{"179095":{"id":"179095","parent":"178943","time":"1599758198","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/09\/10\/assange-trial-exposes-false-partisan-narratives-with-focus-trump-war-journalism\/","category":"documentaires","title":"Assange Trial Exposes False Partisan Narratives With Focus on Trump's War on Journalism","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"assange-trial-exposes-false-partisan-narratives-with-focus-on-trump-s-war-on-journalism","admin":"newsnet","views":"42","priority":"3","length":"10703","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003ECaitlin JOHNSTONE\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe last two days of Julian Assange's \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.counterpunch.org\/2020\/09\/09\/assange-on-trial-a-stunning-lack-of-transparency-and-fairness\"\u003Escandalously opaque\u003C\/a\u003E and \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303461942229528576_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E plainly rigged show trial\u003C\/a\u003E have brought into focus the reality that the \u003Ci\u003EWikiLeaks\u003C\/i\u003E founder's plight is the exact inverse of what the mainstream partisan narratives assert in the nation that's working to extradite him.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EA new article about the proceedings in \u003Ci\u003EThe Evening Standard\u003C\/i\u003E titled \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.standard.co.uk\/news\/uk\/julian-assange-donald-trump-administration-old-bailey-hearing-a4543656.html\"\u003EJulian Assange 'targeted as a political opponent of Trump administration and threatened with the death penalty'\u003C\/a\u003E\" highlights the undeniable fact that this extradition process is only taking place because of a Trump administration agenda which threatens to strike a deadly blow to press freedoms around the world with the precedent it would set.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EThe Evening Standard\u003C\/i\u003E reports on the following testimony on Wednesday by Professor Paul Rogers, a lecturer in peace studies at Bradford University:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003EAssange's legal team argue that a decision was taken under President Obama not to prosecute the Wikileaks activist, but that move was overturned under Trump.\u003Cp\u003E\"During the Obama presidency there was a greater recognition of the problems and less pressure on those presenting conflicting evidence\", said Professor Rogers.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"But since the election of President Trump there has been a vigorous denigration of the Obama era, a return to the outlook of the Bush administration and even more bitter opposition to those perceived as dissenters, especially those involved in communicating unwelcome information such as Mr Assange.\"\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1303827736893501450\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_EveningStandard_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@EveningStandard\"\u003EEvening Standard\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/EveningStandard\/status\/1303827736893501450\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 10\/09\/2020 00:48:51\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303827736893501450_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1303827736893501450\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E48\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1303827736893501450\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E38\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 126724\/204\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1303827736893501450_app___twit_recache_1303827736893501450');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt93501450_yandex,calltw___1303827736893501450_fr-en','yndtwt93501450_twit,playtxt___1303827736893501450','bt700817')\" id=\"bt700817\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1303827736893501450\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt93501450\"\u003EJulian Assange 'targeted as a political opponent of Trump administration and threatened with the death penalty' \u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"wb700874\" style=\"min-width:320px;\"\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/bit.ly\/2DNooD4\"\u003Ebit.ly\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cdiv\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"small grey\"\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/bit.ly\/2DNooD4\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E bit.ly\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"clear\"\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_callp__3_ajxf_art*preview_https(ddot)(slash)(slash)bit(dot)ly(slash)2DNooD4');\" class=\"txtx small\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-view\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E voir\u003C\/a\u003E \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003ERogers is absolutely correct. \u003Ci\u003EThe Intercept\u003C\/i\u003E's Glenn Greenwald \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theintercept.com\/2018\/11\/16\/as-the-obama-doj-concluded-prosecution-of-julian-assange-for-publishing-documents-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedom\"\u003Eexplained in 2018\u003C\/a\u003E that the Obama administration was unable to find an avenue to prosecute Assange for the leaks which began dropping in 2010 without endangering press freedoms, yet the Trump administration \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.com\/2019\/04\/13\/the-legal-narrative-funnel-thats-being-used-to-extradite-assange\"\u003Eworked in concert with London and Quito\u003C\/a\u003E to drag Assange out of the embassy and slam him with an extradition request (\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.craigmurray.org.uk\/archives\/2019\/09\/the-worlds-most-important-political-prisoner\"\u003Ethe sole reason\u003C\/a\u003E for his continued imprisonment) based on \u003Ci\u003Ethe exact same evidence\u003C\/i\u003E the Obama administration had access to on \u003Ci\u003Ethose exact same leaks\u003C\/i\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EGreenwald \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/archive.is\/irZYS\"\u003Eexplained in The Washington Post\u003C\/a\u003E that the Assange indictment was \"a blueprint for making journalists into felons\", writing that \"the Trump administration is aggressively and explicitly seeking to obliterate the last reliable buffer protecting journalism in the United States from being criminalized, a step that no previous administration, no matter how hostile to journalistic freedom, was willing to take.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"The argument offered by both the Trump administration and by \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/archive.is\/o\/irZYS\/https:\/\/www.nationalreview.com\/2019\/04\/julian-assange-is-not-a-journalist\"\u003Esome members\u003C\/a\u003E of the self-styled 'resistance'to Trump is, ironically, the same: that Assange \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1131728043448446976_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E isn't a journalist\u003C\/a\u003E at all and thus deserves no free press protections,\" Greenwald wrote.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIndeed, it always blows Assange-hating Democrats'minds when you point out to them that when they defend this extradition campaign they are in fact defending a Trump administration agenda. Not because it isn't true, nor even because the proof that it's true isn't publicly available information, but because there's been \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-arobase\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003Ecaityjohnstone\/debunking-all-the-assange-smears-a549fd677cac\"\u003Ea\u003C\/a\u003E massive smear campaign directed at liberal echo chambers to manufacture consent for Assange's silencing and persecution which has been geared toward \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-arobase\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003Ecaityjohnstone\/assange-smear-18-he-was-a-trump-supporter-92db307784d7\"\u003Epainting\u003C\/a\u003E Assange as a Trump supporter.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EConversely, when you talk to those who espouse the common position of supporting both Donald Trump and Julian Assange, they are unable to wrap their head around the indisputable fact that their president is ultimately responsible for the campaign to extradite Assange and imprison him with a sentence of up to 175 years. They'll claim falsely that this is an Obama-initiated operation. They'll claim \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/assange-smear-10-trump-is-going-to-rescue-him-and-theyll-work-together-to-end-the-deep-state-4b9d593ce7cc\"\u003Efalsely\u003C\/a\u003E that Trump, who \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thoughtco.com\/presidential-pardons-legal-guidelines-4070815\"\u003Ecould have issued Assange a full pardon\u003C\/a\u003E at any time since he took office, is actually working to get Assange to America so he can pardon him. They'll claim falsely that Assange, who's been fighting US extradition tooth and claw for many years, is secretly working with Trump and secretly wants to come to the United States to help him. Again, this is because of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/caitlinjohnstone.com\/2019\/05\/26\/how-you-can-be-100-certain-that-qanon-is-bullshit\"\u003Eestablishment propaganda campaigns\u003C\/a\u003E like \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/qanon-is-a-fake-decoy-imitation-of-a-healthy-revolutionary-impulse-d695b2678846\"\u003EQAnon\u003C\/a\u003E shaping the Assange narrative in a way that benefits the establishment.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe extradition trial has been exposing those partisan positions for the power-serving lies that they are.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1303799127906627584\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_shadowproofcom_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@shadowproofcom\"\u003EShadowproof\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/shadowproofcom\/status\/1303799127906627584\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 09\/09\/2020 22:55:10\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303799127906627584_mnt');\" title=\"kgosztola\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-oversight\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303799127906627584_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1303799127906627584\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E84\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1303799127906627584\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E96\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 13600\/1182\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1303799127906627584_app___twit_recache_1303799127906627584');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt06627584_yandex,calltw___1303799127906627584_fr-en','yndtwt06627584_twit,playtxt___1303799127906627584','bt893254')\" id=\"bt893254\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1303799127906627584\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt06627584\"\u003ETrump’s ‘War On Journalism’ Takes Centerstage At Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing\u003Cbr \/\u003E\nRead @kgosztola's report from Day 3 of this month's hearing: \u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"wb893281\" style=\"min-width:320px;\"\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003E\u003Cdiv style=\"float:left; margin-right:10px\"\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"https:\/\/shadowproof.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/09\/50323143116_2d64db9694_k.jpg\" width=\"90\" \/\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/shadowproof.com\/2020\/09\/09\/trumps-war-on-journalism-takes-centerstage-at-julian-assanges-extradition-hearing\/\"\u003ETrump's 'War On Journalism' Takes Center Stage At Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing - Shadowproof\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cdiv\u003EKevin Gosztola recaps Day 3 of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's September extradition hearing, including testimony by Trevor Timm.\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"small grey\"\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/shadowproof.com\/2020\/09\/09\/trumps-war-on-journalism-takes-centerstage-at-julian-assanges-extradition-hearing\/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E shadowproof.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"clear\"\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_callp__3_ajxf_art*preview_https(ddot)(slash)(slash)shadowproof(dot)com(slash)2020(slash)09(slash)09(slash)trumps-war-on-journalism-takes-centerstage-at-julian-assanges-extradition-hearing(slash)');\" class=\"txtx small\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-view\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E voir\u003C\/a\u003E \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn an article titled \"\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/shadowproof.com\/2020\/09\/09\/trumps-war-on-journalism-takes-centerstage-at-julian-assanges-extradition-hearing\"\u003ETrump's 'War On Journalism'Takes Centerstage At Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing\u003C\/a\u003E\", \u003Ci\u003EShadowproof\u003C\/i\u003E's Kevin Gosztola gives more detail to this Wednesday exposition:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003ETrevor Timm, the executive director for the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), told a magistrate court judge, \"[President Donald] Trump's administration is moving to explicitly criminalize national security journalism, and if this prosecution is allowed to go forward, dozens of reporters at the New York Times, Washington Post and elsewhere would also be in danger.\"...\u003Cp\u003EIn Timm's statement to the court, Timm highlighted how Trump has \"attempted to stifle press freedom at all levels.\" The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, which FPF uses to track press freedom violations in the U.S., has tallied over 2,000 examples, where Trump tweeted \"negative remarks, insults, or threats to the press\" since his presidential campaign in 2016. He has referred to journalists as \"enemies of the people.\"\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe liberal echo chamber has been enthusiastically taking up the banner of \"Trump's war on the press\", but has been pointing its \"resistance\" to this war at its most inconsequential and downright idiotic aspects rather than at an extradition trial which would set a precedent that could arguably constitute a greater leap toward Orwellian dystopia than the Patriot Act.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\"Just embarrassing to have treated this coddled, pompous, self-absorbed windbag who is a threat to nobody like he's some kind of press freedom martyr, while ignoring what would be by far the most dangerous precedent for press freedom in years if Assange is successfully prosecuted,\" Greenwald recently \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303331066053304320_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E tweeted\u003C\/a\u003E with a screenshot of a self-aggrandizing book by CNN's Jim Acosta. \"But that perfectly captures Trump-era journalism: hysterically exaggerating deranged conspiracies & sideshows while ignoring real threats unfolding with little attention. Mean tweets about Chuck Todd and Jim Acosta are treated as grave threats to the Republic while this is ignored.\"\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1303328177041924102\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_ggreenwald_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@ggreenwald\"\u003EGlenn Greenwald\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/ggreenwald\/status\/1303328177041924102\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 08\/09\/2020 15:43:46\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303328177041924102_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1303328177041924102\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E971\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1303328177041924102\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E280\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 1513061\/992\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1303328177041924102_app___twit_recache_1303328177041924102');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt41924102_yandex,calltw___1303328177041924102_fr-en','yndtwt41924102_twit,playtxt___1303328177041924102','bt725750')\" id=\"bt725750\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1303328177041924102\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt41924102\"\u003EEven if you're someone 100% on the side of the Trump DOJ in trying to extradite & prosecute Assange, it should be genuinely alarming how few media outlets are covering the very consequential proceedings (to press freedoms) underway in London. Follow @kgosztola for great coverage: \u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"wb725781\" style=\"min-width:320px;\"\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/kgosztola\/status\/1303251577344413696\"\u003Etwitter.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cdiv\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"small grey\"\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/kgosztola\/status\/1303251577344413696\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E twitter.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"clear\"\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_callp__3_ajxf_art*preview_https(ddot)(slash)(slash)twitter(dot)com(slash)kgosztola(slash)status(slash)1303251577344413696');\" class=\"txtx small\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-view\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E voir\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Cbr \/\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1303251577344413696\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_kgosztola_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@kgosztola\"\u003EKevin Gosztola\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/kgosztola\/status\/1303251577344413696\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 08\/09\/2020 10:39:23\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303251577344413696_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1303251577344413696\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E1471\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1303251577344413696\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E675\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 52405\/1814\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1303251577344413696_app___twit_recache_1303251577344413696');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt44413696_yandex,calltw___1303251577344413696_fr-en','yndtwt44413696_twit,playtxt___1303251577344413696','bt288443')\" id=\"bt288443\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1303251577344413696\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt44413696\"\u003EThe second day of proceedings in the trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing will begin shortly. I'll have live updates at this thread.\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe theme of Trump's assault on world press freedoms also featured in the previous day at court. Former UK ambassador Craig Murray \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.craigmurray.org.uk\/archives\/2020\/09\/your-man-in-the-public-gallery-assange-hearing-day-7\"\u003Ewrote the following\u003C\/a\u003E of the testimony by Professor Mark Feldstein, Chair of Broadcast Journalism at Maryland University, on Tuesday:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003E[Defense attorney Mark] Summers asked about the Obama administration's attitude to Wikileaks. Feldstein said that there had been no prosecution after Wikileaks'major publications in 2010\/11. But Obama's Justice Department had instigated an \"aggressive investigation\". However they concluded in 2013 that the First Amendment rendered any prosecution impossible. Justice Department Spokesman Matthew Miller had published that they thought it would be a dangerous precedent that could be used against other journalists and publications.\u003Cp\u003EWith the Trump administration everything had changed. Trump had said he wished to \"put reporters in jail\". Pompeo when head of the CIA had called Wikileaks a \"hostile intelligence agency\". Sessions had declared prosecuting Assange \"a priority\"...\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E[Prosecuting attorney James] Lewis said that Feldstein had stated that Obama decided not to prosecute whereas Trump did. But it was clear that the investigation had continued through from the Obama to the Trump administrations. Feldstein replied yes, but the proof of the pudding was that there had been no prosecution under Obama.\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1303554266582351873\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_CraigMurrayOrg_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@CraigMurrayOrg\"\u003ECraig Murray\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/CraigMurrayOrg\/status\/1303554266582351873\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 09\/09\/2020 06:42:10\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1303554266582351873_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1303554266582351873\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E747\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1303554266582351873\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E587\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 84901\/106\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1303554266582351873_app___twit_recache_1303554266582351873');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt82351873_yandex,calltw___1303554266582351873_fr-en','yndtwt82351873_twit,playtxt___1303554266582351873','bt289245')\" id=\"bt289245\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1303554266582351873\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt82351873\"\u003EYour Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 7 - CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH\u003Cbr \/\u003E\nThis morning we went straight in to the evidence of Clive Stafford Smith, a dual national British\/American lawyer licensed to practice in the UK. He had founded Reprieve in \u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"wb289268\" style=\"min-width:320px;\"\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003E\u003Cdiv style=\"float:left; margin-right:10px\"\u003E\u003Cimg src=\"https:\/\/www.craigmurray.org.uk\/wp\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/09\/Screenshot-1240.png\" width=\"90\" \/\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.craigmurray.org.uk\/archives\/2020\/09\/your-man-in-the-public-gallery-assange-hearing-day-7\/\"\u003EYour Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 7 - Craig Murray\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cdiv\u003ECLIVE STAFFORD SMITH This morning we went straight in to the evidence of Clive Stafford Smith, a dual national British\/American lawyer licensed to practice in the UK. He had founded Reprieve in 1999 originally to oppose the death penalty, but after 2001 it had branched out into torture, illicit detention and extraordinary rendition cases in [?]\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"small grey\"\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.craigmurray.org.uk\/archives\/2020\/09\/your-man-in-the-public-gallery-assange-hearing-day-7\/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E craigmurray.org.uk\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"clear\"\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_callp__3_ajxf_art*preview_http(ddot)(slash)(slash)www(dot)craigmurray(dot)org(dot)uk(slash)archives(slash)2020(slash)09(slash)your-man-in-the-public-gallery-assange-hearing-day-7(slash)');\" class=\"txtx small\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-view\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E voir\u003C\/a\u003E \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EMaybe it's a good thing this trial isn't being televised. The head explosions it would cause among America's propagandized partisan hacks would destroy the nation.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis all highlights the fact that it is impossible to gain an accurate understanding of what's going on in the world through partisan perceptual filters. Partisan echo chambers exist solely to distort people's understanding of events to the advantage of the powerful, whether you're talking about ensuring the dominance of establishment political factions, the advancement of status quo-preserving wars, or the elimination of voices who punch inconvenient holes in power-serving propaganda narratives.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhoever controls the narrative controls the world. The source of our world's problems is the fact that the powerful understand this, while ordinary people do not. Things won't change until a critical mass of people begin waking up to this fact.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/assange-trial-exposes-false-partisan-narratives-with-focus-on-trumps-war-on-journalism-7fa5d0399595\"\u003Emedium.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/09\/10\/assange-trial-exposes-false-partisan-narratives-with-focus-trump-war-journalism\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}