Once upon a time, Julian Assange was considered an American hero, kind of like Johnny Appleseed. Once upon a time, people perceived his website, Wikileaks, as this righteous forum of justice. All of those dark secrets our government tries to veil, were revealed through Wikileaks.
Ironically, all of those “secrets” seemed to be aimed at smearing Hillary Clinton. The one candidate who refused to reveal his tax returns, those secrets, Wikileaks would not uncover. However, despite the thousands of her emails that Wikileaks revealed, nothing too damaging came to light. Still, Julian Assange kept baiting America. He kept promising that he would “one day” reveal emails that would “lock her up”. But nothing ever came.
Now, the US is reviving attempts to arrest Julian Assange, according to attorney-general Jeff Sessions. That fact alone is puzzling. Julian Assange was a tremendous boost to Trump’s campaign. The fact that he is authorizing his arrest, certainly provokes a few question marks.
You have to take everything this orange madman does with a grain of salt. Political analysts, for example, have concluded that his bombing of Syria was staged by Putin. After all, Syria was notified even BEFORE congress of the invasion. Plus, the bombing caused no damage. All that the bombing did, was convince very gullible news analysts that Trump and Putin are not secretly colluding.
It will be interesting to see how far this arrest warrant for Julian Assange goes. Seemingly, Trump is out for Assange, so of course, Assange never conspired with Trump. In the same vein though, any one who thought Trump and Putin conspired, would have no argument now that Trump bombed Putin’s ally.
If you were an angry foreign leader for Halloween, you would be doing everything Putin does. Putin claimed that the Syria bombing was “illegal” and that US and Russia relations are at risk, NYTimes. Russian war planes have been spotted twice off the Alaskan coast in 24 hours CNN.
“We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” attorney general Jeff Sessions said. “This is a matter that has gone beyond anything that I’m aware of . . . So, yes, it is a priority. Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.” CNN article
Some of the first things the Trump administration has done concern setting the public right about the alleged ties between Putin, Assange, and Trump.
Obama was unable to prosecute Assange and Wikileaks because it is such a delicate matter. Presidents can’t trample a toe over freedom of speech. Prosecute Wikileaks for releasing such confidential information, what about The New York Times and The Washington Post, that published the same information?
Regardless of how much Wikileaks helped Trump, Pompeo, Trump’s CIA Director, does not share such affinity. Pompeo also accused Edward Snowden of leaking American government documents for selfish reasons.
Mike Pompeo’s first speech as CIA Director was not about ISIS or China, rather he attacked Julian Assange and called Wikileaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service” that is often abetted by “state actors like Russia.”
Asked why to focus on WikiLeaks, Pompeo said he felt it was vital to inform the American people about the threat they pose.
In the case of Snowden, Pompeo said the detrimental impact of his leaks was expensive and that more than 1,000 foreign targets attempted to change their means of communication as a result of the Snowden disclosures.