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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

'You're Next,' Assange Tells Bankers

After months of allegations against him Julian Assange indicates in an article in Forbes Magazine that he's not going to give up any time soon. With US threats to bring criminal charges against him, China carrying out DOS attacks on the site and Sarah Palin saying he should be 'hunted down like Osama bin-Laden', he seems to be keeping a fairly low profile in London.   FM has returned to an interview he gave recently and is speculating that the bank in question might be the Bank of America:
Assange: If you think about it, we have a publishing pipeline that’s increasing linearly, and an exponential number of leaks, so we’re in a position where we have to prioritize our resources so that the biggest impact stuff gets released first.
Me: So do you have very high impact corporate stuff to release then?
Assange: Yes, but maybe not as high impact…I mean, it could take down a bank or two.
Me: That sounds like high impact.
Assange: But not as big an impact as the history of a whole war. But it depends on how you measure these things.
From the Daily Mail:
"It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume.You could call it the ecosystem of corruption but it’s also all the regular decision-making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest."
I'd have preferred to see this first, before the so-called US Cablegate documents. I also hope Assange has a strong team around him and is arranging protection - although some are already saying it's bluff and double-bluff in the murky, stinky political world.  I prefer to think Assange is one of the good guys in all this.   Let's hope Wikileaks doesn't turn out to be Pandora's Box.

UPDATEVlad Tepes has more info, including the news that Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador.

4 comments:

  1. It's strange. You would have thought that Sister Sarah would have been all for clarity and truthfulness in this great country of ours, also... oh sorry, got carried away there... anyway, doesn't she believe in individual freedoms? Isn't Mr Assange just giving people the freedom to know what the FAR too big government is up to when it might have been looking after the little things like making sure the roads weren't full of bloody holes...?

    or what?

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  2. It's always the same, Tris - freedom of speech and freedom of information but only as long as it doesn't upset tptb. The limits in which we can live our lives seem to be decreasing all the time.

    I'm glad Palin has spoken against Assange - so many people don't like her that they're sitting up taking notice of what's coming out of w/leaks now :-)

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  3. So what is coming out of wikileaks now GV?
    The BBC breathlessly reported today that Wikileaks 'revealed' Obama rebuffed both Gordon Brown and Dave over UFO hacker Gary McKinnon. News?


    "Prince Charles does not command the same respect as the Queen, "

    "Silvio Berlusconi responded to leaked claims by American diplomats that he has a penchant for “wild parties” by claiming he only throws parties in a “proper, dignified and elegant way”.

    "American officials suspect that North Korea has been secretly aiding Iran in its attempts to build nuclear weapons "

    "The White House has told federal agencies to tighten security around the US military computer network following the leaking of classified information"

    &etc. all of them either not new, not surprising or not interesting.
    **I'm waiting for the 5% that is planted black ops type propaganda hidden away amongst all this dross
    .
    How is Julian Assange getting on with being so obviously fitted up with sex crime in Sweden?

    Wikileaks under DDOS attack, hardly surprising, CIA or China?

    Why would he threaten to release unmanagably large amounts of material against Bank of America when he hasn't finished milking Cablegate and will it tell us anything that we don't already know about corrupt and fradulent banksters?

    Bravo Ecuador, unless they are planning a Ramon Mercader moment.

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  4. South America has long been touted as the place of refuge for tptb so, one way or another, Assange should be careful. All these lies and allegations are getting me down. The charges in Sweden arise from a honeypot sting, apparently.

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