Assange: “Man will mich zum Schweigen bringen – nur auf raffiniertere Art als Khashoggi”

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13-12-18 03:17:00,

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13.12.2018 • 15:23 Uhr

Assange: “Man will mich zum Schweigen bringen – nur auf raffiniertere Art als Khashoggi”

Julian Assange hat am Mittwoch in Quito bei einer Anhörung, an der er per Telekonferenz teilnahm, seine ecuadorianischen Gastgeber beschuldigt, ihn ausspioniert und die so erhaltenen Informationen an die USA weitergegeben zu haben. Er warf den ecuadorianischen Behörden “Kommentare von bedrohlicher Natur” vor und nannte Versuche, ihn durch Blockade seiner journalistischen Arbeit zum Schweigen zu bringen, eine etwas raffiniertere Art als im Falle des Washington Post-Kolumnisten Jamal Khashoggi.

Der ecuadorianische Geheimdienst gab eindeutig einen beträchtlichen Geldbetrag aus, um die Botschaft Ecuadors in London für die Überwachung auszustatten, fügte der Mitbegründer von WikiLeaks hinzu.
Dieser Vergleich veranlasste den ecuadorianischen Generalstaatsanwalt Inigo Salvador zu dem harten Kommentar, Assange beiße die Hand, die ihn füttere.
Assange sagte beim ecuadorianischen Gericht über die Bedingungen, unter denen er in der Botschaft gehalten werde, diese seien so gesundheitsschädlich, dass sie ihn ins Krankenhaus bringen könnten. Und er mutmaßte, genau dies könnte auch der Zweck sein: Denn sobald er das Gebäude verlasse, sei er Freiwild für die britischen und US-amerikanischen Behörden.
US-Staatsanwälte enthüllten im vergangenen Monat versehentlich die Existenz einer geheimen Anklageschrift gegen den Informanten, haben aber seitdem alle Anfragen von Reportern zu den Anklagepunkten abgewiesen.

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Assange rejects Ecuador president’s ‘no death penalty’ deal with UK

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07-12-18 08:55:00,

A lawyer for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has rejected Ecuador’s offer for the publisher to leave the London embassy under the guarantee that he won’t face the death penalty, leaving open potential criminal persecution.

“The suggestion that as long as the death penalty is off the table, Mr. Assange need not fear persecution is obviously wrong,” Assange’s lawyer, Barry Pollack, told the Telegraph while commenting on the deal with the UK announced by the Ecuador President Lenin Moreno on Thursday.

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UK has provided ‘guarantees’ Assange won’t be extradited to face death penalty – Ecuador’s president

The agreement envisages certain safeguards for Assange that he won’t face the death penalty if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London, which has sheltered the famous fugitive since 2012.

Moreno said that Ecuador had received written assurances from the UK that Assange will not be extradited to any country where he might be put to death. Moreno, who has repeatedly indicated that he would like to get rid of Assange, whom he called “more than a nuisance,” said the deal struck with the UK is “a path” for Assange to “exit into near freedom.”

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Moreno however, did not elaborate on how “near” that freedom would be, considering Assange is still sought in the UK on bail violation charges dating back to 2012. The UK authorities reportedly told Ecuador that the maximum sentence for the minor offence will not exceed six months.

Being spared from capital punishment does not mean that Assange is safe from getting extradited and going on trial in the US for releasing troves of US diplomatic cables – something Pollack is not OK with.

“No one should have to face criminal charges for publishing truthful information,” the lawyer told the Telegraph.

Assange exposed some 750,000 of classified military documents provided by whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The documents shed light on the abuse and indiscriminate killings by US soldiers, among other revealing information about US military practices.

It was recently revealed that Assange has already been charged in the US.

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Assange Case: U.S. Espionage Act Is Illegal, Says John Kiriakou – Global Research

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05-12-18 07:31:00,

While Ecuador is expected to extradite Assange to the US, John Kiriakou, a “reluctant whistleblower” considered the first US intelligence officer to reveal information about the American intelligence community’s use of torture techniques, comments the WikiLeaks’ founder case in the following talk with renowned journalist Edu Montesanti. 

“The only thing that can save Julian Assange is jury nullification,” says whistleblower John Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee based in Virginia, in an exclusive talk to this reporter.

**

U.S. Justice Department is acting behind the scenes to have Assange extradited from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, and prosecuted in the U.S. Criminal charges against WikiLeaks’ founder were accidentally revealed in early November, when Assange’s name was found on the court filing of an unrelated case, suggesting that prosecutors had copied a boilerplate text and forgotten to change the defendant’s name.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that

“due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.”

Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would “need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.”

It is much likely that the Australian journalist, who in March 2017 released an archive of documents detailing the C.I.A.’s hacking operations known as the Vault 7 leak, is being accused by American prosecutors of violating the 1917 Espionage Act.

The Engineer Joshua A. Schulte, 29, of New York, had been the main suspect of providing WikiLeaks the documents revealing the sensitive CIA cybertools, has been accused by prosecutors of repeatedly violating the Espionage Act.

“Technically, jury nullification is illegal. That’s when a jury acquits, not because the defendant is innocent, but because the law itself is wrong. The Espionage Act is wrong. Julian Assange is a journalist. He should never have been charged with a crime, in the first place,” says Kiriakou, the first U.S. official who dered to speak out, in December of 2007, against George Bush’s torture program and remained 30 months in prison for that,

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Julian Assange Will Die Alongside Your 1st Amendment Rights

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05-12-18 08:56:00,

“What happens to Assange will almost certainly change what can be lawfully published in our democracy”

Accidentally disclosed information confirms the US is actively planning to prosecute Julian Assange. What happens to Assange will almost certainly change what can be lawfully published in our democracy. This threat to our freedoms is being largely ignored because Assange, once a progressive journalist, is now regarded as a hero-turned-zero. At stake? The ability of all journalists to inform the public of things the government specifically wants to withhold

A clerical error revealed the Justice Department secretly has filed criminal charges against Assange. Court papers in what appears to be an unrelated case used cut-and-pasted language from documents prepared previously against Assange.

Though the new information makes clear prosecution is planned if Assange can be delivered to American custody, no further details are available. Assange is under scrutiny at a minimum for unauthorized possession of classified material going back to at least 2010, when Wikileaks burst on to the international stage with evidence of American war crimes in Iraq, and exposed years worth of classified State Department diplomatic cables. 

More recently, Assange has been accused of trying to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election with his release of emails from the Democratic National Committee server. The emails, some believe, came to Wikileaks via hackers working for the Russian government (Assange denies this) and are deeply tied to the claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow otherwise known as “Russiagate.” Less publicized in the media but of critical concern inside the US government is Wikileaks’ publication of the so-called Vault 7 materials, CIA hacking and malware tools, which revealed American technical intelligence skills and methods. Assange has hinted on at least one occasion he may have “Vault 8” materials as yet unreleased.

When Assange is prosecuted, on trial with him will be a key question concerning the First Amendment: do journalists actually enjoy special protection against national security charges? Can they publish classified documents because the national interest creates a 1A shield to do so? Or only when the government allows it?

Under the current “rules,” you get caught handing me a SECRET document, you go to jail. Meanwhile, I publish to millions, including any Russian intelligence officers with Internet access,

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Assange vs. the Trump-Pence Cabal – Global Research

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30-11-18 06:57:00,

It is widely rumored that, with sealed indictments pending in the US, Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange may be imminently forced to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy which has provided him safe refuge since 2012.

However, after a recent visit to Ecuador, US vice president Mike Pence (representing the Cabal) reached an agreement with the Moreno government acknowledging that forcibly expelling Assange was politically untenable.  One can only imagine that if such an expulsion comes to pass, it would likely result in a riot in the streets of London or that drugging Assange and smuggling him out in the middle of the night, under cover of a dark moon would equally result in forceful public demonstrations as well as worldwide condemnation.   The Ecuadorians informed Pence they would rather make life inside the Embassy difficult and unsustainable, thereby encouraging Assange to voluntarily vacate the premises. Lots of Luck with that!

There is no way to know if an indictment will be personally served on Assange.  For Assange to simply walk out the door and into the arms of a waiting extradition order to the US is indefensible as Assange is facing specious charges of “espionage” for daring to protect free-thinking whistleblowers by publishing their documents that exposed crimes and corruption at the highest levels of the US Government and political system. The distinction is crucial in that Assange did not steal documents but published documents provided to him just as the New York Times and other national newspapers have done for decades.  It will be positively riveting to watch the Trump Administration attempt to indict the NYT, the Washington Post and/or the LA Times for publishing what Wikileaks published.

Enter The Cabal: that deeply embedded, nameless/faceless unelected entity which dictates public policy although they have no public support whatsoever.  In agreeing with Moreno, the Cabal has already blinked in the tacit admission that Assange controls the narrative.  They are cowardly perpetrators of a simulated reality of war, devastation and poverty and highly vulnerable to an aroused, angry public.  It is the Cabal that had the most to lose if Assange was allowed to continue documenting the corrupt, unscrupulous behavior of its toadies.

Not to be confused with the Deep State, although we cannot be certain of where the overlap between these synonymous bastions of criminal malevolence begin and end;

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Manafort/Assange Drama Proves Media Buys Any Russia Conspiracy

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29-11-18 10:59:00,

Many media figures have swallowed whole, without evidence, a conspiracy theory that Donald Trump became president by treasonously colluding with Russia to steal the 2016 election from its rightful owner, Hillary Clinton. The information operation that pushed this story turned out to have been secretly developed and funded by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, a fact uncovered only through the tenacious digging of Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the face of major opposition from the media and Democrats on the committee.

The information operation has been fed to an increasingly compliant and credulous media with nearly no resistance. Fusion GPS is the Clinton- and Democrat-funded group that initiated the Russia collusion story, although it is now, according to congressional testimony, being spearheaded by the Democracy Integrity Project and funded to the tune of $50 million. The Washington Post quietly admitted, buried the news, really, that the operation was funded by George Soros.

The latest questionably sourced information in support of this dramatic tale that opponents of Trump cling to in order to delegitimize the results of the 2016 election is that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013, 2015 and, ominously, in spring of 2016, just as the Trump campaign was heating up. Assange is holed up in London at the Ecuadorian embassy there and published the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton aide John Podesta.

Even on first read the story seemed difficult to believe. It was based on anonymous sources so non-descript that they could be any of literally millions of people. A document from Ecuador’s Senain intelligence agency allegedly claimed a “Manaford” had visited Assange along with “Russians.” The story mentioned the discredited dossier that journalists wrote about and intelligence agencies used to secure wiretaps on Trump associates despite the failure to verify its claims.

Since the visitor logs for the Ecuador embassy are public and show no mentions of Manafort, the story had to come up with a convenient excuse for why he was missing from the logs. They went with “Sources in Ecuador, however, say Manafort was not logged.” Okay,

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Julian Assange vs. the Cabal

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29-11-18 09:56:00,

Renee Parsons

It is widely rumored that, with sealed indictments pending in the US, Wikileaks founder and publisher Julian Assange may be imminently forced to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy which has provided him safe refuge since 2012.

However, after a recent visit to Ecuador, US vice president Mike Pence (representing the Cabal) reached an agreement with the Moreno government acknowledging that forcibly expelling Assange was politically untenable.

One can only imagine that if such an expulsion comes to pass, it would likely result in a riot in the streets of London or that drugging Assange and smuggling him out in the middle of the night, under cover of a dark moon would equally result in forceful public demonstrations as well as worldwide condemnation. The Ecuadorians informed Pence they would rather make life inside the Embassy difficult and unsustainable, thereby encouraging Assange to voluntarily vacate the premises. Lots of Luck with that!

There is no way to know if an indictment will be personally served on Assange. For Assange to simply walk out the door and into the arms of a waiting extradition order to the US is indefensible as Assange is facing specious charges of “espionage” for daring to protect free-thinking whistleblowers by publishing their documents that exposed crimes and corruption at the highest levels of the US Government and political system.

The distinction is crucial in that Assange did not steal documents but published documents provided to him just as the New York Times and other national newspapers have done for decades. It will be positively riveting to watch the Trump Administration attempt to indict the NYT, the Washington Post and/or the LA Times for publishing what Wikileaks published.

Enter The Cabal: that deeply embedded, nameless/faceless unelected entity which dictates public policy although they have no public support whatsoever. In agreeing with Moreno, the Cabal has already blinked in the tacit admission that Assange controls the narrative. They are cowardly perpetrators of a simulated reality of war, devastation and poverty and highly vulnerable to an aroused, angry public. It is the Cabal that had the most to lose if Assange was allowed to continue documenting the corrupt, unscrupulous behavior of its toadies.

Not to be confused with the Deep State,

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Assange Never Met Manafort. Luke Harding and the Guardian Publish Still More Blatant MI6 Lies 165

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28-11-18 02:52:00,

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

The idea of creating a common army for the countries of the European Union has been repeatedly proposed by numerous advocates of the globalist elite for at least a decade. The latest example came from French President Macron, who took the opportunity during commemorations of the end of WWI in Paris to revive an idea that represents more a fantasy than a real possibility.

First the good news. Richard Shirreff, a retired senior British Army officer, stated: “I think we have got to be very careful about loose talk of a European army. An army is a legally constituted armed force operating under the authority of a sovereign Government. So, if you accept that definition, the notion of a European army is impossible until and unless there is a sovereign European Government, which is obviously not in existence. And I think it is some way off.”

The question then arises as to why Macron and Merkel are so interested in talking about something that seems unrealistic at the moment? The answer is simple and obvious. It is a strategy aimed at striking at Trump directly, as evidenced by the words of Merkel, who also voiced her support for the creation of a European army. The Chancellor has indeed stated that “[t]he times when we could rely on others are over”. By “others” she is clearly referring to the United States. Also, putting to one side the tense personal relationship between Macron and Trump, the Frenchman, like Merkel, is an exponent of globalism. The agreement between Berlin and Paris is intended to move Europe in a direction more agreeable to them, focussing on the need to attract more investment in European weapons, coupled with a desire to decrease dependence on US weapon systems. As Macron stated: “Europe must increase military spending, but the money should go to European, not American companies.”

The main issue, therefore, revolves around the economics of the import and export of arms in Europe and around the world, a business worth tens of billions of dollars a year. As SIPRI’s annual report reminds us, “The five largest West European suppliers – France,

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Solidarität mit Assange. Nutzen Sie bitte alle Ihre Beziehungen und Kontakte zum Protest. – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

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20-11-18 11:25:00,

20. November 2018 um 12:21 Uhr | Verantwortlich:

Solidarität mit Assange. Nutzen Sie bitte alle Ihre Beziehungen und Kontakte zum Protest.

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„Assange ist auf sich allein gestellt. Es wird von Tag zu Tag schwieriger für ihn. Dies ist beabsichtigt. Es liegt an uns zu protestieren. Wir sind die letzte Hoffnung für ihn und wie ich fürchte, auch für die freie Presse“, meint Chris Hedges in einem gestern auf den NachDenkSeiten veröffentlichten Beitrag: Julian Assange wird ans Messer geliefert. Wir möchten unsere Leserinnen und Leser bitten, den dort zitierten Hilferuf der Mutter von Julian Assange weiter zu tragen. Assange hat für uns alle sehr viel geleistet. Wenn er ans Messer geliefert wird, dann ist ein wichtiger Mosaikstein herausgebrochen und der Terror gegen Aufklärung hat freie Bahn. Redaktion und Herausgeber der NachDenkSeiten.

P. S.: Fast hätte ich es vergessen: Campact könnte ja eine Petition starten.

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Julian Assange wird ans Messer geliefert – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

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19-11-18 10:43:00,

19. November 2018 um 11:14 Uhr | Verantwortlich:

Julian Assange wird ans Messer geliefert

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Julian Assanges Rückzugsort in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London hat sich in einen Ort des Schreckens verwandelt. Seit sieben Monaten ist er weitgehend von der Kommunikation mit der Außenwelt abgeschnitten. Die ecuadorianische Staatsbürgerschaft, die ihm als Asylbewerber verliehen wurde, wird gerade widerrufen. Sein Gesundheitszustand verschlechtert sich zunehmend. Ärztliche Hilfe wird ihm verweigert. Seine Bemühungen um Entschädigung werden durch einen Maulkorberlass behindert, einschließlich der Anordnung Ecuadors, dass er seine Lebensbedingungen in der Botschaft und seinen Kampf gegen den Widerruf der ecuadorianischen Staatsbürgerschaft nicht öffentlich machen darf. Von Chris Hedges. Aus dem Englischen von Josefa Zimmermann.

Der australische Premierminister Scott Morrison weigerte sich, für den australischen Staatsbürger Assange einzutreten, obwohl die neue Regierung in Ecuador unter Lenín Moreno, der Assange ein „geerbtes Problem” und ein Hindernis für bessere Beziehungen zu Washington nennt, das Leben des WikiLeaks-Gründers in der Botschaft unerträglich macht. Fast täglich verschärft die Botschaft die Bedingungen für Assange. Dazu gehört auch, dass er seine Arztrechnungen selbst bezahlen muss, dass ihm obskure Regeln auferlegt werden, wie er sich um seine Katze zu kümmern hat, und dass er eine Reihe entwürdigender Hausarbeiten erledigen muss.

Die Ecuadorianer, die Assange nur ungern selbst ausweisen wollen, nachdem sie ihm politisches Asyl gewährt und die Staatsbürgerschaft verliehen haben, wollen ihm das Leben so zur Hölle machen, dass er die Botschaft freiwillig verlässt, um dann von den Briten festgenommen und an die Vereinigten Staaten ausgeliefert zu werden. Der ehemalige Präsident von Ecuador Rafael Correa, dessen Regierung dem Herausgeber von Wikileaks politisches Asyl gewährt hatte, bezeichnet Assanges aktuelle Lebensbedingungen als „Folter”.

Seine Mutter, Christine Assange, sagte kürzlich in einem Video-Appell: „Obwohl Julian ein mehrfach preisgekrönter Journalist ist, der geliebt und respektiert wird, weil er den Mut hatte, schwere Verbrechen und Korruption auf hoher Ebene im öffentlichen Interesse aufzudecken, ist er jetzt allein, krank, leidet Schmerzen, wurde in Einzelhaft zum Schweigen gebracht, abgeschnitten von jeglichem Kontakt und gefoltert mitten in London. Das moderne Verlies politischer Gefangener ist nicht mehr der Tower of London. Es ist die ecuadorianische Botschaft.”

„Hier sind die Fakten”, fuhr sie fort. „Julian wird seit fast acht Jahren ohne Anklage festgehalten.

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Free speech for CNN, but not for Assange: The media’s double standard

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17-11-18 09:05:00,

Two journalists on the bad side of Donald Trump were vindicated this week. One had his White House credentials restored. Another got proof that Uncle Sam wants him behind bars. Guess which one had all the support from the MSM.

CNN’s Jim Acosta was kicked out of the White House because the US president didn’t like the way the journalist bombarded him with confrontational questions. Less than a week later, a Trump-appointed judge ordered his access restored, at least for the time being. A big win for the freedom of speech in America.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is in a self-imposed confinement in Ecuador embassy in London because he believes that if he leaves the British will snatch him and ship to the land of the free to be prosecuted as a spy. His situation did not change much this week, except that his suspicions of a secret indictment were corroborated by an Assistant US Attorney, in an apparent slip of the pen.

Somehow many of the people and media outlets, who stood by Acosta in defense of his right to pester the US president – sorry, hold the US president accountable – were nowhere to be seen when it came to defending Assange’s right to publish America’s dirty little secrets.

The irony of the situation however is cherished by some commenters on Twitter.

—Jim Acosta: I have a first amendment right to do whatever the hell I want.

—Julian Assange: The DOJ is about to lock me up for my reporting.

— Michael Moates (@freedom_moates) November 16, 2018

Funny how the media has been outraged over Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi for the past several weeks, and CNN’s Jim Acosta as of late, but can’t seem to be bothered about Julian Assange – who only published truthful information.

So much for “freedom of the press”. https://t.co/dHwn1c3YKN

— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) November 16, 2018

The corporate media has rightly come to the rescue of Jim Acosta…but the same outlets will say NOTHING about the totally fabricated attack on Julian Assange—this is nothing but the government silencing a critically important journalist https://t.co/1KbJYBMgiv

— Jordan (@JordanChariton) November 16,

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Assange Indictment By DOJ May Trigger Extradition To US, According To “Recent Developments”

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16-11-18 09:10:00,

The US Justice Department is preparing to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange which, after sensitive international negotiations, would likely trigger his extradition to the United States to stand trial, according to the Wall Street Journalciting people in Washington familiar with the matter. 

Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against Mr. Assange, the people said. Mr. Assange has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since receiving political asylum from the South American country in 2012.

The people familiar with the case wouldn’t describe whether discussions were under way with the U.K. or Ecuador about Mr. Assange, but said they were encouraged by recent developments.

The exact charges Justice Department might pursue remain unclear, but they may involve the Espionage Act, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information. –WSJ

In short, the DOJ doesn’t appear to have a clear charge against Assange yet. Then there’s the optics of dragging Assange out of Ecuador’s London Embassy and into the United States, then prosecuting him, and if successful – jailing him. 

“Prosecuting someone for publishing truthful information would set a terrible and dangerous precedent,” said Assange lawyer Barry Pollack – who says he hasn’t heard anything about a US prosecution. 

“We have heard nothing from authorities suggesting that a criminal case against Mr. Assange is imminent,” he added. 

Moreover, assuming that even if the DOJ could mount a case, they would be required to prove that Russia was the source of a trove of emails damaging to Hillary Clinton that WikiLeaks released in the last few months of the 2016 election. 

An indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller that portrayed WikiLeaks as a tool of Russian intelligence for releasing thousands of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign has made it more difficult for Mr. Assange to mount a defense as a journalist. Public opinion of Mr. Assange in the U.S. has dropped since the campaign.

Prosecutors have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy, the people said,

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Assange: „Ecuador will mich ausliefern“

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29-10-18 08:35:00,

Politik

21:11 29.10.2018(aktualisiert 21:18 29.10.2018) Zum Kurzlink

Der Gründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, hat erklärt, dass die Behörden von Ecuador ihn aus der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London ausweisen und an die USA übergeben wollen.

„Ein Vorwand wird gesucht, um meine Zuflucht zu stören (…) und mich an die USA auszuliefern“, sagte er.

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AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Diese Erklärung machte er während einer Videokonferenz mit der ecuadorianischen Hauptstadt Quito, die im Rahmen eines Prozesses stattfand, der von dem

WikiLeaks-Gründer

gegen den ecuadorianischen Außenminister

Jose Valencia

initiiert wurde. Assange hatte gegen die Regierung Ecuadors eine Klage bei Gericht eingereicht, nachdem die Botschaft für ihn Verhaltensregeln festgelegt hatte, die Besuche, den Umgang mit der Außenwelt und die medizinische Betreuung regeln sollten.

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Der WikiLeaks-Gründer soll sich mit den ihm aufgezwungenen Bedingungen nicht einverstanden erklärt und den ecuadorianischen Behörden die „Einschränkung des Zugangs zur Außenwelt“ vorgeworfen haben. Dem Rechtsanwalt Carlos Poveda zufolge ist Assange bereit, sich den britischen Behörden zu ergeben, wenn sie garantieren würden, dass er nicht ausgeliefert werde.

Julian Assange versteckt sich seit 2012 in der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London. Er hatte aus Angst, von den schwedischen Behörden wegen seiner Tätigkeit in WikiLeaks an die USA ausgeliefert zu werden, um politisches Asyl  ersucht. Der Präsident von Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, hatte erklärt, dass Assange die Botschaft in London jederzeit verlassen könne, wenn seine Rechte gewahrt bleiben würden.

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Julian Assange Should Be Thanked – Not Smeared – for Wikileaks’ Service to Journalism – Global Research

Julian Assange Should Be Thanked – Not Smeared – for Wikileaks’ Service to Journalism – Global Research

28-10-18 09:04:00,

Twelve years ago this month, WikiLeaks began publishing government secrets that the world public might otherwise never have known. What it has revealed about state duplicity, human rights abuses and corruption goes beyond anything published in the world’s “mainstream” media. 

After over six months of being cut off from outside world, on 14 October Ecuador has partly restored Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s communications with the outside world from its London embassy where the founder has been living for over six years.

The treatment – real and threatened – meted out to Assange by the US and UK governments contrasts sharply with the service Wikileaks has done their publics in revealing the nature of elite power, as shown in the following snapshot of Wikileaks’ revelations about British foreign policy in the Middle East.

Conniving with the Saudis

Whitehall’s special relationship with Riyadh is exposed in an extraordinary cable from 2013 highlighting how Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council. Britain initiated the secret negotiations by asking Saudi Arabia for its support.

The Wikileaks releases also shed details on Whitehall’s fawning relationship with Washington. A 2008 cable, for example, shows then shadow foreign secretary William Hague telling the US embassy that the British “want a pro-American regime. We need it. The world needs it.”

A cable the following year shows the lengths to which Whitehall goes to defend the special relationship from public scrutiny. Just as the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War was beginning in 2009, Whitehall promised Washington that it had “put measures in place to protect your interests”.

American influence

It is not known what this protection amounted to, but no US officials were called to give evidence to Chilcot in public. The inquiry was also refused permission to publish letters between former US President George W Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair written in the run-up to the war.

Also in 2009, then prime minister Gordon Brown raised the prospect of reducing the number of British nuclear-armed Trident submarines from four to three, a policy opposed in Washington.

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Assange Sues Ecuador For “Violating His Fundamental Freedoms”

Assange Sues Ecuador For “Violating His Fundamental Freedoms”

20-10-18 08:58:00,

Julian Assange is taking legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”.

While this might appear like ‘biting the hand that feeds and shelters you’ Assange’s lawyer notes his client’s poor health and new more restrictive rules for asylum have forced them to take action.

The move, as The Guardian reports, follows a deterioration in relations between the Ecuadorian government and the Wikileaks founder, who was granted refuge at Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 while he was on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.

He was reportedly given a set of stringent new house rules by the London embassy, including cleaning his bathroom and taking better care of his cat (threatening to confiscate the pet if he did not look after it).

Assange must obtain approval for all visitors from diplomatic staff three days in advance. He is expressly banned from activities that could be “considered as political or interfering with the internal affairs of other states”, according to a memo seen by the Guardian.

In a statement, Wikileaks said:

“Ecuador’s measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community.”

As The BBC reports, it claims the government of Ecuador refused a visit by Human Rights Watch general counsel Dinah PoKempner and had not allowed several meetings with his lawyers.

Mr Assange’s lawyers also said they were challenging the legality of the Ecuador government’s “special protocol” – which makes his political asylum dependent on “censoring” his freedom of opinion, speech and association.

What’s the special protocol?

Lawyers for Mr Assange claim the protocol:

  • Requires journalists, Mr Assange’s lawyers and anyone else looking to see him to disclose private or political details – such as the serial numbers and codes of their phones and tablets

  • The protocol says the government may “share” the information “with other agencies”

  • Allows the embassy to seize the property of Mr Assange or his visitors and, without a warrant,

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Neue Regeln für Assange: Keine politischen Aussagen, eigene Rechnungen bezahlen, Kater selbst hüten

Neue Regeln für Assange: Keine politischen Aussagen, eigene Rechnungen bezahlen, Kater selbst hüten

16-10-18 12:31:00,

Neue Regeln für Assange: Keine politischen Aussagen, eigene Rechnungen bezahlen, Kater selbst hüten

Ecuador hat neue Regeln für den Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange eingeführt, der seit dem Jahr 2012 in der Botschaft Ecuadors in London lebt. Die Regeln wurden in einem neunseitigen Dokument aufgezählt und traten am Samstag, den 13. Oktober in Kraft.

Zwar werden die Rechte auf Kommunikation und Meinungsfreiheit für Assange anerkannt, jedoch wird ihm jegliches politisches Engagement sowie jede Handlung untersagt, die als Einmischung in Angelegenheiten anderer Länder eingeschätzt werden könnte. Für den Internetzugang darf er nur eigene Geräte benutzen. Es soll aber die Marke und die Seriennummer des jeweiligen Gerätes der Botschaft angeben. Er soll seine Rechnungen für die Nahrung, medizinische Versorgung, Wäscherei und damit verbundene Kosten selbst bezahlen. Assange darf nur bis zu drei Gäste auf einmal empfangen, die im Voraus per E-Mail bei der Botschaft angemeldet werden sollen.

Die Beschränkungen beziehen sich auch auf den Kater von Assange. Der Wikileaks-Gründer soll seinen Kater selbstständig hüten und das Katzenklo rechtzeitig reinigen. Falls er dies nicht tut, kann der Kater in ein Tierheim gebracht werden.

Mehr zum Thema – Ecuadors Präsident Lenín Moreno: Julian Assange muss Londoner Botschaft verlassen

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Assange wartet weiter auf Internetzugang

Assange wartet weiter auf Internetzugang

16-10-18 09:56:00,

Julian Assange (links). Bild: Public Domain Mark 1.0

Ecuador stellt angeblich Forderungen für die Aufhebung der Kommunikationssperre

Der Whistleblowerplattform WikiLeaks zufolge hat ihr Gründer Julian Assange, der sich seit mehr als sechs Jahren in der Londoner Botschaft von Ecuador einer Auslieferung entzieht, trotz anderslautender Versprechen Stand Montagabend immer noch keinen Zugang zum Internet, zu Mobiltelefonen und zu Besuchern, die nicht seine Anwälte sind. Sein bislang letzter Tweet ist weiterhin einer aus dem März.

Vorher hatten der britische Guardian, RT und mehrere andere Medien gemeldet, dass der Australier bereits wieder Kommunikationszugang habe, weil sich der ecuadorianische Präsident Lenin Moreno, der UN-Flüchtlingshochkommissar Filippo Grandi und der UN-Redefreiheitssonderberichterstatter David Kaye bei einem Treffen am Freitag darauf geeinigt hätten. Die ecuadorianischen Behörden haben so eine Einigung bislang nicht bestätigt.

Dem isländischen Wikileaks-Sprecher Kristinn Hrafnsson nach will Ecuador Assange in seiner Redefreiheit einschränken. Eine kursierende Liste mit angeblichen Forderungen an ihn, deren Echtheit offen ist, enthält unter anderem eine Registrierungspflicht für Besucher und elektronische Geräte sowie die Verpflichtung, sich nicht in Angelegenheiten einzumischen, die den Beziehungen zwischen Ecuador und anderen Staaten beschädigen könnten.

Eine Festnahme in Deutschland und Ecuadors “Beziehungen zur EU”

Mit der Begründung, Assange habe genau das gemacht, hatte Ecuador am 28. März die Kommunikationssperre verhängt. Den ecuadorianischen Behörden nach hatte der Wikileaks-Gründer dabei eine bereits vorher bestehende Vereinbarung gebrochen, “sich nicht in die inneren Angelegenheiten anderer Staaten einzumischen”. WikiLeaks meinte dazu, so eine Vereinbarung habe es gar nicht gegeben.

Konkreterer Hintergrund war ein Tweet von Assange, in dem er den von der spanischen Zentralregierung abgesetzten und am 25. März in Deutschland festgenommenen katalonischen Regionalregierungschef Carles Puigdemont einen “politischen Häftling” genannt hatte (vgl. Puigdemont: Die deutsche Rechtslage und die deutsche Politik). Das, so Ecuador damals, gefährde die Beziehungen der ehemaligen spanischen Kolonie zur EU (vgl. Ecuador: Assange verpflichtete sich zu Verzicht auf Politisches).

Der Australier Assange war mit seiner 2006 ins Leben gerufenen Whistleblowerplattform weltweit bekannt geworden, als er 2010 Aufnahmen und andere Informationen zur amerikanischen Kriegsführung im Irak veröffentlichte, die ihm vom später dafür inhaftierten Militärangehörigen Bradley Manning zugespielt wurden. Kurz darauf erließen schwedische Behörden einen Europäischen Haftbefehl mit dem eher bemüht klingenden Vorwurf einer Vergewaltigung,

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Julian Assange gibt Posten als Chefredakteur von Wikileaks ab

Julian Assange gibt Posten als Chefredakteur von Wikileaks ab

27-09-18 08:01:00,

Julian Assange gibt Posten als Chefredakteur von Wikileaks ab

Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange hat seinen Posten als Chefredakteur der Enthüllungsplattform abgegeben. Er bleibe aber weiterhin Herausgeber, hieß es in der Mitteilung von Mittwoch. Neuer Wikileaks-Chefredakteur soll der isländische Journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson werden.

Grund für den Wechsel sind Wikileaks zufolge die eingeschränkten Möglichkeiten zu kommunizieren, die Assange in seinem Exil in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors. Die ecuadorianische Regierung hatte Assange vor mehr als einem halben Jahr Internet- und Telefonleitungen gekappt. Besucht werden darf er nur noch von seinen Anwälten.

Assange sitzt seit mehr als sechs Jahren in der Botschaft fest, um sich einer von ihm befürchteten Auslieferung an die USA zu entziehen. Washington macht ihn unter anderem für die Veröffentlichung brisanter US-Dokumente aus den Kriegen in Afghanistan und im Irak auf der Wikileaks-Plattform verantwortlich.

Assange weigert sich, die Botschaft zu verlassen, solange ihm keine Garantie gegeben wird, dass er nicht an die USA ausgeliefert wird. Die britische Polizei will Assange festnehmen, weil er mit seiner Flucht in die Botschaft gegen Kautionsauflagen verstoßen habe. Ermittlungen gegen ihn wegen Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen in Schweden – wegen der er ursprünglich in Großbritannien festgesetzt worden war – wurden inzwischen eingestellt. (dpa)

Mehr zum Thema – Cybersicherheitsexperte mit Verbindungen zu Assange auf mysteriöse Weise in Norwegen verschwunden

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Julian Assange and the Dying of the Light

Julian Assange and the Dying of the Light

25-07-18 01:43:00,

Without explicitly linking Assange to Russia, allegations against him lose a lot, if not most, of their credibility. Likewise, if Assange is not put straight in the middle of the Russia story, it too loses much. Linking them is the gift that keeps on giving for the US intelligence community and the Democratic party.

In that light, as the shameful/shameless treatment of Julian Assange continues and is on the verge of even worse developments, I was wondering about some dates and timelines in the whole sordid affair. And about how crucial it is for those wanting to ‘capture’ him, to tie him to Russia in any form and shape they can come up with and make halfway credible.

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10 days ago in The True Meaning of ‘Collusion’ I mentioned how Robert Mueller in his indictment of 12 Russians -but not Assange-, released on the eve of the Trump-Putin summit, strongly insinuated that WikiLeaks had actively sought information from Russians posing as Guccifer 2.0, that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton. I also said that Assange was an easy target because, being closed off from all communication, he cannot defend himself. From the indictment:

a. On or about June 22, 2016, Organization 1 sent a private message to Guccifer 2.0 to “[s]end any new material [stolen from the DNC] here for us to review and it will have a much higher impact than what you are doing.” On or about July 6, 2016, Organization 1 added, “if you have anything hillary related we want it in the next tweo [sic] days prefable [sic] because the DNC [Democratic National Convention] is approaching and she will solidify bernie supporters behind her after.” The Conspirators responded, “ok . . . i see.” Organization 1 explained, “we think trump has only a 25% chance of winning against hillary . . . so conflict between bernie and hillary is interesting.”

Now, the indictment itself has been blown to shreds by Adam Carter, while the narrative that the Russians hacked DNC servers and provided what they stole to WikiLeaks, has always categorically been denied by Assange, while the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and others have concluded that the speed at which the info was downloaded from the servers means it couldn’t have been a hack.

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Assange Will be Handed Over to UK ‘In Coming Days, According to my Sources’ – Head of RT, Margarita Simonyan

Assange Will be Handed Over to UK ‘In Coming Days, According to my Sources’ – Head of RT, Margarita Simonyan

20-07-18 06:31:00,

Let’s hope her “sources” are wrong.

This is ominous because Simonyan has incredibly good sources, i.e. high level people in Russia with access to good quality intel.

She is also close to Assange.

Her tweet reads: 

“My sources say that Assange will be handed over to UK authorities in the coming weeks or even days. I hope with all my heart that my sources are mistaken.”

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The Assange Affair: Washington Moves Against Rafael Correa, Is Ecuador’s New President Lenin Moreno a “US Asset”? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Assange Affair: Washington Moves Against Rafael Correa, Is Ecuador’s New President Lenin Moreno a “US Asset”? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

05-07-18 01:57:00,

The Assange Affair: Washington Moves Against Rafael Correa, Is Ecuador’s New President Lenin Moreno a “US Asset”?

As President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa was a Godsend for the Ecuadorian people, for Latin American independence and for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. By serving justice and truth instead of Washington, Correa earned Washington’s hatred and determination to destroy him.

Correa was succeeded as president by Lenin Moreno, who Correa mistakenly believed to be an ally, but who has every appearance of being a Washington asset. The first thing that Moreno did was to make a deal with Washington, block Correa from being able to again stand for the presidency and turn on Julian Assange. Moreno wants to revoke the asylum granted to Assange and has prevented Assange from continuing his journalistic activity from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In other words, Moreno has conspired with Washington and the UK to effectively imprison Assange in the embassy.

Now Moreno has taken another step that highlights his character as a blackguard. Correa, realizing that he and his family were in danger, moved to Belgium. An Ecuadorian court has now ordered the Belgians to detain Correa and extradite him to Ecuador on a fabricated kidnapping charge.

Correa thinks that Belgium will not comply with an absurd charge for which no evidence is presented and that the charge is intended to smear his name. If I were Correa, I would not be so sure. Look at the ease with which Washington was able to use its vassals—Sweden and the UK—to effectively nullify the political asylum that Ecuador gave Assange. Belgium is also Washington’s vassal and will experience threats and bribes—whatever it takes—to deliver Correa into Moreno’s hands, which is to say into Washington’s hands. If I were Correa, I would get myself over to the Russian embassy and request asylum from Putin.

Here is a news report from RT.

Notice that RT has accepted Washington’s characterization of Assange’s journalism as “controversial online political activity.”  The group-think that characterizes the Western media is now reflected as well in the English language Russian news organization.

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This article was originally published on Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy.

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Assange Is a Journalist, Should Not be Persecuted for Publishing the Truth | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Assange Is a Journalist, Should Not be Persecuted for Publishing the Truth | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

25-06-18 09:02:00,

Last week, rallies in support of Julian Assange were held around the world. We participated in two #AssangeUnity events seeking to #FreeAssange in Washington, DC.

This is the beginning of a new phase of the campaign to stop the persecution of Julian Assange and allow him to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without the threat of being arrested in the UK or facing prosecution by the United States.

On April 10 2017 people gathered outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to celebrate the 11th Birthday of WikiLeaks. From Wise-Up Action: A Solidarity Network for Manning and Assange.

The Assange Case is a Linchpin For Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Information in the 21st Century

The threat of prosecution against Julian Assange for his work as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks will be a key to defining what Freedom of the Press means in the 21st Century. Should people be allowed to know the truth if their government is corrupt, violating the law or committing war crimes? Democracy cannot exist when people are misled by a concentrated corporate media that puts forth a narrative on behalf of the government and big business.

This is not the first time that prosecution of a journalist will define Freedom of the Press. Indeed, the roots of Freedom of the Press in the United States go back to the prosecution of John Peter Zenger, a publisher who was accused of libel in 1734 for publishing articles critical of the British royal governor, William Cosby. Zenger was held in prison for eight months awaiting trial. In the trial, his defense took its case directly to the jury.

For five hundred years, Britan had made it illegal to publish “any slanderous News” that may cause “discord” between the king and his people. Zenger’s defense argued that he had published the truth about Cosby and therefore did not commit a crime. His lawyer “argued that telling the truth did not cause governments to fall. Rather, he argued, ‘abuse of power’ caused governments to fall.” The jury heard the argument, recessed and in ten minutes returned with a not guilty verdict.

The same issue is presented by Julian Assange — publishing the truth is not a crime.

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Assange and Truth: The Deeper (Harder) Issue | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Assange and Truth: The Deeper (Harder) Issue | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

22-06-18 08:19:00,

When Harold Pinter got the Nobel Prize (2005), he described “a vast tapestry of lies upon which we feed”. He asked why “systematic brutality, widespread atrocities, ruthless suppression of independent thought” were well-known when they occurred in the Soviet Union. But the same events in the US, despite copious evidence, “never happened”.

It shouldn’t be a rhetorical question. The answer to Pinter’s question is known in countless cultures. It is not obscure. But it is not discussed much in the North.

John Pilger notes an “eerie silence” about Julian Assange. More than any investigative journalist of our time, Assange has exposed “the imperialism of liberal democracies: the commitment to endless warfare and the division and degradation of ‘unworthy’ lives: from Grenfell Tower to Gaza.”

And yet he’s been imprisoned for six years with no charges against him. There is no outcry.

The silence is eerie, but not surprising. Assange allows us to see with our own eyes the actions of US military in Iraq. We hear them laugh about the “dead bastards” on the ground, who were carrying cameras, not guns.

There are truths, which Wikileaks reveals, but there is also truth about truths. One truth is that empirical evidence, seen and believed, does not shake deep-seated expectations. When beliefs are well-established, presupposed in daily life, indeed, part of identity, evidence is explained away.

It’s how we reason. If I release an object that doesn’t fall, you don’t give up belief in gravity. If I show you a thousand times, you don’t waiver. You expect gravity. It is a presupposition of life and thought. If you questioned that belief, you’d have to rethink your relationship to the world. It’s a reason not to question it.

You see with your own eyes. You dismiss what you see. Or, you explain it away, rationally.

Marx studied how we reason. He knew it depends on expectations, which are ways of life, patterns of behaviour. His dialectical materialism is, among other things, a view about knowledge. Lenin emphasized it. José Martí thought the question so central that the manifesto of the Cuban Revolutionary Party, at the 1895 war of independence, says a goal of the revolution is the nature of ideas.[i]

The “nature of ideas” has consequences.

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Das Netz um Julian Assange zieht sich zu – Der Wikileaks-Gründer braucht jetzt Solidarität – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

Das Netz um Julian Assange zieht sich zu – Der Wikileaks-Gründer braucht jetzt Solidarität – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

15-06-18 08:27:00,

Das Netz um Julian Assange zieht sich zu – Der Wikileaks-Gründer braucht jetzt Solidarität

Veröffentlicht in: Aufbau Gegenöffentlichkeit, Erosion der Demokratie

Seit sechs Jahren muss Julian Assange nun in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors ausharren, um sich einer instrumentalisierten und politischen Strafverfolgung durch Großbritannien, Schweden und die USA zu entziehen. Ecuador hat den Wikileaks-Gründer auf mutmaßlich massiven Druck der USA nun isoliert und drängt ihn angeblich zum „freiwilligen“ Verlassen der Botschaft. Da diese Vorgänge bislang schweigend hingenommen wurden, haben Unterstützer nun zu Aktionen der Solidarität aufgerufen. Die NachDenkSeiten schließen sich diesen Aufrufen an. Von Tobias Riegel.

Der politische, kommunikative und physische Spielraum für Julian Assange wird täglich enger. Der Gründer der Whistleblower-Plattform Wikileaks ist kurz vor dem sechsten Jahrestag seines erzwungenen Aufenthalts in der Londoner Botschaft Ecuadors isoliert, gesundheitlich angeschlagen und moralisch verzweifelt. Ecuador hat nach Jahren der mutigen Verteidigung des Australiers dem mutmaßlichen Druck der USA und Großbritanniens nachgegeben: Es opfert mit Assange den Vorkämpfer einer neuen Informationskultur nun vor der Weltöffentlichkeit. Weltöffentlichkeit? Davon kann im Falle Assanges kaum noch die Rede sein, wie der prominente australische Journalist John Pilger kürzlich feststellte:

“Es herrscht eine Art unheimliche Stille um den Fall Julian Assange. Julian wurde auf jede erdenkliche Art und Weise rehabilitiert, und doch ist er so isoliert, wie es heutzutage nur wenige Menschen sind. Er ist von den Werkzeugen seines Fachs abgeschnitten, Besucher sind nicht erlaubt. Rafael Correa, der ehemalige Präsident von Ecuador, sagte kürzlich, dass er das, was sie Julian jetzt antun, als Folter betrachtet.“

Pilger sieht auch alternative Medien und die Bürger in der Pflicht, denn “selbst in den Medien außerhalb des Mainstreams gibt es dieses Schweigen über Julian“. Die Straßen vor der Botschaft seien leer, während sie voller Leute sein sollten, die Solidarität zeigen, so Pilger. Das könnte sich zum 19. Juni, dem sechsten Jahrestag von Assanges Flucht in die ecuadorianische Botschaft, ändern: Zu dem Tag ist vor der Botschaft in London eine Mahnwache für Julian Assange angekündigt. Bereits am 17. Juni wird eine Demonstration auf dem zentralen Rathausplatz von Sydney stattfinden.

Wer es nicht nach London oder Sydney zu den Protesten schafft, kann anderweitig aktiv werden: mit Briefen ans Auswärtige Amt,

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Julian Assange Situation “Unusually Bad,” Ecuador May Evict From Embassy “Any Day Now”

Julian Assange Situation “Unusually Bad,” Ecuador May Evict From Embassy “Any Day Now”

25-05-18 05:22:00,

Julian Assange may be at the end of the line in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as the WikiLeaks founder may be evicted “any day now,” according to CNN, citing sources familiar with the matter. 

While Assange has in the past claimed his position in the embassy was under threat, sources say his current situation is “unusually bad” and that he could leave the embassy “any day now,” either because he will be forced out or made to feel so restricted that he might choose to leave on his own. His position there is “in jeopardy,” one source familiar with the matter said. –CNN

After losing a March bid to have a UK arrest warrant for skipping bail in a now-abandoned rape case in Sweden, and amid reports that the U.S. has prepared criminal charges in relation to WikiLeaks’ release of Hillary Clinton’s hacked (or leaked) emails during the 2016 U.S. election – Assange would face immediate arrest by UK authorities the moment he sets foot outside the embassy he’s called home for the past six years. 

In the US, Assange’s fate is even more uncertain. Assange’s lawyers claim that US officials have maintained a secret grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks for nearly eight years. -CNN

“For the last eight years, the UK has refused to either confirm or deny that they have received an extradition request from the US. At the same time, they have refused to provide assurances that Julian will not be extradited to the US if such a request were to be received, and maintained an ever-present vigil of the Embassy, notwithstanding a UN directive to take steps to ensure Julian’s immediate liberty,” Assange’s lawyer Melinda Taylor told CNN. “Their silence speaks volumes, particularly in light of recent statements from US officials that Julian’s arrest and extradition are a priority.”

“The concern from day one until the present is that if Julian Assange walks out of the Embassy, he will be extradited to face what the executive director of the ACLU described as an ‘unprecedented and unconstitutional’ prosecution under the US Espionage Act,” Taylor told CNN.

In December, Assange received Ecuadorian citizenship, but the UK indicated it would not recognize his diplomatic status if requested by the Latin American nation,

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Assange destroys UK lies about free speech with Saudi secret deal tweet

Assange destroys UK lies about free speech with Saudi secret deal tweet

12-03-18 10:01:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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Julian Assange explains how “troll farm” in St. Petersburg was nothing more than social media spam business (Video)

Julian Assange explains how “troll farm” in St. Petersburg was nothing more than social media spam business (Video)

23-02-18 08:53:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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Julian Assange sitzt weiterhin in London fest

Julian Assange sitzt weiterhin in London fest

06-02-18 10:23:00,

Julian Assange (2014) ist seit 2012 in der Botschaft eingeschlossen. Bild: David G Silvers. Cancillería del Ecuador/CC BY-SA-2.0

Gericht lehnt Aufhebung eines Haftbefehls ab, Ecuador bekräftigt Botschaftsasyl

Der Mitbegründer der Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, bleibt auch weiterhin in den Räumen der ecuadorianischen Botschaft in London gefange. Ein Gericht in der britischen Hauptstadt wies am heutigen Dienstag den Antrag des Assange-Anwalts Mark Summers zurück, den Haftbefehl gegen den inzwischen 46-Jährigen aufzuheben.

Der Internetaktivist hat die beengten Räume seit 2012 nicht mehr verlassen. Er hatte sich in die Botschaft des südamerikanischen Landes geflüchtet, weil er eine Auslieferung an die USA befürchtete. Dort würde ihm eine lebenslange Haft drohen. Diskutiert wurde in der Vergangenheit auch die Gefahr der Todesstrafe nach einer Auslieferung an die USA.

Führende US-Vertreter hatten dem WikiLeaks-Mitbegründer wiederholt vorgeworfen, durch die Veröffentlichung geheimer Dokumente der nationalen Sicherheit des Landes geschadet und womöglich Menschenleben gefährdet zu haben. Die Enthüllungsplattform hatte unter Assanges Verantwortung mehrfach große Mengen geheimer Dokumente zu den Militäreinsätzen der USA in Afghanistan und Irak veröffentlicht und damit auch Kriegverbrechen enthüllt.

Lange Zeit bestand gegen Assange ein Haftbefehl der schwedischen Staatsanwaltschaft wegen Vergewaltigungsvorwürfen. Dieser Haftbefehl wurde im Mai vergangenen Jahres überraschend fallengelassen. Mit dem heute verhandelten Antrag wollte die Verteidigung des Internetaktivisten erreichen, dass auch die britische Justiz von der Festnahme ihres Mandanten absieht. Dies lehnte die Richterin jedoch ab: Indem Assange sich 2012 in die Botschaft des südamerikanischen Staates geflüchtet hat, habe er gegen die damaligen Kautionsauflagen verstoßen und damit ein eigenständiges Delikt begangen. Ihm drohe dafür bis zu einem Jahr Haft in Großbritannien. Für Assange ist das heikel, weil die Behörden des engen Verbündeten der USA bisher nicht der Aufforderung nachgekommen sind, eine Auslieferung auszuschließen.

Assange reagierte verhalten auf das Urteil. Während der Verhandlung bezeichnete er erste Meldungen über einen negativen Bescheid als “Fake News”, weil die Richterin über mehrere Anträge zu beraten hatte. Später beschränkte er sich auf Retweets von Reaktionen auf das Urteil. Nachdem zunächst Unterstützer vor dem Gericht protestiert hatten, sorgte eine Sendung an den quasi inhaftierten Aktivisten für Aufregung. Unbekannte hatten ein Paket mit weißem Pulver an die Botschaft geschickt. Die britische Polizei sicherte die Sendung und untersuchte sie auf eine mögliche Toxizität.

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