Everything the western world believes about itself and its values is invalidated by its treatment of Julian Assange.

If the western world valued truth it wouldn't be imprisoning a journalist for speaking it.

If the western world valued justice Julian Assange would not have been rotting in Belmarsh Prison for two years, after being arbitrarily detained for the previous eight, under a campaign of draconian lawfare.

If the western world valued freedom it would not be imprisoning an award-winning journalist for his journalistic publications.

If the western world opposed the imprisonment of dissidents it wouldn't be imprisoning and working to extradite him to a nation where he'd be completely silenced and effectively disappeared.

If the western world opposed torture, a UN Special Rapporteur on torture wouldn't have found him showing signs of psychological torture, and they wouldn't be working to send him into a torturous prison system.
The western world purports to value truth, justice and freedom and to oppose tyranny and oppression, but if you look at how that same western world has been treating a journalist whose only proven "crime" is publishing inconvenient truths about the powerful, you see this is a lie
We believe our society upholds noble values because that's what we've been trained to believe by our schooling systems and by our media, but those same information systems have also trained us to accept a ruling model wherein a journalist is being punished for telling the truth.
We've been lied to.

We've been duped.

Assange has proven this beyond a shadow of a doubt. With his publications, yes, but first and foremost with the brutish and tyrannical response to those publications.

We all owe him a great debt for exposing the lie of the western world.
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