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CNN publishes disgusting smear article on Assange and his “election meddling” (Video)

CNN publishes disgusting smear article on Assange and his “election meddling” (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss CNN’s latest attempt to discredit and smear Julian Assange with assertions that Assange set up a command center in the Ecuador embassy where he coordinated WikiLeaks to work in concert with Russia so as to meddle in U.S. elections in 2016.

CNN reports as stated fact without providing any underlying evidence that while at the Ecuadorian embassy Julian Assange “smeared faeces on the walls out of anger.”

CNN makes no mention of Guccifer 2.0 data transfers, deliberately shifting away from Mueller’s ‘transfer of hacked documents’ claim, and refocusing attention towards ‘mysterious people entering’ the heavily surveilled Ecuador embassy, as the method with which Wikileaks obtained leaked emails and documents.

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“CNN’s Amazing Dishonesty in Smearing Assange”, authored by Caitlin Johnstone, via Consortium News…


CNN has published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since the notoriously bogus Assange-Manafort report by The Guardian last year. It contains none of the “exclusive” documents that it claims substantiate its smears, relying solely on vague, unsubstantiated assertions and easily debunked lies to paint the WikiLeaks founder in a negative light.

And let’s be clear right off the bat, it is most certainly a smear piece. The article, titled “Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling,” admits that it exists for the sole purpose of tarnishing Assange’s reputation when it reports, with no evidence whatsoever, that while at the Ecuadorian embassy Assange once “smeared feces on the walls out of anger.” Not “reportedly.” Not “the Ecuadorian government claims.” CNN reported it as a fact, as an event that is known to have happened. This is journalistic malpractice, and it isn’t an accident.

Whenever you see any “news” report citing this claim, you are witnessing a standard smear tactic of the plutocratic media. Whenever you see them citing this claim as a concrete, verified fact, you are witnessing an especially aggressive and deliberate psyop. The Ecuadorian embassy was heavily surveilled during Assange’s stay there, and the Ecuadorian government has leaked photos of Assange’s living quarters to the media in an attempt to paint him as a messy houseguest in need of eviction, so if the “feces on the walls” event had ever transpired you would have seen photos of it, whether you wanted to or not. It never happened.

“New documents obtained exclusively by CNN reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 US election, during a series of suspicious meetings at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,” the article begins.

‘Potentially’ Hacked Materials

In its very first sentence the article invalidates all the claims which follow it, because its use of the word “potentially” means that none of the documents CNN purports to have contain any actual evidence. It’s worth noting at this time that there is to this day not one shred of publicly available evidence that any of the Democratic Party emails published by WikiLeaksin 2016 were in fact “hacked” at all, and could very well have been the result of a leak as asserted by former British ambassador Craig Murray, who claims to have inside knowledge on the matter.

The glaring plot holes in the Mueller report’s assertions about Russia being the source of the 2016 WikiLeaks drops have already been ripped wide open by journalist Aaron Maté’s meticulous analysis of the report’s timeline in an article accurately titled “CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller’s Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims.” The CNN smear piece, which claims to “add a new dimension to the Mueller report,” is entirely relying on this porous timeline for its reporting. Plot holes include the fact that Mueller claims (and CNN repeats) that the Russians transferred the emails to WikiLeaks on or around July 14, which Maté notes is “a full month after Assange publicly announced that he had them.”

CNN kicks off its smear piece with the inflammatory claim that “Assange met with Russians and world-class hackers at critical moments,” mentioning both “Russians” and “hackers” in the same breath in an attempt to give the impression that the two are related. It’s not until paragraph 43 and 46, long after most people have stopped reading, that the authors bother to inform their readers that the “hackers” in question are German and have no established connection to Russia whatsoever. The “Russians” counted among Assange’s scores of visitors consist ofRT staff, who have always consistently reported on WikiLeaks, and a “Russian national” about whom almost nothing is known. [Sputnik’s Loud & Clear radio show reports that one Russian visitor was Assange’s producer when he had a show on RT.]

The article falsely labels Assange a “hacker,” a defamatory claim the mass media circulates whenever it wants to tarnish Assange’s reputation. Assange, of course, is a publisher. WikiLeaks publishes materials which are given to it, it doesn’t “hack” them.

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CNN also repeats the long-debunked lie that RT “published articles detailing the new batches of emails before WikiLeaks officially released them” during the 2016 election, citing no evidence because this never happened. RT reported on a WikiLeaks release in October 2016 after it had been published byWikiLeaks but before the WikiLeaks Twitter account had tweeted about it, and Western propagandists willfully conflated WikiLeaks publications with tweets from the WikiLeaks Twitter account in order to make it look like RT had insider knowledge about the publications.

In reality, RT was simply watching the WikiLeaks site closely for new releases in order to get an early scoop before other outlets, because leaks of emails involving John Podesta, chair of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, had been dropping regularly.

“That is a LIE that’s been debunked over and over,” tweeted RT America editor Nebojša Malic in response to the smear. “We published ONE article about the emails that were RELEASED already, just not TWEETED about yet, because WikiLeaks had been releasing them like clockwork and we paid attention. It’s called journalism, they should try it sometime.”

“Yes that is fake news,” tweeted RT’s Ivor Crotty. “I was the editor on the team that monitored wikileaks and by Podesta 6 we knew they tweeted at 9am EST each day (1pm Dublin) — so we checked the database by reverse searching and discovered a new dump, tweeted about it, and the conspiracy theorists jumped.”

“RT already addressed this in 2016, convincingly if you read the sequence of events they lay out: the Podesta emails appeared on the WikiLeaks website before WikiLeaks sent a tweet about it,” Maté tweeted at CNN’s Marshall Cohen. “Ignoring that allows for the conspiracy theory you propose. It’s ridiculous to suggest that RT-Wikileaks ‘were coordinating behind the scenes’ based on the fact that RT tweeted about the Podesta emails AFTER they appeared on WL’s site, but BEFORE WL tweeted about them. You’re implicating RT in a conspiracy… for doing journalism.”

It’s not possible to research the “RT had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks drops” conspiracy theory without running across articles which debunked it at the time, so the article’s authors were likely either knowingly lying or taking dictation from someone who was.

“Spanish newspaper El Pais on July 9: ‘Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange’s meetings with lawyers’. Add little security state propaganda and 6 days later you get from CNN: ‘How Julian Assange turned an embassy into command post for election meddling’,” noted Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola in response to the CNN smear, a reminder of how a little narrative tweaking can turn a story on its head in support of the powerful.

This would be the same CNN that told its viewers that it’s against the law to read WikiLeaks, with Democratic Party prince Chris Cuomo lying “Remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents; it’s different for the media, so everything you learn about this you’re learning from us.” The same CNN that falsely reported that Assange is a pedophile not once, but twice. The same CNN that has been caught blatantly lying in its Russiagate coverage, which has had to fire journalists for misreporting Russiagate in a media environment where that almost never happens with Russia stories, which has deleted evidence of its journalistic malpractice regarding Russiagate from the internet without retraction or apology.

So this latest attempt to tarnish Julian Assange’s reputation from CNN is not surprising. Nor is it surprising that the article contains exactly zero of the “exclusive documents” which it says validate its claims and insinuations. Nor is it surprising that CNN is using invisible evidence which almost certainly came into its hands through a government agency to give weight to its smear. But the sheer volume of disinformation and deceit they were able to pack into one single article this time around was just jaw-dropping. Even for CNN.


Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium. Follow her work on FacebookTwitter, or her websiteShe has a podcast and a new book Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers.”

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Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Where to is our society headed? Is the advent of the iPhone a contributing reason for all these attacks – because the attacker can hide behind a small screen? Is this what our Western “culture” is about…turning into the lowest of the low? Is being dishonest the only way to make it today? Honesty is something to be ashamed of?

john vieira
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cnn HAS proven themselves to be beneath contempt…their remaining audience, collectively, must have an Idiot Quotient of UNDER 20….

Maria Amon
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Maria Amon

While the news ofcourse is disgusting – it is a joy to listen to you and love your approach. All the best from Spain again. m

Arriba y Adelante
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Arriba y Adelante

Y…..same sentiment from Valencia

Smoking Eagle
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Smoking Eagle

Hit piece. Disgusting. Disgraceful article in every respect. Journalistic malpractice. Manipulative. Despicable. Grubby. Silly. Smear job. Defamatory. Assertions with no evidence. Innuendo. Lies. Really nasty. Secret meetings in the embassy toilet. Nonsense. Ridiculous. Stupider and stupider. Theories turned into facts. Shocking. Deep state origin (not so shocking).

Yep. CNN sucks.

Platon
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Platon

This Showtrial almost makes the Leninist-Trotsyite (Brownstainian) USSR, with its Sverdlovian CHEKA look dignified.

Hmph
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Hmph

Must be taking tips from the Ukrainians.

Hollow rocks for hollow heads
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Hollow rocks for hollow heads

Secret meetings in the embassy toilet? That one must be accurate. Isn’t that the drop where Steele reverse-flow collected his tips after the hollow rock drop was uncovered?

Platon
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Platon

Hate week is on. Goldstein is up on the screen, but the screen itself elicits the expected Pavlovian Response from US dogs.
Or is it really a private screening for the Blitzkriegs and Comos, Apfelbaums and Madcows?
I mean who really watches CNN?
The blank screen is implanted in everyone’s brain.

Platon
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Platon

Thank God, not any fkng ‘amendments’, for Caitlin Johnstone and Consortium News.
They probably murdered Robert Parry but they cannot murder the Truth.
I hope to see Cuomo, Blitzer and anyone who ever worked at CIANN swing one day.

Smoking Eagle
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Smoking Eagle

Swinging is too short a punishment for these unspeakable miscreants. I rather favour the good old mediaeval stocks parked on the street so that the public can throw refuse of various kinds at them. Swinging or hanging, drawing and quartering to follow if they survive the stocks.

T W Huning
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T W Huning

CNN is the C.I.A., and they are of their father, the father of lies.

john vieira
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…and we know who their director under obama worshipped…and adhered to the Doctrine of Deception…

john vieira
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Was beginning to think they “offed” Assange quietly as the mainstream corrupted fake media has been “mum” since his expulsion from the Ecuadorian embassy. “The TRUTH is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance (cnn among others) may deride it, but in the end, there it IS. “

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CNN……toolus maximus for deep state propaganda.

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