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NEWS RELEASE · 7th May 2013
Chris Hedges
This interview is a joint project of Truthdig and The Nation magazine.

LONDON—A tiny tip of the vast subterranean network of governmental and intelligence agencies from around the world, which is dedicated to arresting and destroying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, appears outside the red-brick building on Hans Crescent Street that houses the Ecuadorean Embassy.

Assange, the world’s best-known political refugee, has been in the embassy since he was offered sanctuary there last June. British police in black Kevlar vests are perched night and day on the steps leading up to the building, and others wait in the lobby directly in front of the embassy door. An officer stands on the corner of a side street facing the iconic department store Harrods, half a block away on Brompton Road. Another officer peers out the window of a neighboring building a few feet from Assange’s bedroom at the back of the embassy.

Police sit round-the-clock in a communications van topped with an array of antennas that presumably captures all electronic forms of communication from Assange’s ground-floor suite.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), or Scotland Yard, said the estimated cost of surrounding the Ecuadorean Embassy from June 19, 2012, when Assange entered the building, until Jan. 31, 2013, is the equivalent of $4.5 million.

Britain has rejected an Ecuadorean request that Assange be granted safe passage to an airport. He is in limbo. It is, he said, like living in a “space station.”

“The status quo, for them, is a loss,” Assange said of the U.S.-led campaign against him as we sat in his small workroom, cluttered with cables and computer equipment. He had a full head of gray hair and gray stubble on his face and was wearing a traditional white embroidered Ecuadorean shirt. “The Pentagon threatened WikiLeaks and me personally, threatened us before the whole world, demanded that we destroy everything we had published, demanded we cease ‘soliciting’ new information from U.S. government whistle-blowers, demanded, in other words, the total annihilation of a publisher. It stated that if we did not self-destruct in this way that we would be ‘compelled’ to do so.”

“But they have failed,” he went on. “They set the rules about what a win was. They lost in every battle they defined. Their loss is total. We’ve won the big stuff. The loss of face is hard to overstate. The Pentagon reissued its threats on Sept. 28 last year.
This time we laughed. Threats inflate quickly. Now the Pentagon, the White House and the State Department intend to show the world what vindictive losers they are through the persecution of Bradley Manning, myself and the organization more generally.”

Assange, Manning and WikiLeaks, by making public in 2010 half a million internal documents from the Pentagon and the State Department, along with the 2007 video of U.S. helicopter pilots nonchalantly gunning down Iraqi civilians, including children, and two Reuters journalists, effectively exposed the empire’s hypocrisy, indiscriminate violence and its use of torture, lies, bribery and crude tactics of intimidation. WikiLeaks shone a spotlight into the inner workings of empire—the most important role of a press—and for this it has become empire’s prey. Those around the globe with the computer skills to search out the secrets of empire are now those whom empire fears most. If we lose this battle, if these rebels are defeated, it means the dark night of corporate totalitarianism. If we win, if the corporate state is unmasked, it can be destroyed.

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The world has been turned upside down. The pestilence of corporate totalitarianism is spreading rapidly over the earth. The criminals have seized power. It is not, in the end, simply Assange or Manning they want. It is all who dare to defy the official narrative, to expose the big lie of the global corporate state. The persecution of Assange and Manning is the harbinger of what is to come, the rise of a bitter world where criminals in Brooks Brothers suits and gangsters in beribboned military uniforms—propped up by a vast internal and external security apparatus, a compliant press and a morally bankrupt political elite—monitor and crush those who dissent. Writers, artists, actors, journalists, scientists, intellectuals and workers will be forced to obey or thrown into bondage. I fear for Julian Assange. I fear for Bradley Manning. I fear for us all.
Finally a voice of reason in a sea of corruption
Comment by Catherine on 8th May 2013
As this BC election draws closer watch the ugliness of the Liberal party accelerate. They will pull any and all stunts (illegal) just to WIN. They don't care about you or I or the environment- just themselves.

Think of the mafia and how they work. Kidnapping women and children for the sex trade, murdering to cover up what one might have seen or heard - think about it. Bribery to keep one's mouth shut. Deals made behind closed doors and kept secret.

Corruption is a major threat facing humanity. It destroys lives and communities. It translates into human suffering. It derails the building of essential infrastructure as the corrupt leaders skim funds. This is an ABSOLUTE ABUSE OF POWER and we do not elect leaders to do this - or do we????

Question absolutely everything these Liberal members say as it usually has a hidden or double meaning. You can prove the lies by checking the facts.

The longest running lie that they continue to harp about, is that the BIG RED COMMIES are coming to get you! Duh, kind of like a child's boogeyman?????

What are they really afraid of that they must use FEAR to control us????

You don't have to be in favor of the NDP - just in favor of wiping out corruption.
The public is the boss - these people work for us NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

Currently we're hearing a lot of pie in the sky promises - what's to hold them accountable to these words????? NOTHING - IT'S ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS!

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY OR KICK THE LYING, CHEATING THIEVES OUT OF OUR PROVINCE AND OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENTS!!!

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