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Who Is So Hell-Bent On Getting Assange?

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Julian Assange Being Silenced
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Julian Assange is not a US citizen, and yet some influential Americans are calling him a "traitor" and trying to pin "espionage" on him. WikiLeaks has published information about virtually all the major governments and corporations around the world, and yet he's portrayed as specifically "Anti-American," without a shred of proof to that effect. He's a publisher, yet they insist on calling him a whistleblower. He's an eloquent advocate for transparency in government, and yet they call him a terrorist. Even though his (carefully redacted) WikiLeaks releases haven't seriously harmed any of the wrong-doers they exposed (sort of makes you wonder why, doesn't it?), he's nevertheless accused of having blood on his hands! So why is America so dead set against him? Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

Hell Hath No Fury...

And as if all that wasn't enough, Assange has been accused by two one-night-stand lovers (furious, once they found out about each other) of having unprotected sex with them. This, in the media's eyes is enough to decry him as a "sex offender" and occasionally even - get this - gay!. Because that's what gay people do - have sex with multiple partners of the opposite sex. Hence the gaiety.

And yet, he's not been charged with any crime - sexual or otherwise - and is, ostensibly, "only" wanted for questioning. He immediately agreed to the questioning. In the UK. But they ignored that request. When he previously showed up for questioning - in Sweden - they released him without charge, dismissing the case as meritless.

But that was then. Soon afterwards they wanted to question him so badly they even issued a European Arrest Warrant for him, and placed him under arrest which has been going on for well over 500 days. No trial, no discussion, just brute force and endless hypocrisy. Still think Assange's persecution is not politically motivated? Wanna buy a bridge?

Meanwhile prominent pundits and even politicians in the US call for his... assassination! Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it?   And for all of Assange's trials and tribulations, the mainstream media - who have previously been only too happy to publish the scoops his organization unearthed, happily taking credit for the real journalism which wasn't of their doing - now pile onto him a daily dose of slurs and accusations which would make even Osama bin Laden blush, deep under water where he's said to have found his new home.

None of the above adds up. Someone's got it in for Assange, and it's got nothing whatsoever to do with the law. Not a goddamned thing. But who?

Red-Handed But Not Red-Faced

Even the most brainwashed among the American and the international public, if given but a cursory outline of all the known facts, might struggle to understand the manic fervor with which Assange is being persecuted. Could it really be that the US wants to punish him so badly for merely publishing low-level secrets which he didn't steal, and which - as has already been demonstrated - haven't caused even a tiny fraction of the mayhem and bloodshed they were supposed to have unleashed?

Unlike Bradly Manning, who is at least a US citizen and in whose case the US may, arguably, have valid legal arguments for prosecuting him (though not torturing and persecuting, as they have done), Julian Assange should be totally in the clear. He's only exercised his right of freedom of speech in a Free World. He's certainly not abused that freedom, but rather has done everyone a Nobel-Prize-worthy favor. Quite unlike some other Nobel Prize winners I could mention.

These mysterious forces within the US government and shadow government (and not only in the US) cry foul through their media mouthpieces, when caught red-handed - and everyone instead of focusing on their crimes, is slinging mud at the one person who has given everyone the one verifiable glimpse of what they really are! They didn't even blush!

So, no. Such a level of vitriol against the man is not explained by any law I'm familiar with, and certainly not by the spirit of the law, particularly that of the US. Used to be whistleblowers helped keep organizations honest. Well, enough of that. Now it's the whistleblowers who must be afraid.

But there's more to all this than just scaring whistleblowers away. So could it be that these vicious attacks are sponsored by "some" people in the government, media and corporatocracy and their intent to scare whistleblowers from coming forward? People with quite a bit to lose if they're exposed? Yes. This is much closer to the truth.

Mere Piranhas But Not Quite Sharks

Surely, it's not just those crooked pundits nor even those blood-thirsty politicians calling for his assassination who are solely to blame. Certainly not the Canadian political "scientist" Tom Flannagan, whose incitement to murder was, arguably, but a humorous preamble. Or Weekly Standard's multi-millionaire Bill Kristol's patriotism which would like to make an example of Assange as well. Or another millionairess Sarah Palin who earned her every penny fair and square just like you or I can. Or Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland, or Rep. Mike Rogers - and quite a few others. Incidentally, all these multi-millionaires have arrived at their wealth rapidly and, to an inquiring mind, somewhat inexplicably.

But the piranha list doesn't end there. It gets bigger and more exclusive still. Take Diane Feinstein, the uninspiring a caricature of a politician that she is. Or Sen. Joe Lieberman who could be a morbid comedian if he weren't so grotesque. Or Hillary Clinton who stopped only barely short of calling for his murder. So we have all these individuals whose, frankly, inexplicable wealth growth is in itself at least cause for raised eyebrows, all ganging up on this dirt-poor publisher!

Diane Feinstein's net worth in 2010 was just over $93 million and has, reportedly nearly doubled by now (you've got to admire her talent!); Joe Lieberman had "only" just over $3 million in 2010 but is, reportedly going to bust through $10 million this year (way to go Joe! No wonder you're so ambitious).

Most of the other accusers are in the same league, averaging around $13 million for a senator and around $4.5 million for a representative. (And in case you wondered, Barack Obama's net worth is reported to be around $20,000,000 now - up from a a paltry few hundred thousand before he got elected pres. Nice one!).

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