Ray comments on the servile practice of U.S. vassals like the UK and Sweden in blithely ignoring bedrock principles of law while bowing to Washington’s diktat.  Sadly, one result is that WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, who has been detained in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for more than four years, is likely to have to remain there (habeas corpus be damned).

November 30 (five minutes; also, transcription below)

 

Background:  The most recent development in the Assange case at the United Nations required the UK and Sweden – which are parties to his case – “to immediately put an end to Mr. Assange’s arbitrary detention and afford him monetary compensation,” adding that a failure to do so would undermine the UN human rights’ protection system.  Earlier this month, Swedish investigators came to interview Assange inside the embassy.

The UN rejected a UK appeal against its previous ruling in favor of Julian Assange as “inadmissible,” thus requiring both London and Stockholm to end the WikiLeaks founder’s “arbitrary detention.  “Now that all appeals are exhausted, I expect that the UK and Sweden will comply with their international obligations and set me free,” a statement by Assange read, with the fugitive whistleblower calling his detention “an obvious and grotesque injustice.”

 

Transcript

RT: Assange said he expects the UK to comply with the UN ruling. Do you think that’s likely to happen?

Ray McGovern: This is a positive development; there is no gainsaying that. The question is: whether Great Britain is still a participant in the international regime of law. It is a very sorry situation. When the UN says: “Look, you’re not only a member of the UN, but you’re member of the Security Council – you must comply with the law.” The UK says: “Well, not really because Washington doesn’t want us to.” That is what it boils down to. The UK and Sweden are pretty much vassal states of the US. They won’t do what they need to do.

What really grieves me is that when I was a schoolboy, I learned about the very gutsy, the very courageous British nobles, who wrested from King John – habeas corpus and the other rights and privileges in the Magna Carta. And that was 800 years ago last year. And, not wholly in jest, after I saw all this going on, I suggested that there should be a burial, a requiem, a funeral for the Magna Carta because it is no longer observed by rogue nations, such as the UK and the US. The rape allegations are not even allegations. I heard one commentator just say he’s wanted for rape, he’s not wanted for rape. He has never even been charged. The women involved have refused to charge him. So that is a travesty of justice. When I see the legal authorities in the UK – the same ones who changed their mind about attacking Iraq. First of all… it was a war of aggression condemned by Nuremberg. But then when the White House said: “Well, maybe it’s not,” then [then-UK Attorney General} Lord Goldsmith said, “Well, yeah.” And he changed his mind just before the invasion.

The rule of law has gone onto the heap of history, and Julian Assange is one of the victims of that. I do hope that the UK will come to its senses and start obeying international law as embodied by their obligations to the UN.

RT: Do you think the Trump administration could take a different view on Julian Assange?

RM: I would hesitate to speculate on that. I think that is so far down on their priorities list – not that it should be, but it is – that it’s really hard to tell what if any change might come into the US attitude. What really has to happen is the UN needs to exert some influence around the world and say look: “There are rogue nations that refuse to obey the UN declaration, the UN laws, and international law itself.” Unless that kind of pressure is brought to bear, Julian will just stay in the Ecuadorian embassy.

I need to tell you, Julian isn’t a shrinking violet. He’s got pallor about him because he has not been outside. But I had dinner with him just three weeks ago, and he’s incredibly lively; his WikiLeaks are making a contribution to spreading the truth around in the world; they do not fool around with these documentary pieces. It is holistic, it is pure, and it has gotten people out of jail, and it has gotten people who are deceitful into a peck of trouble.

So don’t be misguided, don’t think that Julian Assange is going to acquiesce. He’ll keep fighting for his rights, and meanwhile – wonder of wonders – his WikiLeaks is able to spread a lot of truth around in the world to the detriment of those who would hide the truth.  I’ll add one more thing here: my Catholic worker friends in Los Angeles have a bumper sticker, and it says: “Jesus loves WikiLeaks!” And they have a little quotation from Luke’s gospel, which says: “Nothing that is hidden remains hidden, everything will be revealed.”

On Nov. 28, 2016, * the sixth anniversary of WikiLeaks’ first release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables, Julian Assange announced release of the “Carter Cables” – 531,525 from 1979.  Ed Schultz interviewed Ray on WikiLeaks’ latest release.

November 30, 2016 (5 min)

Assange described 1970 as “year zero” of recent times, noting that a decision by the CIA, together with Saudi Arabia, to plow billions of dollars into arming the Mujahedeen fighters in Afghanistan to give the USR its own Vietnam, had led to the creation of al-Qaeda. This, he noted, led to 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the creation of ISIS.

* During the fall of 2010, Assange also was honored with the Sam Adams Award for Integrity; see:

http://samadamsaward.ch/julian-assange/

On Empire: NATO, Ukraine, Germany, and the U.S.

Particularly for those who understand German – Ray with German voice-over

September 2014 (26 minutes)

Ray just came across the YouTube item linked above, posted on Nov. 27, 2016, of an interview he gave in Germany in early September 2014.  The voice-over on this one is particularly good. During Ray’s subsequent visits to Germany, he has done most of his speeches/interviews in German – (one result being they become twice as long, with the wording half as accurate).  So this interview posting is a welcome relief; it flows quickly and accurately, with the interviewer raising the most salient issues at the time (which remain so two years later).

Discussion topics include:

-“Speaking truth to power” – the duty of honest intelligence analysts;

-How institutions can be corrupted over a 20-year period – and how mixture of cowardice and careerism corrupted intelligence analysis;

-The worst = fraudulent “intelligence” to “justify” a war of aggression;

-The founding of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

-VIPS issuances: (For a list with live links, see: https://consortiumnews.com/vips-memos/)

-Impeachment: the orderly Constitutional provision to get rid of war criminals, assuming some courage in Congress (lots of luck!);

-How NATO expanded eastward after the Berlin wall fell, despite earlier Western promises; and

-Moscow’s totally foreseeable reaction to the Feb. 22, 2014 Putsch in Ukraine and attempts to bring Ukraine into NATO, despite Russian warnings that could hardly have been more explicit – “Nyet Means Nyet.”

During the interview, Ray makes frequent reference to analysis presented earlier in the first of two VIPS Memoranda addressed to Angela Merkel.  The first was prepared just before Ray’s visit in September 2014; the second came almost two years later:

1-Warning Merkel on Russian ‘Invasion’ Intel

https://consortiumnews.com/2014/09/01/warning-merkel-on-russian-invasion-intel/

September 1, 2014

2- Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

https://consortiumnews.com/2016/07/06/merkel-urged-to-temper-natos-belligerence/

July 6, 2016

Evidence of Russian interference in US presidential election ‘just not there’ 

Ray comments via live Skype interview by RT late Sunday evening.

November 27, 2016 (4 minutes)

Summary: There is something called a trace mechanism by which emails can be traced back to their origin. None of those trace mechanisms proved Russia was interfering with the US election, former CIA officer Ray McGovern told RT. 

 

A White House statement confirming the result of the presidential election reflects the will of the American public.  The statement comes after calls from President-elect Donald Trump’s opponents to recount votes in several states on fears Russia could have somehow influenced the process.  Articles with a similar anti-Russian tune are still being published in the mass media.

Transcript:

RT: Why do you think the mass media hasn’t changed its tune toward Russia and its interference in the US elections, even after the White House admitted the elections reflect the will of American people?

Ray McGovern: The Green Party is simply trying to establish exactly what happened in those three key states. And I applaud that. The insidious part comes with the innuendo that Russia tried to affect this election. And the New York Times indicates very clearly that it did not affect the election. And the evidence that it “tried” to affect the election is ambiguous and very elusive at best. The Times and the Washington Post have had it in for Russia ever since Hillary Clinton needed a way to divert attention away from the fact that she stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders. That is what the WikiLeaks leaks – not hacking – but someone gave those things to Julian Assange. We believe it was someone from the NSA or someone from the Democratic National Committee who were aghast that the election and the nomination could be stolen from Bernie Sanders. That it gave legs and diverted attention from that fact and Hillary won the nomination. But now that it is all over, there is still this residual business where it is accepted as flat fact that Russia tried to interfere. And the evidence is just not there. Would we have the evidence? My former NSA colleagues tell me of course, we would. There is something called a trace mechanism where you can trace back emails as far as you need to find out the origin. And none of those trace mechanisms were revealed as proving that Russia was interfering with the US election.

 

RT: Is there a real possibility that a foreign country can have such a huge impact on the US elections?

RM: No, and the joint statement from the director of National Intelligence and the Director of Homeland Security said that. They said that it is extremely unlikely that this could ever happen because of the way the electoral system is set up in the US. The language here was: “it would be extremely difficult for someone, anyone to alter the ballot counts on election results by cyber-attack or intrusion.” They point out, for example that many of these voting machines are not connected at all to the Internet. So, they’ve ruled that out and yet Russia is the choice of people who would like to blame all manner of things on Russia. A friend of mine was late for work on Friday, and he just blamed Russia, and everybody accepted that.

( Also carried via this link:  https://www.rt.com/op-edge/368431-trump-election-russia-interference/ )

US-Russian Relations 1989-2016

A couple of days ago, Ray was asked by German officials, whom he recently briefed, whether he could put together an informal chronology of the main events in U.S. – Russian relations since the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. Here’s the timeline that took shape:

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jzz-yabLl-F36aMqdmbNhOF0ACCeSGkcFmaoSR7UXBo/edit?usp=sharing

 

Ray made no attempt to be all-inclusive. When it came to key events — like the Western-orchestrated coup in Ukraine on February 22, 2014 — Ray includes some supplementary detail and an occasional link to help provide context.

 

We thought we would go ahead and post the DRAFT “Timeline” now: (1) to provide an aid to memory/research tool for those wishing to review and interpret key events of this period; and (2) to offer an opportunity to those of you who might be interested in helping add significant events to the timeline to go ahead and do so. Suggestions can be sent to raylmcgovern@gmail.com.

 

When we are pretty sure we have not missed any important event(s), we might even wish to do a little graph showing the ups and downs. Could be very revealing. Please get in touch at the above email address, if you would like to volunteer to do that.

 

In Summary: As far as recent years are concerned, the Obama-Putin relationship reached its zenith in September 2013, after Putin persuaded Syria to give up its chemical weapons for verified destruction, enabling Mr. Obama at the last minute to call off, with some grace, the neocon-pushed plan to attack Syria in late summer 2013. But the neocons got even with Obama for his having cheated them out of the war they fully expected – the shock and awe on Syria. They had come within a hair’s breadth of mousetrapping the President only to be thwarted by Putin!

 

To an appreciable degree, that accounted for the Nuland-led neocon boldness in carrying out the coup in Kiev a half-year later, and in their artificial exploitation of the terrible loss of 298 lives on MH17, blaming the Russians sans any convincing proof. John Kerry also said that “social media” are an “extraordinary tool.” Right. But equally useful for deception as for truth. The lame attempts of various imaginative (but not imaginative enough) folks, many of whom seem to be employed by Western intelligence services to use their imaginations in applying “social media” to the MH17 affair, are transparent to any discerning observer.

 

The election of Donald Trump will, in my view, introduce more opportunities for progress in U.S.-Russia relations than would have been the case under Hillary Clinton.

 

For additional detail on these key events, I encourage you to include my website, raymcgovern.com, which is easily searchable.

On Russia, the Ukraine, etc (from 2014)

From the archive:

 

Former U.S. Ambassador to the USSR & Russia Jack Matlock with Sophie Shevardnadze on April 4, 2014: discuss Ukraine, NATO expansion and pressure in the 1990s from the Poles, Czechs, and Hungarians to join NATO (see especially minutes 17:30 and following), the example of Finnish neutrality living free in the shadow of Russia, and more.
https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/us-russia-embarging-chill-273/
April 4, 2014 (26 minutes: including the commercial break between minutes 11:20 and 14:15)

Sophie Shevardnadze interviewed Ray about Ukraine three months before the downing of MH17, which was widely (and conveniently) blamed by the U.S. and Europe on “the Russians” and/or “pro-Russian separatists.”

… from the archives, on Ukraine

 

 

The killing of 298 people aboard MH17 on July 17, 2014 was used by Washington to harness previously reluctant Europeans into step behind the U.S. in imposing economic sanctions on Russia.  (It was no coincidence that the sanctions were approved just nine days after the shoot-down.)  So the glimmers of hope on Ukraine that Ray was seeing in April 2014 quickly flickered almost totally out that summer.

 

April 14, 2014 – 29 minutes, including song Ray sings to make a point.

(To skip the commercials in the middle, fast-forward from 12:35 to 16:55)