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WikiLeaks Founder Lands on Wanted Lists Around the World

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Posted on Nov 30, 2010
Julian Assange
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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is keeping a low profile after his site’s latest adventures in international diplomacy.

WikiLeaks honcho Julian Assange probably didn’t reckon that he could royally tick off so many key players from various global power centers with his site’s revelatory antics and emerge unscathed, and by Tuesday it was clear that repercussions were coming his way from multiple directions. Take Interpol, for example.  —KA

The Guardian:

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is tonight facing growing legal problems around the world, with the US announcing that it was investigating whether he had violated its espionage laws.

Assange’s details were also added to Interpol’s worldwide wanted list. Dated 30 November, the entry reads: “sex crimes” and says the warrant has been issued by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. “If you have any information contact your national or local police.” It reads: “Wanted: Assange, Julian Paul,” and gives his birthplace as Townsville, Australia.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, December 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

What country of refuge can this guy get to and seek asylum?

Will this man’s character be media-hyped into a ‘public hanging’ which will be the response of today’s modern-day Gestapo?

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By PatrickHenry, December 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

Assange is just a publicist, the real culprits are those delivering the confidential gossip cables from the state department by the truckload.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, December 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

To find out who / what Assange really is, one must know his whereabouts since the release of the initial ‘leaks’ of mis/dis/truformation made. 

Is he still traveling making speeches? 

Has he been seen?

Is he a CIA agent acting for US interests?

Is he a CIA agent acting against US interests?

Is he some hip tech punk who unfortunately chases little girls around and unfortunately wants to be rich and famous so he fortunately for history and for us to talk about searches and interviews ex military to expose the Machine?  To the chagrin of the PTB?

Is he a CIA agent acting for US interests, acting as a rogue?

Is he a CIA agent rogue with personal interests?

Whichever in whatever fashion… let’s also answer the questions to whether the statements are factual and what the outcome of those involved in, within, behind, before and who will end benefit ( and other angular modals ) needs to be seen.

Is he a CIA agent rogue acting for US interests acting as a rogue?

Yet who’s truth will be seen and which truth will be printed are the eastern and western shores of the pacific ocean… and that ocean will be our rendering of history, and various paradigms are emerging.

Is he a spy?

If so, for who?

Which royal family?

Which nouveau-riche fat-head hired him?

Is he just some sharp guy that found these gangsters out?

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By Scoremore, December 2, 2010 at 10:29 am Link to this comment
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Interpol is just doing its job according to protocol. I
agree that the allegations themselves can be untrue and
are currently unproven, but if Interpol received an
alert from Swedish police it can’t just shrug its
shoulders and “Yeah….sorry, we can’t send out an
alert for that.”

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By Scoremore, December 2, 2010 at 10:29 am Link to this comment
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At this time, I do not know whether or not the charges
are justified or not. I choose not to prejudge. But I
do agree that in the end, the truth will out.

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By Jacko, December 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t believe that Julian Assange is operating on his own accord. This is government assisted disinformation. IF this was for real he would have been hunted down by the CIA, before he even released the first leak. Recall that there was mention in the media prior to any leak of information. IF you were this guy, and you were doing this for real- you would not anounce that you were going to do something to affect national security. Also,this wikileaks fiasco is in good timing with the S.510 Food Safety Bill which is going to the House now, and this is a bigger threat to our security and freedom than the soft and fake wikileaks.

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By Jacko, December 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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Julian Assange, CIA Agent Provocateur - how did I know that? Well, it’s quite obvious that if you want to try to piss off all of your friends and foes, you do it with releasing false information. It is in the same rhetoric as touching the Queen of England, purposely screwing up the teleprompter in a White House briefing to make dignitary look like a buffoon, bowing to the Saudi prince, returning a bust of Churchill to the new British PM, etc. etc. But the benefits are two-fold, because you can release fake information, purported as real, because it was leaked, ie. Iran has received nuclear weapons from North Korea, and people are likely to be less discriminating of the evidence. Interesting article, recently stating that since Interpol has a warrant out for Assange, then State Dept. is locking down access to the information.. seems that they are already working on covering their tracks in fear that Assange will talk.

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By SarcastiCanuck, December 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment
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I think the justice department has pictures of Assange,with a rifle,on the grassy knoll on Nov. 63 as well.It looks to me as if Julian fell into what the old KGB used to call a ‘honey pot trap’.Damn penises,they always get us in trouble.
  Actually Mr.Assange is guilty.Guilty of exposing lies,stupidity,corruption,manipulation and theft by our alleged elite.For that,off with his head.Am I the only one who thinks he is incredibly brave?

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By fearnotruth, December 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

...only one life has been endangered… - risky business

http://blogs.alternet.org/penucquem/2010/10/11/julian-assange-cia-agent-provocateur/

Posted by Ronald West at 8:56 am
October 11, 2010 23

Julian Assange, CIA Agent Provocateur

Note added on 26 October 2010- If the WikiLeaks release of nearly 400,000
low level classified documents had been significant in uncovering a seminal
issue the U.S. military command is truly concerned with keeping secret, or had
the release been authentic in a sense of unscreened or unedited collection of
documents, there would have been something had jumped out and made
headlines worldwide: Covered up: More than 1/3 of American woman soldiers
raped

(excerpt)

As for Assange’s not caring about sources but only the documents authenticity,
one only need read how the CIA uses authentic documents to pursue a public
disinformation [psy-ops] agenda through leaks with the so-called “Pentagon
Papers” as detailed by a former Colonel of Intelligence who worked supporting
the CIA [Colonel Fletcher Prouty, author of The Secret Team]

I compare Julian Assange to Daniel Ellsberg and that is NOT a good thing
despite popular legend. Who is Daniel Ellsberg? According to a former top USA
intelligence officer [L Fletcher Prouty] writing about the so-called ‘Pentagon
Papers’

“As you may recall, this treasure trove of TOP SECRET papers was delivered to
the New York Times, and other newspapers in mid- June, 1971, by a then-
unknown “Hippie” of that period. His name was Daniel Ellsberg. What few
people have learned since that time is the fact that .. Daniel Ellsberg .. had
worked in the office of International Security Affairs (ISA)”

So, Daniel Ellsberg, purported American dissident, got his start as an American
intelligence officer. And? Leaked the ‘Pentagon Papers’ which Colonel Prouty
describes as:

“unreliable, inaccurate and marred by serious omissions. They are a contrived
history”

Colonel Prouty goes on to note:

“that I had written parts of some of them [Pentagon Papers] proves that they
were not genuine Pentagon papers, because my work at that time was devoted
to support of the CIA”

The above [quotes] are from ‘The Secret Team’, a suppressed history of the CIA

Now, some 40 years later, we have the Pentagon in a manhunt for the founder
of ‘wikileaks’ and this is just too rich to pass up-

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By Inherit The Wind, December 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

As they sound off about how “lives will be endangered” it’s clear only one life has been endangered: Assange’s

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By fearnotruth, December 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

The Paparazzi are after him.

indeed!

building the legend

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By harlie, December 1, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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This could just work.  Enough people breathing hard for the sexual details may forget that Julian Assange has not injured us but has made us see the total absurdity of much of our ‘Top Secret +’ classifications.

The essential confidentiality that any State needs was missing from the cables and we are left with locker-room gossip.  I wonder, is this what our diplomats and Defense Intelligence keep hidden under the guise of state secrets?
 
(As an Obama supporter I am waiting to see how he responds to this one.)

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By glider, December 1, 2010 at 3:44 am Link to this comment

I would seem very likely that American Intelligence arranged for some unethical manipulative beautiful young women to set Julian Assange up.  It is the perfect method to neutralize an enemy in the eyes of the American public.

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By squeaky jones, December 1, 2010 at 12:36 am Link to this comment
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Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cable Reveals “A profound hatred for democracy by our political leadership.”

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By faith, November 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm Link to this comment

Julian Assange - a very brave soul !
It is my understanding that he has reliably and regularly provided materials to the
U.S. for review and redaction as appropriate.  It has not been his intention to place
individuals in harms way, but instead to provide accurate copies-truthful material
to the global community.  So far, from what I had read, there has been no threat,
but abject embarrassment to political powers.  If that is an accurate appraisal of
what Mr Assange has provided, then good for him.  Political powers in America
work for the people.  Those powers are not autonomous and they do not
supersede our will.
Better take note Mr. Obama, et al.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, November 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment

I think Assange is an example of seeking the truth and sharing it with others.

Here is someone, with all faults like any other person, facing The Machine with the Machine’s own truth.

What will lead to discovery are the whistle-blowers which will lead this empires downward spiral into splintered smaller empires.

This may produce an even more elite and demoniacally disengaged upper class… which are reaching to the extinction of the ‘lesser man’ in hopes of outliving the mortal existence, for we all must taste death… and I haven’t met any Enoch / Elijah types lately.

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By G.Anderson, November 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

here’s hoping he survives a long time, and that more and more people send him information to release, can’t wait for the banks…

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By rico, suave, November 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

I think he has mommy issues.

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By cruxpuppy, November 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

Chomsky makes the point that the cables show diplomatic consensus on the threat posed by Iran, whereas polls demonstrate the Arab street is overwhelmingly supportive of Iran and regard Israel/US as the major threat in the region. The US, as usual, stands with the Arab dictators against the Arab people.

Assange is an heroic figure and may eventually be sacrificed on the altar of national security as an example to us all. Ecuador has offered to put him up. Surely there are enough democrats in the world to protect him!

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By PatrickHenry, November 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

The Paparazzi are after him.

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By heavyrunner, November 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

Remember that quaint old document, The Bill of Rights? I think there is something there called the First Amendment which guarantees free speech. But, I know, times have changed, and it is probably now interpreted to mean that the government can torture or assassinate anyone they feel like if the said something or wrote something the President rules they should die for communicating.

Kind of like the TSA guy in San Diego who argued that the 4th Amendment gave him the right to feel up your balls.

Obviously George Orwell was right.

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By gerard, November 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

We can expect “entrapment” (which may have occurred already), and a loud and bleating effort to “kill the messenger”.
  Actually, Clinton’s self-righteous “There’s nothing laudable about endangering innocent people” sets forth the very question the United States should be asking itself—that is, what about “the endangerment of innocent people” caught up in wars for resources, national dominance and pride?
  If that question had long ago been allowed to penetrate the walls of power in Washington, there would probably never have been a Wikileaks exposure to try to get the madness stopped by throwing some light on hidden inanities such as who is buying whom behind the scenes at what price, to do what.
  A lot of noses may be out of joint over these leaks, but if the redactions were sufficiently inclusive, Assange will survive—with a little help from friends of justice. Manning may be in greater danger, if he has less than sufficient defense resources.

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