Julian Assange is a Russia-lovin' Putin Puppet, donchaknow
The connections range from sharing purloined documents with a pro-Russian dictator to Assange receiving money for appearing on Russian state TV to WikiLeaks’ key involvement in NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden ending up in Russia.
These incidents don’t prove, as some have alleged, that Assange is some kind of paid Russian agent, or that WikiLeaks is a Russian front organization.
Yes, "some" have alleged that.
After all, what freedum lovin' person would accept dirty money for a TV interview?
Not to mention involvement in Snowden being involuntarily getting stuck in Russia, caused by the State Department voiding his passport, is proof of something something RUSSIA!
So it's not like we didn't all know that Assange is a Putin Puppet, but today's news proves he was all the way back in 2010.
Caught in a vise, the silver-haired Australian wrote to the Russian Consulate in London.
"I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my passport, in order to get a visa," said the letter, which was recently obtained by The Associated Press.
The Nov. 30, 2010 missive is part of a much larger trove of WikiLeaks emails, chat logs, financial records, secretly recorded footage and other documents leaked to The Associated Press.
The files provide both an intimate look at the radical transparency organization and an early hint of Assange's budding relationship with Moscow.
The Swedish prosecution jeopardized what at the time was WikiLeaks' biggest-ever disclosure: the publication of around 250,000 U.S. State Department cables. Swedish authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on Nov. 18, just 10 days before the cables exploded across the web, with bombshell revelations about drone strikes in Yemen, American spying at the U.N. and corruption across the Arab world.
Italy's then-foreign minister, Franco Frattini, described the release as the "Sept. 11 of world diplomacy." Enraged American politicians demanded that Assange be treated like a terrorist.
Very suspicious, eh? Trying to get a Russian visa just because the most powerful people in the world want to assassinate you because you exposed their corruption and war crimes?
It's as if Assange actually had the nerve of not wanting to be redentioned to a CIA black site.