“Liberal” Joe Biden wants to extradite Julian Assange. Here’s why … in 2010

Posted on EIDEARD … July 26, 2010

A whistle-blower website has published what it says are more than 90,000 United States military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan filed between 2004 and January of this year.

The first-hand accounts are the military’s own raw data on the war, including numbers killed, casualties, threat reports and the like, according to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.org, which published the material Sunday.

Here’s the link. When I prepared this post, last night, their servers were pretty much swamped.

“It is the total history of the Afghan war from 2004 to 2010, with some important exceptions — U.S. Special Forces, CIA activity and most of the activity of other non-U.S. groups,” Assange said…

The significance lies in “all of these people being killed in the small events that we haven’t heard about that numerically eclipse the big casualty events. It’s the boy killed by a shell that missed a target,” he told CNN.

What we haven’t seen previously is all those individual deaths,” he said. “We’ve seen just the number and like Stalin said, ‘One man’s death is a tragedy, a million dead is a statistic.’ So, we’ve seen the statistic.”

The website held back about 15,000 documents from Afghanistan to protect individuals who informed on the Taliban, he said.

The news-as-entertainment crowd, liberal or conservative – it matters not, will probably panic over this. As will their mirror-image peers in Congress.

The culture of government which has adopted the practice of classifying information as “secret” because it is embarrassing, damning or otherwise a potentially negative force upon the body politic – demands severe penalties for revelations. Our representatives in Washington DC have had this cowardly habit for decades.

The easier it becomes to collect data, the easier it is to lose control of it.

7 thoughts on ““Liberal” Joe Biden wants to extradite Julian Assange. Here’s why … in 2010

    • Alternative facts says:

      “Access Hollywood, Russian hacking and the Podesta emails: One year later” (October 7, 2017) https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/07/politics/one-year-access-hollywood-russia-podesta-email/index.html
      See also “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”, U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment, Jan 6, 2017
      “This report includes an analytic assessment drafted and coordinated among The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA), which draws on intelligence information collected and disseminated by those three agencies.It covers the motivation and scope of Moscow’s intentions regarding US elections and Moscow’s use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence US public opinion. The assessment focuses on activities aimed at the 2016 US presidential election and and draws on our [the three agencies] understanding of previous Russian influence operations.” https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf

  1. Truthiness says:

    “Russia on Wednesday slammed Britain’s decision to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US where he faces life in prison on espionage charges.
    Speaking at a weekly news conference in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Assange’s extradition “a blow to freedom of speech and the rights of journalists.”
    Calling it persecution and harassment, she said the decision is against freedom of speech and the right to disseminate information.
    Even the manner in which Assange was arrested, she noted, showed “gross disregard for human dignity.”
    “We hope that all the rights of Julian Assange will be respected. We will certainly take this matter to the platforms of international organizations. It seems to me that it is very important that the relevant journalistic organizations also have their say, because, indeed, the situation is unprecedented,” she noted.” https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/russia-slams-uks-decision-to-extradite-wikileaks-co-founder-to-us-3594204

    • Ministry of Truth says:

      Russia has enacted two laws, adopted and brought into force on March 4, that criminalize independent war reporting and protesting the “special military operation” in Ukraine, with penalties of up to 15 years in prison. The laws make it illegal to spread “fake news” about the Russian armed forces, to call for an end to their deployment and to support sanctions against Russian targets.
      The laws impose strict censorship on all discussion of Russia’s war with Ukraine, with Russian authorities banning the description of it as “war” or “an invasion.” But the laws are not limited to the current war in Ukraine but apply to any deployment involving Russian armed forces, such as those under the regional military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization. https://reliefweb.int/report/russian-federation/russia-criminalizes-independent-war-reporting-anti-war-protests

      • Tweetie Pie says:

        As the Russian military offensive in Ukraine rages on, many internet companies and providers have pulled their services from Russia in solidarity with Ukrainians. In addition, many countries have implemented or are considering sanctions that could interfere with Russian internet access. However, the restriction of internet services in Russia has an unintended consequence: the further isolation of Russian citizens and media from the free flow of truthful information online.
        To combat this, the U.S. Treasury Department has extended a general license to exempt certain services “incident to the exchange of communications over the internet” from U.S. sanctions against Russia, including “instant messaging, videoconferencing, chat and email, social networking, sharing photos, movies and documents, web browsing, blogging, web hosting, and domain name registration services[.]”
        The general license serves an important purpose of helping to avoid a Russian “splinternet” — an internet closed off from outside providers and services, which is easier for the state to control. China’s great firewall is often pointed to as an example of the concept. https://www.rcfp.org/us-treasury-russian-splinternet/

    • янки says:

      (3/13/22): Police arrested a man for holding up a blank piece of white paper on Sunday in Novosibirsk, Russia. The police officers asked the protester to produce his documents, and after checking them said that “all public activities on the territory of Novosibirsk region, including single-person pickets, in other words what, as I understand you are doing right now, are prohibited.” [under article number 20.6.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses]
      As the protester kept holding up the piece of white paper two police officers dragged him away. Police detained more than 4,300 people on Sunday at Russia-wide protests against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to an independent protest monitoring group.

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