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Why is Establishment Media Finally Defending Julian Assange?

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“It’s a complete stitch up,” Matt Kennard, author and co-founder of Declassified UK, tells Useful Idiots about Julian Assange’s extradition case. “None of the rules of the game apply.”

Assange, who has been jailed and tortured for nearly a decade for releasing documents which shed light on the crimes of the US government, now faces an extradition trial teeming with corruption.

But after a crucial witness admitted to lying, the US government was caught plotting an assassination, and UK judges were revealed to have major conflicts of interest, the case is somehow still continuing on. “It doesn’t seem like anything can come out that will stop it.” Kennard says.

“That for me is the scariest thing. If certain powerful forces within the deep structure of our country want to get you, they can, and none of the principles we’re taught at school apply. They will get you and you will be ruined and the message will be sent that you can’t play at this level again.”

Subscribe to hear the full interview with Matt Kennard on the crimes against Julian Assange and the right to free speech, and why corporate media like the New York Times is suddenly backtracking its stance against the journalist.

Plus, Katie and Aaron deep dive into the Twitter Files and mainstream media’s vitriolic reactions to Matt Taibbi in this week’s Thursday Throwdown.

It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode of Useful Idiots. Check it out.

0:00 Intro and Aaron saves a cat
1:49 The Absurd Arena (UI discussion board winners: get your comments and questions read on the show each Tuesday!)
7:52 Four food groups of news
23:32 Matt Kennard interview on Julian Assange
57:06 A Farewell to Herschel Walker

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  1. As far preparing kids, I know a teacher who in 9th grade had students read journalist article's and then tell them"this is someone's opinion". It stuck with his students I know. Simple yet effective.

  2. Assange helped to hack into govt computers – he wasn't acting as a journalist. If you're really for supporting journalism then real journalists that were arrested and are still being held in jails in Russia and China – cover Ilya Sachkov or Gui Minhai. Assange has the benefit of being held and tried in countries with the rule of law and legal defense. Ilya and Gui had neither.

  3. 0:5:00 Politics is a distraction. I say we get rid of distractions. 0:7:20 Lefties don't have the brains to know that subsidizing baby formula isn't going to deal with the underlying issue. In fact, it won't solve anything. As for the Ukrainian audit, these Congress critters don't want to stop the gravy train that they are almost certainly the beneficiaries of. Who there wants the money laundering trail leading back to them? John Bolton President? Kill me now.

  4. No audit for tens to hundreds of billions to the last remnent of the actual Nazi's that the entire world fought WWII to eradicate? When they get enough ass whipping from Russia, they will naturally blame Jews and other poor folk to gas chamber level action. Where will our aid flow then?

  5. The UK government is so disgusting in their persecution of Assange for over 12 years – and the UK mainstream media is equally disgusting for collaborate to smear and persecute Assange. 3.5 years in the most maximum security in the UK when has not been charged with any crimes, only exposing crimes of their vassal puppet master America.

  6. Edelson thought his China casino dirty trick ( locked up exclusive rights to transportation to Macau casino he owned as first destination ) was going to get him busted by China &/ or USA law. And he thought Trump would squash any action against him.

  7. Rep. Connelly neglects to tell you that the US State Dept, (Obama) and Victoria Nueland installed a President in Ukraine (Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy) who was pliable as Play-Doh to whatever their chosen Narrative became. They have been manipulating Ukrainian Right-wing Nationalist Parties to overpower any voice of reason w/in a Sovereign Nation who was experiencing a Civil War and a Coup de Tat of the Democratically Elected Moderate sitting President Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko. Zelenskyy has since taking Office "Silenced" any and all Opposition to NATO, turned the Ukrainian Russian Population in Ukraine into Non-Citizens and enacted Laws to strip them of their very historical Identity, of being proud descendants of the former USSR (United Soviet Socialist Republic) … a worthy note * approx 27 Million Russians lost their lives defeating the German NAZI betrayal and Invasion of Russia during WW II, the same Nationalist Forces that Zelenskyy has been supporting, contrary to the Peace Mandate for which his 2019 "Election" narrative was built. but in reality was a proxy by the US and It's Western EU NATO Allies to destabilize Vladimir Putin's Government in Russia by destroying the Economic Relationship it had w/ the EU and UK. * Oil and NG sale & transfer of Russia's #1 Commodity, taking it's place … ? US LPG being Shipped across the Atlantic at about x5 the cost $$$!!! ** I would love to see Katie and Aaron debate Ryan Grim of The Intercept/Breaking Points on the US Railway Strike and the Corporate captured US Government's denying The Railway Workers their hard fought legal leverage of Collective Bargaining w/ the highly profitable Private Corporation's disregard of Employee's well being and true "Value" that they literally Rape from the Transportation Industry Worldwide.

  8. If I were Putin, I'd offer Paul Whelan for Julian Assange. Having Snowden and Assange both as Russian citizens tells the world all it needs to know about the sanity, security and morality of the United States.

  9. Aaron, I 'saved' a cat who was aggressive due to her mistreatment as a toss toy as a kitten for a German Sheperd, and she was left alone for 2 weeks as the family moved out leaving her behind. From the start, she was in a state of defending herself, and at 7 mos she was not the cute cuddly kitten folks love,so I took her knowing that whoimever adopted her, would end up taking her back to the shelter and it wasn't really her fault. She wasn't a feral and I have had success with ferals in early life, simply due to my patience in having learned what it's like to be mistreated abused and browbeaten as a child in foster care and orphanages, so I decided I was NOT going to be a party to mistreatment whether to a human or especially another species and cats I do like, ahimsa is my creed ya might say and satyahgraha. Mimi has been a handful and I understand about your Dad asd an older family but I'm older too ya might say, but there's only me, as my wife died 20 yrs ago,and my former saved rescue also died. So, Mimi has injured me as I tripped over her in one of her attacks and had sirgery on my right arm deltoid muscle cutting on a broken mug that fell with me, cutting 80% into my deltoid muscle, but she finally after 3 years began to purr,and instead of cowering when I reached to pet her head she now headbutts when I hold out my hand. She didn't learn that fear from me to back away expecting to be hit, I know the feeling and I carry it with me daily standing near a group of people not able to trust as betrayal was a common response to me.
    So, I just wanted you to know I understand your murder position, and I chose the other, I know, it's not exactly same rationale with your family. Over time my cajoling and tolerance and able to pet as I'd tell her 'I love you, do you love me?' as she finally let me to closely pet her, she trusted my kindness approach.
    Thanks for geving Nutmeg a home, I normally help older cats as everyone loves kittends and they find homes but older ones are murdered, as they all are healthy animals, many rentals disallows animal pets and older people can't afford pets, so I do help them with food as I can, and if I could adopt I would.

  10. Forty years ago, a decade after the hippies, the “progressive” bourgeoisie (which included many former hippies) understood that media was corporate, and propagandistic, and not to be trusted.

    Now the under-educated bourgeoisie is wholly dependent on that media for its sense of self, its alibi. It’s no accident, but it’s still a drag to see so many people who seemed to know better, lapping the lies up with a big spoon and shouting them at strangers.

  11. All politicians and pundit journalists, heads of state and world Political leaders are Mafia Robbers, Prison guards, Torturers, Murderers, Warmongers and Criminals and Watchdogs of the inhuman Capitalist System!
    The US government, by financing and arming the Islamic terrorist groups, has transformed the Arab Spring Revolutions against despotic regimes in the Middle East since 2010 into chaos and nightmare for millions of freedom-seeking people.
    The history of the United States government, from the beginning to the present, has been full of oppressing its own working-class people, the massacre of indigenous people, enslavement and murdering of African-Americans, invasions, torture of noble people, bloodshed and mass murder, the coups plots and the support for despicable and despotic regimes against people all over the world!
    The US government and all American politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, along with their mercenary journalists, plotted throughout the shameful and criminal history of this government (the global arsenal) and the gendarmes of the capitalist world have mercilessly plundered people from other countries and impeded humanity from progress, civilization and knowledge. This regime of global bullying, in all parts of the world, has supported politically, militarily, and financially the most corrupt, reactionary and fascist parties, and has created political repression to suppress the socialist and progressive parties, and to torture, execute and massacre millions of innocent people around the world, the interests of the American capitalists and the world of capitals are the status quo and keep this upside down and the hellish world for the whole of humanity in order the capitalists can be fed more and more of the blood of the world working class.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BXtgq0Nhsc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0-cSgHa6Mb8zkiqzsEqc2XQV98e1zERQaiRMlEMq2ecJnJnkBKvYKiCqU

  12. Thank you the world owes a lot to you brave journalists. Most don't do what you are doing. Even if the set Julian Assange free they have succeeded in scaring people. I would be.

  13. The problem is what can we do about it even if you are a US citizen that can vote. There is no one to vote for. Take the so called Squad. I guess they made them an offer they couldn't refuse.

  14. I'm having a hard time concentrating on the stories as Katy's "pouty" 💋 lips this week are UN-NERVINGLY sexy when she "screws up" her brows and bestows on us her "It Girl" gaze ! ZOWIE ! (Sorry, I'm only human!) Maybe I'll flip the phone over and just listen…

  15. Capture of the judiciary by dark money is alive and well in the USA.

    Like medieval baronies, House of Koch made peace with House of Trump. The price was controlling the Court appointments and the climate agenda.

    Whitehouse, Sheldon . The Scheme (p. 83)

  16. It seems that the corporate media began feeling nervy about the prospect of Assange dieing in prison while they're still ignoring him. The icy winds that have blown his way since the yes men press turned on him is like a litmus test indicating how spineless, mediocre, and mendacious these clowns are.

  17. Poor cat. What an aggressive, impersonal, and disrespectful way to handle it. It was so agitated. When a cat's aggressive, there is a reason for it. Keep handling cats that way and no doubt it's nerves will wear over time and snap. Even the petting was aggressive. Just getting what you're giving.

  18. 🗣️America !!!

    So, you mean to tell me that the federal government flooded our inner cities with crack cocaine and guns (check it out – facts) and ironically enough even Bill Clinton was involved as the governor of Arkansas and he's the one that signed the 93/94 crime bill that Joe Biden claimed to have authored.
    It was Bill in the white house when the Chinese got tipped off about the gun bust, because the Congress had banned the sell of Chinese weapons on American soil, that just happened to keep popping up in these inner cities.
    It was Joe Biden running around screaming that he's throwing everyone away for crack rock and guns – said he's gonna put us in chains – all the while his son is doing it big on the entire spectrum of criminality… He didn't wanna put him in chains, I guess…

    It was even Obama that was exposed for his administration role in the "fast n furious" operation that was giving military grade weapons to the Mexican drug cartels, that of course ended up killing Americans.

    So many double standards !!!

    And here we are, Joe Biden decides that he will drop the court process in the U.S. pertaining to the Saudi Arabian prince MBS for the torture and killing of the dude Khoshoggi, so that MBS will mediate a swap for Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout aka the merchant of death. A known international gun runner and responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, via the guns he supplies bad actors, even the ones with intentions of using them against U.S. citizens.

    And by the way, NBC had already reported that Russia said The U.S. could choose between decorated Marine veteran, accused by Russia of being a U.S. spy and Brittney Griner who knowingly broke Russian law, because she had been playing for the Russian version of the WNBA in her off season here.
    Make this make sense!?!

    I was just thinking that if this Brittney Griner chick has any social media, their should be millions of Americans asking does the U.S. have approximately 5% of the Earth's population and has 25% of the Earth's population in prison.
    Why are our children, husbands, brother, Uncle, Dad and family locked away from us with oppressive sentences and these standards don't apply to Brittney and the Bidens ???

    EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE !!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE LIFE SENTENCES in America – there are too many people that have done 20-30+ years in prison for mistakes they made in their late teens and early twenties.

    The state of Mississippi regularly gives our young men life without parole – on their first conviction – in their late teens and early twenties for mistakes/accidents they made and to be thrown away for the rest of their lives, as if they are irredeemable, on their very first conviction is barbaric and slave era like cruelty.

    Life with parole in MS. means they are eligible for parole only at the age of 65 !?!
    So, at 19, 20, 21 years old they say that you have to do approximately 25 years just to petition he court for the eligibility of parole ???
    And the guy that gets life with parole at 50 does 15 years and can petition for eligiblity ???
    So much for equal protection of the law…
    These draconian sentences are past out nonchalantly and regularly in Mississippi, In large part due to the very crime bills Biden wrote and/or supported over the years.

    Make mandatory parole eligibility at ten years all across the board.

    Decriminalize marijuana, making it retroactively apply
    and most definitely BRING OUR MARINE and school teacher HOME !!!

    Furthermore, our 2A – God given rights – shall NOT be infringed… and it can never be spoken about again, since he released the Merchant of death, in this erroneous swap.

    The Biden admin and Brittney can show how genuinely they care about the American people and those serving oppressive sentences in the American gulag system that the government and corporations profit from, by making these reforms happen.The same way bidens 93/94 crime bill was responsible for forcing the states to adopt the 93/94 crime bills 3 strikes, 85%, habitual status and extremely oppressive sentences… He/they can now reverse it and correct it – if they really care…

    Show us Joe – Show us Brittney

  19. 🗣️ HEY YOU!!! LISTEN !!! I was just thinking about this Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout swap.
    It has me contemplating our own mistreatment and abuse to our own citizens, right here in the United States.

    EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE:

    NO MORE LIFE SENTENCES in America – there are too many people that have done 20-30+ years in prison for mistakes they made in their late teens and early twenties.

    The state of Mississippi nonchalantly gives our young men life without parole (the rest of your natural life)
    in their late teens and early twenties for mistakes/accidents they made, when they were essentially still psychologically children.
    To be thrown away for the rest of their life as if they're irredeemable
    – on their very first conviction –
    is barbaric and slave era like cruelty.

    Life with parole, in MS. means they are eligible for parole only at the age of 65 …
    and even at 65 they must petition the court for eligibility.
    So, at 19, 20, 21 years old they say that you have to do approximately 25 years – just to petition he court for the eligibility for parole.
    And the guy that gets life with parole at 50 does 15 years and is eligible???

    So much for equal protection of the law…

    These draconian sentences are past out regularly in Mississippi,
    In large part due to the very crime bills Joe Biden wrote and/or supported over the years.

    LETS FIX THIS and in light of recent events, I look forward to Brittany and the Biden administration on the Frontline of these reforms.

    No more natural life sentences. Put a cap on a Life sentence at 20-25 years and make mandatory parole eligibility at ten years all across the board.

    And BRING OUR MARINE HOME !!!

    Furthermore, our 2A – God given rights – shall NOT be infringed… and it can never be spoken about again, since he released the Merchant of death, in this swap.

    The Biden admin and Brittney can show how genuinely they care about the American people and those serving oppressive sentences in the American gulag system that the government and corporations profit from, by making these reforms happen.
    The same way the 93/94 crime bill, that Biden is said to have authored was responsible for forcing the states to adopt, in part, the: three strikes ; 85% ; habitual status and extremely oppressive sentences… He/they can now reverse it and correct it – if they genuinely care…
    Thank you.

  20. Katie and Aaron,
    Can we point out the hypocrisy and double standards going from the Clinton involvement in the contra Iran drugs and guns on American streets to the Chinese being tipped off about the arms bust from inside the white house, while bill was in office.
    Bill and Joe Biden doing the 93/94 crime bill… I wonder how many millions they were given for that and/or how much they and other politicians have profited from it.
    Now, not only do we have Joe, his brother and son obviously involved in criminal activity…
    But, he traded the merchant of death for Brittney Griner who if held to the same standards as many Americans would be doing oppressive amounts of time here.

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