Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, London

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Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, London

Postby MacCruiskeen » Wed May 09, 2018 11:53 am

continuing on from this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=29320&p=657388#p657388

An article published today by Laura Tiernan at the World Socialist Web Site gives some idea of what he has endured since August 2012, and of how his living conditions have worsened even further over the last six weeks:


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WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been held incommunicado inside Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than one month. His full period of confinement without charge—a crime under international law—stands at 2,710 days.

Ecuador blocked Assange’s phone and Internet access on March 28, depriving him of all visitors, after a meeting in Quito one day earlier with the US military’s Southern Command. Ecuador stated that Twitter posts by Assange on Catalonia and the Skripal affair had “put at risk” Ecuador’s relations with the United Kingdom, the European Union and “other nations.”

The circumstances of Assange’s political asylum in central London resemble a prison cell. Less than 200 metres from Harrods, conditions at 3 Hans Court fully conform to those of “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment” outlawed under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

It is more than two years since a United Nations human rights panel ruled that Assange’s persecution by the Swedish and British governments amounts to “arbitrary detention” and a violation of international law. Yet the noose around Assange is tightening. Ecuador’s gag order follows statements made last year by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the arrest and prosecution of Assange is a “priority.”

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https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/0 ... a-m09.html
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Re: Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, Londo

Postby liminalOyster » Wed May 09, 2018 12:06 pm

But Swedish case misognynist and manning war dead though Snowden OK and RT and Roger Stone and supported Trump and probably sociopath and Trump again and lotsa former comrades now speak ill of and etc etc.

See?

No big world historical event towards transparency autonomy or accountability. Instead either misogynist right wing crypto fascist all along or corrupted by power.

Also insert something here about Pamela Anderson.

Either way a fine example of why we simply must protect those sacred liberal institutions which in turn protect us from bad guys.

OK Cool?

Can we just lock the thread and carry on now? TIA.
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Re: Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, Londo

Postby Rory » Fri May 11, 2018 12:51 pm

https://www.rt.com/news/426406-assange- ... myJzQpx3gg

It's a bizarre situation. How long before Ecudor stitches him up, pushes him into the street and Met custody, where he'll find his way to gitmo, or have an unfortunate accident in custody

Julian Assange has been hit with new rules limiting his communications by officials at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The new measures include bans on using the phone and having visitors, according to WikiLeaks.

The founder of the whistleblowing website has reportedly found himself isolated within the embassy recently. In March, he had his internet access curtailed after taking to Twitter to criticize Britain’s response to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, as well as repeated comments about Spain’s dispute with Catalonia. At the time, the Ecuadorian government said Assange had breached a written commitment “not to issue messages that might interfere with other states.”

Speaking with the foreign press Wednesday, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa confirmed that Assange was still being denied internet access while talks between the UK and Ecuador to decide on his fate are still ongoing.

"He still has no access to the Internet and communications. There is a dialogue, there is a will and an interest to move forward in the solution of that matter," she said, according to El Tiempo.

WikiLeaks claims Assange has been silenced because of pressure from the US. The website also says the description of the measures as a “social media ban” undersells the extent to which he’s being held “incommunicado.”

Assange has been a resident at the embassy in Knightsbridge, central London since June 2012. He fled to the embassy after allegedly skipping bail in the UK.

The WikiLeaks founder previously faced questions in Sweden over sexual assault allegations, but the issue was later dropped. Assange has always insisted that he was willing to go to Sweden to discuss the allegations, but feared that Sweden would extradite him to the US over WikiLeaks' release of classified US government cables and documents.

Sweden refused to provide a guarantee that they would not extradite him, despite Amnesty International stating that such a promise should be issued. "First, it will break the current impasse and second it will mean the women who have leveled accusations of sexual assault are not denied justice," the organization's senior director of research, Nicola Duckworth, said back in 2012. Assange always denied the sexual assault allegations against him.

The WikiLeaks founder now faces arrest by UK authorities if he leaves the embassy, due to his alleged breaching of bail conditions when he fled there. As for his possible extradition to the US from the UK, British Prime Minister Theresa May has been vague. "We look at extradition requests when we receive them on a case-by-case basis," she said last year.

In January, the UK also refused to grant Assange diplomatic status which could have potentially given him legal immunity, allowing him to leave the embassy and the UK without being arrested.

The US, for its part, has made clear that it has no intention to go light on Assange. In April 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said arresting Assange was a "priority." That same month, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who now serves as US Secretary of State, referred to the WikiLeaks founder as a "fraud" and a "coward hiding behind a screen."
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Re: Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, Londo

Postby MacCruiskeen » Sat May 12, 2018 2:48 pm

Their vindictiveness knows no bounds:

Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US
By James Cogan
12 May 2018

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/12/assa-m12.html

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuador’s foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities.

On March 28, under immense pressure from the governments in the US, Britain and other powers, Ecuador imposed a complete ban on Assange having any Internet or phone contact with the outside world, and blocked his friends and supporters from physically visiting him. For 45 days, he has not been heard from.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stated in a Spanish-language interview on Wednesday that her government and Britain “have the intention and the interest that this be resolved.” Moves were underway, she said, to reach a “definite agreement” on Assange.

If Assange falls into the hands of the British state, he faces being turned over to the US. Last year, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that putting Assange on trial for espionage was a “priority.” CIA director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, asserted that WikiLeaks was a “non-state hostile intelligence service.”

In 2010, WikiLeaks courageously published information leaked by then Private Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning that exposed war crimes committed by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks also published, in partnership with some of the world’s major newspapers, tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, exposing the daily anti-democratic intrigues of US imperialism and numerous other governments.

For that, Assange was relentlessly persecuted by the Obama administration. By November 2010, it had convened a secret grand jury and had a warrant issued for his arrest on charges of espionage—charges that can carry the death sentence.

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https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/0 ... a-m12.html


"I think they are trying to kill him. It is torture” - Pamela Anderson in an open letter to Kanye West. Good on her; she didn't have to stick her neck out, but she did. That took courage, which is rare and getting rarer by the day. If she keeps up with it, she too will be living dangerously.
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Re: Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, Londo

Postby Rory » Wed May 16, 2018 1:30 pm

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives ... f-assange/

Craig Murray speaking to the latest establishment hitpieces, courtesy of the grauniad. It itself might be a topic for study in years to come. How a somewhat self rigorous, but arguably principled outlet for progressive and left wing journalism became yet another vector for state propaganda.

It's one of the curious facets of late capitalism to see how the power blocs actively manipulate charities, formerly progressive media, aid agencies, etc stripmining them of their effective utility, using them as vectors in information and proxy warfare, eroding their credibility terminally, along the way.

The long term implications are appalling

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The Guardian article gives another complete lie, this time in the Harding penned section, where it says that “sources” reveal that Assange had hacked into the Embassy’s communications. That is completely untrue as are the “facts” given about Julian’s relationship with the Embassy staff, whom I know well. It is plain that these “sources” are separate from the Ecuadorean security dossier published in Focus Ecuador by the CIA. I would bet any money that these anonymous “sources” are as always Harding’s mates in the UK security services. That the Guardian should allow itself to be used in a security service disinformation campaign designed to provoke distrust between Assange and Embassy staff, is appalling.

I had a front row seat in 2010 when the Guardian suddenly switched from championing Assange to attacking him, in a deeply unedifying row about the rights and money from a projected autobiography. But they have sunk to a new low today in a collaboration between long term MI6 mouthpiece Luke Harding and the CIA financed neo-con propagandists of Focus Ecuador.

The Guardian pieces are full of truly startling revelations. Would you ever have guessed, for example, that Julian Assange was visited by his Wikileaks colleague Sarah Harrison, his friends Vaughn Smith and, err, me, and his lawyer Gareth Peirce?! This great scandal, Harding states in an assertion as evidence-free as his entire “Russia hacked the elections” book, “will interest Mueller”. Despite the fact none of these visits was secret and mine was broadcast live to the world by Wikileaks on Brexit referendum night.

The aim of the “Guardian” piece is of course to help urge Ecuador to expel Julian from the Embassy. There is no doubt that the actions of Lenin Moreno, under extreme pressure from the USA, have been severely disappointing, though I am more inclined to praise Ecuador for its courageous defiance of the US than blame it for eventually caving in to the vast resources the CIA is spending on undermining it. It is also worth noting that, post the Francoist human rights abuses in Catalonia, it was Spain and the EU joining in US pressure which tipped the balance.

Julian’s principled refusal to abandon the Catalan cause, against direct Ecuadorean threats to do precisely what they have now done, has not received the credit it deserves.

The same Blairites who supported the latest Israeli massacre will this morning be revelling in the Guardian’s celebration of the silencing of a key dissident voice. I have no wish to try and understand these people.
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Re: Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, Londo

Postby MacCruiskeen » Wed May 16, 2018 5:37 pm

Ecuador’s Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as “Torture”

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/16/ecu ... s-torture/

some very interesting details in this greenwald article published today
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Re: Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, Londo

Postby Rory » Thu May 17, 2018 2:19 pm

https://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/markdi ... ssion=true

He's an inconvenient presence for everyone these days.

The UK inquiry looking into Russia and the Cambridge Analytica scandal had agreed a provisional date for a public interview session with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, before abandoning the plan after a call from the Foreign Office, BuzzFeed News has learned.

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Assange’s lawyer Robinson told BuzzFeed News the situation raised questions about foreign officials trying to intervene in the conduct of a committee.

“It is disturbing if the government has intervened in what should be an independent Parliamentary process,” Robinson said.

“It is particularly concerning if the Foreign office intervened behind the scenes to prevent Julian Assange from speaking to the Committee, and giving evidence directly that could have been interrogated and informed the Committee.”
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Re: Julian Assange, 2018: Year 6 in Ecuador's Embassy, Londo

Postby MacCruiskeen » Fri May 18, 2018 11:24 am

Moreno tugs forelock, obeys Pompeo, Trump and Bolton:

Ecuador removes Julian Assange's extra security
5 hours ago

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44166810


They want him dead.
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