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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #75 on: June 23, 2018, 08:42:50 PM »
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The 'Murder' Of Julian Assange
Kurt Nimmo
06/23/2018

It was a fool’s errand.

On the day Donald Trump was elected his supporters asked him to pardon the founder and frontman of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. They flooded social media demanding Assange be allowed to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London without arrest and extradition to the United States.

Stone silence from Trump and his administration.

A few months before the election, WikiLeaks released a searchable archive of over 30,000 emails and attachments taken from Hillary Clinton’s not-so private email server.

Trump held no aversion to exploiting the emails. He called them the Crooked Hillary emails and said they endangered the national security of the United States.

Democrats called foul, said Assange had colluded with Putin and the Russians.

In April, they filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks. They argue there was a widespread conspiracy to swing the 2016 election.

They have zero evidence of this. Evidence is no longer required. Accusations alone now serve to take down leaders and destroy careers.

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are no longer of use to Donald Trump.

He dished out pardons to ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and neocon leaker Scooter Libby. Trump mulled other pardons, including a posthumous one for Muhammad Ali to wipe out his draft dodging conviction. It was reported in June Trump insiders are pushing to pardon the junk bond king Michael Milken and reverse his conviction on securities fraud. The Milken pardon is being pushed by Goldman Sachs alumnus and current Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Meanwhile, Julian Assange is left to twist in the wind.

Both Trump’s attorney general and his former CIA director, now secretary of state Mike Pompeo want Assange extradited to the United States where he will face trial and possible execution for espionage.

AG Jeff Sessions said the arrest and prosecution of Assange is a priority for the United States government, while Pompeo denounced him as a “hostile intelligence service,” never mind he had no problem using the Clinton emails to accuse the DNC of sabotaging the Bernie Sanders campaign.

The US has leaned heavy on Ecuador.

Following a meeting with General Joseph DiSalvo of the Southern Command - ostensibly to discuss “security cooperation”—Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno rolled back security at the embassy and denied Assange access to family, friends, and doctors. They also shut down his internet connection.

This week Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said his government working on an “exit” plan to remove Assange from the embassy where he has lived the past six years. Valencia told the Associated Press the plan would be “one that encourages an exit, that we do not want to be traumatic... we do not want it to be an exit that may cause dissonance with international law.”

Moreno said Assange interfered in Ecuador’s relationship with other countries by tweeting on political events. He also lamented the “nuisance” of Assange’s political asylum and said the Australian whistleblower is an “inherited problem” left over from the previous administration.

Moreno’s government granted Assange citizenship in a hope diplomatic immunity would be granted and he would leave the embassy. Assange knows better than to fall for this. Immunity or no, he will be arrested the minute he walks out of the embassy.

Activist and filmmaker John Pilger took the Left to task for abandoning Assange.

    “There is a silence among many who call themselves left,” he said in a statement.

    “The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity.”

For the establishment, it’s imperative Assange be arrested, extradited, and brought up on espionage charges in the United States. The message will be priceless, the chilling effect invaluable.

The dirty secrets of war, political subterfuge, election fixing, and assorted other crimes and misdeeds are not for public consumption.

The release of the Collateral Damage video and the war logs of Afghanistan and Iraq should have resulted in a larger and more active antiwar movement. This didn’t happen.

Liberal and leftist opposition to war only occurs when a Republican sits in the Oval Office. Obama effectively destroyed what remained of the Bush era antiwar movement. Eights year of Obama worked like a lobotomy on the Left.

Democrats supported Hillary Clinton’s war on the people of Libya. They didn’t have a problem when she arranged weapons collected from the battlefields of Libya to be sent by the CIA to the “rebels” in Syria.

Democrats call for overthrowing Bashar al-Assad in Syria. They believe Russia got Trump elected and Vladimir Putin spreads lies and false news to undermine and destroy our democracy. Large NGOs, foundations, and think tanks are pushing this nonsense.

Due mostly to indoctrination as a result of public education and a herd mentality inculcated by leaders and media, it is a relatively easy task for the financial oligarchy and its corporate partners to brainwash the public. It now disguises war and conquest as humanitarianism.

I’m old enough to remember when millions of Americans praised Daniel Ellsberg for releasing the Pentagon Papers. That was then, this is now. Now liberals and progressives want to string up whistleblowers, same as their conservative Republican and neocon counterparts.

Gore Vidal said America suffers from amnesia.

Americans are largely blind to the war and financial crimes perpetuated in their name. Part of this is the result of indoctrination through propaganda media, but to a large degree Americans are incurious and unbothered by the criminality of their leaders and institutions.

Most don’t care Julian Assange is a dead man walking.

They are unable to see the criminal state for what it is - a global Mafia operation that shakes down entire continents and wages wars of conquest and pillage for profit.
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🗽 Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American Ideals
« Reply #76 on: July 30, 2018, 02:01:53 AM »
https://dissidentvoice.org/2018/07/prosecution-of-julian-assange-is-persecution-of-american-ideals/

Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American Ideals

by Nozomi Hayase / July 27th, 2018

Over 50 years ago, in his letter from the Birmingham Jail, addressing a struggle of the civil right era, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” His message is now more prevalent than ever in the current political climate surrounding WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks stepped onto a global stage with release of a huge trove of classified documents revealing government secrecy. After the publication of war logs that exposed the atrocities committed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the reaction of the Pentagon quickly escalated into a war against the First Amendment. WikiLeaks was subjected to unlawful financial blockades and there has been an ongoing secret grand jury against the organization and its associates since 2010.

These efforts to destroy WikiLeaks brought a long dreadful persecution of Assange. He has been detained for 8 years, first in prison, then under house arrest and now as a refugee living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In 2012 he was granted political asylum against the threat of extradition to the U.S., relating to his publishing activities with WikiLeaks. The UK government, in violation of UN rulings that indicated the situation of Assange as arbitrary detention, kept him in confinement, depriving him of medical care and sunlight.

In late March, this already untenable situation got worse. Pressured by the U.S., Ecuador’s new President Lenin Moreno put Assange in isolation by cutting off his access to the Internet, denying him phone calls and visitors, including Human Rights Watch. The latest news about him indicates that the Ecuadorian government is close to finalizing an agreement with British officials to evict Assange from the embassy. How did this all happen? Here we have a Western journalist, who has not been charged with any crime, being punished for providing information that shed light on crimes and corruption of governments. This plight of Assange has been largely ignored by American mainstream press and there has been an appalling silence on this issue even among political activists.

Villain, hero or useful idiot?

WikiLeaks has been consistently vilified by U.S. officials across two major political parties. After the publication of U.S. diplomatic cables, Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, designated the whistleblowing site as a terrorist organization, calling for aggressive prosecution. Similar reactions were made by Democrats. Former Vice President Joe Biden compared Assange to a “high-tech terrorist”, while senator and chairman of the Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein urged him to be prosecuted for espionage.

As officials jumped to condemn this new media organization, the public responded differently. WikiLeaks, with the release of the collateral murder video in 2010, that provided an everyday scenery of the War on Terror in the Middle East instantly became a hero among liberals. This was contrasted with Republicans who tended to view the release of U.S. Diplomatic Cables as harmful, with conservative leaders calling Assange a traitor.

This attitude toward WikiLeaks flipped during the election season in 2016. WikiLeaks’ publication of damaging information from the Hillary Clinton campaign during the final weeks leading up to the election was met with Democrats’ hostile criticism. In their minds, WikiLeaks has changed. It no longer represented a champion of free speech that they once saw. To them, WikiLeaks appeared to have been taken over, being weaponized for the agenda of their political opponent.

As mainstream media hype of Russiagate came full on, demonization of WikiLeaks increased, depicting the transparency group as Putin’s puppet for meddling with the U.S. election. Contrary to progressives’ suspicion and animosity toward the organization, support for WikiLeaks grew among conservatives during the most recent presidential race. Right-wing commentators on Fox News and politicians like Sarah Palin cheered WikiLeaks. Trump repeatedly praised the organization during his campaign. Ever since it attained public notoriety, WikiLeaks has become many things for different people. Assange has been called a villain, a hero or a useful idiot. But what is WikiLeaks, who is Assange and what is his agenda?

Crushing bastards

Julian Paul Assange is a computer programmer and journalist with an independent mind and deep knowledge of the workings of hidden forces of control. Raffi Khatchadourian, a staff writer at the New Yorker, who profiled Assange in his article in 2010, described how this Australian citizen who recently obtained citizenship in Ecuador, came to “understand the defining human struggle not as left versus right, or faith versus reason, but as individual versus institution”.

In his 2006 seminal writing “Conspiracy as Governance”, Assange identified authoritarian regimes as patronage networks of political elites. He analyzed how this network maintains its power through the use of secrecy, restriction, and the control of national and global communication and information. Assange conceived WikiLeaks upon this understanding of the structure of power. With its innovative technical infrastructure and the method of transparency, the organization revolutionized the function of the press.

As a transnational journalistic entity that is entirely funded by public donations, WikiLeaks places no allegiance to any nations, corporations or political ideology. Its sole loyalty lies in the principle of democracy, using a leak as a tool for information warfare to perform a function of watchdog, restricting the power of institutions and protecting the rights of individuals. This fidelity to checks and balances is demonstrated in Assange’s ability to speak truth, no matter who is in power.

In Obama’s second term of presidency, while many who voted for him were still mesmerized under the spell of “hope and change”, Assange was able to penetrate the deception and see lies and hypocrisies of this president who received a Nobel Peace Prize, while simultaneously engaging in multiple wars. In the statement after one year in the embassy where he called for global support for the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was charged with espionage, Assange fiercely denounced Obama’s war on whistleblowers.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, WikiLeaks released documents concerning one of the major candidates that would inherit the throne of this global imperial power. With the publication of documents that revealed internal workings of the Clinton campaign, WikiLeaks brought vital information that could help American people carefully scrutinize their political system and crush bastards that try to attack and undermine democracy.

If the organization had documents concerning Trump, WikiLeaks indicated that they would have published it. In responding to accusations of WikiLeaks favoring the Trump campaign with the DNC leaks, Assange made it clear that the role of the organization is to publish whatever is given to them, and they will not censor their publications for any political reasons.

The recent article written by an Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi, who worked with WikiLeaks for nine years, backs this claim. In sharing her insider view of the organization, she described how the decision of the timing of Podesta leaks was made and how Assange and his team were preparing to release material on Trump, which didn’t materialize, as it was already published before.

Defense of American ideals

This revolutionary journalism that Assange created through WikiLeaks resonates with the ideals that founded the United States. In fact, Assange pointed out how WikiLeaks derives its inspiration from the American revolutionary ideas and that it aligns its mission with these ideals.

Similar to the faith in the wisdom of ordinary people to govern themselves, expressed in the preamble of the Constitution with its first words “We the People”, Assange believed in the significance of ordinary people and their ability to engage in history. Thomas Jefferson recognized how, “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press…” Just as founders of this country did not trust their own government and created a safeguard for individual liberty, Assange believed in the importance of an informed public in the functioning of democracy.

From its inception in 2006, WikiLeaks has been working to defend these American values. When the laws that protect whistleblowers were gutted, it is through Assange and WikiLeaks staff’s adamant commitment to the principle of free press that made it possible for former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to exercise her uncompromising free speech. Also, it is because of WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison, with her courage in demonstrating extraordinary source protection that Snowden is now able to enjoy his rights that were denied by his own country.

WikiLeaks, as the world’s first global Fourth Estate, extended the freedom of speech, not only for Americans, but for people all around the world. As of late 2016, it published 10 million documents with a pristine record of authentication. The organization, by making full archives available in a searchable format, brought back information that belongs to the public, directly into their own hands. From the election in Kenya to the Icelandic revolution, WikiLeaks publications empowered people in many countries, creating greater social change and sparks for global uprisings. Information made available has been used to bring justice in courts and address numerous human rights abuses.

Until the moment he was cut out from the outside world, this editor in chief of the world’s most prosecuted publisher defended ordinary people’s right to self-determination. From a tiny sanctum in the Ecuadorian Embassy of London, Assange followed Catalans’ struggle for independence and continuously spoke out against Spanish Central government’s abuse of their democratic rights.

Self-righteous betrayal of democracy

So, did WikiLeaks change? Has this organization that once cracked our heart open with uncensored images of modern war lost its ideals? WikiLeaks illuminated our minds with a large cache of documents detailing dirty secrets of powerful figures, including over 650,000 critical documents concerning Putin’s Russia. Are they now really compromised?

WikiLeaks has not changed. It has not abandoned American ideals that have fueled the engine for this organization. WikiLeaks accepts information that is of public interest. It verifies and publishes authentic documents that fit the criteria of having “diplomatic, political, ethical, or historical significance, which has not been published before, and which is being suppressed”. It does this, no matter who is in office and which nation-state rises to global dominance, and even if doing so makes it a target of massive political retaliation.

WikiLeaks’ influence on U.S. politics in 2016 with the publication of documents that belong to Clinton campaign manager can be likened to efforts of consumer advocate Ralph Nader in the electoral arena. Nader, through his third party presidential run aimed to awaken in American people a fire in the belly that could challenge the corporate two-party duopoly. Similarly, WikiLeaks, by revealing the corruption of the American political system, tried to awaken moral courage for voters to take back their democracy that has long been stolen.

The publication of Podesta files exposed WikiLeaks to the same bigotry and bullying that Nader had faced back then, where the Democratic Party with their ardent middle class devotees blamed him for George W. Bush’s presidency and called him a spoiler. Now, the Democratic establishment, with MSNBC cable news stations and commentators, recycles the old tactics of defamation. They branded Assange as a Trump supporter and Russia’s intelligence asset. By even filing the lawsuit against the organization, they directed their vengeance to this whistleblowing site about the loss of Clinton’s campaign.

Yet, just as Nader’s third party presidential efforts could not spoil the election that was already so rotted, WikiLeaks could not ruin the political campaign that was so corrupted to the core. It is not WikiLeaks, but Americans who have been compromised. It is we who have fallen for a manufactured national politics that is designed to divide and conquer us every four years with new packaged candidates of the same product.

We have lost the revolutionary spirit that founded this nation, its vigilance toward government and have settled for the lesser of two evils. By engaging in our self-righteous crusade for defending our allegiance to leaders, parties and to the flag we plead to, we have betrayed our own interests and ideals.

Claiming our sacred heart

With the publication of Vault 7, a series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, fury against WikiLeaks now intensifies. The Trump cabinet continues the war on the First Amendment that began under the Obama administration. In recent months, Trump’s Justice Department Jeff Sessions stated that Assange’s arrest is a priority. Mike Pompeo, former CIA Director and the current U.S. Secretary of State, referred to the whistleblowing site as “a non-state hostile intelligence service” and indicated WikiLeaks as a force that subverts the U.S. Constitution.

From a traitor and a Kremlin puppet to a spoiler of American democracy, words are thrown around to create distortion. Bombarded by loud media sound bites, in this illusion of democracy, many can no longer hear a voice of conscience that knows what is right and they now remain silent. As Ecuador now prepares to hand over Assange to British authorities for a financial reward, by breaking its own Constitution of the Republic, our democracy’s last line of defense is about to be severed. Cruel treatment of Assange is no longer a character assassination and imprisonment of one innocent man. What is at stake is the death of the sacred heart of democracy that remembers our inherent obligation to one another. In his earlier blog, Assange wrote about the moral courage required in our age:

    Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.

He reminded us that what drives our will to crush bastards is a gentle love that inspires us to nurture the vulnerable. In a world where there is WikiLeaks, the veil of secrecy can no longer be maintained. The released information revealed the abuse of the powerful on the most vulnerable amongst us—those that are voiceless, ailing and impoverished. Calamity happening in Knightsbridge under the heightened security at the heart of London represents the injustice of the world that this fearless journalist and his courageous sources brought to us all to bear witness. It is now laid out for those who are willing and ready to see the truth.

Prosecution of Julian Assange is a persecution of American ideals. Criminalizing the act of publishing through the Espionage Act destroys the First Amendment as the guardian of democracy. This not only sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom, but it could allow the beginning of a new totalitarianism. We must break our silence and refuse to participate in the destruction of values that founded this country. It is time for us all to put aside ideological differences and unite in solidarity with people around the world who are engaging in non-violent resistance against this assault on WikiLeaks and our right to free speech.

Only through sincere efforts to keep our eyes open to the truth before us, can we have a chance to end the tyranny of the past that casts its shadow ever more into the present. If our silence has led to this great tragedy that we face now, the victory of democracy can be brought through each of us claiming the center of our heart to stand up for this fellow man who sacrificed his liberty so that all can be free.

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Update: #Unity4J, a platform to create social media movement in support of Julian Assange is now launched. Follow @Unity4J to join the campaign and updates. You can also support WikiLeaks by donating to their defense fund at http://iamwikileaks.org/donate.

Nozomi Hayase, Ph.D., is an essayist and author of WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate: History Is Happening (Libertarian Books, 2018). Find her on twitter @nozomimagine. Read other articles by Nozomi.

This article was posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 9:42am and is filed under Political Prisoners, WikiLeaks.
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Re: 🗽 Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American Ideals
« Reply #77 on: July 30, 2018, 03:44:04 AM »
The persecution and torture of Julian Assange for revealing the truth is one of the greatest arguments to have come about for those, like myself, that think government has become too big and Evil and folks should consider the Libertarian point of view.

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Re: 🗽 Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American Ideals
« Reply #78 on: July 30, 2018, 05:49:45 AM »
The persecution and torture of Julian Assange for revealing the truth is one of the greatest arguments to have come about for those, like myself, that think government has become too big and Evil and folks should consider the Libertarian point of view.

I thought you said Goobermint should step in and punish the Medical criminals who don't publish their prices and overcharge?  ???  I'm confused.  Do you want big Goobermint that protects the consumer all small Goobermint that lets criminal Capitalists rip off J6P?

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Re: 🗽 Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American Ideals
« Reply #79 on: July 30, 2018, 06:05:02 AM »
The persecution and torture of Julian Assange for revealing the truth is one of the greatest arguments to have come about for those, like myself, that think government has become too big and Evil and folks should consider the Libertarian point of view.



I thought you said Goobermint should step in and punish the Medical criminals who don't publish their prices and overcharge?  ???  I'm confused.  Do you want big Goobermint that protects the consumer all small Goobermint that lets criminal Capitalists rip off J6P?

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Your confused alright, very confused. Not just about Libertarian views but an entire litany of topics.

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Re: 🗽 Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American Ideals
« Reply #80 on: July 30, 2018, 06:43:57 AM »
The persecution and torture of Julian Assange for revealing the truth is one of the greatest arguments to have come about for those, like myself, that think government has become too big and Evil and folks should consider the Libertarian point of view.



I thought you said Goobermint should step in and punish the Medical criminals who don't publish their prices and overcharge?  ???  I'm confused.  Do you want big Goobermint that protects the consumer all small Goobermint that lets criminal Capitalists rip off J6P?

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Your confused alright, very confused. Not just about Libertarian views but an entire litany of topics.

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Re: 🗽 Prosecution of Julian Assange Is Persecution of American Ideals
« Reply #81 on: July 30, 2018, 06:43:53 PM »
The persecution and torture of Julian Assange for revealing the truth is one of the greatest arguments to have come about for those, like myself, that think government has become too big and Evil and folks should consider the Libertarian point of view.

I thought you said Goobermint should step in and punish the Medical criminals who don't publish their prices and overcharge?  ???  I'm confused.  Do you want big Goobermint that protects the consumer all small Goobermint that lets criminal Capitalists rip off J6P?
As Aristotle said, the opposite of one vice is not virtue but another vice.  For example, courage stands between cowardice and foolhardiness.

So it is in the case of government regulation.  It is not the government's job to protect J6P from himself.  Whatever people agree to with informed consent is their own business.  When it affects other people not part of the agreement, or when force or fraud is involved, is when it is proper for the government to step in.
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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #82 on: August 02, 2018, 11:39:06 PM »
First we must do something to help Julian. This interview makes that perfectly clear.

Secondly this interview is a must listen, an absolute must! After my second listen was going to give it a five star rating but realized it would be insulting.

Chris at his very best with incredible insights and not just about Julian. A new person for me, lovely brilliant lady named Suzy Dawkins who knows how to conduct an interview. Know nothing  about her but plan to know plenty and soon.

Don't miss it Diners, you know what a powerful impact the truth can have on you. 

In a world of divide and conquer, unity is the ultimate act of resistance. Friends of publisher Julian Assange are bringing together a diverse group of high-profile supporters of all political stripes in this online vigil event to advocate for Julian's freedom and protection. As has been widely reported, WikiLeaks’ Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange has had his human rights of freedom of association and to freely communicate restricted at the Ecuadorean Embassy, in which he is arbitrarily detained. This includes the ability for him to receive visitors, and all phone signals are being electronically jammed. There have also been countless reports of an imminent threat to his liberty in recent weeks, suggesting he is in danger of being expelled from the embassy and extradited to the United States to face espionage charges (which can invoke the death penalty). His friends, supporters and loved ones find this unacceptable and are again coming together to demand Julian's access to them be restored immediately, his political asylum respected and his human rights restored. We are calling upon members of the public in the UK to undertake solidarity actions at the Ecuadorian Embassy (3 Hans Crescent, opposite Harrods. Nearest tube station: Knightsbridge) to show their support for Julian. Everyone unable to attend the Embassy in person is encouraged to support these online events to help raise awareness about Julian's situation. Please amplify the hashtags: #Unity4J and #ReconnectJulian and share this video everywhere.
                                         





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US Intel Will Bring Assange to the US in Chains
« Reply #83 on: November 15, 2018, 12:33:05 AM »
https://www.greanvillepost.com/2018/11/14/us-intel-will-bring-assange-to-the-us-in-chains/

US Intel Will Bring Assange to the US in Chains
November 14, 2018 Patrice de Bergeracpas


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By Ann Garrison, BAR contributor

Julian Assange, a hero in the struggle against imperial wars and the lies that states tell to justify them, is in mortal danger.

“Hillary Clinton suggested drone bombing Julian Assange, and other US politicians called for his execution by other means.”
Those of us who understand how revolutionary Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange are hope that he won’t suffer that fate, but it seems more and more likely. It’s hardly a surprise given that, in 10 years’ time, Wikileaks published more classified information than all other media combined. It exposed human rights abuses, government spying, torture, and war crimes on an unprecedented scale. It put government, corporations, and even the Pentagon, the FBI, the CIA and other intel agencies on notice that they could no longer count on operating in secrecy. It created a trove of primary source material that serious journalists and researchers will mine for years to come. Its publications are accessible to readers who prefer primary sources to most mediated news.

Wikileaks so infuriates the USA’s most violent, corrupt, and criminal institutions that Hillary Clinton suggested drone bombing Julian Assange, and other US politicians called for his execution by other means. California’s 28th District Congressman Adam Schiff, who became the chair of the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats reclaimed the House, said that he would speak to Assange “when he is in US custody, not before.” Schiff is a vociferous and supremely self-righteous leader of the Democratic Party’s “Resistance,” which sullies the name of the underground movement formed in France during World War II to fight Nazi Germany’s occupying forces and the collaborationist Vichy government.

“Moral and racial superiority entitles the US to occupy the world with military bases, and ring any nation that challenges its hegemony with military aircraft, battleships, assault vehicles, and military surveillance.”

The Resistance is fascist in its own nature because it tolerates only one truth and one loyalty: Russia is the enemy, interfering in Syria, the Ukraine, and even US elections. Russia elected Trump. Russia dares to position missiles on its own borders in response to NATO’s missiles on the other side. The US must build more missiles, more drones, more nuclear weapons, and every other sort of weapon to defend the European world against Russia and its ally China. Moral and racial superiority entitles the US to occupy the world with military bases, and ring any nation that challenges its hegemony with military aircraft, battleships, assault vehicles, and military surveillance. The same moral and racial superiority entitles its spy state agencies to shut down access to information deviating from its narratives, and therefore to arrest and extradite Julian Assange.

Of course the Republican Party shares the same fascist nature but differentiates itself by insisting that although Russia is the enemy, Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. It also wants to silence the founder of Wikileaks and find a way to shut the organization down.

Are Assange and the movements to free him running out of time?
Assange has been an asylee in Ecuador’s London Embassy for more than six years—since August 2012. Ecuador and the UK, however, are no closer to an agreement that would allow him safe passage out of the embassy. In a recent video conference, #Unity4J organizer Suzie Dawson said she fears that Assange and those working to free him are running out of time:

“Right now time is not on our side. And I had someone today complaining because they want us to do a big big action day march. When you do those types of actions it takes two or three months to organize. You need to have an organizing committee, you need to wallpaper the town, you need to have one date that you do it on, you need to do a ton of advertising. You need to get all the unions and various other organizations to sign on board, and then you have this one action day.

“I honestly don’t think we have until February.”

“Well, there’s a couple of problems with that. First of all, I don’t think we have three months right now. If we schedule a February giant march in support of Julian, I honestly don’t think we have until February. I hope I’m wrong. I hope that the actions we take in the short term, in the next days and weeks, will buy us that much time for Julian, but I don’t see it.”

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who spent two years in prison for exposing the agency’s official use of torture, said that if Assange walks out of the embassy without a guarantee of safe passage, he will be extradited to the US in chains:

“We all know why the British have that embassy ringed. It’s to snatch him and to turn him over to the United States. If that happens, the CIA and the FBI are both going to be on that plane and they’re both going to be at least attempting to interrogate him all the way back home.They will bring him back to the United States in chains because that’s what they do.“

“The CIA and the FBI are both going to be on that plane and they’re both going to be at least attempting to interrogate him all the way back home.”

Suzie Dawson said that the FBI and the CIA will interrogate and torture Assange to try to obtain information that would allow them to bring Wikileaks down, but that he has no doubt been preparing for this eventuality for years. She believes he will have made sure that the organization has adopted security codes and measures that he himself does not know and therefore cannot reveal—even if he’s tortured.

“They want to know about security files for example. They want to know about the inner processes and workings of Wikileaks. They want access to the knowledge that’s inside Julian’s brain. And they will torture him. And they will interrogate him in order to attempt to get that.

“They will torture him.”

“Now I trust Julian to be smart enough to have made sure that even he doesn’t possess a lot of that knowledge. In my personal opinion, Julian has spent years planning for these various eventualities, but it won’t stop them from trying.”

Dawson also said that the intelligence agencies are eager to punish him:

“At the end of the day they want to punish him for outing their corruption and their crimes. They’ve been waiting eight years to do it, and they will be rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of the UK detaining him and extraditing him to the USA.”

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🌍 Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder has been charged in US
« Reply #84 on: November 16, 2018, 03:00:08 AM »
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Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder has been charged in US, prosecutors accidentally reveal

Wikileaks describes court filing which revealed the charges as an 'apparent cut-and-paste error'

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The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal with unspecified offences in the US, prosecutors have accidentally revealed in an unintentional court filing.

Federal prosecutors had hoped to keep the indictment prepared against Mr Assange a secret "due to the sophistication of the defendant, and the publicity surrounding the case", and so that Mr Assange would "no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter".

Wikileaks said on social media that the US Justice Department had "accidentally revealed existence of sealed charges (or draft of them) against [Mr Assange] in apparent cut-and-paste error".
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The document that reveals the charges, which prosecutors say was filed by mistake, asks a judge to seal documents in a criminal case unrelated to Mr Assange, and carries markings indicating it was originally filed in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia in August.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency the document was initially sealed but unsealed this week for reasons that are unclear at the moment.

And Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for the prosecutors' office which filed the document that was unsealed, told the Reuters news agency: "The court filing was made in error. That was not the intended name for this filing."

According to the document, any procedure "short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant, and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged".
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It adds: "The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter."

The Washington Post reported that the document had been penned by Assistant US Attorney Kellen S Dwyer. 

US officials have previously acknowledged that federal prosecutors based in Alexandria have been conducting a lengthy criminal investigation into Wikileaks and its founder.

Mr Dwyer had also been assigned to the WikiLeaks case, according to the Post. US media quoted sources familiar with the matter saying that what Mr Dwyer was disclosing was true, but unintentional.

Representatives of the Trump administration, including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, have publicly called for Mr Assange and Wikileaks to be aggressively prosecuted over the 2010 release of classified diplomatic cables.

Prosecutors are reported to have reopened their investigation into whether charges should be brought for the 2010 leak since Donald Trump came to power.
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And separately, special counsel Robert Mueller has also looked into WikiLeaks’ publication of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s then-campaign chairman, John Podesta, ahead of the 2016 election.

Officials have previously claimed the emails were hacked by Russian spies and transferred to Wikileaks.

Mr Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London six years ago, to avoid extradition to Sweden to be questioned in a sexual molestation case.

Sweden has since dropped its request to extradite Mr Assange, but he still faces arrest by the Metropolitan Police if he leaves the embassy on a charge of skipping bail.

Mr Assange was initially treated as a welcome guest in the embassy, but his relations with Ecuadorian officials have become strained over time and he has often complained of his living conditions.

He and his supporters have periodically said US authorities had filed secret criminal charges against him, citing them as one of the reasons he must stay in the embassy - an assertion that US officials have pushed back against until recently.
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