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US Senate Intelligence Committee calls Julian Assange to testify - WikiLeaks

August 8, 2018

"The US Senate Intelligence Committee has requested that persecuted WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange testify before committee staff. The committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
In a letter delivered to Assange at his residence in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, committee chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) requested that Assange make himself available for a closed interview “at a mutually agreeable time and location.”

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WikiLeaks’ legal team said that they “are considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard.”

Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, seeking asylum from possible extradition to the US, where he faced indictment under the Espionage Act for publishing leaked government documents. Since his de-facto house arrest in the embassy, WikiLeaks has continued to draw controversy, publishing then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails and leaked emails from the Democratic Party’s internal servers in 2016."
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https://www.rt.com/usa/435433-us-senate-intelligence-committee-calls/

 

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My wonder is this bit: Why Ecuadorian Embassy throwing him out?

Isn't that on the bases of his mental issue? (Sorry if that wasn't the case! Please fill me in...)

If so, he's protected altogether in different way, publicly, I thought. By all means, he lost something but won big. What gotta follow is for him to get another secure place to move to, to avoid being killed by all sorts of different ways, such as sniping to chemically killed like those few people in UK did.

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Missing Wikileaks Associates' Belongings Found in Waters Near Norway

Sept. 14, 2018         NeonNettle

Arjen Kamphuis vanished without a trace three weeks ago and is now feared dead

"Wikileaks associate Arjen Kamphuis is now feared dead after more than three weeks has passed since he vanished without a trace.A large-scale investigation has been underway by Norwegian police after Dutch citizen Mr. Kamphuis mysteriously disappeared. Kamphuis, 47, who worked closely with Julian Assange, went missing after leaving his hotel in Bodø, Norway on August 20, according to a Twitter post from Wikileaks.A local fisherman has now found his belongings in a sea in northern Norway, prompting a search by local police in the water and land around where the items were discovered, according to a report by the Daily Mail.He was staying there while on vacation, but red flags were raised when he failed to travel back to his home country, the Netherlands.

He was due to fly home to Amsterdam on Aug. 22, but Kamphuis didn't turn up for his flight, which was set to depart from the Norwegian town of Trondheim, over 700 kilometers south of Bodo."

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https://neonnettle.com/news/5063-missing-wikileaks-associates-belongings-found-in-waters-near-norway

 

 

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Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

Sept. 21, 2018            Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Dan Collyns & Luke Harding

"Tentative plot to whisk fugitive from London embassy on Christmas Eve was considered too risky

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, the Guardian has learned.

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."

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The involvement of Russian officials in hatching what was described as a “basic” plan raises new questions about Assange’s ties to the Kremlin. The WikiLeaks editor is a key figure in the ongoing US criminal investigation into Russia’s attempts to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel conducting the investigation, filed criminal charges in July against a dozen Russian GRU military intelligence officers who allegedly hacked Democratic party servers during the presidential campaign. The indictment claims the hackers sent emails that embarrassed Hillary Clinton to WikiLeaks. The circumstances of the handover are still under investigation.

According to Mueller, WikiLeaks published “over 50,000 documents” stolen by Russian spies. The first tranche arrived on 14 July 2016 as an encrypted attachment.

Assange has denied receiving the stolen emails from Russia."

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/21/julian-assange-russia-ecuador-embassy-london-secret-escape-plan

"Russia, Russia, Russia!"

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Kristinn Hrafnsson replaces Julian Assange as WikiLeaks editor-in-chief

Sept. 26, 2018         David Gilmour

"Icelandic investigative journalist and former WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson is set to become the whistleblowing organization’s new editor-in-chief, replacing isolated founder Julian Assange in the role.

The announcement was made late Wednesday in a statement issued through the WikiLeaks’ official Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/wikileaks

The statement cites the “extraordinary circumstances” of WikiLeaks’ founder and former editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s “arbitrary detention” as a reason for the move.

Assange has been isolated for six months inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has resided since 2012, after the Ecuadorian government abruptly cut off his internet and suspended his right to receive visitors on March 28."

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https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/kristinn-hrafnsson-replaces-julian-assange-as-wikileaks-editor-in-chief/

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Report: Ecuador tells Assange to curb speech, look after cat

Raphael Satter              Oct 15, 2018

"LONDON (AP) — Ecuador has formally ordered Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests if he wants to be reconnected to the internet, according to a memo published in a local media outlet Monday.

The nine-page memo published by Ecuadorean website Codigo Vidrio said Assange is prohibited from "interfering in the internal affairs of other states" or from activities "that could prejudice Ecuador's good relations with other states."

There was no indication Assange signed onto the memo, which governs the WikiLeaks founder's access to the Wi-Fi network of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he lived since seeking asylum there in 2012."

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/report-ecuador-tells-assange-curb-speech-look-cat-171901043.html

So Assange has said he's going to release info on HRC that nails her for treason by Oct 21st, and now they are restoring his internet after how long?  Since they cut it off on March 28, 2018.  I find this very interesting.

https://freedomnewsreport.com/2018/09/13/wikileaks-says-it-will-bring-hillary-clinton-down-by-october-21/

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Ecuador: U.K. Assures Julian Assange Can Leave Embassy Safely

Joshua Caplan        Dec. 6, 2018

"Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno said in a radio interview Thursday that British officials have offered adequate assurances for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to vacate the South America country’s embassy in London, according to the Associated Press.

Moreno said his government had received written assurances from the U.K. government not to extradite the Australian activist to any country where he would face the death penalty.

Ecuador’s president didn’t say he would force Assange out, but said the WikiLeaks founder’s legal team is considering its next steps."

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https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/12/06/ecuador-uk-providing-sufficient-guarantees-assange-can-exit-embassy/

 

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Julian Assange wins EU journalism award

April 17, 2019        Alan Jones


"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for journalists and whistleblowers, which is sponsored by European parliamentarians.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been given an award established in honour of an assassinated journalist.

Assange, jailed last week after being forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, was awarded the 2019 GUE/NGL Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Right to Information.

It is sponsored by European parliamentarians after being established in 2018 in honour of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia.

The award is given to individuals "uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public" and to honour "individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted for uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public".

Nobel Peace prize winner Mairead Maguire collected the award on the Australian's behalf at an event in the European parliament in Strasbourg.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor, said: "Through WikiLeaks Julian Assange's vision of transparency has revolutionalised journalism.

"His imprisonment and threatened extradition to the United States has drawn a sharp line in the sand. You are either encouraging the crackdown on media freedom or you are standing with Julian Assange."

Last year the Galizia prize was jointly awarded to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and LuxLeaks whistleblower Raphael Halet.

Assange had lived inside the embassy for almost seven years before his diplomatic asylum was revoked."

https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/julian-assange-wins-eu-journalism-award/news-story/f1bea94a9b040db4f7caa08897f7f6c3

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I've heard nothing about the extradition hearing, has anyone? I think he got 50 weeks for the English charges, and that Sweden is refiling their charges.  I find that strange because I thought they were dropped due to lack of evidence. Wonder if the real purpose is to keep him from coming to testify, against these people here.  Yep, I'm convinced that is exactly it.

I understand his mother is requesting people write to him.

 

 

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Ecuador will give US all documents & devices Assange left in London embassy – report

From May 12, 2019

"Ecuador's attorney general has informed Julian Assange's lawyer that the WikiLeaks co-founder's files, computer, mobile phones and other electronic devices will be seized during a search of the London embassy and sent to the US.

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson tried unsuccessfully to retrieve Assange's personal belongings from Ecuador's UK embassy, where he had been holed up for almost seven years before his arrest and incarceration last month. However, the Ecuadorian government has reportedly greenlighted a US request to provide it with access to the documents and electronic devices left behind by the jailed WikiLeaks editor after he was hauled out of the embassy by the British police on April 11.

The searches are set to be conducted by police on May 20, El Pais reported, citing a notice sent to Assange's Ecuadorian lawyer Carlos Poveda.

Personal files, Assange's computer, mobile phones, memory sticks, CDs and any other electronic devices uncovered during the searches will then be seized and sent to the US as a part of Ecuador's response to the Department of Justice's judicial request. The US is currently building a case to extradite Assange on hacking charges.

The files contain troves of sensitive information, include communication with lawyers and other legal documents – which, the lawyers argue, deprive him of the right to a proper defense. Having this data will potentially allow the US to "build and create new charges" to extradite Assange in violation of Ecuador's own asylum policies.

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The US has until June 12 to build a case for extradition. Last week, Assange, who has been serving a 50-week sentence in a maximum-security Guantanamo Bay-style prison for skipping bail, faced an extradition judge for the first time. The WikiLeaks co-founder said he would not surrender himself to extradition for simply "doing journalism" that has earned his site many international awards."

https://www.rt.com/news/459170-assange-documents-us-handover/

 

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Ecuador to hand over Assange's entire legal defense to the United States

May 20, 2019

"Three weeks before the U.S. deadline to file its final extradition request for Assange, Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow U.S. prosecutors to help themselves to Assange's belongings.

Neither Julian Assange nor U.N. officials have been permitted to be present when Ecuadorian officials arrive to Ecuador's embassy in London on Monday morning.

The chain of custody has already been broken. Assange's lawyers will not be present at the illegal seizure of his property, which has been "requested by the authorities of the United States of America".

The material includes two of his manuscripts, as well as his legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment. The seizure of his belongings violates laws that protect medical and legal confidentiality and press protections.

The seizure is formally listed as "International Assistance in Criminal matters 376-2018-WTT requested by the authorities of the United States of America". The reference number of the legal papers indicates that Ecuador's formal cooperation with the United States was initiated in 2018.

Since the day of his arrest on 11 April 2019, Mr. Assange's lawyers and the Australian consul have made dozens of documented demands to the embassy of Ecuador for the release and return of his belongings, without response.

Earlier this week the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy, who met with Mr. Assange in Belmarsh prison on 25 April, asked to be present to monitor Ecuador's seizure of Assange's property. Ecuador inexplicably refused the request, despite the fact that since 2003, Ecuador has explicitly committed itself to granting unimpeeded open invitations for UN special rapporteurs to investigate any aspect of their mandate in Ecuadorian jurisdiction."

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https://wikileaks.org/Ecuador-to-hand-over.html

Words just simply fail me at this point.

 

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Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues

Charlie Savage                May 23, 2019

"WASHINGTON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks leader, has been indicted on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act for his role in obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic documents in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday — a novel case that raises profound First Amendment issues.

The new charges were part of an expanded indictment obtained by the Trump administration that significantly raised the stakes of the legal case against Mr. Assange, who is already fighting extradition proceedings in London based on an earlier hacking-related count brought by federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia.

The charges are the latest twist in a career in which Mr. Assange has morphed from a crusader for radical transparency to fugitive from a Swedish sexual assault investigation, to tool of Russia’s election interference, to criminal defendant in the United States."

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/politics/assange-indictment.html

 

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Julian Assange is showing symptoms of 'psychological torture,' expert says

Alexander Smith                        May 31, 2019

"The WikiLeaks founder "lives in constant panic ... imagine being in a nightmare and never waking up," according to the U.N. special rapporteur on torture.

LONDON — Julian Assange has been left in a state of "extreme stress, chronic anxiety" and "constant panic" after spending seven years holed up in London's Ecuadorian Embassy, a leading United Nations expert who visited the WikiLeaks co-founder in prison said Thursday.

Nils Melzer, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture, told NBC News he blames the United States, United Kingdom and Sweden for "ganging up" on Assange and subjecting him to "psychological torture" and "collective persecution" while he was inside the embassy.

"You talk with him and he is extremely agitated. He had all these questions: What's going on there? What is in this [legal] proceeding? And what's going to happen here?" the U.N. official, who has been working informally with Assange's legal team, said.

"He's so preoccupied that he will bombard you with questions without waiting for answers," Melzer said.

Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault. Critics pointed out he was free to walk outside and face justice whenever he wanted.

But Assange and his supporters claim he was forced into exile to avoid extradition to the U.S., a belief supported by Melzer.

Assange is currently being held at London's high-security Belmarsh prison, having been hauled out of the embassy in April and sentenced to 50 weeks for skipping bail.

The U.S. has since announced it is charging Assange with 17 counts under the Espionage Act of 1917, which critics say has potential free speech implications."

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/julian-assange-showing-symptoms-psychological-torture-expert-says-n1012081

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U.S. delivers formal extradition request for Julian Assange to U.K.

Rachel Weiner and Devlin Barrett                June 10, 2019

 

"The Justice Department has delivered to officials in the United Kingdom a formal extradition request for Julian Assange, making further U.S. charges against the WikiLeaks founder unlikely.

A U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter said the request was sent Thursday. The United States’ treaty with Britain required that the request be sent within 60 days of Assange’s April 11 arrest at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

The same treaty bars the United States from prosecuting Assange for any alleged crimes beyond those outlined in the extradition request, unless those acts occur after his extradition. In an 18-count indictment filed last month, prosecutors charged Assange with violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack into a government computer."

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https://beta.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-delivers-formal-extradition-request-for-julian-assange-to-uk/2019/06/10/b4a02c70-8bb0-11e9-b08e-cfd89bd36d4e_story.html?outputType=amp

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British Home Secretary signs extradition order to send Julian Assange to US

June 13, 2019            RT

 

"Britain's Home Secretary has revealed he has signed a request for the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Sajid Javid said that he signed and certified the papers on Wednesday, with the order going before the UK courts on Friday.

"He’s rightly behind bars. There’s an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow."

The US justice department has filed 17 new charges against the Australian journalist. In May, he was additionally charged with one count of conspiring with Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, to gain access to the US Pentagon network.

Assange is currently serving a prison sentence in the UK for jumping bail. The 47 year-old was too ill to appear last month at the latest hearing at Westminster magistrates court in relation to the US request."

https://www.rt.com/news/461749-assange-uk-extradition-us/

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