Waiting to Break Free

Caitlin Johnstone created this video on imprisoned WikiLeaks‘ publisher Julian Assange’s 50th birthday on Saturday.

By Caitlin Johnstone

Multimedia piece I made for Assange’s 50th birthday, inspired by a report that he’s been keeping his spirits up by feeding a pair of mallards nesting by his Belmarsh window: 


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This video is from CaitlinJohnstone.com and re-published with permission.


12 comments for “Waiting to Break Free

  1. Ron Reed
    July 4, 2021 at 12:35

    What a profoundly beautiful tribute to the most courageous journalist-activist of this era. Keep up your spirits, Julian! Your treatment by the servants of oligarchy will live in infamy, if the human race survives. May your throwing off of the “mind-forged manacles” serve as an inspiration to every living, loving soul on the planet!


  2. Ethan Allen
    July 3, 2021 at 20:36

    Well, Well, Well Caitlin, what an interesting birthday audio-visual wish for independence, and for no one more deserving than the gentleman wizard Julian Assange.
    Maybe our President “Captain Empathy” will celebrate “The 4th” by granting an unconditional pardon to both he and Edward Snowden.

  3. Eric Meyer
    July 3, 2021 at 20:11

    Take this- May it serve you well…

  4. Rex Williams
    July 3, 2021 at 18:06

    Thanks again Caitlin. A writer, a poet and and artist. Now that is a good collection of skills and put to good use today.
    As you would know, the retraction of the evidence of the Icelander (created under a threat from the US) was not reported in the western media, with the exception of Consortium News and The World Socialist West Site, but it was just another example of the criminality of both the UK and the US.
    So behind your offering today is the faint hope of returning to a world free of wars, cruelty, inhumanity as in Palestine for 70 years and an effort to save this planet before the likes of the US and Israel with their arsenals of nuclear warheads turn us all to dust.
    So keep up the pressure, all of you. Julian may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he has made all of the world aware of the uncontrolled efforts by the US to dictate every aspect of life though wars and sanctions.

    Eleven Australian Parliamentarians, through the well read and highly respected publication of Consortium News issued a plea this week to Biden to free Julian. Well done to those members who have earned a place in history, representative of the majority thinking here is this US-controlled country but unsupported by a feeble and weak government.
    Fortunately I live in an electorate which was represented by one of this parliamentary group and I will always be grateful for her courage and decency shown by her actions.

    Keep up the pressure, Caitlin. Who knows that the freeing of Julian Assange could become the catalyst for a worldwide change of thinking and values.

  5. Dancer
    July 3, 2021 at 15:16

    Thank you Caitlin. This is beautiful. It touched my soul the same way your essays touch my mind. As long as Julian Assange is behind bars, none of us are free.

  6. Buffalo_ken
    July 3, 2021 at 15:15

    I really appreciated the multi-sensory artistry of this. It was ambit. It was inwit.

  7. peon d. rich
    July 3, 2021 at 14:23

    Free Assange! Freedom from Imperial tyranny. Thank you Julian, thank you for awaking us.

  8. Adam Gorelick
    July 3, 2021 at 14:15

    Any expressions of the urgency of Julian Assange’s desperate plight and the dire implications of his case for actual journalism and free speech are welcomed. Assange has not only had well over a decade stolen from him but his body, faculties, and soul have been violated by a system that, were it an individual, would be diagnosed as psychopathic.

  9. Wendy Crandall
    July 3, 2021 at 13:03

    Beautiful, heartbreaking and powerful. I cannot stop my tears and my heart is breaking for Julian Assange and all living things on Our beautiful Planet Earth. Free Assange.

  10. Ron Paulson
    July 3, 2021 at 13:02

    What a touching and inspiring video! Thank you! I’ll be thinking about it during our I-5 overpass rally for Julian in Seattle this afternoon. Happy Birthday Julian!

  11. Veronica Mauvis
    July 3, 2021 at 10:54

    Absolutely brilliant – thank you so much. I have forwarded it to people I think actually care.

  12. Mark McBurnett
    July 3, 2021 at 06:52

    Thank you Caitlin, you bring hope!

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