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The Naïveté of Julian Assange

Assange presents a paradox. He was obviously aware of the corruption and the inherent dangers presented by the state during late stage capitalism and the inevitable resurgence of imperialist policies. There would be no reason for a WikiLeaks to exist at all if Assange didn’t know that the corporate media have very direct connections with elites and with intelligence agencies. They have no intention of divulging anything the public really needs to know or allowing anyone else to do so if they can possibly prevent it.

But apparently Assange didn’t understand the true nature of corruption in the United States. He didn’t realize what it meant for him to say that the difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a choice between “cholera or gonorrhea.” Those words created an enmity which exists to this day and prevents people whose politics would otherwise make them his defenders from speaking on his behalf.