Forces allied with the American government have come down hard on its dissenters, cutting off internet access for Wikileaks and closing RT News’s bank accounts.
The public accountability nonprofit has been on precarious ground, with its bank accounts long since closed and its head Julian Assange hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition. Now, Wikileaks reports that Assange’s internet access in the embassy has been cut off, likely out of pressure from the US government in retribution for leaking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speeches to bankers:
We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange's internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speechs.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 17, 2016
Meanwhile, RT News, the Russian-owned news agency known to be critical of the US government, announced that its UK bank accounts with NatWest were to be closed:
BREAKING: RT bank accounts blocked in UK – editor-in-chief https://t.co/4uO5Yksm9s
— RT (@RT_com) October 17, 2016
Establishment forces doing everything to suppress leaks
As the leaks of secret and dirty communications by US government officials pile up, said government is pulling out all the stops to suppress this information. Facebook admitted to blocking links to leaks of Democratic National Committee emails by Wikileaks, suppressing the information contained therein from reaching millions more people.
Google has also engaged in information blocking. Earlier this year, a YouTube representative was recorded threatening a French blogger about an upcoming interview with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, encouraging her not to ask hard questions if she desired a long YouTube career.
Decentralized tech is the only hope against overwhelming power
As the decades pass since the fall of the Soviet Union and the beginning de facto US/EU hegemony, decentralized technology has risen to claim the title of biggest threat against the powers that be. With each passing day, the conflict grows between governments and encryption. The FBI has indicated that they will crack down on encryption after the dust from the presidential election settles. Britain and France have indicated similar inclinations, pressuring the EU to ban end-to-end encryption, supposedly to crack down on “terrorism.” The lengths to which they will go to hold on to power in the coming years remains to be seen.