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Assange Freed from UK Prison (Update)

by Oui Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 02:16:33 PM EST


Julian Assange plea deal live: Wikileaks says founder has left the UK after striking deal with US | The Guardian |

The private charter flight carrying Assange will stop in Bangkok to refuel before carrying on to Saipan, a Thai official has told AFP.

Assange's plane left London on Monday evening, local time, and is expected to reach Bangkok within a few hours from now. A flight matching some known elements of his travel is currently one of the top five most tracked flights on flightradar, but the Guardian has not confirmed it is the plane carrying Assange.

The Thai official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the plane will land shortly before midday Tuesday (0450 GMT) to refuel, and will depart about nine hours later (1400 GMT).

It's a journey of about six hours to Saipan, according to online flight maps. Assange is scheduled to appear in court at 9am Wednesday local time (2300 Tuesday GMT).

Collateral Murder - Unedited gun-camera video, released by WikiLeaks

Any respectable nation adhering to a principle of justice would set him free years ago ... United States - Great Britain - Sweden - Ecuador. #whistleblower on war crimes by American forces in Iraq

’All lies': how the US military covered up gunning down two journalists in Iraq | The Guardian - 14 June 2020 |

all the countless words from the United States military about its killing of the Iraqi Reuters journalists Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh, their colleague Dean Yates has two of his own: “All lies.”

The former Reuters Baghdad bureau chief has also inked some on his arm – a permanent declaration of how those lies “fucked me up”, while he blamed first Namir – unfairly – and then himself for the killings.

The tattoo on his left shoulder features a looped green ribbon bearing the words Iraq, Bali and Aceh. At opposite points of the ribbon is etched PTSD and Fight Back, Moral injury and July 12 2007.

Yates’s experiences covering the 2002 Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 seeded his post-traumatic stress, but 12 July 2007 is the day that changed his life irrevocably – while violently ending Namir’s and Saeed’s. It’s also the day that linked him by a thread of truth to the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who would, three years later, become the world’s most infamous hacker-publisher-activist with his release of thousands of classified US military secrets. 

🔻🔻🔻 C E N S O R S H I P   T A I N T S   D E M O C R A C Y …

My Resignation From The Intercept | Glenn Greenwood |

The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.

Joe Biden and high crimes in foreign wars

Today I sent my intention to resign from The Intercept, the news outlet I co-founded in 2013 with Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras, as well as from its parent company First Look Media.

The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.

The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.

I had no objection to their disagreement with my views of what this Biden evidence shows: as a last-ditch attempt to avoid being censored, I encouraged them to air their disagreements with me by writing their own articles that critique my perspectives and letting readers decide who is right, the way any confident and healthy media outlet would. But modern media outlets do not air dissent; they quash it. So censorship of my article, rather than engagement with it, was the path these Biden-supporting editors chose.

The censored article will be published on this page shortly (it is now published here, and the emails with Intercept editors showing the censorship are here). My letter of intent to resign, which I sent this morning to First Look Media’s President Michael Bloom, is published below.

As of now, I will be publishing my journalism here on Substack, where numerous other journalists, including my good friend, the great intrepid reporter Matt Taibbi, have come in order to practice journalism free of the increasingly repressive climate that is engulfing national mainstream media outlets across the country.

So very similar to my being ousted from BooMan Tribune for being openly critical of HRC and her flawed views on foreign policy and habit of lies … just like Bill, but Hillary could sell the lies poorly in the media. The same group of former senior intelligence officials were openly endorsing HRC in her campaign as the anti-Russia propaganda and indoctrination action of the masses took hold in progressive America. The “Left” never managed to recover …

Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say | Politico - 19 Oct 2020 |

More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

The letter, signed on Monday, centers around a batch of documents released by the New York Post last week that purport to tie the Democratic nominee to his son Hunter’s business dealings. Under the banner headline “Biden Secret E-mails,” the Post reported it was given a copy of Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drive by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who said he got it from a Mac shop owner in Delaware who also alerted the FBI.

News Guard the Pentagon’s endeavor to secure American patriotism … 1776 heroism.

Hunter Biden’s lap top and role in conviction as felon.

Hunter Biden’s Laptop, Revealed by New York Post, Comes Back to Haunt Him | The New York Times |

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I just saw!
AP and Politico coverage is decidedly disappointed. It's disgusting.

by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 02:46:04 AM PDT 

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 05:48:06 PM EST
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Same on EU news channels ... dumb a$$es 😠

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by Oui on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 04:33:13 AM PDT 

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 05:48:54 PM EST
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Excellent new comment by Cat

24 June 2024

After 7 years political asylum in Ecuador's embassy and 1,901 days of unlawful detention in from HM Prison Belmarsh, UK high court, having received "conditional bail," in effect extradites Wikileaks founder and editor Julian Assange to appear at a US district court in the Northern Mariana Islands.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 05:49:46 PM EST
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Julian Assange arrives at court before guilty plea in deal with US securing his freedom
The U.S. Justice Department agreed to hold the hearing on the remote island because Assange opposed coming to the continental U.S. and because it's near Australia, where he will return after he enters his plea.
The abrupt conclusion enables both sides to claim a degree of success, with the Justice Department able to resolve without trial a case that raised thorny legal issues and that might never have reached a jury at all given the plodding pace of the extradition process.
I suppose, this bit is addressed to wack jobs in the US who've insinuated that Biden's brain trust hopes to curry respect from undecided voters before he "debates" Trump. Ridiculous. The majority of "lib" opinion that wallowed with "neocons" in nat'l security paranoia and condemned Assange—during Obama's admin—have not disappeared.

Even trade press fear and resentment of Assange's intrepid work ethic hasn't faded. Leave it to New York Yella Cake to glue this smirking caption on Assange's deserved celebrity for breaking the ice which holds the US press corpse in thrall.

ChatGPT inserts DOJ boilerplate for its account of court proceedings.

The guilty plea resolves a criminal case brought by Republican President Donald Trump's administration over the receipt and publication of war logs and diplomatic cables that detailed U.S. military action in Iraq[, Libya,] and Afghanistan. Prosecutors alleged that Assange conspired with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to obtain the records and published them without regard to American national security, including by releasing the names of human sources who provided information to U.S. forces.
Still peddling bullshit. Clinton arranged Sweden's bogus prosecution precisely because Assage catalogued her sadistic D.C. "diplomatic" network.

To mark the occasion, RT resurrected 'The World Tomorrow' series from 2012, a milestone on Assange's journey to HM Prison Belmarsh. All 12 episodes hosted by Assange can be screened here.

by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 11:44:22 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 08:37:29 AM EST
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state.gov | Department Press Briefing - June 26, 2024
MILLER: ... This was some years ago now, almost 15 years ago, so I think the world has forgotten much of it, but if you recall when WikiLeaks first disseminated and published State Department documents, State Department cables, they did so without redacting names; they just threw them out there for the world to see. And so the documents they published gave identifying information of individuals who were in contact with the State Department. That included opposition leaders, human rights activists around the world whose positions were put in some danger because of their public disclosure. It also  chilled the ability of American personnel to build relationships and have frank conversations with them. And at the time, those of you who covered the State Department at the time will probably remember that in the days leading up to that release, the State Department really had to scramble to get people out of danger, to move them out of harm's way. It was an extraordinary effort performed by dozens of government officials around the world, but that doesn't change the danger that those actions put innocent people all around the world in through no fault of their own. And that's, of course, not even to mention the further actions by WikiLeaks down the road to essentially serve as a conduit [sic] for Russian intelligence interfering in a U.S. presidential election [2010-2020?].
QUESTION: Sorry, Matt, so I actually did cover the State Department back then. And I don't remember there being any public—there was a public concern that was raised about the potential security risks posed to sources who might have been quoted. Was there actually any? Did you ever discover anyone who was injured, killed, had to go into hiding because of them?
MILLER: So a few things about that. One, I can't give you a definitive answer, only because I wasn't here at the time and so much time—and so—
by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 01:28:11 PM EST
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skynews.au | Anthony Albanese's phone call to Julian Assange slammed as not 'appropriate' amid WikiLeaks founder's return to Australia, 27 June
"Julian Assange was not wrongfully detained like Cheng Lei, Sean Turnell or Kylie Moore-Gilbert," Mr Birmingham said on X. "For 12 years Assange chose to avoid facing justice in countries with fair judicial systems. He is underserving (sic) of this treatment."
independent.uk | Julian Assange 'is no martyr', Australian opposition leader says
James Paterson, the opposition's home affairs spokesperson, told Sky News that Mr Assange had evaded lawful extradition requests by hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy and used his legal rights in Britain to challenge it over many years.

"He is now someone who's pled guilty to very serious national security offences, which are not just offences against the United States. They're offences against the Five Eyes intelligence gathering alliance, including Australia," he said.

by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 02:41:46 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | In a Coup in Honduras, Ghosts of Past U.S. Policies (29.06.2009): "Obama administration officials said that they were surprised by the coup on Sunday, but they also said that they had been working for several weeks to try to head off a political crisis in Honduras as the confrontation between Mr. Zelaya and the military over his efforts to lift presidential term limits escalated."

npr | Clinton Bemoans 'Unfortunate' Honduran 'Coup'; Interim President Defends It (29.06.09): "And, the Associated Press says Clinton added, representatives from the Organization of American States are headed to Honduras 'to begin working with the parties' to restore a constitutional government."

commondreams.org | Hillary Clinton's Man in Honduras: A Reflection on Juan Orlando Hernandéz, 2 Apr 2024

Even as huge protests raged, the Obama administration played a key role in ultimately compelling Honduras' people and the region's governments to acquiesce to the regime change as a fait accompli.

Despite widespread repression by the post-coup de facto government, accounts of fraud, and the condemnation of many countries and international organizations (including the normally deferential Organization of American States), U.S.-endorsed elections in November 2009 received Washington's imprimatur. In her memoirs (the passage excised from the book's paperback edition with no explanation), then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained that the U.S. sought to "render the question of Zelaya moot and give the Honduran people a chance to choose their own future."
The depth of American support for Hernández became clear after his 2013 election to the presidency. Despite credible reports of fraud, his National Party's control over the counting process, and a wave of threats and sometimes lethal violence against opposition candidates and activists during the campaign, the State Department commended the election as "transparent, free, and fair."

wapoo | Wikileaks posts nearly 20,000 hacked DNC emails online (22.07.16)
In Hernández's 2017 re-election bid, the fraud was so blatant and widespread that even the generally conservative OAS declared the incumbent's victory an example of "extreme statistical improbability" and called for new elections. The State Department, however, stood by Hernández, prodding Mexico and other OAS members to recognize the results, even as security forces suppressed massive and prolonged protests with live ammunition.
ChatGPT | Defiant Former Honduran president sentenced to 45 years for helping traffickers get tons of cocaine into US, 26 June  2024: "Hernández was sentenced in a federal courthouse less than two blocks from where former U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to be sentenced July 11 following his conviction on charges of falsifying business records."
by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 04:09:40 PM EST
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Democrats' War on Whistleblowers Extended

by | Oui Fri Dec 10th, 2021 |

CIA espionage Ecuador Embassy in London City through Spanish Security operation ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 07:39:36 AM EST
Sixty Years Since JFK, A New Dangerous Nuclear Game

Daniel Ellsberg, Robert McNamara and War Crimes In Vietnam

American government attack on whistleblowers invoking Espionage Act of 1917

US politicians hit by the Mossad blackmailing game .... did it start with Bill Clinton and the Lewinsky sex affair? It didn.t start and stop there ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 07:40:54 AM EST
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Julian Assange freed LIVE updates: WikiLeaks founder lands in Australia; family, legal team to hold Canberra press conference | Brisbane News |

Human Rights in Australia only possible with Labour PM Albanese.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was asked twice whether there was a single moment when he finally knew Julian Assange's freedom had been secured, and he would be returned to Australia.

A clearly thrilled prime minister offered a few details, including that the first time he had raised the issue of Assange's freedom was with US President Joe Biden in July 2022.

Assange whisked away after emotional reunion with family

Julian Assange has departed the airbase on the outskirts of Canberra in the front passenger seat of a black Mercedes van.
His wife and father were in the car with him.

Assange waved to supporters and reporters as the car headed towards Canberra's city centre.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 11:32:18 AM EST
state.gov | Department Press Briefing - June 26, 2024
MILLER: Earlier today, Evan Gershkovich appeared in a courtroom in Yekaterinburg, Russia. We have been clear from the start that journalism is not a crime, and that Evan should never have been detained in the first place. What happened today was a performance put on by Russian authorities to justify their repression of journalists and independent voices. Embassy Moscow [sic] officials were granted brief access to the courtroom before proceedings began. However, they were not permitted to speak to Evan.
QUESTION: Moving on to Julian Assange. Now that he's free and in Australia, are you satisfied with the outcome of this, and that—and can you give us any details on the diplomatic negotiations that you—that went ongoing between Australia, and U.S., UK, and all that? Give us any light on that?
MILLER: Yeah. So with respect to the first question, I'm not going to have any comment, only because under our system we have an independent Justice Department that makes its own decisions on these matters, and it's appropriate that they be the ones that speak to them, and not have other departments in the United States weighing in one way or the other. That has always been our—the case, but of course we have confidence in our colleagues at the Justice Department to make these decisions, and make them in full—with the full interests of the United States in mind.

As it pertains to involvement of the State Department, I can tell you it was very limited, only in the last few days. This was a matter that was handled by the Justice Department through law enforcement channels. There was some small coordination role between our embassy and the Australian Government, just in the past few days. But this was, other than that, a law enforcement matter handled through law enforcement channels.
QUESTION: But are you satisfied that the case is over?
MILLER: So look, the Justice Department has spoken to that, and I don't have anything to add. Obviously, the ambassador put out a statement that said we were happy to work with our Australian colleagues on it, and that remains the case. I do think it is important, when we talk about Julian Assange, to remind the world that the actions for which he was indicted and for which he has now pled guilty are actions that put the lives of our partners, our allies, and our diplomats at risk, especially those who work in dangerous places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 01:10:33 PM EST
jpost | ICC delays arrest warrants process for Netanyahu, Gallant, 27 June
The International Criminal Court Pre-Trial Tribunal on Thursday postponed its decision-making process about whether it will allow ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan to issue arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for alleged war crimes. The postponement came following a June 10 application by England to file a "friend of the court" brief against the ICC's jurisdiction over the issue.

Thursday's ruling not only granted the UK's request to intervene; it also granted in advance the right of other countries to intervene. The ICC gave England and other countries until July 12 to file their briefs. Furthermore, the ICC said their briefs and the entire debate process could be made public, even though arrest-warrant proceedings are generally kept secret to avoid alerting the suspect.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 11:15:14 AM EST

Be ready for the New World Order  ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 02:37:18 PM EST
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BORIS JOHNSON'S IMPRUDENT LETTER: irresponsibly fostering misperceptions | 16 April 2021 |

The election of two highly qualified UK nationals, Judge
Joanna Korner QC and Karim Khan QC, to the roles of
Judge and Prosecutor to the ICC respectively, will help
serve reform. ... As a founder member of the ICC, we
have been one of its strongest supporters and continue
to respect the independence of the institutions. We
oppose the ICC's investigation into war crimes in Palestine.
We do not accept that the ICC has jurisdiction in this
instance, given that Israel is not a party to the Statute
of Rome and Palestine is not a sovereign state.

Beneath his frat-boy antics, disheveled looks, and bumbling affectations, lies a cunning, calculating, consummate political operator par excellence - even if many of his policies and positions reflect short-term, myopic, tactical jockeying and half-baked ideas.


Cheeky of Johnson to claim that the UK supports the ICC and respects its independence, while in the same breath asserting that "we" (presumably the UK as a State Party) oppose the ICC investigation and do not accept ICC jurisdiction in a situation which the ICC has effectively ruled on. These remarks can be viewed as mere rhetorical red meat to his fellow conservatives, whose support he needs to remain at the helm of his party and as Prime Minister.

Conversely, remarking about the highly qualified UK nationals recently elected as Judge and Prosecutor, was a nice touch. Hell, if the intent was to highlight the UK's imposing presence at the ICC, he should have also given a shout-out to the Registrar, another UK national. And by the way, kudos to the UK for having such outstanding professionals at the highest levels of the ICC's institutions.

But what I find troubling with Johnson's letter is his mention of the recent addition of UK nationals to the ICC, while also attacking the ICC (and let's not mince words, this goes to the Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the two Pre-Trial Chamber Judges that ruled in favor of jurisdiction) for finding - through the independence exercised by its institutions - that it has jurisdiction to investigate war crimes committed in Palestine.

Whether intended or not (and I suspect the former), by mentioning Judge Korner and Mr. Khan, Johnson clearly gave the impression to some that the fix may be in. Suspicious minds will no doubt also claim that Judge Korner and Mr. Khan were selected and lobbied for by the UK government to ensure their election; that a quid pro quo must have been part of the deal.

Days before the 10/7 attacks by Hamas.

ICC chief can't be trusted to put Israeli war criminals on trial | Electronic Intifada - 2 Oct 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 02:56:17 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 28th, 2024 at 07:26:38 PM EST
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