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April 11, 2019

Met Police Arrests Julian Assange

An hour ago the Metropolitan Police arrested Julian Assange, the publisher and editor of Wikileaks, in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. RT has video of the arrest from outside the embassy.

A police statement said:

Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Met Police (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.

The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates' Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum.

He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as is possible.

This was inevitable.

Ecuador has a new government that asked to receive a loan from the International Monetary Fund. The U.S. conditioned its agreement to the loan on the lifting of the asylum for Assange which the previous Ecuadorian government had granted to him.

After some legal hustle in the Britain, which will take time, Assange will likely be extradited to the United States where the Justice Department holds at least one warrant against him.

Wikileaks was the media outlet for several embarrassing leaks of secret U.S. government papers. It is unclear for which of these publications the Justice Department will indict him.

But the case against Assange is not about justice. His publication of state secrets was obviously an act of journalism and free speech. But the deep state was embarrassed and demands revenge.

The best Assange can hope for, after the judicial process ran its course, is a pardon by the president of the United States.

Posted by b on April 11, 2019 at 10:31 UTC | Permalink

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James @ 392

Well, JR and you can call yourselves what you wish my friend but remember: a duck is defined as a duck by the way it waddles.

In that regard your use of the term "either with Assange or against Assange" is of course the same neoncon logic George W Bush proclaimed in the WOT.

Further, I would make a more relevant useage of that dubious analogy and return it to you, JR and the MoA Trump cultists:

You are either with Trump or against him.

This is especially relevant here since it is his DoJ....solely....overturning Obama's DoJ....and indicting Trump.

Also Manning was free when Obama left office....and ran for Senate....as a Democrat.

Posted by: donkeytale | Apr 14 2019 13:44 utc | 401

...indicting Assange....

Posted by: donkeytale | Apr 14 2019 13:45 utc | 402

@401-402 donkeytale.. i agree with you and think everything you say is valid.. people can't be supportive of assange and also supportive of trump... i am not trying to confuse matters, but for me trump has been good is showing just how fucked up the usa is.. and he has helped bring it closer to it's own demise - which i believe is a very good thing... so, in this regard i am in favour of trump!! but aside from that - i agree with you.. now, maybe clinton would have brought about the destruction of the usa and shown just how vacuous the usa is quicker... maybe.. it is possible.. not being an american, i tend to not think about american politicians too much.. it makes me nauseous! clearly if one is for assange, they can't be for trump too makes sense...

what the usa has done to manning is a travesty, in keeping with the shit hole usa... some things are consistent..

Posted by: james | Apr 14 2019 15:36 utc | 403

>>>>>> donkeytale | Apr 13, 2019 2:07:08 PM | 391

Of course since Citizens United the way elections and candidates are bought is through unlimited donations, including corporate donations to poliitical parties.

I don't think you understand what Citizens United was about:

The United States Supreme Court held (5–4) on January 21, 2010, that the free speech clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for communications by nonprofit corporations, for-profit corporations, labor unions, and other associations.

It was nothing to do with corporate donations to political parties or contributions to candidates campaign funds, it was that corporations have some of the same constitutional rights as individuals. The case did not affect the federal ban on direct contributions from corporations or unions to candidate campaigns or political parties.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Apr 14 2019 23:11 utc | 404

hate to say it, but, after so many years in prison/Ecuadorian embassy
Assange did remind me of what happened to Iraq from 1991 to 2003

(sanctions, no access to medicines, and various other privations)

from hereon in, as with Iraq, Assanges lot can only improve.
as he is now free to move from one prison to another to another.

same sort of thing happened to Germany after the Great War 1914-1918
or should that be 1914-1919.

Posted by: chris | Apr 16 2019 11:40 utc | 405

As a longtime lurker on this site I just want to say that the smear tactics being used against Glenn Greenwald and Assange himself are troubling.

To the smear-mongers, I want to say: "Do you really think that the majority of us have no critical sense whatever and believe anything we read from the pen of Glenn Greenwald, or any other journalist or pundit, for that matter? And that, conversely, all it takes is the insinuation that 'Wikileaks was a CIA operation from the start' or that 'Greenwald has sold out and lives in the lap of luxury' for us to cease following up the information that the one and the other have revealed... and applying our powers of critical thinking to that information? As indeed we do to any piece of 'news' we receive from the corporate/national press (I had ARTE in mind when I wrote 'national')... or from a commenter on this blog?"

There, it's said.

Posted by: Gene Poole | Apr 23 2019 16:29 utc | 406

@Circe, one can hate Trump and all it represents and still not fall for the anti-Russian propaganda. One can believe, hard as it is to face, that the US elected Trump president and not "Russia."

Posted by: Gene Poole | Apr 25 2019 4:59 utc | 407

@ADKC @195 Thank you.

Posted by: Gene Poole | Apr 25 2019 5:03 utc | 408

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