Julian Assange Has Been Arrested

Who points of view. Fox Business giving the USA perspective (without the crazy left spin of CNN / MSNBC). Has a riff on the Trump / Dossier / DNC connection. 8 minutes:

RT Russia Today has a different take on things. 12 minutes:

Youtube put up a pop-up that said Russia Today was funded by, wait for it… Russia…

Then wouldn’t play the video until I hit “reload” on the browser (Chromium – it does multi-core better than FireFox so does video better on small CPU SBCs like the Ordoid C2 I’m using for video these days).

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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31 Responses to Julian Assange Has Been Arrested

  1. David A says:

    content://media/external/file/32943

    Hope the image opens. A good one and cogent to the post.

  2. Bill in Oz says:

    Assange is an Australian. So am I.

    But I do not think it very clever to be leaking classified data from the US military in massive amounts.

    And if the USA wants to extradite him to face trial for that leaking episode, it’s his problem not mine and not Australia’s – though he is entitled and will get consular assistance.

    The reports I am reading about his behaviour while in the Ecuador embassy in London are ( if true ) extraordinary. No wonder he became persona non grata..Bit of an all round turd !

  3. Steve C says:

    Not an unexpected development, but nonetheless a worrying one. Given that Wikileaks’ declared purpose is precisely to make public what governments would rather they didn’t, and particularly given the acknowledged authenticity of their releases, they are international journalists, widely lauded for doing properly what journalists used to do – exposing the rot at the top. As such, an attack on a prominent Wikileaks personality is a high-profile attack on journalism, which should worry us all.

    I’m no great fanboy of JA. I think basically he started off as controlled opposition and got a bit carried away with it, rather than being some sort of grand hero of freedom. However, after seven years watching the insubstantial bollocks the three governments have been talking to convince us of his “guilt” of, well, something, AFAICS nothing has been produced which would warrant more than a slap on the wrist.

    This is just being set up as The Powerful Glob v. The Little Man, with a strong message not to step out of line like this latest “evildoer”. We all need to make an angry noise.

  4. Bill in Oz says:

    He was before the UK legal system to see whether he should be extradited to Sweden to face rape charges..He chose to avoid extradition hearing by seeking asylum in the Ecuador embassy….u

    I would have thought h would want to clear his name by actually cooperating with the Swedish legal system.. Instead he frustrated the Swedish attempts to have him face trial

    Ummmm ?

    Not something I admire at all.

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    Julian apparently triggered the dead man switch and wikileaks has dumped a truck load of files.

    It will take weeks for the Anons to go through all this stuff but I would expect lots of high powered people are getting nervous.

    https://file.wikileaks.org/file/?fbclid=IwAR3x6JN9x-pwmPY9jkXfq7yOHbQ4moWvskZP7lzykRtILlhXm485epkzoZs

  6. H.R. says:

    “[…] wikileaks has dumped a truck load of files.

    […] I would expect lots of high powered people are getting nervous.”
    =============================

    A few years ago I would have been concerned that a lot of the Wikileaks content would severely compromise national security. Since I’m now completely woke to the Deep State shenanigans and the near total corruption of our politicians and government institutions, instead I am now pleased to hear about the document dump.

    The Podesta emails alone showed that our DC swamp spends almost all of its time plotting and scheming and little time at all governing. I am confident that a fair portion of the Wikileaks dump will reveal significant corruption and contribute to Draining The Swamp.

    I will be surprised if any of the dump compromises national security to any great extent. The only ones compromised will be the DC swamp critters.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bill in Oz:

    It was widely believed that he was “set up” with the two Swedish blonds by an intel agency. So 2 Swedish bombshells walk up and ask for a “3 way” and provide the condom… that is found to have a leak… so they can then call it “rape” (even though it all was consensual it’s a quirk of their law). Yeah, nothing suspect there…

    As I ran into the dump topic in “tips” I put this comment there and will repeat it here:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2019/04/09/tips-notices-april-2019/#comment-111037

    This looks to be a pointer

    https://v.8ch.net/pol/res/13117850.html

    WIKILEAKS DROP Anonymous 04/12/19 (Fri) 03:42:49 fe63fa No.13117850>>13118312 >>13118436 >>13118784 >>13118810 >>13120311 >>13120415 >>13120472 >>13121119 >>13122344 >>13122583 [Watch Thread][Show All Posts]

    4chan erased the Madelian Mccain foundation drop for a reason.

    Here are the others

    -Clinton e-mails

    -CIA active operations

    -Coca-cola geting cover after killing 10 kids

    -Steve Jobs had AIDS

    – Offshore accounts from politician all over the world(find your country)

    – Races crimes against White being cover all around the EU

    -White genocide not that much of a conspiracy theorie

    -Merkel avoiding taxes

    -FBI pedophile symbols

    And much more

    https://file.wikileaks.org/file/?fbclid=IwAR11eCRNWsKE1rGAlL3f0qgJPzOi18XWNwhahmvnkto8DSX_R5Ojo-yyVUE

    Torrent

    https://file.wikileaks.org/file.torrent

    https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/2016-06-03_insurance.aes256.torrent

    https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/wikileaks-insurance-20120222.tar.bz2.aes.torrent

    https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-A.aes256.torrent

    https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-B.aes256.torrent

    https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/wlinsurance-20130815-C.aes256.torrent

    https://archive.org/download/wlinsurance/wlinsurance_archive.torrent

    https://archive.org/download/wlinsurance

    https://web.archive.org/web/20100901195032/http://leakmirror.wikileaks.org/file/straw-glass-and-bottle/insurance.aes256

    If you have some 90 gigs to spare, download the first link especially. If you care about this world at all.

    Further reading:

    https://steemit.com/wikileaks/@ausbitbank/how-to-download-the-wikileaks-archives-insurance-files-email-leaks-for-safe-keeping

  8. philjourdan says:

    @HR – I think you are correct in your supposition. I suspect this is going to play well into the after Mueller investigation. Grab some popcorn.

  9. Bill in Oz says:

    It’s a long which since I agreed with anything the Guardian publishes. But the Guardian is calling for Assange to be extradited to Sweden.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/13/women-groups-say-extradite-julian-assange-to-sweden

    I have never heard any of the gossip that you mentioned EM. But if such was the case, it will emerge in the Swedish court trial. The Swedes have a reputation for being pretty of in that area. So
    let the Swedish courts do their thing.

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    Not gossip and very easy to find, if you look:
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=asange+swedish+entrapment&t=brave&ia=web

    How Julian Assange was entrapped – The Greanville Post
    Search domain http://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/04/13/how-julian-assange-was-entrapped/https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/04/13/how-julian-assange-was-entrapped/
    Assange enjoyed sex with her 2-3 times, once unprotected, later joking about Sofia’s fears and offering to call their possible future child a rare name: “Afghanistan”. Assange received a call from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet and was invited for an interview on the morning of August 18th. Sophia paid him again for the train ride back …
    The entrapment and long captivity of Julian Assange …
    Search domain http://www.sott.net/article/389773-The-entrapment-and-long-captivity-of-Julian-Assangehttps://www.sott.net/article/389773-The-entrapment-and-long-captivity-of-Julian-Assange
    It is said that Assange was in cahoots with the Russians, that they guided him and provided with the stuff they hacked and even that “Wikileaks is a Front for Russian Intelligence”. As a matter of fact, Russians were extremely hesitant to have anything to do with Assange. They could not believe he was for real.
    Assange denies rape, claims entrapment – theaustralian.com.au
    Search domain http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/assange-denies-rape-claims-entrapment/news-story/74ae2f936aa5b2939cb86143cc597528https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/assange-denies-rape-claims-entrapment/news-story/74ae2f936aa5b2939cb86143cc597528
    Assange has also become enmeshed in financial and legal woes, including the allegations of rape and sexual misconduct made last year by two Swedish women. Assange was arrested and briefly jailed …
    Rove’s hand seen in Julian Assange prosecution, sources allege
    Search domain http://www.rawstory.com/2010/12/rove-connection-prosecution-julian-assange/https://www.rawstory.com/2010/12/rove-connection-prosecution-julian-assange/
    Former Bush political strategist Karl Rove may be connected to a Swedish effort to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, sources for several legal experts suggest. Rove is a longtime adviser …
    Journalist: ‘Julian Assange Was Set Up for Obvious Reasons …
    Search domain sputniknews.com/analysis/201802121061592911-journalist-assange-was-set-up/https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201802121061592911-journalist-assange-was-set-up/
    According to e-mails that recently surfaced in the media, Swedish prosecutors were ready to drop their investigation against Julian Assange back in 2013, but Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service heavily insisted that the case should remain active.
    Is Assange running for Senate to avoid FBI entrapment …
    Search domain kevtownsend.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/is-assange-running-for-senate-to-avoid-fbi-entrapment/https://kevtownsend.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/is-assange-running-for-senate-to-avoid-fbi-entrapment/
    The Hacker News put it more bluntly a couple of days ago: “But if Sabu was in fact working for the FBI, how could the Stratfor hack be anything more than a clearcut case of entrapment perpetrated by the FBI?” It looks horribly like Stratfor was sacrificed and Anonymous used simply to get Assange.
    The Accusations Against Assange | Gwynne Dyer
    Search domain gwynnedyer.com/2010/the-accusations-against-assange/gwynnedyer.com/2010/the-accusations-against-assange/
    10 December 2010. The Accusations Against Assange. By Gwynne Dyer. The US government is doing all it can to silence the Wikileaks organisation, including starving it of funds by getting PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard to freeze its accounts.
    Assange v Swedish Prosecution Authority – Wikipedia
    Search domain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assange_v_Swedish_Prosecution_Authorityhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assange_v_Swedish_Prosecution_Authority
    Julian Assange v Swedish Prosecution Authority were the set of legal proceedings in the United Kingdom concerning the requested extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden to further a ‘preliminary investigation’ into accusations of his having committed sexual offences. The proceedings began in 2012 and on 12 August 2015, Swedish prosecutors …
    The Seven Years of Lies About Assange won’t Stop Now …
    Search domain dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/the-seven-years-of-lies-about-assange-wont-stop-now/https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/the-seven-years-of-lies-about-assange-wont-stop-now/
    It was a freedom of information request by an ally of Assange, not a media outlet, that unearthed documents showing that Swedish investigators had, in fact, wanted to drop the case against Assange back in 2013. The UK, however, insisted that they carry on with the charade so that Assange could remain locked up.

  11. Bill in Oz says:

    Wow EM the Greanville Post is even more extreme progressive left than the Guardian ! So not quite source to rely on for the full picture.

    Meanwhile, I still think Assange should have complied with the extradition process. If only to show up the facts which would emerge in the Swedish court trial…. Simple.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    That was a simple quote of top search results, unedited.

    It is an error to assert editorial choice or selection in it.

    There are dozens more pages on thar search link alone. Other search term sets will find others…

    When the link is a serch engine with search terms, it is to demonstrate a sample of results of that search, not to indicate endorsement of a given finding.

    So you endorse compluance with entrapment by State Agencies? Golly.

  13. Bill in Oz says:

    I say as always : There are accusations of rape against Assange.
    Let the investigation and trail proceed.
    Let the evidence be presented in court.
    All the evidence
    Including any evidence that Assange was snared in an entrapment honey pot.

    Still simple !

  14. jim2 says:

    IIRC, Sweden dropped the rape charges.

  15. Bill in Oz says:

    The Swedish layer acting on behalf of one of the women who made the accusations of rape, has asked that this be case be re-activated. We’ll all see what happens over the next year or so. Extradition requests take a long time.

  16. Graeme No.3 says:

    E.M.S.
    Pure speculation, but apart from the Military/Spooks wanting to make an example of Assange could Trump be involved? Since Assange colluded with russian spies to influence the Federal Election, although he wanted to help Bernie Sanders, he might be open to a charge of foreign meddling.
    The subsequent investigation (à la Mueller?) could throw up all sorts of dirt from the Democratic ranks. Trump might even claim to be doing it for Hilary’s sake while gaining revenge on Obama.
    Great fodder for the press (those not under investigation also) in the lead up to the 2020 election.

  17. David A says:

    Bill in Oz appears to have great faith in the Swedish court system.

    I blame Assage not a bit for avoiding such charges. The coup against Trump was multi-national and a good example of the corrupt power of rule from the one-world statists.

    HRC directly threatened to have the man executed. ( He must have done something right) His reporting has been far more accurate and revealing then any journalism I can think of. (Veritas excepted) It is very possible that sans Wikileaks, HRC would be President.

    My hope is that he can again confound them all with the sunlight of truth revealed.

    I have not seen convincing evidence that Wikileaks caused U.S. deaths. ( Their is likely more evidence that HRC and her illegal
    server caused U.S. deaths.)

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @Graeme No.3:

    There is no evidence that Assange “colluded” with Russian spies. I don’t doubt for a minute that he would accept material from them, but it is important to note that Wikileaks directions state to only communicate over TOR – so he couldn’t really know if they were Russians or not.

    Also realize that 100% of everything they have published has been shown to be true. I don’t know how he does it, but he vets the stuff and doesn’t publish stuff that isn’t correct and accurate. That’s not “collusion with spies”, that’s careful journalism.

    Trump is going to steer 100% clear of this. He does NOT want to risk Yet More Democrat Party Slander claiming “Obstruction of Justice”. So he’s punted it to the A.G. and washed his hands of it. “Wikileaks is not my thing.”

    @David A:

    That Wikileaks has pushed no less than 4 large files of “Insurance” (decryption key as the deadman switch) with the latest one being 90 GIGabytes, says there is a LOT hanging over folks heads. (The other three dated about 2013)

    If Assange gets whacked, a whole lot of stuff is hitting the fan…

    Eventually compute power will advance enough a brute force attack on the encryption can be done. Supposedly a file released in 2013 has had one layer of decryption done, but just yielded another layer of “bag-o-bits” (which is in fact how I’d do it, or have done it… Encrypt the goods then put them in a folder and encrypt again… Frustrates the hell out of the decryption folks ;-)

    Judging from the Torrent activity on their “file” of current stuff (about 30 GB) and the latest (90 GB) of “insurance”, there’s a WHOLE lot of folks busy making copies. At least 400 active “seeders” (so have all of it and are providing it) so who knows how many paranoid “leachers” just grabbed a copy and refused to seed it.

    He just better not have any “accidents” while in custody…

  19. Julian Jones says:

    Australian satire on Assange (including expletives) :

  20. Bill in Oz says:

    The Juice media is an idiot extreme leftist fringe mob.No one with any brains watches their crap. If they get anything right it purely by accident.

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    @The Juice Media satire:

    I found that a refreshing chuckle, even if the language is a bit rough.

    No idea if the “review” by Bill in Oz is accurate or not, but the POV in the “bit” was hardly “left wing”… and if they do more that has “bite” like that, this is one person with a documented excess of brains who will happily “watch their crap”. I watch stuff from all sides IF it is any good. Some from self confirmation bias. Some from opposition research. Some for a good laugh…

    (Sidebar on blog operator issues: It is odd running a blog. Folks pop up out of nowhere, old frequent fliers just disappear. Sometimes you see odd patterns. Sometimes they are delusions. So I just note in passing that right after I “outed” the rough physical lication of Serioso as 20 miles from Langley, he’s gone silent. About the same time Bill in Oz shows up – with a penchant for dissing things… Rather like a change of assigned operator would look. Delusion? Coincidence? Most likely. But the kind of thing a blog operator gets to consider. Until proven otherwise I assume Bill is as presented. Yet the patterns in the negative space remain… We know there are Agency assigned operators from all over the planet assigned to gather intel and conduct “influence operations”. That’s the whole thing Russia and China are accused of, with evidence. But “we” do the same thing. So it is clear someone will be the Agent. Is my little blog big enough to be of interest? Will they visit here? Guessing who it might be breaks the boredom of deleting SPAM queues and checking links for illegal content and such. This is also part of why I stress politeness. While I generally just prefere it, there is also the known history of FBI Agent Provocateurs trying to stimulate illegal acts. Forbidding provocation dampens that… even if the blog is a bit more boring. I’d likely not indulge this sort of “awareness” were it not for The Tallbloke Raid, the SWAT of where I was supposed to be when I was at my 3rd -hidden- address, the evident actions of Antifa and The Globalists to “take down” and silence anyone speaking against them, et. al. And yet they are. So I get to ponder and muse… and wonder.)

  22. Julian Jones says:

    Many thanks EM …
    JA lawyer gives very robust defence @ 30.50 mins :

  23. Bill in Oz says:

    E M who is Seriso ?
    I manage a political facebook group page here in South Australia which is my main focus interest.It has a distinct conservative feel but in some areas I am not – due to a varied long life experience in many parts of the world…

    As for the FBI..No I have no official or even unofficial affiliation with them..I tend to leave the purely USA issues here to you Americans..I tend towards the view that being Australian makes it rude to interfere in USA affairs So .my focus in Oz with the wider world and it’s issues following on..

    This incident with the two dual nationals sort of crosses that boundary.

    PS I find it ironical that your Immigration border control/FBI folks did not know she was an American. Whenever I hear her talk it is so obvious.

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    Serioso is (was?) a frequent commenter here who’s last comment was just before you’re arrival.

    Per her accent: to an American ear it is somewhat Australian but softer. It varies word by word. She comments on her mixed accent from time to time. She does not sound native American anymore.

    I have a pretty good grasp of accents and with relatives from England and Ireland to Australia, Canada, and across the USA we’re a diverse lot. I’ve been accused of a faint British accent due to my mum having shaped my speech. She, on returning to the UK after 18 years away, had the locals in her old home town calling her (and her sister) “The American girls” despite being born down the road a ways…. while folks here called her the English lady… We all hear the differences more than the familiar.

    No, I don’t think you an FBI Agent. They have rules about age and such that don’t fit. My comment was more about the strange fantasies (?) a blog operator must consider (and dispose?) than any “j’accuse!”. How the necessary paranoia of the SysAdmin game colors perception of the negative space of what is (i.e. what isn’t but perhaps ought to be).

  25. philjourdan says:

    Bill and Serioso may be a tag team, but not the same person. Bill is very negative, But also confines his statements (for the most part) to the material. His viewpoint is thought provoking and his opinion seems to be more thought out than Serioso. And he seems to respect the person. Something Serioso never did (respect as in keeping his attacks to the subject, not the person presenting the subject).

    I like reading Bill;s comments. Serioso was just plain boring. And based upon his content, not a very deep thinker.

  26. Graeme No.3 says:

    E.M.S.
    Bill in Oz is about 20 km. away from me in Australia. He appears regularly on JoNova and is definitely NOT a leftish troll.

    Whoo…just caught the comment in time to add NOT.

  27. H.R. says:

    Graeme No.3: “Bill in Oz […] is definitely NOT a leftish troll.”

    [Blows whistle] I’m throwing a yellow card on you for… lessee… hmmm… what’s the infraction?… I know. Stating the bleedin’ obvious! ;o)

    I too have been reading Bill in Oz here and there and around and about, and he would make a lousy leftist troll. No talent for it at all. Heck! Bill never cites Pravda the New York Times as an authoritative source. That alone gets you kicked out of Camp Commie. And he’s informed and well reasoned. To top it off, when he disagrees he has the audacity to attack the argument and not the man. What kind of troll is that?!? ;o)

    If we were truly caring, we’d start a GoFundMe to send Bill in Oz to Troll School. (Cue the Save The Whatever commercial with heartrending images). “For only 50 cents per day, you can help support Bill and other unfortunates like him and send him to Troll School, where he will receive the training he so badly needs to become a proper Leftist Troll. Please give generously. It is up to all of us to save Bill and others like him from a lifetime of clear thinking and sanity.”
    :o)

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    Um, folks, while I appreciate the info and support for Bill In Oz, did you miss my saying:

    My comment was more about the strange fantasies (?) a blog operator must consider (and dispose?) than any “j’accuse!”. How the necessary paranoia of the SysAdmin game colors perception of the negative space of what is (i.e. what isn’t but perhaps ought to be).

    Unlike almost everything I post where “it isn’t about me” applies, in that sidebar I was talking mostly about me, not Bill. He was just the “foil” for illustrating how complete coincidence (Serioso going quiet at a particular moment and his arrival) can lead to “necessary delusions” (to paraphrase Chomsky) in the person tasked to moderate a blog and assure security.

    It may only be 1 in 1000 of those moments that catches something bad, but if you miss that one, it is very very bad; so as an enforcer, you tend to indulge those moments… That fits with how the Border Agents handled Avi (which was why I mentioned it / tripped to it in this thread) in that they, too, are in the roll of a moderator or sorts who must catch the hidden almost non-existent clues… so sometimes ‘trip’ on an imaginary one.

  29. H.R. says:

    Nope. I didn’t miss your comment and I understood it completely right from the start, let alone your follow-up clarification.

    I was just reading down through some, what appeared to me to be, misinterpretations and finally had to jump in with a little levity.

    Oh. I had been contemplating starting my own blog “Fishing bits and mind pleasers” ;o) but your comment on the admin headaches has me giving the idea second and third thoughts.

  30. Julian Jones says:

    Apologies I linked the wrong radio show above for the robust JA defence (counters much of the criticism); it is at 30.50 here :

  31. cdquarles says:

    Which is why, when dealing with law enforcement, to comply with their orders, and talk calmly. When you get to ask them a question, do so politely; and don’t argue loudly. In particular, don’t act like a thug or threat. When seconds count and help is minutes away …

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