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BREAKING NEWS * Julian Assange Arrested * UPDATE: US Slaps Assange With 17 More Charges
(04-11-2019, 06:05 AM)SkyCat Wrote: https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/1116279020650422272

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by London police at the Ecuadoran embassy after that country dropped his diplomatic protection.
Mr. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London for nearly seven years after failing to show up in a British court to face a hearing on possible extradition to Sweden. He has always argued that British authorities would hand him over to officials in the United States where he feared he will be prosecuted for Wikileaks’ activity during the 2016 U.S. elections.
Ecuador withdrew his diplomatic protection this week after the country accused Mr. Assange of leaking personal information about President Lenin Moreno’s personal life.
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In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
“The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behaviour of Mr. Assange,” Mr. Moreno said in a video statement on Thursday. The president added that Mr. Assange had installed illegal electronic and distortion equipment, blocked security cameras, mistreated guards and accessed security files. "In line with our strong commitment to human rights and international law, I requested Great Britain to guarantee that Mr Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty.”
In a statement London’s Metropolitan Police said Mr. Assange had been arrested for failing to surrender to court on charges of failing to show up in court. Mr. Assange “has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as is possible,” police said in a statement. Police “had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates' Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum.”

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt praised Ecuador for agreeing to handover Mr. Assange.

Cite:  https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/ar...r-ecuador/

Ecuador, which took Assange in when he was facing a Swedish rape investigation in 2012, said it was rescinding asylum beacuse he of his “discourteous and aggressive behavior” and for violating the terms of his asylum.

Sweden dropped its sex crimes inquiry in May 2017 — Assange had always denied the allegations. But he still faces up to a year in prison in Britain for jumping bail in 2012. And, more than anything, he fears extradition to the United States, which has been investigating him for espionage, the publication of sensitive government documents and coordination with Russia.
“Ecuador has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012,” said President Lenin Moreno in a video statement tweeted by the country’s communications department. “The asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”
Moreno specifically cited Assange’s involvement in WikiLeaks as the meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, referring to the leaking of documents from the Vatican in January.
WikiLeaks has characterized Assange’s expulsion as retribution for its reporting on corruption accusations against Moreno.
“If President Moreno wants to illegally terminate a refu­gee publisher’s asylum to cover up an offshore corruption scandal, history will not be kind,” WikiLeaks said in a statement.
Ahead of the U.S. election in 2016, WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of emails that had been stolen from the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, in cyber-hacks that U.S. intelligence officials concluded were orchestrated by the Russian government.
When Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers, he charged that they “discussed the release of the stolen documents and the timing of those releases” with WikiLeaks — referred to in the indictment as “Organization 1” — “to heighten their impact on the 2016 presidential election.”
But Assange has been on U.S. prosecutors’ radar screen since 2010, when WikiLeaks’ publication of 250,000 diplomatic cables and hundreds of thousands of military documents from the Iraq War prompted denunciations by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior Pentagon officials.
The Army private who had passed the material to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, was tried, convicted and served seven years of a 35-year prison term before having her sentence commuted by President Obama as he left office. She was jailed again last month for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Assange.
In the last administration, Attorney General Eric Holder decided against pursuing prosecution of Assange out of concern that WikiLeaks’ argument that it is a journalistic organization would raise thorny First Amendment issues and set an unwelcome precedent.
The Trump administration, however, revisited the question of prosecuting members of WikiLeaks, and last November a court filing error revealed that Assange had been charged under seal.
Conspiracy, theft of government property or violating the Espionage Act are among the possible charges.
Some federal prosecutors say a case can be made that WikiLeaks is not a journalistic organization. As if to lay the groundwork for such an argument, in April 2017, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, characterized WikiLeaks as a “nonstate hostile intelligence service” and a threat to U.S. national security.
Pompeo also noted then that the intelligence community’s report concluding Russia interfered in the 2016 election also found that Russia’s primary propaganda outlet, RT, “has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks.”
Assange’s expulsion from Ecuador’s embassy reflects a shift in the country’s politics since it first extended refuge to him.

Cite: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/ar...r-ecuador/
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Poor guy

I have a feeling the deep state is about to show trial and sacrifice him.


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I could see this coming because he was reporting the Ecuadoran President for corruption, I mean, really why would you do that?
Guess it was a bad idea. That 7 years cooped up maybe.
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(04-11-2019, 06:15 AM)Munchaab Wrote: Looking at the people carrying JA out, I would guess it's for a quick trip to Vauxhall Cross for a debrief at The SIS Building, then an extraordinary extradition to somewhere...


LIVE: Outside Westminster Magistrates where Julian Assange is expected to appear in court after being arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy this morning.

Looks like they're going to charge him with "espionage".
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