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Wikileaks 'blackmailed' Over Bank Of America Leaks

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WikiLeaks 'blackmailed' over Bank of America leaks

on July 4, 2011 3:15 PM

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks is under a “kind of blackmail” over leaked Bank of America documents, according to the organisation’s editor-in-chief, Julian Assange.

Speaking at a special Frontline Club event on Saturday alongside renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek and investigative journalist Amy Goodman, Assange spoke at length about the pressures faced by WikiLeaks amid a political backlash.

He dismissed threats of assassination made against him by prominent commentators and politicians as “wrong and outrageous”, but admitted documents reportedly obtained by WikiLeaks about the Bank of America – who stopped processing payments to the organisation in 2010 – had not yet been released due to a complication.

“We are under a kind of blackmail in relation to those documents that will be dealt with over time,” he said, though did not divulge the kind of blackmail the organisation was facing or from whom, saying only that “there are a range of possibilities.”

The event, held at the Troxy in East London, was attended by almost 2000 people and streamed live across the internet by independent US broadcaster Democracy Now! It was originally set to be held at the University of London’s Institute of Education (IOE), but was moved after the IOE raised concerns over potential controversy.

Discussing the ethics, philosophy and implications of WikiLeaks – particularly in relation to the Afgahanistan War Logs, the Iraq War Logs and Cablegate – Assange said that “what advances us as a civilisation is the entirety of our intellectual record.”

He added: “If we are to make rational policies, in so far as any decision can be rational, then we have to have information that is drawn from the real world.”

The 40-year-old Australian, who has been on strict bail conditions at the Norkolk home of Frontline Club founder Vaughan Smith for over six months, stated his belief that a pervasive element of the mainstream media is “our single greatest impediment to advancement”.

“History is shaped and distorted by the media,” he said. “The journalists themselves having read our material and having been forced to go through it have themselves become educated and radicalised. And that is an ideological penetration of the truth in to all these mainstream media organisations.”

Assange is set to appear at the High Court in London on 12 July over sex-crime allegations made against him in Sweden. His greatest hope for the future, he said, was to see a more civilised world and to change the author George Orwell’s dictum that ‘he who controls the present controls the past.’

“By civilised I mean people collaborating to not do the dumb thing,” he added. “To instead learn from previous experiences ... to pull with eachother, together, in order to get through the life that we live in a less adverse way.”

Žižek, who has authored over 50 books and is widely held as one of the most influential living philosophers, spoke passionately about the impact of WikiLeaks on global politics.

“You are not just violating the rules, you are changing the very rules [and] how we are allowed to violate them,” he said. “We may all know that the emperor is naked, but the moment somebody says the emperor is naked, everything changes.”

http://www.frontlineclub.com/blogs/WikiLeaks/2011/07/wikileaks-bank-of-america-blackmail-assange.html

So my guess is the banks are blackmailing Assange using his sexual abuse case to keep the Bank of America documents secret.

His observations on how to change the MSM from within are quite interesting too, the whole event is available as video at the link above and is well worth watching.

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No surprise that these releases have been suppressed.

I wonder how they are being blackmailed, this raises even more questions.

They broke the law before - Assange knew they would come for him. Now he's under lock and key why not release this too? Wikileaks have to put up or shut up on this.

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Now he's under lock and key why not release this too? Wikileaks have to put up or shut up on this.

He isn't under lock and key, he is out on bail, but can't leave the UK. I wouldn't be surprised if the banks told him that he would get extradited to the US if he published the BoA material.

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They broke the law before - Assange knew they would come for him. Now he's under lock and key why not release this too? Wikileaks have to put up or shut up on this.

All hail the law...all hail the law...

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No surprise that these releases have been suppressed.

I wonder how they are being blackmailed, this raises even more questions.

He dismissed threats of assassination made against him by prominent commentators and politicians as “wrong and outrageous”,

Maybe the blackmail is that he is being threatened with assassination. If so then at this point he would have to state the above would he not?

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I would guess that the best way for a bank to (legally) get to him would be via some kind of financial approach. Maybe they can get the wikileaks funds siezed?

The guy is a bit of a grandstander, just release the docs already. This could be the black swan we're waiting for.

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Scary stuff going on 'out there.' The DSK fiasco should tell everyone that things are not always what they seem, although most on here already know this...

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