What do YOU think about Julian Assange? Foreign spy or a news publisher? Whispers and Warnings for 04/19/19

What do YOU think about Julian Assange? Foreign spy or a news publisher? Whispers and Warnings for 04/19/19

More angry Amazon employees.
Amazon workers strike at four German warehouses
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I’ve never trusted the NYT Best Seller List!
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for journalists and whistleblowers, which is sponsored by European parliamentarians.”


Is Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange A Foreign Spy Or A News Publisher? Probably Both.
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No end in sight for this problem?
Amazon ‘flooded by fake five-star reviews’
“An investigation by the consumer group Which? found hundreds of unverified accounts left top reviews on tech products in a single day. In some cases, it found positive reviews for the wrong products on listings.”

Its magazines were sold in 2016.
Historic Former Publisher Of Ebony And Jet Magazines Files For Bankruptcy
“It is all over for Johnson Publishing Company. For more than seven decades, the iconic black company, the former owner of Ebony and Jet magazines, was at the forefront of African-American culture. The company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy late yesterday, and it plans to sell all its assets.”

So sad. 🙁
Notre-Dame fire: Booksellers urge Hunchback publishers to donate
“French booksellers are urging publishers of the novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame to donate funds to help rebuild the burnt-out cathedral.”

No surprise here! (Yawn…)
The First Machine-Generated Book by a Scholarly Publisher Is a Boring Read
“Based on the subject matter being requested, the algorithm uses machine learning to first analyze thousands of publications to ensure that only those relevant are selected for the book. It then parses, condenses, and organizes those pre-approved, peer-reviewed publications from…”

That was quick!
American Media selling National Enquirer to CEO of Hudson Media for $100-million
“American Media Inc (AMI) said on Thursday it was selling its National Enquirer tabloid to James Cohen, whose family owns a magazine distributor and used to own the Hudson chain of airport newsstands.”

That was quick, too!
Publishers hurry to release book editions of Mueller Report
“Scribner, Melville House and Skyhorse Publishing are among those planning to have paperbacks out before the end of the month, with prices ranging from $15 for the Scribner book to $9.99 for the Melville House one, and e-books out by the end of the week.”


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3 Responses to "What do YOU think about Julian Assange? Foreign spy or a news publisher? Whispers and Warnings for 04/19/19"

  1. Bryan  May 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    He’s a hero like Daniel Ellsberg, who published the Pentagon Papers to expose the lies of the Vietnam War. As for the Mueller Report, it is in the same league as the Warren Commission.

  2. Jeff Anderson  April 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Looking at the actions of the various government(s), the Wikileaks organization, and Julian Assange before, during and after the major US military classified leak, it looks a lot like both sides in this contest will justify any means to reach their respective ends.

    In this regard, both sides violate a basic rule of ethical action, “the end does not justify the means.” Since either side will use any means handy, regardless of law or morality, there’s no point in judging the means which either the governments or Wikileaks use.

    Perhaps we can judge the respective ends of the players.

    On one side of the contest, the governments involved (keep in mind that the USA is not the only or even the first government to go after Wikileaks) want to keep their secrets and punish anyone who reveals those secrets.

    On the other side, Wikileaks wants to expose government corruption by stealing and publishing secrets.

    Although I personally can’t endorse the means used by either side in pursuit of their ends, I can emphatically disapprove of the objective of hiding corruption on the part of military and government bureaucrats, and can approve of the Wikileaks goal of exposing corruption.

    The contrast between the overall objectives of the two sides is obvious: suppression versus freedom; secrecy versus transparency; virtue versus vice; even good versus evil. Choose your side.

    I’m sorry that Julian Assange is in the hands of a government which wants to make an example of him in order to frighten others like him. I hope he can escape. I also hope that Wikileaks and other exposure systems like it will survive and thrive in spite of whatever happens to Assange.

  3. Jerome A. Long  April 20, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I wrote in an opinion piece, dated June 23, 2018, and published in Cuenca HighLife, that Julian Assange is no hero( https://cuencahighlife.com/julian-assange-is-no-hero/ ). I opined as that time that Mr. Assange was alleged to be a Russian agent. The Mueller Report appears to confirm that suspicion.
    He is no journalistic hero. The gold standard in such cases is Daniel Ellsberg who courageously stood up for press freedom against the Nixon administration and won. He did not cower in some foreign embassy. Neither did he receive money from the Russians for his efforts. Unlike Assange, Ellsberg did not employ young and not too bright dupes to do his dirty work. Julian Assange is merely some crass scammer who conspired with those dupes to hack government computers.
    I reiterate: Julian Assange Is No Hero.