The rendition of Julian Assange 60 days ago is and should be the most important issue and story in the news. Meaning corporate owned news. Since his forced removal from the Ecuador Embassy and into a British penitentiary, he has been leveled with additional indictments and wrongly indicted as a spy by President Trump’s Department of Justice and is now facing an extradition trial in February 2020, surely to give him plenty of time to think about his nosy interests in the brutality and plundering done in America’s name. Which in his case was the release of the Iraq war and occupation files procured by Chelsea Manning which featured the notorious and monstrous “collateral murder” video where some troops rained death from above, killing a group of people including two journalists for Reuters.
As with everything the extremely big bad orange man baby says and does, it’s really fucked up and a tad inexplicable that he’s doing this to Assange. Even though the Wikileaks release of Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails was found to have nothing to do with any Russian “collusion” to lead to his victory, it would have been safe to assume that Donnie would have showed some empathy and sympathy with Julian’s plight being that he is also a victim (and potentially a casualty) of the fake news media he’s always (and at times rightly) bitches about. Another fucked up thing is that Manifest Hillary and her diabolical minions went out of their way to subvert democracy and Trump never bothered to “lock her up, lock her up” for the obvious seditious acts that were revealed by that idiot John Podesta’s email and text message dump (another promise denied to his base). Yet it’s not a surprise being that Trump has had it in for journalists since his salad days as a young slumlord and disaster casino magnate during his developing years as a celebrity real estate scion.
But Trump has yet again deferred to his repugnant administrative fellowship. This time the state and security departments run by psychopaths Secretary Mike Pompeo and NSA advisor John Bolton, two men who like the mendacious Mrs. Clinton want Julian Assange vaporized. After all if it wasn’t the accidental reveal in a court order referencing Assange’s indictment as a precedent to legitimize his arrest, it was Pompeo declaring Wikileaks as a non-state intelligence agency. Which is quite easy to pull off in a nation where money and corporations are cast in iron as speech and individual persons.
Because in order to pull off this warped interpretation of justice like misusing the espionage act on a foreign citizen, you have to control the narrative. In this case the predominant false narrative pushed by the powermad and data-obsessed in U.S. government “intelligence agencies” to the Military Industrial Complex to the too big to fail Banking Industrial Complex and finally to the obeisant gaping mouth monkeys in corporate networks news and even entertainment divisions, whom with repetition remind the viewers that Assange is not a real reporter.
But all that shit I mentioned above is way beyond my pay grade as a amateur reporter (but semi-pro ranter) with a digital publication, which is zero. But I know fucking well enough that Assange is a real reporter and news publisher despite all the bullshit maligning of his name and repression of his news organization. How come, Mike? Because it’s ingrained in first amendment of the U.S. Constitution you fat fuck.
The outrage and outcry of his arrest and demands for his release are abundant and universal on social media, but the press continues to remain silent, insouciant and even elated at Assange’s unlawful imprisonment. And being a local scribe, you don’t have to look that far than the New York Daily News. New York’s hometown paper, which has reached it’s centennial as a daily publication, has relegated this crucial story and fascist menace against their own journalists to the back pages right next to the obituaries. Which is not so much a subtle hint of where they expect Assange to wind up soon than an ironic plea of surrender from the paper and it’s mission as a source for news and information about the goings on in government and on the streets.
To top this cognitive dissonance reporting off, a recent NYDN op-ed desired for a memorial for journalists who wound up sacrificing their lives for their jobs, which included a lunatic’s machine gun massacre of five reporters at their office in Annapolis and the plotted assassination butchering of Jamal Kashoggi by our ally Saudi Arabia in their embassy in last year. But what the NYDN doesn’t seem or want to get is that the current jailing and treatment and spurious baseless charges and indictments of Assange is just the longer drawn-out and bloodless version of Kashoggi’s murder, meaning by using and abusing the laws on him with the same effect as how sanctions against a country would cripple it. The powers involved at Trump’s Dept. Of Justice are also making sure that Chelsea Manning will break too by levying daily fines and then doubling the fines on her the longer she holds out for refusing to testify against him in a grand jury hearing. It’s not like 15 men holding down one man and cutting him to pieces with a bonesaw, but these arbitrary litigious torture tactics are designed to drive both Assange and Manning to delirium or even suicide, which Manning already attempted during her Senate run.
It didn’t take long for the manufacturing consent goon squads to take advantage of this fascist attempt to massacre and butcher uncomfortable facts from the public view. In Australia, police raided the home of a journalist and the country’s network studios for reporting war crimes committed by their nation’s military in Afghanistan. And the self-proclaimed greatest President since George Washington recently threatened to have a Time magazine photographer arrested for trying to take a picture of a beautiful letter from his dictator buddy Kim Jong-Un.
Who know what other consequences might arise during Assange’s detainment as he awaits his extradition trial next year, not only what is expected to happen to him during his incarceration given the maltreatment he received while holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy, but what watching and reading the news is going to look like during that time. If the current format of perpetual decomposition of news coverage directed to a mostly disinterested audience with short attention spans and instant gratification addictions, you might get what NBC New York news is promoting right now. Which is to disseminate the news as if they were little pop up ads so people can be somewhat informed of current events during their mentally decrepit and addictive habits of binging on their favorite TV shows.
5 stories at 40 seconds a pop. NBC News NY must think this is providing a service to inform the public. This is the future of the fourth branch of government? This is the standard that will be taught in journalism classes?
But it has been the standard for quite some time now since the proliferation and dominant omniscience of the cellphone and also in a way the fact that able citizens are putting in more work hours but that’s a whole another story. The story now is that you the people are each going to continue to be less informed and more distracted with bullshit from corporate news outlets while they will continue to be under dutiful watch from all invasive sources of oppression and will be more over-meticulous of what gets published or deemed worthy of information by the likes of your government, telecoms and most fearsome of all web service companies like the trillion dollar tech overlords Facebook, Google and Amazon which will eventually design their algorithims to fit the desired information and ideologies that will be disseminated to the masses if Julian Assange gets convicted and the fourth estate gets usurped and consolidated into a cheap cartoonish propaganda machine.
Which will be fucked up for professional independent digital publications and outlets and a dinky little blog like this one here. Until then, meaning February when Assange’s trial starts, Impunity City here is going to keep on reporting and opining about the shitty state of current affairs and scold and shame and hopefully banish the fascist ratfuckers who want to reinterpret the news under the dangerous, dishonest rubric of maintaining security and safety of not only the nation and the illicit policies and criminal acts in the name of America but to manipulate the minds and numb the senses of all citizens to unwittingly yield their right to be informed.
Free press. No compromise.