WATCH: CN Live! — ‘The Survival of Julian Assange’

Jill Stein and Doctors4Assange Lissa Johnson and Bill Hogan join CN legal analyst Alexander Mercouris to discuss the latest developments in the Julian Assange case.

Two days after the High Court of England and Wales allowed the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, came news that the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher had suffered a stroke on Oct. 27. 

The High Court, though agreeing with the medical evidence and the conditions of U.S. prisons that made extraditing Assange “oppressive”, according to the lower court decision in January, nevertheless overturned that decision because it believes U.S. assurances that Assange will not be sent to the most extreme isolation in the U.S.

After the stroke, not only is Assange’s freedom at stake, but his very life.

[NOTE: In the program, Joe Lauria mentioned medical experiments by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War II.  The U.S. also has a history of conducting medical experiments on unsuspecting citizens, including monitoring the effects of radiation after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the Army releasing a biological agent in the New York subway system in 1966; a Sloan-Kettering Institute researcher, injecting live cancer cells, known as HeLa cells, into prisoners at the Ohio State Penitentiary in 1952; from the 1950s to 1972, intentionally infecting mentally disabled children at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York, with viral hepatitis to help find a vaccine; as well as the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study.]

Joining us to discuss these dramatic developments were CN legal analyst Alexander Mercouris  and Doctors4Assange members Jill Stein, Bill Hogan and Lissa Johnson.  Watch the replay with your hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria. Produced by Cathy Vogan


On Sunday, Doctors4Assange released the following statement:


Julian Assange’s fiancé, Stella Moris, announced yesterday that Mr. Assange had a “mini-stroke” on October 27, the first day of his latest extradition hearing, according to the Daily Mail. He was reportedly ‘left with a drooping right eyelid, memory problems and signs of neurological damage.’

This dangerous deterioration of Mr. Assange’s health underscores urgent concerns raised by Doctors for Assange over the past two years. Therefore, once again, Doctors for Assange calls for Mr. Assange to be released from prison so he can access consistent, high quality, independent medical care – something which is impossible for him to obtain in Belmarsh prison. We reiterate that Mr. Assange is in no condition to undergo an extradition trial. Further, extraditing him to the harsh conditions of the inhumane US prison system should be out of the question. He should therefore be immediately and permanently released from prison.

This latest medical emergency adds to the already dire state of Mr. Assange’s health owing to his prolonged psychological torture. This includes eleven years of arbitrary detention, medical neglect, solitary confinement, obstruction of access to his lawyers, and an Orwellian legal prosecution that has violated the rule of law and due process: 

Throughout, Mr. Assange has been subjected to concerted character assassination through propaganda campaigns in mainstream media across the globe.

Assurances that Mr. Assange will not be subjected to harsh prison conditions by the very agency that has been plotting to kidnap and assassinate him are farcical. For the High Court to accept such a ludicrous proposition, describing the assurances as “solemn undertakings offered by one government to another”, calls into serious question the independence, impartiality and integrity of the UK judiciary.

The health of Mr. Assange and the health of our democracy, which depends on a free press and judicial integrity, are both in serious jeopardy. This shameful and deeply damaging case should be dropped now, and Julian Assange granted his long overdue freedom. 

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4 comments for “WATCH: CN Live! — ‘The Survival of Julian Assange’

  1. December 14, 2021 at 02:21

    I TOO,
    …………am praying that Julian Assange survives, and lives to sue the US government for compensatory, and punative damages for the level of adversity that he has suffered as a result of the Hillary Clinton LIES. Further…… hopefully he will live long enough to watch all of the LIARS being lowered into their respective GRAVESITES.

  2. John Stanley
    December 13, 2021 at 18:13

    Once again the British judiciary and lady Justice are opening their legs to big brother USA. Out of the window go the Magna Carta, Bill of Rights, Rule of Law and every component of the British legal system which enables the man in the street (with a decent bank balance)
    to gain some justice through the British legal system. Now we can forget all that and in future if we have some legal complaint other than noisy neighbours we shall have to front up to some uniformed bureaucrat flanked by two officers wearing jackboots to explain why we dare to complain about anything under the magnanimous government of president for life Boris the Great.
    Oh and don’t say anything to the corporate newspapers or media. They grovel as usual to the establishment.
    (For further comment read my forthcoming English language textbook for overseas students. “The Little Book of US war crimes and crimes against humanity” with footnotes on the role of the British and Australian poodles.

    • Jel
      December 15, 2021 at 08:23

      I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this book.

      Can I assume that you are the same John Stanley who is on the radio in Sydney at night time?

      Cheers and Free Julian Assange

  3. Bruce
    December 13, 2021 at 17:20

    Julian took on the Pentagod! The true God that America worships, so this is Christmas? ?

    You’ve been kept down
    You’ve been pushed ’round
    You’ve been lied to
    You’ve been fed truths

    Who’s making your decisions?
    You or your religion?
    Your government, your countries?
    You patriotic junkies

    Where’s the revolution?
    Come on, people
    You’re letting me down

    You’ve been pissed on
    For too long
    Your rights abused
    Your views refused

    They manipulate and threaten
    With terror as a weapon
    Scare you till you’re stupefied
    Wear you down until you’re on their side

    Where’s the revolution?
    Come on, people
    You’re letting me down

    There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
    John F. Kennedy

    The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
    Patrick Henry

    When the government lies the truth becomes a traitor. Jesse Ventura

    Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
    John F. Kennedy

    Say you want a Revolution
    Don’t let me down!
    Lennon John Winston / Mccartney Paul James

    “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
    Patrick Henry

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