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Monday, October 17, 2016

... after years evading justice, now he's now buddying up with Donald Trump

As he faces questioning in London, the liberal left must accept the significant role the WikiLeaks founder is playing in Trump's presidential campaign

Donald Trump is the greatest threat to Western civilisation we have faced since the fall of the Berlin Wall. If elected, he threatens to jail his opponent, Hillary Clinton. He is emboldening the cranks and racists of the alt-right and destabilising the American people's faith in their democratic institutions with his loose talk that the system is "rigged".

And, even though Trump represents a virulent strain of hard-right populism, he is being helped along by a hero of the libertarian left – Julian Assange.

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Assange's alliance with Donald Trump looks, on the face of it, like one of the most unusual political alliances in recent history. The players in this dangerous alliance may share a fondness for the conservative patriarchy of Vladimir Putin's Russia but, for Assange, Trump is part of his calculations to escape his room in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge.

A presidential pardon may stop him facing jail in the US (though no charges have been brought against him there so far), but it won't stop his extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

Assange's political influence only remains because too many on the left have made half a decade's worth of excuses for him.

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"Robert Mackey of The Intercept, a site that has done much to give whistleblowers a global voice, says WikiLeaks has "started to look more like the stream of an opposition research firm working mainly to undermine Hillary Clinton than the updates of a non-partisan platform for whistleblowers."

It seems odd that the world's most prominent whistleblowing website has leaked nothing on Donald Trump and his mysterious tax records, yet is leaking the personal details of Democrat party donors. It seems highly likely that Wikileaks received these leaked emails from hackers working for the Russian Government.

With ammunition from Wikileaks, Trump is hammering home his case that the first female nominee from a major party for the presidency is unfit for office. Trump has lavished WikiLeaks with praise, telling a rally in Pennsylvania, "I love Wikileaks".

It is claimed that support for Wikileaks is rising among US right-wingers. FoxNews TV shock jock Sean Hannity went as far telling Assange in a live interview, "I do hope you get free one day." This is perhaps Assange's strategy - damage Clinton (who ran the State Department when Assange leaked the embassy cables) to secure a Trump win and a presidential pardon.

I've written at length about Obama's war on whistleblowers and the appalling record of the Democrat party in prosecuting brave Americans who speak out about their government's human rights abuses. I would support any campaign to prevent Julian Assange's extradition to the US, where the law would prevent him from running a public interest defence for his disclosures and would likely see him placed in jail alongside Chelsea Manning, who has suffered disgracefully at the hands of the US government.

If Donald Trump becomes US President, it will be in no small way thanks to the efforts of Julian Assange. After they've defended Assange against allegations of rape and helping the dictator of Belarus, will the liberal left continue to defend him if he gets Trump elected?"

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 11:59 AM | Reply

He just exposes a bunch of --------. Doing a good job of it too.

#2 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2016-10-17 12:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Trump elected?

Lol

#3 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2016-10-17 12:01 PM | Reply

There are plenty of uneducated angry white low-income people out there to get Trump elected. Just look at the second and third posts.

Trump has changed his tactics from trying to win over moderate R's to now trying to get the alt right base out to vote by feeding them red meat. And it's his best bet, even if the consensus is that not enough of them will show up.

If there's no NASCAR race election day, they just might.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 12:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3

Lol

#5 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2016-10-17 12:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

WikiLeaks was the darling of the Media not long ago. But when the same standards are applied to all (that darn equality thing) the left goes crazy. The Party of "question authority!" is now the party of " How dare you question authority, you peasant you!".....

Please keep telling us that only uneducated poor white people will vote Trump, I print these examples out to share over longnecks and BBQ at my Latino and Carib Alumni meetings.... we get a good laugh and then use them as kindling for the pit...

#6 | Posted by aescal at 2016-10-17 12:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It appears the cyber attack the current administration threatened against Russia ended up being cutting Assange's Internet capabilities. Guess they don't want any more sun shinning on Hillary and the corrupt DNC.

#7 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2016-10-17 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Typical BS posted by our resident Ministress of Disinformation.

Establish false premise: "Donald Trump is the greatest threat to Western civilisation we have faced since the fall of the Berlin Wall."

Add ridiculous claim: "Assange's alliance with Donald Trump looks, on the face of it, like one of the most unusual political alliances in recent history. The players in this dangerous alliance may share a fondness for the conservative patriarchy of Vladimir Putin's Russia"

Reach false conclusion: "for Assange, Trump is part of his calculations to escape his room in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge"

Rinse and repeat. Ad nauseum.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2016-10-17 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Establish false premise:

You don't think threatening to jail your opponent is a serious issue?
Can you name any other Presidential candidate who has done that?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-17 02:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#3 | POSTED BY LIVE_OR_DIE

#3
Lol

#5 | POSTED BY LIVE_OR_DIE

Well, at least one person is laughing at your jokes, LOD.

#10 | Posted by northguy3 at 2016-10-17 02:55 PM | Reply

Julian Assange is a twisted jackdaw,

#11 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-17 02:56 PM | Reply

Guess they don't want any more sun shinning on Hillary and the corrupt DNC.

#7 | POSTED BY PROLIX247

Or they just don't want the Alex Jones crowd to have to sit through another 40 minute Wiki infommercial. Then again, maybe they all just bought new skis and want a good nuclear winter to try them out on?

#12 | Posted by northguy3 at 2016-10-17 02:58 PM | Reply

- our resident Ministress of Disinformation.

Yeah, well the Independent paid me well to write that article... oh, wait...

But the rapist Assuage and the Golden Groper appreciate your dramatic, fact-free outrage in their behalf.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 03:14 PM | Reply

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

I didn't say you wrote the article. You probably had trouble reading it.

I was pointing out that the article follows a pattern that is typical of the drivel you spam here.

#14 | Posted by Sully at 2016-10-17 03:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

- the drivel you spam here.

Well, as an expert on drivel, your opinion should count... well, except you still always think your opinion is a fact.

The article is very well written, and couched in his longtime support for whistleblowers like Manning and Assange. But, unlike yourself, the author bases his writing in fact, not self-deluding hate.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 03:28 PM | Reply

The article is very well written, and couched in his longtime support for whistleblowers like Manning and Assange. But, unlike yourself, the author bases his writing in fact, not self-deluding hate.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 03:28 PM | Reply

When you say stuff like this, you just reveal that you don't know what "facts" are. The whole article is premised on an opinion:

"Donald Trump is the greatest threat to Western civilisation we have faced since the fall of the Berlin Wall"

Do you ever tire of being proven wrong?

#16 | Posted by Sully at 2016-10-17 03:39 PM | Reply

"Donald Trump is the greatest threat to Western civilisation we have faced since the fall of the Berlin Wall"

You think that's supposed to be the meat and potatoes of the article, Sully?
Not the part where one candidate is threatening to go after the other candidate if elected?
Maybe Corky should quote my #9 so the coward can see it.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-17 03:42 PM | Reply

#12 - no I doubt that.

As always I invite you to comment.

Why do you think the administration cut Assange's Internet?

They are definitely afraid of something being released.

#18 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2016-10-17 03:42 PM | Reply

The whole article is premised on an opinion:

Yeah, the opinion that a major party candidate who is running on the platform of throwing his opponent in jail represents an existential threat the likes of which our Republic has not faced since the fall of Communism.

You might not agree with the level of threat assessment, but if you don't see what's being argued, you're just a cowardly plonking fool.

RCade can we get plonk reciprocity so if you're plonked, you don't have to see the garbage spewed by the person who has to hide behind the plonk feature you invented as a way to not have to ban AFKABL2.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-10-17 03:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is an opinion piece for those playing.

Just because you agree with the sentiments does not make it fact.

Ask Corky, he posts that daily...

#20 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2016-10-17 04:28 PM | Reply

Establish false premise:
You don't think threatening to jail your opponent is a serious issue?
Can you name any other Presidential candidate who has done that?

#9 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

The whole article is premised on an opinion:
Yeah, the opinion that a major party candidate who is running on the platform of throwing his opponent in jail represents an existential threat the likes of which our Republic has not faced since the fall of Communism.
You might not agree with the level of threat assessment, but if you don't see what's being argued, you're just a cowardly plonking fool.
RCade can we get plonk reciprocity so if you're plonked, you don't have to see the garbage spewed by the person who has to hide behind the plonk feature you invented as a way to not have to ban AFKABL2.

#19 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

This has been a Public Service Posting.

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 05:33 PM | Reply

I guess all the scholars here forgot about the duel between Burr and Hamilton.

I would think this is a snowflake away from a verbal threat.

But,

Hillary...

#22 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2016-10-17 07:59 PM | Reply

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