The Wikileaks Precedent
On February 1, 2011, Julian Assange of Wikileaks revealed to the world via leaked classified diplomatic documents that Al-Qaida was on the brink of using a nuclear bomb and that the West was on the verge of a "Nuclear 9/11". What the diplomatic documents failed to mention was actual target, date and location of the upcoming nuclear terror attack.
Published 4 days prior on January 28, 2011, David Chase Taylor’s free ebook, entitled The Nuclear Bible, specifically named Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011, in Dallas, Texas, as the target, date and location of the planned nuclear terror attack.
Unlike Assange's diplomatic documents, The Nuclear Bible took Taylor over 14 months to research and write, and is compiled of over 1,000 mainstream sources that ultimately connect the dots of the nuclear terror plot.
Aside from being English speaking white males, Assange and Taylor have a few things in common:
1. Assange and Taylor both warned the world of an impending
Public threats against Julian Assange (see below) from the U.S. government range from arrest, torture, illegal rendition (kidnapping), death penalty, and assassination, and is
likely why Assange also considered asylum in
Where Assange and Taylor differ is in the fact that The Nuclear Bible was composed 100% with public information while Assange's leaked diplomatic documents were likely classified government information.
Given the political ramifications and subsequent blowback of The Nuclear Bible, there is little doubt that the life and safety of Taylor is now at stake. Switzerland, a neutral country with a long history independence and political sovereignty, is the only state entity where Taylor will ultimately be protected from a proven and well-grounded fear of persecution.
Expected Retaliation from Intelligence Services such as CIA, MI5 or Mossad:
1. Taylor may be TORTURED in
retaliation for his journalistic endeavors
Title: Assange Could Face Death Penalty In U.S.
Date: January 11, 2011
Abstract: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will argue he should not be extradited from Britain to Sweden over alleged sex crimes because he could end up in the United States facing the death penalty, his lawyers said on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Australian computer expert, who has infuriated Washington by releasing details of secret U.S. diplomatic cables on his website, is wanted for questioning by Sweden over allegations of sexual offences made by two WikiLeaks volunteers.
Following his brief appearance in a London court on Tuesday, lawyers published an outline of the defense he will use at a full extradition hearing next month, in which they said Assange faced possible execution in the United States.
"There is a real risk that, if extradited to Sweden, the U.S. will seek his extradition and/or illegal rendition to the USA," said the document on the website of law firm Finers Stephens Innocent.
"Indeed, if Mr Assange were rendered to the USA, without assurances that the death penalty would not be carried out, there is a real risk that he could be made subject to the death penalty."
If Assange ends up in the United States, the document adds, there is "a real risk" he would be subject to ill-treament or even torture, both prohibited under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Assange, who has protested his innocence over the sex offence allegations, sat behind a glass screen at London's top security Belmarsh Magistrates' Court during a hearing lasting less than half an hour.
Afterwards, Assange said his organization would press ahead with its release of documents despite his own legal battle. WikiLeaks said in December it planned to release documents that would point to "unethical practices" at a major U.S. bank, widely thought to be Bank of America.
"Our work with WikiLeaks continues unabated and we are stepping up our publishing for matters related to Cablegate and other materials," Assange told reporters outside the court.
"Those will shortly be appearing through our newspaper partners around the world -- big and small newspapers and some human rights organizations," he added.
A U.S. court has ordered microblogging site Twitter to hand over details of the accounts of WikiLeaks and several supporters as part of a criminal investigation into the so-called Cablegate release of hundreds of thousands of confidential diplomatic documents.
British police arrested Assange last month on a European warrant issued by Sweden. After spending nine days in jail, he was released on bail on December 16 after his supporters raised a surety of 200,000 pounds ($312,000).
The full extradition hearing will begin on February 7 and last two days. Even if he loses, Assange can appeal and the legal arguments could stretch on for months.
As part of his bail conditions, Assange was ordered to stay at a mansion in eastern England, abide by a curfew, report to police daily and wear an electronic tag.
However, the conditions were relaxed on Tuesday to allow him to stay at a journalists' club in central London on February 6 and 7 to allow him to get to court on time (Reuters, 2011).
Title: Police Feared Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's Assassination
Date: December 21, 2010
Abstract: Police feared Julian Assange would be assassinated on the front steps of the High Court, the WikiLeaks founder has revealed.
The 39-year-old Australian was told to keep a statement celebrating his freedom brief due a perceived threat on his life.
Mr Assange was release from custody on Friday after winning an appeal against a successful bail application.
He is fighting an extradition order from Swedish authorities, which accuse him of sex crimes in their country, claims he denies.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Pais he admitted he was resigned to the fact that people wanted to kill him.
"I could have stayed there talking for an hour, but the police were worried because I could have been assassinated - or something like that," Mr Assange said.
"I receive death threats all the time. My lawyer receives them, my son receives them. Most of them seem to come from members of the United States armed forces."
Members of the crowd gathered to support him momentarily mistook news photographers taking photographs of Mr Assange from the top of a building near the court as snipers on Friday.
Mr Assange left his solitary confinement cell at Wandsworth Prison to take up residence in a 10-bedroom mansion on a sprawling 600-acre estate owned by a friend in Suffolk.
Describing conditions at Wandsworth, he said he had been housed on a wing occupied by "people who have been convicted of sexual offences, child killers".
"There were crazy paedophiles who shouted all night about their crimes. You heard these cries all night."
In a strange anecdote he described losing a tooth after chewing on a metal object that turned up in a meal of rice and beans.
He could not determine if it was placed in the dish on purpose, but the tooth - which he saved in a piece of paper - was later taken from his cell while he was out exercising.
"It will soon be for sale on eBay. I suppose (it was taken) because they didn't want any kind of evidence that such an episode occurred," he joked.
He claimed he had found supporters among the prison guards - with one even handing him a card declaring: "I only have two heroes in this world: Martin Luther King and you."
Mr Assange's son Daniel, a Melbourne software designer, is reported to have gone into hiding in Australia, though he is still maintaining a presence online, yesterday Twittering that his father: "has a tendency to follow the path of highest resistance, simply for the sake of defiance."
The WikiLeaks mastermind told the Spanish newspaper he had received support on a global scale, especially in South America and Australia.
"It seems as if everybody everywhere is supporting us," he said.
US Vice President Joe Biden has labelled Mr Assange as a dangerous "hi-tech terrorist", and confirmed the US is pursuing legal options against him (News.com.au, 2010).
Title: WikiLeaks Chief Faces Assassination Risk
Date: December 1, 2010
Abstract: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is at risk of being assassinated over the release of secret US documents and will remain in hiding for his own security, the website's spokesman said Wednesday.
Spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said the Australian's safety was at stake after US politicians called for him to face treason charges and an adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reportedly said he should be killed.
"We have had threats from governments and commentators, some of them totally preposterous, even calls for the assassination of Julian Assange," Hrafnsson said during a debate at the Frontline Club in London."He is justified in being concerned for his safety. When you have people calling, for example, for his assassination, it is best to keep a low profile," he added.
Hrafnsson said Assange's whereabouts would remain secret. He is known to have recently spent time in Sweden and London and is the subject of an Interpol arrest request over a rape allegation in Sweden.
He has faced calls from the United States for his arrest, with Mike Huckabee, a former Republican presidential hopeful, reportedly saying that those responsible for the leaks were guilty of treason and should face execution, CNN reported.
Separately, Tom Flanagan, an advisor to Canada's prime minister, said flippantly in a television interview that Assange "should be assassinated" and that US President Barack Obama "should put out a contract and maybe use a drone."
Hrafnsson, an Icelandic former journalist, defended Assange's decision to remain in hiding and not to face up to the Swedish arrest warrant, saying the timing of the Interpol alert was "curious".
"He is in a secret location and working on the project with a group of our staff. It is necessary in the circumstances to keep his location secret," Hrafnsson said.
The spokesman also pointed to the fact that WikiLeaks was suffering repeated cyber attacks as evidence that it was being targeted.
"We know the interest of the US government in bringing down WikiLeaks," he said.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused WikiLeaks on Monday of an "attack on the international community" by releasing the documents, but Hrafnsson insisted that WikiLeaks had done nothing illegal.
"There has been a lot of talk about legal actions taken against Wikileaks and Julian, about how we have done something illegal, that we are criminals, but we have not seen any reference to how we are supposed to have broken the law," he said (AFP, 2010).
Title: WikiLeaks Founder Says May Seek Swiss Asylum
Date: November 4, 2010
Abstract: The founder of WikiLeaks said on Thursday he may seek political asylum in Switzerland and move his whistle-blowing website there to operate in safety.
"I'm considering whether I should seek asylum," Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, told TSR, a Swiss television station. His words were dubbed into French.
Assange is in Geneva to speak at the United Nations on Friday, when the U.N. Human Rights Council conducts a review of the human rights record of the United States.
Last month Sweden rejected an application for a work and residency permit for Assange, who has angered the Pentagon by releasing nearly 500,000 classified files on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Assange had been hoping to establish a base in Sweden to take advantage of its strict laws protecting journalists. He has been under investigation there over rape allegations, which he has denied.
Assange told TSR the idea of setting up a foundation in neutral Switzerland to operate WikiLeaks was under serious consideration.
Earlier Assange called on the United States to fully examine abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and halt its "aggressive investigation" into WikiLeaks.
Assange said WikiLeaks would release thousands of documents this year concerning not only the United States, but other countries including Russia and Lebanon.
Some of the secret U.S. documents released contained accounts of Iraqi forces torturing Iraqi prisoners and the failure of the U.S. military to investigate those instances.
"It is time the United States opened up instead of covering up," Assange told a news conference in Geneva.
"The United States is in grave danger of losing its way," said the Australian, who is moving from country to country to seek protection through their whistleblower laws.
The U.S. delegation has said it is open to fair criticism of its human rights record, including racial discrimination and counterterrorism policies, at Friday's debate, where Muslim countries are expected to voice concern about detainee abuse.
U.S. officials have said the military had not systematically ignored cases of torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by Iraqi forces.
The Obama administration has not announced any investigation into the abuses -- some of which occurred during its first year in office -- unlike Britain and Denmark, which have begun looking into their own troops' behavior, according to Assange.
"The only investigation to my knowledge that has been announced by the United States is into us, into possible sources within the U.S. military," Assange said.
The massive WikiLeaks disclosures of leaked documents have been the largest in U.S. military history (Reuters, 2010).
Title: Does Julian Assange Have Reason To Fear The U.S. Government?
Date: June 17, 2010
Abstract: On Democracy Now this morning, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg said of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that in the age of Obama, Assange has reason to fear arrest, kidnapping, rendition, torture, and even death at the hands of the U.S. government. I think Ellsberg's contention is ridiculous. It turns Assange into a martyr before he's been martyred, and embellishes a reputation that does not need embellishing.
Assange is probably the safest person in the world right now, at least in so far as his ability to fend off arrest by the United States. For one thing, Assange has not broken any laws, so far as I can tell. He has not disclosed any sensitive intelligence source or method; it is not generally illegal for journalists to facilitate the disclosure of classified information. And Assange has taken steps to ensure that were he ever to suddenly disappear, his stash of documents and sources would be protected by his distributed network of volunteers.
If I were Assange, I wouldn't trust the U.S. government enough to believe their assurances that "we just want to talk to you." However, the overriding interest of the U.S. counterintelligence establishment right now is in Assange NOT publishing additional secret information. The one way to ASSURE that the information gets published would be to detain, arrest, torture, kidnap, render, or assassinate Assange.
The second reason why Assange is safe, where he is, is that he has powerful fans. Daniel Ellsberg is one of them. So is Glenn Greenwald. To a lesser extent (in terms of power, that is), so am I. The moment he does disappear is the moment when the international community and the segment of journalists that Assange has wooed begin to protest, vigorously and rigorously.
I want Assange to remain a free man. I want him to publish what he finds worthy of publishing, consonant with his own values and his obligations as a citizen of the world and of Iceland. I also understand and believe it to be reasonable that the intelligence community and the Department of Defense are worried about Assange, and that they are trying to figure out the best way to mitigate the effects of a major document release. Their equities are valid, too, although as I said, I tend to be rooting for Assange to feel free and liberated, and less hunted. Assange's tendency to believe that he is one step away from being thrown into a black hole hinders, and to some extent discredits, his work. I don't always agree with his methods, but the value in having an unchecked accountability mechanism for governments worldwide is obvious (Atlantic, 2010).