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WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. connections….

Robert Mueller’s people HAVE to have the intercepts of these contacts….

The contacts are just MORE evidence of how extensive the Russian operation was to make sure Hillary Clinton did NOT win the election last November….

Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year’s presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee’s oldest son and campaign surrogate. “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)

The next morning, about 12 hours later, Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. “Off the record I don’t know who that is, but I’ll ask around,” he wrote on September 21, 2016. “Thanks.”

The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long—and largely one-sided—correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States….

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WikiLeaks: Officially in the bag for Trump…Daily Kos…

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 Pictured: Two of Donald Trump’s best friends.

In case you had the slightest shadow of a doubt that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have taken a permanent turn away from the pursuit of spreading truth and are now instead (for some godforsaken reason) serving as a pro-Trump propaganda outlet, they’ve done you the kindness of clarifying the issue by trying to sling dirt on Robert Mueller in the most disgustingly dishonest way possible.

We already knew that Assange coordinated with Roger Stone and hates Hillary, but this is a whole other can of worms: Now WikiLeaks is trying to protect Trump from the man investigating him by attempting to discredit Mueller as some sort of deep-state criminal who sold nuclear weapons to the Russians.

So, without further ado, here’s the lie of the day:

Special Prosecutor Robert Muelller flew to Moscow and gave the FSB 10 grams of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in 2009

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Special Prosecutor Robert Muelller flew to Moscow and gave the FSB 10 grams of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in 2009

Oh my god, what a startling revelation!

… Oh, wait, what’s that?

Ah, right, it’s total bullshit.

It sure takes cojones to post the entire text of a document on your website, then lie openly about its contents. Or maybe it’s just stupidity and sloppiness. Or maybe it’s just the knowledge that a huge chunk of the American people will accept anything pro-Trump without question…..

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US Government Intelliegence …Russia helped Donald Trump Win…

That IS the report coming out reportedly from the CIA…..

The WikiLeaks actions aimed JUST at the Democrats….

The leaks of Democratic party memo’s….

Other actions where KNOWN to the Obama administration for months….But the conclusions where held in-house ….

Republicans have played down the conclusions with the Donald Trump win in the election….

Trump himself has tried to dismiss the reports , which seem to cast some doubt on his win….and raise troubling questions about the venerability of the American election process…

Trump has cut back on the intelligence briefing’s since being elected…

Trump has made no secret that he looks Russian President Putin as someone he admoires and would like to work with….Several Trump people have associated with Russian business interests that have connections to Putin or the Russian Government interests….

This has caused worries in Congress and The Defense and Intelligence communities…

The Clinton campaign had wanted this information released before the election , but the White House refused….

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”

The Obama administration has been debating for months how to respond to the alleged Russian intrusions, with White House officials concerned about escalating tensions with Moscow and being accused of trying to boost Clinton’s campaign….

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Political Roundup For Monday, October 24, 2016…Trump nice to Down-Ballot Republicans?…RRH Elections…

Good morning folks. Welcome to the week. Fifteen days until this is all over. Please check back at noon today for our next legislative preview installment, covering legislatures in the Midwest.

Also, we are beginning our Vermont Poll. It will be out this Friday!

Presidential News:

Trump: Trump actually said some positive things about down-ballot Republicans, urging his supporters to vote for Republicans in House and Senate races. He couldn’t help add: “I hope they help me too! It’d be nice if they help us too, right?”

Clinton/Wikileaks: Bill Scher says that the Wikileaks emails haven’t taken a toll on Hillary because voters know not to give Russia the boost it wanted from the process, and because they know that other candidates probably have similar emails with their staff. That is … exactly wrong. The Wikileaks emails haven’t flipped the race–though we don’t know that they haven’t affected the polls by stopping some of Trump’s bleeding–because the news media has been far more focused on p**sygate and Trump’s other comments.

Fourth Debate: Ignoring the will of the voters, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is floating the idea of a fourth presidential debate between Trump and Hillary. Have we not suffered enough?

Pence: Mike Pence continues to try to direct his running mate into safer ground, but of course it doesn’t work. Still, my level of respect for Pence has gone way up since his VP campaign began….

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Julian Assange is Helping Hillary Clinton get elected President

The Wikileaks master, holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London doesn’t know it….But he’s actually Helping Clinton…..(He’s talking with Fox News, eh?)..And trying to garner MORE attention for himself it seems…

Everytime he and group release something?

It just means the stuff is out BEFORE Hillary Clinton is President and it just adds to a running commentary about Clinton that the American public mostly doesn’t give a shit about….

The leaks are Washington Beltway stuff….

The average American doesn’t care if the Clinton campaign said bad things about Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump…..So the more he leaks?…The less sensational it is…..

It’s 74 days out from the election ……

We ALL KNOW about the Clinton’s….

Wikileaks are NOT really any surprise…..

Like the original ones?

They embarrass….

But life goes on…..

WikiLeaks’ release of nearly 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee “has led to other sources being encouraged” to share information, Julian Assange said Friday, teasing out an impending leak of even more documents related to the U.S. presidential election.

But Assange, appearing on “Fox & Friends” from London, was his usual cagey self when asked whether he could provide any details about the contents of the forthcoming release.
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“No, not really. Sorry to disappoint you. But we have quite a lot of material in relation to the U.S. election, thousands of pages relating to various aspects of the Hillary Clinton campaign and some other institutions,” Assange said.

Assange boasted of the “publicity as a result of our DNC publications” that led to the resignations of several top officials, including Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz “has led to other sources being encouraged.”

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Remember Julian Assange?

He’s still holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London …..(since 2010)

The guy who bathed in spotlight for leaking confidential US and other countries email traffic is still on the lam….

He wanted by Swedish police for a rape charge…

But that’s not what he’s worried about….

He’s worried that sooner of later he’s gonna end up in cuffs stand before a US Federal judge in America….

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, said on Thursday that he would turn himself in to the British police if a United Nations panel rejects his petition asserting that the years he has spent in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London trying to avoid extradition to Sweden amount to illegal imprisonment.

A ruling from the panel, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, is expected on Friday. “Should the U.N. announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police, as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal,” Mr. Assange said in a statement that WikiLeaks posted to Twitter on Thursday morning.

“However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me,” he concluded….

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Julian Assange is STILL a wanted Man…..

The Wikileaks co-finder is wholes up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London….

The guy is wanted by the Brits, The Swedes and of course the US…..

Today the Swede’s confirmed that he’s STILL wanted for sexual assault charges….

A Swedish court has ruled that an arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on charges of sexual assault will stay in place.

Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for the past two years to avoid extradition.

If he is sent to Sweden, he says he fears charges in the US over the leaking of secret government documents.

A warrant for Mr Assange’s arrest was issued at the end of 2010.

Two women in Sweden accuse him of sexual assault.

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The court in Stockholm agreed with prosecutors who had argued that the warrant should be upheld.

“All in all, the district court makes the assessment that the reasons for the arrest warrant offset the infringement and adverse effects the measure entails for Julian Assange,” Judge Lena Egelin said.

“He should therefore continue to be wanted for arrest in his absence,” she adds.

Mr Assange’s lawyers say they will appeal against the decision taken by the district court…..

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New NSA head downplays Snowden damage….

As in the Wikileaks episode….

Intelligence leaks ARE embarrassing ….

But then like goes on….

A year after Snowden skipped own with a LOT of American Intelligence data, he’s stranded in Moscow and the NSA is still vacuuming up stuff…..

Oh, and there is NO guarantee someone else won’t do the same thing tomorrow…

After all, we ARE dealing with people …Not machines….

The nation’s new director of the National Security Agency is downplaying the effects of Edward Snowden’s leaks.

In a stark contrast with how his predecessor characterized the damage caused by Snowden, Adm. Michael Rogers said that while terrorist groups have adjusted their operations after Snowden’s leaks, it is not causing the sky to fall.

“I have seen groups not only talk about making changes, I have seen them make changes,” Rogers said in an hour-long interview with The New York Times. “You have not heard me as the director say, ‘Oh, my God, the sky is falling.’ I am trying to be very specific and very measured in my characterizations.”

Rogers took over earlier this year from Gen. Keith Alexander, who said Snowden’s disclosures have done the “greatest damage to our combined nation’ intelligence systems that we have ever suffered.”

The documents Snowden began leaking more than a year ago, Rogers acknowledged, have changed how technology companies work with the NSA.

AT&T, Verizon and social media companies now insist that “you are going to have to compel us” to hand over information, he said.

Rogers said the NSA has slightly calibrated its operations after President Obama directed his administration to curb some of its foreign surveillance.

“There are some specific targets where we’ve been instructed, ‘Hey, don’t collect against them anymore,’ ” he said. He declined to specify how many beyond noting, “Probably more than half a dozen, but not in the hundreds by any means.”

Rogers said there is no guarantee the NSA can prevent a similar internal attack again…..

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Of course the new head is also trying to ‘cool out’ the whole situation one would have to think…..

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Edward Snowden has problems in his camp?…..

Hummmm?

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's new refugee document granted by Russia is seen during a news conference in Moscow on Thursday, August 1. Snowden slipped quietly out of the airport on Thursday <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/01/us/nsa-snowden/index.html?hpt=hp_t2'>after securing temporary asylum in Russia</a>, ending more than a month in limbo.

This a image of Snowden’s Russian ID issued for his one year stay in the country…. (from CNN)

The man wanted by the United States for leaking details of National Security Agency intelligence gathering says journalists have been misled into printing false claims about his legal situation,The Huffington Post reported Thursday.

In an e-mailed statement to the news organization, Edward Snowden distanced himself from his father, Lon Snowden; his father’s attorney, Bruce Fein; and Fein’s associates, saying “they do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation.”

“None of them have been or are involved in my current situation, and this will not change in the future,” the statement said.

“I ask journalists to understand that they do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation or future plans, and not to exploit the tragic vacuum of my father’s emotional compromise for the sake of tabloid news.”

The statement was released the same day The Wall Street Journal reported that Lon Snowden’s legal team does not trust his son’s closest advisers: WikiLeaks and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald.

“I would like to correct the record: I’ve been fortunate to have legal advice from an international team of some of the finest lawyers in the world, and to work with journalists whose integrity and courage are beyond question,” Snowden said in the statement….

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The Media has reported about Snowden’s father talkiing about his son trying to get a ‘deal’ with the US Governmenet for his return to the states….

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The Guardian News paper is making money off of NSA Leaker Snowden..And other past Spying stuff….

photo….businessider.com

Few people out there get this….

A VERY important part of the Edward Snowden NSA leak story is about MAKING MONEY….

I’ve touched on this from the jump here….

As reported in the linked piece below….The Guardian Newspaper is a British newspaper that specializes in leaking stories…..It was the main purveyor of the Wikileaks story…and the spying done by Rubert Murdocks’s News of the World (which spied on IT’s Government) ….And now it’s the main purveyor of the Edward Snowdan’s stories…..

The Guardian was reported to be just about out of money when the NSA story came along…..By peddling the story to the Washington Post in America, the paper has drawn HUGE attention to its Internet site and that of course means ad revenue….Just like it did for Wikileaks….

We have also pointed out that the American media has a vested interest in pushing the story on few levels….

First.…. as with the Guardian…Screw the First Amendment Rights stuff…Newspapers have LOT of employee’s and private owners who want to make money….

Second...No leaks….Less sensational stories ….Less readers….Lees Ad revenue…

Third..…If you’re REALLY good at this….You hold on to your leaks and you release them only when you notice the OTHER media are leaving your story….

Fourth.…Most of the time the leaked stuff shouldn’t and ISN’T really so secret after all…..It like paying for watre….you can get it for free…it’s out there but we pay for bottled water anyways….

Carefull attention to the everyday stories would get most of what the leakers have exposed…..

For a newspaper that’s small and underweight even by British standards, the Guardian has a knack for making some big noises, both in its home market and across the pond.

The venerable paper (founded in 1821) was one of five news organizations to publish stories based on WikiLeaks’s trove of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables in late 2010. The only American newspaper to publish the leaks, the New York Times, did so thanks to the generosity of the Guardian, which shared the documents.

Next, the Guardian’s revelations about the extent of illegal phone tapping by journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World in 2011 helped bring down the massively popular British tabloid and led to a wave of criminal prosecutions in Britain.

In late May, the Guardian was at it once more. The newspaper raced The Washington Post to break details of a massive National Security Agency surveillance program. It subsequently posted the first and only video interview with Edward Snowden, the young American security contractor who was the source of The Post’s and Guardian’s stories.

Not a bad run of scoops for a financially struggling, frankly liberal newspaper with a newsprint circulation of fewer than 160,000 copies daily (which makes it roughly the size of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) but with a significantly larger digital following worldwide…..

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NSA Leaker’s Father tries to start a deal with the Goverment for Son’s return to the US….

This is NOT gonna work…….

I understand the guy trying to help his son….

Lets also face the thought that Snowden is stuck in the Moscow Airport ….

The US HAS to be listening to EVERY call he makes from that airport….

And WTF knows if the Russian’s or the Chinese for that matter have looked at EVERYTHING Snowden has in his lap top….ALREADY?

He raises concerns about some of the people surrounding his son, including WikiLeaks.

The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden has told the Justice Department that his son will probably return home under certain conditions, including no detention before trial and no gag order, NBC News reports.

Lonnie Snowden spoke NBC news investigative reporter MIchael Isikoff in an interview aired by NBC’s Today program Friday morning.

He said he has not spoken with his son since Edward left the country last month and revealed classified information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance and data-collection network.

“I love him. I would like to have the opportunity to communicate with him,” he tells NBC.

Lonnie Snowden says he informed Attorney General Eric Holder through his lawyer that his son will return home if the Justice Department promises not to detain him before a trial nor subject him to a gag order. He says he also wants his son to select where a trial will take place.

“At this point I don’t feel that he’s committed treason. He has in fact broken U.S. law, in a sense that he has released classified information,” he told NBC News. “And if folks want to classify him as a traitor, in fact he has betrayed his government. But I don’t believe that he’s betrayed the people of the United States.”

Snowden’s father also said he was concerned about some of the people who have surrounded his son, including WikiLeaks, since he has been on the run….

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Breaking…Edward Snowden has arrived in Moscow enroute to South America?….Update

photo….guardian.co.uk

Anyone who thought this guy was hero was sadly mistaken…..

Will the Russian’s let this guy leave their country without a debrief?

What is his REAL endgame?

And is Wikileaks involved in this?

…from CNN….

The global cat-and-mouse hunt for Edward Snowden took a dramatic turn Sunday when the man wanted on U.S. espionage charges fled Hong Kong and reportedly arrived in Russia.

WikiLeaks said in a Twitter post Sunday that Snowden had touched down in Moscow. But the organization, which facilitates the publication of classified information, did not disclose what country would be his final destination.

Word of Snowden’s travels touched off widespread speculation about the former NSA contractor’s next steps. Some media reports suggested that he could be traveling to Ecuador, Venezuela or Cuba. Others said he might spend the night in an embassy in Moscow.

But no one — or at least no one speaking out publicly on Sunday — could say for sure what comes next for Snowden and where he will go.

The global guessing game has placed WikiLeaks in the international spotlight once again, as the organization revealed in a series of online posts that it was helping Snowden leave Hong Kong and seek “political asylum in a democratic country.”

Baltasar Garzon, a former Spanish judge and the organization’s legal director, said in a statement Sunday that the treatment of Snowden has been “an assault against the people.”

“The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr. Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person,” he said.

Snowden, who leaked top-secret details about U.S. surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday “through a lawful and normal channel,” the Hong Kong government said…..

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Why did I think Wikileaks was involved in some wy in this?

This story will now change to why is this guy running and what will he reveal to WHOM?

Update….

CNN is reporting that upon his arrival in Moscow .Snowden was picked up by a diplomatic  vehicle from the Ecudorian Embassy and wisked away….Cuba has been named as a possible end location….

Hong Kong and the Chinese made a quick decesion to drop the problem out of their laps….

In addition, CNN ‘s John King has reported that the CIA chief WAS in Moscow 48 hours ago talking with the Russian’s which King leads you to believe the US KNEW where Snowden was and where he’s going…..

Update #2….

CNN is now reporting that Snowden has requested asylum with Ecuador as Julian Assange has….

(Ecuador has a terrible history of political repression, how ironic)

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Ecuadorian Standoff : Assange’s Last Stand?…The Oligarch Kings

by  @ The Oligarch Kings

There has been more rubbish written in more papers, and more guff spoken on radio and television by intelligent people who ought to know better, about this single case then I have heard in years.  Someone must just make matters clear.

This is a blog read almost exclusively by Americans, and I note that America has been most poorly served by facts in this case.  And, as someone concerned with the extension of American legal reach extra-judicially this is something I feel should be made clearer.

The facts, such as they are, are these.

Back in 2010 Assange, who ran Wikileaks, a whistle blowing web-site, was passed a large number of emails which purported to come from America.  Mr Assange is not an American citizen, was not in America, and had never touched these documents previously.  It has never been alleged he stole the documents.  He had not sought their removal or theft and had never asked for them.  However, now they were in his possession he chose to publish them.  And hell came in its wake.

If these documents were stolen, and it  is entirely clear that whoever stole them he did not,  Assange has never been charged or arrested in connection with their theft or re-set.

About this same time, and in what many feel was curious timing, Assange became the chief figure in a sex case in Sweden, where two women claimed that they had been coerced, molested and sexually assaulted by Assange.  See TOK here.  The Swedish authorities wished, and still wish to speak to him in regard to this event.  To be absolutely clear, Assange has not been accused of anything whatsoever.  No charges have been raised, no arrest warrant exists for rape or sexual assault, nor indeed anything else.  Despite two years, the prosecutors in Sweden still have not made a case of any kind.  However they still ask that extradition be made available for Assange, simply to answer questioning.  Questioning which could be done by PC Wallander catching a plane to Britain or even  by Video link.  Questions which Assange and his lawyers have always said they are happy to answer.  Questioning by video link has been used by Swedish authorities before, even for murder suspects.  Which begs the question as to why not here?

I don’t doubt that Assange is egotistical, arrogant or unpleasant.  But being difficult does not make one a criminal.

Far from being, as he is portrayed in America, a criminal or an alleged criminal, Assange’s  true position is of being an alleged, alleged criminal.

The lack of any charges whatsoever being brought by Sweden before seeking extradition makes me, for one, very uneasy.  Rightly, Assange is fearful of going to Sweden, as Sweden has a woeful record of illegally rendering persons to America for the CIA, for which it has been taken to task by the UN and European Courts.

Hence why Assange sought asylum in the embassy…..

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Julian Assange win run for the Australia Senate……

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to run for a seat in the Australian Senate in elections due next year despite being under virtual house arrest in England and facing sex crime allegations in Sweden, the group said Saturday.

The 40-year-old Australian citizen is fighting extradition to Sweden. He has taken his legal battle all the way to Britain’s Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on his case soon.

“We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run,” WikiLeaks announced on Twitter.

Assange has criticized Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s center-left government for not standing up for him against the potential threat of his extradition to the United States for prosecution over WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents.

Australian police have concluded that WikiLeaks and Assange have not broken any Australian laws by publishing the U.S. cables, although Gillard has condemned the action as “grossly irresponsible.”

John Wanna, an Australian National University political scientist, said it was possible for Assange to run for a Senate seat if he remains on the Australian electoral roll despite living overseas for several years….

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Wikileaks head seeks British Supreme Court ruling on his extradition to Sweden…

Mindful of the HUGE media interest in the case….

Julian Assange has been give another shot at trying to stop his extrication to Sweden to answer sexual abuse charges lodged against him….

If the British high court decides to take the case Assange stay in the UK until the Spring…

If the court doesn’t Assangewill be in Sweden probably by the end of the week…

Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks website, was granted permission Monday to ask Britain’s Supreme Court to rule on his possible extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.

A lower court said Assange could take his case directly to the Supreme Court and request a hearing. Assange, 40, has been fighting extradition since a judge ruled in February that he should be sent to Stockholm to face allegations of raping and molesting two women in separate sexual encounters in August 2010.

The decision Monday gives Assange and his lawyers 14 days to file a request to have his case reviewed by the Supreme Court. If the court refuses to hear the matter, Assange would be extradited within days. If it accepts, the case would likely come before the court sometime next spring, the BBC reported…..

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The Pentagon Papers will be released in their entirety on Monday, June 13, 2011…

My how things have changed?

From Daniel Ellsberg to Wikileaks…

(What’s up with them?)

The Pentagon will release its secret report on Viet Nam after decades……

Daniel Ellsberg, outside a federal courthouse in 1971, faced 12 felony counts as a result of his leak of the Pentagon Papers; the charges were dismissed in 1973.

At first blush, it sounds like the release of one of the worst-kept secrets in history — finally unlocking the barn door four decades after the horses bolted. The study, after all, has already been published by The Times and other newspapers, resulting in a landmark First Amendment decision by the Supreme Court. It has been released in book form more than once. But it turns out that those texts have been incomplete: When all 7,000 pages are released Monday, officials say, the study can finally be read in its original form.

That it took until the era of Wikileaks for the government to declassify the Pentagon Papers struck some participants as, to say the least, curious.

“It’s absurd,” said Daniel Ellsberg, the former RAND Corporation analyst who worked on the report and later provided it to The Times. He said Tuesday that the report should not have been secret even in 1971, when newspapers first published it, adding: “The reasons are very clearly domestic political reasons, not national security at all. The reasons for the prolonged secrecy are to conceal the fact that so much of the policy making doesn’t bear public examination. It’s embarrassing, or even incriminating.”

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Photo…..Donal F. Holway/The New York Times

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