The Affair Assange shows us what’s behind the curtain

Summary: The Affair Assange moves into its endgame, as the US government – long working against him in the shadows – strikes. See how so many “journalists” speak against the man who revealed so more than they ever did about the dark deeds of the US government, and how they almost instinctively ally with the government.

“There are always insights for those who want to see them.”
— Paraphrase of saying by Jazz by Henri Matisse (1947).

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This has been a big year for America, as we have learned much. Last August, an anonymous member of the Deep State spoke out in the NYT about their activities against Trump. After two years of hysteria in the press, Mueller’s report was a dud. Now the Feds move against Julian Assange of Wikileaks. Assange is guilty – of telling truths to America. There are few worse crimes, in the eyes of our rulers. Here are excerpts from the best analysis I have found about the Affair Assange.

First, see the story

See the scheme explains by Chris Hedges (Pulitzer-prize winning journalist) in “The Martyrdom of Julian Assange” at TruthDig.

“Once the documents and videos provided by Manning to Assange and WikiLeaks were published and disseminated by news organizations such as The New York Times and The Guardian, the press callously, and foolishly, turned on Assange. News organizations that had run WikiLeaks material over several days soon served as conduits in a black propaganda campaign to discredit Assange and WikiLeaks. This coordinated smear campaign was detailed in a leaked Pentagon document prepared by the Cyber Counterintelligence Assessments Branch and dated March 8, 2008. The document called on the U.S. to eradicate the ‘feeling of trust’ that is WikiLeaks’ ‘center of gravity’ and destroy Assange’s reputation.

“Assange, who with the Manning leaks had exposed the war crimes, lies and criminal manipulations of the George W. Bush administration, soon earned the ire of the Democratic Party establishment by publishing 70,000 hacked emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and senior Democratic officials. The emails were copied from the accounts of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. The Podesta emails exposed the donation of millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two of the major funders of Islamic State, to the Clinton Foundation. It exposed the $657,000 that Goldman Sachs paid to Hillary Clinton to give talks, a sum so large it can only be considered a bribe. It exposed Clinton’s repeated mendacity. She was caught in the emails, for example, telling the financial elites that she wanted ‘open trade and open borders’ and believed Wall Street executives were best positioned to manage the economy, a statement that contradicted her campaign statements.

“It exposed the Clinton campaign’s efforts to influence the Republican primaries to ensure that Trump was the Republican nominee. It exposed Clinton’s advance knowledge of questions in a primary debate. It exposed Clinton as the primary architect of the war in Libya, a war she believed would burnish her credentials as a presidential candidate. Journalists can argue that this information, like the war logs, should have remained hidden, but they can’t then call themselves journalists.

The Democratic leadership, intent on blaming Russia for its election loss, charges that the Podesta emails were obtained by Russian government hackers, although James Comey, the former FBI director, has conceded that the emails were probably delivered to WikiLeaks by an intermediary. Assange has said the emails were not provided by ‘state actors.’

“WikiLeaks has done more to expose the abuses of power and crimes of the American Empire than any other news organization. In addition to the war logs and the Podesta emails, it made public the hacking tools used by the CIA and the National Security Agency and their interference in foreign elections, including in the French elections. It disclosed the internal conspiracy against British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn by Labour members of Parliament. It intervened to save Edward Snowden, who made public the wholesale surveillance of the American public by our intelligence agencies, from extradition to the United States by helping him flee from Hong Kong to Moscow. The Snowden leaks also revealed that Assange was on a U.S. ‘manhunt target list.'”

For a deeper background, see Matt Taibbi’s “Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters” at Rolling Stone.

Assange’s true crime in the eyes of our rulers

Julian Assange Is Guilty Only of Revealing the Evil Soul of US Imperialism” by Federico Pieraccini at the Strategic Culture Foundation.

“Assange is ‘guilty’ of two ‘cardinal sins’: revealing US war crimes committed in Iraq and committing the unpardonable sin of publishing the emails of Clinton, Podesta and the Democratic National Committee, thereby revealing such chicanery in US domestic politics as the fraud committed against Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries.

“These revelations among the many (Vault 7, Torture, Diplomatic cablograms), by Assange’s Wikileaks, these transgressions in the eyes of the US ruling elite, struck at the very foundations on which the edifice of “American exceptionalism” is built, namely, the democracy that is meant to be a light unto the world, and the “just wars” that flow from a missionary zeal to make the world safe for democracy. …

“Releasing footage of US military personal laughing as they slaughter dozens of clearly unarmed Iraqis civilians from the distant safety of an Apache helicopter is one of the strongest ways of showing how false, artificial and propagandistic the concept of ‘humanitarian war’ and ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) is In today’s communication age, that footage, those images, that laughter, are a very powerful antidote against the lies we are daily fed by our media corporations. …That footage straightforwardly debunked all the thousands of accumulated hours of media propaganda that had been built up to convince us that Washington beneficently bombs countries in order to bring democracy and free the oppressed.

“In the same way, by pulling back the curtain to show how the Democratic primaries were a farce, Wikileaks revealed how the concept of democracy in the United States is worn out and in fact now non-existent. The political parties are fed and controlled by donor money, and the accompanying media coverage can be bought, allowing for tens of millions of Americans to be fed on a steady diet of false news, lies and promises that will never be kept.

“It becomes clear, reading the revelations published over the years by Wikileaks, that terms such as democracy and R2P are nothing more than excuses and justifications for the US to bomb whomever it wishes. The moneyed interests ensure the election into office of those who can be relied upon to look after the interests of the 1% at the expense of the 99%, all the while giving moral lectures to the rest of the world while ignoring the inherent double standards. …

“This Australian has succeeded in simultaneously becoming the number one enemy of the military-industrial complex, the Democrats, and therefore for all American Russophobes. He did his job so well that he managed to become a target of practically all of the Washington establishment, which is determined to lock away the likes of Assange and Snowden (if only they could) and throw away the key. …

“Basically, Assange’s major fault lies in having revealed the true face of US imperialism through images, news, emails, cablograms and videos, an imperialism that has for decades brought wars, death and destruction around the world for its own political and economic gain, using illegitimate justifications that are backed up by self-proclaimed experts and amplified and repeated endlessly by the mainstream media.”

The US public’s reaction is typically daft

James Howard Kunstler tells the story with his typical clarity and insight.

“It was interesting to scan the Comments section of The Times’s stories about the Assange arrest: Times readers uniformly presented themselves as a lynch mob out for Mr. Assange’s blood. So much for the spirit of liberalism and The Old Gray Lady who had published The Pentagon Papers purloined by Daniel Ellsberg lo so many years ago. Reading between the lines in that once-venerable newspaper – by which I mean gleaning their slant on the news – one surmises that The Times has actually come out against freedom of the press, a curious attitude, but consistent with the neo-Jacobin zeitgeist in “blue” America these days. …”

“The bloodthirsty hysteria among New York Times readers is a symptom of the mass confusion sown by agencies of the US government itself when its own agents ventured to meddle in the national election of 2016 and then blame it on “the Russians.” As you will learn in the months ahead, it was The Times itself, and other corporate news organizations, who colluded with officers of the FBI, the Department of Justice, the CIA, and the Obama White House to concoct a phony narrative about Mr. Trump being in cahoots with Vladimir Putin, thus depriving Hillary Clinton of her “turn” in the White House; and then to join those agencies, and the grotesquely dishonest two-year investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in a cover-your-ass operation to hide their nefarious and criminal acts.

“The USA has a lot of sorting to do and, of course, the new Democratic-led congress is already trying as hard as possible to prevent that from happening, the latest being their piling on Attorney General William Barr for testifying under oath that he believed the government ran a spying operation on candidate Donald Trump. The existence of FISA warrants establishes that as a fact, as does the million dollar payment by the CIA and US Defense Department to international man of mystery Stephan Halper, the secret agent man (posing as an Oxford professor) commissioned to entrap Trump campaign associate Carter Page.”

Also see Kunstler’s follow-up post reviewing leftist intellectuals’ abandonment of fact and logic when discussing Assange, resorting to fantasy and schoolyard insults: “Useful Idiots on Parade.

What does it all mean?

For a different perspective see “Julian Assange, Political Prisoner: A Dark Day for Citizenship” by Maximillian Forte (Prof anthropology). See the bibliography at the end.

“A Dark Day for What?

“My first surprise was not in the arrest itself and the abrupt cancellation of Ecuador’s asylum, but the conclusion that first came to many commentators’ minds: this is a dark day for journalism. If that were true, we might even breathe a sigh of relief, given how disreputable and discredited most of the news media have become as publishers of falsehoods, propaganda, and smears. The sadder reality is that today was a dark day for citizenship, for democracy, and for international law. The event should serve as a reminder that we are all being violently confronted with a dead post-liberalism that is reactionary, abusive, and arrogant. In the West at least, all of us live in authoritarian prisons: mass surveillance, mass indoctrination, and increasingly all-inclusive censorship. Journalism would have needed to still be alive, for this to have been a dark day for it.

“The Crime?

“Julian Assange has been accused of many crimes over the years, and now his state-level detractors will finally have the unenviable task of actually trying to prove their accusations in court. Assange’s most notorious “crime” is to have better informed us of the reality of global corruption and imperial warfare. Whether the broad public was deserving of his sacrifice is another matter, as is the question about the degree to which the public made use of the knowledge produced by WikiLeaks.”

See some interesting quotes about the significance of the Affair Assange at “The WikiLeaks Case: Democracy Dies in Empire” by Prof Forte.

For More Information

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Sex, Lies and Julian Assange” — Investigative journalism at its best by Andrew Fowler and Wayne Harley of the Australia Broadcasting Corp, July 2012 (video and transcript). Also see Assange in Sweden: The Police Protocol, with testimony of the 3 proponents and statements by 9 witnesses. I doubt anyone with an open mind will believe the charges against Assange after reading these.

If you liked this post, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. See all posts about Wikileaks, and about Juliana Assange, especially these…

  1. The US government successfully smears Wikileaks, while America sleeps,
  2. Using covert operations to discredit your enemies.
  3. The Affair Assange rips off the veil concealing the face of modern journalism.
  4. Will a wave of leakers undercut America’s national security?
  5. Julian Assange trapped & smeared. Wikileaks weakened. Mission accomplished for CIA?
  6. A new and revolutionary force has appeared in US politics: truth!

Two books to help us better understand these events

The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire by Wikileaks (2018).

Shooting the Messenger: The Criminalizing Journalism by Andrew Fowler (2018). Fowler is an award-winning investigative journalist.

The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire
Available at Amazon.
Shooting the Messenger: Criminalising Journalism
Available at Amazon.

52 thoughts on “The Affair Assange shows us what’s behind the curtain

  1. Great articles, thank you.
    I think the last thing the Govt wants is JA in a court. If I were in charge I would arrange for him to escape to Russia.

    1. priffe,

      The simple answer to this and countless other dilemmas could spell like this — take the:

      Red Pill: A life of harsh knowledge, desperate freedom, and the brutal truths of reality
      Blue Pill: A life of luxurious security, tranquil happiness, and the blissful ignorance of illusion

      Unfortunately, just contemplating the above is a sign that one lives inside the Matrix already and it is “Pink,” and there is no simple escape…

    2. thanks for the link. The article was great in showing ho little I know and also how black and white my view is.
      The view of these three gents was an eye opener.
      Humans are fascinating creatures in that the wisest hold views that are so incomparable it defies belief.

    3. priffe,

      Russian “stooges”! The article you approvingly cite used the magic words worse than Nazis!

      How would our leaders govern us if not by stoking insane fears about Russia, making us irrational and easily led. It has a GDP smaller than Italy’s, than Canada’s, and than South Korea’s. Yet millions of Americans wet their pants in fear of it and its mysterious stooges.

      And you believe that Russia is dastardly destroying American by using “stooges” to tell us truths the government doesn’t want us to know. Nations have been wrecked in many ways throughout history. Natural disaster and wars, chiefly. But by truths – that would be something new!

      1. The article doesnt say everything about those three musketeers, but it is a start – and showing they are not what the left and the liberal think they are.

        Russia cant destroy America (only America can do that), but should still be seen for what it is.
        Snowden should know a lot about that by now, and someday he may tell us.

        Red and blue pills aside. They actually come in more colours than two.

      2. priffe,

        I still don’t understand what you are attempting to say, as it makes no obvious sense.

        (1) “The article doesnt say everything about those three musketeers”

        Who cares? News articles don’t have bios of the journalists. When assessing the truth of statements by philosophers and scientists, we don’t examine their bios.

        (2) “but should still be seen for what it is.”

        Is it essential for us to have a clear view (“see for what it is”) of every major state? I doubt it. We could just as easily treat them as black boxes, sorting them by how they fit our interests (as Lord Acton recommended). This is America, not the Vatican.

        The point of Wikileaks is to understand the deeds of the American government, which is essential for us as citizens. We don’t know much about it, and would know a lot less if not for whistle-blowers. Which is why the government wants to crush them.

        (3) “Red and blue pills aside. They actually come in more colours than two.”

        No obvious relevance to this post, or this issue.

      3. priffe,

        My original idea was: you whether see for yourself what the whistle-blowing exposes — the deeds state actors commit against us all; or, you believe the convenient explanation (not proof) of how Wikileaks ‘gang’ colludes with the ‘enemy,’ regardless of its function and content; and it seemed to me you pointed out a link to the latter.

        And, the ‘pink’ (just one of possible colors while blending red and blue = purple, violet…) was to signify our situation — we can’t just chose a magic pill and all the inconvenient facts (either way) would disappear, we have to accept we’re manipulated and lied to and it takes a bit of insight to come up with our own conclusion as close to reality as we’re able to.

        I think Fabius chose supporting narratives for his four points in this article wisely…

    4. priffe – Sean Wilentz’ main point was that none of the individuals named in his article passed the “purity of soul test”, which rates a big SO WHAT!

      1. When wikileaks finally published hacking of a Russian entity (Peter-Service), it was underwhelming.
        Of course I think we should know how we are being manipulated, not only by one government (I am not American), but by all governements and institutions. That also includes talented manipulators like Snowden (you’ve heard his gab, right?) or Assange. And do you really believe they come from nowhere, only governed by their ‘heroic quest for the Truth’?

        I only believe my own eyes, and my advantage is that I can travel to see for myself.
        I write what I observe.

      2. priffe — “And do you really believe they come from nowhere, only governed by their ‘heroic quest for the Truth’?”

        I don’t care what emotion governed their desire to expose government malfeasance. The world should admire their courage and greatly appreciate the information they provided.

  2. I don’t get Russian hysteria. We did more damage to ourselves after the election with the witch hunts and collusion nonsense than any Russian meddling ever accomplished.

    {Scummy personal insults have been deleted, per the FM website’s comment policy.}

    1. Gute,

      Your scummy personal insults have been deleted, per the FM website’s comment policy. Further comments will be moderated.

      We’re here to discuss geopolitics, not to see your twisted insults about people.

      1. Georgette,

        I feel sorry for you, that schoolyard insults are the only form of rebuttal you can muster. Good-bye.

  3. What are these bizarre pingbacks? Some sort of psyop? Clicking on one will probably give me malware.

  4. Spycraft 101: How To Sow National Discord

    Get bad people to do bad things
    This isn’t so hard because that’s what bad people do. So, entice them to do it, or help them do it more effectively, more efficiently, and more profitably.
    Expose the bad things bad people are doing.
    Like Wikileaks. You already have the goods on them that are true and undeniable because you helped them.
    Blame the exposers for what you have done.

    Get the media on your side for maximum exposure.

      1. If you wrote a novel about a transvestite corporal robbing the military of secrets that generals don’t have access to o r a unqualified low level worker in the NIS having access to the diplomatic cables that many ambassadors can not read, you might say. Get out of here, Try writing something plausible.

      2. 7zander,

        Such amazing stories are common in history. For example, the story of the “lost orders” would make a bad novel – too improbable. But it happened, and probably had a decisive effect on the outcome of the Civil War.

        The Manning story will be, by comparison, a footnote in history. Perhaps not even that. Americans heard the revelations from Snowden and Manning – and did nothing. Brief news sensations, less than that about the latest Star Wars or Wonder Woman film. Manning suffered in vain.

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