Wikileaks - Julian Assange Discussion

lilies

Jedi Council Member
What nobody dared to think of: a surprising turn could be coming around the corner - hopefully we will miss this completely by taking different turns in the timeline - that the US snatches Assange and Manning, trump up hair-raising new charges against them and after the liberals and their fave Clintonite Cult had their fun with the two martyrs, they will burn them on a large bonfire, like witches proper in the Middle Ages.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Does the "timing" of this arrest of Assange, coincide with the US's refusal to grant an entry visa to an ICC Prosecutor, exactly seven days ago (April 4th) investigating Afghan war crimes?

The United States has revoked the entry visa of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court,
Fatou Bensouda, her office said on Thursday, a response to her inquiry into possible war crimes by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
U.S. revokes ICC prosecutor's entry visa over Afghanistan investigation
Is it possible (highly likely) that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the one who prompted Assange's arrest?

Is it also possible (highly likely) that Assange was cooperating with the ICC Court's Prosecutor and his arrest yesterday placed the investigation "on hold" - for "lack of evidence" (Assange's arrest) and "a poor outlook for State cooperation" (denied ICC Visa entry)?

ICC judges reject prosecution request to open investigation in Afghanistan April 12, 2019
International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court's prosecutor to open an investigation into possible war crimes during the conflict in Afghanistan, citing a lack of evidence and a poor outlook for state cooperation.


This guy might want to consider his options?
U.S. man charged for extortion of Facebook seeks asylum in Ecuador: lawyer
A New York man charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg is seeking asylum in Ecuador,
where he was arrested in 2018 after fleeing the United States more than three years ago to avoid facing trial.
 

munaychasumaq

Dagobah Resident
FOTCM Member
I do not know if many people knows that Julian Assange is an Ecuadorian citizen( i did not about that,until i heard Rafael Correa) So according to Ecuadorian Low,he can not be extradited to USA.But since we are living in a very psychopathic times and Lenin Moreno is one of their servants nothing cares.But LM is in troubles.There is evidence about the corruption as Ecuadorian President and symbolically talking he'll die, but he'll kill as many as he can in his fall.
Difficult times for freedom.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Assange's Barbaric Arrest


* Assange arrested in relation to US extradition warrant, UK’s Met Police says "Julian Assange, has today, Thursday April 11, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities… after his arrival at a central London police station. This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as possible," the statement reads.


* Assange’s arrest sets dangerous precedent for journalists — Reporters Without Borders
The non-profit organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) believes that the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sets a dangerous precedent for journalists, RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire said on Twitter on Thursday.

"Targeting Assange because of Wikileaks’ provision of information to journalists that was in the public interest would be a punitive measure and would set a dangerous precedent for journalists or their sources that the US may wish to pursue in future," the tweet reads.


* Ecuador revokes decision to grant citizenship to WikiLeaks founder, says Foreign Ministry
Ecuador’s authorities revoked their decision to grant Ecuadorian citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ecuador Jose Valencia said at a news conference on Thursday.

"The decision to grant Ecuadorian citizenship to Assange was suspended due to various violations (norms linked to the conditions of his stay on the territory of the republic’s embassy in the UK - TASS)," he stated.


* Assange’s accomplice detained in Ecuador
Ecuador’s police have detained an accomplice of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Ecuadorian Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said on Thursday.

"A person who is close to him lives here, we have convincing evidence that he maintained contacts with former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. He was detained this afternoon," she told Sonorama radio station.

Assange’s accomplice was hauled off at the airport when he tried to fly to Japan.

At a news conference, Roma said that Ecuador’s authorities had information that a person close to Assange, who lives in Ecuador, "contributed to the attempts of destabilizing the situation in the country with the goal of harming the government."

Daily Express reported citing journalist Vijay Prashad that the detained individual was Swedish national Ola Bini, a WikiLeaks software developer. He does not speak Spanish.


* Russian diplomat slams Assange’s prosecution as US political elite’s revenge
Prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the US political elite’s revenge over information that he made public,

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"Certainly, this is an issue of vengeance or revenge of the US political establishment. It could become reconciled after information that turned upside-down the international community’s idea on the methods of work of [the US] legislative and executive power had been unveiled," Zakharova told Dozhd (Rain) TV channel.

"First and foremost, Washington is behind Assange’s prosecution, and the others play second fiddle, this is evident," the diplomat said.


* Moscow hopes all rights of Assange arrested in London will be respected
The arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange runs counter to the idea of freedom of the media, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding Moscow expected that his legitimate rights would be respected.

"In fact, it [Wikileaks] is an independent source of information that is being persecuted," Peskov said. "Certainly, from our standpoint, it runs totally counter to the idea of freedom of the media and the media’s immunity," he emphasized. "This is why we expect that all of Assange’s legitimate rights will be respected," the Kremlin spokesman added.

Facing hurdles from U.S., war crimes judges reject Afghan probe
FILE PHOTO: U.S. soldiers blows up a roadside bomb set up by Taliban fighters near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, November 4, 2012. Picture taken November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo

Just days after the United States government revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's prosecutor, ICC judges rejected her request to open an investigation into alleged atrocities in the war in Afghanistan, citing practical reasons.

Note: Anyone coming across any current info on Chelsea Manning? With Swedish national Ola Bini detained, this is turning into a witch-hunt and chances are - that Manning might be in jeopardy of being detained, for God knows what reason?
 
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loreta

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
There is something strange about the picture of Assange when he is arrested, concerning the book he is reading and that many people is talking about. If you look we can see 3 hands, one very white in front of him, that I suppose is Assange hand. And then 2 hands holding the book. I was wondering how come?
 

Attachments

R-ME

Padawan Learner
There is something strange about the picture of Assange when he is arrested, concerning the book he is reading and that many people is talking about. If you look we can see 3 hands, one very white in front of him, that I suppose is Assange hand. And then 2 hands holding the book. I was wondering how come?
I only see one hand holding the book. He is handcuffed and that gives the illusion of two hands, but it is his whole right hand.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
US has two months to finalise extradition case against WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Apr 12, 2019

US prosecutors have just under two months to present British authorities with a final and detailed criminal case to justify the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a US government official said on Friday (April 12).
The official, who asked for anonymity when discussing the case, said US authorities had already sent Britain a provisional arrest warrant regarding Assange's extradition to the United States.

But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he had taken refuge seven years ago, US authorities must submit a formal request outlining all the legal charges Assange would face if he is transferred into US custody.

According to a criminal indictment against Assange which prosecutors in Virginia secretly obtained more than a year ago but only unsealed after Assange's arrest, Assange is charged with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain unauthorized access to a government computer.

The US indictment filed in March 2018 said Assange, in March 2010, engaged in a conspiracy to help Manning crack a password stored on Defence Department computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a US government network used for classified documents and communications.


Assange's contacts with Manning led to one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information as WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of US military reports and diplomatic communications.

The US official said that within the 60-day period, US authorities could modify or add to the current charges they have filed against Assange. The official declined to say whether further charges were likely, but legal experts have said they are certainly possible.

A witness who prosecutors were seeking to interview and an associate of Assange based in Europe who also requested anonymity said that before his arrest Assange had expressed concern that US prosecutors would also bring charges against him related to WikiLeaks' publication of CIA computer hacking tools, which the website described as its "Vault 7" cache.

US officials have said that as far leaks go, the disclosure of details about the US spy agency's abilities to perform electronic surveillance and cyber warfare was potentially far more damaging to US government activities than anything Manning made available to WikiLeaks.


The mystery of Julian Assange's cat: Where will it go? What does it know? Apr 12, 2019
Julian Assange's cat, also known as Embassy Cat, had a significant Internet following of its own.

Julian Assange's cat, also known as Embassy Cat, had a significant Internet following of its own.PHOTO: TWITTER / EMBASSYCAT

Julian Assange kept a lot of secrets pent up with him in a cramped corner room at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.
But as the WikiLeaks founder's seven-year tenure there ended ignominiously on Thursday (April 11), one final mystery captured the attention of the international community.

What will happen to Embassy Cat? The furry feline was Assange's only consistent companion during some of his lonely years as a self-styled political refugee.

The cat had a significant Internet following of its own - though its views hewed suspiciously close to its human's - and it was apparently a fixture at the embassy, with a penchant for pouncing on Christmas tree ornaments and for defusing tension as Assange tangled with a bevy of world leaders.

It was named for its famous home, but occasionally went by "James" or "Cat-stro" after the Cuban leader Fidel Castro's death in 2016.

Its Twitter and Instagram accounts - with 31,000 and 5,000 followers, respectively - also monopolised the coveted market for cybersecurity-meets-cat puns (the cat was reportedly interested in "counter-purrveillance").

So when British police stormed the Ecuadoran Embassy, arrested Assange and took him into custody after a United States federal court unsealed an indictment charging him with conspiracy, many worried about the fate of the feline.

Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported in November 2018 that the cat was gone. But, according to the paper, its departure was for its own good, a benevolent gesture by its owner.

The author, who visited Assange for the story, wrote: "Not even the cat is there anymore... Assange has preferred to spare the cat an isolation which has become unbearable and allow it a healthier life."

Sputnik News, the Russian government-funded Kremlin organ and diligent reporter of Embassy Cat developments, said it had contacted the Ecuadoran Embassy about the cat and a spokesman confirmed that it had been gone for months.

"It is not here since September, I think," the official told Sputnik. "It was taken by Mr Assange's associates a long ago... It is not here. We are not a pet store, so we do not keep pets here."

Mr James Ball, an early employee of WikiLeaks who defected after three months at the organisation, said on Twitter that the embassy gave the cat to a shelter "ages ago". He also wrote that he "genuinely offered to adopt it", though it doesn't appear that Assange took him up on it.

But the person closest to Assange to comment on Embassy Cat, a member of his legal team, said Assange gave the cat to a family member after the Ecuadoran Embassy threatened to take the pet to a shelter.
 

loreta

The Living Force
FOTCM Member
Here an interview with Daniel Ellsberg about Assange. Ellsberg at the time wrote "The Pentagone Papers".



Here about Ellsberg:

Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931) is an American writer, activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of the U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers.
(From Wikipedia)
 

Pashalis

Ambassador
Ambassador
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Here is a good quote that sums it up, I don't know who actually said it first though. But I think it can be used well in the case of Assange arrest on social media:

"When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are ruled by criminals"
 
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