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#Assange, #Manning Still Only Ones Imprisoned for #CollateralMurder --

April 5 marked the five-year anniversary of the release of the Collateral Murder video by #WikiLeaks. The shocking footage showed the entire world the 2007 US Apache attack helicopter airstrike on Baghdad that killed 12 people - including two Reuters staff members - and injured two small children.

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The US Justice Department is preparing to indict #WikiLeaks founder Julian #Assange which, after sensitive international negotiations, would likely trigger his extradition to the United States to stand trial, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people in Washington familiar with the matter.
The exact charges Justice Department might pursue remain unclear, but they may involve the #EspionageAct, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information. -WSJ

In short, the #DOJ doesn't appear to have a clear charge against Assange yet. Then there's the optics of dragging Assange out of Ecuador's London Embassy and into the United States, then prosecuting him, and if successful - jailing him.

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It appears increasingly likely #Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian #Assange will wind up in the clutches of the U.S. government.

It’s hardly surprising, given that in ten years’ time, Wikileaks published more classified information than all other media combined. It exposed human rights abuses, government spying, torture, and war crimes on an unprecedented scale.

WikiLeaks put government, corporations and even the Pentagon, the FBI, the CIA and other intel agencies on notice that they could no longer count on operating in secret.
“We all know why the British have that embassy ringed. It’s to snatch him and to turn him over to the United States. If that happens, the CIA and the FBI are both going to be on that plane and they’re both going to be at least attempting to interrogate him all the way back home. They will bring him back to the United States in chains because that’s what they do.“

#Unity4J organizer #SuzieDawson ... feels the FBI and CIA will interrogate and torture Assange to try to obtain information that would allow them to bring Wikileaks down. She has no doubt he’s been preparing for this eventuality for years. She believes he will have made sure the organization has adopted security codes and measures he himself doesn’t know and therefore can’t reveal—even if he’s tortured.

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The #Trump Justice Department inadvertently revealed in a court filing that it has charged Julian #Assange in a sealed indictment.

The disclosure occurred through a remarkably amateurish cutting-and-pasting error in which prosecutors unintentionally used secret language from Assange’s sealed charges in a document filed in an unrelated case.

Although the document does not specify which charges have been filed against Assange, the Wall Street Journal reported that “they may involve the #EspionageAct, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information.”
But prosecuting Assange and/or #WikiLeaks for publishing classified documents would be in an entirely different universe of press freedom threats.

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An attempted break-in at Julian #Assange’s residence inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Oct. 29, and the absence of a security detail, have increased fears about the safety of the #WikiLeak’s publisher.

Lawyers for Assange have confirmed to activist and journalist Suzie Dawson that Assange was awoken in the early morning hours by the break-in attempt. They confirmed to Dawson that the attempt was to enter a front window of the embassy. A booby-trap Assange had set up woke him, the lawyers said.

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Despite widespread speculation a few months ago that #WikiLeaks founder Julian #Assange may be kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy by the country’s new leadership, his asylum seems to be safe for now, his lawyer told RT.

In recent months, Ecuador has made it clear that the asylum granted to Assange would not be revoked, Jennifer Robinson, a long-time lawyer for the activist, said. But he remains cut off from all communication and kept in what is effectively solitary confinement with no access to outdoor areas.

His health is deteriorating, and the UK authorities have made sure that he won’t get treatment without leaving the embassy, she said.

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Nobody has heard from cybersecurity expert and occasional #Wikileaks collaborator #ArjenKamphuis since he checked out of his hotel in Bodo, Norway one month ago.

In the intervening weeks, items purportedly belonging to Kamphuis, including his ID and a recently purchased kayak, were discovered by a local fisherman 50 kilometers from his hotel.

While this would at first seem to suggest some type of fatal accident, in a strange twist, authorities say that both Kamphuis' work and mobile phones were briefly switched on more than 1,700 km from Bodo 10 days after Kamphuis - who is Dutch and was purportedly traveling back to Amsterdam when he disappeared - was seen leaving his hotel.

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Ray McGovern on Russiagate, Iran, Trump --

Sep 7, 2018: Here are links/URLs to a couple of videos, a couple of hours worth of really good interviewing.

Here is a few truths told in this interview:

The State Department’s Assistant Secretary and head of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) C. Thomas Fingar saved the US from making war on Iran during the AWOL Bush year, because he was able to tell the press that America’s intelligence agencies knew Iran had not been working on building a nuclear weapon since 2003 when they stopped doing so. Therefore the question we need to think about is why has the-Trumpster placed sanctions on Iran?
Here is part of what was talked about in the above interview.

Journalist James Risen uncovered the illegal NSA wiretapping approved by the Bush Jr. administration (without probable cause). Here is a link to that story.
While Bush was running for re-election in 2004. Bill Keller, at the time the executive editor of the New York Times, quashed the story after meeting with Bush. Over a year later (until Dec. 2005) and after Bush won re-election, Keller allowed the story to run, but only after Risen threatened to reveal the story in his book, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. It’s in that same book he reveals the “bungled CIA operation” (is there any other kind?) that led to Eric Holder chasing him with subpoenas.
And how about Obama?

James Risen said; “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. They don’t want to believe that Obama (and Attorney General Eric Holder) wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

47% of Democrats view capitalism positively, down from 56% in 2016

These results are from Gallup interviewing conducted July 30-Aug. 5. Views of socialism among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are particularly important in the current political environment because many observers have claimed the Democratic Party is turning in more of a socialist direction.

The current survey is the fourth time Gallup has measured Americans' overall views of capitalism and socialism in this format. The question wording does not define "socialism" or "capitalism" but simply asks respondents whether their opinion of each is positive or negative.

Democrats, by contrast, are less unified in their views, but by 10 percentage points are more positive about socialism than about capitalism.

Fewer Than Half of Young Americans View Capitalism Positively
Americans aged 18 to 29 are as positive about socialism (51%) as they are about capitalism (45%). This represents a 12-point decline in young adults' positive views of capitalism in just the past two years and a marked shift since 2010, when 68% viewed it positively.

Taken as a Whole, Americans More Positive About Capitalism
A majority of Americans have retained a positive view of capitalism over the past eight years, but this year's 56% positive rating is by four points the lowest recorded since 2010. This modest drop in positive attitudes toward capitalism was driven, as reviewed above, by the less positive attitudes among Democrats.
Americans' positive views of socialism have varied only between 35% and 39%, with this year's reading of 37% right at the trend average.

Why didn’t the Senate Committee on the Judiciary prosecute AWOL Bush et al for war crimes, blame Nancy Pelosi. She felt Democrats would win the next election by a bigger number of votes by not doing so.
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