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Pamela Anderson Leads Diverse Left-Right Coalition Pushing Trump to Pardon Assange

Few issues have been able to draw such a broad coalition of support as the political persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is the latest in a long line of public figures pushing for a last-minute pardon for Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. In a TV interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on “Good Morning Britain” earlier today, the Canadian-American actress claimed that she was in the president’s ear, and that, “It would be a perfect way” for Trump to go out.

“I hope he makes that decision because I think that will add a positive to his legacy,” she added, appealing directly to the president’s emotions.

“He’s not a [threat], he’s a very mild mannered, funny sweet man with two children,” she said of Assange. It is unclear how much leverage Anderson has with the mercurial president, although she did attend his birthday party at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City some years ago. 

One man who certainly does have Trump’s ear is Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson. Last week, he invited political comedian Jimmy Dore to make his pitch to the president (who is said to be an avid viewer of Carlson’s show). Discussing Trump’s recent social media ban, Dore pleaded,

“This would be a great way for Donald Trump to stick the thumb back in the eye of these people, is to pardon Julian Assange. If he knows what’s good for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, he should pardon Julian Assange.”

“I totally agree,” Carlson responded, “partly because you convinced me through the force of your argument.”

Far from being celebrated, Dore was condemned by other progressive figures for legitimizing Carlson. “Tucker isn’t a dummy. He knows that investing in a ‘leftist’ who is driving a wedge in the left is good for his far-right agenda. It also helps when all that ‘leftist’ does is attack Democrats and ignore fascism. Perfect guest for his ends!” remarked Emma Vigeland, co-host of The Majority Report. Author and journalist Noah Berlatsky agreed, describing what he saw as a “red brown crossover,” and suggesting that Dore was helping recruit new audiences for Carlson.  

A number of Nobel laureates, including Northern Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire and Guatemalan human rights campaigner Rigoberta Menchú, have urged Trump to “put a defining stamp” on his political career by pardoning the Australian publisher. They have been joined by musicians such as Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. “Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange. You alone can save his life,” the latter tweeted

Trump has already pardoned more than 100 people in the last weeks. However, many of them were war criminals rather than free speech advocates. Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald suggested that the chances of a pardon for Snowden or Assange in his final 48 hours in office were “definitely less than 50% but substantially greater than zero,” beseeching anyone with power or influence to push the movement forward: “now is the time to do everything possible to use it for good,” he wrote

Assange might simply be able to buy his pardon if he is rich enough. Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou alleges that an associate of Rudi Guliani recently told him that he could secure a pardon for a $2 million bribe. Kiriakou rejected the offer. 

Assange is currently still incarcerated in Belmarsh Prison in London, despite a British court earlier this month throwing out the case against him. He faces up to 175 years in a U.S. prison if the prosecution’s appeal is successful. He has been either imprisoned or confined to a small apartment in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for almost eight years. Perhaps the most explosive of Wikileaks’ revelations was the “Collateral Murder” murder video, which showed images of an American attack helicopter attack on central Baghdad from July 2007. The video shows American personnel massacring at least a dozen Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters journalists, in cold blood. 

In 2016, Wikileaks also published the Podesta emails; communications between many of Hillary Clinton’s top aides. The emails revealed corruption within the highest echelons of the Democratic Party and many have alleged their publication helped tipped the balance in favor of a Trump victory. While it was publishing damaging information about his opponent, Trump was elated with the organization. “I love Wikileaks,” he often said on the campaign trail. However, once he was ensconced in the White House, the 74-year-old became incredibly forgetful. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” he told a reporter in 2019 when asked for his opinion on the Assange case. Anderson is among the many trying to jog his memory at the last moment. 

Republished from MintPressNews.com under Creative Commons

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Landlord Accused Of Kidnapping Tenants to Evict, Dumping Them in Cemetery

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Shockingly a New York landlord has been accused of kidnapping two tenants to evict them.

Shawn Douglas is accused of kidnapping two of his tenants from his property and dumping them in a cemetery 30 miles away, ABC News 10 reported.

The two tenants accused Douglas of kidnapping them while armed from their home at his property in the South End neighborhood of Albany, NY. Douglas is out on bail following the disturbing case.

In the police report, the two accusers state they were abducted, restrained with zip ties, and then covered with pillowcases before being dumped off in a cemetery in Ghent.

One of the victims was eventually able to free themselves from the restraints to seek help at a nearby house where they called the authorities on Douglas.

“He’s lucky they came out of that alive. They could have froze to death out there,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told NBC News 10.

New York, has had an existing ban on evictions which expires on May 1st due to the current pandemic. Following the lifting of the ban on evictions, many court cases are expected to attempt to evict tenants across the state.

The Albany Police Department has not released any additional details about the case at this time. But more people could be charged in connection with the alleged kidnapping according to ABC News 10.

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FBI ‘Aware Of’ Alleged Spotting of UFO by American Airlines Pilot Over New Mexico

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New Mexico has long been considered the mecca for people interested in UFO incidents, with the southwestern state attracting tens of thousands of annual visitors to the alleged sites of close encounters in Roswell, as well as other sightings such as the Lonnie Zamora incident and the Aztec UFO crash.  

With such a rich history of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects in New Mexico, it should come as no surprise that another close encounter has been reported – this time by a commercial airline pilot on Sunday afternoon.

At around 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, an unidentified aerial craft reportedly whooshed past American Airlines flight 2292 in the northern part of the state, startling the pilot who expressed his shock over the strange object flying overhead at a breathtaking rate of speed.

In a 15-second recording that was obtained by self-described “stealth chaser” Steve Douglass of Amarillo, Texas, and published on his blog Deep Black Horizon, the pilot can be heard excitedly communicating with air traffic controllers about the strange sighting he saw above the clouds during the passenger flight.

“Do you have any targets up here?” the pilot asks the Federal Aviation Administration traffic controllers.

“We just had something go right over the top of us,” he continues. “I hate to say this, but it looked like a long, cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast, and went right over the top of us.”

However, the response from Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center can’t be heard due to local air traffic in Amarillo interfering with the channel, Douglass said. The blogger and author of “The Comprehensive Guide to Military Monitoring” also noted that there was no “no significant military aircraft presence was noted on ADS-B logs” and that the flight proceeded to land without incident at its destination in Phoenix, Arizona.

While the FAA has yet to comment on the strange encounter, American Airlines has confirmed that the recording of the radio communications with the pilot is fully authentic.

“Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” a spokesman for the airliner wrote in an email to Fox News. The spokesman added that any additional inquiries should be addressed to the FBI.

However, the FBI response was equally opaque.

“The FBI is aware of the reported incident,” bureau spokesman Frank Connor wrote in an email. “While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public.”

Furthermore, authorities at the nearby Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque reported that they had been alerted to the supposed encounter through the media, but officials at the base were not discussing the matter.

“We have no knowledge of this. We’re not aware of anything,” Lally Laksbergs told Wall Street Journal. Officials at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico have not yet responded to media inquiries.

However, Douglass has expressed doubt that the close encounter was with a military projectile.

“It was a Sunday. Basically, it’s a military’s day off,” Douglass told KVII News, where he works as a photographer. “When tests occur, the military notifies the FAA, aircraft are kept out of the area and their schedules and strict flight lanes as aircraft need to stay in to not interfere with these tests. That’s not what happened.”

“Whatever it was came fast, right at them and right over them, which gave them a big enough scare that they had to report it,” he added. “If the military can’t explain what it is, what’s flying out there that we don’t know about?”

In recent years, officials with the U.S. government have been increasingly vocal in its discussions of UFOs, which they prefer to refer to as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.

In September 2019, U.S. Navy officials admitted that widely-circulating video footage captured by Navy pilots purportedly showing UFOs flying through the skies did, in fact, depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace. The videos had been released months prior by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences (TTS), a private “UFO research organization” founded by former Blink 182 frontman Tom De Longe. 

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Akon Finally Breaks Ground On His Futuristic $10 Billion Solar Powered “Crypto City”

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The rapper, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Akon has been making significant progress on his development plans in Africa, which involve the creation of a futuristic city that runs on clean energy and cryptocurrency.

In January of last year, Akon revealed that his agreements with Senegal President Macky Sall were going forward, and a few months later it was announced that the engineering and consulting firm KE International was awarded a $6 billion contract to build the city. The company previously said it had already received $4 billion from investors for the first two phases of Akon City’s construction, giving the project a price tag of at least $10 billion. 

The project goes much further than just this one city and it has already begun to make an impact across the continent. In the short time since the deal was finalized last year, a large number of solar street lights, and solar home lighting units, have been installed across 14 African countries, according to Akon Lighting Africa.

The effort was made possible by a private-public partnership model and a well-established network of partners including SOLEKTRA INT, SUMEC, and NARI.

Phase 1 of construction on the city is expected to be completed in 2023, and will include roads, a hospital, residences, hotels, a police station, a waste facility, a school, and a solar power plant. The entire city is expected to be finished around 2029. The city’s economy will be facilitated by Akon’s cryptocurrency “Akoin,” which runs on the Stellar blockchain. Stellar is a crypto ecosystem that includes its own cryptocurrency XLM, and also allows for the development of other projects, such as decentralized exchanges and additional currencies like Akoin. Banks around the world have also been considering using the Stellar blockchain for stablecoin deployment. 

Akon believes that cryptocurrency is the solution to the corruption problems that create widespread inequality in Africa because the blockchain provides a record that would make corruption extremely obvious if it were to take place. With an independent cryptocurrency, governments are unable to print money and devalue the currency, and the control of the money is decentralized.

In an interview with TMZ last year, Akon compared the vision that he has for the city with the fictional “Wakanda” from the movie Black Panther.

“This movie literally made an idea of what Africa could really be. It’s just ironic that I was already working on this before the movie came out, but it’s something that helped me a lot when I was trying to explain to explain to people what I was trying to do,” Akon said.

The city’s crypto-economic system will also solve many problems specific to the developing world, like instantly calculating conversation rates for currencies, which is often an obstacle because there are so many different regional currencies and methods of trade. In some cases, people even use prepaid cellphone minutes as a currency because it is easier to use and exchange than traditional currencies. Akon says that the Akoin wallet will allow users to trade between cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies, and cellphone minutes instantly without having to go through a major exchange using Atomic Swap technology. The app will also teach users to become more familiar with the technology in general.

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