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The resistance to the apparent election of Joe Biden as President of the United States is continuing to play out. Current President Donald Trump is continuing to fight against the presumed results of the November national election with his final card appearing to be a vote in Congress when it reconvenes on January 6th to throw out the results due to fraud in certain key states. Many have noted how the registration and electoral processes in the United States, varying as they do from state to state, were and are vulnerable to fraud. That, plus some eyewitness testimony and technical analysis, suggests that possibly systematic fraud did take place but it is far from clear whether it was decisive. This is particularly true of the vote by mail option, which was promoted by leading Democrats and which empowered literally millions of new voters with only limited attempts made to validate whether citizens or even real people were voting.

Vote by mail is now one of several options that are appearing to be weaponized by the cash-rich Democrats in the state of Georgia, where two Senate races will be up for grabs in runoff elections on January 5th. If the Democrats obtain both, they will control the Senate through the Vice President’s role in presiding over the upper chamber where she has the tie breaking vote. That will mean that we the voters can expect some dramatic changes as the Democrats respond to their various constituencies with their well enunciated grievances.

In what may be its last weeks in office, the Trump Administration is also exploiting its executive power to pardon to reverse perceived injustices and to protect remaining allies, to include some family members. Trump is already on track to pardon more individuals than any preceding president with 90 pardons issued as of Christmas Eve and many more expected. One of his initial pardons was a notable example of a miscarriage of justice in the case of presidential national security advisor designate Michael Flynn, who was wrongly accused of collaborating with Russia. If anything, he was actually cooperating with a request that came from Israel, which Congress and the media apparently do not regard as wrongdoing.

Trump’s pardon of his daughter Ivanka’s father-in-law Charles Kushner is particularly controversial, as Kushner was a multimillionaire real estate developer and a leading Democratic Party donor when he was convicted in 2005 to two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to 18 counts, which included both tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions. The tale of Charles Kushner is particularly unsavory because he reportedly sought revenge after he learned that his brother-in-law and former business partner was aiding federal authorities. Charles hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law in a New Jersey motel room, making a recording of the encounter using a hidden camera that he then showed to his brother-in-law’s wife, who was, of course, Kushner’s own sister.

Kushner’s prosecution was directed by then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who afterwards became a prominent Trump supporter and head of his transition team before being fired in 2016, apparently per orders originating with Jared Kushner. In a 2019 interview Christie explained “Mr. Kushner pled guilty. He admitted the crimes. And so what am I supposed to do as a prosecutor? I mean, if a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, and videotapes it, and then sends the videotape to his sister to attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification than that? I mean, it’s one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted. And I was U.S. attorney in New Jersey, so we had some loathsome and disgusting crime going on there.”

Charles Kushner is also a close friend and supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which might also be relevant to his pardon and I will leave any assessment of the ethics of the Kushner clan up to the reader. Nevertheless, the consequence of Jared’s ability to influence the president could be politically damaging as he reportedly has been responsible for many of the pardons that have already taken place and is now the conduit for new petitioners.

Another highly criticized Trump pardon has involved the four Blackwater mercenaries who massacred 19 Iraqis including 2 children firing from a helicopter into a crowded Nisour Square Baghdad in 2007. The president is reportedly very friendly with Blackwater founder and former president Erik Prince, whose sister Betsy DeVos is Education Secretary and also close to the president. But in any event Trump’s pardon record is different only in terms of magnitude from those of some of his predecessors as there have been some highly questionable pardons in the past, to include Marc Rich under Bill Clinton and Elliot Abrams under George W. Bush.

There remains a long list of possible candidates for Trump to sign off on, to include a possible self-pardon, and more pardons for family members Ivanka, Jared and two of his sons as well as his lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Other current and impending pardon recipients have been individuals who were involved in the Trump campaigns, to include Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. Pardons are a particularly attractive pre-emptive option currently as a number of leading Democrats have been calling for “truth commissions” and other forms of punishment of Trump supporters and officials.

The process of issuing presidential pardons will undoubtedly continue up until Inauguration Day on January 20th, but sources are uncertain whether Trump will be courageous enough to pardon the two individuals whose freedom would most definitely be sending a powerful message for integrity in government. They are Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Both men’s names have been coming up frequently in the alternative media, together with the development of active lobbying groups that are seeking their freedom.

Assange, a journalist and founder of WikiLeaks, is currently languishing in a British prison, where he has been for twenty-one months, awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited to the United States or not which will reportedly be decided on January 4th. The Department of Justice has claimed that he violated the Espionage Act of 1917 by receiving classified information from Chelsea Manning. Reportedly, Assange’s mental and physical health have deteriorated sharply as he is being held in solitary confinement with only short periods of exercise and without access to reading or writing material to occupy his time. The British judge appears to be completely unsympathetic to Assange and it is generally believed that she will order his extradition if he does not fortuitously die in prison before that could take place.

Snowden, meanwhile, is living in Russia and has been granted citizenship, a country to which he fled by way of Hong Kong in 2013, after revealing to journalists details of a vast and illegal surveillance program run by the National Security Agency (NSA) against American citizens, something he discovered while he was employed as a NSA contractor. He had attempted to raise his concerns with supervisors but was rebuffed and he eventually became a self-declared whistleblower and fled the country. He has repeatedly offered to return to the United States to face trial, but has also insisted that a fair hearing would be impossible under the current circumstances.

It should be observed that Snowden is absolutely correct to assume that he would be convicted both on grounds of espionage and of compromise of classified information. The federal court in Alexandria, where national security cases are usually tried, always finds for the government even if evidence is questionable or even non-existent. A recent conviction involved ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was sent to prison for 42 months even though it could not be demonstrated that he had actually done anything. The court concluded that “it had to be him.”

To be sure, revealing classified information is a serious matter, even though many former government employees would agree that much material that is classified does not actually damage national security if it is revealed. Frequently, classification is used to keep the government from being embarrassed or to shut down any revelation that it has acted illegally. Both Assange and Snowden would argue that they had acted appropriately in revealing war crimes, illegal acts and even violations of the Constitution as consequences of the so-called “global war on terror.” Assange, who regards himself as a journalist, published details of the Blackwater massacre of civilians committed by the crew of a helicopter gunship in Iraq and also was involved in the exposure of the Hillary Clinton emails. Snowden, as noted above, claims to be a whistle-blower and has sought protection under relevant laws in the United States, so far to no avail.

The illegal and otherwise unconscionable acts by various elements in the U.S. government that were exposed by Assange and Snowden include war crimes, so they are not trivial. Trump, having already done a “favor” to Blackwater, might be disinclined to pardon someone who exposed its mercenaries’ crimes. But there is nevertheless, as is often the case, an interesting aspect to the story that is worth paying attention to. Trump, as is widely conceded even by some Democrats, was targeted by the Deep State even before he was nominated, an effort to destroy his presidency that persisted for years through the completely contrived mechanism of Russiagate. Given that, it would behoove Trump to strike back in his waning days in office. Both Assange and Snowden exposed illegal activities and cover-ups by the Deep State, almost certainly to include the active participation of some of the very people who have sought to bring the president down. And they both may have more to say. If Donald Trump seriously seeks to strike a blow against his enemies, it would be both fitting and just to pardon both men on that basis alone. Let us hope that President Trump has both the wisdom and fortitude to take that step in his last days in office.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is https://councilforthenationalinterest.org address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is [email protected]

 
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  1. Bolteric says:

    Agreed. The biggest problem our government has is its tiered information plan to the populace. If there is National Security at stake, yes it’s a crime. But it appears that it is National embarrassment , which given the level of insanity in “our government” it is hardly anything that can be trumped.

    • Replies: @goldgettin
    , @Jake
  2. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:

    That we want Trump to pardon Assange and Snowden means it won’t happen.

    • Agree: HeebHunter
    • Disagree: Mark Hunter
    • Replies: @Moi
    , @BenB
  3. raga10 says:

    LOL, if Snowden’s fate was dependent on Trump’s wisdom and fortitude he would be doomed. Luckily for him, he is probably safe in Russia.

    I do worry about Assange…

    • Agree: Daniel Rich
  4. In the Assange matter, a question apparently revolves on why he chose to release information to the outside, where it worked much as a small dog going at a bus, as opposed to the sectional density of a well aimed projectile. The latter would have had an effect; the former, nothing more than what was known to him at the time, namely that he would be nailed at little or no cost to his opponent. Moral courage is not a virtue unto itself. Hence, did he anticipate an outcome other than the obvious, if not, why?

    The ‘anything helps’ look in his eyes makes me think that nothing in fact did.

  5. Bolteric says:

    I could see Snowden getting pardoned, but not Assange. After all Netflix has the biopic of Snowden streaming at present, here to educate us correctly. The emails released by Wikileaks re: HRC were so damaging so as never to be forgiven. Information like that will be much more carefully protected going forward.

    This solution keeps the preference for the Tiered-information plan, but throws a bone to libertarian-minded individual.

  6. Ghali says:

    It is easy to talk about democracy and the rules of law in a civilised soiety rule by a fascist regime. Unfortunatley, the US has neither democracy nor the rules of law.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  7. Mark Hunter says: • Website

    Will the president do the right thing?

    I hope so, but who knows with Trump.

    That he granted clemency to two major crooks, Philip Esformes and Rod Blagojevich – terminating their prison sentences – doesn’t say much for his sense of justice.

    Maybe he’ll do the right thing for the wrong reason, believing Assange and Snowden are as crooked as Esformes and Blaojevich. (OK, the joke isn’t very funny.)

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  8. In light of the Kushner and Blackwater pardons, the problem with an Assange pardon is obvious.

    How would it be disgusting and immoral?

    • Disagree: Larchmonter420
  9. Snowden is a CIA agent. He’s not persecuted by the Deep State, he’s part of it.

    • Agree: G J T, Larchmonter420
    • Disagree: Art
    • Replies: @follyofwar
  10. Sean says:

    Assange is the one person Trump cannot pardon. In 2015 Assange seemed to be helping Trump get elected by releasing more of the DNC Emails at every point when Hillary Clinton seemed to be getting ahead in the polls. Sonny Franzese was sentenced to 50 years, receiving clemency and release when he was 100 years old. Assange is only going to serve 5 years or so according to prosecutors, so what is all the fuss about?

    Like Sonny, Snowden swore an oath to keep the secrets of an organization, unlike Sonny he violated it. When he became a made man, Sonny knew he was joining, not some Boy Scout group but La Cosa Nostra, and Snowden (who used his family then humiliated them) also knew exactly what he was joining. I find it difficult to have much sympathy for Snowden. If he was to come back and explain himself in court it would be different, but he prefers the fleshpots of Moscow to facing the music.

    • Replies: @bojo
    , @c matt
  11. nsa says:

    TrumpTard checked with his handlers in joorusalem. No go. Anyone undermining the ambitions of the vile cock cutter cult is to be punished mercilessly.

  12. @Bolteric

    I like your tangent, BUT, see farther…
    There has to be much larger problems,
    many more as well,ahead,as well as historical.
    We must publicize the “embarrassments”, loudly, in a hope
    to alter the behaviors of these “highly decorated experts” and
    stop lowering the bar for their “service”. Too many chiefs,”educated”

    in the traditions of …(insert pronoun).

    Not enough braves, “learning”, at the level needed to affect
    a more peaceable situation. I have hope.It can be done.

    As Morpheus said in “The Matrix”, WE are STILL here !!!

    • Agree: Bolteric
  13. Franz says:

    Let us hope that President Trump has both the wisdom and fortitude to take that step in his last days in office.

    Quiz:

    WISDOM

    FORTITUDE

    TRUMP

    Which of these three abstractions does not fit the other two?

    • LOL: Realist
  14. TL;DR No, he won’t do the right thing. Stop bothering us by posing the question.

    • Agree: gay troll
  15. This orange kike lover can’t do shit. A lapdog of the kikes.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/27/politics/trump-relief-bill-christmas-eve/index.html
    (Thanks, Anglin)

    All hot air and nothing afterwards.

    President Donald Trump signed the massive $2.3 trillion dollar coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law Sunday night, averting a government shutdown that was set to begin on Tuesday, and extending billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to millions.

    Trump’s signature of the $900 billion Covid relief package extends unemployment benefits for millions of jobless gig-workers and independent contractors, as well as the long-term unemployed.

    The estimated 12 million people in two key pandemic unemployment programs, who were facing their last payment this weekend, will now receive benefits for another 11 weeks. Plus, all those collecting jobless payments will receive a $300 weekly federal boost through mid-March.

    The Covid-19 relief legislation was passed by Congress on Monday and was flown to Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to await Trump’s signature. But after sitting on the sidelines during the negotiations, Trump emerged with an eleventh-hour complaint that a separate provision in the deal, which the President’s own White House helped broker, would only provide up to $600 in direct payments. Trump wanted to send out $2,000 checks. Trump also took umbrage with certain items that were actually from the omnibus spending package and which he had requested in his annual budget to Congress.

    Trump signaled in a statement Sunday night that he signed the coronavirus relief bill only after securing a commitment for the Senate to consider legislation to increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, did not reference that commitment in his own statement Sunday night praising the President for signing the relief bill.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had seized on Trump’s call for $2,000 checks last week and brought to the floor a standalone bill that would have boosted the amount for relief checks on Thursday. House Republicans, however, objected to the bill over deficit concerns.

    The Democratic-led House is set to vote on the expansion of the direct payments on Monday.

    Calling the President’s signing of the relief bill “welcome news” for Americans whose benefits had lapsed, Pelosi said in a statement Sunday that Trump should “immediately call” on Republicans “to end their obstruction and to join him and Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation to increase direct payment checks to $2,000.”

    Trump also claimed that the Senate will consider legislation that “repeals Section 230, and starts an investigation into voter fraud,” though it is not clear what that legislation would be.

    This kike lover is the part of the problem. Muttmerica is doomed long ago.

  16. Julian Assange should be executed. Snowden — I don’t really care either way. If he put some troops in harms way, all the more power to him.

    • Troll: Charon
    • Replies: @Majority of One
  17. I can’t think of a more powerful middle finger to the Democrats should Snowden and Assange be pardoned. Not only that, both men would then be free to continue their work, albeit “supervised” but they would certainly have a huge social following.

    • Agree: Charon
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Anonymous
  18. In his final paragraphs the author made some good points. By pardoning Assange he would deliver a hell of a blow to Hillary Clinton, his arch enemy he wanted in jail (quote during 2016 election campaign.

  19. It’s absolutely beastial that Trumpty Dumpty, having had a great fall, rushes to pardon real criminals and ignores those punished for revealing the truth because the USA does the same, is itself a real criminal. Murders its own presidents. A rogue republic.

  20. Trump will not pardon them, he will instead mostly pardon real crooks (disproportionately Jewish). He is likely betting on a nice retirement, playing golf and eating caviar, free of state harassment if he does the Deep State’s bidding, I think he is quite naive in this bet and they will come for him no matter that, to make an example that deviancy, no matter how slight, will not be tolerated. He should go out with a bang but he is too cowardly to do so.

    • Agree: Ann Nonny Mouse
  21. Moi says:
    @Anon

    They need to convert for Judaism and then our man will only be too happy to pardon them.

    • LOL: Realist
  22. Very funny that Israel critic Philip Giraldi is duped by the Israel-shielding, Rothschild-lawyered Julian Assange, announced by Bibi Netanyahu himself to be a Mossad asset hiding ‘leaks’ on Israel … every major government knowing he is a CIA hoax, apparently never actually ‘living’ at the London Ecuador embassy … Dick-Cheney-linked Snowden and Rothschild’s Greenwald his partners in CIA scamming … CIA is attacking Trump, why play along with their game here?

    Assange even agreeing to help hide the Virginia federal judge bribery files, which would make his extradition impossible – if he were someone genuine

    Click on image to enlarge

    • Thanks: G J T
    • Replies: @ClownWorld
  23. About that election Hail Mary: Has Kamala resigned her Senate seat yet?

    As for the pardons, the National Insecurity apparatus would never get over it… who are we kidding? Pardoning Snowden and Assange would, just like the Church Commission, be little more than speed bumps in the winding road we are travelling.

  24. Mr. Trump has been in a position to issue pardons since his inauguration nearly four years ago. Why the assumption that only a politician on his way out the door can even consider doing the right thing against the interests of the Establishment? Washington is a moral vacuum.

    Those charged with the “crime” of exposing Uncle Sam’s — Assange, Snowden, and Manning, too — should receive a full pardon.

    I hope I’m wrong, but:

    1. None of the three will be pardoned. After all, they weren’t part of his administration or otherwise supporters of of the unprincipled Mr. Trump.

    2. This episode of cowardly selfishness will, like all the rest, go ignored by his exploited enthusiasts or, if that’s not practicable, rationalized. (“Those treacherous Jews he naively trusted hid the pardoning stationery!”)

    3. Mr. Biden (if he makes it) and Ms. Harris won’t do the right thing, either. (Cf., President Harding and Eugene Debs.)

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Realist
  25. Doris says:

    Both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden knew what Lion they were willing placing their heads into and what the likely consequences of their actions would be.
    All countries have a face that the present for outward appearances and a hidden face. The USA is no exception.

  26. meh says:

    “If Donald Trump seriously seeks to strike a blow against his enemies”

    The Trump mirage we were sold in 2016 might have had such intentions to strike blows, but the real Trump does not.

  27. unit472 says:

    Snowden seems to be OK so his need of a pardon is not urgent. Assange was not only less culpable. he betrayed no trust, but simply revealed information disclosed to him by others, which is what a journalist routinely does. He is also far more vulnerable. He is being held by a foreign power whose own intelligence agencies, as well as US ones have reason to want to shut him up.

    For that reason I’m not sure a Presidential pardon would even work. As with General Flynn and George Papadopoulos we have seen how the FBI and CIA can cook up a charge and frame a person. Were Trump to pardon Assange it seems entirely possible the UK or US ‘law enforcement’ would attempt to hang a new charge on Assange outside the purview of a Trump pardon or simply Jeffrey Epstein him before he can be released from British custody.

    • Thanks: Ann Nonny Mouse
  28. And Roger Stone amongst others has called for the pardon of Marcus Garvey!

  29. anon[197] • Disclaimer says:

    Even a presidential pardon wouldn’t make it safe in America for either of these guys. The CIA would say that Putin offed them and the brainwashed public would not question the matter. Such is life in Wonderland.

    • Agree: acementhead
    • Replies: @GMC
  30. Jake says:
    @Bolteric

    There is a problem with this sentence that perhaps you have not considered: “If there is National Security at stake, yes it’s a crime.”

    There are times when something is indeed a national security risk precisely because the nation through its actors has done something illegal. In other words,. once an imperial power has spent some time acting under the covers in ways that are brutal and immoral and illegal, that are terroristic and murderous, its national security becomes enmeshed with keeping its crimes secret, and continuing to operate at full steam.

    Such a nation is an Evil Empire. Its crimes need to be exposed. Its major actors, those who ordered and sanctioned and profited from the crimes, held to account.

    Anglo-Zionist Empire has never been held to account, not the Brit WASP version and not the Yank WASP version.

    • Agree: Realist, Bolteric
    • Replies: @Oemiktlob
  31. “The tale of Charles Kushner is particularly unsavory because he reportedly sought revenge after he learned that his brother-in-law and former business partner was aiding federal authorities. Charles hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law in a New Jersey motel room, making a recording of the encounter using a hidden camera that he then showed to his brother-in-law’s wife, who was, of course, Kushner’s own sister.”

    That’s Jewish mafia mentality at work. And under Jared Kushner led White House, deputy Donald won’t pardon either Snowden or Assange because that would interfere with the Kushners’ future plans, including a potential bid for presidency by Ivanka.

    • Replies: @unit472
  32. sarz says:

    It’s misleading going on about the “Deep State” when the real topic is the Tribe. That’s the parasitic state embedded deeply in all state structures of the West. Some time after the Tribe carried out 9/11, it split, into the minor faction of billionaires and institutions that put Israel first, and the major faction (that had created Israel as its Golem in the first place) that put first the dark ocean of Jewish money and control over finance.

    Trump is, like his nasty father before him, a Jew well known as such to the New York Kehillah, passing himself off for Jewish reasons as a heritage American. While previously beholden to the money masters for his place as a gambling don, Trump decided, with his trump card fake Christian identity, to use heritage American grievances against Jewish policies such as immigration and the cultural war against Christianity as his stepping stones to power, along with the minor Jewish force of ultra-Zionism.

    So what does that mean for Assange and Snowden? Not likely at all. It would fit nowhere with his identities, real and fake. With two major criminal powers behind him, Chabad and Prince, he’s well covered. What the fuck does he need Assange for? And why should he piss off any one who could harm him?

    • Agree: GMC
  33. Smith says:

    Not a fucking chance in hell.

    • Agree: Realist
  34. Realist says:

    A Pardoning Time of Year
    Will the president do the right thing?

    NO

  35. unit472 says:
    @Temporary Insanity

    After what Trump’s been through keeping the peace in his family by pardoning his son-in-laws father doesn’t seem unreasonable. Charles Kushner was tried, convicted and disgraced. Trump’s pardon doesn’t remove any of that. Its like Bill Clinton pardoning his brother. Something he could do to undo a little of the stain Roger brought on himself.

    • Replies: @Temporary Insanity
  36. jonjon says:

    Julian Assange doxed 11,000 British citizens, yes, you read that correctly, eleven thousand.
    11,000 members of the BNP had their names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, places of work all published on Wikileaks in 2011 and they’re still there today.
    An Australian comes to Britain and disagrees with the political view of 11,000 people so he doxed them.
    Assange should never see the light of day ever again.

  37. Realist says:
    @Ukraine Tiger

    I can’t think of a more powerful middle finger to the Democrats should Snowden and Assange be pardoned.

    Not the Democrats…the Deep State. The Democrats are just one side of the Deep State coin…Republicans the other.

    Since Trump is a minion of the Deep State…it will not happen.

    • Agree: gay troll
  38. TGD says:

    Before Trump steps down, my hope is that he will

    1. Order the immediate release of the secret files from the JFK assassination (without redactions) and

    2. Commute the sentence of political prisoner Matt Hale who has been in prison since 2003 on trumped up charges.

    “Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” Robert Green Ingersol (famous agnostic)

  39. bojo says:
    @Sean

    Information released by Wikileaks was damaging to whom? For God sake make some sense when you utter any word.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Quartermaster
  40. ariadna says:

    Fitting and just? Please, Mr Giraldi, try to remember how candidate Trump led his followers to believe that once in the WH he would have Clinton prosecuted, and the crowd chanting happily “Lock her up!” What was one of the first things he said about the Clintons once he was sworn in? They are “fine people.”

    • Thanks: gay troll
  41. Realist says:
    @Greta Handel

    You left out #4: Trump is a Deep State minion…so no pardon for them.

  42. Oemiktlob says:
    @Jake

    Agreed. NatSec = Stuff we shouldn’t be doing and don’t want you to know about.

  43. I do hope trump pardons Assange and Snowden, but could the state simply ignore the pardons and prosecute and imprison them anyway? The government has been behaving so roguishly and shown no respect for process that it wouldn’t surprise me.

  44. G J T says:

    I can’t believe this many people still don’t realize that both “Snowden” and Assange are intelligence assets, with the former possibly not even being a real person. Should either get “pardoned” it will only bring their respective op full circle.

  45. Kelso says:

    Assange knows too much about Israel. He will die in prison.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  46. Didn’t Obama pardon Chelsea Manning who is the one who actually stole the documents from the military and gave them to Assange?

  47. anon[281] • Disclaimer says:

    Assange was likely a teenager hacker that was legally bullied into becoming a white hat for a dissenting faction of the global spook apparatus.

    He was given assistance with technology, personel, funding, protection, and huge media exposure to himself and Wikileaks.

    The timing, lest we forget, is WL appearing after 9/11. Let’s count on one hand the number of times Wikileaks addressed that elephant in the room.

    I have no problem with JA being pardoned. Why not? After all, he can’t be – nay is not – worst than Kushners and Blackwater war criminals.

    But let’s drop the pretence of “journalism” and continuing cover stories for JA.

    As to why Global Spook wants to make an example of Julian Assange. It is obvious: they are sending a message to all future caught-hacker-cum-valiant-journalist-of-dissident-factions: “No one can protect you from Us!”

    and p.s. can’t this ex-CIA (“we’re taught how to lie and kill”) guy for once give us an intelligent analysis of a situation and personage, given that he was trained by Spooks and worked as Spook and now is an ex-Spook?

    • Replies: @dogbumbreath
  48. @jonjon

    Julian Assange doxed 11,000 British citizens, yes, you read that correctly, eleven thousand.
    11,000 members of the BNP had their names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, places of work all published on Wikileaks in 2011 and they’re still there today.

    Please substantiate this with a fresh screenshot or link to the Wikileaks publication. All I could find with a search of the Internet was a likewise unsubstantiated Establishment media report that only mentioned names and addresses.

    • Replies: @jonjon
  49. @jonjon

    What’s your problem with people who have voluntarily signed up to work at changing the political direction of the country being identified?

    • Replies: @jonjon
  50. Does a pardon help Ivanka’s political aspirations? Would one facilitate the fantasy of Jared being either the messiah or king of all Jews? Does The Donald even want to take on the deep state? The answer to the first two is a definitive no. If pardoning Assange would have been good for the Jews, he’d never been arrested in the first place. As for Trump taking on the deep state, I guess it boils down to whether you believe he has been gaslighted or was controlled opposition. I’m going with the later, so it is an obvious no. If Trump was gaslighted, then there might be a slim chance of pardoning Assange. However that brings us all back to what is good for Ivanka and Jared. All roads to a pardon lead thru the Children of Chabad Corn.

    • Agree: gay troll
  51. lysias says:

    How does the U.S. have jurisdiction to try an Australian citizen for revealing U.S. secrets while outside U.S. territory? Violating U.S. security classification rules is not the sort of malum in se that should be punished wherever it occurs.

  52. BuelahMan says:

    Trump knows precisely who he serves.

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  53. If Trump pardons Assange, there’s hope. If not, the USA is the evil empire, full stop.

    I also hope for a Snowden pardon, though he is safe from their clutches at least, thanks to Assange and one country that refuses to be a yapping poodle.

  54. jonjon says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    So you’re obviously not a free thinker yet obviously a Communist.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  55. jonjon says:
    @Greta Handel

    Please substantiate this yourself, stop being bone idle, you’re sounding like one of the skeptics on Twitter…………source please!!

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  56. @jonjon

    You made the assertion, which I now suspect was a lie.

  57. @unit472

    I don’t have any problems with pardons by presidents because it’s the way law has been written. And until the law is either abolished or rewritten, we’ll have to just deal with it.

  58. @Johnny Johnny

    No, the sentence was commuted — prospectively, thus endorsing and continuing the injustice for several months —with a typically pompous statement from the Nobel Peacenik about Manning having accepted responsibility, etc.

    Manning can still and should be pardoned, with a statement of contrition.

    Dream on!

  59. @Johnny Johnny

    If did, which I do not know but take your word for it, it was because Chelsea belongs to the LGBTQ community and their power is equal to the Jewish power if not more, especially, if a person is of both orientation.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  60. Trinity says:

    Yeah by not pardoning people like Snowden and Assange, and electing to pardon his Jew buddies instead is so typical of not only Trump but others before him. I think the Italian mafia would have more honor at representing the people of this nation in the White House instead of the Kosher Nostra aka The Deep State for all you people afraid to say the J-word.

    Speaking of pardons, how about James Fields and the others at Charlottesville that were railroaded into lengthy prison sentences for merely defending themselves. Fields was attacked by a mob of what seemed to be 40 or so people armed with a rifle, baseball bats, lead pipes bashing in his car. Didn’t the obese 5-foot 300lb girl who died actually die of a heart attack anyhow. And given the circumstances, these domestic terrorists were blocking the street, and attacking Fields vehicle, all caught on tape, what do you expect Fields to do? Should he have just let them pull him out of the vehicle and beat him to death and into a vegetable like Reginald Denny? And then you have Kyle Rittenhouse is hasn’t been charged yet, but look for them to railroad this young man as well and look for not a single politician to come to the youngster’s rescue. Trump would rather give his Jew cronies a get out of jail free card then or some Black (c)rapper in a Swedish jail that looks like a Ramada Inn compared to state prisons in America. Oh lest we forget the Black drug dealer that Trump freed, but Trump, Jarvanka, Melania and company could care less about “poor white trash” that sits and rots in prison for merely defending themselves. The REAL “white trash” are the people like Trump, Biden, Clinton, Pelosi and all those other crooks, shysters, pedophiles, and frequent flyers to Epstein Island that infest Washington, D.C. The trailer park isn’t loaded with “white trash” but you can find them all over Washington, D.C.

    • Replies: @George F. Held
  61. geokat62 says:

    Chabad has been working overtime to spring at least five gangsters, including a mogul that has ripped off the American taxpayer for billions.

    Introductory paragraphs to, Non-profit associated with Hasidic movement pushed for Trump pardons, report says:

    The Aleph Institute, a non-profit affiliated with the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic movement, has played an outsized role in President Donald Trump’s pardons and commutations, including several announced in recent days, according to a New York Times report.

    According to the newspaper, the Aleph Institute, which is focused on advancing prisoners’ rights, has pushed at least five of the 24 pardons, including three announced earlier this week and the 2017 commutation of kosher meat tycoon Sholom Rubashkin’s sentence.

    Aleph reportedly pushed for clemency for Philip Esformes, who was charged in a $1.3 billion health care fraud case. According to the report, Esformes’ family donated $65,000 to the group over several years following his 2016 indictment. The Esformes family has also donated money for years to Chabad, and has a Chabad-associated school bearing its name in Chicago.

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/report-non-profit-associated-with-hasidic-movement-pushed-several-trump-pardons-1.9400262

    • Thanks: FLgeezer, ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @UncommonGround
  62. @jonjon

    May I seek to explore what I shall politely call your intellectual processes by posing a question or two, namely, how you define your conception of Communist (and of a freethinker), and how you can conclude that I am or am not one or the other.

    The fact is there is no stage of my life at which anyone who knows me would have observed or inferred the slightest tincture of Communism. Indeed I sometimes felt mildly uncomfortable before 1990 that I had never really girdedfor battle as a cold war warrior but lazily left it to others.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  63. A pardon for Assange is a very real possibility –
    he then gets Epstein’ed (or Skripal’d) ie wiped off the face of the planet either just before or soon after release.

    That will serve the narrative even better than a successful prosecution and send an unmistakeable message to journalists editors & publishers throughout the western hemisphere.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  64. GMC says:
    @anon

    Agree, but the CIA/Mossad could have done a hit on them by now – they are valuable alive and a great example of NWO mafia terror. . Snowden doesn’t have a US pass port but will have a Russian International PP in 3 months. He will be able to take a vacation from Russia , if he chooses, but he’s safe in Russia and probably has 30 million rubles in the bank from his books = cool. I think President Putin likes Snowden – because he’s not a typical arrogant, stupid Amerikanskii. Russia could actually use a few more guys and gals from the West that are smart , professional – and didn’t go to Yale. lol Spacibo.

  65. In my opinion, Trump will not pardon Assange, as Trump is a zionist puppet , the same as Biden, both play on the same team , for the same owners, the zionists.

  66. Trinity says:
    @antitermite

    Epstein is living it up somewhere in Israel or Saudi Arabia more than likely. And his trashy bisexual hag girlfriend will probably walk. The good news is there is an afterlife where trash like this will not have the money or connections to escape punishment. Enjoy it while you can creeps, because we all have to answer for it when all is said and done. I hope I won’t be seeing these creeps where they will end up. I don’t want no part of that elevator ride going down.

    Cue: Highway To Hell by AC/DC

  67. anon[658] • Disclaimer says:

    Right. The electoral fraud is unprecedented in scale and it wholly delegitimates the USA. Throw-the-bums-out is the USA’s last claim to institutional integrity amid pervasive rot in the judiciary and legislature, with every executive department and agency penetrated by CIA focal points. Now throw-the-bums-out is shown to be one more sham. There’s nothing worth preserving of the USA.

    So give it up with this democracy bullshit. Public confidence in US institutions is for mental defectives. Boxer objected in 04. She was doing the right thing then, when those ballots were stuffed, and one would hope that some Republicans do the right thing now and call bullshit on this fake democracy. It’s not personal or partisan. It’s not score-settling. It’s perestroika, long overdue. In each case, 00, 04, and 20, CIA acted to install their anointed figurehead.

    https://www.madcowprod.com/2020/11/15/short-history-election-fraud/
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/election-fraud-in-america-a-comparative-analysis/5555406
    https://www.opednews.com/articles/Cutting-Through-Vote-Fraud-by-Andrew-Kreig-110815-210.html
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/election-fraud-in-america-a-comparative-analysis/5555406

    To pardon Assange, or himself with a Nixon-style universal get-out-of-jail-free card, or anybody else he wants, all Trump has to do is pardon Biden too. The vegetable is fucked.

    https://nabu-leaks.org/new-facts-of-international-corruption-and-external-governance-of-ukraine/

    So yes, let’s have Ziodwarf Robert Reich’s truth and reconciliation. It will destroy the USA and free us all.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  68. chuckywiz says:

    The author is a former CIA officer and I have a question for him or anyone who has any knowledge of such programs either in CIA and Military Intelligence. If so, that should settle most of the terrorism cases or unproved mass shootings by lone gunman.
    This video is about memory transfer from human to human. Scary or interesting?

  69. @Mark Hunter

    I’ve never heard of Esformes, but Blagojevich was given an especially raw deal. He had already served 8 years of an outlandish 14 year prison sentence, and claims, when he was governor, he wasn’t trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat for money, but was just “thinking out loud.” The full weight of the corrupt democrat party machine came down on him like a ton of bricks, just as it had on James Traficant, who dared to use the J word, and who was probably murdered while riding his tractor on his Ohio farm.

    In fact, Blago wasn’t actually pardoned. He had his sentence commuted by the president in an act of mercy. Freeing him was entirely justified, unlike Trump’s pardon for his crooked brother-in-law, Charles Kushner, who had already completed his measly two year sentence before Trump took office. Trump crossed party lines to free Blago. I wonder how many democrat presidents would have done the same?

    But Giraldi’s article is about pardoning Assange, a political prisoner who is not even a US citizen. Thus, I still don’t understand how he could be tried and convicted under the US Espionage Act? Though he was a hero for doing so, it was Bradley Manning, as an active duty soldier, who broke the law by giving classified info to Assange, who IMHO did nothing illegal by exposing it.

    • Thanks: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @Mark Hunter
  70. @Trinity

    You are so right! Great comment!

  71. @Andy Horton

    Snowden WAS part of the deep state, but he crossed them, a very courageous act on his part. The Security State never forgives or forgets such traitorous acts. Even if Trump pardons him, Snowden would be wise to stay in Russia. If he is dumb enough to return to the US, he’d better sleep with one eye open. Even living in Russia, he’s not beyond the grasp of the CIA, who can kill anybody, anywhere if given the command.

    • Agree: Charon
  72. @Ghali

    talk about democracy and the rules of law in a civilised soiety rule by a fascist regime.

    The regime isn’t fascist either. The fascists actually improved the condition of working people and were opposed to mass immigration. It’s not my choice of politics, but all non-mainstream political ideologies have at least one redeeming feature.

    • Agree: HeebHunter
  73. @jonjon

    Given Assange contacted the US State Department about material about to be leaked by a former employee, it would seem to me that putting 11,000 people at risk as you allege, is dodgy.
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/breaking-project-veritas-releases-shocking-never-heard-phone-call-julian-assange-hillary-clintons-state-department/

    Given Nigel Farage openly admitted his goal, in forming UKIP, was to destroy the BNP, and that BNP founder John Tyndall believed that the BNP would be infiltrated by security services, it is more likely that Farage is a deep state plant and that the UK deep state released the information.

    In the American context, Modern Militia Movement founder J. Bruce Campbell once quipped that there were more federal agents at meetings posing as members, than actual members.

  74. Rurik says:
    @Kelso

    Assange knows too much about Israel. He will die in prison.

    Then why the craven complicity vis-a-vis 9/11?

    Most thoughtful people the world over all know we were lied to about that atrocity, as certainly does Assange, of all people.

    So why continue with the ‘The emperor’s clothes are dazzling’ charade, when the people who perpetrated that crime are the same ones persecuting Mr. Assange, all these years.

    Why not simply tell the truth about 9/11, (and MH17, and all the other false flag) crimes that he must know about?

    Unless, I suppose he’s still hoping for some mercy from these people.

    Note to Julian: These were/are the same people who destroy entire countries killing millions, and who murdered Gadhafi, (and murdered Michael Hastings, and Udo) and so many, many others. Like Gary Webb, and David Kelly, and Seth Rich, and so terribly many others..

    If he were to tell the truth about 9/11, then if they thought to kill him, he’d be a martyr to the truth about that seminal crime, and that is one thing they would not want.

  75. It’s incredibly evil how the establishment media that builds up Joe Biden and hides the criminality he was involved in with accepting money from the Chinese through his son Hunter, gets all worried about Julian Assange ,etc. Biden is supposedly representative of the U.S. “He’s not supposed to be Mr. 10 percent to the big man” It’s sickening..

    • Agree: Trinity
  76. @geokat62

    According to the newspaper, the Aleph Institute, which is focused on advancing prisoners’ rights, has pushed at least five of the 24 pardons, including three announced earlier this week and the 2017 commutation of kosher meat tycoon Sholom Rubashkin’s sentence.

    I imagine this Rubashkin is the one who appears in the book Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America by Stephen Bloom. The book was so damaging and disturbing that “they” commissioned another author to write another book with the same title to see if people who hear about the book buy the wrong book. Nobody would know that there is a city somewhere called Postville if Bloom hadn’t written a book about it. The original and the right book is the one by Stephen Boom. It’s a very interesting reading and it’s worth ordering it:

    • Thanks: geokat62
  77. @BuelahMan

    Friend, it’s too much talent wasted on these two bit gangster politicians.

    • LOL: BuelahMan
  78. Sparkon says:
    @anon

    Right. The electoral fraud is unprecedented in scale and it wholly delegitimates the USA.

    […]

    There’s nothing worth preserving of the USA.

    Whether or not the results of the 2020 election were changed because of fraud remains unproven, but if election fraud did occur it would hardly be unprecedented.

    What about the 1952 election? Polls showed a close race between Adlai Stevenson and Dwight Eisenhower, but Ike won in a landslide.

    One might also reasonably wonder about the 1948 election, where many Americans went to bed election night thinking Thomas Dewey had won, but awakened to learn that Harry Truman had prevailed in an upset.

    Photo: Truman Library

    The fact that there may be cheats, crooks, liars, fakers, even murderers in a country does not delegitimize that country, but you’d throw the entire country under the bus because of a relatively small number of miscreants.

    If you think that destroying the USA would “free us all,” you sir, are a lunatic.

  79. Z-man says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    The fact that Americans actually voted for a feeble minded, corrupt, career swamp creature is sad and scary and nauseating.
    ‘You can fool a lot of people ALL the time!’ @#$_&+*:__&_*!

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  80. Thomasina says:

    “That, plus some eyewitness testimony and technical analysis, suggests that possibly systematic fraud did take place but it is far from clear whether it was decisive.”

    Ya think? Notice how Mitch McConnell, other high level Republicans and Democrats are just rushing to gather up all of the evidence? They are, aren’t they? Well, no, they’re not.

    Notice how the courts are eager to find out the truth. Whoops, that isn’t happening either.

    Russian collusion didn’t work, but it did point out media bias and the lack of support from Republicans.

    Impeachment didn’t work either, but it let Trump know that you don’t go asking questions about Biden bribe money, or any elite bribe money.

    The Covid and George Floyd hoaxes, along with the paid-for Antifa and BLM actors, were then manufactured to drive the dagger in deeper.

    The only thing left was election fraud, and they didn’t even bother trying to hide it.

    “This is particularly true of the vote by mail option, which was promoted by leading Democrats and which empowered literally millions of new voters with only limited attempts made to validate whether citizens or even real people were voting.”

    And which was not vociferously fought by Republicans, who also wanted to see Trump gone.

    Trump’s presidency MADE the media (social media, TV and print) show their ugly faces. It highlighted the fact that the Republican elite are tied at the hip with the Democrats. They’re all one happy family.

    So, yes, Trump signed the bill. He wanted to make sure people had some money coming in. But he also let the world know that while giving $600.00 to citizens (Trump had called for $2,000.00), Congress were more interested in GIVING AWAY taxpayer money to their corporate masters, foreign governments, subcontractors and NGO’s.

    Trump’s presidency has exposed the Swamp to millions of people. He didn’t play ball with the elite, so he had to be stopped. How dare he expose them!

    For all here yelling that Trump is part of the Swamp, tell me: why would he have exposed them if he’s a member? Do you think they liked it? Do you think they wanted to come out of the woodwork and expose themselves?

    No, the Democrats AND the Republicans wanted him gone. And you all sit here thinking this is okay.

    Can’t wait for Giraldi’s expose on Biden’s corruption. Can’t wait.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
    • Replies: @Z-man
  81. lavoisier says: • Website

    Will the president do the right thing?

    To ask the question is to answer the question.

    NO

  82. What all of this says to me is that Western Civilization has now reverted to that of Europe in around the 12th Century. It’s even worse really because we don’t even have God on our side anymore. As is typical of the Left, whenever they gain power the result is a brutal version of secular feudalism with none of the redeeming characteristics of truth and beauty that permeated those societies of our ancestors. (((They))) declared that God was dead in the civilizational Black Death decade of the 1960s. At least in the Medieval times the concepts of honor and glory and beauty were well in place as ideals to strive for. Now these transcendent ideals are cast aside as “hypocritical” and “narrow-minded.” Now the highest ideals are those that were illegal, unethical and immoral 100 years ago. We must pray that we have our own Francisco Franco waiting in the wings. The current crop of neoCon bitches must be sent home. All of them. And ALL their lively, vibrant foot soldiers must be sent to their countries of origin or dumped on Mexico. Doesn’t matter which.

  83. The courts have ruled the acts revealed by Snowden were illegal, so his pardon should be a slam dunk.

    As for Assange, he only published via Wikileaks the info the corporate/deep state media whores refused to report, which is why they’ve done nothing to defend him.

    But they won’t get pardoned since the Deep State has dirt on Trump and he doesn’t want them screwing him after he leaves office. Just look at his 2 AG picks. They were both do-nothing lapdogs who back-stabbed Trump at every turn. Same with Wray, Trump’s FBI pick.

    Trump will cuck out one last time and let Snowden & Assange twist in the wind, while at the same time granting pardons to scum like (((Kushner))).

  84. Sean says:
    @bojo

    The 2011–13 Russian protests incensed Putin and made him desirous of not having Hillary Clinton become President. The DNC Emails were originally available through an obscure website, not Wikileaks. It needs to be borne in mind that the Arab Spring, which neither America or Russia was happy about because their respective client regimes faced popular uprisings, had something to do with Assange publishing of US diplomatic cables. After trying with no success to get the DNC hack materiel into the media the Russians leveraged Assange’s tremendous MSM profile and status to get the DNC Emails a front page story.

    From his diplomatic immunity spider hole in a country where he chose to live (though he sought official Swedish government permission to live and work in Sweden on his return from his ten day trip there) Assange made no secret of the fact that he hated Clinton, and timed the release of the Emails for the Democratic Convention, whereby Assange damaged the cohesion of the Democratic Party and the prospects of becoming President of its chosen candidate, who was Hillary Clinton. How can Trump possibly pardon Assange? And why should he? Assange was not trying to help Trump but get Clinton.

    Snowden had always been a bit of a loner, vainglorious and fragile as with his silly attempt to join Special Forces (they kill people). He joined another secret and reputed to be ruthless organization, and found he was unhappy about what it was doing. Fine, all he had to do is leave and he would be in no danger (Michael Franzese left Cosa Nostra although it was seriously dangerous for him). Snowden wanted to cut a dash somehow, and he didn’t think it through. His living conditions are not bad in Russia, and he gets to spend the rest of his life there: famous and respected.

    • Agree: Johnny Rico
  85. Could it be that Giraldi is as sincere as a chimp seeing his tree invaded for a steal of his peanut? No journo likes his colleagues, they are a cannibalistic species. Rightly so, they are as plug-gable as five Mb. usb storage.

    • Replies: @geokat62
  86. geokat62 says:
    @PetrOldSack

    Petr, you came out of your Old Sack to make a comment like that? I suggest you return from whence you came.

    • LOL: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
  87. Trinity says:

    Can American be any more Jewy in its, morality, corruption, blatant lying, actions and leaders? I mean is it even possible?

    Look at the white traitor trash scum that run this nation. It seems every single one of them it seems is on the take, guilty of something, whether they are shabbos goy to nth power, sexual degenerates or child molesters, thieves, liars, we have the worst of the worst controlling how this nation is run.

    I heard the other day that Nancy Pelosi’s net worth is somewhere between 120 to 200 million dollars. How in the hell does someone who makes slightly more than 200 grand a year become that rich? Meanwhile the people in her district are literally shitting and pissing in the streets and sleeping outside.

  88. @Z-man

    “The fact that Americans actually voted for a feeble minded, corrupt, career swamp creature is sad and scary and nauseating. . . .”

    Not to mention that Israel-First, bought-and-paid-for hack Kamala Harris. . . .

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  89. Z-man says:
    @Thomasina

    That’s why I think Trump should destroy the Republi’tard party with support from patriots like Tucker Carlson and good America First Republicans like Howley and Geatz.
    America First party now!

  90. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ukraine Tiger

    I can’t think of a more powerful middle finger to the Democrats should Snowden and Assange be pardoned. Not only that, both men would then be free to continue their work, albeit “supervised” but they would certainly have a huge social following.

    If I were Trump and had to go through what he has for the past 4 years I’d pull all the pins on the hand grenades. I’d issue full pardons to Ted Kaczynski, Sirhan Sirhan, John Hinckley, Squeaky Fromme, et al. I’d also pardon all convicts in federal prison whose prosecution relied on FBI evidence/testimony.

  91. Trinity says:

    So lemme get this straight. We live in a world where people like Snowden have to flee America and people like Assange rot in prison, yet, George Soros walks around free as bird? How many people have died during the 2020 riots? How many buildings were set on fire? how many people were beaten to a pulp after being assaulted by (((Antifa/BLM))) thugs? Weren’t even families and children assaulted? So we have felonious assaults, attempted murders, murders, vandalism, arson, just to name a few crimes here. Years ago, they sent Charles Manson to prison even though Manson wasn’t physically involved in the Tate/LaBianca murders. I think later they did prove Manson took part in the killing of a ranch hand at Spahn Ranch, anyhow, Manson was imprisoned for orchestrating these crimes. What about the people funding these riots, placing pallets full of bricks at certain locations, etc.? Why are they not sitting in prison or jail awaiting trial? Where are our fearless leaders?

    • Thanks: Majority of One
  92. @geokat62

    Petr, you came out of your Old Sack to make a comment like that? I suggest you return from whence you came.

    LOL…

  93. Why not pardon Netanyahu while he is at it? Trump is hurting his base with this coddling up to neocons.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  94. geokat62 says:

  95. @Orville H. Larson

    ‘“The fact that Americans actually voted for a feeble minded, corrupt, career swamp creature is sad and scary and nauseating. . . .”’

    What’s at least equally scary is that it’s not at all clear we did vote for him.

    What exactly are we doing to ensure this doesn’t just happen again?

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  96. Lee says:

    Article said:

    Trump is already on track to pardon more individuals than any preceding president with 90 pardons issued as of Christmas Eve and many more expected.

    Not even close to being true.

    Just a sample of pardons from the link below shows that Obama pardoned 212 people,Clinton pardoned 396———-all the way up to FDRs 2800 pardons.

    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/24/so-far-trump-has-granted-clemency-less-frequently-than-any-president-in-modern-history/

  97. @Just a thought

    ‘Why not pardon Netanyahu while he is at it? Trump is hurting his base with this coddling up to neocons.’

    That would be amusing. Too bad Obama didn’t think of it.

  98. @Colin Wright

    Stop endorsing the Establishment with your fruitless participation?

  99. @anon

    The timing, lest we forget, is WL appearing after 9/11. Let’s count on one hand the number of times Wikileaks addressed that elephant in the room.

    Controlled opposition…..watch the first minute:

    • Replies: @Larchmonter420
    , @Robjil
  100. I wouldn’t want to distract from the task of getting Assange a pardon but you’ve really got to give it to the Israeli media which includes a bracing fix like this in my Inbox:
    https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/trump-pardons-jared-kushners-father-for-sordid-case-that-included-entrapping-his-brother-in-law-with-a-prostitute

    BTW can someone give me or direct me to a reliable account of how a presidential pardon can work prospectively without any conviction. My great-great-grandfather , who tutored the governor’s son, was pardoned so as to be able to call himself a “free settler” but he had actually embezzled his master’s rents and lost them playing shove halpenny.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  101. Craig Murray, colleague and minder to Julian Assange, is what I would term an “establishment radical”. This identity is distinctly British. If one reads Mr Murray’s informative, morally sound blog, with comments, the identity becomes apparent. It is difficult to even imagine an American equivalence, which is perhaps why the character of Assange is sometimes portrayed as subversive.
    It is true that Mr Assange has cultivated some elite relationships in his career.
    Mr Giraldi hopes, like me, that President Trump will pardon Mr Assange.
    However, seriously? No. The President is more likely to leave that spanner in the works.
    And Mr Assange, with the advice of Craig Murray, would prefer NOT to be pardoned by Trump, is my humble opinion.

  102. @Wizard of Oz

    PS if you include the Irish patriot whom my later forebears were reluctant to uncover (Irish for G’s sake! Even if he was married in an Anglican ceremony) I have 4/32 convict ancestry. Does the one drop rule apply? A (dispossessed) member of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy picked me in one by blue eyes a d red side burns – a groom she surmised.

  103. anon[864] • Disclaimer says:

    Sparkon, 79, I can’t tell you how tedious it is to encounter yet another indoctrinated grade-school civics student who still can’t tell the difference between his country and his state. Your state is a criminal enterprise, parasitic at best, obsessively sadistic to the helpless. People from the civilized world are aghast at its predation. The USA is worth shit, while your country is a perfectly good land mass with a downtrodden and brainwashed but mostly educable lumpenproletariat like yourself.

    You allude to earlier electoral theft as some sort of obscure Dunning-Kruger stab at argumentation. It’s all the same regime. What exactly are you trying to rebut by showing that your state has been worth shit ever since NSA § 102(d5)? Institutionalized impunity has shitcanned your obsolete constitution and your rights. Your betters staffed your command structure with Gehlen’s Nazis.

    Die Abwicklung did wonders for the nations of the COMECON bloc despite illegal US coercive interference. Without equivalent dismantling of the USA, your life will continue to be abject undeveloped shit.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  104. If he doesn’t pardon him, he’ll confirm what sort of person I’m beginning to suspect that he really is.

    • Agree: Ann Nonny Mouse
  105. @Supply and Demand

    Overheard description of Supply and Demand: “What a pizza chit”.

  106. @Temporary Insanity

    Temp[orary insanity alright. That I can believe. But “the LGBTQWTF community and their power is equal to the Jewish power if not more”….whew! Where does one start? In the first place there is NO LGBTQ-WTF community. The very use of such an acronym is proof positive and simple that there is no unity among Lesbians, Gays, Bi-s, Trans and Queers, so What the Fuck?

    Going back to the roots of the gay liberation movement in 69-70 there was a generalized unity among those groupings—a defensive reaction against centuries of burnings at the stake and other fun n’games.

    In a few years time the Dykes got huffy at the gay men and determined that they would be numero-uno in the hit-parade…Pride of place in the pride parade became the exclusive province of lesbians. Then the biggest change happened—funding. With strings subtly attached, of course. Where did this funding come from? The usual suspects, wouldn’t you think? Many posters on Unz could name them.

    New organizations sprang up and they had nothing to do with the liberation of eros for all. These orgs were all about identity politics—so they promptly jumped into bed with the Democrats, the growing sludge-pit for all designated minorities designed to replace the old union-based, now rust-belt state “deplorable” working class types who now are identified as Trumpeting MAGAS.

    Identity politrix is foundational to the finance capital elite’s uber program of “Divide and Conquer+Divide and Rule. Once WE THE PEOPLE are divided based on various tribal or personal identities, the identification of the divided is nevermore in synch with the nation as a whole. Thereby, it is duck soup for a secretive and highly organized minority to assume control over the whole shebang. They have been doing just that for centuries.

    • Replies: @Temporary Insanity
  107. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @follyofwar

    Esformes (look him up) alone is sufficient to make my point, that Trump’s sense of justice is out of balance, that there is no reason to expect good news regarding Snowden or Assange. (Of course I hope my expectations are wrong.) As for Blagojevich, his “I was just thinking out loud” (or whatever he said, something like that) is precious. That’s his defense?

    @follyofwar compares him to Trafficant. What good did Blagojevich ever do that compares with Trafficant’s outspokenness regarding Israel?

    Blagojevich, like the Democrat he was, sought further controls on gun ownership.

    The motive to get rid of Trafficant was that he fought AIPAC. What motive was there to get rid of Blagojevich? Maybe @follyofwar knows more than I do but he seems like a cypher, a zero, just another corrupt Chicago politician.

  108. I am at a loss to comprehend why or how the US has any jurisdiction over foreign nationals conducting business outside of the US.

    Snowden and other US citizens certainly. But this issue with Mr. Snowden makes no legal sense whatsoever. The 1917 Act pertains to US citizens or foreigners acting on US soil and that’s it.

    It’s important because if it prevails it will set a standard by which foreign governments could arrest US citizens for conduct that is entirely legal in the US. I suspect that Mr. Snowden is unlikely to see the US again as a citizen not sought for prosecution.

    Laugh. In short order foreigners will be declaring US protections under the fourteenth and thirteenth amendment that have nothing to with them.

  109. I understand why Mr. Assanges attorneys sought relief under the “whistle blower” laws in the US They should tread lightly because in so doing they agree that the US has jurisdiction.

    I would take special note of Section 8.

    The Espionage Act of June 15, 1917

    https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1045/espionage-act-of-1917

    Section 8

    The provisions of this title shall extend to all Territories, possessions, and places subject to the jurisdiction of the United States whether or not contiguous thereto, and offences under this title, when committed upon the high seas or elsewhere within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States and outside the territorial limits thereof shall be punishable hereunder.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  110. @dogbumbreath

    Controlled opposition…..watch the first minute:

    Touché

    My favorite quote of Karl Rove:

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

    And, my paraphrase of the above quote:

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own drama. And while you’re studying that drama — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new dramas, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re drama’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

    Best regards,

    Mohamed

  111. @Majority of One

    “But “the LGBTQWTF community and their power is equal to the Jewish power if not more”….whew!”

    Whew is right! How did the “WTF” became part of my post? First, quote me correctly and then add your duck soup ingredients to embellish your own two bits…

    Btw, Jewish power is the LGBTQ, hence the equivalence.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  112. Robjil says:
    @dogbumbreath

    This guy’s video is controlled opposition too of the worst kind.

    He is twists everything back to say MSM is the truth.

    It is quite bizarre.

    This is his mojo:

    He acts like he is an independent guy that is looking at all things and then goes back to the MSM viewpoint of the world.

    One glaring example, at end he states this this:

    (((Russia invaded Ukraine. ))) That is poppycock of the worst kind. The US did that with Nuland’s thugs during the Sochi Olympics.

  113. @EliteCommInc.

    Perhaps the use of whistle-blower laws by counsel is only directed to the exercise of any discretion the judge or magistrate has.

  114. geokat62 says:

  115. Sparkon says:
    @anon

    What exactly are you trying to rebut…?

    Your use of the word “unprecedented,” as I stated “exactly.”

    Without equivalent dismantling of the USA, your life will continue to be abject undeveloped shit.

    My life in the USA is quite fine, thank you, but you are delusional, stringing together what you think are impressive sounding words into nonsense.

    Get a real handle, learn to use the ‘Reply’ function, and above all, don’t try to project your unhappiness and constipation onto me.

  116. ANON[169] • Disclaimer says:

    Israel was able to bring the worse spy in US history “home” to heroes welcome. Bibi Netanyahu greeted the U.S. traitor and Israeli newspapers stated that allies don’t treat (jailing this infamous spy) each other that way. Why don’t the Australians who are true U.S. allies (unlike Israel – they fight with the U.S. rather than create conflicts for the U.S. as does Israel) request that Julian Assange is allowed to go home? Who will kiss Israeli’s bottom the most – Trump or Harris/Biden? WHY???? What has Israel done for you? The Israeli octopus just has too many worldwide tentacles.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  117. @Temporary Insanity

    The WTF addition is my commentary on alphabet-soupism…ridiculous crap. “Jewish power is the LGBTQ”. This sassertion is totally incomprehensible. Methinks thou dost protest too much in this obsessiveness. Lumping the totally real power of the Sanhedrin snake with the made-up alphabet soup of essentially powerless erotic minorities is totally lacking in any form of rational buttressing.

  118. @geokat62

    I’m for an all female ticket in 2024: Cynthia McKinney for president and Tulsi Gabbard for VP. Both of them are truth-tellers and would be utterly opposed by all the Sanhedrin-controlled power-brokers. This would be the case should their trans-partisan campaign gain any traction among the millions of Americans disaffected with the peas in a pod two-party duopoly.

  119. anon[206] • Disclaimer says:

    116! Sparkon, what a perfect little american fellow you are, terrified at the thought of replacing your bullshit fake democracy with a sovereign state like grown-up peoples have.

    Lunatic! He pipes, in fear. Because you don’t have the balls to do what Germans did and storm your Stasi. That’s why you wouldn’t know a right from a bar of soap, Spergon, and why you’re so evidently avid to kiss your betters’ asses to stay out of trouble. The preponderance of Perky Pat underlings like you is why your revered USA is irrelevant to the free world. You live in a squalid backwater of retrograde development, sitting fearfully in learned helplessness as your crooked rulers fuck you over. Enjoy your princely sum of $600.00, little princeling!

    And my stools are well-consolidated, yet moist and pliant. Why are you speculating about my asshole anyway? I don’t like you that way.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  120. BenB says:
    @Anon

    Yup, neither of those men are Jewish, so don’t get your hopes up.

  121. @bojo

    There were people that lost their lives as a result of that compromise. For that reason alone, neither Snowdon or Assange should be pardoned.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Troll: Rurik
  122. Rurik says:
    @ANON

    Who will kiss Israeli’s bottom the most – Trump or Harris/Biden? WHY????

    because Woodrow Wilson betrayed the Founders of this nation, (who fought a bloody war to be free of England’s central banking/fiat/debt currency slavery) and betrayed the citizens, and doomed Western civilization and human freedom itself – over to the enemies of the West, and the enemies of freedom- by handing the world’s most sinister ((men)), the keys to the U.S. Treasury.

    Now the (((Fed))) and the (((ECB))) call the shots.

    If I have a computer that can conjure trillions of dollars out of thin air, to loan out in secret deals to anyone I want, then I will call the shots, and presidents and Prime Ministers will lick my boots.

    That, in nutshell, is how the world works.

    “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.”

    ~ Gutle Schnaper. Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s wife.

    • Thanks: Ann Nonny Mouse
  123. Sparkon says:
    @anon

    Go fly a kite, and take your “abject undeveloped shit” with you.

    Ha ha, what a concept! Only you know what you think it means, but to me, it sounds like a digestive problem.

  124. @geokat62

    Yes, I’m tired of the Goddamned Israel-Firsters and neocons who infest the District of Corruption. Knesset West–I’m sorry, Congress–is, as Pat Buchanan said, Israeli-occupied territory. . . .

  125. anon[208] • Disclaimer says:

    Spergon 124, What is development?

    It is clear you don’t what development is. You cannot distinguish between the development consensus of the civilized world and the sick and twisted simulacrum peculiar to the US and its satellites. So you are naturally unable to parse a comment that was not meant for US Juche victims. If you tried to think about it you would go, Hmm, and get no further. But your imbued USA propaganda reflex kicks in and you go Ha ha! Even before you can try and fail to think.

    Now you’re all ego-involved over your USA that pimps you out and beats you but you luuuve him. So take powerful opioids like a bignosed Cathay coolie and forget it.

  126. @brabantian

    Israel shielding you dimwit? I will believe your idiotic claims when Netanyahu grants him citizenship, pressures the US to liberate him for years, and once he gets him free, sends a private airliner to bring him back to Israel and receives him personally at Ben Gurion airport.

    Say, like this other fellow, a real traitor that has cost many American lives. Yes, this traitor’s release was *really* lobbied for by the US jewish lobby and by Netanyahu himself for many years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/30/former-spy-jonathan-pollard-arrives-in-israel-from-us

    Until then stop making a fool of yourself with your moronic shitposting.

    Here’s some food for thought: If you keep your mouth shut and your hands away from that keyboard, no one will be able to tell what a dimwit you are. Let that sink in slowly, take your time.

  127. @Wizard of Oz

    ‘…The fact is there is no stage of my life at which anyone who knows me would have observed or inferred the slightest tincture of Communism. Indeed I sometimes felt mildly uncomfortable before 1990 that I had never really girdedfor battle as a cold war warrior but lazily left it to others.’

    That just demonstrates you were careful not to blow your cover.

  128. geokat62 says:

  129. Many grifters who call themselves patriots want you to think they’re so brave and righteous for talking about Chinese, Saudi, or other foreign influence but are SILENT today about the traitor Jonathon Pollard’s HERO’S welcome in Israel. Real Patriots put America First every time!

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  130. geokat62 says:

  131. @Priss Factor

    My compliments to Nicholas J. Fuentes. Let’s take his words to heart.

    The Israeli tail wags the American dog.

  132. c matt says:
    @Sean

    If he was to come back and explain himself in court it would be different, but he prefers the fleshpots of Moscow to facing the music.

    If the choice is between American style justice and Muscovite fleshpots, he undoubtedly made the better choice.

    • Replies: @Sean
  133. “Perhaps the use of whistle-blower laws by counsel is only directed to the exercise of any discretion the judge or magistrate has.”

    Maybe. But if they make the chose to to seek protection under the same, the they grant that the US has some jurisdiction over Mr. Assange’s contact despite his foreign status. And anyone who wants to take a look at the whistle blower history under the previous admin would know that even for US citizens using discretion to avoid the kinds of accusations facing Mr. Snowden.

    The US has no jurisdiction. And while I have no doubt that Mr. Assange may not respect my positions regarding US policy and my belief in christ, I think he deserves a fair shake. And that is he is not a US citizen. Hi conduct was not in territories under US jurisdiction and he is therefore free and clear.

    As I have made clear

    I would reject any pardon offers for accused crimes I did not commit. And the CIA, The NSA, The DIA, the WH and the entirety of Congress, Spain, Mexico, GB . . . SA, Russia . . . Us press corps can take a fly’n leap if they think I could be so enticed, coerced into the trap. Just playin’ around.

    There are far more valuable cards at stake these days than the approval of the crowd or people with power. The US is is in deep trouble and there is no escaping that by making mockery of others. Prosecuting Mr. Assange would solve none of our own internal troubles. Souls come cheap these days.

  134. Richard B says:

    Pardon Schaeffer Cox!

    I’m not Right or Left and didn’t vote for the Orange Herring. But this young man’s story is so heartbreaking they just had to scrub it from living memory. In any event, if anyone deserves a pardon it’s him.

  135. Sean says:
    @c matt

    On his way to the USSR Lee Harvey Oswald arrived in Finland on October 10, 1959, which was eight days before his twentieth birthday. Oswald had all the sexy women he could handle when he was in Russia. After a couple of years the US Embassy issued travel documents–he’d torn up his passport–and loaned him money for the fare to return to America.

    The kindest thing for Snowden is to make clear that he would get no leniency, thereby ensuring he does not come back. Bringing Snowden back would not work out too well for anyone right now, him included. He is too young to be happy fading into obscurity. Assange’s RT show exposed him as having nothing to say in addition to lacking an entertaining personality, and Snowden would be the same. Eventually he will want to live in his own country as part of the woodwork, but it will take decades. This is someone who wanted to be an independent secret agent against the government that protected him. Assange wanted the sex live of James Bond too. You cannot live like that.

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