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It is dangerous to reveal the truth about the illegal and immoral things our government does with our money and in our name, and the war on journalists who dare reveal such truths is very much a bipartisan affair. Just ask Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who was relentlessly pursued first by the Obama Administration and now by the Trump Administration for the “crime” of reporting on the crimes perpetrated by the United States government.

Assange is now literally fighting for his life, as he tries to avoid being extradited to the United States where he faces 175 years in prison for violating the “Espionage Act.” While it makes no sense to be prosecuted as a traitor to a country of which you are not a citizen, the idea that journalists who do their job and expose criminality in high places are treated like traitors is deeply dangerous in a free society.

To get around the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press, Assange’s tormentors simply claim that he is not a journalist. Then-CIA director Mike Pompeo declared that Wikileaks was a “hostile intelligence service” aided by Russia. Ironically, that’s pretty much what the Democrats say about Assange.

Earlier this month, a US Federal appeals court judge ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records was illegal. That bulk collection program, born out of the anti-American PATRIOT Act, was first revealed to us by whistleblower Edward Snowden just over seven years ago.

That is why whistleblowers and those who publish their information are so important. Were it not for Snowden and Assange, we would never know about this government criminality. And if we never know about government malfeasance it can neve be found to be criminal in the first place. That is convenient for governments, but it is also a recipe for tyranny.

While we might expect the US media to aggressively come to the aid of a fellow journalist being persecuted by the government for doing his job, the opposite is happening. As journalist Glen Greenwald wrote last week, the US mainstream media is completely ignoring the Assange extradition trial.

Why would they do such a thing? Partisan politics. Journalists – with a few important exceptions like Greenwald himself – are no longer interested in digging and reporting the truth. These days they believe they have a “higher calling.”

As Greenwald puts it, “If you start from the premise that Trump is a fascist dictator who has brought Nazi tyranny to the US, then it isn’t that irrational to believe that anyone who helped empower Trump (which is how they see Assange) deserves to be imprisoned, hence the lack of concern about it.”

That may seem like a good idea to these journalists in the short term, but for journalism itself to become an extension of government power rather than a check on that power would be deeply harmful.

We cannot have a self-governing society as was intended for our Republic if the government, with the complicity of the mainstream media, decides that there are things we are not allowed to know about it. President Trump should end the US government’s war on Assange…and on all whistleblowers and their publishers.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. President Trump should end the US government’s war on Assange…and on all whistleblowers and their publishers.

    Trump will do no such thing.

    Even if he is personally inclined to that end, Trump will get diverted, deflected and dissuaded by his handlers and opponents.

    Just cast a glance at Trump’s performance to date, making lethal executive decisions left, right & center on the basis of false flags & manufactured “intelligence”. At the same time, any constructive foreign policies he tries to implement get subverted & steamrolled in short order.

    The Exceptional Nation will have its pound of flesh.

    Julian Assange, bless his maverick soul, is dead meat.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Emslander
  2. anonymous[858] • Disclaimer says:

    The Deep State’s (a.ka., Military-Industrial Complex’s) war on Edward Snowden is also a war on the truth about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless domestic surveillance programs that defy the US Constitution. Trump has indicated he is favorable to pardoning both, but cannot fight too many fronts with the still powerful Military Industrial Complex alphabet soup and general staff who hate him.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  3. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    “indicated” = feigned

  4. jsinton says:

    Anyone ever notice how the proliferation of “ransomware” attacks around the world came about after Assange released the Vault 7 hacker tools? What is Vault 7 you ask? It’s the nuclear weapons of hacker tools, which Wikileaks made available for anyone to download. It’s like being able to download nuclear weapons and blow up cities from the comfort of mom’s basement. He release the Vault 7 tools because of blackmail. He was trying to negotiate his way out of the Ecuadorian embassy, dangling the Vault 7 tools in exchange for his freedom. The story goes that the CIA wouldn’t cave-in, so Assange released them. One can only wonder how much truth there is to the story, but one thing is for sure: the proliferation of ransomware attacks that effected millions of innocent people around the world after the release of Vault 7. So are those the actions of a “journalist”? Does a “truth teller” hand out nuclear weapons? No, a bomb throwing anarchist/kidnapper released the Vault 7 tools. Assange needs to have his head chopped off with a dull kitchen knife. His head stuck on a pike for all to view. His entrails consumed by vultures. And no one should shed tears over “truth telling” from such a monster. Contrast that with Snowden who didn’t throw bombs or destroy the lives of the innocent. Snowden deserves a pardon, but not Assange.

    • Disagree: YetAnotherAnon
  5. Ironically, I do not believe that Assange was ever pro-Trump, but actually anti-Hillary for the crimes that she and Bill committed. Assange even said though that he felt sorry for Hillary almost for being a victim of her own monstrosity, ( not his words, but my take on it.)

    Trump never should have waged war against Assange and Wikileaks, especially the demand for Hillary Clinton’s leaker as an offer for a pardon.

    We really must draw attention to how much of an aide Donald Trump has been to the Clintons. Also refusing to prosecute the Clinton foundation as well as Hillary re-igniting a cold-war with Russia on false charges since she lost the election, and it is hard to overlook the fact that the Rusdian government was the largest donor to Hillary Clinton and that she signed the plutonium dispossion agreement with Sergie Lavrov.

    It is absurd beyond belief! Hillary betrays Russia, Russia betrays Hillary, Trump betrays Russia, Assange, Wikileaks, and his voters, RNC, MI6, England, betray Trump, Hillary and Originally RNC accuse Trump of Steele dossier fabrications, Trump forgives Hillary, the DNC, Steele, and the RNC.

    It is why it just plain makes no sense to vote for Trump. Apparently, Trump operates on the theory that he already has the support of his supporters, so it is a great idea in Trump’s distorted mind to screw his supporters over in order to try to gain the respect, approval, and cooperation of his enemies, and they will never support him! Not ever! No matter what he does, they will not support him! How it is that Trump hasn’t figured that out yet is the 8th wonder of the world!

    • LOL: Emslander
  6. @jsinton

    Assange wouldn’t have released vault 7 if he hadn’t been existentially threatened.

    Those treasonous operatives of the deep state who concocted the persecution of Assange should have their heads chopped off with a dull kitchen knife, heads stuck on pikes, etc. etc.

    • Replies: @jsinton
  7. jsinton says:
    @Beavertales

    I do not disagree. The problem with the “good war” is that it makes everyone into murderers. Assange became no better than those he sought to expose.

  8. @jsinton

    It’s like being able to download nuclear weapons and blow up cities from the comfort of mom’s basement.

    Lol…

  9. Exile says: • Website
    @jsinton

    This message brought to you by the Zio-American Deep State.

    Name one person who suffered as a result of Assange’s actions – and no, the careers of Deep State officials, apparatchiks and collaborators in the “private” sector do not count. So far the Deep State prosecutors have yet to name anyone who fits the description.

    The tools released in Vault 7 were already widely available on the “Dark Web” and in the shadowy networks of government contractors, independent and otherwise, who first stole them from the complicit or bungling U.S. government and offered them for sale in the first place.

    The entire false outrage production since, including Assange’s prosecution, is just sturm and drang to distract from the Deep State losing its precious lockpicks to the thieves it hired in the first place.

    There is no honor among thieves.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  10. Emslander says:
    @Ultrafart the Brave

    Trump will do no such thing.

    How could he possibly take a hand in DOJ initiatives to extradite Assange? He was impeached, for God’s sake, for trying to establish his own policy toward The Ukraine. Can you imagine the busted guts all over the Democrat Party if he took some official measure to exonerate the man who exposed the Hilary e-mails to the world.

    Assange ought to waive extradition and fight in Federal Court. I think the press would have to follow it and he would have better defenses under our First Amendment jurisprudence.

    • Replies: @Ultrafart the Brave
  11. @Emslander

    Assange ought to waive extradition and fight in Federal Court. I think the press would have to follow it and he would have better defenses under our First Amendment jurisprudence.

    Assange is not an American citizen, and yet for the convenience of the Empire, Assange is being accused of, and extradited for, acts of “treason” against the United States.

    At the same time, he’s not permitted the legal immunities traditionally afforded to journalists or publishers, because – well, because he’s really pissed off the Empire and so he’s not a journalist or publisher, because any real journalist or publisher would never do that (???).

    These are “Alice in Wonderland” inversions of legal logic. The “international rules based order” at work.

    Federal Court? Good luck with that.

    Once he’s on American soil, in an American prison, at the mercy of American courts, Assange will have no recourse to the First Amendment defence – because, you see, he’s not an American citizen. And what’s more, he’s a traitor!

    And if he seems to be gaining some popular support or mounting a good defense, Assange will probably pull an Epstein.

    See how it works?

    Unless someone nukes London, or an asteroid glasses the Exceptional Nation, or someone slips him a water bottle laced with Novichok (which as we all know, never actually kills anyone), Assange is screwed.

  12. @republic

    While some of his thoughts may be extreme – the US government would be better off with more people like him

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