In August 2012, Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder, director and editor-in-chief Julian Assange asylum in its London embassy – granting him citizenship in December 2017. He’s been there since June 2012. If he steps out of the embassy, Washington wants him arrested and extradited to America.
Whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing are endangered in the US. Anyone exposing its high crimes and/or other dirty secrets is vulnerable. Challenging the nation’s policies, no matter how heinous, risks severe punishment.
As CIA director, neocon extremist Mike Pompeo falsely accused Assange of causing “great harm to our nation’s national security.” He lied calling WikiLeaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.” [all article emphasis added]
In 2012, a secret grand jury convened. A sealed indictment followed, allegedly accusing Assange of spying under the long ago outdated 1917 Espionage Act, enacted shortly after America’s entry into WW I – used to prosecute, convict and imprison Chelsea Manning.
Neocon Attorney General Jeff Sessions prioritizes arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning Assange, earlier saying: “(I)t is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail” like Assange for whistleblowing.
In late March, his Internet access was cut off. New restrictions limit his outside communications – his phone privileges and visits from colleagues and others banned, according to WikiLeaks.
Last Wednesday, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Fernanda Espinosa said talks between her government and Britain are ongoing to decide Assange’s fate, adding: “There is a dialogue. There is a will and an interest to move forward in the solution of that matter.”
Britain refused to grant Assange diplomatic status or legal immunity as an Ecuadorean citizen, allowing him to leave the embassy without fear of arrest and extradition to America.
If expelled from the embassy, it’s virtually certain. Washington wants him arrested, prosecuted, imprisoned and silenced.
WikiLeaks publishes countless volumes of leaked US documents and other damning material, exposing imperial lawlessness by America and its rogue allies, along with other information everyone has a right to know.
According to UK-based lawyer Jennifer Robinson, Assange’s“health situation is terrible. He’s had a problem with his shoulder for a very long time. It requires an MRI, which cannot be done within the embassy. He’s got dental issues. And then there’s the long-term impact of not being outside, his visual impairment. He wouldn’t be able to see further than from here to the end of this hallway.”
WikiLeaks is involved in whistleblowing investigative journalism, publishing material supplied by sources, unidentified for their protection. It’s not an intelligence operation – nor it it connected to Russia or any other country.
Earlier Assange said WikiLeaks has the right “to publish newsworthy content. Consistent with the US Constitution, we publish material that we can confirm to be true…”
Media freedom in America and other Western societies is threatened. If Assange and WikiLeaks are silenced, it’ll be another blow to truth-telling on vital issues at a time it’s vitally needed.
Independent journalism is essential to protect and preserve. Doing the right thing has risks. The rewards are priceless.
Stephen Lendman is editor and contributor to a new book titled Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.
Willful blindness: People delude themselves to justify persecution of Julian Assange, by Caitlin Johnstone
. . . The same woman wrote both tweets (below). How could that be? Caitlin makes her point: It’s all about cognitive dissonance. Many of us bump up against this dissonance every single day of our lives. Or else, we live with people who wilfully refuse to look at the world and what is going on in it, as Hannah Arendt suggested. How many will choose to recognize this huge problem? Besides recognizing it and allowing it, is there any other way to deal with it? At the moment, the bigger question to me is: Will We Allow Assange to Die?
“I’ll tell you what else is dying – common decency, respect, compassion, consideration for others, dignity, honesty, integrity, positive patriotism, credibility, kindness, manners, social norms and mores,” tweeted a former Detective Superintendent of London’s Metropolitan Police Service in response to a news story about a White House official making light of Senator John McCain’s death.
“We must never normalise hatred. Love conquers all,” she added.
A few days later, this same law enforcement official tweeted the following at Julian Assange’s mother, who was expressing concern for her son’s declining health and isolation in an Ecuadorian embassy:
“I don’t know what he’s told his old Mum, but he can leave any time he chooses. Tell him to come on out. Btw, how did you let your baby boy be the smelly kid in class?” I spent my Mother’s Day lounging around, socializing with family, watching Eurovision and generally being more appreciated than usual. Christine Assange spent it getting vicious lies spouted at her about her son by strangers on the internet. . . . Click article title to continue reading.
The actual tweet in question:
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Europe’s longest: Putin leads column of trucks at Crimean bridge opening ceremony (VIDEO) . . . looks like fun 🙂
NEW HUMAN NEW EARTH COMMUNITIES . . . this looks like an interesting site. I received the comment that contained the info in my email, but it never made it through to my blog. Apparently, Google doesn’t like it — but I do 🙂 Thanks and hugs to the Reader who shared it. ~J
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US slaps Palestine in the face by celebrating embassy move to Jerusalem on anniversary of Nakba – while Israel mass murders protesters
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US blocks UN Security Council call for investigation into Israeli use of mass violence against Palestinian protesters
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Haley Blames Hamas for Gaza Violence, Walks Out During Palestinian UN Envoy’s Speech . . . Must Read, particularly the tweets!!!
The US ambassador left the Security Council chamber Tuesday at the start of a speech by Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour, who sharply criticized Washington’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of the international body’s resolutions.
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Killing Gaza – a documentary, by Chris Hedges . . . my prayer is that finally the world community will find the strength to stand for Truth and end this nightmare!
Israel’s blockade of Gaza-where trapped Palestinians for the past seven weeks have held nonviolent protests along the border fence with Israel, resulting in scores of dead and some 6,000 wounded by Israeli troops — is one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. Yet the horror that is Gaza, where 2 million people live under an Israeli siege without adequate food, housing, work, water and electricity, where the Israeli military routinely uses indiscriminate and disproportionate violence to wound and murder, and where almost no one can escape, is rarely documented. Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen’s powerful new film, Killing Gaza offers an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world, struggling to endure.
Killing Gaza will be released Tuesday, to coincide with what Palestinians call Nakba Day — “nakba” means catastrophe in Arabic-commemorating the 70th anniversary of the forced removal of some 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 by the Haganah, Jewish paramilitary forces, from their homes in modern-day Israel. The release of the documentary also coincides with the Trump administration’s opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
Because of Nakba Day and the anger over the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem, this week is expected to be one of the bloodiest of the seven-week-long protest that Palestinians call the “Great Return March.” Killing Gaza illustrates why Palestinians, with little left to lose, are rising up by the thousands and risking their lives to return to their ancestral homes — 70 percent of those in Gaza are refugees or the descendants of refugees — and be treated like human beings.
Cohen and Blumenthal, who is the author of the book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel one of the best accounts of modern Israel, began filming the documentary Aug. 15, 2014. Palestinian militias, armed with little more than light weapons, had just faced Israeli tanks, artillery, fighter jets, infantry units and missiles in a 51-day Israeli assault that left 2,314 Palestinians deadand 17,125 injured. Some 500,000 Palestinians were displaced and about 100,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. The 2014 assault, perhaps better described as a massacre, was one of eight massacres that Israel has carried out since 2004 against the 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, over half of whom are children. Israel, which refers to these periodic military assaults as “mowing the lawn,” seeks to make existence in Gaza so difficult that mere survival consumes most of the average Palestinian’s time, resources and energy.
The film begins in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood, reduced to mounds of rubble by the Israelis. The wanton destruction of whole neighborhoods was, as documented by the film, accompanied by the shooting of unarmed civilians by Israeli snipers and other soldiers of that nation.
“Much of the destruction took place in the course of a few hours on July 23,” Blumenthal, who narrates the film, says as destroyed buildings appear on the screen, block after block. “The invading Israeli forces found themselves under ferocious fire from local resistance forces, enduring unexpectedly high casualties. As the Israeli infantry fled in full retreat, they called in an artillery and air assault, killing at least 120 Palestinian civilians and obliterated thousands of homes.”
The film includes a brief clip of young Israelis in Tel Aviv celebrating the assault on Gaza, a reminder that toxic racism and militarism infect Israeli society.
“Die! Die! Bye!” laughing teenage girls shout at the celebration in Tel Aviv. “Bye, Palestine!”
“Fucking Arabs! Fuck Muhammad!” a young man yells.
“Gaza is a graveyard! Gaza is a graveyard! Ole, ole, ole, ole,” the crowd in Tel Aviv sings as it dances in jubilation. “There is no school tomorrow! There are no children left in Gaza!”
Terrified Palestinian families huddled inside their homes as Israel dropped more than 100 one-ton bombs and fired thousands of high-explosive artillery shells into Shuja’iyya. Those who tried to escape in the face of the advancing Israelis often were gunned down with their hands in the air, and the bodies were left to rot in the scorching heat for days.
“I was inside when they started bulldozing my house,” Nasser Shamaly, a Shuja’iyya resident, says in the film. “They took down the wall and started shooting into the house. So I put my hands on my head and surrendered myself to the officer. This wasn’t just any soldier. He was the officer of the group! He didn’t say a word. He just shot me. I fell down and started crawling to get away from them.”
Shamaly, who hid wounded in his house for four days, was fortunate. His 23-year-old cousin, Salem Shamaly, who led a group of volunteers from the International Solidarity Movement to dig bodies out of the ruins in Shuja’iyya, was not. . . . Click article title to continue reading.
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Pakistan assesses the cost of Trump nixing Iran deal . . . an important comment on this post from sott.net:
Comment: Choice words coming from Pakistan, a country that has a record of not living up to agreements. That said, in nixing The Deal, did Trump take into account the multiple secondary benefits attributable to the JCPOA such as enterprises that came to fruition within the framework of stability furthering the economies of amicable and strategic partners? Should there be a responsibility on the quitter to evaluate all ramifications?
China has aggressively courted Pakistan as a potential ally.
Nearly two decades into America’s War on Terror, policymakers remain perplexed about how to navigate the United States’ relationship with Pakistan, an ostensible ally that has long been accused of offering tepid support or creating outright impediments to American counterterrorism operations. While America’s relations with Pakistan were weakened by the Trump administration’s January decision to withhold over one billion dollars in security assistance from the Islamic Republic, Pakistan’s relations with neighboring China have been greatly strengthened by China’s promise of $57 billion in economic investment through its One Belt One Road Initiative. U.S. policymakers should be concerned by America’s rocky relationship with Pakistan, as well as Pakistan’s deepening economic and security ties with China. A Pakistan that is squarely in China’s orbit could contribute to a dramatic rise in security competition and an increased risk of great power conflict in South Asia. It is in America’s best interest to repair its relationship with Pakistan to prevent such a scenario from coming to pass. . . . Click article title to continue reading.
No more fire & fury? US dangles carrot at North Korea, like it did before, Video . . . before I could publish this article, we hear that North Korea has cancelled talks with the South because of military drills set to occur between the South and the US . . . It seems the one thing we can be sure of is that the US will change its mind — in order perhaps to create chaos.
Less than a year after Donald Trump’s notorious “fire and fury” threat against North Korea, the US is now offering aid and investment if Pyongyang ditches its nukes. The progress seems remarkable… if you have a short memory.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea only has to give up its nuclear weapons program to become America’s next best friend. Aid, investment and diplomacy will then elevate the reclusive country, bringing it on par with its Southern neighbor.
Such a stark switch from stick to carrot seems like the opportunity of a lifetime, one that Kim Jong-un had better grab at… but as evidenced by the Iran nuclear deal, the carrot can get yanked away at the last moment.
RT’s Murad Gazdiev recounts history’s bitter lessons.
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When it comes to Venezuela, both sides of the US political spectrum appear to lack even a basic understanding of the country.
In his 2018 State of the Union Address, US President Donald Trump referred to Venezuela as a “socialist dictatorship”while bragging about imposing crippling economic sanctions on the Latin American nation. Such false accusations aren’t limited to the right. Senator Bernie Sanders even went as far as calling Venezuela’s former democratically-elected leader, President Hugo Chavez, a “dead communist dictator“.
Another recent Washington offender is US Vice President Mike Pence, who said that Venezuela’s upcoming May 20 elections “will be nothing more than a fraud and a sham“. But what kind of a “sham” democracy uses a highly complex electoral process that combines an electronic fingerprint voting system with an additional paper vote, making it almost impossible to fudge the numbers? He’s perhaps unaware of the fact that former President Jimmy Carter, one of the few US political figures to talk any sense on the matter, in 2012 said:“The election process in Venezuela is the best in the world”
A recent poll by International Consulting Services (ICS) found that President Nicolas Maduro is leading in the polls with 55.9 percent. So who is Pence to question the validity of Maduro’s leadership when his boss Trump has a domestic approval rating that currently hovers at around 40 percent? Has he forgotten the Trump administration entered power despite winning 2,864,974 fewer votes than the Democrats in 2016, in an election with the lowest voter turnout for 20 years? If the US is so concerned about electoral fraud in a Latin American country, then why did the State Department recognize the results of the 2017 Honduran presidential elections when they were widely proven to have been fraudulent?
Political figures like Pence make demands for “the Maduro regime to restore democratic institutions” in order to “restore democracy in their country”. But in actual fact, the only dictatorial government to have held power in Venezuela since 1999 did so for two days in 2002 after a military coup temporarily removed the country’s former leader, President Chavez, from power. It goes without saying that the US government vocally supported this short-lived regime as it went about overturning the country’s democratic institutions.
Pence’s justification for these views can be found in his false assertions that the Venezuelan government is somehow preventing the opposition from participating in the upcoming election. In reality, Venezuela’s largest right-wing opposition group, the MUD, are boycotting the vote in an attempt to delegitimize the process. They are doing so despite repeatedly calling for elections during large-scale protests in recent years that were often marred by violence, with attacks on state institutions. At one point, opposition activists went as far as targeting a maternity hospital. However, one of their number, Henri Falcon, has broken ranks to take part in the presidential race. He’s currently polling at 25 percent and is contesting the popular vote alongside three less prominent opposition presidential candidates: Javier Bertucci, Luis Alejandro Ratti, and Reinaldo Quijada. Falcon’s decision to participate in the democratic process warranted the Miami Herald to label him as a “traitor”.
Other esteemed US publications have also been similarly confusing when it comes to Venezuela. . . . Click article title to continue reading.
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Bits and Pieces:
Sick society: Arizona sex ed curriculum includes anal sex and necrophilia . . . wait until you read this!!! Oh, my! They aren’t wasting any time in destroying our morals. Our society isn’t yet sick enough, and now parents have to deal with this!
Declassified DOD report warns of the dangers of an EMP attack . . . this news, plus the news of an ebola epidemic will very likely add to the chaos being created.
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The following important info came in from a Reader just as I was getting ready to publish this evening. The lengthy title is confusing, but Alfred’s work/effort belongs on the front burner. Please dig down, plug into some of the suggested websites, whose links may not work — on purpose — so you can inform yourselves. One statement describes the effects of DEWs on Kelly Wallace, and from my own experiences, I can believe it. It is worth your time to search out this material.
I am sorry that Alfred apparently did not want my help and never responded to my offers, but in the long run that doesn’t matter, because without doubt I support his work, whichever path he chooses.
Kelly Wallace, natural person, resident of Township of Lake Grove, County of Suffolk, State of New York submits evidence to the Secretariat at the Model Statute & World Treaty Conference to Ban DEW and Neurotech Weapons at Peaceinspace.org of remote DEW torture, body parts mobility, V2K by extraconstitutional DEW network under clandestine command and control of former employees of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION now resident of Lake Grove, Long Island and of Mayor Robert (Bob) Scottaline of the Township of Lake Grove, LI, who as A 34-YEAR employee of Lockheed Martin, DEW contractee of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION unconstitutionally & unlawfully infiltrated onto office of Mayor & City Hall of Township of Lake Grove, Long Island, County of Suffolk, where the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION has no standing, having defaulted to the united states of America as established in the constitutional convention of 1789, through the Act of 1871 establishing the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA & THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION unconstitutionally.
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