Don’t Be Evil? — Julian Assange says, “Don’t waste your time!”

“The New Digital Age” is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, who construct a new idiom for United States global power in the 21st century. This idiom reflects the ever closer union between the State Department and Silicon Valley, as personified by Mr. Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, and Mr. Cohen, a former adviser to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton who is now director of Google Ideas…

The book proselytizes the role of technology in reshaping the world’s people and nations into likenesses of the world’s dominant superpower, whether they want to be reshaped or not. The prose is terse, the argument confident and the wisdom — banal. But this isn’t a book designed to be read. It is a major declaration designed to foster alliances.

“The New Digital Age” is, beyond anything else, an attempt by Google to position itself as America’s geopolitical visionary — the one company that can answer the question “Where should America go?” It is not surprising that a respectable cast of the world’s most famous warmongers has been trotted out to give its stamp of approval to this enticement to Western soft power. The acknowledgments give pride of place to Henry Kissinger, who along with Tony Blair and the former C.I.A. director Michael Hayden provided advance praise for the book.

In the book the authors happily take up the white geek’s burden. A liberal sprinkling of convenient, hypothetical dark-skinned worthies appear: Congolese fisherwomen, graphic designers in Botswana, anticorruption activists in San Salvador and illiterate Masai cattle herders in the Serengeti are all obediently summoned to demonstrate the progressive properties of Google phones jacked into the informational supply chain of the Western empire.

The authors offer an expertly banalized version of tomorrow’s world: the gadgetry of decades hence is predicted to be much like what we have right now — only cooler. “Progress” is driven by the inexorable spread of American consumer technology over the surface of the earth. Already, every day, another million or so Google-run mobile devices are activated. Google will interpose itself, and hence the United States government, between the communications of every human being not in China (naughty China). Commodities just become more marvelous; young, urban professionals sleep, work and shop with greater ease and comfort; democracy is insidiously subverted by technologies of surveillance, and control is enthusiastically rebranded as “participation”; and our present world order of systematized domination, intimidation and oppression continues, unmentioned, unafflicted or only faintly perturbed.

I’m doubtful about ever reading The New Digital Age. But, I can recommend reading all of this review by Julian Assange.

Nice to see the continual assaults by the bearers of American so-called justice haven’t silenced his contempt for Imperial agitprop.

81 thoughts on “Don’t Be Evil? — Julian Assange says, “Don’t waste your time!”

  1. Patrick Knowles says:

    And to any doubters out there, do you need anymore proof that there is really an Us vs. Them? Paddy

  2. Red Herring says:

    “Julian Assange says “1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection” proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria” [Video] Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew that the US was sending arms from Libya to Syria in 2011, a year before the Benghazi attacks. Under oath Hillary Clinton denied she knew about the weapons shipments during public testimony in early 2013 after the Benghazi terrorist attack. In an interview with Democracy Now, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is now stating that 1,700 emails contained in the Clinton cache directly connect Hillary to Libya to Syria, and directly to Al Qaeda and ISIS. See also “Hillary Clinton strategist says “kill” Julian Assange, because “a dead man can’t leak stuff” “Julian Assange’s latest revelation that has Bob Beckel calling for his assassination…the DNC email hack (that the Clinton machine cleverly diverted into a Putin-Trump imaginary bromance) was most likely leaked, not by Russians, but by 27 year old Democratic staffer Seth Rich, who was mysteriously (and conveniently) murdered right after the DNC leak.”

  3. Useful Idiot says:

    “Julian Assange Is A Russian Front-Man, Not A Freedom Fighter” “WikiLeaks is a functional subsidiary of Vladimir Putin’s intelligence services and Assange—hiding in a London embassy rather than face charges as a sexual predator—is on the end of a long but firm Russian string.
    The connections between WikiLeaks and the Russians are obvious, except to the people who prefer not to see them. This is not a liberal or conservative matter; opportunists of every stripe look away from the mysteries of how Assange and WikiLeaks manage to survive, physically and financially, rather than to admit that a crusade for “transparency” and “freedom” is little more than a Russian operation directed at the West’s most gullible citizens.”

    • HAR says:

      “Just in case Edward Snowden and Julian Assange might be out and about in US military bases or buildings, the US Defense Security Service created posters of the two enemies of the state so military staff could watch out for these “infamous spies.”
      …The posters, tweeted by Wikileaks yesterday and first posted on Reddit over a year ago, contain the men’s head shots, year of birth, a short bio, and a blurb about their alleged crimes.” (examples of the posters are included)

    • Bob's Uncle says:

      According to the WikiLeaks Supporters Forum the Ecuadorian intelligence agency (SENAIN) has been keeping Assange under surveillance while he’s been a guest in their London embassy Reportedly one of the agency’s internally generated daily reports stated Assange “requested that he be able to chose his own Security Service inside the embassy, suggesting the use of Russian operatives.” [in the original Spanish: “habría sido la elección de su propio Servicio de Seguridad en el interior de la embajada, llegando a proponer la participación de operadores de nacionalidad rusa” ] The Supporters Forum makes no comment on this but it does seem odd that Assange would request Russian protection during his asylum in a Western country.

    • Over2UVladimir says:

      (October 7th, 2016) The United States has officially blamed Russia for the hacking of computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations, and accused Moscow of trying to interfere with this year’s election process. The charge came in a strongly-worded statement released by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday.
      “The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

      • Upping the ante says:

        (Oct 11th) U.S. President Barack Obama will consider a variety of responses to Russia’s hacking of political party organizations and it is possible that any action may not be announced publicly, the White House said on Tuesday.
        “There are a range of responses that are available to the president and he will consider a response that is proportional,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One. “It is certainly possible that the president can choose response options that we never announce,” he said.–proportional–response-to-russia-hacking/42510098

  4. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    WikiLeaks has canceled an unknown announcement it had planned for next week due to security concerns, according to an NBC News reporter. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was scheduled to make an announcement Tuesday from the balcony of London’s Ecuadorian Embassy. It was expected to be connected to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Assange has promised to release more emails from the massive hack of the Democratic National Committee and last month he said more Clinton leaks would be coming soon. Roger Stone, a supporter of Donald Trump, tweeted Sunday that Clinton would be “done” on Wednesday because of the Wikileaks announcement.

  5. Ministry of Truth says:

    Julian Assange plans to release information on subjects including the U.S. election and Google Assange said WikiLeaks plans to start publishing new material starting this week, but wouldn’t specify the timing and subject but warned that the so called ‘October Surprise’ will expose Google. Assange did not reveal what type of information would be leaked about the tech giant, but his 2014 book could provide a clue. In it, he wrote: ‘(Eric) Schmidt’s tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of U.S. power structures…’ Reportedly Assange became concerned about former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s ties with the State Department in 2009 when Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state. He has claimed that Schmidt, who is a chairman at the company, has worked with the Clintons for years, as Donald Trump accused Google of political bias saying that it suppresses negative news about Clinton. Assange said speculation that he or WikiLeaks intend to harm Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is ‘false.’

  6. All aboard! says:

    Early Monday WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his internet link was ‘severed’ by state agents. Several hours later, Wikileaks alleged Ecuador was behind the action, prompting a response from Quito. Sunday night Wikileaks tweeted out a series of three terse, confusing messages, each containing a 64-character code , which gave rise to a theory that Assange had been poisoned by a vegan sandwich brought to him by former “Playboy” model and “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson on Saturday. At 8:53 EDT today a self-described ‘Volunteer for Wikileaks’ tweeted some photos of himself with Assange as a proof of life however there are concerns that Assange may have been replaced by “one of Hillary’s body doubles”

  7. Release the flying monkeys! says:

    ☐ Silencing Assange: ‘US establishment in panic over Clinton WikiLeaks emails’ (RT is a TV network funded by the Russian government) (see also comments) ☐ “Wikileaks: Is Julian Assange interfering in US election?” (the BBC is owned by the British Government) ☐ “Writhing over WikiLeaks : Julian Assange is no Daniel Ellsberg.” By Neil Gabler for Bill Moyers & Company (which is syndicated by American Public Television with major funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York) ☐ Ecuador’s embassy in the U.K. says it alone was responsible for cutting WikiLeak’s founder Julian Assange’s internet connection, stating that the country doesn’t want to interfere with the U.S. elections. ☐ “The decision looks like the latest sign that Assange has worn out his welcome with his Ecuadoran hosts. And it comes at a time when a broader political realignment in South America has significantly reduced the advantages of having a human hot potato like Assange jolting the U.S. presidential election from the embassy’s Web server.” (The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, who’s now the second richest man in America)

  8. Stay tuned says:

    November 2, 2016 @ 14:24:28 UTC
    ● “Trump adviser reveals how Assange ally warned him about leaked Clinton emails : Roger Stone told the Guardian he was briefed about the embarrassing and sensitive leaked emails by a ‘mutual friend’ of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange” (The Guardian-4 hours ago)
    ● “WikiLeaks: Clinton Foundation Plagued by Corruption and Conflict” (Observer-2 hours ago)
    ● “WikiLeaks releases 26th batch of #PodestaEmails from Clinton campaign chair” (RT-1 hour ago)
    ● “What does Wikileaks say about Arutz Sheva? Wikileaks database of confidential documents features over 1,500 mentions or citations of Arutz Sheva.” (Arutz Sheva-1 hour ago) Arutz Sheva also known in English as Israel National News, is an Israeli media network identifying with Religious Zionism. It also publishes a weekly newspaper, B’Sheva, with the third-largest weekend circulation in Israel.

  9. Dumpster diver says:

    In an interview that will be broadcast by Russia Today (RT) on Saturday Julian Assange accuses Hillary Clinton of accepting funding from the government of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and of underplaying the support that they provide to ISIS.
    “A new WikiLeaks release of stolen emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta reveal an invitation by his brother to a “Spirit Cooking dinner” at the home of artist Marina Abramovic. “Spirit Cooking with Essential Aphrodisiac Recipes” was released by Ms. Abramovic in 1996, but the “ingredients” call for “fresh breast milk with fresh sperm milk” to be consumed “on earthquake nights.” New York’s Museum of Modern Art called it a “cookbook” for “evocative instructions for actions or thoughts.” Another recipe calls for “fresh morning urine.” The Washington Times is a newspaper owned by Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, through its company News World Communications, which is a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

  10. Yinzer says:

    The 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill, released on Friday, approves the next year’s worth of intelligence operations. It contains a final clause stating that WikiLeaks should be considered a “cyberthreat.” “It is the sense of Congress that WikiLeaks and the senior leadership of WikiLeaks resemble a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors and should be treated as such a service by the United States,” it said.
    The bill had passed the Committee on a 14-1 vote in July. Democrat Senator Ron Wyden, the only one who voted against the bill, said his decision was due to concerns over the denouncement.
    “My concern is that the use of the novel phrase ‘non-state hostile intelligence service’ may have legal, constitutional, and policy implications, particularly should it be applied to journalists inquiring about secrets,” Wyden said in a Tuesday press release touting three provisions he was able to add to the bill.
    The annual Intelligence Authorization Act requires approval by the full Senate and House and the president’s signature before it can become law. No vote has been scheduled so far.

  11. Tangled Web says:

    (9/1/17: “A GOP lawmaker’s suggestion that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be pardoned by President Trump is being eyed warily by people in the intelligence community.” (The Hill 9/1/17)
    “While a pardon for Assange seems unlikely, it’s hardly impossible considering Trump’s praise for Wikileaks and Assange’s own efforts to question U.S. intelligence that Russia sought to influence last year’s election. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who has come under scrutiny for his own ties to Russia, is behind the Assange pardon push. The deal Rohrabacher is trying to cut: pardon Assange in exchange for information he claims proves Russia did not collude with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race.”
    “Senate investigators may seek Rohrabacher testimony about his meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange” (LA Times 8/31/17)
    See also “Hannity Mentions “Kim Dotcom” in Interview with Rohrabacher on Assange Information”

  12. Kuzma's mother says:

    10/14/17: Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has reportedly complied with a request from lawmakers leading the Russia investigation to turn over the identity of his go-between to WikiLeaks. Stone’s response to the House request comes after the leading members of the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) threatened to subpoena the former Trump campaign member for the information if he did not hand it over by Friday.
    Julian Assange @JulianAssange 2:08 PM – 15 Oct 2017: “4767 5774 6a7a 4d6c 6330 666b 314a 3453 0000 0907 84b4 f787 7616 86f7 a737 5707 5736”

  13. Useful idiot says:

    “The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks : The transparency organization asked the president’s son for his cooperation—in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States.” (The Atlantic Nov 13, 2017. Updated on November 13 @ 10:28 pm)
    “All the known times the Trump campaign met with Russians” (Washington Post November 13 @ 3:00 AM)

  14. Kuzma's mother says:

    Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.
    The September 4 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race — two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails.
    The email came less than three weeks before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter. Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the September email.
    Congressional investigators are trying to ascertain whether the individual who sent the September email is legitimate and whether it shows additional efforts by WikiLeaks to connect with Trump’s son and others on the Trump campaign. The email also indicated that the Trump campaign could access records from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose hacked emails were made public by a Russian front group 10 days later.

    • 4theRecord says:

      “A one-digit mistake by CNN on Friday armed President Trump with new ammunition for another fusillade against the media. Hours later, the president fired away at a rally in Pensacola, Fla.
      “CNN apologized just a little while ago,” Trump gloated. “They apologized. Oh, thank you, CNN. Thank you so much. You should’ve been apologizing for the last two years.”
      CNN reported Friday morning that Donald Trump Jr. received an email on Sept. 4, 2016, that granted special access to WikiLeaks documents. The network said in an online article that the email had been “described to CNN by multiple sources.”
      But The Washington Post obtained the email itself and reported Friday afternoon that the message was actually dated Sept. 14, 2016 — a difference that sets Trump Jr.’s receipt 10 days later. The date matters. CNN’s report indicated that the Trump campaign had been fed hacked email files belonging to the Democratic National Committee and former secretary of state Colin Powell more than a week before the files were released publicly.”

  15. Judas Goat says:

    January 29, 2018: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers Sean Hannity information on Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election. See also screen shots and report at

  16. Olley Oxen Free says:

    LONDON (AP) — A judge upheld a British arrest warrant for Julian Assange on Tuesday, saying the WikiLeaks founder should have the courage to come to court and face justice after more than five years inside Ecuador’s London embassy. “He appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favor,” the judge said, drawing exclamations of dismay from Assange supporters in the public gallery.

  17. WITCH HUNT™️ says:

    Private Twitter messages obtained by The Atlantic show that WikiLeaks, which was branded a “non-state hostile intelligence service” by CIA Director Mike Pompeo last April. communicated directly with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump, and sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won the election. The existence of the secret correspondence raises questions about what the president knew about Stone’s interactions with Wikileaks during the campaign. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (The Atlantic Feb 27, 2018) Stone also exchanged private Twitter messages in August and September of 2016 with a user known as Guccifer 2.0. Guccifer claimed in a posting on their WordPress site to have “penetrated Hillary Clinton’s and other Democrats’ mail servers,” but the self-described hacker was later characterized by U.S. officials as a front for Russian military intelligence. Stone only published that exchange after it was revealed by The Smoking Gun, a website that publishes mugshots and other public documents. See (also provides profile of Stone).
    “How Roger Stone Interacted with Russia’s Guccifer and Wikileaks” (includes a timeline) Newsweek 2/29/18 “As a background matter, it is important to know that the U.S. Intelligence Community’s report concludes with “high confidence” that the Russian intelligence operation used Guccifer 2.0 (a front for a Russian intelligence group) and Wikileaks to release the stolen materials in the US election.” See “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” (Jan 6, 2018)

  18. силови́к says:

    The hacker Guccifer 2.0, who claimed responsibility for providing WikiLeaks with the stolen Democratic National Committee emails, has been identified as an officer of Russia’s main intelligence directorate, or GRU, according to a new report. “The attribution of Guccifer 2.0 as an officer of Russia’s largest foreign intelligence agency brings the investigation closer to the Kremlin’s doorstep—and to Trump himself.”

  19. Omar comin'! says:

    “A controversial London-based academic with close ties to Nigel Farage has been detained by the FBI upon arrival in the US and issued a subpoena to testify before Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.” “In a statement sent to the Guardian, Malloch, who described himself as a policy wonk and defender of Trump, said the FBI also asked him about his relationship with Roger Stone, the Republican strategist, and whether he had ever visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has resided for nearly six years. Malloch said he had agreed with the special counsel’s office that he would appear before Mueller’s grand jury in Washington DC on 13 April.”
    The same day that Mueller detained Malloch over his connections to Assange, Ecuador suddenly cracked down on Assange.
    See also “A new player linked to Roger Stone has been compelled to testify in the Russia probe as Mueller homes in on the DNC hack” and “Nigel Farage is ‘person of interest’ in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia” : FBI interested in former Ukip leader’s ties with people connected to US president and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange (2017)
    Roger Stone seems to have noticed he’s being fitted for a noose

  20. Ozymandias says:

    “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been banned from receiving visitors and phone calls under new rules announced by the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been ensconced since 2012. Assange has found himself increasingly isolated within the embassy in the United Kingdom. In March, his internet access was blocked after he violated an agreement not to comment publicly on international affairs.”
    A week after opening up about her relationship with Julian Assange and sharing why she’s concerned about the safety of the controversial WikiLeaks founder, Pamela Anderson is now asking Kanye West to help her “set him free.”

  21. Update says:

    “Ecuadorian authorities are about to expel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from their London embassy, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald reported. Assange was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to the US.” (Deutsche Welle 7/22/18) (see related stories)
    “Charges against 12 Russian spies undermine Julian Assange email denials” (AP Jul 15, 2018) “if the charges in the indictment are proved true, it would show that WikiLeaks – referred to as “Organization 1” in the indictment – received the material from a persona directly controlled by Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, and even gave the Russian hackers advice on how to disseminate it.”
    “Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the U.K. What Comes Next?” By Glen Greewald (The Intercept July 21, 2018)

  22. Cornelian dilemma says:

    “No Matter What You Think Of Julian Assange, It Would Be Harmful For Press Freedoms For The US To Prosecute For Publishing Leaks” (see also “Wikileaks Refused To Publish Manafort Family Texts, So Someone Else Did”)
    “By suing WikiLeaks, DNC could endanger principles of press freedom” (Committee to Protect Journalists 5/29/18)

  23. полезный идиот says:

    “WikiLeaks founder sought Russian visa in 2010, per AP report : Internal documents leaked to AP include “Key Contacts” and an apparent escape plan.” “The Associated Press has published a cache of 10 documents that it says are part of a leaked “larger trove of WikiLeaks emails, chat logs, financial records, secretly recorded footage, and other documents.”
    AP reporter Raphael Satter declined to elaborate as to how much more material the AP had or why that material was not being released now.” (see links). This cache adds intrigue to WikiLeaks’ and Assange’s ongoing saga. Numerous media outlets reported early last month that Assange’s days in the embassy are numbered and that the Ecuadorian authorities could boot him soon. “The files provide both an intimate look at the radical transparency organization and an early hint of Assange’s budding relationship with Moscow,” Satter wrote.
    In July 2016, WikiLeaks published 20,000 internal emails from the Democratic National Committee, a hack that likely originated from Russia.”

  24. Gotcha says:

    “The Justice Department inadvertently named Julian Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case, suggesting prosecutors have charged the WikiLeaks founder under seal.
    Assange’s name appears twice in an August court filing from a federal prosecutor in Virginia, who was attempting to keep sealed a separate case involving a man accused of coercing a minor for sex.
    Any charges against Assange could help illuminate the question of whether Russia coordinated with the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election. It would also suggest that, after years of internal wrangling within the Justice Department, prosecutors have decided to take a more aggressive tact against the secret-sharing website.”

  25. WTF says:

    “Manafort Tried to Broker Deal With Ecuador to Hand Assange Over to U.S.” (NYT)
    …why would Manafort be interested in helping to bring his co-conspirator to justice, particularly since that would further incriminate Manafort, at a time when he was already under federal criminal investigation. Or was Manafort just trying to con Ecuador into the Chinese electricity deal he was selling? In any case how could he make this deal happen without Trump’s signing off on it, unless the two of them were in it together on this in 2017. If so, why in the world would Trump want Assange brought to justice, give his role in the Trump-Russia conspiracy.
    Smells like someone’s trying to smoke a rat out of the woodpile.

  26. Omar's Coming Yo! says:

    ● WikiLeaks Veteran: I ‘Cooperated’ With Feds ‘in Exchange for Immunity’ (Daily Beast 2/1/19)
    ● Two days in July: As Republicans convened in Cleveland, did Trump receive a heads-up about WikiLeaks? (Washington Post 2/1/19) ● “…If true, Cohen’s account, which he provided in sworn testimony to the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, would be a dramatic revelation — indicating that Trump misled the public about his knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans and, importantly, provided false written testimony to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.”
    ● Why It Matters If Trump Knew About Stone’s Contacts with WikiLeaks (Lawfare 1/27/19)
    ● How a George Washington U. Researcher stumbled across the U.S. Justice Department’s quiet plans to criminally charge Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. (The Chronicle of Higher Education 11/16/18)
    ● Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army Intelligence officer convicted in 2013 of passing secret documents to Julian Assange, told The New York Times she would fight a subpoena to testify in a grand jury against the WikiLeaks founder. The subpoena follows the inadvertent disclosure of a secret filing by the Department of Justice against Assange after he was named in an unrelated sex-crime case. (Daily Beast 2/1/19) See also link “Julian Assange ‘Has Been Charged,’ According to Justice Department Filing” (11/16/18).

  27. Man Who Came to Dinner says:

    Ecuador is preparing to expel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its embassy in London within “hours to days”, according to a WikiLeaks Tweet.
    According to the tweet sent out on Thursday, the “#INAPapers offshore scandal” was being seen as a pretext to expel Assange. “A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within ‘hours to days’ using the INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext – and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest,” the tweet read. The INA papers are a collection of documents leaked to an Ecuadorian legislator which have implicated President Lenin Moreno in a corruption scandal. The WikiLeaks statement comes two days after Moreno accused Assange of repeatedly violating the terms of his asylum and said the government was seeking an arrangement with Britain to allow Assange to leave the embassy.

  28. Update says:

    “Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling.” WikiLeaks did not respond to requests for comment. Assange’s lawyers declined to comment. Assange maintains his innocence and WikiLeaks says the charges are “the worst attack on press freedom in our lifetime.”

    “Julian Assange received in-person deliveries of potentially hacked materials related to the 2016 election and had meetings with Russians while holed up in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy, explosive documents reveal”

    • FAKE NEWS™️ says:

      The information supports the suggestion raised by special counsel Robert Mueller in his report that WikiLeaks helped the Russians undermine the U.S. election.
      “After the election, the private security company prepared an assessment of Assange’s allegiances. That report, which included open-source information, concluded there was “no doubt that there is evidence” that Assange had ties to Russian intelligence agencies.”

  29. Antigonish says:

    The Russian military hackers who stole tens of thousands of sensitive Democratic Party documents in 2016 struggled to disseminate their bounty online — at least until anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks joined the effort, according to a report released Tuesday night.
    Tuesday’s report, called “Potemkin Pages & Personas: Assessing GRU Online Operations 2014-2019,” [ ] is the latest that disinformation researchers have produced using data provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee and gives the most complete account yet of the social media operations of the GRU. It was released by the Stanford Internet Observatory, with research manager Renee DiResta as the lead author. DiResta also has worked as part of the Technical Advisory Group for the Senate committee.
    The report found that the GRU, in targeting the United States and other countries, set up phony think tanks and news organizations, created fake online personas and pushed racially divisive online messages through Facebook pages it created, including “Baltimore is Everywhere” and “Michael Brown Memorial.” Then-special counsel Robert S. Mueller III indicted 12 GRU officers last year for their alleged role in seeking to disrupt the U.S. election.
    “One thing this report shows is that what happens on social media doesn’t stay isolated to social media,” said Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “Platforms like Facebook can also serve as the launching pad for narratives that spread throughout the information ecosystem. These big platforms need to do a better job of making sure they don’t become tools for Russian manipulation of American voters, and responsible actors need to take serious stock of how they interact with, rely on and amplify the information found on those platforms.”

  30. Update says:

    Julian Assange rape charge dropped in Sweden : WikiLeaks co-founder waited out the nine-year investigation as the alleged victim’s memory has faded.
    Assange still faces 18 charges in the United States, including allegations he conspired to break into a Pentagon computer and worked with former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
    Meanwhile, Pamela Anderson cancelled a visit to see Assange in a London prison due to a “personal emergency”.
    London: “Julian Assange is unable to work on his extradition case because he has been given an unsuitable computer in prison, a court has heard.” Appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court via video-link on Monday, Assange wore a grey prison-issue jumper and spoke only to confirm his identity.
    During the five-minute hearing, attended by supporters including his father, John Shipton, Assange’s remand in HMP Belmarsh was extended.
    He was to be released from the high-security prison in September but was remanded in custody due to fears he would abscond after he spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
    District Judge Baraitser remanded Assange in custody ahead of a substantive case management hearing next month.
    He will also appear again at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on December 13 to confirm his remand in prison again before he ultimately appears for full extradition proceedings in February.

  31. Puzzling Evidence™️ says:

    “Leak: Man Who Bankrolled Brexit Boasted of WikiLeaks Backchannel : Hacked Twitter messages raise legal questions over Cambridge Analytica, undeclared foreign lobbying, and links between Julian Assange and the Brexit and Trump campaign teams.”
    New York-based website Cryptome
    “UK judge warns against further delay in Assange extradition case : Jailed WikiLeaks founder’s extradition hearing to be split into two parts and could continue to mid-year.”

  32. Tripping says:

    President Donald Trump offered a pardon through an intermediary to Julian Assange if the WikiLeaks chief agreed to say that Russia was not involved in hacking emails from Democrats during the 2016 presidential election, a lawyer for Assange reportedly told a court in London on Wednesday.
    Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald made that claim during a hearing related to the U.S. request to extradite Assange from the United Kingdom to face more than a dozen criminal charges in the United States, according to The Daily Beast news site.
    The White House on Wednesday flatly denied authorizing such an offer and distanced itself from Dana Rohrabacher, a former Republican member of Congress from California who’s been identified as having made the pardon offer for Trump.
    “The president barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. “He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject. It is a complete fabrication and a total lie. This is probably another never ending hoax and total lie from the DNC.”
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 10:32 PM · Nov 4, 2018:
    “Dana Rohrabacher has been a great Congressman for his District and for the people of Cal. He works hard and is respected by all – he produces! Dems are desperate to replace Dana by spending vast sums to elect a super liberal who is weak on Crime and bad for our Military & Vets!”

  33. Update says:

    “Secret sources who had supplied information to the US government “disappeared” after they were put at risk of death or torture by WikiLeaks’s release of classified documents, the first day of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing has been told.
    Julian Assange put the lives of sources and informants in “immediate” danger, lawyers for the US government told a London court on Monday as the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition hearing began.
    Assange, 48, was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April last year, on a US extradition warrant. He had lived at the embassy since claiming asylum there in 2012.
    He faces 18 charges in the US for his alleged role in encouraging, receiving and publishing classified documents linked to national defense. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in jail.
    US counsel James Lewis told the court that the charges against Assange were not linked to his publication of evidence of any war crimes, but instead related to “publishing specific classified documents that contained unredacted names of innocent people who risked their safety and freedom to aid United States and its allies.”
    Assange’s defense lawyers are expected to outline their case against extradition on Tuesday.

  34. Update says:

    (BBC News) Julian Assange secretly fathered two children while living inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, his partner has revealed.
    Stella Morris says she has been in a relationship with the Wikileaks founder since 2015 and has been raising their two young sons on her own.
    She spoke out amid fears over the spread of Covid-19 in Belmarsh Prison.
    He has been held there since being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy a year ago.
    The 48-year-old Australian is now seeking bail amid concerns over his health.

  35. Update says:

    LONDON —. The long-delayed evidentiary hearing in the extradition case of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange returned to the courtroom here Monday.
    Edward Fitzgerald, one of Assange’s lawyers, told a judge in Westminster Magistrates’ Court here on Feb 19th that former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher, an ally of President Trump, made an offer to the WikiLeaks founder on behalf of Trump to pardon Assange in exchange for saying that Russia had nothing to do with the 2016 hack and leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee.”

    • Update says:

      A lawyer for Julian Assange told a London court on Friday that she was present when an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump offered to arrange a pardon for the WikiLeaks founder in return for information that would “benefit President Trump politically”. Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said in a witness statement to the court that she observed a meeting at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2017 between Assange and Republican then-U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher.
      She said Rohrabacher and an assistant offered to arrange a pardon for Assange in return for information about the hacking of Democratic emails before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
      “They stated that President Trump was aware of and had approved of them coming to meet with Mr Assange to discuss a proposal – and that they would have an audience with the President to discuss the matter on their return to Washington DC,” she said.
      “The proposal put forward by Congressman Rohrabacher was that Mr. Assange identify the source for the 2016 election publications in return for some form of pardon, assurance or agreement, which would both benefit President Trump politically and prevent U.S. indictment and extradition,” Robinson said.”
      “After Robinson read her testimony in a London courtroom on Friday, lawyers representing the U.S. accepted the witness statement as accurate and confirmed they had no intention of cross-examining the claim. They did dispute, however, that President Donald Trump gave his blessing for the pardon offer.
      James Lewis, who was representing the U.S. government, said, “The position of the government is we don’t contest these things were said. We obviously do not accept the truth of what was said by others.” “Rohrabacher, who was known as Putin’s favorite congressman, partially corroborated the claim back in February, saying at the time, “I spoke to Julian Assange and told him if he would provide evidence about who gave WikiLeaks the emails I would petition the president to give him a pardon… He knew I could get to the president.”
      Rohrabacher said he followed up the meeting by calling then White House chief of staff John Kelly to discuss the pardon. However, the ex-congressman said he never spoke to Trump about it.”

  36. Update says:

    Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’
    “Virtually every relevant human rights and press freedom organization is sounding the alarm about the incendiary precedent this case sets for the media. The Columbia Journalism Review (4/18/19), Human Rights Watch and the Electronic Frontier Foundation note that the government includes in its indictment regular journalistic procedures, such as protecting sources’ names and using encrypted files—meaning that this “hacking” charge could easily be extended to other journalists. Trevor Timm, founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, told the court this week that if the US prosecutes Assange, every journalist who has possessed a secret file can be criminalized. Thus, it essentially gives a carte blanche to those in power to prosecute whomever they want, whenever they want, even foreigners living halfway around the world.
    The United Nations has condemned his persecution, with Amnesty International describing the case as a “full-scale assault on the right to freedom of expression.” Virtually every story of national significance includes secret or leaked material; they could all be in jeopardy under this new prosecutorial theory.” [see links]

    WikiLeaks – The Moscow Project

  37. Puzzling Evidence says:

    “Julian Assange | Enemy of the state” (10/4/20)
    “The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange” (10/5/20)
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he had “fully authorized” declassification of all documents pertaining to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private service for official emails.
    “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax,” the president tweeted this afternoon. “Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!”
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday said Trump had “tasked me with getting some declassification rolling” as the president was recovering from COVID-19 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Officials began releasing documents on Tuesday. (10/6/20)

  38. Update says:

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied bail by London court : The bail decision comes after a judge ruled on Monday that Assange cannot be extradited to the U.S.
    “I am satisfied that there are substantial grounds for believing that if Mr Assange is released today he would fail to surrender to court to face the appeal proceedings,” Judge Vanessa Baraitser said, according to Reuters.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.