How Julian Assange Exposes The Tentacles Of White Empire

First he showed us with leaks. Now he’s showing us with his life
9 min readJun 21


A painting of Julian Assange by Caitlin Johnstone

An Australian citizen was chased out of Sweden, and sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He was spied on in there, eventually dragged out, and jailed in the UK. Now he’s being extradited to the United States. His crime? Reporting on the war crimes of the United States, the heirs to White Empire. Assange’s biggest expose of that empire’s existence and malevolence was not his reporting. It is the ruin they have made of his life. His human sacrifice.

As his predecessor, the Vietnam War whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said to an incredulous Politico:

Ellsberg contended America still runs a “covert empire” around the world, embodied in the U.S. domination of NATO. He believes Washington deliberately provoked Vladimir Putin into invading Ukraine by pushing its seat of power eastward toward Russia’s borders; that the mainstream media is “complicit” in allowing the government to keep secrets it has no right to withhold; and that any notion Americans are ever the “good guys” abroad “has always been false.”

Why does Politico (sponsored by Lockheed Martin) put “covert empire” in scare quotes? What do they think the CIA is doing? Why does America have 750 military bases? Why are they always at war in multiple countries? How do they assassinate people wherever they want? Why are they sanctioning (besieging) much of the world? How is an Australian citizen being hounded from Sweden to Ecuador to the UK for crimes against the American state? We’re supposed to believe these are all coincidences and not what they obviously are — a violent empire with tentacles across the whole world. As George Orwell said in 1984,

The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its…



Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at, or just email me at