Obama Attempted To Frame Assange In Iceland
There is no more controversial a name than Juliane Assange. At least when you reference the 2016 Presidential campaign between former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and now sitting President, Donald Trump. Assange’s Wikileaks released crippling emails linking Hillary Clinton and the DNC to a variety of criminal and moral improprieties. The fallout was extreme. DNC staffers, such as Huma Abedin, have all but disappeared from public eye. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz remains the focus of ongoing investigations. And Hillary Clinton remains bitter and jaded, at least according to her new book that apparently has led to her and Bill not speaking. Hard to imagine, with everything Bill and Hillary Clinton have been through, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Hillary’s post-election bitter being.
Back in 2011, it would have been a stretch to think that the Obama administration could have predicted the influence Assange might have over the 2016 Presidential campaign. However, Assange being labeled a “threat to America” isn’t new to recent times. Assange was long loathed by the Obama administration far prior to Wikileaks releasing DNC emails. And in June of 2011, according to a new interview by a former Icelandic minister of interior, Obama attempted to capture Assange using some rather slippery tactics.
At the time, Iceland was refusing to cooperate with the Obama administration’s request to capture Assange. The then Minister Ogmundur Jonasson, claims that Obama offered up some help in dealing with potential ongoing cybercrimes in Iceland. So Obama sent a plane full of FBI agents to “help.” Jonasson, however, says that his officials were quick to realize that the United States had an ulterior motive. They were instead on the ground with a mission to frame Assange, according to Jonasson. According to an interview with Jonasson, he became quickly “suspicious” by the assistance. He was also “well aware that a helping hand might easily become a manipulating hand.”
Obama’s administration “sent a planeload of FBI agents to Iceland seeking our cooperation in what I understood as an operation set up to frame Julian Assange and WikiLeaks,” Jonasson said.
Since they had not been authorized by the Icelandic authorities to carry out police work in Iceland and since a crack-down on WikiLeaks was not on my agenda, to say the least, I ordered that all cooperation with them be promptly terminated and I also made it clear that they should cease all activities in Iceland immediately,” Jonasson followed up with.
He then delivered a dagger to the Obama administration by saying, “If I had to take sides with either WikiLeaks or the FBI or CIA, I would have no difficulty in choosing: I would be on the side of WikiLeaks.”
“Iceland is part of NATO and such a decision would be strongly objected to by the US,” Jonasson said.
What might have been? If Obama had been successful in his yearning to capture Assange, it is possible the 2016 campaign had turned out differently for Clinton. While I firmly believe that the United States was ripe for the type of revolt that Trump presented throughout his boisterous campaign, it can’t be ignored the influence that Wikileaks had. The email leaks were absolutely damning for the DNC and nearly impossible to overcome. Clinton, of course, blames Wikileaks, Bernie Sanders, white people, abused women, and even Obama, for her loss. She never, of course, blames her own actions in participating in what Wikileaks exposed, nor does she blame her ineptness of not attempting to campaign in places like Wisconsin, where she lost a typical Democratic stronghold.
Wikileaks, as well as Trump, will remain icons in American history. Whether they are seen in positive or negative light will likely be a divided experience eternally ever after. One thing is for sure, American politics are forever changed. We are less than a year away from the 2018 mid-terms which are likely to serve as a heat check for exactly how ingrained in populist change the country is. But there are some early indicators that populists may dominate arenas throughout states. Steve Bannon is now threatening to oust any “never Trumpers” by backing populist candidates. Roy Moore, one of his guys, already won in large fashion over Luther Strange, who Trump supported. If that tells us anything, its that the populist movement is bigger than its own leader, Donald Trump. And that may tell us everything we need to know about the coming years.
Author: Jim Satney
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