Sep 022018


Huge volumes of Data.

Leaker and Publisher.

A TRUE picture of the wars – – data is objective.  It is not “opinion”, nor is it propaganda.


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On-line Vigil for Assange.    I thought of

  • Assange, of course.
  • Daniel Ellsberg,  a participant in the vigil.

Chelsea Manning naturally came up.

I did not think “WARS“.  That is a take-away for me,  I needed to be reminded.   The connection to WARS.

There is more in the “Vigil” that I want to listen to (selectively) – – what did Ray McGovern have to say?

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The PURPOSE of the Vigel is to protect Julian Assange.

  • The Leakers put their lives, their freedom,  on the line.
  • Without a Publisher,  as in a totalitarian regime,  the truth will not see the light of day.
  • Without the truth (of the Vietnam War, or of the Iraq, the Afghan, and other Wars)  we are all mere pawns.

I don’t know who we’re protecting, Julian Assange or ourselves.   We do it by making sure that our friends and neighbours receive the information.

If we allow the Publisher, Julian Assange, to go on trial for doing what Publishers in a democracy are SUPPOSED to do, to safeguard the democracy,  I have no sympathy for us.

Janet E sent this (Feb 2015):

From an  an interview with Goring in his jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946).  Goring’s statement  about  dragging people into war bears repeating given present day fears.

Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?

Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.

Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.  It works the same way in any country.

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The vigil for Assange is below.   First,  some CONTEXT:

The granting of asylum by Correa was not his only “sin”.   He was a staunch defender of the rights of the Ecuadorean people, against corporate interests.

To me,  American interference is written all over the situation for Julian Assange today, at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.


Ecuador’s Ailment:   Ecuador suffers from an abundance of natural resources that The Corporations want.    It always kills me – – if you want to see how much at risk a nation is for U.S. Interference,  you have only to go to the CIA website:  . . .

Also happening at this moment, Augus t- September 2018.  Amid rumors that the US and the UK are about to move on Assange:

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There are black spaces in the video, between interviewees.   Push past them.

Recommend,   skip past the first stuff to:

Bill Binnie —  speaks to, for example, NSA “customers” who are the corporations.   The NSA doing spy work for the Monsanto’s of the world.  “Economic” spying, nothing to do with national security.   The corruption is breath-taking.

After Binnie, I pushed through to Daniel Ellsberg  – – you’ll see the white-haired guy in the video frames (leaker of The Pentagon Papers).

Ellsberg is remarkable in his ability to make clear WHY the publisher (Julian Assange, Wikileaks) must be protected.   Which to me meant:   I have to get this posting to you!

Chelsea Manning (leaker) enters the conversation.

Edward Snowden (leaker) is discussed.

Ellsberg himself, is a leaker.

 The reasons that large volumes of data were leaked, in all 3 cases:

Data is objective,  not an “opinion” and not propaganda.

There are patterns in the data.   Are we looking at an isolated incident, or is it commonplace?   Is a behavior unique, or is it endemic?   How are breaches handled?   Who are the players?   and so on.   A one-time leak related to an incident, out-of-context,  doesn’t reveal a lot.  Its longevity is short-lived.

The role of the press is essential in the distinction between totalitarian and democratic regimes.  In my view, a glimpse behind-the-scenes reveals that we’re hanging by a thread.

It would be good if there were shorter excerpts from the Vigil.   The insights are importantl  there’s too much to listen to.

Unity for Julian:

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An Online Vigil in Defense of Julian Assange With Daniel Ellsberg . . .

Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, on Saturday helped moderate a daylong chain of interviews in defense of WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange, including a discussion with Daniel Ellsberg. 

#Unity4J online vigil was held on Saturday to defend the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, whose sanctuary at the Ecuadorian embassy in London has turned into torturous solitary confinement.

Among the participants on Saturday were Craig Murray, a former U.K. ambassador; Nat Parry, son of Consortium New’s founder and first editor, Robert Parry; Bill Binney, former technical director at the National Security Agency, and Ray McGovern, a former CIA officer. Joe Lauria interviewed Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower and author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. 

The entire 11 hour and 45 minute event can be viewed here:


International media have reported that Ecuador may hand over Assange to United Kingdom authorities, with a fear that he then would be extradited to the United States. The U.K. and Ecuadorian sides are engaged in ongoing negotiations, but Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer for Assange and WikiLeaks since 2010, has acknowledged that Assange’s legal team is not part of those talks.

The fate of Assange represents a threat to human rights, asylum rights, liberty and press freedoms. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights already have found in Assange’s favor.

#Unity4J originated from an unplanned but timely response to injustice when Assange’s internet access and visitation rights were taken away. The action has grown into a series of high-profile monthly online vigils.

A dynamic new format for the monthly online vigils was introduced on Saturday.  Conceived by organizer Suzie Dawson, the concept is described as a “daisy-chain style digital relay”—which featured more than  twenty guest appearances of 30 minutes duration each. At the conclusion of each segment, the guests transitioned from interviewee to interviewer.

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act,” Assange reminds us, “we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.”

For more information about Assange and WikiLeak’s legal situation, visit and  and .

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