Jim Comey’s own words justify Bill Barr’s review | TheHill

Attorney General William Barr has just blitzed former FBI Director James Comey on third down and there’s a feeling a sack is imminent.

Barr’s tasking of U.S. Attorney John Durham to review the “origins” of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign becomes the third examination of Comey and his special team, joining efforts by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber.

This is an entirely appropriate response to the fearful possibility that the FBI was misused by its past leadership for political purposes.

AG Barr understands well that the FBI is dead as an agency — undeserving of the nation’s trust — if it is commonly perceived to be a weapon for political vagaries rather than an impartial, objective enforcer of the rule of law so vital to the survival of democratic governance.

Read more: Jim Comey’s own words justify Bill Barr’s review | TheHill

The Coming Wrath Of Barr: The Real Story Behind The Russian Hoax | Zero Hedge

Durham, a Republican, is known as “apolitical.” His record indicates a tough but fair prosecutor who, as The Washington Post put it in 2009, has “parachuted into crisis situations for both political parties over three decades.” The fact that Barr has enlisted him is no small matter.

The entire collusion story has crumbled rapidly, over the past few months, and it now seems possible – finally – that those who conspired to fabricate a phony, politically motivated counterintelligence operation will face a reckoning.

 

Read more: The Coming Wrath Of Barr: The Real Story Behind The Russian Hoax | Zero Hedge

The Re-Opening of the Swedish Assange Case Should Be Welcomed – Craig Murray

That the Swedish investigation into the rape allegation against Julian Assange is being re-opened is something that ought to be welcomed. The alternative would be for this accusation to hang unresolved over Julian’s head forever. The Swedish prosecutors now need finally, as my father used to say, either to piss or get off the pot. They need to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge or not.

There is no reason for delay. The Swedish police have had seven years to investigate this case and all the evidence has been gathered and all statements taken – the last being the interview of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy in 2017. Hopefully to review the evidence and decide whether to charge will not now be a lengthy procedure. It is worth noting, contrary to much misreporting, Julian Assange has never been charged with anything in Sweden.

 

Source: The Re-Opening of the Swedish Assange Case Should Be Welcomed – Craig Murray

Irish Journalist McKee, Julian Assange and the Pathetic Pulitzers — Strategic Culture

The most promising, talented and fearless young independent Irish journalist of her generation was gunned down at age 29 by two bullets while covering a very minor and typical riot in Derry City on April 18. A couple of dim and drunken young Irish Republican extremist suspects who could not have hit a barn door at point blank range were also immediately rounded up and accused of her murder.

Of all the shots supposedly randomly fired into the crowd that night, the only person to be hit – twice – was the most important and incorruptible investigative reporter in Ireland.

 

Source: Lyra McKee, Julian Assange and the Pathetic Pulitzers — Strategic Culture

Assange to Extradition Court: ‘I Won’t Surrender to the US for Doing Journalism’ – Consortiumnews

Dressed in jeans, a dark jacket and a T-shirt, Assange appeared on a video screen inside a cramped courtroom in Westminster Magistrates Court in London. “I won’t surrender to the U.S. for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected lives,” Assange told the court, according to a tweet from a USA Today correspondent.

Source: Assange to Extradition Court: ‘I Won’t Surrender to the US for Doing Journalism’ – Consortiumnews