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Events of the past few days suggest British journalism – the so-called Fourth Estate – is not what it purports to be: a watchdog monitoring the centers of state power. It is quite the opposite.

The pretensions of the establishment media took a severe battering this month as the defamation trial of Guardian columnist Carole Cadwalladr reached its conclusion and the hacked emails of Paul Mason, a long-time stalwart of the BBC, Channel 4 and the Guardian, were published online.

Both of these celebrated journalists have found themselves outed as recruits – in their differing ways – to a covert information war being waged by Western intelligence agencies.

Had they been honest about it, that collusion might not matter so much. After all, few journalists are as neutral or as dispassionate as the profession likes to pretend. But along with many of their colleagues, Cadwalladr and Mason have broken what should be a core principle of journalism: transparency.

The role of serious journalists is to bring matters of import into the public space for debate and scrutiny. Journalists thinking critically aspire to hold those who wield power – primarily state agencies – to account on the principle that, without scrutiny, power quickly corrupts.

The purpose of real journalism – as opposed to the gossip, entertainment and national-security stenography that usually passes for journalism – is to hit up, not down.

And yet, both of these journalists, we now know, were actively colluding, or seeking to collude, with state actors who prefer to operate in the shadows, out of sight. Both journalists were coopted to advance the aims of the intelligence services.

And worse, each of them either sought to become a conduit for, or actively assist in, covert smear campaigns run by Western intelligence services against other journalists.

What they were doing – along with so many other establishment journalists – is the very antithesis of journalism. They were helping to conceal the operation of power to make it harder to scrutinize. And not only that. In the process, they were trying to weaken already marginalized journalists fighting to hold state power to account.

Russian collusion?

Cadwalladr’s cooperation with the intelligence services has been highlighted only because of a court case. She was sued for defamation by Arron Banks, a businessman and major donor to the successful Brexit campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.

In a kind of transatlantic extension of the Russiagate hysteria in the United States following Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016, Cadwalladr accused Banks of lying about his ties to the Russian state. According to the court, she also suggested he broke election funding laws by receiving Russian money in the run-up to the Brexit vote, also in 2016.

That year serves as a kind of ground zero for liberals fearful about the future of “Western democracy” – supposedly under threat from modern “barbarians at the gate,” such as Russia and China – and about the ability of Western states to defend their primacy through neo-colonial wars of aggression around the globe.

The implication is Russia masterminded a double subversion in 2016: on one side of the Atlantic, Trump was elected US president; and, on the other, Britons were gulled into shooting themselves in the foot – and undermining Europe – by voting to leave the EU.

Faced with the court case, Cadwalladr could not support her allegations against Banks as true. Nonetheless, the judge ruled against Banks’ libel action, on the basis that the claims had not sufficiently harmed his reputation.

The judge also decided, perversely in a British defamation action, that Cadwalladr had “reasonable grounds” to publish claims that Banks received “sweetheart deals” from Russia, even though “she had seen no evidence he had entered into any such deals.” An investigation by the National Crime Agency ultimately found no evidence either.

So given those circumstances, what was the basis for her accusations against Banks?

Cadwalladr’s journalistic modus operandi, in her long-running efforts to suggest widespread Russian meddling in British politics, is highlighted in her witness statement to the court.

In it, she refers to another of her Russiagate-style stories: one from 2017 that tried to connect the Kremlin with Nigel Farage, a former pro-Brexit politician with the UKIP Party and close associate of Banks, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been a political prisoner in the UK for more than a decade.

At that time, Assange was confined to a single room in the Ecuadorian Embassy after its government offered him political asylum. He had sought sanctuary there, fearing he would be extradited to the US following publication by WikiLeaks of revelations that the US and UK had committed war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks had also deeply embarrassed the CIA by following up with the publication of leaked documents, known as Vault 7, exposing the agency’s own crimes.

Last week the UK’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, approved the very extradition to the US that Assange feared and that drove him into the Ecuadorian embassy. Once in the US, he faces up to 175 years in complete isolation in a supermax jail.

Assassination plot

We now know, courtesy of a Yahoo News investigation, that through 2017 the CIA hatched various schemes either to assassinate Assange or to kidnap him in one of its illegal “extraordinary rendition” operations, so he could be permanently locked up in the US, out of public view.

We can surmise that the CIA also believed it needed to prepare the ground for such a rogue operation by bringing the public on board. According to Yahoo’s investigation, the CIA believed Assange’s seizure might require a gun battle on the streets of London.

It was at this point, it seems, that Cadwalladr and the Guardian were encouraged to add their own weight to the cause of further turning public opinion against Assange.

ORDER IT NOW

According to her witness statement, “a confidential source in [the] US” suggested – at the very time the CIA was mulling over these various plots – that she write about a supposed visit by Farage to Assange in the embassy. The story ran in the Guardian under the headline “When Nigel Farage met Julian Assange.”

In the article, Cadwalladr offers a strong hint as to who had been treating her as a confidant: the one source mentioned in the piece is “a highly placed contact with links to US intelligence”. In other words, the CIA almost certainly fed her the agency’s angle on the story.

In the piece, Cadwalladr threads together her and the CIA’s claims of “a political alignment between WikiLeaks’ ideology, UKIP’s ideology and Trump’s ideology”. Behind the scenes, she suggests, was the hidden hand of the Kremlin, guiding them all in a malign plot to fatally undermine British democracy.

She quotes her “highly placed contact” claiming that Farage and Assange’s alleged face-to-face meeting was necessary to pass information of their nefarious plot “in ways and places that cannot be monitored”.

Except of course, as her “highly placed contact” knew – and as we now know, thanks to exposes by the Grayzone website – that was a lie. In tandem with its plot to kill or kidnap Assange, the CIA illegally installed cameras inside, as well as outside, the embassy. His every move in the embassy was monitored – even in the toilet block.

The reality was that the CIA was bugging and videoing Assange’s every conversation in the embassy, even the face-to-face ones. If the CIA actually had a recording of Assange and Farage meeting and discussing a Kremlin-inspired plot, it would have found a way to make it public by now.

Far more plausible is what Farage and WikiLeaks say: that such a meeting never happened. Farage visited the embassy to try to interview Assange for his LBC radio show but was denied access. That can be easily confirmed because by then the Ecuadorian embassy was allying with the US and refusing Assange any contact with visitors apart from his lawyers.

Nonetheless, Cadwalladr concludes:In the perfect storm of fake news, disinformation and social media in which we now live, WikiLeaks is, in many ways, the swirling vortex at the centre of everything.”

‘Swirling vortex’

The Farage-Assange meeting story shows how the CIA and Cadwalladr’s agendas perfectly coincided in their very own “swirling vortex” of fake news and disinformation.

She wanted to tie the Brexit campaign to Russia and suggest that anyone who wished to challenge the liberal pieties that provide cover for the crimes committed by Western states must necessarily belong to a network of conspirators, on the left and the right, masterminded from Moscow.

The CIA and other Western intelligence agencies, meanwhile, wanted to deepen the public’s impression that Assange was a Kremlin agent – and that WikiLeaks’ exposure of the crimes committed by those same agencies was not in the public interest but actually an assault on Western democracy.

Assange’s character assassination had already been largely achieved with the American public in the Russiagate campaign in the US. The intelligence services, along with the Democratic Party leadership, had crafted a narrative designed to obscure WikiLeaks’ revelations of election-fixing by Hillary Clinton’s camp in 2016 to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the party’s presidential nomination. Instead they refocused the public’s attention on evidence-free claims that Russia had “hacked” the emails.

For Cadwalladr and the CIA, the fake-news story of Farage meeting Assange could be spun as further proof that both the “far left” and “far right” were colluding with Russia. Their message was clear: only centrists – and the national security state – could be trusted to defend democracy.

Fabricated story

Cadwalladr’s smearing of Assange is entirely of a piece with the vilification campaign of WikiLeaks led by liberal media outlets to which she belongs. Her paper, the Guardian, has had Assange in its sights since its falling out with him over their joint publication of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs in 2010.

A year after Cadwalladr’s smear piece, the Guardian would continue its cooperation with the intelligence services’ demonization of Assange by running an equally fabricated story – this time about a senior aide of Trump’s, Paul Manafort, and various unidentified “Russians” secretly meeting Assange in the embassy.

The story was so improbable it was ridiculed even at the time of publication. Again, the CIA’s illegal spying operation inside and outside the embassy meant there was no way Manafort or any “Russians” could have secretly visited Assange without those meetings being recorded. Nonetheless, the Guardian has never retracted the smear.

One of the authors of the article, Luke Harding, has been at the forefront of both the Guardian’s Russiagate claims and its efforts to defame Assange. In doing so, he appears to have relied heavily on Western intelligence services for his stories and has proven incapable of defending them when challenged.

Harding, like the Guardian, has an added investment in discrediting Assange. He and a Guardian colleague, David Leigh, published a Guardian-imprint book that included a secret password to a WikiLeaks’ cache of leaked documents, thereby providing security services around the world with access to the material.

The CIA’s claim that the release of those documents endangered its informants – a claim that even US officials have been forced to concede is not true – has been laid at Assange’s door to vilify him and justify his imprisonment. But if anyone is to blame, it is not Assange but Harding, Leigh and the Guardian.

Effort to deplatform

The case of Paul Mason, who worked for many years as a senior BBC journalist, is even more revealing. Emails passed to the Grayzone website show the veteran, self-described “left-wing” journalist secretly conspiring with figures aligned with British intelligence services to build a network of journalists and academics to smear and censor independent media outlets that challenge the narratives of the Western intelligence agencies.

ORDER IT NOW

Mason’s concerns about left-wing influence on public opinion have intensified the more he has faced criticism from the left over his demands for fervent, uncritical support of NATO and as he has lobbied for greater Western interference in Ukraine. Both are aims he shares with Western intelligence services.

Along with the establishment media, Mason has called for sending advanced weaponry to Kyiv, likely to raise the death toll on both sides of the war and risk a nuclear confrontation between the West and Russia.

In the published emails, Mason suggests the harming and “relentless deplatforming” of independent investigative media sites – such as the Grayzone , Consortium News and Mint Press – that host non-establishment journalists. He and his correspondents also debate whether to include Declassified UK and OpenDemocracy. One of his co-conspirators suggests a “full nuclear legal to squeeze them financially.”

Mason himself proposes starving these websites of income by secretly pressuring Paypal to stop readers from being able to make donations to support their work.

It should be noted that, in the wake of Mason’s correspondence, PayPal did indeed launch just such a crackdown, including against Consortium News and MintPress, after earlier targeting WikiLeaks.

Mason’s email correspondents include two figures intimately tied to British intelligence: Amil Khan is described by the Grayzone as “a shadowy intelligence contractor” with ties to the UK’s National Security Council. He founded Valent Projects, establishing his credentials in a dirty propaganda war in support of head-chopping jihadist groups trying to bring down the Russian-supported Syrian government.

Clandestine ‘clusters’

The other intelligence operative is someone Mason refers to as a “friend”: Andy Pryce, the head of the Foreign Office’s shadowy Counter Disinformation and Media Development (CDMD) unit, founded in 2016 to “counter-strike against Russian propaganda”. Mason and Pryce spend much of their correspondence discussing when to meet up in London pubs for a drink, according to the Grayzone.

The Foreign Office managed to keep the CDMD unit’s existence secret for two years. The UK government has refused to disclose basic information about the CDMD on grounds of national security, although it is now known that it is overseen by the National Security Council.

The CDMD’s existence came to light because of leaks about another covert information warfare operation, the Integrity Initiative.

Notably, the Integrity Initiative was run on the basis of clandestine “clusters,” in North America and Europe, of journalists, academics, politicians and security officials advancing narratives shared with Western intelligence agencies to discredit Russia, China, Julian Assange, and Jeremy Corbyn, the former, left-wing leader of the Labor Party.

Cadwalladr was named in the British cluster, along with other prominent journalists: David Aaronovitch and Dominic Kennedy of the Times; the Guardian’s Natalie Nougayrede and Paul Canning; Jonathan Marcus of the BBC; the Financial Times’ Neil Buckley; the Economist’s Edward Lucas; and Sky News’ Deborah Haynes.

In his emails, Mason appears to want to renew this type of work but to direct its energies more specifically at damaging independent, dissident media – with his number one target the Grayzone, which played a critical role in exposing the Integrity Initiative.

Mason’s “friend” – the CDMD’s head, Andy Pryce – “featured prominently” in documents relating to the Integrity Initiative, the Grayzone observes.

This background is not lost on Mason. He notes in his correspondence the danger that his plot to “deplatform” independent media could “end up with the same problem as Statecraft” – a reference to the Institute of Statecraft, the Integrity Initiative’s parent charity, which the Grayzone and others exposed. He cautions: “The opposition are not stupid, they can spot an info op – so the more this is designed to be organic the better.”

Pryce and Mason discuss creating an astroturf civil-society organization that would lead their “information war” as part of an operation they brand the “International Information Brigade”.

Mason suggests the suspension of the libel laws for what he calls “foreign agents” – presumably meaning that the Information Brigade would be able to defame independent journalists as Russian agents, echoing the establishment media’s treatment of Assange, without fear of legal action that would show these were evidence-free smears.

‘Putin infosphere’

Another correspondent, Emma Briant, an academic who claims to specialize in Russian disinformation, offers an insight into how she defines the presumed enemy within: those “close to WikiLeaks,” anyone “trolling Carole [Cadwalladr],” and outlets “discouraging people from reading the Guardian.”

Mason himself produces an eye-popping, self-drawn, spider’s web chart of the supposedly “pro-Putin infosphere” in the UK, embracing much of the left, including Corbyn, the Stop the War movement, as well as the Black and Muslim communities. Several media sites are mentioned, including Mint Press and Novara Media, an independent British website sympathetic to Corbyn.

Khan and Mason consider how they can help trigger a British government investigation of independent outlets so that they can be labeled as “Russian-state affiliated media” to further remove them from visibility on social media.

Mason states that the goal is to prevent the emergence of a “left anti-imperialist identity,” which, he fears, “will be attractive because liberalism doesn’t know how to counter it” – a telling admission that he believes genuine left-wing critiques of Western foreign policy cannot be dealt with through public refutation but only through secret disinformation campaigns.

He urges efforts to crack down not only on independent media and “rogue” academics but on left-wing political activism. He identifies as a particular threat Corbyn, who was earlier harmed through a series of disinformation campaigns, including entirely evidence-free claims that the Labour Party during his tenure became a hotbed of antisemitism.

Mason fears Corbyn might set up a new, independent left-wing party. It is important, Mason notes, to “quarantine” and “stigmatize” any such ideology.

In short, rather than use journalism to win the argument and the battle for public opinion, Mason wishes to use the dark arts of the security state to damage independent media, as well as dissident academics and left-wing political activism. He wants no influences on the public that are not tightly aligned with the core foreign policy goals of the national security state.

Mason’s correspondence hints at the reality behind Cadwalladr’s claim that Assange was the “swirling vortex at the centre of everything.”

Assange symbolizes that “swirling vortex” to intelligence-aligned establishment journalists only because WikiLeaks has published plenty of insider information that exposes Western claims to global moral leadership as a complete charade – and the journalists who amplify those claims as utter charlatans.

(Republished from Mintpress News by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “The purpose of journalism” is to make money, by selling newspapers and by selling advertising space, first in newspapers and now in all forms of media. On this side of the Atlantic, our founders were among the most cynical of men. I suspect they were laughing in their sleeves listening to idealist Jefferson rambling on about the press being “the tocsin of liberty” and all that. Well they knew from colonial experience that the “free press” is available only to those who can raise the capital to buy a press, and ink, and paper, and who, most importantly, curry favor from business, government, and other already established journalists. Right from the start the federal government had monetary incentive programs to secure favorable reporting in the nation’s newspapers, awarding lucrative printing and advertising contracts only to those editors who cooperated. There were 43 newspapers in print when the War of Independence ended; by 1814 there were 346, and in 1850, 2,526 – journalism was a big moneymaker in early America.

    In 1807, a bitterly disillusioned Thomas Jefferson had this to say about the state of American journalism, in a letter to John Norvell, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knolege with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time… I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.”

    • Thanks: Right_On, Sarah
  2. @Observator

    Tocsin of liberty, our media? More like toxin.

  3. Anonymous[145] • Disclaimer says:

    “Luke Harding” is *DEFINITELY* a fully paid up MI6 man, who impersonates a ‘journalist’.
    You can take that one to the bank.

    As is that other dirty cunt “Edward Lucas” of The Economist.

    • Agree: Biff, MarkU, annamaria
    • Replies: @Crass
  4. Altai says:

    When the Guardian decided to expand to the US it wasn’t just one way, they imported some US ‘editors’ too.

    Since then they’ve become neocon.

  5. Cuntwalloper, in my opinion, is Evil incarnate, like the Guardian. And how typical of ‘British justice’ that she was proven guilty but the ‘judge’ let her off, reminiscent of the extreme and unhidden biases of the ‘judges’ leading the lynching of Assange,
    Here in Austfailia the local presstitute vermin gave Assange a Walkley Award for journalism, the highest accolade from the ‘profession’, in 2010 or thereabouts, but after the Emppire began its campaign to silence and/or murder him, the presstitute scum pack turned on him like hyenas on a gazelle. He was NO journalist, and, naturally, no presstitute dared enquire as to how, in that case, he had been given the Walkley. It was even in evidence this week when one hard Right, ABC female presstitute began hissing that Assange had revealed the identities of those in the Wikileaks revelations, a lie as Cook points out, but one never knows with these scum if they are knowingly lying or just following the pack.
    As ever with these feminazis, she didn’t bother to, or was incapable of, hiding her hatred of Assange. That is also evident with other she-male presstitutes in regard to China or Russia or other designated ‘enemies’. The girls have to try that much harder to ape the boys, particularly as their looks begin to fade.

  6. Ron Unz says:
    @Altai

    When the Guardian decided to expand to the US it wasn’t just one way, they imported some US ‘editors’ too.

    Since then they’ve become neocon.

    That’s very similar to what happened to The Economist:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/the-long-decline-of-the-london-economist/

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Alfred
  7. @Altai

    I always thought that the Guardian were turned when the police/MI5 raided their offices post-Wikileaks and confiscated all their computers. IIRC they were eventually forced to wipe quite a lot of data from their drives.

    Presumably they found enough to keep them toeing the line going forward.

    • Agree: Notsofast
    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  8. Wokechoke says:

    I’m not certain that Brexit suited Russian interests at all.

    Having the troublesome British/English within the EU caused more mayhem than having them out. The French and Germans have considerably more ability to act in accord now that the painful stone has been removed from the shoe.

    Is a more coherent EU in the interests of Russia or not?

    • Replies: @Iris
  9. Wokechoke says:
    @Altai

    Johnathan Freedland is the long term Jew on the OpEd staff. He’s made sure certain things are not discussed or alternatively overly promoted.

    • Replies: @Iris
  10. Setting to one side the argument against the two journalists featured in this article, for I have no knowledge on the veracity one way or another, it is important to remember that in the lead up to war (all evidence suggests we’re heading for world war) propaganda becomes very important: more for morale than truth. But propaganda campaigns do not influence the final outcome of conflict. What history shows is, everyone eventually gets the war they seek to avoid. Naturally everyone wants to avoid WW III…
    https://patternofhistory.wordpress.com/

  11. anonymous[665] • Disclaimer says:

    There are endless things screwy with the Julian Assange narrative, right from the beginning of his fame driven by the CIA’s New York Times and the MI5-MI6 UK Guardian, when
    – Bibi Netanyahu admitted Julian was an Israeli-friendly intel asset, and indeed Julian has been pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian and anti-9-11-truth
    – Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on USA TV in 2010 that the ‘Wikileaks’ were fed by intel
    It is clear to many since years ago, that

    WikiLeaks is CIA. It was designed to jail & kill whistleblowers and push the narrative publishing truth is illegal

    And indeed people ‘leaking’ to Wikileaks have turned up dead, with Julian denying he got their info … one of Julian’s lawyers got thrown under a train in the UK, and this is covered up … Julian has had Rothschild family lawyers and Rothschild family bail money … it is likely he was never really ‘living’ at the London Ecuador Embassy for 7 years, just moved in and out for photos and meetings
    https://www.henrymakow.com/2018/11/assange-snowden-rat-traps.html
    It is not clear Julian is ‘in Belmarsh prison now’, and indeed we do not know where he is. There are websites arguing with significant evidence that Julian’s ‘marriage’ is fake, recent photos & audio of him is fake, his ‘lawyers’ are all tied to US intel, as are current management of Wikileaks … according to one narrative, Julian – who was in a CIA-tied, MK-Ultra type mind control cult as a child – went ‘rogue’ from being a pure CIA shill and has now been disappeared, no one who claims to speak for him is telling the truth, see:
    http://julianassange.com/
    http://stellamoris.com/

    • Troll: Iris, annamaria
    • Replies: @Wielgus
    , @Iris
    , @Carroll price
  12. Dr. Rock says:
    @Observator

    Unfortunately, journalism, like so many other occupations, needs to be filled with people of some principles.
    They’re not.

  13. Wielgus says:
    @anonymous

    I see no problem with the narrative – the near 100% Western media failure to question Covid or Western policy re the Ukraine conflict is because Assange’s fate has been a salutary warning.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  14. anonymous[405] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    “Aug 11, 2015 · LONDON — The Agnelli and Rothschild families will share control of The Economist after buying out Pearson’s 50 percent stake in the magazine …”

    As reported by Politico.eu:
    https://www.politico.eu/article/agnellis-rothschilds-close-in-on-economist-magazine-sale-pearson/

    He who pays the piper calls the tune. Always!

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  15. Ron Unz says:
    @anonymous

    “Aug 11, 2015 · LONDON — The Agnelli and Rothschild families will share control of The Economist after buying out Pearson’s 50 percent stake in the magazine …”

    I tend to doubt that was a major factor. The large changes I described in my article were probably in the late 1990s/early 2000s, mostly because of the huge change in the subscription base.

  16. Iris says:
    @Wokechoke

    Is a more coherent EU in the interests of Russia or not?

    It probably is. There is no doubt that Macron, Baerbock, Van Der Leyen, etc.. are, as individuals owned by the financial industry and the US Neo-Cons. But sanctioning Russia does not suit the interest of many big businesses in Europe, which would have lobbied their respective government against the sanctions, if not for fear of the Biden administration.

    It is very interesting that, on the contrary, nobody in European political leadership was scared of the Trump administration; they must have known in advance he was going to “lose” the 2020 presidential election.

    • Replies: @Jim123
  17. Iris says:
    @Wokechoke

    Johnathan Freedland is the long term Jew on the OpEd staff.

    The same is true of Troskyist Paul Mason object of this article, whose grandmother was a Lithuanian Jewish lady.

    Such predictable “coincidence” probably explain Mason’s stratospheric promotion, from insignificant music teacher to BBC senior editor. His life trajectory is much similar to that of his fellow Neo-Cons journalists the other side of the Atlantic.

    • Agree: annamaria
    • Replies: @InnerCynic
    , @Kratoklastes
  18. @Ron Unz

    What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the abortion issue?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  19. Sparkon says:
    @Wielgus

    You read anonymous’s comment, and presumably, Makow’s article, and still see no problem with the narrative? Perhaps thou should look closer, starting with Assange’s infamous statement:

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

    — Julian Assange

    https://www.thestranger.com/blogs/2010/07/27/4552260/911-truthers-hate-on-wikileaks-founder

    Assange’s statement calling 9/11 a “false conspiracy” is not just a fly in the ointment, it’s a turd killer whale in the punchbowl.

    • Agree: Kim
  20. Ron Unz says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the abortion issue?

    No particular thoughts, I’m afraid.

    Obviously, the original Roe v. Wade ruling was totally ridiculous since the Constitution never said anything about abortion one way or the other. But after two generations, I’d never imagined it would possibly be overturned and just assumed that the anti-abortion activists were gullible individuals being manipulated by grifters and fanatics.

    • Troll: Kim
    • Replies: @tyrone
  21. Iris says:
    @anonymous

    Spoken like yet another Anon from Ness Ziona, Occupied Palestine.

    We will not forgot that Julian Assange, for having revealed crimes against humanity, is being sent to death by Israel’s asset Priti Patel, who signed his extradition.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priti_Patel#Meetings_with_Israeli_officials_and_resignation

    Only last year, under the watch of this same putrid cow Patel, was organised in “democratic” Britain a conspiracy to kidnap and murder Assange:

    EXPLOSIVE FINDINGS ABOUT A CIA PLOT TO KIDNAP OR ASSASSINATE JULIAN ASSANGE HAVE EXPOSED JUST HOW HOLLOW US ASSURANCES OF HIS SAFETY ARE

    https://www.stopwar.org.uk/article/would-you-trust-the-spies-planning-your-assassination-to-keep-you-safe/

    Julian Assange is being driven to suicide in Belmarsh prison, where he has been visited by veteran parliamentarians elected by the British public, such as John McDonnell, who then gave speeches and updates about his terrible condition.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/20/julian-assange-case-is-the-dreyfus-of-our-age-says-john-mcdonnell

    But of course, stupid goyim will believe you, instead, the anonymous furuncle from Ness Ziona.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  22. Kim says:
    @Sparkon

    Yes, but on the other hand, we only have someone’s word that Assange actually said that. Or is there video?

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  23. bert33 says:

    Honest news reporting: Who, what, when, where, how, why, shut up. Best of your honest ability, keep it under 300 words. Bob the grocer, found a dead cat, 2:33 in the afternoon, corner of 4th and main, apparently hit by a car, why ask why. The End. Just the facts, ma’am. Maybe the journalism community can start policing itself and turn out less stilted opinionated political crap as a result.

    • Disagree: HdC
    • Replies: @HdC
  24. @Iris

    Lithuanian? What are the odds? Oy vey!

    • Replies: @Z-man
  25. Alfred says:

    What not to like about “British” journalism?

    NATO is set to create a new 200,000 strong force to “wipe Russia off the earth” if Putin invades an ally country, it has been reported.

    The new Allied Reaction Force (ARF) will be a six times larger than the current formation that stands ready to repel Russian aggression, the NATO Response Force (NRF).

    COUNTER STRIKE ‘Electrified’ NATO plotting new 200,000-strong force to ‘wipe Russia off the Earth’ if Putin invades, officials claim (23/06/22)

  26. Alfred says:
    @Ron Unz

    When I used to buy the “Economist”, in the early 1970’s, it was a respectable magazine with smart writers. Few people actually read it. The circulation was around 100,000. Today, it is perhaps 2.5 million (print and digital)

    It seems that half the readership is now in the USA. I guess they are giving their readership what the readership wants to hear. 🤣

  27. Isn’t “Five Eyes” a five headed one eyed Cyclops beast told in Ancient Greek legends of yore. These same creatures keep popping up throughout history clocked in various forms to torment civilization, building walls of hate and despair, destroying civilization for their satanic gods worshipped in synagogue’s of Satan.
    The past keeps repeating, but most never seem to notice.

  28. @Observator

    Still, news used to be more about competing lies and half-truths on the racial, ethnic, regional, religious, and ideological level.

    But with the ultra-concentration of media and total ascendancy of Jewish Power, it’s less about competition of lies and half-truths than about their concentration in the hands of the Jews.

    The golden age of US media was from mid-60s to the 70s when Jews, still on the rise, use their influence to challenge and expose the Wasp-ruled order. As the old order was slipping and new one coming into being, there was lots of uncertainty and room for controversy.

    But once Jewish power was consolidated, the media climate was more about consensus than about controversy. From more debates to the ‘debate is over’. And as Jews controlled liberalism, it turned into illiberalism. And as conservatism fell under influence of Neocons, it became cuckservatism for goyim like the pathetic Rich Lowry, a modern day eunuch.

    • Agree: Z-man, Miro23
    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Francis Miville
  29. Tom Welsh says:

    ‘Mason suggests the suspension of the libel laws for what he calls “foreign agents”…’

    Clever, though utterly unscrupulous. To anyone with anything resembling a functioning brain, the implications are obvious: it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Mason and his pals can write or say anything they choose about someone (call him “X”) as long as they remember to call him “a Russian agent”.

    X will then be unable to sue, as he is presumed to be “a Russian agent”.

    Neat. Rather reminiscent of the tricks and sophistries used by religious persecutors down the ages. If you float, you are obviously a witch and must be burned. If you drown, you were innocent. Too bad.

  30. Tom Welsh says:

    ‘Mason himself produces an eye-popping, self-drawn, spider’s web chart of the supposedly “pro-Putin infosphere” in the UK…’

    To all intents and purposes, “pro-Putin” when used by such people effectively means “truthful”. If Mr Putin were to declare that “1 plus 1 equals 2” or that water is wet, I would not be surprised to hear them denounce such statements as Russian lies.

    For what it’s worth, I have never heard of Mr Putin being caught in a lie. Compare and contrast our own dear leaders.

  31. Part of the vices of the system. Paid journalism has to be at the service of money, that’s why freedom of the press is a farce. It’s like the so-called democratic elections, they cost so much that only the rich can pay for their servers as candidates.

  32. Wow, tell us something we didn’t know before!

    Bad, disrespectful pun aside, is there anyone who is surprised, for real?

    The Negro-Sickxon island monkeys are a race of depraved, craven subhumans. They have been serving kike interests for CENTURIES. They harbored the jew Karl Marx Mordechai Levy, their explicitly stated mission is to keep ALL of Europe down, their version of Christianity is Calvinism, a Jewish, perverted twist of the pharisaical kind that emulates the same chosenite attitude, completely contradicting the teaching of Christ. Crimean War, Boer War, both World Wars, and everything afterward. The latest is Assange’s exile back to muttmerica.

    These subhumans belong to the devils. Thankfully, they will be wiped out soon, and before that, put through well-deserved, grinding poverty, befitting of their national and moral character.

  33. Not a great surprise. You need to look at Katharine Viner and where the Guardian editor was before she was hoisted into position – and her personal life.

    As for Luke Harding and Paul Mason and Cadwalladr – it is the Guardian-BBC Nexus that has polluted the whole broadcast media in UK for decades.

    The British Journalist

    by Humbert Wolfe
    You cannot hope
    to bribe or twist,
    thank God! the
    British journalist.

    But, seeing what
    the man will do
    unbribed, there’s
    no occasion to.

  34. Kari Lake kicks a yellow dog’s ass.



    Video Link

  35. Sparkon says:
    @Kim

    I don’t think there is a video, but the original article by Matthew Bell containing Julian Assange’s statement was published in the Belfast Telegraph on July 19, 2010:

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/wanted-by-the-cia-julian-assange-wikileaks-founder-28548843.html

    I see no reason for Bell to have lied about it, and Assange has had 12 years to contest the quoted statement, but I’ve seen nothing of the kind.

    Earlier, in 2009, Wikileaks did release a raft of pager messages from Sept. 11, 2001, but only a few were directly related to the attacks on the WTC.

    https://www.france24.com/en/20091127-wikileaks-publishes-over-half-million-911-pager-messages

    I can’t find much, or actually I find too much on Matthew Bell, as it may be a fairly common name, but he has penned at least one further article for the Belefast Telegraph.

  36. Iris says:
    @Priss Factor

    But once Jewish power was consolidated, the media climate was more about consensus than about controversy.

    Another important factor, according to the pertinent observation made by historian Webster Tarpley, was the collapse of the USSR.

    As long as the USSR existed, the US was obliged to dialectically compete for the minds and hearts of the rest of world, and elevate its public debate and intellectual production to standards that would surpass its foes’.

    All this was gone when the Soviet Union disappeared and the American mind could let itself collapse down to the most abject depths of stupidity, dragging the rest of Europe along. We are there now, and still digging.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Francis Miville
  37. Crass says:
    @Anonymous

    Back in 2016, I was attending a Neuropsychologists, for left and right frontal lobe and Occipital lobe brain injury. After one of our pointless sessions, I noticed she had The Guardian application on her phone. I then proceeded to ridiculed her for having the MI6 Times on her phone, and informed her that most of the ‘Journalists’ at the Guardian belong to Intelligence Agencies, especially Luke Harding and David Leigh.

    I ended my Neuropsychology session a few weeks later, after I had a moment of clarity, and I realised that the whole practice of Neuropsychology is quackery. I then informed the Neuropsychologists that I would be ending my sessions, and had she any insights she would be willing to share with me?

    She told me my political views, Vis-à-vis our Guardian conversation and their ‘Journalists’ like Luke Harding, was bordering on Delusional disorder!

    I suspect the imbecile is now quadruple jabbed with the Covid-19 poisoned vaccine.

    • Replies: @MarkU
  38. @Ron Unz

    Are Agnellis fellow Tribe members, Ron? Just curious about the Italian Jewry.

  39. ld says:

    thank you for holding these syncophants up to thr ridicule they so richly deserve.

    The Fourth Estate is dead and gone.
    It rots in Belmarsh with Assange
    The Hegemon has grown too strong
    They sing the Uniparty song

    • Thanks: annamaria
  40. HdC says:
    @bert33

    Oooops, hit the wrong button. Wanted to hit AGREE.
    Who, what, where, why, how. Those are the questions I want answered by a journalist.
    As to opinions, one wag said that opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.

  41. GMC says:
    @Alfred

    Thanks Alfred – look at all those Ducks in a row on your map – a missile team’s dream come true whether on land or at sea. All huckleberries for the Nato boyz in BruSSels.

    • Thanks: Alfred
  42. Not only ZBritain but the ZEU and the ZUS , where all the MSM are a propaganda arm of the zionists who are in control of the various Zgovs via their privately owned central banks and in the ZUS, it is the FED and in ZBritain it is the bank of England, they all print debt aka dollars out of thin air and lay this debt on the people, it is a hell of a racket that the zionists have in the ATMs, cash out of the ether and debt for the proles.

    The MSM are paid prostitutes of the zionist overlords.

    • Agree: annamaria
  43. @Iris

    Priti Patel is an Indian Gujrati and Gujratis are the Jews of India. They are ultra religious and like the Jews they never volunteer for the military. They know how to game the markets and out of the ten biggest defaulters who have fled India with billions, nine are Gujaratis.
    The most prolific and successful Indian diaspora settled in the West are the Gujratis as is Modi, the PM.
    These people are highly organized, caste driven and network like crazy, they are desi Jews.

    • Replies: @Charles Martel France
  44. Jim123 says:
    @Iris

    Yes. Spot on.

    Add fact that, after Zelensky assuming presidency, Trump, in 2019 — broadcast on national TV — told Zelensky to his face: work out your problems with Russia president.

    “I really hope that you and President Putin get together and can solve your problem. That would be a tremendous achievement.”

    Zelensky and his handlers of course ignored this advice. As he knew Trump was “not in charge” as it were — rather, “others were in charge,” as it were.

    Trump, impeached for telling Zelensky to make peace with Russia. The rest is history.
    -30-

  45. @anonymous

    From your tone, I assume you don’t think Jeffery Epstein hung himself in his jail cell either.

  46. lavoisier says: • Website

    Funny how so many journalists are just like so many politicians–treacherous, dishonest, venal, whores.

    Any honest men left in the corridors of power in the West?

  47. annamaria says:
    @Sparkon

    Do you also believe in immaculate conception?

    ‘“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  48. annamaria says:
    @Sparkon

    That was for and about you: # 22
    “Julian Assange is being driven to suicide in Belmarsh prison, where he has been visited by veteran parliamentarians elected by the British public, such as John McDonnell, who then gave speeches and updates about his terrible condition.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/20/julian-assange-case-is-the-dreyfus-of-our-age-says-john-mcdonnell
    But of course, stupid goyim will believe you, instead, the anonymous furuncle from Ness Ziona.”

  49. Z-man says:
    @InnerCynic

    The infestations are everywhere.🧐

  50. No surprise here. And now it’s also admitted that CIA operatives are all over Ukraine. These rats meddle in virtually everyone else’s business and they aren’t about protecting ‘Democracy’. They’re about protecting their own power. While I am sure there are a few good people in the CIA(it has 20,000 employees), in the overall I believe it to be a criminal organization that has next to nothing to do with protecting American national security. These people could care less about your Constitution or Bill of Rights and they operate with little oversight. And since the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act was passed, the CIA can spread the same deceitful ‘news’ to American audiences as they have traditionally used to subvert the populations of other nations.

    • Replies: @Ulf Thorsen
  51. @Ulf Thorsen

    ….after all, CIA needs to male sure the same ‘Democracy’ we have in America prevails in Russia too, whether Russians want it or not.

  52. @Rev. Spooner

    Her behaviour has nothing to do with her Gujarati origin ( Patel was born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family. ) or the Gujaratis being the Jews of India. It has more to do with opportunism based on the thinking that it is smart to be closer to Israel since the Israelis are very influential in the West including Britain and within its Conservative party . The behaviour of many leaders in the Middle East towards Israel is also predicated on that thinking.

    The hardline position of Patel on immigration and refugees and willing to go further than most Whites in her position would dare to venture is another sign of her opportunism.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Rev. Spooner
  53. The Five Eyes countries have become the enforcement arm of the mRNA/Climate/QR code cartel. They are a subsidiary of GloboHomo.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  54. @lavoisier

    “Any honest men left in the corridors of power in the West?”

    No, but it’s even worse than dishonesty. High level participants in the Western power system have committed severe transgressions in order to achieve their positions. They are all owned, body and soul.

    • Agree: lavoisier, Kratoklastes
  55. “the Integrity Initiative”

    the “cluster” of seedy journalists and bureaucrats filling out the ranks of the II were nominally attacking the perceived enemies of the perceived Western democracies — China and dreaded Putin. Their real enemies were domestic dissidents who expressed the notion that the real enemies of freedom are the American and European oligarchs and their managerial class who are busy reconfiguring Western Civ. to their liking.

  56. Iris says:
    @Charles Martel France

    The hardline position of Patel on immigration and refugees and willing to go further than most Whites in her position…

    Bwahaha, always the same smokescreen to cover up for the Israeli lobby ruling Britain. The actions of Patel and the shill Paul Mason have nothing to do with the White people’s preoccupations with mass immigration, and everything to do with Israel’s systematically destroying any political resistance to its domination.

    This is Paul Mason’s “Chart of Influence”, detailing all the enemies he strives to destroy.
    At its centre stands former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. When Corbyn was is charge, Mason posed as one of his most ardent supporters in public, while relentlessly plotting against him in private. Corbyn was ultimately deposed, replaced by another Israel asset Keir Starmer, and finally expelled from the Labour Party under some bogus accusations of “Anti-Semitism”.

    His other targets are Britain’s peace movement, and any organisation or personality that does not subscribe to bellicose foreign policies.

    The actions of Paul Mason are perfectly in line with the agenda of the Zionist lobby ruling Britain:
    – Undermine and destroy any political alternative to the hollow political system it controls, and to its current Johnson-Patel-Sunak representative trio on particular.
    – Get rid of any pacifist opposition to its foreign war agenda: Britain is in such dire economic situation that only war can divert the public opinion from the incoming socio-economic disaster.

  57. Western “watchdog” journos are just as much presstitutes as the other journos in Western MSM. Water is wet. What else is new?

  58. MarkU says:
    @Crass

    I ended my Neuropsychology session a few weeks later, after I had a moment of clarity, and I realised that the whole practice of Neuropsychology is quackery.

    That is unfortunately the case, in fact most of clinical psychology could be described quite accurately as psychobabble based on discredited models of the human mind. The so-called therapists are inevitably chosen for their adherence to societal norms and usually incapable of any form of independent thought.

  59. tyrone says:
    @Ron Unz

    A Catholic heavy court did the trick…..first a wailing and gnashing of teeth…….. next stand by for democrat dirty tricks.

  60. RobinG says:
    @Iris

    True, but why mention poor old Webster when so many agree on this? Isn’t he now fervently anti-Putin? He’s been ricocheting around since 2016 when he (his crew) took to the streets with their Trump-is-Hitler memes.

  61. @Iris

    I will come to your topic of ” The Zionist Lobby ” later . In the meantime what do you think about this twitter exchange of 2020 between Paul Mason and Kevin Meagher ?

    Paul Mason :

    I was brought up Catholic and went to a Catholic school. It’s just that for me, being left means defending women’s reproductive rights against all reactionary religions.

    Kevin Meagher :

    As a Labour party member of 28 years – and a practicing Catholic – its a a bit galling to have an over-the-hill tinpot Marxist like you try to kick me out of my party. Can you not bugger off back to the political fringe?

    • Replies: @Iris
  62. Athena says:

    FREE ASSANGE UNMARKING yesterday’s International Day in Support of Torture Victims

    UN Reporting on Torture of Assange Banned from Corporate Media: Marking International Day in Support of Torture Victims

    by Ray McGovern Posted on June 26, 2020
    https://raymcgovern.com/

  63. Sparkon says:
    @annamaria

    Do you also believe in immaculate conception? [sic]

    What kind of silly question is that, and shouldn’t it be captitalized? I gave the source for Assange’s statement, and it wasn’t the Bible. You may believe what you choose to believe.

    The Holy Bible has even less credibility than the MSM or Hollywood, almost less than zero, but at least the press gets some things right some of the time. It’s the times when they don’t that we have to call them out on it.

    As far as I know, and please feel free to correct me, but other than that quotation I’ve cited, Assange has said jack squat about 9/11, and none of your biblical quotations or sob stories can change that about your revered hero.

  64. @Iris

    The same is true of Troskyist Paul Mason object of this article, whose grandmother was a Lithuanian Jewish lady.

    I’ve said it before: this site needs a new button to go along with ‘Agree’ etc…

    Every.Single.Time.

    • Agree: Iris
  65. Wielgus says:
    @Sparkon

    9/11 “truthism” is filled with so many lunatics that Assange probably felt it better not even to go there. Proving that the Americans got up to no good in Iraq is easier to find evidence for, and at the same time is the real reason why the Empire has been after him. He has almost become the Admiral Byng of the 21st century, it could be said that the powers that be feel a need to slam the occasional media worker against the wall pour encourager les autres. With results that we see – supposedly radical members of the Fourth Estate are blatantly serving it, since unemployment might be the alternative, with a cell in Belmarsh or extradition to one in the USA merely the ultimate sanction (unless as I suspect TPTB can also get up to murder and then make it look like suicide).
    There is of course a danger that they might make him a martyr (persecution tends to do that) so additional weapons are deployed – the bogus sexual assault claims from Sweden (note how it does not need to be a formal NATO member to collaborate with the Empire) and perhaps even dark hints that he is a state asset are also part of the back-up plan to discourage any solidarity feelings.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  66. @Alfred

    LOL… meanwhile, in reality-land, the combined artillery munitions inventory of the UK, France, and Germany, would last less than a month in tit-for-tat artillery exchanges with the current Russian force disposition in Country 404.

    Even the US would have a hard time producing enough artillery munitions to match the Eeevil Rooooskies.

    That’s why Western ‘military analysts’ and their fuckwit jernalist stenographers have been declaring that Russia has “less than a month worth of ammo left” for two months: they can’t wrap their heads around the fact that Russia’s defence procurement process is not the corrupt, fake-hi-tech boondoggle that characterises the US/Western system.

    (Not saying there’s no corruption in Russia’s procurement system: “defence” is part of government, so should be expected to be staffed entirely by shitbag vermin cunts).

    What Russia’s doing in 404 is textbook Russian land-war doctrine… advance behind a rain of fire from the sky.

    It grinds slow, but it grinds fine.

    Watch a TOS-1A unleash about a dozen thermobaric rounds towards enemy positions… look at the size of the blast wave from each, and imagine being the innards of some poor starving sap in the enemy trenches.

    https://t.me/intelslava/30855

    That said, there are a lot of heavily-fortified positions long the line of contact: 404 has had 8 years to build their positions.

    Closer view of the far-leftmost ‘castle’ in the above image:

    Now here’s the thing: someone like me can find every 404 entrenchment along the line of contact, in about an hour, and get the bounding-box (or precise lat-lon for likely hardened sections) for each one with some further eyeballing.

    That means that Russian C&C can do so as well, which means that nobody is getting ‘surprised’ and that they know – to within a foot – where the hard-points are. And that’s just from free, non-real-time aerials (which top out at 10cm/px).

    Entrenchments aren’t mobile. For each, the Russian command structure makes a decision whether they light the whole thing up, or hit it with a couple of howitzer shells and wait for the inhabitants to bug out.

    Seeing one of them lit up by ‘standard’ arty is scary: seeing one lit up by TOS-1A firing thermo looks like the worst day imaginable.

    That’s what infantry are facing in a battlespace when someone else has air superiority.

    That’s why foreign nationals with “war-zone” experience are having a really tough time: it’s too late by the time they realise that they can’t call in Spectre and Spooky any time they get tied down.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  67. @Priss Factor

    One must therefore conclude that the gilded age of US media, however glittering it was, was not sterling at all. Walter Kronkite and others were already lying like Persian flying rugs. After all it was the age when they won the biggest propaganda war of all times, that of the faked Apollo manned Moonlanding, and when they imposed MLK as the great American Saint of the XXth century, an absurdity even grosser than the sanctification of Floyd though of the same vein. The Wasps they exposed as fascists like Henry Ford or like Lindberg deserved the insult far less than their accusers. The 1960-1980 interval was the one when absolute lie won over all competing half-truths for good. On every single topic. Before 1960 no one, even among the leftists, had much doubt about the existence of a genetic difference between races : the controversy was rather as to in what way in made the Blacks an inferior race by nature or just a different one that could produce a different good of its own kind.

    Now talking about it even to defend Blacks is taboo, the very subject of genetics is world state secret and private Jewish property like the existence of Americas was before Columbus. That gilded decade of journalism convinced the whole American public, even the conservatives, that China was experiencing a time of collective liberation, and making a great leap forward. They convinced everybody that the Rosenbergs had been victims of an antisemitic plot and that McCarthy was a madman at best. In general the full truth that the half truth had overshadowed up to then was just even far more reactionary. Absolutely all those debates ended up with one absolute lie winning over one half truth after the other, up to the point only the lies had survived and truth tellers had been convinced to give up in the name of neo-hindu hippie philosophies stating that what counts is positive vibration and that everything stemming from the mind is evil. Right from 1962 onwards the Beatles preached universal consensus so as to put an end at last to all controversies. It was the two decades when articulated language was denounced by all psychoanalysts and linguists as a mental illness never to teach in school again to small children. The grand hunting party stopped not even by general whistle signal to stop it but for sheer physical want of living game in the landscape. Liberalism was a Jewish anti-humanist thing from day one, it consisted essentially in an organized against Christian values, against all forms of idealism, against natural common sense more generally, and against the idea that poor non-professional people had the right to speak.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  68. @Iris

    No. America was already known to be a culture driving the Western civilization into stupidity with the promise of money in exchange. America’s motto was always Barnum’s : one never loses money by underestimating the mental age of the general public. Even when USSR was extant as a dialectical pole America was the party of the stupid like USSR was the party of the pervert and cunning. The USA was the world’s GOP whereas USSR was its DNC. Long before the collapse of USSR the USA had opted for all-out anti-intellectualism from 1975 onwards : they were just far more efficient liars than the Soviets had the means to be. The Soviets actually counted mostly on brutality to enforce lies nobody would believe.

  69. It’s amazing how low the Guardian has sunk. It is now just an extension of the intelligence community – all spies, agents, and operatives.

  70. @YetAnotherAnon

    Scratch a ‘liberal’-find a rascist. The manner in which the Guardian went full neo-con, neo-liberal and Zionazi almost instantly proves that point.

  71. @Sparkon

    If Assange said the truth re. 9/11 he would be INSTANTLY denounced everywhere in the West and ALL Wikileaks past and future work denigrated. What would the point be? Do you expect him to commit seppuku and destroy his organisation?

  72. @Alfred

    ‘The cheaper the hood, the gaudier the patter’. No more so than the sewer of the UK MSM, and the onanistic delusions of UK military, who think that Russia is like Argentina in the Malvinas, or a disarmed Iraq. ‘Wipe Russia off the Earth’, and Russia would be too frightened of mighty old Blighty to retaliate? How does an upright ape become so fecking insane?

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  73. Iris says:
    @Charles Martel France

    Everything about Paul Mason is fake, apart his belonging to Zion.

    He is a fake leftist, a fake supporter of Corbyn, a fake Palestine supporter and a fake Catholic who deploys, according to Catholic members of the Labour party:

    age-old anti-Catholic bigotry – claims that all Catholics’ first-loyalty is to Rome, smears that have been used to marginalise and persecute Catholics in this country and elsewhere for centuries

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Mason_(journalist)#Anti-Catholicism

    Paul Mason is an all-round fake and a genuine agent provocateur, like all those like him working for our Zi0nist overlords, soon to be swept over into the sewers of History.

  74. @Iris

    Bwahaha, always the same smokescreen to cover up for the Israeli lobby ruling Britain.

    No need to use smokescreen to cover up for the Israeli lobby as you put it. The Jewish presence and history in the UK goes back to centuries. They are part of the British social fabric. At one time Benjamin Disraeli was the prime minister of the United Kingdom. So the influence of the Israeli lobby in the British society has a cultural component and it is not based on some kind of magical trick . You have to differentiate between genuine influence and imposing oneself on a society or country and ruling it using devious means.

    • Replies: @Iris
  75. Sparkon says:
    @Wielgus

    Proving that the Americans got up to no good in Iraq is easier to find evidence for…

    That was clear already even before Bush invaded, and is the reason millions of Americans and others worldwide took to the streets in late 2002 and early 2003 in peaceful demonstrations to protest Bush’s planned illegal invasion of Iraq, and the contrived reasons for it, big lies that were pushed prominently by Judith Miller in a series of articles in the influential New York Times, our host’s favorite rag. So it’s big news but old news, and not the immediate issue, which was – and is – 9/11.

    For a possibly related story, please check out Whitney Webb’s latest article, which has been languishing at UR without much apparent attention.

    https://www.unz.com/wwebb/met-police-invokes-national-security-about-epstein-meeting-with-us-senators-in-the-uk/#new_comments

    The story is that Jeffery Epstein was accompanied by beautiful suspected agent Nicole Junkerman, on one arm, and a lanky beautiful brunette on the other, as the trio entered a room in a secluded estate for a meeting with two U.S. senators, who are unidentified in this apparently hearsay account.

    This alleged meeting in the countryside near Birmingham, U.K. took place right before Congress voted in early September 2002 on the use of force in Iraq. John Kerry (D-MA) voted for the resolution, while Ted Kennedy (D-MA) voted against it.

    9/11 “truthism” is filled with so many lunatics that Assange probably felt it better not even to go there.

    Nice try to disparage all 9/11 Truthers with a single swipe, but as I see it, any lunatics are those gullible fools who believe, and/or tools who promote the official myths about 9/11.

    The cult of personality that has grown up around Julian Assange has been driven entirely by MSM hyperbole about him, just as anon[665] noted above:

    https://www.unz.com/jcook/british-watchdog-journalists-unmasked-as-lap-dogs-for-the-security-state/#comment-5407037

    That should tell you something, but maybe it doesn’t.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  76. SMD says:

    The crux of the problem is that the security state is not there to protect you the average citizen. It’s there to protect the high and mighty from you the average citizen. You just pay for it. They are eventually going to steal everything you own. And you will eventually retaliate. And there getting ready for that day.

  77. @Francis Miville

    That’s all true, but people like Pat Buchanan used to be widely syndicated columnists and had lots of air time.

    Ted Koppel’s Nightline invited controversial guests and gave more-or-less equal air time on debates such as Middle East issue. (Back then, people like Koppel, despite their personal Zionist biases, did at least try to be fairminded to both sides.)

    Mike Royko was one of American’s best-known satirists and he was often irreverent about lots of things.

    There was a time when David Irving wrote books that were widely read in both sides of the Atlantic.

    PJ O Rourke was once one of the most popular writes for Rolling Stone mag.

    Perhaps, back then the Big Media felt it could be more tolerant and even magnanimous of opposing voices since they had total control of communication and information.

    But with the advent of the internet and so many competing and controversial voices, the big media figure its role is to police speech and build walls around Correct Thought.

    Paradoxically, freer the flow of information has gotten in the age of the internet, the more restrictive the institutions have gotten on what is ‘information’ and ‘disinformation’.

    Likewise, Jews could claim to be for free speech when the monopolized all the big media. But as their control has been slipping with the rise of the internet, they’ve become the main proponents of jailed speech.

  78. @Charles Martel France

    It has everything to do with her ethic origins. Google the number of Gugratis in the Indian Army, you will be astounded, there are almost none. They are the Jews of India, they rob India. Just google the number of big billionaires who have defrauded and fled India; almost all of them are Gujratis.

  79. @Kratoklastes

    I should point out: I didn’t pull the ‘GloboShlomo doesn’t have the industrial capacity to match Russian operational tempo‘ out of my [shapely] arse.

    It’s the conclusion of a [reasonably] quant-backed piece by LtCol (USArmy, ret.) Alex Vershinin for the Royal United Services Institute.

    The piece is entitled The Return of Industrial Warfare and repays the reader.

    Vershinin’s an ex-NATO former US Army bod who had career postings to Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Russians obviously got to him, maaaan.

  80. @SunBakedSuburb

    You’ll just love the new climate coming your way, old boy. Sunbaked brain.

  81. @Ulf Thorsen

    The girl in the pink dress seems unimpressed. That people have become so deranged that they think it is acceptable to parade naked in front of children is amazing. I worked with gays for years, socialised with them, and I very much doubt that any of them would have thought, or still think, that this is beneficial, for children or for social acceptance of gays either. I often wonder if cunning homophobes are behind the whole farce.

  82. @lavoisier

    NONE in Austfailia. The new ‘Labor’ regime is revealing itself a rotten, Imperial running-dog, class treacherous pack of phonys, already. As expected.

  83. @mulga mumblebrain

    Since you are concerned about climate change maybe you can watch this BBC documentary about water shortages in Khuzestan, Iran.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0018tzy

    Not to worry, BBC operatives are on the case blaming the Iranian government and promoting anti-government protests. Only half way in the programme we are briefly told that Khuzestan is a majority Arab ethnic region. Obviously other parts of Iran face water shortages but we can guess why the BBC focus is on the Arab province of Iran.

    P.S. I am not sure if you can watch this outside the UK. I saw it on BBC TV overseas.

    • Agree: Alfred
  84. Alfred says:

    Only half way in the programme we are briefly told that Khuzestan is a majority Arab ethnic region.

    Water shortages in the Tigris and Euphrates are directly caused by Turkey building dams upstream.

    I agree with the article below. Iraq, Syria and Iran have good reason to resent this. To complicate matters, the inhabitants of the region where the dams are placed are largely Kurds of different tribes.

    Turkey’s Dam-Building Could Create New Middle East Conflict

    • Thanks: Commentator Mike
  85. Wielgus says:
    @Sparkon

    A “cult of personality”? Are you jealous of him? Are there any 9/11 Truthers who have been dragged through the courts, taken refuge in embassies, been jailed, and all this in the course of a decade? If there have been please list their names.

    Nice try to disparage all 9/11 Truthers with a single swipe

    You seem to be trying to claim Assange is a state asset, with a single swipe. Without any real evidence. But those who persecute him might have that in their toolbox. And they have a lot of things in their toolbox and the net result is controlled and complicit media.

    I have in the past alluded to a feminist acquaintance of mine, who might in other circumstances have supported Assange. The sex assault allegations however had her wanting him locked up and the key thrown away. The allegations were well-suited to a certain demographic. Perhaps another demographic thinks, “White is black, up is down, everything is 9/11 and state assets are everywhere” and this demographic can be led to be suspicious of Assange.

    For all the talk of cult of personality I do not think he gets enough solidarity, and perhaps people allegedly part of the culture are working hard to deny it to him.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
    , @Sparkon
  86. Wielgus says:
    @Wielgus

    I meant to write “allegedly part of the counter-culture” in the last paragraph of the foregoing.

  87. Sparkon says:
    @Wielgus

    A “cult of personality”? Are you jealous of him?

    I make a real effort to choose my words carefully, and use them accurately.

    A cult of personality… is the result of an effort which is made to create an idealized and heroic image of a leader by a government, often through unquestioning flattery and praise… developed through techniques of mass media, propaganda, the big lie, fake news, spectacle…established by modern social engineering techniques, usually by the state or the party….

    [my emphasis and edits]

    My criticism of Julian Assange does not spring from, equate to, or result in jealousy, so I won’t ask where you got that goofy idea, but I hope it didn’t hurt too much when it flew out.

    You wrote:

    You seem to be trying to claim Assange is a state asset, with a single swipe. Without any real evidence.

    The evidence is his statement to Matthew Bell about 9/11 being a “false conspiracy,” on the one hand, and his failure to make any statement of substance about 9/11 being an inside job, on the other.

    Another dog that didn’t, doesn’t and apparently can’t bark.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  88. Iris says:
    @Charles Martel France

    So the influence of the Israeli lobby in the British society has a cultural component and it is not based on some kind of magical trick

    The Jewish lobby’s influence in Britain is based on corruption, blackmail and covert control over the political structure and the press, like everywhere else. As somebody told you already, you are just a more elaborate form of Hasbara activist.

  89. Wielgus says:
    @Sparkon

    Assange seems to have barked enough to get thrown into prison and risk deportation, unless you subscribe to way-out theories that he is not even in Belmarsh.

    I notice you haven’t given me any list of 9/11 Truthers being subjected to anything like Assange’s treatment. Maybe because they haven’t been? Yet according to your logic they would be really on to something dangerous for the system and must be silenced. Then again, too many of them come across as lunatics droning on about steel structures and of course, THE JOOS.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  90. Sparkon says:
    @Wielgus

    I notice you haven’t given me any list of 9/11 Truthers being subjected to anything like Assange’s treatment.

    Assange is one man, yet you want a “list” of 9/11 Truthers. Alas, your logical equation doesn’t balance.

    And if by “treatment” you mean favorable, even worshipful, front-page articles in the leading rags of the mainstream press, I doubt any 9/11 Truther has ever gotten that kind of adoring media coverage such as Assange and Snowden have routinely received in the MSM, so careful, lest you’re hoist by your own petard.

    Then again, too many of them come across as lunatics droning on about steel structures and of course, THE JOOS.

    So you say, but airplane fuel still can’t melt or significantly weaken steel, and relatively fragile, mostly aluminum airplanes still can’t fly through massive, mostly steel skyscrapers, or knock them down, so who’s the lunatic now?

  91. @Ulf Thorsen

    Amazing. The sexually demented on display.

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