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Democratic Party operative Bob Beckel calls for assassinating WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Julian Assange, an Australian, is the founder, editor-in-chief and director of WikiLeaks, an international non-profit journalistic organization that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources. Within a year of its 2006 launching, WikiLeaks’ website claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents.
In November 2010, when Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, WikiLeaks collaborated with major global media organizations to release the State Department’s diplomatic “cables” in redacted format.
During the current presidential election season, WikiLeaks has been doing the job of America’s establishment media by exposing the corruption of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) via the release of their respective emails. See:

Assange promises that WikiLeaks will release proof that Hillary has rigged the elections.
Yesterday, WikiLeaks sent out an alarming tweet that “Hillary Clinton strategist Bob Beckel called for WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange to be assassinated”:
WikiLeaks tweet about Bob Beckel
The tweet contains a video snippet of Beckel on FoxNews, saying:

“The way to deal with this is pretty simple — you get Special Ops (Operations) forces. I mean, a dead man can’t leak stuff. This guy’s [Assange] a traitor, treasonous, and and he’s broken every law of the United States. The guy ought to be — and I’m not for the death penalty, so if I’m not for the death penalty, the only way to do it is illegally shoot the son of a bitch.”

Blog and news sites, including big names like ZeroHedge and Pamela Geller, are reporting Beckel’s vile remarks as contemporaneous, in the context of WikiLeaks’ current exposés of Hillary and the DNC.
Not so.
Beckel actually made those remarks 5 years ago in December 2011. Here’s a longer FoxNews video, wherein Beckel was part of a panel discussing how the U.S. should deal with Assange and WikiLeaks for their release of the State Department’s diplomatic cables. Beckel’s “shoot the son of a bitch” remarks begin at the 0:57 mark:
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rImgsRg-a-8]
That it was 5 years ago that Beckel had called for assassinating Julian Assange doesn’t make it less reprehensible. It’s also ridiculous for Beckel to call Assange “a traitor” and “treasonous,” because Assange is Australian, not a U.S. citizen.
So who is Bob Beckel?
According to Wikipedia, 67-year-old Bob Beckel is a political analyst-pundit who began his professional life as a Democratic administration official and Democratic Party operative. He was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (1977) and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (1978) in the Carter administration; the campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign; founder of the consulting & lobbying firm Bob Beckel & Associates (1984); campaign manager of a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Idaho (2002); USA Today columnist (2005-2015); FoxNews “token angry liberal” co-host (2011-2015); and since October 2015, CNN commentator on the 2016 election.
Wikipedia makes no mention of Beckel being a Hillary Clinton strategist, nor have I found confirmation that he is a Hillary strategist, other than what the WikiLeaks tweet claims. But all that doesn’t mean he isn’t a Hillary Clinton strategist, given Beckel’s history as a Democratic Party operative.
There must be a reason why WikiLeaks sent out its tweet of Beckel’s 5-year-old call to assassinate Assange. Perhaps Assange has received death threats and does not want the same fate that befell DNC staffer and WikiLeaks informant Seth Rich. (See “WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange: murdered DNC staffer was source of leaked DNC emails”)
H/t maziel
~Eowyn

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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: murdered DNC staffer was source of leaked DNC emails

Last month, in the midst of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks spoiled the Demonrat lovefest by releasing some 2,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails that had been hacked by someone(s).
Those emails show the DNC to be thoroughly corrupt. Long before Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Democratic primary elections and became her party’s presumptive presidential nominee, the DNC had become her tool, colluding with journalists to shield her, and working the undermine her fellow Democrat opponent Bernie Sanders. (See “Hacked emails show Democratic National Committee to be corrupt arm of Hillary”)
At the time, we were told that the hacker may be Guccifer 2.0. But it turns out that the source of the emails was a recently-murdered DNC staffer named Seth Rich.
At about 4:19 a.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016, 27 year-old Seth Conrad Rich was shot and killed in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW in Washington, DC.
Below is the D.C. Metropolitan Police’s poster offering a reward for information about the murder.
DC Metro Police poster on Seth Rich murder
The murder did not appear to be robbery-related because the killer(s) did not take Rich’s wallet, watch, and phone.
Reportedly, Rich did voter outreach for the DNC.
Shortly after the murder, Redditors and social media users pursued a lead that on the morning of his murder, Rich had planned to speak to the FBI about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family. However, Emily Zanotti of the libertarian news site HeatStreet claims that “Further ‘investigation’ dug up no such court case and there is no evidence whatsoever that Rich, who did voter outreach work for the DNC, had any knowledge of alleged Clinton misdeeds.”
Now, WikiLeaks‘ founder Julian Assange effectively admits Seth Rich was the source of the leaked DNC emails.
Yesterday, in an interview on Dutch television Nieuwsuur, referring to Seth Rich, Assange said:

Whistleblowers have going to significant efforts to get us [WikiLeaks] material and often very significant risks, as a 27-year-old that works for the DNC was shot in the back, murdered, just two weeks ago, for unknown reasons, as he was walking down the street in Washington.”

Asked by his interviewer if Rich’s murder was a robbery, Assange says “No” and that “Our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.”
The interviewer then asks if Rich was one of WikiLeaks‘ sources, Assange nods his head (0:39 mark) and says:

“We don’t comment on who our sources are…. We have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States, and that our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity…. We are investigating, to understand what happened in that situation with Seth Rich. I think it is a concerning situation. There’s not a conclusion yet . . . but we are concerned about it. More importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.”

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Yesterday, WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on the murder of Seth Rich.
WikiLeaks also got hold of — and releasing to the public — thousands of Hillary Clinton’s supposedly deleted emails that she had refused to turn over to the State Department and the FBI. See these FOTM posts on those leaked emails:

~Eowyn

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Blatant media bias: MSNBC's Joy Reid is a whore for Hillary

The liberal MSM are now blatantly, in-your-face partisan. They no longer even bother to disguise their biases.
media bias Trump vs. Clinton
The latest example: Last Sunday, July 31, 2016, MSNBC host Joy Reid shouts down invited guest Amy Kremer, former chair of the Tea Party Express.
Kremer says 33,000 of Hillary’s emails, when she was secretary of state, are missing.
Beginning at the 0:18 mark, Reid talks over Kremer, saying “It’s not like that at all,” while Kremer tries to continue, saying what really scares her is that those emails “are out there somewhere…and we could have a president [Hillary] that could be blackmailed.”
Reid said, “Hold on, you can’t just invent things…. FBI has already come out with a report on Hillary Clinton’s emails. What you just said is an invented thing! There’s no 33,000 emails that are going to harm our national security…. You can’t make things up.”
As Kremer tries to speak, Reid keeps interrupting and talking over her, saying “No, ma’am. You cannot invent things!”
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnuQbFxo-6c]
Joy Reid, you are an idiot.
Before Hillary Clinton turned in the emails from the private email server she had unlawfully used when she was secretary of state, she had thousands of them deleted. Those are the 30,322 emails that were hacked, which Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks has been releasing.
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Here’s WikiLeaksHillary Clinton Email Archive.
No wonder a recent poll found that only 6% of Americans say they trust the media. They must be the only people who still watch MSNBC/CNN.
See also “Hacked emails show Democratic National Committee to be corrupt arm of Hillary”.
~Eowyn

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Why Hillary Recalled Ambassadors to D.C. Meeting

On February 7, the ModernSurvivalBlog asserted that “In an unprecedented move…nearly all U.S. Ambassadors to all nations have been called back to Washington for a summit conference this week,” but we don’t know why.
Veteran D.C.-based investigative reporter Wayne Madsen has an exclusive-to-subscribers report on this. Below are excerpts from his exclusive Wayne Madsen Report.  
~Eowyn

Peering through the shroud of global corruption: Hillary’s “all hands” meeting and bribery and kickbacks
Wayne Madsen Exclusive Special Report, Feb. 9-10, 2011
Amid a major FBI and Department of Justice criminal investigation of a hacktivist group known as “Anonymous,” which has hacked into public and private computer systems in retaliation for actions taken against Wikileaks for its release of over 250,000 classified State Department cables, WMR has been contacted by a source close to Anonymous to set the record straight on the group’s intentions and convey a road map of its future plans…. It should be noted that Anonymous is not connected to Assange or Wikileaks.
It is the penetration of the State Department’s communications networks by Anonymnous that prompted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call all of America’s ambassadors, consuls general, and special envoys to Washington for an unprecedented diplomatic “all hands” meeting. WMR has learned that Clinton briefed the envoys on the State Department’s security problems and that information sent over channels thought to be safe was no longer guaranteed to be secure. Other means of communicating sensitive information from overseas posts to Washington were apparently discussed. In addition, the fallout from bigger and more damaging leaks of classified cables matched with off-shore banking information and emails was also discussed with the envoys. The fallout includes the spread of Tunisia- and Egypt-style popular revolts around the world and the need by the diplomats to be prepared for a surge in anti-American attitudes globally.
Anonymous, which uses the Guy Fawkes mask-wearing character “V” in the film “V for Vendetta” as a role model, first came on to the media radar screen in 2008 when the loose-knit association of bloggers took on the Church of Scientology by subjecting the cult to a series of denial of service attacks after the “church” had YouTube pull an interview with actor Tom Cruise over copyright violations.
However, the group now finds itself as a target of a major FBI investigation with FBI agents confiscating computer equipment and cell phones at gun point. A federal grand jury in San Jose, California is now empaneled to hear evidence against suspected members of Anonymous. The group hacked into PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and the UK’s Moneybookers in retaliation against the blocking of donations to Wikileaks. Anonymous also retaliated against the computer security firm, HBGary Federal, after an official of the company threatened to publicly expose the leaders of Anonymous.
Anonymous…is currently conducting data matching and fusion of information contained in the State Department cables and banking data and hacked email it has obtained from around the world. The picture that Anonymous is painting is one of the State Department being part and parcel of a global “pay-to-play” operation for foreign and U.S. defense contracts and the siphoning of kickbacks by world leaders to numbered bank accounts in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, and elsewhere. From the information gleaned from multiple sources by Anonymous, it is clear that the CIA facilitates America’s “play-to-pay” system of corruption and contract fraud.
…The global payola scam also involved top French government officials who benefited from sweetheart rendition and defense contract deals with Tunisia and Egypt…. What Anonymous has discovered is a global pattern of such kickbacks in return for lucrative contracts and the world’s elites growing wealthier as a result. The graft and corruption globally is sweeping, with details of pay-offs to then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and his ministers by BP in return for releasing accused Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison to Libya in return for lucrative Libyan oil concessions and  a defense contract with Sri Lanka during the Bush administration that permitted that nation’s government to commit a genocidal campaign against ethnic Tamils being just the tip of the iceberg.
State Department cables previously leaked and those that have to be revealed show that U.S. diplomats are the prime facilitators of U.S. graft and corruption, with member companies of the US Chamber of Commerce and top Pentagon contractors reaping a financial whirlwind as a result.
Anonymous plans to release 40 more videos outlining the connections between U.S. political leaders and top-level bribery and kickbacks, including a deal worked out by then-President George W. Bush between Saudi Arabia and Boeing that saw Boeing receive a major Saudi Air Force contract in return for the King of Saudi Arabia receiving a plane similar to the Boeing 747 used as Air Force One. In the deal, Bush pocketed a “handling fee” that ended up in a Bush numbered account from a Saudi numbered account in an off-shore bank. And the trove of fused data from the cables and financial and email data show that Bush and Rove are not alone in receiving payola from his fronting for U.S. firms: the recipients of bribes and kickbacks include Hillary and Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Obama. Anonymous has uncovered details of Obama personally lobbying overseas for Boeing, with the now “accepted” practice of kickbacks ending up in the president’s off-shore accounts. Boeing is headquartered in Obama’s hometown of Chicago. And when it comes to this level of corruption, America can always count on its political police force, the FBI, to protect the criminals and attack the sources of the information, as the G-men are now doing to Anonymous.
“Bigger and badder” than Wikileaks: “Anonymous” analyzes and fuses hacked data and cable information and reveals that President Obama not only shills for Chicago-based Boeing but gets kickbacks from defense deals overseas. George W. Bush also shilled for Boeing and received similar sweetheart financial deals.
…The “V” fans who make up Anonymous also want it known that it is they who originally obtained the 250,000 State Department cables, which have the highest classification of Secret and came from the Defense Department’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet). Access to the cables did not come from hacking into the network but from individuals who had legitimate access and clearances. It was Anonymous that provided the cables to Wikileaks. And Anonymous is planning on conducting leaks of more enhanced information, the combination of cable information with financial banking information to expose leaders around the world as corrupt. Anonymous did not give Wikileaks the “entire store.” In addition to the Secret cable traffic from SIPRNet, Anonymous claims to have cables with classifications higher than Secret, traffic that sheds more light on the overriding role that “neocons and Zionists” play in shaping American foreign policy.
…The word on the street is that the world’s “military-industrial-political” complex is worried about further releases of sensitive information and is bracing itself for a global rebellion when the true nature of the world’s elites is revealed around the world. Anonymous has an ultimate target based on what it has managed to obtain from computers and networks around the world: the Council on Foreign Relations and the Rockefeller family. It is now obvious why Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) wants an Internet “kill switch” to be thrown by the president of the United States. Their futures depend on it….

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Wikileaks' James Bond Headquarters

Do you know where WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange store those thousands of confidential emails and documents that have shaken the world?
They are stored in the Pionen data centre — a former Cold War nuclear bunker 100ft below ground in Sweden. Michael Hanlon of the UK’s Daily Mail describes it as “like an 007 film set”:

The vast cave, drilled into granite under the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm, houses dozens of computer servers used as storage by many companies. Complete with a ‘floating’ conference room, suspended glass corridors, lunar landscape flooring, designer furniture, and even, intriguingly, German U-boat engines as back-up generators, all that is missing is the bleached-blond Assange himself, stroking a white cat.
The disused bunker was reopened in 2008 with its futuristic design the brainchild of Swedish architects Albert France-Lanord, who were inspired by Bond sets created by Sir Kenneth Adams. The brutalist design is softened by plants kept alive by brilliant solar lighting and artificial waterfalls.
While on the run from Swedish and American authorities, Assange has had to use this secure base for his files….
Wikileaks is funded by a mixture of public donations, help from Assange’s wealthy patrons and, so far as anyone can tell, a fair bit by Assange himself. But the cost of this storage will be very little, because although Assange’s team have released several million documents, in data terms this is not a large amount. Everything WikiLeaks has in its possession could probably be stored on a high-capacity memory stick.

Here are some pics of WikiLeaks’ JamesBondish headquarters:

Entrance to WikiLeaks' Pionen high-security computer storage facility


Superservers to store WikiLeaks' information


Submarine engines used as emergency generators


The bunker drilled into granite can withstand a nuclear attack


Offices have lunar landscape flooring, glass corridors, and a floating conference room


WikiLeaks' floating conference room


So who/what pays for all this?
H/t beloved Fellowship co-founder Steve.
~Eowyn

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Wikileaks and Net Censorship

About Wikileaks, has anyone wondered:

  • Why and how, with all of our spying technology and cybersecurity, WikiLeaks.org mastermind Julian Assange could have gotten away with pilfering thousands of secret government documents and diplomatic cables?, or
  • Why and how Assange’s source, an enlisted soldier in the US Army managed not only to access those secret documents and diplomatic cables, but also download and photocopy them? (The UK’s Telegraph reports that Private First Class Bradley Manning was not only a homosexual but was considering a sex change. Manning was arrested at the end of May and is being detained by U.S. authorities) or
  • Who/what is really behind Wikileaks? Did our government engineer the Wikileaks document disclosures in order to use it as a perfect excuse to censor or shut down the Internet?

H/t beloved fellow Joseph for the article below.
~Eowyn

H/t Tina



 
Live with the WikiLeakable world or shut down the net. It’s your choice

Western political elites obfuscate, lie and bluster – and when the veil of secrecy is lifted, they try to kill the messenger

By John Naughton – Guardian – December 6, 2010
‘Never waste a good crisis” used to be the catchphrase of the Obama team in the runup to the presidential election. In that spirit, let us see what we can learn from official reactions to the WikiLeaks revelations.
The most obvious lesson is that it represents the first really sustained confrontation between the established order and the culture of the internet. There have been skirmishes before, but this is the real thing.
And as the backlash unfolds – first with deniable attacks on internet service providers hosting WikiLeaks, later with companies like Amazon and eBay and PayPal suddenly “discovering” that their terms and conditions preclude them from offering services to WikiLeaks, and then with the US government attempting to intimidate Columbia students posting updates about WikiLeaks on Facebook – the intolerance of the old order is emerging from the rosy mist in which it has hitherto been obscured. The response has been vicious, co-ordinated and potentially comprehensive, and it contains hard lessons for everyone who cares about democracy and about the future of the net.
There is a delicious irony in the fact that it is now the so-called liberal democracies that are clamouring to shut WikiLeaks down.
Consider, for instance, how the views of the US administration have changed in just a year. On 21 January, secretary of state Hillary Clinton made a landmark speech about internet freedom, in Washington DC, which many people welcomed and most interpreted as a rebuke to China for its alleged cyberattack on Google. “Information has never been so free,” declared Clinton. “Even in authoritarian countries, information networks are helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable.” She went on to relate how, during his visit to China in November 2009, Barack Obama had “defended the right of people to freely access information, and said that the more freely information flows the stronger societies become. He spoke about how access to information helps citizens to hold their governments accountable, generates new ideas, and encourages creativity.” Given what we now know, that Clinton speech reads like a satirical masterpiece.
One thing that might explain the official hysteria about the revelations is the way they expose how political elites in western democracies have been deceiving their electorates.
The leaks make it abundantly clear not just that the US-Anglo-European adventure in Afghanistan is doomed but, more important, that the American, British and other Nato governments privately admit that too.
The problem is that they cannot face their electorates – who also happen to be the taxpayers funding this folly – and tell them this. The leaked dispatches from the US ambassador to Afghanistan provide vivid confirmation that the Karzai regime is as corrupt and incompetent as the South Vietnamese regime in Saigon was when the US was propping it up in the 1970s. And they also make it clear that the US is as much a captive of that regime as it was in Vietnam.
The WikiLeaks revelations expose the extent to which the US and its allies see no real prospect of turning Afghanistan into a viable state, let alone a functioning democracy. They show that there is no light at the end of this tunnel. But the political establishments in Washington, London and Brussels cannot bring themselves to admit this.
Afghanistan is, in that sense, a quagmire in the same way that Vietnam was. The only differences are that the war is now being fought by non-conscripted troops and we are not carpet-bombing civilians.
The attack of WikiLeaks also ought to be a wake-up call for anyone who has rosy fantasies about whose side cloud computing providers are on. These are firms like Google, Flickr, Facebook, Myspace and Amazon which host your blog or store your data on their servers somewhere on the internet, or which enable you to rent “virtual” computers – again located somewhere on the net. The terms and conditions under which they provide both “free” and paid-for services will always give them grounds for dropping your content if they deem it in their interests to do so. The moral is that you should not put your faith in cloud computing – one day it will rain on your parade.
Look at the case of Amazon, which dropped WikiLeaks from its Elastic Compute Cloud the moment the going got rough. It seems that Joe Lieberman, a US senator who suffers from a terminal case of hubris, harassed the company over the matter. Later Lieberman declared grandly that he would be “asking Amazon about the extent of its relationship with WikiLeaks and what it and other web service providers will do in the future to ensure that their services are not used to distribute stolen, classified information”. This led the New Yorker’s Amy Davidson to ask whether “Lieberman feels that he, or any senator, can call in the company running the New Yorker’s printing presses when we are preparing a story that includes leaked classified material, and tell it to stop us”.
What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the western democratic system has been hollowed out. In the last decade its political elites have been shown to be incompetent (Ireland, the US and UK in not regulating banks); corrupt (all governments in relation to the arms trade); or recklessly militaristic (the US and UK in Iraq). And yet nowhere have they been called to account in any effective way. Instead they have obfuscated, lied or blustered their way through. And when, finally, the veil of secrecy is lifted, their reflex reaction is to kill the messenger.
As Simon Jenkins put it recently in the Guardian, “Disclosure is messy and tests moral and legal boundaries. It is often irresponsible and usually embarrassing. But it is all that is left when regulation does nothing, politicians are cowed, lawyers fall silent and audit is polluted. Accountability can only default to disclosure.” What we are hearing from the enraged officialdom of our democracies is mostly the petulant screaming of emperors whose clothes have been shredded by the net.
Which brings us back to the larger significance of this controversy. The political elites of western democracies have discovered that the internet can be a thorn not just in the side of authoritarian regimes, but in their sides too. It has been comical watching them and their agencies stomp about the net like maddened, half-blind giants trying to whack a mole. It has been deeply worrying to watch terrified internet companies – with the exception of Twitter, so far – bending to their will.
But politicians now face an agonising dilemma. The old, mole-whacking approach won’t work. WikiLeaks does not depend only on web technology. Thousands of copies of those secret cables – and probably of much else besides – are out there, distributed by peer-to-peer technologies like BitTorrent. Our rulers have a choice to make: either they learn to live in a WikiLeakable world, with all that implies in terms of their future behaviour; or they shut down the internet. Over to them.

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