The plans to release Julian Assange to Russia during Christmas eve of December 2017 failed.
Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK.
A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another country.
One ultimate destination, multiple sources have said, was Russia, where Assange would not be at risk of extradition to the US. The plan was abandoned after it was deemed too risky.
The operation to extract Assange was provisionally scheduled for Christmas Eve in 2017, one source claimed, and was linked to an unsuccessful attempt by Ecuador to give Assange formal diplomatic status.
At the time Assange was facing allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two women in Sweden. In 2012 he sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy after he lost a battle against extradition in the supreme court. Assange denies the women’s claims. Swedish authorities eventually dropped both cases after the statute of limitations expired. Assange faces arrest for breaching his bail conditions.
During the US presidential campaign, Donald Trump praised WikiLeaks for releasing the emails that damaged Clinton. Confidential visitor logs reveal that Assange received several Russian nationals during the summer of 2016, including senior figures from RT, the Kremlin’s international propaganda channel.
Since President Trump first started campaigning for the office of Presidency, he has indicated Hillary Clinton will pay for her many crimes once he becomes president.
The public outcry to see Hillary pay for these numerous crimes of treason and crimes against humanity are wearing thin on citizens. Julian Assange apparently feels the same way.
President Donald Trump has one campaign promise yet to fulfill and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange is vowing to see it fulfilled. In his words – “If Trump doesn’t take Clinton down, we will.”
For almost two years, Clinton and the Deep State have been hell-bent on drumming up a ‘Trump/Russia’ collusion story that has yet to produce anything beyond made-up stories and ‘anonymous’ insiders.
It seems Assange realizes time is running out for him in exile and he needs to do something that has evaded the President.
In a WikiLeaks letter Assange wrote:
Hillary Clinton’s crimes will not go unpunished. If she is not formally charged for mishandling sensitive material we will have no choice but to release proof that she is guilty of high treason against the United States for selling patented military secrets to the Saudi Arabian government.
We also have proof that she is guilty of crimes against Russia, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Caledonia, and Brazil. The United States would be doing her a favor by putting her in prison and saving her from the severe punishments several of these nations would impose.
Assange showed his determination to see Clinton indicted by setting an October 21 deadline – indict her yourself or I will release irrefutable proof that she has committed high treason.
What happened? Why wasn't this information released on October 21st? Could Ecuador be protecting Hillary...and more? Why is Ecuador trying to gag Assange at this point in time?
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Assange and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno’s differ on opinions in regards to the messages Julian Assange releases. Ecuador’s government has said Assange’s activities in the embassy, including the publishing of thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails prior to the 2016 election in the U.S., have compromised its relations with other countries.
“I don’t agree with what he does,” Moreno said. “To see someone violating people’s right to communicate privately makes me feel uncomfortable.”
Assange has long argued that he is simply monitoring the actions of some of the world’s most powerful politicians and exercising his right to free speech.
Moreno stated “I understand that currently he has no access (to the internet) to stop him from doing that again,” Moreno said. Moreno was referring to Assange's controversial statements on his social media accounts from hacked accounts. “But if Mr. Assange promises to stop emitting opinions on the politics of friendly nations like Spain or the United States then we have no problem with him going online.”
It seems the excuse for cutting off Assange's communications in 2016 had to do with the election outcome for the US Presidential elections.
WikiLeaks said Assange lost the connection to the Internet Sunday night, according to Reuters, shortly after releasing the speeches of Democrat Hillary Clinton to investment bank Goldman Sachs . The material highlights the links between the Democratic Party and one of Wall Street's main actors in the final stretch of the White House race, as reported by Reuters.
Now two years later, after exposing the horrendous crimes of the Clinton cartel, Assange is facing the risk of extradition to the United States where he may face trial and possible execution for espionage. “The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity.” ... and for exposing the dark evil that rules our nation, Assange may pay the ultimate price. Instead of supporting Assange's exposed truths, The US has leaned heavy on Ecuador.
Following a meeting with General Joseph DiSalvo of the Southern Command - ostensibly to discuss “security cooperation”—Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno rolled back security at the embassy and denied Assange access to family, friends, and doctors. They also shut down his internet connection.
This week Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said his government working on an “exit” plan to remove Assange from the embassy where he has lived the past six years. Valencia told the Associated Press the plan would be “one that encourages an exit, that we do not want to be traumatic... we do not want it to be an exit that may cause dissonance with international law.”
Moreno said Assange interfered in Ecuador’s relationship with other countries by tweeting on political events. He also lamented the “nuisance” of Assange’s political asylum and said the Australian whistleblower is an “inherited problem” left over from the previous administration.
Moreno’s government granted Assange citizenship in a hope diplomatic immunity would be granted and he would leave the embassy. Assange knows better than to fall for this. Immunity or no, he will be arrested the minute he walks out of the embassy.
Activist and filmmaker John Pilger took the Left to task for abandoning Assange.
“There is a silence among many who call themselves left,” he said in a statement.
“The silence is Julian Assange. As every false accusation has fallen away, every bogus smear shown to be the work of political enemies, Julian stands vindicated as one who has exposed a system that threatens humanity.”
For the establishment, it’s imperative Assange be arrested, extradited, and brought up on espionage charges in the United States. The message will be priceless, the chilling effect invaluable.
The dirty secrets of war, political subterfuge, election fixing, and assorted other crimes and misdeeds are not for public consumption.
The release of the Collateral Damage video and the war logs of Afghanistan and Iraq should have resulted in a larger and more active antiwar movement. This didn’t happen.
Liberal and leftist opposition to war only occurs when a Republican sits in the Oval Office. Obama effectively destroyed what remained of the Bush era antiwar movement. Eights year of Obama worked like a lobotomy on the Left.
Democrats supported Hillary Clinton’s war on the people of Libya. They didn’t have a problem when she arranged weapons collected from the battlefields of Libya to be sent by the CIA to the “rebels” in Syria.
Democrats call for overthrowing Bashar al-Assad in Syria. They believe Russia got Trump elected and Vladimir Putin spreads lies and false news to undermine and destroy our democracy. Large NGOs, foundations, and think tanks are pushing this nonsense.
Due mostly to indoctrination as a result of public education and a herd mentality inculcated by leaders and media, it is a relatively easy task for the financial oligarchy and its corporate partners to brainwash the public. It now disguises war and conquest as humanitarianism.
Gore Vidal said America suffers from amnesia.
Americans are largely blind to the war and financial crimes perpetuated in their name. Part of this is the result of indoctrination through propaganda media, but to a large degree Americans are incurious and un-bothered by the criminality of their leaders and institutions.
Most don’t care Julian Assange is a dead man walking.
They are unable to see the criminal state for what it is - a global Mafia operation that shakes down entire continents and wages wars of conquest and pillage for profit.
This is what is happening today: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/22/assa-o22.html#disqus_thread
A press release issued by WikiLeaks details the scope of the draconian new conditions to be imposed on Assange while at the Ecuadorian embassy:
“The protocol makes Assange’s political asylum contingent on censoring his freedom of opinion, speech and association. The protocol also requires journalists, his lawyers and anyone else seeking to see Julian Assange to disclose private or political details such as their social media usernames, the serial numbers and IMEI codes of their phones and tablets to Ecuador—which the protocol says the government may ‘share with other agencies.’ The protocol claims the embassy may seize the property of Mr. Assange or his visitors, and, without a warrant, hand it over to UK authorities.”
Assange will have to pay for his own costs, including food and internet usage. The protocol stipulates that he undergo a medical examination every three months, at his own expense, and states that doctors can recommend that he be sent out of the embassy if they conclude that he requires urgent treatment. Due to his inability to safely receive adequate care, Assange has well-documented shoulder problems and dental issues, and is suffering the consequences of being denied sunlight and fresh air for so long.
On these terms, Ecuador has offered to continue to provide asylum and partially restore Assange’s ability to communicate on December 1, but on the condition that he does not express any view that the Moreno government deems to be “interference” in any other country’s “political matters.” In other words, a journalist and the publisher of a ground-breaking media organization who was forced to seek political asylum will be effectively banned from expressing any opinion about any government in the world. If he does, he will be handed over to his persecutors. The conditions also imply that all his communications, even private, would be monitored, recorded and shared with US, British and other intelligence-police agencies.
The Ecuadorian government has imposed these terms to manufacture a pretext to evict Assange. At the same time, efforts are underway to strip Assange—an Australian citizen—of the dual Ecuadorian citizenship he was granted by the former government.
These actions are a clear response to stepped-up demands from the US establishment that Ecuador hand Assange over. Last week, congressional Democrat Eliot Engel and Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen issued a bipartisan letter to Moreno labeling Assange as a “dangerous criminal and a threat to global security” who “should be brought to justice.” The letter asserted: “On numerous occasions, Mr. Assange has compromised the national security of the United States. He has done so by publicly releasing classified government documents along with confidential materials from individuals connected to our country’s 2016 presidential election.” It linked closer relations with the US to evicting the WikiLeaks founder from the London embassy.
The investigation by Special Counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller into alleged “collusion” with “Russian meddling” in the 2016 election has sought to implicate WikiLeaks and Assange in the unsubstantiated claims that Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because of a nefarious plot organized in Moscow.
Why is our government so intent on his arrest?
Why are Engel & Ros-Lehtinen sending letters of this content to Ecuadorian President to Hand Over Julian Assange to Proper Authorities?
Contacts: HFAC Dem Press Office 202-226-9103 and Reimy Benitez (Ros-Lehtinen) 202-225-8200
This Bipartisan Letter Praises President Moreno’s Reform Agenda and Calls for End to Assange Impasse
Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair Emeritus of the Committee, today called on Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno to ensure that Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange is removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and handed over to the proper authorities. The bipartisan letter to President Moreno follows the recent news that Mr. Assange’s Internet access at the embassy has been restored.
“Many of us in the United States Congress are eager to move forward in collaborating with your government on a wide array of issues, from economic cooperation to counternarcotics assistance to the possible return of a United States Agency for International Development mission to Ecuador. However, in order to advance on these crucial matters, we must first resolve a significant challenge created by your predecessor, Rafael Correa – the status of Julian Assange,” the members wrote in their letter.
Full text of the letter follows, and an image of the signed letter can be found here:
Dear President Moreno:
We write today to acknowledge the significant progress your administration has made since you took office. Many of us in the United States Congress are eager to move forward in collaborating with your government on a wide array of issues, from economic cooperation to counternarcotics assistance to the possible return of a United States Agency for International Development mission to Ecuador. However, in order to advance on these crucial matters, we must first resolve a significant challenge created by your predecessor, Rafael Correa – the status of Julian Assange.
We are very concerned with Julian Assange’s continued presence at your embassy in London and his receipt of Ecuadorian citizenship last year. Most recently, we were particularly disturbed to learn that your government restored Mr. Assange’s access to the Internet. On numerous occasions, Mr. Assange has compromised the national security of the United States. He has done so by publicly releasing classified government documents along with confidential materials from individuals connected to our country’s 2016 presidential election. As you yourself have noted, he has repeatedly used his standing in the international media to meddle in the affairs of foreign governments such as Spain and the United Kingdom. This has frayed Ecuador’s relations with like-minded governments. Mr. Assange also remains wanted by British authorities for a bail violation. It is clear that Mr. Assange remains a dangerous criminal and a threat to global security, and he should be brought to justice.
We fully recognize that this is a problem that your administration did not create. We are hopeful about developing warmer relations with your government, but feel that it will be very difficult for the United States to advance our bilateral relationship until Mr. Assange is handed over to the proper authorities.
Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.
Signed: Eliot L. Engel Ranking Member House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Chair Emeritus
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
As for PWA, I stand with Amnesty International on this one:
Amnesty International believes that Julian Assange should not be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, where there are concerns that he would face a real risk of serious human rights violations due to his work with Wiki Leaks. Violation of his right to freedom of expression; Violation to his right to liberty, arising from any pre-trial detention and/or prison sentence that was imposed on the basis of a prosecution that violated his freedom of expression. Violation of his right to life, if the death penalty were to be available in any proceedings that he might face in the USA; Being held in conditions that violate his rights to humane treatment and respect for his dignity, and potentially his right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
If Julian Assange is extradited to the US and forced to face trial and possible execution for espionage in his role of releasing the Clinton information that most agree was given to him by Seth Rich, then we are all doomed. If this happens, we must realize, none of us are safe. Mockingbird media will reign and we have lost the war. Please friends, I urge you to speak out against this assault against Julian Assange; and instead insist on the arrest of Hillary Clinton as promised in the 2016 Presidential debates. Let our voices be heard!!!