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    They’re Murdering My Son – Julian Assange’s Father Tells of Pain and Anguish


    Murder Is What “Freedom & Democracy” Does to Truth-Tellers



    Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, gave an interview to Strategic Culture Foundation over the weekend. After arriving from his home country of Australia, Shipton is visiting several European states, including Russia, to bring public attention to the persecution of Julian Assange by British authorities over his role as a publisher and author.


    First though an introduction to the Assange case. Few media figures can be attributed with transforming international politics and the global media landscape. Arguably, Julian Assange, author, publisher and founder of the Wikileaks whistleblower website (2006), is in the top tier of world-changing individuals over the past decade.


    The Australian-born Assange has previously been awarded with accolades and respect for his truth-telling journalism which exposed massive crimes, corruption and nefarious intrigues by the US government and its Western allies.


    One of the most shocking exposés by Wikileaks was the video ‘Collateral Murder’ (2010) which showed mass, indiscriminate deadly shootings by US troops in Iraq. Similar war crimes by American troops in Afghanistan were also revealed by Wikileaks. The so-called US and NATO “war on terror” was exposed as a fraud and gargantuan crime.


    Assange worked with American whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, the latter revealing the illegal systematic global surveillance by US spy agencies against ordinary citizens and political leaders around the world in flagrant violation of human rights and Washington’s much-vaunted claims of upholding civil liberties and international law.


    The powers-that-be have gone after these truth-tellers with a vengeance for daring to expose their hypocrisy and vile record. Snowden is in exile in Russia unable to return to the US out of fear of imprisonment for “treason”. Manning is currently being detained indefinitely in the US because she refuses to testify against Assange. Julian Assange’s ground-breaking journalism exposing government crimes did so in a way that so many established Western news media outlets failed to do out of cowardly deference to the powers-that-be. Such so-called “independent” media are now facilitating the persecution of Assange by smearing his reputation and ignoring his plight in prison. He has been smeared, among other slanders, as a “Kremlin agent” and a “cyber terrorist”.


    After almost seven years (2012-2019) confined in the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he sought political asylum to avoid arbitrary arrest by British authorities over trumped-up sex assault claims (since dropped), Assange was illegally arrested in April this year by UK police storming the Ecuadorian embassy. He has since been detained in maximum security Belmarsh prison where he is held under conditions of solitary confinement. He is being detained indefinitely while the US prepares a request to British authorities to extradite him. If he is extradited to the US, Assange will face charges under the Espionage Act which could result in 175 years in jail.


    Belmarsh prison in London is a Special Category A jail (the most severe of four grades of detention centers in the British penal system). It has been used previously to detain mass murderers and the most dangerous convicted terrorists. Julian Assange’s ongoing incarceration there under lockdown is preposterous. It is an outrage, and yet Western media show little or no concern to report on this gross violation of due process and human rights law.


    Earlier this month, on September 13, Assange was ordered by a British judge to be detained further even though he was due to be released this week on September 22, after having served out his sentence over a minor bail infringement that occurred back in 2012 when he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London. That bail infringement is null and void since the original sex-assault claim in Sweden has been dropped due to lack of evidence against Assange.


    Evidently, his detention is being used by the British government (no doubt at the behest of Washington) in order to destroy his health and very being. At age 48, his physical and mental condition are deteriorating by the day under the extreme conditions which amount to torture, as the UN special rapporteur Nils Melzer noted after visiting the prisoner back in May this year. The UN report called for Assange’s immediate release.


    The following is an interview conducted with Assange’s father, John Shipton. He is currently on a tour of European countries to highlight the gross miscarriage of justice against his son. Shipton is visiting Britain, Ireland, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden to campaign for Julian’s immediate release. He is also traveling to Russia.


    In contrast to Western media indifference, John Shipton says he has encountered great public support for Julian, demanding his freedom. Among his supporters are prominent public figures, award-winning journalist John Pilger, renowned thinker and writer Noam Chomsky, Pink Floyd singer-songwriter Roger Waters and the courageous actress Pamela Anderson.


    Interview

    Q: Can you describe the current prison conditions for Julian and his state of health?


    Julian has lost 15 kilos in weight, is held in Belmarsh Maximum Security prison hospital 22 hours per day in solitary confinement. Nils Melzer, United Nation’s special rapporteur on torture, visited in company with two people expert in recognizing the effects of torture. Nils’ report stated Julian showed the effects of torture physically and mentally. Since Nils’ visit in May 2019, Julian continues to lose weight, now totaling 15 kilos. Nils and company describe Julian’s deeply distressing condition in firm language. UN report linked.


    Q: It is reported that you are being restricted from contact with your son in prison despite you having traveled from Sydney, Australia, to visit him. Is that correct?


    Julian can receive two, two-hour social visits per month. My visit was double-booked with another thus cancelled. A week later, in company with Ai Wei Wei, we visited Julian. Sitting in the prisoners’ meeting room for 46 minutes, upon complaining we were told Julian could not be found. Couple of minutes later Julian was brought in.


    Q: Is Julian being restricted from contact with his lawyers in order to prepare his defense against the pending extradition case from Britain to the US?


    Yes, severely. Sentenced to maximum security as a Grade B prisoner in solitary confinement, without access to computer or library. I gather the prison library has no books on criminal law.


    Q: The latest development this month on September 13 saw a British judge rule that Julian’s detention in London’s max security Belmarsh prison is to be extended indefinitely despite him being due to be released on September 22 after serving his time for a bail infringement back in 2012. What, in your view, is objectionable about the latest ruling by the British judge?


    The judge, Vanessa Baraitser, made her own application for Julian’s bail which, with bottomless ignominy, she promptly refused. Baraitser in summing her judgement used the phrase, “likely to abscond”. Julian has partaken of legal conventions of asylum, and to which the United Kingdom is a signatory, reviewed and supported by 32 states in the American Organization of States, and he has ceaselessly offered Swedish prosecutors opportunity to interview him on allegations or travel to Sweden if guarantees of no onward extradition to the United States. Stephania Maurizi’s Freedom of Information requests of United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecuting Service and Swedish Crown Prosecuting Authority had revealed irregular anti-procedural state cooperation keeping Julian in Ecuador’s London embassy. Mini Adolf Eichmanns all of them are.


    Swedish prosecuting authority has had four prosecutors, two interviews, one in Sweden 2010 and 2017 in Ecuador’s London embassy, during nine years under regulations stating that cases must be progressed. To land a man on the moon took eight years!


    This is prosecutorial and judicial insouciant malice towards Julian.


    Q: What are your concerns about what could happen if your son is extradited to the US where he is facing charges of violating the Espionage Act?


    They will murder Julian one way or the other.


    Q: What do you say to politicians and media figures, like Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late US senator John McCain, who denounce Julian as a “cyber terrorist”?


    US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, moron and crook or if you prefer, crook and moron, if memory serves, first uttered this phrase purportedly bringing Julian under the Patriot Act as a terrorist, thereby able to be extra-judicially murdered. Floundering morons repeat meaningless phrases echoing other bubble-head nonsense. Everyone of those morons are horrified by and terrified by truth and facts which everyone all can see and read on Wikileaks.


    Q: Are you proud of your son’s work as a publisher and whistleblower? What do see as his main achievement from his publishing work?


    The achievements are many. In diplomatic cables we can read of how the geopolitical world is composed and disposed of people therein. We can understand what Uncle Sam wants and how the US state gets what its wants. Many millions of people, communities and states benefit from Wikileaks, some greatly. Example, Chagos Islanders at the International Court of Justice. Iraq War and Afghan files exposing war crimes. Vault 7 exposing CIA cyber illegalities and crimes. The ‘Collateral Murder’ video’s revelation of US war crimes in Iraq. The list of revelations and beneficiaries is long and deep. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are a necessity.


    War crimes revealed, sordid practices, blackmail and bribery. Seven countries destroyed, millions dead, rivers of blood and millions displaced. Yet only Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, both innocent of giving hurt and crime, rot in jail.


    Q: Is Julian’s treatment by British and US authorities a grave warning to all citizens about the danger to their right to freedom of expression and independent media?


    Yes, a grim warning. Shut up or be crushed. What free press? English-speaking mass media is homogenous in its deceptions, prevarication and banal lies. Popular internet search engines deflect enquiry to corporate cronies. Facebook corporation is greed incarnate. All these entities can be simply regulated. Nations states have powers, however, do nothing but salivate over access to data we generate… our data.


    For Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are icons of oppressive state violence towards revelation of astonishing corruption and staggering criminality.


    Many gifted, brave writers, commentators and film-makers continue a furious fight in alternate media and blogs. We give our gratitude and salute such men and women, for they all know, intimately, there is no monster colder than the US state and its allies.


    Q: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the government in Canberra have refused to make appeals for Julian’s release despite him being an Australian citizen. How do you view the Australian government’s lack of response to the case? Why are they apparently derelict? For example, Premier Morrison is visiting US President Donald Trump this week but he is reportedly scheduled to not raise the Assange case or to request his release. Why is Morrison acting with such indifference, and deference to the US?


    The Australian government is complicit. More than complicit as silence indicates agreed involvement. Notable exception are ex Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, with concordance of ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, raising Julian with Jeremy Hunt, the former United Kingdom Foreign Minister and Mike Pompeo, the current United States Secretary of State.


    Q: Are you hopeful that Julian will be released in the near future? How important have public supporters like journalist John Pilger, Pink Floyd singer-songwriter Roger Waters and actress Pamela Anderson, as well as ordinary members of the public, been to Julian’s spirits?


    To Julian’s spirits, friends and supporters are alpha to omega of life.


    Murder Is What “Freedom & Democracy” Does to Truth-Tellers
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/09/24/theyre-murdering-my-son-julian-assanges-father-tells-of-pain-and-anguish/

    26 IX 2019.

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    A tale of Prince Andrew and Julian Assange - Justice blind or blinded by titles?


    The grand old Duke of York Prince Andrew sleeps tonight on a feather pillow in a royal palace. Julian Assange, the publisher of the century sleeps in the hell of Belmarsh Prison, Britain’s own Guantanamo Bay.





    The Duke of York lied about the length duration and nature of his relationship with the presumed deceased child-sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Julian Assange told the truth about the high crimes and misdemeanours of the rich and powerful during times of war and peace.
    The FBI need to speak to the Queen’s favorite son, but no power on earth will be deployed to make him testify about what he might have seen, or even have participated in, at the townhouse in Manhattan, a Sodom and Gomorrah of our times.



    The same US Justice system has caused the cruel incarceration of Assange and his Kafkaesque entrapment in an extradition saga which may last for years - if he doesn’t die before it is over as no less than 60 doctors have recently warned he may well do.



    The US-UK extradition arrangements may be the most unequal treaty ever concluded by Her Majesty’s ministers. In this case the former Blair government Home Secretary David Blunkett, a blind man who could, nonetheless, see exactly what he was doing. In essence extradition from Britain to the US became virtually on request without the slightest need to show just cause. But not vice versa. It would be easier to pull a camel through the eye of a needle than for Britain to extradite a US citizen to face justice in the UK. I was a member of the British Parliament at the time this treaty was signed. Not that this mattered a jot or tittle. The Treaty was signed during the Summer Recess when no Parliament was sitting and through the exercise of the Royal Prerogative. Only when it was already in operation was I even able to oppose the extradition of its first victims - alleged City of London financial fraudsters, as well as a fitted-up “terrorist” London man Babar Ahmad.



    Under the old extradition rules neither case could have satisfied the previous requirement to produce prima facia evidence sufficient to persuade a British judge. Under the new Treaty it was easy peasy lemon squeezy. And off they went.



    Prince Andrew will face no such ordeal albeit now banished from Royal Circles and effectively reduced to the ranks, his epaulettes ripped off his glittering array of obscure medals turned to scrap metal on his tunic.



    Although accused of sexual abuse of a teenager and with an admitted close relationship to the alleged procurer of underage female victims, Ghislaine Maxwell, in whose London home it is alleged one of the sexual encounters took place - the US will never require the Prince to give evidence and the UK will never offer him up.


    Assange, who was falsely accused of rape, has spent virtually the last decade locked up in one form or other of incarceration. And faces up to 175 years of prison time, if successfully extradited.


    It is a tale of two cities - Buckingham Palace and Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison.


    A tale of two individuals - one now a proven liar and one a well attested truth-teller.


    A tale of two fates. The Prince who became a moral pauper, the other an impecunious journalist who became a moral giant.


    It is a tale of our times.


    R T : Justice blind or blinded by titles? A tale of Prince Andrew and Julian Assange 27 XI 2019.

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    Lying mainstream press pushes narrative that Trump offered Assange a pardon if he cleared Russian allegations



    The lying, mainstream press this week ran wild with a claim made by Julian Assange’s lawyer that U.S. President Donald Trump offered the WikiLeaks founder a pardon if he denied that Russia had any involvement in the leaked emails of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

    The London court on Wednesday heard a statement read by Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald which claimed that Trump had made a pardon offer to the WikiLeaks founder via former California Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher, Reuters reports.

    Rohrabacher has completely denied the claim he carried out orders on behalf of Trump to offer Assange a deal for a pardon, stating that he never even spoke to the president about such an offer.

    The alleged offer seems to be referencing Rohrabacher’s well-documented meeting with Assange in August of 2017 at the Ecuadorian embassy. Rohrabacher, in a recent interview with Yahoo News, said the goal of the meeting with Assange was to find evidence to support the rumor that Seth Rich – a DNC staffer who was murdered during the run-up to November’s election – was actually the source of the DNC leak, not Russian hackers.

    “I spoke to Julian Assange and told him if he would provide evidence about who gave WikiLeaks the emails I would petition the president to give him a pardon,” Rohrabacher said to Yahoo! News.

    Rohrabacher took the time to write on his personal blog earlier this week that “there is a lot of misinformation floating out there regarding my meeting with Julian Assange.”

    “At no time did I talk to President Trump about Julian Assange. Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange,” he wrote.

    Responding to the outlandish claim that the lying mainstream press has blown out of proportion over the past few days, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said: “The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman. He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject. It is a complete fabrication and a total lie. This is probably another never-ending hoax and total lie from the DNC.”

    Julian Assange is currently being held in a London jail awaiting an extradition hearing which is set to begin next week. He’s been indicted on 18 charges for allegedly conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak military secrets in 2010.

    The post Lying mainstream press pushes narrative that Trump offered Assange a pardon if he cleared Russian allegations appeared first on Voice of Europe.


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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can't be extradited to the United States, judge rules



    WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a UK judge has ruled.



    Assange (49) faces an 18-count indictment in the US, alleging a plot to hack computers and a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information.


    District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said: “Faced with the conditions of near total isolation without the protective factors which limited his risk at HMP Belmarsh, I am satisfied the procedures described by the US will not prevent Mr Assange from finding a way to commit suicide and for this reason I have decided extradition would be oppressive by reason of mental harm and I order his discharge.”


    He is not expected to be freed from high-security Belmarsh Prison immediately as the US government are likely to appeal, but he can make a fresh application for bail. The case follows WikiLeaks’s publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents in 2010 and 2011 relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as diplomatic cables. Prosecutors say Assange helped US defence analyst Chelsea Manning breach the Espionage Act in unlawfully obtaining material, was complicit in hacking by others, and published classified information that put the lives of US informants in danger. Assange denies plotting with Manning to crack an encrypted password on US Department of Defence computers and says there is no evidence anyone’s safety was put at risk.


    Assange’s lawyers had said he faced up to 175 years in jail if convicted, although the US government said the sentence was more likely to be between four and six years.Julian Assange was seen wiping his brow after the decision was announced. His fiancee, Stella Moris, cried and was embraced by Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, who sat next to her in court as the judgment was delivered. Moris had been among supporters urging Donald Trump to pardon Assange before the end of his presidency. Assange had been held in high security Belmarsh prison since he was carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police before being arrested for breaching his bail conditions in April 2019. He had entered the building in 2012 after exhausting all legal avenues to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex offence allegations, which he has always denied and were eventually dropped.


    Assange’s legal team claimed the prosecution under Trump’s administration was politically motivated after an investigation launched during Barack Obama’s presidency failed to bring charges. During his 2016 election campaign against Hillary Clinton, Trump said “I love WikiLeaks” after the website published Russia-hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. Assange’s extradition hearing was told he was offered a pardon in August 2017, allegedly on behalf of the US president, in exchange for identifying the source of the emails. The court also heard a security contractor was allegedly recruited by “American friends” to bug Assange’s meetings at the Ecuadorian embassy. By December 2017, the US contacts were said to be “desperate”, and even discussed a potential kidnap or poison plot to end the stalemate.


    The Old Bailey heard evidence Assange has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and psychiatrists for the defence said he suffers from severe depression and is a high suicide risk. James Lewis QC, representing the US government, has said the hearing is “not a trial” and argued the defence submissions do not amount to a bar to Assange’s extradition. The judge’s decision is likely to be appealed by the losing side.





    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can't be extradited to the United States, judge rules
    04 I 2021.

    The real MSM criminals always have been and always will be above the law.



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    Ecuadorian Court Greenlights Withdrawing Citizenship From Assange



    In 2019, Ecuador suspended the citizenship of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, after years of offering him shelter amid accusations of espionage that he faces from the United States after WikiLeaks published thousands of classified American military records.

    An Ecuadorian judge last week declared a nullity of the nationalization of the founder of the WikiLeaks leak site, Julian Assange, formally notifying the defense on Monday, Carlos Poveda, Assange's lawyer, revealed.

    "The judges of the Contentious Administrative Court accepted the criteria of the Foreign Ministry and declared the nullity of the naturalization letter that had been granted to Julian Assange. The notification reached us today [on Monday]", Poveda said.

    The decision can still be challenged through so-called horizontal appeals, which would have to be attended by Assange's lawyer.

    The founder of WikiLeaks received Ecuadorian citizenship in 2017 after he was offered shelter in the country's embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden over sexual assault allegations.

    However, in 2019, Ecuador decided to withdraw both the asylum and the citizenship.

    The Contentious Administrative Court agreed with the withdrawal of the nationalization based on a report from the National Comptroller's Office that claimed that legal procedures for granting citizenship were breached.

    According to Poveda, the actions of the Contentious Administrative Court are "purely political" and are based on allegations, with none of the accusations being backed with proof.

    "From the first hearing we have said that Julian was not summoned legally, the documents must be translated because his language is English and that was not respected in all documents [...]", Poveda said.

    The attorney also said that, despite he asked for Assange to be present at the hearing via telecommunication, he only received a link to connect - which, according to Poveda, is "illogical", since Assange does not have a computer or Internet access.

    The founder of WikiLeaks faces accusations of espionage from the US after he leaked thousands of classified military documents, with Washington seeking his extradition. He was arrested in London in April 2019 after Ecuador terminated his asylum. Since that time, Assange has been held in a top security prison in Belmarsh since 2019 pending his appeal hearing in the extradition trial.

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    UK High Court Rules US Appeal Can Proceed After Lawyers Claim Assange Healthy Enough for Extradition



    In January, UK District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that the Wikileaks founder could not be extradited to the United States for prosecution over the espionage charges against him, citing his poor health and the risk that he might try to take his own life in a US prison.

    Attorneys representing the United States government have won the right to challenge the psychiatric report used by the defence to convince Judge Baraitser to bar Julian Assange from being extradited to the US on the grounds that he's at “real risk of suicide.”

    In a Wednesday ruling, two judges from the High Court of London allowed US attorneys to continue their appeal of Baraitser’s ruling, claiming that the original psychiatric report “misled” the district judge.

    The new ruling will allow lawyers to argue for the dismissal of the testimony of psychiatrist Michael Kopelman, which proved central to Baraitser’s January decision, on the basis that the mental health specialist had "concealed" the real nature of Assange’s relationship with his partner, Stella Moris.

    “Experts aren’t allowed to mislead the court for any reason, let alone apparently…to protect the privacy of Mr. Assange’s family,” Clair Dobbin, an attorney on behalf of the US government, said. “We say that ought to have been of real concern to the court and it ought to have come to a much more exacting analysis of Professor Kopelman’s evidence.” The appeals court agreed with Dobbin’s assessment.

    Dobbin further alleged that Assange had not shown signs that he's a suicide risk, saying that he “has not made the sort of serious attempt on his life or have the history of serious self-harm seen in other cases,” or exhibit signs of suffering a mental illness so severe “that the ability to resist suicide has been lost.”

    She further pointed to his ability to function successfully in the “dire” conditions inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was effectively imprisoned for seven years, and even to communicate with the outside world and host a television programme.

    In her ruling in January, Judge Baraitser took account of Kopelman’s failure to inform the court about Assange’s relationship with Moris but determined that the decision to withhold this information did not affect the psychiatrist’s testimony and his status as an impartial witness on the issue of the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health.

    Lord Justice Timothy Holroyde, one of the two appeals court justices presiding over Wednesday’s hearing, said the full appeal would be heard by the High Court on 27-28 October.
    Nine Years’ Confinement

    Assange appeared at Wednesday’s hearing via a video-link from Belmarsh Prison, where he has been locked up since May 2019 after being dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy following President Lenin Moreno’s decision to pull his asylum status. Moreno revoked Assange’s status after WikiLeaks reported on a corruption scandal involving his inner circle.

    Assange received asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012 in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex crime charges. The allegations against him were eventually dropped and he denied any wrongdoing throughout the affair. After removing him from the embassy, British authorities jailed Assange (initially for 50 weeks) in the country’s harshest prison, for breaching his bail in the already defunct Sweden sex crime allegations.

    The WikiLeaks founder has been confined, either in the Embassy or a British jail cell, for over nine years and his family, including his father Richard Assange and partner Stella Moris, have expressed concerns about his physical and mental health.

    Assange supporters gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice compound in London for Wednesday’s hearing, with scores of civic leaders, activists, and politicians – including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – coming out to show their support. Corbyn told reporters that the US government should “wind their necks in” and drop the charges against Assange. Other supporters held banners reading “no extradition” and “journalism is not a crime.”

    On Tuesday, Amnesty International called on US President Joe Biden to drop all charges against Assange, calling them politically motivated. Earlier this year, a host of media personalities from across the political spectrum, including Fox host Tucker Carlson and comedian Jimmy Dore, urged Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, to pardon Assange before he left office in January. Trump failed to do so.

    Also on Tuesday, Moris urged Biden to free her fiancé, and blasted the US government for its exploitation of “inherently unfair extradition arrangements with [the UK] in order to arbitrarily prolong his imprisonment."


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