The Anti-Assange Black PR Campaign

If you missed the video that @AnonScan dropped this past Thursday you should probably head over to their Youtube account and take a look at it. It explains exactly why they were posting the countdown videos and the reasons behind it are fairly important. But if you’re anything like me and had been following the situation from the get go (Day 11) then this newest video release comes as no surprise because @AnonScan told us that they might release further information. For instance, on July 5, 2017, they tweeted out a screenshot of two private videos they had uploaded to Youtube with the message, “…depending on further development, we just might expose those behind by releasing some videos previously uploaded.”

 

 

Two days later they asked their followers if they should release one of those pre-made videos and after a resounding “Yes!” they released it on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

So what was in the video, you ask? Well, below I’ve posted the complete message along with screenshots from the video. The screenshots are not perfectly aligned with the message but it’s pretty darn close. And for those of you that are just joining the party now you can catch up on the “Soon” videos HERE.   And with that, the video…

 

“Greetings Citizens of the World.
Many of you may have noticed that we each day

 

since 22nd of June posted a tiny video on Twitter. A “countdown” and yes, the birthday of Mr. Assange is on the 3rd July

 

but kindly note said videos are not made by us, they were obtained from a YouTube account, which many of you have located, so here is our explanation why we copied and used those videos.

Some background information first.

Not many months ago the hashtag #QuestionWikiLeaks was promoted by various users in example

 

AnonIntelGroup which soon became suspended and then terminated as a result thereof. 

Whether infiltrated or not by any government remains to be seen, but it is not so important to us. 

We have a policy of not entering into any debate whatsoever with tiny trolls and their interacting followers as we have no desire of feeding them. 

However we have recently seen indications that looks like this group of individuals are popping up again,

 

this time using the #questionanswr and it goes without saying that those behind this also maintain a corresponding Twitter account with the similar ID.

We did what we did partly as a countermeasure so that people did not enter the anti WikiLeaks YouTube-channel where each and every of the videos are equipped with the mentioned hashtag.

We chose proactively to make sure that those videos would rank low on Google etc.

Why?

Because just like #QuestionWikiLeaks, the #questionanswr – those behind it and supporting it has an agenda.

 

That agenda is a Black PR Campaign against WikiLeaks and Mr. Julian Assange, a campaign where we noted that a certain part of the collective of Anonymous and tiny trolls are participating, but also BlackHats and individuals who are anti WikiLeaks and supported by 2 governments are participating.

This is something that we do not accept.

 

Plain and simple.
Thank you for listening.

We are Anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us”

 

THE BACKGROUND

So there you have it, folks. @AnonScan was not behind the countdown videos and their role in all of this was simply to protect themselves, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks. I would like to add that it was nice of them to shed some light on the situation because I know a handful of people out there were getting frustrated. For instance, based on some of the comments I read online some people believed that @AnonScan was jerking their chain while others didn’t know what to think. And the fact that the TheAnonJournal account blatantly lied about @AnonScan didn’t help matters. But now everyone should know that @AnonScan never had any bad intentions and that there was/is a group of nefarious people out there plotting a Black PR campaign against both Julian Assange and Wikileaks. @AnonScan simply went on the offensive to stop it.

So what else do we know?  For starters we know that the hashtag QuestionWikileaks was promoted by sub accounts such as AnonIntelGroup (which has since been terminated) and that @AnonScan is not aware at this point if the group was/is infiltrated by the government. Additionally, what led up to @AnonScan posting the videos in the first place was the simple fact that they saw a group similar to the one promoting the QuestionWikileaks hashtag “popping up,” this time under the new hashtag questionanswr.  Indeed, many of us are now familiar with not only this second hashtag but the Youtube and Twitter accounts that accompany it.  Many of us are also familiar with the Twitter account “TheAnonJournal” which not only promoted questionanswr’s videos but lied about @AnonScan’s involvement (See my previous post).  And I don’t know about you but waging a war against @AnonScan and Wikileaks wouldn’t be at the top of my list but then again I’m not crazy. At least not certifiably.

 

THE TROLLS

You might be asking yourself how the trolls reacted to @AnonScan’s video and that’s a great question.  Unfortunately, I don’t have many answers for you.  The questionanswr accounts have been silent on the subject—at least publicly—as has TheAnonJournal account. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some interesting tweets that went out beforehand.  For example, questionanswr sent this tweet out on July 6, 2017:

And yes, if they’re referring to their video production skills, we do think it’s “all one big joke.” But I digress. Take a look at this TheAnonJournal retweet posted below.  Remember me previously posting this one? Well, I figured I’d repost it along with the original tweet and, oh look at that, a Louise Mensch comment, just so that they know that you know that they like the same stuff as Louise Mensch. 

 

And do you remember this one?  Well…

 

….TheAnonJournal can pretend to be as angelic as they like but when they start posting stuff like this…

 

…they make their agenda a fairly obvious one. And although questionanswr has failed to comment on the @AnonScan video I did find it comical that their final video posted on Youtube is back to being monetized.  Sigh. 

The other group that @AnonScan mentioned in the video (via screenshot) was @AnonIntelGroup but as @AnonScan pointed out, their account has been terminated.  However, there is one more account we could look at that has all sorts of fun things on it about Julian Assange and that’s the Alt-Wikileaks account which @AnonScan screenshot and added to their video (see above).

This account churns out endless anti-Assange, anti-Wikileaks propaganda daily and we could be here for weeks if I tried to cover it all so I won’t. But I will note some of their more recent stuff.  For instance, take the tweet posted below. This statement only makes sense if by obsessed they mean Wikileaks’ publication of the DNC and Podesta emails which would then mean that most of us are also obsessed with Hillary to the point of being stalkers because we ate those emails up like candy and enjoyed every single minute of it. One thing to note about this tweet that I found interesting was the use of the word “stalker.” Hmm, seems to be the key word to use these days when describing Assange, doesn’t it? Keep your eyes and ears open, folks. I bet Joy Ann Reid and this clown account won’t be the last ones to use that word.

 

Below is another tweet from Alt-Wikileaks which is basically a five-star, “It should win an Oscar!” review of the movie Risk.  The only thing I’ll say about this is that if you had any knowledge of Wikileaks or Julian Assange’s background before watching this film then you probably realized soon into it that it was not a documentary which told any real in-depth background story on Wikileaks or Julian Assange.  In fact, it was more like a page was taken from Poitras’ diary, which read, “Omg I’m such a victim and kind of hysterical and very passive aggressive and not a very nice person and I hope no one finds out that I completely sold out to the Deep State and the IC and everyone else you could possibly sell out to before making this film,” was regurgitated on the big screen.  But obviously Alt-Wikileaks disagrees with my take on things.

 

 

The bottom line is that this account appears to make accusations against Julian Assange more than it does in actually asking and answering legitimate questions or concerns people might have. And they fail to back those accusation up with anything more than innuendos.  In that respect, the account reminds me very much of the movie Risk.  As a side note, if you’re in the mood for some humor check out this “Smear and Enjoy” page that Wikileaks created which lists dozens of ridiculous things that people have said about Julian Assange. It seems accounts like Alt-Wikileaks merely regurgitate the same shit but on a different day. 

Last but not least I wanted to mention that as of the time of this posting I did not see any tweets from Alt-Wikileaks addressing the @AnonScan video.  But what I did see was this…

 

…which reminded me of this….

 

…which doesn’t prove that the accounts are working together but based on what @AnonScan said in the video and from what we’ve seen from these two accounts so far it certainly wouldn’t surprise me.

 

ANONYMOUS, BLACK HATS,
AND TWO GOVERNMENTS

Besides an unbridled dislike for Julian Assange, accounts like Alt-Wikileaks and TheAnonJournal also seem to enjoy a common hatred towards Donald Trump. Thus, I can’t help but wonder if this group’s beef against Assange and Wikileaks includes Trump’s victory.  I mean, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard liberals sob about it, that’s for sure. But the average liberal American isn’t the only one who’s upset over Trump in the White House. Members of the Deep State and god only knows who else are probably (and it seems obviously) furious that Trump won, are itching to get him out of office, and they want to take Assange down with him.

This takes me back to @AnonScan’s video where they mention that this newest Black PR campaign is being staged not only by a “certain part of the collective of Anonymous,” but by Black Hats and individuals who are “supported by two governments.”  Folks. This is some serious stuff.  I mean, it’s not like any of us are shocked by these revelations but for a brief moment in time put yourself in Julian Assange’s shoes.  Can you imagine your life being like this? It’s one thing to suspect that your government is reading your emails, listening to your phone conversations, or god forbid, watching you through your television but it’s quite another thing to definitively know that two governments are literally waging a war against you personally and publicly calling for your assassination.

 

OTHERS?

Take a look at @AnonScan’s video again and the Wikileaks tweet they included in it.  It’s this one:

A few things here. First of all, as you can see Wikileaks posted this in response to former Ecuadorian President Correa’s tweet but the Twitter translation under Correa’s tweet is woefully incorrect. It should read, “Anonymous tried to hack the systems of the Presidency, according to them, for ‘suspending’ Assange’s internet services,” which is a huge difference from Twitter’s translation but whatever. Jack sucks. Anyways, the interesting part, I think, is Wikileaks’ response.  And if you don’t know who Sabu is here’s a quick lowdown from Wikipedia:

“Hector Xaxier Monsegu known also by the online pseudonym Sabu is an American computer hacker and co-founder of the hacking group LulzSec.  He later turned informant for the FBI, working with the agency for over tens months to aid them in identifying other hackers from LulzSec and related groups.”

“Federal agents arrested Monsegur on June 7, 2011. The following day, Monsegur agreed to become an informant for the FBI and to continue his “Sabu” persona.  “Since literally the day he was arrested, the defendant has been cooperating with the government proactively,” sometimes staying up all night engaging in conversations with co-conspirators to help the government build cases against them, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Pastore said at a secret bail hearing on August 5, 2011″

“As an informant, Monsegur provided the FBI with details enabling the arrest of five other hackers associated with the groups Anonymous, LulzSec and Antisec. The FBI provided its own servers for the hacking to take place. Information Monsegur provided also resulted in the arrest of two UK hackers: James Jeffery and Ryan Cleary.”

So yeah. This guy was a rat for the feds and then some. Other things to note about Sabu include the fact that although he was facing up to twenty four years in prison for charges ranging from conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, he only served seven months. But that, my friend, is the luxury that most snitches enjoy. Additionally, he was also involved with the arrest of Jeremy Hammond although I haven’t researched that part of the story yet.

So why did @AnonScan include this particular Wikileaks tweet in their video? Well, for starters when Wikileaks posted that tweet Sabu had already been released from prison, was working in Seattle, and claimed to be a “security researcher” for a company called Rhino Security Labs.  All of this sounds well and good (okay, not really based on history) but when you have guys with resumes like this heading up Rhino Security Labs you have to wonder if Sabu is still playing ball with the U.S. government. And frankly, it’s even sketchier that Bryan Hurd didn’t include Rhino Security Labs on his Linkedin profile.

So, without having researched this further I could conclude that @AnonScan provided the Wikileaks tweet in the video to tell us that this is essentially who is beyond the current attack against Julian Assange. And by “who,” I mean a group of people, some from Anonymous, some who are Black Hats, and some who are supported by two governments that are all, at the end of the day, working for the FBI and the CIA. But like I said, I haven’t done a lot of research into this so I’m not sure. But no matter who is behind this latest campaign it sounds bad.  Very bad.

 

OTHER CAMPAIGNS

This latest campaign being waged against Assange also reminds me that this is not the first nor will it be the last one waged.  For example, a Black PR campaign that took shape last fall promoted the idea that Assange was either compromised or dead and that shiz was regurgitated like a million times. In fact, some people still believe that narrative. But the really interesting part about that campaign was the timing—it not only took off a month before Election Day, it happened right as Wikileaks was releasing the Podesta emails. Then there’s the whole internet being cut debacle, John Kerry and the rest but I’m not going to get into that today. Just realize it all of that stuff most likely played a role in that campaign. 

Additionally, much the same can be said about the QuestionWikileaks campaign that started back in March of this year because that coincided with the Vault 7 release. And now here we are with another campaign being waged against Assange (plus the Poitras’ movie) that includes actors being supported by two governments and I can’t help but wonder if something big is coming down the pipeline. I mean, Wikileaks is constantly giving us big stuff but if history is any indication then this new campaign may be gearing up in an effort to prevent a particular Wikileaks’ publication.  But as I always say, that’s just me theorizing so don’t be calling your girlfriends or running all over town telling people that Llama said Wikileaks is dropping something YUGE and SOON. I simply don’t know nor would know so let’s keep my #FakeNews reputation at a minimum, please. Muchas gracias.

The other thing I want to quickly mention is that I think Julian Assange is largely disregarded in the whole Russian narrative thing and by that I mean a lot of people don’t seem to recognize that the Russian narrative is yet another campaign that targets Assange. I mean, James Comey alone has testified on more than one occasion that Guccifer 2 and/or “The Russians” leaked emails to Wikileaks (via a cutout) and then Wikileaks published them.  So yes, if it has to do with Russian hacking or Guccifer 2 or the DNC leaks it naturally has to do with a smear campaign against Assange because the U.S. government made it about Assange. And I realize that anyone who doesn’t buy into the Russian narrative also doesn’t buy into the whole “Assange is a Putin puppet” story either but I think it’s helpful to remember that when discussing or posting stories involving the Russian narrative, more importantly stories that disprove the Russian narrative, we keep Assange in mind because let’s be honest, probably half of America believes that Assange is a Russian agent.

 

RESULTS OF A BLACK PR CAMPAIGN

The bottom line in this entire, particular situation is that you have to ask yourself what kind of damage a Black PR campaign can do to Assange. I mean, we are painfully aware of the damage that #FakeNews can cause not only in the United States but in other countries as well so don’t underestimate the power of an anti-Assange/anti-Wikileaks campaign. Take a look at TheAnonJournal. That account alone has over 148K followers so that’s a fairly large audience they can feed #FakeNews about Assange to, am I right? And smearing or discrediting Assange I imagine runs the risk of hurting him legally but it also hurts the work that he does. What I mean is that it has the potential to dissuade whistleblowers and leakers from leaking to Wikileaks. Put it this way, if you had some juicy information on that weasel, James Comey, and you wanted to leak it to Wikileaks but you were afraid that Julian was compromised or worse, no longer alive, would you still leak it to Wikileaks?  Exactly. Of course you wouldn’t. So Black PR campaigns not only put Assange at risk, they put a very important publishing outfit, Wikileaks, at risk as well.

 

OTHER REACTIONS OR LACK THEREOF

I’m not going to lie, I was astounded at how many people were eager to tweet and retweet about the “soon”/questionanswr countdown but when the truth came out that it was about a group trying to attack Julian Assange, Wikileaks, and even @AnonScan, all I heard were crickets.  And the kicker is that this lack of vocal support, whether intentional or not, only feeds the trolls, the Black Hats, and the governments that are literally working to take Assange down if not out. I mean, for those that were following this and then had nothing to say after @AnonScan posted this last video I have to wonder where the real support is for a man who has risked literally everything to bring us one simple yet powerful thing: Truth. Furthermore, where’s the support to clear @AnonScan’s name, an account that clearly seems to be protecting Assange in some sort of capacity?

This kind of stuff is frustrating for me to watch so I can’t imagine how Assange feels but he’s probably a far more patient and understanding person than I. And listen, less than a year ago I knew virtually nothing about Assange’s history and what the Swedish, U.S. and U.K. governments had done to him (and continue to do). So for those of you who are saying to yourselves right now, “Well sure, I guess I would be more vocal if I knew more and understood the situation better,” I highly recommend you read through this very simple timeline found at justice4assange.com because I honestly believe it will blow your mind the injustices that Assange has faced. In the meantime, if you see a #FreeAssange tweet don’t be afraid to retweet it. It’s a constant anti-Assange war out there, folks, and Julian Assange, Wikileaks, and others need all the support they can get.

 

 

 

 

 

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