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The arrest of Julian Assange was an act of revenge by the US government that strikes at the heart of journalism

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The date April 11, 2019, will live in infamy in the annals of Western "values" and "freedom of expression." The image is stark. A handcuffed journalist and publisher dragged out by force from the inside of an embassy, clutching a Gore Vidal book on the History of the US National Security State.

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The mechanism is brutal. WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested because the United States demanded this from the Tory British government, which for its part meekly claimed it did not pressure Ecuador to revoke Assange's asylum.

The US magically erases Ecuador's financial troubles, ordering the IMF to release a providential $4.2-billion loan. Immediately after, Ecuadorian diplomats "invite" the London Metropolitan Police to come inside their embassy to arrest their long-term guest.

Let's cut to the chase. Julian Assange is not a US citizen, he's an Australian. WikiLeaks is not a US-based media organization. If the US government gets Assange extradited, prosecuted and incarcerated, it will legitimize its right to go after anyone, anyhow, anywhere, anytime.

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Call it The Killing of Journalism.

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The case by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) against Assange is flimsy at best. Everything has to do essentially with the release of classified info in 2010 -- 90,000 military files on Afghanistan, 400,000 files on Iraq and 250,000 diplomatic cables spanning most of the planet.

Assange is allegedly guilty of helping Chelsea Manning, the former US Army intel analyst, to get these documents. But it gets trickier. He's also allegedly guilty of "encouraging" Manning to collect more information.

There's no other way to interpret that. This amounts, no holds barred, to all-out criminalization of journalistic practice.

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For the moment, Assange is charged with "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion." The indictment argues that Assange helped Manning to crack a password stored on Pentagon computers linked to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet).

In March 2010 chat logs obtained by the US government, Manning talks to someone alternatively named "Ox" and "press association." The DoJ is convinced this interlocutor is Assange. But they must conclusively prove it.

Manning and this person, allegedly Assange, engaged in "discussions." "During an exchange, Manning told Assange that 'after this upload, that's all I really have got left.' To which Assange replied: 'Curious eyes never run dry in my experience.'"

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This is a definitive analysis of what has been set in motion, the legalities, the illegalities, what's at stake, how ruthless and savage the perpetrators of this ugly revenge truly are. You don't have to read anything further. Now it's time to act.

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Julian Assange's only "crime" is in exposing USA state sponsored terrorism and the murder of innocent Iraqi civilians, including journalists and children such as shown in this wikileaks video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLic1Y3re-A


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Hard to find any country left on earth that is not under the control of the US deep state. Finland? Iceland? perhaps. for the moment. I find no difference at all between the actions of the US in the world and the actions of the Third Reich or the USSR under Stalin. none. The United States is a terrorist nation, invading, bombing, raping, pillaging, stealing, bribing, threatening wherever it goes. The world's governments should unite to isolate and defeat US influence everywhere.

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"The US magically erases Ecuador's financial troubles, ordering the IMF to release a providential $4.2-billion loan." Nonsense!! Pepe, a Brazilian, knows better. The IMF does not solve financial problems. It creates them. Just ask Yanis.

Well buried in all the chatter is that Wiki's real crime is to obtain and plan to publish the hard drive of a CEO of the TBTF bank revealed in an interview with Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2010/11/29/an-interview-with-wikileaks-julian-assange/#73111c862c27

Wiki was going to publish in early 2011 but didn't. On Dec 3 their service provider canceled. On Dec 4 PayPal and then all the cards and banks canceled service. HMMM. In March while on bail he was asked on TV why the hard drive had not been published. He was not at liberty to say but said you can imagine why. I imagine he and his family were threatened and he countered if anyone was hurt it would be published, Stalemate!! Ecuador was used to keep him safe so no rogue would screw up the deal. Asylum was revoked and he was arrested when the statute of limitations on bank fraud expired. Coincidence?

In this 60 Minutes interview he is visibly flustered when asked about the hard drive and no where else. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/julian-assange-the-2011-60-minutes-interview/

Stephen Fox has asked me to write a full article on this and I will.

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bollix the statute of limitations. release of the hard drive could still destroy the bank. wells fargo still has not recovered. I say let er rip.

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And who will protect Assange's family? Certainly not the deep state. The Mafia learned from the banksters. They kill and destroy with no compunction.

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I'd like to think Brazilians would know better, but the deal is already common knowledge. The "loan" was already arranged in February. $4.2B from the IMF, and another $6B from other sources later.

("You get the rest when the job is done.")

This is not a rumour. It's all over the place. I've already given 2 links, here's another two...

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It might also interest you to know that, immediately following the arrest of Julian Assange, Moreno's personal bank account got a sizeable deposit.

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