British rock legend Roger Waters has denounced London authorities, accusing them of auctioning off their “masters in Washington”, at a rally in New York on Saturday calling for the release of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.
“Julian, you are not alone! … There are many of us, and we have a message for Vanessa Baraitser, this apology for a magistrate who made you appear in this kangaroo court in London”, Waters said, referring to a judge who signed the extradition order. “Ms. Baraitser, you are an embarrassment to the legal profession. Kiss my ass.
British District Judge Vanessa Baraitser initially refused to hand Assange over to the United States, fearing he would be subjected to inhuman treatment, but Washington managed to convince London that the journalist’s rights would be “respected”. In the United States, Assange faces espionage charges that carry a prison term of up to 175 years.
Addressing a crowd outside the British Consulate on Saturday, the rock musician, who has long been one of Assange’s most vocal supporters, recalled how in 2020 he “lost a few words about Boris Johnson, who was then America’s pet poodle” who “ignored the law and obeyed the orders of his masters in Washington.”
Today, the pitiful current British Poodle, Rishi Sunak, is just as well trained… “Rishi, sit down!” Good boy!’
“What about the law, Mr. Sunak?” What about magna carta? What about basic human rights? » Waters asked.
Right now, at the British Consulate in New York, rallying for the freedom of Julian Assange and the right to expose the national security state that governs usRoger Waters: “Julian Assange, you are not alone.” pic.twitter.com/IdkLdVMxlS
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) December 10, 2022
WikiLeaks supporters insist that Assange was merely practicing journalism by publishing the documents, which have been redacted to remove sensitive information. Activists say Washington retaliated against the outlet and its co-founder for exposing its own war crimes.
“Without Julian Assange, you might as well be alone. Without a free press, you might as well be alone,” Waters reiterated. “Without basic human rights for all of our brothers and sisters, regardless of color, religion or nationality, we might as well be alone.”
Julian Assange came into the US government’s crosshairs in 2010, when WikiLeaks released classified documents revealing alleged war crimes committed by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange was forced to take refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London from 2012 to 2019, when a new government in Quito revoked his asylum status and he was arrested for jumping bail. The Australian-born publisher remains locked up in Belmarsh prison in the UK, pending extradition to the US, with his health and mental state deteriorating after years in detention.
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