Ron Paul Defends Assange: “Don’t Allow This President To Declare War On the Truth”

by | Apr 26, 2017 | Conspiracy Fact and Theory, Headline News | 43 comments

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    This article was written by Ron Paul and originally published at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

    Editor’s Comment: As President Trump continues to be the anti-Ron Paul of the Republican Party, the sidelined former Congressman and 2008/2012 upstart presidential candidate is calling out the commander in chief for his recent support for arresting (and perhaps even executing) Julian Assange, who has been sequestered away in the Ecuadorian embassy for some 5 years after starting a revolution of revelations through his Wikileaks activism.

    Not only does Trump seemingly have Wikileaks to thank for his election victory – after leaking emails, corrupt activities inside the DNC, and exposing the unsavory machinations and odd activities tied (however loosely) to the Clintonian sphere of politics – but he publicly praised Assange on the campaign trail. Now, it appears that this could all be turned around, ending an embarrassment and annoyance for the U.S. deep state as the nation gears up for another round of endless wars, and perhaps event the big one. The first casualty when war comes is truth.

    Candidate Trump: ‘I Love Wikileaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’

    by Ron Paul

    “I love Wikileaks,” candidate Donald Trump said on October 10th on the campaign trail. He praised the organization for reporting on the darker side of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was information likely leaked by a whistleblower from within the Clinton campaign to Wikileaks.

    Back then he praised Wikileaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump looks less like President Trump every day. The candidate praised whistleblowers and Wikileaks often on the campaign trail. In fact, candidate Trump loved Wikileaks so much he mentioned the organization more than 140 times in the final month of the campaign alone! Now, as President, it seems Trump wants Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sent to prison.

    Last week CNN reported, citing anonymous “intelligence community” sources, that the Trump Administration’s Justice Department was seeking the arrest of Assange and had found a way to charge the Wikileaks founder for publishing classified information without charging other media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post for publishing the same information.

    It might have been tempting to write off the CNN report as “fake news,” as is much of their reporting, but for the fact President Trump said in an interview on Friday that issuing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange would be, “OK with me.”

    Trump’s condemnation of Wikileaks came just a day after his CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, attacked Wikileaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Pompeo accused Assange of being “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen.”

    Pompeo’s word choice was no accident. By accusing Wikileaks of being a “hostile intelligence service” rather than a publisher of information on illegal and abusive government practices leaked by whistleblowers, he signaled that the organization has no First Amendment rights. Like many in Washington, he does not understand that the First Amendment is a limitation on government rather than a granting of rights to citizens. Pompeo was declaring war on Wikileaks.

    But not that long ago Pompeo also cited Wikileaks as an important source of information. In July he drew attention to the Wikileaks release of information damaging to the Clinton campaign, writing, “Need further proof that the fix was in from President Obama on down?”

    There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy.

    The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would “drain the swamp,” meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check – the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations – he has turned his back on those who elected him.

    Julian Assange, along with the whistleblowers who reveal to us the evil that is being done in our name, are heroes. They deserve our respect and admiration, not a prison cell. If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.

    This article was written by Ron Paul and originally published at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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      43 Comments

      1. Anonymous

        Just more of the same– get used to it… we went through the same thing with Obummmmer…

        • YelloPokaDotBikini

          Sorry to Say but Donals J Trump is the Trojan Horse that will continue to Dismantle the United States. Trump is Obama, is Bush Jr, is Clinton, is Bush Sr, etc.

          Another Wrecking Ball in the WH.

          • Nuke em Duke

            Yep……
            There is NO HOPE for this planet…..
            NONE.

        • semperfortis

          WORSE than more of the same. everyone knew obama. Trump played a YUGE role in quelling the IRE amongst the people.

          He was a plant. he was there and still is playing the “underdog” role with the MSM/ELites.

          If Trump had NOT been elected, alot of the IRE would still be boiling and we would be revolution bound.

        • Eisenkreutz

          NO BORDER WALL

          NO DEFUNDING SANCTUARY CITIES

          THE OFFICIAL US GOVERNMENT POLICY IS WHITE GENOCIDE

          YOURE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK A WORD OF PROTEST

          WE NEED A NEW COUNTRY

          GPTDY

          • Anonymous

            We thought you already left the country.

        • Gandhi

          Wow, if Ron Paul is backing up assange, given paultards lose every battle, assange is screwed.

      2. boyo

        Thought experiment on Y-tube’s demonetization/clamp down on free speech.

        What if everyone not pleased with their program simply opened up multiple browser windows (5-7) and played lengthy unmonetized original content in high definition every time the computer was used? Unmonetized video yields no revenue but chews up bandwidth.
        Think they’d scratch the itch after a while?

        • Outlaw

          Not sure that’s gonna work.
          First of all I have an internet data cap, so I cannot afford to stream 5-7 videos at once.
          Second, just because the creators effort has been demonetized, does not mean youtube is not making money off it.

          • boyo

            An hr of 1080HD is about 1 gigabyte. I see plans from 250GB to 1TB per month. With cable modem I can keep a max of 15 going at a time (some windows freeze or reset ) but 8-10 is doable. DSL is much more limited.
            If people were to see what their plan limits and speeds were, they could alter the number of tabs open and the playback quality settings of the video played and still trade their unused bandwidth for a vote of no confidence.

            Again, a thought experiment.

        • JustMe

          Soon, they will just censor what they cannot stop people from watching. The new google owl program is going to be used to censor search queries; they cannot remove sites/vids, but the can delink you from them. That will spread to YouTube also, just a matter of time…

          • Kathy

            Change your search engine to duckduckgo.com. It is really very good. Don’t give google any more revenue by using their search engine.

      3. oops

        Put him in charge of FBI and fire Comey.

      4. rellik

        I don’t think Trump declared war on the truth.
        American MSM, Democrats, and some GOP have.
        Not that I want National security stuff out there,
        but with a government full of Democrats what do
        you expect? Honesty? Integrity? Truth?
        The POS Manning should have been executed with
        a tree chipping machine. Snowden should stay
        in Russia permanently.
        Assange should straighten out his sexual legal problems
        then go home. We don’t need to waste our time on him.
        We do need to get all the liberals out of
        sensitive positions.
        Whistle blowers are good. They point out waste and abuse,
        just don’t publish the specifications and design
        of our latest Ford class nuclear reactors, even though
        We got ripped off in the price.

        • Anonymous

          relllk, you are full of it. What a useful idiot.

        • Nuke em Duke

          Good post Relik….
          Here’s the problem:
          Assange is wanted in Sweden for supposed sexual charges.
          Sweden is on one of just 3 countries remaining on Earth that will allow sexual cases to be heard behind CLOSED DOORS, and after said trial, the verdict is announced to the public.
          The Asswipe USA Gov know this, hence the sham is set up under Swedish jurisprudence, were Assange to decide to face these allegations. Once found guilty (Fate Accompli), Assange would be handed over to the US.
          So, you see…..The Asswipe Of The World has him phucking snookered….typical of The Asswipe Kunt Country that it is (well meaning patriots aside).
          They have him.
          They have me.
          They have you.
          They have EVERYONE.
          The Kunts that Rule our Planet….with LIES, DEATH, DECEIT AND WAR.
          NOTHING YOU CAN DO.
          NOTHING I CAN DO EITHER (except whinge pathetically behind a keyboard like every other cock sucker here)
          NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING.
          EARTH = HELL.

      5. Braveheart1776

        CIA has been trying to get their hands on Assange for years. The Langley scum would love to get their hands on Assange and Edward Snowden. Both of those men are heros in my book. If Trump approves of any efforts to capture those men, then that proves he’s in the same sewer with neocons and libturds.

        • Kathy

          I agree. This is a great disappointment. I knew Trump was a deal maker, but I did not think he would cave into the globalist camp so quickly. Assange is a true hero, selfless, courageous, more than anyone out there. If anything happens to him, I will never again vote for Trump. I also love Ron Paul. I have been a fan of his for many years, and I am not even a constituent. His article is spot on, and I trust him 100%. So what can we do now? Perhaps there will be a follow-up article?

        • Neal Jensen

          If that were the case why is he still alive? Assange being alive allows the police state to get bigger and stronger, dead he would confirm all he has exposed and make him a martyr. They kept him alive to make him suffer for outing the criminal intelligence community. They have never disputed the truth if his Revelations.

      6. Braveheart1776

        BTW, I’ll go further and say that Ron Paul has proven to be more honorable than Donald Trump. Assange and Snowden are more honorable than anyone from the ‘intelligence community’.

        • Khemp

          I agree.

        • Khemp

          Unfortunately whistleblowers will always be targets.

      7. aljamo

        The war on truth is overwhelmingly the reason for this governments existence in this day and age. We get no truth, only lies to prop up the earlier lies. A president for the people and their concerns will never happen. The slide won’t be reversed.

      8. B from CA

        I have breaking news !!!

        My real name is not “B from CA”.

        Cowardly typing behind a screen under a false name does not protect one from the deep state. It gives them a chance to observe when one’s guard is down. But make no mistake, it beats standing on a street corner with a megaphone. Although that might be fun, too.

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        • JustMe

          You may have to do the megaphone thing soon…

        • boyo

          Just make sure to have a soapbox to stand on. I would recommend it saying ” Calgon- Ancient Chinese Secret ” on it so as to draw an offended crowd. Y’know, the crowd you would actually want.

      9. vocalpatriot

        Although wikileaks MAY have gotten some traction for President trump, that does not mitigate the fact that wikileaks is only out for themselves. They do NOT have the constitution in mind..they using it to the detriment of the United States. This is an attack on us, not something that should be protected by us..ron paul is wrong about this. Even satan uses truth to promote lies.

        • JustMe

          Devils’ Advocate here…

          To be fair, Wikileaks has provided dirt on people other than US people. It was Wikileaks that exposed a lot of crap, and brought Hillary’s scandals to light, without which, she may have been installed as POTUS…

        • C W & S

          Really, do you have some evidence that shows Wikileaks has acted in its own financial interest, or even played the market based on info they planned to release? Can you prove they even put a bet in on predictit.org when they released the stuff about Hillary?

        • Neal Jensen

          I don’t see you naming other more information revealing heros that have done a hundreth of what assange has done…what a vile smear on WikiLeaks.

      10. Braveheart1776

        JustMe, damn straight about WikiLeaks. We owe those people a huge debt of gratitude for helping to defeat the hildebitch. I’ll believe WikiLeaks any day over CIA. If anything happens to Assange or Snowden, all bets are off.

      11. Traitor Hator

        War on the truth. Remember the story of that carpenter that whipped the money changers out of the temple? Seems money changers would have bodyguards , security at the door, big armed guys? . So how could it be possible? As probably many said over time. The longer I live and the more I learn . The more I’m convinced. That God has his hand in the affairs of men?

      12. C W & S

        Ron Paul is a private citizen an he is doing his job, but Trump is President of the United States, and he is doing his job as well. Julian Assange is someone who would not hesitate to release information that our government, of which Trump is now CEO, considers classified.

        As much as Ron Paul would like Trump to act like some kind of 3rd party referee he cannot do that. He is President of the US, and his job is to follow the laws of the US. There is probable cause that Julian Assange, has violated the laws of the US. That is what is needed to arrest him. If they can make a case, it should be brought before a jury. Trump being a good guy is making sure Assange gets a fair trial (which would undoubtedly result in acquittal) and providing a presidential pardon if he is convicted. Giving the bad guys on both sides of the aisle (the vast majority) grounds to impeach Trump for treason when they are the ones conspiring with globalists, does not help us. Everyone who knows what Ron Paul believes could have written this letter for him, almost word for word. I voted for him and love him, but he never got anything done, besides paving the way for Trump. Trump got elected, and TPP died, the coal industry was saved, and a we got a good Supreme Court Justice. We need to tell him what we want, but not despair if we don’t get it right off the bat.

        • talon

          On a more serious note…

          IVANKA SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM SPECIAL COUNSEL TO THE PRESIDENT ALONG JARED “the mole” KUSHNER…

          AND SHUT HER BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL YAP UP!

          Live Fee or Die…let the stay at your house Ivanka
          Talon

      13. Kevin2

        “would not hesitate to release information that our government, of which Trump is now CEO, considers classified.”

        Like violating the 4th Amendment thus violating the Constitution? Like Arming ISIS?

        Its unethical for government to shield its illegal activity under a legal cloud of secrecy using national security as the ostensible excuse. Under that guideline you have no watchdog Free Press which is a cornerstone of liberty.

      14. moxiemainer

        Ron & Rand are both two faced bullshit artists that talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Friggin Ron railed about all the “pork” in government to get the desired vote on bills & budgets, and wanted it to end, then we find out he is one of the biggest recipients of pork, and voted with the dems most of the time! And Rand is no better, voting for sautermeyer without even a fight and then saying some nonsense about it’s his job to respect the choices of the president, even if he doesn’t agree! WTF, no it’s your job to prevent unsavory Supreme Court Justices from getting in and ruining our country! both attention whores who do not really have our interest in mind, just look at their voting records.

      15. Agent76

        March 27, 2017 Fake News: The Unravelling of US Empire From Within

        Setting the Stage of the Press-President War US ruling ideology and Washington power have become unstuck as never before. A war of opposing certitudes and denunciations is waged day to day between the long-ruling US corporate media and the White House.

        http://www.globalresearch.ca/fake-news-the-unravelling-of-us-empire-from-within/5581878

        “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington

      16. waiting

        why is Trump now mimicking the left?

      17. Houston/Cypress/Katy/Shtf

        I may support some of his policies but I don’t trust him one shit.

        Did the UN military equipment get sent back, no.
        Did he remove and dismantle the consentration camps,no.
        Did he remove the 350,000 chi-com soldiers from here, no.
        Did he reveal the fact that guillotines are here,no.

        Did he shut down the 40 plus jihadist training camps, no.

        What has he done, nothing but start trouble. So let me tell you something DMONIC, before you start talking shit about me and my girlfriend, saying that she does not exist and is a fake, you better read carefully between the lines I write. My source told me that Trump is 100% establishment. THIS IS A FACT OF LIFE. What I do like about the president is that he appearance on the American stage delayed the revolutionary war, my cities are still intact and he has given us preppers more time to prepare for the worst since Nostradamus predicted that the 3 rd antichrist will be out in public in 2017. One has ask ones self who that person might be.

        HCKS.

        Just saying?

      18. Houston/Cypress/Katy/Shtf

        At the end of day, I am in agreeance with a lot you guys. ww3 will be the end result if shit does not change and Chinese soldiers are counting on this war, they need lots of relief when they enter our cities, but AR10/15 FIRE WILL BRING THEM HELL ON EARTH IN TEXAS. What these soldiers don’t understand is that men from Texas in general weather your Mexican, black, Asian, white, blue, green or what ever race you are, they WILL NOT PUT UP WITH THE BULLSHIT FROM INVADING ARMIES, that shoot them in their businesses, block their roads with tanks deploying into subdivions, shooting the men, raping the females, attacks on the neighbourhoods, and fuck their women and children., That move by chi-com, jihadist, Iranians, burkas, UN soldiers, and other nationals WILL BE A VERY, VERY, VERY, EXTREMELY BIG, BIG, BIG, MISTAKE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, LEAVE THE COUNTRY WHILE ITS STILL SAFE FOR YOU ALL TO DO SO, SAVE YOU LIFE WHILE YOU CAN. YOUR GOING TO DIE HERE. Then the former soldiers and marines have told me, that they will join the people and kill you fuckers. So there you have it, just a little info for you NSA, CIA, and other that like to get info, data mine, and come on here attacking me.

        How your soldiers will die in Texas:

        Here is why I think its the case. Your invading armies need to know one thing. I know about the secret war game done on Texas. Texas won the war. This is why the cabal is so scared. In the second war game ran on Texas, Texas lost the war from a nuclear attack and also a bio weapons attack. Not looking good for you armies coming here. This city of Houston, and surrounding cites, have more brutal pissed off white men, and other nationals arming themselves with guns and bullets every week, every day, the ammo is still clearing off the shelves weekly in academy and other stores. They are still getting ready for war, some of them I run into randomly, publically in stores felt that the president betrayed them, lied to them about restoring the constitution, and that he is establishment and does not care about them and their family. I BELIEVE THIS IS THE CASE BECAUE MULTI-BILLIONARES DONT SIT AROUND AND THINK ABOUT US, WHETHER WE HAVE FOOD TO EAT, A PLACE TO LIVE, ITS FUCK US AND OUR FAMILY. I am not talking on these peoples behalf, I am telling your all, what they are telling me. The consensus is that they have a lot of uncertainty.
        At the end of the day, I still prefer Trump to certain degree, but I have to admit, its tyranny rebranded to make it look good, when in fact its the same bullshit all over again.

        HCKS.

      19. Beaumont

        If you see something juicy, in that whole load, maybe you don’t want to say so. Maybe, it makes you look bad.

        But, the truth, so far as I can tell, is that nothing of strategic value was offered, most especially not during his press conferences.

        There’s a lot of supermarket tabloid stuff mixed-in.

        Are we supposed to be looking for equidistant letter skips?

        He is a snarky and cultish scapegoat, if I am not mistaken.

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