Censors block WikiLeaks website; Interpol issues arrest order; Canada demands Assange be killed
For the past three days, the WikiLeaks website (http://wikileaks.org/) has been under a massive “distributed denial of service” attack, “exceeding 10 gigabits a second,” according to the world’s most widely used whistleblower website. Amazon shut down WikiLeaks servers, it reported today on Twitter. But that’s the least of its problems. Yesterday, a senior advisor to the Canadian Prime Minister issued a televised fatwa on Julian Assange. Today, Interpol posted its call for arrest of the website’s founder and Ecuador withdrew its offer of asylum.
University of Calgary political science professor and key advisor to Canada’s PM Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan, called on President Obama to “put out a contract and maybe use a drone” during a talk show interview on the CBC News Network Tuesday evening:
Maybe ordering the assassination of a journalist would make a psychopath “feel manly,” but it is abhorrent to normal humans. Tom Flanagan should not only be fired and prosecuted for his criminal call for murder, but he should also seek serious psychological counseling.
Loon Canada notes that such speech violates “sections of the federal Criminal Code, including the sections which proscribe the counselling or aiding and abetting of culpable homicide.” Canada’s jurist law dictionary includes in its definition of party: “aiding or abetting or conspiring or counselling the commission of an offence.”
Loon also notes: “Flanagan who is a trusted member of PM Harper’s inner circle of Tory strategists joins Sarah Palin in calling for the death of the Wikileaks director as retribution for the website’s release of confidential diplomatic and intelligence ‘chatter’ this week.”
Today, Interpol posted a call for the arrest of Assange, the New York Times reported:
“For nearly two weeks, Interpol has been circulating a broad international call for the arrest of Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing organization, for questioning on sex crimes, Interpol said on its Web site on Wednesday.”
Interpol’s page shows this information:
Present family name:
Date of birth:
3 July 1971 (39 years old)
Place of birth:
Categories of Offences:
Arrest Warrant Issued by:
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PROSECUTION OFFICE IN GOTHENBURG / Sweden
Al Jazeerah reports today that “Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has dismissed an offer of residency” to Assange. “The offer by Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas on Monday ‘has not been approved by Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino — or the president,’ Correa told reporters.”
The latest increased pressure on the website may be a reaction to Assange promising to release another megadump of documents that might bring down a major US bank, which he described in sparing detail in a Forbes Magazine interview on Monday.
While global animosity toward US banks grows in response to private citizens being handed the debts of financial for-profit institutions, others question the authenticity of WikiLeaks. Gordon Duff, a former Marine and private consultant on counter insurgency and defense technologies, believes WikiLeaks is “simple Israeli propaganda.” He’s posted numerous articles on his Veterans Today website describing what he believes is pure psyops to support an invasion of Iran.
Indeed, the US has been subjected to a massive propaganda campaign for war on Iran, as evidenced in the film, Countdown to Zero; as detailed by Global Research Fellow, Michel Chossudovsky, who discussed fraudulent documents on Iran’s nuclear program; and as Foreign Affairs Editor at Financial Times, David Gardner, opined, saying that he received information from senior intelligence people contradicting the new International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear program.
As far back as 2005, the New York Times falsely ascribed a quote to Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying “that Israel must be ‘wiped off the map.’” Chossudovsky disputed this: “The alleged ‘wiped off the map’ statement by Iran’s president was never made. The rumor was fabricated by the American media with a view to discrediting Iran’s head of state and providing a justification for waging an all out war on Iran.” He then cites another Global Research writer, Arash Norouzi, who translated the original quote in question.
John Pilger, a veteran war correspondent, is not so sure that WikiLeaks is merely a psyops tool. Last August, he defended Assange, considering his actions in line with any journalist’s “duty to publish.”
Not only is Assange not welcome in his home nation of Australia, but US officials have also condemned these document releases considering the act criminal:
Whether or not the Wikileaks data dumps are part of a massive psyops campaign remains to be verified. Its website has been shut down. That’s a much more extreme step than what occurred with PrisonPlanet.com, when only Google and YouTube blocked the site. These censorship activities follow a massive website shutdown spree by the Dept. of Homeland Security, in the week prior to Thanksgiving. DHS apparently acted without judicial authority, reports Raw Story.
Meanwhile, it is readily apparent that several key players at high levels consider WikiLeaks, and Julian Assange, a serious threat to the New World Order, at least publicly