Twelve Days of Christmas

Steve Kelley @ The Times-Picuyane

Perhaps in the holiday spirit of giving, @AnonScan has continued to put out daily “12 Days of Christmas” videos since the last time I posted and I’m hoping it’s kept all of you from falling into a stressed-out, holiday funk. If not, this might help put the little things in perspective:  Today marks seven years that Julian Assange has been illegally detained without charge. Seven years. If you thought waiting in that long line at the mall today for your extra mocha mocha frappuccino was painful try five years without sunlight, never seeing your children on Christmas morning or at all for that matter, or endless years of lies, smears, death threats, and propaganda being lobbed at you day after day. That Starbucks line isn’t looking so bad after all, is it?  For the occultists out there you may have noticed that today not only marks Assange’s seven year detainment, it’s also December 7th in the year 2017, @AnonScan posted their seventh Christmas video at seven a.m. today, and let’s not forget Vault 7.  I know, crazy, right?  Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for Julian Assange in the near future because God knows he deserves it.

As for @AnonScan’s latest videos, on December 4, 2017, they tweeted out the fourth video in their Christmas series, “4th Day of Christmas,” which included a Christmas tree, a present, and a snowflake emoji. The lyrics read,

“On the 4th day of Christmas
Wikileaks sent to me
Bahsar Al Assad’s emails.”

The video appears to be a reference to Wikileaks’ 2012 documents, “Syria Files,” which at the time was described as their “biggest load of files yet.”  The press release that accompanied the publication stated that there was “more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture.”  To read the full “Syria Files” publication go here

On December 5, 2017, @AnonScan posted, “5th Day of Christmas,” with a Chrismas tree, a present, and a (Russian?) teddy bear emoji. The lyrics read,

“On the 5th day of Christmas
Wikileaks sent to me
Kremlin domestic spying.”

This is about Wikileaks’ “Spy Files Russia” publication which revealed, among other things, that the Russian billing service, PETER-SERVICE, had become chummy with the Russian government.  Wikileaks’ press release stated that, “The technologies developed and deployed by PETER-SERVICE today go far beyond the classical billing process and extend into the realms of surveillance and control.”  The release went on to say that the billing provider has access to mobile subscribers’ metadata “including phone and message records, device identifiers, network identifiers, cell tower information and much more.”  And yes, I know it’s common nowadays for certain companies to have this kind of customer information but when those companies start moving into the surveillance business and working with the government it becomes an entirely new and terrifying corporate beast.  Hi, 1984 called.  They want their government plot back.  

@AnonScan’s sixth video, “6th Day of Christmas,” reads,

“On the 6th day of Christmas
Wikileaks sent to me
The State Department scheming.”

Ah, this is one of my favorites: The Hillary Clinton Email Archive published by Wikileaks on March 16, 2016.  This Wikileaks database contains over 50,500 searchable pages, covers the time when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, and if you haven’t taken a peek, you should. There’s some good stuff in those emails.  As for the emojis used in the video’s title, the only new one is the “classical building” emoji.  It appears that @AnonScan has used it before in their tweets to represent POTUS, the White House, the U.S. government or government officials.

Now on to today’s video, “7th Day of Christmas.”  The lyrics read,

“On the 7th day of Christmas
Wikileaks sent to me
Iraqi and Afghani bombings.”

The video is most likely referencing Wikileaks’ Iraq & Afghan War Logs.  The war logs were made public by Wikileaks in 2010 and they cover both the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars between 2004-2009.  These documents came off the heels of Wikileaks’ earlier publication, Collateral Murder, which set into motion the U.S. government’s endless and dogged pursuit of Julian Assange. 

These last four @AnonScan videos have at least two things in common:  Propaganda and war.  If that’s indeed what they were aiming for then their use of the world map emoji in the 7th day video and the Wikileaks’ publications on Syria, Russia, Hillary Clinton, and the Iraqi and Afghanistan War Diaries play right into this (the Syrian War, Russian narrative, Hillary the war whore, WMDs, Russia and Afghanistan).  There are other videos, too, that Julian Assange and @AnonScan posted recently that also reference propaganda, war, and #FakeNews.  For instance, two days ago Assange tweeted out a video clip from the 2017 Holberg Debate in which Assange stated, 

“…I think the media is, in general terms, one of the most destructive forces that has ever existed. It has led to nearly every war that we’ve had—certainly the wars by democracies, all the big wars that you can name, or at least post WWII period and to a degree even in WWII.”

John Pilger, who is seen in a second Holberg Debate clip that Assange posted, also addressed the media, propaganda, and #FakeNews,

“The term Fake News was not invented by Donald Trump.  Neither was it invented by social media. It was contrived…by the liberal media in the United States and carried by the liberal media in the UK and in Europe. The aim clearly has been to deflect a growing public awareness of the media’s long time role as disseminators of State-invested propaganda—the very thing RT is accused of without evidence.

So much is devoid of evidence these days yet evidence is the root of real journalism. But who needs evidence when you’re running a witchhunt…the media has become a lynch mob. This isn’t fake news, this is fake journalism.”

Later that same day, @AnonScan posted a “White Rabbit” video on Twitter. Their tweet read, 

“… and now to something completely different…

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall
And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall
…”

I know, I know this is like @AnonScan’s previous Christmas video with the rabbit emoji and, again, I’m guessing that those who follow the Q Anon, white, glowing rabbit stuff are loving this because the song used in the video is actually called “White Rabbit.” (full lyrics).  And no, this isn’t one of those posts where I go through the lyrics of the song but I will note that @AnonScan has used clips from the Vietnam War before in another one of their videos called Who Will Stop the Rain.”  I recommend reading my write-up on that video here where I discuss in further detail propaganda and how it’s used against Assange.  The other interesting thing about the “Who Will Stop The Rain” video is that the photo @AnonScan used of Julian Assange was also used in a second video they dropped this morning called, “7.”

The “7” video is obviously a reference to Assange’s seven years of illegal detainment and the video includes a clip of Christophe Peschoux from the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Speaking at a Geneva press briefing on February 5, 2016, Peschoux stated,

“Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarly detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in London on 7 December 2010 as a result of the legal action taken against him…”

The video goes on to show Assange speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy on May 19, 2017, after Sweden finally dropped their investigation against him,

“Today is an important victory for me and the U.N.’s Human Rights system. But it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge, imprisoned, under house arrest, and almost five years here in this embassy without sunlight. Seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. That is not something I can forgive, it is not something that I can forget.”

Indeed, how would anyone find a way to forgive the egregious injustices that Assange has been forced to endure? And yet for every abuse he has suffered he has never stopped giving to the world freely over and over again, holiday season or not.  Isn’t it about time we gave back?

I’m not talking just in monetary terms although his legal defense can always use the help (wikileaks.org/donate).  I’m talking about getting vocal, making some noise, and letting the U.S. government and your representatives know through social media, emails, protests, vigils, and blog posts (did you get that bumper sticker yet?) that Assange’s detainment is outrageous and absolutely unacceptable.  He’s literally up against the U.S. war and propaganda machine so the next time you’re standing in that long line at Starbucks, instead of stressing out about the woman in front of you who just took twenty minutes to decide that all she really wanted was a cup of medium roast, pull out your phone and go on a tweeting spree about how much you support Assange, Wikileaks, whistleblowers, truth, and transparency because, remember, it’s always better to give (back) than to receive (selfishly).

 

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