Loathed by some and loved by others Julian Assange is a man in a suitcase as he keeps one step ahead of an international posse out to settle scores. The Australian founder of WikiLeaks is renowned for embarrassing mainly but not exclusively western governments. He and his team of journalists and informers work in the shadows; they hold up to the light the darker sides of war and its effects.
The man in a suitcase could become the man in a casket if he puts a foot wrong. It is doubtful if any man on earth has more crosshairs on him. He even has an ‘insurance policy’ on his life; a devastating cache of embarrassing secrets that will be released should anything unpleasant happen to him.
Assassination prone America
Throughout the world there are countless convenient suicides and fortunate accidents; again
Accidents and dodgy suicides
Lest it be said that
British agents were instrumental in the capture and delivery to Communist partisans’ Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. T. E. Lawrence (of
Henry Kelly’s suicide like Princess Diana accident are still regarded as suspicious as is the unexplained suicide of British nuclear expert Timothy Hampton who fell to his death from a 17th floor UN building. Marconi is a world leader in defence technology; 22 of their scientists have committed ‘suicide’ in just four years.
Airey Neave, M.P, Sir Anthony Berry MP and Lord Mountbatten, the queen’s cousin were killed in bomb blasts. An attempt was made on the life of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1984. Others like Deputy Prime Minister George Brown and Enoch Powell had their characters assassinated.
The rebel they don’t want dead
Jan Masaryk, the Czech Foreign Minister fell from a second storey window shortly after the Soviets occupied
Mahatma Gandi was coincidentally gunned down during a successful campaign against British imperialism. Indian Prime inister Indira Gandhi, the world’s longest serving female prime minister, was assassinated. Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was murdered shortly after she revealed the identity of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh as the killer of Osama bin Laden. The latter is unique in being more important to the West alive than dead. Such distinction may not apply to Julian Assange.
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