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    Candidate Trump: ‘I Love Wikileaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’



    written by ron paul
    monday april 24, 2017


    “I love Wikileaks,” candidate Donald Trump said on October 10th on the campaign trail. He praised the organization for reporting on the darker side of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was information likely leaked by a whistleblower from within the Clinton campaign to Wikileaks.

    Back then he praised Wikileaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump looks less like President Trump every day. The candidate praised whistleblowers and Wikileaks often on the campaign trail. In fact, candidate Trump loved Wikileaks so much he mentioned the organization more than 140 times in the final month of the campaign alone! Now, as President, it seems Trump wants Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sent to prison.

    Last week CNN reported, citing anonymous “intelligence community” sources, that the Trump Administration’s Justice Department was seeking the arrest of Assange and had found a way to charge the Wikileaks founder for publishing classified information without charging other media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post for publishing the same information.

    It might have been tempting to write off the CNN report as “fake news,” as is much of their reporting, but for the fact President Trump said in an interview on Friday that issuing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange would be, “OK with me.”

    Trump’s condemnation of Wikileaks came just a day after his CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, attacked Wikileaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Pompeo accused Assange of being “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen.”

    Pompeo’s word choice was no accident. By accusing Wikileaks of being a “hostile intelligence service” rather than a publisher of information on illegal and abusive government practices leaked by whistleblowers, he signaled that the organization has no First Amendment rights. Like many in Washington, he does not understand that the First Amendment is a limitation on government rather than a granting of rights to citizens. Pompeo was declaring war on Wikileaks.

    But not that long ago Pompeo also cited Wikileaks as an important source of information. In July he drew attention to the Wikileaks release of information damaging to the Clinton campaign, writing, “Need further proof that the fix was in from President Obama on down?”

    There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy.

    The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would “drain the swamp,” meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check – the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations – he has turned his back on those who elected him.

    Julian Assange, along with the whistleblowers who reveal to us the evil that is being done in our name, are heroes. They deserve our respect and admiration, not a prison cell. If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.
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    Well, wasn't that depressing.

    I take it this surprises nobody, yes?
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    spot on Paul except the majority that elected trump were betting his statements against whistle blowers would be the real trump. They bet right. The small percentage of libertarian Republicans the voted for him made a really really poorly informed bet the opposite way.
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    Dannno says Ron Paul is fake news.
    There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
    Dannno says Ron Paul is fake news.
    Uh, no..

    It might have been tempting to write off the CNN report as “fake news,” as is much of their reporting,
    Isn't that what I did initially? Ya, go back in the threads and check.. I was first in with "fake news" and I got attacked.. Ron Paul gets it at least.


    but for the fact President Trump said in an interview on Friday that issuing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange would be, “OK with me.”
    Right, and in the other thread there was a theory floating around that Trump is pushing for this issue right now so Le Pen will win, because she has said she would provide safe haven for Assange and Snowden. If people think they are actually in danger, and want to keep them safe, maybe they will vote Le Pen. Then they can take them both in and we can all forget about this and MAGA.
    Last edited by dannno; 04-25-2017 at 01:47 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    Right, and in the other thread there was a theory floating around that Trump is pushing for this issue right now so Le Pen will win, because she has said she would provide safe haven for Assange and Snowden. If people think they are actually in danger, and want to keep them safe, maybe they will vote Le Pen. Then they can take them both in and we can all forget about this and MAGA.
    Do you buy this theory? Do you honestly think he said arresting Assange would be 'OK' with him so that it would be re-broadcast in france, to influence French voters, all in an attempt to help Le Pen win in France? Or are you willing to submit to the possibility that Trump actually is saying what he means, along with the DOJ and CIA, and wants to arrest him?
    There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
    -Major General Smedley Butler, USMC,
    Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Winner
    Author of, War is a Racket!

    It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.
    - Diogenes of Sinope

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    Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
    Do you buy this theory? Do you honestly think he said arresting Assange would be 'OK' with him so that it would be re-broadcast in france, to influence French voters, all in an attempt to help Le Pen win in France? Or are you willing to submit to the possibility that Trump actually is saying what he means, along with the DOJ and CIA, and wants to arrest him?
    I prefer the idea that trump is trying to save western civilization, and voting in Le Pen is an important step in that direction. Trump hasn't done anything really egregious yet, and has done a lot of positive things so I have no reason to believe he is going to go down that road.



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