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    Stefania Maurizi has finally been granted permission to enter the embassy. Assange won’t make any public comments but Stefania has published a report on her visit.

    The detention and isolation from the world of Julian Assange (Repubblica, 26 Nov)

    They are destroying him slowly. They are doing it through an indefinite detention which has been going on for the last eight years with no end in sight. Julian Assange has become one of the most widely known icons of freedom of the press and the struggle against state secrecy. Recently, his detention in the Ecuadorian embassy in London has been joined by isolation, strict rules and various forms of pressure which seem to have no other purpose than to break him down. A grip meant to destroy his physical and mental ability to resist until he either breaks down or he steps out of the Ecuadorian embassy, unleashing the beginning of his own end. Because if he does step out, he will be arrested by the UK authorities, and at that point the US could request his extradition so that they can put him in jail for publishing classified US documents. Julian Assange is in extremely precarious conditions.

    After eight months of failed attempts, la Repubblica was finally able to visit the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after the current Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno had cut him off from all contacts last March with the exception of his lawyers. No contact with friends, stars, journalists, no phone calls, no internet access. Indeed a very heavy isolation regime for anyone, but for Julian Assange in particular, considering that he has been confined to that tiny embassy for the last six years, and also considering that for Assange the internet is not an optional like any other: it's his world.

    As soon as we saw him, we realised he has lost a lot of weight. Too much. He is so skinny. Not even his winter sweater can hide his skinny shoulders. His nice-looking face, captured by photographers all around the world, is very tense. His long hair and beard make him look like a hermit, though not a nutter: as we exchange greetings, he seems very lucid and rational

    This regime of complete isolation would have broken anyone down, yet Assange is holding up: he spends his time thinking and preparing his defence against the US prosecution. But he spends too much time completely alone, with the exception of the security guards at the embassy. He is completely alone throughout the weekends. He is alone during the night, in the embassy building which has been girded with a scaffolding that makes intrusions in the middle of the night easy.

    The Ecuadorian embassy is problematic for journalists as well: to be authorised to visit Julian Assange, we have been asked by the Ecuadorian authorities to provide: "Brand, model, serial number, IMEI number and telephone number (if applicable) of each of the telephone sets, computers, cameras and other electronic equipment that the applicant wants to enter with to the Embassy and keep during their interview". Such a request, unfortunately, exposes journalists to serious risks of surveillance of their communications. But in order to be able to visit Assange we provided this data, hoping we could keep our phones. As it turned out, providing that data was useless: when we entered the embassy, our phones were seized anyway.

    The friendly atmosphere we had always experienced during our visits over the last six years is now gone. The Ecuadorian diplomat who had always supported the WikiLeaks founder, Fidel Narvaez, has been removed. Not even the cat is there anymore. With its funny striped tie and ambushes on the ornaments of the Christmas tree at the embassy's entrance, the cat had helped defuse tension inside the building for years. But Assange has preferred to spare the cat an isolation which has become unbearable and allow it a healthier life.

    The news that surfaced last week, revealing the existence of criminal charges against Julian Assange by the US authorities, charges which were supposed to remain under seal until it was impossible for Assange to evade arrest, vindicates what Assange has feared for years. He is now waiting for the charges to be unsealed, but in the meantime he is silent: the risk that he could suddenly lose Ecuador's protection due to some public statement is not improbable these days.

    Two years ago, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) established that the UK (at that time Sweden as well) is responsible for detaining Assange arbitrarily: it should free him and compensate him. London did not welcome this decision: they tried to appeal it, but lost the appeal and since then have simply ignored it.

    The British media has never called on the UK authorities to comply with the UN body's decision, quite the opposite: some even lashed out against the UN body. If Julian Assange ends up in the hands of the UK authorities in the upcoming months and the US asks for his extradition, where will the British medial stand? Never before has the life of the WikiLeaks founder been so crucially in the hands of public opinion and in the hands of one of the few powers whose mission it is to reign in the worst instincts of our governments: the press.
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    Insightful discussion about Assange’s situation with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou (duration: 58:51) -



    John’s TED talk, for anyone not familiar with him: How I became a CIA whistleblower (duration: 10:49).

    To support Assange through his isolation you can write to him at the following address -

    Julian Assange
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    London SW1X 0LS, UK

    (Brits, please let me know if that’s not the right way to write the address out.)

    For those so inclined, Ecuadorians, Brits, Aussies, and Americans, please write to your elected officials.
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    Assange Never Met Manafort. Luke Harding and the Guardian Publish Still More Blatant MI6 Lies

    by Craig Murray
    27 Nov, 2018

    The right wing Ecuadorean government of President Moreno continues to churn out its production line of fake documents regarding Julian Assange, and channel them straight to MI6 mouthpiece Luke Harding of the Guardian.

    Amazingly, more Ecuadorean Government documents have just been discovered for the Guardian, this time spy agency reports detailing visits of Paul Manafort and unspecified “Russians” to the Embassy. By a wonderful coincidence of timing, this is the day after Mueller announced that Manafort’s plea deal was over.

    The problem with this latest fabrication is that Moreno had already released the visitor logs to the Mueller inquiry. Neither Manafort nor these “Russians” are in the visitor logs.

    This is impossible. The visitor logs were not kept by Wikileaks, but by the very strict Ecuadorean security. Nobody was ever admitted without being entered in the logs. The procedure was very thorough. To go in, you had to submit your passport (no other type of document was accepted). A copy of your passport was taken and the passport details entered into the log. Your passport, along with your mobile phone and any other electronic equipment, was retained until you left, along with your bag and coat. I feature in the logs every time I visited.

    There were no exceptions. For an exception to be made for Manafort and the “Russians” would have had to be a decision of the Government of Ecuador, not of Wikileaks, and that would be so exceptional the reason for it would surely have been noted in the now leaked supposed Ecuadorean “intelligence report” of the visits. What possible motive would the Ecuadorean government have for facilitating secret unrecorded visits by Paul Manafort? Furthermore it is impossible that the intelligence agency – who were in charge of the security – would not know the identity of these alleged “Russians”.

    Previously Harding and the Guardian have published documents faked by the Moreno government regarding a diplomatic appointment to Russia for Assange of which he had no knowledge. Now they follow this up with more documents aimed to provide fictitious evidence to bolster Mueller’s pathetically failed attempt to substantiate the story that Russia deprived Hillary of the Presidency.

    My friend William Binney, probably the world’s greatest expert on electronic surveillance, former Technical Director of the NSA, has stated that it is impossible the DNC servers were hacked, the technical evidence shows it was a download to a directly connected memory stick. I knew the US security services were conducting a fake investigation the moment it became clear that the FBI did not even themselves look at the DNC servers, instead accepting a report from the Clinton linked DNC “security consultants” Crowdstrike.

    I would love to believe that the fact Julian has never met Manafort is bound to be established. But I fear that state control of propaganda may be such that this massive “Big Lie” will come to enter public consciousness in the same way as the non-existent Russian hack of the DNC servers.

    Assange never met Manafort. The DNC emails were downloaded by an insider. Assange never even considered fleeing to Russia. Those are the facts, and I am in a position to give you a personal assurance of them.

    I can also assure you that Luke Harding, the Guardian, Washington Post and New York Times have been publishing a stream of deliberate lies, in collusion with the security services.

    I am not a fan of Donald Trump. But to see the partisans of the defeated candidate (and a particularly obnoxious defeated candidate) manipulate the security services and the media to create an entirely false public perception, in order to attempt to overturn the result of the US Presidential election, is the most astonishing thing I have witnessed in my lifetime.

    Plainly the government of Ecuador is releasing lies about Assange to curry favour with the security establishment of the USA and UK, and to damage Assange’s support prior to expelling him from the Embassy. He will then be extradited from London to the USA on charges of espionage.

    Assange is not a whistleblower or a spy – he is the greatest publisher of his age, and has done more to bring the crimes of governments to light than the mainstream media will ever be motivated to achieve. That supposedly great newspaper titles like the Guardian, New York Times and Washington Post are involved in the spreading of lies to damage Assange, and are seeking his imprisonment for publishing state secrets, is clear evidence that the idea of the “liberal media” no longer exists in the new plutocratic age. The press are not on the side of the people, they are an instrument of elite control.
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    To support Assange through his isolation you can write to him at the following address -

    Julian Assange
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    London SW1X 0LS, UK

    (Brits, please let me know if that’s not the right way to write the address out.)

    For those so inclined, Ecuadorians, Brits, Aussies, and Americans, please write to your elected officials.
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    That's perfect presentation - thanks Rachel
    Thanks, Tintin. I did alright but it's perfect because Bill tweaked it a little for me.

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    For the record -

    Tweeted by WikiLeaks on 27 Nov. -

    Quote SCOOP: In letter today to Assange's lawyers, Guardian's Luke Harding, winner of Private Eye's Plagiarist of the Year, falsely claims jailed former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had secret meetings with Assange in 2013, 2015 and 2016 in story Guardian are "planning to run".
    Published by The Guardian hours later on 27 Nov. (archived original): Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy

    Headline edited 90 minutes after publication -



    More edits, all versions: https://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/1706143/diff/0/1


    Sen. Menendez demands briefing from government of Ecuador on Assange-Manafort meeting -



    Source.

    Statement from Manafort -

    Quote This story is totally false and deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him. I have never been contacted by anyone connected to Wikileaks, either directly or indirectly.

    I have never reached out to Assange or Wikileaks on any matter. We are considering all legal options against The Guardian who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false.
    Source.

    WikiLeaks sets up legal fund to sue the Guardian (Washington Examiner, 28 Nov.)

    Tweeted by Wikileaks on 28 Nov. -

    Quote The "Guardian" issues statement on fabricated Assange-Manafort story. Makes no attempt to stand by the story. Instead, makes an instantly provably false claim that WikiLeaks didn't deny the story before publication. WikiLeaks did. Literally, to millions. https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status...41352124100608
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    No Decision at Hearing to Unseal Julian Assange’s Charges, Court to Reconvene Next Week (Gateway Pundit, 27 Nov.)
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    @Rachel: well, talk about falling on your sword. (The Guardian)

    In a glorious sort of a way, this little piece of a larger saga has, well, undressed itself. (I want to avert my gaze but I just can't - it's grippingly lovely and wonderfully awful, all at the same time. A little like Beethoven.)

    It's having a water pistol fight in its birthday suit.

    Amazing.

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    More Hillary-leaks to come?
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    More Hillary-leaks to come?
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    That Twitter link is to some tweets from July of 2016 - a long time ago in such matters.

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    Beat me to it.

    The confusion likely arose from a few tweets from back then that WikiLeaks has retweeted today, see the top four tweets under their pinned tweet on their Twitter line: @wikileaks (those RTs will be pushed down the line when they post more tweets).

    I gather that’s a response to this story that’s currently being reported (note the sent date of the email mentioned that’s in the court doc and the dates of the RTed tweets): Mueller has emails from Stone pal Corsi about WikiLeaks Dem email dump

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    That Twitter link is to some tweets from July of 2016 - a long time ago in such matters.
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    Guardian's reputation in 'total shambles' after forger revealed to be co-author of Assange smear

    Elizabeth Vos Disobedient Media
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    © Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

    Regular followers of WikiLeaks-related news are at this point familiar with the multiple serious infractions of journalistic ethics by Luke Harding and the Guardian, especially (though not exclusively) when it comes to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. However, another individual at the heart of this matter is far less familiar to the public. That man is Fernando Villavicencio, a prominent Ecuadorian political activist and journalist, director of the USAID-funded NGO Fundamedios and editor of online publication FocusEcuador.

    Most readers are also aware of the Guardian's recent publication of claims that Julian Assange met with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on three occasions. This has now been definitively debunked by Fidel Narvaez, the former Consul at Ecuador's London embassy between 2010 and 2018, who says Paul Manafort has never visited the embassy during the time he was in charge there. But this was hardly the first time the outlet published a dishonest smear authored by Luke Harding against Assange. The paper is also no stranger to publishing stories based on fabricated documents.

    In May, Disobedient Media reported on the Guardian's hatchet-job relating to 'Operation Hotel,' or rather, the normal security operations of the embassy under former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. That hit-piece, co-authored by Harding and Dan Collyns, asserted among other things that (according to an anonymous source) Assange hacked the embassy's security system. The allegation was promptly refuted by Correa as "absurd" in an interview with The Intercept, and also by WikiLeaks as an "anonymous libel" with which the Guardian had "gone too far this time. We're suing."

    A shared element of The Guardian's 'Operation Hotel' fabrications and the latest libel attempting to link Julian Assange to Paul Manafort is none other than Fernando Villavicencio of FocusEcuador. In 2014 Villavicencio was caught passing a forged document to the Guardian, which published it without verifying it. When the forgery was revealed, the Guardian hurriedly took the document down but then tried to cover up that it had been tampered with by Villavicencio when it re-posted it a few days later.

    How is Villavicencio tied to The Guardian's latest smear of Assange? Intimately, it turns out.

    Who is Fernando Villavicencio?
    Earlier this year, an independent journalist writing under the pseudonym Jimmyslama penned a comprehensive report detailing Villavicencio's relationships with pro-US actors within Ecuador and the US. She sums up her findings, which are worth reading in full:
    "...The information in this post alone should make everyone question why in the world the Guardian would continue to use a source like Villavicencio who is obviously tied to the U.S. government, the CIA, individuals like Thor Halvorssen and Bill Browder, and opponents of both Julian Assange and former President Rafael Correa."
    As most readers recall, it was Correa who granted Assange asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Villavicencio was so vehemently opposed to Rafael Correa's socialist government that during the failed 2010 coup against Correa he falsely accused the President of "crimes against humanity" by ordering police to fire on the crowds (it was actually Correa who was being shot at). Correa sued him for libel, and won, but pardoned Villavicencio for the damages awarded by the court.

    Assange legal analyst Hanna Jonasson recently made the link between the Ecuadorian forger Villavicencio and Luke Harding's Guardian stories based on dubious documents explicit. She Tweeted:
    2014 Ecuador's Foreign Ministry accused the Guardian of publishing a story based on a document it says was fabricated by Fernando Villavicencio, pictured below with the authors of the fake Manafort-Assange 'secret meeting' story, Harding and Collyns."
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    Hanna Jonasson Retweeted Hanna Jonasson
    2014: Ecuador's Foreign Ministry accuses The Guardian of publishing a story based on a document it says was fabricated by Fernando Villavicencio, pictured below with the authors of the fake Manafort-Assange 'secret meeting' story, Harding and Collyns. https://web.archive.org/save/http://reinounido.embajada.gob.ec/the-falsified-evidence-that-led-to-inaccurate-claims-about-ecuador-in-the-guardian/ …

    Hanna Jonasson added,


    Hanna Jonasson @AssangeLegal
    Replying to @wikileaks
    The authors of the bogus Guardian story, Dan Collyns and Luke Harding, were in Ecuador 10 days ago with US-funded Villavicencio, who they have previously bylined with in bogus stories. This picture was taken last week.

    8:59 AM - 1 Dec 2018
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    Jonasson included a link to a 2014 official Ecuadorian government statement which reads in part:
    "There is also evidence that the author of this falsified document is Fernando Villavicencio, a convicted slanderer and opponent of Ecuador's current government. This can be seen from the file properties of the document that the Guardian had originally posted (but which it has since taken down and replaced with a version with this evidence removed)."
    The statement also notes that Villavicencio had fled the country after his conviction for libeling Correa during the 2010 coup and was at that time living as a fugitive in the United States.

    It is incredibly significant, as Jonasson argues, that the authors of the Guardian's latest libelous article were photographed with Villavicencio in Ecuador shortly before publication of the Guardian's claim that Assange had conducted meetings with Manafort.

    Jonasson's Twitter thread also states: "This video from the news wire Andes alleges that Villavicencio's name appeared in the metadata of the document originally uploaded alongside The Guardian's story." The 2014 Guardian piece, which aimed a falsified shot at then-President Rafael Correa, would not be the last time Villavicencio's name would appear on a controversial Guardian story before being scrubbed from existence.

    Just days after the backlash against the Guardian reached fever-pitch, Villavicencio had the gall to publish another image of himself with Harding and Collyns, gloating : "One of my greatest journalistic experiences was working for months on Assange's research with colleagues from the British newspaper the Guardian, Luke Harding, Dan Collins and the young journalist Cristina Solórzano from @ somos_lafuente"

    [Translated from Spanish]

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    Una de mis mayores experiencias periodísticas fue trabajar durante meses la investigación sobre Assange con los colegas del diario británico The Guardian, Luke Harding, Dan Collins y con la joven periodista Cristina Solórzano de @somos_lafuente

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    The tweet suggests, but does not specifically state, that Villavicencio worked with the disastrous duo on the Assange-Manafort piece. Given the history and associations of all involved, this statement alone should cause extreme skepticism in any unsubstantiated claims, or 'anonymously sourced' claims, the Guardian makes concerning Julian Assange and Ecuador.

    Astoundingly, and counter to Villavicencio's uncharacteristic coyness, a recent video posted by WikiLeaks via Twitter does show that Villavicencio was originally listed as a co-author of the Guardian's Manafort-Assange allegations, before his name was edited out of the online article. The original version can be viewed, however, thanks to archive services.


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    Video: Guardian mysteriously hid third author of fabricated front page story "Manafort Held Secret Meetings With Assange" -- as revealed by direct digital archive library. Compare to the Guardian's online version the world saw. Villavicencio background:.https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=from%3Aassangel egal%20Villavicencio&src=typd …

    11:12 AM - 3 Dec 2018
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    The two photographs of Villavicencio with Harding and Collyns as well as the evidence showing he co-authored the piece doesn't just capture a trio of terrible journalists, it documents the involvement of multiple actors associated with intelligence agencies and fabricated stories.

    All of this provoke the question: did Villavicencio provide more bogus documents to Harding and Collyns - Harding said he'd seen a document, though he didn't publish one (or even quote from it) so readers might judge its veracity for themselves - or perhaps these three invented the accusations out of whole-cloth?

    Either way, to quote WikiLeaks, the Guardian has "gone too far this time" and its already-tattered reputation is in total shambles.

    Successful Propaganda, Failed Journalism

    Craig Murray calls Harding an "MI6 tool", but to this writer, Harding seems worse than an MI6 stooge: He's a wannabe-spook, hanging from the coat-tails of anonymous intelligence officers and publishing their drivel as fact without so much as a skeptical blink. His lack of self-awareness and conflation of anecdote with evidence sets him apart as either one of the most blatant, fumbling propagandists of our era, or the most hapless hack journalist to stain the pages of printed news.

    To provide important context on Harding's previous journalistic irresponsibility, we again recall that he co-authored the infamous book containing the encryption password of the entire Cablegate archive, leading to a leak of the unredacted State Department Cables across the internet. Although the guilty Guardian journalists tried to blame Assange for the debacle, it was they themselves who ended up on the receiving end of some well-deserved scorn.

    In addition to continuing the Guardian's and Villavicencio's vendetta against Assange and WikiLeaks, it is clearly in Harding's financial interests to conflate the pending prosecution of Assange with Russiagate. As this writer previously noted, Harding penned a book on the subject, titled: "Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win." Tying Assange to Russiagate is good for business, as it stokes public interest in the self-evidently faulty narrative his book supports.

    Even more concerning is the claim amongst publishing circles, fueled by recent events, that Harding may be writing another book on Assange, with publication presumably timed for his pending arrest and extradition and designed to cash in on the trial. If that is in fact the case, the specter arises that Harding is working to push for Assange's arrest, not just on behalf of US, UK or Ecuadorian intelligence interests, but also to increase his own book sales.

    That Harding and Collyns worked intensively with Villavicencio for "months" on the "Assange story," the fact that Villavicencio was initially listed as a co-author on the original version of the Guardian's article, and the recent denial by Fidel Narvaez, raises the likelihood that Harding and the Guardian were not simply the victims of bad sources who duped them, as claimed by some.

    It indicates that the fake story was constructed deliberately on behalf of the very same intelligence establishment that the Guardian is nowadays only too happy to take the knee for.

    In summary, one of the most visible establishment media outlets published a fake story on its front page, in an attempt to manufacture a crucial cross-over between the pending prosecution of Assange and the Russiagate saga. This represents the latest example in an onslaught of fake news directed at Julian Assange and WikiLeaks ever since they published the largest CIA leak in history in the form of Vault 7, an onslaught which appears to be building in both intensity and absurdity as time goes on.

    The Guardian has destroyed its reputation, and in the process, revealed the desperation of the establishment when it comes to Assange.


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    Terrific article Hervé, thank you.

    Yes, unsurprisingly, Fernando Villavicencio also makes several appearances in the Wikileaks Global Intelligence files as can be witnessed through this link here

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    Guardian's reputation in 'total shambles' after forger revealed to be co-author of Assange smear

    Elizabeth Vos Disobedient Media
    Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:33 UTC


    © Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

    Regular followers of WikiLeaks-related news are at this point familiar with the multiple serious infractions of journalistic ethics by Luke Harding and the Guardian, especially (though not exclusively) when it comes to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. However, another individual at the heart of this matter is far less familiar to the public. That man is Fernando Villavicencio, a prominent Ecuadorian political activist and journalist, director of the USAID-funded NGO Fundamedios and editor of online publication FocusEcuador.

    Most readers are also aware of the Guardian's recent publication of claims that Julian Assange met with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on three occasions. This has now been definitively debunked by Fidel Narvaez, the former Consul at Ecuador's London embassy between 2010 and 2018, who says Paul Manafort has never visited the embassy during the time he was in charge there. But this was hardly the first time the outlet published a dishonest smear authored by Luke Harding against Assange. The paper is also no stranger to publishing stories based on fabricated documents.

    In May, Disobedient Media reported on the Guardian's hatchet-job relating to 'Operation Hotel,' or rather, the normal security operations of the embassy under former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. That hit-piece, co-authored by Harding and Dan Collyns, asserted among other things that (according to an anonymous source) Assange hacked the embassy's security system. The allegation was promptly refuted by Correa as "absurd" in an interview with The Intercept, and also by WikiLeaks as an "anonymous libel" with which the Guardian had "gone too far this time. We're suing."

    A shared element of The Guardian's 'Operation Hotel' fabrications and the latest libel attempting to link Julian Assange to Paul Manafort is none other than Fernando Villavicencio of FocusEcuador. In 2014 Villavicencio was caught passing a forged document to the Guardian, which published it without verifying it. When the forgery was revealed, the Guardian hurriedly took the document down but then tried to cover up that it had been tampered with by Villavicencio when it re-posted it a few days later.

    How is Villavicencio tied to The Guardian's latest smear of Assange? Intimately, it turns out.

    Who is Fernando Villavicencio?
    Earlier this year, an independent journalist writing under the pseudonym Jimmyslama penned a comprehensive report detailing Villavicencio's relationships with pro-US actors within Ecuador and the US. She sums up her findings, which are worth reading in full:
    "...The information in this post alone should make everyone question why in the world the Guardian would continue to use a source like Villavicencio who is obviously tied to the U.S. government, the CIA, individuals like Thor Halvorssen and Bill Browder, and opponents of both Julian Assange and former President Rafael Correa."
    As most readers recall, it was Correa who granted Assange asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Villavicencio was so vehemently opposed to Rafael Correa's socialist government that during the failed 2010 coup against Correa he falsely accused the President of "crimes against humanity" by ordering police to fire on the crowds (it was actually Correa who was being shot at). Correa sued him for libel, and won, but pardoned Villavicencio for the damages awarded by the court.

    Assange legal analyst Hanna Jonasson recently made the link between the Ecuadorian forger Villavicencio and Luke Harding's Guardian stories based on dubious documents explicit. She Tweeted:
    2014 Ecuador's Foreign Ministry accused the Guardian of publishing a story based on a document it says was fabricated by Fernando Villavicencio, pictured below with the authors of the fake Manafort-Assange 'secret meeting' story, Harding and Collyns."
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    Hanna Jonasson‏ @AssangeLegal

    Hanna Jonasson Retweeted Hanna Jonasson
    2014: Ecuador's Foreign Ministry accuses The Guardian of publishing a story based on a document it says was fabricated by Fernando Villavicencio, pictured below with the authors of the fake Manafort-Assange 'secret meeting' story, Harding and Collyns. https://web.archive.org/save/http://reinounido.embajada.gob.ec/the-falsified-evidence-that-led-to-inaccurate-claims-about-ecuador-in-the-guardian/ …

    Hanna Jonasson added,


    Hanna Jonasson @AssangeLegal
    Replying to @wikileaks
    The authors of the bogus Guardian story, Dan Collyns and Luke Harding, were in Ecuador 10 days ago with US-funded Villavicencio, who they have previously bylined with in bogus stories. This picture was taken last week.

    8:59 AM - 1 Dec 2018
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    Jonasson included a link to a 2014 official Ecuadorian government statement which reads in part:
    "There is also evidence that the author of this falsified document is Fernando Villavicencio, a convicted slanderer and opponent of Ecuador's current government. This can be seen from the file properties of the document that the Guardian had originally posted (but which it has since taken down and replaced with a version with this evidence removed)."
    The statement also notes that Villavicencio had fled the country after his conviction for libeling Correa during the 2010 coup and was at that time living as a fugitive in the United States.

    It is incredibly significant, as Jonasson argues, that the authors of the Guardian's latest libelous article were photographed with Villavicencio in Ecuador shortly before publication of the Guardian's claim that Assange had conducted meetings with Manafort.

    Jonasson's Twitter thread also states: "This video from the news wire Andes alleges that Villavicencio's name appeared in the metadata of the document originally uploaded alongside The Guardian's story." The 2014 Guardian piece, which aimed a falsified shot at then-President Rafael Correa, would not be the last time Villavicencio's name would appear on a controversial Guardian story before being scrubbed from existence.

    Just days after the backlash against the Guardian reached fever-pitch, Villavicencio had the gall to publish another image of himself with Harding and Collyns, gloating : "One of my greatest journalistic experiences was working for months on Assange's research with colleagues from the British newspaper the Guardian, Luke Harding, Dan Collins and the young journalist Cristina Solórzano from @ somos_lafuente"

    [Translated from Spanish]

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    Fernando Villavicencio‏ @VillaFernando_

    Una de mis mayores experiencias periodísticas fue trabajar durante meses la investigación sobre Assange con los colegas del diario británico The Guardian, Luke Harding, Dan Collins y con la joven periodista Cristina Solórzano de @somos_lafuente

    8:03 PM - 1 Dec 2018
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    The tweet suggests, but does not specifically state, that Villavicencio worked with the disastrous duo on the Assange-Manafort piece. Given the history and associations of all involved, this statement alone should cause extreme skepticism in any unsubstantiated claims, or 'anonymously sourced' claims, the Guardian makes concerning Julian Assange and Ecuador.

    Astoundingly, and counter to Villavicencio's uncharacteristic coyness, a recent video posted by WikiLeaks via Twitter does show that Villavicencio was originally listed as a co-author of the Guardian's Manafort-Assange allegations, before his name was edited out of the online article. The original version can be viewed, however, thanks to archive services.


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    Video: Guardian mysteriously hid third author of fabricated front page story "Manafort Held Secret Meetings With Assange" -- as revealed by direct digital archive library. Compare to the Guardian's online version the world saw. Villavicencio background:.https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=from%3Aassangel egal%20Villavicencio&src=typd …

    11:12 AM - 3 Dec 2018
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    The two photographs of Villavicencio with Harding and Collyns as well as the evidence showing he co-authored the piece doesn't just capture a trio of terrible journalists, it documents the involvement of multiple actors associated with intelligence agencies and fabricated stories.

    All of this provoke the question: did Villavicencio provide more bogus documents to Harding and Collyns - Harding said he'd seen a document, though he didn't publish one (or even quote from it) so readers might judge its veracity for themselves - or perhaps these three invented the accusations out of whole-cloth?

    Either way, to quote WikiLeaks, the Guardian has "gone too far this time" and its already-tattered reputation is in total shambles.

    Successful Propaganda, Failed Journalism

    Craig Murray calls Harding an "MI6 tool", but to this writer, Harding seems worse than an MI6 stooge: He's a wannabe-spook, hanging from the coat-tails of anonymous intelligence officers and publishing their drivel as fact without so much as a skeptical blink. His lack of self-awareness and conflation of anecdote with evidence sets him apart as either one of the most blatant, fumbling propagandists of our era, or the most hapless hack journalist to stain the pages of printed news.

    To provide important context on Harding's previous journalistic irresponsibility, we again recall that he co-authored the infamous book containing the encryption password of the entire Cablegate archive, leading to a leak of the unredacted State Department Cables across the internet. Although the guilty Guardian journalists tried to blame Assange for the debacle, it was they themselves who ended up on the receiving end of some well-deserved scorn.

    In addition to continuing the Guardian's and Villavicencio's vendetta against Assange and WikiLeaks, it is clearly in Harding's financial interests to conflate the pending prosecution of Assange with Russiagate. As this writer previously noted, Harding penned a book on the subject, titled: "Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win." Tying Assange to Russiagate is good for business, as it stokes public interest in the self-evidently faulty narrative his book supports.

    Even more concerning is the claim amongst publishing circles, fueled by recent events, that Harding may be writing another book on Assange, with publication presumably timed for his pending arrest and extradition and designed to cash in on the trial. If that is in fact the case, the specter arises that Harding is working to push for Assange's arrest, not just on behalf of US, UK or Ecuadorian intelligence interests, but also to increase his own book sales.

    That Harding and Collyns worked intensively with Villavicencio for "months" on the "Assange story," the fact that Villavicencio was initially listed as a co-author on the original version of the Guardian's article, and the recent denial by Fidel Narvaez, raises the likelihood that Harding and the Guardian were not simply the victims of bad sources who duped them, as claimed by some.

    It indicates that the fake story was constructed deliberately on behalf of the very same intelligence establishment that the Guardian is nowadays only too happy to take the knee for.

    In summary, one of the most visible establishment media outlets published a fake story on its front page, in an attempt to manufacture a crucial cross-over between the pending prosecution of Assange and the Russiagate saga. This represents the latest example in an onslaught of fake news directed at Julian Assange and WikiLeaks ever since they published the largest CIA leak in history in the form of Vault 7, an onslaught which appears to be building in both intensity and absurdity as time goes on.

    The Guardian has destroyed its reputation, and in the process, revealed the desperation of the establishment when it comes to Assange.


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    An update from Craig Murray here in connection with Cassandra Fairbanks' recent visit to Julian Assange worth posting in its entirety here as well.

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    "The false left and liberals have until now been delighted to hide behind Russiagate or Sweden to avoid asking themselves the fundamental question. Julian Assange is merely a journalist and publisher. The fundamental question is, should a journalist or publisher be locked up for life for publishing leaked documents showing war crimes? If the answer is yes, where is press freedom?"


    Craig Murray - April 3rd, 2019


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    Here's Craig's article:

    Julian Assange: Socialists and Liberals Must Now Choose Their Side.
    3 Apr, 2019 in Uncategorized by craig


    Cassandra Fairbanks’ account of her visit to Julian in the Ecuadorean Embassy paints a truly harrowing picture of the conditions in which he is being held.

    Last week after receiving a message from Julian I applied to the Ecuadorean Embassy to go and see him. I have done this many times but a new regime has established involving forms and strict time windows.
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    The Ecuadorean Embassy claim not to have received my email with the application, which is peculiar as I received no undeliverable message and bcc copyees received it. I therefore re-sent it with a new email advising they may change the date and time if the original is not now achievable. I have heard nothing so far in response.

    Chelsea Manning is currently entering her fourth week of solitary confinement for refusing to testify against Assange before a grand jury. The United States wishes to extradite Julian Assange to face charges, not of collusion with the non-existent “Russiagate”, not with a sexual offence stitch-up.

    They wish to charge him with publishing the evidence of extensive US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with publishing the US diplomatic cables including the one I drew on last week which prove that the US and UK conspired to establish a marine reserve around the Chagos Islands as an environmental fraud to maintain the deportation of the islanders from what is now the US nuclear and torture base.

    Many tens of billions of dollars are spent every year on western security services, and they are not stupid. The use of contrived sexual allegations to detach progressive figures from their support base is well established practice. But the allegations against Assange in Sweden are long gone, never reached the stage of a charge, and fell away immediately once Assange was finally interviewed by Swedish police and prosecutors in the Embassy. The whole Russiagate fabrication has been exploded as the media confection it always was.

    The false left and liberals have until now been delighted to hide behind Russiagate or Sweden to avoid asking themselves the fundamental question. Julian Assange is merely a journalist and publisher. The fundamental question is, should a journalist or publisher be locked up for life for publishing leaked documents showing war crimes? If the answer is yes, where is press freedom?

    That is now the unavoidable question. The security service patsies at the Guardian, however, prefer to retail ludicrous accusations from CIA asset Lenin Moreno – accusations motivated by the revelation of Moreno’s Panamanian offshore accounts – in frenzied efforts to maintain the tactic of diversion.
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    This whole experience, or more appropriately, incident leaves one gravely concerned, it must be said.

    Cassandra Fairbanks' article follows.

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    "The visit to the publisher had, in fact, become eerily similar to visits I have made to inmates at federal penitentiaries in the US. It seemed our government was getting what they wanted from Ecuador, as a former senior State Department official told Buzzfeed in January, “as far as we’re concerned, he’s in jail.”"
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    EXCLUSIVE: Ecuador Imprisons US Journalist In Room As Ambassador Tells Assange to ‘Shut up’ and Accept Spying
    By Cassandra Fairbanks, March 26, 2019

    It was meant to be a routine visit by a journalist to another journalist. Instead, I found myself locked in a cold, surveilled room for over an hour by Ecuadorian officials, as a furious argument raged between the country’s ambassador and Julian Assange on Monday.

    The room was inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Julian Assange currently lives under the ostensible protection of political asylum. Yet the WikiLeaks publisher was barred from entering the room, where he was supposed to join me for a pre-approved meeting, because he refused to submit to a full-body search and continuous surveillance.

    In the fireworks that followed, Assange accused the ambassador of being an agent of the United States government.

    The crackdown on visitors was felt before I even entered the embassy. It’s the third time I’ve visited in the past year, and each time the atmosphere seems progressively worse.

    Just like my previous visit, since new rules for visitors were enacted, I couldn’t take my phone into the meeting without giving the Ecuadorian officials a swathe of data. If you want to take it in with you, they request its brand, model, serial number, IMEI number, and telephone number. I was also advised that Ecuador could not be trusted to hold my phone while I met with Assange, so I left it behind and walked to the embassy phoneless, several minutes early to make sure I was on time.
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    When I arrived, embassy staff checked my passport and letter of approval and pointed at the time on the letter. I was six minutes early. Instead of allowing me to wait inside, they told me to come back at the appropriate time — despite knowing that I did not have a phone or watch on me.

    When I visited for the first time, which I believe was a year ago to the day, the atmosphere was far more welcoming. The staff and ambassador that were there during my first visit have since been replaced.

    After being searched, the staff directed me into the conference room, where two large visible cameras were pointed at the table. Those were there last time too. I knew the drill — or so I thought. They reminded me multiple times that my visit was only approved until 5 p.m. and that I would need to leave on the dot.
    “Just doing my job,” the staff member told me.
    A few moments later Assange walked by the door, but could not enter. Embassy staff demanded that he submit to a full-body scan with a metal detector before allowing him in the room. They have not done this with any other visitor in the nearly seven years that he has lived there, including during my previous visits.
    “I don’t want to do the body scan. It is undignified and not appropriate,” I heard Assange say. “I am just trying to have a private meeting with a journalist.”
    The door was slammed shut by someone from the embassy. I decided to sit and wait.

    Not only would they not let Assange in to see me without a body-scan, they also forced his lawyer to be scanned before he could come in to update me on the situation.

    After roughly 20 minutes, the lawyer came in and informed me that they were demanding to search Assange. Moreover, we would not be permitted to talk anywhere outside the highly-surveilled room where the Ecuadorians had confined me. Agreeing to these draconian terms would set a bad precedent — so he was unsure if the meeting would go ahead. After appraising me of the situation, he left the room.

    A bit later, I decided to leave the room myself for an update from embassy staff. I quickly discovered that the door was locked from the outside. So I went to the second door — that was locked too. That was when I realized that Ecuadorian officials had deliberately imprisoned me in a room.

    As this ominous realization dawned on me, I heard a dramatic confrontation unfolding outside.
    “What are you frightened of in relation to me meeting with a journalist? What is the embassy afraid of?” Assange asks. I can’t hear the response.
    Assange is arguing that as a political refugee the embassy has a duty to protect him — not to treat him as a prisoner.
    “Is this a prison?” Assange asks.

    “It’s not,” they reply. “You know it’s not.”
    Assange, clearly agitated, demands to know:

    “Why are you surveilling me speaking to a US journalist? Do you think it’s unreasonable for me to expect privacy when I meet with a journalist? Why are you silent?”


    The embassy staff member responded that he “can’t say anything.”
    “Why can’t you say anything? Don’t you have an excuse? What is the basis? Why are you surveilling an American journalist? What reason should we tell her?” Assange asks.
    The conversation becomes hard to hear, as I am still locked in the room.

    Assange’s lawyer is also being searched again outside the room, though I can only hear bits and pieces of that conversation. He comes back in with a glass of water and tells me to hang tight. I feel like a prisoner receiving a visit. Finally, someone from the embassy comes in and tells me that I need to go to the lobby so that the ambassador could meet with Assange in the room. The room with the cameras and the bugs.

    I see Assange in passing in the lobby and say hi, but it’s cut short as he is directed to the conference room.

    Still phoneless, I glance at a clock and notice that it’s 4:19pm. I was locked in the room for over an hour.

    Sitting in the lobby I hear much of the conversation, so I begin to take notes.
    “Is this a prison? This is how you treat a prisoner, not a political refugee!” Assange demands.
    Ambassador Jaime Alberto Marchán retorts, saying it’s “for our protection, and to protect you!”

    At this point, clearly frustrated, Assange asserts:
    “I am trying to have a private conversation with a journalist. I am also a journalist — and you’re stopping me from doing my work. How can I safely relay my mistreatment and the illegality going on here to this journalist while under surveillance?”
    One of the issues, it seemed, is that Assange wanted to bring a small radio into the conference room to muffle our voices, so the microphones surveilling the room wouldn’t pick up what we were saying as easily. There also appears to be concern that he will share stories with other journalists now that they have him muzzled and gagged.

    “You are preventing this journalist from meeting with me in any other room,” Assange says, but only part of the conversation is audible at this point as someone cleaning decided they needed to jingle keys and make a ton of noise for several minutes.
    “You have been illegally surveilling me,” Assange sternly insists.

    “I want you to shut up,” the ambassador says.
    “I know you want me to shut up — the Ecuadorian president has already gagged me,” Assange fired back. “I am banned from producing journalism.”

    Assange isn’t wrong. On March 28, 2018, Ecuador caved to pressure from the United States government to isolate Assange by revoking his right to have visitors, make phone calls or use the internet. In order to have his visits and internet restored, he was presented with a nine-page document that outlined limitations and restrictions on what he would be able to do and say online.

    Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno publicly said that Assange is gagged from writing “political opinion” including about US and Spanish policies. This obviously destroyed his ability to work as a journalist and publisher.

    He told AP: “if Mr. Assange promises to stop emitting opinions on the politics of friendly nations like Spain or the United States then we have no problem with him going online.” He and the foreign minister have publicly repeated the statement many times, even going as far as to say that Assange cannot talk about his treatment in the embassy.

    In an interview with El Pais in July, President Moreno also said that his “ideal solution” is that Assange may “enjoy” being “extradited,” if the UK promises that the US will not kill him.

    The argument continued to escalate. Assange brought up the fact that Ecuador allowed people with diplomatic immunity to be questioned by the US government in January. It is, of course, highly unusual for a sovereign nation to permit foreign officials to question its diplomatic personnel over diplomatic work, the confidentiality of which is protected by international law.
    “You are acting as an agent of the United States government and preventing me from speaking with a US journalist about these violations,” Assange demanded.

    “What kind of sovereign state allows its ambassadors to be interrogated by another nation? No self respecting state does that!”
    “You have been working with the US government against me, it’s disgraceful! You are an agent of the US government, and there will be consequences for your illegal acts,” Assange continues.
    He points out that the ambassador has put his own privacy at risk with his efforts to assist their spying on him. (For many years, there had been a white noise machine in the conference room, to protect the ambassador and other officials during sensitive conversations — it has now been removed).
    “The embassy’s own equipment that was used to protect you was removed to help them [the U.S. government] spy on me.”
    Ironically, if they still had that equipment in place I would not have overheard everything to be able to write this very article.

    As the conversation intensified, the staff member who had answered the door and searched me noticed that I was taking notes and turned on a loud television. He kept turning the volume up until the conversation in the conference room was completely drowned out. He also turned on a loud fan, despite the fact that the embassy was very cold.

    At around 4:45pm, Marchán and several other men stormed out of the conference room. I attempted to ask the ambassador if the Embassy’s behavior was specific to me, or if they planned to give all visitors the same sinister treatment. He ignored me and rushed into another room.

    Finally, Assange comes out and I am able to give him a hug and speak to him briefly in the lobby. Unfortunately, there was only about eight minutes left of our two-hour scheduled visit time and the limit was still being enforced.

    At 4:58, a member of the staff came over and informed us that if we want to talk, it must be done in the conference room and that we only have two minutes left. We stared at him blankly then began to say our goodbyes.

    My departure was so rushed that I ended up leaving my passport in the embassy, but thankfully the staff ran out and gave it to me.

    You can read more about the Stasi-style surveillance at the embassy in my article about our visit in January. More up-to-date background information about what is currently going on with WikiLeaks and Assange can be found here and here.

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    Wayback: Jon Pilger on Democracy Now! 15 December 2010, but, still worth revisiting.
    "Jefferson said that 'information is the currency of democracy'"
    John Pilger defends WikiLeaks & Julian Assange


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    [Documentary]: The Wikileaks Documentary

    Provides a history of its origins - revealing and very informative. Do enjoy.

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    Perhaps more movement.

    This from dailymail.co:

    Armed police surround Ecuadorean embassy as Julian Assange 'is set to be kicked out in HOURS and arrested after country does deal with UK authorities', WikiLeaks claims

    And here Wikileaks on Twitter 16 hours ago:

    Quote BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.
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    From the office of the high commissioner of the UN: UN expert on privacy plans to visit Julian Assange

    From WikiLeaks -

    Quote WikiLeaks has obtained agreed Assange press strategy
    1. UK lead
    2. Ecuador will say Assange has broken many of its invented "asylum terms"
    3. UK will say won't let US kill Assange, due process. Ecuador will pretend that this is a concession and that asylum was for death penalty.
    Tweet.

    Edit: I completely missed this. I haven’t checked to see if it was posted on any other threads but it’s relevant here.

    Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in grand jury WikiLeaks investigation (March 9). What a legend. I hope she gets out ASAP.

    EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Assange Court Transcript Sheds Light on US-Backed Ecuadorian Expulsion Plans (April 6)
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    Quote And here Wikileaks on Twitter 16 hours ago:

    Quote BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.
    Ecuador removes official over close Assange relationship (April 9)
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    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)
    Quote And here Wikileaks on Twitter 16 hours ago:

    Quote BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.
    Ecuador removes official over close Assange relationship (April 9)
    For what it's worth, this story first came out several days ago (apparently April 4th via the pinned tweet on the Wikileaks twitter feed, which remains unverified since Assange's lawyers started dying) and Ecuador promptly denied it.

    Quote Ecuador’s UK ambassador REJECTS Wikileaks’ claims that Julian Assange is about to be expelled from its London embassy and arrested following deal with Britain – despite armed police surrounding the building

    The ambassador for Ecuador today insisted there is 'no change' in Julian Assange's position and it is an 'offence' to the country to suggest he will be expelled from it embassy.

    Jaime Marchán spoke briefly to reporters as he left the building in Knightsbridge, west London at 2pm after it was claimed the whistleblower was set to be kicked out and arrested with 'hours or days'.

    Wikileaks made the claims in a series of Tweets last night citing unnamed sources in the Ecuadorean authorities as confirming Mr Assange's seven-year stay would end imminently.

    Armed police were also outside the west London embassy as protestors began arriving at the building early this morning following online calls for people to 'protect' the controversial whistleblower.

    Mr Marchán was not recognised by members of the British press but was chased down the street by a freelance journalist from Chilean newspaper El Ciudadano Chile, Patricio Mery.

    In the brief encounter he said: 'Ambassador, what is the position of the Ecuadorean government in relation to the WikiLeaks tip?'

    Mr Marchán said: 'There is no change in the Señor Julian Assange's situation. To say we are going to take him out the embassy is an offence to Ecuador.'

    Asked: 'Is he going to be released in the next couple of hours?'

    The ambassador replied: 'We are definitely not going to comment on that.'

    Later on Twitter Ecuador's minister of foreign affairs Jose Valencia insisted the claims were 'unfounded'.

    He tweeted: 'The rumours of the imminent exit of Assange come from months ago.

    'The govt will not be giving a running commentary about unfounded current rumours that furthermore are insulting.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...WikiLeaks.html


    Jim Stone's commentary, as posted over in the Q thread:

    Quote ECUADOR: What are you talking about? Assange is NOT getting evicted.

    Yes, the same old dog and pony show, just like I said. Ecuador's ambassador just said they never had any intentions of evicting Assange, but the UK police showed up and surrounded the place for a show, to convince the world he's really there.

    SEE THIS.

    And now, what I said yesterday:

    You will not see one photo or piece of video of Julian assange

    So he's about to be kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy eh? After not doing as much as a cameo on the balcony since before Trump was elected. YEP.



    The MSM can bluff all it wants. PICTURES AND VIDEO AND I MEAN CRYSTAL CLEAR VIDEO OR IT DID NOT HAPPEN. Then again, from this point on there will always be penguins. I doubt they will accomplish it with Assange though. They are lazy. Assange might not get the flying penguin treatment, they will just opt to not show anything at all, and cite some B.S. like "privacy" or "legal issues". Or maybe they will let the whole topic die and pull him out like a fake Osama when needed.

    MY COMMENT:
    And that's what I am at least partially around for, - to call out B.S. only to have it proven B.S. later. GOTCHA. I am probably going to be using that "HA HA" picture a lot now.
    http://82.221.129.208/.wo0.html


    Jim Stone also added this more recently:

    Quote A reminder: Once again, Ecuador has (again) flatly denied claims that Assange was going to be evicted
    Same old pony show. He never once stepped out on that balcony since Pamela brought him lunch, citing "security reasons". BULL****. And the day after Pamela brought him lunch, his internet got cut. BULL****. Now they pull him out like a fake osama, to make sure we believe he is there but we never get to see him and it always ends like this. BULL****.

    I CALL TRIPLE BULL****, Assange is as gone as Osama, who died from a lack of dialysis and subsequently lived for years until Obama took him out and I called it in 2016. How far ahead is that? It helped to have the big black van pull up the night after Pamela brought him lunch and remove Assange, and have it all live streamed - I fully expected the next day's news be nothing but Assange not at the embassy anymore but NOPE - his internet was cut. That was the line they used.

    Do not forget: All 4 of the top people at Wikileaks that were not at the embassy died for various reasons in the two months before Pamela brought him lunch, and when Pamela brought him lunch I am surprised he ate it because it was well known at the time that she openly hated his guts. Now that he is gone, she's his lover. YEP. And Wikileaks lives on as a deep state tool, oozing fakeness like Q, and solid proof: NO ACTION HAS EVER BEEN TAKEN ON RELEASES BY WIKILEAKS, OR Q SPEW, in fact, only the opposite has hit reality. Consider that.

    We will continue to hear stories of degrading health, near evictions, internet blackouts for Assange and whatever else, because they have to have something make people think he's actually alive. Killing him was a very unpopular prospect, and the image of Wikileaks is just too good of a tool to throw away. Maybe he'll eventually do a cameo on a deep fake, but as for now, we have seen NOTHING.
    http://82.221.129.208/.wn9.html


    I've become skeptical of the idea that he's dead due to some Q drops on the subject, but I still believe he was taken out of the embassy in 2016.

    It was a Q drop that directed attention to this unclassified Hillary Clinton email release, undated (copied from another post on the Q thread):

    Quote Posted by A Voice from the Mountains (here)


    Email can't be directly linked, but can be found here on this government website, page 20, at the very bottom.

    Q also confirmed that Assange is not "stateside," and refused to give any more specific information because "our enemies are also monitoring this board."

    I expect there to be some unexpected drama to unfold around Assange's release.

    Reading between the lines of the above email: Email subject is "Assange Arrest, etc.," and the content begins by referring to "great news," which, along with the rest of the email, suggests that Assange was by the time of this email already in custody.

    However, the second to last sentence, "hope the Wikileaker gets what is coming to him," indicates that he was still alive. So at some point, Assange was detained but not murdered, though Hillary had "joked" about sending a drone into the embassy to assassinate him. There were lots of people covering incidents around the time of the 2016 election that indicated that Assange had been abducted out of the embassy, and of course he hasn't made any appearances in his window since that time. So where he is, and whose exact custody he was in, remains to be seen.
    Another commentator pointed out that another drop said something to the extent of "they have the site, but we have the source."

    Reminder that Assange has all but explicitly stated that Seth Rich was the source of the DNC emails.

    Quote WOW! BREAKING=> Julian Assange Suggests Seth Rich – Who Was MURDERED in DC – Was Wikileaks DNC Source!

    On July 8, 2016, 27 year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich was murdered in Washington DC. The killer or killers took nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone.


    WOW! BREAKING=> Julian Assange Suggests Seth Rich – Who Was MURDERED in DC – Was Wikileaks DNC Source!
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    On July 8, 2016, 27 year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich was murdered in Washington DC. The killer or killers took nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone.

    Shortly after the killing, Redditors and social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was en route to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family.

    Seth Rich’s father Joel told reporters, “If it was a robbery — it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money — he still has his credit cards, still had his phone so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life.”

    The Metropolitan police posted a reward for information on Rich’s murder.



    On Tuesday Wikileaks offered a $20,000 reward for information on the murder of DNC staffer Seth rich.

    Now this…
    Julian Assange suggested on Tuesday that Seth Rich was a Wikileaks informant.
    Via Mike Cernovich:

    Was Seth Rich, the source of #DNCleaks, murdered? https://t.co/bKwYQJcmQp

    — Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 10, 2016

    Julian Assange seems to suggests on Dutch television program Nieuwsuur that Seth Rich was the source for the Wikileaks-exposed DNC emails and was murdered.



    From the video:

    Julian Assange: Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. As a 27 year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington.

    Reporter: That was just a robbery, I believe. Wasn’t it?

    Julian Assange: No. There’s no finding. So… I’m suggesting that our sources take risks.

    HOLY SH*T!

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...-shot-dead-dc/

    Wikileaks has always protected its sources, but there's little point in "protecting" a dead man who was already assassinated for leaking damaging information. So Assange essentially admitted that Seth Rich was their source for the emails.

    The Trump administration is not going to be persecuting Assange for releasing damaging information on the Democrats, and you can take that to the bank. Anything to the contrary is hype and/or misinformation.

    Assange testimony --> Seth Rich's assassination --> DNC collusion with MS-13 to kill Seth Rich to silence him.

    Roger Stone is going to trial for allegedly lying about his involvement with Wikileaks and the supposed "Russian hack" of the emails Wikileaks released, so a fuller chain of events may end up looking like this:

    Roger Stone's testimony --> Assange testimony --> Seth Rich's assassination is established in US court --> DNC collusion with MS-13 is established in court.

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    Quote Posted by A Voice from the Mountains (here)
    Quote Posted by Rachel (here)
    Quote And here Wikileaks on Twitter 16 hours ago:

    Quote BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext--and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.
    Ecuador removes official over close Assange relationship (April 9)
    For what it's worth, this story first came out several days ago (apparently April 4th via the pinned tweet on the Wikileaks twitter feed, which remains unverified since Assange's lawyers started dying) and Ecuador promptly denied it.
    Yeah, I know. Sophocies posted it (#56) and I quoted that from his post and added the current article about the Ecuadorian official being removed. Re. Unverified; yes, and see the article I linked. Not much going on at the embassy. People keeping vigil in a few tents and a couple of police officers entered the other day, but there has been a sus car with sketchy people parked there. They shone a big spotlight on the embassy and didn’t want to be filmed. Probably still there, been there for days now I think.
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