Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks by pressuring Ecuador

Bill Van Auken

The cutting off of Internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is one more ugly episode in a US presidential election campaign that has plumbed the depths of political degradation.
Effectively imprisoned in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over four years, Assange now is faced with a further limitation on his contact with the outside world.

On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry of Ecuador confirmed WikiLeaks’ charge that Ecuador itself had ordered the severing of Assange’s Internet connection under pressure from the US government. In a statement, the ministry said that WikiLeaks had “published a wealth of documents impacting on the US election campaign,” adding that the government of Ecuador “respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states” and “does not interfere in external electoral processes.” On that grounds, the statement claimed, the Ecuadorian government decided to “restrict access” to the communications network at its London embassy.
This statement from the bourgeois government of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is a study in hypocrisy and cowardice. By abetting the US government’s suppression of WikiLeaks, Quito has intervened in the US elections on the side of the ruling establishment and against the rights of the American people. If Correa expects that his professed sensitivity toward the “principle of non-intervention” will be reciprocated, he should recall the fate of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was toppled in a coup orchestrated by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009.

WikiLeaks cited reports that Secretary of State John Kerry had demanded that the government of Ecuador carry out the action “on the sidelines of the negotiations” surrounding the abortive Colombian peace accord last month in Bogota. The US government intervened to prevent any further exposures that could damage the campaign of Clinton, who has emerged as the clear favorite of the US military and intelligence complex as well as the Wall Street banks.
Whether the State Department was the only entity placing pressure on Ecuador on behalf of the Clinton campaign, or whether Wall Street also intervened directly, is unclear. The timing of the Internet cutoff, in the immediate aftermath of the release of Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speeches, may be more than coincidental.

In the spring of 2014, the government of Ecuador agreed to transfer more than half of its gold reserves to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for three years, in an attempt to raise cash to cover a growing deficit brought on by the collapse in oil prices. It reportedly sent 466,000 ounces of gold to Goldman Sachs, worth about $580 million at the time, in return for “high security” financial instruments and an anticipated profit on its investment. It is hardly a stretch of the imagination to believe that such a relationship would give Goldman Sachs considerable leverage in relation to the Ecuadorian government.
In any case, it is evident that the US ruling establishment is growing increasingly desperate to stanch the flow of previously secret emails and documents that are exposing the real character not only of Clinton, but of capitalist politics as a whole. While WikiLeaks has released over 17,000 emails from the account of Clinton campaign manager and top establishment Democrat John Podesta, it is believed that there are more than 33,000 still to come.

The transcripts of Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs and other top banks and employers’ groups, for which she was paid on average $200,000 per appearance, are the most incriminating. They expose the workings of the oligarchy that rules America and the thinking and actions of a politician prepared to do anything to advance the interests of this ruling stratum, while simultaneously accruing ever greater riches and power for herself.
While on the campaign trail, Clinton has postured as a “progressive,” determined to hold Wall Street’s feet to the fire. But in her speeches to Goldman Sachs, she made clear her unconditional defense of the banks and financial houses. Under conditions of popular outrage against the bankers and their role in dragging millions into crisis in the financial meltdown of 2008, Clinton gave speeches praising the Wall Street financiers and insisting that they were best equipped to regulate themselves. She apologized to them for supporting the toothless Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law, saying that it had to be enacted for “political reasons.”

In front of her Wall Street audiences, Clinton made clear she had no inhibitions about ordering mass slaughter abroad. While telling her public audiences that she supports a “no-fly zone” in Syria as a humanitarian measure to save lives, she confidentially acknowledged to her Goldman Sachs audience that such an action is “going to kill a lot of Syrians” and become “an American and NATO involvement where you take a lot of civilians.” In the same speech she declared her willingness to bomb Iran.
The emails have laid bare the nexus of corrupt connections between the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, her various campaigns and her network of financial and corporate donors, which together constitute a quasi-criminal influence-peddling enterprise that could best be described as “Clinton, Inc.”
The revelations contained in the WikiLeaks material have been ignored or downplayed by the corporate media, which instead has focused unrelentingly on the charges of sexual misconduct leveled against Clinton’s Republican rival, Donald Trump.

The Clinton camp itself has sought to deflect any questions regarding what the candidate said in her speeches or the corrupt operations of her campaign by claiming, with no evidence whatsoever, that the material released by WikiLeaks had been hacked by the Russian government and therefore cannot be trusted.
This line of argumentation serves not only to divert attention from the WikiLeaks material, but also to further the Clinton campaign’s neo-McCarthyite claims of Kremlin intervention on behalf of Trump and advance a propaganda campaign aimed at preparing popular opinion for a direct military confrontation with Russia.
There is an air of desperation in the attempt to quash the WikiLeaks material. CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo, an open supporter of Clinton, went so far as to lie to his audience, claiming it was illegal for them to access the emails and insisting they could obtain any information on them only through the filter of the corporate media.

Well before the release of documents related to the Democratic Party, the determination of ruling circles to suppress WikiLeaks had found repeated and violent expression. State Department officials have come forward with a report that in 2010, in the midst of WikiLeaks’ mass release of State Department cables exposing US imperialist operations around the world, Clinton, then secretary of state, asked subordinates, “Can’t we just drone this guy?” She recently said she could not remember the remark, but if she made it, it was a joke.
During the same period, however, Clinton supporter and longtime Democratic campaign operative Bob Beckel declared in a television interview in relation to Assange: “A dead man can’t leak stuff. This guy’s a traitor, he’s treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States… there’s only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch.”
To this point, the American ruling class has limited itself to judicial frame-ups and character assassination, counting on the help of its servants within both the media and the pseudo-left, large sections of which have either joined the witch-hunt against Assange or downplayed his victimization.

The principal vehicle for this campaign of persecution had been fabricated allegations of sexual misconduct pursued by Swedish authorities acting in league with the US and British governments. Earlier this year, the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued findings that Assange had been “deprived of his liberty in an arbitrary manner,” meaning the body had reached the conclusion that the Swedish case constituted a politically motivated frame-up.
In the midst of the current attempt to silence Assange, an even more bizarre and filthy frame-up has been concocted, attempting to smear the WikiLeaks founder with charges of taking Russian money as well as pedophilia.

At the center of these allegations is a little known online dating service,, which first attempted to lure Assange into a supposed deal to film an ad for the site, for which he supposedly would be paid $1 million, to be provided by the Russian government. When WikiLeaks rejected this preposterous provocation, the same site claimed that Assange had been charged with inappropriate contact through the site with an eight-year-old Canadian child visiting the Bahamas. This accusation was then invoked in an attempt to pressure the UN to drop its demand for an end to the persecution of Assange.
Even a cursory investigation makes clear that these allegations constitute a grotesque fabrication. Bahamian police have stated that there are no charges or any case whatsoever against Assange. The dating service has no business address, working phone number or corporate presence anywhere in the US, having all the earmarks of a dummy company created by US intelligence for the purpose of hounding Assange.
The use of such tactics is a measure of how terrified the US ruling class has become in the face of growing mass hostility to both major political parties and their two abhorrent candidates. Their fear is that the relentless exposure of the inner workings of a government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich is robbing the existing political setup of what little legitimacy it had left within the population, and creating the conditions for a political radicalization within the working class and social upheavals, whoever is elected on November 8.

Wikileaks' 10 Most Damning Emails prove Mainstream Media Scripted and Controlled for Hillary

Washington, D.C. – With information coming out of WikiLeaks at a fast and furious pace, it’s difficult for the average person to keep up with the many bombshell revelations being exposed. This is happening so much that the most damning evidence is ending up as background noise in the 24-hour election news cycle without ever making it into the mainstream news.

On October 7th, 2016, WikiLeaks published thousands of emails belonging to John Podesta’s private email archives. More emails have been released in the days that followed. Podesta is Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign Chairman. He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.
The Podesta emails give insight into why there has been such little fanfare in the mainstream media regarding many of the most damning allegations against Clinton.
The fact that most of the newsworthy information contained in the emails is not being reported by the corporate media is indicative of the incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and the Clinton campaign – and is on full display in the Podesta emails.
While there are dozens of bombshell revelations contained within the emails –including transcripts of speeches to Wall St. banks that Clinton had refused to release, hidden policy positions, and evidence of collusion with brutal regimes – the most damning is the collusion and control of the U.S. media on display in the emails.
Essentially, the media has been weaponized as a means of controlling public opinion by propagandizing the American people. World renowned academic Noam Chomsky, in his book “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” detailed how U.S. media frequently serve as an errand boy for U.S. corporate, military and imperial interests.
Chomsky forwarded the idea of what he called a “propaganda model.” Although the book was written in 1988, it speaks precisely to what is currently taking place and clearly revealed in the Podesta emails.

“The media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, and they are well positioned to shape and constrain media policy.” -Chomsky
With knowledge of what is currently transpiring, here are the ten most damning Clinton emails regarding the media’s collusion with her presidential campaign, with hotlinks to the original WikiLeaks release.
1. Clinton Staff hosts private “off-the-record cocktail party” with 38 “influential” reporters, journalists, editors, and anchors (from 16 different mainstream media outlets including CNN, NBC, CBS, NYT, MSNBC, & more) with the stated goal of “framing the race.”
2. Donna Brazile (CNN contributor at the time, and current DNC Chairman now) leaked CNN town hall questions to Hillary Clinton’s staff prior to the debate.
4. Glen Thrush, POLITICO’s chief political correspondent and senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine, sends John Podesta an article for his approval. Writes: “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this. Tell me if I fucked up anything.”
5. Huffington Post contributor Frank Islam writes to John Podesta in an email titled “My blogs in the Huffington Post”, says “I am committed to make sure she is elected the next president.” “Please let me know if I can be of any service to you.”

6. Clinton staffer “Placing a story” with Politico / New York Times: “place a story with a friendly journalist” “we have a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico” “we should shape likely leaks in the best light for HRC.”
Clinton staff “placing a story with a friendly at the AP (Matt Lee or Bradley Klapper).”
8. Clinton staff colluding with New York Times and Wall Street Journal to paint Hillary’s economic policies in a “progressive” light.
9. CNBC panelist colluding with John Podesta on what to ask Trump when he calls in for an interview.
10. Clinton staff appearing to control the release times of Associated Press articles.
The reality revealed in these emails is one of media collusion with powerful interests, which only serve to keep the American people in the dark about what is actually transpiring. The exact opposite of transparency.
Please share this article to wake people up to the fact that their news is scripted by powerful entities as a means of influencing people’s perceptions!

Prologue: We ARE living in a false reality of constructed events

Jim Fetzer

Do Americans live in a false reality created by orchestrated events? -- Paul Craig Roberts

The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando
Although most Americans are unaware, their world changed dramatically--and not for the better-- with the passage of the National Defense Appropriations Act of 2013 (NDAA 2013), which nullified the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 by permitting the dissemination of information within the United States that had previously only been allowed to be distributed in foreign countries. The purported grounds for the change was the claim that al Qaeda was infiltrating the Internet and that its propaganda needed to be countered by propaganda "made in the USA". Today we hear the same about ISIS.

What most Americans also do not know is that ISIS itself was "made in the USA", where documents that record the decision to create it were pried from the Defense Intelligence Agency by means of FOIA requests by Judicial Watch, a conservative organization that believes the Constitution of the United States is supposed to have meaning and that agencies of the government should not be acting contrary to its provisions. Those documents originated in 2012, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and Barack Obama was President. I published about it, "How we know ISIS was 'Made in the USA'", but the media has not been eager to inform the public. You won't be hearing about it on NBC.

Indeed, these were crucial times in American history, where the news we receive from the national press, including both in newspapers and on television, began to report a series of staged events as though they were real, including the Sandy Hook child shooting massacre of 14 December 2012, the Boston Marathon bombing of 15 April 2013, and the San Bernardino events of 2 December 2015. None of these was real. We have the FEMA manual for a two-day drill at Sandy Hook, tweets from The Boston Globe that a demonstration bomb will be set off during the marathon and a Craigslist ad soliciting actors for San Bernardino with good pay, transportation and food and some speaking roles.

I don't make these observations casually or without cause. After a 35-year career as a professional scholar and offering courses in logic, critical thinking and scientific reasoning, I do my homework. I either author articles about these things or edit books about them, such as the one you are holding in your hands. I bring together the best experts on these events and document what really happened so future generations of Americans--if we survive as country long enough for there to be one--will know the truth about their own history, which the people are not going to learn from the mainstream media.

ISIS is a perfect case in point. Once Judicial Watch had succeeded in exposing its origins, you would have thought that the press would run with it and announce from every rooftop that ISIS was "Made in the USA". It turns out that the Iraqi Army shot down two UK cargo planes delivering supplies to ISIS; that the Iraqi Popular Forces did the same to a US helicopter not long thereafter; that we have photos of ISIS members sporting "US Army" tattoos; that files hacked from an aide to John McCain included footage of fake beheading videos being taped on a sound state in Hollywood or in Tel Aviv.

If you go on-line, you can do a search for "John McCain with al Baghdadi" or "John McCain with the leader of ISIS" and discover dozens of photographs of them together. In Washington, D.C., ISIS is even known as "John McCain's Army". And today we are being told that ISIS has been infiltrating the Internet and that DHS has to take control, which means that Americans be further constrained from discovering the truth about the world around us. Indeed, as Hillary's prospects have waned, we are told that Russia is trying to affect our elections and therefore DHS should take complete control.

David Wheeler playing both a SWAT team member and a grieving father
Just how dumb are we supposed to be? DHS was amalgamated from some 35 independent agencies that had been functioning perfectly well prior to 9/11, which was used as the pseudo-justification for engaging in endless wars in the Middle East to remove the modern Arab states that were serving as a counter-balance to Israel's domination of the entire region and to pass the misnamed PATRIOT Act, which consolidated those agencies into the mammoth "Department of Homeland Security", which was modeled after the East German Stasi, the most efficient secret police agency in human history.

What you will learn here is that the beat goes on. Orlando was a complete and total fraud, where the license to run the club had expired in 2013; its legal occupancy was only 150; there were a total of 11 parking spaces (none handicapped), where, had 50 persons been killed and 53 more wounded, there would have been abandoned cars all over the place (because their drivers were either dead or in the hospital), but they just weren't there. A correspondent who resides in Orlando wrote to tell me that it wasn't even a gay club. Now the hospital has said it isn't going to bill anyone for services rendered.

When is the last time you heard of a hospital not charging for a bandaid? They aren't going to charge because they didn't render any services, only served as a prop for another elaborate production, just like the elementary school in Sandy Hook, which had been closed since 2008 because it was loaded with asbestos and other bio-hazards, served as the stage for a fabricated shooting in which no one was injured, much less killed--unless someone stubbed their toe performing their role. One of them, David Wheeler, performed both as a SWAT team member and as a grieving parent. Barack Obama flew him and his wife to the White House to address the nation about gun control, which was point of the plan.

We have 50 photos of the Connecticut State Police refurbishing the school, including one where you can see the SWAT vehicle already on the scene, which we know was before "the shooting" had taken place because the windows of Classroom 10 are still intact. Wayne Carver, the Medical Examiner, is leaning against a wall with his arms crossed awaiting the arrival of his portable mortuary tent. And its the evening before the massacre officially took place.  Infowars published a story about the banning the book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (2015), but it was only up for 38 minutes, no doubt because it included the photo caption credit, "CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE", which was too much truth.

About 38 minutes later, after it had already received 138 comments, it was taken down. Now it has been scrubbed from the archives of the Internet. Fortunately, some of us had already made screen captures or we would not be able to reproduce it here (at least, in part). That has become another of the current administration's practices: revise history to make it conform to your preferred version. In the Soviet Union, revising history--not to advance the truth, but for political purposes--was refined to an art, where leaders who were no longer in favor would be expunged from photographs and simply disappear. The digital era has made that technique all the more effective, but not always with success.

The Dallas shooting on 7 July 2016 was a comedy with cops imitating "The Three Stooges". Perhaps the most powerful proof that this was yet one more orchestrated event was a photograph of a group of police who were standing behind a large wall with two enormous columns extending upward.  A man  residing in Seattle, William Mount, M.D., obtained a copy of The Wall Street Journal (8 July 2016) at midnight Pacific Time, which included the photograph in remarkably fast time. The event was being broadcast in Wisconsin where I reside between 9 and 10 PM/CT, which would have been between 7 and 9 PM/PT. Dr. Mount's suspicions have been borne out, because that photograph is a fabrication.

When a comparison was made with a photo of the actual location, it became apparent that the wall itself had been enlarged and the images of the Dallas policemen had been photoshopped in. The wall itself was actually of modest height, so they increased its dimensions to accommodate the height of the police and make it dramatic. When you do a close up of their weapons, moreover, they have orange-colored attachments that are devices to insure that a gun can only fire blanks. And when we compared video footage taken at the scene at the time LIVE, the police who were there were not the same officers shown in the photograph. But most distressing of all is that The Wall Street Journal has long enjoyed a fine reputation for accuracy in its news reporting, where, as in the case of our newspaper of record, The New York Times--which records the official history of the United States--both have had their integrity massively compromised by subordinating their dedication to truth for their new function as disseminators of propaganda instead.

The use of staged events has gone far beyond the confines of the Continental United States, where fabricated events have taken place in Paris, in Brussels and in Nice. Exposing them has demanded the resources of some of the world's best students of nefarious activities, including Nick Kollerstom of the UK, who is the world's leading expert on the London 7/7 subway bombing--which he shattered by discovering that the train from Luton that the Islamic patsies would have had to have taken to be at the tube stops in time for the explosions had been cancelled that day--and Ole Dammegard, who is among the world's leading experts on assassins and assassinations. See, for example, "The Real Deal Ep #132 Ole on Paris", "The Real Deal Ep #182 Brussels Hoax Exposed" and "The Real Deal Nick Kollerstrom and Ole Dammegard discuss the Nice event", which was especially blatant in its fakery.

What could be more obvious than the use of mannequins to simulate bodies on the street? The truck should not have been there in the first place, but when you compare the blood splatter on trucks and trains that hit a single animal with the absence of blood splatter on a truck that purportedly had killed some 84 victims, there are few who will continue to be taken in by the illusion. One or more pigs do appear to have been used to generate some blood, where other blood was faked. The Nice event, like the others, was carried out a few days prior to relieving "Operation Sentinel"--an emergency state of security across France--which provided a political excuse for its extension by at least three months. Among the benefits of these attacks is that they can be staged at politically most opportune moments.

The use of deceit and deception, especially through the media, may have reached its highest form with the use of body and voice doubles to portray Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and now candidate for President of the United States, as in better health than circumstances have suggested to be the case. After her collapses at the 9/11 Memorial Service in New York, youthful and vigorous Hillary emerged from Chelsea's apartment building, which itself appears to be camouflage to conceal a medical facility that was previously open at that same address and on the same floor, which has now officially "closed" but appears to have been purchased by the Clinton Foundation to provide intensive care for a single patient, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The woman who emerged was shorter than Hillary. weighs 35-40 points less and looks at least ten years younger! Many of us have not been taken in:

I refer to this body double as the "Meg Ryan" Hillary, because she reminds me of Meg Ryan in the film, "You've Got Mail!" (1998). This impersonator contrasts with a second "Meryl Streep" Hillary, who was used on the flight to Greensboro, NC, for a political rally, where this Hillary is both taller and more slender than she, with a different nose and missing moles on her upper and lower right lips. It dumbfounds me that America has sunk to this level of receipt and deception, where we could have no more powerful proof of the complete control of the mainstream media that virtually no attention has been paid to this extreme form of fraud, which ought to have vitiated Hillary's campaign as soon as the first body double was produced. There can be no excuse for such grotesque deletion of duty by the media, which can be explained by corporation control exercised to promote a political agenda.

With false flag attacks and government complicity abounding, the people are being manipulated far beyond even the wildest expectations of Edward Bernays, the grandson of Sigmund Freud and father of advertising in America. Not even he could have foreseen that television would become the by far most powerful instrument of propaganda and mind control the world has ever seen. And if the media remain under control acting in concert with government authorities--where, as William Colby, then its Director, observed: "The CIA own anyone of any significance in the major media"--we can only do our best to inform the people of how they are being played again and again and again. And, in the unlikely chance that enough players in the right positions to do something about it come to a state of understanding the threat that living in a false reality of orchestrated events poses for the principles of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness represents, perhaps something might be done to set things right.

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