WikiLeaks Founder, Julian Assange’s, Asylum Coming to an End
Saturday it was reported that Ecuador is working to finalize an agreement to withdraw its asylum protection from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in order to throw him out of the country’s embassy in London and turn him over to British authorities
Friday, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno was in London, where he was to speak at the Global Disabilities Summit, Glen Greenwald reported on The Intercept, but the actual purpose was to meet with British officials to finalize the agreement to turn fugitive Assange over.
The WikiLeaks founder has been at Ecuador’s embassy in London since Y 2012.
Ecuador earlier this year blocked Mr. Assange’s Internet access, notes blaming the decision on Spain’s anger his comments about Catalonia and the protesters in Spain.
Mr. Assange could have his asylum withdrawn this coming week, according to a source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and President Moreno’s office.
The President is close to finalizing the agreement to hand Mr. Assange over to British officials. And is likely that he will not seek a guarantee that British officials will not order Mr. Assange extradited to the United States to face prosecution by the US DOJ and take down WikiLeaks.
Mr. Assange currently is under an arrest warrant from Y 2012 for failure to surrender, filed when he obtained asylum from Ecuador rather than returning to court for a hearing concerning his extradition to Sweden.
The British authorities could argue that Mr. Assange’s evasion rose above a simple failure to surrender charge, and that he could be charged for contempt of court, which could bring a 2-year sentence.
Swedish prosecutors already dropped their investigation last year into sexual assault allegations that had been filed against Assange.
The Hussein Obama Admin wanted to prosecute Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks, but backed away because of the trouble it could cause for US newspapers who reported on him. The Trump Administration has no such concerns.
Last April, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is now the Secretary of State, said WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” adding that “we have to recognize that we can no longer allow Mr. Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.”
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has promised to consider the prosecution of media outlets publishing classified information.
“It would be incredibly shrewd for Sessions to lay the foundation for doing so by prosecuting Assange first, safe in the knowledge that journalists themselves – consumed with hatred for Assange due to personal reasons, professional jealousies and anger over the role they believed he played in 2016 in helping Hillary Clinton lose would unite behind The Trump DOJ and in support of its efforts to imprison Assange,” said Glen Greenwald of The Guardian
If the United States indicts Mr. Assange, then it could request the UK extradite him to face trial, which means the UK could keep him in prison for years.
Mr. Assange could resist extradition, but that could take some time to decide, leaving him behind bars in Great Britain for at least another year.
Note: Julian Assange dyes his hair white!
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