Julian Assange To Be Expelled From Embassy in ‘Hours to Days,’ WikiLeaks Says
Ecuador plans to expel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy and has an agreement in place with the U.K. for his arrest, Wikileaks said citing a source within the Ecuadorian government.
“A high-level source within the Ecuadorian state has told Wikileaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within ‘hours to days’ – WikiLeaks said on Twitter.
Ecuador last year introduced rules governing Assange’s life in its London embassy. The protocol warned that it could expel him if he should violate its terms. There is no information as what grounds there are to expel Assange.
The Ecuadorian government under its new leader have been threatened by the United States for Assange’s extradition. It is generally accepted that Assange’s life could be in danger if he were extradited to the US, where he will more than likely face charges connected to the publication of thousands of diplomatic and military documents containing classified information. Assange, already a political prisoner in the UK may well end up facing life in prison – in solitary confinement in the USA.
In the meantime, Craig Murray, ex-British ambassador and human rights activist has a few words to say about how Assange is being treated.
Craig Murray – Cassandra Fairbanks’ account of her visit to Julian in the Ecuadorean Embassy paints a truly harrowing picture of the conditions in which he is being held. Last week after receiving a message from Julian I applied to the Ecuadorean Embassy to go and see him. I have done this many times but a new regime has established involving forms and strict time windows.
The Ecuadorean Embassy claim not to have received my email with the application, which is peculiar as I received no undeliverable message and bcc copies received it. I, therefore, re-sent it with a new email advising they may change the date and time if the original is not now achievable. I have heard nothing so far in response.
Chelsea Manning is currently entering her fourth week of solitary confinement for refusing to testify against Assange before a grand jury. The United States wishes to extradite Julian Assange to face charges, not of collusion with the non-existent “Russiagate”, not with a sexual offence stitch-up. They wish to charge him with publishing the evidence of extensive US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with publishing the US diplomatic cables including the one I drew on last week which prove that the US and UK conspired to establish a marine reserve around the Chagos Islands as an environmental fraud to maintain the deportation of the islanders from what is now the US nuclear and torture base.
Many tens of billions of dollars are spent every year on western security services, and they are not stupid. The use of contrived sexual allegations to detach progressive figures from their support base is well-established practice. But the allegations against Assange in Sweden are long gone, never reached the stage of a charge, and fell away immediately once Assange was finally interviewed by Swedish police and prosecutors in the Embassy. The whole Russiagate fabrication has been exploded as the media confection it always was.
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The false left and liberals have until now been delighted to hide behind Russiagate or Sweden to avoid asking themselves the fundamental question. Julian Assange is merely a journalist and publisher. The fundamental question is, should a journalist or publisher be locked up for life for publishing leaked documents showing war crimes? If the answer is yes, where is press freedom?
That is now the unavoidable question. The security service patsies at the Guardian, however, prefer to retail ludicrous accusations from CIA asset Lenin Moreno – accusations motivated by the revelation of Moreno’s Panamanian offshore accounts – in frenzied efforts to maintain the tactic of diversion.