#RuleOfLaw vs #Witchhunt: Julian #Assange Arrested! #ExtraditionRequest

Discuss: Julian Assange Arrested | Kit Knightly | OffGuardian | 11 April 2019

This morning, officers of the Metropolitan police were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy by President Lenin Moreno. They proceeded to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and literally drag him out of the building.

Arrest video:

WikiLeaks

@wikileaks

Assange arrest video:

“The UK must resist this attempt by the Trump administration”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stTMt1tLT4g 

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The important facts of the case are as follows:

  • Julian Assange is not wanted for ANY CRIME, except skipping his bail. This carries a maximum sentence of 6 months under UK Law.
  • The Swedish authorities have dropped all their investigations of him for sexual assault. Read more on that here.
  • Assange has said, many times, that above all else he is avoiding being extradited to the US. US officials have, in the past, referenced the idea of assassinating him, and their intelligence services are known to use “enhanced interrogation” techniques (aka torture).
  • The UN has found, multiple times, that Assange’s detention was inhumane and illegal under international law.

Take a moment to imagine Assange was Chinese, Iranian, Russian. Any “enemy” nation.

Imagine a journalist had published leaked documents proving Vladimir Putin’s complicity in war crimes, imagine he had been hiding out in an embassy in Moscow for 8 years, despite the UN finding his detention to be “arbitrary” and calling on Russia to end his “deprivation of liberty”.

And then imagine a whole bunch of FSB officers carried him out like a hunting trophy, threw him in a van and drove him off to God know’s where.

How would our media cover that? Would they make jokes like this?

Jessica Elgot

@jessicaelgot

Apparently Julian Assange‘s internet access has been cut off since March so he probably thinks we’ve left the EU https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/11/julian-assange-arrested-at-ecuadorian-embassy-wikileaks?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other 

Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy

WikiLeaks founder arrested at London embassy where he had taken refuge for seven years

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No. There would be outrage. There would be scorn from the “international community”. There would be sample chapters of Luke Harding’s latest book. The attitude to whistle blowers, WikiLeaks and the persecution of Julian Assange has always been a key test for the mainstream media’s claimed “values” of free speech, liberty and honesty. It is a test they have failed a million times over.

The Tories, and others political figures, have been quick to “congratulate” Ecuador on their decision:

Jeremy Hunt

@Jeremy_Hunt

Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice

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Sajid Javid

@sajidjavid

Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean 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

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This has been long time coming, with months of frenzied negotiation between the US and Ecuador occasionally showing on the surface. The Guardian’s totally false story linking Assange to Paul Manafort, and all the other “Russiagate” bullshit, was designed to further demonise Assange in the eyes of “The Resistance” and others of their ilk.

These deceived liberals will probably happily applaud the arrest of a journalist for simply telling the truth. These are dark times.

So the important questions become:

  • Will the US attempt to extradite him?
  • Will the Swedish prosecutor re-open the rape case, as has been hinted?
  • Will the media do their job properly? Or will they just publish more smear pieces?
  • Will Julian Assange ever be seen alive again?

This story is developing. Any updates will be posted as they arrive.

UPDATE:

WikiLeaks have announced that Assange was seized under a US extradition warrant:

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WikiLeaks

@wikileaks

Assange has been arrested in relation to a US extradition request for “conspiracy with Chelsea Manning” for publishing Iraq War Logs, Cablegate, Afghan War Logs, precisely the persecution for which he was granted asylum under the 1951 Refugee Convention in 2012. @unhumanrights

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SOURCE: Discuss: Julian Assange Arrested | Kit Knightly | OffGuardian | 11 April 2019


 

ALSO SEE: ARREST OF ASSANGE PROVOKES CONDEMNATION OF UK AND ECUADOR | 11 APRIL 2019

Wikileaks founder arrested this morning in breach of international law as Ecuador withdrew asylum

Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London this morning

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy this morning by police, after the Ecuador government withdrew his asylum. Assange had spent seven years confined to the Embassy.

The Home Office ordered his arrest on a 2012 warrant, even though the Swedish government had withdrawn charges on which it wanted to extradite him. Assange has always claimed that the US wanted to extradite him to charge him over the leak of US information by Wikileaks – and incorrectly edited court documents for a different case suggested the US has prepared charges against him in secret.

Assange had become an Ecuadorian citizen, making that government’s actions a breach of its own laws in handing him over to a foreign state.

Internationally-renowned journalist John Pilger was one of many scathing in his condemnation:

SKWAWKBOX comment:

Regardless of the final outcome and background of this case, this morning’s action has shamed the UK and Ecuadorian governments.

In all seriousness, by tonight the media will somehow have made this all Jeremy Corbyn’s fault.


ALSO SEE: BREAKING: ASSANGE ARRESTED FOR US EXTRADITION REQUEST |  | 11 APRIL 2019

Wikileaks founder’s forced extraction from Ecuadorian embassy linked to US prosecution plan

The government has confirmed that its arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange this morning is in connection with a US extradition request. Assange has always insisted that he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy because the US wanted to try him in relation to US information released by Wikileaks.

There have also been reports that the US was leaning on the Ecuadorian government to withdraw Assange’s asylum – which it has now done even though it has a legal duty under its own laws to protect Assange, who has Ecuadorian citizenship, from extradition.

The move was widely condemned this morning, with renowned journalist John Pilger damning the move as a ‘warning to all journalists‘.

SKWAWKBOX comment:

If extradited, Assange would almost certainly face detention for life in a US ‘supermax’ facility. There is little expectation of a fair hearing.

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