Today’s post is an expansion of a reference made to Julian Assange in Tracking the Leopard Meroz’s March 20, 2021, article, Crowdsource the Truth’s “Elephant In The Room”: The Connection to the Russian Propaganda Site-Sputnik News.
In 2017, just days after perpetrating the shutdown of the Port of Charleston after hoaxing it up on the Crowdsource the Truth YouTube channel, Jason Goodman and Patricia Negron traveled to London! They wanted to witness Julian Assange making a public announcement from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. However, Assange’s appearance was cancelled, and Goodman and Negron interviewed former UK diplomat Craig Murray, a supporter of WikiLeaks. That was a long journey to make on such a flimsy pretext.
In this ongoing and mystifying story, which Crowdsourcers have failed to detect due to their ignorance, feigned or otherwise; Sputnik News, the Kremlin, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks keep showing up on my Geiger counter, as background radioactive contamination.
For example, former CIA officer Robert David Steele, who was a one time guest on CSTT, one day prior to the Port of Charleston incident, is also a supporter of Julian Assange. And then there are the odd assortment of persons connected with Steele and his attorney Steven Biss’ wife, Tanya, and her association with the Shadowbox Strategies operatives, Thomas Schoenberger, Beth Bogaerts, Trevor Fitzgibbons… and oh, there is Jimmy’s llama who has written a series of articles defending Assange.
So let’s begin today by reviewing pages 215-218 of The Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence-United States Senate on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference In the 2016 Election: Volume 5: Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities. Some facts described in this 966 page report describe the relationship between Assange, WikiLeaks, and Communist Russia:
“WikiLeaks has passed information to U. S. adversaries, including approximately 90,000 U. S. Department of State cables to a Russian national named Israel Shamir. Shamir in turn provided them to Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko, an authoritarian leader who relied on the documents to justify the arrest of opposition figures on allegations of spying for the United States.”
“(redacted) Julian Assange has said that he focuses his efforts on the United States because it is the world’s ‘superpower.’ A former colleague of Assange has described his work as a ‘one-dimensional confrontation with the U. S. A.’, and emails (redacted) probably (redacted) drafted by Assange reflect his ambition to ‘bring down’ the United States with leaks. The WikiLeaks website previously stated that WikiLeaks ‘aim[s] for maximum political impact’.”
“ii. Russia’s Strategic Support for and Partnership with WikiLeaks – The Russian government has pursued a relationship with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks that includes formal partnerships with state-owned media platforms, government assistance for WikiLeaks associates and sources, and information sharing. This relationship has existed since at least 2012 and reflects an alignment between the Russian government and WikiLeaks in seeking to undermine U. S. institutions and security.”
“RT (formerly Russian Today) has provided both beneficial coverage of WikiLeaks and a formal, compensated media platform for Assange. RT first signed a contract with Assange in 2012 for ten shows, which aired as ‘The World Tomorrow.’…following the meeting, Russian media quickly touted RT as ‘the only Russian media company’ to establish a relationship with WikiLeaks and receive ‘new leaks of secret information,’ indicating that a Russian government-run propaganda outlet could be the ultimate beneficiary of classified WikiLeaks materials.”
“The alliance between RT and WikiLeaks is part of the Russian government’s overall strategy to use its state-controlled media to undermine U. S. institutions. The declassified January 2017 ICA states that RT and Sputnik (formerly The Voice of Russia and RIA Novosti) acted as part of ‘Russia’s state-run propaganda machine’ during Russia’s interference in the 2016 U. S. elections. The declassified ICA observes that RT ‘conducts strategic messaging for [the] Russian government’ and ‘seeks to influence politics, [and] fuel discontent in the U. S’.”
“In 2011, the Kremlin issued Assange a Russian visa.”
First Amendment Press Freedom is Uniquely American
The concept of a free press is found in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and originally applied to citizen owned newspapers.
Julian Assange, an Australian, registered his WikiLeaks website on October 4, 2006, with dynadot.com. in San Mateo, California, with the intent of publishing illegally obtained classified government documents.
While professing a hatred for journalism and the United States, Assange and his supporters would have us believe that his actions are protected under the First Amendment.
Nearly 50 years ago, when the issue of the U. S. government’s request for Prior Restraint of the publication of the “Pentagon Papers” arose, Associate Justice Hugo Black reflected in the New York Times v. United States case that, “The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.”
Julian Assange, as a foreign agent with no love for this nation, created WikiLeaks to take advantage of the freedom of the press in the United States, aiming to jeopardize those who risk their lives for the security and preservation of our unique freedoms. This is the opposite of Justice Black’s concern which was to protect its citizens from the harm of going overseas for spurious political purposes.
Assange, through his WikiLeaks website, has sought out others to illegally acquire classified government documents, using those agents as proxies who would have to bear the consequences for their criminal acts, while he justified his own complicity as being under the protection of the free press of a nation in which he neither resides, nor is a citizen of.
Youthful Inquisitiveness, or a propensity for breaking and entering
According to britannica.com, when Assange was a teenager, “using the hacking nickname ‘Mendax,’ he infiltrated a number of secure systems, including those at NASA and the Pentagon. In 1991 Australian authorities charged him with 31 counts of cybercrime; he pleaded guilty to most of them. At sentencing, however, he received only a small fine as punishment, and the judge ruled that his actions were the result of youthful inquisitiveness.”
Breaking and entering into computers is just as personal as breaking and entering into a private home; it shows a complete disregard and disrespect for the private interests of others. It is also the first step taken by a thief who covets what does not belong to him.
Edward Snowden, an American who formerly worked as a contractor and staff employee for the CIA, and as a contract employee for the NSA, was indicted around May 2013, for Theft of Government Property, Unauthorized Communication of National Defense Information, and Willful Communication of Classified Communications Intelligence Information to an unauthorized person. Snowden took refuge in Russia to escape these charges. Julian Assange, according to a notation in a Senate investigative report, claimed in an interview with Democracy Now! that he had “advised Edward Snowden, that he would be safest in Moscow.”
Edward Snowden said in a guardian.com interview on September 13, 2019, “We have moved to a society in which we are forced to live our lives naked before power.” Christians will understand the larger scope of the phrase, naked before power, because the New Testament verse, Hebrews 4:13, claims Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Snowden was making a reference to the all seeing, all knowing powers of American Intel agencies. Yet philosophically, these temporal powers often yearn to replace God as the Final Authority and Judge. Indeed, all totalitarian governments desire such supremacy, and certainly the Communists have historically been successful in enslaving vast numbers of persons on this earth.
Consider for a moment this screenshot of the Communist party of Britain’s exalting of Julian Assange’s so called “persecution” narrative, while hypocritically proclaiming that “journalism is not a crime”. Communism in all nations which it controls, has controlled the press, and jailed those who dared to speak out against the party line.
Julian Assange’s Desire to Destroy Journalism
Raffi Khatchadourian wrote an August 21, 2017, New Yorker article titled, Julian Assange, A man without a country, saying that Assange “had told me that he had no interest in turning WikiLeaks into a journalistic operation—that the idea of journalism made him want to reach for a gun. ‘We come not to save journalism but to destroy it,’ he said. ‘Doesn’t deserve to live. Too debased. Has to be ground down into ashes before a new structure can be formed. The basic asymmetric information between writer and reader just encourages lying.” But he believed that his affiliation with the Guardian–and, soon afterward, with the Times, among other publications—offered him a shield, that he was creating a patronage network.” [bolding added.]
The New Yorker author also observed, “Assange projects an image of his organization as small and embattled–as if it had not changed much since the days when he and a few friends were the only people involved. But today, he told me, the Wikileaks annual budget runs in the millions of dollars, supplied partly by donations that are funneled through N. G. O.s. In 2016 alone, WikiLeaks raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors in the United States. ‘He has money in tax havens,’ one colleague told me. ‘They have so much money in bitcoin it’s ridiculous–meanwhile, there are all these poor people who are chipping in money who feel like he is not getting enough support to eat.’ In Assange’s view, the donations provide a level of editorial independence that few mainstream competitors have.”
It was also noted that “Assange has increasingly used the money to offer rewards for information…”, and that “The idea that WikiLeaks has problems with accountability sends Assange into angry fits. ‘Look at all the accountability that is thrown at us!’ he told me in the Embassy one evening, nodding at the walls to indicate hidden surveillance devices. ‘Every second of every day!’ He cited government scrutiny, and relentless journalists, always ready to pounce when he makes a misstep. Raising his voice, he said, ‘WikiLeaks is probably the most held-to-account organization on earth!’ “
In addition to using the free press as a shield, Assange also took advantage of Ecuador’s embassy as a refuge from prosecution
Assange CHOSE to seek asylum in the London Ecuadorian embassy to escape his mounting problems of accountability. After 7 years of living in close quarters with embassy staff, and refusing to tend to his own personal cleanliness and that of his cat, he was ejected.
abc.net.au published an April 12, 2019, article, Julian Assange evicted from Ecuadorian embassy for ‘spoiled brat’ behaviour, President Lenin Moreno says. Moreno concluded, “From now on we’ll be more careful in giving asylum to people who are really worth it, and not miserable hackers whose only goal is to destabilize governments.”
Robert David Steele thinks he should be taken at his word because of his former SPY status and “insider’ sources
Former CIA officer, Robert David Steele’s Phibetaiota.net website, titles itself as the Public Intelligence Blog- “The Truth at any cost lowers all other costs”-curated by former US spy Robert David Steele.
On the day of the Capitol riots, January 6, 2021, Robert David Steele posted the bizarre double-bind message shown in the first paragraph below. A double-bind communication creates a dilemma for the listener or reader when two conflicting messages are presented.
Robert David Steele has reworked his former #UNRIG election campaign of 2017 into a 2021 Arise America – Resurrection Tour, as seen below in a poster displaying the intended tour route across the United States.
On May 15, 2021, Robert David Steele will be touring the nation
After Assange was expelled from the London Ecuadorian embassy, Steele wrote in an April 11, 2019 post, “I am dismayed by the drama being played out in London where Julian Assange is very ill after seven years confinement in a very small space. Given the value of WikiLeaks as both a concept and as an explicit indictment of Hillary Clinton sufficient to put her and her beloved Huma Abedin in prison for all eternity, I find it difficult to comprehend why Donald Trump has not sent an executive jet for Assange, and his personal White House doctor -or even better, the same medical aircraft used to bring John Kerry home when he broke his leg. In the grand scheme of things Assange is at least a ‘bishop’ in the war against the Deep State.” [bolding added.]
Steele’s use of religious imagery for his upcoming Arise America – The Resurrection Tour, as well as referring to Julian Assange as a chess bishop piece is interesting. The Bishop chess piece represents the Church, and is considered the third most powerful piece on the chess board.
Former CIA officer Robert David Steele, claims primary responsibility for developing the CIA Open Source Center database.
According to the June 24, 2020, Second Superseding Indictment against Julian Paul Assange, “On March 8, 2010, when Manning brought up the “osc”, meaning the CIA Open Source Center, ASSANGE replied, ‘that’s something we want to mine entirely, btw,” which was consistent with WikiLeak’s list of ‘Most Wanted Leaks,’ which solicited ‘the complete CIA Open Source Center analytical database,” an unclassified (but nonpublic) database.” [usa v assange 2020]
In addition to referencing the government’s collection of open sourced information, the indictment states, “ASSANGE and WikiLeaks repeatedly sought, obtained, and disseminated information that the United States classified due to the serious risk that unauthorized disclosure could harm the national security of the United States…” and “To embolden potential recruits, ASSANGE told the audience that, unless they were ‘a serving member of the United States military,’ they would have no legal liability for stealing classified information and giving it to WikiLeaks because ‘TOP SECRET’ meant nothing as a matter of law.” [bolding added.]
Hacking Laws and Punishment
A brief look at findlaw.com’s article on Hacking Laws and Punishment suggests otherwise.
Unrelated to the Assange indictment, but relevant to our discussion, is the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s press release on March 26, 2021, titled, Defense Department Linguist Pleads Guilty to Transmitting Highly Sensitive Classified National Defense Information to Aid a Foreign Government. The DOJ news report stated that Mariam Taha Thompson, age 63, “pleaded guilty to one count of delivering highly sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national who she believed would provide the information to Lebanese Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization.”
The Department of Justice press release noted, “When she was arrested by the FBI on February 27, 2020, Thompson had used her access to classified national defense information to provide her co-conspirator with the identities of at least eight clandestine human assets; at least 10 U. S. targets; and multiple tactics, techniques and procedures. Thompson intended and had reason to believe that this classified national defense information would be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of Lebanese Hizballah.”
“The United States entrusted the defendant with highly-sensitive classified information regarding one of its most critical tools–human intelligence in an active combat zone,” said Acting U. S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the District of Columbia. ‘The defendant’s complete betrayal of that trust placed the lives of American men and women on the battlefield, and their allies, in grave danger.”
Thompson faces a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment; however, the Court will be determining the sentencing in accordance with guidelines which take into account the actual facts of this particular case.
A terrorist leader reproves Julian Assange for his amoral approach to life
Years ago Julian Assange revealed his personal religious views, which ought to be compared to Robert David Steele’s designation of him as a “bishop in the war against the Deep State”. On April 17, 2012, a Buzzfeed. News post discussed a Mike Wallace interview of Hassan Nasrallah, “the leader of Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militant group whose name translates as ‘The Party of God’.” Julian Assange posed this question to Nasrallah, “You have fought against the hegemony of the United States. Isn’t Allah, or the notion of a God, the ultimate superpower, and shouldn’t you as a freedom fighter also seek to liberate people from the totalitarian concept of a monotheistic God?”
According to BuzzFeed, “Nasrallah replied, ‘the issue of resisting American hegemony’ was in fact a religious one because morals come from God, and ‘in this sense moral and human principles are consistent with the law of the heavens’.” [bolding added.]
Nasrallah, the leader of a terrorist group chastised Assange’s amoral view of life! Irony, indeed.
It appears that Julian Assange is either an atheist or a believer in a plurality of lesser gods; but that does not stop his WikiLeaks site from merchandising a $45 cup that not only is a partial Bible New Testament quote of Jesus Christ, but one that Allen Dulles had memorialized when he dedicated the new building for CIA headquarters.
The King James Bible context of this verse is interesting: John 8:31-38 says, Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Given that WikiLeaks has taken a Biblical verse out of context for merchandising purposes, it is no surprise that Julian Assange supporters also utilize the crucifixion of Christ as a motif to represent the legal predicament of Assange. On March 31, 2021, the globalherald.com posted the following image:
Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Julian Assange has little regard for those youthful soldiers who have been placed in dangerous situations for a “greater national good”; some of which were maimed or killed, to the personal grief of all those who knew them in their personal life. Daniel Ellsberg went into hiding when it appeared he might suffer the legal consequences for releasing classified government documents, Julian Assange did likewise to escape allegations from Swedish prosecutors, choosing the tight quarters of the Ecuadorian embassy as his refuge. And then there are the American indictments, which Assange does not want to address.
More recently, Daniel Ellsberg showed up at Julian Assange’s London extradition hearing. According to Reuters in London, Ellsberg, who is nearing 90, declared that “Wikileaks had acted in the public interest and warned that its founder would not get a fair trial in the United States.”
Guardian.com’s article dated September 16, 2020, Vietnam war leaker Daniel Ellsberg warns against extraditing Julian Assange, noted Ellsberg’s citing of “a US military video, which WikiLeaks published in 2010 under the title ‘Collateral Murder’, showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.” Ellsberg had remarked to “London’s Old Bailey Court via video-link”, “I was acutely aware that what was depicted in that video deserved the term murder, a war crime. I was very glad that the American public was confronted with the reality of our war.”
The Guardian wrote that “James Lewis, the lawyer representing the US authorities, said Assange was not wanted for publishing the 2007 video, but for disclosing a small number of documents with the unredacted names of sources or informants. Lewis said many of these had suffered harm or threats because they had been named. He said some had disappeared, although he conceded that there was no evidence that this was directly linked to WikiLeaks’ publication. How can you possibly say…that there is no evidence that Mr. Assange’s publication of WikiLeaks put anyone in danger? That’s just pure nonsense,” Lewis said.
It is curious that Daniel Ellsberg is of the opinion that Assange cannot get a fair trial in the United States, when in his own criminal case he was treated very fairly, with the result that when the Judge saw that there had been government misconduct, the proceedings came to a complete standstill.
Gabriel Schoenfeld, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, who wrote Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law, provided excerpts to the magazine, National Affairs, as an essay called Rethinking the Pentagon Papers.
Schoenfeld wrote, “Daniel Ellsberg defends his departure from the norms of our democracy by calling it an honorable act of civil disobedience. He says he came to embrace Gandhian principles of non-violence, and fell under the influence of Henry David Thoreau’s essay ‘On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.’ He came to believe, as Thoreau did, that ‘obedience to leaders in an unjust cause was itself a choice, a wrong choice,” and to regard the Pentagon Papers as ‘the U. S. equivalent of the Nuremberg war-crimes documents.’ He maintains that in resisting a war that was ‘naked of any shred of legitimacy from the beginning.’ the ‘best thing that the best young men [could] do with their lives [was] to go to prison’.”
Gabriel Schoenfeld then remarked, “It was of course every bit Ellsberg’s right as a citizen to reach any conclusion he wished about Vietnam. It was also undeniably every bit his right as a human being to follow his conscience and break signed confidentiality agreements, flout laws punishing the disclosure of sensitive national-defense information, and reveal each and every secret that he knew about the war. Such conduct is the essence of disobedience. But civil disobedience has its consequences, and these Ellsberg assiduously sought to avoid.” [bolding added]
” ‘Under a government which imprisons unjustly,’ wrote Thoreau, ‘the true place for a just man is also a prison’. But here it is worth noting that Ellsberg was not merely a leaker: He was an anonymous leaker. While he often declares in his memoir that he was prepared to risk life in prison in pursuit of his principles, in fact he took numerous steps to avoid going to jail. To halt what he regarded as deception by the government, Ellsberg had engaged in his own extensive deception that included lying on numerous occasions to longtime colleagues and friends. Almost immediately after the Pentagon Papers came out in the Times, Ellsberg was flagged as a suspect; he did not waste much time in going ‘underground’—his word—dodging the FBI by moving from one location to the next and communicating via randomly chosen phone booths. Only on the way to surrender to authorities did Ellsberg publicly declare: ‘I acted of course at my own jeopardy, and I’m ready to answer to all the consequences of my decisions’.”
“But that was last-minute heroic pose in the face of inevitable arrest; the truth was that he had been dodging the legal consequences of his decisions for years. Despite Ellsberg’s assertions that his leaking was ‘a patriotic and constructive act,’ it was simply civil disobedience without accountability. As such, it was not a contribution to the ‘sovereign public,’ but rather an assault upon it.” [bolding added]
The Ivory Tower of Lawyers:
In an August 14, 2020, Open Letter to the UK Government, which had 19 collective, and 160 individual Signatories of lawyers, mostly from European and Middle Eastern nations, the Lawyers for Assange discussed the “risk of being subjected to an unfair trial in the US.” They stated, “Extradition would be unlawful owing to failure to ensure the protection of Mr. Assange’s fundamental trial rights in the US. Mr. Assange faces a show trial at the infamous “Espionage court” of the Eastern District of Virginia, before which no national security defendant has ever succeeded. Here, he faces secret proceedings before a jury picked from a population in which most of the individuals eligible for jury selection work for, or are connected to, the CIA, NSA, DOD or DOS.”
Apparently the US lawyer signatories endorsing this Open Letter, consider themselves unequipped to persuade the US federal Court of the desirability of getting a change of venue and jurisdiction in the Assange case. Perhaps the indictments could be transferred to another court where the populace regularly permits the hacking of unauthorized information. Of course, no such places come to mind, except the “Espionage Court” jurisdiction where former CIA officer Robert David Steele resides. I have a feeling that such offenses are considered routine for SPIES. Which makes one wonder what mole designed this tote bag, sold in the WikiLeaks shop?
The Open letter references a quote of Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State and former CIA Director, who on April 13, 2017, stated, “WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service…And it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States, while seeking support from anti-democratic countries and organizations. It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is-a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors.” [endnote viii of Open Letter link in Sputnik News article dated August 17, 2020, by Mohamed Elmaaze, titled Over 150 Lawyers ‘Condemn’ Denial of Julian Assange’s ‘Right to a Fair Trial’ in Open Letter.]