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Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit

Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit

Heather Wokusch

When telling the truth is a revolutionary act, journalists and whistleblowers are targets. When politicians attack freedom of speech, media becomes weaponized.

And here we are.


The quote from George Orwell that the headline refers to goes like this:

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Entrenched power doesn’t want no stinkin’ revolutionary acts, and will happily break every one of its own laws to prevent them.


The same thing that happened to Chelsea Manning or worse! Julian and Chelsea are proof of the Orwell saying: “IN A TIME OF UNIVERSAL DECEIT; SPEAKING THE TRUTH IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT!”


Assange should be the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. As he languishes in exile at the Ecuadorean Embassy, at least he is still serving the 99%. Anyone who criticizes Assange is a corporate toll and an enemy of the 99%. Therefore people like HRC, Pompeo, Rush Limbaugh, et al are exposed as nothing more that our enemies propped up by special interests in the pursuit of global slavery, racism and corporate profits. It is important to use people like Assange to help us identify our real enemies so that we can better understand what the rich and powerful fear the most. Assange risked everything to expose what most of and suspected anyway, the racism was a the root of our oil wars, that the Americans are the real enemy in the Middle East and that murder is fine as long as you’re wearing an American uniform and killing foreigners regardless of the motivation.


I agree. And the most egregious of those lies that so many politically, ignorant people continue to believe, is: THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE PARTY OF CHANGE. They allow progressives like Bernie and others in their party to keep selling that meme.


There is no democracy in the US when we have this rat’s nest we call the CIA which will only move
further to the torturing and secret/stealth right and its fascistic practices –

CIA Director Gina Haspel’s recent meeting with Erdoğan about the Khashoggi case raises questions. While Haspel’s visit to Turkey was billed as intelligence gathering, some suggest the true mission was to warn Erdoğan against angering Saudi Arabia or else risk embarrassing evidence about Turkish officials being leaked in retaliation.

Whatever the case, multiple sources report that Haspel heard audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death during her time in Ankara and that she later briefed Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Declassified cables reveal that when Haspel led a “black site” CIA prison in Thailand, prisoners were subjected to “extended sessions of physical violence, wall slamming, box confinement, sleep deprivation, forced nudity, shackling, stress positions, and waterboarding.” She later admitted to “being an advocate” of destroying evidence.


All of the stuff leaked by Wikileaks has proven to be TRUE. This is why the Deep State fears him so. It follows that if what Wikileaks divulged to us is the truth , then the State wants to ensure we believe the LIE.

Claiming what he leaked a national security issue is just another lie. Every person who speaks up against Mr Assange and suggests he be executed or imprisoned is only interested in ensuring what the people hear are lies.

It could not be simpler. if a radio annnouncer or Politician or Government official speaks of the need to arrest and prosecute mr Assange, they are defending the lies and nothing more.


Thanks for such an important reminder of what sacrifices have been made for
“the truth [which] makes free” (Jn.8.32).
Our nation’s trust in the demented demonic ruling elite is what keeps us
in bondage to it.


The 2016 election was a turning point in US politics. The GOP was forced to nominate a candidate that the party overwhelmingly did not support, and the Democrats used superdelegates to prevent the candidate they didn’t support from being nominated. The superdelegate tactic backfired badly and is probably the reason we have a President Trump. The two-party system collapsed all at once and it happened to both parties at the same time. The media creates the divisions that keep the people in opposition because it is the only way they can prevent us from uniting to overthrow them. If support for this regime continues to decline, they will intentionally instigate civil war. Otherwise real democracy might develop in the US and, if this RT article is correct, they might decide to stop holding elections in the US all together.


HI SuspiraDeprofundis: and yet, America doesn’t seem interested in the other media that freely used Assange’s information like The NY Times and the Washington Post. And I bet that the American spies agencies benefited from that information too. Hypocrisy is not a good mental state for any government!
Maybe we should replace the Statue of Liberty with a giant statue of Janus and his 2 faces—one looking forward and one looking back. The last 2 presidents and t their governments, and the current one and hs government, have all played a dangerous came with the issue of Trust------- corrupted credibility does no one and no nation any good. Julian Assange is a journalist, and editor and publisher------and when you start F***ing with him America ----YOU, my country are the real loser. I guess all the oaths of political office are meaningless after all. : (


What can be done with the government run by the world’s most influential terrorists and the religious fanatics of the evangelical order. Kill all journalist who tell the truth to keep it safe so the the USD rules absolute. aaah freedom !

They already have in my view, because it seems to me elections; especially for POTUS, are mostly nothing but a dog and pony show for the masses. If nothing else what happened in 2016, should show even the most politically, naive that Presidents are selected before they are elected!

That as a very important point and I would like to expand on it for anyone still reading this conversation.

Until recently, candidates were selected by the ruling elite of the United States and by the corporate constituents. The media are the most important of those corporate constituents for 2 reasons:

  1. They survive on advertisement money from the rest of the corporate world. If they don’t want to bite the hands that feed them, they will have to walk the walk and talk the talk, which means they need to do everything in their power to convince the people that the favorite candidates of the corporate world are the best candidates for the voters too.
  2. Media companies have enormous amounts of power to influence voters. (Conflict of interest? Influence for sale?)

In the past, this form of phony democracy was further legitimized by the fact that other candidates would run in elections from time to time. For example, David Duke ran for president at least twice I think and also for Congress. He was a fringe candidate, not supported by mainstream Republicans. But his candidacy gave the electoral system that extra appearance of legitimacy that it needed. Duke wasn’t “selected” by any individuals or corporations, and it made it seem like the whole system was fair because anyone could run. But American elections are not really won with votes; they are won with dollars. Duke lost on lack of money, but the people were fooled into thinking he lost on lack of support. With enough money, anyone can win in the US.

The ruling elite is a tiny minority that doesn’t have nearly enough votes to win elections. Their two-thirds majority comes in the form of wealth, so they never had any reason to feel like their power was threatened by fringe candidates. All of that changed, for both parties, in 2016. The system of running candidates who are pre-selected by the powerful and for the powerful crashed hard in 2016. Mitch McConnell said that if Trump won, the GOP should, “drop him like a hot rock”. He was not the choice of the ruling elite. So the 2020 election is totally up in the air, with an electoral system that is clearly failing the ruling elite now and no clear plan as to how they will move forward to influence elections and still maintain the illusion of fairness. We are in uncharted waters with our electoral system, and that point should not be understated. Terrifying things can happen when a ruling elite loses its grip on the national puppet strings.

Yes, Trump is proof of your statement!

Perspicacious and cogent post. Appreciate your reply.

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Not only are journalists and whistleblowers targeted, so are their defenders and confidants. Three of Julian Assange’s defense lawyers and confidants died under mysterious circumstances in 2016, reminiscent of at least one presumed source who died on July 10 2016:

April 18, 2016 John Jones, “48-year old father of two with a loving wife, was said to have thrown himself in front of a train at West Hampstead Thameslink station in a borough of London:”

"May 11, 2016. Renown civil rights attorney, Michael Ratner, was said by the New York Times to have died of ‘complications of cancer.’”

October 22, 2016 Gavin Macfadyen, a close friend and confidant to Julian Assange died of lung cancer, according to a statement posted at The Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) which Macfadyen had founded in 2003.