WikiLeaks staff are unable to access or post from the organization’s primary Twitter account or other accounts used by its staff and legal team, according to WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson.“These accounts are locked @wikileaks @assangedefence @wltaskforce @assangelegal and cannot be accessed,” Hrafnsson recently tweeted. “They also seem to have been shadow banned. Should we be worried…
By Jerry Alatalo
“Government was intended to suppress injustice, but its effect has been to embody and perpetuate it.”
– WILLIAM GODWIN (1756-1836) English minister, reformer, philosopher
wiss bank whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld praised the work of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange recently at an event in Malta. Like Julian Assange, Mr. Birkenfeld was targeted for persecution after revealing inconvenient truth concerning corruption and imprisoned.
Brad Birkenfeld wrote an extremely revealing book about his extraordinary experiences in the highest levels of global banking, government protection of the white-collar criminal rich and powerful, and all things corrupt in the arena of top-floor finance titled “Lucifer’s Banker”. Men and women interested in reading his book and learning more about the dark side of international banking can visit Mr. Birkenfeld’s website: https://LucifersBanker.com/
The following short presentation in Malta by Brad Birkenfeld in May 2018 is particularly relevant as it relates to the current uncertain situation of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Being a major whistleblower himself, Mr. Birkenfeld has focused his efforts on supporting and protecting fellow truth tellers – including Julian Assange, who he’s worked with personally – through advocacy for strong legislation around the entire world.
Reports suggest Mr. Assange faces an imminent eviction from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been held a virtual prisoner for more than 6 years. In the eyes of people familiar with the highly controversial situation with huge ramifications for journalism and free speech ideals, the most objectionable, bewildering aspect of Julian Assange’s years-long legal nightmare is the fact he has not been convicted of any crime – whatsoever.
Brad Birkenfeld calls attention to his association with and appreciation of Julian Assange toward the end of his presentation:
“But I’ll just end in one note … Is that when I met with Julian Assange in London – and I think this poor guy is going to be extradited out of the Ecuadorian Embassy soon – he told me a situation with respect to why this was going on with WikiLeaks, and how it paralleled with my whistleblowing – historic whistleblowing – at UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland). And he said ‘Look, some people have a gut instinct to do the right thing. Do you have the gut instinct to do the right thing if you see something wrong – to report something?’ ”
“I was fortunate enough to meet Daphne (investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia) here in Malta before her demise, her murder, and this was a very unfortunate thing for Malta. And we talked for a little bit about this situation, about transparency, and about offshore banking and so forth. And it brought it home to light that I had moved here from the United States and I live here in Malta.”
“And I got to know her very little, but we had this chat before she was murdered. And I think it’s important to understand her demise is so important for all of us, because she was a crusader; she was a fighter. Just as I was a fighter; just as Julian Assange is a fighter; Mr. Snowden’s a fighter.”
“You may not like some of these people; you may have an opinion, and that’s fine. But what their end result was … was better for all of society. And I think that’s the message here: you’re either part of the problem, or you’re part of the solution. Which one is it? (Responds to member of audience) ‘Yeah … there you go. Exactly. Precisely.’ And that’s where whistleblowing is paramount.”
“And I’ll sort of end on the whistleblowing note, because they think it’s … It’s important. I go around and lecture throughout Europe and Asia and America, and what I try to tell people is just think about it logically – if you’re not breaking the law you don’t need whistleblowers. Don’t break the law.”
“So, law enforcement should embrace whistleblowers, not attack them. They’re an extension of law enforcement. They do their job better, whether they’re understaffed, under budget, maybe even part of the problem. There are corrupt police out there in law enforcement. A whistleblower will come in and give you everything. Harry Markopolos – great friend of mine –, he exposed the (Bernie) Madoff fraud. He didn’t get paid anything, but he did the right thing. He yelled and screamed for a decade, until he did something about it.”
“So, the point I’m trying to make here is that whistleblowing … To protect whistleblowers – number one, and to compensate them – number two. And that’s a controversial part here in Europe, but it works. I’m a prime example of why it works. I even started whistleblowing before the program came in play, so it wasn’t about the money. Everyone says ‘Ah, you did it for the money’. Absolutely not. So my point is … Is that Europe needs to pass, and Asia needs to pass, positive whistleblowing laws to protect and compensate whistle blowers.”
“Because they make your life better; your children’s lives better; your grandchildren’s lives better. Or … we’ll just go and we’ll steal and cheat and lie, and we’ll just keep that going. So you have a choice. What society do you want to live in? So that’s why whistleblowing is so paramount.”
“And that’s why I go around lecturing and send the message out. Not just about what I did at UBS and in Switzerland, which was cataclysmic as I said before – but also because it might send a message to each and every one of you, and your children if you have children, that this is so important to go ahead and praise whistleblowing.”
“We’ve seen it time and time again. And as I said: if you’re not breaking the law you won’t need whistleblowers. So, let’s promote the whistleblowing angle, and let’s move forward to help everyone in that regard.”
“Thank you very much.”
(Thank you to d10e at YouTube)
By Jerry Alatalo
“If war no longer occupied men’s thoughts and energies, we could within a generation, put an end to all serious poverty throughout the world.”
– BERTRAND RUSSELL (1872-1970) British mathematician, philosopher
t was shortly after interviewing then Ecuador President Rafael Correa in 2012 that Julian Assange took sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has remained for over 6 years – the last 4 months without means of communicating via telephone or computer, and unable to see visitors besides his lawyers.
Approximately 4 months ago Assange’s phone and computer/internet access was effectively cut, along with the total restriction on visitations by close family and friends, by Correa’s successor – President Lenin Moreno, – whose actions came as a profound disappointment and source of grave concern for supporters of Assange the world over.
Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, endured framing on trumped-up charges of rape in Sweden, of which the original victim has long since stopped pursuing. Despite repeated pleas by Assange’s legal team, the Swedish prosecutor of Assange’s case waited for over 5 years before going to London and speaking to Assange personally on details of the alleged “crime”. The bizarre legal situation is clearly related to existential questions of continuance or not of in-practice free speech fundamentals in the age of the internet.
Assange’s situation is one of unprecedented political persecution orchestrated by individuals in highest level power positions, particularly led by the United States, Britain and the West, and exhibiting the objectionable, blackish flavors of Catch-22, Kafka, kangaroo court … etc..
It has now been over a year since the United Nations’ main human rights organization confirmed Assange’s innocence in a published report, stating his continued unjust detainment and neglected medical/physical conditions in confinement constituted serious human rights violations committed by British legal authorities. Despite every aspect of the “case” being in favor of freedom for Assange, he remains, without means of communicating and in virtual solitary confinement, trapped inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
In the past few days former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa, under whose government Assange received diplomatic protection, has experienced a similar, related form of political/legal persecution, under a process becoming increasingly known as war by other means: “lawfare”. Correa’s successor Lenin Moreno has approved an arrest warrant against Correa on the trumped-up charge of being involved in a kidnapping incident which occurred around 2012.
Rafael Correa now resides in Belgium. The Ecuador judge presiding over the “case” ordered him to travel to Ecuador every two weeks or risk deeper legal problems, effectively placing impossible conditions on the former president for the purpose of forcing him to stay out of the country – with the result being the total block of Rafael Correa’s participation in Ecuadorian politics.
Going back to 2012 and listening to an interview of Rafael Correa by Julian Assange, shortly after which Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy, contributes to a greater understanding of the relevant facts behind the subsequent malevolent, unjust treatment of these two highly influential and respected, globally recognized leaders – one in the field of deep investigative journalism, and the other in the arena of Latin American political and socioeconomic evolution.
(Thank you to RT at YouTube)
By Jerry Alatalo
“Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.”
– HOWARD MUMFORD JONES (1892-1980) American writer
ournalist Julian Assange remains silenced in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London while charged with no crime. He has been a prisoner there for more than six years. One might say Julian Assange is being unjustly crucified in front of the world.
Head of the Internet Party of New Zealand Suzie Dawson’s 3-hour interview on “Ramola D Reports” at YouTube (from January) might qualify as the most important internet interview of 2018. Her support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks made her a target of Western intelligence agencies along with Internet Party founder and fellow New Zealander Kim Dotcom – targeted with other supporters of Julian Assange around the Earth – in an irrational process where activists simply wishing to create a better world through education of citizens become treated as terrorists.
Suzie Dawson’s initial impetus for becoming more active came when she, along with millions of people around the world, became very excited about the potential good that might come from the 2011 Occupy Movement in the United States, only to find herself disappointed and wondering how such a momentous, historic event received zero coverage from corporate media outlets. She asked herself, if such a massive and thunderous event in New York City is met by total silence from mainstream media, “what else aren’t they reporting on?”
Two words are used by Ms. Lawson to describe her set of reasons for becoming more and more determined and active over the months and years since Occupy in 2011: “Righteous indignation”. Her experience and the experiences of other so-called whistleblowers such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, William Binney, Mark Weibe and many more make clear the real risks involved for anyone – unless and until major positive change dependent on greater/increased awareness occurs – willing to get involved with sharing disturbing, deep, long-secreted government-military facts in the widest manner possible.
In addition to ending any further debate on the authenticity of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange through planted disinformation and smears such as “Julian Assange never mentions Israel”, “WikiLeaks denies 9/11 truth”, “Assange is a C.I.A. plant … limited hangout” etc., she also defeats through internet examples and argument the same style of smear campaign run against Edward Snowden. Suzie Dawson suggests simply going to the WikiLeaks website, typing “Israel” and “9/11” in the search box, pressing “enter”, and seeing the tens of thousands of (100% factual, verified, original) documents on Israel and 9/11 to understand the massive disinformation efforts perpetrated against Julian Assange.
“The militaries run the world … WikiLeaks supports whistleblowers facing life-and-death situations, therefore we must save Julian Assange … Julian Assange saved Edward Snowden’s life … WikiLeaks is the #1 target of Western intelligence agencies.”
The host of this amazing interview, “Ramola D”, deals with targeted individuals, directed energy weaponry and silent punishment of dissidents and/or whistleblowers (or random “test” subjects), a topic which has been somewhat controversial because of (thus far) limited research due to its relatively recent emergence. Suzie Dawson accepted the invitation for an interview with Ramola D because she wanted to share WikiLeaks information on the approximate 2014 introduction, global sales and marketing of directed energy and electronic weapons, classified as “electronic warfare” or “non-lethal weapons”. Ms. Dawson took this interview in part as an action to support targeted individuals who often become labeled as suffering from mental illness.
WikiLeaks has 10,000,000 (ten million) documents, and Suzie Dawson’s essential message is that people need only spend time at the website searching, finding and reading the massive storehouse of information “just sitting there”. She has the same message with respect to the Edward Snowden files.
Suzie Dawson and Elizabeth Vos of Disobedient Media hosted over 10-hours of interviews/statements of support during early June called “Unity4J” (Unity for Julian Assange). The organized effort was an Online Vigil calling for Julian Assange’s freedom featuring Cynthia McKinney, Caitlin Johnstone, Vivian Kubrick, Cassandra Fairbanks, William Craddick, Marc Crispin Miller, Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, Lee Stranahan, Kevin Zeese, Mark Sleboda, Dmitri Babich, Jack Posobiec, Ciaron O’Reilley, Peter Lavelle, Kim Dotcom, Ross Cameron, Greg Barns, H.A. Goodman, Niko House, Graham Elwood … and found here.
Free Julian Assange.
(Thank you to Ramola D Reports – YouTube | Length: 2 hours, 59 minutes)