By Claire Bernish
Intrepid, distinguished journalist John Pilger, in conjunction with Dartmouth Films, exclusively interviewed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to glean imperative points revealed in past and ongoing leaks of emails from the accounts of Hillary Clinton — a presidential candidate Assange says has been “eaten alive” by hubristic ambitions.
For all intents and purposes a political prisoner, ultimately of the United States, living in asylum inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange spared no niceties in revelations provided by released documents:
“I actually feel quite sorry for Hillary Clinton as a person because I see someone who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick,” as in the fainting episode during a 9/11 memorial, Assange told Pilger.
Nevertheless, “She represents a whole network of people and a network of relationships with particular states. The question is how does Hillary Clinton fit in this broader network? She’s a centralising cog. You’ve got a lot of different gears in operation from the big banks like Goldman Sachs and major elements of Wall Street, and Intelligence and people in the State Department and the Saudis.
“She’s the centraliser that inter-connects all these different cogs. She’s the smooth central representation of all that, and ‘all that’ is more or less what is in power now in the United States. It’s what we call the establishment or the DC consensus.”
When asked whether or not Trump will win the election, Assange responded by noting that Clinton can and will rig the election in her favor.
“My answer is that Trump would not be permitted to win.”
Although the United States government and any number of enraged politicians caught up in the fury of their own anti-Russian propaganda have claimed with increasingly shrill overtones Wikileaks is acting on behalf of the old Cold War foe, Assange rightly deems the accusation baseless nonsense.
Criticism, and the accusation of Russian ties, centers on Wikileaks publishing a voluminous quantity of documents concerning the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton, and her campaign chair, John Podesta — and none on Donald Trump, and critics have said, none concerning Russia.
But that argument falls flat, considering the publisher cannot release documents on Trump it doesn’t yet have — and further, Wikileaks has, in fact, published countless documents on Russia.
“We have published about 800,000 documents of various kinds that relate to Russia,” Assange intoned. “Most of those are critical; and a great many books have come out of our publications about Russia, most of which are critical. Our [Russia] documents have gone on to be used in quite a number of court cases: refugee cases of people fleeing some kind of claimed political persecution in Russia, which they use our documents to back up.”
But, the Obama administration, with plenty of assistance from the irreparably-damaged Clinton campaign, continue fruitless attempts to link Assange and Wikileaks to some murky Russian operation. Considering the utter lack of proof linking Russian actors to the leaks, a far more feasible motivation comprises Clinton’s and Obama’s desire to deflect from the gravity of the documents’ contents — and for good reason.
“There’s an early 2014 email from Hillary Clinton, not so long after she left the State Department, to her campaign manager John Podesta that states ISIL is funded by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Now this is the most significant email in the whole collection, and perhaps because Saudi and Qatari money is spread all over the Clinton Foundation. Even the U.S. government agrees that some Saudi figures have been supporting ISIL, or ISIS. But the dodge has always been that, well it’s just some rogue Princes, using their cut of the oil money to do whatever they like, but actually the government disapproves.
“But that email says that no, it is the governments of Saudi and Qatar that have been funding ISIS.”
That email certainly provided proof not only the Saudi and Qatari governments were actively funding the Islamic State, but the government of the United States apparently knew that for an extended time, while plowing ahead with billion-dollar arms and weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.
Pres. Obama has not been spared by Wikileaks, who makes a point on transparency by not filtering the information it publishes, as emails also revealed the same Big Banking mechanisms in which Clinton is an active cog also turn his administration’s gears.
“One of the more significant Podesta emails that we released was about how the Obama cabinet was formed and how half the Obama cabinet was basically nominated by a representative from CitiBank,” Assange noted. “This is quite amazing.”
Pilger then discussed the fact a list had been produced by Citibank of appointees to the future president’s cabinet it felt would be most appropriate, asking Assange, “So, Wall Street decides the cabinet of the President of the United States?”
“If you were following the Obama campaign back then, closely,” he responded, “you could see it had become very close to banking interests.”
Pilger concluded his interview with the needlessly-maligned founder of Wikileaks by asking about his current residence inside the Ecuadorian Embassy — noting points often mischaracterized or even blatantly ignored by the coporo-government media.
Assange has become a political refugee due to threats of extradition to the United States or Sweden for criminal prosecution; but there are several issues he called into focus.
“In Sweden I am not charged, I have already been previously cleared [by the Senior Stockholm Prosecutor Eva Finne]. We were not certain exactly what would happen there, but then we know that the Swedish government has refused to say that they will not extradite me to the United States we know they have extradited 100 per cent of people whom the U.S. has requested since at least 2000,” he explained. “So over the last fifteen years, every single person the U.S. has tried to extradite from Sweden has been extradited, and they refuse to provide a guarantee [that won’t happen].”
Additionally, although the United Nations has questioned the legality of Assange’s political imprisonment, calling the U.K., Sweden, and the U.S. to task for its witch hunt, the media also ignores his refugee status in favor of touting tired propaganda about Wikileaks.
“Here we have a case,” he continued, “the Swedish case, where I have never been charged with a crime, where I have already been cleared [by the Stockholm prosecutor] and found to be innocent, where the woman herself said that the police made it up, where the United Nations formally said the whole thing is illegal, where the State of Ecuador also investigated and found that I should be given asylum.”
While Clinton and Obama, politicians from each side of the duopoly, and corporate media presstitutes continue denigrating Julian Assange and Wikileaks, it would be impossible to ignore the persecution the U.S. has imposed on a person for doing the job of a journalist — exposing the inner workings of a government so rife with corruption it boggles anyone’s mind.
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