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Julian Assange And Terri Schiavo

We look forward to the same reaction in the two cases. Because, of course, the same situation and facts should indeed give us the same reaction. We wouldn’t want to think that anyone reacted according to anything other than the facts now, would we?

Terri Schiavo was the woman in a right to die case. Should she be allowed to die or strenuously be kept alive? One reading of this was:

Senator and physician Bill Frist opposed the removal of her feeding tube and in a speech delivered on the Senate Floor, challenged the diagnosis of Schiavo’s physicians of Schiavo being in a persistent vegetative state (PVS): “I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office”. Frist was criticized by a medical ethicist at Northwestern University for making a diagnosis without personally examining the patient and for questioning the diagnosis when he was not a neurologist.

That was widely criticised at the time. Diagnosis from remote watching of TV footage might not be all that reliable.

Now we’ve Julian Assange:

More than 60 doctors have written an open letter saying they fear Julian Assange’s health is so bad that the WikiLeaks founder could die inside a top-security British jail.

The 48-year-old Australian is still fighting a US bid to extradite him from Britain on charges filed under the Espionage Act that could see him given a sentence of up to 175 years in a US prison.

In the letter to the British home secretary, Priti Patel, the doctors called for Assange to be moved from Belmarsh prison in southeast London to a university teaching hospital.

They based their assessment on “harrowing eyewitness accounts” of his 21 October court appearance in London and a 1 November report by Nils Melzer, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture.

Hearsay from supposed eyewitnesses is better or worse than video diagnosis?

These people are going to get the same stick Bill Frist did, aren’t they? Or is it that, well, you know, Assange, Wikileaks, politics, this is different?

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Leo Savantt
Leo Savantt
1 year ago

One suspects that no outcome will favour Mr. Assange nor contribute to his well being.

Mr Yan
Mr Yan
1 year ago
Reply to  Leo Savantt

He is the architect of his own demise. Not for the leaks – more for the bail jumping. Plus he is a twat.

Leo Savantt
Leo Savantt
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Yan

Indeed.

Ben S
Ben S
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Yan

I’m not sure that twats dying in a UK prison at the behest of the USians is a good thing.

Mr Yan
Mr Yan
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben S

He is there for bail jumping. Did the Americans make him do that? Or is it a case of he had to in order to avoid extradition to the US? How’s that going for him?

Rowdy
Rowdy
1 year ago

But he nailed Pamela Anderson! Pammy! The very stuff of silicone dreams!

Spike
Spike
1 year ago

Looks like posters here have an opinion on Assange’s guilt/innocence and none at all on his medical condition. Like the 60 doctors, I think, and you could find 60 giving the opposite diagnosis. That’s why I want to pay for my own health care.

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