because he's going to people on his own. un expert on torture says julie the sound has been subjected to inhumane treatment in recent years and it's taken a striking toll on the whistleblowers mental health. the real issue all the sisters of the police for a person the catholic schools. psychological. value an assessment on the sand sees the british foreign secretary go on the offensive calling for the un to stand down and refrain from making inflammatory remarks. the malaysian prime minister calls the investigation into the downing of flight m.h. 17 politicised as calls continue for stronger evidence to pin the blame for the 24 tragedy on russia. the us rebranded shale gas as
a product of freedom and an attempt to sway reluctant european countries into believing it's better than russian energy. there is midnight in moscow now saturday the 1st of the era welcome to r.t. international one is called a bright welcome to the program and united nations expert on torture says julian assange is being subjected to cruel and degrading treatment and that several democratic states are trying to break his will the special wrapper target of the wiki leaks founder in london's belmarsh prison where he's being held and is said to be extremely unwell knows meltzer explains more in saturday's going on the ground here on r.t. . julie says that fiscal consequence is clearly shall not be able to access a little medical care for several years the much more serious illness that is how he has been mentally and emotionally affected by the extremely hostile and increasingly arbitrary environment she has the next the street for several years so here he really showed all the symptoms that are typical for
a person that has been exposed. over the u.n. official coming into criticism for those comments don hawkins looks into how deep the controversy could run. reports on the remarks by the un special expert on torture has brought the media's attention but they've also drawn quite a stir online from officials in the u.k. foreign secretary jeremy hunt for one trading tweets with united nations special operator about the extent of his involvement in the legal battle surrounding julian a son's. this is wrong assigns chose to hide in the embassy and was always free to leave and face justice the un special rapporteur should allow british courts to make their judgments without his interference or inflammatory accusations. with all due respect sir mr sons was about as free to leave was someone sitting in the rubber boat in the shark pool as detailed in my formal letter to you so far you get
caught some not shown the impartiality into objects to the required by the rule of law others through despite what some want to call the control proceed mr saunders case has drawn from all sides with the north all rootie human rights organizations and the media community this all stemmed of course from a report released by mr meltzer to the british authorities as well as other countries documenting the treatment of a song that's already got response slowly not only from the u.k. foreign secretary but also from australian authorities who issued a statement just earlier today strongly denying rejecting any claims they've been complicit in any form of psychological torture saying they have provided mr songs with all the assistance you require as mr meltzer though has insisted that these claims are not just speculation he visited the songs in belmarsh high security prison where he's now being held alongside medical experts spent several hours evaluating him and his concerns has to be said that didn't pull any punches he's
described the treatment of our songs as psychological torture describing a deliberate concerted and sustained abuse judicial persecution and all of which we can farm and before in the. course through his time in the ecuadorian embassy in london he made those comments to add he's going on the ground staff for tansy you can see the full interview as you mentioned that morrow here is a good preview of what the u.n. official said to us earlier. where it was but prisoners political prisoners of war for years and but what we do in these cases you can with a doctor if he's like a son should call which is designed to examine potential victims of. these standards and use the evidence was well when we leave clear. jewel in the sunshine and be exposed to several. forms of cruel inhuman and degrading treatment
to we can only describe psychological torture well as he shocked me with this particular case is that a single individual has been saluted and singled out by several democratic states and persecuted systematically as a manner which could point to the breaking of this comes shortly after julian assange his extradition case in the u.k. court was postponed view through ill health his lawyers stating he is unable to even hold a functional conversation the swedish authorities on their part have refused to postpone a hearing ruling on his attention and he is a percentage despite calls from lawyers and human rights organizations so it's clear he faces mounting legal pressure here from all sides mr meltzer also expressed concerns about the potential for his extradition to the united states where he of course faces 17 new charges from u.s. prosecutors relating to the more serious allegation of espionage as opposed to
simply computer hacking these allegations would draw a month's link the a prison sentence we're talking many decades perhaps even life behind bars so really there is no end in sight for the case of julian assad that this has dragged on. we draw emotions on from trouble see from both sides ranging from authorities legal experts on civil rights organizations to of course the wide journalist community. ok let's go live to washington now cassandra fairbanks is there a journalist and we collect supporter welcome to our kind of when you last saw mr a song john what did you make of his health when you did see him. so i said julian about a month before he was arrested in march it was breached because the ecuadorian embassy locked me in a room because julian refused just admit to a full body search and didn't why are our conversation to be monitored. so his health it seemed like he was losing weight he he was in good spirits and he
was feisty and he was fighting but he he didn't seem necessarily like himself and i know that it's been kind of declining for a while now it is very very different than when i visited him the 1st time which was over a year ago and you can kind of see it progressively getting worse and i know you in touch with his team about his treatments in prison currently i know he's in a medical wing at the moment about mark prison but you kept in touch with what he's going through that. yeah i've been speaking to lawyers and other people who are in touch with them but there's not that much more information than what people are already know we don't really know exactly what's going on other than the fact that he's been losing weight and. the u.n. is concerned that julian assange has been subjected to psychological torture and so the several countries would be complicit in this really being subjected to will.
also be a case of a build up of pressure and stress he spends 7 is in 2 rooms and with the threat of extradition hanging over him that's going to take a toll on even the most robust characters. well i think that's kind of what he was getting at when he said there is a logical torture i mean when i would visit him it was like living it was being in a fishbowl every move he made was monitored there were cameras going down the hallway cameras outside the bathroom there were cameras in the meeting room where they forced him to have all these meetings i feel like i would take a huge toll on anyone but. we've all been anyone who knows julian has been screaming for years that he's being tortured and so it was kind of reassuring that somebody else is seeing the same thing because. you know this is a form of torture it's. considered to be torture if you're in solitary confinement
for 15 days and they've essentially had him in solitary confinement this whole entire time. especially under the new administration in venezuela or in ecuador sorry. jeremy haun the foreign secretary said if mr saunders house was a one or can get treatment and it's funny and sympathetic way of looking at if something's and mentally fragile state what would you make of that if is how it was suffering about much surely he should have left the embassy in seoul treatment. well this is the part that's so messed up and i want to know the jeremy hunt was thing out with ambassador bolton yesterday or 2 days ago so it's pretty clear where he stands on things but julian couldn't leave the embassy because lee u.k. refused to allow him safe passage to a hospital. about a year ago a group of doctors did run in and visited a songe and they determined that he needed to go to the hospital and they they actually put out a call in the guardian begging the u.k.
to let him go get treatment without you know fearing arrest because he was essentially having to choose between his health and his safety because. if he stepped outside the embassy we knew that he was going to get arrested and i think that that's been pretty well proven now considering what happened so yeah he was he was put in a situation where he had to choose between his health and his freedom or what little freedom he had left and i think that that in itself is pretty terrible meantime 12 days away from the next planned extradition hearing whether mr songs is healthy enough for sunday's fall too early to tell as yet if another because banks journalists and we can export a thanks for joining us on the international. have any. united states has found a new way to market it shale gas to reluctant european consumers they've labeled it the gas afraid of correspondent it goes donald's been sniffing out the reasons why . can you smell this scent of freedom
where you can well check your pipes seriously you might have a gas leak and the intoxicating fumes could be all the more deadly if they come from the wrong place too with the u.s. in another year of record setting natural gas production i'm pleased that the department of energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of u.s. freedom to be exported to the world yep kids the next time i geography teacher asks you what's buried in that texan shale you can proudly old freedom and all mel gibson from braveheart on them and don't even think of wasting your money on the dirty desperate gas coming from the wrong places seriously for some exporting those freedom all accuse from the us to europe is a heroic milestone akin to defeating nazis 75 years up to liberate in europe from
nazi germany occupation the united states is again deliver a form of freedom to the european continent. and this genius freedom marketing is only the latest fad in america's push to monopolize the european gas supply chain ever since donald trump got into office his administration has been pushing the wall becoming increasingly aggressive with time we are committed to securing your access to alternate sources of energy so poland and its neighbors are never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy. when germany makes a mess of oil and gas deal with russia. you're supposed to be going against russia and germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to russia. we have not deployed the full sort of tools that
could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project. we emphasize that companies involved in russian energy exports are taking part in something that could prompt a significant risk of sanctions if you come up with the same actions or the car industry or german banks or the german chemical industry and so on and so on and then you tell them they have to keep their freedom. on this same person that creates your economy are story this can't be honest ironically enough it seems that energy aside trump and co have done everything every possible thing to alienate europe from threats of a trade war to straight up trying to dictate policies to countries like germany so not only is it cheaper for the e.u. to get its gas from russia it naturally doesn't want to keep all of its eggs in one
basket. germany is entitled to secure its energy requirements in various ways one of these places fresh natural gas i have a big problem with a 3rd country interfering in now and the deposing german industry needs more room to to enhance and just supply safety. saying morlock use free them instead of natural gas is like calling or oil a liquid bomb magnet except the last is actually rooted in reality but well in the age of i phones and all out marketing they had to try. to get more expensive. rush of the well market price for gas and they have to tell us because the us made this agreement with john kirk to explore natural gas to europe and he agreed and he said ok we hate certain amount and the
whole how it would sell this so then this was a try to make up. that it people accept that it is more expensive with the us continuing to rail against europe's importing of russian gas sophie shevardnadze has been talking in depth to kremlin spokesman to maytree peskov he explained why in particular the north stream 2 gas pipeline project which is expected to come online next year has got washington worried the full interview as right here on monday but huge international project. that we've seen out of a project is being and did before it started. well that is being performed for for the benefit of those countries supplying natural gas and receiving natural. the project there would be a very significant contribution for energy security of your and the project that is a huge competitor and very serious competitor for american gas producers and
suppliers. so instead that the main reason of course instead of fair. competition. they prefer to react by wild west time. so they just show the gun and they say that no no you guys here in europe you're going to buy our natural gas and we don't care that it is at least 30 percent more expensive . than the gas coming from the russians. malaysia is questioning the findings of a probe into the mh 17 plane crashes reports after the break. the european governments especially the germans and the french and the britons they really want to help iran economically they have no control over their private
sectors and their private sectors if they have to choose between the vani in market versus the u.s. market again you don't have to be any can all be tedious to figure out that they would go with the u.s. markets. most people think just stand out in this business you need to be the 1st one on top of the story or the person with the loudest voice or the biggest raid in truth to stand distance is just the dance the right questions and the right answers. the. question.
malaysia's prime minister is calling into question the findings of the dutch led investigation into the downing of malaysian airlines flight m h 17 over ukraine in 2040 mahathir mohamad says the international inquiry which alleged that russia was complicit in the atrocity was politicized and has not found enough evidence to support its conclusions he also claimed malaysia's not been allowed to inspect the plane's flight recorders in the accusing. but. you could even be the ukrainian government because the 2 have disappeared. on a remote call sort of who's been covering the mh 17 tragedy since it happened you know neal more on the latest developments. 5 years have passed but it only seems like it happened yesterday you know i was there one of the 1st reporters on the scene so we
have. a prime minister who says malaysia accept the results of the investigation however they accept it's a certain point they accept that the plane was brought down by russian missile but to this is that has not been concluded and this is what malaysia has a problem with the moment also there is absolutely nothing that supports the investigators claim that the weapon was actually smuggled from russia and after the deed it was taken back from the korean territory which there were claims that the missile belongs to the russian military moscow obviously denied all those claims and what they did was actually trace its origin back to the soviet union the missile was manufactured in the soviet union but then it was routed to ukraine and this is where it remained. for the rest of the time and also russian defense ministry said that's the type of weapon that the joint investigation committee claimed was used is not being utilized in the russian army in this 21st century the
last time they used it was back in 100-1900 did the investigation and then when you lay it out like that actually come to such conclusions well we began this story with the malaysian prime minister is a saint so i think we should get back to him because he's explained it best in my opinion as evidence and. we do no way we excluded from the examination but from the very beginning we see too much politics indeed the idea was not to find no how did this happen when all that. seemed to be concentrated to be on russia headed mean a neutral but the examinee and making. the whole is reading to accept. well here we have but these who have some political interests in the met they're. all very goal promiser malaysia say yes and himself political reasons
behind it are right from the get go from the very beginning everybody was accusing the russian federation of what had happened and also each time we heard some revelations from the investigation saying it was highly likely russia is highly likely russia that we are more than convinced that it was russia however there was never ever any undeniable proof that would say that this is exactly who the culprit is and also from the from the very start of the inquiry methods themselves well they did raise a few eyebrows around the world 1st of all ukraine was allowed to participate in this to gauge and that's a country who did not close their airspace while there was an internal conflict going on in ukraine and also the prime minister of malaysia was saying it sued and the 17 belongs to malaysia is the malaysian the airline however that country was not allowed to participate in the investigation of the black boxes so quite
a few things there that raise eyebrows around the world the fact that evidence on parties including malaysia under russia has been excluded absolutely undermines the credibility of the inquiry the investigation itself because of course it raises the suspicion that evidence and parties have been excluded because it's not convenient to the desired conclusion and that would suggest that a conclusion was arrived out before the investigation was even mounted all tops as indeed the malaysian prime minister suggested actually was the back of people's minds throughout the investigation that the purpose investigation was to pin the blame on russia and one of them actually establish what happened. the united nations has condemned a decision by the cost of an authority is to expel a member of its mission in the breakaway balkan republic russian national. was declared persona non grata on choose day following a nationwide anti crime operation. the doctrine of persona non grata does not apply
to or in respect of un personnel we stand by the immunity of our personnel who are on duty and we have done so in this case and choose the kosovo police raided the territory majority ethnic territory in the north of course of a allegedly carrying out an organized crime 90 smuggling operation during which more than 20 people were arrested locals ethnic serbs maintain that this was just another actor heavy handed act by course of a police intended to intimidate ethnic serbs still living in kosovo juergen the operation to u.n. mission workers were also detained one of them a russian was very badly beaten pictures emerged showing him bruised and in very poor condition in hospital he was also detained in the course of hours refused to release him until pressure from the russian federation which express that outrage as well as the un since then they've declared them
a persona non-grata called for his for his diplomatic status to be revoked all of this further angering moscow and russia has reacted they're now demanding an investigation we consider the cost of an authority's actions to be a continuation of an undisguised increase into ethnic tensions in the region and the short contempt for international norms of diplomatic communication in fact it is a demonstration of priest in his disdain for the un a precedent that will have far reaching consequences. kosovo justified its decision to label him a persona non-grata by saying that the diplomat who allegedly participated in the protest against the operation that he acted in a way that runs contrary to the constitutional order of course of all that what he did runs contrary to humanitarian values the peace and stability u.n. mission and has been active for decades facilitating the free movement of civilians
between kosovo and serbia making sure that things don't come to a head again to outright war. of it though you. will know. the parliament of the republic. and that's the ask the world update for this hour your next news from us follows larry king. is in petersburg international economic forum is a unique event in today's business world. over the last 21 years the forum has become a leading global platform for discussing they keep economic issues facing russia
emerging markets and the world thousands of business community members attend the forum to address today's vital issues. watch our special forum coverage on r.t. . some in media and even some politicians are giving julian assange as a new look and it's no wonder a case can be made the u.s. crusade against a staunch is a blueprint for criminalizing journalism what indeed is in store for a song well journalism suffer the same. thing about capitalism is both a great companies they compete they make products on the fail some of them succeed there's a central bank there in case the banks go under as the lender of last resort and that's the way it was designed down to the point but now we're in a situation where the central banks become the buyer of 1st what.
robert muller speaks and makes it clear whether to impeach donald trump or not is completely in nancy pelosi is hands can she withstand the push from her party to pursue impeachment we're taking a look on this edition of politics. welcome to politicking i'm matthew cook in for larry king on wednesday special counsel robert mueller broke his 2 year silence on the russia probe the major take away from his prepared remarks he declined to clear president trump of obstructing justice moeller now makes nancy pelosi is job even harder can the house speaker resist her party's growing demands for impeachment proceedings against donald j.
trump let's begin there with the political panel they are david brown democratic strategist he served as majority counsel to democratic senator patty murray on 2 congressional congressional committees and we have adolfo franco former member of the george w. bush. astray sion he was also a spokesperson for the john mccain and mitt romney presidential campaigns they are both in washington d.c. welcome gentlemen thank you matty and matthew so muller statement on wednesday is this a game changer on whether to proceed with impeachment of the president let's start with you david. well i think hearing ball moeller speak and hearing him restate in most respects the report put in his own voice standing behind the seal of the department of justice that was a very striking visual and it was a very compelling statement by bob mueller so i do think that there is increased political pressure not only among democrats but frankly even among some republicans
congressman amash as an example that really is is going to put speaker pelosi i think in an increasingly tight position i also think it's noteworthy to look at the democratic presidential field and to see how many of our tier one candidates have come out in favor of beginning in an impeachment proceeding so so yes i think obviously there's there's increased attention and increased pressure and if anything this was about as close to a recommendation for referrals for impeachment the bubble or probably could could make it all for a while i have a completely different take from david on the last point i don't surprise david i don't believe this is it changes in any way shape or form what people had read into or concluded on the miller report before mr mueller spoke meeting i still see it as
a complete victory for the president there was no conspiracy which is really what this was about collusion and whether there was cooperation that conspiracy really was the crime and of course the conclusion on that is an emphatic no and that since that time the democrat party has been very disappointed but the bottom line on this and your question is i can't speak for the democratic party but this particular statement in my view today does one significant thing it moves mr mueller from what democrats want to was was a grilling on capitol hill and then a big. discussion on the peculiar the particulars of the report and try to try to create news around that that would propel more investigations of president trump and they are sadly disappointed with his conclusion that my report speaks for itself.