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GLENN: Julian Assange has been arrested for sex by surprise.

PAT: I hate when that happens. I hate that sex by surprise, I do.

GLENN: I was going to say that kind of sounds good to me. Why is that illegal?

Sex by surprise? Surprise! We're having sex!

PAT: Oh, that's always a surprise. So...

GLENN: (Laughing). How true it is. How true it is.

PAT: Always a surprise.

GLENN: Yeah. So ‑‑ we're such jerks. All right. So sex by surprise, apparently

what this means is ‑‑ I mean, if this isn't the ultimate nanny state, if you

aren't prepared, you don't have a condom with you, I guess you couldn't claim

that you were having sex by surprise and you really wanted to have sex with a

condom and they weren't prepared. Or, I guess. It's very unclear at this moment.

It sounds a little shady, especially when you see the women involved, and we'll

get into that because we're still verifying a couple of things that I just don't

want to go to the air with until we have a little bit more to back this up.

PAT: It seems like it was, in fact, consensual, right? It was consensual but he

didn't use a condom, right, the second time. Apparently he had sex with her a

couple of nights before, the very night before?

GLENN: He's a classy guy.

PAT: Yeah. And then the next night he had sex with her again but this time they

just didn't use protection.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: So I guess that's sex by surprise, rape or whatever?

STU: I guess. It's just comical to me because this is like the tax evasion of

every one of these guys. It always come down to something like this. It's these

guys taking down world governments and huge empires and yet they are always

taken down by the fact that they wanted to hook up with two chicks on two

different nights. That's what it always comes down to, doesn't it?

GLENN: The CIA, the CIA, in one of their most famous cases of what's called

honeypot, which is this: You get ‑‑ the Chinese are big in honeypot, which is

you get somebody hot and go up against a guy and they will give you anything and

then you have blackmail, and it's honeypot. The CIA ‑‑

PAT: If that's a picture you have of her right now, she's fairly attractive.

She's too attractive for him, that's for sure. He's a pasty, skanky guy.

STU: He's a really ‑‑

PAT: Spooky looking.

STU: He's the villain in a bad Diehard sequel.

PAT: He is.

STU: Isn't he?

PAT: He's like the hacker.

PAT: And then she's actually, you know, pretty. So ‑‑

STU: This is how this happens.

PAT: What are the odds that that was set up in some way?

GLENN: Here's ‑‑ I mean, the CIA did ‑‑ you ready for this? This is Operation

Midnight Climax. That is one of their more famous honeypot cases: Operation

Midnight Climax.

STU: Sounds classy.

GLENN: It sounds very classy. Well, it was classy. Midnight Climax involved

various San Francisco safehouses, whorehouses in which prostitutes on the CIA

payroll lured unsuspecting johns back to the whorehouse where they were then

dosed with LSD, CIA officials stood behind one‑way glass to observe the effects

of the drugs. The CIA was ostensibly researching mind control, they were

refining the art of sexual blackmail for political purposes as well. The

practice of using sexual blackmail is widely acknowledged in the world of

espionage as an asset, and it is called honeypot.

PAT: You don't suppose that was going on here, do you? (Sniffing).

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: I mean, in this Julian Assange case, that wouldn't be happening, right?

GLENN: Can I have ‑‑ Joe ‑‑ or Stu, would you go to Sky News. It was where the

Drudge Report was reporting this earlier today. So maybe it's from ‑‑ you can

find a link from the Drudge Report.

STU: Okay. Yeah, we can look there.

GLENN: And look at the story from Sky News and look at the comments underneath.

STU: Okay. On the Assange?

GLENN: The comments underneath are telling. This guy is winning.

PAT: Assange?

GLENN: Mmm‑hmmm.

STU: I mean, there's a bunch of stories on this unfortunately. I can go back to

Drudge and try to track it.

GLENN: See if you can track it. But if you look at them, they are all ‑‑ why is

Rupert Murdoch not reporting this fact? Why is this not being reported by Sky

News? All of you in the media are doing this: Oh, it's a government coverup

because you're not covering this. Well, I mean, I read them this morning and

they were all that. Now, this is right after the story broke. So I don't know if

it's still that way. But the comments, the guy is winning.

STU: Because he wants chaos.

GLENN: He wants chaos.

STU: He wants everyone to doubt everything.

GLENN: Yeah, he wants you to doubt the news, he wants you to doubt ‑‑ look, what

is ‑‑ you know they call me ‑‑ you know, George Soros called me Lonesome Roads,

right? That was made by Elia Kazan. He was one of the guys blacklisted, et

cetera, et cetera. What is the point of that movie made in the dark days of

communism? What was the point of that movie? Don't trust the people you think

you can trust. They are turning us against each other. They are turning us

against America, against the system, against everything. First they turned us

against each other, Republicans versus Democrats. And I've told you before, I

was part of that. I bought into that lie until, what, 2004? And then I got it.

And then I realized, look what's happening here. They're just changing places

and changing arguments. There's something wrong here. And they have turned us

against each other.

Now, that doesn't mean you don't point out things that are wrong, but it ‑‑ but

things are not what they appear to be. We are watching a very well coordinated

play, and I don't know if it's government‑controlled, I don't know if it is

Soros‑controlled, I don't know if it's all coincidental. But do you know who

this woman is, one of these women? She is ‑‑ she's quite an amazing woman

herself. She is... she's a woman who is... a leftist, a feminist, somebody over

in Sweden on the gender equity council or something like that, and she has put

together a website to where you want to punish somebody, you want to punish your

ex, punish them through the legal system through a court case on sexual assault.

STU: Awesome.

GLENN: Yeah. So she's the one that he hooks up with?

PAT: What an amazing coincidence.

GLENN: What an amazing coincidence.

PAT: That's amazing. Huh.

GLENN: Now remember ‑‑

PAT: She's weird.

GLENN: I know. She's from the left and she says, use the legal system to

discredit and to harm. So she's from the left. Now, I don't know ‑‑ I would

assume that she agrees with Julian Assange. Now, doesn't this legal maneuvering,

doesn't this ‑‑ with her, doesn't this actually help his case? It may hurt him.

I'm not saying he's necessarily in on it, and I'm not saying ‑‑ I don't know. I

don't know if there's a conspiracy or if she really was raped. I have no idea.

And I don't think we ever will.

STU: She's not even really claiming that.

PAT: No, she's not even claiming that there was nonconsensual sex, right?

STU: She's saying she wanted a condom and didn't get one essentially is her

claim? Is that the sex by surprise claim?

PAT: I don't ‑‑

STU: That the celebratory surprise party of sex?

GLENN: This is a 300,000‑pound bail, a 300,000‑pound bail. That's ‑‑

PAT: Which is over half a million dollars probably.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: That's a lot. That's a lot.

GLENN: I mean, hello.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Depends on how much the dollar's worth today.

PAT: Yeah, might be quarter of a billion.

GLENN: So isn't that interesting? Isn't that really fascinating? That here's a

woman from the left who, this is her expertise. Now, maybe she's ‑‑ maybe she

was raped.

STU: It definitely seems very shady, though. Her case ‑‑

PAT: Very shady.

STU: ‑‑ is not strong. In that typically a case like this you feel wouldn't

warrant ‑‑ you know, call for arrest, let alone an international manhunt. I

mean, the bottom line is he might have turned himself in because he thinks he

will be safest in jail. That might be the answer to this whole thing. I don't

know. But I mean, it doesn't seem like there's ‑‑ reading their story doesn't

seem like there's a whole lot to it.

GLENN: This guy is ‑‑ this guy's dead. This guy's dead.

PAT: Although he's so high profile now, if he turns up dead, you are going to

know it was the CIA or the Russians, you know.

GLENN: Which only helps.

STU: Yeah, helps him and his cause.

GLENN: It only helps him.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: There is no way out of this trap, gang. Because if he releases it, it's

all bad. If he doesn't release it, why hasn't he released it? If he's harmed,

they did it. If he goes to jail ‑‑ he could have legitimately raped this woman.

If he goes to jail, half the world doesn't believe him.

Look, here's the point on this. Assange is forcing you now into the place that I

asked you to consider was coming where you had your back up against the wall and

you had to make a decision: What is it you believe? What is it you believe? I

have to tell you I'm torn on this story. What he's releasing are all of the

things that we knew our government was doing but they all denied. He's releasing

the lies of our government, and they should be released. However, he is

releasing them with the intent of collapsing the entire system, and no matter

what he does now, it will have that effect. How do we do international business?

How do we do that? How does anybody do international business? How do you trust

anything the government said? Once you lose trust, it's over. This is something

that I'm not just pulling out of my butt. This is something that we talked about

for a very long time off air. We talked about it beginning with Van Jones. I was

really afraid. We actually had many conversations off the air before we released

the information on Van Jones and we talked about if we release this information

‑‑ this is when we were young and naive ‑‑ and we prove the point that this guy

is a violent communist revolutionary and the Obama administration knew it and

he's in the administration, what will the American people do? And our best‑case

scenario would be that they will lose faith in the government, they lose faith

and that would send people into the wrong direction. It would send people into a

possible scenario where they were pissed off and, you know, grabbed the

pitchforks and the torches. We were extraordinarily careful. We were

extraordinarily wary. That's why everything ‑‑ that's why they never pick us

apart. They can't tell us that we're wrong on stuff. We might get a little

detail wrong here or a little detail wrong there, but we're not wrong on things.

Why? Because we know our responsibility. We know what all of these things mean.

We have thought it through. We're not just living in the day. We're looking two,

three years ahead.

If these things are true, how do we tell people this, how do we get people ‑‑

nobody wants to hear this stuff. Nobody wants to think of these things. And what

does it mean when they do? I can tell you what this means with Julian Assange

two years down the road. If you make it two years, it means a lack of trust

globally. And when somebody says it's not trustworthy, well, it's of no longer

any use because it can't do business. If you can't do business, if you don't

trust the people, well, then you have Wall Street, and you saw what happened to

Wall Street, except this time there's nobody to bail out the globe. And that's

what this guy wants. And so you are now forced to ask yourself, what is it you

really believe in. What does your country mean? Don't just salute the flag

because it's the flag. You could burn the flag as far as I'm concerned. What

does the flag stand for? That's worth defending. That's worth fighting for. But

you have to know it in your core.

 

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The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

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