Sunday, November 6, 2016

Julian Assange, John Pilger and the State of the American Empire

You couldn't write a believable script for what has happened during the 2016 presidential election cycle, particularly now that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has, for the second time, decided to recommend that no charges be pressed against the Democrat's choice for president.  While the scandal over the Clinton private server has consumed more "paper" than it's really worth, the real late campaign issue has been the steady release of emails from the computer of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's right hand man and a stalwart supporter of all things Clinton (except, perhaps, for Chelsea) and who is to blame for this unexpected invasion of privacy.

While Ms. Clinton loves to place the blame for the release of John Podesta's insider emails, which clearly show how the Clinton camp functions, on the Russians, according to the man who should know, the Russians had absolutely nothing to do with the release of what should be very damning information for the Clinton campaign and the family charitable foundation.  In that light, I would highly recommend that my readers (and anyone else that they are in contact with), watch the following interview with Julian Assange who is exchanging his thoughts with the renowned journalist, John Pilger, an Australian journalist who reported extensively on the war in Vietnam and who just happened to be in the same room as Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968.  Here is the video interview in its entirety:

As an aside, in searching for the interview on Google, it is interesting to see how little covered it was by the American mainstream media.  A search using the terms "John Pilger, Julian Assange and interview" yielded a stunningly small 40 results with some of them being duplicates of others.  Not a single one of the mainstream media outlets in the United States was included in the results of this search, suggesting that they are deliberately choosing to ignore this interview because it plays against their candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton.

Thanks to John Pilger's transcript of the interview at Consortiumnews, I can provide you with a few of the key quotes from Julian Assange.  Please note that all bolds are mine and that the comment about the Deep State is also mine:

"John Pilger: What’s the significance of the FBI’s intervention in these last days of the U.S. election campaign, in the case against Hillary Clinton?

Julian Assange: If you look at the history of the FBI, it has become effectively America’s political police. The FBI demonstrated this by taking down the former head of the CIA [General David Petraeus] over classified information given to his mistress. Almost no one is untouchable. The FBI is always trying to demonstrate that no one can resist us. But Hillary Clinton very conspicuously resisted the FBI’s investigation, so there’s anger within the FBI because it made the FBI look weak. We’ve published about 33,000 of Clinton’s emails when she was Secretary of State. They come from a batch of just over 60,000 emails, [of which] Clinton has kept about half – 30,000 — to herself, and we’ve published about half. Then there are the Podesta emails we’ve been publishing. [John] Podesta is Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign manager, so there’s a thread that runs through all these emails; there are quite a lot of pay-for-play, as they call it, giving access in exchange for money to states, individuals and corporations. [These emails are] combined with the cover-up of the Hillary Clinton emails when she was Secretary of State, [which] has led to an environment where the pressure on the FBI increases.

John Pilger: The Clinton campaign has said that Russia is behind all of this, that Russia has manipulated the campaign and is the source for WikiLeaks and its emails.

Julian Assange: The Clinton camp has been able to project that kind of neo-McCarthy hysteria: that Russia is responsible for everything. Hilary Clinton stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That is false; we can say that the Russian government is not the source.

WikiLeaks has been publishing for ten years, and in those ten years, we have published ten million documents, several thousand individual publications, several thousand different sources, and we have never got it wrong...

Julian Assange: I actually feel quite sorry for Hillary Clinton as a person because I see someone who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick; they faint as a result of [the reaction] to their ambitions. She represents a whole network of people and a network of relationships with particular states. The question is how does Hilary Clinton fit in this broader network? She’s a centralizing cog. You’ve got a lot of different gears in operation from the big banks like Goldman Sachs and major elements of Wall Street, and Intelligence and people in the State Department and the Saudis. (i.e the Deep State)

She’s the centralizer that inter-connects all these different cogs. She’s the smooth central representation of all that, and ‘all that’ is more or less what is in power now in the United States (once again, the Deep State). It’s what we call the establishment or the DC consensus. One of the more significant Podesta emails that we released was about how the Obama cabinet was formed and how half the Obama cabinet was basically nominated by a representative from Citibank. This is quite amazing.

Julian Assange: Libya, more than anyone else’s war, was Hillary Clinton’s war. Barak Obama initially opposed it. Who was the person championing it? Hillary Clinton. That’s documented throughout her emails. She had put her favored agent, Sidney Blumenthal, on to that; there’s more than 1,700 emails out of the 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails that we’ve published, just about Libya. It’s not that Libya has cheap oil. She perceived the removal of Gaddafi and the overthrow of the Libyan state — something that she would use in her run-up to the general election for President.

So in late 2011 there is an internal document called the Libya Tick Tock that was produced for Hillary Clinton, and it’s the chronological description of how she was the central figure in the destruction of the Libyan state, which resulted in around 40,000 deaths within Libya; jihadists moved in, ISIS moved in, leading to the European refugee and migrant crisis.

Not only did you have people fleeing Libya, people fleeing Syria, the destabilization of other African countries as a result of arms flows, but the Libyan state itself was no longer able to control the movement of people through it. Libya faces along to the Mediterranean and had been effectively the cork in the bottle of Africa. So all problems, economic problems and civil war in Africa — previously people fleeing those problems didn’t end up in Europe because Libya policed the Mediterranean. That was said explicitly at the time, back in early 2011 by Gaddafi: ‘What do these Europeans think they’re doing, trying to bomb and destroy the Libyan State? There’s going to be floods of migrants out of Africa and jihadists into Europe,’ and this is exactly what happened."

I think that's enough for this posting.  I would urge you to watch this important video before you cast your vote in this election.  With only one current superpower, what happens in America largely dictates what happens to the rest of the world.  We need you to make the right decision.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for making the Assange interview available. It seems nothing has or is really changing and much of the world is caught between a rock and a hard place.Thanks to information leaked by Edward Snowden we know the "black budget" is big, a massive 52 billion dollars. This is the money used in "secret" spy operations, and it is enough to send shivers down the back of those that cherish privacy.

    This is beginning to look like the society we have read about the totalitarian society of Oceania described in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In Orwell's novel, all citizens of Oceania are monitored by cameras and are fed fabricated news stories by the government. More on this subject in the article below titled, "Are We Creating An Orwellian Society?"