The Guardian Rejoices in the Silencing of Assange 509

The Guardian has today published a whole series of attack piece articles on Julian Assange which plainly exult in the fact he has now been silenced by the cutting of his communication with the outside world. They also include outright lies such as this one by Dan Collyns:

In fact Julian Assange was questioned for two days solid in the Embassy by Swedish procurators and police in November 2016. The statement he gave to them at that time I published in full. Following that questioning it was plain that there was no hope of a successful prosecution, particularly as the only physical evidence Swedish Police had was a condom Anna Ardin claimed he had worn but which had no trace of his DNA – a physical impossibility.

Dan Collyns is a freelance based in Peru, but the Guardian’s editors certainly know it is blatantly untrue that the investigation into Assange was dropped because he could not be questioned. They have knowingly published a lie. “Facts are sacred” there, apparently.

The Guardian article gives another complete lie, this time in the Harding penned section, where it says that “sources” reveal that Assange had hacked into the Embassy’s communications. That is completely untrue as are the “facts” given about Julian’s relationship with the Embassy staff, whom I know well. It is plain that these “sources” are separate from the Ecuadorean security dossier published in Focus Ecuador by the CIA. I would bet any money that these anonymous “sources” are as always Harding’s mates in the UK security services. That the Guardian should allow itself to be used in a security service disinformation campaign designed to provoke distrust between Assange and Embassy staff, is appalling.

I had a front row seat in 2010 when the Guardian suddenly switched from championing Assange to attacking him, in a deeply unedifying row about the rights and money from a projected autobiography. But they have sunk to a new low today in a collaboration between long term MI6 mouthpiece Luke Harding and the CIA financed neo-con propagandists of Focus Ecuador.

The Guardian pieces are full of truly startling revelations. Would you ever have guessed, for example, that Julian Assange was visited by his Wikileaks colleague Sarah Harrison, his friends Vaughn Smith and, err, me, and his lawyer Gareth Peirce?! This great scandal, Harding states in an assertion as evidence-free as his entire “Russia hacked the elections” book, “will interest Mueller”. Despite the fact none of these visits was secret and mine was broadcast live to the world by Wikileaks on Brexit referendum night.

The aim of the “Guardian” piece is of course to help urge Ecuador to expel Julian from the Embassy. There is no doubt that the actions of Lenin Moreno, under extreme pressure from the USA, have been severely disappointing, though I am more inclined to praise Ecuador for its courageous defiance of the US than blame it for eventually caving in to the vast resources the CIA is spending on undermining it. It is also worth noting that, post the Francoist human rights abuses in Catalonia, it was Spain and the EU joining in US pressure which tipped the balance.

Julian’s principled refusal to abandon the Catalan cause, against direct Ecuadorean threats to do precisely what they have now done, has not received the credit it deserves.

The same Blairites who supported the latest Israeli massacre will this morning be revelling in the Guardian’s celebration of the silencing of a key dissident voice. I have no wish to try and understand these people.

509 thoughts on “The Guardian Rejoices in the Silencing of Assange

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  • MichaelK

    The treatment of Assange by the Guardian is truly despicable and vile… shameful. Harding really is a piece of work. The idea that Harding is going to be around for decades spewing his crass paranoia and earning big bucks for it, never denied a platform within the establishment media, fills me with revulsion and deep sadness.

  • Herbie

    Truth don’t matter.

    Only perceptions.

    Media is a perception management tool.

    I’m sure I won’t have been the first to say that, over the past several thousand years.

    You’d think people would have got it by now.

    • Anon1

      It’s easy for the Elites to brainwash the sheeps, herbs.

      Manufacture the Narrative. Always one step ahead of the game. Sheeps gonna sheep.

      False flag reality. Create the illusion

      Works a treat. Every time.

      It’s not hard really . If you think about it.

      Walk in the park.

      Make it up as you go along.

      Was ever thus.

      Keeps the peeps in the dark.

      Perception management. Have I done that one?

  • Herbie

    ” it took Julian Assange 6 hours and 20 minutes to make an appearance”

    Might have been consulting with lawyers and drafting and redrafting his speech in consultation with them.

    And you have to give the time he came out.

    Was it timed to hit the prime news shows in either the UK or US, for example.

    • Anon1

      It’s the way these things are done, herbs. Chip, chap, done with it. Right on cue. Geostrategy 2.0. The sheeps don’t even see the trick.

  • Anon1

    Probably because I enjoy flying, I must admit to haveling quite a fascination for watching these reality TV documentaries about Heathrow airport. I often notice that about half the passengers on any flight between the UK and Indian subcontinent are elderly and quite sick looking people in wheelchairs being pushed around by family members. Anyone know why this should be the case?

    I noticed the same phenomenon on returning to London from a recent trip abroad. A great proportion of the passengers coming off the Dhaka flight were elderly and unwell, mostly requiring a great deal of assistance. Normally one would expect to find perhaps one or two such people on an international flight, but in this case they must have constituted almost half the number of passengers travelling. It must be replicated on dozens of flights arriving in the UK every week.

    I can’t for the life of me find an explanation for why this is happening. Do the old and sick from the Indian subcontinent have a particular fondness for international air travel, travelling to and fro for the fun of it, perhaps to enjoy the views? Or is there another reason? Any explanations welcome.

    • Loony

      The people that you have observed are probably coming to the UK so as to avail themselves of free health care.

      The people themselves obviously benefit from free health care. The people allowing this to happen benefit from the fact that this kind of activity will ultimately overwhelm the health care system. Similar patterns can be observed in other aspects of the welfare state.

      Globalization requires that the welfare state be dismantled. Cowardice prevents anyone from admitting this. Those responsible are hoping that various segments of population will identify other segments of the population who they can blame for the removal of benefits. If they are really lucky this policy will be sufficient to generate some form of civil war. The education system and immigration policy are moving in lockstep with health policy so as to maximize the chances of civil war.

      It also neatly checkmates the Russians – if they are too lazy to start a war then the British can start their own war with themselves.

      Strange days indeed. Most peculiar Mama.

      • glenn_nl

        L: “Globalization requires that the welfare state be dismantled.”

        BS. Just make sure only those properly entitled to welfare get it.

        I’ve never heard you say one word about corporate welfare, or tax cuts for the rich, just those policies that which might benefit people. Away with you and your simplistic right-wing ideologies.

        • Loony

          I note that you prefer ad hominem attack over an explanation as to why pension entitlement has been removed for millions of women who worked their entire lives on the explicit understanding that they would qualify for a pension at age 60. Similarly you provide no explanation for the exponential rise in food bank usage, for the removal of final salary pensions, for the indexing of subsistence benefits to indicators that exclude the cost of housing, for the repression of real wages, or for any one of a multiplicity of other indicators that uniformly point in the same direction.

          Thus there is no shortage of indicators that support the contention that the welfare state is in the process of being dismantled. Either it is being dismantled as an act of pure hatred and malice or it is being dismantled in response to external pressures.

          Obviously the rich pay less. If the tax burden goes too high for their liking then they simply relocate (either themselves or their money) to a more benign jurisdiction. This also is a necessary feature of globalization.

          Unbelievably the people that rail most loudly against such outcomes are resolute in their support for the policies that guarantee more of the same. This speaks to the dismantling of the public education system supported by an endless stream of state sponsored disinformation.

          It has absolutely nothing to do with right wing vs left wing. That is more disinformation that you appear to have swallowed whole. Ask yourself whether it is possible that any analysis devoid of puerile invective appears simplistic to you.

      • Jo Dominich

        Loony, you are wrong there, unless they are British citizens, they have to pay for any medical or social care they receive here – it certainly isn’t free and isn’t provided for free. I know this from my previous career and can state it for a fact.

    • TheOneEyedBuddha

      I know what you getting at, they are coming here for free health care.

      now lets ignore that you have seemed to gleam this info from watching an airport documentary, and thus how accurate your claim is is really up for discussion, but let me give you some alternative reasons.

      1- they are visiting family who work here under work visa’s, now if you have come from the subcontinent to work, I guessing you will be working age 18-60 and not elderly, also you will be making good money compared to back home, so maybe you would want to fly out your parents to show them the 1st world country you work in and maybe they would like to see some of the UK landmarks etc… so might be as innocent as that
      2- those elderly Asians are actually British citizens who emigrated to this country, took dual nationality (a lot of commonwealth countries allow dual nationality with UK), saved up money and went back home when they retired, and thus are either visiting family here or are here to use the NHS, but as having previously worked here, have paid into the system so why not use it (how many white british expats in Spain come back when they need treatment?)

      okay there are people abusing this system as you suggest, but not all of them, (also don’t you know need to prove your British citizen/resident now to get health care, hence all the Windrush deportations when these people couldn’t produce passport\ naturalisation papers?) and if you done proper research rather than watching some airport documentary before firing out your racist dog-whistle comment, you maybe know this.

  • Richard Dean

    According to law firm Seatons, ‘If convicted for failing to turn up at Court you could be sent to prison for up to 3 months. This is on top of any sentence that is imposed for the original offence for which you were on bail after failing to turn up at court’. As we know, Assange faces no other charges. How can the UK govt justify the 24/7 surveillance of Julian Assange?

  • Scottish Intelligence Service

    It makes no sense that the Ecuadorian Embassy would jam Julian’s phone, but at the same time, let him stay in the Embassy.

    If they have jammed his phone, can someone not simply take another phone in? He could also go on the balcony and use a mobile phone if there is signal jamming operating in the building.

    Is Julian allowed visitors? How is he getting his food? If he has had his internet and phone cut off, how was he able to tell people that the phone was being jammed?

  • Tony_0pmoc

    OK I will fuck off now…Does that mean I was right about Edward Snowden too????

    It would not surprise me, in fact it might even make me happy



  • Micha Das Bach what about this one
    + yes what was written in el pais that wiki leaks doesnt stay behind Assange… this is all public + what are _i never understand + my english is limited..but getting 1 + 1 together..< makes it so strong + makes me see that 'the' people switching + getting influenced. beleaving Assange+ Russian connection .. puhh…
    What to do to support Assange? Micha

  • N_

    Role-playing opportunity

    Imagine you are a Z__nist strategist. What sequence of events would you wish to happen involving Korea – and in particular, Korea and nuclear weapons?

    You may wish to bring one or more of the following memes into your answer: trustworthiness, agreement, agreement reversal, realism, reality check, urgency, danger, rapid changes, and mushroom clouds.

  • Ian Stevenson

    Sorry this is off topic but we hadn’t heard anything about this for a while.
    I see the OCPW has just released a report on a gas attack in Douma. It seems to have been chlorine and from cylinders dropped by a helicopter. How should we regard this report?

    • Goatboy

      With skepticism (in the objective sense. I spent the afternoon down a rabbit hole opened up by a recent Times piece ( subsequently rebuked by ( ) to cut to the chase; It seems the white helmet brigade are funded with tens of millions of dollars from the UK/US. The suggestion is that they are a cover for intelligence operations (and if so, may be the source of the reports that the chemical barrels were dropped from helicopters?) The BBC reports from a similar attack in February followed the same pattern.

      A ‘doctor’ saw the barrels dropped and white helmets were on the scene in moments to film the aftermath. The financial links don’t prove anything per se, but the effort being used to discredit the journalists (Vanessa Beeley / Eva Bartlett and others) and all that align with them is suspicious. Apparently, they are all Russian stooges and everything they say is to be ignored from the first syllable. Always a red flag.

      • Cherrycoke

        I think it was not Douma but Saraqueb.

        “It seems the white helmet brigade are funded with tens of millions of dollars from the UK/US. The suggestion is that they are a cover for intelligence operations (and if so, may be the source of the reports that the chemical barrels were dropped from helicopters?)”

        They are — both a cover for intelligence operations funded by the UK, the US, Germany, the Netherlands and other countries as well as the source for the helicopter claim. This is mentionend on p. 12 of the OPCW report:

        “At the time of handover, the team was informed that all samples had been taken by the SCD on 5 February 2018. ”

        SCD are the Syrian Civil Defense aka the White Helmets:

        No chain of evidence, unreliable witnesses. The White Helmets and SAMS work under the umbrella of the Syria Campaign for regime change/military intervention.

        See also Hamish de Bretton-Gordon und UOSSM. Then check out Robert Stuarts blog on the BBC’s “Saving Syria’s Children”.

    • IT Bod

      > “I see the OCPW has just released a report on a gas attack in Douma.”
      Do you have a link for that?

      This report, dated today, on the OPCW website relates to Saraqib which as far as I tell is about 300km north of Douma.

      Whilst this report also directly from OPCW says they dont expect the analysis from Douma to be complete until end of May.

      • Dave Lawton

        “I see the OCPW has just released a report on a gas attack in Douma.”
        Chlorine gas tanks are used for water sanitation and in a war zone. Well there is going to be chlorine gas me it just seems to be a load of BS.When I served in the RN we used Chlorine to add to our water.Just imagine if I had dropped a bottle and it had cracked we would have had a gas attack.And when I was in the middle East the locals certainly used quite a lot of chlorine.Anyone one who has been through a war and experienced bombing you will get gas of all sorts when they explode.

        • Paul Barbara

          @ Dave Lawton May 17, 2018 at 00:15
          In another video (not the one below) Vanessa Beeley has described how sometimes the ‘rebels’ will wait for a government airstrike, then turn off the lights in the cellars and tunnels, then pour chlorine on the floor and shout ‘Chemical Attck’ to spread panic, then take the people to a hospital so they believe there was a CW attack, all filmed for propaganda by the ‘White Helmets’.

    • Goatboy

      This is Vanessa Beeley – the main target of The Guardian newspaper article I posted. She dissects quite forensically I would say the genesis and rationale of The White Helmets. I am reasonably convinced that she knows what she’s talking about. There are moments in this video of barely contained emotion that bely an obvious frustration and pain at what she has seen. Its a sickening business but a must watch.

  • Anon1

    Now that Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil has admitted that 50 of 62 killed in this week’s riots belonged to his terrorist organization, can we amend the UN’s “anyone is liable to be shot dead” by adding “especially if he’s a Hamas terrorist”?

    • Paul Barbara

      @ Anon1 May 16, 2018 at 22:27
      Hamas may well be called a ‘terrorist organisation’, by the same regimes that train, pay, arm and support all the alphabet groups terrorising Syria and Iraq (and other countries), but that does not mean they are fair game to be killed.

      Some ‘terrorists’, the West’s proxies, get the to live like lords in ‘captivity’. Doubtless payed, as well!

      • Paul Barbara

        @ Reply ↓Anon1 May 16, 2018 at 22:27
        I might add, just as the US and Vatican shielded many War Criminal Nazis after WWII, ferrying many to Latin America, to the US and many kept in their own European countries to act as the backbone to the Gladio stay-behind armies.

      • Jo Dominich

        As far as I am aware, Hamas is the democratically elected Government there. Why are they called terrorists? I believe it is Netanyahoo and the US who are claiming this. Conveniently ignoring of course that the Israeli Likud leader himself was and still is a terrorist. Hamas is classified as terrorist is it not because it dares to question Israel and take action to redress clear and continued serious human rights abuses, land grabs and murder of Palestinians.

    • bj

      So Hamas should just bring rifles next time, instead of slingshots and lighters.

      They may well do, and if they do, your implicit argument has given them cover.

      I hope they are reading this, so finally we can get some equity.

      • Michael Tucker

        Get this; the IDF killed over 50 people who were taking part in a peaceful protest.

        Got it?

        • bj

          @Michael Tucker
          Surely your comment (no contest from me) wasn’t directed at me?

  • Jo

    Rarely read it these days. The Guardian has gone to pot and, frankly, the militant feminists writing for it are completely bonkers.

  • Paul Barbara

    Message from Momentum:
    ”Let’s arm Turkey. And Israel. And Saudi Arabia. And anyone else we fancy, regardless of the human rights violations they’re committing…

    That’s the message Britain sends to the world every day, by selling arms to countless countries engaged in brutal and unjust conflicts – including 20 of the 30 countries on our government’s own human rights abusers list. And in many cases, one moment we’re sending someone arms – and shortly afterwards we’re bombing them ourselves.

    Clearly, we need a different kind of foreign policy, and a different approach to the arms trade. That’s what Jeremy Corbyn has called for, and together through our campaigning we can all help bring about. …’

    • Jo Dominich

      I am going to say this for Turkey Paul, I commend President Erdogan for his outright and damning condemnation of the massacre of Palestinians on Monday also for recalling the US and Israel Ambassadors and for evicting back to Israel the Israeli Ambassador in Turkey.

  • BrianFujisan

    Times Up

    I Know the E V – sorry Evil Bastards Monitor us..BUT we Need J outa there..and Soon

  • N_

    I wouldn’t normally care a jot about a “royal” wedding, but it seems that the run-up to the one involving the “I dress up like a Nazi when I’m not playing the great game of murdering Afghans, which is even more fun than polo” prince is playing badly for his filthy dynastic family’s brand.

    Surely many in the population are following it and thinking that the dividing line between Meghan Markle and her blood family is between, on one side, a fake, tasteless, moneygrabbing arsehole (whose hair may look nice but whose wouldn’t given the amount of money she spends on it?) seeking to marry into a family of the same, and on the other, some very human, doubtless with some faults (but who hasn’t got some of those?), but basically decent people whose boots the “royal family” aren’t fit to lick?

    • Clark

      For replying to comments you need scripts enabled for this domain and, and must not be blocked. The change is quite recent. For reading, and posting top-level comments, you don’t need cloudflare or scripts.

  • N_

    Hamas is not a terrorist organisation, and given that when anyone defends themselves in Gaza or attacks the Z__nazi terrorists from Gaza they are called both “Hamas” and “terrorist”, there isn’t really an issue of pro or anti Hamas in Gaza. They got popular when the Fatah leadership dropped in many people’s esteem because most of them were making profit out of cement for the apartheid wall (anyone who didn’t know that, should check it out), and they also pay an allowance to the families of martyrs. When the Z__nazis are terror-bombing from their warplanes, and when they are operating an SS-style policy of mass murder in the Gaza camp’s edge strip, only an idiot would start making a fuss about who is pro and who is anti Hamas. Exactly the same principle applied in the Warsaw ghetto in 1943. Resistance to rampant murdering fascism requires unity.

    • bj

      Household question, and not trying to be pedantic, it’s probably a shortcoming of mine, namely a kind of eye strain on long continuous blocks of text, but: can you please now and then place a few newlines in you texts? Like so:

      The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. DJs flock by when MTV ax quiz prog. Junk MTV quiz graced by fox whelps. Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymphs. Waltz, bad nymph, for quick jigs vex! Fox nymphs grab quick-jived waltz. Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox. Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack. Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim. Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim

      Sex-charged fop blew my junk TV quiz. How quickly daft jumping zebras vex. Two driven jocks help fax my big quiz. Quick, Baz, get my woven flax jodhpurs! “Now fax quiz Jack!” my brave ghost pled. Five quacking zephyrs jolt my wax bed. Flummoxed by job, kvetching W. zaps Iraq. Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk. A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.

      Few quips galvanized the mock jury box. Quick brown dogs jump over the lazy fox. The jay, pig, fox, zebra, and my wolves quack! Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump. Joaquin Phoenix was gazed by MTV for luck. A wizard’s job is to vex chumps quickly in fog. Watch “Jeopardy!”, Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game. Woven silk pyjamas exchanged for blue quartz. Brawny gods just

  • N_

    I’m not getting the Reply button to work, but @bj and Goatboy – do you have any info on the nationalities of the White Helmets? It sounds to me as though mercenaries are involved.

    • Fairgo

      N_ everything you need to know about the Shite Helmets (that was a typo but I’ve decided to leave it) is here:

  • giyane

    The Narrative. A collection of apparently dissimilar people lying in unison. Sometimes on CM blog we see a collection of apparently dissimilar people refusing to believe the lies in unison. That’s when it really hums. Nobody accepting the lies of the White Helmets. Nobody accepting the lies about Novichok. Nobody accepting Mrs May is a lady we can trust.

    There always seems to be a missed beat about Julian Assange , and about Hamas, and about Lockerbie, and about the EU. This is because these are all political narrative-makers, so they are engaged in the same game as the Zionist establishment. No problem, we hear the disharmony and whongh whongh of musical clash. This the effect intended, the Northern Ireland effect by which everyone switches off their interest.

    It has taken many generations for the whongh factor of deliberately clashing harmonies to stop people avoiding the reality of the British oppression of the Scots, the Irish, and every other country they oppressed.
    But at the end of the day we understand the principle involved, that only if you can get the Irish to betray the Irish, Scots to betray Scots, Indians to betray Indians , Africans to betray Africans, Muslims to betray Muslims, EU to betray EU, etc, can you make people turn away in dis-harmonious disgust, so they can get on with raking in the cash. Painful but obvious.

    • SA

      I agree with Brian, good post. The divide and rule of colonialism. That is now why sectarianism, which was not an issue in the Arab world is now wrongly fostered as the cause of the problem.

  • Den Lille Abe

    I think it is obvious to most people capable of a coherent thought process, that all media is bought and paid for. This appalling slide slide stated long ago, but has gathered speed in the last decade. Learning the truth has become a difficult and laborious process, due to the amount of disinformation and outright lies and propaganda.
    At times it is almost easier to just completely outright dismiss anything MSM or Wiki.
    On the other hand as Donald Tusk put it “All illusions have been blown away now” , we have seen the face of the monster.

  • Sharp Ears

    I read about Ecuador’s ties to Israel.

    ‘Ecuador became a substantial customer for Israeli arms in the 1970s, purchasing Arava aircraft, Gabriel missile for naval patrol crafts and Uzi submachine guns. Under technical assistance contracts, Israel serviced Israeli planes within the air force inventory as well as Boeing civilian aircraft flown by TAME and Ecuatoriana Airlines. Ecuador reportedly also employed Israeli security specialists as consultants in the fight against terrorism. In 1976 Ecuador became the first foreign country to order the Kfir, an advanced jet-fighter equipped with the General Electric J-79 engine produced in Israel under license. The transaction, which required United States government approval because of the engine technology, was rejected by the administration of President Jimmy Carter in order to discourage the proliferation of sophisticated military equipment in the Third World. The action caused an uproar in Israel where the sale was regarded as an important breakthrough in Israels efforts to develop international markets for the Kfir. In 1981, after the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, Washington removed its objection to the sale. Although the contract called for the purchase of 12 Kfirs and an option to purchase an additional 12, Ecuador acquired only the original group, at a price estimated at US$196 million.’


  • Sharp Ears

    O/T. Finally the Tories have taken action on the blight and social misery caused by fixed odds betting machines, in spite of the concerted lobbying by the betting industry.

    The maximum amount staked has been reduced from £100 to £2.

    Betting shops line the streets of run down towns and the betting machines line the walls of the shops.

    Nowhere in the eulogies to Tessa Jowell was there any mention of her plan to introduce 17 casinos mainly into the NW. Who or what was behind that?

    Final roll of the dice for Tessa Jowell’s gambling proposals
    The odds are against the Culture Secretary, with more parliamentary rejection and a challenge to her casino plans on the cards
    1 Apr 2007

  • BrianFujisan

    IT is A waste TIME.somtimes… but ONE last TIME -

  • Christoph Hörstel

    Thank you, dear Craig, after this article we have started an e-Mail action in Germany with a very friendly mail to HE, Ambassador Ortiz, urging Ecuador, please not to let Assange down.

  • Robert Pettitt

    I always suspect any report which refers to Mr Assange. I find it highly implausible that a high profile dangerous whistleblower can survive unscathed when everyone knows exactly where he lives. Doesn’t Hillary have access to any Novichok to smear on his door handles? A comment on whether you consider he is a CIA/MI6/Mossad asset would be helpful. If he were genuine, I would expect at least the occasional helpful document to question the fake official claims on significant events such as 9/11, Fukushima, Roswell etc. Not a sausage.

    Good point about the usual Blairite/FoI interventions to parrot Netanyahu in blaming Hamas for everything. Of course, that is what Hamas is for, to justify all the actions of the Israeli state. I wonder who controls Hamas? Please note that I refuse to give the Labour Party a direct debit for my membership, but review it each year to see how they are progressing with the major issue of often working for a foreign power.

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