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    BREAKING - Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian Embassy

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...assy-wikileaks

    (This is very much a "wait and see what happens" situation - "nothing is what it seems", emphasis mine - KE)

    WikiLeaks founder arrested for alleged breach of bail at London embassy where he took refuge for seven years

    Kate Lyons
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    Thu 11 Apr 2019 11.03 BST
    First published on Thu 11 Apr 2019 10.41 BST

    Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.

    Assange, 47, who has spent almost seven years at the embassy after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden, was detained after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum, Scotland Yard said. He was held on a warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court on 29 June 2012 when he failed to surrender to the court.

    Scotland Yard said: “He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster magistrates court as soon as is possible.

    “The MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster magistrates court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

    Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, said on Twitter: “In a sovereign decision, Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”

    But WikiLeaks said Moreno had acted illegally in terminating Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”.

    The home secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “Nearly seven years after entering the Ecuadorian embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation the Metropolitan police for its professionalism. No one is above the law.”

    His arrest comes a day after Wikileaks accused the Ecuadorian government of an “extensive spying operation” against Assange.

    WikiLeaks claims meetings with lawyers and a doctor inside the embassy over the past year were secretly filmed.

    Assange had refused to leave the embassy, claiming he would be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he did so.

    At the time, Assange claimed that if he was extradited to Sweden he might be arrested by the US and face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s publication of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

    The journalist and Assange supporter John Pilger called last week for people to “fill the street outside the embassy and protect him and show solidarity with a courageous man”.

    US authorities have never officially confirmed that they have charged Assange, but in November 2018 a mistake in a document filed in an unrelated case hinted that criminal charges might have been prepared in secret.

    The court filing, submitted apparently in error by US prosecutors, mentioned criminal charges against someone named “Assange” even though that was not the name of the defendant. Legal analysts said the error was likely to have been caused by prosecutors copying and pasting from sealed documents.

    The relationship between Assange and his hosts has soured over the years. In March, Assange’s internet access was cut off and he was forbidden from having visitors.

    The Ecuadorian president had said Assange had “repeatedly violated” the conditions of his asylum in his country’s London embassy.

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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last seven years. That's after Ecuador's president Moreno withdrew asylum.

    That's only a day after WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed that an extensive spying operation was conducted against Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy. During an explosive media conference Hrafnsson alleged that the operation was designed to get Assange extradited.

    Assange's relationship with Ecuadorian officials appeared increasingly strained since the current president came to power in the Latin American country in 2017. His internet connection was cut off in March of last year, with officials saying the move was to stop Assange from "interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states."

    The whistleblower garnered massive international attention in 2010 when WikiLeaks released classified US military footage, entitled 'Collateral Murder', of a US Apache helicopter gunship opening fire on a number of people, killing 12 including two Reuters staff, and injuring two children.

    The footage, as well as US war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 200,000 diplomatic cables, were leaked to the site by US Army soldier Chelsea Manning. She was tried by a US tribunal and sentenced to 35 years in jail for disclosing the materials.

    Manning was pardoned by outgoing President Barack Obama in 2017 after spending seven years in US custody. She is currently being held again in a US jail for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury in a case apparently related to WikiLeaks.

    Assange's seven-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy was motivated by his concern that he may face similarly harsh and arguably unfair prosecution by the US for his role in publishing troves of classified US documents over the years.

    His legal troubles stem from an accusation by two women in Sweden, with both claiming they had a sexual encounter with Assange that was not fully consensual. The whistleblower said the allegations were false. Nevertheless, they yielded to the Swedish authorities who sought his extradition from the UK on "suspicion of rape, three cases of sexual abuse and unlawful compulsion."

    In December 2010, he was arrested in the UK under a European Arrest Warrant and spent time in Wandsworth Prison before being released on bail and put under house arrest.

    During that time, Assange hosted a show on RT known as 'World Tomorrow or The Julian Assange Show', in which he interviewed several world influencers in controversial and thought-provoking episodes.

    His attempt to fight extradition ultimately failed. In 2012, he skipped bail and fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy, which extended him protection from arrest by the British authorities. Quito gave him political asylum and later Ecuadorian citizenship.

    Assange spent the following years stranded at the diplomatic compound, only making sporadic appearances at the embassy window and in interviews conducted inside. His health has reportedly deteriorated over the years, while treatment options are limited due to his inability to leave the Knightsbridge building.

    In 2016, a UN expert panel ruled that what was happening to Assange amounted to arbitrary detention by the British authorities. London nevertheless refused to revoke his arrest warrant for skipping bail. Sweden dropped the investigation against Assange in 2017, although Swedish prosecutors indicated it may be resumed if Assange "makes himself available."

    Assange argued that his avoidance of European law enforcement was necessary to protect him from extradition to the US, where then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that arresting him is a "priority." WikiLeaks was branded a "non-state hostile intelligence service" by then-CIA head Mike Pompeo in 2017.

    The US government has been tight-lipped on whether Assange would face indictment over the dissemination of classified material. In November 2018, the existence of a secret indictment targeting Assange was seemingly unintentionally confirmed in a US court filing for an unrelated case.

    Last year, a UK tribunal refused to release key details on communications between British and Swedish authorities that could have revealed any dealings between the UK, Sweden, the US, and Ecuador in the long-running Assange debacle. La Repubblica journalist Stefania Maurizi had her appeal to obtain documents held by the Crown Prosecution Service dismissed on December 12.

    WikiLeaks is responsible for publishing thousands of documents with sensitive information from many countries. Those include the 2003 Standard Operating Procedures manual for Guantanamo Bay, the controversial detention center in Cuba. The agency has also released documents on Scientology, one tranche referred to as "secret bibles" from the religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard.

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    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/wi..._theo_homepage

    Published: Apr 11, 2019 6:09 a.m. ET
    By Rachel Koning Beals, News editor

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing a U.K. police briefing. The police say they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where Assange has been a resident for seven years, by the Ecuadorean government, which withdrew asylum. Assange is being held at a central London police station, according to the report. He took refuge in the embassy beginning in 2012 while on bail in the U.K. over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden. Assange had claimed that if he was extradited to Sweden he might be arrested by the U.S. and face charges relating to WikiLeaks's publication of U.S. diplomatic correspondence. Wikileaks also faces U.S. probes into its 2016 election role. The Ecuadorian president has said Assange had "repeatedly violated" the conditions of his asylum in his country's London embassy.
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    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nat...229113849.html
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    Default Re: Julian Assange arrested after Ecuador tears up asylum deal

    Could this be retaliation from the DS to regain control over the media narrative?

    Could this be to provoke a political response?

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    The photograph alone speaks a volume.
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    For consistency’s sake copying this over from my earlier post here in the Current Wikileaks News Releases thread.
    **BREAKING**
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested at London's Ecuadorian embassy

    Source: Guardian (UK)

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    From Craig Murray on his blog yesterday, April 10th, this extract:

    When Julian does leave the Embassy, whatever the circumstances in which he does that, it will be for a day or two the largest media story in the world and undoubtedly will lead all the news bulletins across every major country. The odds are that he will be leaving and facing a fight against extradition to the United States, on charges arising from the Chelsea Manning releases which revealed a huge amount about US war crimes and other illegal acts.

    It will be very important to try to focus a hostile media on why it is Julian is actually wanted for extradition. Not for the non-existent collusion with Russia to assist Trump, which is an entirely fake narrative. Not for meetings with Manafort which never happened. Not for the allegations in Sweden which fell apart immediately they were subject to rational scrutiny. And not for any nonsense about whether he hacked the communications in the Embassy or cleaned up the cat litter.

    This is not going to be an easy task because pretty well all of the Western media is going to want to focus on these false anti-Assange narratives, and they will be determined to give as little attention as possible to the fact he is a publisher facing trial for publishing leaked state documents which revealed state wrongdoing.

    It is a classic and fundamental issue of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Drawing together a team that can get this message across in such MSM windows as are afforded, as well as through social media, is an important task.
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    Sad Day, Yes the photo speaks volumes. I can only hope Julian has Superb Counselors. I certainly appreciate all that he has done. Hey, Isn't there a dead man's trigger in line here, or does it only work if he dies?
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    What a perfect example of the inversion we live in. Truth tellers are persecuted while the establishment minions can lie repeatedly and never suffer one consequence, in fact in many instances they are rewarded. You are right Valerie, that picture says more than any words could ever say. What a sad and pathetic day for mankind.

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    Wikileaks Founder Assange Dragged Out of London Embassy in Handcuffs After Ecuador Tears up Asylum Deal

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    Exclusive video shows whistleblower and Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange being carried out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London by force, before being shoved into a police vehicle.

    Assange had been living in the embassy for the last seven years protected by political asylum.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last six years. Ecuador's president has announced that the country has withdrawn asylum from Assange.

    The eviction follows reports that the Australian founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing portal would be handed over to British authorities. Ecuador denied the reports and said it had no intention of stripping him of his protected status, but apparently another decision was made by Quito.

    That's only a day after WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed that an extensive spying operation was conducted against Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy. During an explosive media conference Hrafnsson alleged that the operation was designed to get Assange extradited.

    Assange's relationship with Ecuadorian officials appeared increasingly strained since the current president came to power in the Latin American country in 2017. His internet connection was cut off in March of last year, with officials saying the move was to stop Assange from "interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states."

    The whistleblower garnered massive international attention in 2010 when WikiLeaks released classified US military footage, entitled 'Collateral Murder', of a US Apache helicopter gunship opening fire on a number of people, killing 12 including two Reuters staff, and injuring two children.

    The footage, as well as US war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 200,000 diplomatic cables, were leaked to the site by US Army soldier Chelsea Manning. She was tried by a US tribunal and sentenced to 35 years in jail for disclosing the materials.

    Manning was pardoned by outgoing President Barack Obama in 2017 after spending seven years in US custody. She is currently being held again in a US jail for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury in a case apparently related to WikiLeaks.

    Assange's seven-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy was motivated by his concern that he may face similarly harsh and arguably unfair prosecution by the US for his role in publishing troves of classified US documents over the years.

    His legal troubles stem from an accusation by two women in Sweden, with both claiming they had a sexual encounter with Assange that was not fully consensual. The whistleblower said the allegations were false. Nevertheless, they yielded to the Swedish authorities who sought his extradition from the UK on "suspicion of rape, three cases of sexual abuse and unlawful compulsion."

    In December 2010, he was arrested in the UK under a European Arrest Warrant and spent time in Wandsworth Prison before being released on bail and put under house arrest.

    During that time, Assange hosted a show on RT known as 'World Tomorrow' or 'The Julian Assange Show', in which he interviewed several world influencers in controversial and thought-provoking episodes.


    His attempt to fight extradition ultimately failed. In 2012, he skipped bail and fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy, which extended him protection from arrest by the British authorities. Quito gave him political asylum and later Ecuadorian citizenship.

    Assange spent the following years stranded at the diplomatic compound, only making sporadic appearances at the embassy window and in interviews conducted inside. His health has reportedly deteriorated over the years, while treatment options are limited due to his inability to leave the Knightsbridge building.

    Quote WikiLeaks @wikileaks
    This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanise, delegitimize and imprison him. #ProtectJulian
    12:13 PM - Apr 11, 2019
    In 2016, a UN expert panel ruled that what was happening to Assange amounted to arbitrary detention by the British authorities. London nevertheless refused to revoke his arrest warrant for skipping bail. Sweden dropped the investigation against Assange in 2017, although Swedish prosecutors indicated it may be resumed if Assange "makes himself available."

    Assange argued that his avoidance of European law enforcement was necessary to protect him from extradition to the US, where then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that arresting him is a "priority." WikiLeaks was branded a "non-state hostile intelligence service" by then-CIA head Mike Pompeo in 2017.

    The US government has been tight-lipped on whether Assange would face indictment over the dissemination of classified material. In November 2018, the existence of a secret indictment targeting Assange was seemingly unintentionally confirmed in a US court filing for an unrelated case.

    Last year, a UK tribunal refused to release key details on communications between British and Swedish authorities that could have revealed any dealings between the UK, Sweden, the US, and Ecuador in the long-running Assange debacle. La Repubblica journalist Stefania Maurizi had her appeal to obtain documents held by the Crown Prosecution Service dismissed on December 12.

    WikiLeaks is responsible for publishing thousands of documents with sensitive information from many countries. Those include the 2003 Standard Operating Procedures manual for Guantanamo Bay, the controversial detention center in Cuba. The agency has also released documents on Scientology, one tranche referred to as "secret bibles" from the religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard.


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    If Trump doesn't do something for this guy I'm going to be pissed. If he does I hope the Trump haters on the forum recognize.

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    If Trump doesn't do something for this guy I'm going to be pissed. If he does I hope the Trump haters on the forum recognize.
    Look at my post here

    Perhaps that's just what they want. The general public is told that Julian Assange is a traitor. If Trump defends J.A. he will
    be linked to the word traitor ... On top of that the whole unraveling of the DS scam involves the relation to the UK.
    And with the UK Brexit mess they need a distraction anyway ...

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    Very timely to distract on Brexit delay tactics, a sad day indeed but it was always a matter of time before he was forced out....

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    Interesting observation by a commentator on Zero Hedge.

    Looks like total theater to me. Why would they allow him to display that magazine cover or  take along anything in his hands that he could hide a weapon in?  When was the last time you saw someone arrested and they were allowed to carry anything with them.

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    Quote Posted by DNA (here)
    If Trump doesn't do something for this guy I'm going to be pissed. If he does I hope the Trump haters on the forum recognize.
    I have no doubt that the pro trump people, when he does not do anything to help Assange, will find some way to rationalize why it is a 13 d chess move against the deep state.

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    He looks pleased as punch !?!


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    Quote WikiLeaks confirmed he'd been taken to Westminster Magistrates court, noting "He has been arrested under a US extradition warrant for conspiracy with @xychelsea for publishing classified information revealing war crimes in 2010."
    Well to me this will be a litmus test over Commander in Chief Trump vs the Military who support him.

    Without whistleblowers and actions such as these by WikiLeaks being recognized as freedom of the press in US then Truth Exposure for citizens against the Deep State and the Military Industrial Complex Empire has little chance in the future.
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    From the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet:
    https://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a...for-min-klient


    Julian Assange has been arrested and is now in the custody of the British police.

    In a comment on Twitter, the woman who accused the 47-year-old of a sexual crime, says she hopes that he will not be extradited to the United States:

    "This is just about his bad behavior towards me and other women and that he refuses to take responsibility".

    The Swedish pre-trial against Julian Assange regarding rape was canceled in 2017. The reason was that the prosecutor did not consider there was reason to believe that he would be handed over to Sweden within a reasonable time.
    After Assange was arrested in London, the plaintiff assistant Elisabeth Massi Fritz hopes that he will be extradited to Sweden.
    "That what we have been waiting for and hoping for almost seven years now.of course this is a shock to my client. We will do everything we can to ensure that the prosecutors resume the Swedish preliminary investigation so that Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted for rape, ”she writes in a comment to TT.

    There is no formal obstacle to re-opening the rape investigation. In a press release, Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren states that the criminal suspicions will not be delayed until August 2020.
    - This is news for us too, so we have not been able to decide on the information that is now available. We also do not know why he is arrested. We follow the development.

    After the 2010 Swedish visit, another woman reported Julian Assange for sexual offense and sexual coercion. Both crimes are time-barred.
    In connection with the arrest, the woman commented on the event development on Twitter.
    "After ten years, I am now ready to make a statement," she writes, and continues:
    "I would be very surprised and sorry if Julian was extradited to the United States. For me, this has never been about anything other than his bad behavior against me and other women, and his refusal to take responsibility. It is a pity that my case could never be properly investigated, but it is too late ”.

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    My initial reaction, when I saw the first photo of Julian Assange being removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy was ... that's not Julian Assange.

    Below is the most recent photo that I could find, of who I presume to be the real Julian Assange, from this Feb 2018 Medium article:
    ====

    Below are four screen shots from today's reporting of the arrest of Julian Assange, the first two from BBC/Reuters, and the second two from Skynews:

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    Assange arrested in relation to a US extradition warrant - UK police

    Assange was taken into custody at a central London police station, and the arrest was made at a US extradition request, the Met Police have confirmed, saying he will appear at London Magistrates’ Court.

    Julian Assange has been “further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities after his arrival at a central London police station,” the Metropolitan Police confirmed. The US cited the Extradition Act while filing the request, they informed.

    “He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as possible,” the statement reads. A car apparently carrying Assange has arrived at the court earlier.

    Earlier in the day, Jen Robinson, one of Assange’s legal team, alleged that the arrest was linked to a US extradition request. “Just confirmed: Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request,” she tweeted.

    Meanwhile, barrister Geoffrey Robertson, another Assange’s lawyer, said he may face a heavy prison term if extradited to the US. “America is hellbent on putting him in prison for a very long time to deter those who publish material about the behaviour of its armed forces,” he told BBC News.

    The charges for Assange carry up to 45 years in prison. While this is "not the death penalty ... But it may in effect be the death penalty for someone of Assange’s age and health problems.”

    Link: https://www.rt.com/news/456231-assan...zen.yandex.com
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    Quote Posted by Paul (here)
    My initial reaction, when I saw the first photo of Julian Assange being removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy was ... that's not Julian Assange.

    Below is the most recent photo that I could find, of who I presume to be the real Julian Assange, from this Feb 2018 Medium article:
    ...
    ====

    Below are four screen shots from today's reporting of the arrest of Julian Assange, the first two from BBC/Reuters, and the second two from Skynews:
    ...
    The Daily Mail has several fine images both of Assange being arrested today, and of earlier photos of Assange: Julian Assange faces up to 12 months in jail in Britain after being found guilty of skipping bail - as US charges him with hacking hundreds of thousands of classified documents hours after police dragged him out of Ecuadorian Embassy.

    I'm still suspecting that the person arrested today was a body double for the real Julian Assange, who might no longer be alive. But that could easily be my tin-foil-hat conspiracy mind set speaking. Someone with some good facial recognition software, that could measure the proportions of various identifiable points on his facial structure, could perhaps provide a more definitive answer.

    This Daily Mail article also makes it clear that Assange was arrested both for skipping bail in Britain, and for to face an indictment from the United States.

    To quote the Daily Mail:
    • Wikileaks founder dragged out of Ecuadorian Embassy in handcuffs by a large group of police officers today
    • Ecuador said its decision came after 'repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols'
    • His lawyer said arrest was 'not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to US extradition request'
    • He has not left embassy since 2012, when he was offered refuge from allegations of sexual assault in Sweden
    • Assange has always feared extradition to the US, where he is wanted for leak of highly-classified documents
    • Was revealed in 2018 Assange had been secretly indicted by the US Justice Department on unknown charges
    • The 47-year-old currently in custody and set to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court 'as soon as possible'

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