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“I love Wikileaks,” candidate Donald Trump said on October 10th on the campaign trail. He praised the organization for reporting on the darker side of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was information likely leaked by a whistleblower from within the Clinton campaign to Wikileaks.

Back then he praised Wikileaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump looks less like President Trump every day. The candidate praised whistleblowers and Wikileaks often on the campaign trail. In fact, candidate Trump loved Wikileaks so much he mentioned the organization more than 140 times in the final month of the campaign alone! Now, as President, it seems Trump wants Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sent to prison

Last week CNN reported, citing anonymous “intelligence community” sources, that the Trump Administration’s Justice Department was seeking the arrest of Assange and had found a way to charge the Wikileaks founder for publishing classified information without charging other media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post for publishing the same information.

It might have been tempting to write off the CNN report as “fake news,” as is much of their reporting, but for the fact President Trump said in an interview on Friday that issuing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange would be, “OK with me.”

Trump’s condemnation of Wikileaks came just a day after his CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, attacked Wikileaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Pompeo accused Assange of being “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen.”

Pompeo’s word choice was no accident. By accusing Wikileaks of being a “hostile intelligence service” rather than a publisher of information on illegal and abusive government practices leaked by whistleblowers, he signaled that the organization has no First Amendment rights. Like many in Washington, he does not understand that the First Amendment is a limitation on government rather than a granting of rights to citizens. Pompeo was declaring war on Wikileaks.

But not that long ago Pompeo also cited Wikileaks as an important source of information. In July he drew attention to the Wikileaks release of information damaging to the Clinton campaign, writing, “Need further proof that the fix was in from President Obama on down?”

There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy.

The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would “drain the swamp,” meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check – the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations – he has turned his back on those who elected him.

Julian Assange, along with the whistleblowers who reveal to us the evil that is being done in our name, are heroes. They deserve our respect and admiration, not a prison cell. If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Donald Trump, Julian Assange, Wikileaks 
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  1. There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy.

    The word is evil. Assange represents truth. Imperial Washington with its figure head leader, Donald Trump, represents evil. These liars are also mass murderers.

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  2. Randal says:

    Trump is clearly either profoundly dishonest or profoundly weak minded. Or perhaps both.

    Still better than the available alternative at election time, but contemptible nonetheless.

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  3. It would be nice, in Hollywood parlance, to be able to announce, “You’re fired!”

    But there is no realistic hope for change. The job description for the President of the United States, is to be the CEO of War, Incorporated, just another democratically unaccountable big business of the wealthiest donors.

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  4. [Fixed!]

    This piece sounds like Ron Paul wrote it, not Ron Unz.

    Anyhow, I don’t think ‘hypocrisy’ is the right word here. Hypocrisy is, as La Rochefoucauld said, a tribute vice pays to virtue. This guy seems to be much worse than that; as phony as they come, a complete fraud.

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  5. Trump is clearly either profoundly dishonest or profoundly weak minded.

    I believe it’s the latter. I never thought he was the brightest guy, but just a hard-working guy, and a good leader, and a guy who seemed to lean the right way when confronted with politics. Maybe some one got to him at this point, but “weak minded” probably explains it, Randal.

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    Probably weak-minded, yes, in the sense that he is incapable of imposing honesty upon his opinions (hence the Wikileaks about-face), and is vulnerable to manipulation in areas he knows little about and probably cares less for (hence the foreign policy about-face).
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  6. Randal says:
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    Trump is clearly either profoundly dishonest or profoundly weak minded.
     
    I believe it's the latter. I never thought he was the brightest guy, but just a hard-working guy, and a good leader, and a guy who seemed to lean the right way when confronted with politics. Maybe some one got to him at this point, but "weak minded" probably explains it, Randal.

    Probably weak-minded, yes, in the sense that he is incapable of imposing honesty upon his opinions (hence the Wikileaks about-face), and is vulnerable to manipulation in areas he knows little about and probably cares less for (hence the foreign policy about-face).

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  7. KenH says:

    Based on Trump’s flip (betrayal) on Wikileaks, it’s probably fair to say he’s amoral, shrewd and cunning and really can’t be trusted on anything he says since it’s bound to change tomorrow or next week. That or he’s an ideological empty vessel who simply falls for the best sounding sales pitch being vended by his advisors, cabinet members or appeals from Ivanka and Jared.

    I now have concerns that if we have a couple more mass shootings that he’ll decide, on a whim, that we need “common sense” gun control. That he seems to be ruled by his whims and emotions, rather than careful deliberation of the facts, gives me pause.

    His staunchest supporters say he’s playing 4D chess, but I say he’s a man lacking core political principles and who knows when to fall on his sword and join the establishment for his own benefit. But this is not why most of us deplorables voted for him and he’s started to alienate a growing segment of his base which will imperil his 2020 reelection bid.

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  8. lavoisier says: • Website

    Disgusting hypocrisy.

    I think the man is just really, really dumb. He does not read so his mind is easily manipulated by whatever idea is passed his way.

    My God we are in trouble with this fool.

    He needs to bring Bannon in and do exactly what Bannon tells him to do. First thing Bannon should do to Trump is to tell him the truth: “You are a moron Mr. Trump, and the only reason you were elected is because the alternative was a mass murderer.”

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  9. Jason Liu says:

    Trump seems highly suggestible by the last person he spoke with and wants to please everyone after talking to them. People like this are not uncommon in the business world.

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  10. republic says:

    From a empty suit to a empty vessel, great progress!

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  11. Realist says:

    Trump has mouse balls…if any.

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  12. nickels says:

    Trump = pwned

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  13. Marat says:

    “Something is happening”, as Candidate Trump used to exclaim. It’s as if he did the easy stuff first via reversal of EO, and was never able to establish a toehold against the prevailing headwinds. Turns out Candidate Trump was great at getting elected (hat tip to Assange, Bannon, and Kellyanne) but he can’t govern. At all.

    He didn’t engage 10 minutes with the people regarding any policy about healthcare. This turned out to be politically in his favor, but look at what it has revealed in the process: there is no policy!

    He accomplished zero in Syria and Afghanistan. But look what these symbolic actions revealed: there is no foreign policy!

    Now he is hiding behind criminals in order to justify HIS centerpiece, the wall. What does this reveal? Shriveling balls.

    Apparently, Jared and Ivanka must be present at all meetings and this president can not be left unattended by family. Ivanka is particularly concerned about her social standing among the Globalist elite. At this rate, the first couple will be able to attend Davos afterall, in spite of all that that previous pesky “America First” smack. But who can they trust enough to babysit the President? Melania?

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  14. There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy.

    Here’s a phrase instead of a word.: Business as usual.

    Just as expected.

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  15. […] the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Julian Assange”.  “Candidate Trump: ‘I Love Wikileaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest […]

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  16. Miro23 says:

    Back then he praised Wikileaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump looks less like President Trump every day. The candidate praised whistleblowers and Wikileaks often on the campaign trail. In fact, candidate Trump loved Wikileaks so much he mentioned the organization more than 140 times in the final month of the campaign alone! Now, as President, it seems Trump wants Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sent to prison.

    No surprise here, Assange is getting the same treatment as Bannon, Conway, Lewandowski etc. and all the others who put him in power.

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