The new year was off to an adrenaline-filled start within just eleven days. During the first week and a half of 2018 Julian Assange received an Ecuadorian passport, an appellate court ruling confirmed that the DNC Fraud lawsuit would continue, and new Clinton investigations were announced by the Justice Department and FBI.
Assange caused a media stir within minutes of the new year, posting a cryptic tweet that included singer-songwriter M.I.A.’s ‘Paper Planes.’ The tweet inspired immediate confusion and speculation amongst the press and the public.
Soon afterwards, reports emerged that a building on the property of Bill and Hillary Clinton had caught fire. The blaze was rapidly extinguished with no injuries reported, though the event sparked a nervous flurry amongst legacy press, including Salon. The outlet’s coverage of the incident attempted to portray reporting on the fire as stimulating in ‘conspiracy theory.’
That the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server would receive renewed scrutiny from authorities within the initial days of the year served as an incredible start of an explosive two-week period.
Disobedient Media related that within 24 hours of the fire, two separate investigations were announced by the Department of Justice and FBI into various facets of the Clintons’ activities. One is being conducted by the FBI in regards to the Clinton Foundation, while the second inquiry by the Justice Department is investigating issues surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her term as Secretary of State.
Over recent months Clinton has also been at the center of allegations of corruption regarding Uranium One and the Trump dossier created by Fusion GPS. The latter has embroiled additional Democrats in the scandal, with news reports published earlier today indicating that Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein blamed a “bad cold” for the: “controversial way she handled the release of an interview transcript for the co-founder of the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier.”
Note on recent press: UK gov claims that it will arrest Assange because he changed his house arrest location without permission. A max $5,000 or 3 months penalty, not valid & long spent. Assange already served more than 14x the max under UK sentencing (house arrest = 50% time).
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 10, 2018
Shortly following the FBI and Justice Department’s announcement of their investigations regarding Clinton-scandals, the possibility of impending freedom for Julian Assange appeared to solidify. NBC reported that Assange had been granted a passport and therefore citizenship by Ecuador, with Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stating that officials accepted Assange’s request for naturalization in December.
News regarding Assange’s Ecuadorian passport coincided with a tweet by the Wikileaks Editor-In-Chief portraying himself in an Ecuadorian football jersey. Assange has been sequestered for over five years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. His captivity has endured despite UN findings and multiple other studies that described the conditions in which he is held as contradictory to laws of the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as human rights standards.
Statement by Mr Assange's legal team responding to yesterday's news: "The UN ruling, issued almost two years ago, is crystal clear in its language, Mr Assange is unlawfully and arbitrarily detained by the UK authorities and must be released."
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 10, 2018
Just hours after news of Assange’s Ecuadorian passport emerged, Wikileaks wrote via Twitter that the UK government had claimed it would “arrest Assange because he changed his house arrest location without permission.” Press reports also indicated that Ecuador had: “Asked London to recognize Assange as a diplomat, which would give him safe passage out of the embassy without fear of arrest, but Britain had refused.”
On the same day, Disobedient Media reported that attorneys for the plaintiffs in the DNC Fraud lawsuit had announced the appeal of the suit’s earlier dismissal would go ahead. The Becks stated via social media that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal had ordered the suit to proceed, and provided documentation of the ruling. At the time of writing, legacy press outlets have failed to report this important development in the DNC Fraud lawsuit case. This is particularly disturbing given the major importance of the suit, but falls into the larger pattern described in Disobedient Media’s discussion of establishment Democratic party corruption.
Additionally, a film clip published by Project Veritas suggested that Twitter may have deleted Assange’s account due to pressure from the United States government. The undercover film also shows the Twitter engineer discussing the company’s refusal to verify Assange. The engineer then indicated that Twitter receives pressure to delete celebrity accounts from governments: “All the f***ing time.”
Why won't Twitter verify Julian Assange? Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer Pranay Singh tells us on hidden camera! #ShadowBan
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) January 11, 2018
Robert Mueller’s controversial investigation into Russian collusion has also evolved in recent days. The Washington Times reported: “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators probing the 2016 U.S. presidential race has grown to include Ryan Dickey, a federal prosecutor responsible for investigating several high-profile cybercrime cases.” As noted by Kim Dotcom via twitter, Dickey is known for his controversial prosecution of the Megaupload founder.
Significant progression within the first days of the year in numerous under-reported or often mis-represented stories set a dynamic tone for the year. The DNC Fraud lawsuit, two separate Clinton scandals and the growing possibility of freedom for Julian Assange make it increasingly apparent that, if the last eleven days prove an indication of the character of the months to come, then 2018 may prove to be truly groundbreaking.