7 December 2012
Former French presidential candidate Jean Melenchon has paid a visit to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “imprisoned” at London's Ecuadorian Embassy.
The Left Front leader said his visit is to show solidarity with, as he put it, the “prisoner” of a government that lets dictators walk free but is not brave enough to free Assange.
The French leftist also praised Ecuador for being brave and sheltering the WikiLeaks founder.
After the meeting, Melenchon talked with reporters, describing Assange as an “intellectually combative” individual who feels sympathy for the jailed Private Bradley Manning accused of passing classified data to WikiLeaks.
The Ecuadorian ambassador who also took part in the press-conference said that Assange is slowly assimilating to his “solitary confinement”.
Last week, it was reported that Assange had developed a chronic lung condition “which could get worse at any moment."
Assange has been inside the Ecuadorian Embassy since June 19, when Ecuador granted him political asylum.
If Assange leaves the building, he faces immediate arrest and extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual assault.
Infrastructure for absolute totalitarism already built - Assange
In his interview with the Russia Today Channel WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has warned people from thinking the internet as “some kind of Platonic Realm” and said all the infrastructure for absolute totalitarism has been built.
Assange reminds that everything on the internet is stored on web servers, and “whoever physically controls this controls the realm of our ideas and communications.”
“And whoever is able to sit on those communications channels, can intercept entire nations,” he concludes.
“Intellectual knowledge is something that we are all putting on to the internet – and so if we can try and decouple that from the brute nature of states and their cronies, then I think we really have hope for a global civilization,” Assange said outlining the alternative people have to withstand the interception.
According to Assange, due to billions of interceptions per day state spying agencies and their cronies – corporations and companies – have succeeded in build the infrastructure for the so-called ‘turnkey totalitarianism’.
“It’s just the matter of turning the key. And actually the key has already been turned a little bit, and it is now affecting people who are targeted for US drone strikes, organizations like WikiLeaks, national security reporters who are having their sources investigated.”
Voice of Russia, RT