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Julian Assange arrested by UK Police after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno illegally terminated his political asylum,

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Friday April 12, 2019 21:53author by 1 of indy Report this post to the editors

Wikileaks had revealed President Lenin Moreno involved in corruption scandal and now the revenge

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Julian Assange being dragged out of Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange who helped setup Wikileaks and in one of the first set of leaks revealed the murderous campaign of the US military against innocent civilians in Iraq amongst many other leaks showing the systematic criminality and inhumanity of the US government was betrayed this morning by the right wing corrupt president Lenin Moreno of Ecuador. Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa – whose government granted Assange asylum in 2012 – branded his more pro-US successor Lenin Moreno the “greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history” for rescinding the asylum claim and allowing British officers to enter his country’s embassy.

At the moment in a damage limitation exercise to try and shutdown support for Assange the corporate press is saying if charged, he could face up to 5 years in prison. This is to make it not so bad, but we can be 100% sure if deported to the USA, they will have a long list of dubious charges and most likely will give him a prison sentence that will more than easily cover the rest of his lifespan for that is the way of such regimes.

To help put some background on this story, here is some reportage from the WSWS.org coverage:

On Thursday morning, the regime of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno illegally terminated Julian Assange’s political asylum, inviting British police into the country’s London embassy to arrest him.

Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy by a group of British police officers. Even as he was being brutally manhandled into a police van, Assange challenged his persecutors, “The UK must resist this attempt by the Trump administration… The UK must resist!”

“Assange’s expulsion from the embassy and his arrest are unprecedented crimes,” said James Cogan, the national secretary of the SEP (Australia). “A journalist and publisher, who has committed no crime, has had his asylum terminated and has been dragged off to prison in violation of repeated UN rulings upholding his status as a political refugee.”

“The attack on Assange is directed against the democratic rights of the working class. It is aimed at creating a precedent for the suppression of mass opposition to war, austerity and dictatorship,” Cogan added.

“The arrest of Julian Assange by a Metropolitan Police snatch squad is a political crime for which the Conservative government of Theresa May and the Ecuadorian government of Lenin Moreno are politically responsible,” said Chris Marsden, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain.

“The arrest took place after police were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy by the ambassador and following what UK Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan said was ‘extensive dialogue between our two countries.’ Behind the scenes the Trump administration in the United States is orchestrating events.

“The Socialist Equality Party denounces this conspiracy. We will do everything in our power to mobilise the broadest protest movement by workers and youth against what are preparatory moves to extradite the Wikileaks founder to the US in clear violation of international law.”

At around 5:37 a.m. US Eastern time, WikiLeaks confirmed Assange’s arrest, tweeting: “URGENT: Ecuador has illegally terminated Assange’s political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago.”

Several minutes later, WikiLeaks tweeted: “URGENT: Julian Assange did not ‘walk out of the embassy.’ The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested.”

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid immediately took to Twitter to declare: “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 & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law.”

The bail charges against Assange are politically motivated and were resolved years ago.

The transparent purpose of the WikiLeaks founder’s detention by the British authorities is to facilitate his extradition to the US. This was confirmed by Assange’s lawyers, who stated that he was arrested not only for the bogus bail violations, but also after an extradition request from the US on fabricated conspiracy charges.

The Trump administration, with the support of the Democrats, is seeking to prosecute Assange for his role in WikiLeaks’ exposure of war crimes, mass surveillance and illegal diplomatic intrigues
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Full article at https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/11/arre-a11.html

Collateral Murder -Why the thugs in USA/UK wanted Assange. Crime for revealing shocking video of what these governments do -murder innocent people in faraway countries

Frame from the Collateral Murder video a moment before the US military blasts these un-armed civilians away. For the crime of revealing this, the thugs behind the levers of power want to put him away for the rest of his life and send out the message to us all that we should never dare to oppose but instead lap up their lies and spin.
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Short version of Collateral Murder video
Full length version of Collateral Murder video

Here is a list of the leaked files from Wikileaks from just their War & Military section and it documents very well the systematic butchery of peoples in Iraq and Afghanistan by the US military and thereby government and their fellow travellers in power

  • Dealmaker: Al Yousef - 28 Sept 2018
  • Detainee Policies - 03 Dec 2012
  • Guantanamo Files -25 Apr 2011 And yes the White House knew very early 90+ % were completetly innocent
  • Iraq War Logs -22 Oct 2010
  • Afghan War Logs -25 July 2010
  • Collateral Murder -5 April 2010
  • US Military Equipment in Iraq -8 Nov 2007
  • Military Dictionary -17 Sept 2007
  • US Military Equipment in Afghanistan -9 Sept 2007

A short message from Julian Assange’s mother to the President of Ecuador

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Former UK ambassador Craig Murray denounces arrest and conviction of Julian Assange

Source: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/12/murr-a12.html

Outside Westminster Magistrates court in central London supporters of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange rallied to his defence. Assange appeared at the court Thursday afternoon after he was arrested and dragged from his place of political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Judge Michael Snow found Assange guilty of bail charges that date back to 2012, ordering him to appear at Southwark Crown Court at an unknown date. He could face a sentence of 12 months.

Supporters of WikiLeaks demanded that the UK government reject US demands for Assange’s extradition.

The UK government has confirmed Assange was arrested on behalf of US law enforcement authorities. The US has charged Assange with computer crime over documents published by WikiLeaks. If Assange is extradited to the US, he will undoubtedly face more serious charges under the Espionage Act, threatening life in prison or the death penalty.

During a brief hearing Judge Snow gave voice to the state vendetta against Assange, attacking the award-winning journalist as a “narcissist”, telling him to “get over the US” and “get on with your life” and describing as “laughable” his claim he had not received a fair hearing.

Among the supporters of Assange outside the court was former British diplomat, whistle-blower and human rights activist Craig Murray. A long-time supporter and friend of Assange, Murray spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after witnessing proceedings inside the court.

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What we have seen today is extraordinary. It’s amazing that you can be dragged out of somewhere by armed police and within three hours brought up before a judge and found guilty of a crime involving a serious jail sentence. There was no jury and no chance to mount a proper defence or have a proper hearing.

It is clear the judge was extremely prejudiced. It was very short hearing today and he cannot possibly have formed during that time his judgement that Julian Assange is a ‘narcissistic personality’.

That plainly shows that he must have formed his judgement from what he had read in the media before he ever came into the court. That judgement could not possibly be formed in the few minutes in the court. There are serious reasons to question Judge Snow and about the quality of justice that has gone on here. It is a case of extreme prejudice. There is no way anyone could call what has happened a fair trial.

Julian Assange has provided an important service. There is no evidence of anybody’s life being in danger. If there had been, we would have told about it by now.

Then there is the truly appalling behaviour of Ecuador’s dreadful President Moreno. He has not only curried favour with the United States and UK but sold Julian out.

One good thing, if you wish, that has come out of this is that now we are talking about extradition. We can now see what all of this is really about. It is about freedom of the press, about Julian being charged with publishing the revelations made by Chelsea Manning. From day one this has been about the United States wishing to lock Julian up for the Chelsea Manning leak exposing serious American war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The whole Sweden case has been a charade. It has always been about whether a journalist should be punished for publishing leaked documents showing a government offending against international law.

I am hoping, maybe a long-shot, that the media pundits of a liberal disposition will realise that this is a fundamental threat to press freedom. If anyone who publishes a US leaked document wherever they are in the world can be dragged to the US and imprisoned, then the American government is going to have impunity for its crimes for ever more. All journalists must decide where they stand on this fundamental test of media freedom.

Related Link: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/11/arre-a11.html

video Copy of collateral murder from Wikileaks in case it disappears from YouTube 206.35 Mb

author by Rascalpublication date Fri Apr 12, 2019 04:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You should not be. These are the true colours of the thugs in power.

author by Tpublication date Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The former foreign minister of Ecuador Ricardo Patino who was a supporter of Assange and called for people to rally in his support, has been put on the Interpol list for his arrest by the stooges in the Ecuadorian government.

In further evidence that this is not an isolated incident but clearly co-ordinated by the most backward elements in power globally, a Swedish software developer Ola Bini, was arrested last week on suspicions of ‘hacking’ for WikiLeaks.There is no doubt he will of course be found guilty of all manner of thought crimes and locked up forever. This is clearly a warning to others. This is because the Wikileaks.org website continues to be operational at the moment and the end goal is to remove it.

So if you want to download anything from it then do it now.

author by Tpublication date Fri May 24, 2019 14:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The feds have slapped 17 further espionage charges against Assange which proves the lie by the UK when we was taken from the embassy. The US clearly wants to put him in prison for as long as possible and with these charges could quite easily face up to 175 years in prison.

According to former CIA analyst and whistleblower John Kiriakou, Assange has no hope of a fair trial and said: hey are going to try to make an example of Julian. He’s been charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. His judge was also my judge and ex-Snowden’s judge and [CIA whistleblower] Jeffry Sterling’s judge who reserves every national security case for herself.”

Kiriakou blew the whistle on the government-sanctioned torture program in 2007 and was sentenced to 30 months after pleading guilty to leaking the name of an officer involved in waterboarding, If he had done the same thing now, it is likely we would never hear about him again.

author by cypherpublication date Wed May 29, 2019 21:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Assange may be sick, suffering some sort of PTSD or nervous breakdown or may be being slowly poisoned or drugged:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-29/assange-reportedly-gravely-ill-and-hardly-anyones-talking-about-it

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/29/assa-m29.html

author by Turpspublication date Thu Jun 06, 2019 08:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's more likely the delayed effects of seven years incarceration in tiny quarters in the Ecuadorian embassy.

author by 1 of indypublication date Thu Jun 13, 2019 17:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It has been reported the British Home Secretary has signed the US extradition order for Assange. It now goes to the courts but there is little doubt that they will not extradite him.

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