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    William Hogarth Humours of an Election, Plate 2 1754     While we’re republishing articles about the newly arrested Julian Assange, in his h
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    Dr. D

    “Assange’s testimony could be a very significant part of the process of figuring out what actually happened.”

    Which is why we don’t know what’s going on. One side earnestly wants him to testify and name who what where when and how, and the other side does not. Both sides have guns, and as the L.A. Times reported, were shooting at each other in Syria in a war of bureaucratic ideology. Let’s hope it stays at the level of subpoena-storm, since the last time the Yanks went to war they nuked two cities.

    Since Britain had MI6 try to throw the election, then remove a sitting president just for sheer amusement, they are not going to allow Assange to reveal them, reverse all their work and then throw England, Australia, and New Zealand under the bus. So it’s not like Trump can ask nicely. IF you were going to get Assange under a microphone and an oath, you’d have to convince Britain, May, and MI6 that you had every intention of throwing him out of an airplane, over the seas, by Guantanamo, into a bathtub of sharks. You do that by giving it to the worst guys you can find, like Bolton and Pompeo.

    In fact, as you say, he is the best and only ally of Trump, against what you describe as the same, the common enemies. Enemies of free speech, due process, and state secrecy and tyranny of bureaucracy. 90% of which are our own government, and yours too, wherever you may be on the big blue marble.

    So we’re in the cheap seats and can only watch what happens. But there’s lots of sides working here, all lying, and if they can convince each other of their lies, it’s going to be far harder for us to guess what’s real. As citizens, it’s our job to voice our intent for free speech and fair, due process, as we would for any other journalist, or fellow man. If Assange goes down, there will always be another, because if you’re so much as reading this, they are coming for you and me until these agencies are put back on the leash of accountability and justice.


    Thank you Dr. D, and thank you Raul for writing this.

    I think that Dr. D is right about one thing. There is a bureaucratic civil war going on here in America, it was being played out on the plains of Mesopotamia. We are now seeing the next act of the play set in London.

    Right now we are just “in the cheap seats” and watching.

    What I feel is interesting is that the forced extradition came after the release of the Mueller report. If the purpose was to silence Assange, the extradiction probably need to come before the report release. Now that the report has been released, Assange will probably be able to harm the Democrats as part of the Trumpmeister”s response to being continually attacked for the last 2-plus years.

    But, there is the civil war in the deep-state that is discussed. Does Trumpster have enough power within the intelligence communities to keep Assange from dying of a previously non-diagnosed fatal illness long enough to shed some light?


    I also want to voice some thought from the peanut gallery.

    Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are the essence of the free press. A press that is neutral, objective, fearless and determined to get the truth out. The New York Times and CNN simply don’t fit that description -anymore-

    We will see if the “free press” is bought by what they do in the near future.
    Then … will the truth come out? Will the truth change our social/economic systems?
    In other words ….. will the truth matter?


    Just sent this to my MP, Dennis Skinner. For what it’s worth….

    Dear Mr Skinner,

    I am disgusted at the treatment of Julian Assange by British authorities. Mr Assange has claimed, for the last 7 years, that the legal actions he faced were politically motivated, and intended to result in his extradition to America. He has been proven correct; arrested under a US warrant for publishing information revealing WAR CRIMES, MURDER, & CORRUPTION. To my mind, publishing such material is exactly what any good journalist should do.

    All journalists and whistle-blowers should feel safe and able to report details of such events. It does not matter if the source is classified documentation. Classification, it seems to me, is frequently used for political security rather than national security. Used to cover-up events that could be expected to sway public opinion against military action, for example. This means we need more people like Mr Assange in the world. How else are we to protect against this creeping authoritarianism, which only seems to serve and protect the military-industrial complex?

    I trust, as your constituent, that you are equally uncomfortable with this, and will do everything in your ability to influence the government on this matter. Julian Assange, as a journalist, is a hero. He has made great sacrifices. He deserves protection. So do those who will follow in his footsteps.

    All of this just adds to my growing disquiet. The ongoing betrayal of democracy with regard to leaving the EU. Decades of war, with no winners except for the corporate profiteers, banks, and political cronies. Now, I watch press freedom thrown away, in order to obfuscate past war crimes, and ensure future ones go unreported. This is terrifying. I cannot consent to any system that permits this to happen. And the cornerstone of democracy, surely, is that we are governed with our consent.

    Kind regards,


    Trump Responds To Assange Arrest: “I Know Nothing About Wikileaks”
    ” …. to remind the president of his support for the organization during the campaign.”

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    Doc Robinson

    Some welcome coverage, from USAToday:

    They will punish Assange for their sins

    The key to the prosecution of Assange has always been to punish him without again embarrassing the powerful figures made mockeries by his disclosures. That means to keep him from discussing how the U.S. government launched an unprecedented surveillance program that scooped up the emails and communications of citizens without a warrant or probable cause. He cannot discuss how Democratic and Republican members either were complicit or incompetent in their oversight. He cannot discuss how the public was lied to about the program.

    A glimpse of that artificial scope was seen within minutes of the arrest. CNN brought on its national security analyst, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. CNN never mentioned that Clapper was accused of perjury in denying the existence of the surveillance program and was personally implicated in the scandal that Wikileaks triggered. He was asked directly before Congress “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper responded, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” Later, Clapper said that his testimony was “the least untruthful” statement he could make. That would still make it a lie, of course, but this is Washington and people like Clapper are untouchable. In the view of the establishment, Assange is the problem.

    Washington needs to silence Assange

    So, on CNN, Clapper was allowed to explain (without any hint of self-awareness or contradiction) that Assange has “caused us all kinds of grief in the intelligence community.” Indeed, few people seriously believe that the government is aggrieved about password protection. The grief was the disclosure of an abusive surveillance program and a long record of lies to the American people. Assange will be convicted of the felony of causing embarrassment in the first degree.

    Notably, no one went to jail or was fired for the surveillance programs. Those in charge of failed Congressional oversight were reelected. Clapper was never charged with perjury. Even figures shown to have lied in the Clinton emails, like former CNN commentator Donna Brazile (who lied about giving Clinton’s campaign questions in advance of the presidential debates), are now back on television. However, Assange could well do time.

    With Assange’s extradition, all will be well again in Washington. As Manchin declared, he is their “property” and will be punished for his sins. Once he is hoisted as a wretch, few will again entertain such hubris in the future.

    Jonathan Turley, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors, is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University.


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