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A Letter Regarding the Immediate Release of Julian Assange to the US and the UK

To the governing body of the United Kingdom:

Now that Sweden has dropped all inquiries in the Julian Assange case, how can you arrest him for missing a bail appointment on charges that were never filed?  Please take a closer look at your case and the money you are wasting keeping him in the Embassy and release him. Truly, he did nothing wrong.  If in fact you are keeping him there to extradite him to the United States, stand up for yourself! Wikileaks published information, they did not steal it or hack the US government to get it. The UN ruling states that keeping Assange in the Embassy is inhumane. Is that really how you want the world to view the UK?

To President Trump and the Department of Justice:

You represent the American people and the Constitution of the United States that clearly states a right to freedom of speech and free press. By trying to charge wikileaks and Julian Assange, you are violating those rights. You were appointed to office to stand up for justice and the American way. By seeking to prosecute a news source such as Wikileaks, you violate the First Amendment which states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Wikileaks has done nothing wrong except publish information that the people of this country needed to know. Our government is controlled by the people, not the other way around. By going after a news organization like Wikileaks, you commit a great crime against the citizens of the United States.

Also, if you choose to prosecute Assange and the Wikileaks staff, you must also arrest any news organization that has published any leak over the past 10 years including but not limited to New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.

I ask that the United Kingdom and the United States drop this mess and release Assange to continue to publish and edit Wikileaks that he might once again be free. It is only right that he see his children and family again and feel the sun on his face. Even criminals in prison are allowed to go outside and exercise freely in the prison yards. By violating his human rights you violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was put in place on December 10, 1948.

By allowing Assange and his staff to be free once again, you do a great service to the people of our countries and the world.

Thank you.

A Concerned Citizen

 

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Why We Should Support Wikileaks.org

The Reasons to Support Wikileaks, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden

I could go on and on talking about this particular subject, but I am going to try to just stick to the basic facts.

  1. Wikileaks informs the public. Most governments, whether its the US or not, hide things from the general public. Basically, the Shadow government does things that are illegal. A leaker such as Snowden, brings these crimes to light. Many consider these leakers to be traitors or spies, but in certain cases, they see something wrong going on and report it. Watergate is a good example. You had a leaker who talked to a journalist who exposed what was going on.
  2. Wikileaks is against war crimes. In 2010, Wikileaks and Julian Assange exposed the US government in Afghanistan. They were killing citizens and other heinous acts. Sometimes, war cannot be helped, but shooting sprees on citizens is wrong.
  3. Do you dislike Hillary Clinton? Why? Wikileaks exposed her criminal activities as well as John Podesta and #Pizzagate. Also we learned about #spiritcooking this way.  Do you support pedophilia?
  4. Wikileaks also brought to light the fact that Hillary and Obama created ISIS and armed them.  This again is criminal activity by government officials. This enables the public to see the truth and to get rid of the problem. As individuals, we can educate ourselves by researching these items on the web, which leads to us not being ignorant.
  5. Wikileaks has never been proven wrong in 10 years.  This a fact.
  6. Wikileaks has been attacked and Assange put in prison for exposing the truth.  Sweden made up lies about two fake rapes and Britian arrested him. Basically, they were considering expediting to the US to stand trial for “TELLING THE TRUTH”.  Julian is only the messenger. In fact, Edward Snowden was just a leaker who saw that the government was spying on it’s own citizens. Now he is in asylum in Russia.
  7. For the past 5 years, Assange has had to seek political asylum to avoid possible torture or death in the United States. Some say the US wouldn’t torture him, but Wikileaks exposed the US torturing Manning, so why wouldn’t they torture Assange to get names of leakers?
  8. Julian and Wikileaks are not rich. His huge legal fees has depleted any savings he had and if released, he would rely on us ot support him and his work.

In essence, everything Wikileaks has done in the past and will do in the future relies on our donations to the cause.  Please if you can afford to, go to justice4assange.com and donate. Or go to wikileaks.org and buy a t-shirt or book from their shop.free-assange

Smearing Julian Assange

The recent fake news surrounding Julian Assange is nothing new. In fact, the character assassination against Assange by mainstream media is beyond any smear they have ever done against any Presidential candidate or leader in the history of journalism. It is simply a disgusting attempt to destroy the truth that Wikileaks brought to the public.

Actually, the destruction of who Assange is has been going on since the Collateral Murder video . The U.S. has continuously used media to try and destroy the truth that Assange and Wikileaks lays on the table with smears.

Almost every mainstream media organization has at some time distorted the Swedish allegations calling them charges and called his political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London either being “holed up” or escaping justice.

The problem is that by smearing Julian with outright lies, they are making their own organizations less trustworthy. I believe there is a fine line between supporting free speech and allowing reporters to flat out lie. Those who commit slander and libel against an individual can destroy organizations and lives. These people should be held accountable for spreading their rumors. I see nothing wrong with a good court case to sue those who destroy others.

Quoted from the UKs inquiry into fake news and bribes, you can see Julian’s submission here

“The truth has positive social utility because it helps us to
understand the world around us…..However, the same reasons that give the truth positive social utility also means that lies have negative social utility; they undermine our understanding of the world.” – Julian Assange

The whole piece is very well written as Assange is known for and contains very helpful information. I recommend reading the whole thing.

When it comes to news articles that smear, one must ask themselves what the author hopes to gain by doing so. What is their ulterior motive? Is it government propaganda? What prompted them to lie? Oftentimes, when a person asks themselves these things they find that the article is not the truth.

Unfortunately in the case of Assange, it doesn’t just make him look bad but may literally be a life and death matter. The US government will use any devices necessary to get their grimy evil hands on him to make him an example. By doing so, they intend to instill fear into all journalists who attempt to bring the truth to the masses.

In reality, our government isn’t just persecuting Assange and planning to destroy him…

They are doing this to every US citizen by persecuting first amendment rights. So even if you don’t like Julian, fight for him for your own good & your childrens!

Hold media accountable for fake news by boycotting those spreading disinformation and vet everything you hear and read.

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Mayo Clinic Medical Journal Input on My Palytoxin Poison last January

In January of last year, I was exposed via inhalation to Palytoxin Poisoning from our salt water tank.  Zoanthids are coral that contain this lethal poison.  We were attempting to boil live rock which had green algae on it.  We had done this many times before so thought nothing of it until we discovered 3 stalks of Zoas on the rocks.  Within 30 minutes neither one of us could breathe and were experiencing severe chest pain and dizziness.  We then went to the hospital. The fact that palytoxin poisoning is possible by disrupting this type of coral is not commonly known and you are not warned when purchasing at a salt water store.  This is a very dangerous situation as there is no known anti-toxin and 3 out of 4 people die from exposure.zoas E.jpg

Picture of zoanthids above.  As you can see they are very beautiful.  A stalk is about the size of the end of a pencil eraser.  Medical Journal insertion is below.

 

Aquarist be warned: Palytoxin-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome
Abstract:
Palytoxin is a potent poison released from a variety of marine organisms. It has an intravenous
median lethal dose(LD50) of 150ng/kg in mice, making it one of the most potent naturally
occurring toxins. Toxicity is commonly seen following ingestion and less frequently from
exposure through the transdermal, inhalational or ocular route. The toxin inhibits the sodiumpotassium
ATPase pump disrupting transmembrane ion fluxes culminating in cell death; since
the ATPase pump is ubiquitous, many organ systems can be affected. Palytoxin inhalation is a
rare cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Here we report a family that was affected by
this toxin as they were cleaning their saltwater aquarium.

 

Introduction
Many aquarists attempt to simulate the natural living environments of their pets with corrals,
algae, sea anemones and other aquatic organisms. Unfortunately, aquarists may be unaware of
the toxins released by the organisms in their artificial aquatic biomes. Palytoxin is one of the
many marine toxins known to man. Human poisoning after consumption of postulated palytoxin
contaminated food is thought to be the commonest presentation. The inability to detect the toxin
in serum or other body fluids hampers a convincing diagnosis of palytoxin toxicity. Acute
respiratory distress syndrome is a rare presentation following palytoxin exposure.
Case presentation
Patient 1
A 46-year-old woman with history of type 1 diabetes mellitus and anxiety disorder presented to
the emergency department due to complaints of acute dyspnea, cough and burning sensation in
the chest. These complaints started several seconds after she and her spouse were exposed to
fumes from boiling aquarium rocks covered in green coral algae in their salt water fish tank.
Upon presentation in the emergency department, she was afebrile, pulse rate was 130/minute,
respiratory rate 32/minute, oxyhemoglobin saturation was 88 percent on ambient air. Physical
examination was remarkable for increased work of breathing and diminished breath sounds throughout the lungs. A frontal chest x-ray showed no acute process (Figure1). Her laboratory
investigations were remarkable for leukocytosis of 18 x10(9)/L with left shift (normal white count
3.4 – 9.6 x10(9)/L) , lactate of 5.4 mmol/L (normal range 0.6 – 2.3 mmol/L) an anion gap of 16
(normal: less than12). Her urine drug screen was negative.
She was admitted to the intensive care unit for close monitoring and initiated on normal saline
infusion, intravenous glucocorticoids, bronchodilators and empiric antibiotic coverage. Despite
all these, she developed hyperthermia as high as 40.3 centigrade later in the day. The next day
her respiratory status worsened requiring Venturi mask. ABG showed hypoxemia with a
PaO2/FiO2 ratio of 140. Repeat Chest x-ray and chest computer tomography (CT) showed
diffuse bilateral pulmonary opacities suggestive of adult respiratory distress syndrome (Figure 2
– 4). She was treated supportively with separation from the offending inhalational insult, highflow
supplemental oxygen, rehabilitation, and DVT prophylaxis. She was successfully weaned
to nasal cannula oxygen on the 4th day of hospitalization and discharged from the hospital on
the 5th day.

Patient 2
The 49-year-old husband of the patient 1 above also presented to the ED with a persistent
cough and shortness of breath after accidental exposure to the vapors. He had been standing
behind his wife as she was boiling the coral rocks. He also developed cough, wheezing, and
shortness of breath immediately after the exposure. At the time of admission, his pulse rate was
110/minute, respiratory rate 24/minute, oxyhemoglobin saturation normal. Physical examination
revealed rhonchi at the lung bases. His laboratory workup revealed WBC 25 x10(9)/L with left
shift (normal white count 3.4 – 9.6 x10(9)/L), anion gap 16 (normal 12) and lactate 3.8 mmol/L
(normal range 0.6 – 2.3 mmol/L). His urine drug screen was negative. A plain-film frontal chest
radiograph was normal. A high-resolution CT chest demonstrated ground-glass infiltrate at the
lower lungs posteriorly. The patient was managed with supplemental oxygen, bronchodilator
therapy, intravenous rehydration, empiric IV levofloxacin, and IV hydrocortisone. The patient’s
condition improved after 48 hours of management. He was weaned off oxygen and discharged
home on a bronchodilator, oral prednisone and the remainder of the levofloxacin course.

The complex non-polymeric chemical structure of this naturally occurring poison was elucidated
in 1981. It is not inactivated by boiling and is stable in neutral aqueous solutions for prolonged
periods. Acidic or alkaline conditions promote rapid decompensation, thus loss of its toxicity
when sources are treated with disruptions in pH.(10) The inhalational median lethal dose (LD50)
of palytoxin in rats is 0.36g/kg; it is more lethal than sarin(LD50 154g/kg) and VX nerve
gas(LD50 110.7g/kg). The sodium-potassium ATPase pump is the primary binding site of the
toxin, converting these ion-specific pumps into non-selective cationic pores.(13) The disrupted
ion pumps result in cell death due to Ca2+ overloading. Palytoxin and its congeners alter the
ion homeostasis in excitable (muscles and nerves) and non-excitable(GI tract, lung) tissues.
Clinical effects of inhaled palytoxin poisoning
In 2005, approximately 200 people near Genoa, Italy experienced symptoms of rhinorrhea,
cough, mild dyspnea, bronchoconstriction, and fever in summer when an unusual bloom of
Ostreopsis ovata was noted on the coast. The symptoms peaked and resolved in association
with the bloom climax and dissipation, respectively. The putative Palytoxin was identified in the
seawater samples using light chromatography with mass spectrometry.(14) In the large study
population by Murphy, the most common clinical effects reported were fever (61.4%), dyspnea
(54.5%), cough (34.1%), tachycardia (20.5%), muscle weakness (18.2%) and vomiting
(18.2%).(9) Patients developing chest pain, fever, dyspnea, and tachycardia were more
commonly admitted in the ICU.(9)
Tubaro et al. noted a scarcity of information regarding confirmed poisonings due to the
methodological difficulties for toxin detection in human biological samples.(15) Hence, a case
definition of inhalational exposure to palytoxin was proposed which constitute the following –

1. Stay at the seaside(<90m from the shore-line) in concomitance with an algal bloom, or in
laboratories dealing with algae/algal toxins, inhalation of steam from cleaning aquaria
2. Seeking medical care
3. Presence of at least two of the following signs/symptoms – local dermatitis, systemic
cutaneous rash, numbness or weakness of the extremities, dizziness, myalgia, chest
pain, breathing difficulties, fever, neurological disorder.(15)
Both our patients satisfy the case definition of palytoxin poisoning as mentioned above. Patient
1, who was in immediate contact with the toxin, developed acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Patient 2, who was in the vicinity but farther from the coral rocks, developed less severe
symptoms/signs consistent with palytoxin poisoning. The severity of symptoms/signs following
transient exposure to its fumes is noteworthy.
Management of palytoxin exposure
There is no specific antidote to palytoxin, so management of palytoxin poisoning is supportive
and focused on treating the clinical sequelae, such as respiratory failure, ARDS, and shock.
Oxygen, bronchodilators, intravenous fluids, antihistaminics, and steroids (inhalational and/or
systemic) are commonly employed, although controlled efficacy data is lacking. No definitive guidelines for the management of patients exposed to this toxin have been developed due to its
rarity.
Conclusion
Palytoxin poisoning is a potential complication of exposure to aquarium-related flora. Diagnosis
of palytoxin poisoning is hampered due to the absence of tests which can detect the toxin in
human tissue and is therefore a clinical diagnosis. Major symptoms develop following a few
seconds of exposure to this potentially lethal toxin due to its potent nature. There is no antidote
to palytoxin poisoning, and management is supportive. It is imperative that physicians be aware
of this toxin’s lethal nature for prompt management.

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2017; 20:4–6
3. Sud P, Su MK, Greller HA, et al.: Case Series: Inhaled Coral Vapor-Toxicity in a Tank. J
Med Toxicol 2013; 9:282–286
4. Hamade AK, Deglin SE, McLaughlin JB, et al.: Suspected Palytoxin Inhalation Exposures
Associated with Zoanthid Corals in Aquarium Shops and Homes – Alaska, 2012-2014.
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Determination of putative palytoxin in mediterranean Ostreopsis ovata by a new liquid
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postulated to palytoxins exposure [Internet]. Toxicon 2011; 57:478–495

 

Today In Assange… Continuation of an Article on Everything in the News

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Let’s start with the Guardian and their constant attempts to smear and further promote reasons for the U.S. government to extradite Assange. Last week, Luke Harding of the Guardian along with Villavicencio and Dan Collyns, reported that Paul Manafort had met with Julian. Of course, this was fake news. Wikileaks immediately countered this lie and is now seeking to sue the Guardian for slander. You can help them with their legal fees by donating here.

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Further attempts to slander Assange by the Guardian in recent months include a supposed plan to smuggle Julian out of the Embassy to Russia which falls in line with accusations of Wikileaks and the supposed connection to Russia in the 2016 election. Another garbage story co-written by Luke Harding with two other authors seen here. Another fabrication by Luke Harding is #OperationHotel a supposed list of people who visited Assange in 2017 that is completely an invention of his deluded mind to sell his fiction. (See below tweet)

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Another complete fictional concoction from the Guardian was written in September claiming anonymous sourcesinvolving Russia claim a conspiracy during the 2016 election which is being used in the supposed DNC lawsuit against Wikileaks. Yet another “fake news” story by the Guardian to try and destroy and Assange and Wikileaks. (See below tweet from @AssangeLegal)

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It is time for all of us to #BoycottTheGuardian and stop reading their malicious lies and support Assange and Wikileaks who have 11 year so accurate validated documents and journalism. The Guardian is no longer a news source but only comes close to National Enquirer in truth anymore.

Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno Has Been Trying to Sell Assange to the U.S As Early As May 2017

Yes, it’s true. Ecuador’s Moreno has been trying to trade Assange for loans from the U.S. government for some time now according to the New York Times (seen here). In fact, Manafort himself was doing the brokering. However, the article uses the term “holed up” which is completely untrue as Assange has political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy and the wording holed up is incorrect. Also there was never a rape charge only allegations by Sweden as both girls said it was consensual. It was a set up so they could extradite Mr. Assange to the U.S.

Quoted from the New York Times article:

“Mr. Manafort made the trip mainly to see if he could broker a deal under which China would invest in Ecuador’s power system, possibly yielding a fat commission for Mr. Manafort.

But the talks turned to a diplomatic sticking point between the United States and Ecuador: the fate of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

In at least two meetings with Mr. Manafort, Mr. Moreno and his aides discussed their desire to rid themselves of Mr. Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, in exchange for concessions like debt relief from the United States, according to three people familiar with the talks, the details of which have not been previously reported.”

Once the Mueller investigation started, Manafort’s talks with Ecuador ended. However, it is obvious that Moreno continued to broker with the U.S. government to evict Assange and see him extradited to the United States to face charges as he put him in solitary confinement for 8 months and has instilled an unrealistic protocol for Julian to follow recently.

A human being should never be up for sale like they are property. Julian Assange is an innocent man who has never stood trial. He does not deserve to be treated like cattle. He also does not deserve the treatment he has been given for simply being a real journalist who shared the truth with the public. It is ridiculous that he has been illegally detained for 8 years, 6 of which have been in the Embassy without sunlight, fresh air or proper medical care without any sign of relief in sight. #ItsTime we rise up and put our boots to the ground and protest this obvious violation of human rights and free press.

You can also donate to Assange’s legal fund at iamwikileaks.org/donate

A Plea to Fight For Julian Assange

Stop what you are doing right now and please take a minute to read.  This is important!  It’s about saving a man’s life!  Julian Assange has done so much to expose injustice and show the truth, you owe him this much!  images (3)

I am begging you to take five minutes out of your life and do something to save a fellow human being.  He has never been charged with a crime!  He is being tortured and kept from having a life in that embassy right now!  8 months in solitary confinement is not enough for Ecuador and the United States government.  They want to destroy him.  They don’t care about him being a human being like each of us are.  If it were you, they would put you through the same hell he is going through right now.  It is us, as individuals, who have to care and fight this travesty!  They are slowly assassinating one of the world’s greatest journalists!  He is a father of 4, a son, a brother, and a friend just like each of us.

I am asking you to contact your leaders, your legislators, your MPs and anyone you can think of who might be able to help save Julian Assange from the clutches of those who seek to destroy him.  If not for him or his dear mother, then for humanity and yourselves before it is too late!  If they destroy him and we allow it, they will soon take away your rights as well.  Soon, it will be anyone who speaks out against the injustices being done.  Do you want that for yourself or for future generations?DH3ZtiaWsAkhQxy

You see, if he is prosecuted or he dies, what will your excuse be to your children why you stood by and watched an innocent man be destroyed?  Can you honestly watch this and walk away with no guilty conscience.  This is about injustice and torture and persecution by a government who wants to silence the truth tellers.

Regardless if you agree with Assange’s politics, principles or ways of doing things, what is being done to him is cruel and unusual punishment without trial. They are violating laws regarding political asylum and human rights worldwide by what they are doing.

Please, hear me and do something!  The following are a list of people you can contact via phone or snail mail.

President Trump or Vice President Pence

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

202-456-1111

The Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

202-353-1555

Elected Officials

list found here

File a Complaint with the United Nations Board of Human Rights

http://ask.un.org/faq/14425

List of Human Rights Organizations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_rights_organisations

Please contact them.  I know it’s not easy but just simply state you demand they drop charges and grand jury against Assange and Wikileaks.  To the human rights organizations, simply explain that Julian Assange is being tortured.

Please! Please!  Help!

 


 

Today In Assange: An Ongoing Artice to Keep You Informed

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The hearing today regarding the unsealing of the Grand Jury Indictment of Assange was postponed according to the Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks who was at the scene.(Picture below as she enters courthouse).

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The Judge Leonie Brinkema at the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) “national security” court complex heard both sides of the argument today and postponed her decision. She was nominated by none other than President Bill Clinton himself and is the most liberal judge in a courthouse full of Conservatives. According to John Kiriakou, former CIA agent tried for exposing the CIA’s torture program, in his interview with Suzie Dawson:

this court is known as the “espionage” court and no national security defendant has ever won a court case ever. See video here. This is not only disturbing but gives another reason why Julian Assange cannot be extradited to face charges in this court of law. This judge is well known for her outrageous sentencing for crimes. See Wikipedia here.

Stefania Maurizi was able to visit with Julian Assange at the Embassy this week and her statements on his condition made it very obvious that the last 8 months have further deteriorated his already volatile condition. However, his psychological status seemed very good. According to her article, seen here, she wrote:

“After eight months of failed attempts, la Repubblica was finally able to visit the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after the current Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno had cut him off from all contacts last March with the exception of his lawyers. No contact with friends, stars, journalists, no phone calls, no internet access. Indeed a very heavy isolation regime for anyone, but for Julian Assange in particular, considering that he has been confined to that tiny embassy for the last six years, and also considering that for Assange the internet is not an optional like any other: it’s his world.

As soon as we saw him, we realised he has lost a lot of weight. Too much. He is so skinny. Not even his winter sweater can hide his skinny shoulders. His nice-looking face, captured by photographers all around the world, is very tense. His long hair and beard make him look like a hermit, though not a nutter: as we exchange greetings, he seems very lucid and rational.”

In recent weeks, the Ecuadorian Embassy through it’s protocol has made new rules only allowing visitors during business hours. Assange was denied access to his lawyers for 4 days due to a holiday taken by Embassy staff and was also denied food during this time. Last weekend, they denied access to his legal team as well who were preparing for today’s court hearing. 8 months of torture followed by the most unreasonable set of rules is far beyond what any political prisoner who has ever been tried has ever had to endure. Julian Assange is the United States most persecuted journalist possibly in the history of the country. When have you ever heard of a publisher or journalist being tortured due to pressure from the United States government?

In other news, the Guardian published a very detrimental fake article about Paul Manafort supposedly visiting Assange in the Embassy. However, there is no truth to this story and the story was quickly edited but the damage had already been done. Wikileaks’ lawyers will be suing the Guardian for slander and libel charges.

The Ecuadorian Embassy has always kept records of visitors and there is no proof of Manafort having ever visited. Former Embassy employees have also vindicated this statement. See Stefania Maurizi’s quote below:

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The constant barrage of smears against Assange from the Guardian, which are simply fake news, have to stop. The Guardian itself were partially responsible for the arrest of Assange in the UK in 2010 as he came to help them. This is not a news organization but writers of a fictional plagiaristic ongoing novel. Please boycott the Guardian in defense of Assange.

Please keep in mind that the arrest and prosecution of Julian Assange would set a dangerous precedent for press freedom in the future. If Assange is found guilty of these charges, shouldn’t the New York Times who published Comey’s memos, the Washington Post who published Trump’s phone calls and the Guardian itself who published the Snowden files also be prosecuted? Who next then? Anyone who has ever written stories based on these documents? Isn’t it our right, (as citizens of the United States who own this government and not the other way around), to know what our government is hiding from us that is corrupt and illegal? Even the CIA and NSA represent We The People and we choose who represents us.

I am calling on you as worldwide citizens to take a stand against a terrible atrocity against an innocent man. Please write those who represent you demanding that Assange is freed immediately, in the UK that Assange is given free passage and in Ecuador that your President either restore Assange’s right or step down. This has to end before our freedoms are taken away completely. You can also call your representatives and leaders and leave a message. If we stand up united and enough people do these 2 things, we may see Assange a free man in the future. If we remain complacent and inactive it is inevitable their our free press and free speech will no longer exist.

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Sealed Grand Jury Indictment for Julian Assange: What Does It Mean?

This last week proof a grand jury sealed indictment was leaked and made public by Wikileaks in a tweet with screenshots seen below.  I am here to explain what this means to Assange.julian-assange-time-horizontal1601155068.jpgproof of indictment 1.jpgproof of charges.jpg

This is proof there are charges against Assange in the United States due to a grand jury sealed indictment in Virginia.  According to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, they have filed a lawsuit to unseal the indictment seen here.

Reporters Committee attorneys filed a motion in the Eastern District of Virginia to unseal the U.S. government’s criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after the existence of a criminal complaint was revealed in a separate court filing.
“It’s important that the public understand what these charges are, and there’s no longer any justification for keeping the criminal complaint, the docket, and other filings related to the prosecution sealed,” said Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce Brown.
Very simply put, our DOJ has violated the First Amendment of the Constitution by charging a journalist for publishing documents given to him.  He did the same thing that Woodward and Bernstein did in the Watergate investigation.  Assange used anonymous sources to expose government corruption.  Why were they viewed as heroes then but Assange considered a criminal now?
What this proof means to Assange is simple.  Once he steps outside the Embassy and is arrested in the U.K., the United DOJ will unseal the indictment and issue an arrest warrant.  This warrant will essentially guarantee an extradition request to the United Kingdom will be issued as well.  According to Wikipedia, the UK/US treaty of 2003 is a one sided extradition treaty, seen here:
The treaty has been claimed to be one-sided[3] because it allows the US to extradite UK citizens and others for offences committed against US law, even though the alleged offence may have been committed in the UK by a person living and working in the UK (see for example the NatWest Three), and there being no reciprocal right; and issues about the level of proof required being less to extradite from the UK to the US rather than vice versa.[4]
So, according to this treaty, Assange would be quickly extradited to face charges here in the States which would most likely result in his life imprisonment or worse yet, the death penalty.  You ask but what is a grand jury indictment.  Well. let me explain.
A grand jury, according to Wikipedia, seen here, are as follows:
 “Generally speaking, a grand jury may issue an indictment for a crime, also known as a “true bill,” only if it finds, based upon the evidence that has been presented to it, that there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed by a criminal suspect. Unlike a petit jury, which resolves a particular civil or criminal case, a grand jury (typically having twelve to twenty-three members) serves as a group for a sustained period of time in all or many of the cases that come up in the jurisdiction, generally under the supervision of a federal U.S. attorney, a county district attorney, or a state attorney-general and hears evidence ex parte (i.e. without suspect or person of interest involvement in the proceedings).”
In other words, a grand jury decides if there is enough evidence to charge the defendant with a crime.  Once the grand jury looks at evidence, which includes hearsay and other evidence that would not be admissible in court, they issue an indictment which leads to an arrest warrant being issued. However, in the case of Assange, an arrest warrant will not be issued until he is in the custody of U.K. authorities.
According to lawyers.com. seen here:
“Grand juries not only hear from just one side—they may normally also consider evidence that would be inadmissible at trial. The exclusionary rule—which keeps inadmissible evidence like a statement resulting from a Miranda violation or an object found through an illegal search—normally doesn’t apply. Nor does the hearsay rule typically block certain kinds of testimony that would be inadmissible in a trial.”
In other words, a grand jury can rule for an indictment based on evidence that will never be seen in a courtroom.  Also seen in the above article is this:
“Unlike typical criminal hearings and trials, grand jury proceedings are closed from the public. They’re also different from your typical proceeding in that the accused (“target”) doesn’t have a right to be present. The grand jury hears only from the prosecutor and witnesses. In most states, the target doesn’t have a right to testify in front of the grand jury. A few states do, however, provide the target with a right to appear.”
In Virginia, Julian’s lawyers were not allowed to appear at this secret grand jury.  He could not defend himself against their accusations.  All that were present were for the prosecution.  Only President Trump and the DOJ can end this witch hunt for a journalist and publisher by demanding the grand jury indictment be dropped and all charges as well.  However, Trump claims to know nothing of the man who is head of the organization Wikileaks.org who he claimed to love 150 times pre-election.  He stated in an interview the following this last week,:
President Trump is asked, “Should Julian Assange go free?” Trump: “I don’t know anything about him. Really. I don’t know much about him. I really don’t.”
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This whole fiasco will go down in history as the most hypocritical Constitution violation of all time and will set a precedent for future journalists to be prosecuted for telling the truth.  It will make publishing corruption illegal and those who try afraid.  It will make a laughingstock of journalists who are only allowed to write propaganda.  If Assange is extradited and prosecuted, it will be the end of the First Amendment, Press Rights and Free Speech.
Folks, stand up and do something before it is too late.

 

John Kiriakou: Why He Should Be Pardoned

John Chris Kiriakou is more than just a radio host, an author and a retired intelligence agency officer, he is a hero and a whistleblower who exposed the CIA’s torture program. I spoke with him recently and asked him about his experience and found him to be friendly and helpful as I let him know I intended to write an article in support of his pardon.  I had heard about Kiriakou’s plight from a friend who also supports Julian Assange.  As a supporter of whistleblowers, I felt a need to tell his story.0277932321e848fdab49d26bc45f8e5f_18.jpg

I found a few articles on the internet that gave me some background into what happened and how Gina Haspel, now CIA director, covered up the torture program.  Then how John exposed the horrifyingly wicked acts of our CIA.  In a Washington Post article seen here, John tells his story.

“I was inside the CIA’s Langley, Va., headquarters on Sept. 11, 2001. Like all Americans, I was traumatized, and I volunteered to go overseas to help bring al-Qaeda’s leaders to justice. I headed counterterrorism operations in Pakistan from January to May 2002. My team captured dozens of al-Qaeda fighters, including senior training-camp commanders. One of the fighters whom I played an integral role in capturing was Abu Zubaida, mistakenly thought at the time to be the third-ranking person in the militant group.

By that May, the CIA had decided to torture him. When I returned to CIA headquarters that month, a senior officer in the Counterterrorism Center asked me if I wanted to be “trained in the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.” I had never heard the term, so I asked what it meant. After a brief explanation, I declined. I said that I had a moral and ethical problem with torture and that — the judgment of the Justice Department notwithstanding — I thought it was illegal.”

“CIA officers and psychologists under contract to the agency began torturing Abu Zubaida on Aug. 1, 2002. The techniques were supposed to be incremental, starting with an open-palmed slap to the belly or the face. But the operatives where he was held decided to start with the toughest method. They waterboarded Abu Zubaida 83 times. They later subjected him to sleep deprivation; they kept him locked in a large dog cage for weeks at a time; they locked him in a coffin-size box and, knowing that he had an irrational fear of insects, put bugs in it with him.”

“The CIA asked the new Obama Justice Department to reopen the case against me. It did, and three years later, I was charged with five felonies , including three counts of espionage, resulting from that ABC News interview and a subsequent interview with the New York Times . Of course, I hadn’t committed espionage, and the charges were eventually dropped, but only after I agreed to plea to a lesser charge. I served 23 months in prison.”

John found many of his friends and family deserted him over the charges.  When speaking with John, he told me,

“I was incarcerated for 23 months of a 30 month sentence. I was charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1981. I kept waiting for somebody to expose the torture program and I remained silent for more than five years. I decided to blow the whistle on the entire program. It affected my life greatly. I was forced to resign from my job and was unemployed for 15 months and friends and family members walked away from me. But it certainly did make a difference. Senator John McCain said that I was the inspiration behind the McCain Feinstein Amendment and that without my whistleblowing, the ban on torture may not have been possible. I deserve a pardon because my prosecution was an injust.”

The fact is that the U.S. government is showing our allies and enemies that they prosecute the truth teller and promote the criminal.  This has to stop.  People like John Kiriakou not only deserve a pardon but must be protected by law.  If we do not protect those that expose hideous crimes and instead persecute and prosecute them, then we are no better than the criminals themselves.  When we watch an injustice occur and do not act, we are accountable.

John Kiriakou should be rewarded for exposing crimes against human rights.  Torture of any kind is cruel and unusual punishment and is against our Constitution and Bill of Rights.  How does torture make our country any better than the terrorists who committed 9/11 and continue to terrorize the world?  Torture doesn’t work folks, and by doing so, our CIA committed a crime that should be uncovered and tried in a court of law.

As for John Kiriakou, by exposing the CIA torture program, he did Americans a service and should be pardoned.  It is a very dangerous action by our government to indict someone who reveals a crime.  This makes it much easier for offenders to get away with their corrupt activities and thus puts fear in the hearts of ordinary citizens.  This also tells Americans that as long as you are part of our government, you can get away with anything.  There should not be two standards set for citizens and officials.

By pardoning John Kiriakou, President Trump would be setting a standard and example to the world that the United States will not stand for violations of human rights and criminal activity within our government.  He would be showing the Deep State that he truly wants the Swamp drained.  He would be making a statement that would further protect those who choose to expose crimes within the government, their organizations, and corporations.  We need to see our President stand up for what’s right.  Pardon John Kiriakou, a hero and an American Patriot!wbart-701x336.jpg

Why Prosecuting Assange is Dangerous

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In recent days we learned that the US government has an indictment set in place to arrest Julian Assange on charges of espionage and government theft. This sealed indictment was said to not exist by the United States and both Ecuador and the UK insisted that an extradition warrant would not be put in place if Assange left the embassy. The photos below show otherwise.

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So you are wondering how this affects you or how this is dangerous. Let me explain. In early NAZI Germany, Hitler and his brown coats took control of state media which then was radio and newspapers. By controlling what the media told the public, they were able to take control of all assets of everyday life step by step. Every dictatorship or overthrow of government resulted in the silencing of those who spoke the truth. By prosecuting Assange, the US government sets a dangerous precedent against press freedom protected by the First Amendment and also violates every individual’s freedom of speech.

Silencing those who publish government corruption is the first step in taking away all our rights. Violating the Constitution will inevitably lead to the end of America as we know it. We cannot let this happen.

Regardless of if you agree with Wikileaks politics or Assange’s stand against war, corruption and war crimes, fighting against his persecution and prosecution is standing up for your own rights. We cannot let our government take away the right to free press and free speech. Without it, we the people lose our right to voice our opinion on what is right and wrong and soon lose our rights to freedom!

According to @FreedomofPress on Twitter, (which was retweeted by Wikileaks),

Here’s what the ‘s lawyer told a room full of judges a few months ago about the Trump admin potentially prosecuting WikiLeaks and Assange: “I think the prosecution of him would be a very, very bad precedent for publishers.”

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According to the New York Times, seen here:

“Mr. Assange is not a traditional journalist, but what he does at WikiLeaks has also been difficult to distinguish in a legally meaningful way from what traditional news organizations, like The New York Times, do every day: seek out and publish information that officials would prefer to be kept secret, including classified national security matters.

The Justice Department has never charged journalists with violating the law for doing their jobs. But in recent years, it has become far more common to charge officials with a crime for providing information to reporters. Depending on the facts, the case against Mr. Assange could set a precedent further chilling investigative journalism.”

Deeply troubling if the Trump administration, which has shown little regard for media freedom, would charge Assange for receiving from a government official and publishing classified information—exactly what journalists do all the time,” Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, wrote Friday on Twitter.”

If Wikileaks staff and Julian Assange are prosecuted under an antiquated law from World War I which was in regards to those who took documents to enemy lines then wouldn’t this open the door to prosecuting other media operations such as the New York Times and Washington Post. Doesn’t this set a precedent to arrest anyone who publishes documents exposing criminal activity in our government? How can we as citizens of the United States stand by and watch as our government violates the very document our country was founded on?

The statement below is from Glenn Greenwald.

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After they go after publishers, they will arrest whistleblowers who bring the crimes to light. Do we not as a people, who own our government, have the right to know what our government does illegally behind closed doors? Why are we allowing our DoJ to prosecute the press?

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What other Constitutional Rights we will allow to be stripped under false pretenses? Will they take away our rights to protest? Our right to freedom of religion? To be able to press charges against government officials who commit crimes? What then are we? Nothing more than a unitary state.

The very roots of this country came from those who fought to free us from tyranny. If we allow Assange to be prosecuted and his persecution continued, we are allowing a travesty against our own rights as US citizens. Please contact your representatives, President Trump and the DoJ today and demand they drop these charges and keep their vows to the Constitution.

Why I feel I Must Go to London and Stand Watch Over Julian Assange

I recently made a promise to Assange supporters on Twitter which I intend to carry out. I promised that I would stand watch over Julian, take pics and videos as well as report on anything that happens. Most of you know that I would take a bullet for this man and will stand up to stop anything from happening to him. Yes, I would get arrested to try and protect him. Some have said I overdo my support a bit, others that I am bullheaded (my mother before she passed away in August, bless her soul) and some understand my activism. This man has done more than just save the US from the clutches of Hillary! He has been nominated for the nobel peace prize 8 years in a row, has won dozens of journalism awards, has exposed war crimes, spoke on the dangers of AI and climate change and is a hero for his integrity and strength in the face of a world superpower. Want a good example of what a hero really is for your child? Look to Assange.

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This is my calling in life or maybe my destiny. I found something worth giving up nearly anything for. Since I was a child I wanted to make a difference. As I grew older, I realized you can’t change the entire world all at once, but by changing the world for one person, you can make a difference. I cannot stand and watch as an innocent man is slowly assassinated in an embassy without sunlight, fresh air or medical care. He was completely isolated for nearly 8 months and even now has an outrageous protocol, (you can see the document here), that must be met for visitors or phone calls. His internet access is limited and he cannot speak about politics to anyone.

Add to the already disgusting list of human rights violations the fact that Ecuador pulled added security from Assange in May seen here.

Ecuador will scale back security at its London embassy after news reports placed a $5 million price tag on operations protecting its most famous resident, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, its government announced.

“The President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, has ordered that any additional security at the Ecuadorian embassy in London be withdrawn immediately,” the government of Ecuador said in a statement Thursday.

According to @AssangeLegal, Julian cannot have visitors on the weekend limiting access to food unless given to him beforehand. As he now has to pay and obtain his own food .

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With a recent attempted break-in thwarted by Assange himself, there must be people who stand watch at night after Embassy staff leaves the premises. Any attempt to kidnap or hurt Assange must be prevented at any cost. This is where others and myself can step in by alerting police and possibly running the perpetrator off. If Ecuador refuses to protect their own asylee, then his supporters must step in and help do it themselves! I will pay for most of this out of my own pocket, taking a leave of absence from work and possibly be jobless afterward, but this is the most important thing I have ever done in my life and I intend to see it through!

If you feel inclined to help, you can donate via gofundme here. Thank you in advance!

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The Torture of a Journalist: Why Assange Needs to Be Freed Now

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I remember when you saw a title like “The Torture of a Journalist” and you thought it happened in the Mideast or maybe China but in today’s harsh world it is happening in the heart of London. Nearby is Harrod’s Department Store in Knightsbridge, but inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, a journalist named Julian Assange is held captive by the British government without charge. As though it is not enough he has been without fresh air, sunlight/Vitamin D for 6 years, he has now been held in solitary confinement for 8 months and recently a 10-page provision has been written by Ecuador who gave him political asylum in the first place.

By giving Mr. Assange asylum, the country of Ecuador gave a vow to protect him indefinitely. In DeDeceDecemDecembDecembet of 2017, they went so far as to make him a citizen and named him a diplomat. Nonetheless, their President, Lenin Moreno, isolated Assange without phone, internet access. or visitors because of political statements he made on Twitter as a journalist. Recently, due to the 10-page document and the regulations within, Assange must have his lawyers bring him his food. Ecuador over the last weekend had a holiday and would not allow his lawyers to visit, so he was denied food over the weekend. According to the article seen here, Julian’s lawyer Carlos Poveda states:

“Poveda said that they are still questioning the protocol that he wants to apply to Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. He reported that the last holiday was closed and this supposedly hurt his client in basic issues such as food.”

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If Ecuador calls itself a democracy, and Lenin is just a president, why would they go so far as to deny him much needed nutrition?

Not only has Ecuador denied him food, but according to this article seen here they have replaced former staff with new that are attempting to provoke Assange into an argument which they can use to expel him from the embassy. His lawyer Carlos Poveda states in the above article:

“They changed diplomatic personnel in London since last Monday. An official, just Assange left the audience, said: “I invite you to a coffee at Hard Rock.” Was it sarcastic? Assange begins to have countless provocations. This is going to accelerate. “

When asked what will accelerate, Poveda stated:

“That the asylum be terminated. The conditions are extremely sensitive, complex, of an unusual pressure. We filed a protective action and they said that the State was separating from the relationship with Assange, that miracles are not done and that it is our problem. They throw the ball. The Attorney General (Íñigo Salvador) said that any situation that occurs will be observing the rules of conduct of the protocol and that this is the protection of the State before any international responsibility.”

The hostility towards Assange is not unusual for President Lenin Moreno as he placed his former VP in high-security prison on a charge of fraud which in itself was fraudulent. Former VP Jorge Glas went on hunger strike and as health has deteriorated was transported to the hospital. His wife and children were not allowed to see him while he was there and Jorge Glas was returned to prison without the care he needed. In all likelihood, Glas was die in solitary confinement.

There are other human rights violations that Moreno is guilty of as seen in my article seen here, but there are too many to mention in this article. You can also see the findings by the United States government on human rights violations here.

As Assange and his lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Ecuador for violations of his human rights, another item has come up. Moreno has named his choice to the Constitutional Assembly which will hear the Assange lawsuit. Hopefully, they take this protocol before the InterAmerican Court and let them decide instead as it is obvious this will be a biased court decision. You can read about Moreno’s choices to the Assembly here.

As a people who care about our free speech and human rights as individuals, we must stand up against this wicked, cruel act which has been instigated by none other than the US government who put pressure on the Ecuadorian government to turn over Assange this year. How can we as human beings stand and watch a man who exposed injustice all over the world from governments and corporations deteriorate and be tortured for it?

Julian’s mother, Christine Assange, recently put out a plea for her son. The transcript is below:

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You can also listen to it here.

The truth is folks, by overlooking this horrific atrocity being done to an innocent man, we are as guilty as those who are administering it. We cannot let this go on. We must protest, write letters to our leaders, and end what is an act against all humanity. Please, please answer Mrs. Assange’s plea to act immediately to free her son from this barbaric situation. 1538000422348-1763490758.jpg