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Requiem for the Fourth Estate

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It is a very sad day for the rule of law.

Yesterday's broad-daylight manhandling and kidnapping of Julian Assange from political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London demonstrates in bas-relief that in today's Anglo-America, the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights are now "quaint and obsolete," to use the words of pseudo-lawyer, Alberto Gonzales.

White House attorney Gonzales was referring in January 2002 to other basic principles of international law, the Geneva Conventions, from which he decided he could grant Bush an exemption so he could authorize torture, which he did on February 7, 2002. (We have that memo.)

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This no secret; we also have the Gonzales's memo to Bush. For services performed, Gonzales was nominated and confirmed as Attorney General, the chief U.S. law enforcer.

When WikiLeaks revealed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity chose Julian Assange for its annual integrity award. The award's "Oscar," a corner-brightener candlestick holder for shining light into dark places, was presented to Mr. Assange by UK Ambassador Craig Murray and Daniel Ellsberg after a major press conference in London on October 23, 2010. Julian Assange became the eighth in what has become an distinguished line of 16 truth-tellers awardees of the Sam Adams Associates.

The citation reads as follows:

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Sam Adams Associates for Integrity

Julian Assange

It seems altogether fitting and proper that this year's award be presented in London, where Edmund Burke coined the expression "Fourth Estate." Comparing the function of the press to that of the three Houses then in Parliament, Burke said:

"...but in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sits a Fourth Estate more important far then they all."

The year was 1787 -- the year the U.S. Constitution was adopted. The First Amendment, approved four years later, aimed at ensuring that the press would be free of government interference. That was then.

With the Fourth Estate now on life support, there is a high premium on the fledgling Fifth Estate, which uses the ether and is not susceptible of government or corporation control. Small wonder that governments with lots to hide feel very threatened.

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It has been said: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." WikiLeaks is helping make that possible by publishing documents that do not lie.

Last spring, when we chose WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for this award, Julian said he would accept only "on behalf or our sources, without which WikiLeaks' contributions are of no significance."

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Tulsi Gabbard the only candidate for president in a field of 25 who has come out forthwith against the illegal arrest of Julian Assange. No Bernie or anyone in US politics. Just thought it was worth a mention. She deserves an authentic Profiles in Courage award, not neoliberal corporatist, Nancy Pelosi. At least that was my youthful takeaway from the JFK credited book.

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That's because Tulsi Gabbard's the only one of the 25 who Julian Assange doesn't have something on. Wait until Assange starts talking about Obama, NXIVM leader Keith Raniere's plane and the $65,000 "Chicago Hot Dog Party" at the White House on May 15, 2009.

A huge affair--and this despite that it's illegal to bring outside food into the White House. Of course, that's hardly the issue here.

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"Collateral Murder" - W Bush sent our troops on "an untruthful mission" to Iraq ("Fraudulent Justification" - Article II - "Torture" - Article XVIII).

Launching a War of Aggression against Iraq - the Supreme Crime Against Humanity and lying profusely to do so. when George W. Bush attacked and invaded Iraq without securing a new war resolution as required, from the United Nations Security Council [a signed Treaty], his invasion, occupation, and everything that followed became a War of Aggression, totally illegal and immoral from the very first day. #NurembergCrimes.

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Assange was railed against for months after the release of the murder tapes. No direct action ensued despite calls for hanging for treason as if he were a US citizen. His arrest and legal persecution happened almost a years after the war logs release, but only a month after he announced that Wiki had the hard drive of a CEO of a TBTF bank to be released in early 2011. Immediately Paypal and all card companies froze Wiki's accounts. Then the Sweden and UK events. While on bail he appeared at a public debate aired on FreeSpeech TV in Mar. or Apr.. He was asked what had happened to the announced release. His response was that he was not at liberty to discuss that and that you could imagine why. As far as I know there was no legal reason so the reason likely was an extrajudicial threat. A deal he couldn't refuse.

I imagine he was threatened with harm to himself and family. He probably countered with that if any harm came to him or his family even by accident, the hard drive info would be released. He was given asylum to protect him from any "accidents". His family is in "hiding" likely with high level assistance to prevent "accidents". Assange's crime was not against the US state. It was against the criminal banking system. That is the best explanation for the timing and consequences.

Anyone who thinks Correa acted out of solidarity with Assange against US is not aware of what he has done. He has strong ties to the Banksters. He now lives in Belgium and is worth more than $300 million.

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As shown in this article, Julian Assange's fate was sealed once Mike Pompeo had direct access to Washington's power brokers:

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Fortunately for those of us on the outside that rely on WikiLeaks to learn more about the hidden secrets of governments and the corporate world, the group will continue to exist with or without its founder.

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Ray,

Thank you for informing me about the award received by Julian Assange on October 23, 2010 in London, England for having the integrity to reveal the Iraq surge that resulted in the collateral murder of innocent lives. Many poor decisions are made in the conduct of war and whether justified or not, should be reported for people around the world to evaluate for what happens any where can happen again.

It will be instructive to "see" how our government and people around the world react to the trial imposed on a man of integrity who's only mission is to reveal the truth so that we can understand what's going on.


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Ray,

Thank you for informing me about the award received by Julian Assange on October 23, 2010 in London, England for having the integrity to reveal the Iraq surge that resulted in the collateral murder of innocent lives. Many poor decisions are made in the conduct of war and whether justified or not, should be reported for people around the world to evaluate for what happens any where can happen again.

It will be instructive to "see" how our government and people around the world react to the trial imposed on a man of integrity who's only mission is to reveal the truth so that we can understand what's going on.


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