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5 July 2023
Vol. 25 No. 27

Assange and Ellsberg
Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg when they met in 2010. Photo: Screenshot

The man who was Julian Assange’s inspiration and most outspoken supporter, US whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, passed away on 16 June, aged 92. In 1971 Ellsberg leaked the famous “Pentagon Papers”, which proved the US government’s justifications for its decisions to commit to the Vietnam War, and escalate that war, were false, and that 50,000 US servicemen, 500 Australian servicemen, and millions of Vietnamese had died not just for a bad cause, but for nothing. In 1973 Ellsberg was charged under the Espionage Act (which the US government is also using today to charge Assange), but a judge threw the charges out. Ellsberg was a hero for Assange and for everyone committed to truth and peace, and an inspiration for the ongoing fight to free Assange from his British and American torturers.

The passing of Ellsberg is a timely reminder that the USA’s entry into the evil Vietnam War was orchestrated by a notorious false flag event, the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. The US authorities claimed North Vietnamese had fired on US ships, which never happened; but it provided the pretext to deploy US soldiers into combat.

This history is why we should all take very seriously the warning of a false flag attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which would have consequences far more serious than the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The war faction in the USA and UK, and their puppet President Zelensky, are laying the foundation for the attack by falsely depicting Ukraine as victorious, and Russia as desperate and therefore likely to attack the power plant. Zelensky is accusing Russia of having planted explosives on some of the reactors. In collusion with this narrative, US Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal have moved a resolution defining an attack on the plant, and any subsequent spread of radioactive emissions across the border into a NATO-member country, as an attack on NATO that justifies an Article 5 response, i.e. the direct engagement of NATO in Ukraine, i.e. WWIII. This actually creates an incentive for the Ukraine regime to bomb the plant to give the NATO extremists the pretext they crave, possibly ahead of the 11-12 July NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, which Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins have been pressured to attend.

Importantly, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi went on the record on France 24 television to dispute the Zelensky claims. “I would never enter into an argument with the President of Ukraine, whom I know very, very well and with whom I have been in contact regularly and meeting personally”, he said. “What I can say is I was there, I did not see this kind of development. Our teams are there and they are reporting every day what’s happening. I’m not [privy] to this intelligence report you are referring to.” Grossi’s statement confirms that if something does happen to the plant, Ukraine and its Anglo-American backers should be the chief suspects.

At such a dangerous moment in history, what can you do? Tell the truth. Ellsberg and Assange proved the power of truth, even after the fact, which is why they became targets of judicial revenge. The stakes are so high today that we must press the power of truth beforehand. In 2018 Ellsberg advised potential whistleblowers: “Don’t do what I did. Don’t wait ’til the bombs are actually falling or thousands more have died.”

People are speaking out and the backlash is growing. Former Reagan administration official David Stockman wrote this week: “If the truth be told, we are getting sick and tired of the little piss-ant who runs the cess-pool of corruption, tyranny, delusion and death called Ukraine. This clown—and that’s what he is actually trained as—just can’t seem to stop stridently demanding money, arms and support from the rest of the world and lecturing everyone to fall into line or else.”

In this issue:

  • Save Glenroy Post Office, and all Post Offices!
  • NAB caught out in data lie over branch closures
  • PwC scandal sparks demands for reform—just don’t ask ASIC
  • BIS seeks more control as crisis of its own making escalates
  • Infrastructure Bank bill reintroduced
  • Beyond monetarism: ‘Trade without currency’
  • Ageing Iraq invaders keep accidentally saying ‘Iraq’ instead of ‘Ukraine’
  • Hersh to Biden: Your Ukraine policy is a disaster
  • Vote 1 for a Post Office Bank and financial justice!
  • Cash revolt getting international attention

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