There is more to this story than meets the eye. I intend to show you how Trump’s administration is not only responsible for the arrest but the last year of torture for a journalist. I also am going to show you how the indictment against Assange totally destroys journalism and free press. Hold on to your seat folks, this may be a bumpy ride for some of you. I also will include information from a former article of mine called “Who Was Really Behind the Silencing of Assange” seen here.
Many of you seem to think yesterday’s statement by Trump (found on Vanity Fair as seen here) is simply a strategy or a way to distract Deep State until he can pardon Assange. This is simply not true.
“I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” he said, adding that he knew “there was something having to do with Julian Assange,” a man he once praised for standing up to the “dishonest” press.
“I’ve been seeing what was happening with Assange. That will be a determination, I would imagine, mostly by the attorney general, who is doing an excellent job,” Trump said. “I know nothing really about it—it’s not my deal in life. I don’t really have an opinion.”
This is a much-changed opinion compared to 2016 during the election when Trump stated over 150 times his love for Wikileaks and their publishing of Clinton’s crimes. Also from the same article on Vanity Fair are Trump’s statements preelection:
“Back in 2016, Donald Trump seemingly couldn’t get enough of WikiLeaks, praising the organization roughly 160 times for publishing hacked e-mails that embarrassed Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. “I love WikiLeaks,” the then-presidential candidate said in October 2016. ”It’s been amazing what’s coming out on WikiLeaks,” he said days later in Ohio. At times, he criticized the media for not reporting on WikiLeaks dumps (“So dishonest! Rigged system!”), and he once told the audience at a rally that he’d been tempted to stay on the plane and keep reading the latest revelations: “They were just announcing new WikiLeaks!” he shouted to applause. “And I wanted to stay there, but I didn’t want to keep you waiting. Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.”
Some Trump supporters are denying he is responsible and that this is part of an elaborate chess game from Trump’s book “Art of the Deal.” However, I disagree due to his administrations schemes to get Assange into custody. From my article on who silenced Assange:
Let’s start with the latest article from the Financial Times as seen here . According to this article:
“Ecuador said on Friday it would borrow over $1.1bn from international lenders including $500m in a repo operation with Goldman Sachs.”
I know you are asking what this has to do with Wikileaks and the silencing of Assange but I will explain. If you watch Wikileaks’ Twitter at all, they recently posted this article with this statement attached:
WL has been saying all along that the US used trade and money to coerce Ecuador into gagging Assange. So we now know that Goldman Sachs from Wall Street obviously had their hands in the agreement because they are now lending them money. Next I will show you an article on how Goldman Sachs who for years was on the border of failing pulled out and why. Here is the link: Link between Goldman Sachs and the Trump administration.
As we know according to this article from the Hill, Trump is very much involved with Goldman Sachs and naming its top officials.
Furthermore, in my article I share the statement from 2012 that Trump made about Assange:
(link ) Here, as a businessman, Donald Trump makes the statement:
“I think it’s disgraceful, I think there should be like death penalty or something,” Trump said during the quick exchange.”
Either Trump is suffering from convenient amnesia or he is simply a hypocrite. It seems when it was convenient and useful to him, he used Wikileaks published documents but when they were no longer valuable, he dumped his interest. As for his administration…
According to the truthful source based off of Wikileaks iamwikileaks :
Trump DOJ charges
In an April 2017 address to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s delivered a tirade against WikiLeaks, in which he declared the organisation a “hostile intelligence service” and said, “we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.”
Later that month, several media outlets reported that the Trump Department of Justice had prepared charges to prosecute WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, each with slightly different information about what the charges might entail.
The Washington Post reported that US officials are “taking a second look at a 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents and investigating whether the group bears criminal responsibility for the more recent revelation of sensitive CIA cyber-tools, according to people familiar with the case.” During Manning’s court martial, the government’s lawyers attempted to prove that Assange “conspired” in the 2010 disclosures by “directing” Manning to leak certain documents. In her statement to the court explaining her actions, Manning directly rejected this claim, saying no one from WikiLeaks ever directed her, and the military judge acquitted her of “aiding the enemy.”
The Post also reported that prosecutors have been “drafting a memo possibly including conspiracy, theft of government property or violating the Espionage Act.” CNN reported that one of the key elements for investigators was related to WikiLeaks work assisting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump praised WikiLeaks for publishing documents from the DNC, even saying, “I love WikiLeaks”, encouraging them to leak more documents, and publicizing DNC disclosures. In an interview with AP after the charge announcement, however, Trump said that “it’s OK with” him if Assange is arrested.”
Then there is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…
“The former CIA director, Mike Pompeo, (who is now the Secretary of State), did a 180 on Julian and his organization after the election and called not only for his immediate arrest but also called Wikileaks a “hostile non-state intelligence organization”. He compared them to a terrorist organization and was quoted as saying the following:
But Mr. Pompeo’s harshest words were reserved for Julian Assange, calling the WikiLeaks founder a “narcissist” and “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen.” (quoted from this article: Pompeo article )”
Interestingly enough, the IMF loan used to coerce Ecuador was approved on March 12th of this year, mere days after the indictment. (link).
Wikileaks founder was indicted on March 6, 2018, by the current DOJ. This Attorney General, in this case, was appointed by none other than Trump himself. The President has had over two years to drop all allegations against Wikileaks and Julian Assange but has yet to do anything but claim “it’s not his thing.” You can view the indictment here.
Upon reading the indictment, you find that the DOJ clearly is using Assange’s arrest to attack free press and journalism. It definitely has wording from the Espionage Act but also attacks a publisher’s right to have a drop box to help secure sources as well as receive classified information. Wikileaks is not the only organization to do this. The indictment also states that Assange and Manning entered into a “password cracking” agreement. This also targets media and it’s sources.
A section seen below seems to criminalize the act of journalists advising their sources on how to communicate and keep their identity secret. Journalists have been doing this forever. Think Watergate.
The grand jury indictment accuses Assange of conspiracy to obtain information but its real purpose is to silence whistleblowers and press members. When you think about the trouble Donald Trump has had with MSM it is obvious this is intended to give him the right to arrest those attacking him with “Fake News”. However, it is a right under the First Amendment for us to have a free press and for the media to do what Assange has done.
It appears that the real reason behind Assange’s arrest has nothing to do with the war crimes he exposed but to take out reporters. By prosecuting Assange, they are setting a precedent to arrest any journalist or media representative for simply doing their job. It is time for either Donald Trump to take responsibility for this violation of the Constitution or to end the persecution of Assange by forcing the DOJ to drop charges. If he does not drop the indictment, he will go down in history as the man who destroyed the First Amendment.
Mr. President, what do you have to say?