Julian Assange, a very public figure has become an enigma, and it’s troubling not only citizens around the world who have been rallying for him, but now particular media outlets are panicking with concern about where Assange has gone. For this is a man who does not ghost the public and is often photographed pulling the curtain back to peer from the window within the safe space of the Ecuadorian embassy.
Assange’s WikiLeaks performed the email dump relative to Hillary Clinton beginning in March 2016, with more than 30,000 emails released. A search of the Clinton email database itself shows Assange was a person of interest to Clinton, with emails between Clinton and her staff, including Huma Abedin dating to 2010, showing an interest in Assange’s arrest in Dec. 2010 (click here for email).
There was previous correspondence as well showing censure from Clinton’s Department of State in a cease and desist letter to Assange’s counsel, advising them they were forbidden from publishing 250,000 U.S. Government Documents. One of the claims is the risk to people including “operations to stop terrorists, traffickers in human beings and illicit arms, violent criminal enterprises and other actors that threaten global security…” all actions that Hillary Clinton and her compatriots, including the Clinton Foundation have all been accused of through the recent exposure of their activities through the WikiLeaks emails.
In July, the DNC (Democratic National Committee) email archive followed, with close to 20,000 emails showing collusion within the organization to shut out Clinton’s competition for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders. This archive turned the election upside down.
The Podesta Emails is another archive relevant to the election time period, with some strange practices exposed, including spirit dinners with the Podesta brothers and the #pizzagate controversy. These were released on Oct. 7.
WikiLeaks reported a cat burglar scaling the wall of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Aug. 22, in a status on Twitter.
Hillary Clinton has also told the press that she “can’t remember” if she once claimed “Can’t we just drone this guy?” in suggestion to eliminating Assange.
“And I don’t recall any joke,” the Daily Mail reported Clinton stated on Oct 4. “It would have been a joke if it had been said, but I don’t recall that.”
On Oct. 16, WikiLeaks began releasing codes, which they referred to as “pre-commitment.” The first, pre-commitment 1 code was a dead man’s switch that releases files when the main controller of files has lost their ability to manage the files. Some called it a precaution while others feared it signaled a compromise in Assange’s safety.
Pre-commitment prevents changes to the original message when the messenger is subject to a threat, as Assange was that day when his Internet was cut off. The messenger, Assange, shows that he passed on the important files, with the decryption codes that can be accessed by any holder of those decryption codes. In other words, Assange left those codes to anyone following, especially those who care about the truth, because the day he released them he was compromised.
The first message was significant as it addressed John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State.
The second was for Ecuador the country with the embassy housing Assange in London in two rooms since 2012.
The third for UK FCO (United Kingdom, Foreign Commonwealth Office).
Two days later, WikiLeaks tweeted that “John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop Assange from publishing Clinton docs during FARC peace negotiations.”
The day after the release of the codes, Ecuador announced it cut off Assange’s Internet.
Just shortly prior to his Internet blackout, Assange’s friend since 2014, actress Pamela Anderson, visited him with a vegan lunch and snack. Anderson joked with the ogling paparazzi following her lunch delivery that Assange told the animal-rights activist that he “tortured her” with that meal. Conspiracy theorists on the net have been abuzz with theories that Anderson poisoned Assange’s food during her visit, since the Internet connection and he have virtually disappeared.
However, Anderson was not the only one quipping about meals. The shadowy John Podesta tweeted on Oct. 14 that he bet the lobster risotto he was seen ready to eat in a photo “is better than the food at the Ecuadorian Embassy.”
Wikileaks fired back: “@johnpodesta Yes, we get it. The elite eat better than the peasants we abuse.”
A month following the Internet blackout, Sarah Harrison, a member in the WikiLeaks organization, published an op-ed in The New York Times. While a photo from that day (Nov. 17) notes that Assange was in exile, in the past one had often seen Assange in photos from one of the embassy windows, and no longer did.
Harrison explained that WikiLeaks has come under heat with accusations of being in collusion with others, though they vow the documents they receive come anonymously. She also called out CNN, which she described has “wrongly suggested that readers may have legal troubles if they download documents from our site.”
“WikiLeaks,” she wrote, “will continue publishing, enforcing transparency where secrecy is the norm. While threats against our editor are mounting, Mr. Assange is not alone, and his ideals continue to inspire us and people around the world.”
However, one has not heard from Mr. Assange himself and only the possibility that his Internet connection will be restored, alarming those concerned on social media, asking for #proofoflife. WikiLeaks tweeted to followers on Nov. 24 to stop asking for “proof of life.” “We do not control Assange’s physical environment or internet connection. @MashiRafael does.”
Sputniknews.com recently reported that Assange’s Internet connection also should be potentially enabled again soon.
And while no one has seen Assange looking from his usual window or balcony, his cat wore a feline-sized dress shirt collar and necktie, photographed on Nov. 14. This was the day that Assange was reportedly interviewed by officials from Sweden.
The tree was shaken yesterday, however, with a purported interview with Julian Assange online. The May Chidiac Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization in Lebanon with Youma Naufal claimed to have interviewed Assange from the Free Connected Minds conference at the Phoenicia Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. The conference was reportedly free of charge to the public, and those from around the world who tried to watch said an image quickly appeared with a periscope that they could not verify was Assange. The May Chidiac Foundation also stated they were not allowed to record the conference, though an outside source posted it on Soundcloud (click here) with the audio also shared on WikiLeaks’ Twitter.
Some question the integrity of Wikileaks now and if governmental organizations have hijacked it. Some theorists do not believe the voice to be Assange’s, while others counter Assange is fighting a cold. However, Craig Murray, Scottish Human Rights Activist, tweeted that he dined with Assange on Nov. 25 and that Assange had a cold.
The author of this story posted a reply to one of the comments, which the thread was deleted and reposted again on the May Chidiac Foundation’s Facebook Page. Another commenter reposted a comment showing a screenshot of the deleted thread, which the author also commented on and was deleted.
The author of this story reposted on the new thread, where the May Chidiac Foundation claimed they were keeping it local the question: “Why do you keep removing comments from threads that are pointing out removal of your comments?”
In reply, the May Chidiac Foundation told the author to “check your inbox please,” and advised via private message, not denying their deletion of comments:
“It is nothing against anyone. Its Because [sic] We [sic] dont [sic] want to get too many notifications [sic] comments and arguments and on our page, we a are [sic] a local NGO and are attempting to keep the conversation local, as explained by the post.”
The screenshots of this post and following comments are below. After “removing the link” to the purported interview, the group advised those on Facebook in the now removed thread:
Thank you for tuning in to watch Julian Assange on FB live, even though it was a last minute announcement (Editor’s Note: the announcement on the Facebook Page about Assange’s interview was made on Nov. 23, three days before the “apology” was posted). We conveyed all your questions but did not have enough time to address them. We hope you enjoyed it! Finally, it was a Q&A primarily to the Lebanese audience from a conference in Beirut, with no prior intention of having an [sic] fb live discussion or including speculations from an international audience. Thank you.”
The third thread with comments by the author of this story on the May Chidiac Foundation’s page has since also been deleted from Facebook.
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