Several organizations in recent months have leaked information from government and government-related organizations, including Guccifer 2.0, DC Leaks and Wikipedia.
Without providing any public proof, the U.S.government and Democratic Party operatives damaged by the leaks have claimed that the leaks of hacked emails were the work of the Russian government.
Two days ago, Vice-President Joe Biden hinted that the U.S. government would launch an attack of its own in response. From The New York Times:
Taping an interview for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Biden was asked whether the United States was preparing to send a message to the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. Days before, the American intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security declared that the Russian leadership was responsible for attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the leaking of stolen emails.Since then, two unusual events have occurred in England.
“We’re sending a message,” Mr. Biden told Chuck Todd, the show’s host. “We have the capacity to do it.”
“He’ll know it,” Mr. Biden added. “And it will be at the time of our choosing. And under the circumstances that have the greatest impact.”
Julian Assange's internet connection from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London has been cut off:
Further, by this time of day, for more than a week, a batch of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta emails have been made public, None have yet been made public today,Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 17, 2016
Hours after Wikileaks informed of the Assange internet access cut, the Russian-funded television network RT reported that its bank accounts in the U.K. had been closed.
According to RT, The National Westminster Bank has informed RT UK that it will no longer have the broadcaster among its clients. "The bank provided no explanation for the decision."
“We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities,” NatWest said in a letter to RT’s London office. The bank said that the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part of, would refuse to service RT.
The letter said the decision was final and that it is “not prepared to enter into any discussion in relation to it.”
From the RT press office:
The British Government has an 81% shareholding in the RBS Group, parent of the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest.RT statement on Natwest: pic.twitter.com/v2Nz9q966X— RT Press Office (@RT_PressOffice_) October 17, 2016
This didn't register this morning with UK Prime Minster Theresa May, who apparently will play the role of an obedient pink poodle when the U.S. government comes knocking and asking her to do the bidding of the Empire.
According to Reuters, May's spokeswoman told reporters in regard to the closing of the RT bank accounts:
It's a matter for the bank and it's for them to decide who they offer services to based on their own risk appetite.
Severe harassment of media organizations in the U.K. and the pink poodle pretends to hide under a chair. Wonderful.
This is another object lesson that governments will always escalate, even if alleged freedom of the press must be ignored
Not good. The establishment feels under attack and they are willing to ignore fundamental precepts that they have generally observed up to now.
Prepare for worse.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.