They’re Murdering My Son – Julian Assange’s Father Tells of Pain and Anguish

By Finian Cunningham
September 29, 2019

Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, gave an interview to Strategic Culture Foundation over the weekend. After arriving from his home country of Australia, Shipton is visiting several European states, including Russia, to bring public attention to the persecution of Julian Assange by British authorities over his role as a publisher and author. First though an introduction to the Assange case.

Few media figures can be attributed with transforming international politics and the global media landscape. Arguably, Julian Assange, author, publisher and founder of the Wikileaks whistleblower website (2006), is in the top tier of world-changing individuals over the past decade.

The Australian-born Assange has previously been awarded with accolades and respect for his truth-telling journalism which exposed massive crimes, corruption and nefarious intrigues by the US government and its Western allies.

One of the most shocking exposés by Wikileaks was the video ‘Collateral Murder’ (2010) which showed mass, indiscriminate deadly shootings by US troops in Iraq. Similar war crimes by American troops in Afghanistan were also revealed by Wikileaks. The so-called US and NATO “war on terror” was exposed as a fraud and gargantuan crime.

Assange worked with American whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, the latter revealing the illegal systematic global surveillance by US spy agencies against ordinary citizens and political leaders around the world in flagrant violation of human rights and Washington’s much-vaunted claims of upholding civil liberties and international law.

The powers-that-be have gone after these truth-tellers with a vengeance for daring to expose their hypocrisy and vile record. Snowden is in exile in Russia, unable to return to the US out of fear of imprisonment for “treason”. Manning is currently being detained indefinitely in the US because she refuses to testify against Assange.

Julian Assange’s ground-breaking journalism exposing government crimes did so in a way that so many established Western news media outlets failed to do out of cowardly deference to the powers-that-be. Such so-called “independent” media are now facilitating the persecution of Assange by smearing his reputation and ignoring his plight in prison. He has been smeared, among other slanders, as a “Kremlin agent” and a “cyber terrorist”.

After almost seven years (2012-2019) confined in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he sought political asylum to avoid arbitrary arrest by British authorities over trumped-up sex assault claims (since dropped), Assange was illegally arrested in April this year by UK police storming the Ecuadorian embassy. He has since been detained in maximum security Belmarsh prison where he is held under conditions of solitary confinement. He is being detained indefinitely while the US prepares a request to British authorities to extradite him. If he is extradited to the US, Assange will face charges under the Espionage Act which could result in 175 years in jail.

Belmarsh prison in London is a Special Category A jail (the most severe of four grades of detention centers in the British penal system). It has been used previously to detain mass murderers and the most dangerous convicted terrorists. Julian Assange’s ongoing incarceration there under lockdown is preposterous. It is an outrage, and yet Western media show little or no concern to report on this gross violation of due process and human rights law.

Earlier this month, on September 13, Assange was ordered by a British judge to be detained further even though he was due to be released this week on September 22, after having served out his sentence over a minor bail infringement that occurred back in 2012 when he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London. That bail infringement is null and void since the original sex-assault claim in Sweden has been dropped due to lack of evidence against Assange.

Evidently, his detention is being used by the British government (no doubt at the behest of Washington) in order to destroy his health and very being. At age 48, his physical and mental condition are deteriorating by the day under the extreme conditions which amount to torture, as the UN special rapporteur Nils Melzer noted after visiting the prisoner back in May this year. The UN report called for Assange’s immediate release.

The following is an interview conducted with Assange’s father, John Shipton. He is currently on a tour of European countries to highlight the gross miscarriage of justice against his son. Shipton is visiting Britain, Ireland, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden to campaign for Julian’s immediate release. He is also traveling to Russia.

In contrast to Western media indifference, John Shipton says he has encountered great public support for Julian, demanding his freedom. Among his supporters are prominent public figures, award-winning journalist John Pilger, renowned thinker and writer Noam Chomsky, Pink Floyd singer-songwriter Roger Waters and the courageous actress Pamela Anderson.


Q: Can you describe the current prison conditions for Julian and his state of health?


‘They’re murdering my son!”

JOHN SHIPTON:  Julian has lost 15 kilos in weight, is held in Belmarsh Maximum Security prison hospital 22 hours per day in solitary confinement. Nils Melzer, United Nation’s special rapporteur on torture, visited in company with two people expert in recognizing the effects of torture. Nils’ report stated Julian showed the effects of torture physically and mentally. Since Nils’ visit in May 2019, Julian continues to lose weight, now totaling 15 kilos. Nils and company describe Julian’s deeply distressing condition in firm language. UN report linked.

Q: It is reported that you are being restricted from contact with your son in prison despite you having traveled from Sydney, Australia, to visit him. Is that correct?

J.S.  Julian can receive two, two-hour social visits per month. My visit was double-booked with another thus cancelled. A week later, in company with Ai Wei Wei, we visited Julian. Sitting in the prisoners’ meeting room for 46 minutes, upon complaining we were told Julian could not be found. Couple of minutes later Julian was brought in.

Q: Is Julian being restricted from contact with his lawyers in order to prepare his defense against the pending extradition case from Britain to the US?

— Yes, severely. Sentenced to maximum security as a Grade B prisoner in solitary confinement, without access to computer or library. I gather the prison library has no books on criminal law.

Q: The latest development this month on September 13 saw a British judge rule that Julian’s detention in London’s max security Belmarsh prison is to be extended indefinitely despite him being due to be released on September 22 after serving his time for a bail infringement back in 2012. What, in your view, is objectionable about the latest ruling by the British judge?

— The judge, Vanessa Baraitser, made her own application for Julian’s bail which, with bottomless ignominy, she promptly refused. Baraitser in summing her judgement used the phrase, “likely to abscond”. Julian has partaken of legal conventions of asylum, and to which the United Kingdom is a signatory, reviewed and supported by 32 states in the American Organization of States, and he has ceaselessly offered Swedish prosecutors opportunity to interview him on allegations or travel to Sweden if guarantees of no onward extradition to the United States. Stephania Maurizi’s Freedom of Information requests of United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecuting Service and Swedish Crown Prosecuting Authority had revealed irregular anti-procedural state cooperation keeping Julian in Ecuador’s London embassy. Mini Adolf Eichmanns all of them are.

Swedish prosecuting authority has had four prosecutors, two interviews, one in Sweden 2010 and 2017 in Ecuador’s London embassy, during nine years under regulations stating that cases must be progressed. To land a man on the moon took eight years!

This is prosecutorial and judicial insouciant malice towards Julian.

Q: What are your concerns about what could happen if your son is extradited to the US where he is facing charges of violating the Espionage Act?

— They will murder Julian one way or the other.

Q: What do you say to politicians and media figures, like Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late US senator John McCain, who denounce Julian as a “cyber terrorist”?

— US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, moron and crook or if you prefer, crook and moron, if memory serves, first uttered this phrase purportedly bringing Julian under the Patriot Act as a terrorist, thereby able to be extra-judicially murdered. Floundering morons repeat meaningless phrases echoing other bubble-head nonsense. Everyone of those morons are horrified by and terrified by truth and facts which everyone all can see and read on Wikileaks.

Q: Are you proud of your son’s work as a publisher and whistleblower? What do see as his main achievement from his publishing work?

JOHN SHIPTON:  The achievements are many. In diplomatic cables we can read of how the geopolitical world is composed and disposed of people therein. We can understand what Uncle Sam wants and how the US state gets what its wants. Many millions of people, communities and states benefit from Wikileaks, some greatly.

Example, Chagos Islanders at the International Court of Justice. Iraq War and Afghan files exposing war crimes. Vault 7 exposing CIA cyber illegalities and crimes. The ‘Collateral Murder’ video’s revelation of US war crimes in Iraq. The list of revelations and beneficiaries is long and deep. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are a necessity.

War crimes revealed, sordid practices, blackmail and bribery. Seven countries destroyed, millions dead, rivers of blood and millions displaced. Yet only Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, both innocent of giving hurt and crime, rot in jail.

Q: Is Julian’s treatment by British and US authorities a grave warning to all citizens about the danger to their right to freedom of expression and independent media?

— Yes, a grim warning. Shut up or be crushed! What free press? English-speaking mass media is homogenous in its deceptions, prevarication and banal lies. Popular internet search engines deflect enquiry to corporate cronies. Facebook corporation is greed incarnate. All these entities can be simply regulated. Nations states have powers, however, do nothing but salivate over access to data we generate… our data.

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are icons of oppressive state violence towards revelation of astonishing corruption and staggering criminality.

Many gifted, brave writers, commentators and film-makers continue a furious fight in alternate media and blogs. We give our gratitude and salute such men and women, for they all know, intimately, there is no monster colder than the US state and its allies.

Q: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the government in Canberra have refused to make appeals for Julian’s release despite him being an Australian citizen. How do you view the Australian government’s lack of response to the case? Why are they apparently derelict? For example, Premier Morrison is visiting US President Donald Trump this week but he is reportedly scheduled to not raise the Assange case or to request his release. Why is Morrison acting with such indifference, and deference to the US?

— The Australian government is complicit. More than complicit as silence indicates agreed involvement. Notable exception are ex Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, with concordance of ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, raising Julian with Jeremy Hunt, the former United Kingdom Foreign Minister and Mike Pompeo, the current United States Secretary of State.

Q: Are you hopeful that Julian will be released in the near future? How important have public supporters like journalist John Pilger, Pink Floyd singer-songwriter Roger Waters and actress Pamela Anderson, as well as ordinary members of the public, been to Julian’s spirits?

To Julian’s spirits, friends and supporters are alpha to omega of life.

Endnote: For those interested in contacting John Shipton for further media interviews or details about Julian Assange’s case, contact [email protected]


This article was originally published by SCF”

25 thoughts to “They’re Murdering My Son – Julian Assange’s Father Tells of Pain and Anguish”

  1. Remember when WWII was fought to restore freedom to the world? So noble! Well, here’s the reality of our world today:

    constant never-ending warfare (thanking you for your service)
    lack of effective leadership (politicians with less sophistication than circus clowns)
    deteriorating infrastructure (tightening budgets to pay bond interest to private banks)
    diabolical communist-controlled media trampling on truth wherever it appears
    private control of the country’s money, banking, and national economy
    a compromised public education system that propagates lies about history and economics
    racial hatred stirred and boiled by press pundits and sleazy politicians

    What chance does Julian Assange have in this world of “freedom and democracy?”

    Enjoying your freedom?

    I think the wrong side won WWII.

    1. You are correct, Joe!

      I despise Giuliani and Stephanopoulos! However, here is an example of media control and bias you mentioned. The scum are fighting big-time:

      Biden Campaign Demands Giuliani Be Banned From TV After Interview With Stephanopoulos
      Sep 29, 2019

      On Sunday, President Trump’s personal attorney’s and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined George Stephanopolous on ABC’s This Week to talk about his findings from his Ukraine investigation. The Biden campaign responded shortly after asking for Giuliani to be removed from airwaves.

      During the interview, Rudy stopped Stephanopoulos dead in his tracks after releasing Ukrainian court documents surrounding the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.

      *[Link too long. Search the title for full story.]

  2. Gilbert :

    And what, pray tell, do your TWO CIA buddy-buddies have to say about Assange and his imprisonment? Does the CIA organization like it that Assange is in prison? Or no? Tell us more about your TWO CIA buddy-buddies. We’re dying of curiosity! 🙂

    1. TROJ –

      They are relatives, and both deceased. One was the original “spy master” in Hong Kong when O.S.S. became CIA. The other was his good friend cousin and one-time ambassador to China, who was an original operative on behalf of Nationlist China. They were, both, super patriots. I have had the good fortune to have been around such men for the better part of my life, and I truly believe their primary motivation is the excitement of it all. 😄
      Now, I do not feel too guilty about reclusing myself in these mountains and watching “the show” play out. (Even YOU are entertaining with your “flat earth” nonsense from your padded cell in Alligator Land!) 😄

  3. From the article:
    “US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, moron and crook or if you prefer, crook and moron, if memory serves, first uttered this phrase purportedly bringing Julian under the Patriot Act as a terrorist, thereby able to be extra-judicially murdered.”

    Ironically, Biden’s son is coming under major scrutiny and may be “extra-judicially murdered” for using his father’s influence to bribe Ukrainian and Chinese government officials and businesses.

    “What goes around….” in the DC Swamp!!

    Hunter Biden needs to testify on Ukraine, China business dealings!!

    Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV called for former Vice President and 2020 White House contender Joe Biden's son to testify before the U.S. Senate about business dealings with Ukraine and China. 

    "What I’ve called for simply is for the Senate to call former second son Hunter Biden to come and testify and people look into this," Schweizer said during a lengthy interview on Hunter Biden's  business dealings. "We’re talking about large deals and large sums of money…it involves countries like China, which are America’s chief rival on the global stage." 

    The researcher provided an overview of Hunter Biden's alleged business dealings with Ukrainian energy company Burisma and the Chinese government in a recent New York Post op-ed that details  payments of more than $3 million to Hunter Biden's company during a 14-month period when his father was the point person on Ukraine policy for the Obama administration.

    1. I’m not sure what these comments about Trump and Biden
      have to do with Julian Assange and his predicament?
      Surely they belong on a different thread?

      Can we talk about Assange?

      1. Joey –

        Since you are not sure… I can help there! 🙂

        **You might want to read the whole article and then tell Cunningham why he should NOT have included this QUOTE from Julian’s dad – who must have deemed it important:

        “US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, moron and crook or if you prefer, crook and moron, if memory serves, first uttered this phrase purportedly bringing Julian under the Patriot Act as a terrorist, thereby able to be extra-judicially murdered……”

        You are too quick to reprimand others here! You should have commented on Assange, yourself. 🙂

      2. Joey –

        I did some research for ya! 😜

        Biden and Trump are very important in this story. They’re relevant because the US became involved in this mess by ‘leaks’ from former US Army private Chelsea Manning, a trans-sexual.

        Julian Assange is an Australian publisher who, as you know….. founded WikiLeaks in 2006.

        WikiLeaks came to international attention in 2010 when it published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning. These leaks included the Collateral Murder video (April 2010), the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), and CableGate (November 2010).

        After the 2010 leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks.

        In November 2010, the US asked for him to be extradited from Sweden to the United States because of his role in publishing secret American documents.

        Assange surrendered to UK police on 7 December 2010 but was released on bail within ten days.

        ENTER BIDEN:
        Dec 20, 2010 … Vice President Joe Biden called WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a ‘high-tech terrorist.’

        In August 2012, Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador due to fears of political persecution and possible extradition to the United States. He remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London for almost seven years.

        Some Snowden documents published in 2014 show that the United States government put Assange on the “2010 Manhunting Timeline”, and in the same period they urged their allies to open criminal investigations into the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. In the same documents there was a proposal by the National Security Agency (NSA) to designate WikiLeaks as a “malicious foreign actor”, thus increasing the surveillance against it

        ENTER TRUMP:
        When Mike Pompeo became CIA director, he and Jeff Sessions “unleashed an aggressive campaign against Mr. Assange, reversing an Obama-era view of WikiLeaks as a journalistic entity”

        On 1 May 2019 he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in the United Kingdom. On the same day, the United States government unsealed an indictment against Assange for alleged computer intrusion, related to the leaks provided by Chelsea Manning.

        MORE TRUMP:
        On 23 May 2019, the United States government further charged Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917.

        As a result of the revocation of his asylum, Swedish prosecutors reopened their investigation in May 2019.

        Assange is incarcerated in HM Prison Belmarsh. In London.

        Here is a great up to date timeline ON Assange:

      3. Pat, I’m guessing Julian’s real crime is exposing to the amused but apathetic American populace the complicity between Clinton Inc. and the DeepState dirty rats. Select members of the U.S. carny Congress included.

      4. Yep, Homer…. it looks like he crossed the ‘Clinton Machine’ & financiers firmly entrenched globally! 🤢

      5. Pat,

        My apologies. It was not a reprimand. I just thought you seemed more concerned with American affairs. After all, you didn’t mention Assange by name even once, giving the impression that Assange’s ill-treatment was of no concern to you at all. Just my impression.


        1. Pat,

          I’ve just read your longer second reply to me.
          I offer you my sincere apologies for being too quick on the draw! 🙂
          What you say makes a lot of sense. You have my respect. Cheers!

  4. Assange is contropo, anyone who downplays the role in 911 of the sweet little country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, like Ass Angie does is not worth the attention of those who know 911ISRAHELLDIDIT.

    (His dad should remove his own blinders or is useful fool as well)

  5. TOBY

    Excurse me for this off-topic question, but if you want me to leave then please tell me and I will, now. If you want me to stay then why don’t you post my comment?

    1. I can only post your comment after I have seen it. I cannot post a comment that I have not seen. Okay? So I have just this very minute seen your long comment to Peter and I am about to post it. Does this satisfy you?

      1. New posters do not have their comments posted automatically and at once. Only posters we can trust enjoy this special privilege. You have to earn the privilege. We welcome your comments and invite you to continue writing to us if you feel you have some important message to communicate.

      2. No, I understand this perfectly well!

        What I don’t understand is why am I being monitored now after six weeks here without monitoring. This is what makes me ask this question because you of course understand too that it looks kind of strange to me. I don’t understand the message if there is any. Enlighten me.

        1. I’ve already explained our policy. Only a few trusted posters enjoy the privilege of posting here automatically without being monitored. Posters who suddenly start giving trouble can lose this privilege by being put on temporary monitoring. Note the word: “temporary”.

      3. Excuse me again, please.

        Now I don’t understand what “giving trouble” means. I am a regular person, not an English gentleman. I need to be told in a less sophisticated language, what that means. Because in case the hint is I am expected to be kind of a penguin here, I can tell you at once that this is not going to happen. I will be polite, honest and kind. But I want to be able to confront people when this is needed and speak my mind. If this is your definition of a troublemaker than I am one. I hate lies and can’t stand still when I see people lying.

        If you think my humble contribution to your site is of no value, and that most people here are better commenters than I am, then I think there is nothing for me to fight for in here. Tell me please if I have a reason to stay, or that I should try better luck elsewhere. The time and effort I am giving away are not free to me. I think it deserves a little more appreciation. And I want this person, who is following me and posting irrelevant and stupid crap under my comments off my back. How is his behavior in compliance with your requirements and mine is not?

        Please explain.

  6. The way I heard it, Assange took a large chunk of money from the New York Times to keep quiet about al lot of similar dirt relating to the SLC, gave them exclusive rights to the info… I wonder how true that was…
    The NCAA pretty much cast the USA into the same lot as Red China and Saudi Arabia…
    The burning question now is – how extensive is the murder program, how far down into society do they reach?
    Things are bad now.. There are numerous Black detention sites in the USA, where police take prisoners without paperwork or charges to be essentially tortured using the softer methods, plastic bags over the heads, sleep deprivation, noise assault… So i hear…
    I knew a black guy who was slammed into jail for 3 weeks or so, no charges, no hearing, then released with no explanation…
    Of course now the cops out West feast on millions in confiscated cash being brought back into the state from ganja deals surveilled back East, no arrests, no charges… They just search the car and take the money…
    What do they do with it?
    It probably goes into the “Restitution Fund”, if it’s ever heard from again, which supplements the retirement pay of Judges and Prosecutors… If you pay $300 for a speeding ticket, about $260 of it goes into the fund…
    Keeping a person locked in a small room eventually causes loss of equilibrium, a constant spinning sensation..
    I remember that from the Baader Meinhof movie…
    The Teflon Don was kept in a Sensory Deprivation cell, where everything is white, to cause a loss of depth perception… Prison Special Housing Units have been condemned under all the big Human Rights organizations… Sometimes they’ll keep the SHU prisoner in total darkness for years…
    What Pedophile Politician Extortion Salesman like Joe Biden cares about any of that?
    Oxygen Deprivation in specially sealed cells is one of the less messy techniques used to torture prisoners to death… I’m guessing you get the same symptoms from Waterboarding, plus the drowning sensation…
    Manning should have written a book about his years of confinement, what it was like… Or did he?
    It would probably have made millions… Once he got rich enough they’d probably leave him alone…
    They want to kill Assange, so there won’t be any trial…
    My Old Man would have made somebody pay with his life…

  7. Morrison & Trump might discuss the coming Armageddon being the chief evangelists in charge of their “nations” but to discuss free speech – which by the way has been compromised in Australia since the arrival of Captain Cook as the representative of a not so GREAT Britain – will not be necessary to discuss. Nothing has changed in down under since the Union Jack arrived for kosher slaughter of natives and land & resources grab.
    “The Australian government is complicit. More than complicit as silence indicates agreed involvement. Notable exception…:” there is no notable exception. Ex (selected not voted for) PM Turnbull and Julie Bishop are no exception at all. They are part of the Royal Penal colony’s official political supervisors team and the political menace of a nation that officially is neither Australian, democratic or independent. Brendon O’Connell – an “Australian” barred and criminalised from his own country for making use of “free speech publicly in Australia ” is censored anywhere in the national/international mess called “free” press. Assange at least “pops” up once in a while to keep the public entertained and “informed”. Brendon O’Connell never will never have ANY PUBLIC EXPOSURE! One wonders why!

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