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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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!