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One thing we’ve learned from the Trump Presidency is that the “deep state” is not just some crazy conspiracy theory. For the past three years we’ve seen that deep state launch plot after plot to overturn the election.

It all started with former CIA director John Brennan’s phony “Intelligence Assessment” of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. It was claimed that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed that Putin put Trump in office, but we found out later that the report was cooked up by a handful of Brennan’s hand-picked agents.

Donald Trump upset the Washington apple cart as presidential candidate and in so doing he set elements of the deep state in motion against him.

One of the things candidate Donald Trump did to paint a deep state target on his back was his repeated praise of Wikileaks, the pro-transparency media organization headed up by Australian journalist Julian Assange. More than 100 times candidate Trump said “I love Wikileaks” on the campaign trail.

Trump loved it when Wikileaks exposed the criminality of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, as it cheated to deprive Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party nomination. Wikileaks’ release of the DNC emails exposed the deep corruption at the heart of US politics, and as a candidate Trump loved the transparency.

Then Trump got elected.

The real tragedy of the Trump presidency is nowhere better demonstrated than in Trump’s 180 degree turn away from Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. “I know nothing about Wikileaks,” he said as president. “It’s really not my thing.”

US pressure and bribes to the Ecuadorian government ended Assange’s asylum and his seven years in a room at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. After his dramatic arrest by London’s Metropolitan Police last April, he has been effectively tortured in British jails at the behest of the US deep state.

Today, Monday the 24th of February, Assange faces an extradition hearing in a UK courthouse. The Trump Administration – led by a man who praised Assange’s work – seeks a show trial of Assange worthy of the worst of the Soviet era. The US is seeking a 175 year prison sentence.

The Trump Administration argues that the Australian Assange should be tried and convicted of espionage against a country of which he is not a citizen. At the same time the Trump Administration argues that the First Amendment does not apply to Assange because he is not an American citizen! So Assange is subject to US law when it comes to publishing information embarrassing to the US deep state but he is not subject to the law of the land – the US Constitution – which protects all journalists and is the backbone of our system of government.

It is ironic that a President Trump who has been victim of so much deep state meddling has done the deep state’s bidding when it comes to Assange and Wikileaks. President Trump should preempt the inevitable US show trial of Assange by granting the journalist blanket pardon under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The deep state Trump is serving by persecuting Assange is the same deep state that continues to plot Trump’s own ouster. Free Assange!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Donald Trump, Julian Assange, Wikileaks 
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  1. Most republicans and most democrats would love to see Mr. Assange extradited to Virginia for a proper show trial and a speedy public execution. They think he is a treasonous traitor who should be severely punished for the crime of telling inconvenient truths that were know to all attentive people. Most wouldn’t mind if they let him go over the middle of the Atlantic while cruising at 40,000 feet.

    • Replies: @MB
    , @lysias
  2. MB says: • Website
    @Adam Smith

    If that is a genuine Dimwitter bleet from the real ® Ronald Grump, he is beneath contempt for having descended to the groveling level of WormTongue.

    I’ll grant you every president since ’63 has received the JFK phone call, courtesy of our friendly and capable deep state and maybe this time they actually threatened to take out his wife and Baron.
    But I’d be real surprised though, if somebody held a gun to his head to make a comment as despicable as that.

    Descending to new levels of incontinent drivel is not progress or ‘making Amerika great’, pal.

  3. Concise and powerful articulation by Ron Paul. Once again, Trump disappoints millions of constituents who voted for him in hope that he would drain the Federal swamp and end Zio-Washington’s addiction to needless overseas wars.

    Trump has become what he once decried: an unprincipled interventionist who serves toxic (but embedded) special interests which nest comfortably in Washington no matter who is elected Commander in Chief or which Party rules Congress.

    Incredibly, Trump’s cruel and hypocritical arrogance is making Bernie Sanders is look better and better.

    • Agree: Crazy Horse, Republic
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  4. Antiwar7 says:

    Trump is a weakling, Trump is a coward, Trump is a baby if he lets his enemies go after Assange.

    Sad.

  5. lysias says:
    @Adam Smith

    How can an Australian citizen commit treason against the United States?

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Adam Smith
  6. Anthony B says:

    How sad. my respect for Trump is going down hill.. tell the deep state to go fuck itself. those cumbarge assholes had no right to get their hands on Assange.

    • Replies: @Realist
  7. Crazy Horse says: • Website

    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    Where the hell does it say that this right is limited to US citizens? If Julian is extradited then he becomes a US person under Federal Law and is accorded the same rights under the Bill of Rights as anyone else legally entering the country.

    I’ve noted that the Prosecutor arguing for extradition is asking for Assange to be “returned” to the US. As far as I know he’s never set foot in the US so how can he be “returned”? This whole thing is getting way too Orwellian.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Antiwar7
  8. @mark green

    Hey Mark,

    Trump is all that which you and other commenters derided him as. I will say that he has always been unprincipled, even in the campaign. He just happened to be on the right side of issues, such as that of the existential immigration-invasion and ending the American warmongering, which American voters care about.

    Trump will change his mind and tweet about it like a 14-y/o school girl. Bernie Sanders is a died-in-the-wool Commie who’s already changed his mind 180-deg on immigration and will be almost as bad as Bloomberg in going for gun confiscation. I think Bloomberg gets my vote for “Most likely to start the hot civil war” with Bernie as runner-up.

    • Replies: @mark green
  9. der einzige says: • Website

    Trump! Paul! Mossange! fuck them everyone is it a controlled opposition

    • Thanks: NoseytheDuke
    • Replies: @Brabantian
  10. Realist says:
    @lysias

    How can an Australian citizen commit treason against the United States?

    Exactly…he can’t.

  11. Realist says:

    Trump’s Betrayal of Julian Assange

    Trump has betrayed much more than that…he has betrayed his supporters…even the stupid ones, that don’t know it.

  12. Realist says:
    @Anthony B

    How sad. my respect for Trump is going down hill.. tell the deep state to go fuck itself.

    That will never happen…Trump is part of the Deep State.

  13. Antiwar7 says:
    @Crazy Horse

    Did you know that the American govt position is that since Assange is not a citizen, the protections of the Bill of Rights (including free speech) do not apply to him? They also claim that other American laws (the ones he’s charged with) do apply to him.

    This system is hopelessly corrupt. The last days of the Roman Empire.

  14. @Achmed E. Newman

    Hi Achmed. Trump has succumbed to the cerebral virus that contaminates the minds of all most all US politicians who are exposed in Washington to high concentrations of lobbyist money, Party politics, and mendacious media propaganda. Immunity is rare. Common side-effects include venality, corruption, dishonesty, and hypocrisy. The President is now exhibiting all these symptoms.

    • Replies: @4justice
  15. @der einzige

    You got it right … Julian Assange:
    – pro Israel
    – anti 9-11 truth
    – made famous by CIA media NY Times Guardian who ignore most real dissidents

    – Netanyahu tells Israel media Assange is Mossad asset
    – Brzezinski admits on US TV PBS News Hour Assange is intel
    – 3 people trusting Assange dead

    – has Rothschild fam lawyer
    – Rothschild relative pays his bail
    – Assange leaks to wreck Rothschild rival bank

    – Refuses to use US fed judge bribery files that stopped other extraditions
    – Fake ‘living’ in Ecuador embassy just there for photos
    – Fake being in Belmarsh prison

    – Rat trap for real dissidents duped into contacting him

    – Useful idiots around the world think this clown is real cuz CIA media said so

    See Assange articles on Henry Makow’s site for sources and details

    • Replies: @der einzige
  16. Of course, I agree with the criticism of Trump, but the piece does have a considerable flaw.

    When Trump talked of liking Wikileaks, it was just empty campaign blather.

    The fact is, Trump never reads anything, as several insiders have informed us.

  17. der einzige says: • Website
    @Brabantian

    thanks, I’ve been writing about all this on my website for years, it’s sad that so many people are fooled by it, at the same time considering themselves awake and aware

  18. 4justice says:
    @mark green

    Don’t forget the power of Epstein style blackmail operations on such personalities. There is evidence Clinton was being monitored by Israel and blackmailed over the Lewisnky affair.

  19. @lysias

    How can an Australian citizen commit treason against the United States?

    They can’t…

    But you seem to forget that logic and common sense have no utility in clown world.

  20. SafeNow says:

    Speaking of ironies, Assange, a proponent of open communication, was kept in a glass room during the hearing. He could not sit with his lawyers, to work effectively with them. Assange protested that he sometimes could not hear what was said outside his cabin. Will the U.S. trial also deploy a glass cabin? The purpose would be to send a starkly visual message, widely to others: We can control your communication. Hearing paused until May.

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