UN Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer visited Assange and warned that he could very well die in prison and said that he should not be extradited to the U.S., where he could not get a fair trial and where his fragile condition would further deteriorate. “This is persecution, not prosecution,” he said.
Prosecuting and convicting Assange for the crime of possessing and publishing classified material would establish a precedent for convicting any journalist, media outlet, or citizen who publishes, republishes, cites, quotes, or even tweets classified material.
The intrepid journalist and author Glenn Grenwald, in his 2014 work, “No Place to Hide” (Metropolitan Books: NY), offers a damning portrait of the U.S. media, so long trained to worship at the altars of power, as agents of first attack against those journalists who dare to question or expose imperial edicts or escapades.
Black women who have confronted the abuses of America’s white authority have suffered its punishment throughout our history. Anarchist Lucy Parsons, born in 1853, is one of the few Black women mentioned in labor histories – usually as the wife of the martyred Albert Parsons, who was executed in the wake of Chicago’s Haymarket Riot of 1886.