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Trump Quietly Orders Elimination of Assange

The destruction of Assange has clearly been arranged for, at the highest levels of the U.S. Government, just as the destruction of Jamal Khashoggi was by Saudi Arabia’s Government.

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On June 28th, the Washington Examiner headlined “Pence pressed Ecuadorian president on country’s protection of Julian Assange” and reported that “Vice President Mike Pence discussed the asylum status of Julian Assange during a meeting with Ecuador’s leader on Thursday, following pressure from Senate Democrats who have voiced concerns over the country’s protection of the WikiLeaks founder.” Pence had been given this assignment by U.S. President Donald Trump. The following day, the Examiner bannered “Mike Pence raises Julian Assange case with Ecuadorean president, White House confirms” and reported that the White House had told the newspaper, “They agreed to remain in close coordination on potential next steps going forward.”

On August 24th, a court-filing by Kellen S. Dwyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Alexandria Division of the Eastern District of Virginia, stated: “Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure [than sealing the case, hiding it from the public] is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged. … This motion and the proposed order would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.” That filing was discovered by Seamus Hughes, a terrorism expert at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. On November 15th, he posted an excerpt of it on Twitter, just hours after the Wall Street Journal had reported on the same day that the Justice Department was preparing to prosecute Assange. However, now that we know “the fact that Assange has been charged” and that the U.S. Government is simply waiting “until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter,” it is clear and public that the arrangements which were secretly made between Trump’s agent Pence and the current President of Ecuador are expected to deliver Assange into U.S. custody for criminal prosecution, if Assange doesn’t die at the Ecuadorean Embassy first.

On November 3rd (which, of course, preceded the disclosures on November 15th), Julian Assange’s mother, Christine Ann Hawkins, described in detail what has happened to her son since the time of Pence’s meeting with Ecuador’s President. She said:

He is, right now, alone, sick, in pain, silenced in solitary confinement, cut off from all contact, and being tortured in the heart of London. … He has been detained nearly eight years, without trial, without charge. For the past six years, the UK Government has refused his requests to exit for basic health needs, … [even for] vitamin D. … As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated. … A slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes. … They will stop at nothing. … When U.S. Vice President Mike Pence recently visited Ecuador, a deal was done to hand Julian over to the U.S. He said that because the political cost of expelling Julian from the Embassy was too high, the plan was to break him down mentally…   to such a point that he will break and be forced to leave. … The extradition warrant is held in secret, four prosecutors but no defense, and no judge, … without a prima-facie case. [Under the U.S. system, the result nonetheless can be] indefinite detention without trial. Julian could be held in Guantanamo Bay and tortured, sentenced to 45 years in a maximum security prison, or face the death penalty,” for “espionage,” in such secret proceedings.

Her phrase, “because the political cost of expelling Julian from the Embassy was too high” refers to the worry that this new President of Ecuador has, of his cooperating with the U.S. regime’s demands and thereby basically ceding sovereignty to those foreigners (the rulers of the U.S.), regarding the Ecuadorian citizen, Assange.

This conservative new President of Ecuador, who has replaced the progressive President who had granted Assange protection, is obviously doing all that he can to comply with U.S. President Trump and the U.S. Congress’s demand for Assange either to die soon inside the Embassy or else be transferred to the U.S. and basically just disappear, at Guantanamo or elsewhere. Ecuador’s President wants to do this in such a way that Ecuador’s voters won’t blame him for it, and that he’ll thus be able to be re-elected. This is the type of deal he apparently has reached with Trump’s agent, Pence. It’s all secret, but the evidence on this much of what was secretly agreed-to seems clear. There are likely other details of the agreement that cannot, as yet, be conclusively inferred from the subsequent events, but this much can.

Basically, Trump has arranged for Assange to be eliminated either by illness that’s imposed by his Ecuadorean agent, or else by Assange’s own suicide resulting from that “torture,” or else by America’s own criminal-justice system. If this elimination happens inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, then that would be optimal for America’s President and Congress; but, if it instead happens on U.S. soil, then that would be optimal for Ecuador’s President. Apparently, America’s President thinks that his subjects, the American people, will become sufficiently hostile toward Assange so that even if Assange disappears or is executed inside the United States, this President will be able to retain his supporters. Trump, of course, needs his supporters, but this is a gamble that he has now clearly taken. This much is clear, even though the rest of the secret agreement that was reached between Pence and Ecuador’s President is not.

Scooter Libby, who had arranged for the smearing of Valerie Plame who had tried to prevent the illegal and deceit-based 2003 invasion of Iraq, was sentenced to 30 months but never spent even a day in prison, and U.S. President Trump finally went so far as to grant him a complete pardon, on 13 April 2018. (The carefully researched docudrama “Fair Game” covered well the Plame-incident.) Libby had overseen the career-destruction of a courageous CIA agent, Plame, who had done the right thing and gotten fired for it; and Trump pardoned Libby, thus retroactively endorsing the lie-based invasion of Iraq in 2003. By contrast, Trump is determined to get Julian Assange killed or otherwise eliminated, and even Democrats in Congress are pushing for him to get that done. The new President of Ecuador is doing their bidding. Without pressure from the U.S. Government, Assange would already be a free man. Thus, either Assange will die (be murdered) soon inside the Embassy, or else he will disappear and be smeared in the press under U.S. control. And, of course, this is being done in such a way that no one will be prosecuted for the murder or false-imprisonment. Trump had promised to “clean the swamp,” but as soon as he was elected, he abandoned that pretense; and, as President, he has been bipartisan on that matter, to hide the crimes of the bipartisan U.S. Government, and he is remarkably similar in policy to his immediate predecessors, whom he had severely criticized while he was running for the Presidency.

In any event, the destruction of Assange has clearly been arranged for, at the highest levels of the U.S. Government, just as the destruction of Jamal Khashoggi was by Saudi Arabia’s Government; and, just like in Khashoggi’s case, the nation’s ruler controls the prosecutors and can therefore do whatever he chooses to do that the rest of the nation’s aristocracy consider to be acceptable.

The assault against truth isn’t only against Assange, but it is instead also closing down many of the best, most courageous, independent news sites, such as washingtonsblog. However, in Assange’s case, the penalty for having a firm commitment to truth has been especially excruciating and will almost certainly end in his premature death. This is simply the reality. Because of the system under which we live, a 100% commitment to truth is now a clear pathway to oblivion. Assange is experiencing this reality to the fullest. That’s what’s happening here.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Typical of “Western Values” don’t cross the “elite” powers that be.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And these Western ‘values’ are…1)….2)….3)…

john vieira
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Only Western??? Truth, the world over, comes with a death sentence!!!

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

That has been true in the past in many cases but NOT with Trump. The article is wrong about him. He isn’t a ruthless killer like Obama was. He is an honest caring and compassionate man. Don’t be fooled by mainstream media, including FOX news. Turn backwards what ever they say if you want to know the truth. Trump loves the country and her people and he’s also a very brilliant man. His IQ is only 4 points below the level of Einsteins IQ.

Chris
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Chris

Yes i don’t believe a word of this reporting, Seems more like a pre-hit piece for Clinton to have Julian whacked and blame Trump.

john mason
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john mason

Julian made a fatal mistake seeking asylum in the UK considering that he had privy to information that would have strongly suggested to stay away from the UK and seek another state like Russia, Iran or Syria, at least they wouldn’t extradite him.

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ManintheMoon

Assange had no choice. He did not seek extradition in the UK, he happened to be there when the CIA arranged for him to be charged in Sweden on a trumped up rape accusation. Ecuador offered asylum and he thought it would buy him time. No one anticipated the sheer vindictiveness of the deep state. My guess is that Trump has been blackmailed by these people into compliance. I will not speculate how as I have no inside knowledge. Given the situation, I suspect that Assange is hoping that Corbyn takes power and releases him. I fear it’s a folorn… Read more »

Paco Taco
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Paco Taco

I thought Assange was a national hero? Now they have made him into an international hero.

Margarita
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Margarita

Apparently, Vice President Pence was urged by Democrat Senators (specifically, Sen. Bob Menendez) to discuss the Assange case with Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno. According to the Washington Examiner article, Menendez convinced Pence that, “WikiLeaks continues its efforts to undermine democratic processes globally,” and therefore Assange should be held accountable. If it’s the Democrats who wanted Assange gone, why would Pence take it upon himself to take the matter up with Moreno, and what’s more – to relay the Democrat’s suggestion to President Trump that Assange “be eliminated?” I can’t believe Trump would do that, given it’s the Democrats who wanted… Read more »

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

Assange exposed tons of Democrat corruption. For example he exposed emails between Hillary and a reporter to say Trump grabbed women’s private parts when in fact what Trump said was women chase him to such extremes that he believed he could do it without complaint. And that disgusted Trump. Assange IS thought to be an American hero for exposing Hillary and Podesto as child abusers and more. BUT Assange also released planned US military maneuvers against the enemy in Afghanistan so he did himself no favors there.

regolo gellini
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He has done his job as a journalist and should not be treated as a “traitor” because he is australian, not amerikkkan.
How many operatives were killed because Libby’s revelations on Valerie Plame .
And yet, a true traitor goes scotfree and an international hero will die at the hands of a nation of cowards and hypocrites, Amerikkka, that claims to be part of the forces of good ; Effing liars, all of them on the left and on the right .

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

There is a lot of truth to the saying…birds of a feather flock together. US, Saudi Arabia and a few other ‘birds’. How many more suitcases needed to transport the human chopped-up remains?

MGS
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MGS

How terribly misinformed and indoctrinated with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) is this author…Julian Assange has been and is being persecuted at the behest of the American left; the clintonistas…as is the ‘closing down of many courageous news sites’ by the fascists at google, fakebook, apple and amazon in order to interfere with the mid-term (and all future) elections…President Trump is attempting to halt this assault…

Maxine Chiu
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Maxine Chiu

Are you saying that the clintonistas are part of the “American left”?….When it comes to war and corporatism, they are as Right-Wing as most Republicans….Nevertheless, I certainly agree that they are part of the same witch hunt against our hero, Julian Assange.

Anthony Wicher
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Anthony Wicher

Exactly. Assange is a non-partisan truth teller. Honest people from all over the political spectrum support him. Those who target him are criminals who don’t want their deeds exposed. But Pompeo has called Wikileaks a “hostile intelligence service” and it is not clear what Trump’s intentions are at this point.

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

The Clinton crime family is as evil as you can imagine a family could be! The Clinton’s despise him as much as they hate the right wing party nd our wonderful President Trump in America. They are drug smugglers murderers, extortionists, treasonists and every other criminal you can think of.

MGS
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MGS

Please inform the clintons that are “as Right-Wing as any Republicans” I’m pretty sure they didn’t get that message yet.!!:-))..they are as Right-Wing as Stalin and Hitler were…that is to say they will exploit capitalism and Republicanism to further their fascist/communist agenda and swell their bank accounts…but are dyed in the wool totalitarians.

Margarita
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Margarita

I agree.

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

America’s right supports Assange while the left hates him and Trump. I believe Trump is trying to protect Assange as h would be useful in indicting the globalists in America. Trump promised to drain the swamp full of criminals and he’s doing that.

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

The site won’t let me vote up here. No surprise there.

regolo gellini
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I can’t see any difference in the criminals that have been running the US for the last fifty years both from left or right.
The only honest president that I can remember was a warrior named “IKE”, an honest man that warned his fellow citizens of the danger of fascism if MIC, msm and wall street joined forces. It has happened, deal with it !

Dave3200
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Dave3200

If this is true, then Trump will lose much of his support that got him elected.

wiggins
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wiggins

Very sad…

Richard Steven Hack
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Richard Steven Hack

Trump is an idiot. The only person who can definitively refute the “Russiagate” basic event that started the issue – i.e., the alleged Russian “hack” of the DNC, which is at least fifty percent of the basis for “Russiagate” – is Assange. The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Assange to testify on what he knows about the leak to Wikileaks of the DNC emails. He can prove that Russia had nothing to do with it. This would be enormously beneficial to Trump. This is why the neocons around Trump are pressing to get Assange evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy and… Read more »

Anthony Wicher
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Anthony Wicher

Trump is not an idiot, and he has many advisers who can tell him this, including Roger Stone and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

Richard Steven Hack
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Richard Steven Hack

So why is he doing the opposite of what they tell him?

Margarita
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Margarita

The author of this article is the idiot.

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

Not at all. Trump is brilliant. While Democrats play checkers, Trump plays 4 dimensional Chess. His IQ is only 4 points below Einsteins IQ. I believe Trump wants to save Assange on the pretense of indicting him. If the Democrats believe he is going to be executed, they will lower their guard then Assange can lower the boom on the criminal Democrats.

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

Trump is cleaning up our country, indicting criminals. 65,000 sealed indictments are being opened in recent days. It’s very exciting. From school boards to ex presidents, he is draining the USA swamp.

Richard Steven Hack
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Richard Steven Hack

This is what I call “Pro-Trump Derangement Syndrome”. Save Assange by indicting him and sending him to Guantanamo? Seriously?

MGS
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MGS

Trump is not an idiot…the author of this article – an obviously partisan never-Trumper – is totally wrong in his guesstimates…for the reasons you describe. It is the clintons, the ohbummers and the rest of the democrat sewer that want to eliminate Assange…again, for the reasons you stated.

Flying Gabriel
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Flying Gabriel

Speculation not facts. And not even close.

john vieira
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If he did “order Assange’s elimination”…hope he is ready for the backlash from ALL his non US supporters and many at home also that are aware of what this man stands for…”the truth”….

William Manning
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William Manning

I can’t believe Assange doesn’t have backup insurance.

Cap
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Cap

Nothing will stop the vultures from getting their prey, Assange.

Anthony Wicher
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Anthony Wicher

Assange is a non-partisan truth teller.

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Swamp-Chump should be the one on death row for all his recent sick crimes against humanity.

MGS
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MGS

‘sick’…you sound a tad mentally defective your own self…
‘crimes against humanity’? You need help in the worst way…

Louis Robert
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Louis Robert

Literally, a crime against humanity, i.e. a genocide, has long been under way in YEMEN, encouraged and supported to this day by the Empire. It is still being committed as I write…

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Exactly ~ and the ongoing sick crimes against humanity in sovereign Syria and Palestine (and Afghanistan) that Zio-liar Swamp-Chump is still slyly supporting.

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

If you cannot give a reasonable answer – write nothing. Get help yourself – seriously.

Louis Robert
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Louis Robert

This is war, total war, a long merciless war to the finish, against Julian Assange, by the most criminal Empire in History, conducted from Washington to Canberra via Sweden and London. “A slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes in the embassy in London”, the doctor says. In this Orwellian world, Julian Assange is guilty of exposing the dehumanized Empire’s innumerable, horrendous crimes against friends, foes and its own citizens alike. For said Empire corrupt to the core, Assange’s crime of speaking up in face of the unbearably barbaric is both irredeemable and unforgivable: Assange must… Read more »

Dee Smith
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Dee Smith

Fake news. Scooter Libby did not expose the identity of an under cover agent (Plame). She was no longer working under cover and I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump is secretly attempting to save Assange. We’ll see

Susan Harms
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Susan Harms

your article is full of outright distortions of the truth. SC smeared Valerie Plame? Really. I think we all know that is not the truth.

Stephanie Gould
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Stephanie Gould

This is BS.

There are any number of scenarios that could occur regarding JA, and this one seems fake, false and a mere piece of propaganda.

citizeofnextworld
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citizeofnextworld

It is simple to figure out, because you/they/no one can argue with truth, truth is divine, eternal and immortal —the truth is so precious, that it needs a bodyguard of lies to guard it!

HelenB
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HelenB

Ordered by Pence is not necessarily ordered by Trump.

Justin Taua
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Justin Taua

The US State wants to eliminate Julian Assange; for the same reason it ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. In both cases, the gains are for the expediency of US interests. The US attempt to link the Khashoggi murder to MBS, had all the hallmarks of “Regime change.” When King Salman visited Moscow in October 2017; it was in fact an attempt to get out from under the foot of the US. To date, the US and the West have solely been responsible for; forcing Saudi Arabia to prosecute the war in Yemen and take the barrage of Western criticism… Read more »

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‘End of free speech’: Maffick CEO, host slam Facebook’s unprovoked ‘censorship’ after CNN report

This is because of the political content that challenges the US wars. It is absolutely an act of censorship.

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Facebook blocking several pages operated by Maffick Media is nothing short of outright censorship, the company’s CEO Anissa Naouai said, after a US-funded think tank pointed them out to CNN for a ‘hit-piece’.

The actions of the social media giant, which suspended the accounts of In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed last Friday without providing any explanation or even contacting the company that ran the pages, is nothing but a simple attempt to get rid of dissenting voices critical of Washington’s policies, Naouai told RT.

It is blatant censorship. What else can you call it?

Unexplained ban

The ban came literally out of the blue even though Maffick did not violate any existing Facebook regulations. “There is no rule that you have to post anything about your funding or personal funding. No one does it, not any of the US-sponsored outlets,” Naouai said. However, that was apparently the stated reason for the blocking as a Facebook spokesperson said the social media giant wanted the pages to become more transparent by disclosing their funding and “Russian affiliations.”

Facebook never contacted Maffick Media directly, though. In fact, it did not even answer the company’s emails and stayed conspicuously silent about the ways that would allow the accounts to be reinstated. “We have not heard a word from Facebook and it has been over three days now,” Naouai said.

The whole situation makes one think that the suspension is in fact connected to the pages’ popularity as well as their critical stance towards US policies, the Maffick CEO said. “We have hosts that talk about things that are not allowed to talk about on other networks like CNN,” she explained.

“If a video that says that gets hundreds of thousands of views on a page that has millions of views, people [in Washington] start to notice that and they get upset. I believe that is why we were targeted: because of our success and because of, as CNN said, high quality of our videos,” Naouai added.

The Maffick CEO also assumed that a recent piece on the US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela might have become a trigger for this drastic measure taken by Facebook. “There is a very … divisive and obnoxious policy taking place right now against Venezuela,” she said, “we do not know if this was the segment that triggered [the suspension] but the timing is convenient.”

“When someone calls out what is happening in Venezuela as a blatant coup it ruffles the feathers of think tanks that spent millions if not billions of dollars to persuade [the audience otherwise] and lobby their interests.”

‘Interrogation’ by CNN

Some details of this whole case may indeed seem odd. Just about an hour after the pages were blocked, CNN published a report on the issue as if they broke the news. “CNN knew that we were going to be blocked before we did,” Naouai said, explaining that, when she found out her company’s pages were suspended, CNN had already published its piece.

Weeks before the blocking, CNN sought to interview some freelancers working with Maffick in an apparent attempt to “dig up some dirt,” Rania Khalek, the American host of Soapbox – one of the video shows Maffick ran on Facebook – recalled.

When the company’s leadership “got wind of it” and offered CNN an interview, it all ended up with a 45-minute “interrogation” loaded with “unethical” questions that “almost any other media organization would even think to answer.”

It felt like a police interrogation: very invasive questions about Maffick and our editorial policies. It was clear that they were doing a hit-piece.

“A CNN journalist repeatedly asked me about my political viewpoints. He was in complete disbelief that I have editorial control over my scripts. He could not understand how it was possible,” Khalek, who was one of those, who gave the interview to CNN, said.

Maffick Media assumed that CNN might in fact pressure Facebook into blocking the accounts. “It is a very competitive market existing in a very political atmosphere that is toxic right now in the US,” Naouai said.

Loophole for state censorship?

CNN itself admits in its piece that it did not just stumble upon the Facebook pages in question independently. Instead, this issue was brought to its attention by the Alliance for Securing Democracy – a part of the German Marshall Fund. This fund is a think tank, which is financed by the US and German governments and has such people as Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy head, and Jacob Sullivan, former Vice President Joe Biden’s top security aide, on its advisory board.

Now, CNN, which stepped on a slippery slope by scrutinizing other media outlets’ funding, had to go to some extraordinary lengths to persuade its audience that the Alliance for Securing Democracy “does not receive any funding” from the German Marshall Fund, while still being a part of it at the same time. However, all these facts just added a new layer to the story.

“You have this US-funded think tank prompting CNN to pressure Facebook to ban our pages. That is an act of censorship,”Khalek said. She thinks the whole scheme was used to circumvent the First Amendment banning the US authorities from directly censoring free speech. “So, they use a middleman to pressure private companies to censor us,” she added, calling it a “legal loophole.”

‘Beginning of an end’

Regardless of who is really behind the ploy, Facebook banning some media pages without any explanation sets a tremendously dangerous precedent, Maffick Media believes. “We had a verified page, which had billions of views, just disappear from online without any kind of comment, any kind of requirement, without breaking any rules. That is unprecedented,” Naouai said.

You have Facebook dictating what people can and cannot see and judging what is good content and bad content. And it is all based on the accusations and criticism coming from a government-funded outlet. If Facebook does it to us, it can do it to anyone,” Khalek warned.

This is because of the political content that challenges the US wars. It is absolutely an act of censorship.

The US establishment apparently seeks to suppress the outlets that “offer a platform to alternative voices that can speak out against US wars and the corporate control over our government in a way that you just do not hear in our corporate media,” the Soapbox host believes.

However, if the social media giant and the likes of it will just continue to randomly block media resources while having “no grounds” to do so, it could create very serious problems for society, Naouai believes.

That would be the beginning of an end of free speech.

 

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Warsaw And Munich: Whistling Past NATO’s Graveyard

Sanctions cut both ways.

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If the Anti-Iran conference in Warsaw was the opening act, the annual Munich Security Conference was the main event. Both produced a lot of speeches, grandstanding and virtue-signaling, as well as a lot of shuffling of feet and looking at the ground.

The message from the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia was clear, “We are still committed to the destruction of Syria as a functional state to end the growing influence of Iran.”

Europe, for the most part, doesn’t buy that argument anymore. Germany certainly doesn’t. France is only interested in how they can curry favor with the U.S. to wrest control of the EU from Germany. The U.K. is a hopeless has-been, living on Deep State inertia and money laundered through City of London.

The Poles just want to stick it to the Russians.

Everyone else has a bad case of, “been there, done that, ain’t doin’ it again.”

They know supporting the fiction that the War in Syria was a war against the evil President Bashar al-Assad is counter-productive.

The geopolitical landscape is changing quickly. And these countries, like Hungary, Italy, and the Czech Republic, know that the current policy trajectory of the Trump administration vis a vis Russia, Iran and China is a suicide pact for them.

So they show up when called, receive our ‘diplomats’ and then pretty much ignore everything they said. This is what happened, ultimately, in Munich.

Even the EU leadership has no illusions about the goals of the U.S./Israeli/Saudi policy on Syria. And that’s why they refused to shut Russia and Iran out of the Munich Security Conference despite the hyperventilating of Pompeo’s amateur-hour State Dept.

The Syria Hangover

These countries are struggling with the after-effects of eight years of war displacing millions who Angela Merkel invited into Europe for her own political purposes.

The resultant chaos now threatens every major political power center in Europe, which could culminate in a Euroskeptic win at the European Parliamentary elections in May.

Continuing on this road will only lead to Russia, Iran, Turkey and China forming a bloc with India to challenge the economic and political might of the West over the next two decades.

So it was no surprise to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu glad-handing looking for support to beam back home for his re-election campaign.

It was also no surprise to see NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg grovel at the feet of the U.S. over the shared mission because he knows that’s where the gravy flows from.

But there was no statement of purpose coming out of Munich after two days of talks. Warsaw already set the stage for that. Vice-President Mike Pence fell completely flat as the substitute Trump. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looked sad and confused as to why no one applauded him for his cheap and empty rhetoric about how evil Iran is.

The Syria operation was put together by the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar with the expressed purpose of creating a failed state of ungoverned fiefdoms. Syria was to be carved up piecemeal with a great land grab for all major partners getting a piece.

Israel gets a buffer zone east of the Golan Heights, Turkey gets Idlib, Afrin and Aleppo. The Kurds get everything east of the Euphrates. And Europe gets pipelines from the Arabian peninsula.

Meanwhile Iran loses Syria and Lebanon, Russia gets pushed out of the European gas market (along with the putsch in Ukraine) and the center of the country is a hot mess of terrorism which can be exported all around the region and further directed against Russia and Iran.

It all looked so good on paper.

But, as I’ve described multiple times, it was an operation built on perception and the false premise that no one would stand up to it.

In came Russia in October 2015 and the rest, unfortunately for the neocons, is just a chase scene.

Sanctions Cut Both Ways

Because for Europe, once it became clear what the costs would be to continue this project, there was little to no incentive to do so. That’s why they sued for peace with Iran by negotiating the JCPOA.

For every MAGApede and Fox News neocon who excoriates Obama for giving Iran $150 billion dollars (of their own money back which we stole) I remind you that it was Obama in 2012 that signed the sanctions which froze that money in the first place.

The JCPOA was signed because in 2014 the Syria operation looked like it was on auto-pilot to success. Iran could have their money back because it wouldn’t matter. They would be vassals and the money wouldn’t buy them anything of substance.

It was Russia and China’s making the move into Syria that changed that calculus.

That’s why the only ones who keep pushing for this balkanization strategy are the ones who still stand to gain from it. The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel. It was clear in Munich that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was the man everyone wanted to talk to.

Everyone has cut bait. Even the Saudis are hedging their best cozying up to Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. still needs to project power globally to support the dollar and its obscene fiscal debauchery. Israel is staring at a future in which its myriad enemies have won and the Saudis need to rule the Sunni Arab world by leading them in a war against Iran.

The Warsaw Summit was a triumph only insofar as the U.S. can still call its allies to attention and they’ll do so. But that’s about it. But it was clear at Munich that Europe isn’t buying what the U.S. is selling about its relationship anymore.

It’s an not only an abusive one with Trump applying maximal economic pressure but also a wholly unrealistic one. Foreign policy midgets like Pompeo and Pence were literally pleading with everyone to not undermine their latest plan to make the world safe for Israel and Trump’s moronic Energy Dominance plan.

Whistling in Munich

In the end, the whole Munich affair looked like a bunch of people gathering to whistle past the graveyard of the fraying post-WWII institutional order. Trump wants Europe to pay for NATO so we don’t but Europe doesn’t want NATO on Trump’s terms which put them in the cross-hairs of his power play with Russia and China over the INF treaty.

Putin has built a version of fortress Russia that is for all practical purposes impregnable, short-of an all-out nuclear conflict which no one except maybe the most ideologically possessed in D.C. and Tel Aviv wants.

The naysayers have had their day but the weapons unveiled by Putin at last March’s State of the Union address changed the board state in a way that requires different tactics. I said so last March and it identified a shift narrative for all of us as to what Putin’s long-game was.

These new weapons represent a state change in weapons technology but, at the same time, are cheap deterrents to further escalation.  They fit within Russia’s budget, again limited by demographic and, as I pointed out in a recent article, domestic realities

…[They highlight] we’re not winning in technology.  So, all we can do is employ meat-grinder policies and force Russia and her allies to spend money countering the money we spend.

It’s a game that hollows everyone out.  And it’s easier for Putin to sell the defensive nature of his position to Russians than it is to sell our backing Al-Qaeda and ISIS to defeat them.  Because that reality has broken through the barrier to it.

And that’s why Europe is so unwilling to go along with Trump on the INF Treaty, Iranian regime change and even his Arab NATO plan. They are the ones being asked to be on the front lines, pay for and fight a war against their best interests.

And that’s why no one was willing to join the latest ‘coalition of the willing’ in Munich to perpetuate the conflict in Asia. They’ll go along with Trump’s plans in Venezuela, it doesn’t cost them anything strategically.

But even Merkel knows that in light of the events of the past three and a half years, the right move for Europe is to cut a deal with Russia and Iran while keeping their head down as the U.S. loses its mind.


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Venezuela Under Washington’s Gun

It is discouraging to see Trump participate in the attempt to chase Maduro out of office.

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A full court press is taking place in Florida today (Presidents Day) with Republicans, Democrats, expatriates from Cuba and Venezuela and the fascist warmonger ministry of propaganda that constitutes the US media all denouncing Maduro and blaming him for the hardships imposed on Venezuelans by Washington’s sanctions and attacks on Venezuela’s currency . Even “liberal” NPR is reading off the same fascist warmonger script. NPR managed to report on Venezuela without mentioning the sanctions, without mentioning the theft of Venezuela’s gold foolishly entrusted to the US and British central banks, or the orchestrated protests funded by US-financed NGOs that are small in comparison with the crowds that support Maduro that are never mentioned in the US media. In other words, NPR is just another part of the whorehouse brigade.

What Americans forget, or never knew, is that the Cuban expatriates are the descendents of the corrupt Batista crowd that had looted Cuba for years and were thrown out of Cuba by Castro. The Venezuelan expatriates are from the rich elite that couldn’t adjust to Chavez running the country for the people instead of for them, and some of these expatriates were involved in the failed CIA coup against Chavez. All of these expatriates are nothing but shills for Washington’s takeover so that they can get back in on the take.

It is discouraging to see Trump, who the Democrats, the media, and the military/security complex are attempting to chase out of office participate in the attempt to chase Maduro out of office.

It is discouraging to see Washington’s vassals in Europe and in the Organization of American States throw all truth to the wind and line up with Washington’s lies.

It is discouraging that within Western civilization lies dominate all aspects of domestic and international policy. Truth has been stamped out.

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