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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #120 on: April 17, 2019, 01:51:05 PM »
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🐈 Julian and Martin: Reflections on the Arrest of Assange
« Reply #121 on: April 18, 2019, 01:07:06 AM »
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/04/16/julian-and-martin-reflections-on-the-arrest-of-assange/

April 16, 2019
Julian and Martin: Reflections on the Arrest of Assange
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Will someone please explain to me why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a hero for violating laws sustaining the system of racial discrimination, while Julian Assange is considered a villain for violating laws sustaining the system of imperial war?

Democratic Party bigwigs are celebrating the arrest of the Wikileaks founder in London and the request of Donald Trump’s Justice Department for his extradition to the U.S. According to Senators Chuck Schumer, Mark Warner, and Joe Manchin – and, of course, ex-Senator Hilary Clinton – Assange deserves to be punished severely for plotting with Chelsea Manning to obtain and release classified military information, and for allegedly helping the Russians to influence the election of 2016.  These are War Democrats, of course, who never met a defense corporation or armed intervention that they didn’t like.  One is not surprised to hear them howling for revenge against the “traitor” who revealed American war crimes to the world.

Democrats calling themselves progressives are more inclined to defend Assange – sort of – on the ground that his imminent prosecution represents an attack on journalistic freedom that may make it difficult for the media to publish classified documents like those contained in the Pentagon Papers.  More legalistic progressives aren’t so sure about this, since they consider publishing classified info OK so long as it has been “sanitized” to avoid exposing intelligence agents, but obtaining the info by hacking into a government computer not ok: i.e., a crime.

What neither camp wants to talk about, however, is whether it’s ok to break securities laws in order to expose the American Empire’s war plans, errors, and misdeeds.

Thus, my earlier question: why is lawbreaker Martin Luther King, Jr. a hero and lawbreaker Julian Assange a villain?  Intelligent people whom I’ve asked about this give the most convoluted and irrelevant answers!  “Dr. King never threatened American security the way Assange did.”  “Dr. King submitted to arrest, but Assange fled to the security of an embassy.”  “King loved his enemies, but Assange hates America.”

The assumption disguised by these rather scholastic distinctions is that Martin attacked an obviously evil system – American institutional racism – while Julian only attacked . . . the American Empire.  So if you don’t want to admit that the empire is evil (or even that it exists), you talk about national security or journalistic freedom or something. Anything but imperialist warmaking.

Dr. King himself did not make that mistake.  What he finally came to understand was that racism, the oppression of the poor, and empire-building are co-dependent, interrelated diseases that can only be cured by strenuous efforts to heal all three conditions simultaneously.  He called this a “revolution of values.”  On April 4, 1967, at the Riverside Church in New York, he delivered an address called “Beyond Vietnam” that contained these lines:

    A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. Anation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. [sustained applause]

I think there is not the slightest question that, were he alive, Dr. King would applaud the sort of civil disobedience that exposes the empire’s secrets to the world and makes people aware of the crimes and errors committed in places like the Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons, the battlefields of Iraq, and the drone-infested provinces of Afghanistan.

Julian Assange is no saint, and neither was Martin Luther King.  They were very different personalities, to be sure.  But both put their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” on the line in order to expose the inhumanity, violence, and lies of the powerful elites that rule the globe.  On the scale of human values, both ranked Truth and Justice well ahead of Obedience to Authority.

Listen, Schumer and the rest of you!  If you honor Martin, you must also honor Julian.  And if you don’t understand why this is true, what is the difference between you and Trump?  If the U.S. government succeeds in extraditing Assange, let’s get ready to celebrate his arrival with a protest recalling the 1963 March on Washington. It’s what King would have done.
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🐈 John Pilger: Julian Assange Exposed US' 'KILL THEM ALL' Mentality!
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« Reply #123 on: April 20, 2019, 09:13:46 AM »


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The days rolled by last week and the strange case of the Assange affair kept me going back to my place on the net and putting up new content.  It wasn't just that I'm a comment dog who can't be on the internet without wanting to write something somewhere.  (Try it sometime if you don't write comments, see if you can make just one.)  And it wasn't simple outrage though I've plenty of that.  It was more personal.



Before Snowden and before Wikileaks I had become K-Dog.  It was early on when I became K-Dog.  The name was given to me by an anonymous commenter who had liked something I had written.  I was busy in those days.  I had come to the realization (actually horrible awareness) that smart people were not working the worlds problems.  No think tanks in universities coming up with plans to adapt the world to a future without oil or a climate.  No secret government bases with giant machines to scrub C02 out of the atmosphere or refine zero-point energy.  Nothing at all. 



Turns out if you think about the world's problems at all you right there with the smartest people in the room.  The common herd won't contemplate that which is beyond their vision.  Not even won't but can't!  Turns out be deep-seated psychological reasons for this cognitive black hole, and even that would not be so bad; if such people also did not vote.




Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the "good life", whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”  <== Hunter S. Thompson


 


Let's toast to being born at time when there was plenty of sugar in the worlds petri-dish for all the yeast to thrive.


 


The seventies had led me to believe that people were working the earth's problems but it turned out the 70's had led to the brain-dead 80's during which time the seeds for the absolute annihilation of mankind were planted.  America's ability to adapt was about to be destroyed. 


 


During the 80's and 90's electronics were refined so mass surveillance became possible and those of the common herd who had power could not resist the temptation to use it.  It is not in human nature to ignore a benifit of technology.  There are deep-seated psychological reasons for this it turns out.  Then came 9-11 a plan for a new American Century.  Neocons took control and America became a different place.  Mesmerized by shock and awe few people noticed.


 


Surveilance is one thing, and the instant reaction is to think no big deal but, it is a big deal.  Surveillance brings management with it, the temptation was not resisted.  James Howard Kunstler had honed in on the collapse movement and was writing about depletion issues.  I began to comment on his blog.  Long story short I soon realized that some of the commenters at his blog had super powers.  A few names needed no sleep.  And following I.P. Addys from his site that a tracking service plugin provided I learned that most of the identities who were commenting on his blog were using 'the Department of Defense Network' to get to the website.  Actual origins appeared to be from every small military base in the country.  America had become a country silently being brainwashed by ideologies of the most ossified and conservative kind.  The ability of America to adapt to change had been taken away and our doom was sealed.


 


I did not have a website at the time.  I appeared to be someone who could just be  rolled over using a bit of terror.  Gang stalking and electronic harassment of many kinds.  It worked for a while but I adapted and survived.  I registered my website and now with Julian's Arrest I'm ready because the same people who want him were the ones who were harassing me.  It is personal.  Vault 7 personal.  Being followed by men in black suits personal and this being the Diner I'll have a small taste of:


 


"La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froide"  (Revenge is a dish best served cold)


 


I have a picture of one of the suits, I could post it but this article is not about me.  I will only give a link to it. http://chasingthesquirrel.com/pics/DLR.png The pic came from a website he asked me to visit when we met in person.  A website intended to put the fear of god into me.  I downloaded it. 


 


I'm writing to do a small part in getting the promise of democracy working again or something like that.  Because we don't have it now.  We have only the illusion of it.


 


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I haven't seen the internet controlled like this since BP got on top of their Public Relations and spun the Gulf Oil Spill the way they wanted it spun.  No news on Julian Assange.  It took some sleuthing to find out he is now at Belmarsh prison.    This from 'Free Malasia Today'.  Good luck finding anything in the American press.



"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being held in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison which has housed some of Britain’s most notorious inmates, a legal source told AFP Friday.






 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 




 



 



 



 



 



 



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The prison in southeast London became one of the country’s best-known jails after Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and career criminal Charlon Bronson – dubbed “the most violent prisoner in Britain” – were held there.






 



 



 



 



 



 



 




 



 



 



 



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Opened in 1991 next to Woolwich Crown Court, it has frequently been used in high-profile national security cases."



From another Source:



Belmarsh, built in 1991 and located in southeast London, gained notoriety in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when foreigners were detained in the prison without being formally charged, leading some to call it 'Britain's Guantanamo Bay.'



What is it all about? This affidavit was unsealed Monday.



It is alleged that Julian Assange conspired to help Chelsea Manning commit computer intrusion of a classified military network. That's it thats all. Real reasons of course are not for public consumption. You can find out about that if you read on.



The world, America darkens with time. Ignorance is celebrated and cultivated in a cultural tower of babble that pushes truth behind shadows where it can no longer be seen. Things were not always this bad. It was clear forty years ago that power corrupts and the only legitimate power is power that is open to scrutiny. This awareness has eroded. The Vietnam war made the need for scrutiny as clear as the sight of a high school football hero returning home in a body bag. But America forgot. Graft, theft, racism, and corruptions of all kinds are possible when doors can't be opened for a peek inside. America forgot that. Now America wants to kill a messenger who's crime is that he wanted you to know stuff.



The American troll army pushes the meme that Julian has nothing to worry about. He will quietly be deported to Australia they all say. They also don't want you to know about the affidavit. They prefer you believe in cat feces on walls and other fables. They absolutely don't want you to know that Vault 7 tools are used on American citizens.



Yet only misbehaving dogs have to worry about such things and you don't misbehave.



And that can stay true until the rules change and then they come for you. In the meantime enjoy the show. Here is something entertaining. Seven years after the fact and you likely still don't know the names of the women or the circumstances but if hating is your thing enjoy a thick slice of 'Me Too'.



She Accused Assange of Rape. Give Her a Chance for Justice



If you enjoy the article too much I'd like to remind you that nowhere does Heather Barr mention the name of 'the woman' anywhere. International extradition for crimes where victims are not named is not Ok IMHO. I think someone with even a third of a brain should be able to figure out why. The devil is in the details, or in this case lack of them. Heather also does not say that one of the women has vanished and that the other woman is connected to the CIA. Heather had many years to learn this and that this sort of thing is very much 'her thing' is very clear, so I think if you were a baby Heather would steal your candy.



Read my stuff from last week and you will learn the names. (I did not need seven years to learn them.) Somebody clue Heather in. Please.



 



Thursday April 11th 2019: (with more recent edits)



Breaking News, The arrest. I stand in solidarity. All four paws. (Europeans will not have to look it up to find out what solidarity means. Most Americans will need to do exactly that.)



10 x 10 bare concrete walls, 24/7 florescent lighting, and a room thirty feet below ground. Comparatively the embassy had to be a palace. Moreno is a pig. Somebody follow the money please.



Update$$: A 4.2 billion loan (numbers vary) guarantee from the International Monetary Fund, it seems.



Below are the honeypots. One has vanished off the face of the earth.



I recall at the end of the 1981 movie "Body Heat" William Hurt playing the male lead character Ned Racine sits in prison. Ned receives the High School yearbook of Matty Walker his vanished female lead in the movie in his prison mail. He tears the brown wrapper off and begins to read. Matty is a femme fatale played by Kathleen Turner in this movie who has duped Ned into killing her husband for insurance money. That's why Ned sits in prison.



In the yearbook is written the line, if I can recall it right, in response to the age old High School yearbook question of 'what do you want to be in life', Matty had answered.



'To be rich and live in a far away land'



A line something to that effect. So what is the parallel? Matty had vanished with funds.






Now Trump can put out any fake news he wants.



WikiLeaks official Defense Fund



( 46 BC ) At Ceasars triumph, Vercingetorix was marched through the Eternal City, then strangled at the Tullianum.



I like the story of Vercingetorix’s men who at least in a movie spirited his body from the place of execution in the middle of the night to bury it with dignity in the woods. Likely at great risk. Before his execution I think Vercingetorix had been in prison for seven years. I could be wrong.



Obama got Osama and the golden puffball will also be taking a triumph. Unearned riches if ever there were.



"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."Thomas Paine



Donald Trump, praised WikiLeaks often during his 2016 presidential campaign yet now he just said WikiLeaks is not his thing. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” Trump said “It’s not my thing.”




  • How Ecuador’s Globalist Regime Received Billions to Sell Out Julian Assange


  • With Ecuador’s Cooperation Bought by IMF Loans, Washington Waxes Optimistic on Assange Extradition


  • Ecuador obtains $10.2 billion IMF loan package


  • Every Points to Julian Assange’s Accuser Being a CIA-Directed Liar


  • Where in the world is Sofia Wilén?


  • Ecuadorian Golf Courses

     



     



     



     



     



     



     



     



    Seven years is long enough for people to forget and make up all sorts of stories. What is Assange arrested for?



    For wanting you to see this.






    Should the rampant gaslighting make you forget.



    If I make an edit here in my HTML pile of text it takes about the same time as it takes for a hellfire missile to hit a target as it does for my edit to appear as a change on this page once I hit 'fire'. Just like a goddamn video game kiddies play. I just turned this green and it took the same time for me to see the change as it did for the three hellfire missiles to hit their targets in this video.



    My wierdness with Vercingetorix? I'll allow Chris Hedges to explain. It is about empire:



    "The Trump administration will seek to try Assange on charges that he conspired with Manning in 2010 to steal the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs obtained by WikiLeaks. The half a million internal documents leaked by Manning from the Pentagon and the State Department, along with the 2007 video of U.S. helicopter pilots nonchalantly gunning down Iraqi civilians, including children, and two Reuters journalists, provided copious evidence of the hypocrisy, indiscriminate violence, and routine use of torture, lies, bribery and crude tactics of intimidation by the U.S. government in its foreign relations and wars in the Middle East. Assange and WikiLeaks allowed us to see the inner workings of empire—the most important role of a press—and for this they became empire’s prey."



    Empire is evil with patience. Enemies of empire are dealt with after humanity screams move on. It is not fair but perhaps Julian has another service to do. There is much evil. The existence of the rampant gaslight shows this. Something makes it shine so bright. Julian's job may only be half done.



    Too bad, for Julian deserves a break. But evil is alive well and flourishing. I pray evil now bites more than it can chew so that it is exposed in all it's orangeness.



    Trumps idea of MAGA exposed. Preparing America for a future this does not do! It won't do at all. Who was the guy who said 'The buck stops here'? He is on the Eisenhower Dollar. I hope he is right but the buck these days seems to be made of golden Teflon. To expect Trump to do more than resurrect the Neocon Bush Playbook was fantasy. The link is to ten year old news true, but it has the freshest of ink.



    Ink more fresh there can't be.



    I've learned more according to this AP article. The American indictment is in response to what is known as the “Vault 7 leak” in 2017. Vault 7 comprises thousands of pages of documents revealing details about CIA tools used to break into computers, cellphones and other consumer electronics used by targeted individuals.



    I can speak to the veracity of the contents of Vault 7 because I have had my personal electronics targeted by the same tools when I became a targeted individual myself for discovering details about behind the scene government internet manipulations.



    These tools I can attest are not used exclusively by our CIA but are a feature of all agencies which use American fusion centers. They are used by the FBI and Homeland Security to terrorise and deal with American Citizens who dare to investigate how deep our domestic spying apparatus goes. I can attest that rabbit hole is very deep from my personal experience. As I make an allegation I'll be specific.



    They pulled a boner. Mike went to High School with one of the 'spooks' who shadowed me five years ago. This spook was in a coffee shop Mike owned when I was came in. The spook was in his shiny black suit and blinding bleached white shirt sans tie, their uniform. Until you learn to turn your phone off they frequently get places before you do. The same spook had been in the coffeehouse a few months before and had told Mike, the owner, about his new job with the TSA.



    One of the things they can do is control your Netflix viewing on your T.V.



    It can and will mess with your head. When they pop your screen to scenes of families getting brutally murdered it will affect you. Having the controls go to exactly the right spot for the best dramatic effect to freak you out the most is very Steven Kingish and I believe 'they' enjoy 'getting the bad guy' way too much. It really does mess you up, it along with gang-stalking is a means of control which leaves no trace. I experienced the Full Monty. It is not called 'targeted' for nothing. And what they can do with phones when they are trying to drive you out of your mind is impressive and scary in a leg shivering sort of way. Your heart will do a years worth of thumping in a month before they finish with you, or you adjust. I adjusted but part of me will always be pissed and it takes more than a month to adjust. It takes many months.



    Oceania in spades. Rats in my face. They'd have you believe Eurasia influences your elections but you have no idea of the Orwellian nightmare America became before Trump was even an orange blob on the Oval Office horizon. What happened to me happened on Obama's watch. Since then I've been waiting for Trump to amp it up and wonder what has taken him so long. The boy has toys. Meanwhile the thoughtstopper of 'It Can't Happen Here' echoes the common awareness.






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« Reply #124 on: April 20, 2019, 09:46:34 AM »
Didn't the original trumped-up (Obama'ed-up?) rape charges get dropped? I seem to remember that case fell apart. I admit to losing track of the narrative after it became clear it was just a matter of time until Assange was hunted down and killed or otherwise, er, uh, neutralized.

For me that was about five years ago.

They can't extradite him to the US if he's charged here with a crime that might carry the death penalty. But nothing keeps them from charging him with such a crime AFTER he is safely in the hands of the designated agents of American Blind Justice. That's what will happen, most likely.

The thing that has fundamentally changed is that the judicial system, which (a generation ago) was willing to act as a check and a balance, as designed, has now been finally become a part of the machine.

Now they can have a mock trial for Julian, and nobody will bat an eye. Now they can stop a K-Dog on his way to work, get an instant e-warrant, draw his blood, and  probably sentence him to jail time for impaired driving. No wonder he was writing that paranoid shit. His moral fiber was destroyed by cannabis. Another victim of Reefer Madness.

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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #125 on: April 20, 2019, 09:51:21 AM »
Didn't the original trumped-up (Obama'ed-up?) rape charges get dropped? I seem to remember that case fell apart. I admit to losing track of the narrative after it became clear it was just a matter of time until Assange was hunted down and killed or otherwise, er, uh, neutralized.

You should listen to my Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call.  I went over this.

Sweden dropped the case because they couldn't serve a subpoena on Julian while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy.  Now that he is accessible in a London Jail Cell,they are considering reopening the case and extraditing him themselves.

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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #126 on: April 20, 2019, 10:22:17 AM »
My best recollection was that the "rape victims" recanted their allegations. Didn't I read that back then, or is it just that cannabis has destroyed my memory along with my moral fiber?
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« Reply #127 on: April 20, 2019, 10:35:28 AM »
Going back to the actual allegations, it's clear to me the whole case was a bunch of trumped-up #metoo bullshit. Both women willingly had sex with Assange and then decided to complain when it was obvious it was just a one-night stand for him.

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« Reply #128 on: April 20, 2019, 12:38:01 PM »

Now they can have a mock trial for Julian, and nobody will bat an eye. Now they can stop a K-Dog on his way to work, get an instant e-warrant, draw his blood, and  probably sentence him to jail time for impaired driving. No wonder he was writing that paranoid shit. His moral fiber was destroyed by cannabis. Another victim of Reefer Madness.


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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #129 on: April 20, 2019, 12:43:41 PM »
Going back to the actual allegations, it's clear to me the whole case was a bunch of trumped-up #metoo bullshit. Both women willingly had sex with Assange and then decided to complain when it was obvious it was just a one-night stand for him.

https://www.thelocal.se/20101219/30946

One worked for the CIA the other can't be found.  The name of this movie is:

The Seven Year Snitch !

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📰 Daniel Ellsberg Speaks Out on the Arrest of Julian Assange
« Reply #131 on: April 28, 2019, 03:02:57 AM »
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Daniel Ellsberg Speaks Out on the Arrest of Julian Assange



“Without whistleblowers we would not have a democracy. And there have to be people to distribute work and publish it.”

by Dennis J. Bernstein

April 23, 2019

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Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg argues that the recent arrest of Julian Assange poses a threat to American press freedoms and democracy itself.

As Julian Assange awaits his fate, socked away in maximum security lockdown in Great Britain, his supporters and friends—many of whom believe he is one of the most significant publishers of our time—are vigiling, writing, and speaking out in support of his work and calling for his immediate release.

I spoke to legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg the morning after Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, with the eyes of the world watching the scene unfold in real time.

Ellsberg says he is both outraged and deeply concerned about the impact this case might have on the free press. “Without whistleblowers,” Ellsberg tells me in the following interview, “we would not have a democracy.”

Q: You have been watching what has been going on with Julian Assange for some time. What do you make of what has just happened?

Daniel Ellsberg: It is not a good day for the American press, or for American democracy. Forty-eight years ago, I was the first journalistic source to be indicted. There have been perhaps a dozen since then, nine under President Obama. But Julian Assange is the first journalist to be indicted. If he is extradited to the U.S. and convicted, he will not be the last.

The First Amendment is a pillar of our democracy and this is an assault on it. If freedom of speech is violated to this extent, our republic is in danger. Unauthorized disclosures are the lifeblood of the republic.

Q: Some people say Assange was just a hacker. Others, including many major news organizations, felt that he was a legitimate source of information. What is the significance of WikiLeaks? Did it change history in a way similar to how the Pentagon Papers changed our knowledge of the Vietnam War?

Ellsberg: It would be absurd to say that Julian Assange was just a hacker. As a young man he was a hacker, and his philosophy is sometimes called “hacker philosophy,” referring to radical transparency, which goes beyond what I would agree with in some cases, in terms of not wanting to redact or curate any of the information at all. His theory is to lay it all out for the public and I think that can have some dangers for privacy in some cases. But that is not involved here.

In this case he was doing journalism of a kind which I think other outlets are jealous of and don’t practice as much as they should. This information was actually first offered by Chelsea Manning to The New York Times and The Washington Post, but neither one showed any interest in it. That is how it came to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

The collateral murder video shows up-front murder being done [in an airstrike in Baghdad in July 2007]. You see unarmed people in civilian clothes being gunned down and then as they are crawling away, wounded, being pursued until they are dead. That was murder. Not all killing in war is murder, although a lot of it is in modern war. Other people were watching that video when [Manning] saw it. They were all shocked by it, [but] she was the one who decided that people should be told about this.

    Without whistleblowers, our foreign policy would be almost entirely covert. We don’t have as many whistleblowers as we need to have any kind of public sovereignty.

That took great moral courage on her part, for which she paid ultimately with seven and a half years in prison, ten and a half months in solitary confinement. She was recently imprisoned again for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury that clearly is pursuing Julian Assange, hoping to get information beyond what she testified to in her hearings and court trials. . . .

She objects to grand juries in general, as unconstitutional and undemocratic in their secret proceedings. That is the same attitude my co-defendant in the Pentagon Papers trial, Anthony Russo, took forty-eight years ago. He refused to testify secretly to a grand jury. In fact, he offered to testify if they would give him a transcript that would show him exactly what he said and hadn’t said. They wouldn’t accept that and he spent over a month in jail before they decided instead to indict him. Chelsea is taking the same position now and showing the kind of moral courage that she has shown all along.

Julian, meanwhile, is being charged with having gone beyond the limits of journalism by helping Manning to conceal her identity with a new username. He is also charged with having encouraged her to give him documents. That is criminalizing journalism. I can’t count the number of times that I have been asked for documents by journalists or for more documents. She had already given hundreds of thousands of files to Assange and he wanted more. This is the practice of journalism.

Q: There wouldn’t really be much journalism without documents. People used to depend on eyewitness accounts but what beats a document?

Ellsberg: I have been asked what I would do today in the digital era. I would still give them to The New York Times in the hopes that they would print the documents at length. Not many papers take the space to do that and that is why I chose The New York Times. But it was four months after I gave them to Neil Sheehan when they actually published them. During that time he didn’t tell me that the Times was working on it. Nowadays I would not wait, I would give it to WikiLeaks or put it on the net myself.

Q: But Assange was focused on trying to protect his sources. This made it possible for more people to participate and that got on the nerves of the powers that be.

Ellsberg: None of his sources except Chelsea have been identified. Actually, Chelsea chose the wrong person to confide in, Adrian Lamo, who immediately informed on her. In terms of getting documents that are crucial, that is done every day. Very often the documents are not printed. The journalist just uses them to make sure that he or she has a valid story. A document is more likely to identify a source, as happened in the case of the Intercept, I am sorry to say.

Q: Finally, why is it important to protect whistleblowers? This is obviously meant to frighten off anyone with information.

Ellsberg: Without whistleblowers, our foreign policy would be almost entirely covert. We don’t have as many whistleblowers as we need to have any kind of public sovereignty. Unfortunately, people are simply not willing to risk their job or their clearance or their freedom.

In the past, before me and before President Obama, there were very few prosecutions. Freedom of the press was always held to preclude holding journalists and editors accountable for informing the public. This could be a major change. With classified information, which is nearly everything in the foreign policy field, the writer cannot predict what will be embarrassing in the future, what will appear criminal, what will be considered poor judgment. So they classify everything and it stays classified.

Only a tiny percentage of classified information deserves any protection from the public. A great deal of it the public needs and deserves to have. Most leaks were actually authorized, even though they were against regulations, because they served the interest of some boss in the system. They are really given for the benefit of the agency’s budget, or whatever. A small percentage are whistleblowing in the sense of revelation of wrongdoing or deception or criminality, information that the public should know, to avoid a war, for instance.

Q: What other information that the public has the right to see might still be bottled up?

Ellsberg: Eighteen years after it began, we still don't have the Pentagon Papers for Afghanistan. I am certain that they exist, within the CIA and the Pentagon and the White House, stacks of classified estimates that say stalemate is irrevocable in Afghanistan: We can stay there as long as we want but we will never serve American interests any more than now, which is essentially zero, unless it is to free the President of the charge that he has lost a war.

I think these estimates have been there from before the war but we have never seen them. How many people really want to get involved in a war with Russia and Assad in Syria? The estimates would reveal that, and we ought to have those.

    It is now up to us to make sure that the First Amendment is preserved.

A war with North Korea or Iran would be catastrophic and I am sure there are many authoritative statements to that effect. But if John Bolton persuades Trump to get involved in such a war, it will happen. It will probably happen without much disclosure beforehand, but if people did risk their careers and their freedom, as Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden have done, we would have a much better chance that a democratic public would prevent that war from taking place.

Without whistleblowers we would not have a democracy. And there have to be people to distribute work and publish it. Julian Assange has done that in a way in which other publishers have not been willing to. Journalists should close ranks here against this abuse of the President's authority, and against Britain and Ecuador for violating the norms of asylum and making practically every person who has achieved political asylum anywhere in the world less secure.

It is now up to us to make sure that the First Amendment is preserved.
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🐈 Julian gets 50 weeks in the Brit Pokey for Jumping Bail
« Reply #132 on: May 01, 2019, 04:48:19 AM »
Well, this keeps him out of FSoA custody for a year anyhow.

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🐈 Assange: So Where Is the Swedish Warrant?
« Reply #133 on: May 02, 2019, 07:42:46 AM »
https://www.globalresearch.ca/where-swedish-warrant/5676006

Assange: So Where Is the Swedish Warrant?
By Craig Murray
Global Research, April 29, 2019
Craig Murray 27 April 2019
Region: Europe, USA
Theme: Law and Justice, Media Disinformation


If the Swedish allegations against Julian Assange were genuine and not simply a ruse to arrest him for extradition to the United States, where is the arrest warrant now from Sweden and what are the charges?

Only the more minor allegation has passed the statute of limitations deadline. The major allegation, equivalent to rape, is still well within limits. Sweden has had seven years to complete the investigation and prepare the case. It is over two years since they interviewed Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy. They have had years and years to collect all the evidence and prepare the charges.

So where, Swedish prosecutors, are your charges? Where is your arrest warrant?

Julian Assange has never been charged with anything in Sweden. He was merely “wanted for questioning”, a fact the MSM repeatedly failed to make clear. It is now undeniably plain that there was never the slightest intention of charging him with anything in Sweden. All those Blairite MPs who seek to dodge the glaring issue of freedom of the media to publish whistleblower material revealing government crimes, by hiding behind trumped-up sexual allegations, are left looking pretty stupid.

What is the point of demanding Assange be extradited to Sweden when there is no extradition request from Sweden? What is the point in demanding he face justice in Sweden when there are no charges? Where are the charges from Sweden?
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The answer to that is silence.

Sweden was always a fit-up designed to get Assange to the USA. And now they don’t need it, so Sweden has quietly gone away. All the false left who were taken in by the security services playing upon a feminist mantra should take a very hard look at themselves. They should also consider this.

If you seriously put forward that in allegations of sexual assault, the accuser must always be believed and the accused must automatically be presumed guilty, you are handing an awesome power to the state to lock people up without proper defence. The state will abuse that awesome power and fit people up. The Assange case shows us just that. And it is not the only case, currently, as everyone in Scotland should realise.

But there is more. If you believe that any sexual accusation against a person should be believed and automatically and immediately end their societal respectability, you are giving power to state and society to exclude dissidents and critics from political discourse by a simple act of accusation. That power will be used and abused by the security services.

In the case of the allegation in Sweden that did fall through the statute of limitation, the accusation was that during the act of consensual sex Julian Assange deliberately split the condom with his fingers, without consent. I quite agree that if true, it would amount to sexual assault. But the split condom given to Swedish police as evidence had none of Assange’s DNA on it – a physical impossibility if he had worn it during sex. And the person making the accusation had previously been expelled from Cuba as working for the CIA. So tell me again – we must always believe the accuser?

For once, I agree with the Blairites that should a warrant arrive from Sweden that Swedish request should be prioritised for extradition over the US request, not least because rape is much the more serious crime. As the only reason Julian Assange ever claimed asylum was that he saw the Swedish allegations as a ruse to get him into custody for extradition to the US, I would also say that should a warrant from Sweden arrive he should now voluntarily go without further legal resistance, the US extradition point being overtaken.

But do not hold your breath. No warrant is going to come. The states that coordinated so carefully his arrest and detention, timed with the Muellergate release and the demented Ecuadorean government lies about faeces on walls, don’t need the Swedish angle now.

I ask again. Where is the warrant from Sweden? Are there still people who cannot see the Swedish allegations for the CIA ruse that they always were?
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Re: Wikileaks Updates-Julian Assange Thread
« Reply #134 on: May 02, 2019, 09:43:55 AM »
That whole warrant thing is so 20th century.

The Evil Empire don't need no stinkin' warrants no more. Anything goes and nothing matters.
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