Assange arrest reveals British justice is just a ‘plaything’ of Washington


12-04-19 06:49:00,

The arrest of Julian Assange in London after an extradition request from the US, and the way the WikiLeaks founder was treated by a British judge, made Thursday a “shameful day” for UK justice, commentators told RT.

“The UK’s legal system is but a plaything of the US legal system. Britain is a vassal of Washington as it’s been confirmed by today’s events,” political commentator John Wight said.

Earlier in the day, UK police forcibly removed Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The 47-year-old was then delivered to the Westminster Magistrates Court where a judge labeled him a “narcissist, who can’t get beyond his own selfish interests” and found him guilty of failing to surrender to bail in 2012.

As for Assange’s extradition request by the US, the judge said the American side must produce its case by June 12. Assange is wanted in the US on charges of conspiring with US Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who leaked thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks back in 2010.

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“Assange will disappear in to the void of the US prison system” if he’s extradited, Wight warned. He advised against trusting the Department of Justice, which insisted that the publisher will get the maximum term of five years if convicted in America.

We have to focus on the precedent, but not the words emanating from the US. And the precedent it that Chelsea Manning was imprisoned for over 35 years for her role in uncovering the crimes of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manning was pardoned after serving seven years, but was returned behind bars this March for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks.

“They’re saying that it’s only five years, but five years in a US prison is unlike five years in any other country’s prison, with few exceptions. It’s a notoriously cruel, barbarous and vindictive system,” Wight said.

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How You Can Be Certain That The US Charge Against Assange Is Fraudulent


12-04-19 06:46:00,

Julian Assange sits in a jail cell today after being betrayed by the Ecuadorian government and his home country of Australia. A British judge named Michael Snow has found the WikiLeaks founder guilty of violating bail conditions, inserting himself into the annals of history by labeling Assange “a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest.” So that tells you how much of a fair and impartial legal proceeding we can expect to see from the British judicial process on this matter.

But the real reason that Assange has been surrendered by the Ecuadorian government, imprisoned by the British government, and ignored by the Australian government is not directly related to any of those governments, but to that of the United States of America. An unsealed indictment from the Trump administration’s District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, accompanied by an extradition request, charges Assange with “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer” during Chelsea Manning’s 2010 leak of government documents exposing US war crimes.

This charge is premised on a fraudulent and manipulative distortion of reality, and you may be one hundred percent certain of it. Let me explain.

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.

There’s a huge myth being misreported about today’s indictment of Assange. The claim that Assange tried to help Manning circumvent a password to cover her tracks isn’t new.

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Assange’s persecution sends freedom of speech & journalists’ rights into ‘oblivion’ – Moscow


12-04-19 06:45:00,

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the manner in which the UK government executed the arrest of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is demeaning to human dignity, and his long-running persecution is a blow to journalism.

Commenting on the arrest and detention of the publisher in the UK on Thursday, the ministry’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, condemned the British authorities for manhandling the 47-year-old Assange as he was being hauled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

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“The manner in which this operation was executed leaves a total impression of a flagrant and unconcealed neglect for the human dignity of the arrestee,” she said, adding that Moscow hopes all of Assange’s rights would be respected.

Zakharova pointed out that before his eventual arrest by the UK police, Assange had to endure years of persecution while forced to live in “unbearable conditions” at the embassy.

Assange has been a de facto prisoner at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, when he was granted asylum by then-president Rafael Correa. Correa’s former ally and successor, Lenin Moreno, has distanced himself from the leftist cause and taken on a more pro-American stance, repeatedly calling Assange a “nuisance” that he would like to get rid of.

During Moreno’s time in office, Ecuador placed various restrictions on Assange, cutting off his internet access and leaving him virtually incommunicado since March last year. Only his lawyers were allowed to visit him. In the meantime, it was reported that Assange’s health has been rapidly deteriorating since he was afraid of going to hospital out of fear of being arrested and extradited to the US.

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“The persecution and harassment, the creation of inhumane conditions for his existence – this is sending freedom of speech and the right to spread information into oblivion. This is a blow to the rights of journalists. There can be no other assessment,” Zakharova said.

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‘Swedish software developer’ linked to WikiLeaks arrested in Ecuador in flight attempt – reports


12-04-19 06:44:00,

Ecuador’s interior minister has confirmed that a person who is alleged to have links to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested as he attempted to take a flight to Japan. She also spoke of two ‘Russian hackers.’

Ecuador’s Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said on Thursday that a man was taken into custody in one of the airports as he was about to board a plane to Japan. There is little official information about his identity or the reasons for his arrest, with Romo telling a local radio station the individual was arrested on Thursday afternoon for the purposes of investigation.

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Shortly after Assange’s own arrest in London earlier that day, Romo hinted that the Ecuadorian government is about to unleash a crackdown on Assange’s supposed web of connections on Ecuadorian soil.

She claimed that a “key” member of WikiLeaks, who is also “close to Julian Assange,” has been a resident of Ecuador for several years and has engaged in malicious activity to undermine the government.

“We have sufficient evidence that he has been collaborating with destabilization attempts against the government,” Romo said. The minister claimed that the individual used to accompany the minister of foreign affairs in the Rafael Correa government, Ricardo Patino, on trips overseas.

“Along with Ricardo Patino, he has traveled twice last year to Peru and also to Spain,” she said, adding that the pair also took a trip to Venezuela in February this year one day apart.

While the Interior Ministry did not reveal the identity of Assange’s supposed helper, an anonymous official told AP that the arrested man was a Swedish software developer by the name of Ola Bini, a resident of Ecuador’s capital Quito.

Bini appears to run a Twitter account under his own name, which is full of re-posts of news developments surrounding Assange around the time of the publisher’s arrest. Bini also retweeted the news about Romo announcing that a person who is “part of WikiLeaks” is living in Ecuador. He described as “very worrisome”

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Edward Snowden: Assange Arrest “Dark Moment For Press Freedom” – One For “The History Books”


12-04-19 06:22:00,

“Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom,” NSA whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden wrote on Twitter in reaction to seeing WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange dragged by UK police from his seven year asylum captivity at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. 

Via Ruptly/Reuters

A bearded, disheveled-looking Assange was filmed being roughly escorted out of the embassy by British police and loaded into a police van. Assange can be seen shouting:

“The UK must resist this attempt by the Trump administration.”

The arrest came, as WikiLeaks predicted, a mere days after the organization was tipped off that Ecuador was preparing to swiftly end Assange’s asylum and hand him over the UK authorities, after which it’s further believed the WikiLeaks founder will be extradited to the United States. 

As we reported Assange’s lawyer has confirmed that he was arrested not solely on charges stemming from skipping bail in the UK, but in connection with an extradition request from the US.

Snowden tweeted that the dramatic images of UK authorities dragging Assange out of the embasy were a “dark moment for press freedom.”

He further commented that a publisher of “award-winning journalism” being arrested and thrown into a security van would “end up in the history books.”

Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–like it or not–award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 11, 2019

Notably Snowden pointed to the presence of UK “secret police” as part of the operation, some of which had been filmed staking out near the front door of the embassy in the days leading up to the arrest. 

Snowden referenced a video of a journalist approaching what was believed to be a pair UK plain clothed secret police, who staged themselves as disinterested civilians casually smoking on a street corner. 

For the folks reflexively saying “there weren’t any secret police!”, here’s the reporter who was on the ground saying some of the arresting officers had been staking out the embassy in plain clothes for days.

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Corrupt central banks ‘print money every time they make a mistake’ – RT’s Keiser Report


12-04-19 06:21:00,

The European Central Bank’s corporate bond buying program has led to extreme malinvestment and misallocation of capital, allowing companies to make questionable decisions.

RT’s Keiser Report discusses the issue, using as an example German pharmaceuticals company Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto.

According to Max Keiser, every central bank “willing to finance dodgy deals crowds out the good companies, so you end up with a lot of bad companies.”

He says central banks should not be allowed to do deals as they only print money to make those deals. “Every time they make mistake they just print more money. And that methodology is now working its way down to a corporate level,” Max explains.

“We’re living in meritocracy where everybody is free to compete; you just have to be better than the competition,” says Stacy Herbert.

In fact, they are “propping up dodgy competition maybe that’s why we have this ongoing crisis because these huge corporate behemoths just run out of ideas other than buying their own shares and taking free money from central banks.”

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

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Assange arrest final step in character assassination campaign – Slavoj Zizek


11-04-19 09:19:00,

Julian Assange’s arrest was not a sudden development, cultural philosopher Slavoj Zizek told RT. Instead it was well planned and the final step in a long and ugly smear campaign against the WikiLeaks founder.

After sheltering in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for six years, Assange was dragged out of the building by British police on Thursday morning. The arrest comes after Ecuador’s new pro-US president withdrew Assange’s asylum claim, and after WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed that an extensive spying campaign was conducted against Assange, designed to get him out.

“I was not surprised,” Zizek told RT. “The problem for me is how people will simply accept this as the result of the long, systematic, character assassination campaign.”

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The first step in the campaign, Zizek said, was to connect WikiLeaks – an independent journalistic outlet known for leaking classified materials, which also prides itself on having never published false information – with Russia and Vladimir Putin. The next step was “character assassination.” Assange, Zizek said, was painted as “arrogant,” “paranoid,” and even a rapist, despite Swedish authorities dropping all charges against him in 2017.

Then the gossip against Assange sank to an “incredibly dirty personal level, that he doesn’t clean his toilet, that he smells bad and so on. Can we imagine anything lower?” WikiLeaks has argued the same, calling Assange the victim of “a sophisticated effort to dehumanize, delegitimize and imprison him.”

This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanise, delegitimize and imprison him.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019

Assange’s arrest, Zizek continued, has “nothing to do with vengeance.” Rather, the WikiLeaks head was made an example of in the ongoing fight to clamp down on the free flow of information. Just like the European Union’s new copyright directive threatens to censor almost all free expression online,

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Massive internationale Reaktionen auf Festnahme von Julian Assange


11-04-19 09:19:00,

Screenshot von RT-Video von der Festnahme.

WikiLeaks-Gründer von britischer Polizei nach sieben Jahren aus Botschaft des südamerikanischen Landes abgeführt

Der Gründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, ist in den Räumen der Botschaft von Ecuador in London von der britischen Polizei festgenommen worden. Die britischen Behörden teilten mit, sie hätten am Donnerstag die Erlaubnis bekommen, den Publizisten in der diplomatischen Vertretung festzunehmen. Zuvor hatte die Regierung von Präsident Lenín Moreno ihm das Asyl entzogen.

Update: Die britische Polizei bestätigt, dass die Festnahme aufgrund eines Auslieferungsantrags der USA erfolgte: “Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53hrs after his arrival at a central London police station. This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today (Thursday, 11 April).”

Assange, der die australische und ecuadorianische Staatsbürgerschaft besitzt, hielt sich seit dem Jahr 2012 in der Botschaft des südamerikanischen Landes in London auf. Die Vorgängerregierung unter Präsident Rafael Correa hatte ihm Asyl gewährt und damit vor einer Auslieferung nach Schweden geschützt. Das dortige Verfahren wegen Sexualdelikten ist inzwischen eingestellt.

Die britische Polizei hatte wiederholt angekündigt, den Publizisten wegen Verstößen gegen Kautionsauflagen festzunehmen, sollte er das geschützte Gebäude der Botschaft verlassen. Der Gründer von WikiLeaks äußerte seinerseits die Befürchtung, die britischen Behörden könnten ihn an die USA ausliefern. Dort hält die Staatsanwaltschaft einen lange geheim gehaltenen Haftbefehl aufrecht, weil die von Assange gegründete Enthüllungsplattform zahlreiche interne US-Regierungs- und Militärdokumente veröffentlicht und damit US-Kriegsverbrechen aufgedeckt hat.

Die Auslieferung heute provozierte umgehend Reaktionen auf internationaler Ebene. Die russische Regierung kritisierte die Festnahme des Publizisten scharf. “Die Hand der ‘Demokratie’ erwürgt die Freiheit”, schrieb Maria Sacharowa, die Sprecherin des russischen Außenministeriums, am Donnerstag auf Facebook.

Wenige Tage zuvor hatte der Menschenrechtler der UNO, Nils Melzer, die ecuadorianische Regierung aufgefordert, Assange nicht aus der Botschaft in London zu verweisen. In diesem Fall sei es wahrscheinlich, dass er von den britischen Behörden festgenommen und an die USA ausgeliefert würde, prognostizierte der UNO-Sonderberichterstatter zum Thema Folter in Genf. WikiLeaks hatte zuvor gewarnt, dass Assange nach fast sieben Jahren in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London sein Asyl verlieren könne.

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Who is Lenin Moreno and why did he hand Assange over to British police?


11-04-19 09:18:00,

US-backed Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno reneged on asylum agreements made with naturalized citizen Julian Assange, leading to his arrest on Thursday, but how exactly did relations with the whistleblower end up here?

Moreno won a narrow victory in 2017 to become president of Ecuador, having served as vice president under his predecessor Rafael Correa from 2007 to 2013 as part of the center-left PAIS Alliance. Much like Assange, Moreno was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, for championing the rights of the disabled (he is the only world leader who uses a wheelchair).

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When he rose to power Moreno quickly locked horns with Assange, eventually revoking his internet access in March 2018 while also reducing the security detail at the embassy as a result of their ongoing spat. Moreno alleged that Assange had installed electronic distortion equipment in addition to blocking security cameras at the embassy. Their deteriorating relationship culminated in Moreno’s withdrawal of asylum granted to the whistleblower on April 11, 2019.

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“Today I announce that the discourteous and aggressive behavior of Mr Julian Assange; the hostile and threatening declarations of his allied organization against Ecuador, and especially the transgression of international treaties, have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable,” Moreno said in a video statement shortly after Assange’s arrest.

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The writing had been on the wall for a long time, however.

Following his 2017 election, Moreno quickly moved away from his election platform after taking office. He reversed several key pieces of legislation passed under his predecessor which targeted the wealthy and the banks. He also reversed a referendum decision on indefinite re-election while simultaneously blocking any potential for Correa to return.

He effectively purged many of Correa’s appointments to key positions in Ecuador’s judiciary and National Electoral Council via the CPCCS-T council which boasts supra-constitutional powers.

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Assange Has Been Arrested For US Extradition. The Time To Act Is Now.


11-04-19 09:18:00,

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody by the London’s Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange’s lawyer Jen Robinson reports that his arrest is related to an extradition request from the United States, which the British government has until now refused to admit exists.

“Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request,” tweeted Robinson.

“From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning in early 2010,” Robinson added.

Assange arrest video:

“The UK must resist this attempt by the Trump administration”

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019

So there you have it. Extradited for journalism. In a blur, everything that Assange and WikiLeaks have been warning about for years has been proven correct, contrary to mountains of claims to the contrary by establishment loyalists everywhere. The same government which tortured Chelsea Manning is in the process of extraditing her publisher so that they can silence him forever. Everyone who has ever denied that this was happening needs to hang their heads in shame for scoffing at a very real threat to press freedoms everywhere when they could have been opposing this obscene agenda. It’s time for some serious soul searching.

The time to act is now. It’s too late to prevent Assange from losing his asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy, so the goal now is to fight extradition. Activist groups are swiftly organizing as I type this, so it will be easy for people around the world to find rallies to attend and online movements to help boost. I encourage everyone in the US, the UK and Australia to contact their elected representatives and politely but urgently inform them that the agenda to extradite Assange to the US must be fought at all costs. Educate yourself as best as you can on Assange’s case, and inform everyone you know about what’s going on.

The first words Julian was able to speak to the world in more than a year:

“The UK must resist this.

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The Age of Injustice –

11-04-19 09:13:00,

The Age of Injustice

Paul Craig Roberts

April 11, 2019, brought us a new word for Judas: Moreno—the puppet president of Ecuador who sold Julian Assange to Washington for his 30 pieces of silver.

This morning’s arrest of Assange inside the Ecudoran embassy in London is the first stage in Washington’s attempt to criminalize the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Washington’s man in Quito said he revoked Assange’s political asylum and Ecuadoran citizenship because Assange engaged in free speech.

As race and gender diverse police dragged Assange out of the embassy this morning, I reflected on the utter corruption of three governments—the U.S., the U.K., and Ecuador—and their institutions.

The British police showed no shame as they carted Assange from his embassy prison of the last seven years to a British jail as a way station on the way to an American one. If the British police had any integrity, the entire force would have called in sick.

If the British parliament had any integrity, they would have blocked London’s contribution to Washington’s upcoming show trial.

If the British had a prime minister instead of a Washington agent, Assange would have been released a long time ago, not held in de facto imprisonment until Washington found Moreno’s price.

If the Ecuadoran ambassador in London had any integrity, he would have publicly resigned rather than call in the police to take Assange. Is the ambassador so souless that he can live with himself as the man who helped Moreno dishonor the reputation of Ecuador?

If the Anglo-American journalists had any integrity, they would be up in arms over the criminalization of their profession.

President Trump has survived a three-year ordeal similar to Assange’s seven-year ordeal. Trump knows how corrupt US intelligence agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice (sic) are. If Trump had any integrity, he would bring the shameful and embarrassing persecution of Assange to an immediate end by issuing a pre-trial pardon. This would also end the illegal re-imprisonment of Manning.

But integrity is not something that thrives in Washington, or in London, or in Quito.

When the Justice (sic) Department does not have a crime with which to charge its intended victim,

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Police State Britain: UK Police Forcibly Arrest Julian Assange – Global Research


11-04-19 09:09:00,

What’s going on is a developing story. Events are fast moving. Here’s what’s known so far.

Days earlier, WikiLeaks accused Ecuadorian embassy personnel in London of “extensive spying” on Assange, according to its editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, saying:

It’s been going on as part of Ecuador’s complicity with the US and UK to arrest, detain, and extradite him to US authorities – for the crime of truth telling, journalism the way it’s supposed to be.

“We know that there was a request to hand over visitor’s logs from the embassy and video recordings from within the security cameras in the embassy,” Hrafnsson explained, information to be handed over to Trump regime officials to be used against Assange, she believes.

At a Thursday news conference, former Ecuadorian consul to London Fidel Narvaez said his country “is not protecting Julian anymore,” his asylum status illegally rescinded.

Hours earlier, UK metropolitan police entered Ecuador’s London embassy, forcibly arresting Assange, a statement saying:

“He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible,” adding:

It “had a duty (sic) to execute (an outstanding warrant against him, pertaining to fabricated rape and sexual abuse charges in Sweden later rescinded) on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted the following:

“(N)early seven years after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK (sic).”

“I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation (sic) and the metropolitan police for its professionalism (sic). No one is above the law (sic).”

Last Friday, Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry denied what it called “rumors” about its government’s intention to rescind Assange’s asylum, expelling him from its London embassy, permitting his arrest by UK authorities ahead of extraditing him to the US.

Days earlier, WikiLeaks said Quito and London agreed on expelling Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy in “hours to days.”

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno falsely accused him of “repeatedly violat(ing) the conditions of his asylum,” unjustifiably claiming he “hack(ed) private accounts (and) phones,” adding:

“In WikiLeaks we have seen evidence of spying,

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‘Pathological hatred’: Ecuador’s Moreno sold ‘Assange’s head’ to the US – ex-president Correa to RT


11-04-19 09:08:00,

Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa explained to RT why he calls his successor Lenin Moreno the “worst traitor” in the country’s history for handing over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to British authorities.

Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by British police on Thursday after Moreno revoked political asylum. The published and journalist spent almost seven years in the building after being welcomed there by Correa. UK law enforcement arrested him for skipping bail and under a previously secret US indictment – a development that Assange predicted and stated as his reason for going into the embassy in the first place.

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Correa spoke to RT Spanish to explain why he publicly branded Moreno the “greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history.” The former president says his successor is no better than the disciple Judas Iscariot or Ephialtes of Trachis, the man accused of betraying Greek forces defending the pass of Thermopylae from invading Persians.

Unconstitutional deal with the US

“It was not Rafael Correa, who gave asylum to Julian Assange. It was the state of Ecuador. And the state of Ecuador had to protect the person it pledged to protect according to international law and its national pride. Instead they gave him up, allowed the British police to enter our embassy,” he said.

He added that the move also violated the constitution of Ecuador, since Assange is now a citizen of the Latin American country and is owed protection accordingly. “This is unheard of. These actions cannot leave one not outraged,” he said.

Correa said Moreno basically sold “Assange’s head” to the Americans. The US wants to prosecute Assange for allegedly conspiring with former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning in her leaking of classified US documents to WikiLeaks.

Revenge for allegedly publishing documents incriminating Moreno

Moreno’s decision was partially motivated by various benefits Ecuador and the president personally got in return, Correa believes. But another motive was revenge on WikiLeaks, he told RT. Moreno believes that the site was responsible for publication of explosive documents, which implicate him and his family members in corruption.

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Yet Another Conspiracy Theory Died Today


11-04-19 09:07:00,

It bears repeating, given the nearly past three years of ‘Russiagate’ collusion hysteria which focused heavily and uncritically on the role of WikiLeaks in both Hillary’s defeat and the rise of Trump, and centrally the “Russian connection” supposedly tying it all together: there seems yet more daily and weekly evidence demonstrating how absurd the claims were and are. 

With Thursday’s dramatic UK arrest of WikiLeaks founder and leader Julian Assange, revealed to be based largely on a US extradition request, which we’ve all now learned has been pursued for the past two years by the Trump Department of Justice, another conspiracy theory bites the dust. Journalist Aaron Maté points out “over the last 2 years, just as Maddow et al were feverishly speculating that Trump and Assange secretly conspired, Trump’s DOJ was secretly trying to extradite Assange.”

Looking back in light of Thursday morning’s events, Maté says, “Assange’s arrest reminds us how moronic the Wikileaks aspect of the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory…”.

So much of it continues to unravel. Maté continues: “The conspiracy theory never slowed even after Roger Stone’s indictment revealed that a) Trump camp had no advance knowledge of WL releases b) they tried to find out from Stone, who also had no advance knowledge.

Assange’s arrest reminds us how moronic the Wikileaks aspect of the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory is: over the last 2 years, just as @Maddow et al were feverishly speculating that Trump and Assange secretly conspired, Trump’s DOJ was secretly trying to extradite Assange.

— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) April 11, 2019

Maté adds that further “Stone had no such knowledge because he had no actual contact to WikiLeaks.”

And just last month here’s the aptly dubbed Russiagate Grand Wizard Rachel Maddow with her Glenn Beck style visuals to suggest a Trump-WikiLeaks-Russia conspiracy plot was thickening:

Something appears to be happening in federal court that pertains to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange…

— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) March 6, 2019

But as Maté also previously pointed out:

And that something “is based on [Assange’s] pre-2016 conduct,

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Empire SITREP – The “Collective West” betrays Julian Assange: SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!!! | The Vineyard of the Saker


11-04-19 09:04:00,

As a thought experiment, picture what a true land of freedom and democracy might look like. A land where the citizens have rights that equal government’s or corporation’s. A land where the government listens and responds to what the people want, since in a democracy its the people who hold the power. A land of freedom where people can say what they want to say without fear, and artists and writers and vbloggers from around the world flock there to be a part of that.

Now, picture the places that the world’s self-proclaimed champion for Freedom and Democracy have left in its wake after its wars, coups and electoral interference campaigns. Kosovo, Kuwait, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, parts of Syria, Honduras, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Brazil are a partial list. And of course we also see the actions of the countries with whom Uncle Sam has a ‘special relationship’. The UK is now violating international courts over the Chagos Isl (aka Diego Garcia) and arresting people out of embassies, while Israels murders protesters and tortures people and threatens everyone with war.

Of course, when you compare what the Yankees have left behind them to what an ideal of freedom and democracy should look like, it of course becomes obvious that what the Yankees and their allies stand for is pretty much the opposite of freedom and democracy.

I guess it was easy for me. I grew up during Vietnam. So, I knew both that the government wanted me to die as a draftee in their wars, and that the so-called DeepState really ran things. When unarmed protesters are shot down in Ohio, then pretty much every illusion of freedom and democracy falls from your eyes. Hopefully today will wake up some more.

If you see someone opening their eyes and acting like they just woke up, be nice to them, buy them a cup of coffee or the local beverage, and have a good conversation with an awake person.

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No fair trial awaits Assange at US ‘Espionage Court,’ only more charges – CIA whistleblower Kiriakou


11-04-19 08:56:00,

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is facing extradition and a trial at a US court infamous for sending whistleblowers to jail. CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, whose case was tried there says there won’t be a fair trial for Assange.

Kiriakou was the first person to be sentenced in the US for leaking classified material to a journalist as part of President Barack Obama’s crackdown on whistleblowers. His case was heard by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He took a plea bargain in October 2012 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

The same court is handling the case against Julian Assange, who is alleged to have conspired with WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning as part of her leaking the damning classified materials. Assange was arrested by the UK authorities on Thursday after Ecuador allowed British police into its embassy in London to drag the whistleblower out.

Kiriakou believes that once in US custody, Assange would face additional charges and may spend the rest of his life in jail.

“I think that there are many more charges to be considered for Julian. I would expect a superseding indictment, possibly to include espionage charges,” he told RT.

I don’t think Julian is looking at five years in prison. He is probably looking at 50 years in prison.

The US court that would try Assange will not give him a fair trial, Kiriakou believes. “They don’t call EDVA the ‘Espionage Court’ for nothing,” he tweeted earlier in the day. He told RT he was speaking from his personal experience.

A fair trial in the Eastern District of Virginia, under Judge Leonie Brinkema, is utterly impossible. They don’t call EDVA the “Espionage Court” for nothing.

— John Kiriakou (@JohnKiriakou) April 11, 2019

“Judge Leonie Brinkema is a Reagan appointee to the federal bench and she was promoted to District Court bench by Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s. She reserves all national security cases for herself. She handled my case, the Jeffrey Sterling case [over leaking details of a CIA op to journalist James Risen], she is Julian’s judge, she has reserved the [NSA whistleblower] Ed Snowden case for herself,” he said.

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A short message from Julian Assange’s mother to the President of Ecuador | The Vineyard of the Saker


11-04-19 08:55:00,

What “Honor”???

Last time I looked the national currency of La Republica Del Ecuador…….was the US Dollar!

The Sucre , Ecuador’s national currency for at least a century or two (named after an independence hero General Antonio Jose de Sucre………

was buried at the end of the 1990’s …..

The bully will use your own insecurities and complexes against you, encourage incompetence and corruption… and selectively pick off any decent leadership…………as John Perskins detailed in the case of assassinated Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldos:

It is the predicament of peoples too small and weak to overcome their underdevelopment and enslavement….some say by British Empire design that Simon Bolivar later rued falling for.

Since Sucre was “Venezuelan” but an Ecuadorian hero, perhaps there might be a revival of a larger entity that was just an idea, never a formally established nation: Gran Colombia:

I take that back: Gran Colombia existed for 12 years 1819-1831 I just learned!

With a little bit of jump started modernization such a new, larger, less vulnerable nation, might stand a chance of escaping its prostitution by its Alma Moreno.

Which refers to his black soul, in my usage….not his skin color.

“Moreno” in Spanish = dark skinned……as “Moros” are the Moors en Espanol.

No offense intended to Arabs or Melanin-Richly Hued Human Beings anywhere.

Just the facts, ma’am.

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WikiLeaks supporter rumbled undercover cops ahead of Assange arrest (VIDEOS)


11-04-19 08:55:00,

As UK police were waiting for the go-ahead to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, undercover officers loitering around the Ecuadorian embassy were not doing a very good job evading attention.

Supporters of Assange gathered near the embassy in London in the days prior to his arrest after WikiLeaks, citing a source in Ecuador’s government, said on Twitter that they were expecting Assange to be expelled from the building imminently.

The supporters began to notice some peculiar activity and some of the faces hanging around the area became familiar. So familiar in fact that they were able to recognize them when they popped up in footage of the 47-year-old’s arrest on Thursday.

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Speaking to RT, journalist Cassandra Fairbanks recounted the peculiar activity she saw while staking out the stakeout.

Fairbanks witnessed a silver car sitting outside the embassy for 20 hours. The car was continuously manned by shifts of people that rotated approximately every six hours. At one point Fairbanks approached the people sitting in the car but her questions were met only with covered faces and silence.

Walk up to one of the “undercover” cars staking out the Ecuadorian embassy in London. This particular car has seen three shifts of different pairs of people over the last twenty hours. Engines running, lights on. Watcher makes call under head cover.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 9, 2019

Fairbanks also told RT about two men they confronted who declined to say whether they were law enforcement officers and even denied knowing what WikiLeaks was. The men were then seen front and center when Assange was carried out of the embassy on Thursday.

This is one of the guys who was arresting Julian. So many people tried to tell me I was crazy and that they weren’t cops.

— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 11, 2019

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden shared Fairbanks’ footage on Twitter while raising questions about the arrest operation.

For the folks reflexively saying “there weren’t any secret police!”,

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Arrest of Julian Assange met with cheers from UK lawmakers in parliament


11-04-19 08:52:00,

UK parliamentarians have reacted to the news of WikiLeaks whistleblower Julian Assange’s arrest with hearty cheers, as PM Theresa May and her ministers heaped praise on the Ecuadorian govt, for bringing the case to a conclusion.

May delivered a statement on Assange’s arrest to the House of Commons on Thursday, outlining the charges against the 47 year-old Australian, thanking the Metropolitan Police, and claiming the case showed that “in the United Kingdom, no one is above the law.”

I’m sure that the whole House will welcome the news this morning that the Metropolitan Police have arrested Julian Assange [cheers]

May confirmed to Parliament that Assange’s arrest was made for an alleged breach of bail, and following an extradition request from the United States. May also welcomed the co-operation of Ecuador’s new pro-US government in getting Assange evicted after almost seven years in the country’s London embassy.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter thanking Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno for his cooperation, insisting Assange “is no hero…he has hidden from the truth for years.”

Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice

— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) April 11, 2019

Home Secretary Sajid Javid also made a Commons statement on Assange echoing May’s line that no-one was above the law. Javid insited Assange’s legal rights will be protected.

…contrary to what Mr Assange and his supporters claim, he and his legitimate interests will be protected

He also revealed that UK police costs of monitoring the Wikileaks founder totalled £13.2 million ($17.2mn) by 2015.

Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates court on Thursday afternoon. The judge found him guilty of failing to surrender to bail in 2012. The WikiLeaks founder will be sentenced on May 2.

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Impartial trial? UK judge brands Julian Assange ‘narcissist’ in courtroom


11-04-19 08:49:00,

The UK judge who found Julian Assange guilty of breaking his bail conditions in 2012 has called the whistleblower a “narcissist” and his behavior “shameful.”

Inside the courtroom, District Judge Michael Snow branded the WikiLeaks founder a “narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interest.”

Just hours after his arrest by British police on Thursday morning, Assange was found guilty of failing to surrender to bail in 2012. Assange pleaded not guilty to the charge, with his lawyers arguing that he would never have received a fair trial if he had been extradited to Sweden on sexual assault charges and that he was therefore forced to seek asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy.

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The sexual assault charges were later dropped, but UK authorities still sought to arrest Assange for breaching the bail conditions.

Responding to the surprising comments, US political commentator Daniel McAdams wrote sarcastically on Twitter that he “sounds like an impartial judge.”

Assange is set to be sentenced in regard to the bail-breaking on May 2.

The controversial publisher was also indicted by the US on charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, the US Department of Justice said on Thursday. He is accused of helping fellow whistleblower former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning attempt to crack the password of a Department of Defense computer in 2010.

Experts and analysts, however, have slammed the US indictment as “weak” and a possible “tactic” to get Assange onto US soil where heavier charges likely await and where a fair trial will be almost “impossible.”

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Bolivian president condemns ‘persecution of Assange over US’ murders & spying’


11-04-19 08:48:00,

Bolivian President Evo Morales has condemned the arrest and detention of Julian Assange, who he said is being “persecuted” for revealing US “human rights violations, murders of civilians and diplomatic espionage.”

“We strongly condemn the detention of Julian Assange and the violation of freedom of speech,” Morales tweeted on Thursday.

Our solidarity is with this brother who is persecuted by the US government for bringing to light its human rights violations, murders of civilians and diplomatic espionage.

The WikiLeaks founder was hauled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police on Thursday morning, after nearly seven years of de-facto house arrest. Assange was found guilty of failing to appear at a 2012 bail hearing, and is also facing extradition to the United States on a charge of conspiracy to commit a cybercrime.

We strongly condemn the detention of #JulianAssange and the violation of freedom of speech. Our solidarity is with this brother who is persecuted by the US government for bringing to light its human rights violations, murders of civilians and diplomatic espionage

— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) April 11, 2019

This charge relates to his publication of classified documents leaked by US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. One of the largest such leaks in history, the document haul included more than 251,000 diplomatic cables, and material detailing alleged US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa – whose government granted Assange asylum in 2012 – branded his more pro-US successor Lenin Moreno the “greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history” for rescinding the asylum claim and allowing British officers to enter his country’s embassy.

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“This is unheard of. These actions cannot leave one not outraged,” he told RT Spanish. Correa believes that Moreno’s decision was motivated by meetings with top-level US officials, including US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Vice President Mike Pence, and by “vengeance,” after WikiLeaks allegedly published documents implicating Moreno in a corruption investigation.

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WATCH: Julian Assange’s ‘The World Tomorrow’ show on RT


11-04-19 08:47:00,

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange’s show ‘The World Tomorrow’ covered a number of controversial topics over 12 episodes that aired on RT in 2012. As he faces persecution in the US, RT brings you some of the show’s greatest moments.

From the first episode – in which he interviewed Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah – to the last, where his guest was Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Assange raised questions for which WikiLeaks became both famous and notorious in the West.

At one point, Assange pre-empted his detractors by publishing a list of “criticisms” of the show, which ended up neatly matching the media and political outrage that greeted ‘The World Tomorrow’ and him personally.

In one episode, Assange interviewed former Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg.

Assange also touched on the secret US drone war in Pakistan with opposition politician Imran Khan, who would become prime minister in August 2018.

In another episode, Assange sat down with Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador who had granted him asylum.

After his successor Lenin Moreno revoked Assange’s asylum and allowed UK police to arrest the WikiLeaks journalist on April 11, Correa called Moreno “the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history… a corrupt man” whose crime “humanity will never forget.”

WATCH: The World Tomorrow w/ Julian Assange on

Assange was arrested on an extradition warrant from the US, where he is sought on charges of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” with whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Manning had turned over thousands of US government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, including the Iraq and Afghanistan “war diaries,” which contained the notorious “collateral murder” video showing US forces killing civilians.

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National security & imperial presidency: What book Julian Assange was reading during his arrest


11-04-19 08:44:00,

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy by British police, he emerged clutching a single book: Gore Vidal’s ‘The History of the National Security State.’

Later, as he sat in the dock at Westminster Magistrates Court, Assange silently read through the book, before he was found guilty of skipping bail in 2012 and remanded in custody.

On brand to the very end, Julian Assange was holding a copy of Gore Vidal’s History of the National Security State as he was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy.

— Will Martin (@willmartin19) April 11, 2019

Was Assange trying to send a message? Through a collection of interviews with Vidal, the book covers themes dear to Assange and WikiLeaks, tracing the historical events that gave rise to the military-industrial-security complex, as well as the expansion of executive powers that led to what the author calls “the imperial presidency.”

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“The people have no voice because they have no information,” Vidal warned in the book. Speaking to RT on Thursday, former MI5 agent Annie Machon hailed Assange for trying to do something about this.

“We’ve seen time and time again how easy it is for the mainstream media to be controlled and manipulated from behind the scenes by the intelligence agencies and by governments,” Machon said. “And that is precisely the model that Julian Assange tried to break. And he did it courageously and he did it knowing full well what he’d be facing.”

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Assange began publishing classified materials, some detailing alleged war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, during the George W. Bush administration, and avoided US persecution under Barack Obama. In his book, Vidal heaped scorn on both parties for working together to ratchet up ‘homeland security’ in the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Now we have a dictatorial system,

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Margarita Simonian’s and Maria Zakharova’s reaction to the rendition of Julian Assange | The Vineyard of the Saker


11-04-19 08:42:00,

What happened is this: since the legacy Ziomedia hates Assange and since they were embarrassed by having this Uber-whistle-blower locked away for 7 years for daring to reveal the true nature of the AngloZionst Empire, they did not have anybody in from of the Ecuadorian Embassy when Assange was rendered.  Now they have to humiliate themselves and ask RT (whom they hate and constantly insult) for some footage.  Here is Margarita Simonian’s brilliant reaction to this state of affairs:

Translation: the most obvious sentence one could pass over total disgrace the world media has become can be seen in the fact that nobody was here to film the arrest of Julian Assange, only us (RT).  That in spite of the fact that everybody already new that he would be expelled.  Now they have to come and ask for our footage.
CNN and The Guardian have the gall to call us and ask how it is that we were the only ones to get this footage.
It’s obvious: you are just the spineless hypocritical servants of your Establishment and not journalists at all.  This is why such a thing happened.

As for Maria Zakharova, she truly put it beautifully:

“The hand of “democracy” chokes the neck of freedom”

I could not have put it better myself.

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Video: War on Russia? Growing Military Deployment of US-NATO in the Black Sea – Global Research


11-04-19 07:32:00,

NATO is preparing a package of measures to counter Russia in the Black Sea region. This package includes the deployment of NATO warships to the Black Sea to guarantee ‘passage’ of Ukrainian ships via the Kerch Strait, U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison stressed during a press briefing on April 2.

Hutchison said that the prepared package “beefs up the surveillance, both air surveillance as well as more of the NATO country ships going into the Black Sea to assure that there is safe passage from Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Straits, the Sea of Azov”.

Earlier the US State Department announced that the Black Sea package is a response to the challenges the US and NATO face in the region, “not merely because of the Kerch Strait incident,” but because “Russia is threatening the alliance all along the eastern flank, not just in the north.

The public announcement of a possible NATO operation in the Kerch Strait is itself a move undermining the shaky stability created after the incident of November 25, 2018, when Russian coastal guards detained 3 ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which were attempting to enter the Kerch Strait in a way which violated the established norms and rules. Then, Moscow’s actions gave rise to large-scale hysteria in mainstream and Ukrainian media outlets. However, the situation developed no further. Ukraine’s “partners” limited their response to formal declarations. It was clear that the Kiev government was the side that had provoked the conflict. Before and after the Kerch Strait incident Ukrainian ships were passing the strait after going through the formal procedures established in this area.

If NATO naval forces together with or in some form assisting Ukrainian forces were to make an attempt to break through the Kerch Strait by force violating the established rules of passage, this would be seen by Moscow as an aggressive military action, which would provoke an equivalent response. In other words, a military clash could be expected. In such an event, the situation might escalate further. The media and political importance of such developments could be compared with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which became the formal pretext for the start of the First World War or the annexation of the Sudetenland by Nazi Germany before the start of the Second World War.

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“The Greece Israel Cyprus Axis” (GRISCY): The US Key to Containing Multipolarity in the Eastern Mediterranean? – Global Research


11-04-19 06:10:00,

The US’ strengthening of its energy and security partnerships with the emerging strategic axis of Greece, “Israel”, and Cyprus (GRISCY) through the proposed “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” will contribute to containing multipolarity in the region by working against the interests of Turkey, Russia, and even China.

The GRISCY Game-Changer

Adam Garrie’s observation last year about the emerging Greek-“Israeli“-Cypriot (GRISCY) axis has been validated after two Senators just proposed the “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” that will see the US strengthen its energy and strategic partnerships with this alliance. The popular Greek outlet Ekathimerini summarized the bill’s most important provisions as follows:

                “- Lift the prohibition on arms sales to the Republic of Cyprus;

  • Authorize the establishment of a United States-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Center to facilitate energy cooperation between the US, Israel, Greece, and Cyprus;
  • Authorize $3,000,000 in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance for Greece;
  • Authorize $2,000,000 for International Military Education and Training (IMET) assistance for Greece and $2,000,000 for Cyprus.
  • Impede the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey, as long as Turkey continues with plans to purchase the S-400 air defense system from the Russian Federation, a purchase that would be sanctionable under US law.
  • Require the Administration to submit to Congress a strategy on enhanced security and energy cooperation with countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as reports on malign activities by Russia and other countries in the region.”

From the above, it’s clear to see that this is a blatantly anti-Turkish piece of legislation, albeit one that’s also equally contrary to Russian and Chinese interests as well. This means that the Act is actually intended to contain multipolarity in the region and is therefore poised to be a game-changing geopolitical development if it enters into law.

Greece & Cyprus

GRISCY brings together three anti-Turkish states along Ankara’s Western and Southern peripheries and gives them a sense of integrational purpose through the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline that they’re all involved in, which in turn serves as the physical basis for expanding their energy relations to the political,

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Yellow Vests: Realisation | The Vineyard of the Saker


11-04-19 06:09:00,

It is preposterous to believe that a system which destroys nationhood, statehood and the natural right to have a decent living in exchange of dignified work can be maintained by sheer power of the few and their political puppets.

The economics of neoliberalism is a Ponzi scheme which ends in massive unpayable debt and civil or international wars.

We are at the very end of this infamous chapter of history and people are becoming inmune to the massive and poisonous propaganda from the hegemonic media, their lies and their criminal manipulations.

I am 69 and I have seen a lot, but when I see the gilets jaunes on the streets every Saturday, I feel young because there is hope for humanity.

In a nondistant future our corrupted politicians, instead of having a short ski holiday in the Alps, will be rewarded with a very very long vacation to count trees in Siberia.

El pueblo unido, jamás sera vencido.

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Western Spies Among the Jihadis in Idlib: Planning A New Drama? A Chemical Attack? – Global Research


10-04-19 09:10:00,

There are spies among the Jihadis in Idlib.  Movements, storages and plans are well known to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian allies.  Recently, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that European intelligence agents were inside Idlib, and planning a chemical attack, which would be blamed on the Syrian and/or Russian military.  The professional video troupe, The White Helmets, is also present ready to begin their upcoming role in the drama. French and Belgian agents inside Idlib were observed by informants in their midst, though the French Foreign Ministry accused Russia of lying.

When the battle to free East Aleppo was over in December 2016, the civilians came streaming out, and the next task was to interview them to determine who was an innocent civilian, and who had actually been a terrorist, but had not managed to escape. Under-cover informants were able to identify the innocent from the terrorists. Time and time again, from battle to battle, valuable information was leaked to the SAA through their vast network of informants on the ground, behind enemy lines, among the terrorist groups they were fighting.

Ever since the war began in 2011, chemical weapons use, or merely the threat, has played a role.  Syrians watched videos made in 2012 by terrorists in which rabbits were killed with chemicals, in an effort to scare the civilian population, and it worked.  People were scared, and the fear was coming from the Turkish border, as the chemicals in the video were clearly made in Turkey.  In March 2013, Khan al Assal was attacked by chemical weapons. The dead were 25 civilians and 16 SAA soldiers guarding the town after a previous terrorist attack.

The live TV coverage of the hospital with the gasping victims, and the dead in a local hospital shocked Syrians nationwide, while the Syrian deputy foreign minister, Faisal Meqdad, said Syria would file a protest with the U.N. Security Council, which was followed up by requests by the Syrian government for UN investigators to come and inspect the crime scene and victims.  The UN repeatedly stalled citing security concerns, finally in August 2013 the team arrived in Damascus,

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Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections – Global Research


10-04-19 08:58:00,

With over 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu and leading challenger Benny Gantz each won 35 of the Knesset’s 120 seats, according to the unofficial tally.

Apartheid right wing parties won a super-majority on Tuesday, results similar to recent past elections.

Israelis have themselves to blame, keeping Netanyahu in power as prime minister for the past decade, another four-year term likely as analysts believe a majority of Knesset members support him.

Likud under him represents extremist fascist rule – neoliberal harshness for most Jews, apartheid for Israeli Arabs and Occupied Palestinians.

Institutionalized racism is official Israeli policy under all its ruling coalitions. So is state terrorism, as well as undeclared war on Palestinians and Syria, slow-motion genocide against two million Gazans, suffocating under politicized blockade, attacked repeated by the IDF, the world community doing nothing to stop their suffering.

Israel is a fantasy democracy, not the real thing. Millions of Palestinians are disenfranchised. Their entire population in Israel and the Territories has no say over how they’re governed.

Nearly five million Palestinians in the Territories and Israel are victimized by occupation, colonization, and apartheid state terror, high crimes under international law by any standard.

No matter how Israeli elections turn out, their persecution continues, self-determination denied them by all Israeli regimes.

No-peace/peace talks when held represent the greatest hoax in modern times – along with the US war OF terror, not on it.

Unofficial results have Netanyahu’s Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White party tied with 35 seats (each with 26% of the vote), around 14,000 votes separating them with about 100,000 remaining to be counted as of 9AM local time.

Ultra-orthodox/religious fundamentalist Shas and United Torah Judaism parties each got eight seats, Union of Right-Wing Parties and Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu both with five, and Kulanu four.

Labor and Arab party Hadash-Ta’al each got six seats, Meretz five, and United Arab List-Balad four.

Naftali Bennett, Ayelet (“little snakes”) Shaked, along with other hard-right figures failed to gain enough votes for Knesset seats. Turnout was 68%, down from 72% in 2015, largely because most Israeli Arabs opted out of the process, knowing no matter who wins, they lose.

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Why 2019 Ukraine Imports Terrorists and Exports Terror 1992-2019 | The Vineyard of the Saker


10-04-19 08:56:00,

by George Eliason, Special Correspondent for the Saker Blog in Novorussia

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The shame of post 2014 Ukraine is that the only equivalent situation that could exist is putting the Ukrainian SS death camp guards, their families, and officers’ in charge of Israel. Would giving death camp torturers and lever pullers free reign to do what they want to an entire people have been the thing to do during or after WWII? As you’ll soon see, the Israeli’s and some stellar international Jewish leaders think so as long as it ain’t them.

In 2014, Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine Reuven Din El and the ADL’s Abe Foxman met with Pravy Sektor leader Dimitry Yarosh. Even though Yarosh is a disciple of the WWII criminal Bandera and the Israelis know the OUNb murdered 900,000 Ukrainian Jews in Ukraine, they decided they believed Yarosh that the OUN is not anti-Semitic.

What Yarosh may not have told them but they knew anyway, is that prior to Pravy Sektor, he was the leader of Trizub Bandery. It was the militant arm of Slava Stetsko’s new political party in Ukraine called CUN (Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists). Yarosh was the WWII murderess’ bodyguard. In his eyes, he was the heir apparent and incarnation of what Nazi sycophant Stepan Bandera would hope for to lead Ukrainian nationalists in 2014.

So, of course Jewish leaders had every right to give Yarosh a clean bill of political health to the rest of the world. Sure. That was the only reasonable and responsible thing for them to do. Ukraine still denies any responsibility for the millions of lives their progenitors took or the lives they are taking today.

Slava Stetsko’s OUNb (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists –Bandera faction) made a triumphant entry into Ukraine and cemented the dominance Diaspora nationalists would have in the region. When she came in June 1991, part of celebrating her husband’s work was commemorating the June 1941 Lviv Pogrom her husband started. He was celebrating his declaration of the Ukrainian state which never came into being.

Why is this relevant to the events of 2014 through the 2019 Ukrainian election? What does it have to do with exporting terrorism?

Back in 1991,

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Central Banks Are Driving Us Toward A Stagnant Global Zombie Economy


10-04-19 12:18:00,

Authored by Daniel Lacalle via,

Liquidity injections and zero interest rate policies disguise risk and may give a false sense of security…

This risk could not be more evident today.  Not only have we seen large downgrades to consensus growth estimates and central banks’ expectations of GDP and inflation, leading indicators also point to a much weaker economy ahead.

There are similarities with 2008 that we should not ignore.

  • A massive China stimulus inflates risky assets and commodities.

  • Poor macro and earnings data is ignored by markets assuming that all will improve in the second half of the year.

  • Yield curves invert.  15 economies now have 30-year yields lower than LIBOR overnight rates.

  • The figure of negative yield debt rises to $11 trillion.

Financial repression is at all-time highs while leading indicators point to a growing risk of recession.

In the first quarter of 2019, stocks have added $9.3 trillion in market capitalization, bonds have gained almost $2 trillion in value.  Meanwhile, the Conference Board Index of leading indicators has plummeted for the major economies. The Citi Economic Surprise Index has also fallen, particularly in March, despite a small bounce in the Eurozone at the beginning of the year. Global trade growth, machine equipment orders and manufacturing indices remain poor… while debt soars to another record-high of $244 trillion according to the Bank of International Settlements and the IIF.

The difference with the Asian or the 2008 crisis is that this time the excess risk is hidden under central banks’ balance sheets and will continue to do so.

So, if risk is hidden under a perennial money supply-growth carpet, why should we worry? Because the endgame is not likely to be a 2008-style bang, but a slow, painful and unstoppable zombification of the global economy.  As the evidence of stagnation rises, governments get more nervous. What do they do? Stop the monetary madness? Allow high productivity sectors to thrive? Promote deleveraging and prudent investment? No. More white elephants, massive unproductive spending at the expense of taxpayers and savers in what is likely to be yet another massive transfer of wealth from salaries and savers to governments with fancy names.

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‘Extensive spying operation’ against Wikileaks founder Assange revealed (WATCH LIVE)


10-04-19 12:14:00,

WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has alleged that an extensive spying operation was conducted against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his time in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

During an explosive press conference, which is still underway, Hrafnsson alleges that the operation was designed to get Assange extradited. WikiLeaks claims that it was told that Assange’s extradition was imminent.

“We know that there was a request to hand over visitor’s logs from the embassy and video recordings from within the security cameras in the embassy,” Hrafnsson said, adding that he believes the information had been handed over to the administration of US President Donald Trump.

Cameras used within the embassy in the last year have the capacity to record audio meaning that every single meeting held by Julian Assange with his doctors and lawyers have been recorded, according to former Consul of Ecuador to London, Fidel Narvaez.

“Ecuador is not protecting Julian anymore,” Narvaez said at the news conference, adding that the Ecuadorian government is doing everything possible to end his asylum. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has repeatedly accused Assange of breaching the terms of his asylum.

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A trove of audio, video, and photographs from a medical examination and copies of Assange’s lawyer’s notes, among other, private legal documents allegedly emerged in Spain and were used by a group who attempted to extort €3 million from WikiLeaks, it was claimed.

“I am told that the ringleader has a prior conviction on similar charges… there is a possibility that this one person was not Spanish but Spanish-Speaking,” Hrafnsson said of the extortion conspirators.

Narvaez also alleged that Moreno is using the Assange crisis as a smokescreen to cover up a major corruption scandal that both he and his family are involved in. He claimed that, as a credible pretext to extradite Assange, the government is selling the idea that Assange has hacked President Moreno’s phone, despite Assange’s lack of internet access and with no evidence to substantiate the allegations, and no verification of the claims carried out.

Chelsea Manning, who leaked the sensitive documents which sparked Assange’s asylum saga,

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