'EP.1000: UN Rapporteur Nils Melzer SLAMS UK Govt Over ‘Psychological Torture’ Of Julian Assange
On our 1000th episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer. He discusses the significance of the arrest of Julian Assange on this day 2 years ago on the war on press freedom, how Julian Assange’s persecution started with the arbitrary detention at the Ecuadorian Embassy, the health of Julian Assange and his assessment that he has been psychologically tortured, the war crimes and corruption Wikileaks has exposed, the media’s role in the psychological torture of Assange and much more!'
BBC have a grand total of 2 results from a search for 'Nils Melzer', from May and June 2019: https://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=nils+melzer&page=1 The graun have 8 results for 'Nils Melzer Assange' (well, 10, but the last two don't mention Melzer for some reason), latest one Jan 2021 which mentions his torture finding in the last paragraph. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=nils+melzer+assange+site%3Atheguardian.com&t=ffsb&atb=v1-1&ia=web Only one article appears to be specifically devoted to his work on Assange, again back in 2019, very cagily and with ever-faithful relaying of UK govt denials: https://www.dumptheguardian.com/media/2019/may/31/julian-assange-shows-psychological-torture-symptoms-says-un-expert
Melzer makes a point about the way the case has been switched around to focus on Assange's alleged misconduct rather than the state criminality exposed by WikiLeaks, a personalisation of the issue I was trying to draw attention to in my recent article on WikiLeaks vs Extinction Rebellion - https://members5.boardhost.com/xxxxx/thread/1614788615.html
But the governments have really managed to turn the spotlight around and I'm speaking of the spotlight that WikiLeaks has pointed on them, the governments and their misconduct. They have taken that spotlight and turned it around and focussed it on Assange and have created a whole public discussion about Assange while the Assange case is not really about Assange, it's about the states and their misconduct, but no-one ever discusses that. There we see how this collusion between the mainstream media and governments, how that works to influence public opinion in many ways that the public is not even aware of. (from 7:35)
Govt and media really operate like a sleight of hand con artist in this way, misdirecting public attention away from where the real action is happening. (Though, confusingly, I would agree that Assange's case is also an example of this kind of 'real action' given how the story has been disappeared. Maybe the misdirection was only necessary until they had him in custody.)
Anyway, good to have Melzer fighting this, and revealing as ever that he has been effectively no-platformed by the major UK corporate media outlets.