Julian Assange has given an interview to an Argentinian paper from his Ecuadorian embassy asylum where he spent more than 1,000 days. He spoke about why US meddling in Ukraine led to civil war, how the West helped ISIS and Israel supported Hamas.
US has long wanted to bring Ukraine to West
The United States has spent “a lot of time trying to bring Ukraine to the West,” the WikiLeaks founder said in an interview to Pagina/12, Argentinian newspaper on Monday.
“If it cannot be with a NATO membership, at least it becomes independent from Moscow’s sphere of influence, to reduce Russian industrial-military complex and its naval bases in Crimea.”
Kiev first step closer to NATO was in December 2014, when President Petro Poroshenko signed a law canceling the Ukraine’ non-bloc status and promised to hold a national referendum on NATO accession in the next five to six years. In January, Kiev authorities announced that the Ukrainian army would take part in 11 international military drills in 2015 to bolster NATO standards in troops.
One more attempt of US and Europe to ‘bring Ukraine closer to the West’ was spending “billions of dollars on the creation of NGOs,” said Assange , adding that “through these institutions, the West promised to end corruption in Ukraine.”
ISIS result of Western adventurism
Meddling of Western countries in the Middle East led to creation of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), an Islamist group that is currently gaining a massive following across the wider Middle East and Africa, Assange said.
“The IS is a direct result of the adventurism of the West,” Assange said.
He says the “adventurism” of Western countries has already destroyed the Libyan and Syrian society and now is “destroying Iraq for oil and other geopolitical reasons.”
Many people know that arms are being transported to Syria, that there are attempts to reduce Iranian influence in postwar Iraq by supporting the Sunnis, he said. But “what we don’t know is that in recent years in recent years Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have increased their power and managed to gain certain independence form the US.”
As a result, Washington ceased to be “the only geopolitical actor” pushing developments in the Middle East, believes Assange. …
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