Dangerous Whistleblowers

It is quite amazing how much money and effort is poured into catching a man who has contributed greatly to revealing the machinations of the government’s propaganda and war machine to the public. It is however symptomatic of the treatment meted out to the government critics who are considered most dangerous to the establishment. This is to say, those who provide the public with incontrovertible proof of the things that are done in its name under a cloak of secrecy, allegedly in the interest of “national security”.

Edward Snowden is certainly not hiding out in Moscow because he likes it there. He is hiding out there because he knows perfectly well what happens to whistleblowers under the Obama administration. Never has there been a more vindictive approach. The rule seems to be that it is not the criminals who are punished, but those who have revealed the criminal activity. We still remember how Mr. Obama asserted with a straight face: “I welcome the discussion (over the NSA)”. Actually, his face was not entirely straight: it looked like he had bitten into a lemon.


ecuador-embassy-london.siThe small police presence in front of the Ecuadorean embassy, to ensure no evil thoughts can escape and infect the cattle.

Photo credit: Chris Helgren / Reuters


He neglected to mention a few details, such that there wouldn’t even have been a discussion if not for Mr. Snowden’s actions. He also neglected to mention that the US would definitely not be grateful to Mr. Snowden for having given the president this rare opportunity to have the discussion he allegedly “welcomes” so much. Most likely Snowden would be thrown into a brig and the key would be thrown away. As an aside, the discussion has had no tangible results, except for intimidating people into watching what they are saying. Other than that, nothing has changed – ubiquitous surveillance continues unabated

Mr. Assange is also a man numerous governments would like to “protect” us from, since his organization has undoubtedly made numerous tax cows think forbidden thoughts. The idea of “American exceptionalism” was severely dented by a Wikileaks video of a US helicopter in Iraq shooting at journalists, innocent bystanders and even those trying to help them (here is the video: Collateral Murder). One might be tempted to think that the Abu Ghraib photographs should have been sufficient to establish the essential characteristics of the Iraq war, but that piece of gruesome evidence was long blamed on “a few bad apples”. It seems though that the war was indeed just as dirty as the wars fought by others. It is no longer possible to claim “exceptionalism” in the face of routine slaughter accompanied by cynical comments and laughter (the “exceptionalism” theory asserts that it is fine for the “good guys” to slaughter assorted third world sub-humans for the “greater good”, and that they even love us for it).

Assange really irked the powers-that-be, so much that a rape case that by all appearances was fabricated was brought against him in Sweden (here is a summary of the event; there is a lot of nigh overwhelming circumstantial evidence indicating the case was indeed an attempt to frame him. It is easy to find a lot more information on this). Mind, we cannot be certain that he was framed; we just believe it is highly likely.

If getting him out of the way was the intention, it actually succeeded, insofar as he was forced to stop acting as the public face of Wikileaks, a role in which he had gained quite a bit of notoriety. There are many people speaking out against government deception and warmongering, but Assange was able to reach a very large audience – and although we can only speculate on this, that probably led to him being considered dangerous and in need of being taken out of the picture.

Let us just note here that in light of how whistleblowers have been treated ever since the Deep State has de facto taken over in the wake of the phony “war on terrorism”, one must admire the courage of people like Assange and Snowden, who have taken great personal risks to bring important information to the public’s attention.


assangeJulian Assange in his “space station” office at the Ecuadorean embassy

Photo credit: Craig Hibbert

Government Waste

Mr. Assange has been holed up for some time in the Ecuadorian embassy in London so as to prevent his extradition to Sweden. Imagine yourself in his shoes, assuming that the charges are indeed trumped-up. You know you have been framed because you are considered a danger to the political elite and the security apparatus. Would you voluntarily surrender to those who evidently executed the frame-up?

Again, there is of course some uncertainty here – we cannot know for sure if he was framed. But we know one thing for certain: If we were in the man’s shoes and it was a frame-up (which he would of course know), we would not expect a “fair trial”. Once “the scum who inhabit the corridors of power” (to quote Justin Raimondo) have made it obvious that you are a target, you have every reason to fear for your future.

One indication that the powers-that-be are very eager indeed to get their mitts on Assange is the huge amount of UK taxpayer money wasted on watching the man to make sure he cannot escape from his embassy hideout. It goes to show that there is far more to the case than just the highly dubious official allegations. The operation has so far cost an incredible $15 million (10 million pound sterling) as reported in the Times:


“Julian Assange’s self-imposed confinement at the Ecuadorean embassy in London has cost the taxpayer £10 million in policing costs — and he shows no sign of leaving.

Mr Assange, 43, has been holed up at the embassy in Knightsbridge for nearly 1,000 days to escape extradition to Sweden. The WikiLeaks founder is being watched 24 hours a day by armed officers from the Metropolitan police diplomatic protection group. Mr Assange, an Australian national, said yesterday it was “shameful” that the Swedish authorities, who want to extradite him over sexual assault allegations were “prepared to allow his indefinite detention without charge”.


(emphasis added)

Well, indefinite detention without charge is the standard treatment for “enemy combatants”, isn’t it? Unless they are summarily executed without trial, judge or jury by a drone that is.

As Justin Raimondo explains (here is his comment and summary of the case), Sweden wants to prosecute Assange for something that wasn’t a crime when it happened. The prosecution apparently wants to make it a crime with the help of this high profile case (the intention is to enable women to assert retroactively that consensual sex was a rape, by claiming they were under undue psychological influence from their partner. No, we are not kidding). Of course there are other motives in play, which are probably better suited to explain the tenacity with which Assange is pursued on such a flimsy legal pretext. According to Raimondo:


“It’s a put up job, pure and simple, so brazen that one wonders how anyone – let alone a sitting judge outside of Zimbabwe, or Saudi Arabia – can entertain it with a straight face. And yet a British judge has indeed upheld the validity of the international arrest warrant, which went straight to the top of Interpol’s agenda as soon as it was issued: in the new world order, “sex by surprise” is on a par with being a  mass murderer . In spite of having pledges of funding from prominent supporters, the judge denied Assange bail: and so the governments of the world have him where they want him – behind bars.


The extradition of Assange to Sweden would signal the final phase of Britain’s long slow slide into authoritarianism, an outcome that seems nearly inevitable for a society that imposes a draconian “speech code,” and has its population under constant surveillance. From there the plan is obviously to jail him in Sweden until the US can cook up a “legal” rationale to have him extradited for trial in the US


This is an issue that the ruling elite is counting on to plug the giant hole in their armor called the internet.


Assange is the first high-profile political prisoner in a new age of repression and fear. If he is martyred to the cause of liberty, let his bravery and determination serve as an example and an inspiration to us all. But we don’t need any more martyrs: we need living activists, like Assange, who are willing to take on the States of the world.


(emphasis added)

It is also interesting how the mainstream media keep retroactively editing articles on Assange that have appeared on the internet. Since most of them are essentially government mouthpieces, this is not very surprising, but it provides us with more clues as to how the power elite views the man and how eager it is to discredit him. It is worth noting that ever since Assange has been holed up in the embassy, the effectiveness of WikiLeaks has declined sharply. No major new revelations have seen the light of day since then.



The fact that the UK has wasted $15 million on keeping an eye on Assange is telling. We happen to agree with Justin Raimondo’s characterization of the situation: Assange is effectively a political prisoner.




Emigrate While You Can... Learn More




Dear Readers!

You may have noticed that our so-called “semiannual” funding drive, which started sometime in the summer if memory serves, has seamlessly segued into the winter. In fact, the year is almost over! We assure you this is not merely evidence of our chutzpa; rather, it is indicative of the fact that ad income still needs to be supplemented in order to support upkeep of the site. Naturally, the traditional benefits that can be spontaneously triggered by donations to this site remain operative regardless of the season - ranging from a boost to general well-being/happiness (inter alia featuring improved sleep & appetite), children including you in their songs, up to the likely allotment of privileges in the afterlife, etc., etc., but the Christmas season is probably an especially propitious time to cross our palms with silver. A special thank you to all readers who have already chipped in, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Regardless of that, we are honored by everybody's readership and hope we have managed to add a little value to your life.


Bitcoin address: 12vB2LeWQNjWh59tyfWw23ySqJ9kTfJifA


2 Responses to “UK Government Wastes Huge Amounts on Watching Assange”

  • John Galt III:

    In Rotherham in Northern England over the last 15 years, 1,000 white English girls were systematically “groomed” by Muslim men. Groomed meant they were drugged, passed around and used as sex slaves.

    1) The politicians knew and did nothing
    2) The government “social workers” knew and did nothing
    3) The police knew and did something. They arrested the fathers of these innocent girls for complaining.

    Rotherham is one of many areas in the UK where this occurs.

    My daughter lives in this country and does my granddaughter. They are not safe. They are expendable.

    We can see what matters in the UK – Assange and what does not – the native born non multi culti.

    Now we will see where all this goes. Not only in the UK but the entire Western world.

  • No6:

    Let us not forget that the then Australian Prime minister Julia Gillard (a trained lawyer) publicly pronounced him guilty (before any charges were laid) and offered him no consular assistance. (Australia like the UK is a US client state.)

Your comment:

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Most read in the last 20 days:

  • The Capital Structure as a Mirror of the Bubble Era
      Effects of Monetary Pumping on the Real World As long time readers know, we are looking at the economy through the lens of Austrian capital and monetary theory (see here for a backgrounder on capital theory and the production structure). In a nutshell: Monetary pumping falsifies interest rate signals by pushing gross market rates below the rate that reflects society-wide time preferences; this distorts relative prices in the economy and sets a boom into motion – which is characterized by...
  • How to Get Ahead in Today’s Economy
      “Literally On Fire” This week brought forward more evidence that we are living in a fabricated world. The popular story-line presents a world of pure awesomeness. The common experience, however,  falls grossly short.   There are many degrees of awesomeness, up to total awesomeness – which is where we are these days, in the age of total awesomeness, just a short skip away from the Nirvana era. What is Nirvana, you may wonder? We only know for sure that Nirvana is what...
  • Full Faith and Credit in Counterfeit Money
      A Useful Public Service There are nooks and corners in every city where talk is cheap and scandal is honorable.  The Alley, in Downtown Los Angeles, is a magical place where shrewd entrepreneurs, shameless salesmen, and downright hucksters coexist in symbiotic disharmony.  Fakes, fugazis, and knock-offs galore, pack the roll-up storefronts with sparkle and shimmer.   The Alley in LA – in places such as this, consumers are as a rule well served by applying a little bit of...
  • Gold and Gold Stocks – Conundrum Alert
      Moribund Meandering Earlier this week, the USD gold price was pushed rather unceremoniously off its perch above the $1300 level, where it had been comfortably ensconced all year after its usual seasonal rally around the turn of the year. For a while it seemed as though the $1,300 level may actually hold, but persistent US dollar strength nixed that idea. Previously many observers (too many?) expected gold to finally break out from its lengthy consolidation pattern, but evidently the...
  • US Money Supply Growth Jumps in March , Bank Credit Growth Stalls
      A Movie We Have Seen Before – Repatriation Effect? There was a sizable increase in the year-on-year growth rate of the true US money supply TMS-2 between February and March. Note that you would not notice this when looking at the official broad monetary aggregate M2, because the component of TMS-2 responsible for the jump is not included in M2. Let us begin by looking at a chart of the TMS-2 growth rate and its 12-month moving average.   The y/y growth rate of TMS-2...
  • Fear and Longing - Precious Metals Supply and Demand
      Waiting for Permanent Backwardation  The price of gold dropped 9 bucks, while that of silver rose 3 cents. Readers often ask us if permanent backwardation (when gold withdraws its bid on the dollar) is still coming. We say it is certain (unless we can avert it by offering interest on gold at large scale). They ask is it imminent, and we think this is with a mixture of fear and longing for a higher gold price.   Lettuce hope this treasure is not cursed... but it probably is....
  • Scorn and Reverence - Precious Metals Supply and Demand
      Shill Alarm One well-known commentator this week opined about the US health care industry:   “...the system is designed the churn and burn... to push people through the clinics as quickly as possible. The standard of care now is to prescribe some medication (usually antibiotics) and send people on their way without taking the time to conduct a comprehensive examination.”   From the annals of modern health care... [PT]   Nope. That is not the standard...
  • Global Turn-of-the-Month Effect – An Update
      In Other Global Markets the “Turn-of-the-Month” Effect Generates Even Bigger Returns than in the US The “turn-of-the-month” effect is one of the most fascinating stock market phenomena. It describes the fact that price gains primarily tend to occur around the turn of the month. By contrast, the rest of the time around the middle of the month is typically far less profitable for investors.   Good vs. bad seasonal timing...   [PT]   The effect has been studied...
  • Tales from “The Master of Disaster”
      Tightening Credit Markets Daylight extends a little further into the evening with each passing day.  Moods ease.  Contentment rises.  These are some of the many delights the northern hemisphere has to offer this time of year. As summer approaches, and dispositions loosen, something less amiable is happening.  Credit markets are tightening.  The yield on the 10-Year Treasury note has exceeded 3.12 percent.   A change in pace: yields are actually going somewhere. There is...
  • Is Political Decentralization the Only Hope for Western Civilization?
      Voting with their Feet A couple of recent articles have once more made the case, at least implicitly, for political decentralization as the only viable path which will begin to solve the seemingly insurmountable political, economic, and social crises which the Western world now faces.   Fracture lines – tax and regulatory competition allows people to “vote with their feet” - and they certainly do. [PT]   In the last few months, over 3,000 millionaires have...
  • Why the Fundamental Gold Price Rose - Precious Metals Supply and Demand
      Gold Lending and Arbitrage There was no rise in the purchasing power of gold this week. The price of gold fell $22, and that of silver $0.19. One question that comes up is why is the fundamental price so far above the market price? Starting in January, the fundamental price began to move up sharply, and the move sustained through the end of April.   1-month LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate – the rate at which banks lend euro-dollars to each other). LIBOR and GOFO...
  • “Sell In May And Go Away” - A Reminder: In 9 Out Of 11 Countries It Makes Sense To Do So
      A Truism that is Demonstrably True Most people are probably aware of the adage “sell in May and go away”. This popular seasonal Wall Street truism implies that the market's performance is far worse in the six summer months than in the six winter months. Numerous studies have been undertaken in this context particularly with respect to US stock markets, and they  confirm that the stock market on average exhibits relative weakness in the summer.   Look at the part we...

Support Acting Man

Item Guides


The Review Insider

Dog Blow

Austrian Theory and Investment



THE GOLD CARTEL: Government Intervention on Gold, the Mega Bubble in Paper and What This Means for Your Future

Realtime Charts


Gold in USD:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]



Gold in EUR:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]



Silver in USD:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]



Platinum in USD:

[Most Recent Quotes from www.kitco.com]



USD - Index:

[Most Recent USD from www.kitco.com]


Mish Talk

Buy Silver Now!
Buy Gold Now!


Diary of a Rogue Economist