US President Trump’s latest 180° change comes at the expense of the truth, freedom of the press, freedom of information, and Julian Assange’s freedom. In another brilliant display of hypocrisy, Trump went from praising Wikileaks, when they released information on Clinton during the campaign, to wanting Wikileaks destroyed.
Candidate Trump said he loved Wikileaks, “I hate Wikileaks” is what President Trump says after he is in danger of alienating more of his hardcore supporters that are furious about the multitude of broken campaign promises which they are coming to realize were nothing more than lies from a man that would say anything to become president.
Ron Paul is calling out Trump for going after Wikileaks. According to The Ron Paul Institute, Paul said, “if we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.”
“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.
At that time, he praised Wikileaks for promoting transparency, but now that he is president, Trump no longer wants transparency.
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, reported Mint Press News.
Anonymous “intelligence community” sources reported 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.
The CIA Director show his true colors and what he thinks of whistleblowers that expose illegal and unethical behavior.
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, according to MPN.
Pompeo also shows his republican hypocrite colors, it is not only Trump, when he supports Wikileaks providing damning information about democrats, but not republicans.
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?”
julian Assange should be considered a hero, someone willing to be a whistleblower and fighter for freedom of the press, which is guaranteed by the US Constitution. Even though he knew he was putting himself in danger, he still fought to get information to the people. That is not a coward as Pompeo says, that is someone who supports the constitution and the freedoms it declares for us. Those trying to take away those freedoms are like those the founding fathers fought for freedom. Freedom of the press is not something that only applies when it supports your “side”.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)