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For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations.

For seven years, we have had to listen to a chorus of journalists, politicians and “experts” telling us that Assange was nothing more than a fugitive from justice, and that the British and Swedish legal systems could be relied on to handle his case in full accordance with the law. Barely a “mainstream” voice was raised in his defence in all that time.

From the moment he sought asylum, Assange was cast as an outlaw. His work as the founder of Wikileaks – a digital platform that for the first time in history gave ordinary people a glimpse into the darkest recesses of the most secure vaults in the deepest of Deep States – was erased from the record.

Credit: Henry Nicholls/Reuters/New York Times
Credit: Henry Nicholls/Reuters/New York Times

Assange was reduced from one of the few towering figures of our time – a man who will have a central place in history books, if we as a species live long enough to write those books – to nothing more than a sex pest, and a scruffy bail-skipper.

The political and media class crafted a narrative of half-truths about the sex charges Assange was under investigation for in Sweden. They overlooked the fact that Assange had been allowed to leave Sweden by the original investigator, who dropped the charges, only for them to be revived by another investigator with a well-documented political agenda.

They failed to mention that Assange was always willing to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London, as had occurred in dozens of other cases involving extradition proceedings to Sweden. It was almost as if Swedish officials did not want to test the evidence they claimed to have in their possession.

The media and political courtiers endlessly emphasised Assange’s bail violation in the UK, ignoring the fact that asylum seekers fleeing legal and political persecution don’t usually honour bail conditions imposed by the very state authorities from which they are seeking asylum.

The political and media establishment ignored the mounting evidence of a secret grand jury in Virginia formulating charges against Assange, and ridiculed Wikileaks’ concerns that the Swedish case might be cover for a more sinister attempt by the US to extradite Assange and lock him away in a high-security prison, as had happened to whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

They belittled the 2016 verdict of a panel of United Nations legal scholars that the UK was “arbitrarily detaining” Assange. The media were more interested in the welfare of his cat.

They ignored the fact that after Ecuador changed presidents – with the new one keen to win favour with Washington – Assange was placed under more and more severe forms of solitary confinement. He was denied access to visitors and basic means of communications, violating both his asylum status and his human rights, and threatening his mental and physical wellbeing.

Equally, they ignored the fact that Assange had been given diplomatic status by Ecuador, as well as Ecuadorean citizenship. Britain was obligated to allow him to leave the embassy, using his diplomatic immunity, to travel unhindered to Ecuador. No “mainstream” journalist or politician thought this significant either.

They turned a blind eye to the news that, after refusing to question Assange in the UK, Swedish prosecutors had decided to quietly drop the case against him in 2015. Sweden had kept the decision under wraps for more than two years.

It was a freedom of information request by an ally of Assange, not a media outlet, that unearthed documents showing that Swedish investigators had, in fact, wanted to drop the case against Assange back in 2013. The UK, however, insisted that they carry on with the charade so that Assange could remain locked up. A British official emailed the Swedes: “Don’t you dare get cold feet!!!”

Most of the other documents relating to these conversations were unavailable. They had been destroyed by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service in violation of protocol. But no one in the political and media establishment cared, of course.

Similarly, they ignored the fact that Assange was forced to hole up for years in the embassy, under the most intense form of house arrest, even though he no longer had a case to answer in Sweden. They told us – apparently in all seriousness – that he had to be arrested for his bail infraction, something that would normally be dealt with by a fine.

And possibly most egregiously of all, most of the media refused to acknowledge that Assange was a journalist and publisher, even though by failing to do so they exposed themselves to the future use of the same draconian sanctions should they or their publications ever need to be silenced. They signed off on the right of the US authorities to seize any foreign journalist, anywhere in the world, and lock him or her out of sight. They opened the door to a new, special form of rendition for journalists.

This was never about Sweden or bail violations, or even about the discredited Russiagate narrative, as anyone who was paying the vaguest attention should have been able to work out. It was about the US Deep State doing everything in its power to crush Wikileaks and make an example of its founder.

It was about making sure there would never again be a leak like that of Collateral Murder, the military video released by Wikileaks in 2007 that showed US soldiers celebrating as they murdered Iraqi civilians. It was about making sure there would never again be a dump of US diplomatic cables, like those released in 2010 that revealed the secret machinations of the US empire to dominate the planet whatever the cost in human rights violations.


Now the pretence is over. The British police invaded the diplomatic territory of Ecuador – invited in by Ecuador after it tore up Assange’s asylum status – to smuggle him off to jail. Two vassal states cooperating to do the bidding of the US empire. The arrest was not to help two women in Sweden or to enforce a minor bail infraction.

No, the British authorities were acting on an extradition warrant from the US. And the charges the US authorities have concocted relate to Wikileaks’ earliest work exposing the US military’s war crimes in Iraq – the stuff that we all once agreed was in the public interest, that British and US media clamoured to publish themselves.

Still the media and political class is turning a blind eye. Where is the outrage at the lies we have been served up for these past seven years? Where is the contrition at having been gulled for so long? Where is the fury at the most basic press freedom – the right to publish – being trashed to silence Assange? Where is the willingness finally to speak up in Assange’s defence?

It’s not there. There will be no indignation at the BBC, or the Guardian, or CNN. Just curious, impassive – even gently mocking – reporting of Assange’s fate.

And that is because these journalists, politicians and experts never really believed anything they said. They knew all along that the US wanted to silence Assange and to crush Wikileaks. They knew that all along and they didn’t care. In fact, they happily conspired in paving the way for today’s kidnapping of Assange.

They did so because they are not there to represent the truth, or to stand up for ordinary people, or to protect a free press, or even to enforce the rule of law. They don’t care about any of that. They are there to protect their careers, and the system that rewards them with money and influence. They don’t want an upstart like Assange kicking over their applecart.

Now they will spin us a whole new set of deceptions and distractions about Assange to keep us anaesthetised, to keep us from being incensed as our rights are whittled away, and to prevent us from realising that Assange’s rights and our own are indivisible. We stand or fall together.

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is

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  1. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you.

    This should be an uncomfortable time for the “journalists” of the Establishment. Very few will speak up as does Mr. Cook. Watch how little is said about the recent Manning re-imprisonment to sweat out grand jury testimony. Things may have grown so craven that we’ll even see efforts to revoke Mr. Assange’s awards.

    This is also a good column for us to share with those people who just might want not to play along with the lies that define Exceptionalia.

    • Agree: Willem
    • Replies: @Willem
  2. Anonymous [AKA "UB"] says:

    Well, let me just say this much: I hope her so-called “Death Threats” are not trivially offered. If she is that concerned about them, she should resign and leave the country back to whatever blood cult, armpit place she and her husband/brother came from.

  3. … from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations.

    It all reminds me of Rod Dreher’s Law of Merited Impossibility: “That’ll never happen. And when it does, boy won’t you deserve it!”

    Equally, they ignored the fact that Assange had been given diplomatic status by Ecuador, as well as Ecuadorean citizenship. Britain was obligated to allow him to leave the embassy, using his diplomatic immunity, to travel unhindered to Ecuador. No “mainstream” journalist or politician thought this significant either.

    Why would they? They don’t even recognize diplomatic status for heads of state who get in their way! Remember what they did to President Evo Morales of Bolivia back when he was threatening to grant asylum to Ed Snowden? Here’s a refresher:

    Any way you slice, this is a sad for liberty.

  4. Assange’s rights and our own are indivisible

    Lest we forget, Assange cared nothing for the rights of British National Party members when he published their names and contact details. Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP at the time, tweets:

    ‘So #JulianAssange is now in prison. Exactly where he belongs! I for one will never forgive him for publishing the BNP membership list & exposing thousands of decent patriots to the threats & violence of far-left thugs & bigots.’

    • Agree: Sean, Harbinger
    • Replies: @Endgame Napoleon
  5. wayfarer says:

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

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

    • Agree: Agent76
  6. Titus says:

    Can’t have him throwing a wrench in midterm elections as America goes over the cliff.

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  7. From my blog:

    Apr 13, 2019 – Julian Assange

    People who just watch corporate media think Julian Assange is a bad guy who deserves life in prison, except those who watch the great Tucker Carlson. Watch his recent show where he explains why our corporate media and political class hate Assange.

    He is charged with encouraging Army Private Chelsea Manning to send him embarrassing information, specifically this video of a US Army Apache helicopter gunning down civilians in broad daylight in Baghdad.

    But there is no proof of this, and Manning has repeatedly said he never communicated to Assange about anything. Manning got eight years in prison for this crime; the Apache pilots were never charged. and now they want to hang Assange for exposing a war crime. I have recommend this great 2016 interview twice, where Assange calmly explains the massive corruption that patriotic FBI agents refer to as the “Clinton Crime Family.”

    This gang is so powerful that it ordered federal agents to spy on the Trump political campaign, and indicted and imprisoned some participants in an attempt to pressure President Trump to step down. It seems Trump still fears this gang, otherwise he would order his attorney general to drop this bogus charge against Assange, then pardon him forever and invite him to speak at White House press conferences.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @annamaria
  8. “… they ignored the fact that Assange was forced to hole up for years in the embassy, under the most intense form of house arrest, even though he no longer had a case to answer in Sweden.”

    Meh! Assange should have walked out the door of the embassy years ago. He might have ended up in the same place, but he could have seized the moral high ground by seeking asylum in Britain for fear of the death penalty in the US, which was a credible fear given public comments by various US officials. By rotting away in the Ecuadorian embassy, be greatly diminished any credibility he might have had to turn the UK judicial system inside out to his favour. Now he’s just a creepy looking bail jumper who flung faeces against the wall, rather than being a persecuted journalist.

    • Troll: Biff, Tom Welsh
  9. @Johnny Rottenborough

    Millionaire politicians on both sides of the political fence get very emotional about anything that impacts their own privacy & safety and the privacy & safety of their kin, while ignoring the issues that jeopardize the privacy & safety of ordinary voters. While corporate-owned politicians get a lot out of this game, ordinary voters who have never had less in the way of Fourth Amendment privacy rights, and whose First Amendment rights are quickly shrinking to the size of Assange’s, do not get the consolation of riches without risk granted to bought-off politicians in this era’s pay-to-play version of democracy. It’s a lose / lose for average voters.

    • Agree: freedom-cat
  10. Well, Assange (as a high profile target) could have had the self discipline to keep his dick in his pants, and there’d have been no ‘Swedish’ problem, correct? But what gets me is, Wikileaks was never so simple as 2 + 2 = 4 and treating Assange like some godlike hero, well, that’s just plain bs, considering sometimes flat out stupid behavior and being prone to manipulation:

    ^ “How do alternative media stars Glen Greenwald, Caitlin Johnstone, Elizabeth Vos, Chris Hedges, Vanessa Beeley and Raul Ilargi Meijer (among others), when defending their perception of Assange as a hero, drive their square peg into the round hole of Wikileaks supported the intelligence agency geopolitical engineering called the Arab Spring?”

    Yeah, I’d like to see a clean answer to that because to now the facts stack up in such a way as to earn Assange’s organization the sobriquet ‘Stickyleaks’

    • Replies: @Brabantian
    , @annamaria
    , @caijoe
  11. The entire country was created by duplectious and criminals so what else is new? Yea those founding fathers who took slaves raped pillaged and stole native lands and made fortunes and its the culture.

    Its not something thats out of the ordinary or that happens infrequently.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  12. Art says:

    UK PM May said about Assange – “no one is above the law” – proving she is a weak sister without a clue.

    Parliament gave her “Hear Hears” – the UK is a dead nation walking.

  13. @Adam Smith

    Good God that’s depressing. Oh wait a minute: Fake Trump Tweets?

    • Replies: @Sowhat
  14. @The Alarmist

    When it comes to the UK judicial system you seem a bit credulous.

  15. Willem says:

    The media in NL is spinning this as follows.

    1) privacy is very important
    2) no man should be placed above the law

    Since Assange revealed privacy of individuals, he should be charged for breaching privacy related issues. That this has not been done because Assange was hiding in an embassy, that is the outrage!

    And then a lot of smears follow about what a bad man Assange really is.

    C/ the arrest of Assange is justice

    Reading and watching the news is more and more an excercise that compares with watching the 2 minutes of hate in 1984. No matter what your opinion is on Assange, you feel disgusted after watching or reading about it. The purpose for this, I think, is that you should give up caring for Assange, Wikileaks or any whistleblower, and embrace the everlasting love of corporate and state journalism that fills you with Apple pie, and other hunky dory, that is needed to keep the producing consumer doing in that what he is doing: nothing useful at all.

    • Replies: @Willem
    , @anonymous
  16. EdNels says:
    @The Alarmist

    Meh! Assange should have walked out the door of the embassy years ago.

    Seems like he could have planned it and timed it correctly and walked right out the door so as to not over stay his welcome and take it on the chin publicly come what will. He being highly intelligent knew what would happen either way. No way was he ever going to evade capture or worse.

    Now he’s just a creepy looking bail jumper who flung faeces against the wall, rather than being a persecuted journalist.

    He would have looked much better standing for a second or two in front of the building as the team closed in and did their thing… than this way… fetched out of his hiding place to be dragged off to the paddy wagon with his disheveled appearance, amid stories about smearing the walls with doodoo! (whether true or not, like the rape stories that started it all.) He is getting trashed as far as his personal image goes. Lots of the public aren’t able to discern from it.

  17. Willem says:

    I would like to add the obvious (but missing in corporate/state news) statement that if the government places itself above the law, there is no other way for a whistleblower to break the law and expose the crimes of the government by blowing the whistle.

    There is no other way for a whistleblower to show that government employees broke the law than by exposing these government employees, which is the obvious..

  18. One tires of seeing “US” this, “US” that, as if the people of the USA had any sort of say in the matter. Might make more sense to use the initials of the actual powers behind world affairs: BIS, IMF, etc. After all, Ecuador was bought off by the IMF and adios, muy buenas to Mr. Assange.

  19. @Adam Smith

    @ Adam Smith,

    Would be nice if you’d told the UNZ audience this is a picture from

    An obvious fake.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  20. Tom Welsh says:

    Well, much as I sympathize with Mr Assange and want to see him set free – I wouldn’t like to do anything to prevent the USA from rolling over that cliff.

    • Replies: @Realist
  21. Tom Welsh says:

    Mr Cook’s criticism of the mainstream media (MSM) is absolutely justified.

    It seems to me that their hatred of Mr Assange reflects the unfortunate fact that, while he is a real journalist, they actually aren’t. Instead, they are stenographers for power: what Paul Craig Roberts calls “presstitutes” (a very happy coinage which exactly hits the bull’s eye).

    The difference is that real journalists, like Mr Assange, Mr Roberts and Mr Cook, are mainly motivated by the search for objective truth – which they then publish, as far as they are able.

    Whereas those people who go by the spurious names of “journalist”, “reporter”, “editor”, etc. are motivated by the desire to go on earning their salaries, and to gain promotion and “distinction” in society. (Sad but true: social distinction is often gained by performing acts of dishonesty and downright wickedness).

    Here are some interesting quotations that cast some light on this disheartening state of affairs. If you look carefully at their dates you may be surprised to find that nothing has changed very much since the mid-19th century.

    ‘Marr: “How can you know that I’m self-censoring? How can you know that journalists are…”

    ‘Chomsky: “I’m not saying you’re self censoring. I’m sure you believe everything you’re saying. But what I’m saying is that if you believed something different, you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting”’.

    – Transcript of interview between Noam Chomsky and Andrew Marr (Feb. 14, 1996)

    ‘If something goes wrong with the government, a free press will ferret it out and it will get fixed. But if something goes wrong with our free press, the country will go straight to hell’.

    – I. F. Stone (as reported by his son Dr Jeremy J Stone)

    ‘There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid \$150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an “Independent Press”! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes’.

    – John Swinton (1829–1901), Scottish-American journalist, newspaper publisher, and orator.

    ‘The press today is an army with carefully organized arms and branches, with journalists as officers, and readers as soldiers. But here, as in every army, the soldier obeys blindly, and war-aims and operation-plans change without his knowledge. The reader neither knows, nor is allowed to know, the purposes for which he is used, nor even the role that he is to play. A more appalling caricature of freedom of thought cannot be imagined. Formerly a man did not dare to think freely. Now he dares, but cannot; his will to think is only a willingness to think to order, and this is what he feels as his liberty’.

    – Oswald Spengler, “The Decline of the West” Vol. II, trans. C.F. Atkinson (1928), p. 462

    ‘How do wars start? Wars start when politicians lie to journalists, then believe what they read in the press’.

    – Karl Kraus, “Through Western Eyes – Russia Misconstrued”’s%20new%20Russia.pdf

    And finally, two quotations from classic novels which go to the heart of the matter.

    ‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it’.

    – Upton Sinclair

    ‘Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids’.

    – John Steinbeck (“East of Eden”)

    • Agree: Clyde
    • Replies: @Daniel Rich
    , @Sowhat
  22. El Dato says:
    @Adam Smith

    Is this serious? Is the President REALLY tweeting about how Gestapo he his??? (Didn’t he tweet yesterday that he was apparently uninterested???)

    I never thought we would move to levels very far below Obama’s Big Black Drone shit.

    Meanwhile UK yellow churnalism of the worst sort by someone called Rebecca Hill who apparently also writes for the globalist outlet “The Guardian”.

    London’s Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange: All 11 fingers* cuffed as Ecuador strips WikiLeaks founder of political Assange, er asylum

    And the commentariat cheers!

    • Replies: @BengaliCanadianDude
  23. El Dato says:

    Meanwhile, Zuckerberg’s Facebook does what it is told:

    Outspoken Ecuadorian ex-president Rafael Correa’s Facebook page blocked

    Facebook has apparently blocked the page of former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, which was used to share WikiLeaks material. The move also comes after he bashed his successor for allowing to arrest Julian Assange.

    Correa took to Twitter on Thursday night to decry the block, which he called a “show of desperation” following the publication of the INA papers, a trove of documents leaked last month that show current President Lenin Moreno’s involvement in a corruption investigation. Correa had been publicizing the papers on his Facebook page, which had 1.5 million followers.

    There is at present nothing to suggest that Facebook blocked Correa on behalf of Moreno. However, the social media giant has been criticized before for deleting left and right-leaning activist and news pages in the US, and leftist news outlets in Latin America.

  24. El Dato says:

    Pretty funny out there, they are now coming for the geeks, in this case someone called Ola Bini, too.

    Ecuadorian police mistook Swedish tech geek ‘linked to Assange’ for Russian – lawyers

    The Russian scare seems to have reached the shores of Ecuador, with lawyers for Ola Bini, a Swedish software developer arrested in Quito over his links to WikiLeaks, saying police erroneously believed he was a Russian citizen.

    Bini was apprehended on Thursday afternoon as he was about to board a flight from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport to Japan. Ecuadorian Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo confirmed the identity of the detainee on Friday, stating that the software developer was being held for investigative purposes.

    “This person is linked to WikiLeaks, he has visited the Embassy of Ecuador in London on 12 separate occasions of which we have a record,” Romo told a local radio station on Friday. She also said that Bini is believed to be an associate of former foreign minister Ricardo Patino, who was the top diplomat in Rafael Correa’s government.

  25. Very good article. There is one point that I would like to make: Assange asked for asyl before he went to the embassy of Ecuador and Ecuador gave him asylum. This meant that they had an obligation to protect him. It’s really unbeliavable that a country gives asylum to someone and half way tells that they have changed their mind and will let the person be arrested. ” We told you you would be safe with us, but now we just changed our mind”. Assange also became a citizen of Ecuador and this possibly means that Ecuador couldn’t have let him been arrested in their embassy by the police of another country without a process against him in Ecuador and without him having the right to defend himself in a court. Many countries don’t extradit their citizens to other countries.

    Another remark. For years there were uncountable articles about Assange in The Guardian. Those articles were read by many people and got really many comments. There were very fierce discussions about him with thousends of comments. With time The Guardian turned decisively against him and published articles againt him. There were people there who seemed to hate him. In the last days there were again many articles about him. They pronounce themselves discretely against his extradition to the US even if showing themselves to be critical of him as if trying to justify their years of attacks against him. But one detail: I didn’t find even one article in The Guardian where you can comment the case. Today for instance you can comment an article by Gaby Hinsliff about Kim Kardashian. Marina Hyde talks in an article about washing her hair (whatever else she wants to say, with 2831 comments at this moment). But you don’t find any article about Assange that you can comment. 10 or 8 or 5 years ago there were hundreds of articles about him that you could comment.

    • Agree: Si1ver1ock
    • Replies: @APB
  26. @Ronald Thomas West

    What Jewish and Israeli dual citizen Jonathan Cook is not covering in this article, is all the overwhelming evidence that obsessively pro-Israel Assange has always been tied to Mossad & the Rothschild family – details below

    Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu admitted out loud that Israel was safe from Wikileaks, due to Assange being a pro-Israel intelligence asset

    At age 82, US longtime CIA adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on 29 November 2010 on USA television, the PBS News Hour, that Wikileaks was an intel agency project, the ‘leaks’ carefully selected

    Every major government knows there is nothing real about either Julian Assange or Edward Snowden, and that the ‘living in the Ecuador embassy for 7 years’ is apparently a fairy tale, Assange easily moved in & out to his Rothschild family friends’ homes, by UK intel, London police and bribed embassy staff … who face career destruction or worse, plus no corp media support, if they say anything

    We see in the news the USA trade-deal bribe to Ecuador, which was not just to help stage the ‘arrest’ of Assange, but also to cover the fact he did not really live there for 7 years

    All the in-your-face evidence Assange is a Mossad CIA Rothschild fraud, is being ignored by people too eager for a fake ‘hero’ supplied by the CIA’s own favoured media outlets


    Assange’s childhood in Australia was enmeshed with a CIA-tied mind-control cult abusing children, called ‘The Family’

    Re the pro-Israel, anti-9-11 truth Assange, on Veterans Today now, ‘Wikileaks is a Rothschild operation: Rothschilds use Wikileaks to wound rival bank, Julian Assange’s bail posted by Rothschild sister-in-law’

    Notice that despite ‘USA federal criminal indictment’ etc, there is no seizure of Wikileaks funds etc, Wikileaks successfully shilling for shekels even now … whilst many other people, have been de-platformed, banned, blocked from fundraising etc without even an accusation of crime

    At least two people who contacted Assange have turned up dead – Seth Rich & Peter W Smith. Assange pretends to be ‘concerned’ about the former; he denies receiving the latter’s files. Others are jailed.

    Tho claiming to fear extradition, Assange are Snowden refuse to use the devastating files on USA Virginia federal judge bribery which have stopped other extraditions, even tho those are the very same judges who would allegedly put Assange & Snowden on trial

    One of Julian Assange’s early ‘Wikileaks’ campaigns, was to greatly damage old Swiss Bank Julius Baer (Julius Bär), the great rival to the Rothschild Bank in Switzerland

    At age 52, wealthy Julius Baer CEO Alex Widmer was found ‘mysteriously dead’, allegedly ‘suicide’

    Assange provided ‘leaks’ about Julius Baer and its clients, striking fear into the bank’s customers, and eventually sinking the bank’s share value 60%

    Julius Baer went to court in the USA where Wikileaks was hosted, to stop Wikileaks revealing client data … the Fox Rothschild law firm represented Wikileaks, won, and got Wikileaks back dishing dirt on the Rothschild bank rival, permanently damaging it

    Another Julian Assange lawyer has been Mark Stephens of Finers Stephens Innocent, legal advisors to Rothschild Waddesdon Trust

    A person who has posted bail for Assange, is UK socialite Jemima Khan née Goldsmith (Goldschmidt), a sister in law of the Rothschilds, her brother Ben wed Kate Rothschild, her father James Goldsmith a Rothschild cousin

    The Rothschild-backed and supervised ‘The Economist’ touted Julian as a great ‘hero’ for his Swiss bank leaking that helped the Rothschild bank ruin its competitor

    The UK Guardian news site, major early promoter of Assange, has had ‘Scott Trust’ board supervision from Paul Myners of Rothschild Ltd & Sons, and Anthony Salz of Investment Bank Rothschild

    Assange has stayed at the country mansion of Vaughan Smith, owner of Frontline Trust, where Assange has been a speaker, ‘Frontline’ funded by George Soros … Soros is a partner of Rothschild cousin Goldsmith, and Richard Katz of Rothschild & Sons has been director of the Soros Open Society Institute, with other Rothschild bank employees also on Soros boards

    The pumper of Edward Snowden, Gleen Greenwald has been a Rothschild family employee too, brought in after they realised it was too ridiculous to keep using the WashPost reporter Snowden first ‘leaked’ to, Bart Gellman, the biographer & friend of USA Vice President & warmonger Dick Cheney … Now, Greenwald is funded by CIA-Ukraine meddler Pierre Omidyar

    It is all a fraud

    • Replies: @El Dato
  27. @Art

    UK PM May said about Assange – “no one is above the law” – proving she is a weak sister without a clue.

    No one is above the law except the British government, which ignored the provisions of the EU Withdrawal Act requiring us to leave on March 29th.

    No one is above the law except for the US and the UK which have illegally deployed forces to Syria against the wishes of the government in Damascus.

    And Tony Blair, a million dead thanks to his corruption. He should be doing time in a Gulag for his evil crimes.

    And of course, the black MP for Peterborough – Fiona Onasanya – served a mere three weeks in jail for perverting the course of justice, normally regarded as a very serious offence. But she was out in time – electronic tag and curfew notwithstanding – to vote in the House of Commons against leaving the EU.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  28. I’m going to start a new holiday, St. Julian’s Day.

    July 1, 2019, St. Julian’s Day

  29. It’s interesting the Media has brought back the Sweden rape charge, but they are avoiding this rape story like the pest.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  30. annamaria says:

    “Assange was reduced from one of the few towering figures of our time – a man who will have a central place in history books, if we as a species live long enough to write those books…”

    — The presstituting crowd of stenographers (MSM) and the zionized X-tian war profiteers have made everything in their power (inadvertently) to ensure that Assange is and will be a towering figure of our time.

    Even in distress, Assange has been fighting for truth and dignity; the ongoing show of lawlessness exposes the rot. The moral and creative midgets constituting the core of MSM and the satanic deciders are upset. Good!

    The idiotic Senior District “Judge” Emma Arbuthnot (a wife and beneficiary of a mega-war profiteer Lord Arbuthnot — Arbuthnot served as Chairman of the Defence Select Committee from 2005 to 2014) and the no less idiotic District “Judge” Michael Snow have entered the history books as well. As scoundrels:

    Snow does his best to bring the Judiciary into disrepute by playing to the gallery. He comments on the extradition in the same vein in a totally unprofessional manner. He is of course in a long line of disreputable members of the judiciary … Snow’s place in history is now secured – he chose to abuse the defendant rather than perform his role which was really quite straightforward. He is the narcissist and guilty of self interest not Julian Assange.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @Daniel Rich
  31. @Igor Bundy

    “he entire country was created by duplectious (sic) and criminals so what else is new?”

    It was not. The “creators” were not duplicitous. They did not accord Native Americans and black Africans any rights and made no bones about it. The killed the Indians. They bought and sold blacks as property. So obviously, they did not regard them as citizens. Neither Indians nor blacks were regarded as people who were protected under the umbrella of the Bill of Rights. What could be plainer?

    Murderous, aggrandizing, self-seeking they may have been, but so too was and is every group of people on the planet. Why should they be held to higher standards than anyone else? Because some lofty minded liberal discovers that the franchise was only intended to apply to those of European descent?

    “So what else is new?” Nothing. An in-group excluded an out-group.

    • Replies: @Justsaying
  32. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Sooner and worse than expected, our local rag’s editorial page has a cartooned, barechested Putin holding a sign: “Support Freedom of the Press! Free Assange!”

    Speaking power to truth … not even a worm, but the shiny residue worms leave behind on the sidewalk.

  33. annamaria says:

    For every pronouncement against Assange by the US/UK government and judiciary, there should be an immediate question about the leniency shown towards the pedophiles and rapists in the UK (see Savile and the sudden “disappearance” of files re the high-placed pedophiles) and the story of Lolita Island and Lolita Express in the US.

    Theresa May as the protector of pedophiles and rapists in the UK:

    One of the hurdles in investigating the claims is the Official Secrets Act, which prevents the disclosure of state secrets and “sensitive” information. “It is clear there are a lot of people who could provide a lot of information to support ongoing criminal investigations…But they are not doing so because of the Official Secrets Act. They are fearful of not only breaking the law but the potential effect on their pension. This is absolutely crucial if we are to get some of these ex-officers coming forward and to get prosecutions of some of the former MPs.” He has asked Home Secretary Theresa May to lift the restrictions, allowing former officials to speak up about what they know about the case, but so far there is no indication that this has been done.

    The protection of the high-placed pedophiles and rapists in the US:

    In the Epstein case, as well, there are numerous questions surrounding the possibility of high-level cover up. In recent weeks it has emerged that Epstein struck a remarkable secret deal with the US Attorney’s Office that barred more than 500 pages of documents detailing negotiations of the deal and a staggering 13,000 documents from the investigation into Epstein’s activities that were shelved as a result of the bargain.

    Let the scoundrels talk about Assange to see how the concocted fraud is backfired.

    Mrs. Clinton in particular should have been more circumspect:

    It has since been revealed that Epstein had 21 different phone numbers for contacting his friend Bill Clinton, who, court records allege, “frequently flew” on Epstein’s private jet between 2002 and 2005.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  34. Realist says:
    @Tom Welsh

    I wouldn’t like to do anything to prevent the USA from rolling over that cliff.

    This country deserves all the shit it will get.

  35. Realist says:

    Surprise, surprise Trump is lying again. He said he didn’t know anything about Wikileaks, but when he was campaigning he said he loved them.

    Trump is a corrupt, lying asshole like all politicians and is part of the Deep State.

    • Replies: @Tulan
  36. El Dato says:

    At age 82, US longtime CIA adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on 29 November 2010 on USA television, the PBS News Hour, that Wikileaks was an intel agency project, the ‘leaks’ carefully selected

    Zbig the Deep Stater is now a go-to-reference.

    Instant disqualification of everything that follows.

    All the in-your-face evidence Assange is a Mossad CIA Rothschild fraud

    If that were the case, he would be kicking it back in Carribean, my disinfo friend.

  37. El Dato says:
    @Tsar Nicholas

    I guess the fleecing of the taxpayer purse by public representatives not opposed to making money on the side does not count as being “above the law”.

    Outrage as more than 160 MPs make £42million profit selling homes YOU helped pay for: Ten years on from the expenses scandal the Mirror reveals 160 politicians raked in profits selling properties public money helped fund

  38. Beb says:

    To Jonathan Cook: Preach it, brother! This is real journalism. A dead on accurate assessment. Thank you for publishing it.

  39. annamaria says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    ‘This gang is so powerful …”

    — The gang is also very stupid. From Halper-the-spy and his incompetent handler Brennan to the obnoxious zionists of Ledeen kind they, the members of the “gang”, show incompetence and the self-endangering and stupid amorality.

    By destroying whatever decent has been in the western civilization so far, and by spreading the rot around, the gangsters have been destroying their children’s & grandchildren’s future.

  40. annamaria says:
    @The Alarmist

    As a human being, you are not even in vicinity of the moral field given to humanity by Assange the brave man.

    • LOL: The Alarmist
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  41. annamaria says:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    And why are you spreading the MSM disinformation on the Unz forum? — Just to satisfy your desire to litter the forum?

    Read and learn:

    Also, perhaps you need to ponder why you are not treated the same way as the courageous, talented, principled, and dignified Assange is treated. Perhaps, something is missing in your character.

    • Replies: @Ronald Thomas West
  42. annamaria says:

    Theresa May has been the main protector of the high-placed British pedophiles

    “Theresa May and the ‘missing’ child sex abuse files”

    “British PM Blocks Elite Pedophile Enquiry On Grounds Of ‘National Security’”

    The documents are thought to shed light on the years of ongoing pedophilia and child abuse within Westminster and contained names of “several” high-level politicians in the UK and US who are connected to an elite pedophile ring.

    The followup: “Theresa May accused of cover-up over child abuse inquiry concerns,”

    “England: Land of Royals, Tea and Horrific Pedophilia Coverups”

    In the case of the Westminster “pedophile ring,” the mounting sentiment that Britain’s establishment serves its own interests and conceals its wrongdoing may be well founded. Until recently only seven police officers were working on Operation Fernbridge; Scotland Yard announced today the figure is now 22.

    By fraudulently accusing Assange, Theresa May reminds the world about her role in the protection of the wealthy and influential Westminster pedophiles (the real rapists).

  43. wayfarer says:

    “Edward Snowden: Surveillance Is About Power.”

    • Replies: @Agent76
  44. jim jones says:

    The Assange arrest has strengthened my resolve never to vote Conservative again

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  45. @annamaria

    Gee, annamaria, I’m not certain how the fact of a bunch of sick pedophiles behind the arrest of Assange should somehow cosmetically correct his screw-ups but yes, I do lack a certain faux dignity (Himmler probably came across as dignified in polite company) and because my article seems to have put sand in your panties, here’s a #MeToo satire just for you:


    • Replies: @annamaria
  46. Agent76 says:

    Good share wayfarer. January 10, 2014 *500* Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent *It’s Never to Protect Us From Bad Guys*

    No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they also do it to crush dissent, and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it.

    • Replies: @wayfarer
  47. @annamaria

    I’ve got a few Air Medals and a DFC that suggest otherwise.

    • Replies: @Willem
    , @Wizard of Oz
  48. Agent76 says:

    April 2, 2019 The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times. The Killing of the Kennedys and Today’s New Cold War

    ‘We’re all puppets,’ the suspect [Sirhan Sirhan] replied, with more truth than he could have understood at that moment.” – Lisa Pease, quoting from the LAPD questioning of Sirhan

    March 19, 2017 The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

    Whitney’s new book, “Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers,” explores how the CIA influenced acclaimed writers and publications during the Cold War to produce subtly anti-communist material. During the interview, Scheer and Whitney discuss these manipulations and how the CIA controlled major news agencies and respected literary publications (such as the Paris Review).

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  49. @jim jones

    I would have thought that the bollixing of Brexit would have already clinched that.

  50. @annamaria

    Dear annamaria,

    Fyi, on Veterans Today web site, there was an intriguing article written by Kevin Barrett and which associated Julian Assange with Mossad. Now all I can access is the VT article, linked below.

    Fyi, I for one have always wondered why “Wikileaks” were absent when Israeli officials were busily involved in “Mowing the lawn.”🤔 Do not want to press you for a response comment, but my question is also present to all other commenters gathered here.

    As always, annamaria, thanks so much for your service!

    • Replies: @Willem
    , @Iris
  51. @annamaria

    Not to mention more than a few paedo-grooming ring members who are still awaiting deportation, but it is stories like this one from a few years back that should really stick in one’s craw.

    • Replies: @Iris
  52. @Agent76

    Hey Agent76!

    Great comment, “April 2, 2019 The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s Is the Story of Our Times,” and I am grateful.

    Full disclosure: I think the ZUS has now tethered their pet goat (Julian Assange) in order to slay the imprisoned Wikileaks “Lion,” Bradley Chelsea Manning.

    Thanks for your brave service, Agent76!

    Post scriptum: Instead of Russia, The Chosen chose London as Assange’s sanctuary.

  53. APB says:

    Many years ago The Guardian was a left leaning newspaper and reported the news in a fairly unbiased manner. It was always quite critical of the Zionists and Israel and supported good causes but then suddenly, a few years ago, it became very defensive of Israel and started to censor readers comments about Israeli news stories, then it stopped publishing any story criticizing Israel. There must have a change of ownership or some kind of right wing or Zionist takeover.
    Then it started really blocking comments to news articles which didn’t agree with the opinion of the Guardian editors.
    Then Wikileaks published its leaks through the Guardian, and others, who used the info to sell news.
    Then it quite shockingly turned around and stabbed Wikileaks and Assange in the back.
    I think now it is operated as a controlled media outlet in favour of the UK security services and the Israelis, it’s a real shame as it has the potential to be an excellent news source but it’s reputation is now trashed in my opinion.

  54. Willem says:
    @The Alarmist

    Air medals? Reminds me of Butler’s war is a racket. Where did you get your air medals for? Which countries did you ‘liberate’?

    There is no honor in killing women and children out of thousands of meters above the sky. Every veteran knows that. Why don’t you?

    And why should the ‘courage’ of sitting safely in an airplane, shooting and bombing innocent people, on behalf of NATO Inc. be compared with sitting in an embassy, waiting to get extradited to the US because you took to courage to expose war crimes (of people sitting in planes)?

    Howard Zinn received an air medal once, looked at it, and said to himself: ‘never again’.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  55. Willem says:

    Kevin Barrett is a great storyteller: if he would be asked who is behind the reason why a traffic light was red on moment a and green on moment b, I would not be surprised if he would find out that it is the Mossad or Israel. They are behind everything, is what my feeling always is when I read Barrett stories.

    Keeping feelings aside, suppose Barrett is right: Assange is associated with Mossad. Would that take away the fact that he exposed crimes from the US government, for which he needs to be silenced if you ask the US government?

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  56. wayfarer says:

    Interesting article on Global Research, thanks for that Agent76.

    It’s a shame, how the dark deep-state kicked Edward Snowden to the curb.

    I’ve burned every nefarious bridge I ever crossed, and therefore can relate to Snowden.

    In a spiritual war, moral resolve tempers one’s soul, and noble actions echo through the Universe, for eternity.

  57. Sean says:

    Assange was the anti Bush activist (the Collateral Murder vid showing a journalist being smoked up by US forces in Iraq was how he made his name). Assange was regarded as an anti Bush activist, a Leftie. the invective by Trump is the greatest thing for the Assange legend, which is all he cares about.

  58. @Willem

    Capable of passing judgement, 🙌Willem wrote: “Kevin Barrett is a good storyteller:. If he would be asked who is behind the reason why a traffic light was red on moment a and green on moment b, I would not be surprised if he would find out that it is the Mossad or Israel.”

    Oh well, and what does KB think of Willem? He ain’t here, yet.

    In addition, Willem presumably addressed me, & worth repeating, he inquired: “Keeping feelings aside, suppose Barrett is right: Assange is associated with Mossad. Would that take away the fact that he exposed crimes from the US government, for which he needs to be silenced if you ask the US government?”

    Yo Willem! (Zigh) The “dancing Israelis” and WTC owner, Larry Silverstein, did a helluva job at exposing US government complicity & crime during 9/11 and the unnecessary & immoral GWOT. Ha-ha-ha! Assange exposed exposable heinous stuff.

    Fyi, I am a part time Scranton School District bus driver. Subsequently, am not qualified to either limit or underrate Mossad’s international capabilities. I just respect the fuckers since 9/11, and I do not see any Pentagon accountability for American troops who were filmed while taking pot shots at liberated Baghdad street walkers, “non-combatants.” 🤔

    Except for horrified international reactions, uh, did you see anyone in the “Homeland” Brass get punished, my Lord Willem?
    Please let me know? (Zigh) Thanks.

  59. Art says:

    If true some potential good news.

    France Willing to Consider Offering Julian Assange Asylum to Prevent US Extradition

    France is willing to consider offering WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange asylum if he requests it from them.

    When asked about Julian Assange during a local radio program, France’s Secretary of State for European affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, said “we should listen to what he wants to do.”

    However, she added that “we don’t offer asylum to someone who’s not asking for it.”

    Assange’s French lawyer, Juan Branco, has asked President Emmanuel Macron to bring the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominated publisher to France to avoid extradition, according to a report from the New York Post.

    Think Peace — Art

  60. Iris says:
    @The Alarmist

    Not to mention more than a few paedo-grooming ring members who are still awaiting deportation

    How convenient these immigrants are when a good smokescreen is needed.
    And how about a paedophile UK Prime Minister never investigated ?

    “Sir Edward Heath WAS a paedophile, says police chief: Astonishing claim is made that the former PM is guilty of vile crimes ‘covered up by the Establishment’”

  61. No we are not all puppets. We have willingly suspended disbelief in the theatre that is also our prison.

    James Bacque
    Penetanguishene ON

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  62. Iris says:

    Hello Mr O.;
    The VT article is by an Ian Greenlagh, with an introduction from Gordon Duff.
    Please, where did you see KB’s name? Shooting down Julian Assange at this moment in time is a cowardly disgrace. Best.

  63. @Sean

    Caution: Exchanging comments with Sean always bears rotten fruit because his intellect & conscience roots are rotten.😕

    At any rate, Sean the Pawn wrote, ycch: “Assange was the anti Bush activist (the Collateral Murder vid showing a journalist being smoked up by US forces in Iraq was how he made his name). Assange was regarded as an anti Bush activist, a Leftie. the invective by Trump is the greatest thing for the Assange legend, which is all he cares about.

    Ha-ha-ha! Assange regarded as anti Bush, “leftie”? Hm. Ha-ha-ha! Maybe a Zio “leftie” as is Hillary Clinton? Ha-ha-ha!

    Others here with eyes wide open,🙌, please refer to video (linked below) which displays Julian Assange’s helpful discussion with the t-Rump flaming Neoconservative, Sean Hannity. Ha-ha-ha! Assange a fucking “Homeland” liberal? Ha-ha-ha! Pamela Anderson liberated Julian upon an Ecuador Embassy couch!

  64. Sowhat says:

    That’s what I thought. That’s ugly…not just direct but really almost absurdly ugly. There’s no doubt, now. Trump either has complied with or always was a establishment operative.

  65. @Tom Welsh

    Quote: “The difference is that real journalists, like Mr Assange, Mr Roberts and Mr Cook, are mainly motivated by the search for objective truth..”

    Reply: I would add to the above ‘as they see it…’

    Truth is something in the eye of the beholder. It cannot be forcefully injected into the minds of others. Either you ‘dig’ it or not.

  66. @Justsaying

    I’m not impressed.

    By the “reasoning” of the likes of Noam Chomsky, for the countries in which U.S. presidents meddled, the default setting was a state of affairs that tended towards long-term stability, peace and prosperity.

    That many of those countries did not ultimately turn out that way is proof in itself that his default assumption is incorrect. Moreover, in those countries which did eventually achieve some measure of well-being, why does he assume that our intervention did not facilitate such?

    E.g. “Indonesia was free and open….” Oh my. What else needs to be said?

    Apparently he believes he lives in a world populated by Angels whose actions have no harmful repercussions. Alas, as fallen human beings dwelling in an imperfect world, such in not our fate.

    Facile and trite. And smugly, self-congratulatory. Contemptible, really.

  67. Sowhat says:
    @Tom Welsh

    I agree. This is one of the most important moments in U.S. history for the voice of The People to shout at the government,both sides of the Isle, to stand down. THEY shouldn’t be allowed to play their game while insulting our intelligence any longer.

  68. Herald says:

    “Trump is the greatest thing for the Assange legend, which is all he cares about.” Unlikely.

  69. @Sean

    ” Assange was regarded as an anti Bush activist”

    By whom?

  70. @annamaria

    Once one realizes ‘justice’ is a monetized commodity, lawlessness becomes a viable [and justifiable] option.

  71. annamaria says:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    “I’m not certain how the fact of a bunch of sick pedophiles behind the arrest of Assange should somehow cosmetically correct his screw-ups…”

    1. What are these “screw-ups?” — anything resembling the Clinton’s escapades on the Lolita Express and Lolita island?

    2. The “bunch of sick pedophiles” and their loyal servants (see Theresa May) are now deciding Assange’s life and death.

    3. Why are you so outraged with the outpouring support for Assange from the decent people — as compared to the zionized war profiteers?

    “Theresa May and the ‘missing’ child sex abuse files”

    “British PM Blocks Elite Pedophile Enquiry On Grounds Of ‘National Security’”

  72. See ” Julian Assange arrest is theatre – Assange is Rothschild-Israeli Operative”

    • Replies: @annamaria
  73. annamaria says:
    @9/11 Inside job

    And whose operative are you? Coming on this forum with the silly announcements is not going to work for the followers of the presstituting “progressives.”
    The current attack against Assange is the CIA job:
    “CIA’s Vault 7 Files Launched New Case Against Assange – Attack Intends To Prevent Further Leaks”

    Vault 7 was little noticed in the emerging Russian collusion scandal but the nearly 10,000 CIA documents that WikiLeaks started publishing that March constituted an unprecedented breach, far more potentially damaging than anything the anti-secrecy website had ever done, according to numerous U.S. officials.

    The CIA went ballistic at the breach.

    Wikileaks acquired the Vault 7 files in late 2016 or early 2017. In January 2017 a lawyer for Julian Assange tried to make a deal with the U.S. government. Assange would refrain from publishing some critical content of the Vault 7 files in exchange for limited immunity and safe passage to talk with U.S. officials. One issue to be talked about was the sourcing of the DNC files which Wikileaks published. U.S. officials in the anti-Trump camp claimed that Russia had hacked the DNC servers. Assange consistently said that Russia was not the source of the published files. He offered technical evidence to prove that.

    On March 23 2017 Wikileaks published some Vault 7 files of minor interest.

    The Justice Department wanted a deal and made on offer to Assange. But intervention from then FBI director Comey sabotaged it.

    Guess, Clintons’ wanted Russiagate to flourish by any means.

  74. @Iris

    Responsibly, as typical, Iris asked me: “Please, where did you see KB’s name? Shooting down Julian Assange at this moment in time is a cowardly disgrace. Best.”

    Dear Iris!

    Appears I did not well articulate my comment.

    Fyi, early this morning, on Veterans Today, Kevin Barrett had an article featured & which criticized Julian Assange’s integrity and his affiliation with Israelis & Mossad.

    By the time I wrote the comment now under scrutiny, Kevin Barrett’s article was missing & subsequently, I linked Ian Greenland’s article which was introduced by VT editor, Gordon Duff.

    Bottom line, Iris, you have 🙌 all that I know!

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  75. @Iris

    Hey Iris!

    Searched again for Kevin Barrett’s oddly disappeared article which criticized Assange’s affiliations with Israelis, Mossad.
    Failed, but am amazed where I found something.

    Below is none other than gamblin’ man, Johnathan Revusky’s action-packed web site, Heresy Central! There you will find a link to Kevin Barrett’s take on Julian Assange, including a video.

    (Zigh) This KB/Assange situation is now become as challenging as John Le Carre’s great shpy novel, “The Little Drummer Girl.” Fyi, I was originally prompted to read this book, while perusing Christopher Bollyn’s incredibly educational book, “Solving 9/11.”

    Thanks once again, Iris. Good eye!

    Post scriptum: VT editor Gordon Duff and Mr. Bollyn are engaged in a strange & unnecessary war; primarily over what actually caused the three WTC towers to collapse. Weirdness gets weirder.🤔

    • Replies: @Iris
  76. @The Alarmist

    A pity you undermined your credibility so completely with that crass non sequitur.

  77. Iris says:

    Thanks, Mr O. I much appreciate it.

    There might be some element of truth in what is said about Julian Assange, in the sense that anybody smart understands that the Zionists are at the top of the food chain and knows there will be no mercy following any “anti-Semitism” accusation. It is much easier to criticise the US and any of its 3-letters agencies than to dare criticising the relentlessly spiteful Zios.

    But it is wrong to shoot on Assange at a time where he is down; it does not do credit to VT.

    Regard the infighting between “truthers”, I noticed the same among JFK researchers. Social and professional stigmatisation takes its toll on them. Keep well and look after yourself.

    • Replies: @Daniel Rich
  78. @Iris

    Hey Iris!

    Below, fyr, is today’s VT article to which “zombiegirl” offered a comment & which connected Assange & Mossad. Ideally, the zombiegirl’s comment stays “up.”☝️

    Thank you, Palm Sunday at Midnight, and I reverently ride a donkey colt into downtown Scranton.😇

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  79. @ChuckOrloski

    Dear Iris!

    Oops! Trigger happy with “post comment” button, I meant to say that zombiegirl attacked the VT connection with Jews?(Argh) That’s why I trust you will asap look at the zombiegirl’s comment before it’s gone!

    Respect and thank you!

  80. @Willem

    I sleep well at night; the martinis help.

    You can’t be serious, that hiding in that embassy was heroic. It was a desperate hail Mary that was never going to end well (he would have been mysteriously gunned down or disappeared in Quito, if he ever managed to get there). He should have faced the music and danced while he still had some journalistic cred.

  81. @The Alarmist

    What do you mean “still had some journalistic cred”? Isn’t his cred based just on Wikileak’s disclosures being genuine? Confirmed indeed by the attempts to shut him up?

    And, given the known trivial results of his merely returning to Sweden, even if he had been charged and convicted there of some offence, isn’t it 100 per cent clear that his motive for skipping bail and obtaining asylum was fear of the malignant US justice system – maybe including life imprisonment under the Espionage Act 1917? Was he stupid to have such a fear? Was he stupid to give great weight to it? Do you know better? If so, how?

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Daniel Rich
  82. @Sean

    Assange was the anti Bush activist

    It’s clear you have no idea what you are talking about.,

    • Replies: @Sean
  83. @The Alarmist

    So you are saying he made tactical mistakes, and, for that, you’ve decided he’s not heroic? The man’s got more courage in his little finger than you’ve got in your entire body, regardless the number of martinis.

  84. mcohen says:

    Julian assange must be returned to australia.I checked out wikileaks.Old news.Some youngsters i asked thought he was a rapper from iceland.
    Forget about sweden and the honeypots.

    If you lock your secrets in a steel vault 1km underground you are entitled to them.
    If you post one single dot or 10 billion dashes on the internet they will be stolen.You deserve to have them hacked.You have invited a thief into your house.The onus is on you to protect your secrets because the web is worldwide and the laws protecting them cannot be universally applied.

    Send julian home.He has done his time.

  85. @ChuckOrloski

    “By way of deception , thou shalt do war .”

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  86. @Wizard of Oz

    The US has/had no case under the Espionage Act. They can’t even fabricate one.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  87. Sean says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    He wasn’t but was wrongly seen as that, Manning too. Then came the info dump on Hillary, and Manning attending an Alt Right event. They are now saying Assange helped Manning crack a password to get the info, which is espionage.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  88. @The Alarmist

    Right, maybe but….. from Wikipedia “Ham Sandwich”

    New York State chief judge Sol Wachtler was famously quoted by Tom Wolfe in The Bonfire of the Vanities that “a grand jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ if that’s what you wanted.”

    Remember that 97 per cent of cases are settled with a plea bargain, often after gross overcharging.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  89. @Sean

    Comfortably numb, Sean took dump, & opined to Craig Nelsen: “He (Assange) wasn’t but was wrongly seen as that, Manning too.”

    W.T.F.? 🤔 A question for Zionized Pawn Sean.

    Uh, re, the above Doublespeak quote; What is the meaning of “is” as related to “wasn’t” is? (zzZigh)

  90. @9/11 Inside job

    Wisely, 9/11 Inside job reminded me: “By way of deception , thou shalt do war .”

    Thanks, 9/11 Inside job! (Note: A 1950’s proverb, “Repetition is the key to learning.”)

    Fyi, the highly respected commenter, Iris, has stood down, to date, on my having mentioned Kevin Barrett’s vanished Veterans Today (VT) article, where he daringly fingered 🤔 Assange as a Mossad agent.
    The dignified Iris, of course, became annoyed KB wrote such, especially as the gallant🤔 Julian is bound for a shady ZUS indictment.

    Nonetheless, & since you obviously do not let yourself open to Mossad “doing war by deception,” below I linked today’s VT featured article by editor, Gordon Duff, who begins, “It is OUR assertion that Julian Assange is in coordination with the deep state and Israel.* Presumably, Kevin Barrett is among those who editor Duff called “our” assertion?

    Again, thanks so much, 9/11 Inside job!

    * Here on various U.R. article comment-threads, I expressed serious misgiving about using the deceptive term “Deep State.” To reiterate, & given there is indeed a ZUS “Deep State,” all that remains behind is a ZUS “Shallow State.”😞

  91. Anonymous [AKA "Meehowski"] says:

    Thank you so much for the article.
    Be well my friend!!

  92. @Art

    Of course no one is above the law. Whether one is prosecuted is a different question. By the way, Ms May, just what British law did Assange commit that would warrant extradition?

    I’ve always figured Assange was an Israeli asset, who finally woke up, like Mordechai Vanunu.

  93. @Iris

    What strikes me as odd, is the fact most [if not all] info about the Apartheid State on Wikileaks is outdated [over 10 years old] and with no ‘explosive’ [pardon my French] pages amongst them [see @ ].

    As a side note, Julian should have walked out of the Ecuadorian embassy, into the arms of waiting cops, with his head held up high. Even I [the illiterate sidekick] saw it [the inevitable arrest] coming from miles away.

  94. @Wizard of Oz

    I don’t know Assange, so I won’t even pretend I know why he choose the Ecuadorian embassy to hide in all these years [I can guestimate, but won’t waste your time with it]. If it would have been me, I would have set my idealistic views aside and opt for a robust embassy [one who would be very unlikely to sell me out] and one with lots of space in it [not really a claustrophobic kinda guy, but I do appreciate space]. As it is mentioned elsewhere on UR’s web site, my choice would have been Russia [or the Russian embassy in this case].

    Using his [leaked] information as a bargaining chip to deal with any of the alphabet soup letters agencies, doesn’t sit well with me either, but that’s just the ‘principled’ part of me talking/objecting.

  95. I do not think anyone has raised the issue of “body doubles”, the likelihood Assange was poisoned (by none other than Pamela Anderson, uglier ways to go unconscious, I suppose), then carted off the next morning in the wee hours. As investigative reporter and analyst JIM STONE recounted years ago, the “ASSANGE” you see today may or may not be the Assange to which you think you refer!

    For example, to lay a prima facie case, Hillary Clinton appeared to have two body doubles backing her up, once at least on a remembrance day for 9-11. You’ll recall her collapse and subsequent perky appearance before Chelsea’s apartment in New York, SANS protective gun-toting thugs. During at least one debate with Trump during on debate, and I have followed HRC for a long time, that was NOT Hillary [jowls hard to fake, alonge with ears and teeth). Qaddafi (sp?) was also reported to have several body doubles, one of which likely starred in the gruesome video played widely.


    I recommend considering JIM STONE’s analyses. His website currently under attack, I’ll excerpt a recent segment to whet your appetites. E-mail me directly if you would like other pertinent data to copy and preserve. I draw your attention to a related issue: The Mandela Effect.

    Here’s a test: WHICH is the correct original wording of the initial sentences of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
    (1) Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
    (2) Four score and seven years ago our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated in the proposition that all men are created equal.
    If you wish to confirm that a so-called “Mandela Effect” applies here, go for it! Seek out Johnny Cash’s intoning of the G.A., compare Gregory Peck’s YouTube version, then search the web for the wholesale replacement of “forefathers’ with “fathers”. I shall inquire of my betters WHY?

    My current take on Wikileaks and Assange
    Pros (for ithe current events being legit:)
    1. Assange looked absolutely real, and exactly how I’d expect him to look if he was holed up out of sight for almost 3 years.
    2. The media smear campaign boosted the credibility of this event a lot.
    3. The payoff of 4.3 billion to Ecuador.
    4. Supposedly a total wiki dump was done.
    5. Anonymous cyber attacked the HELL out of Ecuador.
    What hurts the legitimacy of the event:
    1. The total “wiki dump” where everything was dumped appears to be a compliation of previous dumps, and contained far too many things I already have and have posted, even without Wikileaks. That’s a big problem. I predict ZERO items of relevance will be found that we don’t already know., but it looked good for politics, The entire dump is here. Granted, I did not go through it all, but I have seen tons of what is on that list before. This is not what I would expect from the legit Wikileaks. Maybe someone will find something but I have heard NADA and first glance was not one of good impression.
    2. As I stated before, none of the original top people on the Wikileaks staff are still around, the three top players got killed off in 2016 and then there was the anomaly with Assange, where his “internet got cut” for an ENORMOUS time span, right in the middle of it all, and he never once afterward showed up on the balcony, which he had TOTAL access to, the embassy gave him that room so there’s no explanation for why he did not ever show up there.
    3. Deep fakes are absolutely real, and what has happened with the Gettysburg Address proves faking Assange would be a cakewalk. Add to this the fact that someone live streamed Assange being removed the day before his internet got cut, purportedly for medical reasons after he got poisoned, and things look really sketchy.
    4. All of the original police van arrest photos were taken by RT staff. How did they get a monopoly on this? For HOURS, RT was the only one with the story, until others started referencing RT. Why? Because if it was done by deep fake, there would only be one source. The source the most people trusted was chosen.
    5. When I went to post about the problems with the Assange story, someone was actually audacious enough to highlight everything I typed in blue right in front of me, and delete it. When that happened, It was obvious someone did not want it stated and placed in a prominent location. I don’t know how they expected me to just suck it up and not re-write it all, but they at least tried. And that speaks volumes.
    I am skeptical it was assange and not a deep fake, but am also skeptical of it being a deep fake rather than Assange. I really do not know what to think. If we don’t see actual video of Assange soon, that alone will speak volumes, why would there be none, even from the court?
    Granted, the Gettysburg Address “Mandela” fakery compliments of the tech left is not helping things either. It has nothing to do with Wikileaks directly, but does clearly show that extremely convincing and downright audacious fakery can and will be done.
    Perhaps the real issue with my doubting all of this originates from a proven scamming press that can’t be trusted to tell the truth with anything at all, and instead repeatedly produces fake after fake after fake. Given the background of what went on with Assange, a fair degree of skepticism is certainly in order. I am going to have to sit this one out and watch for screw ups.

    PS: If so, then attacks on Stone’s site can be expected, eventually, by The Unz Review. The disappearance of images and factoids seems on-going! NOW!

    • Agree: BengaliCanadianDude
  96. Anon[341] • Disclaimer says:

    ”Assange and Wikileaks were used by the CIA and its friends to start the Arab Spring.

    The Arab Spring was designed to wreck Arab countries that were not close friends of Israel.”

    ” Assange has stayed at the country mansion of Vaughan Smith, a right-wing former army officer.

    Vaughan Smith was the owner of media organisation Frontline Trust, where Assange has been a speaker.

    ‘Frontline’ is funded by George Soros.”

    ” In January 2007, John Young, who runs, left Wikileaks, claiming the operation was a CIA front. ”

    • Replies: @Dan
  97. Dan says:

    Assange is a controlled opposition limited hangout psyop.

    Real whistleblowers don’t get massive mainstream media coverage. And more often than not they get disappeared in short order.

    Move on.

  98. Dan says:

    Cryptome is another front. The Natsios family is CIA through and through. And John Young is a rather suspicious character himself.

  99. Anon[341] • Disclaimer says:

    SIBEL EDMONDS: That’s a massive PsyOp. (Don’t keep your eyes on IRAN)

    ”I combed through comments and reactions- the new era social-media-activism. I reached the last straw when I came across the repeated calls-to-action via petition. Again, those of you who’ve known me during the last eighteen years know that I went through a long period of multiple campaigns via petitions seeking remedies. Oh yes, whether on gag orders or 9/11, or government whistleblower cases, whether it was targeting the US Congress, White House or Judiciary bodies, I used to be up on the front lines of activism via petitions. Let’s call that my era of naivety and ignorance, okay?”

    From Assange Arrest to Checking Out from Social Media: In Search of a New Path!

  100. @Wizard of Oz

    “Remember that 97 per cent of cases are settled with a plea bargain, often after gross overcharging.”

    Which suggests the best move might be to take it to court. I thought of this the other day on the Interstate, at a point two miles ahead of the closure of two lanes out of four. Traffic was backed up in the right three lanes while the outer left was essentially wide open, largely because everyone was anxious to get over early to avoid confrontation at the first merge. This then happened later at the second lane closure merge. So I zipped ahead and avoided roughly twenty minutes sitting in a jam by simply having the nerve to face the music at the actual merge rather than worrying about it two miles back.

  101. Tulan says:

    Trump answered hurriedly,vand he is not careful with his replies because he is not a career politician.

    Others have discussed this. Trump meant that WikiLeaks / Assange is not his jurisdiction, therefore he does not know what is going on.
    The Deep State pulled this chit of getting Assange. Trump probably did not know about it. Obama lined every government agency with his Stalinist boot lickers, especially the Deep State, who still are trying to bring Trump down.

    • Replies: @Realist
  102. Realist says:

    Trump answered hurriedly,vand he is not careful with his replies because he is not a career politician.

    Why would would anybody cover for Trump after all his treachery???

    Others have discussed this. Trump meant that WikiLeaks / Assange is not his jurisdiction, therefore he does not know what is going on.

    That is a feeble attempt to cover for the lying asshole.

  103. Anonymous [AKA "Andrew Mcguiness"] says:
    @The Alarmist

    Except, the UK was always obviously treating his case as political and declined to accept any rgument about asylum in hearings re the Swedish extradition. UK could, under their extradition treaty, require that JA could not be extradited to a third country after extraditing to Sweden – they declined to give that assurance. In fact, Sweden wanted to drop the case in 2013 (it was becoming difficult to justify the scale of effort to pursue him) but the UK Crown Prosecution Service insisted they keep going: “DOn’t you dare get cold feet!”

    To claim that JA could have claimed asylum with the UK at any time is to ignore the facts of the case.

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