Last Days of Julian Assange in the United States

The WikiLeaks publisher may soon be on his way to the U.S. to face trial for revealing war crimes, Matt Kennard reports. What he would face there is terrifying beyond words.

ADX Florence, the supermax prison in Colorado where Assange could be held. (Google Earth)

By Matt Kennard
Declassified UK

Babar Ahmad was extradited from Britain to the United States in 2012 on charges of providing material support to terrorism because of two articles published on his website backing the Taliban government in Afghanistan. 

He spent eight years fighting the extradition, but when it eventually happened he flew across the Atlantic on an executive jet from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. He had no idea what was coming next. 

“I think it was, like, a 12-seater plane,” Ahmad tells me. “Three sections of four seats. So there’s two big seats facing each other. Big, square, comfortable leather seats.”

Outside it was pitch black. 

“They kept asking, ‘do you need anything? Do you want a glass of water?’ I said, ‘can I have something to read?’”

The U.S. official gave him a newsletter for public workers. “I’m just looking at the baseball result from Connecticut or something.”

Sitting on the plane, there was no chit-chat, but at some point they asked him if he was hungry. Ahmad said he was. 

“So they came and they gave me this MRE pack: meals ready to eat. A big pack. They undid one of the cuffs on my right hand just so that I could eat.”

While he was eating, a Homeland Security official came and he sat down opposite him. “His job is to do the small talk, to try and get information out of you, and to get you to give some sort of confession, which then later he files as a statement to use against you,” Ahmad says.

“I did all the small talk and whenever anything would come up related to the case, I’d just say ‘look, I’m sorry, I can’t talk about that.’” 

Ahmad says the official was using the “good cop” technique. “He was trying to make a connection, talking about childhood, which is just normal conversation, like two strangers just having a normal chat. They do that to make you comfortable. But the underlying reason is obviously not to chit-chat, it’s to build a connection so that you will open up and you’ll be able to answer their questions.”

The U.S. official told Ahmad he had been investigating him for 11 years and made 30 trips to the U.K. for that purpose. 

“Then he told me he had been in Britain for five days waiting for my court case to finish. ‘I even missed the new episode of Homeland,’ he said, ‘because I was going through that. You made me miss it.’ Half joke, half serious.”

Ahmad says at some point he grew tired and said he wanted to lie down. 

“They let me lie down on the floor, but it was hard,” he says. “I don’t think I slept. It was really hard to get comfortable because you can’t stretch out and you’re in these shackles. So whichever way I tried, it wasn’t possible.”


Assange outside the Royal Court of Justice in London, July 13, 2011. (acidpolly/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Someone who may soon be in Ahmad’s shoes, shackled and on a plane to the U.S., is Australian journalist Julian Assange. 

In January 2021, district judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked the extradition from the U.K. saying that such a move would be “oppressive” because of the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health.

The U.S. was given a chance to appeal and Baraitser’s decision was then overturned by Chief Justice Ian Burnett, who accepted U.S. assurances about Assange’s treatment. That judge was a 40-year “good friend” of the British minister who orchestrated Assange’s seizure in April 2019. 

Jennifer Robinson, Assange’s lawyer in Britain since his legal troubles began, told me: “The U.S. did not dispute the medical findings, so the medical conclusion and evidence still remains the same, which is, if he’s extradited to isolating conditions, he will be caused to commit suicide.” 

The U.S., however, offered “assurances” that they would not place him under those kinds of prison conditions.

At the Royal Courts of Justice during Assange hearing on Feb. 20, 2024. (Joe Lauria)

“It’s a conditional assurance,” Robinson says, “which means at any point, once he’s in U.S. prison, the intelligence services could decide that he’s done something that justifies the application of those prison conditions.”

This is hugely worrying, she adds.

“You’ve got agencies which tried to kidnap and kill him that would have the power to put him under those kinds of isolating conditions without any real ability of us to judicially review it. And he would be stuck in those conditions.”

The U.S. assurances came after the close of proceedings, but the court in London accepted them and waved them through. 

“It’s basically extradition by diplomacy without proper oversight at the courts,” Robinson says.

In the US

Ahmad touched down in the U.S. early in the morning of 6 October 2012. At the time he had no idea where he had landed. 

“I went into some sort of car and we drove. After about 20 minutes we stopped and got out,” he says. 

“I could hear, like, clanging and I realised I’m in some sort of warehouse or prison-type place. At that point, I realised how painful it was to walk with shackles. It was chafing the back of my achilles, so I really slowed down. Obviously later on you learn how to do it, but that was my first time, and I didn’t know. I really slowly, slowly, slowly shuffled.”

Ahmad then went up in a lift and came to a cell. They took off his handcuffs and the shackles, and then removed the ski mask and ear defenders which they had put on him upon landing. Ahmad was in New Haven federal courthouse. It was about 3 in the morning.  

“They took us for photographs and fingerprints, and then they put us back in that cell. They said, ‘you have a court hearing at 8am,’” he says.

Ahmad couldn’t sleep for the second night in a row. “Around 7.30 a.m., my lawyers came to see me in a closed visit, so there’s a glass screen, and my lawyers are there. I spoke to my lawyers, then there was a hearing that took place.” 

After that hearing, now around 10 a.m., he was put in an SUV.

“We set off in this convoy of maybe eight SUVs,” he says. “And these guys, you know how Americans are, when they do something, it’s always extra. The guys have, like, submachine guns. These all look like special forces.” 

The Supermax

After an hour they reached a prison. Ahmad’s lawyer told him he was going to the state supermax in Connecticut.

Once inside the reception area of the prison, he was taken for a medical examination. The officers were made to wait outside.

“I go into this room and there’s three nurses there,” Ahmad says. 

“Normal, friendly conversation, going through my medical history, check my eyes, ears, mouth, whatever. Then as the officer came to get me, he looked at the head nurse and he sort of, like, winked or nodded at her, and she nodded back. She goes, ‘yeah, status.’ 

I didn’t know what that meant, but later I understood that she was telling him to put me on the suicide watch, which is basically a punishment cell. Healthcare has to make that decision. So that was a scam because there was no reason for me to go there, I was completely compliant. She looked at the guy and said, ‘status.’”

Ahmad continues:

“Then I’m taken into this cell. As soon as I got in there, one person was filming and eight guys were shouting commands and orders in unison. ‘Okay, left. Okay, restraint.’ They’re shouting these military orders and they put me against this wall and they literally stripped me naked, completely. And this is all on video.”

Ahmad, who had not slept, was in complete shock. 

“In the U.K., you’re never stripped fully naked,” he says. “They’ll either do the bottom half or the top half, and they don’t actually do it forcibly unless it’s a security thing. So I’m like, ‘what the hell?’”

Paper Slippers

Then they put paper slippers on Ahmad and an anti-suicide smock which covered his torso down to his knees. “And that’s it. That’s all I have, apart from the shackles.”

They walked him down a long corridor bent over under restraint so his head was below his waist.

“They dumped me in this cell, and the first thing I noticed was the smell, it was like a faeces infested smell, it was also absolutely freezing,” he says. “I remember the first thing I asked the status guy, ‘can I get something to eat?’ He just chuckled and said ‘you’ll be fed.’ And that’s it. They shut the door and that’s it. They were gone.”

(Rawpixel/Public domain)

There was nothing in the cell except two strips of toilet paper. The water was 60 seconds on, five minutes off, Ahmad remembers.

“If I looked outside the small 3×6 inch strip window, on the back wall, I can just see concrete. There’s no view, there’s nothing there. Then there’s another strip window, 3×6 inches on the door facing the inside of the prison unit. And there’s just all these mirrors there and there’s a little clock that I can make out.”

Ahmad was tired now and there was a bed with a plastic mattress. “I curl up like a foetus because it’s absolutely freezing,” Ahmad says. “I slept a bit and got up. At some point it was food time, and they came and they gave me a paper bag of food. The food was in, like, a coffee cup, and I asked the guy, ‘can I get a spoon?’”

The officer told him it was not allowed. 

“I had to eat with my hand like an animal. And that’s all because of the status thing, it’s the punishment thing. You have to eat like that. I didn’t know what the food was. I just ate it. Part of me was thinking, is this meat or not? I don’t eat meat that’s not halal. But I just ate it. I didn’t even know they might have spat in it or whatever, but I was just too hungry. And the cell stank like faeces, and I’m barefoot and, of course, there’s no soap.”

Unknown Unknowns

Ahmad at this point had no idea how long he would be in this cell. It could be 10 days. It could be 10 years. “I had no idea about anything,” he says. 

“I’m in this cell, and then the first thing I remember is one thing that Nelson Mandela said: that years pass like minutes in prison, but the minutes, they pass like years. And I remember I kept going to the door and looking at that digital clock. And I’m thinking that it’s been, like, several hours, but it’s been like 10 minutes.”

Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on South Africa’s Robben Island. (Thomas Berg, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

At some point a mental health nurse passed by his cell. 

“She stood for a moment reading something outside my cell and looking at me with disgust as she did it,” Ahmad says.

“I later realised that there was a sheet of paper outside my door which listed all the accusations against me. Then I asked her how I could cope, given I had nothing in my cell, nothing to do or read, nothing to see and nobody to talk to. ‘You could try visualisation,’ she chuckled then went on her way. That was what they meant by mental health support.”

The next morning a new prison official came to his cell. 

“He was a racist and hostile officer,” Ahmad tells me. “He was shouting, ‘you’re the terrorist’, and he’s shouting really loudly to the other prisoners ‘he tried to blow us up, he tried to kill Americans.’ Then he goes, ‘I’m going to teach him a lesson, why did you try to blow us up?’”

Ahmad tried to explain to him that that was a different person, not him. 

“He’s like ‘yeah, yeah, whatever, speak English’. He was openly racist. In the U.K., they tend to hide their racism, but in America you know where you stand, which I actually prefer.”

A day after arriving in the prison, Ahmad had a panic attack.

“That’s the only time in my life that I’ve had one,” he says.

“That was the first and last time that I’ve had it happen to me. I was just standing there and all of a sudden it’s like my chest started caving in on me. I’m standing up and then I start hyperventilating and my muscles tense up, and I go into this state, it’s sort of like I’m drowning, but I’m not.”

He says the only reason he is able to talk about it now is because he’s had eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to resolve it. 

“I can talk to you now without any physiological response,” Ahmad says. “But it was terrifying. I think it was the realisation dawning on me that, ‘oh, my God, this is it.’”

He continues: 

“All these assurances, I’m going to be treated humanely, and the U.S. prisons are equal to U.K. prisons and he’ll be treated fairly and justly. All of it was complete rubbish. It was all a scam, it was all lies. I was just thinking to myself ‘this is it’. I’m going to stay in this cell for the rest of my life.”

Ahmad had no idea how to deal with the panic attack.

“There was no one there. I couldn’t speak to anyone. I didn’t even know about how to deal with the breathing. Breathing can get you out of it. So I just started reciting some verses from the Quran that I’d memorised and then eventually that sort of just got me out there, calmed me down.”

CIA & Policy

John Kiriakou was a C.I.A. officer from 1990 to 2004 before leaving and blowing the whistle on the agency’s torture programme during the so-called War on Terror. Kiriakou has since become an outspoken advocate for Julian Assange’s battle for his life in the face of persecution by his former employer.

“One of the things that many people don’t understand is, in the American system, even if the prosecution wants to drop the case, what they do first is they consult the ‘victim’ to see if it’s okay with the victim if the case is dropped. In this case, the victim would be the C.I.A.,” he tells me. 

Mike Pompeo as C.I.A. director calling WikiLeaks a nonstate hostile actor. (C-Span Screenshot)

Kiriakou said:

“I can’t help but to think that had the Vault 7 release not taken place, and with [former C.I.A. Director Mike] Pompeo out of the picture, I don’t think anybody would have really cared if the case against Julian were to be dropped, but he embarrassed them, and there’s such a deep desire for revenge that it’s as though they can’t control themselves.”

Vault 7 is a series of documents that WikiLeaks began to publish in March 2017, detailing the capabilities of the C.I.A. to perform electronic surveillance and cyber warfare. Kiriakou says that senior levels of the C.I.A. will be guiding executive policy on the Assange persecution as a result.

“In a case like this, that conversation would only happen at the very top,” he says. “So we’re talking about the director, the deputy director, the deputy director for operations, the general counsel, maybe the deputy director for counterintelligence. It’s a very small group of people that would be having that conversation.”

The C.I.A. is incredibly powerful, Kiriakou adds.

“It’s especially powerful within the federal bureaucracy. I don’t think that these decisions are made in a vacuum at the Justice Department. These decisions are made around a conference room table at the National Security Council. And we cannot pretend that [Attorney General] Merrick Garland is independent and the Justice Department is independent of outside influence. We know that that’s just simply not true.”

When President Joe Biden appointed William Burns his C.I.A. director, Kiriakou had allowed himself some hope for Assange. 

William Burns in 2019.  (World Economic Forum / Ciaran McCrickard, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“I was optimistic about Bill Burns because he’s a career diplomat and a peacemaker, and with the exception of the time that he spent as the deputy secretary of state, he was not a regular consumer of intelligence, so there was no bond between Bill Burns and the intelligence community,” Kiriakou tells me. 

“I thought, well, you know, for the first time, really, since Admiral Stansfield Turner was the director under Jimmy Carter, this is a guy who’s independent of the C.I.A., who’s able to make his own judgments and come to his own conclusions. You know, I fear that, at least in the Assange case, that just turned out to not be true because if Bill Burns were to go to Merrick Garland and say, look, there was no damage to national security, I think Garland would have no problem dropping the case.”

Kiriakou says he cannot believe Biden wants to take on the press establishment.

“It just seems to me that there are very powerful people, probably at both the C.I.A. and the Justice Department, who say, you know, ‘fuck the Constitution’s First Amendment.”

The Legal Stitch Up

U.S. Department of Justice headquarters in Washington. (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Kiriakou is also not optimistic about Assange’s chances in the U.S. legal system. 

“Initially, what’s going to happen is he’ll be taken to what’s called the federal lockup at Alexandria, Virginia,” he says. “It’s used to house prisoners awaiting trial in the eastern district of Virginia in the federal court there. There are people awaiting trial for crimes as minor as trying to give a blowjob to an undercover police officer at a national monument — someone I shared a cell with briefly had done that — but that goes to El Chapo and everybody in between.”

While he’s awaiting trial, he’s likely going to be treated like everybody else, Kiriakou says. 

“One important thing here is that American prosecutors have repeatedly promised the British government that they will not put Julian in solitary confinement. That is complete and total bullshit, because it is not up to the Justice Department’s prosecutors to decide who goes to solitary confinement. That is the sole realm of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The prosecutors promising not to put Julian in solitary are like you or I promising not to put Julian in solitary. That’s about how much weight those promises carry.”

Assange will not get justice in the U.S. either, Kiriakou says.

“I don’t think he has a chance at a fair trial for a couple of reasons,” he says. 

Statue of Blind Justice statue outside the Albert V. Bryan U.S. courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia. (Tim Evanson, Flickr)

“Number one is the fact that this is the eastern district of Virginia. It’s called the espionage court because no national security defendant has ever won a case there. I was charged there. [C.I.A. whistleblower] Jeffrey Sterling was charged there. Edward Snowden has been charged there. They charge everybody in the eastern district of Virginia, almost everybody, because it’s the home district of the C.I.A.”

He continues: “The jury is going to be made up of people who work for or who have relatives who work for the C.I.A., the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, the F.B.I., and dozens of intelligence community contractors. So it’s impossible to get a jury that’s not biased.”

The second reason is what is called “charge stacking,” Kiriakou says. “Let’s say maybe you have committed a crime. Instead of charging you for that crime, they’ll charge you for 20 crimes, and then they’ll come back to you after you’ve been suitably softened up and say, okay, we’ll drop all the charges but one or two, if you take a guilty plea.”

The Tricks

Babar Ahmad stayed in the punishment cell for three days after his panic attack. Then a doctor came to examine him.

“It was an African American doctor, and he just kept shaking his head,” Ahmad says. “He said to me, ‘I don’t know why they put you in here,’ and he said he was going to get me out. He just kept shaking his head. He knew the tricks that they play.”

The doctor did get Ahmad out into another cell with a few more things, including a few jumpsuits and t-shirts, some towels and a blanket. But it was still solitary confinement.  

“But this one prisoner, who was actually a decent guy, reached out to me,” Ahmad says. “I didn’t know what he looked like, but he just shouted out my cell number. He goes, ‘hey, 109, how are you doing, brother? What’s your name, where do you come from?’”

He gave Ahmad some information about the routine at the prison and eventually managed to send him some reading material, which was against the rules.

“He sent me some books. I think I got a Bible from the chaplain as well. I read the Bible cover to cover. Most of it was in those initial weeks.”

Ahmad stayed in that prison for two years. 

“I was held alongside Connecticut’s death row,” he says. “The regime there was very tough. Complete solitary confinement for the whole day and night. No association with any other prisoner for two years. A full humiliating strip search, including body cavities, every time you leave your cell, even if it’s to the shower 2 metres away.”

He got to do one hour of exercise three times a week. 

“It was in an underground dog cage, which is about four steps by two steps, and there’s three cages side by side,” he says. “So you can talk to prisoners who are either the other two prisoners that are there with you, you can talk to them without restriction. But that was it.”

I ask Ahmad how he didn’t lose his mind.

“Well, it is unbearable. And a lot of people have lost their minds, and there are a lot of people with severe mental health problems, people that talk to themselves, people that shout and bang all day, all night long. People self harm. There are suicide attempts all the time. One week I witnessed three suicide attempts in one day.”

He continues: 

“Then there are prisoners there who had killed their cellmates, battered them to death inside the actual cell. In my case, I think it was partly my religion, my faith. I don’t know, they have these buzzwords, resilience and all of that, but you just try your best to survive, isn’t it?”

Ahmad was released from U.S. prison in July 2015 after being sentenced to 12-and-a-half years for providing material support, via two articles published on his website, to the Taliban government at a time when they were harbouring Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. government had asked for twice this sentence, but the surprisingly lenient sentence meant Ahmad was freed within months because of time served.

Julian Assange is unlikely to get such leniency from the U.S. justice system, and his prison experience will likely be even more punitive than Ahmad’s. 

“I think Assange is going to get worse than me in American prison,” Ahmad says. “The assurances they give about access to health care, it’s all a scam. None of it applies once you’re there.” He pauses. “Of course, suicide is a very real risk.”

Matt Kennard is chief investigator at Declassified UK. He was a fellow and then director at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. Follow him on Twitter @kennardmatt

This article is from Declassified UK.

18 comments for “Last Days of Julian Assange in the United States

  1. Joseph Tracy
    March 18, 2024 at 16:02

    Powerful, chilling, detailed information. One of the most compelling articles on what the US government is all about in its relation to truth tellers that I have read.

  2. Barbara Barnwell Mullin
    March 17, 2024 at 15:12

    Just wonder how long it will be before we the people in the USA will get this kind of treatment from those in power in the USA. They are already taking away freedom of speech and freedom of the press–the first Amendment.

  3. Lois Gagnon
    March 17, 2024 at 13:21

    It’s the CIA of course that is behind Julian’ s imprisonment. That lack of intelligence operation is a grave threat to all of humanity. We are all under threat of elimination if we are seen as a threat to their dominance. And they operate with a completely free hand. The Brits hold Julian’s and all our fate in their hands. Freeing Julian would strike a blow against CIA tyranny.

  4. March 17, 2024 at 13:00

    Thank You Matt

  5. darylmrush
    March 17, 2024 at 04:42

    an affront
    to mankind
    to what
    mankind could

    exposing just

  6. WillD
    March 16, 2024 at 22:54

    The US state embodies everything bad that humans can do to one another. From dehumanisation techniques to extreme physical, mental and psychological torture.

    It is utterly devoid of humanity, compassion and respect. There aren’t enough words to describe it fully, nor the suffering that its victims go through.

    It is genuine pure unadulterated evil.

    If Julian is extradited, he will undoubtedly die there. I sincerely hope for his sake that his suffering is as short as possible.

  7. This Land is Your Land
    March 16, 2024 at 13:35

    Biden may call Trump a threat to democracy. Trump may call Biden a radical socialist. Both will proclaim at the top of their lungs that the other is a such a gigantic danger to the nation that he can not be allowed victory. But if either succeeds in locking up the other, it won’t be in the SuperMax. That is reserved for truly dangerous threats to the nation, like a real journalist.

  8. This land is your land
    March 16, 2024 at 12:30

    Now that you’ve read about America’s “facilities” …. try not to laugh out loud the next time Genocide Joe tells you that we are fighting a war for “Freedom.” That the reason why domestic spending must fall in real terms despite the troubles of Americans is because we have to spend the money fighting for Freedom. That the reason why young Americans must die in many foreign lands around the world is because we are fighting for “Freedom.” Nothing says “Freedom” like a SuperMax Prison.

    Freedom and SuperMax Prisons don’t go together. Something is a lie. A society that believes in Freedom can not have a SuperMax Prison. One or the other is a lie. We know the SuperMax prison is real. We can see it and talk to its victims.
    Its a good thing we have Democracy so we can change all of this in the Fall elections.
    Assuming we make it to Fall before NATO v Russia turns into World War III … a war for Freedom and Democracy, of course.

  9. JonnyJames
    March 16, 2024 at 12:29

    The abuse of law to persecute Assange, abuse of power, funding and supporting Genocide in Palestine, persecution of whistleblowers, political prisoners, rampant institutional corruption, prison conditions “tantamount to torture”, destroying entire countries, mass slaughter of innocents, manipulating public opinion with outright lies, murdering journalists etc.

    It looks like the US is guilty of all that it accuses other countries of doing. (I’m no psychologist, but I think they call it “projection”) The US gives hypocrisy a bad name.

    But they tell us the US is a “democracy” with “freedom” and “justice”. Russia and China are brutal “autocracies” and all that. At least Assange and Wikileaks helped Ed Snowden escape, and now has asylum in Russia. How ironic. Otherwise, Snowden would be thrown in the dungeons as well.

    Now we have another so-called election where the same two far-right authoritarian, senile, corrupt, rabid Zionist genocidal freaks are shoved in our faces again! We are supposed to “choose”. Neither one of these freaks will do anything to release Julian Assange, quite the contrary.

    During the DT regime, Michael “Fat Mike” Pompeo (Mafia boss) wanted to put a hit out on Julian Assange. However, they decided it would be bad PR, and he will die in a US prison instead.

    • Valerie
      March 17, 2024 at 04:34

      It’s not just “abuse of law” Jonny. This has the hallmark of personal vendetta. Being as you mentioned mike pompeo, the title of his book “never give an inch” to me, reveals a certain mindset. (I haven’t read the book but it’s available as a free download online.)

  10. Fay van Dunk
    March 16, 2024 at 11:02

    Devastaing article, the cruelty and humiliation towards prisoners is horrifying. My prayers go out to Mr Assange and his family. God bless him.

  11. John Z
    March 16, 2024 at 10:53

    The criminal justice (joke) system in the U.S. is a sadistically cruel system of retribution, worthy of some dictatorial third country. I pray for Julian, as I prayed for my wife who died after ten years of Alzheimer’s, that he may soon die a peaceful death and escape the horrors that await him here in the U.S. I’m so sorry, but that is the best that I can hope for him now. The law, the Constitution, fairness and equality before the law have no meaning here any longer. May God have mercy on us all.

  12. Rebecca
    March 16, 2024 at 04:17

    An eye-opening insight into the futile cruelty of the American empire. Futile, because that empire is crumbling and no amount of torture or infliction of fear can save it. I cannot see a way for Assange to avoid this horrific outcome, because the UK has no political will to oppose it: both of our capitalist parties of government are fully on board with it. Defying the intelligence establishment has consequences.

    • Em
      March 16, 2024 at 09:27

      But what comes after the “ last days of Julian Assange” should ‘they’ succeed in bringing him to the confines of the cruel and unusual punishment Rogue State?
      The sick, sadist individual enforcer’s of the brutality of constant terror will still be out there, roaming the inconsolable street, unhindered in their irremediably vengeful states of mind, looking for innocent victims to put their hands on, in the name of the life draining state in order to satisfy their now personal cravings for cruelty.
      The state show will go on, more especially, harsher, in its death throes!
      “And so say all of us, for they are jolly good fellow’s” especially when celebrating death!
      With apologies, for calling it as I see it!

      • JonT
        March 16, 2024 at 15:39

        Well said. No apologies needed.

    • Hamster
      March 16, 2024 at 10:38

      Very eye opening and horrifying

  13. JonT
    March 16, 2024 at 03:18

    Those sadists in the U.S. Penal system cannot wait to get their hands on Julian Assange. Terrifying.

    • This land is your land
      March 16, 2024 at 13:09

      We can remember that the guards at Abu Ghraib in Iraq were ‘weekend warriors’ whose ‘day jobs’ were working as American prison guards. They failed to realize that they could not keep going with their ‘normal’ attitudes in a higher profile assignment in Iraq. In Iraq, someone might actually pay attention to their sadistic cruelty, while in America it is cheered and promoted by “tough-on-crime” politicians in bipartisan unanimity on corporate media.

      In America, prisoners die of starvation. In America, we put people in jail ‘pending trial’, and then forget about them for years. In America, prisoners die of neglect. And that’s not even the ‘normal neglect’ of denying medical problems and proper care, but ‘insect infestation’ and ‘malnutrition’ added on top of the ‘normal neglect’ so its reported as ‘severe neglect’.

      Strangely enough, Assange might get ‘better’ treatment than what Americans get at the Fulton County Jail in the Land of the Free. The torture will likely be more ‘professional’ at the Federal Level.

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