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If America’s so free and fair, why is Julian Assange, innocent in natural law, so terrified of being extradited to the USA? And why must journalist Glenn Greenwald live abroad, after heroically helping whistleblower Edward Snowden, now safely ensconced in Russia? American heroes living abroad for fear of the American Security State? Time perhaps to shut up about China?

In 2010, Snowden had shared internal NSA documents with Mr. Greenwald, the guardian of American freedoms at the British Guardian newspaper.

Facilitated by Greenwald, Snowden divulged that the National Security Agency boasted of having “direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, PalTalk, YouTube in 2010; Skype and AOL, and other servers.” It transpired that, contrary to what you’d been told by officials under oath, “the world’s largest surveillance organization” can and does “obtain targeted communications without having to request them from the service providers and without having to obtain individual court orders.” This is contrary to the Bill of Rights, and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, in particular, which specifies that “warrants shall issue” only “upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation. Tellingly, the tools of Big Media and Big Government had not apprised you of these facts. It took Snowden to come forth, in his words, “to reveal the criminality.” In Snowden’s poignant words, “You can’t wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act. … I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American,” he summed-up so simply.

“Thank you for your service,” Mr. Snowden.

For his part, a decade before he was broken, an insouciant Assange told the New Yorker that “a social movement to expose secrets could bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality — including the US administration.” A naïve Assange had vowed to skewer “lying, corrupt and murderous leadership from Bahrain to Brazil.”

With its many epic “data dumps,” Assange’s WikiLeaks enlightened and educated, providing definitive proof that the mass media are lapdogs, not watchdogs. Democratic lapdogs. The colluding quislings of the major American networks and newspapers had actively worked to elect Mrs. Clinton. Thanks to WikiLeaks, Americans also learned of the contempt with which these Democrats hold them.

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WikiLeaks’ proprietor has martyred himself in the cause of truth. Without fear or favor, Julian Assange had exposed the workings of business and government alike, Republican and Democrat—from Facebook, Google and Yahoo’s “built-in interfaces for US intelligence,” to the clandestine wheeling-and-dealing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to the war-crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan authorized by the neoconservative/neoliberal D.C. establishment. Like no other, Assange showed us that American wars are generally a rich man’s affair and a poor man’s fight.

Assange has given his life in the cause of exposing global state and corporate corruption and the collusion betwixt. He should be thanked for his service, for Assange did not enlist to do The State’s bidding in futile, wicked wars in faraway lands. Rather, he went-up against the Administrative, Warfare, Surveillance State for The People.

Therefore, all state agents—media-military-congressional complex; local and global—want this, the greatest libertarian alive (if barely) to disappear. Never mind that First-Amendment jurisprudence is clear-cut with respect to the guerrilla journalism of WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks operators have committed no crime in publishing what is undeniably true, newsworthy information, with probative value. Besides, why has America any jurisdiction over a foreign entity (WikiLeaks) and a foreign national (Julian Assange)?

Well, America has jurisdiction over Assange because it has simply asserted it based on trumped-up charges equating his journalism with espionage. Which is why Assange now fears being “Epsteined.”

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Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian think piece since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Gab, YouTube & LinkedIn; banned by Facebook, and has a new video-podcast.

 
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  1. What are all these conservatives howling about Assange for?

    I’m pretty sure he’s pretty liberal.

    You’d think you’d go, “One more for the fire.”

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  2. Realist says:

    Time perhaps to shut up about China?

    Indeed. The United States has no standing to lecture China or any other country on moral issues. The United States is the most corrupt, hegemonic country on the planet. It is the epitome of evil and danger to all people on earth.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  3. Time perhaps to shut up about China?

    Only temporarily. Ms. Mercer’s previous column included two Exceptional! injections

    Curiously, Zakaria made no mention of China’s culpability in the COVID calamity. Or, of China’s disregard for and consequent plundering and polluting of the natural world, critters and their habitat, especially.

    and with all their Muslim population ruthlessly controlled to eliminate even the slightest threat of terrorism against the majority population—there is indeed no stopping the Chinese.

    and she’ll get back to banging Uncle Sam’s war drum soon enough.

    Like Buchanan, Derbyshire, Malkin, etc. But sneakier.

    • Thanks: Kali
    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
    , @Kerry
  4. SteveK9 says:

    The next person to be ‘Epsteined’ will be Ghislaine Maxwell. She knows too much. She’ll be convicted of everything, and then at some point, when any media attention dies down, she will suffer a sudden and fatal illness while in prison. Or, perhaps she will never have access to any press, like Rudolf Hess.

  5. @obwandiyag

    Why get ideology into it, it’s about truth. Assange has always published what was true.

  6. @Rev. Spooner

    Nope. Just someone sick over my country’s corruption into a corporatized empire, propped up on the Right by faux dissident gatekeepers like this one and the others named.

  7. The US doesnt want Assange. Without a doubt they would try him in a kangaroo court; secretly of course because of ”national security;” and bury him beneath a super max prison; but then Assange would be an American Andrei Sahkorov; a dissident; there would be global protests and the US couldnt prattle on about ”freedom” and ”democracy” while holding a political prisoner. Prosecuting Assange would be a nightmare for the US government; I dont believe Assange will ever be extradited to USA; they’ll leave him to rot in Belmarsh simply because his persecution and imprisonment would be a huge embarassment to Uncle Sam.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  8. Kerry says:
    @Greta Handel

    You can not be serious? Mercer has a 20 year record as a principled anti-war writer. Here’s one column as an example – took me thirty seconds to find on her website. :https://www.ilanamercer.com/2002/09/why-so-many-americans-don-t-support-attacking-iraq/

    Also, check her giant back log of writings that prove my point even more.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  9. @Max Maxwell

    They’ll just keep giving him Boosters until the stroke is big enough to finish him off, then probably blame the death on a COVID variant just to troll us.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  10. @Kerry

    My comment concerns her ChinaDidIt propaganda, like Actually, COVID Comes Courtesy of the Chinese PEOPLE (October 22, 2020).

    Dehumanization of the target’s people is Warmongering 101. See also, Belgian babies on German bayonets, Kuwaiti infants tossed from their incubators.

  11. Charles says:

    Assange was portrayed in the 2012 The Simpsons episode “At Long Last Leave”. He voiced himself. I wonder if Fox Network execs and Simpsons’ writers would have the courage to repeat his appearance, if such a thing is possible.

  12. Mercer:

    ” . . . Like no other, Assange showed us that American wars are generally a rich man’s affair and a poor man’s fight.”

    Agreed. And don’t forget “War Is a Racket” by Major General Smedley (“Old Gimlet Eye”) Butler, USMC (a recipient of two Medals of Honor).

  13. Trinity says:

    Epstein is alive in muh Israel. Those cartoon drawings of Lizzie Maxwell look like they were drawn by an eight year old.

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