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Kill the messenger

On Monday, June 24, 2024, Australian journalist Julian Assange left London's maximum security Belmarsh prison and flew to the Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory in the Pacific, where he would face a judge as part of a plea deal. guilt that freed him and allowed him to return to Australia. Why was he imprisoned? Let's see.

Killing the messenger is a metaphorical phrase that refers to the act of blaming a person who reports bad news rather than the author of the news. In the year 441 BC, the Greek playwright Sophocles presented his tragedy Antigone in which it is said that “No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.” Between the years 96 and 117 after Christ, in his work Parallel Lives, the Greco-Roman historian Plutarch tells us: “The first messenger who gave the news about the arrival of Lucullus was so far from pleasing Tigranes that he cut off his head for their sufferings; and with no man daring to bring more information, and without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while the war grew around him, giving ear only to those who flattered him….”

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States, through NATO, its armed wing, invaded Afghanistan with the support of the United Kingdom. His public goals were to dismantle Al Qaeda and remove the Taliban from power. Do you know what the Yankees and the English did? Operation “Enduring Freedom” left a trail of deaths and injuries from gunshots and bombings, turning houses, hospitals, schools and stores into crime scenes.

During Saddam Hussein's government, far-right sectors in Iraq called for sanctions and invasions of the United States. On March 20, 2003, the Yankees invaded Iraq, arguing a false positive: the government had weapons of mass destruction. The military of the country of Uncle Sam and John Bull dropped thousands of cluster munitions in populated areas. In some neighborhoods there were people who supported the invasion and shouted: don't bomb us, we are your allies, we hate Hussein! They were also devastated since the weapons do not distinguish targets. The invaders subjected detainees to torture and sexually abused them. But do you know who was guilty of these terrorist actions? Julian Assange, Why?, for publishing these crimes against humanity on Wikileaks.

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