In February 2019, the IMF announced a pending loan of $4.2 billion dollars to Ecuador, a deadbeat country according to Bloomberg, that has paid back only one bond in its two hundred year history. On March 11 of 2019, the loan was approved by the IMF. Was this a good investment?
|Ecuador Economy Minister Richard Martinez (center)|
Perhaps not, but as Judas money, it managed to secure the arrest thirty days later, on April 10, 2019, of Julian Assange who was ousted from the Ecuadorian Embassy into the renditioning arms of the UK which arrested him on trumped up charges, threatening extradition to the U.S. where a Virginia grand jury has been working to develop a case against the practice of journalism since 2011. Said Daniel Ellsberg: I think this is a warning shot across the bow of every editor and publisher in the country.
|Ecuadorean Embassy, London|
Even Deporter-in-Chief, serial assassin Obomber, avoided indicting Assange for the practice of journalism, but under the present administration, niceties regarding Freedom of the Press have become irrelevant. And with Manning in jail refusing to testify to that grand jury, and Snowden in Russia, journalism died.
The all-the-news-that's-fit-to print state organ New York Times published its hit piece dated April 11 by Scott Shane and Steven Erlanger framing Assange as a narcissistic hacker whose skateboard enthusiasms was inclined to scratch the furniture, and with a cat who posed in the Embassy window wearing a tie. Evidently the Times did not care to scuff up the veneer of its own good grey propaganda. Although it was quite happy to make use of Asssange’s stellar journalism when it suited, it entirely missed noticing the unfit to print news that in the context a fascist government insisting on playing close to its chest, nothing but the kind of muckraking journalism practiced by Snowden, Assange, Manning, Greenwald, Scahill, and Pilger among others, can hope to penetrate the iron fisted curtain of the U.S. secretive regime.
Among Assange’s famous unfit to print news releases are the 2010 releases of 92,000 documents from the years 2004-9 regarding the war in Afghanistan that would become known as the Afghan war logs, the hundreds of thousands U.S. “diplomatic” cables exposing the strategic thinking of the officials changed with ensuring U.S. full-spectrum dominance, and the collateral murder” video showing a U.S. helicopter crew callously gunning down Iraqi civilians. (For a full list, go toWikileaks at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_material_published_by_WikiLeaks.)
|April 12 S.F. demonstration at Market & Sansome|
Like the Beatles in the 60s, with such releases, Assange changed the course of our history in the early years of the 21st Century. Even prior to Wikileaks, we knew our government was lying to us, but Assange’s revelations renewed our activism, infusing it with energy and purpose.
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