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Craig Murray: the Guardian tells “deliberate lies” about Assange and alleged Russia ties


Article revised 26/9/18 to reflect that Mr Assange was never formally charged with any criminal offense.

Craig Murray’s allegations about the extent of the selectivity and frank dishonesty underpinning the Guardian’s recent “reveal” regarding Julian Assange and his alleged (and seemingly entirely invented) bid to “escape” to Russia, should shock us all. Even those of us all too familiar with the Graun’s decline, and with self-styled journalist Luke Harding’s previous collisions with basic ethics and confused relationship with veridical reality.

For those not familiar with the story, here’s a quick recap.

On Friday September 21 the Guardian published a piece titled “Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Assange escape from UK”. It was authored by Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Dan Collyns and our very own pulp plagiarist Luke Harding. Even without Murray’s subsequent revelations, there was a lot to be concerned about both in the headline and the article itself.

The headline worryingly invoked the idea both that Assange was effectively a prisoner of the UK (which the UK government has always denied), and that, as far as the Guardian was concerned, this was actually fine, and the only real problem might be Russia’s alleged plan to “help him escape.” This is worrying because it betrays the depth of estrangement from basic ideas of ethics, legality and morality that the current Russia-hysteria embodies. The headline has been composed by people who think anything Russia does and anyone Russia associates with is so automatically evil that merely invoking the name renders all ethical/legal/moral questions nul.

It has not occurred to the people who wrote this headline that Assange needing to “escape” from a country in which he is accused of nothing beyond skipping bail (on an alleged sexual assault in Sweden, since dismissed), is maybe an indictment of that country. To them, the mere fact “Russia” allegedly planned to help Assange in that escape means Assange is the bad guy, and they genuinely expect their readers to see it the same way. They no longer even see the need to explain what new bad thing Russia has done or why Russia should be despised, hated, distrusted, mocked. The word is enough. For them, “Russia” genuinely is a synonym for an all-consuming existential evil. And when confronted with people who don’t share this conviction they are baffled, outraged and convinced they are dealing with trolls.

The headline was also clickbait, in that it implied dramatic and possibly action-packed “escape” plans when the allegations in the body of the article merely claimed that some form of fudge was to be attempted by the Ecuadorians and allies of Assange to gain him diplomatic immunity in order to be able to leave the embassy without being immediately arrested. Again, anyone not enslaved by the neoliberal orthodoxies regarding Assange might think it no bad thing that an essentially innocent man might be helped out of an intolerable incarceration, but it never seems to occur to the authors of the Guardian piece that anyone could see it that way.

While the broad narrative may have been essentially true at least in part, the story of alleged Russian connivance was presented to us without a single named source and no verification:

Four separate sources said the Kremlin was willing to offer support for the plan – including the possibility of allowing Assange to travel to Russia and live there. One of them said that an unidentified Russian businessman served as an intermediary in these discussions.

The thinnest part of a fairly thin and unimpressive “reveal.”

As presented this article was nothing much – just another sloppy propaganda piece; shoddily put together, uncorroborated, unverified rumour posing as a scoop. Typical of the Guardian’s new output. But with Craig Murray’s intervention, the story takes another turn.

Murray says he was “closely involved” in the bid to get Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy as described and uncompromisingly describes the Guardian’s claims that Assange was thinking of going to live in Russia as “deliberate lies”.

I have to drag myself to the keyboard to denounce a quite extraordinary set of deliberate lies published in the Guardian about a Russian plot to spring Julian Assange last December.

I was closely involved with Julian and with Fidel Narvaez of the Ecuadorean Embassy at the end of last year in discussing possible future destinations for Julian. It is not only the case that Russia did not figure in those plans, it is a fact that Julian directly ruled out the possibility of going to Russia as undesirable. Fidel Narvaez told the Guardian that there was no truth in their story, but the Guardian has instead chosen to run with “four anonymous sources” – about which sources it tells you no more than that.

It is very serious indeed when a newspaper like the Guardian prints a tissue of deliberate lies in order to spread fake news on behalf of the security services. I cannot find words eloquent enough to express the depth of my contempt for Harding and Katherine Viner, who have betrayed completely the values of journalism. The aim of the piece is evidently to add a further layer to the fake news of Wikileaks’ (non-existent) relationship to Russia as part of the “Hillary didn’t really lose” narrative. I am, frankly, rather shocked.

According to Murray, the Guardian deliberately lied. Not just fudged, or evaded, or implied, or elided. Lied. Suppressed information they knew disproved their claims. Promoted disinformation they knew to be false.

If he’s correct it means we need to recall this when assessing any other such unsourced garbage articles we find there. Proven liars must be assumed to be lying until it can be shown otherwise.

He’s right to be shocked.


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Borfo
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Borfo

the Guardian lies. Always.

kevin morris
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kevin morris

Frankly, i stoppped reading the Grauniad a long time ago and take no pleasure from reading accounts that deconstruct current Grauniad articles. Speaking as a homoeopath I became very tired of slanderous articles that threatened my livelihood and abusive reader comments a long time ago. A colleague, far to the left of me deplored the change from the paper she once loved and told me, ‘They’re strapped for cash and have to print this rubbish.’

That was around eight years ago and we all know what the Grauniad is- still strapped for cash and even more deplorable. Things change – time to move on and spare ourselves yet more excuses for yet more emotional spasms.

trrwt
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When will assange tell the truth about 9/11?

lodger16x
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Assange knows as well as anyone that his life would be in danger. A lot of powerful people have a lot to lose, so it will take thousands of people declaring a 9/11 coverup, and demand for a real investigation, preferably run by foreigners.

bloke
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bloke

rubbish…. there are plenty of people that speak the truth about 9/11.. fact is.. in every poll on the matter.. the majority agree the official account is an utter impossibility..

assange is as fake as it gets.. if he cant speak the truth of 9/11.. he is a fraud. simple as that.

Slayer
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Slayer
J Garbo
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J Garbo

The difference between not believing the official line bout 9/11 and actually revealing who did it is huge and deadly. Most journalists know who did it from unofficial but competent investigators. eg Gage, McGriffin. But like Pearl Harbor, which FDR knew about and allowed, the truth exposed will still not change the narrative. Assange may have the “proof” but who will print it? No-one, and he knows it. He’s no fake and no fool.

slayer
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slayer

Making excuses for Assange., Biggest red flag of all, is who brought you Assange and Snowden on silver platters, in the fist place..? Primarily the Guardian. They are not organic leaders of some mass public uprising, just like Tommy Robinson on the right. They are all bought and paid for by the same people. Divide and conquer by splitting society and having it fight against itself, whilst neither side conveniently never figure out the root cause of all our problems. Get it yet?

RH
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RH

Sorry to pee on the daffs – but sussing the Grauniad’s form of establishment narrative doesn’t preclude sussing Russia’s equivalent hegemony as well.

manfromatlan
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“Russia’s equivalent hegemony”? More like a multipolarity of international relations to counter the real Anglo-Zionist hegemon?

der einzige
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Have you all forgotten that Julian Mossange chose Guardian, NYT and Der Spigel to publish his “revelations”?

manfromatlan
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And regretted it ever since.

Admin
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Admin

“Julian Mossange”? Considering the guy is currently, so far as we know, in what amounts to indefinite solitary confinement without charge, while you are, presumably at liberty and safe in your own home, isn’t this just a tad rich?

der einzige
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how do you know that he is not on a mission?

Mike Leach
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Mike Leach

I recently registered at The Guardian’s online site (for the banal reason that I wanted to read an article about cricket), since when they have bombarded me with spam emails advertising their site and asking me for a paid subscription.
The latest one has the subject line “Our journalism can change the story”.
Yep, no disagreement from me there.

George cornell
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George cornell

But they can invent the story too.

Admin
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Admin

You must send us that email!

Maggie
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Maggie

Here is the list containing the ACTUAL DEEP STATE ESTABLISHMENT who control the WORLD.
Politicians do ‘not’ Govern our country they are simply puppets Neither does our Royalty…they are simply distractions for the proletariat.

These people do:

https://britishdeepstate.com/ingiliz-derin-devletinin-kontrolu-altindaki-diger-gizli-dernekler/

It is extremely important to open this link, and share this information far and wide.

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tempestteacup
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tempestteacup

The information in that link is absurd. Invoking the proletariat, and suggesting that such fictions are actually real, powerful forces in the class struggle, mean together that your post isn’t just the sort of conspiracy-theorising that is responsible for so much online guff. It is, instead, a very specific form of misdirection – and that’s why I am bothering to reply.

Skull and Bones – Illuminati — do you, does anyone, seriously think that these real or unreal congeries of imbecilic rich people is responsible for the complex, oppressive system of exploitation, alienation and exchange under which we all live? That the million ways in which we are entangled in a system of which we are both subject and object can be explained by some facile narrative of secret clubs, handshakes, and conspiracies?

Give over – it’s aboslute bollocks. Rich people collude with each other to secure their material interests; capitalism opposes workers and those in possession of the means of production in an antagonistic relation – these are objectively verifiable facts. From there, we can scrutinise and critique the prevailing system. Departing instead into a world where estoteric groups conspire and deploy vague, quasi-magical means to serve their endless, ahistoric, power isn’t just a distraction. It isn’t just bollocks. It acts to obscure what is really happening. So please don’t perpetuate it!

Denis O'hAichir
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Denis O'hAichir

Maggie have you read the book referenced in that article?

Maggie
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Maggie

Hi Denis.
I have not, but would really like to.
Unfortunately this book is way out of my price bracket at almost £300….. Now, I wonder why that is?
Could it be to keep the proles from the truth?

Dave
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Dave

Maggie, there is a link at the link you provided, which offers a free download of the book

tutisicecream
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Stop Luke and lend a critical mind to the mindless ramblings of the “Russian Punk” loving plagiarist. What are facts when there is money to be made? Harding’s lack of knowledge about Russia and integrity regarding reporting accurate facts is legend – and we need not bother ourselves with that.

What is of concern if the abandonment of any form of reason and principle at the Guardian under the stewardship of Viner. Vacuous reporting mixed with outright lies have become the benchmark, Harding, Solon, Williams are prime culprits for spreading miss information, fact free screeds and damned lies! While the Guardian falsely claims to be providing news “…in an age in which people yearn for new ideas and fresh alternatives,” [wrote Viner]. How dumb can you get?

In a blistering attack John Pilger wrote of this in his latest piece “HOLD THE FRONT PAGE. THE REPORTERS ARE MISSING” which forms the basis of his introduction to the new book by Medialens, “Propaganda Blitz” published by Pluto Press. http://johnpilger.com/articles/hold-the-front-page-the-reporters-are-missing

From the White Helmets to the Skripal Affair. From the Ukrainian Coup to the Proxy War in Syria [We could go on and on]. We see the trouble with the Guardian… it has become a parody by being the very opposite of what it tried to be… but eerily, and this is the really scary thing, in the “Viner bubble” no one: no, no one can hear the screams!

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

The Fraudian presstitutes know that their well-paying jobs totally rely on 100% Groupthink and Rightwing, Imperial, ideological reliability.

amanfromMars
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amanfromMars

Is telling of “deliberate lies” about national security matters an act of sedition and treasonous or just pulp fiction doing its remote brainwashing thing against the masses for the greater benefit of the few?

Maggie
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Maggie

They can do as they please amanfrommars and there is nothing you or I can do to stop them, except keep our eyes and ears open and inform others as to the truth. if and when we discover it..

Jim Scott
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Jim Scott

I read the Harding collaborated fairy tale and could not see a single piece of substantiated truth in it. I sent an email to the author pointing out that the whole story did not contain a single piece of genuine information and it was aimed at maligning Assange. It seems Hardon is now working for the US Deep State in trying to create the impression that despite significant evidence to the contrary that Assange did work with Russia to undermine Hillary Clinton by exposing her proven and admitted cheating to the truth.

Tracking everyone
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Tracking everyone

Persisting with demonising Assange serves to hide from the public eye what has been revealed about the dark forces that are governing us.

There isn’t a friendly and democratic government in the West anymore, and no more human rights protection for ordinary people.

Take the example of a child, let’s say, in Australia. From the moment any child is born, all the details and every movement of this child are now stored and tracked digitally and available to all FIVE-EYES countries.

With the information sharing agreement between the FIVE EYES and Israel, it means that Israel collects, among other data, all the academic work performed by the said child. With this, Israel can analyse what students are saying and/or writing. Add to this their lobbying political power, and we see that they can now dictate and fine tune education policies [as well as foreign policy of course] in FIVE EYES countries without even coming physically near a school. For other countries, this can be done by the hacking and theft by some IT staff who are sympathetic to those foreign entities.

The fake hysteria about Assange does serve to hide a myriad of nefarious plans and actions already in place to subjugate everyone. No one to spare except the rich and the powerful.

Goodwin
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Goodwin

Pity Madeleine McCann wasn’t born in Australia then …

manfromatlan
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Been following the genesis of PROMIS software since its inception. Archived here, the Cryptome article appears to have been taken down https://web.archive.org/web/20050619084608/https://cryptome.org/promis-mossad.htm

28 August 2000.

The Toronto Star is running a series on Canadian investigation of spying by the US and Israel on Canadian intelligence agencies through the use of a powerful search and surveillance software named “Promis,” which allegedly had a backdoor installed by Israeli intelligence. This Promis allegation is attributed by The Star to the 1999 book, Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, by Gordon Thomas, Thomas Dunne Books, New York. ISBN 0-312-25284-6. Below are Promis excerpts from Gideon’s Spies.

The Toronto Star series (thanks to J. Orlin Grabbe):

Yes, subsequent iterations of the software alarmed researchers everywhere for their potential for invasions of privacy.

Jen
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Jen

Luke Harding now needs a team of people based in Peru and Washington to help him write another tawdry, smelly little article? Plagiarising someone else’s work now getting beyond his limited mental faculties?

MI5 need to find someone to replace him at The Fraudian. Or has their budget been cut and they now can’t afford to hire another person who failed in creative writing class while studying for an English Literature degree at university?

Michael Cromer
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Michael Cromer

God Bless Russia – They did 80% of the fighting against the German War Machine in WWII – They deserve more respect than this.

John G
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John G

I’m not shocked at all.

Fair dinkum.
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Fair dinkum.

It’s the ”Guardian’ alright.
The ‘guardian’ of GREED and the ruling PSYCHOPATHS.

vierotchka
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I posted RT’s article on that subject today on my Facebook timeline. Here is the link to the RT article: https://www.rt.com/uk/439213-assange-russia-wikileaks-lies/

MichaelK
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MichaelK

Every time one thinks the Guardian can’t possibly fall any lower into gutter journalism, it confounds one’s expectations and drops into the sewer with all the other waste products.

To label the stance the Guardian has towards Wikileaks and Assange, as disgraceful and shameful, a scandal for real journalism, is an understatement.

There seems to be cabal of anti-Russian racists at the heart of the Guardian. If their stuff was written about Jews or black people, there would be an outcry; but because it’s the Russians, anything goes and it’s getting worse and worse and more hysterical and unhinged, why?

Because we are ‘at war’ with Russia, in the propaganda period where the public are being groomed for war with an evil and almost non-human enemy who want to destroy us using awful weapons, just look at what happened in Salisbury if you question the government’s desire to defend the UK from the dastardly Russian bear!

George cornell
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George cornell

Its all about Russia preventing Israel and its allies from stomping on Syria. Ruining it is not enough for these predators.

Maggie
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Maggie

@ George Cornell.

I have to disagree… Ruining Syria is exactly what they want.. just as they ‘ruined’ Palestine. Stole the land, and raised homesteads to the ground so that they could rebuilt it to suit themselves. They are EVIL and I say thank God for Russia.

George cornell
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George cornell

Maggie, I said ruining it was not enough, as in ruining is a given. But they want more. Aren’t you agreeing with me?

Jules Moules
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Jules Moules

Yep. I think this is one of the main reasons behind this Russian hysteria of recent years: their ‘failure’ to roll-over for US/Israeli policy. The Guardian is, of course, a fully paid up member of the Zionist club.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

We see the same thing here in Austfailure with the Murdoch media cancer. For forty years one has been constantly gob-smacked by the depths to which this evil hate-machine has descended in its unwavering hate propaganda against the Labor Party, unions, refugees, the Indigenous, environmentalists, climate science, renewable energy, and sundry public figures against whom it runs truly vicious and unending vendettas. Yet the cancer always denies its campaigning, its bias, its contribution to ecological pig ignorance and terminal carnage and one-sided class war. And it just keeps getting worse, and the entire political caste cower before Murdoch and his death-machine, too frightened to risk the wrath of the senescent monster. And this absolute effing horror is what they call ‘democracy’.

Fair dinkum.
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Fair dinkum.

Murdoch’s funeral can’t be far away.
Let’s party like there’s no tomorrow.

Rise above
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Rise above

Murdoch is a puppet (a powerful one admittedly) in the hands of Zionists and intelligence agencies.

His funeral will indeed be a much a good news, but the celebration is symbolic. The planning capabilities behind his empire, must have the succession plan already in place.

Rupert Murdoch is Evil. But his death will change very little.

Frankly Speaking
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Frankly Speaking

Indeed, we have been told by the Guardian Of The Establishment in their daily Two Minutes Hate that we’ve always been at war with Russia.

harry stotle
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harry stotle

The Guardian has become the bastion of moral double standards – in other words no amount of racism or stereotyping is deemed inappropriate providing as it is aimed at officially sanctioned targets.

In Guardianland you can say whatever you like about Russians, Trump, or men, but don’t dare have impure thoughts about Muslim women, pro-Israeli Jews or highly paid workers at the BBC (providing they aren’t men of course).

Commentators who dare callenge such hypocrisies are immediately memory-holed.

David
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but don’t dare have impure thoughts about Muslim women

Is it the burqa that does it for you?

kingfelix
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Too right. To cap it all, The Guardian is trying to combine Russophobia with sympathetic stories (quota seems to be one per week) about anti-Putin Russians, so that a Putin opponent can’t stub their toe without frantic reporting of another Putin-ordered attack.

mark
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mark

When a former Russian lingerie model over here was taken poorly, that was obviously another dastardly plot by the evil Vlad.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Our local Government-owned, and Murdochite controlled, ABC insists on calling the US-controlled Quisling, Navalny, the ‘leader of the Opposition’ in Russia, when his claque of traitors is the fourth or fifth most popular group in Russian politics. All lies, all Rightwing thuggery, all the time.

MichaelK
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MichaelK

It seems to be a news platform that’s been taken over by the members of a… cult, who see themselves, their reflection looking back at them, in a mirror that lies and distorts reality; but they seem totally unaware this is happening. There’s something stunted about them, the terrible conceit that they represent and are, really, the guardians of the truth, when the opposite is what’s happening. I suppose fanatics, people who are so full of dogma that they’ve fallen into the trap of believing their own distorted propaganda, are like that.

manfromatlan
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Maggie
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Maggie

What makes you think that any of the online chatter sites are SAFE?
They are all controlled by the Establishment, and only allowed to function to gauge what the sheep are feeling….

harry stotle
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harry stotle

None of this is suprising – the sheer unadulterated glee (from neoliberal foot soldiers like Marina Hyde or James Bell) each time a new privation is inflicted on Assange makes a mockery of the idea the Guardian is in any way concerned about truth or justice.

At the risk of stating the obvious the Guardian is part of the problem since it is an instrument of the establishment rather than a platform unafraid to report the unvarnished truth about the nature of power.

bevin
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bevin

Also see the Update to Murray’s piece:

“UPDATE One reason I was so stunned at the Guardian’s publication of these lies is that I had gone direct from the Ecuadorean Embassy to the Guardian building in Kings Cross to give an in-depth but off the record briefing to Euan MacAskill, perhaps their last journalist of real integrity, on the strategy for Julian. I told Euan that Russia was ruled out. I did not mention this yesterday as I greatly respect Euan and wanted to speak to him first. But on phoning the Guardian I find that Euan “retired” the day the lying article was published. That seems a very large coincidence.”

It only adds to the evidence of the sleaziness of the regime there, in the editorial offices, and in Westminster where this improbable filth comes from.
There comes a point at which regimes/establishments become so riddled with filth, corruption, self serving, lies, treachery and national prostitution that it falls apart: whether this happens first to the government or The Guardian is the sort of stuff which bookmakers thrive on.

Habbabkuk
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Habbabkuk

Bevin, are you the nutter who used to post on Craig Murray’s blog several tiles a day. Until you got banned.

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

The riddled establishment that has Britain under its heel revealed
https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/matt-kennard-mark-curtis/britain-s-warfare-state

They really do not want a JC Labour government to upset their nasty world spanning war and oppression cabal.

Please read and share widely.

Habbabkuk
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Habbabkuk

Why should we share that kind of garbage? You’re a troll on Craig Murray’s blog and you seem to be a troll on here as well.

Denis O'hAichir
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Denis O'hAichir

Excellent rundown on the death trade in UK, interesting to read about the donations to universities.