Most of the 800,000 documents wikileaks released about Russia and Putin were critical of Putin.
At the time of their release, nobody thought twice that Julian Assange must be working hand in hand with Putin, because it was pretty obvious that nobody would do that – in their right mind to their boss, one who might send some radioactive shit your way or some crazy neuro toxin – whatever is in fashion.
It was only after a concerted US media campaign that focused on those blindly loyal to a political party and deep seated anti Trump feelings …that Assange began to be painted as a Russian spy.
Once people in New Zealand heard the accusations repeated by their favourite sources of opinion ( Twitter celebrities, corporate MSM and of course – comedians ) – more than ten times…it became a fact in their minds.
Misinformation only has to sew doubt to erode support.
The recycled opinion they had read – became indisputable fact to them – that they are now prepared to stand their ground about and argue, hands on hips, brimming with angst that any differing position is just not up with the play.
The overriding emotion at play here is – hatred for Trump.
Hating Trump excuses all other corruption for some of us – which now gets a free pass and Assange is accused of helping Trump win by exposing corruption at the wrong time on the wrong side.
Shouldn’t all corruption be exposed?
Or do we pick a side where corruption is okay, because it’s a lesser evil than the other side’s corruption?
Amazingly after two years of investigations nobody has been able to actually find the “collusion” that everyone was so sure existed ( without evidence ) …but still …many are convinced that collateral findings ( involving side issues like money corruption ) suggest the long awaited day of reckoning is still coming.
Starting to wear a little thin I think.
I don’t have any time for Trump myself – having seen his games and how innocent lives were lost in Syria because he acted on crap intelligence with missile attacks.
This is murdering people in my book.
Much as I dislike this, and his fucking around about climate change and other matters like racism, pollution etc …I still refuse to think that all evil is only confined to Trump and his dodgy, corrupt Republicans.
The Democrats – rigged their primary elections in 2015 / 2016 and Bernie Sanders was dethroned….and John Podesta came in for some real exposure which showed the inner corruption of the DNC.
Seth Rich was killed, mysteriously.
Today all of that is forgiven as if it was relatively fine and okay because Trump beat Hillary in the electoral college vote.
The scapegoat is Assange, he did it, stone him, along with Roger Stone…and then …burn all the witches too.
That’s pretty much the lynch mob mentality I am hearing.
Further, there really is no smoking gun, inculpatory evidence that Russia officially has any kind of hand in delivering materials to wikileaks.
Nope, talk to the hand.
Go and really read up on the investigation and who ran it and how their findings were nonsense.
But if you can’t be bothered, look at what US Intelligence found? ( As opposed to TV comedians )
When you actually read the US intelligence reports about the DNC hack you will find words like “high levels of confidence” which means they are guessing and actually don’t really know for certain what the fuck really happened between a hacker group and the Kremlin, and the path to Assange is not known.
I’m afraid so.
No evidence at the critical gap.
Otherwise they would say “we know for a fact and here is the reason why we know”.
Anyway, now Assange has lost the support he had on all sides really because he published material that made all sides look bad.
The Democrats ( in general not all ) think he picked on them and helped Trump.
The Republicans have not forgotten Iraq.
Wikileaks made the Republicans look bad in Iraq under G W Bush. The weapons of mass destruction, the killing of journalists etc.
The Democrats looked bad in Lybia, and the Russians generally looked bad as Putin came into power.
Hillary asked if they could just “take this guy out”, while holed up in the embassy in London.
But Hillary is a woman, so to some whatever she cackles about – is pure and righteous – even the brutal murder of Gaddafi is a laughing matter.
To me she is psychopathic and her gender is irrelevant.
Now Assange has very few supporters, because telling the truth on all sides is a revolutionary act.
It’s the truth not the side that mattered.
For this, many now say “I don’t give a flying fuck about Assange”.
Whilst you may value privacy more than Assange values it, it is totally unfair to dismiss the fact that he has published materials independently of sides.
But what if your side lost power and it was not because Hillary failed to canvas four critical swing states that Trump focused upon?
What if you can lay all the blame on one white male instead?
Then again many of us probably did not know these things, because our favourite sources did not tell us, and now we have made up our minds anyway.
Gerard Otto is an activist and a writer.