Your debt and mine to Julian Assange

Philip Roddis

In a recent post I referred to the vile treatment of a man who brought us irrefutible evidence, and in screeds, that the widely cherished notion of the West being democratic is a fat lie. True, some of us knew this already, but Wikileaks shocked even the most hardened critics of liberal democracy by the extent and unprecedentedly fine granularity of that evidence.

In view of its shabby betrayal of Julian Assange – and the fact its readership demography maps closely onto that of my own site – I, pace Media Lens, singled out the Guardian for particularly scathing treatment. Two examples were columnists Deborah Orr and Suzanne Moore. It should surprise no one that both are women. Though Assange’s character assassination has involved many a male journalist – not least Russia Cold Warrior Luke Harding, whose uniquely personal betrayal of trust marked an all time journalistic low [1] – shills and hacks who also happened to be female had a spearhead role to play, given the precise form the assassination assumed.

Here’s what computer nerds call a boolean question – Julian Assange is or was wanted on charges of rape in Sweden: true or false?

Fret not (too much) if you wrongly answered “true”. So did Orr, though unlike you she said it to tens of thousands of Guardianista who, whether or not they know it – and usually they don’t – form hazy but comprehensive worldviews on the back of such stuff. The ease, in our post Jimmy Savile, #MeToo world of smearing by allegations of sexual misconduct should frighten us all – and I speak as a childrens’ home survivor – though many are so caught up in highly manipulated incandescence that this aspect eludes them.

I’m kind enough to deem Orr, Moore and their ilk useful idiots – with Moore, of “massive turd” fame, every bit as coarse on Jeremy Corbyn (and a hypocrite with it) – but can’t bring myself to extend such merciful judgment to Harding.

Anyways…Sweden’s chief prosecutor – also a woman – said Assange had no case to answer, yet he remains an effective prisoner, under arbitrary detention as the UN calls it, in London’s Ecuadoran Embassy. His sole offence is of skipping bail in circumstances where, with Obama breaking all records for locking up whistle blowers and throwing away the key, the alternative was a real threat of extradition to the United and Most Vindictive States of America. So let’s get ourselves up to speed on why – as if incurring Washington displeasure weren’t cause enough – Assange has so upset the British state.

The talking points below are a shameless steal, in shortened form, of a recommended Mark Curtis piece in ICH. For the full deal, go there. This is for consumption over coffee, afore you dash out to work.

Julian Assange Should be Thanked – not Smeared – for Wikileaks’ Service to Journalism

Twelve years ago this month, WikiLeaks began publishing government secrets that the world public might otherwise never have known. What it has revealed about state duplicity, human rights abuses and corruption goes beyond anything published in the world’s “mainstream” media.

For the rest, other than where I quote Curtis verbatim, I’ll simply summarise those aspects especially relevant to Britain. These include:

An “extraordinary” cable from 2013> on how Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to get both states elected to the UN Human Rights Council…

A 2008 cable showing shadow foreign secretary William Hague telling the US embassy that Britain “want[s] a pro-American regime. We need it. The world needs it.”…

A 2009 cable showing that, with the Chilcot inquiry on Iraq beginning, Whitehall assured Washington of “measures in place to protect your interests”. (Chilcott refused permission to publish letters between Bush and Blair, written on the eve of war.)

In 2009 PM Gordon Brown wanted Trident subs down from four to three, a policy opposed in Washington. Julian Miller from the Cabinet Office privately assured US officials that his government “would consult with the US regarding future developments concerning the Trident deterrent to assure…‘no daylight’ between the US and UK”…

“The Wikileaks cables are rife with examples of British government duplicity of the kind I’ve extensively come across in my own research on UK declassified files. In advance of the British-NATO bombing campaign in Libya in March 2011, for example, the British government pretendedthat its aim was to prevent Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s attacks on civilians and not to overthrow him”.

Wikileaks files released in 2016 – three weeks before military operations to overthrow Gaddafi, and before the UN resolution on protecting civilians – show William Burns, US deputy secretary of state, discussing a “post-Qaddafi” Libya with William Hague…

Remember Diego Garcia? Its population kicked out by Britain to make way for one of America’s hundreds of “defensive” military bases from which to “intervene” in the middle east? A 2009 cable shows Whitehall promoting the establishment of a “marine reserve” around the islands, explicitly to deter the diaspora from claiming rights of re-entry. One senior FCO official is shown as telling Washington that “former inhabitants would find it difficult, if not impossible, to pursue their claim for resettlement on the islands if the entire Chagos Archipelago were a marine reserve”

Another 2009 cable shows Foreign Secretary David Miliband helping the US get round a ban on cluster bombs, though Britain had signed up to their outlawing in 2008. How? By approving a loophole to avert a debate in parliament that could have “complicated or muddied” the issue…

Of course, the USA is not known for reciprocal loyalty – ask Mrs Saddam. Cables show the US spying not just on Merkel’s Germany – and every other of America’s ‘allies’ – but on Britain too.

After Ivan Lewis became junior foreign minister under Brown, US officials were briefing HRC’s State Department on rumours that he was depressed, a bully, and on “the state of his marriage”.

Washington was also spying on the UK mission to the UN.

And, yes, we Her Majesty’s subjects are also spied on.

One classified GCHQ document from 2012 shows its surveillance system collecting the IP addresses of Wikileaks visitors, as well as search terms used to reach the site.

Not that any of this should cause us to think for a moment that our masters have the slightest interest in Assange, other than to show the world what happens to bail-jumpers, and that in sovereign Blighty the rule of law is applied without fear or favour. Still less that the resources and desire to protect their interests of America’s deep state – and that of vassals – would ever extend to framing an innocent man.

NOTES:-

  • [1] – I refer among other things to Harding’s revealing the password, given to him in confidence, to the Wiki files.

Scribbler for some sixty years, and for fifteen a photographer too, Philip Roddis began blogging in the early noughties by inflicting film reviews on an unsuspecting public. Soon he was doing the same with illustrated writings on wanderings in Asia and Africa. He writes “to help me think, and because I like to be read”, and finds photography's problem solving aspects "a break from those of writing, as well as an aid to writing and to reflective travel”.

His blog is Steel City Scribblings

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Scribbler for some sixty years, and for fifteen a photographer too, Philip Roddis began blogging in the early noughties by inflicting film reviews on an unsuspecting public. Soon he was doing the same with illustrated writings on wanderings in Asia and Africa. He writes “to help me think, and because I like to be read”, and finds photography's problem solving aspects "a break from those of writing, as well as an aid to writing and to reflective travel”. His blog is Steel City Scribblings

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tonyopmoc
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tonyopmoc

I have been following the events/news of Julian Assange since before he was famous. Almost everyone here is disparaging the views of Crisp fan. I think his views may be largely correct. I have enormous respect for both Julian Assange, and Ed Snowden (who looks very much like a bloke I used to work with 15+ years ago (except he was English). However, if you analyse, all the details of their stories, even the recent ones, lots of things in the details simply do not make sense. Sure, most of the stuff they have both published is true, and embarrassing… Read more »

George cornell
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George cornell

Almost all of what they revealed was unknown to the general public. What on earth are you talking about? You live in a country where half of those surveyed were unable to name the Prime Minister. Don’t forget that.

frank
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frank

>>”What have either of them said about 9/11?” 9/11 is a taboo subject. Both Assange and Snowden depend on their public perception for income. They don’t want to jinx that by speaking out about 9/11. Just a theory, but more plausible than them being secret agents. You seem to forget that both have been severely punished for what they did, and still suffer the consequences, for the rest of their lives. Here’s another theory: Snowden was shafted by Glenn Greenwald. Glenn Greenwald, now here’s a good candidate for a double dealing controlled opposition figure _that is not suffering any negative… Read more »

tonyopmoc
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tonyopmoc

Frank, Very interesting and well written link. Some of it may be true.

Here is another take on Edward Snowden from 2013

“Matrix: who is Edward Snowden?” by Jon Rappoport

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/matrix-who-is-edward-snowden/

Tony

frank
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frank

Weak article written in a very tendentious style. So for example he goes from “Snowden claimed he could do very heavy damage to the entire US intelligence community in 2008” (I don’t know if this is true or where he got this quote from but let’s assume it’s true) to “had the capability to take down the whole US inter-agency intelligence network” The whole article is in a similar vein. Almost all of it is either speculation or insinuation or made up on the part of Rappoport. Snowden was NSA, therefore he still is in the NSA? That would mean… Read more »

Spread the Message. Reward the Messenger.
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Spread the Message. Reward the Messenger.

Controlled corporate media is only interested in Demonising Assange, with very little space given to the contents of Wikileaks releases.

Tried to google Hilary emails contents at US elections time?
You ALWAYS saw the Guardian’s ‘FBI is Trumpland’ and some CNN and BBC drivel at the top of search results.

der einzige
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After all, your hero went with his “revelations” to these controlled corporate media (gaurdian, nyt, der spigel) to demonize Syria and Iran

wardropper
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wardropper

The Graun still had some shreds of respectability left in those days.
It was, for example, still possible to comment on most topics.
I have no doubt that Assange now knows considerably more about that paper than he did then.
That Domscheidt fiasco must also have taught him a few things about the determination of the “standard narrative” to ensure that their weird, sick world persists too.

der einzige
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I do’t have any debt to Julian Mossange!

When “Wiki Leaks”. Assange Syria Papers
http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/06-07-2012/121582-wikileaks_assange-0/
Wikileaks Is Zionist Poison
http://www.maskofzion.com/2010/10/wikileaks-is-zionist-poison.html

vexarb
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vexarb

@The One. Having read both denunciation of Julian Assange — the first by Lehmann and the second by Azaziah — I agree that WikiLeaks info about the scale of killing by the U$ / UK Coalition of The Killing of does not amount to much when compared with, say, the estimate of Iraqi dead which was made by the Editor of The Lancet. The horrors perpetrated in the MENA by colonial powers F UK Z U$A have been catalogued far more fully by much lesser known Truthers. But this does not diminish the injustice af Assange’s entrapment and International persecution… Read more »

der einzige
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There are no other real prisoners to whom “alt” media could devote so much attention to him? Litmus test is failed by Mossange. He is a 9/11 truth “denier” who believes the official bullshit story that AL-CIA-DA and MOSSAD cranked out about who did it. Not one piece of this shit he puts out on the street is real intelligence information. Nothing the average non moron who knows how to find information on the web about U.S. War crimes in Irag, Afghanistan etc. can’t find on their own. And more to the point, Mossange is pushing shit that legitimizes WAR… Read more »

frank
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frank

@ der einzige Have you even read the article? Wikileaks has done tremendous damage to the establishment and the deep state. If he’s a CIA agent (or whatever else you think he is), why does the US want to put him in prison and throw away the key? If he’s an agent of the deep state, why is he in house arrest for 6 years? If he was an agent he would be free by now, he would not have had to seek refuge in the embassy in the first place. 6 years in virtual prison with no way out… Read more »

der einzige
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Read again the article by Christof Lehmann, which I have posted and see it Sex, Lies, Iran, Israel and Wikileaks and It WikiLeaks: Advancing an Israeli Agenda? I can’t give more than two links, so look on yt Webster Tarpley points to the possibility that Wikileaks is a CIA operation “Is WikiLeaks A CIA Operation?” What has he been doing in the embassy for so many years? Maybe he was needed to change the government Correa which was an ally and friend of Hugo Chavez. Everyone would like to have a man in the embassy of the country you want… Read more »

frank
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frank

The only “argument” in that first video is that Assange has said that he does not like conspiracy theories about 9/11. Is that really all you got? (As I said before: 9/11 is a taboo subject. Both Assange and Snowden depend on their public perception for income. They don’t want to jinx that by speaking out about 9/11. Just a theory, but more plausible than them being secret agents. You seem to forget that both have been severely punished for what they did, and still suffer the consequences, for the rest of their lives.) Second video puts a faulty spin… Read more »

der einzige
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“Is that really all you got?” there is enough against Mossange: 9/11, supporting Israeli policy, iran,and even the publication in MSM. Is WikiLeaks A CIA Operation? (watch all 3 parts – more than one Clinton mail) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brGAgrxscOg You believe that if he had something solid to publish, they would do it? You want to say that little “hacker” Julian was born yesterday and he did not know what MSM is and who the owner is? If it were not for Julian, you would not know that people are killed in war? And if it were not Edward, you would not… Read more »

frank
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frank

Rehashing the same very weak arguments. – He doesn’t speak out about 9/11 therefore he’s a secret agent. (Btw whether or not mossad was involved in 9/11 has noting to do with Assange.) – He used to be in the CIA and NSA therefore he still is. The rest is just insinuations and speculations. I’m certainly willing to entertain the theory. But when there are multiple theories the theory that makes the least amount of assumptions is statistically most likely to be correct. And the theory that Assange and Snowden are secret agents is making a whole lot of very… Read more »

der einzige
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If someone supports the official 9/11 version is an idiot or agent. There is no other option.
three simple rhetorical questions:
1. will any newspaper publish anything against its owner?
2. what did these dudes say to you that you did not know before?
3. you watch too many American movies and do you believe that the world is being saved/changes by lonely heroes?
Weak are your arguments.

Inquisition in Liberal clothes
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Inquisition in Liberal clothes

Western Democracy:

Much more like Inquisition system of governance than a Liberal one.
Bomb whoever we don’t like.

rilme
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rilme

“…columnists Deborah Orr and Suzanne Moore. It should surprise no one that both are women.”
With names like Deborah and Suzanne, I’m not surprised that both are women. The maddest kid in my school was called Orr; it must be hard to get a clear sense of one’s identity with a name like that.

Feminists are CIA creation
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Feminists are CIA creation

Sometimes, I get the these G. feminists are sedated with strong anti-depressants and all the writing is done by some other agencies.

Feminists are CIA creation
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Feminists are CIA creation

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I get the feeling

‘Divide and rule’ is used here to sow conflicts between men and women.

Sure, battle of the sexes is nothing new, but the budgets invested in feminism in the last decade with a reach to every remote village on Earth, to places where they have no stable power supply, an organisation like the CIA with unlimited resources must be behind feminism.

frank
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frank

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/ztradio/episodes/2018-10-20T10_33_10-07_00

The Julian Assange Case (ZTR Radio, October 20, 2018)

Interview with Jennifer Robinson (Julian Assange’s solicitor) and Fidel Narváez (former Consul at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London)

wardropper
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wardropper

Things are not so black: From PCR’s blog today: Dear Readers: It is all over the internet and international media that Twitter has suspended my account. This is not the case. I do not use social media. I discovered that a Twitter account was operating in my name. I requested that the account be taken down. I have no recollection of giving anyone permission to operate a Twitter account in my name. I am still extremely busy trying to help family relatives impacted by Hurricane Michael and could only quickly look at the Twitter postings. It seemed to be mainly… Read more »

archie1954
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archie1954

I find it very sad that the UK has become a boot licker to the US! Dose it not have one ounce of honour and sovereignty left, just one ounce?

candideschmyles
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At many levels, and those are the levels that matter – the economic and military industrial complex, the US and the UK have been a singular entity for some time. Certainly since the 1980s and arguably for more than a century. Those that dictate the direction and campaigns of that empire are transnationalists who use capitalism to own and control every facet of the global economy from raw resources through to the institutions of governance. It is for us paeons to earnestly debate notions of sovereignty, human rights and justice. The ruling class leave us to it, happy in the… Read more »

wardropper
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wardropper

Unfortunately, no. It is now in too deep.

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“Though Assange’s character assassination has involved many a male journalist – not least Russia Cold Warrior Luke Harding, whose uniquely personal betrayal of trust marked an all time journalistic low [1]… [1] – I refer among other things to Harding’s revealing the password, given to him in confidence, to the Wiki files Emphasis added.” NOT. Nick Davies was given most of the password (ACollectionOfHistorySince_1966_ToThe_PresentDay#) in written form on a Brussels hotel napkin in a one-on-one meeting with Assange, who added a verbal instruction to insert the word “Diplomatic” before the word “History” to complete it and deccrypt the data, which… Read more »

writerroddis
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writerroddis

I stand corrected.

James Connolly
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James Connolly

It’s likely that the sheer intensity of the vitriol aimed at JA by Guardian journos is informed by self-loathing. They know that Assange is guaranteed immortality as a world-historical figure who rattled the cage of the Hegemon and its coterie. The contrast with themselves – faux-dissidents who aim their fiercest barbs at those who challenge the status quo – must be exceedingly painful to contemplate. For all their high-profile scribbling, nobody is going to remember these establishment-supporting no-marks – and they know it.

writerroddis
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writerroddis

Indeed. A very similar observation is made by Media Lens in their recent book, Propaganda Blitz, reviewed by me not long ago on this site. That book, incidentally, is where I got the information – incorrect says Robbobbobin – that David Leigh and Luke Harding bear joint responsibility for betraying Assange over the Wikileaks password.

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“ropaganda Blitz … is where I got the information – incorrect says Robbobbobin – that David Leigh and Luke Harding bear joint responsibility for betraying Assange over the Wikileaks password.” I have not read Propaganda BlItz but if that is actually what they said then I do not disagree. Authors that put their name on publications of putative fact are responsible for the veracity of those “facts” even if they are only co-authors who were not directly concerned with the writing of sections that have distorted or misrepresented the facts. “Comment is free, but facts are sacred.” In the case… Read more »

Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

All of Wikileaks so called information was published by The Guardian. That is the biggest flag of all to suggest it is an intelligence fraud. Assange is now being portrayed as the bad buy because of the release of the Clinton related emails. He still did his job. Russians were blamed for that.

So who betrayed Seth Rich to the bad guys, Julian ?

vexarb
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vexarb

Anonymous post BTL Saker:
Notable antiwar writer Paul Craig Roberts has had his Twitter account cancelled for his criticisms of Neoconservatives in the USA. When they silence and shut down people like Mr. Roberts, no one is safe.

wardropper
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wardropper

Well perhaps we’ll soon have a situation where most of us have become antiwar writers… The dolts in Washington still haven’t fathomed that it is they themselves who create squillions of new enemies in the Middle East every week, as well as plenty of new antiwar writers in the West. There has to come a point when they are forced to fathom it.
“I.Q.” must by now have acquired a new meaning in the U.S. government, since it certainly doesn’t mean what it used to when I was a kid.

harry stotle
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harry stotle

The Guardian’s anti-Assange juggernaut is especially egregious, even by their low standards – I mean what has it come to when the likes of Moore, Hyde, Orr, et al, are gloating about successive privations inflicted on a person obviously living in fear because of long term persuit by the worlds leading terror state (for which he has already spent time in prison before being forced to wear an electronic tag). The only thing we know for sure is the Guardian’s seemingly irreversible descent into neoliberal toilet paper will not be reversed if its so called senior commentators fail to understand… Read more »

Yarkob
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Yarkob

“The only thing we know for sure is the Guardian’s seemingly irreversible descent into neoliberal toilet paper will not be reversed if its so called senior commentators fail to understand the difference between infantile forms of identity politics and actual journalism”

stable door; wave goodbye to horse.

the graun will not return whence it came. it’s gone for good.

Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

Don’t forget it was The Guardian that (preposterously) published all of Assange’s so called leaks. Did you forget that little detail ? What happened is that MI6’s favourite sleazeball did something sleazy with his fame in Sweden.They still managed to get him back to London and arranged protection in the Ecuadorian embassy. “Paranoid, vain and jealous’ – the secret life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange An excoriating profile by Julian Assange’s ghostwriter, Andrew O’Hagan, has lifted the lid on the strange world of the founder of WikiLeaks Even Assange’s girlfriend, WikiLeaks researcher Sarah Harrison, grew increasingly frustrated at his behaviour… Read more »

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Your nasty ad hominem comments do nothing to address the point of the article. We owe and even you owe Assange a lot. Smearing him seems an inappropriate way to settle that debt. So tell us, while you munch on your crisps, who do you admire, faultless one? So we can trash them like you trash Assange. He acted in the finest tradition of journalism, but effectively incarcerating him for a period longer than is served by the average murderer in the US is not enough for you? You discredit your species. Hanging is too good for the man who… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

@ George C: Do not feed the troll called Crisp Fan. This looks like Matt in another disguise. Flooding this comments thread with innuendo and tags (to attract the attention of censors) may be part of the game plan and replying to Crisp Fan’s comments is encouraging it.

candideschmyles
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I agree. Though he could just be one of those James Corbett fans that hangs on his every word. It certainly reads like Corbetts take on Julian.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

I think you are right.

Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

To me, Assange is a very obvious (unwilling) CIA/MI6 operative whose articles were published in the Guardian and New York Times. Think about it. This was written BEFORE the Guardian got the order to publish the leaks. They asked John Young to register Wikileaks because he is the recognised global authority. “But the group ran into problems even before WikiLeaks was launched. The organisers approached John Young, who ran another website that posted leaked documents, Cryptome, and asked him to register the WikiLeaks website in his name. Young obliged and was initially an enthusiastic supporter but when the organisers announced… Read more »

Hope
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Hope

Thank you for this. These talking points are urgently needed and should be widely disseminated.

vierotchka
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Well said.

MichaelK
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MichaelK

Only last week, on the BBC World Service, what they like to call ‘The World’s Radio Station’, I heard the newsreader state that Assange was in the Ecuadorian embassy because he feared being extradited to Sweden to face ‘rape charges.’ This isn’t true. It’s an example of real fake news. Assange was never charged with rape by the Swedish authorities. In fact he wasn’t charged with anything at all. The Swedes wanted to question him, in Sweden, in relation to various allegations that had been made by two women during a questionable police interview about their sexual relations with Assange.… Read more »

mark
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mark

This has now become standard throughout the western world. Target some enemy with absurd smears, allegations without a shred of supporting evidence that are endlessly repeated by tame media hacks until they become “true.” Like Assange being a sex fiend or Russian spy (or both), ditto Edward Snowden, Corbyn being a secret Nazi and Anti Semite, the election of Trump/ Brexit/ French, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish etc. elections all being masterminded by the dastardly Putin, who also periodically assassinates complete nonentities for the pleasure of it, like the evil Assad regularly gassing people to satisfy his blood lust, and much… Read more »

vierotchka
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Here is a documentary about Julian Assange, made back in 2012 and aired by Australia’s ABC:

https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/sex-lies-and-julian-assange/4156420

Robyn
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Robyn

I didn’t watch it but, as a general comment, I would say don’t waste your time on the ABC. The Australian Bullshit Corporation is completely controlled by neocons and all their ‘reports’ on foreign policy come direct from Washington or Tel Aviv.

Tish Farrell
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I’m finding it hard to keep a sense of humour these days. It seems there are no depths to which our sham democracies will not sink. A century of regime change strategies around the world, and a planet full of plastic and displaced people, and all of it about the control of natural resources – at ANY COST so long as the corporate hegemonies keep stashing away the loot.

candideschmyles
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I share your lack of humour. In me it has been replaced by a developing rage that is always looking for a meaningful outlet. There are few. While speaking the truth is a revolutionary act these days it is insufficient. We must support Julian if and when the time comes.

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

Correct me if I’m wrong, but just prior to Assange’s detention wasn’t Wikileaks about to release a shipload of documents detailing corporate malfeasance around the world?
Inconvenient truths?
And presto, Assange is public enemy número uno.
$atan$ $oldier$ wear $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$uit$.

deinvestiture
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Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

Assange has gone from the corporate hero who (it is preposterously claimed) published American secrets in intelligence owned publications The Guardian and New York Times then by some bizarre process gathered and published information about Arab countries and triggered the Arab Spring for the NED, the same American intelligence operation Bellingcat works for.

He is now the enemy of the mainstream and the darling of the ‘alternative’ media because he published the Podesta emails which the corporate media have conveniently blamed on the Russians and arrested hackers to blame.

I will not respond to fanboy abuse.

Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

Sorry, indicted not arrested. They will never be arrested.

Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising

The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8289686/Egypt-protests-Americas-secret-backing-for-rebel-leaders-behind-uprising.html

Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

Why Egypt doesn’t trust us (LA Times)

Private pro-democracy groups funded by the U.S. have a troubling history.

But many in Congress felt that the program’s problem lay only in its ties to the CIA. Cut those ties and make everything above board, they argued, and the attempt to win hearts and minds to the American way would be useful and benign. In the 1980s, during the Reagan administration, Congress created the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) to take the place of the defunct CIA program.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/07/opinion/la-oe-meisler-prodemocracy-20120306

George Cornell
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George Cornell

And who trusts the US.? Certainly no one in South America. Can’t think of anyone, really.

Crisp fan
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Crisp fan

“Amnesty International hails WikiLeaks and Guardian as Arab spring ‘catalysts’

The rights group singles out WikiLeaks and the newspapers that pored over its previously confidential government files, among them the Guardian, as a catalyst in a series of uprisings against repressive regimes, notably the overthrow of Tunisia’s long-serving president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/may/13/amnesty-international-wikileaks-arab-spring