James O’Keefe and Project Veritas have been on a roll the past few months and their latest revelation is truly a shocker.
Their team obtained an old phone call between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and a lawyer from Crooked Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Warns US Government Trouble Was Coming Their Way With Unredacted Release Of Classified Cables Stolen From Wikileaks pic.twitter.com/hx5u2fSzuC
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 16, 2020
As noted in the 2011 audio clip, Assange gave a dire warning about a possible leak of classified U.S. State Department documents.
Assange desperately tried to prevent the publication of unredacted documents by third parties.
Assange urgently reached out to State Department officials to minimize the damage of the potential leaks.
He pleaded for officials to take action and warned those at risk about the impending publication of the stolen unredacted documents.
As Gateway Pundit reported, those warnings went ignored:
The stunning phone call between Assange and State Department lawyer Cliff Johnson sheds light on the efforts Assange went through to minimize the damage caused by the release of the cables.
Notably, the audio from the call on August 26, 2011, makes clear that WikiLeaks only re-published the full US embassy cables after they were on hundreds of websites, torrent sites and Twitter. Specifically, the full cables were published on Cryptome.org and the Pirate Bay — days before they were published on WikiLeaks.
“Yes, so the situation is that we have intelligence that the State Department Database Archive of 250,000 diplomatic cables including declassified cables is being spread around and is to the degree that we believe that within the next few days it will become public and we’re not sure but the timing could be imminently or within the next few days to a week. And there may be some possibility to stop it,” Assange warns in the call.
Johnson responds by asking, “And who would be releasing these cables? Is this WikiLeaks?”
“No, we would not be releasing them, we are doing our usual thing of continuing on with our redaction plan, but we have in the past 24 hours released a some 100,000 unclassified cables as an attempt to head off the incentives for others to release the entire archive, but I believe that nonetheless while we may have delayed things a little by doing that they will do so unless attempts are made to stop them. We have already engaged in some legal attempts to get them to stop but I think that it will not be enough,” Assange explains.
The report continues to state:
Assange repeatedly reached out to the State Department to offer his assistance with mitigating the damage. He explained to them how to stop the spread six full days before the broader public gained access. Clinton’s State Department did nothing. He explained that the US would need to get an injunction in Germany, because WikiLeaks did not have the right to do so. They ignored his warnings.
During the call, Johnson asks if WikiLeaks had taken any efforts to stop the rogue employee and others from publishing the unredacted materials. They explained that they had, but that the only real way to stop it was for the State Department to step in and, at the very least, warn people who may be at risk that the publication could happen within a week.
“What we want the State Department to do is to step up its warning procedures which it was engaged in earlier in the year, like last year, to a State Department sources to mention it in the cables. I assume but am not sure that all of those individuals at the State Department at risk in despotic regimes have been contacted and certainly they’ve had because of the press significant warning that this sort of thing was coming, but in case they are any individuals who haven’t been warned that they should be warned. Insofar as the State Department can impress upon people within Germany to encourage them to desist that behavior that would be helpful,” Assange explained.
Assange also asked for someone to meet him in person from the US embassy, because he was on house arrest and could not get to London. He wanted them to meet him so that he could provide the file location and password because he did not want to give it to them over unsecure lines. They declined to do so.
The audio makes it very clear that WikiLeaks spent nine months diligently working to protect people who would have been at risk and slowly rolling out stories as they were verified and properly redacted.
Nonetheless, Assange remains imprisoned for the released documents despite his efforts.
Assange was unfairly and ruthlessly targeted, and the U.S. government never bothered to go after the third parties he warned them about.
As rumors continue to circulate about a Presidential pardon for Assange, this certainly boosts his case.
This extraordinary recording (which I had never heard before) confirms claims that @Wikileaks made for years, but its critics dismissed as lies.
1) Assange DID seek to minimize risks to individuals.
2) Bulk release of cables was forced, not intentional. https://t.co/zUt6MPOvQY
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 16, 2020
“Mr. Assange’s rights have been severely violated for more than a decade. He must now be allowed to live a normal family, social and professional life, to recover his health.” Nils Melzer (UN Special Rapporteur on torture)#PardonAssange 🎗 #FreeAssangeNOW pic.twitter.com/PjgHvy12dS
— IL CATTIVO (@GianniMagini) December 15, 2020
Dear @realDonaldTrump Please consider being punk as fuck. You will make history if you pardon Assange, Edward Snowden & any whistleblower wrongly persecuted. DC Cult Leaders aka politicians hate truth. Burn them down on your way out. #FreeAssange #PardonSnowden #PunkAF
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) December 14, 2020
Pardoning Assange would certainly be historic for President Trump’s legacy.