Jan 15, 2018

Why truth has nothing to do with the WikiLeaks upload of Fire and Fury

WikiLeaks' mission of speaking truth to power seems to have turned into something much more petty and vindictive.

Henry Rosenbloom


If ever evidence was needed that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have lost their bearings, it was their recent action in releasing a free download of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury that should have made their state plain to everyone. There was nothing noble or principled about this action: it was petty and vindictive, done to reduce paid sales of the book, and therefore to deny the author and his publisher some income from it.

It spoke of Assange’s continuing alignment with Donald Trump and his administration, and of his hostility to the Democrats. It may even have been an attempt to curry further favour with Trump, given that Assange is still desperately trying to avoid the risk of being shipped by a third country to America, where he faces serious legal proceedings.

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31 thoughts on “Why truth has nothing to do with the WikiLeaks upload of Fire and Fury

  1. old greybearded one

    It is a long time since I have had any regard whatsoever for this narcissistic prat. He is very similar to Trump in that he is a spoiled brat who treats women badly. The nonsensical notion that he would be an ambassador for anywhere that has been circulating recently. Apparently, Wikileaks attacks Clinton, Trump puts in a good word and gets him off the hook. Another scumbag when all is said and done and those lawyers who are supporting him need to consider their reputations.

    1. Richard

      A reply that is just about as balanced as the preceding article.
      Vicariously throwing in a comment about how he treats women (he is not noted for ‘pussy grabbing’ and the character assassination behind the rape libel is well known) shows how thin is the response.

      1. David Thompson

        Amen, Richard. Being an Old Greybreaded One myself, I’d also like to point out Assange is on exactly the same “hook” he’s been for over 5 years, and the chances Donnie might get him off that hook are a gazillion to one.
        It’s sadly ironic that so many decide to argue for perpetual punishments for people whose ‘identity’ they don’t much fancy, based on evidence of abuse never presented, let alone substantiated, all while ignoring substantiated evidence that those they don’t much fancy have been abused under the law.
        I don’t much fancy the thinking of those who reckon human rights should be applied selectively, and only to those whose characters they deem worthy.

  2. zut alors

    Unfortunately, I am coming to a similar conclusion about Assange.

    Nevertheless our governments’ ongoing lack of interest in him (formerly ALP, now the Coalition) doesn’t give much comfort to other Australians who may find themselves in a tight spot while overseas. Especially if there’s a whiff of activism about them.

    1. David Thompson

      What you, or anyone else, ‘concludes’ about Assange’s character is irrelevant. The man has been “arbitrarily detained” (so said the UN Panel) for over 5 years.
      As things currently stand, and considering what international law says (again, as noted by the UN Panel), Julian Assange is Western Europe’s sole political prisoner.

    2. Marilyn J Shepherd

      I don’t think Assange gives a shit what you or anyone else might think about him personally, you don’t know him from a bar of soap but the main media hate him for getting so many scoops and exposing so much filth.

      Last night I watched the Post where Katharine Graham as editor had the balls to publish the Pentagon papers even while the government and Nixon administration were trying to shut it down and while the handwringing men in the room dithered about the price of the Post on the stock exchange.

      Assange and WikiLeaks, along with Chelsea Manning and Snowden are heroes, that’s why the mainstream media label them as traitors and narcissicists.

      1. David Thompson

        You’re working well, Marilyn, and nice to see you are.
        Ever heard of Dr Paul Craig Roberts? Old style Conservative, former 2IC at the Fed, Editor of the Wall St Journal. He’s been on a path to very irascible octogenerian, and tracked neo-liberalism along the journey. He has written frequently on Assange, and did so again recently. Rather than provide a link (a little searching will get you there), I’ll just quote 1 paragraph of his piece, headed “The Persecution of Julian Assange”:
        “That tells you all you need to know. Julian Assange has lost seven years of his life because stinking dirty Washington wanted revenge on Assange for exercising the US Constitution-protected right of a free press, and the stinking dirty governments of Sweden and Britain did Washington’s dirty work. What we know for certain is that Assange is totally innocent and that there is no honor and no integrity in the US, Swedish, and British governments. Law means nothing to the scum that misrule these countries.”
        Unfortunately, he missed Assange’s country of origin.
        You may also like to try looking for the work of the Italian investigative journo Roberts mentions in the abovementioned article, Stefania Maurizi. Because, as Robert’s notes;
        “….smelling the stench of fraud that covers the entire case, has been trying for two years to get her hands on the correspondence between the UK, US, and Swedish governments pertaining to the case in order to pull back the shroud of the Washington-orchestrated propaganda that colors the case. A British tribunal refused to release any documents on the grounds that it had to protect the British Prosecution Service’s relationship with foreign authorities.”
        Now, why does that seem so very familiar?

  3. Rais

    Has any evidence been produced that Assange collaborated with Putin? As a free agent and not an Amrican citizen, if he had done so would it have been a crime? Did the world really need “We came, we saw, he died, ha ha ha” with her finger on the metaphorical red button?

    1. David Thompson

      The answers are, Rais, 1) nup, not a jot, 2) nup, and 3) most definitely nup. Methinks Henry spends too many hours glued to CNN. Obviously missed “Vault 7” along the way, too.

      1. Marilyn J Shepherd

        Henry should watch the Post and the movie Mark Felt, the man who brought down the Whitehouse

  4. Eve Sinton

    I recently paid for, and downloaded from Apple books, Fire and Fury. I’m glad I did. Being a journalist, I am happy to support the author of this very compelling read with some dollars. Meanwhile having second thoughts about Assange. All those years cooped up in the embassy would not be good for anyone’s thought processes.

    1. Richard

      Was that “second thoughts about” or “second thoughts for”…
      His de-facto incarceration, even if more pleasant than being in Gitmo, is punishment for embarrassing the US by revealing murders and other war-crimes in invaded countries, amongst other things. What he did was not even illegal in the US, thus the huge amount of time spent trying to find out what they can skewer him with … thus the involvement of a complicit Swedish prosecutor and UK government who really do not have to do what they are doing.

  5. Marilyn J Shepherd

    What a load of tripe, the US is trying to put Assange in a frigging dungeon for life for daring to tell the truth. Your own partisan Democrat party hackery is showing. And WikiLeaks is not just Assange, there are many who upload stuff all over the world.

  6. Marilyn J Shepherd

    And sorry but a book from one Daniel Gobshite about Assange has nothing to do with anything, honestly, the MSM really, really hate anyone who does tell the truth.

  7. cp

    Why truth has nothing to do with the WikiLeaks upload of Fire and Fury. Well this shite doesn’t provide an answer.

  8. JQ

    If Assange’s alleged political allegiance had been reversed, in favour of Hillary (a.k.a. the devil herself) and against Trump, would this have produced the same conclusion re: Wikileaks as a private vehicle for vendettas and campaigns?

    1. zut alors

      In that instance Assange may have been seen in a more favourable light internationally as outside the USA Trump has minimal support (Israel being an exception).

      1. Marilyn J Shepherd

        Just what the world needed, another bloody Clinton. Come on, she won the popular vote by 3 million votes so nothing Assange published had anything to do with anything.

        I suspect some are pissed off that he published documents that helped expose our love in with Israel/

        1. David Thompson

          Another suggestion, Marilyn, related in particular to “our love in with Israel”.
          If you are not already familiar with her, find out about Ahed Tamimi, the 16 y.o. Palestinian lass arrested and detained for slapping a couple of fully ‘booted and spurred’ Israeli soldiers – in her family’s front yard, and just after they’d shot a teenage relative with a rubber coated bullet in the face, from point blank range.
          The Australian media and political class are avoiding this girl and her plight like the plague. And, it’s disgraceful – all those champions of human and children’s rights, all so damn quiet.
          One of the most intelligent and brave kids I’ve seen in many a day.
          And, mods, if you edit or discard this, you will never see me pay for another Crikey subscription, ever – I will heave in you in the bin.

  9. Richard

    Speaking of Julian as we are, here’s another thing perhaps overlooked.
    Last year Wikileaks released that huge tranche of documents that discussed in some details the numerous tools and techniques the CIA now has at it’s disposal to infest pretty much all electronic communications, including the venerable, perceived invulnerable iPhone.
    Apparently one “Year Zero” exploit tool is able to infest devices that access Presidential Twitter accounts….. Not too big a leap to suggest this explains the huge amount of trash that emanates from Trump the Twit .. he is baiting people to log on and get infected!! I can see that would appeal to a narcissist like him.

    1. Richard

      PS.. Anybody got the “Fire&Fury” pdf?? Google are blocking it now.

      1. Marilyn J Shepherd

        I wouldn’t waste a minute of my life reading it.

      2. bref

        If you want to read it, have the decency to buy it. It’s really not expensive!

      3. bref

        If you want to read it, have the decency to buy it. It’s not expensive!

        1. Richard

          Thanks Bref.. Think I prefer Marilyn’s advice.

          1. bref

            I totally agree

    2. David Thompson

      That would be the “Vault 7” tranche, Richard. It’s worth people apprising themselves of what is contained in Vault 7, one reason being they need to, because those in the driver’s seat of the current news hierarchy have all but ignored it – and it’s frightening.
      As the media critic Neil Postman once wrote in 1985: “As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”.
      And, man, aren’t there just so damn many ready to satisfy those appetites.

  10. Dave Horsfall

    It’s difficult to see how making this e-book available for free can possibly help the Very Stable Genius; I’d’ve thought that the fewer people who read it then the better it would be for that impetuous clown in the Offal Office.

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