I'd also prefer a commutation for Snowden. Why not? If Snowden comes home, he'd still be living under Putin.
Assange has tweeted that he would be willing to be extradited if Manning were to leave prison. Of course, this is a lie. Assange has made an arrangement with Trump and everyone knows it.
Meanwhile: I keep running into rumblings in the right-wing conspiracist community that something big is planned for the inauguration. An operation. Something Reichstag-y.
You can be sure that it will be designed to give Trump powers to attack the left.
I do NOT think that Trump will be assassinated. Nevertheless, I maintain that the JFK assassination should serve as our model for understanding parapolitical events.
If there is one thing that JFK researchers learned about, it's the concept of the false sponsor. Oswald was set up as the patsy in order to smear the USSR. CIA agent David Atlee Phillips -- who pretty much made a deathbed confession (or something similar) to his brother -- went to extraordinary lengths to create a fake trail pinning the blame on the Soviets. Phillips worked for CIA counter-intelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who was the actual mastermind of the assassination.
If my fears are true -- if something does go down on inauguration day -- you can be sure that Alex Jones and his ilk will promulgate a completely false version of events. AJ always falls for the false sponsor; he is, arguably, the single most predictable human being in this country.
Our mainstream media is also quite predictable: They will, of course, frame the matter purely in simplistic terms of "conspiracy theory" versus "non-conspiracy theory."
I've also often said that it's foolish to ask whether some conspiracy theories are real. Of course they are. The important point to recognize is that the right-wing conspiracy theorists are the conspirators.
If you didn't understand that point before, you will -- under Donald Trump. Whenever a conspiracy believer acquires power (Hitler and James Jesus Angleton are two good examples), he becomes a conspiracy practitioner. Invariably.
Big trouble is brewing in western Europe, at least as big as in the US. The theme of this article in the Daily Mail could play an important role in the weeks to come.
Note the references to "the politician in charge of the paedophile network" and the description of the "ring" as "aristocratic".
Victim Anneke Lucas was sold into this murderous network when she was six, in 1969. When or shortly after she was 11, she was allowed to go back and live with her mother. That must have been in the early 1970s.
The reason I mention that is because the article states that "the man who tortured her was one of the defendants in the (Marc) Dutroux case". It then says that only Dutroux got a life sentence. Well there were only two other male defendants. And one of them was born in the early 1970s and was obviously far too young to have been the torturer in question. The man referred to can only possibly be Michel Nihoul.
Nihoul was acquitted of child abduction and the case against him for other offences against children was dropped, but everyone knows he is as guilty as hell. He has openly boasted of being "the monster of Belgium". A prominent businessman, he was far senior to Dutroux in the network.
One of the headlines states that "Anneke Lucas was a sex slave to Europe's elite at age 6". The reference to "Europe's elite" is taken from here.
"The boss of this pedophile network was a Belgian cabinet minister. The clients were members of the elite. I recognized people from television. Their faces were familiar to the masses, while I was confronted with the dark side of their power addiction — the side no one would believe existed. I came across VIP's, European heads of state, and even a member of a royal family."
Someone is firing a shot at someone here.
The "Battle of Brexit" is going to be BRUTAL.
Marine le Pen is likely to be assisted by the intelligence agencies of Britain and Russia as well as by the interests around Donald Trump in the US. On the other side, one has Germany, certain "énarque" interests in France, and of course a knot of interests in Belgium, the main country where the EU Commission is based.
In western Europe, as in the US, expect terror attacks.