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Post by SquidInk » 04-19-2013 10:31 AM

http://wikileaks.org/Transcript-Meeting ... dt?nocache
On the 23 of June, 2011 a secret five hour meeting took place between WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was under house arrest in rural UK at the time, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Also in attendance was Jared Cohen, a former Secretary of State advisor to Hillary Clinton and Lisa Shields of the Council for Foreign Relations.

Schmidt and Cohen requested the meeting, they said, to discuss ideas for "The New Digital World", their forthcoming book to be published on April 23, 2013.

We provide here a verbatim transcript of the majority of the meeting; a close reading, particularly of the latter half, is revealing.
Interesting on a few levels.

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Re: Julian Assange: Modern day hero, or unaccountable knave?

Post by Riddick » 10-05-2016 12:51 AM

Hillary Clinton Perhaps Once Suggested Killing WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. According to a WikiLeaks tweet, she asked “Can’t we just drone this guy?” while she was secretary of state. FULL STORY

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Re: Julian Assange: Modern day hero, or unaccountable knave?

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Riddick wrote:Hillary Clinton Perhaps Once Suggested Killing WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. According to a WikiLeaks tweet, she asked “Can’t we just drone this guy?” while she was secretary of state. FULL STORY
My understanding is that Assange was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the heart of London.

According to the tools on Google Maps, this location is 4,643.14 ft from Buckingham Palace, and 1.63 mi from Parliament.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/ecua ... 9645?hl=en

So, according to Hillary, she wants to send a drone strike into the heart of London (one of this countries oldest, staunchest allies), and carry out an attack very close to the heart of their government.

And she calls Trump crazy...........
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Post by Riddick » 10-12-2016 02:44 AM

As Leaks Continue, Hillary Camp Blasts Assange For Aiding Trump
Despite no major damaging revelations the massive email leak lifts the veil on Team Clinton’s inner workings.

How Julian Assange Turned WikiLeaks Into Trump's Best Friend
Can a lonely man in a tiny bedroom deliver a real October Surprise?

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US Prepares Charges To Seek Julian Assange's Arrest

Post by Riddick » 04-22-2017 02:39 AM

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.

Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.

The US view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents.

Last week in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went further than any US government official in describing a role by WikiLeaks that went beyond First Amendment activity.

He said WikiLeaks "directed Chelsea Manning to intercept specific secret information, and it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States."

"It's time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia," Pompeo said.

Assange has compared WikiLeaks to a news media organization that uses documents provided by whistleblowers to expose the actions of governments and powerful corporations.

Pompeo rejected that characterization and said Assange should not be afforded constitutional free speech protections. "Julian Assange has no First Amendment freedoms. He's sitting in an Embassy in London. He's not a US citizen," Pompeo said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference Thursday that Assange's arrest is a "priority."

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that based on CNN's reporting, "I'm glad that the Justice Department has found a way to go after Assange. He's gotten a free ride for too long."

King said Assange has "caused tremendous damage to our national security, put American lives at risk."

But Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, argued that US prosecution of Assange sets a dangerous precedent.

"Never in the history of this country has a publisher been prosecuted for presenting truthful information to the public," Wizner told CNN. "Any prosecution of WikiLeaks for publishing government secrets would set a dangerous precedent that the Trump administration would surely use to target other news organizations."

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Sweden Drops Prosecution, But Brit Police Say Assange Still Faces Arrest

Post by Riddick » 05-20-2017 12:50 AM

Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, closing a nearly seven-year legal saga that led the WikiLeaks founder to seek sanctuary at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

But British police said that Assange still faces arrest for jumping bail if he walks out of diplomatic protection, which he claims is needed to keep him from being extradited to the United States to face charges of disclosing confidential military and diplomatic documents.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement that Sweden’s director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, “today decided to discontinue the investigation” into a rape claim against Assange.

In explaining why Sweden was dropping the investigation, Ny told a news conference in Stockholm that “all possibilities to advance the investigation have now been exhausted” and that the legal proceedings could continue only if Assange were present in Sweden.

But she said that if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020, an investigation could be reopened.

It remains unclear whether there is a standing U.S. extradition order for Assange. The policy of Britain’s Home Office is to neither confirm nor deny extradition orders until a person has been arrested in relation to an order.

Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was stepping up efforts to arrest Assange as part of a broader fight against those who leak secrets into the public domain.

President Trump was highly supportive of WikiLeaks during his campaign for office in 2016, when the website released hacked emails from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, John Podesta. Trump once told a rally: “We love WikiLeaks. They revealed a lot.”

But when the Associated Press asked Trump last month about making the arrest of Assange a priority, the president said, “I am not involved in that decision, but if Jeff Sessions wants to do it, it’s okay with me.”

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