Honest Journalists Discuss Plight of Julian Assange

Three real/live/courageous journalists, a collective credit to the profession, spoke earlier today on a panel discussion of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

The video-ed discussion, presented by Don’t Extradite Assange can be watched at:https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/17/watch-assange-extradition-john-pilger-stefania-maurizi-and-charles-glass/

Charlie Glass, who was ABC News chief Middle East correspondent from 1983–93, mentioned Consortium News and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity in citing, at the beginning of his remarks (minute 20:20), Ray’s April 10 article “What if Ignored Covid-19 Warnings Had Been Leaked to WikiLeaks?”
See: https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/10/ray-mcgovern-what-if-ignored-covid-19-warnings-had-been-leaked-to-wikileaks/

Extra dividend: John Pilger reminded Ray today of the interview he did of him in 2003 for the documentary “Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror”. Pillger cited the following portion of the interview, which came after John’s question as to whether the intelligence “justification” for the attack on Iraq was a “charade”.  (This part did make the final cut):

McGovern:   “It was 95 per cent charade.” 

Pilger:   “How did they get away with it?”

McGovern:  “The press allowed the crazies*** to get away with it.”

Pilger:   “Who are the crazies?”

McGovern:  “The people running the [Bush] administration have a set of beliefs a lot like those expressed in Mein Kampf… these are the same people who were referred to in the circles in which I moved, at the top, as ‘the crazies’.”

Pilger: “Norman Mailer has written that that he believes America has entered a pre-fascist state. What’s your view of that?”

McGovern:  “Well… I hope he’s right, because there are others saying we are already in a fascist mode.”

*** For more on “the crazies”, see “Coming Attraction: Lunatic Loose in West Wing”, April 5, 2018, at:  https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/05/coming-attraction-lunatic-loose-in-west-wing/