Sunday, April 14, 2019

WikiLeaks Founder Assange Arrested And In Custody!

Assange, A Hero To Many, A Criminal To Others!
The news that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and is now in the custody of British police after a nearly seven-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy does not bode well for freedom lovers. Wikileaks warned last week that Ecuador was preparing in revoke Assange's asylum and Assange was ousted on Thursday morning. In recent weeks there have been reports the relationship between Assange and Ecuador had become more strained. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno stated that Assange's "discourteous and aggressive" behavior, as well as "hostile" acts committed by Wikileaks have resulted in Ecuador revoking his asylum.

While Moreno has said Wikileaks' publication of sensitive Vatican documents earlier this year is the straw that finally broke the camel's back, we should wonder if this is indeed the motivation behind this action. This comes just after a March 30th article states that Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno’s poll numbers keep on a downward spiral. New results published Saturday from local pollster Perfiles de Opinion show, only 26.82 percent consider that Moreno is performing well and only 17% of those polled endorse him. This comes as Lawmaker Ronny Aleaga told reporters that he received a dossier anonymously filled with documents that will implicate Moreno and his family in alleged crimes of corruption, perjury, and money laundering. This may be why Moreno has started to scramble for better relations with America, it could be he wants a powerful friend to help keep him in power.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's spokesman told CBS News, that during a trip to Ecuador in an effort to broker an investment deal between that country and China, Ecuador's president raised the possibility of a deal that would remove Assange from the country's embassy in London. This is something many American hardliners and the security apparatus dearly wanted. Another sign that better relations are desired flow from a trip to Ecuador during the middle of 2018, where, in a speech Vice President Mike Pence thanked President Moreno.  Pence said, "Prior to your election, our nations had experienced 10 difficult years where our people always felt close but our governments drifted apart.  But over the past year, Mr. President, thanks to your leadership and the actions that you’ve taken have brought us closer together once again."

Many Americans have paid little attention to the huge brouhaha over Assange and why the G-men want him thrown into a deep dark hole.  This all circles back around to the fact Assange and Wikileaks are guilty of warning us of what our government is doing and revealing a few of its dirty little secrets which embarrassed those in positions of power. Today we live in a world where evil companies such as Amazon spy on its customers and are working with this monster we have allowed to grow within our midst. The problem is this sector of the government and economy has grown bigger and stronger and by its very nature, it wants to take more control. We have every reason to be concerned and worried considering revelations of just how big the government intelligence agencies have grown since 9-11 and how unlimited their spying and surveillance operations have become.  

New NGA Facility Under Construction In St. Louis
For example look at the part of this apparatus known as the NGA, also known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. It has plans for a new $1.75 billion facility to be located in St. Louis. It should be pointed out most Americans have never heard of this agency and would not be able to explain what it does or the name of the person at its helm. The NGA is the agency that acts as our "eyes in the sky" and is in control of both the pictures taken and the data generated from them, and it is big, which this PDF link delving into its mission and St. Louis expansion confirms.

Throughout history, spies have always drawn suspicion. Conspiracy theories and "false flags" are everywhere and we have good reason to be suspicious because governments across the world often aided by an easily manipulated bias mainstream media are full in when it comes to generating propaganda. They often do this by spreading what has become known as "fake-news" as well as promoting vague unproven speculation and quoting unnamed sources. The contemporary term false flag describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that activities appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them. All this makes arriving at the truth rather difficult and empowers governments to bend our opinions to fit their agenda.

The man responsible for bringing much of what we know about the size of what is sometimes referred to the "deep state" and for giving us an indication of what it does is Edward Snowden a former National Security Agency contractor. Snowden has become a polarizing figure, some Americans consider him a whistle-blower who sacrificed his career and freedom to inform the American people of government intrusion into their private lives, and others view Snowden’s motives as less than noble. Those in the latter camp believe that, intentionally or not, his actions benefited the intelligence apparatus of adversary nations and that he should be tried as a traitor and suffer harsh consequences for his actions.

It is not unexpected that those running different divisions of this colossal spy network would be a little miffed at Snowden and want his head on a stick because articles then reported how the surge in CIA resources funded secret prisons, a controversial interrogation program, the deployment of lethal drones and a huge expansion of its counter-terrorism center. One of the better places to get an idea of what is being spent, and where, is to explore the top-secret funding of the Black Budget operations in a site put out by the Washington Post. This is where you will find details of the $52.6 bn request for 2013 by America's 16 spy agencies.  Sadly, most of the information we have only looked at expenditures through 2013 when Snowden gave us a look into the size of this hidden empire.

Much of the case against Assange focuses not on the truth of what Wikileaks revealed but his role in obtaining the information. This brings us back to the issue of whether this has all gone too far and how to halt the growing power of this dark side of government. While we are constantly reassured the main goal of these clowns is our protection it is difficult to forget the words of Lord Acton who back in 1887 wrote, Power tends to corrupt and absolute power tend to corrupt absolutely. This tends to make it difficult for those of us who have grown distrustful of those in power to think they always do the right thing or that false flags have not become a common weapon in trying to embarrass your enemies. With this in mind and the warnings of writer George Orwell lingering in our minds about the ability of governments to morph into police states, we should be aware of the potential of abuse and that we may all be well on our way to becoming no more than slaves to those we have empowered to serve us.

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Footnote; We all know in life on occasion a need for secrecy exist. In an attempt to be humorous I find I want to add one final thought, a little more accountability would be nice, however, if they told us more they might have to kill us! The article below is the first of a series of how governments across the world are taking huge steps to control us and meeting little resistance in their efforts. https://Liberals And Conservatives Both Buy Into Orwellian Trend.html

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