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| Fri Apr 05 06:27:29|
So there are reports on that Assange will be kicked out from the embassy within "days or hours".
The British police says there is an arrest warrant on him. What for?
Will they turn him over to the US mafia regime? Will he be executed?
| Fri Apr 05 07:54:14|
Those same rumors have been kicking around for months.
"Will they turn him over to the US mafia regime? Will he be executed?"
We can only hope. But seeing as how he and Trump are both Russian assets, and Assange helped Trump get elected, I suspect that he'll get a medal and a seat of honor for Trump's military parade.
| Fri Apr 05 12:55:41|
The free flow of information should always be applauded.
Give Assange and Snowden the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
| Fri Apr 05 12:59:26|
"The free flow of information should always be applauded."
Stop being such a shitlord. If information dissemination is not carefully managed by our government and media institutions, how will the general public be prevented from supporting the WRONG ideas or voting for the WRONG candidates? Get fucked, incel.
| Wed May 01 07:45:49|
The Brits are still our allies!
Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison, day before facing extradition hearing
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating his bail and going into hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy, seven years ago, a sentence that comes just a day before a hearing is set to take place concerning his extradition to the U.S.
Assange was sentenced on Wednesday after his appearance at London’s Southwark Crown Court. After the judge handed the sentence, a group of protesters shouted “shame on you.”
He breached his bail back in 2012 amid threats of extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.
In a letter read to the court, Assange said he was “struggling with difficult circumstances” and apologized to those who “consider I've disrespected them.”
He added: “I did what I thought at the time was the best or perhaps the only thing that I could have done.”
Judge Deborah Taylor insisted that Assange deserved near the maximum sentence of one year because of the seriousness of his offense. She rejected calls for leniency because of the nearly seven years he spent in the Ecuadorian Embassy.
The Australian founder of WikiLeaks remained defiant and raised a fist in the air to his supporters as he was taken down to the prison.
Assange has been held in prison since his arrest last month after the Ecuadorian authorities revoked his political asylum and kicked him out of the embassy on April 11.
The government of Ecuador accused WikiLeaks and Assange of meddling in the country’s politics.
But the sentence on Wednesday is just a sideshow for Assange, who faces the main battle on Thursday.
He’s set to appear at a court hearing on a U.S. extradition request. The U.S. authorities charged Assange with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.
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He faces up to five years in a U.S. prison if convicted.
| Wed May 01 11:31:30|
Hopefully the judge gets decapitated in the street by one of Seb's friends
| Mon May 13 12:03:04|
Rapists must not go free
Sweden Reopens Inquiry Into Julian Assange Over Rape Allegations
May 13, 2019
Sweden is resuming its investigation of Julian Assange on rape allegations and will issue a European warrant for his arrest, state prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said Monday. Assange is currently in a British prison, where he's being punished for eluding a similar warrant in 2012.
Swedish prosecutors had idled their case while Assange was holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. But with the controversial WikiLeaks founder now in U.K. custody, Persson said, "conditions have changed in the case and I believe that there are again opportunities to push the matter forward."
Persson said her office will seek to extradite Assange — a request that could be enforced after he serves at least half of a 50-week prison term for jumping bail. Acknowledging that the U.S. is seeking Assange's extradition, Persson added that it will be up to British authorities to determine how to prioritize multiple requests for Assange's extradition and/or arrest.
Swedish authorities initially issued an arrest warrant for Assange, who is Australian, over allegations of rape and molestation in August of 2010. Their chance to pursue charges in the case will expire next summer, under Sweden's statute of limitations.
Assange, 47, has previously spoken to Swedish authorities about the sexual assault allegations against him; Persson says new questioning is needed. And she mentioned that her office might speak to Assange by video link in the U.K. — if he agrees.
WikiLeaks issued a statement in response to the case being resumed, saying Sweden is reopening the investigation after facing "considerable political pressure" in the wake of Assange being forced out of Ecuador's embassy.
That pressure, WikiLeaks says, came from the U.S., which has charged Assange with helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning crack a password on Department of Defense computers that allowed access to a network of classified documents and communications.
Assange has vowed to fight extradition to the U.S., where his legal team says he could never receive a fair trial.
Earlier this month, a criminal law expert told NPR that, despite adding to his legal complications, Assange could actually benefit from having Sweden involved.
"If Sweden were to make a competing extradition request, then the home secretary [in the U.K.] might choose to give that priority and that could mean that there is at best a delay to the U.S. extradition request," said European Union criminal law expert Anna Bradshaw of Peters & Peters.
| Fri May 24 17:12:06|
Trump will personally crush him!
Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues
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.
Mr. Assange vaulted to global fame nearly a decade ago as a champion of openness about what governments secretly do. But with this indictment, he has become the target for a case that could open the door to criminalizing activities that are crucial to American investigative journalists who write about national security matters.
The case has nothing to do with Russia’s election interference in 2016, when Mr. Assange’s organization published Democratic emails stolen by Russia as part of its covert efforts to help elect President Trump. Instead, it focuses on Mr. Assange’s role in the leak of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables and military files by the former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Justice Department officials did not explain why they decided to charge Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act — a step also debated within the Obama administration but ultimately not taken. Although the indictment could establish a precedent that deems actions related to obtaining, and in some cases publishing, state secrets to be criminal, the officials sought to minimize the implications for press freedoms.
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