As TFTP reported, on Thursday, several men in black suits, surrounded by a dozen cops, raided the Ecuadorian embassy in London and kidnapped Julian Assange. Moments later, the Department of Justice released a statement charging Assange with computer hacking “conspiracy” for allegedly working with US Army soldier at the time, Chelsea Manning. After the charges were levied, Donald Trump took to personally denouncing anything to do with WikiLeaks, claiming “I know nothing about WikiLeaks.”
Trump’s comments highlight a trend among all those in power and their two-faced relationships with this media outlet. When WikiLeaks is exposing their political rivals, they are the darling organization who deserves protection for journalism. However, when WikiLeaks—who toes no party line—exposes corruption within their party, calls for Assange’s assassination fill the news cycle.
The only media outlet with a 100% verification record is the one your administration is prosecuting. https://t.co/6Ukjh2rMKD
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 19, 2019
“The only media outlet with a 100% verification record is the one your administration is prosecuting,” wrote WikiLeaks last month.
Despite never breaking the law, Julian Assange finds himself a political prisoner, holed up in a cage as this article is being written. As Caitlin Johnstone points out,Assange’s bogus “charge is premised on a fraudulent and manipulative distortion of reality, and you may be one hundred percent certain of it.”
You can be absolutely certain that this charge is bogus because it isn’t based on any new information. The facts of the case have not changed, the information hasn’t changed, only the narrative has changed. In 2010 the United States opened a secret grand jury in Virginia to investigate whether Assange and WikiLeaks could be prosecuted for the publication of the Manning leaks, and then-Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration was conducting “an active, ongoing criminal investigation’’ into the matter. The Trump administration has not turned up any new evidence that the Obama administration was unable to find in this active, ongoing criminal investigation (US government surveillance has surely acquired some new tricks since 2010, but time travel isn’t one of them), and indeed it does not claim to have turned up any new evidence.
What this move by the United States and the United Kingdom actually represents is a threat to those who dare to challenge the status quo and expose the corruption of the system. Even congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sees this and was unafraid of calling it out on several national television outlets on Thursday.
“This is a threat to journalists,” Gabbard told blowhard Chris Matthews on MSNBC, “but it’s also something that threatens every American, because the message that we are getting, that the American people are getting is: Be quiet, toe the line, otherwise there will be consequences.”
Assange Arrest: The message is clear. To journalists and all Americans, if you try to take away our power, you will pay a high price. pic.twitter.com/tEgVt6t6Tm
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) April 12, 2019
Contributed by Matt Agorist of The Free Thought Project.
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.