focus on that?

Now, back to Julian.
-he has been arrested without actually being charged
-he is still in prison after the bail was denied and after the bail was accepted.
I will point here the following, that UK, US, Sweden (the countries involved right now) that signed the UDHR are violating this man’s rights:
Universal Declaration of the Human rights

Article 9.
Article 10.
  • Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

So far, he’s just been sitting in jail in the UK, with no trial pending. Also, the European Arrest Warrant breaches that right.

Article 11.
  • (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.
  • (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Article 14.
  • (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. (Sweden fears that he’ll ask asylum in Switzerland and because of that, after the bail was approved, he remained in jail.)
  • (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Julian+”rape and molestation” charges also named by some the “honeytrap” which calls for his extradition to Sweden…which might lead to his extradition to the US, to be tortured that is. You might object, but that’s how it looks. Looks likes he’ll be bounced between continents. But what the hell, we can just do that, right?

This is an odd one because under Swedish law, if he did continue the sexual act after the partner changed her mind, then it’s a serious offense and if he knew about it, then he did break the law. But what if he didn’t know? Is there a warning sign for foreigners when they enter Sweden about that?
I wish this law was enforced in many more countries where rape is more common than cars.
BUT when an European arrest warrant is being issued with a Interpol red notice, then it makes you wonder the following:
He is wanted in Sweden for questioning about alleged sexual offenses, but under the law “an EAW can only be issued for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution (not merely an investigation),” which in this case the questioning is an investigation…which under the law, makes the EAW invalid. Right?
I am not a law-savvy person and I probably don’t understand all the legal terms used, but this one just doesn’t seem right. All those legal proceedings just don’t seem right and fair…since Julian agreed to co-operate with the Swedish authorities but from the UK.

Interpol Red notice

Requests (provisional) arrest of wanted persons (fugitives), with a view to extradition. An Interpol Red Notice is “the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today.”[3] (Interpol does not have the authority to issue arrest warrants in the formal sense of the word, as this is the domain of the sovereign member states.)

An EAW can only be issued for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution (not merely an investigation), or enforcing a custodial sentence. An EAW can only be issued for offences carrying a maximum penalty of 12 months or more. Where sentence has already been passed an EAW can only be issued if the prison term to be enforced is at least four months long.

I won’t say that Julian Assange is guilty or not about the sexual offenses, nor will I trash the two women. If what happened is true and those two women are willing to standup for their right and defend their honor, so be it. But if this is just a cocktail of politics, lies, power and shame with a twist of invalid warrants, then this cocktail is extremely toxic.

I don’t know….and that’s about how much the rest of the world knows about it, but what I am saying is that in all the chaos caused by Wikileaks, an EAW for alleged sexual offenses just doesn’t seem right.
Sadadm Hussein had his case better handled than Assange’s case. The two can’t be compared. One was a criminal and one is a whistleblower.
Do the math.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Julian Assange’s case matter.

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