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

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, denying Assange the diplomatic immunity that would've allowed him to leave.

The UN, meanwhile, has twice ruled that Assange's detention is unlawful. Despite this, the judge in his most recent appeal - Emma Arbuthnot, who said “I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years."

Judge Arbuthnot's impartiality in the Assange matter has been called into question, while her husband and ex-Conservative MP, Baron James Arbuthnot, is listed as the director of a security company along with the former head of MI6. Not exactly friends of WikiLeaks. 

Meanwhile, Ecuador's new president, Lenín Moreno, recently pulled funding for security and surveillance countermeasures - and in January called Assange an "inherited problem" that has created "more than a nuisance" for his government. Assange has had his internet access cut in March, and has since lost telephone and visitor privileges aside from his attorneys. 

 

In addition to pressure from the U.S. and U.K., Spain is said to have been exerting pressure on Ecuador after Assange's support for the separatist independence movements in Catalonia in northeast Spain.

And in an April article from Disobedient Media, it appears as though a U.S. military deal with Ecuador may be behind recent talk of pushing Assange out of the embassy. 

The news of Ecuador’s decision is not only disastrous for WikiLeaks’ Editor-In-Chief, but also to those concerned that an increased US military presence in Ecuador will lead to an uptick in violence there. -Disobedient Media

Timing is everything, as WSWS reports:

On April 3, less than a week after cutting Assange’s Internet, Moreno announced a sweeping austerity plan to slash social spending and facilitate payments to the country’s Wall Street creditors. Citing the deal approvingly, the ratings agency Fitch cited “a 42 percent rise in interest expense” and a “sharply rising debt burden” that “reached 46 percent of GDP in 2017, up from 29.6 percent in 2014.”

On April 4, Spain’s El Pais wrote that Moreno “wants to implement austerity in his new economic program” which “the Moreno government reached through an agreement with analysts and the private sector.”

Fitch noted that “if implemented well,” Moreno’s austerity plan means “there is potential for the reforms to result in fiscal adjustment over the long term,” i.e., more favorable conditions for American and European corporations to exploit the country’s resources and cheap labor.

On March 26, eight days before announcing the austerity plan and two days before cutting Assange’s Internet, the Moreno government met with two leading representatives of US Southern Command, the section of the Pentagon responsible for the military’s activity in Latin America. Before the meeting, the US Embassy stated Lt. Gen. Joseph DiSalvo and Ambassador Liliana Ayalde met with “defense authorities and civil authorities” to “reiterate Southern Command’s commitment to boost and strengthen the friendship between the two countries.”

So - in a nutshell, Ecuador elected a new President who is working with the U.S. military-banking complex in order to shore up their debt, beef up their military and ostensibly in exchange, may be handing Assange over to the West within days. 

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revolla Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:46 Permalink

Julian Assange, the Mossad agent who NEVER releases anything bad about Israhell and its crimes vs humanity. But OTHERS do:

WARNING: Graphic Images

 

 

"WikiLeaks revelations were good for Israel." - Satanyahoo

SACRED-COW revolla Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:49 Permalink

You are welcome at my home Julian.

I have the necessary "equipment" to protect you from the spooks.

As a bonus, at no additional charge, super high speed internet service.

Enjoy home grown food and water without fluoride.

Breath easy with the inside air system filtering aluminum, barium, strontium 90, cadmium, zinc, viruses, Mylar fibers coated with aluminum, desiccated blood cells, plastic and paper.

Beautiful, young, legal virgins available 24/7/365 for your pleasure. ( /s on this only )

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Give Me Some Truth gaoptimize Fri, 05/25/2018 - 16:28 Permalink

Why would he pardon someone who his AG says is a “priority” to prosecute and imprison?

Judging from what is taking place behind the curtain, a pardon is the last thing being considered. 

P.S. It would also take courage and real principles to pardon him. Plus, as Assange is not a U.S. Citizen, Trump can’t pardon him (I don’t think).

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Dr. Acula Herd Redirecti… Fri, 05/25/2018 - 13:57 Permalink

Don't bother arguing with the legumez. Just look at who Trump hangs out with.

Trump's mentor was pedo operator Roy Cohn. Trump has hung out with registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Now there's this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5503595/Nader-Muellers-latest-c…

"New Mueller co-operating witness is a convicted pedophile... called himself a friend of Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5503595/Nader-Muellers-latest-c…

Also, Trump is reputedly gay:

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/04/28/donald-trump-is-a-hoax-and-onl…

 

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beemasters Dr. Acula Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:49 Permalink

These extreme die-hard Trump lovers/wannabe's will force a square peg into a round hole and say they fit well. No matter what logic and facts you present to them, they will call you names and say you are wrong without presenting anything remotely sane to debate your arguments.

As the saying goes about dealing with an ignoramus,
“Never play chess with a pigeon. The pigeon just knocks all the pieces over. Then shits all over the board. Then struts around like it's won.”

"Epstein was banned for LIFE from Trump's resorts." - He probably expects Trump would still be in bed with his convicted pedophile friends to boost his public image. LOL.

Free Assange Now.

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Uchtdorf tmosley Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:25 Permalink

OK. I'm a clown. That does nothing to negate the awful truth that Trump hired (or was forced to hire) Bolton. It's sad that you can't deal with what that portends for America. We are left to conclude that you must be someone who benefits along with the MIC when guys like Bolton are in charge.

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Dr. Acula Uchtdorf Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:02 Permalink

>One test is enough; we don't need "another" one. He hired Mnuchin, Ross & now Bolton.

Yes Trump did hire Ross! It looks like quid pro quo.

Trump couldn't cut it as a businessman and needed a bailout from Ross when he was working for Rothschild Inc.: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-wilbur-ross-commerce-20161208…

Trump's daughter also dated Nat Rothschild.

Despite his incompetence, Trump is trying his best - including buying into the Gassad hoaxes and fake Skripal gassings - to free up Middle East territory for the Rothschild's Genie Energy company to exploit.

It's too bad Trump's foreign entanglements are hurting America: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/08/iran-deal-fallout-boeing-may-lose-20-bi… - "Boeing may lose $20 billion in aircraft deals as Trump to pull US out of Iran nuclear pact... Boeing said such an order would support 100,000 U.S. jobs".

 

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JelloBeyonce tmosley Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:30 Permalink

Trump is just another fucking stooge...

Nothing will be solved as long as the mindless masses continue to sit on their fat asses DOING NOTHING BUT PASSIVELY WHINING.

This calls for mass protests, civil or otherwise.

I for one will be immediately emailing/calling my Congress people to voice my strong opposition to his possible arrest. I will also be sending an email/call to the White House for the same purpose.

Every one concerned about privacy, security, and freedom needs to do the same...

Find Your Representative
https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Call my Congressperson
https://www.callmycongress.com/

Who represents You in the U.S. Congress
https://whoismyrepresentative.com/

Contact Congress
https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm

Contact White House
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

TALK - ACTION = 0

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Give Me Some Truth tmosley Fri, 05/25/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

Re: This is a “test” for Trump.

Come on. It’s a “test” we already know he has failed. What is happening to Assange - what fate has already been determined for Assange - is a major “tell” about who now controls Trump. That “they” are pushing so hard to silence and shutdown forever ASsange/WikiLeaks is also a frightening tell. This hardball approach to Assange also coincides with the installation of all the key players of Team Neocon.

Folks, Trump is NOT on the side of those who value liberty and peace, or those who sincerely want to eradicate the Deep State. He is a part of the team that wants to protect and expand it. I don’t know what other evidence people require to get this.

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Chris2 revolla Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

And that is why it is obvious that he is a limited hangout operation who may or may not have gone rogue and now they want him. IF he is still alive, which I bet not.

Someone was taken out of the Embassy with a black bag overhead right after the internet was cut, then a day later a bomb threat shut down the airport and one fight found on radar went to South Carolina to some CIA facility.

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