Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was intensively interviewed by John Pilger, courtesy of Dartmouth Films. The subjects ranged from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and so much more.
Assange is brilliant but and I enjoyed this interview so much. I am just sorry that he is being held against his will at this embassy on bogus charges. Hopefully one day he is able to leave and return to his family and friends.
Here are excerpts from the video above. There is so much more in the video so please watch!
Assange on Hillary Clinton and Russia:
Hillary Clinton stated multiple times – falsely – that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. OK. That’s false. We can say that the Russian government is not the source, yes. WikiLeaks has been publishing for 10 years. In that 10 years, we’ve published 10 million documents. Several thousand individual publications, several thousand different sources. And we have never got it wrong.
Assange on Clinton connection with Saudi Arabia:
So, I think you can’t properly understand Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy without understanding Saudi Arabia. The connections with Saudi Arabia are so intimate.
Assange on Clinton and Libya:
Libya more that anyone else’s war was Hillary Clinton’s war. Barack Obama initially opposed it. Who was the person who was championing it? Hillary Clinton. That’s documented throughout her emails. She had… She put her favored agent in effect, Sidney Blumenthal, onto that. There’s more than 1,700 emails out of the 33 thousand of Hillary Clinton’s emails we published just about Libya. It’s not about that Libya has cheap oil. She perceived the removal of Gaddafi and the overthrow of the Libyan state something that she would use to run in the general election for president. So late 2011, there’s an internal document called the “Libya Tick Tock” that is produced for Hillary Clinton, and it’s all the… it’s a chronological description of how Hillary Clinton was the central figure in the destruction of the Libyan state.
Assange on Donald Trump:
Donald Trump – what does he represent in the American mind and in the European mind? He represents American “white trash,” deplorable and irredeemable. Basically, the same thing. It means, from a… establishment or educated, cosmopolitan, urbane perspective, these people are, you know, like the rednecks, and you can’t… like, they are just… you can never deal with them. And because he so clearly – through his words and actions and the type of people that turns up at his rallies – represents the people who are not the upper-middle-class-educated, there is a fear of seeming to be associated in any way with that, a social fear that lowers the class status of anyone who can be accused of somehow assisting in any way Trump, including criticizing Clinton.
Assange on Ecuador Embassy:
The UN has looked into this whole situation. They spent 18 months in formal adversarial litigation: me, at the UN, versus Sweden and the UK – who is right? The UN made a conclusion – I’m being arbitrarily detained, illegally, deprived of my freedom. What has been… occurred, has not occurred within the laws that the United Kingdom and Sweden must obey. It is an illegal abuse. I mean, the United Nations formally asking what’s going on here, what’s your legal explanation for this. He says you should be… you should recognize his asylum. Sweden formally writing back to United Nations, says “No, we’re not going to,” leaving open their ability to extradite. I just find it absolutely amazing that the narrative about this situation is not put out publicly and in the press.
Say whatever you want, Julian is a strong individual who’s idea of helping to right the wrongs is admirable!
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