In some ways the “suicide” of Jeffrey Epstein and the “nothing to see here” talking points that came out of the corporate media has normalized the idea of a controversial figure being “suicided” in jail. Nobody will lose any sleep over the death of an evil scumbag like Jeffrey Epstein. But what happens when Assange or Chelsea Manning commits suicide in prison. Well, the talking points are already ready. “You silly conspiracy theorists,” the corporate media and the respectable left will tell us. “People commit suicide all the time in prison. It’s normal.”
The highly dubious death of Jeffrey Epstein in a US maximum security prison is another strong reason not to extradite Julian Assange into one – particularly as many of the same people who are relieved by Epstein’s death would like to see Assange dead too.
But there is every reason to fear Assange is already in danger, in Belmarsh maximum security prison, where he is currently incarcerated. As the great journalist John Pilger tweeted six days ago:
Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him.
I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him.
There is no official explanation as to why Julian’s health has continued to deteriorate so…
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