• The Trial of Julian Assange

  • A Story of Persecution
  • By: Nils Melzer
  • Narrated by: Gareth Richards
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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In July 2010, Wikileaks published Cablegate, one of the biggest leaks in the history of the US military, including evidence for war crimes and torture. In the aftermath, Julian Assange, the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks, found himself at the center of a media storm, accused of hacking and later sexual assault. He spent the next seven years in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fearful that he would be extradited to Sweden to face the accusations of assault and then sent to US.

At this point, Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur on torture, started his investigation into how the US and UK governments were working together to ensure a conviction. His findings are explosive, revealing that Assange has faced grave and systematic due process violations, judicial bias, collusion and manipulated evidence. Melzer also gathered together consolidated medical evidence that proves that Assange has suffered prolonged psychological torture.

Melzer's compelling investigation puts the UK and US state into the dock, showing how, through secrecy, impunity and, crucially, public indifference, unchecked power reveals a deeply undemocratic system. Furthermore, the Assange case sets a dangerous precedent: once telling the truth becomes a crime, censorship and tyranny will inevitably follow.

©2022 Nils Melzer (P)2022 Tantor

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Urgent Recommended Reading

A real life, currently unfolding, David versus Goliath story. A book with a message for the good everyday common folk living in the „free liberal democracies“ around the world about the clear and present danger posed to our desire to maintain and expand our freedoms, liberty and the rule of law as described by the kind of people that wrote and those whom have fought to institute the principles found in the Magna Carta Libertatum and the United States Constitution. A currently unfolding tragic story of human frailty, frail weak cowardly individuals who are unwillingness to accept responsibility and have an intolerable lack of integrity to do the right thing according to the letter and spirit of the law when faced with the truth about one’s own crimes. A story of how warped and sick those that have their hands on the levers of power are, including all those involved in relationship to the former individuals; directly and indirectly. A clear canary warning call in the coal mine of advanced civil society and culture for decades to come. It’s time to wake up and push back like crazy on the mistreatment of an extraordinarily brave journalist who had the balls to do incredible reporting on our behalf. We must push back like our lives and futures depend on it. Please Read and share this story and get involved with the efforts to Free Julian Assange. Julian urgently needs a massive public intervention now.

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Everyone needs to read this book

Melzer does an incredible job covering the persecution of Julian Assange from all angles. Everyone, regardless of ideology, needs to read this book.

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An absolute must-read! We Are All Assange!

Great book. Thank you Niles Melzer. Courageous subject, and writer. One criticism of Melzer’s prescription though: it will take revolution, not reform, to save Assange and restore basic democratic rights.

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#FreeAssange

“Truth always lies somewhere between the obvious and the absurd”
~Unknown

With the obvious and popular narrative pushed by the prosecution to the “absurd” narrative that Julian Assange is innocent, this book does a great job in allowing an unbiased discussion from both sides. Nils Melzar did an excellent job. This book is a must read by all freedom loving people of the world, but especially Americans!

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  • 11-24-22

Concerning and compelling

A concerning story about persecution and the abandonment of due process - meticulously researched and told from a UN experts perspective.

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  • Lucky Suze
  • 09-30-22

Don’t fear the truth

Exposes the truth:
That Julian Assange is not a rapist.
That he never fled Sweden, but gave a statement, DNA & waited a month before leaving.
That the women never went to police alleging rape, but wanting an HIV test.
That Assange never endangered anyone - but alerted authorities when German journalists published names.
That he never hacked into any government systems, but only published information he was given by those with a legal right to access it.
That he didn’t “conspire” with Russians to overthrow an election.
That he isn’t a dirty narcissist- but a brave, steadfast, selfless Aussie hero & legend - holding a mirror up to our own degradation and decline. So what do we do? Say thanks - we’ll deal with those shameful shady dealings? No… our own psychology is used against us to pillory a whistleblower. Our own silence and acceptance of the false narrative allows the failure of the press, failure of our democratic systems and failure of our rule of law to continue its inexorable decline into compliance with illegal executive actions and corruption.
No country is supporting Assange because all of them are complicit in wanting their dirty laundry hidden from view.
Unfortunately, this only hastens the abolition of our once strong safeguards that were exposed by Wikileaks & Julian Assange.
When the system permits an innocent man to be arbitrarily detained indefinitely, while ensuring murderers like Pinochet the benefit of feted freedom we are possibly witnessing the end of a once great system.
Such a shame - for all of us.
All Assange did was show us what we really are, and what our governments really do - murder, torture and lie - and then our legal system set the boundaries for permitting the detention of an innocent man for telling us about it.
Assange just told us the truth…. And we are watching his virtual crucifixion for doing so.
A cautionary tale.

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  • John
  • 08-05-22

Completely changed my perspective

Such a detailed and thorough analysis of the Julian Assange case. I was always pro-Assange but knowing more about the global neglect of due process in this case changes it completely. A must read/listen for all politicians and journalists covering the Assange story as it's clear that things are being hidden from the broad public conciousness that need to be exposed. this is a story about a man fighting for anti-corruption and the corruption of the powerful fighting back. The USA's government needs to be held to account.