by Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media:
On June 19th, Julian Assange will mark the sixth year since he entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, seeking refuge from the efforts of the US and UK governments to persecute him in retaliation for his journalistic work as Editor-In-Chief of WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange’s voice has proven so effective that the most powerful forces on earth have coalesced to silence him: on June 19th, the public must respond by becoming Julian Assange’s voice, by raising that unified voice to resonate until the glass halls of power are shattered by its force.
That the Ecuadorian government has silenced Assange for over 70 days makes the sixth anniversary of his asylum more significant than ever. Assange entered the embassy as a sanctuary, not a site of imprisonment.
In order to realize the significance of all this, the public must understand the real circumstances that undergirdAssange’s need for asylum from the ire of Western governments, in order to then realize that in fighting for Julian Assange, we are fighting for our own voices to be heard. For justice in the face of injustice around the world, for the truth to be known in an era of institutionalized ignorance.
“WikiLeaks was formed as an act of love, I think it is time for us reciprocate that love, for us to spread and transmit our love back to them, to the volunteers, to the legal teams, to all that have sacrificed.” – Patti Smith
This Tuesday, demonstrations of support for Julian Assange will take place across the globe, uniting people of diverse nationalities, political and cultural backgrounds in rallying for a cause that transcends ideology: the cause of Truth.
Some who support President Trump have also expressed frustration that the President hasn’t done more to free Assange, with figures in his administration actually amping up calls for the journalist’s arrest, as noted recently by Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson.
Disobedient Media recently spoke with Kevin Zeese co-Director of Popular Resistance and a board member of the Courage Foundation, CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, and Ray McGovern, a veteran CIA analyst who co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). The group will be among speakers at a demonstration of solidarity for Assange in Washington DC this Tuesday at 11am in front of the Whitehouse gates.
Additional speakers at the D.C. demonstration of solidarity will include whistleblower and activist Marsha Coleman Adebayo, co-director of Popular Resistance and coordinator of its Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign Margaret Flowers, political activist and Code-Pink founder Medea Benjamin, journalist Lee Stranahan and activist Angel Fox, who organized the event with Kevin Zeese.
Angel told Disobedient Media: “The fight to free Assange is not about one man, but about free speech, human rights and government overreach. One man stood and fought the corruption and he is paying for his integrity and courage. Every single supporter is important and makes a difference with their contributions.”
Information on the plethora of other events and demonstrations of solidarity will follow at the end of this article.
Disobedient Media asked Kevin Zeese, John Kiriakou and Ray McGovern to relate how they became aware of WikiLeaks and eventually supporters of Julian Assange and the organization’s work.