Until Julian Assange is free, none of us are

John Wight
5 min readFeb 20, 2024
Julian Assange

Hell is empty and all the devils are here. William Shakespeare

When it comes to the plight of Julian Assange, the British legal system stands disgraced as an instrument not of justice but of subservience to Washington.

Over the twelve long years of his incarceration — seven of them spent within the confines of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, then five thereafter as an inmate at Belmarsh maximum security prison on the city’s outskirts — we have been delivered a hard lesson when it comes to extent of the brutality and barbarity of those who rule over us, both here in the UK and across the other side of the Atlantic in the US.

“When one man says ‘No’ Rome begins to fear.”

From the classic 1960 Hollywood movie, Spartacus, this line from Kirk Douglas — in the role of leader of the legendary and most consequential slave revolt in antiquity — perfectly encapsulates why Assange has been nailed to the cross. But not only did Assange say no himself. In exposing the high crimes and war crimes of the Rome of our time, he invited us all to say no to thus make him an existential threat to a status quo forged in an ocean of blood of the innocents.

None other than Albert Camus, it was, who instructed humanity that “It is the job of thinking people not be on the side of the…

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