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Watch My Speech On Assange’s Persecution For “Whistle-blowing, Wikileaks & the Future of Democracy”

I gave a speech at the Sydney Politics in the Pub event “Whistle-blowing, Wikileaks & the Future of Democracy”. Here it is if you’d like to watch (video quality isn’t great, but the audio’s fine):




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  • Very good, apart from the inclusion of the smear about the Catholic church. Caitlin, if Julian Assange was a priest I guarantee there would be several ex choir boys “coming out” to say they had been interfered with by Julian.

    These attacks on the church are in my opinion lies – smears designed to harm a church which some people (no doubt including yourself) dislike, in just the same way that Julian is smeared by those who dislike him.

    I see no difference at all.

    • Have you read Caitlin’s article about what the priesthood did to you uncle? I recommend it highly.

  • I really liked this speech. An uplifting part of my day. Funky, honest and sweet all at the same time. I needed to hear what you said at the end – thank you.

  • Sorry – should have included Daniel Ellsberg in that list, as well as Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post, who defied a federal restraining order to halt publication of the Pentagon Papers, and were vindicated by a 6-3 judgement of the Supreme Court. Almost 50 years later, the Masters’ Narrative has made real journalism a crime and its practitioners enemies of the state. In these times, it’s rogue journalists like Caitlin Johnstone who carry our water and deserve/need our attention and support.

  • Given the average intelligence and interest level of those who blithely go along with the “masters’ narrative” on Assange, any strategy for breaking down that narrative must be as clear and simple as possible; and must challenge the audience to examine its own cognitive dissonance. No need to preach or lecture, no need for obscure references, just basic questions, such as: “Why is Julian Assange so reviled for doing essentially the same thing the New York Times did by publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, for which it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service in journalism?”

    The truth does not depend on who reports it, or why, or what anyone thinks or says about it. If not for imperfect human beings like Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden, who put the truth and the public’s need to hear and see it above their own personal security, we would be no more than fighting cocks trained to cut each other to shreds with razors supplied by our masters, to satisfy their own bestial appetites. We desperately need those people, and they need us to stand up for them, and for ourselves.

  • Caitlin, Assange is going to be dead of old age long before enough of the bewildered herd wakes up enough to significantly change “the way things are”, if that ever happens at all.
    If people really want to get Assange out of that embassy and to a better place, I suggest the following, which I already described in general in a previous comment. I’ll be more specific now. (Big things of today have almost always had small beginnings in the sometimes distant past, for example, the present, ancient, whatever-you-want-to-call-it system in which a microscopic percentage of the population owns or controls the vast majority of wealth and LARGE-SCALE capital equipment for its own astronomical profit.)
    Suggest to Joe Lauria of Consortium News that he, Ray McGovern, Medea Benjamin, the two Alex’s on The Duran, maybe Perter Lavelle, Mark Sloboda, Dimitry Babich, etc. etc. make an appeal to their viewers/readers for a mass march on the Ecuadoran embassy in London. Obviously, the larger the attendance, the better. One hundred thousand people, perhaps all wearing yellow vests and big yellow hard hats and yellow balaclavas, would be perfect. Prior to calling for the march, a Russian such as Babich should contact someone in the Russian government to determine if Assange would be allowed through the door of the Russian embassy in London. If Russia refuses, then other nations might be contacted. If no embassy will accept Assange, it’s game over for the march.
    If an embassy will accept Assange, if such march could be arranged, which should be relatively easy in this age of social media, whatsapp and email, smartphone text, etc., the march from some pre-arranged location, or even at the Ecuadoran embassy actually takes place. The crowd’s leader uses a megaphone to tell Assange to come out of the embassy into the crowd, and he will be marched by the crowd, defying the British police or SWAT teams, or military or whatever, to the Russian embassy, form where he will be transported to Russia.
    Ecuador has stated that Assange is “free” to leave whenever he wishes, so he can just walk out the door. Members of the crowd will prevent the police from arresting him.
    Prior to Assange’s exiting the building, the leader of the march should call upon the individual policemen or soldiers to either not attempt to remove Assange from the crowd, or to make an ineffective, job-saving “attempt” to do so.
    I doubt if the police, soldiers, etc. will actually fire on the crowd, but because the UK govt. has got so much at stake on arresting Assange and turning him over to its US master, you won’t know how their armed employees are going to behave until the march actually takes place.
    Assange exits the building and is immediately given a yellow vest, hard hat and balaclava, and then moved to the center of the mass of people in the march. The enitre mass then marches to the embassy where Assange enters and is given asylum. Whenever, he is transported by helicopter to the nation willing to give him aylum and refuge and hopefully a nice new home. Maybe Snowden can suggest a place close to him.
    So there’s what “someone” has got to do to free Assange. Please feel free to delete this comment in the interest of secrecy.

    • There’s a big flaw in this. To move Assange out of the country requires him having diplomatic immunity (which should, in theory, guarantee him safe passage from the embassy to an airport), but which in turn requires the UK government actually accepting that the diplomatic immunity is valid – which is highly unlikely.

    • Funny. Of all the myriad of things that could go wrong in every step of my plan, you assume that all of them are accomplished and point out that it might be difficult for Russia, or whatever nation, to get Assange out of their embassy and back to the home nation.
      If my plan to move Assange to another embassy were actually successfully carried out, do you think that the UK is going to once again surround yet another embassy with a cordon of extremely expensive 24/7 surveillance devices, cops, etc.? And all of this once again happening purportedly because Assange jumped bail how many years ago?
      I understand that there may be a lot of vacant rooms at the Russian embassy in London ever since Ms. May’s purge of Russian diplomats. I also understand that the Russian embassy might be a very big step up in the “style of life” category from the Ecuadoran “situation”. I have a hunch that the Russians would give Assange internet access and he could be as political as he wanted — the more the merrier, in fact. Assange doesn’t strike me the “great outdoors” kind of guy, so he might be quite happy meeting friends “living life” in the Russian embassy.

    • I am comprehensively in agreement with you. For the last two or three years, I have entertained the same idea. So let me now expand on your — and my — suggestion.

      First of all, this undertaking should be done completely out in the open. There should be no secrecy involved. It should be a mass, overt, worldwide effort, with invitations to assemble in London for the event sent out to all those who support Assange. There should be no question whatsoever that it is an in-your-face repudiation and challenge to the British “Establishment”/Deep State.

      The action would be nothing less than a “Declaration of Independence” issued by the people of the world against the craven and unlawful imprisonment of by the UK of Assange on behalf of United States. The action should be so public, so overt, that the British government will be challenged by what is essentially an open revolt and repudiation of it authority. An open “bitch-slap” of the UK as “America’s bitch”. Make them think long and hard about the political consequences of going full Stormtrooper against a vast mass of people, among them a substantial gathering of international luminaries of conscience.

      I would suggest that a people power movement of this sort creates an insurmountable political problem for any government so confronted. This was a sort of people power movement that overthrew Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. So many people gathered in the streets that the police and military could not, and would not, act against them.

      When only a small number of people “revolt”, the government is free to use its police forces, with seeming legitimacy, to suppress the “rebellion”. But when the government is confronted buy a critical mass of people, the situation is turned on its head, and government authority is called into question, if not neutralized.

      I am not an activist or an organizer, and I post under my real name. That said, I would be delighted to participate ***UNASHAMEDLY OUT IN THE OPEN*** in organizing a movement to extract Assange from imprisonment by the United States Deep State and its UK poodle.

      One last comment. A detail. Sweden has dropped any charges against Assange.The only threat of arrest that remains are the secret indictments in the US, the bail-jumping charges in the UK. This means that once Assange exits UK territory/jurisdiction, say by helicopter or boat across the channel, and stands on European soil, he can move about in public a free man once again. In Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, or Berlin,… or Reykjavik or Moscow he can walk around a free man. And with Ecuadoran passport in hand he can travel wherever he chooses (so long as he avoids flights that connect in the UK or the US.)

      Caitlin, I authorized you to provide my email address to anyone willing to move beyond talk and participate in organizing an action to free Assange.

    • Jeff, very well said.
      My wife and I visited London in 1994 and stayed for a week in a rented flat just a couple of hundred meters from the center of London end of Wandsworth Bridge on Wandsworth Bridge Road. We had a great time. My wife didn’t want me to call Buckingham Palace because she was just a bit concerned that the Queen might pick up the phone, but I took the chance.
      The last time I left Canada was 15 years ago to fly to NYC to be with my fatally ill, 93-year-old father. I haven’t flown since. My passport expired a decade ago. I haven’t had the motivation to see other places in the world as the “situation” in the world deteriorates more a more rapidly as time goes on.
      But the possibility of participating in the aforementioned march excites me tremendously. I have to discuss my participation at length with my wife before I commit to participating, but I wanted to at least thank your for saying what you’ve said.
      I hope you realize that the march will be infilitrated by agent provocateurs — agents who will become violent (destroy property along the route, etc.) enough to justify a crackdown by the UK StormTroopers. This is the standard operating procedure in states such as the UK and US that have a tyrannical, desperate Elite.

  • One popular phrase over used is, “How will people in the future see us?” This is related to a cliche’, “being on the right side of history.”

    Adults conditioned to accept blind ridiculous conformity that censors them, really would never know the difference, because they are waiting to be told by other misguided adults, in authority.

    A nod is the same as a wink, to a blind horse.

    Why do adults allow themselves to be censored by other adults, adult organizations, adult authoritative entities, such that it prevents them to collectively protect the First Amendment Right of Free Speech, for themselves or for a child?

    The PTA, Teacher’s Union, Lawyers Guild, ACLU, judges, politicians, ministers, journalist, union workers, voters and parents are all comprised of adults, who are guilty of this disservice to themselves.


    I am sending you this story because I think it directly relates to matters concerning Rights and Dissent. It is also a story of Rights and Responsibilities. Though the story is not as sensational as many topics you present, this particular story is overlooked and misunderstood.

    To our peril, collective cognitive blindness has made unbearable injustices acceptable and seemingly normal. Additionally, the examination and analysis are not explored related to the current construction of conditioned ignorance of the significance of unalienable rights endowed to all Humans, within the context of those rights being defended.

    The fact that this story is not taught and discussed at any school level is revealing. I personally think this may be why the work you do, falls on so many deaf ears. A nod is the same as a wink to a blind horse.

    You Spell Potatoe, I Spell Potato

    This is an incident which has been bothering me for awhile. It involves a boy, now a man, named William Fiquererro. It involves Government officials, journalist, teachers, the PTA, and the First Amendment, which are supposed to protect the Human rights of freedom regarding speech, press and assembly. The adults failed in their duty as adults to protect the youngster.

    Mr. Fiquerero, Spelling Bee winner was bullied by then VP Dan Quayle, into spelling the word “potato” incorrectly, after he had correctly spelled it. None of the adults in that room protected him.

    None of the adults in the room protected the child or their own constitutional rights. They did protect VP Quayle and the system of injustice.

    The journalist in the fashion of immature children mocked Quayle, for the better, part of nearly 3 weeks, for incorrectly spelling the word. The adult public went along with it.

    Since that time, VP Quayle later became a billionaire and a “darling of Wall Street”.

    Mr. Fiquererro lived in challenging impoverished conditions and went through many hardships after the incident. From last I read, he became a model Father and was proud of his children, despite his hardships. It is disappointing that none of the journalist, lawyers, government administrators, or teachers, at that time, saw fit to set up a scholarship fund or internship for what seemed to be a promising student.

    The government actually bullied that 11 year old boy, and also bullied a nation of adults and the nation’s constitution. It bullied the adult citizens not to protect a child from abuse!

    I do not know of any primary, secondary or post secondary school in the entire nation that has had a discussion regarding the incident, from that time to this. This seems to indicate an irresponsible adult citizenry, as well as a corrupt educational system.

    The First Amendment is important for journalist to protect the rights of free speech, press and assembly to exchange thoughts. Speaking and writing are the manifestations or expression of thoughts.

    The Right of Free Speech is predicated upon justice of everyone having his perspective observations and opinions heard without reprisal, or bullied into telling a lie by a tyrant!

    The Right of Free Speech is especially important when one is indeed RIGHT!

    Otherwise 2 + 2 becomes 5, just because no one has the courage to tell the truth that the Emperor has no clothes.

    I am interested in ideas to rectify that which happened to Mr. Fiquererro and for this issue to be brought into the public sphere of mature discourse.

    • Since I am really old, I actually remember who Dan Quayle was. The exchange over how to spell potato (the spelling my spell-check likes) was rather famous and was the equivalent of “going viral” in that pre-social-media age. Dan Quayle was already a laughing stock and the butt of many jokes, but this pushed him over the top into laughing stock immortality. Without this exchange, Quayle would be a hard-to-answer trivia question about obscure American VPs. Definitely small potatoes. 🙂 But to the extend that people are still laughing at him today, its because of potatoes.

      • I believe that GHWB chose Dan Quayle because of his ignorance and ineptness, for reasons related to the choosing of GW and, perhaps even Trump, if there’s anything to the not-to-be-ignored possibility that electronic vote counting was manipulated on BEHALF of Trump.

        This is partially derivative of my view that GHWB was essentially in control of US foreign policy from the Hinckley assassination attempt which occurred in only the second month after Reagan’s first inauguration.

    • You know what else is ‘important’? (more than important, tantamount to legitimacy) For Julian Assange to apologize for his attacks on, and denials of, 911 Truth. Somehow CJ, while spending endless hours criticizing the GWoT / war machine, has never, that I am aware of, written on the incontrovertible fact that the seminal events that birthed the blank check war machine were domestic crimes. That Muslims did not blow-up the Twin Towers, implode Building 7, and all the rest of it. Maybe someone can explain this glaring omission to me.

  • Veterans Today insists, over and over, that Wikileaks/Assange are both tools of the Mossad.Can you comment?
    thank you

    • Veterans Today runs a lot of strange pieces that don’t seem to have any relation to reality. I am rather well educated in one area that VT posts articles about regularly, and in that area they sound like complete idiots who appear to be trying to mislead people who don’t know that subject matter. Basically, I wouldn’t trust VT to say the sun was going to rise in the east tomorrow without independent confirmation.
      Besides, anybody and anyone who is worth a dang on the internet gets smeared like this. Its almost a badge of honor.

      • How aboout a counterargument, a disproof, of the article’s claim that,
        “There has never been a Wikileaks document about Israel ever released even though endless thousands, even hundreds of thousands of US documents, State Department files and cables/emails have been released.”
        “The Strange Case of Julian Assange”

    • I don’t believe VT is to be taken seriously without considerable supporting data elsewhere.

      I would consider the possibility stronger if considerably less damaging material had been released, which would leave open the possibility that sensitive info was being used as a stick. As it is, I don’t think the current government of Israel or Israeli Intelligence would find it useful to expose the US government to the US citizenry. The US government’s usefulness is somewhat limited by its ability to act with impunity, and that is limited by its credibility to the US public.

      • Your beliefs about VT and your vague speculations as to why a government or intelligence agency might or might not do X, Y or Z are irrelevant if you cannot disprove the statement. It’s a categorical statement requiring only one counterexample to prove it false. But no one has yet done so.
        Remember the point that CJ made in “How To Tell If Someone Is Controlled Opposition”? Pay attention solely to the message! It doesn’t matter what else VT has published. If that statement is true, then it disrupts the mainstream narrative about Wikileaks. Mission accomplished. On to the next topic.

        • Jim, your point is fairly absurd.

          First off try a simple Google and find that documents have been published by Wikileaks that shed negative light on Israel here, see https://bit.ly/2SNK1cv.

          Second, take a course in simple logic. If you want to strongly link Mossad to Wikileaks you had better show that of all the nations of the world only Israel has escaped Wikileaks. Otherwise your left concluding that all these other nations are part of the conspiracy you propose.

          Third, a better explanation for a dearth of documents on Mossad/Israel is that they are a much smaller organization than the CIA/USA. Being much smaller (as well as transacting everything in Hebrew), greatly lowers the chance of having a few whistle blowers provide a leak in the first place. All this is not to mention that Israel has some the tightest security on the planet.

          Fourth, if we follow CJ’s advice we ask ourselves why you are promoting another unproven narrative that smears Julian Assange.

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