The central pillar to Democratic paranoia and vengefulness regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016 was the link between Russian hacking, the servers of the Democratic National Committee and the release of emails via WikiLeaks. Over time, that account has become a matter of hagiography, an article of faith, with grave conclusions: WikiLeaks and Russia elected Donald Trump.
The Russia-DNC angle received another prod in pre-extradition hearings being conducted against Assange in the Westminster Magistrates Court, with his legal team disclosing details of the visit paid to the WikiLeaks publisher by former California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2017. The visit in question was not entirely a matter of surprise.
The Wall Street Journal reported in September that year that Rohrabacher had contacted the White House in an attempt to broker a deal with Assange designed to alleviate his legal troubles. A conversation was said to have taken place between the Congressman and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, canvassing the possibility of ending the impasse in exchange for evidence that Russia was not behind the hacked emails.
Assange’s legal team, through Edward Fitzgerald, disclosed that President Trump had instructed Rohrabacher to discuss the possibility of a pardon for Assange provided he agreed to deny any Russian connection in the DNC hack.
A statement produced by Assange’s personal lawyer, Jennifer Robison, included the following description:
“Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks.”
For his part, former Congressman Rohrabacher is dissembling, claiming he had not discussed Assange with Trump prior to his “fact finding mission” to London. “At no time did I offer Julian Assange anything from the President because I had not spoken with the President about this issue at all.”
Rohrabacher admitted to speaking with Kelly in a brief conversation after his trip to the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
“No one followed up with me including Gen. Kelly and that was the last discussion I had on this subject with anyone representing Trump or his Administration.”
In 2018, Rohrabacher, in an interview with The Intercept, claimed that Kelly blocked him from briefing Trump about his London meeting with Assange. Both the congressman and his travel companion Charles Johnson had been shown “definitive proof [by Assange] that Russia was not the source of the Democratic Party communications that WikiLeaks published during the 2016 campaign.”
The reason for Kelly’s obstruction lay with concerns that the special prosecutor might take an interest in Rohrabacher’s discussions about Russia, and how “that would appear to out-of-control prosecutors that that is where the collusion is.”
To keep matters interesting and mendacious, Trump now claims to “barely” know Rohrabacher while White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham insists that the allegations are “absolutely and completely false”, “a complete fabrication and a total lie. This is probably another never ending hoax and total lie from the DNC.”
In response, WikiLeaks has stressed that, “Chronology matters: The meeting and the offer were made ten months after Julian Assange had already independently stated Russia was not the source of the DNC publication. The witness statement is one of the many bombshells from the defence to come.”
The latest instalment in the case that keeps giving is a reminder of how trenchantly the Democrats have been seeking to link the DNC hack to Russia, WikiLeaks and their defeat. What Trump and Assange share, on some level, is the same tarnishing administered by the same brush.
In August 2017, Patrick Lawrence, writing in The Nation, suggested that the download of the relevant data from the DNC servers was most probably an internal job rather than an externally conducted operation.
Reliance was made upon the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity memorandum to Trump claiming that, “Forensic studies of ‘Russian hacking’ into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computer.” An “insider” had “copied DNC data onto an external storage device.”
A storm ensued: the article had laid some considerable explosive material under the traditional DNC account, leading to editor Katrina vanden Heuvel to conduct a “post publication review”. In a modest mea culpa, the editorial board suggested that they “should have made certain that several of the article’s conclusions were presented as possibilities, not as certainties.”
Since then, the Mueller Report has sought to ensconce the Russia hack-DNC narrative, dismissing Assange’s inside job thesis with almost withering disdain.
As reports attributing the DNC and DCCC hacks to the Russian government emerged, WikiLeaks and Assange made several public statements apparently designed to obscure the source of the material that WikiLeaks was releasing. The file-transfer evidence … and other information uncovered during the investigation discredit WikiLeaks’s claims about the source of material that it posted.”
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser has yielded to Assange’s team on the material produced at the pre-extradition hearing, potentially linking WikiLeaks to the highest deliberations in the White House. The addition, along with the vast picture of surveillance targeting Assange, has the makings of a very compromising picture, indeed.
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A deal to help Julian Assange was derailed as it risked exposing the Russiagate hoax. John Helmer, doyen of the foreign press in Russia, reveals how it went down in: “HOW MANY TURNCOATS MAKE A COVER-UP – ADAM WALDMAN, JULIAN ASSANGE, OLEG DERIPASKA AND LUKE HARDING” @ http://johnhelmer.net/how-many-turncoats-make-a-cover-up-adam-waldman-julian-assange-oleg-deripaska-and-luke-harding/
“Edward Fitzgerald, QC, is on the defense team at the Julian Assange extradition hearings. He is co-head of Doughty Street Chambers and head of its Extradition section. Seems appropriate.
I wrote in November of my concern that several people connected to chambers with members working for Assange were also working for Assange’s persecutor, the U.S. government. And that several were public supporters of a key U.S. asset in the promotion of Russiagate and Russophobia, the conman and fraudster William Browder…”
The inimitable US journalist Lucy Komisar is, once again, spot-on when illuminating members and aspects of the Assange legal+ team @
How do this kind of people sleep at night?
23 Feb 2020
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the mainstream media reports that the Trump White House asked Julian Assange to cover up links with Russia, while stating that Russia did not hack the DNC…for that Trump would pardon Assange, according to MSM headlines.
Problem is that media headlines are completely misleading what was argued in court regarding the DNC emails, but nonetheless Assange’s line of defense will rely on the Russian DNC hacking narrative going forward, which may prove to be a massive risk in preventing Assange’s extradition to the United States.
The Deep State is obsessed with payback against JA for exposing all their shitfuckery – war crimes, corruption, lies, hypocrisy, abuse of power.
They want to make an example of him as a warning to others, like how in the olden days they left the bodies of people who had been executed hanging in gibbets, or severed heads impaled on spikes pon London Bridge.
From 2008 onwards, the CIA had a programme to “wreak reputational damage” on him.
The original plan was to set him up with child pornography. But that was a horse that wouldn’t run – what he didn’t know about computers wasn’t worth knowing. So they came up with Plan B – the bogus Swedish sex allegations, followed by stories of him defecating on walls, or whatever they wanted to launder through tame MSM media hacks like Harding.
But there are drawbacks to this from their point of view. It shows up the fraudulent MSM for what it is, and reveals for all the world to see that we are living in an aggressive totalitarian state devoid of any moral scruples whatsoever.
And the imminent extradition case is not without its dangers.
True, most of these handpicked judges are establishment toadies.
But some, for all their faults, jealously guard their independence and resent outside pressure.
If an honest judge just applied the law impartially, there is a risk the case could be thrown out.
Political cases are specifically excluded.
In the meanwhile, the persecution does not seem to have had the chilling effect they hoped for.
Wikileaks is still in business.
People are still leaking to it – most recently the deeply embarrassing OPCW revelations.
Fuck me, the Grauniad finally has an article friendly towards Assange:
We know that it’s only because the poor bugger is definitely on the verge of being sent to the US and so the bastards at the Grauniad need to momentarily show some miniscule “support” before he’s extradited.
Standard Guardian presstitute tactic-you say we turned, viciously, on Assange, unleashing our deranged feminazi maenads in particular to vilify Assange as a ‘rapist’ and ‘faeces smearer’, but, look, here is a ‘nice’ story we published.
Listen what he said about the two Swedish women re rape:
Listen to what Nils Melzer said with regard to the two Swedish women and the rape accusations:
Wow!, a story on MSM about J.A. that isn’t pro U.$.A.
Okay, I relented on my MSM boycott just for today.
Got back home after attending the Julian Assange protest and march in Melbourne today organised by the Socialist Equality Party, and can report that not only was the above story on Channel 9, but they actually covered the protest in London as also did SBS who not only covered the London protest, but actually interviewed several people there, including Vivienne Westwood.
To my knowledge there was no coverage of events in Australia, but was pleasantly surprised to see this on prime time MSM news.
My TV is now turned off again, and about to watch a movie.
Look, the MSM are still fully part of the Establishment, and I still have contempt for them, but for this coverage today – I’ll be grateful for that.
I pained myself by sitting through the MSM news in the UK yesterday in the hope that there might just be the smallest of mentions of the JA London protest and march, but knew it was time to turn off when the respective presenters declared “…And now boxing”. Oh well, we can live in hope.
I noted that, although very welcome, the coverage about Julian Assange in the media here ignored what happened in Australia (tho I only watched it yesterday) but covered what happened on the other side of the World in London.
Interesting that one of Australia’s most infamous right wing shock jocks, Alan Jones had a poll of his listeners that the Australian Govt needs to act to bring Julian Assange home, and 75% of his many thousands of listeners said Yes!
That was relayed by Caitlin johnstone who spoke at the rally yesterday, and gave an excellent speech before we marched down the main street of Melbourne.
Gezzah, it wouldn’t matter if 99.9% of the serfs wanted Assange released, once fat boy Pentecostal Pompeo tells his Pentecostal mate, ‘Smoko’ Morrison to jump, the only answer can be ‘How high, sir!’. I admire your efforts and those of other people of good intent, but….
Missed this R. I understand your reasoning, and Really understand who the Puppeteers are, and the consequences for puppets like Morrison and Albanese if they disobey orders….
I get that.
But, I’m not prepared to be like the many Australians who have sold their souls and consciences for trinkets and fancy cars and overseas holidays and stuff. Stuff and money.
With respect, fuck that.
The poor bugger JA is definitely on the verge of being sent to the ,and so the bastards in the Grauniad and similar MSM need to momentarily show some miniscule “support” before he’s extradited.
*sent to the USA
The local presstitute scum gave Assange a Walkley award for journalism, then turned on him, en bloc, when the orders to do so came from their owners. Vermin. With apologies to rats, lice and cockroaches.
It’s highly likely that Assange can prove that it wasn’t the Russians, whatever ‘Russians’ means precisely, that hacked the DNC’s computers and ‘damaged’ Clinton’s campaign; because Assange was given the computer thumbnail by Craig Murray, which means there was no ‘hack’ from outside the US by anyone in Russia, but a simple download from inside the offices of the DNC itself.
What’s disturbing his how little real independent investigation there’s been by the Guardian into this story. They just swallow the Democrat’s story whole like a Soho rentboy on his knees, yum, yum, Guardian!
Why should any journalist or publisher, like Wikileaks, care one way or another, whether they ‘damage’ Clinton’s campaign? The Guardian is arguing that ‘damaging’ Clinton’s campaign was wrong. But is it the job of journalists to not ‘damage’ a politician who’s been trying to ‘damage’ Bernie Sanders’ campaign and not reveal this information because it makes Clinton ‘look bad’? Couldn’t Clinton simply stop doing bad things instead? Why is the Guardian arguing that being partisan and in favour of Clinton, was a good thing in the first place?
This is before one even begins to investigate the Democrats and the media allies, working to secure Trump’s nomination as Republican candidate, because he was seen as the ‘dream candidate’ for Clinton. The candidate she couldn’t possibly lose to compared to the others, the more ‘moderate’ and ‘serious’ challengers.
You can still be ‘disturbed’ by the Guardian cancer’s dishonesty, hypocrisy, villainous service to Imperial power and all-round malevolence. You must have a high threshold to perturbation.
Of course I’m ‘disturbed’ by the ghastly Guardian as it’s gotten worse and worse and now hardly ever allows any dissenters access to its’ pages. It didn’t use to be this bad. I’m disturbed by the times we live in too. The Guardian’s become a parody of all that’s worst about liberals, a mouthpiece for the security services… and the leadership of the Labour Party has capitulated.
It’s the Ed Times, michael, one way or another. Either capitalism and its ruling parasites go, or humanity and most Life on Earth will.
“Why is the Guardian arguing that being partisan and in favour of Clinton, was a good thing in the first place?”
Because the Guardian has always been an opponent of economic socialism that resembles real economic socialism rather than just–and then only just and only when push comes to shove–worker appeasement or conciliation. In economics, the Guardian has always been very firmly, often viciously, in the capitalist camp. In social matters, particulaly those more amenable to the manipulations of identity politics, it is and always has been apparently more liberal, but see worker appeasement or conciliation, above, to explain that. The Guardian has always been ‘English Liberal’, which is an alternative spelling of ‘Tory Lite’. The Guardian itself has always been aware of this. C.P. Scott privately took pride in the fact that the editorial thrust of his paper was significantly to the right of its readers. The above emphasis on ‘always’ is an oblique reference to primary, documented history, fully accessible to anyone who cares to consult it. So the question becomes, why are so many of the world’s exploited content with a view through rose-tinted spectacles and hostile to seeing the present that is born of the past in its true colours, with any reference to Clinton being a mere temporal detail?
Not a thumbnail, an usb flash drive (a.k.a. usb key).
Can’t let the facts get in the way of a propaganda campaign re: USB stick.
But then, when has the U$A ever let facts stop their global terrorist agenda of perpetration which their MSM bumbuddies call policing.
22 Feb 2020
On this episode of Going Underground, Going Underground’s Social Media Producer Farhaan Ahmed speaks to Richard Burgon MP who is standing to be Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. He discusses the importance of Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange’s leaks, what his extradition could mean for press freedom in the UK and around the world and why his extradition should be halted. Next, legendary former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters speaks to Afshin Rattansi about the persecution of Julian Assange, ahead of Julian’s upcoming extradition trial. He discusses why he believes Washington DC is seeking to imprison Julian Assange for 175 years, the importance of his leaks for billions around the world, the Washington-backed regime change attempt in Venezuela and coup in Bolivia and more! Finally, Farhaan Ahmed speaks to BAFTA Award-Winning actor Steve Coogan and BAFTA Award-Winning Director Michael Winterbottom about their new film ‘Greed’, a comedy highlighting billionaire excess and the gap between the super-rich and the super-poor.
I don’t really know the relevance of this article and admit it may reflect my ignorance. But I thought that Assange was being indicted not for the DNC leak but for the earlier publication in conjunction with the Iraq war and involving Chelsea Manning. For Trump to then get involved in trying to pardon Assange as alleged here for a different case in which Trump would actually benefit because that would implicate him in a collusion sounds rather improbable.
The article exposes the political backdrop to a pseudo-legal process used to pistol whip any whistleblower who exposes war crimes.
I mean its hardly a coincidence that truth tellers are hounded by the authorities while those responsible for regime change coin it in: a complete inversion of how a non-partisan judiciary should function.
At the same time it also tells us that a corrupt American leader is willing to broker a deal to protect his reputation and career (almost a given for men like Trump) while reminding everybody yet again what sort of person Hillary is, and how the Democrat mechinery has abdicated even the most rudimentary form of moral authority.
Essentially the political firmament is polluted beyond belief and pest controllers face a near impossible task reporting this reality because the elite has made the job of decontamination far too too dangerous for all but those prepared to sacrifice their own future in order to speak truth to power.
Needless to say the Guardian has sided with the abusers rather than the abused producing jokey articles on how Julian Assange is prima donna, and a sex-offender rather than a frightened man fighting for his life.
Great article, but my deepest thanks for the link to Patrick Lawrence’s 2017 article in The Nation. Patrick Lawrence – to my chagrin – is new to me. The quality and precision of his writing makes complex topics and chronology clear and navigable. I then followed up to his website and read his latest article on the pompous Pompeo at the Munich Insecurity Conference, and it was a masterpiece. Someone had posted an image of OFFG recently which looked like Pompeo in drag (not a pretty sight); I now have this awful image in my head of Pompeo standing at the Munich lectern, naked, without even a Neville Chamberlain piece of paper to brandish to hide his hypocrisy. Pompeo: “I have in my hand, a piece of ####”. But what do Monty Python have to say about it all? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmwmuPTa0To
But returning to topic, the tide does appear to be turning in Julian’s favour, thanks to many courageous, principled and honest citizens who have been stalwart in their defence of Truth, Justice and Peace.
Public opinion in the Glorious West means NOTHING. Gilens and Page showed that, as does being conscious.
I’d have to have a pretty good reason to visit the fakey Nation website. They were among my first alternative media orgs when I first discovered alternative media. And they were probably the first that struck me as fake, pushing ‘their’ Democratic Party monster for president.
Speaking of Patricks, I had an interesting little chat with Patrick Walker who defended Caitlin Johnstone on CounterPunch and had to struggle a bit with the editors to get his articles defending her posted, as he reported to me. I don’t know much about his writing, and he notes that he’s gone on to other things, notably promoting the Green New Deal. That was a disappointing line. But what can you do?
Thanks, Arby. What struck me about PL’s writing was it’s eloquence and concision. I ran a Litmus Test on him (where does he stand on the JFK assassination?) and he accepts the undeniable logic of David Talbot’s book “The Devil’s Chessboard” about the Dulles brothers (though when he came to that blinding Damascene Light, I don’t yet know). There is no doubt that even the best journalists have to strike a Faustian bargain between Truth and Lies, and one can only wish them more courage. This is why the persecution of Assange to silence dissent must be defeated. PL deploys sarcasm to devastating effect on cretins like Pompeo (an easy target admittedly) but nonetheless deserving of every metaphorical sling and arrow we can fire at him and his ilk. Once more into the breach…
“I ran a Litmus Test on him (where does he stand on the JFK assassination?)”
That’s your Litmus Test? Not only agree with the fact that the Warren Commission was an obvious shamout, but that the obvious rubout came from only the highest echelons of LBJs administration (excluding the standard liability denial and thus unquantifiable setting of nudge/wink plus the usual administrative preconditioning effects)? I would say, “Well, fuck me,” IF I didn’t suspect that–in your case, based on earlier examples of your understanding of “undeniable logic” in general–I’d have to hasten to retract.
To clarify further: the atrocious, public persecution of Assange is a clear and present danger and affront to what’s left of both Assange and the wider society that needs no links to any circumstances outside of itself to qualify as irrefutable fact over any what may be disputed as conjecture.
I mentioned I went on a street campaign last Sunday to drum up support for Assange and Manning, and hand out leaflets for a rally here in Melbourne tomorrow, and mentioned how a small number took the leaflets and showed genuine interest in what was happening to Assange – and the implications for all of us.
The hipster and yuppie types point blank refused, and didn’t want to know full stop, just stared straight ahead.
Yeah, I already told you this.
Today, mentioned to a customer I was leaving work early tomorrow (selling Big Issue mag) casually said I was going to a protest in support of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
She just stared at me as if I’d just arrived from Mars, and went ‘you’re going on a protest to support Him’.
I clearly got the message.
I wrote this again coz your comment struck me:
‘the atrocious, public persecution of Assange is an affront to what’s left of both Assange and the wider society’
I think if an outright fascist in the mold of Mussolini came to power in Australia, most here would embrace him as long as they maintained their lifestyles, and still had their creature comforts.
I almost don’t recognise this World anymore, and the way people were, How they were, when I grew up in the 70s and early 80s compared to now….
Two different Planets.
Gezzah, Austfailia is finished. Morally, intellectually and spiritually defunct. Any country that follows a red-faced bleb of Evil like Barnaby Joyce to burn more coal, steal more water from our dying rivers for cotton growing and destroy our remaining native forests, has earned the desserts that it just started getting this summer. The nassty surprise, which I never saw predicted, although it now stares us in the face, of millions choking for weeks on bush-fire smoke, with very bad consequences to come over the years, tells me that those old vultures of greed, stupidity, pig ignorance and arrogance are coming home to roost.
And in total denial of the history of their own country, and the refusal to even accept that, along with many other things as you point out.
The sense of arrogance and smugness is breathtaking.
Will be returning to New Zealand in a couple of years, tho the Neoliberal zombification of people is as bad there as it is in Oz.
Where in the World hasn’t the cancer of Neoliberalism not poisoned and turned people into robotic, narcissistic consumers and warped their psyche’s?
Just on way to the Julian Assange protest.
It’s quite simple. The denialists and coal-lovers who control the Smoko Morrison regime are either so stupid and pig ignorant that they believe that nothing is happening, and we are not threatened to near term extinction, or they know it is true and simply do not care, or welcome it. In the first case they are too mentally challenged to be allowed to control a country, in the latter they are eith Evil incarnate, and care not even for their own children’s lives, or are ‘religious’ fundamentalist lunatics who WANT the End Times to occur in their lifetime, and will do anything they can to help bring it forward. The struggle is one of Life and Death for all Life on Earth, and only one side, that of Evil is fighting, while the effing Meanswells sit back and impotently wring their hands. What an epitaph for a species.
Just finished the Julian Assange protest, and then marched down Swanston St to Federation Square. By my estimate, about 200 people, on the eve of the extradition hearing.
As with the reaction of most passersby last Sunday at the street campaign, today the same. Only a small number would take a leaflet.
I even resorted to saying things like “this is about All Of Us…. “Its about Freedom Of Speech”…. And in their extreme selfishness, they didn’t even blink.
Stared straight ahead and keep walking.
You’re right about how fucked this country is, and how lobotomised the majority are.
As for the meanswells…. Sitting at home and wringing your hands ain’t gonna do zilch.
R.L.S. – agree wholeheartedly.
I’m not even surprised anymore by the gullibility of the mindless masses to succumb to endless drivel from the likes of the lying nazi party and msm.
I guess it’s probably already a fact that the c*nts in power treat the general population with the same respect as given first nations peoples in their own lands by any other prev. gummint.
Of course the ruling psychopaths in power politically and in the MSM lie-machine, may be BOTH moronic and Evil. In fact, I’m certain that is true.
I admit that my Litmus Test is disarmingly simple, but it does save a lot of time. Another good test is language. If too dense and convoluted, I smell a rat. Likewise, if someone uses ad hominem attacks, rather than engaging in polite debate, then he has a problem and maybe needs a good nights sleep. From your previous responses in praise of Chomsky, I got the distinct impression that you were of his ilk I.e. a gatekeeper. Chomsky fails the JFK Litmus Test.
The Patrick Lawrence article referenced USS Maine, Tonkin. Other tests might be USS Liberty, Operation Northwoods, 9/11. There are many ways to quickly ascertain whether one is dealing with a fool, a knave, or a disingenuous, dissembling, abusive ####. You have made your position quite clear. Many thanks.
Interestingly, I received an email notice about a reply you directed at me. It was a simple thank you and a few other lines. I don’t see it here. ???
Anyone reading this, if you’re in London on Saturday, or in Sydney or Melbourne or Wellington or anywhere else this weekend where there are protests in support of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning…. Go. Just go.
Regardless of the weather, or if you have housework or you were going to see your football team or your Aunt Deidre was planning a visit.
This is vastly vastly more important. Get out there and oppose this grotesque injustice against someone who exposed the truth about the evil committed in our names.
Me and my lad are up at the crack of dawn in the morning, travelling down to from the north to be in London tomorrow morning Gezzah. Everyone in the UK who supports Julian should try to be there if they can.
The more, the better! There’s a protest here in Melbourne on Sunday.
Well, here’s a turn up for the books! MSN has linked an article covering tomorrow’s protest on it’s headline page. The media tide has definitely turned at least a little bit:
Now in the Irish Examiner:
Now on Yahoo News headline page:
They will shortly do an Epstein on Assange. He will be found dead in his cell.
Well, let’s hope not…
He’s NOT getting out. They could never countenance that. The Guardian’s feminazi maenads would bite off each other’s heads in fury, although new ones would grow back.
I fear you’re right, but I see signs that the world is slowly getting wise to the “persecution for everybody except us” politics which are choking decent people to death. The filth which controls everything today isn’t too keen on creating many more martyrs either. This is basically slow, state-sanctioned murder, and they can’t even get away with calling it “collateral damage”, as they do when they cause the deaths of thousands of civilians in their endless wars. Julian Assange is an individual, and if he dies, it will because other individuals in government have consciously decided to kill him. No difference if they were to stick a knife in his back, machine-gun him down, hire a hit man, or just poison his food. These are individual, focused, pre-meditated, professional murderers, and there’s no way of cleaning THAT slate.
Obviously they’re still trying to resurrect the stinking rotting zombie of the RussiaHoax after it was mercifully shot in the head twice by VIPS and then by the Mule.
Seth Rich was the one who stored the email on a flash drive and brush passed it on to former British Diplomat Craig Murray who then passed on to Wikileaks. This was confirmed by Seymour Hersh.
This “journalist” is now obfuscating the issue by including information obtained through whats seems to be a violation of Attorney/ Client privilege. Again to bring life back to an issue that died a slow and horrible death or deaths.
Trump won because he had to run against HRC who said that only deplorables were willing to vote for Trump
She defined deplorables a follows
‘people who feel the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures; and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but — he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead-end.’
And since that defines >50% of the US population she was not very smart in saying that ‘these are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.’
Not ‘help’, but ‘emphathize’.
So people voted out of desperation for Trump since there was no other choice, or did not vote at all.
All the rest, I am sorry to say, about Russia, wikileaks and Assange is dead boring and of no relevance at all to the US elections of 2016.
The deplorables made visible by 8 years of Change Obama and Hillary and DNC.
Both the Bushes Republicans and Clinton/Obama Democrats work as the public CEO’s of the same old Pathocracy – THEY created the deplorables, it was not accidental.
They think Dems are socialists/Commies and Trump/Republicans are anti socialist/commies!
They think they have no such thing in USA, USA… they fucking make all kids say an OATH EVERYDAY!
The hypocrisy and self delusion of the dumbed down deplorables is high and the politicians are the slave masters of the original slave owners of a country born on slavery and is still the same.
The problem with the delusion is that many people blame themselves for their hardship, while they should blame their rulers. There is a whole propaganda meme trying to make the deplorables blame them for being deplorable (as the word suggests), with success. It ranges from Dr Phil (it’s all in the mind) to Unz Review (it’s all in material succes), while it is all in the decisions of our rulers.
The idea is that if you work hard enough, you will be rewarded. Unfortunately that ain’t so for many of the working class/middle class individuals. The system works against that and that should be changed.
The deplorables have been growing since the Powell Memorandum of 1971 signalled the march to neo-feudalism. The parasitic ruling elites see no need to buy off the serfs any more, and prefer foreign aggressions and jingoistic fervour, plus a little, highly processed, bread and demeaning, mind-destroying, circuses, instead, to ‘keep the rabble in line’.
‘Help’ is real, material, assistance. ‘Empathising’ is easily faked as unreal, ephemeral, but Clinton can’t even fake it. Her loathing of humanity shines through. Good for any position in Washington DC, but poor meat on the campaign trail.
Statements like that make her appear, to my mind at least, dumber than Donald Gump and Bozo Johnson combined, and I’ve believed for a long time that she’s also far more dangerous to the world.
IF the Russians would have hacked the 2016 DNC headquarters, the NSA would have the data to prove it.
They never came forward, because it didn’t happen over Internet.
The FBI didn’t even confiscate the physical servers: they knew it was a bogus case from the get go. – similar to HRC’s e-mail hardware which they never wanted.
For any lowly interstate criminal case the FBI will have to confiscate physical evidence to convince a professional judge or a ordinary jury. Just not needed for biased and amateur clown courts like US Congress or the Senate dealing with POTUS.
And, overall, How much interest did the ‘investigators’ show in talking to Julian Assange? Answer: Zilch. Why ask questions when you know that you won’t like the answers?
They don’t want Assange for questioning in the US, only for punishment for exposing them.
And that same brush is composed of what?
Biased /corrupted DOJ, FBI, CIA and MSN honchos.
A toilet brush, giving the US of A a stinky image abroad.
The DOJ and the MSM are controlled by pro-Israel ‘dual(ish) loyalists’. They like to control both sides, so one faction attacks Trump, while others finance him, and reap the benefits in obscenities like his ‘Peace Plan’.
The charade of the Julian Assange case continues. “Assange lawyers’ links to US govt & Bill Browder raises questions” @ https://off-guardian.org/2019/11/08/assange-lawyers-links-to-us-govt-bill-browder-raises-questions/ provides insight into what this latest scenario is really about.
Dana Rohrabacher was one of the only North American politicos, perhaps the only one in the USA, willing to call out the Magnitsky hoax of career conman Bill Browder and networks of criminal + state actors. To sideline him these forces applied funds and energy to getting Rohrabacher unelected in California.
Now, the allies of Browder et al who occupy Assange’s legal+ circle are seeking to reinforce false and Russophobic narratives to advance campaigns.
“one of the only” is a meaning-free word string.
It’s ubiquitous here. As is, gasp, ‘haitch’.
Lucy Komisar has some disturbing things to report about Assange’s legal team. Not many people are talking about that though.
Indeed. LK’s articles show that this is a charade:
“Assange lawyers’ links to US govt & Bill Browder raises questions” @
“Times runs fake Browder story by acolytes Ben Brandon & Alex Bailin” @
Put these facts together with her coverage of the global Magnitsky hoax and it’s evident things are not as they should be in Julian’s circles.
Indeed. Poor Julian. Although I am heartened to see that his support, even among some Australian MPs has really increased in recent days.
Aye. And aye.
Pray this time the Federal government of #Switzerland agrees to help #Assange and gives him a #Humanitarian_Visa and the Medical treatment he urgently requires
Reminder: the City of #Geneva had already offered ASYLUM to Assange, but the Federal government #refused…
Assange/WikiLeaks had published damning information on Swiss Banks #corruption… So the government doesn’t like him much.
Perhaps now, after all the damning revelations that (Swiss) Nils Melzer has exposed in the European News – including expressing his disappointment on the Swiss Govt lack of action, it will budge.
Swiss Aid to #Assange ?
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is to receive a HUMANITARIAN VISA in the canton of Geneva. The Geneva health director stands up for him.
Flight LX 353 from London brings John Shipton to Geneva. Shipton is Julian Assange’s 75-year-old father and comes at the invitation of the Green Cantonal Council Jean Rossiaud. He wants a humanitarian visa and therapy for the disclosure journalist Assange. As a way out of a difficult situation.
Assange is currently in a maximum security prison in London. He is threatened with extradition to the USA for espionage – and prison awaits him there until the end of his life. As a punishment for Wikileaks ‘s publication of US soldiers’ war crimes.
Can Geneva help?
Will Britain give in to that? One way to cancel the United States without snubbing it could be a care stay in Geneva. That’s why Jean Rossiaud arranged a meeting for Assange’s father with Geneva’s health director Mauro Poggia (MCG) last Friday.
Poggia reacts with delight. It’s a very important thing, he says. He would immediately write a letter to the federal government and bring it to the State Council meeting today, Wednesday – the entire State Council must then decide on it. “We will make the advance and put all our weight into the federal government to get a positive answer,” promises Mauro Poggia. “We know how delicate the dossier is.”
Assange torture victim
Another Swiss citizen’s report makes it clear that a #humanitarian visa and #hospitalization are #necessary in the Assange case: Nils Melzer is a UN Special Representative against Torture.
The turning point in the Assange case was the allegations of rape in Sweden. “The sexual punishment trial against Mr. Assange was the starting signal for what I call a modern witch trial.” The allegations of two women were used by the authorities to commit a homicide – as a prerequisite for this, according to Melzer, that the attack against freedom of the press and the Wikileaks platform met with less political resistance.
The authorities of Sweden and Great Britain reject the allegations resolutely and across the board. They did not tolerate torture and the judiciary worked independently.
Assange’s #father, on the other hand, is grateful to Melzer. After talking to the health director, he discussed the next steps with the Green Jean Rossiaud. Suddenly he lifts the cup and makes a toast.
«On Nils Melzer! In Geneva!» #Tears shoot from his eyes because #hope is finally visible to his son.
Nils Melzer tweeted:
“Thank you @jeanrossiaud & @MauroPoggia for this important initiative aiming at obtaining a humanitarian visa for the medical rehabilitation of #JulianAssange in #InternationalGeneva”.
Perhaps Switzerland will help, but it’s a little naive to expect a tiny country with a native population of a mere 6 million to risk itself against the wrath of a gigantic and aggressive empire?
The Swiss managed to avoid the Nazis invading them. Their economy is strong enough and resilient enough not to depend on the USA, quite frankly.
But if loads of other cowards are coerced into sanctions on Switzerland, that would be another matter.
Switzerland was strong armed by the US into paying billions in bogus “compensation” (tribute) to the chosen folk. Swiss bank secrecy was shredded to serve the same interests. Switzerland is sorely in need of a new William Tell to secure its freedom from these people.
Funny how every cent that once belonged to the European Jews MUST be returned, even by fellow victims like the Poles, but restitution or compensation for the Atlantic slave trade is considered OUTRAGEOUS. Similarly every Jew has a right of return to Palestine that their far ancestors, millennia ago, may have inhabited, but Palestinians who were driven out by terror, massacre, rape and murder a mere seventy years, and less, ago, have NO such right. Funny old world.
The banks were strong-armed by the US, not the country. With regard to Swiss bank secrecy, Swiss nationals still have the right to bank secrecy. Foreigners don’t any more:
Although I am utterly opposed to war, it would be kind if interesting if the USA did attempt to invade Switzerland. Although unfortunately, the idea that all Swiss citizens have guns and ammunition hidden away at home in case of attack is a gross exaggeration, all male able-bodied citizens are subject to compulsory military service & regular retraining, and their borders and vital transport links are well-defended.
I suppose the USA could attempt to “bomb them into the stone-age”, but they would then be the international pariahs that they already deserve to be.
Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here’s why it doesn’t have mass shootings
Number of Privately Owned Firearms
The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Switzerland is between 332,0001 and 3,400,000
Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population
The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Switzerland is between 28.31 and 41.28
Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population – World Ranking
In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Switzerland ranked at No. 3
That’s just because Putin hasn’t targeted them with propaganda to make them hate one another, as he has done with the USA, where, otherwise, all communities and groups would live in idyllic happiness and amity.
There is as much doubt over the question of whether the UK government will extradite Assange to the USA, as there was over whether Blair would join his prayer-buddy’s illegal war in Iraq: namely, no doubt whatsoever. 🙁
Meanwhile, some of the REAL criminals walk free.
The Trots, as usual, ignore the fact the Stone, Flynn and, to some extent, Manafort were all set up by the FBI and the Democrats in ‘perjury traps’, and with possibly faked ‘evidence’ from the Ukronazi regime. While copious lying by Clapper, Brennan, McCabe, Comey, Schiff et al goes absolutely unpunished.
I thought that that article was off myself. Patrick Martin’s articles are always informative, and this one was too, but I complained (too harshly, but honestly) about it in the comments section and was roasted for it.