Reports posted earlier today on the website of the Russian news service RT appear to suggest that the US Department of Justice is poised on the verge of filing criminal charges against the controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. With paranoia running high that if the US government succeeds in bringing down Wikileaks they are likely to take a similarly proactive approach with other news outlets as well, this apparent about face on Assange by the Trump Administration seems to many, in the largely unrepresented Libertarian and Voluntarist Movements in particular, who have attacked the political system consistently throughout the election process, to be characteristic of what they had expected from the outset.
Last December this website conjectured that calls for a pardon by Right Wing news agencies and alleged Counter Culture shills such as Cassandra Fairbanks could be part of a plot to entrap Assange, who has remained holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, in spite of a failed attempt by the principal Right Wing candidate in the country’s recent election to oust him. Regardless of whether or not that was or is genuinely the case, the hard line Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday that Assange’s arrest is now a priority as far as the US authorities are concerned.
Jeff Sessions’ declaration of all out war against Assange, on behalf of the very Republican Administration that came into office as a direct result of Wikileaks’ in depth expose of the Podesta E-Mails Scandal, comes as a follow up to a statement from retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, that the ‘self-motivated insider’ is presently the ‘most important counterintelligence challenge’ to both the CIA and the NSA; two government agencies which he himself formerly headed. Perhaps the principal motivation for the latest attempt to take Assange before a criminal court comes as a result of the recent release of a large cache of documents by Wikileaks which was made as part of its ‘Vault 7’ release. The release, which was referred to directly by Hayden, is the biggest cache of secret CIA documents opened up to public scrutiny so far, and constitutes one of the greatest security breaches in the agency’s history.
In an earlier statement, likewise quoted in detail by the Russian news service RT, Hayden laid blame for the WikiLeaks #Vault7 CIA release firmly at the door of millennials, who he described as having ‘different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy and transparency than certainly my generation did.’ Meanwhile, the FBI and the CIA have been investigating hundreds of possible suspects in an attempt to find out exactly who it was who was responsible for compromising so many of the CIA’s covert hacking tools. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the vast archive of materials that were to make up the Vault 7 release appear to have been widely circulated among a not insignificant number of former US government hackers and contractors, before finding their way onto the WikiLeaks website, perhaps explains why, thus far, no one individual has been identified as being the principal source of the leak.
Just a few days ago Assange, who has even contemplated running for a seat in the UK Parliament in the wake of a visit from controversial UKIP founder Nigel Farage, another apparent associate of Cassandra Fairbanks, responded to threats from CIA Director Mike Pompeo to shut down the Wikileaks website with a barrage of counter accusations. Earlier Pompeo had referred to Wikileaks as a ‘non-state hostile intelligence service,’ before being publicly trolled by Assange, who responded by referring to the CIA as a ‘state non-intelligence agency’ which produced Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iraq, Iran & Pinochet’ on twitter.
In an interview with Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept, on an edition of ‘The Intercepted’ podcast first broadcast on April 19th, Assange referred directly to Pompeo’s attack on Wikileaks as a publicity exercise; before alleging that the documents recently leaked on his website attest to ‘all sorts of illegal actions’ presently being engaged in by the CIA. With Assange’s arrest a priority operation for both the CIA and the FBI, we are now entering perhaps the most interesting development in the entire Wikileaks saga; where investigative publishers who provide direct evidence of crimes committed by government agencies to the public at large are treated as if they themselves are the criminals; whilst the real illegalities that they have exposed are simultaneously ignored.
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