Assange denies Russian source, sort of

An John Pilger interview of Julian Assange will be broadcast in Saturday but a preview has been released by RT:

Assange: WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt (EXCLUSIVE)

In an exclusive interview with John Pilger to be broadcast by RT on Saturday, whistleblower Julian Assange categorically denied that the troves of US Democratic Party and Clinton work and staff emails released this year have come from the Russian government.

“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source,” Assange told the veteran Australian broadcaster as part of a 25-minute John Pilger Special.

That mentions “that Russia was the source” but only denies that the Russian government was the source, a distinct difference. It’s hard to tell without seeing the whole interview.

The Homeland Security Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence posted a joint statement in October, claiming they were “confident” that the Russian government “directed” this year’s leaks.

Moscow has rejected the accusation, with presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov calling the claims “nonsense,”while Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the “public bickering on Russia” before the US election is probably a “smokescreen” to draw the voters’ attention away from serious domestic issues.

There’s a range of terms being used here that could mean different things. The Russian government may not have been involved at all, but the also may have directed the leaking but not been the actual source – if they were involved it is more than likely they would use intermediaries. It’s not like Putin would hand deliver the data to Assange in person.

But then in the world of politics and spies it could be someone else doing the hacking, like ISIS, and pointing blame at the Russians to try and liven up the cold war.

Or it could be Bernie Sanders taking out his disappointment on Clinton. Or it could be Sarah Palin. Or Mickey Mouse.

Are we plebs going to find out who has actually done what? That’s a long shot.

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  1. Dr. Pieczenik received the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) fellowship where he was recruited by Lawrence Eagleburger as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Management. In that position he created the Office to Combat Terrorism and the Family Liaison Office. He reorganized the medical department within the State Department, merging the Department of Cultural Affairs and US Information Agency into one organization: the International Communications Agency.

    Dr. Pieczenik created first hostage survival courses in the US government and became famous for developing the strategy and tactics for rescuing hostages around the world.[5] His hostage negotiation skills are thought to have helped save many lives. He developed basic tenets for psychological warfare, counter terrorism, strategy and tactics for trans-cultural negotiations for the US State Department, military and intelligence communities and other agencies of the US Government.

    Dr. Pieczenik served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and/or Senior Policy Planner under Secretaries Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Shultz and James Baker. Dr. Pieczenik continues to consult to the Department of Defense.

    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Steve_Pieczenik

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  2. Corky

     /  3rd November 2016

    Something wrong here. John Pilger interviewing Julian Assange!!?? What’s Pilger’s angle?
    Maybe he does hate America that much that political sides in this instance are immaterial.

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    • Blazer

       /  4th November 2016

      Pilger usually seeks the truth.He is not enamoured with the feeble, pretexts the U.S.A has used to invade 37 countries since WW2.

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  3. Gezza

     /  4th November 2016

    I’m happy to look at the leaked info but I’ve become a bit wary about Mr Assange’s motivations & principles.

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    • Gezza, Blazer and Corky. I joined Wikileaks in 2008 as an observer. I am sure Assange does not reflect a Russian viewpoint, nor is he in the Russian anti-Western group. He is what we see on the surface, a now middle -aged Australian who wants to identify with all of us that look for clarity and openness in the political processes that determine the policies under which we all live. It is actually time he was allowed to rejoin the rest of the world, and stand or fall on the evidence he can produce about the realities of how the supranational system works. What are the USA and UK hiding? It is not just a question of national security, it is also a question of natural justice, or have I got that wrong? You have the floor?

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      • Gezza

         /  4th November 2016

        He should come out from hiding and travel to neutral country like Switzerland surrounded at all times by a crowd of innocent Syrian & Afghanistan civilians to guarantee his safety from surgical air strikes and take things from there, Bj.

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        • Pete Kane

           /  4th November 2016

          Or Kiwiland?

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          • Gezza

             /  4th November 2016

            Good idea. Then he won’t need the innocent Afghani & Syrian civilians to protect him from surgical air strikes. They could just accompany him to an RAF airfield and go back home to East London. He could be flown directly here from London, slowly, in an RNZAF 757, surrounded by an armed up Orion & a Hercules pushing it to their max (with 1 or 2 stopovers to fix breakdowns) flying alongside to scare off potential fighter attacks by unknown hostile forces, and on landing be protected by the best little Army in the world. What could he fear?

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            • Pete Kane

               /  4th November 2016

              What’s your P. and Senate pick for Tuesday G? (As at 7.45PM). pS I mentioned on Media Watch that the Brexit thing is taking (seemingly) quite a turn – next weeks ‘chat’)

            • Gezza

               /  4th November 2016

              See below.

  4. Gezza

     /  4th November 2016

    Too close to call for POTUS for me P. ( I give up, everybody’s just a single character now.)
    I have no idea how much their polls can be trusted to tell us anything in this election.
    Haven’t been following the Senate situation.
    What are your reckons?

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    • Pete Kane

       /  4th November 2016

      One of the few times in life when I wish I’d struggled on from Stage ! Stats.

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