Introductions

A few months ago I wrote about US President Donald Trump's "Spygate"  investigation of the Mueller "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into what's commonly called "Russiagate". Trump declassified documents and asked his Attorney General William Barr to investigate, with the help of US Attorney John Durham, whether US intelligence had conspired to help stop him becoming President.The investigation has just been expanded (20 October 2019).

The facts should become public soon, aside from redactions for "national security" purposes, but we already know quite a lot. This article focuses on the Australian connections, particularly former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
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This is the first draft of Chapter Four of my book, A True History of WikiLeaks. 

Chapter One, plus an Author's Note, is here. Chapter Two is here. Chapter Three is here.

I have launched a GoFundMe appeal to help publish the book, which is still in development. You can contribute here.

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This is the first draft of Chapter Three of my book, A True History of WikiLeaks. 

Chapter One, plus an Author's Note, is here. Chapter Two is here.

I have launched a GoFundMe appeal to help publish the book, which is still in development. You can contribute here.

You can also support my work via Patreon and Paypal.

You are welcome to leave comments below. If you believe anything is incorrect, please supply supporting evidence.

This is the first draft of Chapter Two of my book, A True History of WikiLeaks.

To read Chapter One, plus the introductory Author's Note, click here.

I have launched a GoFundMe appeal to help publish the book, which is still in development. You can contribute here. You can also support my work via Patreon and Paypal.

You are welcome to leave comments below. If you believe anything is incorrect, please supply supporting evidence.

I have just launched a GoFundMe appeal to help publish my first book, A True History of WikiLeaks, which is still in development. You can contribute here. You can also support my work via Patreon and Paypal.

Below is a first draft of Chapter One, plus the introductory Author's Note. You are welcome to leave comments below. If you believe anything is incorrect, please supply supporting evidence.

Donald Trump has declassified thousands of documents related to the RussiaGate scandal and his Attorney General William Barr is set to release the findings of his investigation soon. So what can we expect?

First of all, let's note that it is extraordinary for a US Attorney General to be investigating the nation's intelligence agencies. But these are extraordinary times.

The US military spy base Pine Gap is located about 20 kms from Alice Springs in Australia’s outback.

We don’t talk about Pine Gap any more. Or North West Cape, or any other US military spy bases in Australia. Forty years since the overthrow of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Australians still don’t even want to admit that the CIA was involved. Meanwhile, Pine Gap has morphed into an integral part of the US drones program, which regularly kills innocent people in countries we will never visit.

UPDATE: Joe Lauria went to NZ "a few months ago" (before the Mueller report came out) and recorded a 4 hour interview with @KimDotcom. Three segments can now be heard on Consortium News here at 46 mins, 1:14 mins and 1:39 mins. I transcribed the main bits from the first part, and pretty much everything in parts two and three. They are added at the end of this post.

We're not supposed to talk about Seth Rich any more. Even though his murder remains unsolved.
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The arrest of Julian Assange triggered an all-too-predictable debate within the journalist community, many of whom vehemently detest the WikiLeaks founder, about whether or not he is a "real journalist".

Never mind all the journalism awards Assange and WikiLeaks have won, never mind that WikiLeaks have revealed more secrets in 12 years than the rest of the world's media combined, never mind their 100% record for publishing verified true documents. No.

We stand on the cusp of a revolution which may go either of two ways. Certainly the status quo cannot hold. Western nations have been accelerating towards Fascist authoritarianism for some time. The advent of online communication and social media threatened to give ordinary citizens more say in how their societies are run, but governments have successfully blunted this opportunity with draconian “anti-terror” laws.
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