The Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger has warned that if the current propaganda war against Russia and China continues, it would turn into a “real” war.
In his interview with RT on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, he said that the WikiLeaks editor has been unable to access the internet. “This is about a war on freedom of speech. This man is being denied the most basic right – freedom of speech,” Pilger said. “It’s part of a wider war against known enemies, Russia is one of them and China is another, but at the moment [it’s] on the propaganda stage,” he added.
“This is about the public’s right to know and it’s the public’s right to know what governments are doing,” he continued. And also he talked about the west’s current propaganda war against Russia and China:
“Forget about the whole idea of trade war, we’ve got the prospect of a real war unless this propaganda war is seen through. The attack on [Assange] and WikiLeaks over the years is so important because it does what journalists should be doing and that is holding great power to account.”
His assertions however, came after a Change.org petition which called for his internet to be restored and was signed by more than 38,000 people. It has been opened with a letter signed by renowned public figures such as Noam Chomsky, Vivienne Westwood, Oliver Stone and Brian Eno.
Julian Assange, an Australian computer programmer and the editor of WikiLeaks, has been imprisoned in the embassy since being accused of rape in Sweden back in 2012. In 2010, WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning which made him famous.