D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman: Document 238 – Request for Judicial Notice of Dean Fougere Declaration in Steele vs. Goodman lawsuit

On April 8, 2021, Document 238 was filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman lawsuit.

Document 238  (12 pages)  Plaintiff’s FOURTH Notice of Motion (with Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion) for Judicial Notice of Documents and Facts

Sweigert v Goodman Doc 238 408 2021

D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman: Documents 234-237 – Declarations and Request for Judicial Notice

On April 2 and 6th, 2021, Documents 234-236 and 237 were filed respectively with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman lawsuit.

Document 234 (4 pages)  Corrected- First Supplemental Declaration of Thomas Schoenberger

Sweigert v Goodman Doc 234 402 2021

Document 235  (4 pages)  Second Supplemental Declaration of Thomas Schoenberger

Sweigert v Goodman Doc 235 402 2021

Document 236  (6 pages)  Third Supplemental Declaration of Thomas Schoenberger

Sweigert v Goodman Doc 236 402 2021

Document 237  (13 pages)  Plaintiff’s THIRD Notice of Motion (with Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion) for Judicial Notice of Documents and Facts

Sweigert v Goodman Doc 237 406 2021

Julian Assange’s Contempt for America’s Blood Bought Freedoms

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 ElectionVolume 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 AmericaThe 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.]




Beth Bogaerts vs. Thomas Schoenberger: Defendant’s Supplemental Declaration

On April 2, 2021, a Supplemental Declaration of the Motion to Set Aside/Vacate Summary Judgment was electronically filed with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angles-Central District in the Beth Bogaerts vs. Thomas Schoenberger lawsuit.

Bogaerts vs Schoenberger 401 2021 Suppl Declaration

D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman: Document 233 – First Supplemental Declaration of Thomas Schoenberger

On April Fools Day, 2021, Document 233 was filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman lawsuit.

Document 233  (4 pages)  First Supplemental Declaration of Thomas Schoenberger

Sweigert v Goodman Doc 233 401 2021

Gabe Hoffman vs. Thomas Schoenberger: Document 64 – Motion to Withdraw as Counsel for Plaintiff

On March 29, 2021, Document 64 was filed with the 15th Judicial Circuit, in and for Palm Beach County, Florida, in the Gabe Hoffman vs. Thomas Schoenberger lawsuit.

Document 64  (3 pages)  Motion to Withdraw as Counsel for Plaintiff

D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman: Document 232 – Plaintiff’s Fourth Response to Order No. 218

On March 30, 2021, Document 232 was filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman lawsuit.

Document 232  (14 pages)  Plaintiff’s Fourth Response to ORDER No. 218

D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman: Document 231 – Plaintiff’s Third Response to Order Doc. #218

On March 22, 2021, Document 231 was filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the D. George Sweigert vs. Jason Goodman lawsuit.

Document 231  (16 pages)  Plaintiff’s Third Response to Order ECF No. 218

Crowdsource the Truth’s “Elephant In The Room”: The Connection to the Russian Propaganda Site – Sputnik News

2017 was an interesting year for Jason Goodman’s Crowdsource the Truth YouTube channel. 

Most notable was the June 14, 2017, Clear and Present Danger (Calm Before the Storm?) video which led to the shutting down of a major U. S. port for 8 hours, based on false “insider” information presented on the show. This event was discussed in detail in a Tracking the Leopard Meroz 3-part series on February 18, 23, and March 1, 2021, as shown below:

The “WHETHER” VANE of Jason Goodman-Part 1:  Inquiry into the Port of Charleston Dirty Bomb Hoax Incident in 2017

The “WHETHER” VANE of Jason Goodman-Part2:  Social Engineering at its Best-Crowdsource the Truth “Researchers” Are Duped into Shutting Down a Port

The “WHETHER” VANE of Jason Goodman-Part 3:  Pulling the Pin on the “Insider Information” Grenade.  Gross Negligence?  Entrapment? Or a “Behavioral Analytics’ Exercise?

In 2017 an Elephant in the Room arrived at Crowdsource the Truth, representing the association of Charles Ortel, and Lee Stranahan with the Russian propaganda site, Sputnik News.

Months later, Jason Goodman joined Charles Ortel in jointly providing commentary to Sputnik News reporter, Ekaterina Blinova.  Jason Goodman is quoted in 32 Sputnik articles; one recent example involved Ortel and Goodman’s on the scene observations of the January 6, 2021 Washington D. C. protest, which ended in violence, death and destruction when a mob illegally entered the Capitol Building.  [For updates on the FBI arrests in connection with that event, see this link.]

Goodman’s good friend of 20 years, Lee Stranahan, explained to Rosie Gray of The Atlantic, for her April 5, 2017, article, From Breitbart to Sputnik, I’m on the Russian payroll now, when you work at Sputnik you’re being paid by the Russians.”

Charles Ortel, who is referenced as a “Wall Street analyst” in Sputnik News articles, also was appearing weekly on Crowdsource the Truth to discuss his never ending “disclosures” of the Clinton Foundation.  To date, Ortel has had 300+ interviews with Jason Goodman on CSTT.

On December 10, 2017, Jason Goodman published a video called Sunday with Charles:  The Russians Are Coming!  The Russians Are Coming!  The video description had this intriguing note:  “For more than a year we’ve been hearing about Russian collusion, however it may be the total opposite of what you’ve been lead to believe. This week Charles drops the hammer AND the sickle.

Accompanying this video is a document file of Charles Ortel’s talking points subtitled, How Unregulated False Front “Presidential Foundations” MONETIZE GOVERNMENT “SERVICE” and Promote “Globalism” To Enrich Donors and Entrench the Establishment UNIPARTY.

Jason Goodman memorialized The Russians Are Coming! video by designing a throw pillow, which can still be purchased on his Red Bubble site. 

That OTHER event that happened on the same day as the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s March, 2019 Report on The Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election, noted a significant event which occurred on June 14, 2017, the same day as the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax.   On that day, which is Flag Day in the United States, as well as Donald Trump’s birthday, the media disclosed that the Department of Justice was investigating the President for possible obstruction of justice.

That evening the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax went down like a  nuclear chain reaction of false information which had its origin in an anonymous source of George Webb called Deep Uranium, who was later identified as a former FBI informant, Okey Marshall Richards.

No one has ever shown that Richards was on the FBI payroll in 2017.  In fact, he was of little use after his reputation as an informant became known in 1997, when it was disclosed that he had made 400 secret recordings of a West Virginia militia group, receiving $2,000/month as a paid FBI informant.   Curiously, no one was ever charged for the Port of Charleston hoax incident.  The question remains as to who was paying Richards in 2017 for providing “insider” information to George Webb of Truth Leaks, who then passed it onto Jason Goodman of Crowdsource the Truth?

Despite the false insider information originating from Okey Marshall Richards, Jason Goodman continued on AFTER the temporary shutting down of the Port of Charleston, to provide Deep Uranium with yet another cover name, Mr. Hudson, allowing him to continue as a repeat guest on Crowdsource the Truth

In hindsight, if one reviews the Clear and Present Danger video in light of the Special Counsel Mueller investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election, one observes that the George Webb, and later the Charles Ortel, finger pointing at the Pakistani-American, Imran Awan, and his related foreign associations, matches the Russian propaganda attempt to redirect the official American investigation onto another “foreign agent” target.  George Webb had been “investigating” Imran Awan.  Awan was  an IT employee of the House Democrats, who was also acquainted with Seth Rich, a DNC employee who had been murdered; thus both men became a centerpiece of conspiracy theories around 2017.

Considering the ongoing relationship which Jason Goodman maintained with the insider who was the origination point for the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax, perhaps Deep Uranium aka Mr. Hudson has ties to the Elephant in the Room’s chief occupation.

Julian Assange of Wikileaks

A few days after the Port of Charleston hoax incident, Jason Goodman and Patricia Negron showed up in London, England, hoping to personally view an announcement that was going to be made by Julian Assange.  On June 21, 2017, The Daily Webb on Facebook, provided a full transcript of a conversation which Jason Goodman and Patricia Negron had with Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, as they stood outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.  Julian Assange became a No Show, canceling his appearance based on legal advice.

Julian Assange in May 2017 addressing the press

The Daily Webb noted that Craig Murray, “confirms the fact that the DNC data did not come as the result of a Russian Hack, stating firmly and unequivocally that the investigation into Russian involvement in the US election has found no evidence because there is none.  ‘It didn’t happen.’ Murray firmly states. Additionally, throughout the interview, the conversation proceeds in a manner that treats Seth Rich’s identity as the source of the DNC data leaks, as a given, an established fact.”

These statements by Craig Murray are overturned by the 2019 Special Counsel Mueller Report on the Russian interference with the 2016 elections.

Note in the following short excerpt from the Crowdsource the Truth interview of Craig Murray, that Patricia Negron attempts to gloss over the accountability issue of how the Port of Charleston hoax went down in real time.

Craig Murray:  I’ve seen you on YouTube.
Jason Goodman:  Have you really?  Crowdsource the Truth?  You’ve been watching…it’s really an honor to meet you, sir.
Craig Murray:  George Webb?

Patricia Negron:  Yes!  George is in the United States right now working on the part of the story that led us down the path to a potential dirty bomb that may have come in on one of the cargo ships to the Port of Charleston, South Carolina.  In the meantime, we came here because we wanted to find Eric Braverman, CEO of the Clinton Foundation, who had gone missing….”.

The Clinton Foundation link to the Ukraine

Interestingly, the Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence United States Senate on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U. S. Election, Volume 5: Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities, brought up a situation involving the Clinton Foundation.

On page 128 of this 966 page document, the Report stated, “Also in mid-2017, other Russian-government proxies and personas worked to spread the false narrative that Ukraine interfered in the U. S. election.  On July 12, 2017, Cyber Berkut–which had been dormant for months–alleged on its blog that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 U. S. elections.  In the post, Cyber Berkut claimed that hacked emails revealed a set of financial transactions between Victor Pinchuk and the Clinton Foundation.  On July 13, 2017, @USA_Gunslinger, a long-running false persona account of the Internet Research Agency (IRA), tweeted about “Clinton and her campaign team’s collusion with Ukraine to interfere in the US election.” [bolding added]

Document 1 of the United States of America v. Internet Research Agency, LLC states that the defendant is “a Russian organization engaged in political and electoral interference operations.  In or around 2013, the organization registered with the Russian government as a Russian corporate entity.”

A July 25, 2016 Politico article by Michael Crowley and Julia Ioffe, Why Putin hates Hillary-Behind the allegations of a Russian hack of the DNC is the Kremlin leader’s fury at Clinton for challenging the fairness of Russian Elections, provides further insight into why the Kremlin would attempt to interfere with the 2016 American election.

Jason Goodman’s connections to both sides of the Ukraine/Hillary Clinton versus Russia/Donald Trump controversy

One of the questions which arises about Jason Goodman’s association with the Russian propaganda site, Sputnik News, is his prior business involvement in Ukraine, which had become independent of Russia.

Steve Outtrim of burners.me delved into the past business activities of Jason Goodman on December 3, 2018, in his article, Insane in the Ukraine:  J. Go Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before.

Jason Goodman of Crowdsource the Truth has been reported to be fluent in the Russian language and to have a personal familiarity with Russians through marriage and business relationships.  Many Americans share similar characteristics because of family heritage, etc., but what is not so common is for the average American to form business ties with a Communist propaganda arm of the Kremlin.

The provocations of Ukraine separating from the USSR show up in the 2016 American Presidential election

Ukraine officially declared itself to be independent on August 24, 1991.  Competing interpretations of history have become a battleground between the leadership of Russia and Ukraine, and those animosities reveal themselves in propaganda which plays out in the American free speech zone.

One of the results of the Muller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, was that a number of Russian state sponsored sites were required to register as a foreign agent in accordance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, 22 U. S. C. §611 (“FARA”).  For example, in RM Broadcasting vs. United States Department of Justice, document 13 (12/31/2018),  page 12, we read the following statements:

Rossiya Segodnya is a Russian media organization incorporated under the laws of the Russian Federation with a registered office in Moscow, Russia.  Rossiya Segodnya, therefore is a foreign principal under FARA…(17) Rossiya Segodnya is also a foreign principal because it is part of the Russian government…(18) Rossiya Segodnya created the Sputnik brand on November 10, 2014…”[bolding added.]

On May 13, 2019, the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs released a statement that the Court Finds RM Broadcasting Must Register As A Foreign Agent.

Speaking of propaganda…

On March 19, 2020, a documentary premiered, titled, After the Truth:  Disinformation and the Cost of Fake Newswhich included a short commentary by Jason Goodman, beginning at the 30.25 mark.

The documentary caption refers to Jason Goodman as a Youtuber; not as a citizen journalist or investigative reporter

Jason Goodman, YouTube, Crowdsource the Truth:  I didn’t look at CNN and say, I want to do that. I didn’t go to FOX News and say, here’s my resume, I want to put on a suit and after Tucker Carlson I want to sit there and read my news. I didn’t say that. I didn’t go to the “New York Times” and say, I want to write stories for you. I looked at all those things and I said you guys are all fucked up.”

“Whatever it is that you think is journalism, I think is fucked up. So this is how I’m going to do it. Wake up, everyone. If you are forwarding articles from “Newsweek,” from the “New York Times,” you have become a zombie propagandist.”

“I find it intriguing that even investigating it, questioning it, becoming a forensic examiner of evidence, you get ridiculed. You’re a conspiracy theorist.”

CNN Transcripts provides the following quotations from the same documentary which are indicators of where journalists stood in 2017 on the source of the DNC leaks:

FOLKENFLIK: Seth Rich’s murder follows the leak of e-mails from the Democratic Party. And his death very quickly is linked to the leak. The idea is that Seth Rich himself was somehow in contact with WikiLeaks, objected to Hillary Clinton’s assertion of control of the Democratic Party. He was outraged and released these e-mails. And Hillary Clinton somehow had Seth Rich murdered.

I want to be clear, this is baseless, but certainly Julian Assange of WikiLeaks had stoked that speculation.

JULIAN ASSANGE, WIKILEAKS FOUNDER: Whistleblowers go significant efforts to get us material, and often very significant reasons. As a 27-year-old worked for the DNC was shot in the back, murdered.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?

ASSANGE: No, there’s no finding —

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Was he one of your sources, then?

ASSANGE: We don’t comment on who our sources are.

In another part of the video:

BENKLER: And when we run sentence analysis of the media, you really see how Seth Rich pops up as an interference pattern on the right, when everybody else is talking Russia and impeachment.

CORSI: DNC leaks came from the inside, it wasn’t hackers from the outside at all.

GOODMAN: And of course Julian Assange has specifically denied receiving any information from the Russians?

CORSI: Precisely.

CORSI: This whole Russian collusion narrative which is — I think, quite a foolish narrative, that the e-mails were stolen by Russia from the DNC. These are premises that have not been validated, yet the left runs with them as if they were gospel truth.

CNN’s transcription dated August 29, 2020, deleted two of Goodman’s expletives, but the documentary displayed a screenshot of Crowdsource the Truth’s image of a bull emptying his dung.  Jason Goodman is associated with Jerome Corsi, the propagator of numerous conspiracy theories.  It is interesting to note that Corsi refused to get involved in the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax incident.  However, Corsi was investigated by the FBI as part of their research into the Russian Interference with the 2016 elections.

Lee Stranahan, Jason Goodman’s friend of 20 years waves a RED flag in front of the bull

The Atlantic author Rosie Gray wrote “From Breitbart to Sputnik” on April 5, 2017, saying, “A former Breitbart News writer is launching a radio show for Russian propaganda network Sputnik.”

“I’m on the Russian payroll now, when you work at Sputnik you’re being paid by the Russians,” former Breitbart investigative reporter Lee Stranahan told me.  “That’s what it is.  I don’t have any qualms about it.  Nothing about it really affects my position on stuff that I’ve had for years now.”

“Stranahan’s new position is the latest twist in the increasingly atomized world of niche right-wing media, which has seen an increase in prominence and influence during the Trump era…”.

And what was Stranahan’s “position on stuff” been before he went to work for Sputnik News?  Caitlin Dickerson’s September 26, 2017, New York Times Magazine article, How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down, provides some interesting insights.

On page 10 of Dickerson’s well written article, she discusses when Lee Stranahan came to town, explaining, “The Twin Falls story aligned perfectly with the ideology that Stephen Bannon, then the head of Breitbart News, had been developing for years, about the havoc brought on by unchecked immigration and Islamism, all of it backed by big-business interests and establishment politicians.”

“Bannon latched onto the Fawnbrook case and used his influence to expand its reach. During the weeks leading up to his appointment in August 2016 to lead Donald J. Trump’s campaign for president, Twin Falls was a daily topic of discussion on Bannon’s national radio show, where he called it “the beating heart” of all that the coming presidential election was about. He sent his lead investigative reporter, Lee Stranahan, to the town to investigate the case, boasting to his audience that Stranahan was a “pit bull” of a reporter. “We’re going to let him off the chain,” he said.” [bolding added.]

On page 12, Dickerson adds that, “Stranahan now works out of a trendy shared workspace in Washington, across the street from the White House. He quit his job at Breitbart, which he said was being mismanaged in Bannon’s absence, to host a drive-time FM radio show with Sputnik, a state-run Russian news outlet. He told me that he jumped at the chance to transition to a Kremlin-funded outfit and, knowing that it would be controversial, spoke to every media outlet that inquired about it, in order to draw even more people to his work.”

“He expressed no contrition about the reporting he did in Twin Falls, though many of the conclusions that he drew on the radio and online have been debunked.”

In a May 14, 2018, newrepublic.com article on John Kiriakou, titled The CIA Spy Who Became a Russian Propagandist, author Caroline Lester noted, “Nine of the eleven Sputnik radio hosts are Americans. They include an ex-CIA officer (Kiriakou), two leaders in the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), a former Breitbart reporter, and an ACLU board member. Lee Stranahan, host of Sputnik’s morning show “Fault Lines,” worked as a reporter at Breitbart for the better part of a decade…He joined Sputnik a year ago—his first job in radio. As a journalist, Stranahan says, he’s always insisted on editorial independence. His new role at Sputnik is no different.”

Charles Ortel – “Wall Street Analyst” source for Sputnik News articles

The premier “investigator” of the Clinton Foundation is Charles Ortel, who has been featured in 300+ broadcasts on Crowdsource the Truth. Since at least 2017, Ortel has been a regularly featured Wall Street analyst who contributes repeatedly to articles written by  Sputnik News’s reporter Ekaterina Blinova.

A search of Sputnik News shows that Ortel has been a source contributor for Blinova since at least since 2017, and a further name search shows that Jason Goodman has been similarly quoted as a source for at least 32 articles.

Charles Ortel was retained as a regular guest on Crowdsource the Truth ostensibly for his long running commentary on the Clinton Foundation, based on his findings published on his charlesortel.com website. Ortel is careful to broadcast a Disclaimer at every turn, stating in his publications that, “No attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of underlying source material; however, every reasonable effort has been made to direct readers to public filings and other documents evaluated and mentioned in the First Foundation Report.  The analysis contained herein does not constitute expert advice of any kind, whether legal, financial, accounting, policy, or otherwise.  Readers are urged to evaluate relevant publicly available facts about The Clinton Foundation, in appropriate context, and to form their own independently derived conclusions.” [bolding added]

Charles Ortel’s impressive bio can be read on The Wall Street Transcript’s website  twst.com. One wonders why Ortel is hesitant to provide “expert advice” on his research into the Clinton Foundation.  After all, what is the point of earning degrees from two of the most prestigious and highly expensive of universities – Harvard and Yale – if one does not end up as an “expert”.

Throughout Ortel’s reports on the Clinton Foundation, he echoes his oft stated thesis that, “Overall I consider the Clinton Foundation to be a charity fraud network.” It is unclear whether Ortel has submitted a fact based letter to the IRS to support his fraud claims.

Next, I will delve into the indictment against Julian Assange, which represents the interesting realm of public disclosure of secret U. S. government documents by a non-citizen. This topic intersects with the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.



Beth Bogaerts vs. Thomas Schoenberger: Answer to Plaintiff’s Separate Statement with Defendant’s Disputed Facts

On March 1, 2021, Answer to Plaintiff’s Separate Statement with Defendant’s Disputed Facts was filed with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles-Central District.