Be The Change, Enlighten Yourself and Others

Be The Change, Enlighten Yourself and Others

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As you know, We Are Change is an exclusive independent media source for independent thinkers, not conditioned by bias from the right or left political ideologies. Our journalists objectively provide readers with facts, bringing truth to power and opening conversations that will never come about from mainstream news.

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Neo-Con Iraq War Architect Wolfowitz Supports Hillary Clinton

Neo-Con Iraq War Architect Wolfowitz Supports Hillary Clinton

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Paul Wolfowitz, an adviser to former President George W. Bush has said that his contempt for Donald Trump is so strong that he will likely vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

During an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Wolfowitz said, “I wish there were somebody I could be comfortable voting for. I might have to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though I have big reservations about her.”

Now, Wolfowitz has been referred to as an architect of the Iraq War, because of his eagerness to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein after 9/11. After his time as the Deputy Defense Secretary, Wolfowitz went on to become the president of the World Bank, after he was nominated by Bush in 2005.

In the recent interview, Wolfowitz criticized Trump’s statement about U.S. foreign policy in Iraq, saying “Trump says that it is precisely we and our policies that are responsible for the mess in Iraq. But I certainly think it’s important to speak up and say how unacceptable he is. I’m always more than willing to do that.”

Given his past ties to corruption and big banks, it is no surprise that Wolfowitz would support Hillary Clinton, especially when it comes to foreign policy. When Wolfowitz pushed for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, he was participating in a long-standing pattern prevalent in U.S. Foreign Policy. With Clinton as the most likely to push for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is also known as the latest bad guy in the Middle East, it is only right that Wolfowitz support her.

While some might be shocked to see Republicans supporting Democrats, it is just another reminder that U.S. Foreign isn’t built around which party is in office. For the elites, it doesn’t matter whether there’s red or blue in the White House as long as that candidate uses fear-mongering to push for more endless war.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. For story tips, contact rachelblevins1@gmail.com.

DCLEAKS TWITTER AND WEBSITE TAKEN DOWN

DCLEAKS TWITTER AND WEBSITE TAKEN DOWN

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Twitter tacitly announced a policy of censorship by banning right-wing journalists Charles C. Johnson and Milo Yiannopoulos they have even shadow banned my own twitter account An0nkn0wledge. Completely censoring me from twitter users mentions and twitter’s search results not showing my tweets, preventing me from RTing some tweets and this “tweet is unavailable” constantly appearing for every one of my tweets, invisible threads it’s ugly.

Now, Twitter has banned the account of DCLeaks, the website that recently released George Soros’s documents, implicating him in a number of under-the-table deals with U.S. politicians.

Wikileaks tweeted out that the DCleaks website was also down. The site is back up, but it’s Soros section reads “502 Bad Gateway.” Wikileaks added that it isn’t affiliated with DCLeaks.

Wikileaks additionally highlighted that DCLeak’s twitter account was suspended by twitter.

DCLeaks leaked 2,500 Documents of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) – a Soros funded and operated group.

These leaks revealed Soros was trying to control European elections and use the refugee crisis to his own benefit.

Meanwhile here in the U.S. elections, George Soros is Hillary Clinton’s largest single donor, donating over $30 Million dollars to her campaign alone.

The Soros portion of DCLeaks is still down as of 11:11 a.m. EST Sunday morning. Little is known about DCLeaks, but the corporate press has accused the site of being a Russian intelligence outfit. Was the DCLeaks website downed to prevent journalists and other curious eyes from combing through the entire leaked archive of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation? For example, check out this leaked memo that George Soros plotted to oust Putin and destabilize Russia.

The conspiratorial view that George Soros controls the world is no longer conspiracy – it’s documented that he influences different governments around the world and then uses them to get rich, and uses his money to pressure lawmakers to pass bills – such as Soros’s attempt g to overthrow the U.S. Supreme court’s decision on illegal immigration.

The Open Society Foundation is also behind the group W2EU handing out refugee manuals in Arabic to refugees. Bordermonitoring.eu is the parent organization of w2eu.info a recipient of money from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and part of the Migrants Rights Network.

Now the question must be asked why does a former Nazi collaborator care so much about illegal immigration and aiding refugees. Does he really care, or is it for a broader agenda like destabilizing all of Europe? The answer can be found with George Soros’s other investments in agitation – including Black Lives Matter and various revolutions in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan.

With Wikileaks promising to leak further data from Hillary Clinton’s emails, that Julian Assange has called “game changing if it catches fire,” perhaps there is even more damaging Soros information to come.

Twitter won’t like that. Partially owned by a Saudi prince that donated big money to Hillary Clinton, Twitter is desperately trying to censor hashtags and accounts damaging to her campaign. Their strategy of labeling damaging accounts “trolls” and banning free speech is coming under fire – and Milo Yiannopoulos is loading the cannons.

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HuffPo Deletes Articles Questioning Hillary’s Health, Terminates Writer

HuffPo Deletes Articles Questioning Hillary’s Health, Terminates Writer

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The Huffington Post terminated a contributor late Sunday evening after deleting two articles he had published questioning the health of Hillary Clinton — just days after Dr. Drew was canned from HLN for the same reason.

Earlier on Sunday, David Seaman had published an article titled, “Hillary Clinton’s Health is Superb (Aside From Seizures, Lesions, Adrenaline Pens).” The article was still trending in third place on the front page of the website when it was abruptly deleted.

The article linked to a video by Paul Joseph Watson which has been viewed over 3.5 million times, discussing questions that had been raised by him and popular author Mike Cernovich regarding Clinton’s odd behavior — and her seemingly declining health.

Seaman’s article did not claim to have information regarding Clinton’s health, or make any accusations — but simply covered the questions that people are asking and linked to the viral video.

Following his termination, a visibly shaken Seaman posted a video to YouTube discussing what happened and assuring his viewers that he is not suicidal. He repeatedly asserted that he is not accident prone and does not currently own a vehicle — clearly signaling that should anything happen to him, make sure he is added to the Clinton Body Count.

Seaman also spoke out against the bias and rigged media who is failing to adequately cover the Clinton Foundation and the leaks from the Democratic National Committee.

“It strikes me as absolutely rigged and absolutely corrupt. I don’t agree with everything Trump has said, but we do have a rigged system — we do have a rigged media where truth is not getting out,” Seaman stated in his live video. “If their interest was truth — if their interest was the public interest — they would be talking about this most recent Wikileaks batch until they turn off the lights at night and have to go home.”

“So why aren’t they talking about that?” Seaman asked.

Last week, Dr. Drew’s show on HLN was also cancelled for questioning Clinton’s health. Just like Seaman’s articles on the Huffington Post, the interview with Dr. Drew has been removed from the network’s website.

“When she hit her head, she had to wear these prism glasses when she came out,” Drew had stated.

“That is brain damage, and it’s affecting her balance. Now clearly, it hasn’t affected her cognition, but tell us a little more about that. That’s profound. And then number two, when they screened her for heart disease, again, they did an old-fashioned screen. It just seems like she’s getting care from somebody that she met in Arkansas when she was a kid, and you’ve got to wonder. You’ve got to wonder,” he continued.

When it becomes a dangerous and rebellious act for a journalist to question the health of a major political candidate, there is something terribly wrong.

It remains unclear what is declining faster — the state of journalism or Hillary’s health.

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Cassandra Fairbanks is a DC-based writer and political commentator who has been published in a range of outlets including Sputnik News, Teen Vogue, TeleSUR, and Bipartisan Report.

Epipen’s 471% Price Increase Scrutinized As FDA Blocks Competitors

Epipen’s 471% Price Increase Scrutinized As FDA Blocks Competitors

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Approximately one out of every 89 Americans are prescribed EpiPen due to severe allergies. Similarly, 1 out of every 251 children under 18 were admitted to hospitals last year due to food allergies alone. Allergy attacks can be resolved by an injection of epinephrine.

Now, a corporation that has donated to the Clinton Foundation has jacked the price up on the EpiPen 471%.

The EpiPen technology was first implemented in the mid-1970’s in a product designed to be used by soldiers exposed to nerve gas – called the Mark 1 NAAK Combo Pen, developed and produced by Survival Technology Inc., a company that had previously been contracted by the Pentagon. It wasn’t until 1996 when the auto-injector pens were available for commercial use, after Survival Technology merged with Brunswick Biomedical and distributed their products through a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, a German pharmaceutical company.

After being distributed for 11 years under Merck, the generic version of the combo-pen had cost only around $50 when, in 2007, Mylan pharmaceuticals purchased the generic drugs division of Germany’s Merck KGaA for $6.7 billion. After acquiring the rights to market the EpiPen, Mylan sold the plastic auto-injector pen for around $57.

After being purchased for $6 billion, the new markup in price may be justified in theory – and former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has made that case – but it is hard to justify to many. Most damaging is that Mylan has donated a sum between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which is currently under investigation for illegal political bribes.

In 2012, after a 7-year-old died from a peanut allergy, a bill was passed that pressured states to keep EpiPen stocked in their schools. According to Bloomberg, “47 states require or encourage schools to stock the devices”. Mylan spent $1 million in lobbying during 2012, resulting in a bill that practically gave them a monopoly. For the next 3 years, Mylan would go on to spend $6 million in lobbying.

What has all this money spent lobbying achieved? A blind-eye from the government to the fact that no competitor has been able to get an auto-injector epinephrine pen to pass through the FDA, despite quality products. That is the reason why they were able to raise the prices of the medicine 467% within a matter of 9 years without new competition driving the prices down.

Under criticism and public scrutiny for this price increase, Mylan pharmaceuticals released a statement claiming that the price “has changed over time to better reflect the value the product provides”. What does this mean? Why can a parallel product in France be available for $57, but not here?  Is it because the FDA has not approved any other patent, leaving no alternative, and so the only option is the Mylan-made EpiPen, making the cheaply-produced pen valuable enough that people will pay ask as much as you ask? This is a government enforced monopoly , as legitimate competition is prohibited by the government from producing a relatively simple technology that has existed for over 4 decades. 

Mylan Chief Operating Officer Heather Bresch has also experienced a change in value. Her salary started off at $2.5 million dollars in 2007, eventually reaching the point to where she made $18 million in compensation during the year of 2015. 

When a company is allowed to monopolize an industry that saves lives, and then gouge consumers with abnormally high prices simply because they can without having to worry about competition, then we must question the integrity of not only the company, but the governmental body that is regulating the company’s industry. Multiple patents have been filed for various companies, with not one obtaining approval from the FDA, despite no legitimate concern. Mylan has also sued just about every company that attempted to release a product that rivaled theirs. Now, with corruption being exposed rampantly, the media cannot turn an blind eye to this. When people are spending hundreds of dollars on an item that costs less than seven dollars to make, we are not free. For many of the allergy-inflicted constituents out there, the doubts the FDA had on every patent would probably not concern them more than the prospect of having to work more than two 40-hour work weeks on minimum wage just to pay for a two-pack of Epi-Pen.

       So now the question is, how will our representatives respond to this news? Will they do nothing and “let the market settle it,” will they put a limit on profit margins, or will they simply investigate the FDA? Well, it wont be swept under the rug, that is for sure. The pharmaceutical company has basically submitted to the claims that the product was unfairly over-priced, and will now offer a $300 cash back rebate card with every twin-pack purchased at full price – what the uninsured have to pay. This was Mylan’s way of trying to back-peddle without actually lowering the price.

The CEO of Mylan, Ms. Bresch, had sold $5 million dollars worth of her company’s stock in light of the scrutiny that had been cast on her company. If the sky-high price for the drug reflects the value of the drug, Ms. Bresch’s sell-off may reflect the value of the company. The CEO of the company has already anticipated repercussions in regards to her stock’s price, but what will be the repercussions in regards to drug monopolies as a whole? Its your move FDA — and Congress, if the FDA fails to approve another company’s outstanding patent in the near future.

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PBS Censored Jill Stein For Bashing Hillary Clinton and the TPP

PBS Censored Jill Stein For Bashing Hillary Clinton and the TPP

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PBS aired its first interview with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, but surprise surprise PBS censored Stein’s negative comments on Hillary Clinton and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

This comes on the heels of PBS shutting down their comments section online, proving that  Public Broadcasting isn’t so public, and is now shilling for the TPP and Hillary Clinton.

PBS CENSORED Dr. Jill Stein

Although it’s normal for TV programs and producers to edit interviews, it’s interesting what they chose to air and cut out. As Matt Orfalea points out in the video below, “It’s common for TV to be cut for time. But where and what they cut shows what the narrative is that they’re trying to push.”

Jill Stein has been previously been censored by Google from even appearing as a Presidential candidate.

 

PBS cutting Stein’s comments on the TPP being NAFTA on steroids, and her criticism on Hillary Clinton shows what PBS’s agenda is.

Stein attacked Hillary Clinton for being a big proponent of fracking. Asked about the difference between Clinton and Trump, Stein had this to say about Hillary –

Jill Stein: I wouldn’t say there are no differences, but the differences are not enough to save your job because Hillary Clinton and now her transition director Ken Salazar, you know they’re big proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Which is basically NAFTA on steroids, and most observers believe that it will send our jobs overseas as well as undermine American sovereignty by bringing in these international tribunals that get to pass judgment on our laws, on our Public Health protections, on our worker protections.

So we can’t count on saving our jobs, saving our lives – one in three Americans now cannot afford Healthcare under Obamacare – or saving the planet because Hillary has been a big proponent of fracking as is Ken Salazar, her transition director.

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DR. DREW’S SHOW CANCELLED AFTER SAYING HILLARY HAD BRAIN DAMAGE

DR. DREW’S SHOW CANCELLED AFTER SAYING HILLARY HAD BRAIN DAMAGE

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Dr. Drew Pinsky was dropped from HLN, a sister network to CNN after five and half years, following his statement that Hillary Clinton has brain damage.

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Dr. Drew spoke out on KABC radio regarding Hillary Clinton’s health, an interview that is now deleted from KABC’s website. Mark Dice breaks down Dr. Drew being fired for speaking out on Hillary’s health.

Here we have more of the mainstream media censoring stories about Hillary’s health and punishing anyone who dares to say anything truthful.  Dr. Drew raised serious questions about Hillary’s health and mentioned her fall and subsequent concussion.

“When she hit her head, she had to wear these prism glasses when she came out. That is brain damage, and it’s affecting her balance. Now clearly, it hasn’t affected her cognition, but tell us a little more about that. That’s profound. And then number two, when they screened her for heart disease, again, they did an old-fashioned screen. It just seems like she’s getting care from somebody that she met in Arkansas when she was a kid, and you’ve got to wonder. You’ve got to wonder. It’s not so much that her health is a grave concern. It’s that the care she’s getting could make it a concern.” – Dr. Drew Pinsky

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Dr. Drew also said that he was worried about Hillary’s overall health, saying she is receiving 1950’s health care.

His observation is accompanied by recent leaked emails by Wikileaks on Hillary’s health by a head aide discussing the drug Provogil, used to cure insomnia and other medical conditions including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. An emails from Hillary aide Huma Abedin stated that Hillary is “often confused.”

 

Dr. Drew is known as “America’s Doctor.” He previously starred in the VH1 show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew among his many television programs. Now, “Dr. Drew On Call” on HLN is being canceled because he dared to give his actual expert opinion on Hillary Clinton’s failing health.

Dr.Drew diagnosed her with Transverse Sinus Thrombosis, saying “she developed the very rare condition which is often associated with a stroke.” He also pointed out she is not taking modern day medications and he was gravely concerned about her health care, calling it bizarre.

“She developed a very rare condition called a Transverse Sinus Thrombosis, which is associated with a stroke, where the blood — It is not the usual blood clot under the brain at all. It is the veins that drain the cerebrospinal fluid. So, she had two clots in her leg, one clot in her brain — why? Why is this woman clotting like this. They put her on a medication called Coumadin, which is a great medicine Blood thinner, old fashioned. Not something I would put her on if she had that condition. It has to be monitored all the time. It is a higher risk for bleeding than in newer medication. Who is giving her Coumadin? On top that of that, she has an under active thyroid, common. But, she is being treated with armor thyroid, which is something I have not seen used since like the 70s. What’s wrong with her coagulation system? Has that been evaluated? And oh, by the way, Armour Thyroid associated rarely with hypercoagulability. So the very medicine the doctors are using may be causing this problem, and they’re using an old-fashioned medicine to treat it. What is going on with her health care? It’s bizarre. I got to tell you. Maybe they have reasons, but at a distance, it looks bizarre.” ~Dr. Drew.

 

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Man-Made Flood: Louisiana Mayor Plans Lawsuit Against State, Federal Government

Man-Made Flood: Louisiana Mayor Plans Lawsuit Against State, Federal Government

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Mayor Rick Ramsey of Walker, Louisiana has claimed the recent flood in his state was “man-made.”

No it wasn’t HAARP – it was negligence on the part of the state and federal government according to Mayor Ramsey, who talked to local CBS affiliate WAFB.Lousiananflood

“I’ve been begging them for three-and-a-half years to give us more drainage under the interstate,” Mayor Ramsey said.

According to Ramsey, there was no drainage under the interstate and he’s been begging for three and a half years for the governments to fix it. The governments’ refusal to listen and provide the drainage caused the flooding according to Ramsey.

A six-foot tall concrete barrier that was put along I-12 when the interstate was expanded last year essentially put the city of Walker “into a bowl,” said Ramsey. “When the Amite River went up, it hit that wall. We have video evidence that shows the concrete barrier and water lapping over the north shore of the interstate and bone dry on the south of the interstate. They basically built a dam for Walker.”

When asked if a lawsuit would go anywhere, he expressed that the State of Louisiana was broke and that the federal government doesn’t respond to lawsuits.

“My guess is before it’s over there will be multiple insurance companies involved in this too, because they are going to be paying out billions of dollars in flood insurance claims to those fortunate enough to have flood insurance. But once they see the evidence and realize the flooding event was man made they will be joining,” said Ramsey.

“I think it’s 100% negligent. I don’t think there’s any doubt. I can give you an example of a house that was built in ’79 that got no water in the ’83 flood when they peaked it at the same level and got 6 ft of water this trip it was my house.”

Ramsey also stated that 75% of Walker was flooded by this tragedy.

“I have a report and it appears there is evidence that DOTD removed 1-2 barricades early Sunday morning when our water dropped 3 FT and then put the barricades back in place and if that can be confirmed that means they were aware of the problem but didn’t fix it.”
~Mayor Rick Ramsey, said.

The city of Walker, Louisiana needs your help. If you can’t pack your backs and head down there, here’s how you can donate to help those in need.

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Assange: “Game Changing Release Could Swing Election If it Catches Fire”

Assange: “Game Changing Release Could Swing Election If it Catches Fire”

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Julian Assange has promised to release documents that could bring down Hillary Clinton.

On Fox News the last two nights, Assange sensationally claimed that if the new information goes viral and catches fire it could swing the election.

When asked by Fox News host Megyn Kelly if Assange thought the information in Wikileaks possession could be a “game-changer” in the U.S. election he responded –

“I think it’s significant, you know, it depends on how it catches fire in the public and in the media,” – Julian Assange.

Assange also vowed that the information would be released before the November election.

Additionally he noted “thousands of pages of material” on the Clinton campaign would be released in batches leading up to the election. With it now being toward the end of August, that leaves September and October for Assange to keep his promise.

“People have a right to understand who it is they’re electing” Assange said. He added that the release will feature “a variety of different types of documents, from different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign, some quite unexpected angles that are quite interesting, some even entertaining.”

Lets not forget that in addition to Wikileaks, Hillary has troubles with the FBI looking to prosecute her in New York state, with the IRS, and with possible charges from the newly found 15,000 emails the FBI is set to release. With growing speculation that Hillary is sick  and with emails from Wikileaks talking about her aides researching a drug for “decision fatigue” called Provogil, used to treat Parkinson’s and sleepiness among other health conditions, Hillary is primed may could short circuit before the end of the campaign if she isn’t arrested from the massive forthcoming scandals.

Wikileaks has also tweeted out it will incorporate the 15,000 emails the FBI just recovered into their large database of Hillary’s emails.

Assange was mysteriously targeted earlier in this week when an unknown intruder tried to break into the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he lives in asylum. With Assange holding so much information on the Clintons and the ninety and counting DEAD associates and enemies of the Clintons, does anyone question that Assange might have been next in that long body count of mysterious murders surrounding the Clintons?

It’s on record that Jerry Luther Parks was threatened then murdered.  Bill Clinton sexually assaulted Kathleen Willey and many others, and then they were threatened too. Watch the Clinton Chronicles and learn the truth about America’s crime family the Clintons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPX1G–iE3Q

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Wikileaks Lawyer Files Formal Complaint Against AP Over ‘Falsehoods and Distortions’

Wikileaks Lawyer Files Formal Complaint Against AP Over ‘Falsehoods and Distortions’

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A lawyer representing Wikileaks has filed a formal complaint against the Associated Press over “breached ethical standards,” in publishing what many have called a “hit piece” against Julian Assange.

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The complaint comes in response to an article titled “Private lives are exposed as Wikileaks spills its secrets,” by Raphael Satter. The article has been widely used by proponents of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to smear Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.

In the story, Satter makes the stunning claim that the publisher’s mass-disclosures have included the personal information of sick children, rape victims and mental health patients.

The complaint letter, written by human rights and international criminal lawyer Melinda Taylor, asserts that the article “contained falsehoods and distortions, including the disingenuous claim that Wikileaks had been contacted and given the opportunity to address the substance of the article’s claims.”

Taylor asserts that Satter did not attempt to contact Assange, and instead contacted her late in the evening — only seven hours before the story went to press. She explains speaking briefly with Satter in an email exchange, where he informed her that the story would be published “soon,” urging a quick response.

During the conversation, Satter explained that he had found emails that appeared to contain private details. When asked by Taylor if he could provide specific details so that she could forward them on to Assange, the journalist declined claiming it would be a violation of the individual’s privacy. The article Satter published the next day however, contained the details he claimed to be trying to protect.

“I responded that if this was the case, then publishing an article on such matters would only serve to draw increased attention to the matter. This would in fact intentionally publicise information on individual cases that AP considered to be private,” Taylor wrote.

“I further informed Mr. Satter that I have worked in the area of war crimes, genocide and rape for over 17 years at international criminal courts, and that one of the fundamental rules of victim protection is that if there has been a disclosure of information that could be   private   or   protected,   the parties are absolutely forbidden from referring to, or drawing attention to such a disclosure in public. Indeed, such secondary disclosure can be more damaging than inadvertent disclosures, which are often overlooked or ignored by the public.”

Satter simply responded by saying that the same holds true for national security issues.

By this time it was getting quite late, but Satter had promised to email Taylor the details within 10 minutes. He did not send the email until over an hour later, however, and by then Taylor, the mother of two young children who works full time, was asleep.

Satter had also not made it clear that when he said the article would be published “soon” he meant in just hours.

“It is thus clear that Mr. Satter provided WikiLeaks with no effective opportunity  whatsoever to respond to claims, because no claims were put to Wikileaks itself before  publication,” Taylor wrote.

AP has a strong guidebook for their “values and principles,” that states in no uncertain terms that journalists should never “publish a story that contains inaccuracies or distortions, or which portrays someone in a negative light without giving them a fair opportunity to respond.”

“We must make significant efforts to reach anyone who may be portrayed in a  negative way in our stories, and we must give them a reasonable amount of time  to get back to us before we move the story. What is ‘reasonable’ may depend on  the urgency and competitiveness of the story. If we don’t reach the parties  involved, we must explain in the story what efforts were made to do so,” the AP principles state.

Taylor further noted that since Satter had published a similar article in 2015, there was no urgency or competitiveness justifying publishing without giving Wikileaks the opportunity to respond.

The biggest issue with all of this, is that Wikileaks could have responded in an appropriate manner, possibly correcting the issue by removing the cables — if Satter had given them time to respond. Now that the story has been printed, removal of the cables would have a far more damaging Streisand Effect.

“Mr. Satter’s conduct plainly breaches AP standards for journalistic conduct, and appears to have been a reckless attempt to exploit privacy concerns for the purpose of launching an unfair attack on Mr. Assange and Wikileaks.  Indeed, the partial nature of the article is evidenced by Mr. Satter’s use of offensive epithets – such as ‘ex­hacker’ to describe Mr. Assange. Such a description is both petty, and irresponsible, since it undermines Wikileaks’ First Amendment protections in the United States and its sources all over the world, including in Saudi Arabia, which is attempting to prosecute Mr. Assange for the publication,” Taylor asserts.

The letter concludes with a request for an investigation into Satter’s conduct — including his statements on Twitter which reveal “personal animus” against Assange, that the journalist is removed from covering stories relating to Wikileaks, and that AP publishes a response from Wikileaks.

So far, the AP has not yet responded.

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Cassandra Fairbanks is a DC-based writer and political commentator who has been published in a range of outlets including Sputnik News, Teen Vogue, TeleSUR, and Bipartisan Report.

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