October 22, 2019
Julian Assange has been tortured, like all political dissidents get tortured in Western countries.
Everyone knows that this behavior is the result of torture, but we’ll all just pretend it isn’t.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared confused at a London court hearing on Monday, struggling to recall his name and age in his first public appearance in months as he sought to fight his extradition to the United States.
Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador’s embassy before he was dragged out in April, faces 18 counts in the United States including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted.
On Monday he appeared clean-shaven, without the long beard he had worn at his last public appearance in May, when he was sentenced to 50 weeks jail for skipping bail. He appeared in good health, with his white hair combed back and wearing a navy suit over a light blue sweater and white shirt.
But he mumbled and stuttered for several seconds as he gave his name and date of birth at the start of a preliminary hearing in the case.
When the judge asked him at the end of the hearing if he knew what was happening, he replied “not exactly”, complained about the conditions in jail, and said he was unable to “think properly”.
“I don’t understand how this is equitable,” he said. “I can’t research anything, I can’t access any of my writing. It’s very difficult where I am.”
Assange is being held in British jail pending the U.S. extradition, having served his sentence for skipping bail.
Who knows what kind of torture they’re even using on him.
It could be traditional psychological torture, keeping him in solitary confinement without books (this actually shrinks your brain), or it could be various types of high-tech torture, including microwaves.
Who the hell knows.
What we do know is that an extremely intelligent 48-year-old man should be able to remember his name and his age, and know where he is.
It’s just sick, what these people do.
China doesn’t do this. Russia doesn’t do this.
And yet Britain and the US are supposed to be the ultimate defenders of human rights democracy?