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    RT-UN Torture Rapporteur "Julian Assange’s Detention Has No Legal Basis"
    Nov 30, 2019

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    "On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer on the ongoing detention of Julian Assange. He says Julian’s detention has no legal basis, explains why the UK’s treatment of Julian is tantamount to torture, why Julian won’t face a fair trial in the US if he is extradited and more! Next we speak to former Ecuadorean Foreign Minister under Rafael Correa, Guillaume Long. He discusses the letter signed by 60 doctors raising the alarm that Julian Assange could die if his current treatment continues, the right wing coup that overthrew elected Bolivian President Evo Morales, the battle the left is facing in Latin America with US-backed right wing governments and more!"

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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    It's getting late here and like many of us here on the forum I have been very concerned with how our Hervé may be getting along; fingers crossed, very tightly, he'll be okay That does seem to be really very much more important than anything else right now.

    However, I did want to also try and update any of you who may be interested in Julian's plight as another story of critical import, lest we may have forgotten, and this is the best and most up to date news I can glean so far. (Minor sub edits from the original re syntactic and typographic anomalies.)

    The hearing was today.

    -------------------------------------------------

    Source: Defend Wikileaks

    Assange’s Defense Outlines Extradition Arguments

    A case management hearing was held this morning in London for imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who appeared via video link from Belmarsh prison. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser confirmed that Assange’s full extradition hearing will begin on 24 February 2020, but it will now take place over three or four weeks rather than the initially scheduled five days.

    Assange’s defense team outlined the main arguments it will make and witnesses it will call at the full hearing in February. Lawyers announced they will argue that the US-UK Extradition Treaty should not allow Assange’s extradition because it includes an exemption for political offenses.
    “We say that there is in the treaty a ban on being extradited for a political offence and these offences as framed and in substance are political offences,” Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told the court.
    The defense will also include evidence of prejudicial statements from US government officials against Assange, along with information resulting from Chelsea Manning’s US court martial.

    Barry Pollack, representing Assange in the United States, said,
    “Mr. Assange’s legal team today previewed the powerful reasons he should not be extradited to the United States to face prosecution under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful, newsworthy information that exposed wrongdoing by the United States government.”
    Assange’s legal team will present medical evidence as well. Assange’s deteriorating health conditions, particularly since entering solitary confinement on the health ward at Belmarsh, have been of ongoing concern. Following a medical visit in May, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer wrote that Assange was suffering from psychological torture. Last month, more than 60 doctors signed an open letter calling on Belmarsh to release Assange to [so he could] receive proper medical care immediately, warning he could die in prison without adequate treatment.

    Finally, Assange’s defense will include evidence from the Spanish investigation into the surveillance of UC Global, a private security company which spied on Assange’s legal, medical, and personal visits in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and [who] sent recorded material to the CIA.

    UC Global director David Morales has been arrested in Spain in connection with the illegal surveillance, an astonishing intrusion of Assange’s privacy. Assange is due to testify by video link in the Spanish trial tomorrow.

    Assange’s next extradition hearing is scheduled for 23 January 2020.
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    I'm with you Tintin, we love and respect them both though Hervé is a little nearer to us than Julian. We are happy and grateful Hervé is being taken care of; and sad Julian is not allowed to get the medical help he needs.

    It appears they are doing a slow, 'soft' kill with him and he will be the example for all true journalists to observe and learn from.
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    SOMETHING BIG IS ABOUT TO DROP FROM WIKILEAKS: ROBERT DAVID STEELE
    December 21, 2019
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    Summary from Alexandra Bruce:
    https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/som...t+David+Steele

    "Former military intelligence and CIA officer, Robert David Steele joins Dave at the X22 Report to discuss all things coup d’état but I’ve set the inpoint to where he talks about the possibility of a wild card WikiLeaks data dump next February when Julian Assange is expected to be extradited to the US from prison in the UK.

    “Imagine a WikiLeaks dump on the 15th of February…everything WikiLeaks has on Hillary Clinton and John Brennan and others. In other words, this is an extrajudicial dump that immediately goes public…

    “I personally think that Julian Assange is much more clever than people realize and he has much more information that people realize and even though he is somewhat tainted by reports of Mossad and CIA control and he is alleged to be in very poor condition and MI6 is obviously desperately afraid –

    “I mean, it’s now clear that Great Britain and Israel were the two countries that interfered in the 2016 election…I think that England is on notice and there are things that could come out that would cause the American public to become so very angry with Great Britain and so very angry with all political parties, that it could possibly lead to some kind of totally unanticipated Black Swan event…

    “From where I sit, the Clintons are merely one of many CIA co-optees. Bill Clinton was created by the CIA and Hillary Clinton was created by the CIA. We now know that Barr worked for the CIA as a law student and we now know that CIA appears to have many, many people who are recruited in their university years and then they’re scattered across the country…

    “We need to overhaul the CIA and the FBI in ways that people cannot begin to comprehend…

    “Let’s start with blackmailing judges all across the United States of America in order to cover up their profiteering from child trafficking and drug trafficking…

    “There are ten different CIAs. There’s the drone-assassination CIA, the safari club-rendition-and-torture CIA, there’s multiple CIAs operating overseas and then there’s at least two, if not three domestic CIAs – and some of those CIAs may be rogue CIAs, that Gina Haspell knows nothing about – or chooses not to know anything about.

    “In my judgment, we do not have justice in the United States of America. Rogue elements of the US government are doing more harm to Americans than all criminal cartels combined…

    “Legal elements of the CIA get a taste of the illegal profits that are possible and then they start using the legal side of CIA under pretext and they start using military transportation and military bases to smuggle guns and gold and cash and small children and drugs and so what you have, here is I think you have a spectrum that runs from legal to grotesquely illegal and I don’t think anyone has mapped this out and that’s what needs to happen.

    “If Donald Trump wants to take down the Deep State, he needs to do two things: he needs to close down all US military bases overseas, which are being used as lily pads for illegal activities and he needs to cut the intelligence community by 70 percent, consolidate the remaining pieces at CIA, eradicate all CIA domestic operations.

    “I would abolish the FBI and start over. I mean, the FBI was founded by a pedophile that pioneered political blackmail, J Edgar Hoover. That is a legacy I
    don’t like.” "



    X22Report Spotlight
    Today's Guest: Robert David Steele
    Website:
    http://robertdavidsteele.com

    ************************************************** *******
    My Take:

    (Steele describes himself as having "unflinching integrity"... I don't think anyone but a narcissist would say such a thing.
    He also says that a billionaire approached him and asked him if he wanted to buy FOX News and CNN.
    Probably he misspoke--I don't think he made billions as a CIA operative, but he didn't correct himself, nor did the interviewer ask him about it, which struck me as odd.
    Also what appears to be a rather self-serving mention of things he would like to do if he had adequate funding ( so obviously he's not a billionaire!)
    But otherwise some interesting opinions and information, though it seems unlikely that many of his suggestions to Trump will be followed.
    He doesn't seem to think that Trump is vulnerable or has handlers too, like all the other politicians, which seems very unlikely to me--wealth only buys so much.
    If Roy Cohn were still alive, Trump would probably be keeping him very busy, but I don't think he would be listening much to Steele. See: http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1328414
    He says Assange is "alleged" to be very ill, but I think that's pretty much a foregone conclusion; not much discussion otherwise of Assange or Wikileaks.)
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    Good news for Assange?
    Dec 21, 2019
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    ( Judge admits the case is complicated, w/ fundamental questions on law and justice, will take more time than one week, but refuses to improve prison conditions for Assange. More newspapers are coming out in favor of Assange, but his health continues to decline. )
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    I think it's a good idea to keep the points in mind that Miles Mathis makes about ex-CIA operatives ( if there is such a thing, considering the saying "once CIA, always CIA"), when reading anything by R.D. Steele, including post #244, above. SEE: http://mileswmathis.com/chem2.pdf
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    It just keeps getting worse...

    ‘I’m slowly dying here’: ‘sedated’ Assange tells friend
    ... during Christmas Eve call from UK prison as health concerns mount


    Julian Assange sounded like a shell of the man he once was during a Christmas Eve phone call, British journalist Vaughan Smith told RT, noting the WikiLeaks founder had trouble speaking and appeared to be drugged.

    Assange was allowed to make just a single call from the maximum security Belmarsh prison in southeast London for the Christmas holiday, hoping for a reminder of the world beyond his drab confines of steel and concrete.

    “I think he simply wanted a few minutes of escape” and to revive “happy memories,” Smith told RT, adding that Assange had spent the holiday at his home in 2010. The brief conversation was far from cheerful, however, with Assange’s deteriorating condition increasingly apparent throughout the call.

    He said to me that: ‘I’m slowly dying here.’

    “His speech was slurred. He was speaking slowly,” the journalist continued. “Now, Julian is highly articulate, a very clear person when he speaks. And he sounded awful… it was very upsetting to hear him”

    Also on rt.com Assange CANNOT be extradited because of treaty between US-UK argues legal team

    Though Assange didn’t say it out loud during the call, Smith said he believes the anti-secrecy activist is being sedated, noting that “It seemed pretty obvious that he was,” and said others who visited Assange were of the same opinion.

    Smith isn't the first to raise this issue, but British authorities have so far refused to divulge whether Assange has been given psychotropic drugs in prison, insisting only that they aren’t “mistreating” him. But given that he is “being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day,” with requests by numerous doctors to examine his physical condition denied, Smith said he has a hard time taking the officials at their word.

    “Julian was extremely good company over Christmas in 2010,” the journalist said, but the man he talked to on the phone last week sounded like a different person. “I just don’t understand… why he’s in Belmarsh Prison in the first place. He’s a remand prisoner. He’s not a danger to the public."

    Also on rt.com Julian Assange will ‘disappear for the rest of his life’ inside ‘inhumane’ US prison, UN envoy warns… if he makes it that far

    Belmarsh is a Category A prison – the highest level in the UK penal system – intended for “highly dangerous” convicts and those likely to attempt escape, typically befitting murderers and terrorists. While Assange meets none of those criteria and was initially locked up for a minor offense of skipping bail, he was nonetheless thrown in Belmarsh and punished as if he were a violent, hardened criminal. He now awaits proceedings for extradition to the US.

    The explanation may be as simple as taking revenge against somebody who dared to speak truth to power, Smith believes, and to make an example for anyone who might follow Assange’s lead in fighting state and corporate secrecy.

    “What is clear that what is happening to Julian is much more about vengeance and setting an example to dissuade other people from holding American power to account in this way,” he said.

    [Assange] delivered a discussion, a debate about what transparency should look like in the digital age... The debate got quashed it never really happened, instead he’s being victimized... That’s’ why he’s in Belmarsh.

    Going forward, Smith said it will be important to continue pressuring the British government to answer a litany of questions about Assange, his treatment in prison and his health, as well as to push for an “independent assessment” of the situation. Confined in one form or another since taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 and now denied the ability to defend himself in court, Assange should finally receive a fair hearing.

    “This whole thing, really we need to be asking more questions. This needs to be held much more in the open... Julian has had his freedom compromised for nearly a decade now,” Smith said. “It’s completely disgraceful. This is bullying. He deserves better.”

    Video can be accessed at source link below.

    (Source: rt.com; December 31, 2019; https://on.rt.com/a85u)
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    The Ellsberg precedent may offer a glimmer of light for Julian - we'll have to really hope that it does, although any optimism is tempered with a little caution. There may even be grounds to dismiss the case entirely.

    That would be quite something if that did in fact happen.

    As James Goodale writes in The Hill:

    After the trial [of Ellsberg] commenced in San Francisco, it was brought to the judge’s attention that the “White House plumbers” broke into the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. Based on that information and other complaints of government misbehavior, including the FBI’s interception of Ellsberg’s telephone conversations with a government official, Judge William Matthew Byrne decided that the case should be dismissed with prejudice because the government acted outrageously.


    James makes this case citing UC Global, acting effectively as a sub-contractor on behalf of the CIA, undertaking spying activities for them while Assange was under house arrest in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

    There are definite parallels with Ellsberg's case.


    ________________________________________

    The article, in full, here:

    Will alleged CIA misbehavior set Julian Assange free?
    BY JAMES C. GOODALE, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 01/13/20 10:32 AM EST

    A few days before Christmas, Julian Assange testified to a Spanish court that a Spanish security company, UC Global S.L., acting in coordination with the CIA, illegally recorded all his actions and conversations, including with his lawyers, and streamed them back in real time to the CIA. He will, at the end of February, make a similar complaint to a British extradition court about the CIA’s alleged misbehavior.

    Will such misbehavior, if proven, set Assange free?

    The Daniel Ellsberg case may be instructive. You may recall that after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the “Pentagon Papers” case, Ellsberg was indicted under the Espionage Act for leaking Pentagon documents to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

    After the trial commenced in San Francisco, it was brought to the judge’s attention that the “White House plumbers” broke into the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. Based on that information and other complaints of government misbehavior, including the FBI’s interception of Ellsberg’s telephone conversations with a government official, Judge William Matthew Byrne decided that the case should be dismissed with prejudice because the government acted outrageously.

    For similar reasons, the case against Assange should be dismissed, if it reaches the U.S. courts.

    The “plumbers” were a covert group formed by the Nixon White House to stop leaks of information from the government, such as the Pentagon Papers. They are notorious for their burglary at the Watergate complex, which led to former President Nixon’s downfall. Approximately nine months before the Watergate break-in, the plumbers, led by former CIA agent E. Howard Hunt, burglarized a psychiatrist’s office to find information that could discredit Ellsberg.

    The CIA also was involved with the break-in. It prepared a psychiatric profile of Ellsberg as well as an ID kit for the plumbers, including drivers’ licenses, Social Security cards, and disguises consisting of red wigs, glasses and speech alteration devices.

    Additionally, the CIA allowed Hunt and his sidekick, G. Gordon Liddy, to use two CIA safe houses in the D.C. area for meetings and storage purposes. Clearly, the CIA knew the plumbers were up to no good. It is unclear whether the CIA knew Ellsberg was the target, but it would not have taken much to figure it out.

    The Spanish newspaper El Pais broke the story that UC Global invaded Assange’s privacy at the Ecuadorian embassy and shared its surveillance with the CIA. It demonstrated step-by-step, document-by-document, UC Global’s actions and its contacts with the CIA. UC Global reportedly installed cameras throughout Assange’s space in the embassy — including his bathroom — and captured Assange’s every word and apparently livestreamed it, giving the CIA a free TV show of Assange’s daily life.

    After reading El Pais’s series, you would have to be a dunce not to believe the CIA didn’t monitor Assange’s every move at the Ecuadorian embassy, including trips to the bathroom.

    Ecuador granted Assange asylum in their embassy for seven years, after he jumped bail in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for allegedly raping two Swedish women. (Those charges are now dismissed.) If you can believe it, Ecuador had hired UC Global to protect the Ecuadorian embassy and Assange. Not surprisingly, the CIA later made UC Global its spy to surveil Assange.

    When there was a change of administration in Ecuador, Assange’s asylum was withdrawn, and he was immediately arrested by British police at the request of U.S. officials. The United States subsequently indicted him for violating the Espionage Act, for publishing the very same information published roughly contemporaneously by The New York Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Le Monde and Der Spiegel. (Assange already was subject to a sealed indictment in the United States for computer hacking.)

    The behavior of UC Global and the CIA seems indistinguishable from the government’s behavior in the Ellsberg case, which a federal judge found to have “offended a sense of justice” and “incurably infected the prosecution” of the case. Accordingly, he concluded that the only remedy to ensure due process and the fair administration of justice was to dismiss Ellsberg’s case “with prejudice,” meaning that Ellsberg could not be retried.

    Can anything be more offensive to a “sense of justice” than an unlimited surveillance, particularly of lawyer-client conversations, livestreamed to the opposing party in a criminal case? The alleged streaming unmasked the strategy of Assange’s lawyers, giving the government an advantage that is impossible to remove. Short of dismissing Assange’s indictment with prejudice, the government will always have an advantage that can never be matched by the defense.

    The usual remedy for warrantless surveillance is to exclude any illegally obtained information from the trial, but that remedy is inapplicable here. The government’s advantage in surveilling Assange is not the acquisition of tangible evidence but, rather, intangible insights into Assange’s legal strategy. There is no way, therefore, to give Assange a fair trial, since his opponents will know every move he will make.

    When Assange begins his extradition hearing, this will be part of his argument — that the CIA’s misbehavior violates his human rights by depriving him of his right to a fair trial.

    The CIA will no doubt attempt to trump this argument by defending the surveillance on grounds of national security. This may be easier said than done, however: It is one thing to say the CIA can engage in surveillance abroad for its own intelligence-gathering purposes, and another to say it can listen to the private lawyer-client communications of a person against whom the U.S. government has an open criminal investigation.

    More to the point, it does not seem immediately clear why eavesdropping on conversations of legal strategy protects U.S. national security. In my experience in national security cases (I led The New York Times lawyers in the “Pentagon Papers” case), every time the government is backed into a corner in such cases, it will simply serve up a defense of “national security” because it is difficult to defend against such an assertion and the government, consequently, has the ability to trump every competing argument.

    Violation of Assange’s fair-trial rights is only one of many arguments he can make to defeat extradition. For example, he can argue that his health is so poor that he cannot survive extradition. His father has said Assange will die in prison, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur overseeing his case, Nils Melzer, believes Assange’s mental acuity has been damaged irreparably through “psychological torture.”

    Most importantly, Assange can assert that the action of the U.S. government is for its own political benefit. It is standard law that extradition be refused when a country seeks it in order to prosecute a political offense. In this case, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the U.S. government would seek to shut down Assange for using “free speech values against us” and characterized Assange’s organization, WikiLeaks, as “a non-state hostile intelligence service.”

    That statement does not sound like the government wishes to convict Assange for violating U.S. national security laws as much as to get rid of Assange himself for disclosing embarrassing information that is detrimental to American diplomatic and political interests. Whether the actions the U.S. government takes against Assange constitute a “political” offense will be hotly contested.

    Former State Department and National Security Council legal adviser John Bellinger recently predicted on NPR a “battle royal because Assange and his lawyers will argue very forcefully that … the Trump administration is coming after him for political reasons.”

    No doubt there also will be a “battle royal” regarding whether the CIA can, with impunity, surveil Assange’s actions and conversations — including those with his lawyers — and then livestream those to its offices without being heavily penalized for its behavior. It would seem the only appropriate remedy for such outrageous conduct would be to set Assange free.

    ________________________________________

    James C. Goodale was the vice chairman and general counsel of The New York Times and is the author of “Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and other battles.”
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    Let's just pray that Assange doesn't get too poisoned or otherwise suicided before he has a chance to defend himself.
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    Julian Assange attends hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court
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    "New shots of Julian Assange who attended a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court today."

    (He was still able to smile, at least.)
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    Assange 'denied access' to lawyers in UK
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    "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been denied access to evidence and even basic items like paper and pens by British prison officials, putting his US extradition case on the brink of judicial review, his lawyer has warned.

    Solicitor Gareth Pierce was shocked to learn that District Judge Vanessa Baraitser only intended to allow the defence team one hour to review evidence with the Australian in the holding cells at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday.

    He's been charged in the US with 17 counts of spying and one count of computer hacking after WikiLeaks allegedly tried to help US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning conceal her virtual identity in the release of thousands of classified Pentagon files regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    Some of those files have revealed US war crimes committed in both countries.

    Assange's supporters in the public gallery, including British rapper M.I.A., silently waved and raised fists to him and he smiled and nodded before giving them a two-fingered salute.

    Ms Pierce, who had expected to have a full day with Assange, explained that her team had previously been allowed just two hours to review evidence with him in prison.

    "It set us back in our timetable enormously," she told the court.

    "We will do our best but this slippage in the timetable is extremely worrying."

    Ms Pierce described how the administration of Belmarsh prison, where he's being held, had obstructed access to her client to the point where she had even had to approach UK government lawyers to assist.

    She warned that further denying Assange his "human right" to legal access was putting his case on the brink of a judicial review.

    Judge Baraitser adjourned the case until later on Monday afternoon to allow the defence team to review case evidence with Assange.

    In that second sitting, Ms Peirce said that she had only had an hour to speak to Assange.

    Wikileaks ambassador Joseph Farrell called Assange's severely limited access legal representation to date as outrageous.

    "Given the way Belmarsh is dealing with this, it's on the brink of judicial review," he told AAP.

    "To have three hours with your lawyers when you're facing 175 years in prison (in the US) is not acceptable."

    Academy and Grammy award-nominated hip-hop artist M.I.A., who visited Assange in prison last year, said authorities had even denied him simple things like a pen and paper.

    She said some books were denied as well due to concerns he could use them to secretly communicate with outsiders.

    "It blows my mind that England can have this going, and with the support of Australia," M.I.A. told AAP.

    Mr Farrell said given the amount of stumbling blocks presented to Assange it raised the question of whether the "biggest media freedom case this century" was actually a fair trial.

    "More importantly than all that, the fact that this is a trial at all is outrageous," he told AAP.

    "This is somebody who is in prison for exposing war crimes, for doing his job. He's in prison for the very same reason as he was given a Walkley Award. This is not something that should be allowed to happen."

    Assange's next hearing is scheduled for January 23. He is due to appear via video link from Belmarsh prison.

    Full extradition proceedings are expected to commence in February."

    (How I wish some benevolent ETs would just teleport him out of there to safety. Let's send him lots of love and light. )
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    Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture says:

    «A murderous system is being created before our very eyes»

    The interview is published in English here in the Swiss publication "Media Lens"
    https://www.republik.ch/2020/01/31/n...julian-assange

    A few quotes

    Quote ‘I speak fluent Swedish and was thus able to read all of the original documents. I could hardly believe my eyes: According to the testimony of the woman in question, a rape had never even taken place at all. And not only that: The woman’s testimony was later changed by the Stockholm police without her involvement in order to somehow make it sound like a possible rape. I have all the documents in my possession, the emails, the text messages.’
    Quote A woman walks into a police station. She doesn’t want to file a complaint but wants to demand an HIV test. The police then decide that this could be a case of rape and a matter for public prosecutors. The woman refuses to go along with that version of events and then goes home and writes a friend that it wasn’t her intention, but the police want to «get their hands on» Assange. Two hours later, the case is in the newspaper. As we know today, public prosecutors leaked it to the press – and they did so without even inviting Assange to make a statement. And the second woman, who had allegedly been raped according to the Aug. 20 headline, was only questioned on Aug. 21.
    Quote The lawyers say that during the nearly seven years in which Assange lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy, they made over 30 offers to arrange for Assange to visit Sweden – in exchange for a guarantee that he would not be extradited to the U.S. The Swedes declined to provide such a guarantee by arguing that the U.S. had not made a formal request for extradition.
    Quote He will not receive a trial consistent with the rule of law. That’s another reason why his extradition shouldn’t be allowed. Assange will receive a trial-by-jury in Alexandria, Virginia – the notorious «Espionage Court» where the U.S. tries all national security cases. The choice of location is not by coincidence, because the jury members must be chosen in proportion to the local population, and 85 percent of Alexandria residents work in the national security community – at the CIA, the NSA, the Defense Department and the State Department. When people are tried for harming national security in front of a jury like that, the verdict is clear from the very beginning. The cases are always tried in front of the same judge behind closed doors and on the strength of classified evidence. Nobody has ever been acquitted there in a case like that. The result being that most defendants reach a settlement, in which they admit to partial guilt so as to receive a milder sentence.
    Quote There is only a single explanation for everything – for the refusal to grant diplomatic assurances, for the refusal to question him in London: They wanted to apprehend him so they could extradite him to the U.S. The number of breaches of law that accumulated in Sweden within just a few weeks during the preliminary criminal investigation is simply grotesque.
    Quote That it is a prearranged affair. A show trial is to be used to make an example of Julian Assange. The point is to intimidate other journalists. Intimidation, by the way, is one of the primary purposes for the use of torture around the world. The message to all of us is: This is what will happen to you if you emulate the Wikileaks model. It is a model that is so dangerous because it is so simple: People who obtain sensitive information from their governments or companies transfer that information to Wikileaks, but the whistleblower remains anonymous. The reaction shows how great the threat is perceived to be: Four democratic countries joined forces – the U.S., Ecuador, Sweden and the UK – to leverage their power to portray one man as a monster so that he could later be burned at the stake without any outcry. The case is a huge scandal and represents the failure of Western rule of law. If Julian Assange is convicted, it will be a death sentence for freedom of the press.
    Quote If investigative journalism is classified as espionage and can be incriminated around the world, then censorship and tyranny will follow. A murderous system is being created before our very eyes. War crimes and torture are not being prosecuted. YouTube videos are circulating in which American soldiers brag about driving Iraqi women to suicide with systematic rape. Nobody is investigating it. At the same time, a person who exposes such things is being threatened with 175 years in prison.
    Quote We give countries power and delegate it to governments – but in return, they must be held accountable for how they exercise that power. If we don’t demand that they be held accountable, we will lose our rights sooner or later. Humans are not democratic by their nature. Power corrupts if it is not monitored. Corruption is the result if we do not insist that power be monitored.
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    WikiLeaks Twitter account suspiciously locked just days before Assange extradition hearing

    Twitter has locked the account of WikiLeaks.

    The publisher's editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has taken to Twitter to demand answers after their official account was suspiciously locked just days away from the extradition hearing of its founder Julian Assange.

    Hrafnsson exclaimed that the @wikileaks Twitter account had been locked “shortly before Assange extradition hearing” and for seemingly no apparent reason.

    Rest of the story is here.
    https://reclaimthenet.org/wikileaks-twitter-locked/

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    Quote Posted by Kryztian (here)
    Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture says:

    «A murderous system is being created before our very eyes»

    The interview is published in English here in the Swiss publication "Media Lens"
    https://www.republik.ch/2020/01/31/n...julian-assange

    A few quotes

    *qoutes*
    This is the western socialist model everyone so much loves.
    They have a shield of *innocents* doing their bidding while the powerful stay behind doing as they please.

    It's wilful useful idiots believing in the *PC* culture hoarding the corrupt in their midsts completely oblivious. Even attacking and doing all the dirty work.
    They only need a few key positions in control to wreck mayhem behind the scenes to reap the rewards while you get a pittance of scraps to stay pleased.

    Different to to public view, corruption is rampant. Everyone is either oblivious or look the other way. Too dumb to realize people don't have their best interest at heart.
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    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    I think it's a good idea to keep the points in mind that Miles Mathis makes about ex-CIA operatives ( if there is such a thing, considering the saying "once CIA, always CIA"), when reading anything by R.D. Steele, including post #244, above. SEE: http://mileswmathis.com/chem2.pdf
    I read Mile's PDF (the one linked in this thread) and it sounded plausible until he got to chemtrails where he asserts categorically, that the entire program is being executed in order to dump industrial toxic waste in the atmosphere simply to get rid of it. Yet, he gives no explanation whatsoever as to what industries use barium and strontium in such massive amounts that they would need to include it in their dumping. The reason? There aren't any, at least not on the scale that would warrant including these chemicals in the spray mix. And the other ingredient, aluminium as industrial waste is a no-brainer, but even there he doesn't specifically discuss the industries when this is the foundation of his argument.

    So, I'm left asking myself, why assert chemtrails are all about industrial waste and not go into the industries at fault? Is it poor research or misinformation? And, are we are expected to believe his "colleagues" are always guilty of the later, and not poor research, while he is simply guilty of poor research. I wonder.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azjUBSolWPc The Duran discus the latest Tucker Carlson interview with Rogers Waters about the media spin around Julian Assange. The actual interview starts at 10.00.

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