(This pamphlet was published while Julian Assange was a political exile in London’s Ecuadorian embassy.) For six years, Julian Assange, who exposed the crimes of the US military and intelligence apparatus, has been imprisoned in London, trapped in the Ecuadorean embassy under increasingly onerous and precarious conditions. Now he has been denied any contact with the outside world, unable to receive visitors, make phone calls or access the Internet.
The perpetrators of this crime are not the governments routinely denounced as “rogue regimes” by imperialist powers and targeted for military aggression, but the imperialist powers themselves—principally the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
The attack on Assange is the spearhead of a drive by the major capitalist governments led by the United States to censor the internet and destroy democratic rights. It is being abetted by the silence of virtually the entire coterie of pseudo-left groups.
Since 2010, when Assange was forced to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London the World Socialist Web Site has been in the forefront of his defense. The collection of articles in this pamphlet are a record of that campaign.