(Opinion) At a time when everybody must be out within the streets shaking the earth and protesting the Trump administration’s prosecution of Julian Assange for exposing US warfare crimes, those who continue to help this president have one message and one message solely on the subject of the WikiLeaks founder: Don’t do anything. Loosen up, wait and see, belief Trump, and don’t do something. Trump is about to save lots of Assange, and save us all. Do nothing.
Who do you guys assume this strategy advantages, precisely?
These are all individuals who say they help Assange and WikiLeaks, who say they help free speech and oppose the deep state, and yet what they are doing immediately hurts Assange and helps the unelected power establishment generally known as the deep state just as a lot as the hysterical Russiavape dupes who are overtly smearing Assange immediately.
To be clear, not everyone who voted for Trump is doing this; many are aggressively opposing this administration’s prosecution of Assange and vocally withdrawing all help for him. However the ones who’re engaged in the conduct I’m describing are all serving to to kill the loud and aggressive opposition to Assange’s imprisonment which is so desperately wanted proper now, they usually’re serving to everybody they declare to oppose. The pussyhat-wearing Assange haters and the MAGA hat-wearing Assange lovers are on the same aspect on this problem, mindlessly working towards the exact same agenda: the everlasting imprisonment of a truth-telling journalist.
Every time President Trump advances a longstanding evil agenda of America’s everlasting authorities, I see my social media notifications swarmed with Trump supporters telling me that it’s truly a very good factor, because it’s secretly an excellent strategic chess transfer that the 45th president is taking towards the deep state.
Once I say that this happens every time, I’m not being hyperbolic to make some extent. I mean it happens each single time, and not using a single, solitary exception, all the time. It happens with such clockwork reliability that I preemptively addressed it within the article I wrote when Julian Assange was arrested, saying, “I am going to have a zero tolerance policy for QAnon cultists who try to tell me that this is actually 5-D chess by Trump to overthrow the Deep State. Stay out of my comments, stay out of my social media notifications, stay the hell away from me, and please rethink your worldview.”
I stated this because I knew it was coming, and certainly it did. All types of theories have been concocted since Assange’s arrest which individuals cite as proof that Trump is definitely protecting Assange together with his administration’s indictment and extradition request, as an alternative of working to imprison a journalist for exposing US struggle crimes, which is definitely what’s occurring.
They inform me that Trump is bringing Assange to America for trial because he can solely pardon him after he’s been convicted. This is false. A US president can pardon anyone at any time of any crime towards america, without their having been convicted and with out their even having been charged. After leaving office Richard Nixon was issued a full presidential pardon by Gerald Ford for “all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9,1974.” Nixon had never been charged with anything. If Trump have been going to pardon Assange he might have completed it at any time since taking workplace, as an alternative of issuing a warrant for his arrest in December 2017 and executing it on Thursday after a collection of worldwide legal manipulations. A pardon just isn’t in the plans.
One other widespread belief I hold encountering is that Trump is bringing Assange to America to get him to testify about his source for the 2016 Democratic Celebration emails in change for a pardon, thereby revealing the reality about Russiagate’s origins and bringing down Clinton and Obama. This is false. Everyone who is aware of anything about Assange (including the Trump administration) knows that he will never, ever reveal a supply underneath any circumstances in any respect. It might be a cardinal journalistic sin, a violation of each promise WikiLeaks has ever made, and a betrayal of his complete life’s work. More importantly, imprisoning a journalist and threatening him with a heavy sentence to coerce him into giving up info towards his will is evil. Should you consider your president is doing that, the very last thing you have to be doing is cheering for him.
However that isn’t what Trump is doing. Trump is pursuing the imprisonment of a journalist for exposing US conflict crimes, in order that he can scare off future leak publishers and set a authorized precedent for their prosecution.
I’ve been partaking individuals in debates on this topic on-line so I can perceive their arguments nicely enough to deal with them, and what I’ve discovered is that they don’t really have any. Those that consider Trump is actually secretly helping Assange and serving to the American individuals by prosecuting a journalist haven’t any basis for his or her belief aside from pure religion that Trump is sweet, subsequently anything he does have to be good. It’s the exact mirror picture of Russiagate hysterics, and it benefits the exact same corrupt institution.
The mental contortions that individuals are doing to avoid the cognitive dissonance between their help for Assange and their help for Trump is actually one thing to behold. For the last 24 hours QAnon adherents have been telling me that Assange holding a Gore Vidal guide when arrested is an plain signal that he’s in coordination with the Trump marketing campaign to convey down the Deep State, and that I’m loopy for being unable to see that. Seems it was truly a e-book that Assange needed to read while he was ready to be processed on the courthouse, which is sensible since Vidal’s “History of the National Security State” covers a subject that Assange has devoted his whole life to.
QAnon is such an excellent propaganda assemble. With some cryptic posts on an anonymous message board, whoever is behind that psyop has succeeded in manipulating a vocal and impassioned sector of Trump’s base into applauding every single step he’s taken in advancing the dystopian agendas of his predecessors as an excellent 4-D chess move towards the institution. I’ve been advised that his bombing of Syria truly took out an Iranian nuclear base, that he’s serving to to free the Venezuelan individuals with out harming anybody, that he’s preventing the deep state in Iran, that his dangerous escalations towards Russia are just a show because he and Putin are working together (a comical overlap with the Russiagate crowd), and last yr they have been telling me that Assange isn’t within the embassy at all because Trump had already covertly rescued and pardoned him. There are individuals who truthfully consider that there’s a revolution towards the institution underway which is being led by a plucky alliance between the President of america, the Prime Minister of Israel, and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. It’s that dangerous.
QAnon followers make up a minority of Trump’s base, but the madness of the QAnon psyop bleeds into the larger MAGA crowd and helps normalize the type of considering which leads individuals to conclude that a blatant prosecution of a journalist for telling the reality concerning the US political assemble is actually a strategic maneuver towards the establishment. The enthusiastic promotion of this narrative has an plain and pernicious chilling effect on opposition to Assange’s wrongful imprisonment, which ought to be a problem upon which the appropriate and the true left agree.
I’ve never pushed away Trump supporters because I consider isolating into ideological echo chambers makes the left impotent and stupid, and lots of of them have followed me since I began this gig because they agree with a few of what I’ve obtained to say. I don’t know how many MAGA individuals I still have in my readership after all the stuff I’ve been writing about their president, but those of you who’re nonetheless on the market, please, for the love of God help get this idea on the market. This can be a time the place everyone who supports WikiLeaks ought to be flooring the fuel pedal, and all of the “Don’t do anything, trust the plan, wait and see” rhetoric is holding one foot on the brakes.
Assange ought to have been pardoned already, way back, if not by Obama then by Trump. There isn’t a excuse in any respect for this to not have occurred already, not to mention for Assange to be behind bars at the behest of this administration. Stop saying “wait and see”. We’ve already seen. The time to protest is now. Get your foot off the brakes, and aggressively demand that your president cease doing what he’s doing. Make this an election concern. Trump can’t afford to lose his base, however for those who maintain saying “wait and see” the narrative manipulators will maintain shifting back the road you’d sworn you’ll by no means let him cross until earlier than you realize it you’ve obtained one other four years of another Bushbama whereas Assange stays locked in a cage.
Don’t let them do this to you. Use your energy now.
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