Ron Paul Asks If the US and the UK are Trying to Kill Julian Assange of Wikileaks

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Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is imprisoned at Belmarsh Prison in the United Kingdom and is facing 18 charges under the US Espionage Act for publication of the Iraq and Afghan War Logs. He faces 175 years in prison if found guilty. This would send a grim message to other whistleblowers and journalists. Assange is reported to be “gravely ill” and has been moved to the hospital wing of the prison. Prior to his arrest, he spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, unable to receive proper medical treatment, and lacking sunshine and fresh air. Ron Paul compared the treatment of Assange by the UK and US governments as being similar to the case of American Otto Warmbier, who suffered maltreatment in a prison in North Korea and later died because of it. -GEG

Ron Paul discussed the news that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is “gravely ill” on Thursday’s episode of the Liberty Report, noting that if he dies in that prison the US and UK will not look very different from North Korea.

Paul is encouraging people to speak out for Julian Assange amid news that his health has deteriorated to the point where he is now in the hospital wing at Belmarsh Prison.

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks confirmed that Assange is so gravely ill that he could not even have a normal conversation with his lawyer.

Speaking about his concerns over Assange’s treatment, Paul asked if the US and UK are trying to kill Assange. He brought up the case of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was imprisoned by North Korea and not released until he was in a vegetative state — dying shortly after his release.

“The Korean government abused him and they killed him,” Paul said. “Then they brought him back here when he was terminal.”

Paul said that if Assange dies in that prison, we will not look much different than North Korea.

Assange is currently imprisoned at Belmarsh Prison in the United Kingdom and facing eighteen charges under the Espionage Act in the United States for his publication of the Iraq and Afghan War Logs. If extradited and convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.`

Prior to his arrest, Assange spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, unable to receive proper medical treatment, despite the lack of sunshine and fresh air taking a toll on his system. Doctors who visited him there wrote an article for the Guardian pleading for him to be allowed to go to the hospital for treatment, headlining their account “We examined Julian Assange, and he badly needs care — but he can’t get it.”

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terry shead
terry shead
3 years ago

Julian Assange is a hero, he should be released immediately, screw the American neocons who run the show.

celticreeler
celticreeler
3 years ago

Otto Warmbier looked neurologically devastated in some of the clips shown of him being perp-walked by the North Korean military.

I think you could pretty much ruin someone’s brain by putting them into insulin coma/deep hypoglycemia and there wouldn’t be too much forensic evidence, other than a needle stick.