"In Oceania there is no law." -- George Orwell, 1984

State-Secret Sadism

Smith and Assange (namely, Winston and Julian)
Both as in Nineteen and Eighty and Four,
Faced a grim task positively Herculean:
How to report on the Truth about War?
“Secret,” and “need to know,” “eyes only,” “classified,”
Crime and incompetence hidden from sight.
Voters: the enemy; knowledge: tyrannicide;
Staying in power the oligarchs’ plight.
Meanwhile in Airstrip One (London) – America
Argues that Julian must not go free.
“Guilt” by presumption. A “trial”? Esoterica.
First comes the sentence; the verdict? We’ll see . . .
Belmarsh for Julian waiting while “judges” snore.
Lawfare makes “courts” Oceania’s whore.

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2021