Very important exchange with @ninaturner on her great new podcast, in which @TulsiGabbard explains why it's so imperative for Trump to pardon Edward @Snowden & Julian Assange before January, and why the worst national security goons are so against it.

A Trump pardon of Snowden & Assange would be historic on so many levels. It would cause civil liberties groups, press freedom groups & leaders from around the world to praise him. He'd be the first President willing to confront the Deep State since Eisenhower's Farewell Address.
People across the spectrum - right, left and in between - would cheer .The only people furious are those whose abusive powers they revealed: @JohnBrennan, James Clapper, @Comey, @AmbassadorRice & @GenMhayden.

And Biden/Harris would be forced to denounce it, isolating them.
Dems should start pressuring Biden for a pardon of Reality Winner (good luck with that!). But Assange will die in prison, and Snowden will spend the rest of his life in exile -- for patriotic acts exposing grave Deep State crimes -- if Trump does not use the power given to *him.*
It's hard to put into words what heroes Snowden & Assange are considered around the world. In Brazil, both Lula & Dilma have repeatedly heaped praise on them, urging a pardon. And in the US -- outside Deep State operatives & their media organs -- they're viewed the same way.
One of the most revealing Trump-era moments is when Chuck Schumer went on Maddow in 2017 & warned Trump: don't criticize or confront the CIA, or they'll try to destroy you. He was right: they did. They're who is demanding Snowden & Assange be persecuted.

"We're actually told -- intelligence sources tell NBC News..." - @Maddow, in that exchange with Schumer, revealing the motto of NBC News and its core operating principle, as I was saying earlier today:

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VIDEO: Leading French Civil Liberties Advocate, Yasser Louati, Speaks Out on Western Muslims and Macron…
Those who seek to erode core civil liberties use the same tactics everywhere: elevating fear levels, demonizing Others, equating authoritarianism with safety. The French debate is a harbinger of what's to come in the west: not only for Muslims but anyone deemed threatening.
"One of the most effective tactics is an intense focus on isolated but particularly gruesome crimes to overflow the brain with emotions of horror, disgust and fear, to prevent a rational calculus of the true magnitude of the threat posed." Don't fall for that: in France or the US
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They hired *John Brennan*, Ken Dilanian & every other operative puked up by the security state. People already know.
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The CIA lies of the Iraq War were principally sold on Meet the Press. Ground Zero for mindless CIA stenography of the most unhinged Russiagate conspiracies was MSNBC.

If you don’t want to be known as a CIA outpost, then .... don’t be one.
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This @SarahKendzior person was so blatantly a completely unhinged maniac, scaring the crap out of followers, telling them Trump was definitely going to nuke people, maybe even them. MSNBC put her on constantly. Look at the fear & sickness she spread:
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Huge opportunity to break free of the NBC/CNN/NYT/Fox prison & create that:…
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