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Errors in Rachel Maddow's reporting on Julian Assange

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Rachel Maddow made so many false statements in her report on the allegations of "espionage" against Julian Assange, it was hard to count them all. Aside from her snarly attacks on his character and her condescending tone, there were multiple factual errors. here is the list.

Dear Ms. Maddow:

Please correct on air the following errors in your report on the allegations of espionage levied against Julian Assange:

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1 - Assange was never "charged" in Sweden at all for any offense, certainly not "rape". He was "accused" (by two women who sought him out and invited him into their beds) of "consensual sex without use of a condom" - an "offense " which only exists in Sweden and in no other country. Please correct your erroneous use of the word, "rape".

2 - Assange did not seek asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy to "avoid charges in multiple countries." as you falsely stated. He was eager to answer all questions in Sweden provided that Sweden gave him legal assurance that he would not be extradited to the US where he would likely be imprisoned for life. Not because he had broken any law, because he did not break any law. But because the CIA, FBI, and deep state elements were and are seeking revenge for the embarrassment they suffered when their illegal and immoral acts were revealed. The accusations in Sweden were dismissed not once but three times by three different judges and prosecutors when it became obvious that Assange had not committed any crime and was likely the victim of a honey trap.

3- Assange never "hacked" any government computer. Manning had already downloaded the files and in fact had already delivered all files to both the Washington Post and the New York Times before contacting Wikileaks. Assange tried to instruct Manning on how to hide her identity, something journalists do every day. You falsely stated that Manning "illegally downloaded classified material for the purpose of sending the material to Wikileaks to publish. " That is a patently false statement, since the material had been downloaded long before Manning had any contact with Assange.

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4 - You stated that the initial charge [of assisting a source in hiding her identity] was a crime. No such crime exists in US law or in the laws of any other state. Assange never "hacked" into a government computer, ergo the initial charge was false on its face.

5 - You implied that the original charge was for "hacking into a government computer for the purposes of obtaining classified information." Assange never did any such thing and that was not the nature of the charge laid against him.

6 - You stated that the new charge against Assange is "not at all about Assange working with Russian intelligence to try to make Trump win the 2016 election". It has been firmly established that at no time has Assange or any other Wikileaks member ever been in contact with any agent of the Russian government. It has further been proven beyond any doubt that the DNC emails were not hacked, but were leaked by a DNC employee angry at the treatment of Bernie Sanders. This was proven by William Binney, the man who designed the NSA's spying system. Assange has never revealed a source, but he implied that the leaker was in fact the murdered DNC employee, Seth Rich, by offering a substantial reward for information leading to the prosecution of Rich's murderer. A professional hacker in Australia who goes by Kim.com has stated that he taught Seth Rich how to download the files onto a thumb drive and offered to testify before Congress to that fact. No one in Washington DC - not Congress, the FBI, the CIA or the NSA responded to that offer or was interested in obtaining truthful facts. Assange did not solicit anyone at the DNC to download files and release them to Wikileaks. The DNC email files were offered to Wikileaks by the DNC employee who downloaded them. Former British ambassador Craig Murray confessed to conveying said thumb drive from an intermediary to Wikileaks on behalf of the leaker. Mrs. Clinton had far too much invested in the lies she was promoting in her 'Russia-gate ' fairy tale to allow the truth to be put forward. I hold Hillary Clinton personally responsible for the persecution of Assange. It is Mrs. Clinton who deserves life-long persecution, prosecution, and imprisonment for her multiple acts of treason against the United States.

7 - You stated "as Wikileaks was releasing all of that information stolen by the Russians". Again, try to do at least the minimum amount of research before you fill the airways with untruths.

8 - Finally, to be clear A) Assange is not an American citizen and has never set foot inside the United States. Therefore he has no legal or moral obligation to be "loyal" to the US or its government. B) Assange has never hacked into any government files. He is a journalist and publisher only. C) If the US media were in fact doing their jobs - asking the hard questions, developing relationships with sources and challenging the US government when its actions were illegal under international law, there would be no need for the genuine factual reporting that has been carried out by Wikileaks. You in the mass media have brought this crisis onto yourselves.

I have to give you credit for at least acknowledging the dangers to press freedoms inherent in the false prosecution of Assange. You are nine years late in stepping up to the plate, but at least you are there now.

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Rachel Maddow is an American Goebbels.

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A few weeks ago in a fit after Assange's arrest I called her the H word. AFAIK, Goebbels never got up in front of cheering crowds of deluded good citizens.

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Thank you, Lila--I learned several new details from your letter,


- that the Swedish investigation against Assange was for the crime of "having consensual sex without a condom".

- that Manning had delivered his download to NYTimes and WaPo before contacting Wikileaks


...and the rest is a much-needed factual summary, clearing the air after lies that have been repeated so often that many people can no longer imagine the truth.

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I hope this letter goes viral and that you sent it -but of course they'll bury it - but we should circulate it to the rabid Maddow fans at the very least. i can't believe how many otherwise rational people are into her.

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Please support Assange by circulating this article. thank you.

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The facts surrounding the two Swedish women who invited Assange into their beds are full of discrepancies. Assange was offered use of an empty, unoccupied apartment for his week long stay in Stockholm. After one day the lease-holder, Anna Ardin, unexpectedly returned to her flat and invited Assange to remain with her. She and Assange had sex on multiple occasions during that week. Ardin's friend, an attractive blonde woman named Sofia Wilem, asked Ardin to introduce her to Assange and set up a date with him. Ardin did so, and Wilem then spent the night with Assange in her own apartment. Ardin then accused Assange of "tearing his condom" before sex, an accusation Assange vehemently denied. Such an accusation requires an enormous stretch of imagination in any case, as Assange certainly had no reason to try to impregnate Ms. Ardin nor to cause her to be potentially exposed to any venereal disease. I have read though cannot confirm that Ms. Ardin and Ms. Wilem, both operatives of a political party in Sweden, were lovers.

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Here is a report from the Observer that may add more information about the alleged "rape". https://observer.com/2016/02/exclusive-new-docs-throw-doubt-on-julian-assange-rape-charges-in-stockholm/

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Thank you for these details. Important to distinguish between the words "accused" and "charged", as Assange was never charged with the listed offenses as the evidence did not support the accusations. He was wanted for "questioning" which is a different level. The article you linked was enlightening about Swedish law - which is wildly off the rails on this subject. It is clear from the article that Ms. Wilem behaved like a pop band groupie, stalking Assange until he found time in his busy schedule to be with her. The worst Assange can be accused of is fooishly falling into the trap.

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Who would have ever thought that after publishing war crimes documents the CIA would set a honey trap?

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It's worse. Anna Ardin belonged to an anti-Castro group funded by the cia.


Oh"and the "rape" charge that's smeared Julian Assange's name around the world? On Thursday James D. Catlin, the Melbourne barrister who represented Assange in London, wrote:

Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape. That is the basis for a reinstitution of rape charges against WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange that is destined to make Sweden and its justice system the laughing stock of the world and dramatically damage its reputation as a model of modernity.

Sweden's Public Prosecutor's Office was embarrassed in August this year when it leaked to the media that it was seeking to arrest Assange for rape, then on the same day withdrew the arrest warrant because in its own words there was "no evidence". The damage to Assange's reputation is incalculable. More than three quarters of internet references to his name refer to rape. Now, three months on and three prosecutors later, the Swedes seem to be clear on their basis to proceed. Consensual sex that started out with a condom ended up without one, ergo, the sex was not consensual.

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more detail from Craig Murray. his conclusion - Anna Ardin is a liar.

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Wow! This could be the Movie of the Week. Anyone want to write a screenplay with me?

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Hurtig, who is Assange's attorney in Sweden, said he saw text messages "speaking of revenge" and taking "economic advantage" of Assange, who is wanted for questioning related to alleged incidents with two women in mid-August 2010.

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And I've read, some time ago since I've been following the Assange story for several years, that those charges were dropped long ago. Why this goes on and on is just disgusting. Long live Juiian, Chelsey, and Wikileaks.


Now if we could just get Congress to do its Constitutional job of government oversight we wouldn't need whistleblowers.

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great piece exposing the lies and propaganda used to crucify assange that has been disseminated by maddow and others !

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Excellent article. Very well written. I could not have tolerated listening to Maddie long enough to fact check her lies so thank you for taking one for the team on this one. I will share on twitter. Keep writing, Take care, Michele

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Very well done, succinct article, Lila.

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