GLOBAL PENTAGON MANHUNT
By Victor Thorn
The founder of a popular web site, which was set up for government, corporate and religious whistleblowers to leak classified documents that would otherwise have been buried, has been forced into hiding out of fear that his life is in grave danger following reports that the U.S. military is out to get him.
Around this same time, Assange went missing. Shortly before his disappearance, Tom Arup of The Age newspaper reported on May 17 that customs officials confiscated Assange's passport at a Melbourne airport, while Australian federal police later ransacked his luggage.
Due to this type of increased harassment, Assange cancelled a speaking engagement in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Philip Shenon of the online news site, The Daily Beast, cited a U.S. official on June 11, who was attempting to determine Assange's secretive whereabouts. "We'd like to know where he is; we'd like his cooperation in this matter," said the official.
This benign statement cannot fully conceal the Pentagon's sense of urgency, especially when gauged by one of Manning's correspondences with cyber-snitch Lamo prior to his arrest.
"Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available," said Assange in his email.
Shortly after Manning's identity as a whistleblower became known, a WikiLeaks online message conveyed the situation's gravity.: "It looks like we're about to be attacked by everything the U.S. has," read the note posted on the web site.
PENTAGON PAPERS II?
In a June 17 article, Marc Ambinder, politics editor for The Atlantic, referenced another famous whistleblower from the early 1970s.
"Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg said of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that in the age of [U.S. leaders], Assange has reason to fear arrest, kidnapping, rendition, torture and even death at the hands of the U.S. government."
The Pentagon Papers contained thousands of pages of highly classified documents detailing the true history of Washington's bloody war in Vietnam. They were leaked by Ellsberg in 1971.
Ellsberg further explained in a June 11 televised interview with Dylan Ratigan, "President Obama, who came in promising transparency in government and the end of excessive secrecy, has totally violated that pledge."
He added, "As I look at Assange's case, I would have to say it puts his well-being, his physical life, in some danger. I think Assange would do well to keep his whereabouts unknown."
Ms. Jonsdottir undoubtedly realizes the perils facing her colleague, especially the possibility of a convenient "suicide" or "accident."
As she told this writer: "These people will use creative methods to detain Julian. He's taking every security precaution, but he can't remain in hiding forever.
But no matter what, we will not be silenced. Similar to Daniel Ellsberg, history will view Bradley Manning and Julian Assange as heroes."
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