Insidious anti-Semitism in attempted San Francisco District Attorney Recall

Liz and Lee Heidhues 7.9.2021

An emerging target in the attempted Recall of Chesa Boudin, SF District Attorney, is Chesa’s Jewish roots.

Anti-Semitic social media attacks on Chesa Boudin are insidious and akin to the treatment meted out to Jews in Germany prior to The Holocaust.

Recall proponents in San Francisco’s Richmond District have come out in full attack mode on Chesa’s religion to bolster a case to remove him from office.

The Anti-Semite overtones in the Recall proponents social media posts on Nextdoor have a disturbing impact on how Chesa performs his job.

The opprobrious comments are masquerading as a raison d’étre for the attempted Recall.

Chesa is proud of his Jewish roots. He said, “Judaism has been a constant theme in my life” mentioning ancestors who fled from the fringes of the Tsarist Russian empire, the result of anti-Semitism and poverty.

A public official’s Jewish background should never be used for the purposes of ridicule and contempt.

Following is a display of some shocking commentary about Chesa Boudin on a social media platform.

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Then-candidate Chesa Boudin at mic with (from left) JCRC executive director and moderator Abby Porth, Suzy Loftus, Leif Dautch and Nancy Tung at Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, Sept. 10, 2019 (Photo/Brandon Davis-JCHS)

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Young studious Chesa Boudin in 1986

Grizzly bear who defended his ancestral home is trapped and killed by humans

UPDATE

San Francisco Chronicle 7.9.2021

The grizzly bear suspected of killing a Chico woman camping in Montana was shot dead by wildlife officials.

Montana wildlife officials believed the bear was the same animal that dragged 65-year-old Leah Lokan from her tent and killed her early Tuesday morning as she camped near the small town of Ovando.

Officials located the grizzly at chicken coop not farm from the woman’s campsite and set up a trap.

Lee Heidhues 7.8.2021

It’s a tragedy that the 65 year old cyclist died at the paws of a grizzly bear in Montana.

The grizzly bear has been an inhabitant of Montana since long before humans invaded their territory. First, it was the Native Americans who were decimated by the encroaching white settlers along with the decimation of buffalo and other species.

This tragedy is another manifestation of what is happening as humans continue their encroachment into native habitat.

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 7.8.2021

A Chico woman was killed by a grizzly bear early Tuesday morning while on a bicycle camping trip in Montana.

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A bear trap set by state wildlife officials at the camping spot in Ovando, Mont., where a grizzly killed Leah Lokan of Chico.Tom Bauer/Missoula (Mont.) Missoulian

Montana wildlife officials said they were investigating the incident and searching for the bear responsible for the deadly attack.

The local coroner identified the woman as Leah Lokan, 65.

“She was sleeping alone in the tent and the bear just came and dragged her out,” Powell County Coroner Heather Gregory said.

Wildlife officials said grizzly bears are common in Ovando, the small Montana town where Lokan was camping.

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A trio of grizzly bears

“Traps have been set in the area and searching will continue by ground and in the air with the priority of keeping the public safe from another encounter,” the Powell County Sheriff’s Office wrote Wednesday on Facebook.

Officials said a nearby business’ security camera captured footage of a grizzly bear on Monday night, the evening before the deadly attack, and a bear was also reported to have entered a chicken coop in the small town.

In Chico, fellow cyclists and members of Lokan’s bicycle racing team were stunned to hear of their friend’s death.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Northern-California-woman-killed-by-grizzly-bear-16300900.php#photo-21216024

Rubbish. American government promise of humane treatment for Julian Assange

The American government promise of fair treatment for Julian Assange should he be extradited to stand trial is a bold face lie and total rubbish.

Two weeks ago a main witness behind the trumped up (pardon the pun) charges against Assange admitted to having committed perjury. Julian Assange never committed a crime. He performed a heroic public service in making known for all the world to see the perfidy of American government policy makers in conducting its overseas wars and meddling.

The Brits should free Julian Assange and let him live his life in peace.

President Biden may be receiving accolades from some Progressives and the mainstream media for his performance in office thus far. On this issue he is totally wrong and needs to called to account.

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Hands off Julian Assange

Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal 7.7.2021

LONDON—The U.S. government has given assurances to the U.K. that Julian Assange wouldn’t be held under the strictest maximum-security conditions if extradited to the U.S., a concession aimed at resolving Washington’s yearslong battle to put the WikiLeaks founder on trial on espionage charges.

Mr. Assange, 50 years old, is wanted in the U.S. on 18 counts of breaking espionage laws and conspiring to hack a military computer. The alleged offenses relate to the publication in 2010 and 2011 by WikiLeaks of a huge trove of classified material that painted a bleak picture of the American campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and their aftermath.

The U.S. has also assured British authorities that Mr. Assange, if convicted, would be permitted to serve any jail time in his native Australia, according to excerpts of a court ruling provided by the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service, the public prosecutor’s office for England and Wales.

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A U.K. court on Wednesday formally allowed a U.S. government appeal against a January ruling blocking Mr. Assange’s extradition. No date for a hearing has yet been set.

The ruling on Wednesday makes clear that the Justice Department under President Biden has continued to pursue Mr. Assange’s extradition. The U.S. first sought his arrest in January 2017, before formally requesting his extradition in 2019. Mr. Assange’s defenders have lobbied the U.S. to drop the case, including protesting as recently as last week outside the Justice Department’s headquarters.

A British judge in January refused to grant a U.S. request to extradite Mr. Assange on the grounds that he would likely commit suicide if incarcerated in a federal maximum-security, or “Supermax,” prison and subjected to added security measures, such as solitary confinement, which are common pretrial arrangements in national-security cases.

The U.S. has given the U.K. a package of assurances that Mr. Assange won’t be held at ADX, a maximum-security federal penitentiary in Colorado, or subjected to extra security measures, according to the excerpts of the ruling, potentially removing a key impediment to his potential extradition.

A lawyer for Mr. Assange and a spokesman for the Justice Department declined to comment.

Experts said the Justice Department’s offer to allow Mr. Assange to serve out any sentence in Australia was unusual, given that inmates usually only apply for such a move once they have been convicted, under the international prisoner transfer program.

“It is extremely rare, and it’s usually based on a process after conviction,” said Mark Lytle, a former federal prosecutor who is now a lawyer at the law firm Nixon Peabody. “To offer it up front to gain extradition, that is a break with the policy.”

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#Freespeech *except war crimes

Nick Vamos, a partner at London law firm Peters & Peters and a former head of extradition for the CPS, said that it is also unusual for the U.S. to provide broader assurances to a foreign court on prisoner treatment and that it had previously refused to do so in terrorism cases.

The U.K. court’s ruling in January against Mr. Assange’s extradition marked a major setback in Washington’s pursuit of the WikiLeaks founder for publishing secret documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/julian-assange-wont-be-held-in-supermax-jail-if-extradited-u-s-assures-u-k-11625681049

Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries dies after shooting

Reporting the news is an increasingly dangerous profession, particularly when a persistent reporter is on the crime beat or, in certain nations, covering politics.

UPDATE 7.15.2021

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 7.15.2021

Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries died on Thursday after being shot in Amsterdam last week, according to a statement from his family. The statement was published by the Dutch station he had regularly worked for, RTL.

“Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle,” the statement said. “Peter has lived by his conviction. On bended knee is no way to be free. We are unbelievably proud of him and at the same time inconsolable.”

Two suspects have been arrested so far in connection to the shooting.

https://www.dw.com/en/dutch-investigative-journalist-peter-r-de-vries-dies-after-shooting/a-58218593

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Grief stricken Amsterdam police at the scene

New York Times 7.6.2021

AMSTERDAM — A well-known Dutch crime reporter was shot in the head on Tuesday night after leaving a TV studio in the center of Amsterdam, the police said.

Videos on social media showed Peter R. de Vries, 64, lying on the street with blood streaming from his face. “He is still alive,” a bystander can be heard saying. The police wrote on Twitter that he was “seriously injured” and had been transported to the hospital.

Mr. de Vries, who has long been a fixture in the Netherlands for solving cold cases and hosting his own televised crime show for nearly two decades, has said he regularly received death threats.

The news of Mr. de Vries’s shooting was met in the Netherlands with shock. “Unbelievable,” Thomas Bruning, the secretary of a Dutch association for journalists, wrote on Twitter. “This hits journalism right in the face.”

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Scene of the shooting in downtown Amsterdam

 

Amsterdam — as well as other Dutch cities — has been the scene of multiple shootings over the past decade, in which criminals have targeted either each other or those interfering in their crimes. The nearby port of Rotterdam is one of the key gateways for importing cocaine into Europe, and the country is a leader in the illegal production of amphetamines and crystal meth.

Over the past year, Mr. de Vries, who is also the director of a law office, had been an adviser to a key witness in a trial over multiple killings allegedly ordered by a crime organization. Ridouan Taghi, accused of being the gang’s leader, is a Dutch-Moroccan, who was arrested in Dubai in 2019 and is the prime defendant in the case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridouan_Taghi

After the shooting, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ferdinand Grapperhaus, the justice minister, held an emergency meeting with security authorities. This was “an attack on a brave journalist and with that an attack on free journalism,” Mr. Rutte said.

The police said they had arrested three people, one of whom could be the “possible gunman,” but didn’t provide any more information about the suspects. The police did not comment on a motive.

Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, called Mr. de Vries “a national hero for all of us,” at a news conference, describing the attack as a “brutish, cowardly crime.” She added that Mr. de Vries was “fighting for his life.”

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The shooting occurred near RTL television on the Lange Leidsedwardstraat in the city center

“Normally those criminals kill each other, but now they are murdering lawyers and journalists,” said Minke Heino, who passed by the scene of the crime Tuesday night on her red bicycle. “They are acting with impunity. This is next level.”

Mr. de Vries is a regular on talk shows and has written numerous books, including one about the 1983 kidnapping of the Dutch beer magnate Freddy Heineken. Some of Mr. de Vries’s prominent cases include the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, and a decades-long investigation into the rape and murder of an 11-year-old boy.

Most recently, he has been in the news for the trial of Mr. Taghi. The lawyer for the key witness in that trial was killed in Amsterdam in 2019. The lawyer, Derk Wiersum, represented the same witness, known as Nabil B., whom Mr. de Vries is advising. The witness’s brother, Reduan B., was shot dead in 2018.

It is not the first time the Netherlands has seen a prominent figure attacked in a public place. In 2004, the provocative filmmaker Theo van Gogh was stabbed to death in Amsterdam, an episode that undermined the Netherlands’ image as a tolerant, peaceful country at the time. In 2002, the far-right politician Pim Fortuyn was assassinated days before a general election.

 

Trouble ahead? Delta variant dominant coronavirus strain in California

Happily most San Franciscans have declined to drink the anti-vaxxer kool aid.

Perhaps the anti-vaxxers will finally come to their senses.

It’s amazing and distressing how  people continue to ignore best medical advice and, instead, give credence to ignorant misinformation being bandied about.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of society that political voodoo medicine has become an accepted way of thinking  in certain precincts of post Trump America. It’s part of his pathetic legacy.

San Francisco Chronicle 7.5.2021

For weeks, experts have warned that the highly infectious delta variant would become the dominant coronavirus strain in California.

Now the latest data show their prediction has come true. According to the state’s variant tracker, the delta variant, first identified in India, has gained momentum and accounted for 35.6% of cases sequenced in June. That’s a big jump from May, when it accounted for only 5.6% of cases sequenced, and April, at 2.1%.

Until now, the alpha variant, which originated in the United Kingdom, was the dominant variant. It accounted for 34.3% of cases sequenced in June, down from 58% in May and 50.1% in April.

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Will required mask wearing be coming back?

Before that, California’s homegrown epsilon variant was the primary strain, making up 50.2% of cases sequenced in March, 59.1% in February and 49.3% in January. Now, the epsilon variant makes up just 1.9% of specimens sequenced in California.

That leaves the unvaccinated population particularly vulnerable to the delta variant, which is estimated to be 75% more contagious than the original coronavirus. On Friday, Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said the delta variant accounts for 30% of local cases now, but he expects it to increase to 90% in the next few months.

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Kathrine Flores discusses vaccinations during a bus stop visit on Mission Street in San Francisco.

“This is not a good time to be unvaccinated in San Francisco,” Colfax said. “People may have the misperception that because our vaccine rates are high, even if they’re not vaccinated they are unlikely to catch the virus. I think delta has shifted the equation.”

The state lifted most coronavirus restrictions on June 15, including allowing vaccinated people to go maskless in most indoor settings. However, amid rising concerns about the delta variant, Los Angeles County last week strongly urged all residents to voluntarily wear masks indoors in public places, including those who are fully vaccinated.

However, state health officials said they were not yet ready to make a similar recommendation. Bay Area health agencies said they are following the state’s lead for now and remain focused on encouraging those who are eligible to get vaccinated.
Top photo: Shaina Padua (left), Katherine Flores, Fayeeza Shaikh and Bertha Hernandez conduct neighborhood outreach on Mission Street for a pop-up vaccination site in June.

Bronx Bomber. 70-Year-Old Yankees Bat Girl Lives Out Her 60-Year-Old Dream

All good things come to those who stay the course.

Just look at the determination of 70 year old Gwen Goldman, rejected in her quest to be a Yankee bat girl in 1961.  Here she is in Yankee Stadium last week living out her 60 year dream.

And, she looks in great shape.

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20210630-gwen-goldman-serves-as-bat-girl-for-new-york-yankees-fulfilling-60-year-old-dream

Excerpted from The New York Times 6.29.2021

Rejected by the Yankees at age 10 because she was a girl, Gwen Goldman finally got her major league moment — six decades later.

Gwen Goldman has adored the Yankees for her entire life.

Her favorite player was the Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle. Her father used to take her to games as a girl, days she remembers now as a special time for the two of them to bond. When she was away at camp each summer, he would include clippings from The New York Times in his letters so she could stay up-to-date on her team.

So when she was 10, Goldman wrote the Yankees a letter asking to serve as their bat girl, the person responsible for helping to retrieve bats and fulfill other tasks during a game. But in the letter she received back, dated June 12, 1961, the Yankees’ general manager at the time, Roy Hamey, told her no.
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Yankee manager Aaron Boone, Gwen Goldman and her daughter

Girls, he said, did not belong in the dugout.

“While we agree with you that girls are certainly as capable as boys, and no doubt would be an attractive addition on the playing field, I am sure you can understand that in a game dominated by men a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout,” Hamey wrote.

Even though she had been rejected 60 years ago, she said she never held it against the team. But she kept Hamey’s response on a bulletin board at her home in Connecticut for decades.

“It wasn’t what I wanted to see, but they wrote me a letter and I’ve always loved them,” she said, adding later, “But I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that 60 years later, Brian Cashman would make this become a reality.”

Summer guest. Carrying a gift California scrub jay visits our San Francisco yard

Photos – Lee Heidhues July 3, 4 and 5, 2021

It’s so nice to have a native bird inhabiting our backyard. A pair of California scrub jays arrive late in the afternoon while I am cleaning the area. They are not shy. One in particular comes within several feet of me and we eyeball each other.

Out here in the San Francisco countryside close by the Pacific Ocean, when the scrub jay is not sizing me up, the scrub jay is delivering a gift.

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Scrub jay shows off the gift
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Scrub jay shows off the gift – close up
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California Scrub jay checks me out

Wikipedia article on the California Scrub Jay

The California scrub jay (Aphelocoma californica) is a species of scrub jay native to western North America. It ranges from southern British Columbia throughout California and western Nevada near Reno to west of the Sierra Nevada. The California scrub jay was once lumped with Woodhouse’s scrub jay and collectively called the western scrub jay. The group was also lumped with the island scrub jay and the Florida scrub jay; the taxon was then called simply scrub jay.[2] The California scrub jay is nonmigratory and can be found in urban areas, where it can become tame and will come to bird feeders. While many refer to scrub jays as “blue jays”, the blue jay is a different species of bird entirely.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_scrub_jay

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Scrub jay branches out
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Scrub jay flying off the rail
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Scrub jay on clothesline perch reconnoitering the yard
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Scrub jay takes flight
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Hanging out in the planter
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Looking for food
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Scrub jay surveys the territory
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Scrub jay guarding the rake
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Sitting on the neighbor’s fence with St. Thomas the Apostle Church in the background
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Family dog Jack sleeps through it all

Fight for the environment. Letter to an elected San Francisco Progressive

Open letter to San Francisco Supervisor Connie Chan whose District includes the area adjacent to the Pacific Ocean

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Climate change. San Franciso near the Pacific Ocean – September 2020

Lee Heidhues 7.8.2021

Supervisor Chan

I am beyond disappointed that you, who campaigned and describe yourself as a “Progressive,” can be cowed by a minority of shrill entitled motorists.

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Connie Chan on the campaign trail 2020

It is regrettable that rather than acknowledging Climate Change is a serious matter and planning for the future, you continue to enable the behavior of motorists. By doing so, you are abdicating any leadership role in promoting an alternative environmental vision for San Francisco.

The temperature in Portland reached 115 degrees last week. Nearly 100 people have died. The Great Walkway is part of the Pacific Coast and is impacted by Climate Change.

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Climate Change on The Great Walkway – looking out at the Pacific Ocean – September 2020

The entire Great Highway is a castle made of sand falling into the sea. The automobile is largely responsible for the erosion of this land by the Pacific Ocean.

Nearly two weeks ago I sent you a Blog post titled “Progressive Supervisor Wants to Destroy Great Walkway.” In the past two weeks 1116 people have thus far looked at the Post.

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The effects of climate change – The Great Walkway skyline September 2020

I have been attacked on Nextdoor for months. Why? I strongly support The Great Walkway. I continue to analyze what the angry motorists have to say. The motorists’ rhetoric is a repetitive lamentation about being inconvenienced to take a detour and adding a bit more time to their trip.

Connie, on Nextdoor you are receiving misguided praise for having aligned yourself with the shrill motorists during the June 22 Supervisors meeting to review the SFMTA proposal.

You firmly opposed a permanently car free Great Walkway and bowed to the strident motorists. This, despite the fact over 70 percent of the participants who testified and submitted comments on June 22 favored The Great Walkway.

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Clinate change. An orange skyline along The Great Walkway – September 2020

Most importantly you know that in 2023 the Great Highway from Sloat to Skyline reclamation project will begin. Six months into the project the roadway will be permanently closed to cars. Once the motorists get to Sloat by the Zoo they will have to engage in new behaviors by motoring around Lake Merced to reach the southern bound roadway.

Stand by your election campaign as a “Progressive.” Take a stand for the environment.

BUSTED: Trump Organization, Top Exec Are Indicted. Only the beginning.

Lee Heidhues 6.30.2021

It’s about time. Reminds me of the 1993 film The Firm based on the John Grisham novel. The bad guys, who happen to be lawyers, get busted in the end having done fraudulent client billing and sent the invoices via USPS. Translation –  Mail Fraud via Interstate commerce and a violation of the law. Whatever it takes.

Didn’t Al Capone end up in Alcatraz for tax fraud? 

I commend Cyrus Vance and the New York AG for continuing their  relentless and diligent pursuit of this guy, Trump.  His accounting in a Court of law is long overdue and richly deserved.

This is only the beginning. Trump is finally being held to account for his decades of cruelty, lies and financial misdeeds.

“It’s only the beginning what I want to feel forever..only just the start..” sang the group Chicago in their 1969 debut album with the song, “Beginnings.”  

Breaking News 4.15.2019

Excerpted from the New York Times 6.30.2021

The former president’s family business and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, are expected to appear in court on Thursday.

A grand jury in Manhattan has indicted Donald J. Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, and one of its top executives in connection with a tax investigation into fringe benefits handed out at the company, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The specific charges against the company and its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, were not immediately clear. The indictment was expected to be unsealed Thursday afternoon after Mr. Weisselberg and lawyers for the Trump Organization were set to appear in court.

But prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney’s office have been examining bonuses and luxury perks that Mr. Weisselberg received — including an apartment in Manhattan, leased Mercedes-Benz cars and private school tuition for at least one of his grandchildren — and whether taxes should have been paid on those benefits.

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The indictment is a major development in the investigation led by the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., who has been conducting a sweeping inquiry into Mr. Trump and his business dealings along with the New York State attorney general, Letitia James.

 

It will amplify the pressure that prosecutors have placed on Mr. Weisselberg for months to turn on Mr. Trump and cooperate with their investigation. In nearly a half-century of service to Mr. Trump’s family businesses, Mr. Weisselberg, 73, has survived — and thrived — by anticipating and carrying out his boss’s dictates in a zealous mission to protect the bottom line.

Interviews with 18 current and former associates of Mr. Weisselberg, as well as a review of legal filings, financial records and other documents, paint a portrait of a man whose unflinching devotion to Mr. Trump will now be put to the test.

“Allen is a soldier,” said John Burke, a former Trump executive who worked with Mr. Weisselberg in the early 1990s. “Allen was good at doing what Donald wanted him to do.”

 

Julian Assange key witness admits lies in USA case against Wikileaks founder

Predictably the mainstream American media, often willing collaborators of the Federal government, are not covering this story.  A story which parallels release of the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg 50 years ago this month detailing the history of American involvement in Vietnam 

The ongoing quest by the American government to extradite and persecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is based on a tissue of lies and the American government’s embarrassment at having its dirty work made public.

Julian Assange has been incarcerated for years. His alleged crime. Making public the wrong doing, illegal and criminal activities of the American government in pursuit of its foreign policy goals.

Now we learn that a key witness in the sham American prosecution is himself a convicted criminal and an admitted perjurer. 

 

Excerpted from Stundin – Iceland 6.26.2021

A maj­or wit­n­ess in the United States’ Depart­ment of Justice ca­se against Ju­li­an Assange has admitted to fabricat­ing key accusati­ons in the indict­ment against the Wiki­leaks found­er.

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Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson now admits to Stundin that Assange never asked him to hack or access phone recordings of MPs. His new claim is that he had in fact received some files from a third party who claimed to have recorded MPs and had offered to share them with Assange without having any idea what they actually contained. He claims he never checked the contents of the files or even if they contained audio recordings as his third party source suggested. He further admits the claim, that Assange had instructed or asked him to access computers in order to find any such recordings, is false.

The witness, who has a documented history with sociopathy and has received several convictions for sexual abuse of minors and wide-ranging financial fraud, made the admission in a newly published interview in Stundin where he also confessed to having continued his crime spree whilst working with the Department of Justice and FBI and receiving a promise of immunity from prosecution.

The man in question, Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, was recruited by US authorities to build a case against Assange after misleading them to believe he was previously a close associate of his. In fact he had volunteered on a limited basis to raise money for Wikileaks in 2010 but was found to have used that opportunity to embezzle more than $50,000 from the organization.

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Time Magazine – December 2010

Julian Assange was visiting Thordarson’s home country of Iceland around this time due to his work with Icelandic media and members of parliament in preparing the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a press freedom project that produced a parliamentary resolution supporting whistleblowers and investigative journalism.

The United States is currently seeking Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom in order to try him for espionage relating to the release of leaked classified documents. If convicted, he could face up to 175 years in prison. The indictment has sparked fears for press freedoms in the United States and beyond and prompted strong statements in support of Assange from Amnesty International, Reporters without borders, the editorial staff of the Washington Post and many others.

US officials presented an updated version of an indictment against him to a Magistrate court in London last summer. The veracity of the information contained therein is now directly contradicted by the main witness, whose testimony it is based on.

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The court documents refer to Mr Thordarson simply as “Teenager” (a reference to his youthful appearance rather than true age, he is 28 years old) and Iceland as “NATO Country 1” but make no real effort to hide the identity of either. They purport to show that Assange instructed Thordarson to commit computer intrusions or hacking in Iceland.

The tactics employed by US officials appear to have been successful as can be gleaned from the ruling of Magistrate Court Judge Vanessa Baraitser on January 4th of this year. Although she ruled against extradition, she did so purely on humanitarian grounds relating to Assange’s health concerns, suicide risk and the conditions he would face in confinement in US prisons.

With regards to the actual accusations made in the indictment Baraitser sided with the arguments of the American legal team, including citing the specific samples from Iceland which are now seriously called into question.

https://stundin.is/grein/13627/

Photo above – Julian Assange and Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson