Sue Halpern on ‘The Nihilism of Julian Assange’: a comment by StephenKMackSD

Sue Halpern offers some very important insights and compelling observations on the character of Julian Assange in her review of  ‘Risk’ , a documentary film directed by Laura Poitras. Yet Ms. Halpern expresses an absolute certainty that Russian hackers ‘interfered’ in the 2016 Presidential Election. Based upon:

…Reality Leigh Winner didn’t use a digital drop box when she leaked a classified NSA document to The Intercept in May outlining how Russian cyber spies hacked into American election software.

Were these hackers the political instrument of Putin? The pertinent question would be where is the evidence proving that Putin is the prime actor? Ms. Winner provided  the leaked information from an intercepted NSA, what to call it, information, documents, internet gossip. Ms. Halpern fails to present empirical evidence, if such exists, would it be available to a film reviewer? This essay appears in one of the most prestigious publications, The New York Review of Books, that is fully vested in publishing New Cold War propaganda. Timothy Snyder’s being one of its regular contributors.


June 23, 2017 1:30 PM PDT

This lengthy ‘Report’ by the Washington Post could have only come from sources inside The American National Security State. This is an evocatively embroidered timeline of ‘Russian Hacking’. It is the simulacrum of truth i.e. propaganda.

Can the operatives of that Security State be believed? It certainty plays into the Myth of Hillary Clinton as Victim of a Comey/Putin/Assange conspiracy. Is the reader simply to willfully forget the lies and obfuscations that these institutions have engaged in for seventy years? Or is the New Cold War Fever, stoked by the New Democrats acting like Joe McCarthy, so deeply imprinted on the Public Mind that it cannot be overcome? The Washington Post is Neo-Conservative tabloid, so what better place for this propaganda broadside, not based on empirically verifiable evidence, but on selective leaks. Sanctioned by the agencies that have committed heinous crimes in the name of National Security.



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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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2 Responses to Sue Halpern on ‘The Nihilism of Julian Assange’: a comment by StephenKMackSD

  1. Christy says:

    Apparently the city and the occupation worked out some kind of arrangement for garbage pickup as well. The banks of chaynrsthemums in the park are in full bloom, and remain untouched and undamaged.

    • Christy,
      Should I thank you your comment, as I would usually do with someone who replies to my posts? But you seem to be riffing on Mrs Malaprop, or does this have some arcane meaning that has escaped me?

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