We now know that political prisoner Julian Assange was put into solitary confinement at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London under orders of Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftist president and fan of Hillary Clinton (and her dream of open US borders). Correa is similar in type to Hugo Chavez, using populism and the public treasury to reward his favorite groups while managing to enrich himself. Flaunting the US is part of his repertoire, but it is only words. He doesn’t have a bite at all. Meantime however his economy has fallen through the floor along with oil prices and he will want to stay on good terms with the next president. If he can shoo all his unemployed workers “al norte,” if she’ll just make good on that open borders thing, he stands a chance of escaping the same end as his friend Ricardo Maduro is facing in Venezuela.
In any case, although Correa vigorously denies he would ever bow to US pressure, the word is that Secretary of State John Kerry had a little chat at the woodshed with Correa and Correa saw the light, although given the proclivities of the Democrats, perhaps Kerry offered him not a spanking, or not only a spanking, but some chunk of US patrimony in return for a little electrical work.
Wikileaks is providing a public service not only to the United States, which has the most at stake, but the whole globe that is affected by US policies and even US whims. Those documents being released are evidence of serious criminal activities that in any civilized country governed by a just system of law would serve as the basis for many trials on many charges. The US public certainly has a right to know what kinds of crimes Mrs. Clinton was and is up to, but the people who control things like internet access don’t give a damn what I think or anybody else. They don’t respond to public interest. They don’t care about the Constitution. They are mere instruments of power wielded by the elite that controls both our parties and other countries, as well, and they do as they are told. There is no morality story here. It is Them versus Us.
And so Julian is plunged into the void, which comes on top of reported other maladies such as (surprise) depression. But I don’t hear a peep out of the global human rights lobbyists. Where is the outrage of Americas Watch, or Amnesty International or Oxfam or the European Council on Human Rights? I’ll tell you where they are — nowhere. Occasions such as this are why nobody believes in the sincerity or objectivity of human rights organizations, who always have their own interests and motives (and many of them are government-owned). They can’t speak out on behalf of human rights for Julian Assange, it would be taken wrong by the US, which means by the Democrat Party and the Clintons, who reward their friends and punish their enemies as surely as the sun rises. And in reality, the powers-that-be are dying to extinguish Assange and everybody like him and everybody who supports these people who dare to uncover the crimes being committed by our politicians and governments. If we had normal access to information in our own country, somebody else wouldn’t have to steal it for us.
Now we can add to the grave violation of human rights of Assange and all the rest of us a further suppression of the right to a free flow of information. I am speaking of the effort to shut down the RT (Russia Today) media outlets in the UK by closing their banking accounts at NatWest bank. And this allegedly with no nudging from government officials! The crime that RT commits is that of providing an alternative source of information to the propaganda and lies that our own governments serve us up through the pet media on a 24/7 basis. What RT offers is a broad variety of shows providing informed viewpoints on things such as corruption and war that are entirely suppressed in our own countries for political reasons. So now we are not even allowed to listen to the Russian viewpoint on global affairs because it might influence us in a wrong way. What is next? Probably the internet bloggers will have to go, and then the radio talk-show hosts. But you can be sure of one thing, it isn’t over — it’s only starting.
Where the hell is the outrage, America and the world? You can get your act together for a racist movement like Black Lives Matter, but freedom of information? Obviously not a chance. You won’t wake up until you too are wearing a gag.