WASHINGTON: Donald Trump could lose an election that he probably should win if he forgets who he is. Alternatively, what got him where he is. His distaste for the fake news aspect of the media was in no small measure a factor. He shouldn’t kowtow to the fakes now when they are in a majority-mob-led pack against Julian Assange.
In no small measure is fake news trying to bury real newsman Julian Assange. Moreover, Trump seems not to care:
“I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” Trump told reporters at the White House last week. “It’s not my thing.”
Phony news journalists and their outlets continue with their (lying) reporting while those with real stories about real news languish. Julianne Assange is under arrest while waiting for a lynching by the politicians and neocons. However, Assange is a reporter, a journalist. Those in the media who call for his head seem are the “fakes.”
Assange did report news. He did not produce it.
Assange is being charged under the Espionage Act of 1917. Let’s put that in perspective:
The Espionage Act is the same act that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of in 1951. Their crime was conspiracy to commit espionage. The couple met at a meeting of The Young Communists in 1939. IN 1940, Julius quite the club, entering the US Army Signal Corps as a civilian engineer.
They were found guilty of passing information about atomic bomb developments to the Soviet Union. At the time, we must remember, the USSR was still our ally. Not our enemy. Putting the death penalty charge of espionage, possibly, in question.
In sentencing Federal Judge Irving R. Kaufman said:
“I consider your crimes worse than murder. I believe your conduct inputting into the hands of the Russians the A-bomb years before our best scientists predicted Russia would perfect the bomb has already caused, in my opinion, the Communist aggression in Korea, with the resultant casualties exceeding fifty thousand and who knows how many millions more of innocent people may pay the price of your treason.”
Julianne Assange’s Crime
What is Julianne Assange’s crime? As a journalist with a publication, Wikileaks, he began receiving documents from a source, later revealed as Chelsea (Bradly) Manning who was serving the US Army. Executive editors from top newspapers including The Washington Post and The New York Times criticized the government’s decision to charge Assange under the Espionage Act.
The Pentagon Papers
Daniel Ellsberg was also a victim of the espionage act for his copying of the Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force during the Viet Nam War. The Pentagon Papers.
A military analyst, Ellsberg was working on the report when he grew to oppose the war. His decision that the information within the Pentagon Papers should be available to the American public led to his espionage charge.
Ellsberg photocopied the report, giving parts of it to both the NY Times and the Washington Post (March 1971). On January 3, 1973, Ellsberg was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 along with other charges of theft and conspiracy, carrying a total maximum sentence of 115 years.
Ellsberg was vilified at the time but has subsequently, in the light of revelations about US involvement and its history in Viet Nam, is seen as righteous in his cause. Charges against Ellsberg were dismissed as FBI’s illegal wiretapping against Ellsberg was revealed in court. The prosecution failing to provide this evidence to the defense.
Assange will probably be charged and found guilty unless he dies first. A Rassmussen poll taken April 14 -15 says that 61% believe his releasing of documents has hurt national security, while 29% said it was unlikely.
Moreover, of course, the holy grail of government power and influence is national security. Fake news automatons worship it. The neocons’ lust after it.
Unless Trump steps in with his dynamic New York personality, Assange will be over the fake news barrel. Most Voters Want Jail Time for Assange – Rasmussen Reports®
It appears that Trump holds his own counsel. It is also true that hindsight is 20/20. President Trump might want to consider that one day Julian Assange will be seen as another Daniel Ellsberg.