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FROM TREASONABLE TO REASONABLE: The rehabilitation of Wikileaks
Jan 5th, 2017 by Warren Swil

Could Trump’s embrace

of Julian Assange

presage a pardon?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is the president-elect’s newest bro!

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is the president-elect’s newest bro!

The sudden bromance between Donald Trump and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has heads spinning across the political spectrum.
Since publishing over a million top-secret US government documents in 2010, Assange has been public enemy number one for Democrats and Republicans alike, but especially to right-wing apologists.
Suddenly, on Tuesday, he was feted on Fox News by one of the most conservative media blowhards of all, Sean Hannity. A few hours later Trump weighed in with a supportive tweet.
Assange has become the darling of the right since Wikileaks published emails and documents purloined from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Can a presidential pardon be far behind? What about Edward Snowden?


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Blogger’s views on Manning case aired by Al Jazeera (with video)

BLOGGER’S VIEWS ON MANNING CASE AIRED BY ALJZEERA
It is rare that us mere mortals are afforded the same opportunity that folks like Scott Pelly (of CBS) and Brian Williams (of NBC) get every evening.
They speak daily to an audience of millions about the most important issues in the news.
Today, I was afforded the same opportunity.
In a segment on the Listening Post show on Al Jazeera English. I was featured as a guest on the Global Village Voices slot speaking about the Bradley Manning case.
Watch the full statement in the video.


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LISTENING POST on AlJazeera: must see TV (with video)

SHOW HAS HAD BEST COVERAGE OF BRADLEY MANNING CASE
With the arrival this week of AlJazeera America, the domestic audience now can watch one of the best half hours on television.
“Listening Post,” a show about the media and journalism in general, is scheduled to be aired on AlJazeera America on Saturdays, starting tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m. EDT (in the East) and again at 2:30 p.m. PDT (in the West).
Welcome to America, AlJazeera.
It is time the U.S. media got a wake-up call. Let’s give the new kid on the block a chance to prove it can do a better job for all of us.


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A BIG WEEK FOR BREAKING NEWS

POISED AND READY TO POUNCE
It’s going to be a big week for breaking news – and media professionals are gearing up.
Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Johannesburg hospital.
The United States Supreme Court is about to issue opinions that will have far-reaching consequences for American society.
An accused spy is in the midst of fleeing Russia …
Get all the details here.


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