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I don’t normally do this kind of thing, but, given the arrest of Julian Assange last week, and the awkward and cowardly responses thereto, I felt it necessary to abandon my customary literary standards and spew out a spineless, hypocritical “hot take” professing my concern about the dangerous precedent the U.S. government may be setting by extraditing and prosecuting a publisher for exposing American war crimes and such, while at the same time making it abundantly clear how much I personally loathe Assange, and consider him an enemy of America, and freedom, and want the authorities to crush him like a cockroach.

Now I want to be absolutely clear. I totally defend Assange and Wikileaks, and the principle of freedom of the press, and whatever. And I am all for exposing American war crimes (as long as it doesn’t endanger the lives of the Americans who committed those war crimes, or inconvenience them in any way). At the same time, while I totally support all that, I feel compelled to express my support together with my personal loathing of Assange, who, if all those important principles weren’t involved, I would want to see taken out and shot, or at least locked up in Super-Max solitary … not for any crime in particular, but just because I personally loathe him so much.

I’m not quite sure why I loathe Assange. I’ve never actually met the man. I just have this weird, amorphous feeling that he’s a horrible, disgusting, extremist person who is working for the Russians and is probably a Nazi. It feels kind of like that feeling I had, back in the Winter of 2003, that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons, which he was going to give to those Al Qaeda terrorists who were bayonetting little babies in their incubators, or the feeling I still have, despite all evidence to the contrary, that Trump is a Russian intelligence asset who peed on Barack Obama’s bed, and who is going to set fire to the Capitol building, declare himself American Hitler, and start rounding up and murdering the Jews.

I don’t know where these feelings come from. If you challenged me, I probably couldn’t really support them with any, like, actual facts or anything, at least not in any kind of rational way. Being an introspective sort of person, I do sometimes wonder if maybe my feelings are the result of all the propaganda and relentless psychological and emotional conditioning that the ruling classes and the corporate media have subjected me to since the day I was born, and that influential people in my social circle have repeated, over and over again, in such a manner as to make it clear that contradicting their views would be extremely unwelcome, and might negatively impact my social status, and my prospects for professional advancement.

Take my loathing of Assange, for example. I feel like I can’t even write a column condemning his arrest and extradition without gratuitously mocking or insulting the man. When I try to, I feel this sudden fear of being denounced as a “Trump-loving Putin-Nazi,” and a “Kremlin-sponsored rape apologist,” and unfriended by all my Facebook friends. Worse, I get this sickening feeling that unless I qualify my unqualified support for freedom of press, and transparency, and so on, with some sort of vicious, vindictive remark about the state of Assange’s body odor, and how he’s probably got cooties, or has pooped his pants, or some other childish and sadistic taunt, I can kiss any chance I might have had of getting published in a respectable publication goodbye.

But I’m probably just being paranoid, right? Distinguished, highbrow newspapers and magazines like The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vox, Vice, Daily Mail, and others of that caliber, are not just propaganda organs whose primary purpose is to reinforce the official narratives of the ruling classes. No, they publish a broad range of opposing views. The Guardian, for example, just got Owen Jones to write a full-throated defense of Assange on that grounds that he’s probably a Nazi rapist who should be locked up in a Swedish prison, not in an American prison! The Guardian, remember, is the same publication that printed a completely fabricated story accusing Assange of secretly meeting with Paul Manafort and some alleged “Russians,” among a deluge of other such Russiagate nonsense, and that has been demonizing Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite for several years.

Plus, according to NPR’s Bob Garfield (who is lustfully “looking forward to Assange’s day in court”), and other liberal lexicologists, Julian Assange is not even a real journalist, so we have no choice but to mock and humiliate him, and accuse him of rape and espionage … oh, and speaking of which, did you hear the one about how his cat was spying on the Ecuadorean diplomats?

But seriously now, all joking aside, it’s always instructive (if a bit sickening) to watch as the mandarins of the corporate media disseminate an official narrative and millions of people robotically repeat it as if it were their own opinions. This process is particularly nauseating to watch when the narrative involves the stigmatization, delegitimization, and humiliation of an official enemy of the ruling classes. Typically, this enemy is a foreign enemy, like Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, Milošević, Osama bin Laden, Putin, or whoever. But sometimes the enemy is one of “us” … a traitor, a Judas, a quisling, a snitch, like Trump, Corbyn, or Julian Assange.

In either case, the primary function of the corporate media remains the same: to relentlessly assassinate the character of the “enemy,” and to whip the masses up into a mindless frenzy of hatred of him, like the Two-Minutes Hate in 1984, the Kill-the-Pig scene in Lord of the Flies, the scapegoating of Jews in Nazi Germany, and other examples a bit closer to home.

Logic, facts, and actual evidence have little to nothing to do with this process. The goal of the media and other propagandists is not to deceive or mislead the masses. Their goal is to evoke the pent-up rage and hatred simmering within the masses and channel it toward the official enemy. It is not necessary for the demonization of the official enemy to be remotely believable, or stand up to any kind of serious scrutiny. No one sincerely believes that Donald Trump is a Russian Intelligence asset, or that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite, or that Julian Assange has been arrested for jumping bail, or raping anyone, or for helping Chelsea Manning “hack” a password.

The demonization of the empire’s enemies is not a deception … it is a loyalty test. It is a ritual in which the masses (who, let’s face it, are de facto slaves) are ordered to display their fealty to their masters, and their hatred of their masters’ enemies. Cooperative slaves have plenty of pent-up hatred to unleash upon their masters’ enemies. They have all the pent-up hatred of their masters (which they do not dare direct at their masters, except within the limits their masters allow), and they have all the hatred of themselves for being cooperative, and … well, basically, cowards.

Julian Assange is being punished for defying the global capitalist empire. This was always going to happen, no matter who was in the White House. Anyone who defies the empire in such a flagrant manner is going to be punished. Cooperative slaves demand this of their masters. Defiant slaves are actually less of a threat to their masters than they are to the other slaves who have chosen to accept their slavery and cooperate with their own oppression. Their defiance shames these cooperative slaves, and shines an unflattering light on their cowardice.

This is why we are witnessing so many liberals (and liberals in leftist’s clothing) rushing to express their loathing of Assange in the same breath as they pretend to support him, not because they honestly believe the content of the official Julian Assange narrative that the ruling classes are disseminating, but because (a) they fear the consequences of not robotically repeating this narrative, and (b) Assange has committed the cardinal sin of reminding them that actual “resistance” to the global capitalist empire is possible, but only if you’re willing to pay the price.

Assange has been paying it for the last seven years, and is going to be paying it for the foreseeable future. Chelsea Manning is paying it again. The Gilets Jaunes protestors have been paying it in France. Malcolm X paid it. Sophie Scholl paid it. Many others throughout history have paid it. Cowards mocked them as they did, as they are mocking Julian Assange at the moment. That’s all right, though, after he’s been safely dead for ten or twenty years, they’ll name a few streets and high schools after him. Maybe they’ll even build him a monument.

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant Paperbacks. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.

 
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  1. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you for this. I would like to think that it will make these huddled whores (aka “journalists”) squirm.

    • Agree: utu, Jett Rucker, MacNucc11
    • Replies: @RVBlake
    , @ynp10
  2. TG says:

    Triple quadruple kudos. You have struck the spike on the head fair and true.

    Back when Trump was still making noises about not wasting trillions of dollars on endless pointless foreign wars, I would try to talk to my liberal friends about this. “He’s a racist, he’s a fascist, HE’S DESTROYING OUR DEMOCRACY!!” I would then, very calmly, ask how exactly he was destroying our democracy. They would stare at me blankly for a minute and then double down “HE’S DESTROYING OUR DEMOCRACY!!” And these were smart and well educated people. It was totally herd-instinct mindless zombie hate. Now, if they had said something like “Sure, he sometimes says reasonable things but he has no track record of governing and no record of having principles so he’s just conning us” I would have conceded the point. But that would be to admit that the Democrats were also vile – so they simply had to attack Trump for irrational reasons. It’s scary how many people I know still just assume implicitly that Trump is a Russian agent.

    The old Soviet propaganda ministers were amateurs compared to the ones that we have in America today.

    • Replies: @Jake
    , @yurivku
    , @MacNucc11
  3. Stick says:

    C.J., Trump only wants to know who in the DNC gave Assange Hillary’s emails. If this is discovered to be Seth Rich, then the FBI/CIA will be in the hoosegow as well as, all of Manhattan Media. Trump’s only interest is hoisting Dem Deep State/Media Complex on its on petard going into a election. Assange has many angles he can play on this score. We shall see how he plays his cards.

  4. nsa says:

    “scapegoating of jews in nazi germany”
    You call it scapegoating, we call it accurately identifying the traitors.

    • Replies: @Grace Poole
  5. Joshua Frank is pretty much supporting Assange. What’s CJ’s point here? To take a swipe at his former publisher? Hopkins really should have a cup of tea and try to relax. Assange isn’t going anywhere — he’ll get his day in court, write a book and probably implicate the DNC in Seth Rich’s murder. This ball of yarn is just starting to unravel.

    • Troll: FB
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Vinteuil
  6. Iceman says:

    Not exactly sure what you meant by Assange “working with the Russians because he is probably a Nazi!!! Nazi’s hate Russian’s and Russian’s hate Nazi’s, it makes no sense!

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @utu
  7. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bragadocious

    The linked “tweet” of Mr. Frank (who goes unnamed in this piece) exemplifies what Mr. Hopkins is calling out. He’s not “pretty much supporting Assange,” but cowardly helping the Establishment by leading off with a declaration of disagreement with JA’s unspecified “politics” and unsubstantiated personal disparagement.

    Did you read the linked source? Why not post it in reply, and explain how it doesn’t prove Mr. Hopkins’ point?

  8. “… after he’s been safely dead for ten or twenty years, they’ll name a few streets and high schools after him.”

    Where?

  9. Julian Assange was busted for computer hacking in 1994. A lot in that cohort were recruited by intelligence agencies. Like the Snowden business, the size of this indicates that underneath there is a spy-versus-spy operation going on. NSA at war with CIA or vice-versa or something like that.

    Details are all classified and us little people will never know any of the facts.

    • Replies: @Willem
  10. Realist says:

    …while at the same time making it abundantly clear how much I personally loathe Assange, and consider him an enemy of America, and freedom, and want the authorities to crush him like a cockroach.

    Julian Assange is being punished for defying the global capitalist empire. This was always going to happen, no matter who was in the White House. Anyone who defies the empire in such a flagrant manner is going to be punished.

    You need to seek help for your dissociative identity disorder.

    Julian Assange is a hero to anyone who is not a sycophant of the Deep State.

    • Replies: @Splorf
    , @animalogic
  11. The demonization of the empire’s enemies is not a deception … it is a loyalty test. It is a ritual in which the masses (who, let’s face it, are de facto slaves) are ordered to display their fealty to their masters, and their hatred of their masters’ enemies. Cooperative slaves have plenty of pent-up hatred to unleash upon their masters’ enemies. They have all the pent-up hatred of their masters (which they do not dare direct at their masters, except within the limits their masters allow), and they have all the hatred of themselves for being cooperative

    Ritual Deception: A Window to the Hidden Determinants of Human Politics
    by John B. Beahrs (can be read through Scihub.org)

  12. Did I really just scan read this and sort of saw this fool taking about Assange pooping his pants? Why would any adult write words like this? What is wroing with you, man? What happened to you? Did you fall and land on your head?

    I can’t read you anymore, man. As soon as I land on this poopy pants nonsense (and whatever else you were yowling about in regard to body order and bad breathe, etc., etc., ad nasium) I realize: there is nothing of any validity in this essay.

    C.J.

    Get help.

    • Troll: Willem
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @follyofwar
    , @TKK
  13. No one sincerely believes that Donald Trump is a Russian Intelligence asset…..

    I must respectfully disagree. I think a great many people believe the Russiagate Hoax and always will.

  14. Splorf says:
    @Realist

    Please, PLEASE for the love of God acquaint yourself with the definition of “parody”.

    • Replies: @Realist
  15. Realist says:
    @Splorf

    Please, PLEASE for the love of God acquaint yourself with the definition of “parody”.

    If that is parody…CJ needs to learn how to use it. This situation does not call for comic effect.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  16. @Realist

    Please, also acquaint yourself with the many uses of IRONY & SATIRE.

  17. @WorkingClass

    I think he means people with IQ’s above their shoe sizes…?

  18. RVBlake says:
    @anonymous

    It’s funny how Bob Garfield of NPR’s snark that Assange is not a “real journalist” is meant to be an insult.

    • LOL: Digital Samizdat
  19. Anon[409] • Disclaimer says:
    @Iceman

    Not exactly sure what you meant by Assange “working with the Russians because he is probably a Nazi!!! Nazi’s hate Russian’s and Russian’s hate Nazi’s, it makes no sense!

    Whoosh!

  20. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Realist

    Too surreal?

  21. Brilliant use of political parody. We need more Jonathon Swift like writing these days.

  22. Assange needs to get into a dress and quickly, it’s his only way out: to debase himself.

    • Replies: @EdNels
  23. FB says: • Website

    Another gem of an essay…

  24. But seriously now, all joking aside, it’s always instructive (if a bit sickening) to watch as the mandarins of the corporate media disseminate an official narrative and millions of people robotically repeat it as if it were their own opinions.

    So true. It reminds me of that scene from Life of Brian — “You’ve all got to work it out for yourselves!” Remember how we used to laugh at that stuff back in the day?

  25. EdNels says:
    @Jim Christian

    Assange needs to get into a dress and quickly, it’s his only way out: to debase himself.

    Your comment reminds me of a thought I had that Bradley M might have done the sex change as a condition of his parol/release/continued life… or as you put it: “debase himself’’ in relation to JA’s need to come up with something quick to improve his chances now. He needs to do that too, and jettison his defiant attitude, and become the opposite like a ‘’cute babe’’ if he could… (a challenge, but they could try different hairstyles etc.….)

    Now, it is a serious thing but some of the aspects of the theater of the thing, means it fair game to talkabout it, not making fun etc.

    Could it be that the PTB’s that have moved obstacles to get at these guys might be mollified by such a complete and total retreat by their subjects? Total de masculinization and punking of the ‘’perp’’ which kind of goes with the hyper masculinized schtick pervasive in some military culture, probably part of the mind set when (such as shooting at little people on the ground like angry boys singing joyfully while )picking off ‘’suspects’’ like ants from above. The center of offense hacked video event.

    No matter how much certain modern post common sense types refrain from any disparagement of the phenomenon of sex change from man to woman, I mean… It is what it is, and some day when the state can do that punitively, as a lesson to anybody who needs to have a lesson, when will that be? Sooner than they think! (Everything in public events has object lesson benefits nowadays…!)

    If the guy was homo and he was already operating in the military and getting along like they do (everybody knows that,) why would he need to change the hardware? What would happen if two such characters like Caitlyn and Chelsey say wanted would they go to a lesbian bar and hook up or what? What if they were married lesbians, would they get to have visitation?

    See these are some of the questions… And not to leave it out, what are some of effects on the children of these gaddamed nutty things? Effects on old bastards too? The mentally challanged…(not small demo there!)

  26. Long read. Not funny…or even remotely interesting.

  27. Tom says:

    Garbage article trying to pretend to defend Assange while further slandering him

    • Replies: @Anon
  28. Julian Assange is being punished for defying the global capitalist empire.

    If that was his intention, he did not pick his battles very carefully.

    The Gilets Jaunes protestors have been paying it in France.

    Nor did these guys, who are demanding both lower taxes and higher public spending.

    Malcolm X paid it.

    At the hands of his rivals, not the “global capitalist empire”.

    The problem we have is that when a capable leader arises and challenges the status quo – JFK, RFK, MLK – they are simply assassinated.

    • Replies: @anon404
  29. OT: The Owen Jones article includes a snippet that I had not seen elsewhere:

    https://theconversation.com/trumps-executive-order-on-drone-strikes-sends-civilian-casualty-data-back-into-the-shadows-113165

    On March 6, President Trump signed an executive order that revoked the requirement, formulated under the Obama administration, that U.S. intelligence officials must publicly report the number of civilians killed in CIA drone strikes outside declared war zones.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/06/trump-civilian-deaths-drone-strikes-1207409

  30. @nsa

    “scapegoating of jews in nazi germany”

    It’s bad enuf that Hopkins could not resist the all-purpose Nazi – bad, Jews – innocent victim schtick.

    What makes it much worse is that fewer than 10 words later he admonishes:

    Logic, facts, and actual evidence have little to nothing to do with this process. The goal of the media and other propagandists is not to deceive or mislead the masses. Their goal is to evoke the pent-up rage and hatred simmering within the masses and channel it toward the official enemy. It is not necessary for the demonization of the official enemy to be remotely believable, or stand up to any kind of serious scrutiny.

    Had Hopkins heeded his own admonishment before he consulted USHMM for an appropriate way to express his “pent-up rage and hatred,” he would have discovered that:

    1. “International Jewry” had declared an economic war on Germans, with the stated goal of “destroying the export trade on which Germany depended,” (i.e. Jewry’s war was an existential threat the German people);

    2. That according to Edwin Black in “The Transfer Agreement,” the Jews who devised the boycott of Germany did with the deliberate knowledge that it would induce paralyzing fear in the German populace as well as their leaders, who retained present-knowledge of the starvation blockade that had cost the lives of 800,000 of their mothers, wives, sisters and children, during the Great War and post-Armistice treaty negotiations;

    3. That the action that Hopkins directed his readers to — the Nazi boycott of Jewish shops — lasted for ONE day;

    4. That even as Jews under the influence of Rabbi Stephen Wise, among others, Wise’s son, James Waterman Wise, had penned a book titled, “Swastika,” published in May, 1933, that opened with the words, “The Swastika is the German symbol of hatred of Jews . . .” James W. Wise’s book was published for the purpose of “evok[ing] the pent-up rage and hatred simmering within the masses and channel[ing] it toward the official enemy.”

    I challenge C. J. Hopkins and his readers to state the “Logic, facts, and actual evidence” that in May, 1933, Germany’s National Socialist government and Germany’s people engaged in acts of “hatred of Jews.”

    THIS is a real challenge, C. J. Hopkins. Put your journalist integrity on the line.

    I’m not at all a formidable challenger: I barely made it out of high school; I have no training in debate, rhetoric or journalism.

    Go ahead, crush me with “Logic, facts, and actual evidence” to support your assertion that Jews were “scapegoated” in Germany in April, 1933.

    Or do what even the NYTimes has been known to do from time to time: Print a correction.

  31. Gratitude for saying more of what needs to be said.

  32. wayfarer says:

    Julian Assange is being punished for defying the global capitalist empire Rothschild Zionist Empire. This was always going to happen, no matter who was in the White House Knesset. Anyone who defies the empire Rothschild Zionist Empire in such a flagrant manner is going to be punished.

    “Anti-Semitism Czar Press Conference Analysis.”

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @annamaria
  33. utu says:
    @Iceman

    Russians loved Nazis but Nazis did not reciprocate. If they had more imagination and accepted Russian suitors with open arms the outcome of the WWII would have been different. When Nazis finally realized their mistake it was too late.

    • Replies: @Logan
  34. @Grace Poole

    Scapegoating relates to a definable evil that the scapegoat can take the blame for. Surely the big one was the supposed role of German Jews in undermining the armed forces’ prospects of winning WW1. And, surely, apart from Jewish membership of and support for the Social Democrats, that was nonsense. So, the harping on that by the Nazis from their founding was a pretty good reason for Jews to fear the Nazis.

    • Replies: @ploni almoni
  35. Anon[436] • Disclaimer says:
    @restless94110

    Without praising the author as satirist, ironist, parodist or stylist let me say that it is you that needs help, like a little education.

  36. Willem says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    It doesn’t matter where Assange comes from. What matters is what he exposed (War crimes, spying of the CIA on you, the private and non-private view of HRC, etc, etc).

    Please do not use ‘us people’ in your sentences (‘us’ is a term people use to gaslight other people) but speak for yourself. Can you speak for yourself. Or do you also have a private and non-private view?

  37. @wayfarer

    When you say “Rothschild Zionist Empire” what are you trying to express? “Rothschild” is presumably used symbolically rather than with reference to any actual Rothschild person?????

    • Replies: @wayfarer
  38. Anon[436] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tom

    Another who can’t recognise any literary mode but the plainly factual…

  39. Free Slave says: • Website

    “Defiant slaves are actually less of a threat to their masters than they are to the other slaves who have chosen to accept their slavery and cooperate with their own oppression. Their defiance shames these cooperative slaves, and shines an unflattering light on their cowardice.”

    Land of the Free, Home of the Brave;

    Land of the Slaves, Home of the Cowards.

  40. wayfarer says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    It’s a fact – spoiled rich kids run this world, and if you don’t agree with them, you’re going to be silenced and/or oppressed – get used to it.

    Israel, the Rothschild Trust Fund Nation.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Boy

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  41. Mr Hopkins, you are a stupid person who writes stupid articles.

    • Replies: @Parfois1
  42. Sich mal gut ausscheißen.

    Describes this article perfectliest.

  43. Miro23 says:
    @WorkingClass

    No one sincerely believes that Donald Trump is a Russian Intelligence asset…..

    I must respectfully disagree. I think a great many people believe the Russiagate Hoax and always will.

    I deal with the public, and have had it explained to me that Trump is a Russian agent.

    They just repeat what they hear on the morning news – there’s no independent thought involved – and in fact there can’t be, because they lack enough of a knowledge base to build any alternative.
    It’s all follow and repeat. You’re asking them to re-invent the wheel.

  44. Wally says:
    @Grace Poole

    Like a Pavlovian dog Hopkins says:

    “In either case, the primary function of the corporate media remains the same: to relentlessly assassinate the character of the “enemy,” and to whip the masses up into a mindless frenzy of hatred of him, like ……the scapegoating of Jews in Nazi Germany ..”

    Yawn. There is no proof for the laughably alleged ‘6,000,000 Jews’ & the impossible ‘gas chambers’. Simple as that.

    However:
    http://www.codoh.com

  45. @wayfarer

    The link is to The Blue Boy painting by Thomas Gainsborough and appears to have nothing to do with Israel.

  46. sarz says:

    But sometimes the enemy is one of “us” … a traitor, a Judas, a quisling, a snitch, like Trump, Corbyn, or Julian Assange.

    Hopkins, I’m with you on Corbyn and Assange. But how does Trump get there? Read Vicky Ward’s Kushner, Inc to better grasp who exactly Trump is.

    I had concluded that he must have been Mossad-Epstein-blackmailed from day one to do the exact opposite of what he would be doing if he were a good guy. Katie J’s testimony against Trump is still available on Vimeo. She was a child whore in Epstein’s stable and describes Trump’s nasty violation of herself as a thirteen year old. All that stuff was openly filmed as part of the fun.

    I no longer think he’s being blackmailed. I think that the top satanists, including the Clintons, have tons of filmed dirt on one another. And without being thoroughly compromised you are not headed for the top slot. It’s like Bathhouse Barry Obama ‘married’ to a guy with a huge dong. I think Trump was the supreme Manchurian candidate.

    It’s astonishing that with his record someone like Hopkins can go on believing he’s a good guy. What does he have to do? Devour a (non-Jewish) baby on live TV?

  47. Parfois1 says:
    @Sanjeev Chowdhury

    Another one who needs a primer on High School English.

  48. Jake says:
    @TG

    “The old Soviet propaganda ministers were amateurs compared to the ones that we have in America today.”

    True. They were minor leaguers, and so were actual Nazis, compared to what we have today.

  49. yurivku says:
    @TG

    The old Soviet propaganda ministers were amateurs compared to the ones that we have in America today.

    You know nothing you’re talking about. “The old Soviet propaganda” was absolutely right about “the West” and now it’s clear to anybody in Russia.

  50. Things are rarely what they seem, which is the case when it comes to Julian Assange. If one does a little digging, he/she will find many red flags popping up. The same goes for Ed Snowden. Here’s a good place to start.
    https://www.henrymakow.com/2019/04/Julian-Assange-Arrest-is-Theatre%20.html

    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  51. Saggy says: • Website

    the scapegoating of Jews in Nazi Germany

    Baloney. Hitler goes to great length in Mein Kampf to explain why he hated the Jew, asee what he wrote here … https://www.quora.com/Did-Hitler-really-hate-Jewish-people-or-was-he-just-using-them-as-scapegoats-to-propel-his-extremist-views-1

    Or, consult two videos – Rabbi ben Porat explains why Hitler hated the Jews –

    The Sparticist revolt in Germany at the end of WW I –

    Or, listen to HITLER’S SPEECH AT SIEMAN’S FACTORY, NOV. 10, 1933 –

    Perhaps some of you here are unable to forgive me because I eradicated the Marxist Party. But my friend, I also eradicated all the other parties.

  52. ynp10 says:
    @anonymous

    “I would like to think that it will make these huddled whores (aka “journalists”) squirm.”

    Me too, but I’m guessing that the old pros on your nightly news or the local paper’s editorial board don’t do much squirming, as they are pretty good at denial, having sold their souls long ago, but what about the huddled whores-to-be? Are all the students at Columbia school of journalism just wannabe Maddows, or might there be some idealism and desire for truth still in their hearts?

    Someone ought to publish a book, “Newsroom Intern, by Journalist X”, that explains the soul-selling process. Amazon will probably ban it.

  53. annamaria says:
    @wayfarer

    Elan Carr, the Anti-Semitism Czar, is a shining example of the tireless working towards creating a mass movement of anti-zionism. Who is Elan Carr?

    Carr is of mixed Iraqi Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.

    Carr is a bloody moron incapable of respecting other peoples’ traditions, in addition to being cruelly insensitive towards the Iraqi people’ suffering from the war of aggression.

    During Carr’s Iraq War service, he led U.S soldiers in lighting a Hanukkah menorah in Saddam Hussein’s presidential palace

    Iraq War was one of the Wars for Israel: https://ifamericaknew.org/us_ints/warforisrael.html
    Almost a million human beings were murdered. Carr is Madeline Albright in. drags: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iFYaeoE3n4

    • Replies: @wayfarer
  54. The most educated group of Western elites in human history—both the men and the women educated to the hilt—have managed to quickly dismantle the apparatus assembled from fragments of Ancient and Enlightenment learning by America’s Founders.

    They’ve done a good job trashing what was designed to protect a liberty-based Republic from spoilage by dictatorial and / or corrupt, money-first interests, the corporate-controlled press, and they pat themselves on the back for it regularly, while failing to address any of the most serious economic and political issues as their corporate masters dictate.

    I guess we shouldn’t be surprised about the speedy demise of serious journalism. This generation of rich, arrogant, spoiled, highly educated, dual-high-earner, global-traveler power couples and their kids with money to burn let the spectacular craftsmanship of Notre Dame cathedral first rot—with pieces falling down into a sculptural graveyard—and then burn to smithereens.

    But they’re always on social media with their selfies in front of the great Western monuments, letting you know that they are in the elite top 20%, holding onto two high-paying jobs per household or in the most prestigious universities, with tons of money and time off from work to travel to expensive, European destinations.

    All of that education makes them appreciate the dedication, grit and skill that it took to pull off such an architectural masterpiece over 800 years ago. That’s why they took care of it so well—so much better than previous generations with less education, more sexism, more racism and more xenophobia.

    They are much better stewards of Western civilization than previous generations, when far less money was in the hands of a top 20% of highly educated dual-earner parents and their progeny.

    Elites and their royal progeny are proving that, in whatever profession they enter, it is their “careers” that come first.

    It is the highly-paid careers—detached from stodgy, arcane, passé standards of those lines of work—and the increasingly elaborate set of creature comforts owed to elite, dual-high-earner parents and their DNA-dynasty kids for gracing those professions that supercedes the preservation of any hard-won political principles or diligent, laborious, majestic feats of human artistry.

    All they care about is what keeps them on top—far above the unwashed Déplorables.

    It is harder to get to the top, economically speaking, with whimpy, low-quality, corporate-controlled journalism than by destroying some other profession that is rewarded much more by the marketplace. The money just isn’t there, making it even more absurd that elites are willing to do it. At least, when people are amassing actual fortunes from some Republic-degrading activity, it makes more sense as a pillaging exercise.

    • Replies: @EdNels
  55. Sparkon says:

    Almost More than 50 comments following an article with 1500 words about Assange from CJ Hopkins, and no mention at all that many 9/11 skeptics question both the sincerity and authenticity of Mr. Assange.

    I guess it’s up to me yet again to post that embarrassing (for Assange, Hopkins, and y’all) quote of his about 9/11:

    “I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.”

    — Julian Assange

    That’s a 9/11 litmus test failure writ large on the jellystone of gullibility.

    No real whistleblower gets the kind of nonstop fawning media coverage like Julian Assange has.

    There’s a sucker born every minute

    Whether or not Barnum ever said this is not clear, but obviously, irrespective of author, the pace has picked up in recent decades, even with abortions and birth control.

    Hey CJ! If you’re up to some real investigative journalism, why not apply your satire and snark to the story about the dead MI6 spy Gareth Williams found dead in a suit bag?

    The British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag in his flat had illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton, it has been revealed.

    Gareth Williams, 31, was discovered in a holdall in the bath at his London home five years ago this month, but the mystery surrounding his death has never been solved.
    […]
    The hack breached Mr Williams’ security clearance and this sparked anger among MI6 bosses as tensions rose with U.S. security services over the spy’s transatlantic work, The Sun on Sunday has reported.

    A source said: ‘The Clinton diary hack came at a time when Williams’ work with America was of the most sensitive nature.

    ‘It was a diplomatic nightmare for Sir John Sawers, the new director of MI6 at the time.’

    The paper has also reported that voicemail messages Mr Williams, a maths genius and expert cryptographer, left for family and friends were deleted shortly after his death.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215890/Spy-dead-bag-infuriated-MI6-bosses-illegally-hacking-secret-data-Bill-Clinton.html

    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  56. @Sparkon

    You are not alone. I believe Assange is controlled opposition financed by the Rothschild’s. See my above post. Here is a a great video, although quite long, exposing Assange.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  57. Attitude shaping propaganda on the less than mainstream media that mocks the mainstream media – it’s so funny it’s harmful. Two or three manufactured heroes are all that most of the zombies can handle anyway – you’ll never be able to see the real ones because that would be illegal on the internet – super-duper top secret because no one leaked it.

    Americans can reveal their own darkest secrets and fears to the government on social media: pent up manipulated logic and emotion about the unhappy reports of Assange and Manning. I know, smart people like you who read Unz can’t get fooled. You know how to distinguish the truth from the giant miasma of lies presented to you by the masters on every media outlet – not including the ones you are smart enough to believe of course.

  58. Sparkon says:
    @Johnny Walker Read

    I didn’t mean to slight you in my comment above, but I wasn’t able to read back to your comments #50, 51 until the clock was winding down in the 5-min. edit window. I’ve learned recently that edits (or even deletion of the entire comment) made in the last few seconds of the 5-min. window may not be reflected when the comment is approved for publication, so even though my flying fingers may be up to the task, my miserly connection and beggar’s bandwidth probably aren’t.

    Unfortunately, for the same reasons, I don’t have the bandwidth most of the time to watch videos on the intertubes. Could you review and/or summarize your take on it?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  59. You are not alone. I believe Assange is controlled opposition financed by the Rothschild’s.

    Ah, you guys are funny. “If you’re not onboard with me on EVERYTHING, you’re controlled opposition!

    I sometimes wonder how many members of the Unz commentariat could be assembled in a room who wouldn’t accuse each other of being “controlled opposition.” I’m guessing you wouldn’t need a very big room. An old-school phone booth should do the trick.

    (And yes, for the record, I’m controlled opposition. I’m well-paid by the Zio-Jew-Commie Rothschild Illuminati ultra-deep state. But please don’t tell anyone.)

  60. The trouble is that when you offend those in power, it does not really matter if you broke the law or not. If necessary new laws will be written and enacted retrospectively.

    I certainly believe that Assange had every journalistic right to publish information that was offered to him, whether “classified” or not. (Is there anything interesting that is not classified?)

    Whether he had the right to conspire with others to obtain and extract protected information is quite another matter.

  61. Sparkon says:
    @Reactionary Utopian

    Ah, you guys are funny. “If you’re not onboard with me on EVERYTHING, you’re controlled opposition!

    Another flimsy strawman argument staggers onstage.

    That bold EVERYTHING is all in your mind, chum. Can you discriminate between 9/11, which is but one thing, nasty as it was, and EVERYTHING else?

    Instead of trotting out the familiar strawman fallacy, why not put your considerable talent to use explaining why Assange said that about 9/11?

    Or do you simply agree with Mr. Assange that 9/11 is a “false conspiracy”?

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
    • Troll: annamaria
    • Replies: @Reactionary Utopian
  62. GogMagog says:

    The stupid is so strong on this thread that it’s made me angry. I am aware some are trolls but it’s depressingly 50/50ish.

  63. @restless94110

    That’s your big problem. You just “scan read” the essay. Go back and read it for real before making such stupid comments.

  64. @Wizard of Oz

    And it us a pretty good reason for everyone to fear the Jews, from the man in the White House to the savage in his hut.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  65. Anon[372] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Nothing is going to change really unless people address the real power.

    https://americanmind.org/features/what-democracy-requires/neoconservatism-the-lessons-learned/

    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  66. I haven’t read of anyone else picking up on this, but it seems kind of obvious to me that Assange wasted seven years of his life in that crummy embassy. Did he not voluntarily put himself in a virtual prison with lack of proper medical or dental care?

    And for what? Did he expect to just wait out the charges until they went away? Asylum or no, judges are not happy when their orders to appear in court are ignored. Do the Statute of Limitations even apply while one is biding his time in a small embassy room?

    What would have happened if Julian had turned himself in from the get go? Who knows, perhaps he would have been found not guilty, or been given a short sentence. Perhaps Obama would have pardoned him, as he did Manning. Obama couldn’t have pardoned Chelsea while leaving Assange to rot, could he?

    As is Manning is back in jail for refusing to talk to the grand jury, while Assange’s new ordeal is just beginning. Now, barring a legal miracle, Assange has to face the likes of former CIA head Pompeo, who is chomping at the bit to put him away. Is it possible that Assange exercised poor judgment by staying in the embassy instead of facing the music years ago?

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @follyofwar
  67. Logan says:
    @utu

    Yup. The Nazis, in an almost perfect example of poetic justice, los the war because their racial ideology required they classify Slavs as non-Aryans, despite the copious evidence that this classification was “racially,” linguistically and ethnically inaccurate.

    Had they invaded USSR as actual liberators they could have had millions of men fighting on their side rather than the Red side.

    But of course if they’d been able to do that, they wouldn’t have been Nazis. So they quickly demonstrated to the Soviet peoples that, for them, they were even worse than commies.

  68. Logan says:
    @Reactionary Utopian

    I have at various times been accused of paid shilling for Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Mormons and fascists.

    Sadly, none of them have ever sent me a nickel.

  69. EdNels says:
    @Endgame Napoleon

    It seems to me that C.J Hopkins’ articles are often in the satirical style, which usually has a thought provocative side benefit above simply for the introduction of fact per se.

    If that is right then it might be ok to go with some of the impressions that it triggers on this topic today,

    @E Napoleon

    demise of serious journalism. This generation of rich, arrogant, spoiled, ]

    …( highly educated…?)

    All they care about is what keeps them on top—far above the unwashed Déplorables.

    [amassing actual fortunes from some Republic-degrading activity, it makes more sense as a pillaging exercise.

    Well so no longer is it about MERIT,.
    Robust productive economic culture of the past transitioning to an EXTRACTION ECONOMY, which was talked about by Dylan Ratterger on TV before they fired him.

    So my take that is: That when time comes they no longer can luxuriate sufficiently good on the proceeds from their inherited loot, including the expense money supporting the necessary underpinnings (the next 10% =/- lessor rich, and the next 20% upper middle spoils recipiants and HANGER-ONERS who are hungrier and hungrier… (less efficient,) they need more juice to make their system keep on working correctly, hence the need of a Quick Fix profit booster like offshore of manufacture , among other capital liquidations including myriad various forms of EXTRACTION, and eventually cannibalization, Including PRIVATIZATION, and other schemes leading ultimately to HELICOPTER MONEY and QEeeeee. sort of legalized counterfeiting like ole… (Democracy in America , who’s that French guy? warned of way back then??

    These trends that are short sighted, weaken the whole county/ system, It’s an end game SCENario. Might say. Is that appropoet?

    Sheep husbandry 101: Don’t tell the sheeps about the shearing and… ya know (lamb chops.) They don’t need the added stress of too much truthiness.

    The new ruling class must be nearing Baby Boomer age, and all that entailed, or have the Xers taken over?

  70. Ford says:

    But is it good for the Jews?

    • Replies: @annamaria
  71. @ploni almoni

    Spelling out your logic you appear to be saying that because the Jews were scapegoated and made to suffer for their non existent or barely material role in Germany’s WW1 surrender they must be so geared up for revenge that we should all fear them (all Jews!). Really!?

  72. annamaria says:
    @Ford

    No, Assange was not obedient to the Lobby and the Friends of Israel:
    http://www.awdnews.com/political/assange-forget-russia-,-the-real-threat-to-america-comes-from-israel-and-the-israel-lobby

    Russian actions on its own doorstep in Eastern Europe do not in fact threaten the United States or any actual vital interest. …

    … however, another country that has interfered in U.S. elections, has endangered Americans living or working overseas and has corrupted America’s legislative and executive branches. It has exploited that corruption to initiate legislation favorable to itself, has promoted unnecessary and unwinnable wars and has stolen American technology and military secrets. Its ready access to the mainstream media to spread its own propaganda provides it with cover for its actions and it accomplishes all that and more through the agency of a powerful and well-funded domestic lobby that oddly is not subject to the accountability afforded by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 even though it manifestly works on behalf of a foreign government. That country is, of course, Israel” said Assange.

    This is why the obscenity of hunting Assange is so obvious.
    The rabid hatred towards the messenger made the haters mad.

    • Replies: @Iris
  73. anon404 says:
    @James N. Kennett

    yes, funny how honesty and assassination are related.. Democrats and Republicans disqualify candidates who are honest because the candidate will be assassinated.. and they are running low on bullets.

  74. @Reactionary Utopian

    Nice point. These geniuses don’t seem to be able to read Assange’s point about real, verifiable conspiracies. All they hear is “he doesn’t believe in the controlled demolition!” And then the rest blurs into noise for them.

  75. @Willem

    My view is that I have completely given up on the idea that the outcome of the story of Julian Assange could ever have anything to do with me now or in the future. I don’t believe it has anything to do with you either. Good luck if it does.

    Gaslighting? Holy fuck I thought I was paranoid.

    In the movie the gaslighter is destroyed, btw. It’s a pretty silly idea from a movie.

    • Replies: @Willem
  76. TKK says:
    @restless94110

    He smeared feces on the walls of the Ecuador embassy when he was displeased with them or in a pout.

    Perhaps this came from the stress of living in such a small space for seven years, much like many clients do in prison or county.

    Nevertheless, it is repellent.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @annamaria
  77. Anon[372] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Notice even Beattie doesn’t go all the way and spell it out.

    “Fortified with a mixture of Post-Cold War triumphalism and universalist illusions of spreading global democracy, this neoconservative cadre focused their efforts on foreign, rather than domestic, policy.”

    Neo-cons were NOT concerned with human rights. They sure as hell didn’t care about the rights of Palestinians. And they were more than happy to work with autocratic China and theocratic Saudi Arabia to get what they want.
    Neocons have been Jewish supremacists hellbent on using American might to destroy any nation perceived as a threat to Israel and Jewish interests. Jewish behavior in Russia in the 90s made it clear as day that Jews don’t give a rat’s ass about the principles of liberal democracy. They plundered the Russian economy and propped up Yeltsin as puppet for easy profit and hegemony. And notice how Jews push PC and censorship in EU and US to secure their supremacist power.
    Neocons were never about universal anything. They were total tribalist weasel-wolves hiding beneath universalist clothing.

    • Replies: @annamaria
    , @annamaria
  78. To understand someones present life, an honest look into their past is required.
    https://aanirfan.blogspot.com/search?q=assange

  79. @Sparkon

    This video is loaded with Roman/Astrological/Roman Catholic Church, and pagan worship history. Bottom line is, as we know, Israel and her knee boy Trump(the builder-that’s what he does)are doing all in their power to bring about the building of the third temple in Jerusalem, which they feel will usher in the rise of the anti-Christ to power.
    Long story short, the video tries to warn of the danger of these religious fanatics and the part Assange will play as the “cyber Christ”(sold out not for forty pieces of silver, but 4.2 billion IMF dollars, arranged by ultra Zionist Mike Pence). This is one video that must be viewed in its entirety to be understood. That’s the best I can do to explain it.

    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  80. Iris says:
    @annamaria

    This is why the obscenity of hunting Assange is so obvious.

    One thing is certain, annamaria, all the decent people who consistently and courageously opposed the UK’s warmomgering and servile support to Isreal are 100% supportive of Julian Assange: Jeremy Corbyn, John Pilger, George Galloway, the “Stop the War” coalition…

    Unfortunately, the headlines focus on the US, not on the Hebraic elephant in the room:

    “American values: Embassies are for chopping up journalists, not protecting them “

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/456344-assange-khashoggi-embassy-us-values/

  81. annamaria says:
    @TKK

    Here is a quote that makes your tribe livid towards the courageous and noble Assange: http://www.awdnews.com/political/assange-forget-russia-,-the-real-threat-to-america-comes-from-israel-and-the-israel-lobby

    … however, another country that has interfered in U.S. elections, has endangered Americans living or working overseas and has corrupted America’s legislative and executive branches. It has exploited that corruption to initiate legislation favorable to itself, has promoted unnecessary and unwinnable wars and has stolen American technology and military secrets. Its ready access to the mainstream media to spread its own propaganda provides it with cover for its actions and it accomplishes all that and more through the agency of a powerful and well-funded domestic lobby that oddly is not subject to the accountability afforded by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 even though it manifestly works on behalf of a foreign government. That country is, of course, Israel”

    And before spreading your lies about Assange, look first at your co-religionists’ subhuman deeds on the occupied territories of Palestine: https://www.mecaforpeace.org/palestinian-child-killed-by-israeli-settler/ https://www.ochaopt.org/content/high-level-violence-israeli-settlers-rise-israeli-fatalities https://mondoweiss.net/2019/01/israeli-settler-palestinians/

  82. Jimmy Carter Lectures Trump: US Is ‘Most Warlike Nation in History of the World’

    https://www.telesurenglish.net/opinion/Jimmy-Carter-Lectures-Trump-US-Is-Most-Warlike-Nation-in-History-of-the-World-20190418-0020.html

    The only U.S. president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”

    During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China’s growing economy and expressed concern that “China is getting ahead of us.”

    Carter, who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979, said he told Trump that much of China’s success was due to its peaceful foreign policy.

    “Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None, and we have stayed at war.” While it is true that China’s last major war — an invasion of Vietnam — occurred in 1979, its People’s Liberation Army pounded border regions of Vietnam with artillery and its navy battled its Vietnamese counterpart in the 1980s. Since then, however, China has been at peace with its neighbors and the world.

    Carter then said the U.S. has been at peace for only 16 of its 242 years as a nation. Counting wars, military attacks and military occupations, there have actually only been five years of peace in US history — 1976, the last year of the Gerald Ford administration and 1977-80, the entirety of Carter’s presidency. Carter then referred to the US as “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” a result, he said, of the US forcing other countries to “adopt our American principles.”

    China’s peace dividend has allowed and enhanced its economic growth, Carter said. “How many miles of high-speed railroad do we have in this country?” he asked. China has around 18,000 miles (29,000 km) of high speed rail lines while the US has “wasted, I think, $3 trillion” on military spending. According to a November 2018 study by Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, the US has spent $5.9 trillion waging war in Iraq,

    Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nations since 2001.

    “It’s more than you can imagine,” Carter said of U.S. war spending. “China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way.”

    “And I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure you’d probably have $2 trillion leftover,” Carter told his congregation. “We’d have high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing, we’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of say South Korea or Hong Kong.”

    • Replies: @anon
  83. WikiLeaks: Iraqi children in U.S. raid shot in head, U.N. says

    https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/special-reports/article24696685.html

    [MORE]

    A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

    The unclassified cable, which was posted on WikiLeaks’ website last week, contained questions from a United Nations investigator about the incident, which had angered local Iraqi officials, who demanded some kind of action from their government. U.S. officials denied at the time that anything inappropriate had occurred.

    But Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said in a communication to American officials dated 12 days after the March 15, 2006, incident that autopsies performed in the Iraqi city of Tikrit showed that all the dead had been handcuffed and shot in the head. Among the dead were four women and five children. The children were all 5 years old or younger.

    Reached by email Wednesday, Alston said that as of 2010 — the most recent data he had — U.S. officials hadn’t responded to his request for information and that Iraq’s government also hadn’t been forthcoming. He said the lack of response from the United States “was the case with most of the letters to the U.S. in the 2006-2007 period,” when fighting in Iraq peaked.

    Alston said he could provide no further information on the incident. “The tragedy,” he said, “is that this elaborate system of communications is in place but the (U.N.) Human Rights Council does nothing to follow up when states ignore issues raised with them.”

    Alston wrote, the “troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed all of them. After the initial MNF intervention, a U.S. air raid ensued that destroyed the house.” The initials refer to the official name of the military coalition, the Multi-National Force.

    Alston said “Iraqi TV stations broadcast from the scene and showed bodies of the victims (i.e. five children and four women) in the morgue of Tikrit. Autopsies carries (sic) out at the Tikrit Hospital’s morgue revealed that all corpses were shot in the head and handcuffed.”

    The cable also backs the original report from the Joint Coordination Center, which said U.S. forces entered the house while it was still standing. That first report noted: “The American forces gathered the family members in one room and executed 11 persons, including five children, four women and two men. Then they bombed the house, burned three vehicles and killed their animals.”

    The report was signed by Col. Fadhil Muhammed Khalaf, who was described in the document as the assistant chief of the Joint Coordination Center.

    The cable also backs up the claims of the doctor who performed the autopsies, who told Knight Ridder “that all the victims had bullet shots in the head and all bodies were handcuffed.”

    The cable notes that “at least 10 persons, namely Mr. Faiz Hratt Khalaf, (aged 28), his wife Sumay’ya Abdul Razzaq Khuther (aged 24), their three children Hawra’a (aged 5) Aisha (aged 3) and Husam (5 months old), Faiz’s mother Ms. Turkiya Majeed Ali (aged 74), Faiz’s sister (name unknown), Faiz’s nieces Asma’a Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 5 years old), and Usama Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 3 years), and a visiting relative Ms. Iqtisad Hameed Mehdi (aged 23) were killed during the raid.”

  84. Skeptikal says:
    @Willem

    While we’re at it, “us” is not a nominative pronoun.
    So please at least don’t be illiterate as well.

    It is “we little people will never . . . ”

    You are hereby demoted to fourth grade to repeat the “diagramming sentences” unit.

    • Replies: @Willem
  85. @Sparkon

    Instead of trotting out the familiar strawman fallacy, why not put your considerable talent to use explaining why Assange said that about 9/11?

    Or do you simply agree with Mr. Assange that 9/11 is a “false conspiracy”?

    “Considerable talent?” Why, thank you; that’s very kind.

    I do not know why Mr. Assange said whatever it is he has said about 9/11. I do not know what-all he may have had to say on the subject. I do not even know what happened on 9/11. I do know that it was, and continues to be, a very convenient thing for our false rulers in their ever-persistent quest to deprive us of the few remaining scraps of our liberties.

  86. annamaria says:
    @Anon

    And who can forget the Cardin-Browder cooperation that resulted in the Magnitsky Act?
    The Israel-firster Cardin did not care that Browder “gave up his U.S. citizenship in 1998 to avoid paying taxes… After having business in Russia for ten years, Browder was refused entry to Russia in 2005 as a threat to national security.” Such credentials sound perfect for Cardin.

    After Bill Browder has been exposed as a fraud he is, the Lobby helped him to squash the freedom of information: The factually correct documentary about Browder has been banned http://magnitskyact.com

    Meanwhile, Browder has been accused of ordering a string of murders (all related to his plundering schemas Russia). Unsurprisingly, the docile Interpol has refused to arrest the important Jewish activist Browder. Compare that to Interpol’s extreme alertness towards Assange.

    The darling of US ziocons Bill Browder is served with subpoena in New York:

  87. annamaria says:
    @Anon

    This Jewish crook has been guiding the US Congress’ policies towards Russia:

  88. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @follyofwar

    President Obama did not “pardon” Manning. He commuted his sentence only after he was convicted, imprisoned as such, and had become celebrated for announcing that he had changed his name and would begin living as a woman.

  89. wayfarer says:
    @annamaria

    “The Julian Assange Arrest, Why Now and What Does This Mean?”

    “Why Every American Should Give a Damn What Happens to Assange!”

  90. @Grace Poole

    The points you make are important and accurate.

    Back in 1933, World Jewry openly and officially began its war on Hitler’s Germany by proclaiming and prosecuting a worldwide global boycott on German industries. World Jewry is doing the same today with Iran.

    International Jewry typically wages war by proxy. America has been their tool of choice for the past century. Zionist control of Hollywood and America’s MSM give them extraordinary leverage.

    On top of that, Jewish billionaires account for about 50% of the major political donations to both the Dems and the GOP today.

    To make matters worse, entrenched Jewish power in America now restricts the very examination of ‘Jewish power’. Now that’s power.

    Prior to America’s entry into WWI, prominent Jews such as Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter formed a secret, all-Jewish society that was designed to steer the US into that European conflict so that Zionist efforts in Palestine would be nourished and eventually legitimized.

    After WWI, Jewish representatives from the World Jewish Congress were at Versailles where they helped the allies mete out severe and disproportionate punishment on Germany for starting ‘The Great War’.

    Is it any wonder why Hitler’s Germany would resent the lethal machinations of global Jewry?

    America’s proclaimed ‘neutrality’ before WWII was similarly compromised by organized Jewish lobbying. Charles Lindbergh complained about this and was pillorred for it from all sides. Like today, Hollywood and elite US news outlets played a pivotal role in softening up Americans for yet another overseas war.

    World Jewry was out to destroy Hitler’s economic miracle in Germany well before WWII began. Similarly, after the seizing of Palestine and Syria’s Golan was complete, highly-place Zionists focused their efforts on undermining Saddam Hussein’s secular Iraq and Khadafy’s rising, stable (and anti-Zionist) Libya.

    The US-lead wars on those countries was a crowning achievement for international Jewry.

    It is therefore regrettably that Hopkins (a gifted satirist) referenced Hitler’s alleged ‘scapegoating’ of the Jews. Not only does that cartoonish view not tell the whole story, it reinforces a fraudulent one.

    • Replies: @Miro23
    , @Skeptikal
  91. Willem says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    ‘My view is that I have completely given up on the idea that the outcome of the story of Julian Assange could ever have anything to do with me now or in the future. I don’t believe it has anything to do with you either. Good luck if it does.’

    Okay, so you just don’t care about the US war crimes Assange has exposed through Manning. You also don’t care that the democratic party tried by all means to prevent Sanders to become president. You don’t care about all those things. I do, and I also care about the fact that anyone who exposes such facts is jailed.

    You just tried to gaslight me again, saying that Assange has nothing to do with you or me, but failed in front of everyone. My advice: try another anonymous handle next time in order to make it not too obvious that you are a gaslighter.

    BTW, I didn’t know about the movie where the gaslighter is introduced and was destroyed. But I am glad you know so much about gaslighting, and what can happen with gaslighters. But then: movies are movies, and are not real.

    Try to get another living, man. Being a gaslighter is a very silly way of filling your life.

  92. Willem says:
    @Skeptikal

    Wow, so your point is?

    And you call yourself Skepitikal, which is BTW the wrong spelling of sceptical?

    Try also: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irrelevant_conclusion

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  93. Miro23 says:
    @mark green

    Prior to America’s entry into WWI, prominent Jews such as Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter formed a secret, all-Jewish society that was designed to steer the US into that European conflict so that Zionist efforts in Palestine would be nourished and eventually legitimized.

    The Parushim, with the initiate required to swear an oath:

    Before this council, in the name of all that I hold dear and holy, I hereby vow myself, my life, my fortune, and my honor to the restoration of the Jewish nation, -to its restoration as a free and autonomous state, by its laws perfect in justice, by its life enriching and preserving the historic speech, the culture, and the ideals of the Jewish people.
    To this end I dedicate myself in behalf of the Jews, my people, and in behalf of all mankind.
    To this end I enroll myself in the fellowship of the Parushim. I pledge myself utterly to guard and to obey and to keep secret the laws and the labor of the fellowship, its existence and its aims. Amen.

    Ref. https://ifamericaknew.org/history/parushim.html

    These were US Supreme Court Justices, the highest US authorities supposedly defending the US Constitution and the wellbeing of the American people.

    No need to ask who’s side they were on if there was any conflict of interest.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  94. That’s all right, though, after he’s been safely dead for ten or twenty years, they’ll name a few streets and high schools after him. Maybe they’ll even build him a monument.

    Name schools or streets for some old white dude? Build a freakin’ monument to this pile of unearned privilege?! A POC would have been droned years ago! What sort of Not-See are you, C.J.?!?!!?!

  95. There’s a lot of twisting in the wind here. And te reason is that Mr Assange gas shown us bare and naked in light of all that we espouse ourselves to be as the US — instead of truth justice and the “american way”, it’s been, brute power regardless of truth or justice.

    And that mirror is painful to face when one’s naked body is loaded with deformities and those by choice. Doubled down is the reality that the same nakedness has been broadcast world wide. It’s more than embarrassing.

    ——————————-

    The arrest now is simple: Ecuador does not want to be in the cross hairs of the US as Venezuela.

  96. @follyofwar

    You are correct, I used the wrong term. However, whatever his reasons, I’m glad that Obama commuted Manning’s sentence.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  97. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @follyofwar

    Gutless political theatre to placate the sub-species of cud chewing Americans that style themselves “progressive.”

  98. Skeptikal says:
    @Willem

    I think my point is klere. (:-;)

  99. Skeptikal says:
    @mark green

    “World Jewry was out to destroy Hitler’s economic miracle in Germany well before WWII began. ”

    I don’t question this—but my question is: WHY? Why did Jews boycott Germany?

    I think Hopkins’s satire kind of falls short of the mark.

    Mainly because you have to read half of it before you realize that it is supposed to be a joke.

    So, it is not really that funny—or at all funny—to have to read all of the noxious arguments that enemies of Assanage repeat ad nauseum. It is a well-known axiom in communications science or theory or practice—or maybe make that propaganda practice—that the more you repeat something the more it sticks in people’s heads, regardless of your intention. So, just don’t repeat these awful, demeaning, insulting statements about Assange unless it is very clearly to call them out as thought crimes and really, crimes against Assange’s humanity and human rights.

    Much as I hate Trump, one thing I noticed from the get-go was that there was no boundary the MSM and “progressive” establishment were unwilling to cross to insult and demean him personally and in visuals starting *immediately* after the Nov. 2016 election. Including, e.g, Harpers’, the ACLU, and many other entities that really should have had *some* boundaries and *some* basic manners and respect for the office of the presidency and should have known better. It wouldn’t surprise me if this adolescent crudity did actually affect the trajectory of Trump’s presidency and had a cumulative negative effect on the public political life and also the Deep State of the USA.

    • Replies: @MacNucc11
  100. annamaria says:
    @Miro23

    The problem is, there are many more Parushim in the US today than hundred years ago. Moreover, today the Israel-firsters pledge their allegiance to Israel openly (see Chuck Schumer), while the thoroughly corrupt, Israel-Occupied US Congress prostrates enthusiastically before the Jewish Lobby. MAGA indeed.

    Interesting, if the US Congresspeople use the same words when presenting for the Lobby their written allegiance to Israel:

    I hereby vow myself, my life, my fortune, and my honor to the restoration of the Jewish nation

  101. annamaria says:

    AIPAC Loyalty Oath to put Israel first over America: https://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/10/29/how-soon-can-we-get-aipac-owned-traitors-out-of-congress/

    Why is it such a serious matter to get these signers of the AIPAC Loyalty Oath out of Congress? The reason is obvious, without these Traitors who are sellouts to AIPAC and Israel, America could not have been transformed into a virtual province of Israel.

    Nor could America have been transformed into an Israeli slave-state, provider and war-fighter for Israel with an endless supply of American Soldiers to use as Israeli cannon-fodder in their quest to expand and create “greater Israel”.

    Very few Americans know of this treasonous betrayal by all but one Member of Congress. This betrayal is a very serious, grievous violation of their Oath of Office and also American espionage laws and it constitutes Treason.

    “Media are stunned by Congress’s ‘loyalty’ to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it)” https://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/congresss-netanyahu-explain/

    “How the Israel Lobby Gets What It Wants” https://www.counterpunch.org/2012/09/26/how-the-israel-lobby-gets-what-it-wants/

  102. MacNucc11 says:
    @TG

    It is total insanity and I have witnessed much of the same. I have heard people who were sure Trump was done for because of Mueller. The sad thing is it turns out we would probably be better off if Trump actually was a Russian agent. Please Russia and Putin run someone in the next election. Please I beg of you destroy our “democracy!”

  103. MacNucc11 says:
    @Skeptikal

    I have noticed this limit of boundaries as well but have come to realize Trump means us to them. The American people who voted for him are who they really mean when they insult him. It is all targeted to loyal decent average Americans. When they show Trump beheaded they want to kill us, when they show him as stupid this is how they see us. The masks are completely off and their intentions and disdain for us are there for anyone to see.

  104. Sparkon says:

    I have been enjoying the illustration of Julian Assange that C.J. Hopkins chose for this article as I have an enduring interest in Art. The drawing looks like a tracing done over a photograph using vector art.

    I see from image info that this drawing came from Shutterstock. It didn’t take long for me to track down the illustration there, and learn that it is credited to Russian artist Mike Trukhachev, who is described as an illustrator / vector artist working in Adobe Illustrator and using a Wacom graphic tablet. The Assange drawing appears to be the only illustration Mr. Trukhachev has done for Shutterstock.

    I also located a couple instances of the photograph Trukhachev used as reference for his drawing. I tested this long, busy URL in a vacant tab to see that it displayed properly, blemishes and all, so here’s hoping…

    Assange photo

    [edit: no joy, but right click, open in new tab to see picture]

    Psst. Obviously, the photo was taken before Assange improved his appearance with the long flowing beard. Apparently, the plan was for Assange to sneak out of Ecuador’s embassy early on Dec. 25th disguised as Santa Claws, but the rescue mission code-name Valiant Reindeer was sabotaged by Oliver South.

    / Psst

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  105. Sparkon says:
    @Sparkon

    The Assange drawing appears to be the only illustration Mr. Trukhachev has done for Shutterstock.

    My bad. Actually, Trukhachev has done quite a bit of work for Shutterstock. I was simply befuddled by those always-tricky tabs, but here’s a link to his portfolio, which is really pretty good for clip art:

    https://www.shutterstock.com/g/tpyxa/sets

    If you examine Trukhachev’s portfolio at Shutterstock, you might notice a drawing there that looks amazingly like Assange dragging a dead reindeer. Just sayin’.

    I neglected to mention that the photograph on which Trukhachev based his illustration was taken by Dominic Lipinski, and was used by the Grauniad with this article:

    Republicans voice disdain after Trump tweets support for Julian Assange.

    Earlier, while on the campaign trail on October 10, 2016 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, candidate Trump enthusiastically praised WikiLeaks:

    “This just came out…WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks.”

    — Donald J. Trump

    Now however, he’s singing a different tune:

    “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing and I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange. I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange,”

    For a man who usually stands his ground and clings to campaign promises tenaciously, like a rat terrier on a cheeseburger, it is somewhat bewildering to hear our Chief Exec’s more recent remarks about Assange and WikiLeaks.

    Oh well; different day, different cheeseburger, I guess, and so it goes.

  106. utu says:

    Contacts with Russia (by Flynn and others ) were about doing for Israel what Obama was refusing to do in his parting shot against Netanyahu.

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/04/approached-resolution-settlements/

    According to Flynn, the Trump Transition Team regarded the vote as a significant issue and wanted to support Israel by opposing the resolution. On December 22, 2016, multiple members of the Transition Team, as well as President-Elect Trump, communicated with foreign government officials to determine their views on the resolution and to rally support to delay the vote or defeat the resolution. Kushner led the effort for the Transition Team; Flynn was responsible for the Russian government. Minutes after an early morning phone call with Kushner on December 22, Flynn called [Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey] Kislyak. According to Flynn, he informed Kislyak about the vote and the Transition Team’s opposition to the resolution, and requested that Russia vote against or delay the resolution. Later that day, President-Elect Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about the vote. Ultimately, Egypt postponed the vote.

    On December 23, 2016, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, and Venezuela resubmitted the resolution. Throughout the day, members of the Transition Team continued to talk with foreign leaders about the resolution, with Flynn continuing to lead the outreach with the Russian government through Kislyak. When Flynn spoke with Kislyak, Kislyak informed Flynn that if the resolution came to a vote, Russia would not vote against it. The resolution later passed 14-0, with the United States abstaining.

    Note the anti-Israel activism by New Zealand. Countries for such activism are frequently punished.

  107. anon[111] • Disclaimer says:
    @redmudhooch

    McLean, VA is one of the most elite and expensive locales in the already expensive and elitist DC – Virginia region.

    The other day Walid Phares spoke to a group of Islamophobic ex-foreign service employees in an organization called Westminster Institute in an armpit of McLean.

    The talk can be viewed online and the transcript read same place — not gonna air it here.
    The most interesting thing posted on that woebegone site was a comment, presumably from an audience member who said, basically, “US problems in Iraq are all Iran’s fault, . . . those barefoot Shia mischief-making thugs . . . .”. :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXWZ_tkhj7w

    What’s this got to do with Carter’s counsel to the president, that US is losing to China because US is hyper-militarized?

    Well, the commenter at the Westminster website seems to reflect the failure of education dominant in US: the threshold question should have been,
    “If waging war in Iraq in 2003 was ‘America’s worst strategic blunder,’ and ‘We went there on false and illegitimate premises,’ WHY are we still there?”

    But similar to Kevin Barrett’s argument earlier, https://www.unz.com/kbarrett/the-holocaust-is-a-myth-that-conceals-our-shame/, Iran is a Myth that Conceals our Shame.

  108. annamaria says:
    @TKK

    https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/19/uk-blurring-two-very-different-extradition-claims/

    The Swedish women as reported in an article written by John Pilger both denied that they had been raped. In addition, the prosecutor who initially handled the case had determined that there was no evidence that a crime had been committed and subsequently terminated the case. She also gave permission with other Swedish authorities for Assange to leave the country and travel to London, England. This criminal case is bogus. … The alleged victims deny they are victims and were appalled when an arrest warrant was initially issued by Swedish prosecutors.

    The heavily zionized MSM will continue producing its smears (which you are so fond of) against Assange but the truth stands obvious: Assange has been hunted by the ZUSA because he is a true journalist who exposed the ZUSA’ crimes.

  109. annamaria says:

    https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/12/assange-arrest-a-warning-from-history/ “Assange Arrest a Warning from History”

    Imagine Tony Blair dragged from his multi-million pound Georgian home in Connaught Square, London, in handcuffs, for onward dispatch to the dock in The Hague. By the standard of Nuremberg, Blair’s “paramount crime” is the deaths of a million Iraqis.

    Assange’s crime is journalism: holding the rapacious to account, exposing their lies and empowering people all over the world with truth.

    The shocking arrest of Assange carries a warning for all who, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “sow the seeds of discontent [without which] there would be no advance towards civilization.”

  110. annamaria says:

    Pepe Escobar, “The Deep State vs. WikiLeaks.” https://thesaker.is/the-deep-state-vs-wikileaks/
    Two interesting points.

    1. The scope of resources that the ZUSA has amassed to destroy Assange and Wikileaks.

    The US Government has stood up and coordinated a joint interagency criminal investigation of Wikileaks comprised of a partnership between the Department of Defense (DOD) including: CENTCOM; SOUTHCOM; the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA); US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) for USFI (US Forces Iraq) and 1st Armored Division (AD); US Army Computer Crimes Investigative Unit (CCIU); 2nd Army (US Army Cyber Command); Within that or in addition, three military intelligence investigations were conducted. Department of Justice (DOJ) Grand Jury and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of State (DOS) and Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). In addition, Wikileaks has been investigated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Office of the National CounterIntelligence Executive (ONCIX), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the House Oversight Committee; the National Security Staff Interagency Committee, and the PIAB (President’s Intelligence Advisory Board).

    Considering the joke of the produced indictment, the resources suffer the American disease of incompetence and stupidity.

    2. One of Assange’s lawyers tried to make a deal with the US Department of Justice:

    WikiLeaks would not publish the most damning Vault 7 information in exchange for Assange’s safe passage to be interviewed by the US Department of Justice. The DoJ wanted a deal – and they did make an offer to WikiLeaks. But then FBI director James Comey killed it. …

    The key fact is Comey already knew that [the DNC/Podesta files] was not a hack; it was a leak. … There was nothing for Comey to “investigate”. Or there would have, if Comey had ordered the FBI to examine the DNC servers.

    Everything comes back to Mrs. Clinton and her retinue of the dishonest, incompetent, treasonous servants in high places — such as Comey and Brennan.

  111. annamaria says:

    “Debunking All The Assange Smears,” by Caitlin Johnstone
    https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/debunking-all-the-assange-smears-a549fd677cac

    Know the major British scoundrels such as certain “judge” Emma Arbuthnot, a proud wife of a war profiteer and a shameless profiteer herself:

    After the Swedish government decided to drop its sexual assault investigation without issuing any charges, Assange’s legal team attempted last year to get the warrant dropped. The judge in that case, Emma Arbuthnot, just happens to be married to former Tory junior Defence Minister and government whip James Arbuthnot, who served as director of Security Intelligence Consultancy SC Strategy Ltd with a former head of MI6.

    “Lady” Arbuthnot denied Assange’s request with extreme vitriol, despite his argument that British law does have provisions which allow for the time he’d already served under house arrest to count toward far more time than would be served for violating bail. The British government kept police stationed outside the embassy at taxpayers’ expense with orders to arrest Assange on sight.

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