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Julian Assange: Free At Last, But Guilty Of Journalism (Pepe Escobar)
‘No Physical Harm To Anyone By Leaks’ (ZH)
Bitcoin Donor Pays For Julian Assange’s $520,000 Charter Jet (ZH)
You Saved Julian Assange (Chris Hedges)
How The Deal To Free Julian Assange Was Agreed (BBC)
‘Every Citizen on the Planet’ Subject to US Persecution (Miles)
Macron’s Brand ‘Toxic’ – Bloomberg (RT)
France Faces Threat Of ‘Civil War’ – Macron (RT)
West ‘Unable To Negotiate’ – Lavrov (RT)
Farage Tells Zelensky Only Peace Can Save Ukraine (RT)
UK’s Cameron Dashes Ukraine’s NATO Summit Hopes (RT)
How Obama’s Intel Czar Rigged 2016 and 2020 Debates Against Trump (Sperry)
Age of Rage: America’s Anti-Free Speech Movement (Turley)
Supreme Court Tosses Case Over Biden Coercion Of Social Media (ZH)

 

 


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Lots of Assange articles again today. Well, he deserves it.

Julian Assange: Free At Last, But Guilty Of Journalism (Pepe Escobar)

The United States Government (USG) – under the “rules-based international order” – has de facto ruled that Julian Assange is guilty of practicing journalism. Edward Snowden had already noted that “when exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals.” Criminals such as Mike “We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal” Pompeo, former Trump Secretary of State, who had planned to kidnap and kill Julian when he was head of the CIA. The indomitable Jennifer Robinson and Julian’s U.S. lawyer Barry Pollack sum it all up: the United States has “pursued journalism as a crime”. Julian was forced to suffer an unspeakably vicious Via Crucis because he dared to expose USG war crimes; the inner workings of the U.S. military in their rolling thunder War Of Terror (italics mine) in Afghanistan and Iraq; and – Holy of Holies – he dared to release emails showing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) colluded with the notorious warmongering Harpy Hillary Clinton.

Julian was subjected to relentless psychological torture, and nearly crucified for publishing facts that should always remain invisible to public opinion. That’s what top-notch journalism is all about. The whole drama teaches the whole planet everything one needs to know about the absolute control of the Hegemon over pathetic UK and EU. And that bring us to the kabuki that may – and the operative word is “may” – be closing the case. Title of the twisted morality play: ‘Plead Guilty or Die in Jail’. The final twist in the plot line of the morality play runs like this: the combo behind the cadaver in the White House realized that torturing an Australian journalist and publisher in a maximum security U.S. prison in an electoral year was not exactly good for business. At the same time the British establishment was begging to be excluded from the plot – as its “justice” system was forced by the Hegemon to keep an innocent man and family father hostage for 5 years, in abysmal conditions, in the name of protecting a basket of Anglo-American intel secrets.

In the end, the British establishment quietly applied all the pressure it could muster to run towards the exit – in full knowledge of what the Americans were planning for Julian. Cue to the kabuki this Wednesday in Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, unincorporated Pacific land administered by the Hegemon. Free at last – maybe, but with conditionalities that remain quite murky. Julian was ordered by this U.S. Court in the Pacific to instruct WikiLeaks to destroy information as a condition of the deal. Julian had to tell U.S. judge Ramona Manglona that he was not bribed or coerced to plead guilty to the crucial charge of “conspiring to unlawfully obtain and disseminate classified information relating to the national defense of the United States”. Well, his lawyers told him he had to follow the ‘Plead Guilty or Die in Jail’ script. Otherwise, no deal.

Judge Manglona – in an astonishing brush aside of those 5 years of psychological torture – said, “it appears that your 62 months in prison was fair and reasonable and proportionate.” So now the – oh, so benign and “fair” – USG will take the necessary steps to immediately erase remaining charges against Julian in the notoriously harsh Eastern District of Virginia. Julian was always adamant: he stressed over and over again that he would never plead guilty to an espionage charge. He didn’t; he pleaded guilty to a hazy felony/conspiracy charge; was given time served; was set free; and that’s a wrap. Or is it? Australia is a Hegemon vassal state, intel included, and with less than zero capability to protect its civilian population.

Moving from the UK to Australia may not be exactly an upgrade – even with freedom included. A real upgrade would be a move to a True Sovereign. Like Russia. Yet Julian will need U.S. authorization to travel and leave Australia. Moscow inevitably will be a sanctioned, off-limits destination. There’s hardly any question Julian will be back at the helm of WikiLeaks. Whistleblowers may be even lining up as we speak to tell their stories – supported by official documents. Yet the stark, ominous message remains fully imprinted in the collective unconscious: the ruthless, all-powerful U.S. Intel Apparatus will go no holds barred and take no prisoners to punish anyone, anywhere, who dares to expose imperial crimes. A new global epic starts now: The Fight against Criminalized Journalism.

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We’ve known this for years.

‘No Physical Harm To Anyone By Leaks’ (ZH)

These are the images the world has been waiting for (with the exception of all Neocons, Liberal interventionists, natsec hawks, and Killary types…). “Free at last,” WikiLeaks said in a post on X, upon Julian Assange emerging rom his plane after landing in the Australian capital of Canberra. Assange raised his fist on the tarmac, and lovingly embraced his wife Stella and his children and family. His guilty plea arrangement with the United States was a success. During the Wednesday morning stopover and court appearance in a US district court in Saipan, the 52-year old Assange formally pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing US military secrets.

One of Assange’s lawyers, Jennifer Robinson, said after the hearing that the whole ordeal “sets a dangerous precedent that should be a concern to journalists everywhere.”During the hearing he appeared emotional and there were moments of humor and laughter in interaction with the judge and with the court, according to The Guardian. For example, when the judge questioned whether satisfied with the plea conditions, Assange responded: “It might depend on the outcome.” This immediately drew some laughter in the courtroom. Chief Judge Ramona Manglona said at the start: “Not many people recognize we are part of the United States, but that is true.” By the end she pronounced: “It appears this case ends with me” and followed with “I hope there will be some peace restored.”

Crucially, the judge said something which marks a significant blow to Assange’s and WikiLeaks’ detractors, who have long maintained that the leaks – particularly the Iraq and Afghan war logs – put intelligence officers and foreign assets in danger and may have gotten some killed. Manglona explained that key to the deal for his freedom was that he already served years in a notorious and harsh UK prison, but also that no actual physical harm was actually caused due to Assange’s actions. “You stand before me to be sentenced in this criminal action,” the judge said. “I would note the following: Timing matters. If this case was brought before me some time near 2012, without the benefit of what I know now, that you served a period of imprisonment… in apparently one of the harshest facilities in the United Kingdom.”

The Australian parliament had also begun publicly lobbying for Assange’s freedom starting months ago, and this was also essential in building pressure with the Biden administration. “There’s another significant fact – the government has indicated there is no personal victim here. That tells me the dissemination of this information did not result in any known physical injury,” the judge continued. “These two facts are very relevant. I would say if this was still unknown and closer to [2012] I would not be so inclined to accept this plea agreement before me,” Manglona added. “But it’s the year 2024.”

Former intelligence officials and national security pundits have been livid and disappointed over the plea deal, claiming Assange’s leaks got people killed and harmed US operations abroad.

Importantly, as a condition of the plea WikiLeaks is required to destroy information pertaining to US state secrets that was provided to Assange and his team. While the WikiLeaks site is a large repository of world-wide leaks on various governments, it appears that sections devoted to classified US documents have now been removed. Upon Assange’s celebratory landing in Australia, his wife Stella said in a press conference that he “just arrived in Australia after being in a high-security prison for over five years and [on] a 72-hour flight.”

She said it would be “premature” for Julian to address the press and that he “has to recover”. She then declared: “The fact is that Julian will always defend human rights, will always defend victims – that’s just part of who he is.” “I hope journalists and editors and publishers everywhere realize the danger of the US case against Julian that criminalizes, that has secured a conviction for, newsgathering and publishing information that was true, that the public deserved to know,” she continued in the press conference. “That precedent now can and will be used in the future against the rest of the press. So it is in the interest of all of the press to seek for this current state of affairs to change through reform of the Espionage Act,” said Stella Assange. “Through increased press protections, and yes, eventually when the time comes – not today – a pardon.”

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“..required to pay $520,000 to the Australian government..”

Bitcoin Donor Pays For Julian Assange’s $520,000 Charter Jet (ZH)

In an anonymous effort to help secure Julian Assange’s freedom, an anonymous Bitcoiner donated over 8 Bitcoin, worth around $500,000, to help Assange’s family pay off the debt incurred by his charter jet and settlement expenses, CoinTelegraph reported. On June 24, Assange was released from the high-security Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom after reaching a plea agreement with U.S. authorities. Shortly after his release, he departed the U.K. on a private plane from a London airport to Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory. Assange appeared in a district court in Saipan on June 26, where he pleaded guilty to one charge of breaching the U.S. Espionage Act by leaking classified documents. The journey was planned to prevent Assange from touching foot on American soil.

In an interview, Stella Assange, Assange’s wife, stated that “freedom comes at a cost.” Assange is required to pay $520,000 to the Australian government for the “forced” chartering of flight VJ199 to travel to Saipan and Australia. Stella started a crowdfunding page to help the jailed founder with his debts after his return home to Australia. The donation link was posted by Stella Assange on June 25, and within 10 hours, an anonymous Bitcoiner paid over 8 Bitcoin to the fund, almost clearing the goal of $520,000. He has also received over 300,000 British pounds ($380,000) in fiat donations so far. The single Bitcoin donation was the largest donation to the fund, more than all other donations in all currencies combined. As a result, Assange will arrive in Australia debt free.

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“..to my delight, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser of the Old Bailey court overseeing Julian’s case, complained about the noise protestors were making in the street outside..”

You Saved Julian Assange (Chris Hedges)

The dark machinery of empire, whose mendacity and savagery Julian Assange exposed to the world, spent 14 years trying to destroy him. They cut him off from his funding, canceling his bank accounts and credit cards. They invented bogus allegations of sexual assault to get him extradited to Sweden, where he would then be shipped to the U.S. They trapped him in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for seven years after he was given political asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship by refusing him safe passage to Heathrow Airport. They orchestrated a change of government in Ecuador that saw him stripped of his asylum, harassed and humiliated by a pliant embassy staff. They contracted the Spanish security firm UC global in the embassy to record all his conversations, including those with his attorneys. The CIA discussed kidnapping or assassinating him. They arranged for London’s Metropolitan Police to raid the embassy – sovereign territory of Ecuador – and seize him.

They held him for five years in the high security HM Prison Belmarsh, often in solitary confinement. And all the while they carried out a judicial farce in the British courts where due process was ignored so an Australian citizen, whose publication was not based in the U.S. and who, like all journalists, received documents from whistleblowers, could be charged under the Espionage Act. They tried over and over and over to destroy him. They failed. But Julian was not released because the courts defended the rule of law and exonerated a man who had not committed a crime. He was not released because the Biden White House and the intelligence community have a conscience. He was not released because the news organizations that published his revelations and then threw him under the bus, carrying out a vicious smear campaign, pressured the U.S. government.

He was released — granted a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department, according to court documents — in spite of these institutions. He was released because day after day, week after week, year after year, hundreds of thousands of people around the globe mobilized to decry the imprisonment of the most important journalist of our generation. Without this mobilization, Julian would not be free. Mass protests do not always work. The genocide in Gaza continues to exact its gruesome toll on Palestinians. Mumia Abu-Jamal is still locked up in a Pennsylvania prison. The fossil fuel industry ravages the planet. But it is the most potent weapon we have to defend ourselves from tyranny.

This sustained pressure — during a London hearing in 2020, to my delight, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser of the Old Bailey court overseeing Julian’s case, complained about the noise protestors were making in the street outside — shines a continuous light on injustice and exposes the amorality of the ruling class. This is why spaces in the British courts were so limited and blurry eyed activists lined up outside as early as 4 a.m. to secure a seat for journalists they respected, my spot secured by Franco Manzi, a retired policeman. These people are unsung and often unknown. But they are heroes. They move mountains. They surrounded parliament. They stood in the pouring rain outside the courts. They were dogged and steadfast. They made their collective voices heard. They saved Julian. And as this dreadful saga ends, and Julian and his family I hope, find peace and healing in Australia, we must honor them. They shamed the politicians in Australia to stand up for Julian, an Australian citizen, and finally Britain and the U.S. had to give up. I do not say to do the right thing. This was a surrender. We should be proud of it.

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MSM view. Where was the BBC all that time?

How The Deal To Free Julian Assange Was Agreed (BBC)

In the end, it was a mixture of diplomacy, politics and law that allowed Julian Assange to take off in a private jet from London’s Stansted airport on Monday, bound ultimately for Australia and freedom. The deal that led to his liberty – after seven years of self-imposed confinement and then five years of enforced detention – was months in the making but uncertain to the last. In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the possibility of a plea deal “first came to our attention in March”. Since then, it had been advising the United States “on the mechanics” of how to get Mr Assange released and to appear before a US federal judge “in accordance with his wishes and those of the US government”. But the origins of the deal – after so many years of deadlock – probably began with the election of a new Australian government in May 2022 that brought to power an administration determined to bring home one of its citizens detained overseas.

Anthony Albanese, the new Labor prime minister, said he did not support everything Mr Assange had done but “enough was enough” and it was time for him to be released. He made the case a priority, largely behind closed doors. “Not all foreign affairs is best done with the loud hailer,” he said at the time. Mr Albanese had cross-party support in Australia’s parliament too. A delegation of MPs travelled to Washington in September to lobby US Congress directly. The prime minister then raised the issue himself with President Joe Biden at the White House during a state visit in October. This was followed by a parliamentary vote in February when MPs overwhelmingly supported a call to urge the US and the UK to allow Mr Assange back to Australia. They lobbied hard the influential US ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy. A key player was Stephen Smith, who arrived in London as the new Australian High Commissioner in early 2023. Diplomatic sources said he “did a lot of the heavy lifting, making it a personal thing to get this over the line”.

Mr Smith – who paid an early visit to Mr Assange in Belmarsh prison in April 2023 – was also foreign minister in a former Australian government led by Kevin Rudd, the current ambassador in Washington who was also involved in the negotiations. Simon Jackman, Honorary Professor of US Studies at the University of Sydney, told the BBC there was a “natural inclination” for Australian governments to support the US but public and political sentiment had shifted just enough in both countries to give Mr Albanese “cover” to agitate for Mr Assange’s release behind closed doors. Australian ministers even at times compared the detention of Mr Assange to other Australian nationals held as political prisoners by Iran and China. Greg Barns, a barrister and legal adviser to the Australian Assange campaign, said it was the politics that made a difference. “The Albanese government was the first to elevate the matter with the US. And Albanese got support from the opposition. “The treatment [of Assange] stuck in the craw of many Australians. People would ask, ‘where’s the public interest in that?'”

Then came the law. On May 20, the High Court in the UK gave Julian Assange a legal lifeline. It ruled that he could bring a new appeal against attempts to have him extradited to stand trial in the US for obtaining and publishing military secrets. At this point, he faced multiple charges under the US espionage act: 17 of publishing official secrets, each of which carried a maximum 10-year prison term, and one of hacking, which was punishable by up to five years. One key part of the judgement was about whether Mr Assange – as an Australian citizen – would be able to use the US constitutional First Amendment right to free speech as a defence. Nick Vamos, former head of extradition at the CPS and head of business crime at the law firm Peters & Peters, said that the May ruling put pressure on both sides to come to the table and complete the deal. He said the ruling potentially allowed Mr Assange to argue that publishing secret US information was protected by the First Amendment, something that could have led to “months if not further years of delays and pressure”.

“Faced with this uncertainty and further delay, it looks as if the US have dropped the publishing charges in exchange for Mr Assange pleading guilty to hacking and ‘time served’, finally bringing this saga to end,” he said. Mr Vamos added that Mr Assange’s legal team would however have recognised that the First Amendment would have made no difference to the separate charge related to hacking. So even if they eventually saw off the charges relating to the publication of the secret material, there would be no protection against the hacking charges that went alongside them. “Both sides saw the risks and that brought them to the table,” he said. Whitehall sources said the date of the next High Court hearing was fast approaching on July 9 and 10 and both sides knew that if they were to agree a deal, it had to happen now.

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“On the contrary, Assange worked meticulously with sources and partnered media outlets to redact information that could’ve endangered or exposed anyone referenced within the leaked documents.”

‘Every Citizen on the Planet’ Subject to US Persecution (Miles)

The last decade saw a string of revelations about the inner workings of the US government that shocked the world. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published a series of leaked documents that implicated the United States in everything from foreign political meddling to surveillance of allies and adversaries. He was aided in his efforts by US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who exposed gross violations of international law in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who revealed the security agency’s sweeping spying capabilities. The international scope of US influence was a common thread among each of the revelations. Various governments throughout history have violated their citizens’ rights, but few global powers have ever possessed the ability to bend the entire planet to their will. By the 2010s the United States had become just such a power, with political, technological, and economic might that could be imposed on any person at any place in the world.

“It sounds like they’re now saying every citizen on the planet is susceptible to being charged under the US Espionage Act,” said independent journalist Steve Poikonen on Sputnik’s The Critical Hour program. Poikonen was among a number of Sputnik contributors who weighed in on news of Assange’s plea deal with the Biden Justice Department Tuesday, questioning the implications of the agreement even as press freedom advocates everywhere celebrate the liberation of the longtime US political prisoner. “The thing that I found most surprising about all of this is the way that the plea deal was written, mostly because it’s a charge that we’ve historically only seen for government contractors or employees,” said Poikonen, the host of the online news program AM Wake Up. “The argument that the US prosecution was making the entire time hinged on ‘Julian Assange isn’t a journalist.’”

“If they’re charging him as a private citizen for mishandling classified information, and that’s something that before this they could only charge an employee or a contractor with, then doesn’t that put the rest of us under even more of a hot seat than we were before?” “He never should have been charged,” insisted cartoonist and syndicated columnist Ted Rall of Assange’s 12-year struggle against the US government. “He never committed a crime. He was never an American citizen and, therefore, not subject to American law. The Espionage Act is disgusting and probably unconstitutional and shouldn’t be on the books, and certainly never should apply to journalists.”

The United States’ pursuit of Assange was frequently justified under the pretense that his activity endangered the lives of American citizens or service members. Similar claims were made decades prior against Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, who former Secretary of State Henry Kissenger dubbed “the most dangerous man in America.” US Congress passed legislation making it a crime to reveal the identity of CIA employees after the former head of the agency George H.W. Bush blamed whistleblower Philip Agee for the killing of an officer by militants in Greece. But no concrete details ever emerged of anyone targeted, or even placed under threat, by Julian Assange’s journalist. On the contrary, Assange worked meticulously with sources and partnered media outlets to redact information that could’ve endangered or exposed anyone referenced within the leaked documents.

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“..He has vowed to stay on as president until his five-year term ends in 2027..”s

Macron’s Brand ‘Toxic’ – Bloomberg (RT)

French President Emmanuel Macron’s allies could distance themselves from him ahead of snap elections as the leader has become a “toxic brand” due to his waning popularity, Bloomberg has reported, citing sources. The heads of communication at the Elysee Palace have admitted they have “no polls or data to suggest candidates should publicly align themselves with Macron to retain their seats,” the outlet said on Wednesday, citing attendees at an emergency meeting of top French government officials. Soon after Macron called snap elections earlier this month, dozens of lawmakers who initially supported the French leader now want him to keep a “low profile” as his behavior grows increasingly “erratic,” Bloomberg claimed. Even political heavyweights such as French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, once Macron’s closest allies, are keeping their distance, the outlet stated.

Most pro-government candidates have not placed the president’s image in their campaign posters or leaflets as the Macron brand is feared to be toxic, Bloomberg added. A person close to the president claimed that it’s normal for candidates not to use his image, arguing that the election is about the parliament, not the presidency. Speaking on Monday on the ‘Generation Do It Yourself’ podcast, Macron claimed that upcoming legislative elections in France could lead to civil war, should the far right or the leftist bloc sweep to power. Only his centrist ruling coalition can prevent such a scenario, Macron insisted, arguing that both the right-wing National Rally party and the left-wing France Unbowed party have espoused divisive policies that stoke tensions. Macron’s popularity has tumbled in recent months, and opinion polls indicate that his party is lagging far behind National Rally.

Macron, who has presented himself as a leading backer of Ukraine in the conflict with Russia, has floated the possibility of sending French – and other Western – troops to the battlefield. Jordan Bardella, the National Rally leader, recently said that if he becomes prime minister, he will not send troops or long-range missiles to Ukraine, describing any such moves as “very clear red lines.” Macon dissolved the country’s parliament and called snap elections earlier this month, after the National Rally party trounced his ruling coalition in the European Parliament elections. He has vowed to stay on as president until his five-year term ends in 2027, but an opposition-controlled legislature and government would dramatically shift the balance of power. The first round of the elections will be held on Sunday, while the second round is scheduled for July 7.

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You. Lost.

France Faces Threat Of ‘Civil War’ – Macron (RT)

Upcoming legislative elections in France could lead to civil war if political parties on either the far-left or the far-right sweep to power, President Emmanuel Macron has warned. Only his centrist ruling coalition can prevent such a scenario, he added. Speaking on Monday in an interview on the “Generation Do It Yourself” podcast, Macron argued that both the right-wing National Rally party and the left-wing France Unbowed party have espoused divisive policies that stoke tensions. The first round of the elections will be held on Sunday, while the second round is scheduled for July 7. Macron labeled the opposition parties as extremist and claimed that their rhetoric would trigger more conflict. “When you are fed up and daily life is hard, you can be tempted to vote for the extremes that have quicker solutions,” he said. “But the solution will never be to reject others.”

The French president dissolved the country’s parliament and called for snap elections earlier this month, after the National Rally party trounced his ruling coalition in the European Parliament elections. He has vowed to stay on as president until his five-year term ends in 2027, but an opposition-controlled legislature and government would dramatically shift the balance of power in Paris. National Rally’s response to France’s problems would be to “reduce people to their religion or their origin,” Macron said, which “pushes people toward civil war.” Likewise, he added, Jean-Luc Melenchon’s France Unbowed party also promotes civil war “because it reduces people to their religious or ethnic group.” An Ipsos poll conducted last week showed that National Rally is favored by 35.5% of French voters. A leftist coalition that includes France Unbowed was pegged at 29.5%, while Macron’s alliance came in at 19.5%.

Macron has acknowledged that voters made their desire for change clear in the European Parliament election. “Yes, the way we govern must change profoundly,” he noted in announcing the snap elections. However, he added, “The government to come, which will necessarily reflect your vote, will, I hope, bring together republicans of different persuasions who have shown courage in opposing the extremes.” Macron and his allies have portrayed their opposition as dangerous and bigoted. “In our country, some people have hatred, impulses, desires to attack certain communities or certain French people,” Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said on Monday. He added, “Probably the victory of the extremes would release these impulses and could lead to violence.”

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“Our interest was much broader and more comprehensive, but the West was not ready for mutually beneficial, equal cooperation..”

West ‘Unable To Negotiate’ – Lavrov (RT)

The West has repeatedly displayed its “inability to negotiate,” which has now become evident to everyone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. Western “vassals” of the US are willing to breach “any agreements” and violate international law upon receiving “orders” from Washington, Lavrov claimed at the Primakov Readings International Forum in Moscow. Russia had been interested in a mutually beneficial relationship with the collective West, but building one has proven to be effectively impossible, the top diplomat argued. “Our interest was much broader and more comprehensive, but the West was not ready for mutually beneficial, equal cooperation,” Lavrov stated. “When it needs to do something on orders from Washington, it resorts to breaking any agreements, any violations of international law.”

Moscow is now seeking to ensure its security and prevent any threats emanating from the “Western direction,” Lavrov said. The collective West, at the same time, is trying to make an example of Russia to assert its neocolonial policies, the diplomat claimed. “The Westerners are seeking to punish our country, using our example to intimidate everyone who is pursuing or seeks to pursue an independent foreign policy, who puts national interests above all, and not the whims of the former colonial powers,” Lavrov stated. The Western efforts to “punish” Russia, however, are doomed to fail and are “already producing effects opposite to the intended ones,” the minister insisted.

Leading Western officials have repeatedly said they are seeking to inflict a “strategic defeat” on Russia in the Ukraine conflict, or at least ensure that it does not emerge victorious. Moscow perceives the hostilities as a proxy conflict being waged by the collective West. Russia has insisted it will fully achieve its stated military goals, but has nonetheless signaled it is ready to negotiate an end to the hostilities through a diplomatic settlement.

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The only sane voice in Britain.

Farage Tells Zelensky Only Peace Can Save Ukraine (RT)

Ukraine has no hope against Russia on the battlefield due to a lack of manpower, British politician Nigel Farage stated on Tuesday. The Reform UK leader has been embroiled in a row with Ukraine’s Vladimir Zelensky and former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson after arguing that NATO expansion in Europe contributed to the ongoing hostilities. Farage defended his position on the BBC’s Panorama program last week, prompting Zelensky’s office to claim that the politician is infected with a “virus of Putinism.” Johnson branded Farage’s remarks “nauseating ahistorical drivel” and “Kremlin propaganda,” calling him “morally repugnant.” Speaking to British journalists on Tuesday, Farage took aim at his critics, in particular Johnson, who he accused of pushing Zelensky into rejecting a peace deal with Russia in 2022. The former Tory leader “very clearly did [that] for his own reasons. How many people have died as a result of that, I don’t know,” Farage said.

He estimated that there have been “a million battle casualties” in the conflict. Considering the heavy losses, “there may be no young men left in Ukraine” to achieve Kiev’s stated goal of defeating Russia, Farage pointed out. He said it was Zelensky’s choice whether to cede territory to stop the bloodshed and lamented that “no one is even talking about peace.” “All we are talking about is ‘Ukraine is going to win’. Really? I’m pretty skeptical about that,” Farage added. “I just think some attempt to broker negotiations between these two sides needs to happen,” the politician said, after citing his past opposition to Western military campaigns in Iraq and Libya.

Farage issued a similar rebuke during a campaign rally in Maidstone on Monday, when he suggested that Johnson is the one who is “morally repugnant.” He showed supporters a Daily Mail article from 2016 featuring a pro-Brexit speech by Johnson, a key figure in the campaign. In it, Johnson blamed the EU’s expansionist foreign policy for stoking tensions with Russia in Ukraine. He was accused of being an “apologist” for Russian President Vladimir Putin for the remarks. Farage told the crowd that Johnson was a hypocrite for criticizing him for saying similar things.

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Vovan and Lexus.

UK’s Cameron Dashes Ukraine’s NATO Summit Hopes (RT)

Ukraine will not receive an invitation to join NATO at the bloc’s summit next month, UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron has said. He added that Kiev can only expect a strong declaration of support regarding its conflict with Moscow. In a phone call with Russian prankster duo Vovan and Lexus – one of whom posed as former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko – which was made public on Wednesday, Cameron confirmed that Ukraine should not hope to make strides on its path to become a NATO member when the military bloc’s leaders convene in Washington July 9-11. ”There is not going to be an invitation because America won’t support one,” Cameron said, adding that he told Ukraine’s Vladimir Zelensky that Kiev and the West should come up with the best language possible with regard to NATO’s support for the country and its eventual inclusion in the bloc.

”But we can’t have an argument between NATO and Ukraine before the summit… Let’s make sure we go into the conference united. We can’t afford a sort of public argument about where Ukraine is vis-à-vis NATO in the run-up to the July summit,” the foreign secretary said, adding that he personally supports the country’s accession to the US-led military bloc. “I’m sure it will happen. But we are not going to get there this time.” NATO first announced that Ukraine would become a member of the bloc back in 2008, without giving an exact timeline. In 2019, after the Western-backed coup in Kiev several years prior, Ukraine officially declared NATO membership to be a strategic objective. In 2022, after the conflict with Russia escalated and four of its former regions voted to join the neighboring country, Ukraine formally applied to join the bloc.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that Ukraine will not be able to join the bloc while it is embroiled in the conflict, amid widespread concerns that the move could trigger a direct clash with Russia. Moscow has for years sounded the alarm about NATO’s expansion towards its borders, with President Vladimir Putin citing Ukraine’s aspirations to join the bloc as one of the main reasons for the conflict. Earlier this month, Putin said Russia is ready to begin peace talks with Ukraine once it withdraws from its four former regions and commits to neutrality. Both Kiev and its Western backers have rejected the offer.

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Excellent Paul Sperry.

How Obama’s Intel Czar Rigged 2016 and 2020 Debates Against Trump (Sperry)

Just before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in their second presidential debate, then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper met in the White House with a small group of advisers to President Obama to hatch a plan to put out a first-of-its-kind intelligence report warning the voting public that “the Russian government” was interfering in the election by allegedly breaching the Clinton campaign’s email system. On Oct. 7, 2016 – just two days before the presidential debate between Trump and Clinton – Clapper issued the unprecedented intelligence advisory with Obama’s personal blessing. It seemed to lend credence to what the Clinton camp was telling the media — that Trump was working with Russian President Vladimir Putin through a secret back channel to steal the election. Sure enough, the Democratic nominee pounced on it to smear Trump at the debate.

And that wouldn’t be the only historically consequential maneuver for Clapper, whose role in skewing presidential campaigns might deserve a special place in the annals of nefarious election meddling – by, in this case, a domestic, not foreign, intelligence service.

In 2020, he was the lead signatory on the “intelligence” statement that discredited the New York Post’s October bombshell exposing emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, which documented how Hunter’s corrupt Burisma paymasters had met with Joe Biden when he was vice president. It was released Oct. 19, just three days before Trump and Biden debated each other in Nashville. Fifty other U.S. “Intelligence Community” officials and experts signed the seven-page document, which claimed “the arrival on the U.S. political scene of emails purportedly belonging to Vice President Biden’s son Hunter, much of it related to his time serving on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” In hindsight, Clapper’s well-timed pseudo-intelligence in 2016 and 2020 helped Clinton and Biden make the case against Trump as a potentially Kremlin-compromised figure, charges that crippled his presidency and later arguably denied him reelection.

The phony laptop letter actually helped Biden seal his narrow victory since many of his voters in the close election told pollsters they would have had second thoughts about backing him had they known of the damning materials contradicting his denials he knew anything about his son’s shady foreign dealings. A post-election survey by The Polling Company, for one, found that thanks to the discrediting and suppression of the laptop story, 45% of Biden voters in swing states said they were “unaware of the financial scandal enveloping Biden and his son” and that full awareness of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal would have led more than 9% of these Biden voters to abandon their vote for him – thereby flipping all six of the swing states he won over to Trump and giving Trump the victory.

In effect, Joe Biden was elected president because millions of voters were steered away by Clapper and his intelligence colleagues from learning about the damning contents on Hunter Biden’s laptop. In 2016, Clapper appeared to use his authority as Obama’s chief of intelligence to try to trip up Trump on behalf of Clinton. But not everyone in the administration was on board with releasing his official statement about supposed Kremlin meddling. Then-FBI Director James Comey had also met in the Situation Room in early October to discuss the plan. But Comey balked at accusing “Russia’s senior-most officials” of authorizing the “alleged hack” of the Clinton campaign and trying “to interfere in the U.S. election process,” as the two-page document claimed. Conspicuously, the FBI did not sign on to the intelligence.

Still, Clapper implied in his statement that this was the finding of the entire “U.S. Intelligence Community” and that it was “confident the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails.” Aside from Clapper’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the only other agency that attached its name to the assessment was the Department of Homeland Security. Also remarkable was the paucity of underlying evidence. The joint ODNI-DHS statement based its conclusion primarily on a report by a cybersecurity contractor hired by the Clinton campaign’s law firm, who later walked back his finding in a sworn congressional deposition, allowing: “We did not have concrete evidence [Russian agents stole campaign emails].” At best, Clapper’s finding was shoddy tradecraft. At worst, it was manufactured, or simply “dreamed up,” as one former FBI counterintelligence official described it to RealClearInvestigations.

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“The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage”

Age of Rage: America’s Anti-Free Speech Movement (Turley)

Time and again, this country has abandoned our free speech values as political dissidents were met with state rage in the form of mass crackdowns and imprisonments. It is an unvarnished story of free speech in America and for better or worse, it is our story. Yet, we have much to learn from this history as this pattern now repeats itself. The book explains why we are living in the most dangerous anti-free speech period in our history. In the past, free speech has found natural allies in academia and the media. That has changed with a type of triumvirate — the government, corporations, and academia — in a powerful alliance against free speech values.

Ironically, while these groups refer to the unprecedented threat of “fake news” and “disinformation,” those were the very same rationales used first by the Crown and then the U.S. government to crack down on free speech in the early American republic. The difference is the magnitude of the current censorship system from campuses to corporations to Congress. Law professors are even calling for changing the First Amendment as advancing an “excessively individualistic” view of free speech. The amendment would allow the government to curtail speech to achieve “equity” and protect “dignity.” Others, including President Biden, have called for greater censorship while politicians and pundits denounce defenders of free speech as “Putin lovers” and “insurrectionist sympathizers.”

Despite watching the alarming rise of this anti-free speech movement and the rapid loss of protections in the West, there is still reason to be hopeful.For those of us who believe that free speech is a human right, there is an inherent and inescapable optimism. We are wired for free speech as humans. We need to speak freely, to project part of ourselves into the world around us. It is essential to being fully human. In the end, this alliance may reduce our appetite for free speech but we will never truly lose our taste for it. It is in our DNA. That is why this is not our first or our last age of rage. However, it is not the rage that defines us. It is free speech that defines us.

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“If the allegations made by plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history,” wrote Doughty.”

Supreme Court Tosses Case Over Biden Coercion Of Social Media (ZH)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed a case claiming that the Biden administration unlawfully coerced social media companies into removing content and banning users based on political views. In a 6-3 decision, the Court found that the plaintiffs did not have standing to sue – as opposed to tossing the case on merit – just like the vast majority of election fraud cases which didn’t make it past lower courts. Clearly it was easier to punt this one than focus on the mountain of evidence that the Biden administration and US intelligence agencies were directly pressuring social media platforms to censor free speech disfavorable to the regime. GOP attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri, along with five social media users, filed the underlying lawsuit claiming that US government officials exceeded their authority by pressuring social media platforms to moderate content. The individual plaintiffs include Harvard’s Martin Kulldorff and Stanford’s Jay Bhattacharya, as well as Gateway Pundit owner Jim Hoft.

Turley

The laws sought to prevent social media companies from banning users based on their political views, even if users violate platform policies. The lawsuit included various claims relating to activities that occurred in 2020 and before, including efforts to deter the spread of false information about Covid and the presidential election. Donald Trump was president at the time, but the district court ruling focused on actions taken by the government after President Joe Biden took office in January 2021. In July last year, Louisiana-based U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty barred officials from “communication of any kind with social-media companies urging, encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech.” -NBC News. “If the allegations made by plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history,” wrote Doughty.

“The plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits in establishing that the government has used its power to silence the opposition.” Dozens of people and agencies were bound by the injunction including President Biden, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, the Treasury Department, State Department, the US Election Assistance Commission, the FBI and entire Justice Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Bhattacharya and Kulldorff, who are among the originators of the Great Barrington Declaration that denounced the lockdown regime, have been victims of social media censorship. For example, the pair says their censorship-triggering statements included assertions that “thinking everyone must be vaccinated is scientifically flawed,” questioning the value of masks, and stating that natural immunity is stronger than vaccine immunity.

While the case was dominated by Covid-19 censorship, it also encompasses the Justice Department’s efforts to suppress reporting about Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” in the run-up to the 2020 election. Doughty gave credence to that accusation. “The evidence thus far depicts an almost dystopian scenario,” wrote Doughty in a 155-page ruling. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, a period perhaps best characterized by widespread doubt and uncertainty, the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth’.” “The White House defendants made it very clear to social-media companies what they wanted suppressed and what they wanted amplified,” wrote Doughty. “Faced with unrelenting pressure from the most powerful office in the world, the social-media companies apparently complied.”

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    Paul Gauguin The Vision after the Sermon (Jacob wrestling with the Angel) 1888   • Julian Assange: Free At Last, But Guilty Of Journalism (Pepe E
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle June 27 2024]

    #162187
    tboc
    Participant

    “I got the bourgeois blues
    Gonna spread the news all around” – Lead Belly

    just call me 3/5th
    “I don’t wanna be mistreated by no bourgeoisie” – Lead Belly

    ain’t no 1% up in here
    “I got the bourgeois blues
    Gonna spread the news all around” – Lead Belly

    did they make you take, the Covid shot?
    i was not mistreated by the bourgeoisie

    “Lord, it’s a bourgeois town” – Lead Belly

    #162188
    tboc
    Participant

    Same as it ever was

    folks sittin up on a hill
    watching folks die
    havin a picnic

    don’t let no ants get on my piece a the pie!

    #162189
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Seattle Mandates $4.99 Fee On Uber Eats ‘To Help Drivers’, Deliveries Crash 45%
    Neither drivers nor customers are happy with misguided politicians attempting to help driver get better pay…”

    Government got involved, two seconds later we can’t even deliver pizzas right. Boy, good thing we replaced all that Capitalism with Socialism. Helping, helping the working man right to death. As we see right now with inflation…a consequence of all the PREVIOUS “Helping”.

    Now we can’t get drunk and f— correctly AND we can’t get pizzas ordered correctly. But there’s an answer: MOAR Government!!

    NOT the Babylon Bee top movie stream: “
    Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person [2023 – Quebec] fantasy” Spoiler: It’s Trudeau, driving across provincial lines.

    “Supreme Court Inadvertently Releases ‘Idaho Emergency Abortion’ Opinion

    …But only every election year. The rest of the time these things don’t leak. Just like Covid.

    Speaking of, Trump releases peace plan designed by his advisor-generals. As expected, it’s a weasel document that looks like being tough, having consequences for anyone not coming to the negotiating table, but really setting up so only Ukraine is cease-fire, protected, and can still be added to NATO…just much later. Hahahahaha! No. SSDD. Save me Daddy Trump, so I can sit on the couch!

    “• Julian Assange: Free At Last, But Guilty Of Journalism (Pepe Escobar)

    I hate to say this, but Julian looks pretty normal, like a guy in an office, not a prison. This has been suspected for a while, but how, why, who’s running it? So do we discuss the official story, of his confinement? Or the unofficial story that he’s been squirreled away somewhere and is only being carted out at this particular time to launch a new “Narrative”? (against HIllary, who will shortly be staged as Biden’s replacement?) As with so many subjects, it’s difficult to do both. We in the Alt-Media are pushing the “Powers don’t lie” narrative, Assange is a symbol, etc, and other than him looking good, then bad, then good, then bad, they didn’t make any mistakes that pop their story he’s been in solitary in Belmarsh for years. But if he was, he’d be a gibbering wreck, most likely. So, what to do now? Can’t find a clue, nothing’s going to pop off post-event to confirm he’s been in the basement, online, and not in his cell. Nor any reason/way that that would be possible, commanded by someone right under the nose of the UK and MI6. Just keeping it out there one last time.

    So now? Nah, he’ll pick up some new thing. It won’t be Wiki, and it won’t be retirement. That’s because he’s been in contact with the White Hats all along and will magically be, I dunno, financier for a new “Grayzone” media empire or something, overnight. I can prove nothing, just keep it as an option.

    Last ‘round? Besides making him pay for the tickets, pretty sure that isn’t normal for either a prisoner OR non-prisoner? UK got out Patton’s Third Army and a fleet of helicopters to “Escort” him to the airport. For why? He was going to escape from London, 15 minutes before… he escapes from London? He’s Superman and was going to break his handcuffs and fly away? Sure seems expensive, I’m sure taxpayers in Blackpool won’t mind when they’re white with hunger and sleeping rough this winter that they paid $100k in overtime ‘n stuff for nobody, not a citizen, who did nothing but take a taxi.

    So what’s all THAT about? And how far is that the #Opposite of the “He wasn’t in confinement” theory I just wrote?

    “​ Assange pleads guilty to espionage
    Wednesday’s court hearing in Saipan marked the end of the WikiLeaks founder’s 14-year legal battle for freedom.”

    I don’t know whether to bother, but he didn’t want to plead to espionage, he pled to “Conspiracy”, which is the charge 99% of people plead in Federal cases, and which sort of doesn’t exist. It’s THINKING about something. THINKING is not a crime, acting is, yet this is what everyone is in prison for, what’s that say about our Federal System? (A: “We Make S—t Up.”)

    War Narrative, created out of nothing like all this Propaganda, this Info War, is “The Tide is Turning. We fought bravely and now winning.” Are we? Did we? I don’t see anyone above Fani, Bowman, Biden, Schwab, Gates arrested, so what exactly did we “Win”? Until you kick out every non-violent drug offender and fill the prisons with these guys, we haven’t won. Like, approaching a million new bodies charged, tried and imprisoned. ‘Til then no one is safe.

    …Even the winning is Fake.

    “Upcoming legislative elections in France could lead to civil war if political parties on either the far-left or the far-right sweep to power, President Emmanuel Macron has warned.”

    Okay so you’re planning a Civil War. Got it. Already have the banks cut all fake support and are going to turn France into a crater and blame it on them, the “Right”, which would be the Far-LEFT in America. Got it. Anything else? Macron/Media says “This will be like Liz Truss government”, yeah: where the BoE set up the Tories by pre-setting into short-term paper, then having it all come due, then sparking a collapse in pensions, etc as an “event” they could have easily stopped, in fact is their sole JOB to stop it. All to reverse Brexit against all British will. So THAT, is the model of government about to occur in France, as with LePen, shortly. Got it.

    “• UK’s Cameron Dashes Ukraine’s NATO Summit Hopes (RT)

    Speaking of, will Cameron still be PM after Starmer is voted in? Why not?

    “• West ‘Unable To Negotiate’ – Lavrov (RT)

    Kind of, but really we are unable to keep our word, about anything, any where, at any time, to any body. I still cannot believe Ukraine trusted us. Like, seriously, I did NOT want to haul up all those racist Ukrainian jokes, but seriously? After Iraq, Iran, Syria, the Cherokee nation and every other treaty we’ve signed in 250 years? You’re kidding, right? Fine, Fine, this is Fine.

    “Ukraine will not receive an invitation to join NATO at the bloc’s summit next month,”

    One whole MONTH? Wow!

    “• How Obama’s Intel Czar Rigged 2016 and 2020 Debates Against Trump (Sperry)

    Is that the same Clapper who’s a known liar and Perjurer to Congress? About “We do zero spying on the American People”? This is what happens when you don’t arrest them as soon as they stand up and leave the testimonial table.

    BTW, top news, Congress claims they are arresting Garland. It would be about d—n time, but these are Republicans, so no. You can bet it’s all theater. So bored. This show is worse than The Acolyte.

    “• Age of Rage: America’s Anti-Free Speech Movement (Turley)

    Luckily there was never any rage or disagreement with the founding fathers, who never shot each other dead or nothin’.

    What did I learn from this? Do go anywhere near the media or cameramen, who stage fake fights for the living, then sell them on TV. Even if you’re a snake.

    “The worst case scenario would seem to be Russia giving advanced anti-ship missiles to Hezbollah, and Hezbollah hitting a U.S. aircraft carrier with them”

    You are kidding, right? That’s like the best case; you have a very limited imagination of the worst case.

    “I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” — Max Planck, Nobel physicist

    And he was EARLY, born in 1858, 1st wave when they were still using the theory of ether. As soon as they hit Einstein and “Tiny Rocks” theory, all science stopped. Now I’m not suspicious but after 100 years it has to be something. These first guys seemed to be right, invented everything, their physics worked and telegraphed down to the real world. Nothing since Einstein has. So they CLEARLY have a rot-level false premise somewhere and it’s not hard to see where.

    #162190
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The arrogance and hubris and narcissism of the Deep Dipshit State and it’s Spread-legged Media Whore Lackeys knows no limits.

    And fully one half of the Duh’merican “pop-kulture-all-the-time” Sheeple are totally onboard with the madness.

    Here, their impending, sad, pitiful, pathetic fate can be summed up in a glimpse…..

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    Bears, ya gotta love’m

    #162191
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Hahahahahahahaha!

    What a Maroon!

    #162192
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Meanwhile, somewhere in Woketardlandia®

    The Magic Kingdumb of No Consequences

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    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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    #162193
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Kids in China are learning useful skills while in the West

    Kids in Duh’merica are being indoctrinated with Woke-turd nonsense and a victimhood mentality.

    https://x.com/i/status/1806274029650846103

    #162194
    Oroboros
    Participant

    General B. S. Obvious makes a large vague clarion call

    Dare to Tread Where No Others Dare to Step!

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    #162195
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    Duh’merica?
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    #162196
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Did anyone else read that a Bitcoiner paid for Assange’s plane ticket?

    If true, such an act is unprecedented.
    God bless the Bitcoiner for her/his Christ-like generosity.

    #162197
    zerosum
    Participant

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

    he dared to release emails showing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) colluded with the notorious warmongering Harpy Hillary Clinton.

    What was journalism …. Reporting of Reaction hillary-clinton-Assange’s Freed …
    NIL, ZERO
    as a condition of the plea, WikiLeaks is required to destroy information
    required to pay $520,000

    However, look

    https://www.nbcnews.com/video/hillary-clinton-reacts-to-julian-assange-arrest-1489500739869
    At an event in New York City, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on Julian Assange’s arrest and shared an opinion about the Electoral College.
    April 11, 2019
    ———————–

    • How Obama’s Intel Czar Rigged 2016 and 2020 Debates Against Trump (Sperry)
    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2024/06/26/james_clapper_mr_october_surprise_how_obamas_intel_czar_rigged_2016_and_2020_debates_against_trump_1040444.html
    By Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations
    June 26, 2024
    Just before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in their second presidential debate, then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper met in the White House with a small group of advisers to President Obama to hatch a plan to put out a first-of-its-kind intelligence report warning the voting public that “the Russian government” was interfering in the election by allegedly breaching the Clinton campaign’s email system.
    —————-

    #162198
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Hope Springs Eternal!

    Best Caption Wins!

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    #162199
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #162200
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Gates Foundation

    Integrity, Fraternity, Solidarity

    Back to the Future Version

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    #162201
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Empire of Lies has many dimensions

    Interesting question posed by a black man to ‘educated’ black women who are complaining about so many black children being adopted by white families.

    Oh damn! This man shuts down race narrative

    #162202
    Dimitri
    Participant

    NO. Dr D is not covering for the zionists. He is not excusing the genocide going on in Gaza. He has repeatedly condemned the genocide.

    So grow up and cut the crap.

    And btw, yes, I am a member of the TAE commentariat what ever that means. I don’t comment every day, but I visit the site every day and read the comments.

    #162203
    aspnaz
    Participant

    I only hope that someone does her in before she reaches retirement … in her ego-blessed youth https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Vanessa_Baraitser …. how the old bag looks today … https://ilmanifesto.it/chi-ce-dietro-la-giudice-che-processa-assange. Nobody likes a bent cop, let alone a bent judge.

    #162208
    aspnaz
    Participant

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/mcdonalds-admits-customers-reject-fake-meat-burgers

    Looks like Beyond Sausage, a Gates venture, is more like Gates’ dick, limp and wrinkly. Who would make a product out of their own member, especially such an unmanly member. Bill Gates, fat slob of billionaires.

    #162209
    zerosum
    Participant

    ON MY HEADSTONE
    I TOOK TRUTH WITH ME
    I LEAVE YOU HOPE – A PREDICTION – FORECAST –
    BACK TO THE STONE AGE

    #162210
    John Day
    Participant

    @Oroboros: “Name that jumpsuit” competition entry:

    “Hillary’s mouth on the fly”

    #162211
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    I’ve got a question for our local agent provocateur, @aspnaz. Here goes: what is the cognitive activity that enables rational thinkers to differentiate between innocence, crime, a criminal and organized crime?

    It’s a super simple answer, and the clue is right there in the question, but I bet he can’t (or won’t) answer it. That’s because he’s an agent provocateur.

    #162212
    zerosum
    Participant

    https://archive.is/dVV6a
    OCTOBER 2, 2016
    Under Intense Pressure to Silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Proposed Drone Strike on Julian Assange

    Under Intense Pressure to Silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Proposed Drone Strike on Julian Assange

    Julian Assange and his free-speech brainchild Wikileaks were once lauded as global heroes of public service among United States politicians and policy makers. But by 2010, four years after its inception during the President George W. Bush administration, Assange and his organization were no longer considered lovable troublemakers and mavericks.

    A year into President Barack Obama’s first term, Wikileaks was suddenly considered an out-of-control free-speech Frankenstein wreaking havoc on United States foreign policy and intelligence gathering at the direction of Assange, its proverbial Dr. Frankenstein.

    The honeymoon for the whistle-blower web site, once a darling of the Democratic Party, was now over. Even more alarming, Assange’s personal safety and organization were increasingly at risk from U.S. concerns.

    By November 2010, Assange was a household name globally, but especially on Capitol Hill. And in the State Department alone his prowess of releasing otherwise secret, damning military documents and emails were filling conference rooms at Foggy Bottom and the White House with policy wonks and bureaucrats desperately seeking to squelch the upstart Wikileaks. At the State Department, meeting after meeting was conducted about how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her inner circle were going to squash Assange and Wikileaks latest planned document dump on the United States. Deemed “CableGate,” Assange planned to release confidential cables, or communications, unveiling damaging internal conversations between State Department personnel and its foreign assets and allies.

    Prodded by the looming CableGate, Clinton met with staff on Tuesday November 23, 2010 shortly after 8 a.m. on Mahogany Row at the State Department to attempt to formulate a strategy to avert Assange’s plans to release an enormous batch of 250,000 secret cables, dating from 1966 to 2010. Assange had professed for months to rain the internal cables down on Clinton and President Obama. The collective fear was the context of the secret cables would hamper U.S. intelligence gathering and compromise private correspondences and intelligence shared with foreign governments and opposition leaders. Splashing such juicy details on television news shows and the front pages of major newspapers in the country was great for the media but lousy for intelligence and foreign policy. Many, including Clinton and her elected boss, expressed fear these revelations would embarrass and expose intelligence allies of the United States and set America’s already fragile foreign policy back decades.

    “By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often incomplete information,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement responding to Wikileaks’ anticipated tidal wave release of intelligence. “It is not an expression of policy, nor does it always shape final policy decisions.”

    Clinton’s State Department was getting pressure from President Obama and his White House inner circle, as well as heads of state internationally, to try and cutoff Assange’s delivery of the cables and if that effort failed, then to forge a strategy to minimize the administration’s public embarrassment over the contents of the cables. Hence, Clinton’s early morning November meeting of State’s top brass who floated various proposals to stop, slow or spin the Wikileaks contamination. That is when a frustrated Clinton, sources said, at some point blurted out a controversial query.

    “Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton openly inquired, offering a simple remedy to silence Assange and smother Wikileaks via a planned military drone strike, according to State Department sources. The statement drew laughter from the room which quickly died off when the Secretary kept talking in a terse manner, sources said. Clinton said Assange, after all, was a relatively soft target, “walking around” freely and thumbing his nose without any fear of reprisals from the United States. Clinton was upset about Assange’s previous 2010 records releases, divulging secret U.S. documents about the war in Afghanistan in July and the war in Iraq just a month earlier in October, sources said. At that time in 2010, Assange was relatively free and not living cloistered in in the embassy of Ecuador in London. Prior to 2010, Assange focused Wikileaks’ efforts on countries outside the United States but now under Clinton and Obama, Assange was hammering America with an unparalleled third sweeping Wikileaks document dump in five months. Clinton was fuming, sources said, as each State Department cable dispatched during the Obama administration was signed by her.

    Clinton and other top administration officials knew the compromising materials warehoused in the CableGate stash would provide critics and foreign enemies with a treasure trove of counterintelligence. Bureaucratic fears about the CableGate release ultimately proved to be well founded by Clinton, her inner circle and her boss in the White House. The revelations of these U.S. diplomat generated correspondences were damaging on many levels, and among thousands of examples, included:

    One cable detailed a discussion between Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Gen. David H. Petraeus where Saleh indicates he would cover up and accept blame for America’s missile strikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen.
    U.S. diplomats offered various countries a meeting with President Obama and untold millions of dollars, if these countries agreed to accept detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison.
    U.S. diplomats engaged in low-level spying by collecting foreign diplomats’ personal information, including credit card numbers to track their global travel itineraries.
    The cables also exposed the sensitive behind-the-scenes diplomacy involved in winning sanctions against Iran,
    The cables exposed U.S. officials’ plan to extract highly enriched uranium from Pakistan,
    Intelligence was divulged on North Korea’s ties to Tehran’s weaponry program, how it helped Iran obtain missiles that could strike Moscow and Western European cities.
    Documents were released naming Arab officials and their concerns and complaints about Iran’s nuclear program,
    One such leak detailed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia pleading with the United States to “cut off the head of the snake,” meaning Iran’s nuclear program.
    In cables from U.S. diplomats, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is described as an “alpha-dog.”
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, confidential U.S. diplomat correspondences alleged, was “driven by paranoia.”
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel “avoids risk and is rarely creative.”
    Gaddafi spends much time in public with a “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse.
    Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, “appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of Putin” in Europe after receiving “lavish gifts” including large energy contracts thanks to the negotiations of a “shadowy,” Russian-speaking Italian intermediary.
    And thousands more of additional intelligence revelations along the same lines.
    Following Clinton’s alleged drone proposal, another controversial remedy was floated in the State Department to place a reward or bounty for Assange’s capture and extradition to the United States, sources said. Numbers were discussed in the realm of a $10 million bounty. A State Department source described that staff meeting as bizarre. One minute staffers were inquiring about the Secretary’s blue and black checkered knit sweater and the next minute, the room was discussing the legalities of a drone strike on Assange and financial bounties, sources said.

    Immediately following the conclusion of the wild brainstorming session, one of Clinton’s top aides, State Department Director of Policy Planning Ann-Marie Slaughter, penned an email to Clinton, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and aides Huma Abebin and Jacob Sullivan at 10:29 a.m. entitled “an SP memo on possible legal and nonlegal strategies re Wikileaks.”

    “Nonlegal strategies.” How did that phrasing make it into an official State Department email subject line dealing with solving Wikileaks and Assange? Why would the secretary of state and her inner circle be discussing any “nonlegal strategies” for anything whatsoever? Against anyone? Shouldn’t all the strategies discussed by the country’s top diplomat be strictly legal only? And is the email a smoking gun to confirm Clinton was actually serious about pursuing an obvious “nonlegal strategy” proposal to allegedly assassinate Assange? Numerous attempts were made to try and interview and decipher Slaughter’s choice of email wording, however, she could not be reached for comment. Insiders said Slaughter is keeping a “low profile” in Princeton, NJ until she is nominated for a position in Clinton’s cabinet if the Democrat is elected in November. Likewise, True Pundit attempted to contact Mills, Abedin, and Sullivan for their perspectives on this story. None commented on the record.

    shortccc
    Slaughter’s cryptic email also contained an attached document called “SP Wikileaks doc final11.23.10.docx.” That attachment portion of Slaughter’s “nonlegal strategies” email has yet to be recovered by federal investigators and House committee investigators probing Clinton’s email practices while at State. Even Wikileaks does not have the document. Slaughter, however, shed some light on the attachment: “The result is the attached memo, which has one interesting legal approach and I think some very good suggestions about how to handle our public diplomacy.”

    But did it also include details on the “nonlegal strategies” teased in the subject line?

    Sources confirm Clinton took the email and attachment with her to the White House for an afternoon meeting with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon prior to an additional evening meeting at the White House. President Obama, sources said, did not attend the early meeting with Gates as he was traveling with Vice President Joe Biden. President Obama did attend the second meeting, however, and Wikileaks and Assange’s planned release of secret cables were discussed at length, sources said. Attending this meeting were President Obama, Clinton, Gates, Donilon, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral “Mike” Mullen, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright as well as a half dozen or more various policy aides, sources confirmed.

    Did Clinton also share her alleged morning query of droning Assange with the members of the National Security Council and the President? Was it discussed among the top secret subjects in the meeting? Or was Clinton planning to conduct or hatch her own secret foreign policy in defiance of the President, a likely violation of the Logan Act?

    Now, almost six years after allegedly threatening to assassinate Julian Assange, some former State Department personnel believe perhaps Clinton’s comments were an attempt at brevity or humor by the former secretary of state, sources said. But since when is Clinton known for her beaming sense of humor and wit? Joking or not, is it appropriate for the top diplomat of the United States to even jest about droning the Wikileaks founder, largely considered an international journalist and whistle blower? State Department personnel would not talk on the record about the Assange meetings or Clinton’s comments. But sources familiar with the meeting said their recollections were jarred again by a recently released report from the FBI’s July interview with Clinton where she acknowledged a penchant for discussing drone strikes to eliminate troublesome foes.

    The FBI’s 302 report from Clinton’s email investigation interview, again, specified that Clinton had “many discussions” related to “nominating” drone strikes on individuals:

    “Clinton could not recall a specific process for nominating a target for a drone strike and recalled much debate pertaining to the concurrence process. Clinton knew there was a role for DOD, State and the CIA but could not provide specifics as to what it was. Due to a disagreement between these agencies, Clinton recalled having many discussions related to nominating an individual for a drone strike. When Clinton exchanged classified information pertaining to the drone program internally at State, it was in her office or on a secure call. When Clinton exchanged classified information pertaining to the drone program externally it was at the White House. Clinton never had a concern with how classified information pertaining to the drone program was handled.”

    Sources said Clinton’s comments on neutralizing Assange fits a pattern of callousness when combined with the FBI testimony that she often considered droning individuals and then coupled with her reaction to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s death in Oct. 2011.

    Gaddafi was tortured and killed, largely due to Clinton’s maneuvering in the Middle East and Libya. During a sit down interview with CBS News, a Clinton aide notified the room during a taping break of news reports that Gaddafi had been dragged throughout the streets of Libya and ultimately killed. Unaware the camera was still rolling, a jovial and proud Clinton pronounced: “We came. We saw. He died.” This was Clinton’s initial response to the dictator’s demise. A cackling Clinton was then joined in laughter by the CBS correspondent and off-camera aides and staff. Again, more proof of a disturbing habit of treating human life as a disposable commodity like a soiled diaper.

    Unable to legally counter or stop Wikileaks, and likely abandoning any and all legal and “nonlegal strategies,” Clinton and her staff were forced to weather the collateral damage of CableGate. In fact, just five days after Clinton’s meetings on Mahogany Row in the State Department and the White House, Wikileaks began releasing cables to news outlets globally on Sunday November 28, 2010.

    Shortly after CableGate, the WikiLeaks founder sought refuge from authorities and threats by hiding at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

    Now 45, Assange is in his fifth year living quarantined inside the embassy. Clinton remains the Democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States.

    Hillary Clinton strategist Bob Beckel called for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to be assassinated. #DNCLeak pic.twitter.com/9L2ixl24Er

    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 10, 2016

    Perhaps Democratic political operative Bob Beckel wasn’t a party outlier during this controversial Fox broadcast. Likely, Beckel was projecting what others, including Clinton, had already privately proposed.

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    #162213

    “Importantly, as a condition of the plea WikiLeaks is required to destroy information pertaining to US state secrets that was provided to Assange and his team.”
    And what, precisely, is a “state secret”? (Was the word “state” uncapitalized?)
    “He was not bribed or coerced…”
    Words fail me.

    Oh, wait. Here’s one: “uncle”.

    #162214
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @Dimitri

    You’re not really part of the TAE Commentariat, are you??

    #162215
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @zerosum

    Thank you for the well documented reminder of Killary’s homicidal solution to her Wikileaks problem. This is a very good time to have &/or refresh that information.

    #162216
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    @DrDRich

    It is very disingenuous of you to suggest (through false accusation) that @Dimitri is not part of the TAE commentariat. Of course he is, and you know it. Just click on his name to check his profile. He’s been around for more than 4 years and has previously posted more than a hundred comments.

    Whatsa matta, Doc? Didn’t like what he had to say so you reckoned the solution was to lie?

    #162217

    Wikileaks should fire Julian (or he could quit). He is not Wikileaks. I don’t see how the court can say information must be “destroyed”.

    #162218

    Maybe it has a black hole somewhere from which information cannot escape?
    Bleachbit for the brains of everyone who has seen it? That’s a pretty nonsensical, broad ruling.
    How, exactly, are secrets which are no longer secret “destroyed”?

    #162219
    #162220
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    @Dimitri

    June 27, 2024

      “And btw, yes, I am a member of the TAE commentariat what ever that means. I don’t comment every day, but I visit the site every day and read the comments”

    February 27, 2024 at 10:28

      P.S: I don’t want to be asked again if I am a member of the TAE commentariat bc I don’t even know what that means.

    #162221
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Merriam says “Commentariat is a noun that refers to a group of powerful and influential …”

    .. not ordinary commenters nor sports commentators

    Y’all know that minus 1

    #162222
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Elon “UpMass” Musk…

    ……….gets more Gov’t billions

    Lithium Wars heating Up((mass)))

    Did Elon UpMass Musk really mean the mean thing he tweeted about certain lithium owners?

    “We will coup whoever we want, deal with it”

    No worries according Kim Dotcom who says Pirate Bay still has their copies or shares of the Wikileaks docs that Assange “pleaded” to destroy.
    Vault 7???

    #162223
    D Benton Smith
    Participant

    It’s about time the general commentariat was brought up to speed on what’s really going on around here. And by “here” I mean both TAE in particular and the wider sphere of world events in general.

    There is a relatively small cohort of people who frequent this forum who already know or strongly suspect that there is some kind of script. There are also many more who are just now starting to get the sense that the astounding levels of “synchronicity” that they’re noticing simply could not be entirely coincidental. They are correct in that suspicion.

    A much larger group exists who will be more or less surprised and uncomfortable with what I’m about to say, and to them I apologize for any consequent discomfort they might feel. It can’t be helped at this time. Time is getting short, and there is no more to waste on dissembling (i.e. evasive) explanations.

    There are two populations engaged in an actual hot war. Both both camps are hierarchical in structure, each in their own definingly characteristic way. One side is for truth, the voluntary exercise of free will, and devotion to God, and the other side is devoted to the opposite.

    Here is the part that some of you might find hard to accept. At the higher levels of their respective organizations these opposing forces are fully aware of what they are doing, and by fully aware I mean just that, objectively AND subjectively.

    The natural consequence of this reality (and especially now in these late stages) is that the losing side is becoming even more extremely deceitful, authoritarian, brutal, and obviously insane, while the other side becomes more publicly spiritual, truthful, and OPENLY reverent to the Creator of reality (God, if you will.)

    The more fully informed and cognizant among them are Christians in general and Traditional Catholics in specific. They don’t know it all (no one but God knows it all), and the record is very messy, but they are the closest to the mark on record so far. If you are neither a Catholic nor a scholar then you’ve got some catching up to do. Start with the “fiction” novels of Malachi Martin (he calls them “”faction”novels), and move on to the events known as the miracle and secrets of Fatima. Luckily for you, you can super fast track your homework using You Tube. Shouldn’t take you more than a few hours to get your eyes opened and a few days to wake up.

    This comment I’m writing is not a drill, or a rant. It’s a wake-up call. Go do what I suggest if you want to be alive this time next year.

    My point is that NOTHING about these events (geopolitical and otherwise) is accidental, unintentional or non-specific. Persons playing for both sides are following explicit orders to achieve explicit results, WHETHER THEY CONSCIOUSLY KNOW IT OR NOT. In other words, both sides are following orders, and the members of both sides know which side they are on, but only the upper ranks know what most of the orders are or what they are specifically for. They just go to work, do what the boss tells them to do, and takes that paycheck back home to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.

    Long story short, the higher ranks know precisely what they are doing, why they are doing it, and who they are working for. The basic situation, in other words “What’s really going on”, is that the SLAVES of Satan are at war with the WILLING SERVANTS of God, and the “officer corps” on both sides are not vague or indefinite about any of it.

    So are @aspnaz or @DrDRich following explicit orders to foment blinded hatred against all Jews in order to divert attention from more important targets? Almost certainly not, but they do know which “side” they’re working for, and they are willfully aware that they are willfully rejecting God. The bosses and opinion leaders who they look to for information, approval and income are a whole lot worse than that.

    So, does @aspnaz consciously KNOW that he IS, literally, an agent provocateur working to kill the innocent Jews along with the guilty Jews? Almost certainly not, but that IS what he is doing, and the invisible (to him) chain of command that originated that order knows EXACTLY why they ordered it, and why Aspie was a good applicant for the job.

    As mentioned earlier, I apologize to those of you in the fuzzy gray zone of uncertainty about whether I am correct, mistaken or just plain crazy. I have a solution you can use to remove doubt. Take a little time out of your busy day and ask God. You’ll get your answer, and at the same time become more aware of which team you’ve been batting for.

    #162224
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    Didja notice?

    Poland (and other east bloc) appears to be gearing up to replace Taiwan for Unobtainium bike parts. It’s not limited to bike parts, of course. I’ve seen other ‘machine-intensive’ products like outdoor clothing, etc, that are sourced in P. This is a thing I’ve watched since The Great Biology Disaster of 2019. This has at least 2 easy-to-grok facets: 1) Need a place for machine/metallurgy if we lose Asia, and 2) Make folks feel happy/loyal to a ‘disposable country’ – a trigger force, if you will.

    ——————————————————————–

    re: Planck – It’s all spin, I tell ya!

    #162225
    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    More from Joe Sacco.

    Gaza was where the West went to die. The only truth still held to be self-evident was that the Rules-Based Order weighed 2,000 pounds and could flatten an entire neighborhood.

    Continued at
    https://www.tcj.com/the-war-on-gaza-6-25-24/

    #162226
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    We almost have Heinlein’s air taxi. We almost have neural implants a la James Blish. Now we almost have Niven’s Scrith: Researchers create new class of materials called ‘glassy gels’.

    This goes a ways beyond just scrith, and is an interesting development in parallel with Intel using glass as a new substrate.

    —————————————————————————————–
    Paranoia:

    I was discussing net tech stuff with my friend in the movie biz, and we got around to frequency, steganography, cryptography… “Hey, Tom. Can you still hear me, you cut out about half a sentence ago…” I call back. We resume convo. Within 20 seconds of resume, I’m cut off again, but can still hear him. Repeat 3 times and I’m cut off same 20 seconds. I rarely have issues with my phone, and I very rarely have the chance to discuss cryptography.

    Meh…prolly a coincidence…

    #162227
    thomasjkenney
    Participant

    Since the bb software mangled my post, and only allows 2 edits to fix it, I’ll post another.

    Intel Shows Off Work on Next-Gen Glass Core Substrates, Plans Deployment Later in Decade

    #162231
    John Day
    Participant

    Testing

    Ah, good 😀

    #162232
    John Day
    Participant

    Debatable https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/debatable

    There is something being billed as a “debate” this evening, and the format remains contested at this late hour. Joe Biden (one of them) and Donald Trump will sit at a table, with microphones muted, except when it is their-turn. Robert Kennedy Jr. who does seem to be on enough ballots to qualify (which presumptive-nominees Biden and Trump are not yet), and who still lacks Secret Service protection against assassination, as befell his father, will “join” in the free speech telephone booth afforded by X/Twitter, and an online format. CNN says they will sue anybody who does that. Kennedy will answer the same questions as Trump and Biden in his medically-impaired voice.

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