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josh

The Wikileaks/Trump Jr. correspondence.

https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/545738/

 

6079_Smith_W

So he wanted Trump to pressure Australia to make him their ambassador to the U.S.

voice of the damned

6079_Smith_W wrote:

So he wanted Trump to pressure Australia to make him their ambassador to the U.S.

Trump can't even get a Republican congress in America to repeal Obamacare, let alone order the government of a foreign country to appoint a wanted fugitive as their ambassador.

Assange was either joking, or he has a seriously exaggerated idea of how powerful the POTUS is.

 

 

voice of the damned

Always pays to read the whole article. Apparently, Assange didn't think that Australia actually would appoint him, but(if I'm reading it correctly) Trump's request would make Australia, the UK and Sweden treat Assange with more respect.

Still pretty bizarre of him to imagine that such a demand to Australia would have any effect besides making Trump look even more unbalanced.

6079_Smith_W

I did read the whole article, VOTD. It is what he asked them to do. The strategy was in the next sentence, so yeah, I got that too.

voice of the damned

Smith:

I wasn't telling you to read the whole article. I was chastising myself for not doing so!

Very sorry for the misunderstanding. God, I must have sounded like an asshole there.

6079_Smith_W

Gotcha, and no worries. It is the never-ending problem of online discourse. Kind of funny, because I also would never have guessed, though it makes sense now that you say it.

NorthReport

The wheels of justice move slowly but relentlessly.

WikiLeaks faces U.S. probes into its 2016 election role and CIA leaks

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-wikileaks/wikileaks-...

josh

Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/08/politics/email-effort-give-trump-campaign-wikileaks-documents/index.html

NDPP

Another CNN fake news 'bombshell' bites the dust. (Notice too, how the Babbler msm cult of believe-whatever-they-tell-you on Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Libya, etc never corrects their disinformation or smears once disclosed to be so). 

The Intercept: The US Media Yesterday Suffered Its Most Humilitating Debacle In Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened   -  by Glen Greenwald

https://t.co/KNYr91JZfh

"The spectacle began on Friday morning at 11:00 am EST, when 'The Most Trusted Name In News' spent 12 straight minutes on air flamboyantly hyping an exclusive bombshell report that seemed to prove that WikiLeaks, last September, had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even Donald Trump himself, special access to the DNC emails before they were published on the internet. As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and Wikileaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the US intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an 'arm of Russian intelligence,' and therefore, so does the US media..."

 

josh

Reminds of the old commercial: Is it Donald Trump or Glenn Greenwald?  Hard to tell.

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(Notice too, how the Babbler msm cult of believe-whatever-they-tell-you on Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Libya, etc never corrects their disinformation or smears once disclosed to be so)

Did some babbler grab the wrong end of the stick and post an erroneous story and then not correct it?

Give us a link.  Or at least tell us which specific thread you're talking about.  Or, if you must, a specific babbler name.

Who was supposed to have corrected themself with regard to this?

NDPP

Suggest you re-read #260/#261 again. Confusing Donald Trump with Glen Greenwald at the Intercept is a sure sign something has gone very, very wrong. Ditto tilting at 'Russian election-meddling' windmills that don't exist while  ignoring the Israeli elephant in the room. ..

NDPP

WikiLeaks Drops 65 GB Torrent Link

http://ift.tt/2laq9Ng

Wiener's laptop?

 

WikiLeaks Lawyer's Office Stormed in 'Professional Operation'

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-20/wikileaks-lawyers-office-storme...

"This is brilliant..."

 

 

NDPP

"Chief moneybags for the Intercept - hi tech oligarch Pierre Omidyar - seeks to financially strangle wikileaks on behalf of Deep State."

https://twitter.com/JustinRaimondo/status/949257544383410178

voice of the damned

^ If I'm reading that correctly, Omidyar is the head of some private charity that has been giving money to wikileaks, and now they've decided they don't wanna do that anymore. Too bad for wikileaks, but this doesn't quite qualify as getting "strangled" by "the Deep State".

NDPP

He also funded Greenwald's  The Intercept. Some suggest that is why only 1% of Ed Snowden's archive has thus far been released. He who pays the piper calls the tune. WL if it survives, can do without such influence.

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He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Someone else can always pay the piper.  Think of it like a jukebox.

6079_Smith_W

NDPP wrote:

Some suggest that is why only 1% of Ed Snowden's archive has thus far been released.

Not sure why money should be a factor in that at all. But there may be others.

http://fortune.com/2016/07/29/snowden-criticizes-wikileaks-clinton/

Especially considering he has a history of being proprietary (and litigious) over stolen information he presumes to own.

https://www.wired.com/2011/01/vf-wikieaks/

NDPP

'Trump Intensified War on Whistleblowers, Wants Assange's Head On A Platter'- Fmr CIA Officer To RT

https://on.rt.com/8wn1

"The British are quietly and secretly working with the Americans to make sure Julian is arrested and sent to United States for trial, which I think is a travesty,' Kiriakou said. Judging by Trump's first year in office, I think he has been following in the footsteps of Barack Obama in his crusade against whistleblowers, he added..."

NDPP

Canadians With Mental Illnesses Denied US Entry

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadians-with-mental-illnesses-denied-u-s...

"Data entered into national police database accessible to American authorities: Wikileaks"

This should be an alarming revelation...

josh
NDPP

The Scourging of Julian Assange 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/15/the-scourging-of-julian-assange/

"Julian Assange's latest attempts to have his outstanding UK arrest warrant dropped has failed in what stands as one of the most blatant and cruel examples of the British legal system being wielded as an instrument of persecution against a man whose only crime is speaking truth to power..."

 

The UK's Hidden Role in Assange's Detention

https://t.co/QIpoZMUoTs

"It now emerges that the last 4 years of Julian Assange's effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorian embassy in London has been entirely unnecessary. In fact they depended on a legal charade. Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wanted to pursue the case. One has to wonder at what point will most people realise that this is - and always was - political persecution masquerading as law enforcement..."

 

The Julian Assange Case

https://youtu.be/1QN0p9n_pKk

Radiohost Dennis Bernstein from Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio talks with Ms Estelle Dehon and Mr Randy Credico concerning the UK Court hearing on improper concealment of documents by the government of UK."

6079_Smith_W

Oh please. In the article the Swedish prosecutor didn't say the question of dropping extradition had anything to do with the validity of the case. And the only reason they dropped it in 2017 is that he had waited out one of the sets of accusations and there is nowhere else for investigators to go .

I'm glad the British judge pointed out he is in detention of his own choosing:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/feb/13/judge-refuses-to-withdraw-...
 

Looks like he has trashed another bridge:

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/14/julian-assange-wikileaks-election-cl...

NorthReport

I echo that

Timebandit wrote:
Thanks, MegB.

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NDPP wrote:

'Trump Intensified War on Whistleblowers, Wants Assange's Head On A Platter'- Fmr CIA Officer To RT

https://on.rt.com/8wn1

"The British are quietly and secretly working with the Americans to make sure Julian is arrested and sent to United States for trial, which I think is a travesty,' Kiriakou said. Judging by Trump's first year in office, I think he has been following in the footsteps of Barack Obama in his crusade against whistleblowers, he added..."

Karma's a bitch. You latched yourself to the Republican party during the election and now you're going to get your 'thank you' Couldn't have happened to a better guy.

 

6079_Smith_W

And considering Obama commuted Chelsea Manning' sentence, Trump hasn't really followed in his footsteps. He's yelling about everyone leaking.

josh

WikiLeaks lied about communicating with Roger Stone.

https://politicalwire.com/2018/02/27/roger-stone-communicated-wikileaks/

contrarianna

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Oh please. In the article the Swedish prosecutor didn't say the question of dropping extradition had anything to do with the validity of the case. And the only reason they dropped it in 2017 is that he had waited out one of the sets of accusations and there is nowhere else for investigators to go .

I'm glad the British judge pointed out he is in detention of his own choosing:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/feb/13/judge-refuses-to-withdraw-.......

We know your claims are demonstrably false on several counts. From the Freedom of Information requests made to Sweden and the UK over the past years by the, rare, genuine journalist, Stefania Maurizi, it's clear that the UK was the main block to Sweden (1)taking the case forward and (2)dropping the arrest warrant (for the second time, the first time a Swedish Arrest Warrant was dropped was in 2010).

In the redacted emails (those that weren't destroyed by the UK Prosecution) between the Swedish and UK prosecutors, we also learn that it was the UK that delayed, for years, Sweden's plan to interview Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Besides costs, evaluating the case (for which there were no charges) was precisely why the Swedish court attempted to drop the case in 2013, but was pressured repeatedly by the UK for undeniably political reasons: 

From the Guardian:
Sweden tried to drop Assange extradition in 2013, CPS emails show

The newly-released emails show that the Swedish authorities were eager to give up the case four years before they formally abandoned proceedings in 2017 and that the CPS dissuaded them from doing so.

Some of the material has surfaced from an information tribunal challenge brought late last year by the Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi.

The CPS lawyer handling the case, who has since retired, commented on an article which suggested that Sweden could drop the case in August 2012. He wrote: “Don’t you dare get cold feet!!!”.
....
 Marianne Ny, wrote to the CPS on 18 October 2013 explaining that she had few options left. “There is a demand in Swedish law for coercive measures to be proportionate,” she informed London. 

“The time passing, the costs and how severe the crime is to be taken into account together with the intrusion or detriment to the suspect. Against this background, we have found us to be obliged to lift the detention order ... and to withdraw the European arrest warrant. If so this should be done in a couple of weeks. This would affect not only us but you too in a significant way.”

Not all the emails are preserved in the exchange, but three days later Ny emailed the CPS again to say: “I am sorry this came as a [bad] surprise... I hope I didn’t ruin your weekend.”

The CPS lawyer wrote back to Ny in December 2013, insisting: “I do not consider costs are a relevant factor in this matter.” This was at a time when the Metropolitan police had revealed that its  from the embassy had already cost £3.8m. “I do wonder occasionally if the police just make public comments because they think it will somehow progress a case,” he wrote.…

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/feb/11/sweden-tried-to-drop-assan...

Not the first time the UK interfered in Sweden's atttempt to resolve things, they dissuaded Sweden from interviewing Assange for years in the Embassy:

From the Guardian:

UK prosecutors admit destroying key emails in Julian Assange case​
....

The CPS data destruction was disclosed in a freedom of information (FOI) case being pursued by the Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi.

Maurizi, a reporter on La Repubblica who has covered WikiLeaks since 2009, has been pressing both the CPS and its Swedish counterpart for information relating to Assange and extradition.

Unhappy over the limited material released so far, she is taking her case against the CPS to an information tribunal on Monday and Tuesday.

“It is incredible to me these records about an ongoing and high-profile case have been destroyed. I think they have something to hide,” Maurizi said.
....
She unearthed two years ago, through an FOI request to the Swedish prosecutors, an email from a lawyer in the CPS extradition unit on 25 January 2011 saying: “My earlier advice remains, that in my view it would not be prudent for the Swedish authorities to try to interview the defendant in the UK.”[bold mine]

The sentence was redacted in the email obtained by Maurizi from the CPS under an FOI request but not when it was released under an FOI request from the Swedish prosecutors....

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/nov/10/uk-prosecutors-admit-destr...

Not surprisingly, given the phony legalistic pretense of the UK, it was the UK Crown Prosecution, not Sweden that redacted, for no legitimate reason, the sentence from 2011: 

“My earlier advice remains, that in my view it would not be prudent for the Swedish authorities to try to interview the defendant in the UK.”

As for the sneeringly dishonest  statement by the connected hack Tory Judge that “Assange has restricted his own freedom” despite the UN commision ruling (twice)  that Sweden and the UK were holding him  in de facto “arbitrary detention”, what can be said?  I suppose Assange could simply walk out of the embassy, be arrested by the UK and sent to take his place of “freedom” in a US black hole prison.

More on that judge and her connections  here: 
All Pretence is Over in Persecution of Assange 
https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/02/pretence-persecution-ass...

and:
Assange Judge’s Husband Runs Security Firm With Ex Head of MI6 
https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/02/assange-judges-husband-r...

At least alan smithee doesn't need the phony legalisms of a transparently corrupt "justice" system  to be honestly gleeful that publishers who print facts he doesn't like are imprisoned--a fascistic mentality worthy of both Trump and much of his purported "opposition". 

6079_Smith_W

We have gone through this enough times that you must know that under Swedish law they can't lay a charge until they have done an interview. That technical point doesn't lessen the seriousness of these rape accusations.

Down to one, now that Assange has waited out the statute of limitations.

And the decisions made by Sweden were their own. Britain didn't force them to do anything.

And again. Please. If Assange hadn't sexually assaulted someone who was sleeping, and refused to use a condom he wouldn't be in this situation. The fact he is bad-mouthing his accusers makes him even worse.

As for what a great "publisher" he is even many on the left won't work with him because of the shit he has pulled.

 

 

NDPP

Speech by Mr Julian Assange at the Elevate Festival in Austria via LIVE-feed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 28th February 2018 - Starts @ 2:00

https://youtu.be/5i8w_k0HIqI

"Seeing through the illusions of installed fear...'

josh

Liked it better in the original Russian.

contrarianna

6079_Smith_W wrote:

We have gone through this enough times that you must know that under Swedish law they can't lay a charge until they have done an interview. That technical point doesn't lessen the seriousness of these rape accusations.

Down to one, now that Assange has waited out the statute of limitations.

And the decisions made by Sweden were their own. Britain didn't force them to do anything.

And again. Please. If Assange hadn't sexually assaulted someone who was sleeping, and refused to use a condom he wouldn't be in this situation. The fact he is bad-mouthing his accusers makes him even worse.

As for what a great "publisher" he is even many on the left won't work with him because of the shit he has pulled.

No matter how many times you repeat BS, it remains BS.
Can't you read, or do you just presume nobody else here can?

a) Sweden DID finally interview him in the Embassy in Nov 2017. And yet charges were STILL not laid by Sweden after 6 years of purported "investigation".

b) Sweden's intention to interview him earlier, at least by Jan. 2011, but was clearly disapproved of by UK Crown Prosecution, (see correspondence posted above).

c) The UK Crown Prosecution Service was clearly coercive and successfully involved in inappropriately directing Sweden's handling of Sweden's case. When Sweden ANNOUNCED definitively it was dropping the warrant in 2013 we get: "Don't you dare get cold feet!", etc. They obeyed. Again, can you read? See post above.

d)The UK abortive raid on the Embassy; the multi-millions of pounds in surveillance illustrate how deeply the UK is involved in getting Assange for political reasons.

e) The corrupt UK legal system had to change its own legal definition of "judicial authority" to mean "a prosecutor" rather than "a judge" to make the European Arrest Warrant valid for this case. 

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Your other anti-Assange remarks are not relevant to my pointing out your legalistic disinformation.

Your contention that sex "allegations" by politically motivated states and media are automatically true, despite the fact that charges were never laid by Sweden's pro-active legal system ---after the interview,  and  after 6 years of supposed "investigation" says more about your real interest in justice. 

(For those actually interested in the some basic facts of the (now dropped) case, without  embellishment from either side, there is the "Chronology" which appears in the UK appeal of the EAW in the UK Supreme Court. These are "Agreed on Facts", those mutually agreed on by both the Swedish Prosecution and the Assange defense. Here:

https://www.scribd.com/document/80912442/Agreed-Facts-Assange-Case )

Your argument that many are against Assange therfore they are right is the fallacious Argumentium Ad Populum. 

Your referencing the dishonest hit piece by Micha F Lee ( First Look Media) contains many falsehoods. Except for Greenwald, the Intercept has been relentlessly anti-Wikileaks and pro-Russiagate conspiracy theory. 

Caitlan Johnstone examines the facts in Michah Lee's dishonest hit piece here:
The Intercept’s Transition From Guard Dog to Attack Dog for the Establishment

https://www.mintpressnews.com/the-intercepts-transition-from-guard-dog-t...

 

 

 

6079_Smith_W

Well this is what the prosecutor said in dropping the investigation last May:

The decision was taken after prosecutors concluded that “at this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted”, Sweden’s director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, said on Friday.

“In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him. We cannot expect to receive assistance from Ecuador regarding this. Therefore the investigation is discontinued.

“If he, at a later date, makes himself available, I will be able to decide to resume the investigation immediately.”

That doesn't sound to me like an exoneration. I am not sure exactly what in their protocol is in the way of that. But evidently if he made himself available to them the investigation would proceed.

It certainly doesn't sound like what Assange's lawyer said:

“This is one of the happiest days of my legal career. The decision was taken because he was interrogated in November 2016 and could give a good explanation of what happened … This is obviously about consensual sex between two adults.”

Or the lawyer for his accuser, who was not someone politically motivated against him.

“It is a scandal that a suspected rapist can escape justice and thereby avoid the courts,” Elisabeth Massi Fritz told Agence France-Presse in an email. “My client is shocked and no decision to [end the case] can make her change [her view] that Assange exposed her to rape.”

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/19/swedish-prosecutors-drop-j...

So yes, I can read.

 

 

NDPP

Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story  -  by John Pilger

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Getting-Julian-Assange-The-Unt...

"It is a laughing stock. It is as if they make it up as they go along..."

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Telesur?

"I'm Nicolas Maduro, and I approve this message".

NDPP

Being Julian Assange

https://contraspin.co.nz/beingjulianassange

An in depth investigative story about the struggle of WikiLeaks.

NDPP

Facebook Scandal Widens

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/975863243263508480

"Obama campaign's Carol Davidsen admits Democrats sucked out 'the entire social network of the US', kept the data and still have it."

josh

But this story is specifically about how team Trump, with the help of this data company, might have facilitated Russia’s meddling in the US presidential election

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/15657512/cambridge-analytica-christopher-wylie-facebook-trump-russia

NDPP

#Reconnect Julian

"The Governent of Ecuador has again suspended Julian Assange's Internet access and threatened further sanctions, claiming his use of social media puts at risk their relations with the UK, EU and other nations."

https://twitter.com/WLTaskForce/status/979078676963672065

 

'In Current Climate, Storming of Ecuadorian Embassy To Get Assange Can't Be Ruled Out

https://on.rt.com/9233

Statement By Brian Eno and Yanis Varoufakis: Restore Julian Assange's Access To Visitors and the Outside World. Now! [Sign Petition!]

https://twitter.com/yanisvaroufakis/status/978984068204417024

"It is with great concern that we heard that Julian Assange has lost access to the internet and the right to receive visitors at the Ecuadorian London Embassy. Only extraordinary pressure from the US and Spanish governments can explain why Ecuador's authorities should have taken such appalling steps in isolating Julian..."

 

#ReconnectJulian

https://twitter.com/hashtag/ReconnectJulian?src=hash

NDPP

John Pilger: Blocking Internet Access For Julian Assange is a War on Freedom of Speech

https://youtu.be/t9n5irwWHfI

"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has had his internet connection cut off, and isn't being allowed visitors at the Ecuadoran embassy in London. Australian journalist and documentary film maker, John Pilger shares his opinion about the issue."

 

The Jimmy Dore Show

https://youtu.be/Oc8wvAucS9o

"Assange internet cut off by Ecuador for doing journalism."

NDPP

The Persecution of Assange Proves Him Right

https://t.co/THxPPyv40q

"The online Oxford dictionary defines the word siege as a 'military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling those inside to surrender.' This is precisely the strategy that is being employed against Julian Assange.

No matter what the brainwashed MSM zombies will tell you, any power establishment which will stamp out the voice of someone who simply shares facts about it is worthy of nothing other than relentless tooth-and-claw opposition."

voice of the damned

The question is, how much freedom can a person be guaranteed when they have been granted refugee status in another country's embassy?

This isn't simply a case of someone from Whereverland getting refugee status in Canada, and proceeding to post broadsides against the government of Whereverland on a computer with internet hookup, powered by electricity and internet that he pays for himself. This is a case of someone getting refugee status in another country's embassy(ie. government property), and using the electricity and internet provided directly by that country to post broadsides against the governments of other countries.

The governments of the targeted countries may very well regard these broadsides as carrying the endorsement of the host country, since they are emanating from that government's property, paid for by that government's funds. Which would be fine if the host country shares the refugee's desire to antagonize the targeted countries. I wonder if Ecuador shares Assange's goals in this regard.

NDPP

In Defense of Julian Assange and Free Speech  -   by John Pilger

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/in-defense-of-julian-assange-and-free-...

"If the EU and the UK continue to participate in the scandalous silencing of a true dissident in their midst, it will mean that free speech is indeed dying in Europe.

If there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us - regardless of the disparate opinions we hold. We call on President Lenin Moreno to end the isolation of Julian Assange now."

6079_Smith_W

Ecuador gets twitchy about Assange's comments and cuts him off, and somehow it's the UK and EU's fault? How do you figure that?

And why doesn't Pamela Anderson just buy him a cell phone with a data plan? I guess then there would be the problem of there being nothing to complain about.

And there's this assessment:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/29/ecuador-julian-ass...

 

NDPP

"Claims made by Ecuador's public affairs office that WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange is under an obligation to not report or comment on human rights violations or political arrests, or that such reportage is interfering in the internal affairs of a state are false."

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/980848565776986113

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arbitrarily Detained By Sweden and the UK, UN Panel Finds

https://t.co/dWfRFjKwYY

The Inhumane Detainment  of Julian Assange

https://t.co/oC5NxQNC37

josh

He’ll now have more time to dine with Roger Stone and other Trump surrogates.

https://mobile.twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/980886007846334464

NDPP

"WikiLeaks has never communicated with Roger Stone as we have repeatedly stated."

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/786609272729632768

 

Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/julian-assange-the-rolling-st...

"...If you want to attack an organization, how do you attack it? You attack the cash flow and leadership. The character assassinations are dangerous, but taken as a whole they're absurdly comical. We have, on the one hand, some 700,000 references to me being an anti-Semite, and on the other hand, some 2.5 million references to me being a member of the Mossad. I'm accused of being everything from a cat torturer to being a rapist to being overly concerned about my hair to being too rich to being so poor that my socks are dirty. The only ones I have left to look forward to are some kind of bestiality and pedophilia..."

Petition To #ReconnectJulian and Open Letter From Noam Chomsky

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/980801326568431619

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Sounds to me like maybe Ecuador is getting tired of yawning and putting on their pyjamas and saying "I've got an early day tomorrow" in the hope that Assange will take the hint.

If they won't give him an unlimited data plan, he's free to go, isn't he?

voice of the damned

Okay, thought experiment time.

Suppose some Falun Gong practitioner from China is granted refugee status in Canada's embassy in London, and proceeds to use the embassy's power and cable hookup to post material intended to expose alleged Chinese government wrongdoing, in line with his own personal opinions on China. How many of our Asaange-defenders here would think that the Canadian government is obligated to keep THAT arrangement going?

Not too many, I would think. Even people who agree with some of the criticism of China would still think that it's up to the government, and not some freelancing houseguest, to determine what Canada's foreign policy is going to be.

 

 

 

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