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      (and as often as possible hereafter), please share info about Assange’s extradition hearing.  There’s so much at stake – as you know, the US is now explicitly arguing that it has the right to prosecute any journalist anywhere who publishes any info the government labels classified.

      The proceedings have been a total travesty.  The UK judge & admin have excluded nearly all observers (among many other shocking irregularities), and the “mainstream” media are not even attempting to cover it.  The main, most accurate source of news has been Craig Murray’s blog (an author, human rights activist, and former UK Ambassador).  He’s no spring chicken, and he and the 5 other observers permitted for Assange must climb 132 steps to get to the courtroom several times a day; and then he stays up most of the night writing his posts.

      If that weren’t bad enough, facebook and Twitter are shadowbanning him.  As he writes,

      “Normally about 50% of my blog readers arrive from Tw!tter and 40% from FB. During the trial it has been 3% from Tw!tter and 9% from FB. That is a fall from 90% to 12%. In the February hearings [those 2 platforms] were between them sending me over 200,000 readers a day. Now they are… sending me 3,000 readers a day. … It is the insidious nature of this censorship that is especially sinister – people believe they have successfully shared my articles while those corporations hide from them that in fact it went into nobody’s timeline. My own family have not been getting their notifications of my posts on either platform.”

      It’s down to us Assange supporters to try to bring more public attention and pressure to bear.  We have a lot of other news to compete with, and it won’t be easy, but as Kristinn Hrafnsson put it,

      “Please tell everybody that you know that they have to side with Assange and fight against his extradition. If they tell you, I would rather fight for [this or that other cause], tell them: they are about to take every right away from you. You will not be able to fight for any other cause.”

      Because of the shadowbanning, I’m wondering if it would help to camouflage our efforts by altering spellings or other means (e.g., Ass*nge instead of Assange, etc.) – I’d welcome advice about this from anyone who actually knows what might work.

      There’s a new documentary out that does a good job summarizing a lot of the context and other info re- Assange’s case; I saw it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90OIGGpfHDo – this version includes an intro and discussion afterward and does not require you to sign in to see it.  Another version cuts the extra stuff out but requires sign in “to confirm your age” – presumably because it includes photos of war crime victims, since I see nothing else that would warrant the caution. This doc would be great to share with others.

      Murray’s blog has also been terrific; that’s at https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/ .  I strongly recommend sharing at least excerpts.  Despite every possible kind of unfairness in the proceedings, the government has been proved to have lied time and again based on evidence from its own records and witnesses – it’s really quite stunning reading.

      But it won’t matter if no one outside the courtroom knows about it.

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

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