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Be Ready To Act: WikiLeaks Source Says They're Coming For Assange

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Julian Assange could soon leave Ecuadorian Embassy in London
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The WikiLeaks Twitter account has announced that it has high level information that the organization's founder Julian Assange could have his political asylum the Ecuadorian embassy revoked for him to be arrested by the British government within hours. We need to be ready to shake the earth should this happen. We need all hands on deck for this one.

"BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within 'hours to days' using the #INApapers offshore scandal as a pretext -- and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest," the leak publishing outlet tweeted, with a link to a story about the INA Papers leak.

The pretext that is being used is almost irrelevant. Assange has been a target of the US-centralized power establishment ever since WikiLeaks began publishing authentic documents exposing the malfeasance of its leaders a decade ago, and strings are being pulled around the world to funnel him into its jaws. That's all that this is, but it should surprise no one that the pretext is bogus as well. Journalist Elizabeth Vos wrote an article for Consortium News the other day summarizing the false narrative being spun by the Ecuadorian government that the conditions of asylum have been violated by the WikiLeaks account (not Assange) tweeting about a scandal that has rocked Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno.

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BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the#INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext -- and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest. https://t.co/adnJph79wq

WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 4, 2019

To be clear, it is a known fact that the US government is working to arrest and imprison Assange, not for the Russia stuff that has had establishment loyalists so excited over the last couple of years, but for the 2010 leaks exposing US war crimes. The US has an extradition treaty with the UK, and the British government has refused to comment on whether or not it has received an extradition request for the Assange arrest that we absolutely know for a fact is an existing US government agenda. This would be the same US government which tortured Chelsea Manning after refusing her a fair trial.

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If Assange is arrested and prosecuted under the Patriot Act, it will be a devastating blow to press freedoms and constitute a greater leap in the direction of Orwellian dystopia than the Patriot Act did. The US government exercising the ability to imprison journalists for simply publishing facts about it, not just in America but anywhere in the world, will be a poisoned dagger in the heart of the world population's ability to bring any transparency or accountability to that titanic power structure.

"WikiLeaks reports that Julian Assange is on the verge of being expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London," tweeted the legendary journalist John Pilger in response to today's news. "Please fill the street outside the embassy and protect him, and show solidarity with a courageous man, whose struggle ought to touch us all."

Yes please.

WikiLeaks reports that Julian Assange is on the verge of being expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Please fill the street outside the embassy and protect him, and show solidarity with a courageous man, whose struggle ought to touch us all. https://t.co/xzZKroYJL9

John Pilger (@johnpilger) April 4, 2019

We are about to find out if this is the part of the movie where the empire rips off the mask of freedom and democracy and reveals its true tyranny. Assange is a soft target, a controversial figure who has been on the receiving end of wildly successful smear campaigns marketed to every major political faction across the western world. He is the logical place to begin a crackdown on press freedoms and make a public example of what happens to those who shine the light of truth upon Big Brother.

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If we allow them to imprison Julian Assange for practicing journalism, that's it. It's over. We might as well all stop caring what happens to the world and sit on our hands while the oligarchs drive us to ecological disaster, nuclear annihilation or Orwellian dystopia. If we, the many, don't have the spine to stand up against the few and say "No, we get to find out facts about you bastards and use it to inform our worldview, you don't get to criminalize that," then we certainly don't have the spine it will take to wrest control of this world away from the hands of sociopathic plutocrats and take our fate into our own hands.

The arrest of Julian Assange would be the fork in the road. It would be where we collectively decide as a species whether we want to survive into the future, and if we deserve to.

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Here is an article that explains how Washington has had plans in place for many years to shutter WikiLeaks:

click here

Shedding the light of day on Washington's misbehaviour has become a WikiLeaks tradition that is despised by political insiders.

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I am 100% behind you on this, Caitlin. What's the plan? I hope it involves more than letters, emails, petitions, phone calls, marches, sit-ins, and other previously tried "peaceful" demonstrations that simply acted as a steam valve.

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entire population of London needs to surround the embassy and do their best to kidnap him. If he were on this side of the pond, I would be there.

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I am always at a loss to improve on Caitlin's words. In this case, I certainly wish I could.

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WikiLeaks wasn't even the ones who published the INA Papers. They already clarified that from the beginning of this scam.

Truth doesn't matter, anyway.

Remember how Saddam Hussein was suddenly said to be "a major player in 9/11", just before smiting the UN and tearing Iraq apart?

Apparently, everyone on the planet is an "imminent threat" to the U.S., and although YOU might be the next target, we need to continue to trust in their infinite wisdom and devotion to moral principles, and just let them PROTECT YOU from the rest of the world and the terrorists that are just popping up out of nowhere to HARM DEMOCRACY.

I gotta go back and finish chucking my breakfast.

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fyi - Information Clearing House is gone. message on web page reads "this account has been suspended". Reporting the truth is already forbidden in the USSA

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Yup. Saw that, too. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few such sites being "suspended" soon. We knew this was coming.

Of course, it could be something else to keep us busy and disconnected while they go after Julian. Keep your eye on things like Ruptly and others who are trying to live stream the Ecuador Embassy.

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You also have to watch out, in this world of fake news and provocateurism, for armed CIA, masquerading as "Assange supporters" who would be reported to "accidentally" shoot Julian while yelling "Let him go!".

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Just looked up their facebook account - still active - for the moment. signed up for their newsletter via email. used to just go to the site.

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There's not very much on the FB page, but I expect you'll see some new entries and a conversation about the suspended acount.

The site is probably down because "someone" filed some kind of action with their hosting company. If their FB page doesn't light up, they may have had their internet access cut off by their provider.

I don't how much ICH knows about what happened. You'd think the hosting company would have contacted them, but that doesn't seem to be the way things "work" these days, does it?

I know, I'm just venting. I'm just not in a good mood today at all. :(

[UPDATE...]

Director of ICH, Tom Feeley, tweeted this when it happened...

"Just found out the account is suspended, have no idea why. I have been locked out of the C Panel unable to access the server. Emailed and called my web host who I have been with for 20 years. No response as yet."

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Imprison? My fear is, they'll kill him if they get their hands on him.

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very likely. They don't have a case against him. not one that would stand up in a REAL court of law.

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George Galloway is apparently on his way to the scene. Not sure what he's intending, but I know he's on Julian's side. (I don't know when this info came about, but it should be around now, which is around 5:00pm London time.)

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Live coverage on Consortiumnews click here

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That's actually the #Unity4J emergency vigil.

Ruptly Live is covering the embassy right now as well here

RT's feed was live for a while, but it's on playback for now. You can do this kind of search every so often, to see who's gone live at the time.

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There's a better Ruptly feed at YouTube here.

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And now it looks like there's a "change of plans"...

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Will Potter has made a study of US secret prisons and the reasons for their employment. Everybody here needs to look at his work to gain insight into exactly why JA is receiving such dramatically public persecution. Of particular note is the document he tables which openly reveals the policy of secret, indefinite incarceration for persons with inspirational capacity. That is to say, people with the capacity to rally the masses against the status quo.

His website is lpotter.com/.

The contents are chilling and it doesn't escape my attention that the material he has been "allowed" to reveal may be intended to serve exactly that purpose.

The public fate of JA is theatre, it is a massive public psy-ops product, intended to demonstrate exactly what you can expect if you start to score points against the Empire. It is designed to terrify you into silence.

How do we respond to tactics like this?

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"How do we respond to tactics like this?"

I guess that's the question of the century.

Over the years, we have collectively allowed our world to be incrementally taken over by propaganda. There should've been push-back all over the place before it ever got to its present state.

But, the greater percentage of the masses don't recognize when they're being played. The usual game plan would start with mass education, hoping to lead to mass awareness, mass objection, and finally mass protest, mass letters to government, mass lawsuits against government, etc.

But, things have gone unchecked for so long that there's a danger of losing the ability to reach out to the masses and awaken them. Everyone is still communicating through legacy social media and unsecured, centralized services that are being fast commandeered by government and intelligence agencies, along with their "think tanks", who act as authoritative judges of "bad information".

So, to answer the question, everyone who cares needs to address the hijacking problem associated with social media, and the sell-out companies that are enabling and cooperating with all the censorship regime.

This censorship is only made possible by having your information under the control and vulnerability of a centralized service. Since they also have free access to your unencrypted information, they not only capitalize on it, but also make it available to all those you shouldn't want.

So, the first thing to do is change platforms. Build a new "world" on those that are encrypted and decentralized. That shuts off the spying, and takes away the ability of the large compromized players to interfere with what you're doing.

People also need to acknowledge that the MSM has also sold out the public in a very similar fashion. Support alternate media that isn't financed, sponsored or owned by corporate or government interests. If everyone stopped tuning into the mainstream, these stations would lose their advertising viability and therefore, lose corporate sponsorship and cease to exist.

But, as I said, none of this will happen without awakening enough people. Can that be done?! Who knows?

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