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 October 13, 2019  Posted by at 9:25 am Finance Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

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All Foreign Forces Should Leave Syria, Including Russia – Putin (RT)
Domestic Politics, Idlib Sway Timing Of Turkey’s Syrian Operation (AlM)
Army Deployed In Ecuador As Protests Descend Into Violence (G.)
Ecuador Indigenous Group Says Will Continue Protests After Curfew Imposed (R.)
Johnson Will Speak To EU Leaders On Brexit Deal By End Of Monday (R>)
Labour Will Stop No-Deal Brexit ‘Whatever It Takes’ – Starmer (G.)
The Beginning of the End (Sven Henrich)
White House Accidentally Sends Ukraine Talking Points To Democrats Again (Hill)



Number of things on Turkey’s attack on Syria. First, Putin is right. Let Syrians return and let them be safe at home. Would solve many problems in one go.

All Foreign Forces Should Leave Syria, Including Russia – Putin (RT)

The territorial integrity of Syria must be fully restored and all foreign forces should withdraw, including Russia if Damascus decides it doesn’t need Moscow’s help anymore, according to President Vladimir Putin. “All the forces deployed illegitimately inside any sovereign state – in this case Syria – must leave,” Putin said in a joint interview with RT Arabic, UAE-based Sky News Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya broadcasters. This is true for everyone. If Syria’s new legitimate government chooses to say that they have no more need for Russia’s military presence, this will be just as true for Russia. Meanwhile, Moscow’s stance on the settlement in Syria remains unchanged and was already relayed to its partners Iran, Turkey and the US, the president noted.

“Syria must be free from other states’ military presence. And the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic must be completely restored.” Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from border areas in northeastern Syria, saying it was time to “get out of ridiculous endless wars.” Unlike the Russian military, which arrived in the country at an invitation of the government in Damascus, US forces have been in Syria illegally since 2016. The Syrian government has repeatedly blasted the American military presence as a violation of its sovereignty. Putin was also asked about Moscow’s attitude towards NATO’s eastward expansion and buildup near Russian borders. “We are not happy about it… and voiced our concerns,” he replied.

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Then some background from Al Monitor on 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. The west doesn’t do anything to solve the situation, apart from some money now and then. But it was the west that caused the problems with its attacks on Syria, Lybia etc.

Domestic Politics, Idlib Sway Timing Of Turkey’s Syrian Operation (AlM)

Ankara is greatly concerned over the prospect of a new refugee influx from Idlib that would further entangle Turkey’s Syrian refugee problem. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had warned in September that Turkey cannot tolerate another refugee wave atop the 3.6 million Syrians it is already hosting. Besides putting strains on Turkey’s financial resources and social stamina, the Syrian refugee problem has proved increasingly costly for the AKP in terms of domestic politics. It is no coincidence that since the party’s rout in the June 23 rerun in Istanbul, government spokesmen have constantly touted the safe zone plan inside Syria as a way to expedite the return of Syrian refugees.

Across Turkey and in big cities in particular, most of the Syrian refugees live in close proximity to AKP voters, either in the same neighborhoods or adjoining ones. Under the impact of the economic crisis, tensions between locals and refugees have grown, contributing to a gradual disenchantment with the government among AKP voters. In Istanbul — the heartbeat, the spirit and the mirror of the country — 73% of some 479,000 registered Syrians live in districts where local administrations are controlled by the AKP. Out of the 10 districts with the largest refugee numbers, seven are held by the AKP. Similarly, eight of the 10 districts with the biggest refugee populations in proportion to the locals are run by the AKP.

While announcing the launch of Operation Peace Spring, Erdogan said the campaign would “lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.” The political motive underlying this pledge rests on the fact that the Syrian refugee problem is becoming unbearable for the government. If the campaign progresses as planned, leading the Turkish military and its Syrian allies to take control of a border stretch running 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep to the east of the Euphrates, the Syrians who could be forced to flee Idlib in the near future could perhaps be placed in tent cities in this “security belt” without being let into Turkey at all and instead transferred via Afrin and al-Bab, which are already under Turkish control.

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However, when it comes to Ecuador, the Guardian has an entirely different point of view. Not surprising, since they sided with Moreno against Assange. But my Twitter feed is full of videos of extreme Ecuador police and army violence against their own people, snipers on rooftops, the works. Looks just like the Turkish-led assault on Kurds. The Guardian, though, suggests in this case the protesters are violent.

Army Deployed In Ecuador As Protests Descend Into Violence (G.)

President Lenín Moreno ordered the army on to the streets of Ecuador’s capital Quito after a week and a half of protests over fuel prices devolved into violent incidents, with masked protesters attacking a television station, newspaper and the national auditor’s office. Moreno said the military enforced curfew would begin at 3pm local time in response to violence in areas previously untouched by the protests. Masked protesters broke into the national auditor’s office and set it ablaze, sending black smoke billowing across the central Quito park and cultural complex that have been the epicentre of the protests.

Later, several dozen masked men swarmed the offices of the private Teleamazonas television station, set fires on the grounds and tried to break into the building where about 20 employees were trapped. “They’re trying to enter the station, trying to break down the doors, we’re asking for help but the police aren’t coming,” one employee told the Associated Press. A journalist with the newspaper El Comercio told the AP that the paper’s offices were also under attack. The building’s security guards were seized and tied up and attackers were trying to break into offices where journalists were hiding.

Moreno appeared on national television alongside his vice-president and defence minister to announce that he was ordering people indoors and sending the army on to the streets. He blamed the violence on drug traffickers, organised crime and followers of former president Rafael Correa, who has denied allegations that he is trying to topple Moreno’s government.

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Moreno has turned into a right-wing US backed dictator, that much is clear. Guess we’ll never know what they have on him that made him turn 180º.

Ecuador Indigenous Group Says Will Continue Protests After Curfew Imposed (R.)

Ecuadorean indigenous group Conaie said late on Saturday that it would continue anti-austerity protests after President Lenin Moreno imposed a military-enforced curfew in the capital Quito and the armed forces said they would restrict movement across the country. The group suggested that its decision earlier in the day to hold direct talks with Moreno about a decree that cut fuel subsidies might be at risk by the military crackdown. Conaie has led protests against the law but has rejected vandalism that swept Quito on Saturday. “There’s no real dialogue without guarantees for the safety of indigenous leaders,” Conaie said in a statement on Twitter.

“We’ll carry out approaches to try to repeal the decree,” it added, “but we will hold protest actions nationally..exhorting the government to provide necessary guarantees.” It did not specify when it would hold protests or if it would do so in defiance of the curfew. Moreno did not say when the curfew in Quito would end.

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Was Boris only now advised about violence?

Johnson Will Speak To EU Leaders On Brexit Deal By End Of Monday (R>)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker by the end of Monday to urge the leaders to support his Brexit deal, the Sunday Times reported. Johnson will offer the three leaders the option to either help him deliver a new deal this week, or to agree on a friendly version of a no-deal Brexit by Oct. 31, the newspaper said, citing a source familiar with the conversations. “He’ll be talking to Merkel, Macron and Juncker by the end of Monday to see if there’s agreement on a ‘landing zone’ for Northern Ireland and customs,” the source was quoted as telling the newspaper.

“The alternative is to agree a friendly version of no deal and finish it that way.” Security chiefs have convinced Johnson that a no-deal Brexit will heighten the danger of extremist attacks in Northern Ireland and on the mainland, along with sectarian violence in cities such as Glasgow, according to the report. As a result, the British prime minister desperately wants a Brexit deal, the Sunday Times reported. “Any one of these risks we could cope with, but taken collectively they would be a massive challenge to the UK state and no one would choose to go down that route,” Johnson told a senior Conservative in a private conversation, according to the newspaper.

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is it election time already?

Labour Will Stop No-Deal Brexit ‘Whatever It Takes’ – Starmer (G.)

Labour will take action in the courts to prevent Boris Johnson from pushing through a no-deal Brexit against the will of parliament, Keir Starmer has pledged. The shadow Brexit secretary said that if the prime minister is unable to reach an agreement with Brussels by 31 October, he must comply with the Benn act and seek a further delay. In a speech at the Co-operative party conference in Glasgow, Starmer said: “If he can’t – or I should say won’t – get a deal we will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent our country crashing out of the EU without a deal. “If no deal is secured by this time next week, Boris Johnson must seek and accept an extension. That’s the law. No ifs, no buts. And if he doesn’t, we’ll enforce the law – in the courts and in parliament. Whatever it takes, we will prevent a no-deal Brexit.”

Starmer dismissed suggestions that the prime minister could circumvent the law by accompanying a request for an extension with a second letter to the EU saying he did not want one. “That’s the equivalent of attaching a Post-it note to divorce papers saying ‘only kidding’ – It’s a ridiculous idea,” he said. Officials are continuing talks in Brussels over the weekend after the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave the go-ahead on Friday for intensive negotiations to start. Starmer said that if the prime minister succeeded in getting an agreement, Labour would demand it was put to the public in a referendum.

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“And really Fed? You are throwing this $60B a month announcement out on a Friday with the $DJIA already up 350 points?”

The Beginning of the End (Sven Henrich)

They sure are trying their best. To do what? To goose markets higher. It’s been quite the spectacle all year, but this Friday sure took the cake. The entire week had been a giant jerk fest of sudden rips and dips as headline chasing algos were ripping through support and resistance levels unleashed like fat kids at the candy shop. But this Friday was something else, almost designed to have markets overdose on an insulin spike. Ever more hyped up on an impending China deal, every meeting, and movement of negotiators caused market spikes, a Trump tweet about “warm feelings”, a $82.7B repo operation by the Fed to keep things tidy, a sudden out of the blue $60B/month Treasury buying operation announced by the Fed, multiple Fed speakers to boot, what a scene.

And really Fed? You are throwing this $60B a month announcement out on a Friday with the $DJIA already up 350 points? What are you thinking here? The Fed knows this kind of announcement juices up markets. The Fed sheepishly claims it’s not QE. Oh piss off already. Expanding the balance sheet by $60B a month is a massive intervention any way you cut it or slice it. How big? Do the math. $60B per month is a run rate of $720B a year. And while they claim they’ll stop it in Q2 next year who really believe anything they say? Did you believe QT was on autopilot last year? Lol. Fool me once.

You know what else is $720B a year or $60B a month? The ENTIRE US MILITARY BUDGET. The largest military budget on the planet. Millions under arms, submarines, aircraft carriers, nuclear arsenal, bombers, fighter jets, military bases across the globe, satellites, drones, laser guided missiles, you name it. All of it runs at $60B per month. So lest everyone is blind to numbers these days as everything is so monstrous our eyes glaze over I trust this comparison highlights how massive the Fed’s announcement was on Friday. But not QE. Right. Believe it if you so choose.

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Accidental? You sure?

White House Accidentally Sends Ukraine Talking Points To Democrats Again (Hill)

The White House accidentally sent Democrats a list of talking points related to ex-Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s Friday House deposition, two sources with knowledge of the email told The Hill, the second time in a month the administration has sent its Ukraine talking points to Democrats. The email included guidance for Republicans seeking to defend the president from potentially damaging witness testimony from an ambassador who was removed from her post in May under controversial circumstances. In copies of the guidance shared with The Hill, the White House encouraged Republicans to adopt a series of messages designed to turn the tables back on Democrats, including attacks on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) handling of the investigation.

Yovanovitch told House lawmakers that she was removed after “a concerted campaign” against her from President Trump and his allies. She also said in her opening statement that the State Department had “been under pressure from the president to remove me since the summer of 2018.” Yovanovitch’s ouster came two months before Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president — now at the center of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry — in which Trump asked Kiev to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 presidential candidate. “We are not concerned with any information Yovanovitch might share, because the President did nothing wrong,” the White House email meant for Republicans said.

“But we are concerned that Schiff is putting her in a precarious position by having her testify in secret without State Department lawyers be present.” “It raises serious questions about why Schiff is willing to put career officials in such risky situations while bullying them with legally unfounded threats of obstruction charges,” the email continued. It added that Schiff “is willing to ride roughshod over fair process and to use career officials to further a baseless political objective.” The email marks the second time the White House has unintentionally sent talking points to Democrats in recent weeks, after an administration official inadvertently emailed them suggested rhetoric defending the July 25 phone call.

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    Paul Gauguin Huts under trees 1887   • All Foreign Forces Should Leave Syria, Including Russia – Putin (RT) • Domestic Politics, Idlib Sway Timin
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 13 2019]

    V. Arnold

    Paul Gauguin Huts under trees 1887

    Seems a very dense painting.
    Lovely and rich, across the board…

    Dr. D

    Judge decides he and his court have authority over speech worldwide:


    Not a power grab or anything, just pursuing power not enjoyed by ‘King’ Draco, of Draconian fame, a man perhaps appropriately like Robespierre, created by a mob democracy run amok: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draco_(lawgiver)

    So I am subject to Brussels’ court. Nice! In that case, I must be a citizen of the EU and can ask to impeach and remove him, right? I can travel to Paris without a passport now, no?

    …And you thought the jurisdiction over Assange was bad. You’re not Next: you’re already here.

    “US forces have been in Syria illegally since 2016.”

    Go U.N.! Doin’ that job maintaining order and making the world safe for diplomacy! Now that you’ve run out of other people’s money, why won’t anyone fund you?

    “The Syrian government has repeatedly blasted the American military presence as a violation of its sovereignty.”

    But no one will ever know as it has yet to be reported in North America. Just like the consequent human and organ trafficking. There was a guy who did, once, but he’s away on vacation in Belmarsh. It must be a vacation since he has not been convicted of any crime.

    “Domestic Politics, Idlib Sway Timing Of Turkey’s Syrian Operation (AlM)”

    I do wonder if they’re going the other way and preventing any Syrian from returning home in order to weaken them. Since Turkey was ISIS’ greatest ally for years, they’re not great neighbors. And now the media cares just SO MUCH about Syrian children! Oh the children, the children!

    “Female Kurdish Politician Among 9 Civilians Killed By Pro-Turkey Forces (AFP)”

    Just a matter of endless war and no withdrawl. How else are they going to get America to fight Iran down to the last Yankee? Anyway, NINE whole people? Oh noes! That’s a summer afternoon in Chicago, which they couldn’t give a s—t about. Although Cheeto has raised the Marines, I don’t see Chicago requesting them there and returning rule of law. And it has to be a woman, because men and women are perfectly equal, therefore when men die who cares but when women die: international news. That’s equality! I don’t care which one you pick but pick one or the other: my brain hurts when all things and no things are equal at the same time. You know what I’m going to say: #A—L—S, the state of being anti-rational, anti-reason.

    “Army Deployed In Ecuador As Protests Descend Into Violence (G.)”

    So easy. If “The Guardian” says it, it’s a lie. QED.

    “extremist attacks in Northern Ireland and on the mainland, along with sectarian violence in cities such as Glasgow”

    So the EU is saying they’re going to be funding violent separatists in Scotland and Ireland if the UK dares attempt to regain sovereignty. Gotcha. Good thing they don’t have an army, or Britain’s extra $6B, they might crush a small Mediterranean nation and dictate the Prime Ministers of Italy or something.

    “Labour Will Stop No-Deal Brexit ‘Whatever It Takes’ – Starmer (G.)”

    Wow, really? Because Labour constituents voted FOR Brexit and AGAINST your party. You better look around and make sure you’re still at the head of a parade. Since everyone that hates Brexit hates Corbyn more, not a good look.

    Boris Johnson must seek and accept an extension. That’s the law.”

    Awwwww. Just like yesterday, they want to start following the law? I wholeheartedly approve. Starting with a certain referendum you held some years back. But the law only applies when I want it to, to WHOM I want it to. Every other day of the year, we ignore it like we ignore pedophilia going back to Heath and Saville, the Windrush expulsions, human trafficking, and rape gangs. They’re the little people: no law for you!

    They sure are trying their best. To do what? To goose markets higher.”

    Objection your honor. This reporter is implying motive. Reason? “Oh no reason, just ‘cause.” You mean like just ‘cause DeutscheBank is $60Trillion in the hole for derivatives and has broken its CDS for being under $8, just ‘cause Morgan’s profits are crushed by being removed from price-fixing, just ‘cause Hong Kong banking center may cease to exist, just ‘cause the Euro may implode, just ‘cause the Pound may go with it, just ‘cause the President may be impeached? Are THOSE some reasons – just maybe – that banks would like to hoard cash and not lend it therefore creating a liquidity crunch? Really a “trust” crunch, the Fed’s only real JOB to cure? NOPE! It’s just ‘cause. Surprised he didn’t say it was Russia.

    Listen: the U.S. has added nearly $1 Trillion a QUARTER. The Fed Repo has risen to $250B since 9-11 and is rising at $3B a DAY. Overnight interest rates have already been over 10%. This run rate may be the vertical hockey-stick blow off destruction of the fiat system. But this reporter says there’s nothing going on, no crisis here, just ‘cause.

    You’re fired.

    “Aria That Cost Marie-Antoinette Her Head Is Sung Again At Versailles (AFP)”

    Somebody who believes in magic is throwing a lot of symbolism around France, as with the Notre Dame. Maybe we should ask Frenchie LeGuarde for another public lecture on the magic number seven again. That was eye-opening and no mistake. Remember, it doesn’t matter if it’s TRUE, what matters is powerful people THINK it’s true. It runs their actions, not yours. So much as they are erasing Britain, they are erasing France in a different way. For the hate of ego knows no bounds.

    christopher cobb

    What’s with your fixation on the HK riots, don’t they get enough coverage in MSM? Oh oh, One was shot recently, escalation? Have you never seen this Gene Sharpe playbook? It’s called a color revolution, remember Maidan? The yellow vest have gone on for how many weeks now? Haitian riots, any MSM coverage? Lenin Moreno rolling for his life? Christ the US banned masked protesters in the nineteenth century. Free the paid underage protesters in HK who have been sold cheaply for a pack of lies!


    The notion that Putin would entertain leaving Sryia is ludicrous and laughable in the extreme and is quite simply a ploy to the unthinking that abandoning the Kurds won’t have serious credibility consequences for the U.S. It’s textbook political, tactical and strategic deception. Putin couldn’t want it more and Trump just gave it to him. By extension Trump likely keeps his investment stream in Turkey in tact.

    Russia currently has two recent 49 year leases for it’s naval and air bases in Syria’s major Mediterranean port area in the heart of the Alawite state with major construction and expansion underway. It’s also investing in expansion of two of Syria’s major military bases.

    John Day

    Matt Taibbi
    ​ ​I’ve lived through a few coups. They’re insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score.
    ​ ​The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who’s got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who’s writing tonight’s newscast?
    ​ ​When the KGB in 1991 tried to reassume control of the crumbling Soviet Union by placing Mikhail Gorbachev under arrest and attempting to seize Moscow, logistics ruled. Boris Yeltsin’s crew drove to the Russian White House in ordinary cars, beating KGB coup plotters who were trying to reach the seat of Russian government in armored vehicles. A key moment came when one of Yeltsin’s men, Alexander Rutskoi – who two years later would himself lead a coup against Yeltsin – prevailed upon a Major in a tank unit to defy KGB orders and turn on the “criminals.”
    ​ ​We have long been spared this madness in America. Our head-counting ceremony was Election Day. We did it once every four years.
    ​ ​That’s all over, in the Trump era.
    ​ ​On Thursday, news broke that two businessmen said to have “peddled supposedly explosive information about corruption involving Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden” were arrested at Dulles airport on “campaign finance violations.” The two figures are alleged to be bagmen bearing “dirt” on Democrats, solicited by Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
    ​ ​Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman will be asked to give depositions to impeachment investigators. They’re reportedly going to refuse. Their lawyer John Dowd also says they will “refuse to appear before House Committees investigating President Donald Trump.” Fruman and Parnas meanwhile claim they had real derogatory information about Biden and other politicians, but “the U.S. government had shown little interest in receiving it through official channels.”
    ​ ​For Americans not familiar with the language of the Third World, that’s two contrasting denials of political legitimacy.
    ​ ​The men who are the proxies for Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani in this story are asserting that “official channels” have been corrupted. The forces backing impeachment, meanwhile, are telling us those same defendants are obstructing a lawful impeachment inquiry.
    ​ ​This latest incident, set against the impeachment mania and the reportedly “expanding” Russiagate investigation of U.S. Attorney John Durham, accelerates our timeline to chaos. We are speeding toward a situation when someone in one of these camps refuses to obey a major decree, arrest order, or court decision, at which point Americans will get to experience the joys of their political futures being decided by phone calls to generals and police chiefs.
    ​ ​My discomfort in the last few years, first with Russiagate and now with Ukrainegate and impeachment, stems from the belief that the people pushing hardest for Trump’s early removal are more dangerous than Trump. Many Americans don’t see this because they’re not used to waking up in a country where you’re not sure who the president will be by nightfall. They don’t understand that this predicament is worse than having a bad president.
    ​ ​The Trump presidency is the first to reveal a full-blown schism between the intelligence community and the White House. Senior figures in the CIA, NSA, FBI and other agencies made an open break from their would-be boss before Trump’s inauguration, commencing a public war of leaks that has not stopped​..​.
    ​ ​It was also a bold new foray into domestic politics by intelligence agencies that in recent decades began asserting all sorts of frightening new authority. They were kidnapping foreigners, assassinating by drone, conducting paramilitary operations without congressional notice, building an international archipelago of secret prisons, and engaging in mass warrantless surveillance of Americans. We found out in a court case just last week how extensive the illegal domestic surveillance has been, with the FBI engaging in tens of thousands of warrantless searches involving American emails and phone numbers under the guise of combating foreign subversion.
    ​ ​The agencies’ new trick is inserting themselves into domestic politics using leaks and media pressure. The “intel chiefs” meeting was just the first in a series of similar stories, many following the pattern in which a document was created, passed from department from department, and leaked.​..
    ​ I don’t believe most Americans have thought through what a successful campaign to oust Donald Trump would look like. Most casual news consumers can only think of it in terms of Mike Pence becoming president. The real problem would be the precedent of a de facto intelligence community veto over elections, using the lunatic spookworld brand of politics that has dominated the last three years of anti-Trump agitation.

    ​Trump is cutting staff loyal to Bolton and neocons at the National Security Council.

    ​But I thought the US was pulling soldiers out of the Mideast!
    ​ ​The Pentagon has increased the number of US forces in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations by about 14,000 since May this year, as it continues to lock horns with Tehran. Not all of those went to Saudi Arabia, however, as CENTCOM’s area of operations covers the entire Middle East, including Afghanistan and Syria.

    Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach revealed on Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden received $900,000 from Burisma Group for lobbying activities, citing materials related to an investigation.

    Ukrainian Government Will ‘Happily” Investigate Pro-Hillary Election Interference, President Says​

    ​Real whistle-blowers get treated like this:
    ​Julian Assange to remain locked up in UK prison following brief court appearance ahead of US extradition hearing

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