Post by Peter Trei Post by Juho Julkunen Post by D B Davis
But it doesn't matter. Even if the sanctioned psychological torture
inflicted on Assange made him mentally ill it doesn't diminish his
words and deeds.
Getting arrested thankfully did.
He was free to walk out of the Ecuadorian Embassy at any time. He stayed
there voluntarily to avoid being tried for rape in Sweden.
Even if he had walked out, and was whisked of to the US for trial, the max
sentence he could have received for conspiracy was shorter than his time
in the Embassy. I don't know how long he'd have served if convicted in Sweden.
I have zero sympathy for this man.
... "Since 2010, when Wikileaks started publishing evidence
of war crimes and torture committed by US forces, we have
seen a sustained and concerted effort by several States
towards getting Mr. Assange extradited to the United States
for prosecution, raising serious concern over the
criminalization of investigative journalism in violation of
both the US Constitution and international human rights law,"
[Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on torture] spelled out.
Since then, he said that there has been a "relentless and
unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and
defamation" against the defendant - not only in the US,
but also in the UK, Sweden and more recently, Ecuador -
that includes humiliating, debasing and threatening
statements in the press and online as well as by senior
political figures and magistrates involved in proceedings.
"In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has
been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse
ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary
confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive
isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy,
and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and
humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even
repeated calls for his assassination", the UN expert asserted.
On 9 May, the Special Rapporteur visited Mr. Assange with two
medical experts who specialize in examining victims of
ill-treatment. The team spoke to the prisoner and conducted
a thorough medical assessment.
"It was obvious that Mr. Assange's health has been seriously
affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment
he has been exposed to for many years," the expert said.
"Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr.
Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure
to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic
anxiety and intense psychological trauma." ...