WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2016 — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange recently celebrated his fifth anniversary in exile in a little quiet corner of Ecuador. That is to say, the Ecuadorian embassy in London, near Hyde Park and fashionable Harrods Department Store.
Assange received diplomatic asylum shortly after learning Great Britain planned to extradite him to Sweden, where he faces rape charges that his attorney Mark Stephens describes as a “set-up” orchestrated by “dark forces.”
“Reminder: U.S. intelligence planned to destroy WikiLeaks as far back as 2008,” Assange said via Twitter.
That leaves him very little room to run should President Clinton 2.0 have within her sceptered sway the executive power granted under the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).
The 2001 law gives the nation’s chief executive “authority to use lethal force abroad… where high-level government officials have determined that a capture operation is infeasible and that the targeted person is part of a dangerous enemy force… that pose a continued and imminent threat to US persons or interests,” wrote former Attorney General Eric Holder in defense of President Obama’s foreign hit list.
And Assange didn’t do himself any favors by offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) that shot and killed 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, believed to be the source responsible for providing WikiLeaks internal DNC emails regarding the successful plot by high-ranking party apparatchiks to cinch the presidential nomination for Hillary Clinton.
The implication is that Rich was murdered in retaliation for helping WikiLeaks and as a warning to others.
In a New York Times op-ed, filmmaker Alex Gibney said the release of DNC conspiracy emails “reveals some weaknesses of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, like their recklessness with personal data and their use of information to settle scores and drive personal agendas.”
British ITV network host Robert Peston assailed Assange in an interview, saying the email release “hurt” Hillary Clinton. “Would you prefer Trump to be president?” asked the perturbed Peston.
This represents a profound about-face for a media that championed the 2010 release by WikiLeaks of secret U.S. State Department cables.
In a lead editorial, the New York Times said:
“There are legitimate reasons for keeping many diplomatic conversations secret. The latest WikiLeaks revelations will cause awkward moments not least because they contain blunt assessments of world leaders. The claim by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the leaks threaten national security seems exaggerated. The documents are valuable because they illuminate American policy in a way that Americans and others deserve to see.”
Today, that does not apply when said “blunt assessments” concern “Crooked Hillary” and her equally crooked political party’s rigged primary system.
If the mainstream media is to be believed – and at this point, why would we? – the Russians and not the murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich is responsible for hacking Democratic headquarter computers.
Times’ reporters Steven Lee Myers and Neil MacFarquhar even suggested Russia’s Vladimir Putin “opted – directly or covertly – to throw Russia’s support behind Trump. The conclusion by cybersecurity experts that Russian intelligence agencies breached the Democratic National Committee prompted accusations from Democrats and some Republicans that Trump was a kind of ‘Siberian candidate,’ bolstered from abroad to undermine the nation.”
These are the same media dissemblers who dismiss as a “nutter conspiracy theory” suggestions that Arkansas grifters Bill and Hillary Clinton and an enabling criminal syndicate that poses as a political party may have ordered a hit on a leaking DNC staffer.
A man whose job title contained the words “voter expansion.” A man obviously disillusioned because his voter outreach efforts were nothing more than window dressing for a political machine that preordains its presidential nominees.
“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth,” said Arthur Conan Doyle’s master sleuth Sherlock Holmes.
Occam’s razor, the old logic axiom, suggests, “All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one.”
The unholy trinity of the New York Times, the “Corrupt Hillary” campaign and the election-rigging Democratic Party want you to believe the DNC email scandal is really about a Machiavellian, international conspiracy involving Russian intelligence services working in conjunction with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
This you are to take as gospel.
Or you can believe the man whose anti-secrecy campaign has exposed the Clintons and the Democratic Party to unwanted scrutiny. The man who wants to know who murdered a valued source. The man who waits for the unwanted knock in the night. The man hiding in London’s Ecuadorian embassy…