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posted by FatPhil on Thursday April 11 2019, @01:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the shoulda-taken-the-tea-chest-option-years-back dept.

Breaking: Met police confirm that Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court.

Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Mr Assange's asylum after his repeated violations to international conventions.

But WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange's political asylum "in violation of international law".

[...] Scotland Yard said it was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum.

After his arrest for failing to surrender to the court, police said he had been further arrested on behalf of US authorities under an extradition warrant.

He doesn't look happy, to say the least.

Update: As this is a breaking story, more information is coming out regularly - one source that updates their reports frequently is Zero Hedge - thanks boru!

Previously: New Analysis of Swedish Police Report Confirms Julian Assange's Version in Sweden's Case
Ecuador Reportedly Almost Ready to Hand Julian Assange Over to UK Authorities
UK Said Assange Would Not be Extradited If He Leaves Embassy Refuge
Inadvertent Court Filing Suggests that the U.S. DoJ is Preparing to Indict Julian Assange
U.S. Ramping Up Probe Against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Says
Ecuador Denies That Julian Assange Will be Evicted From Embassy in London


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @02:07PM (12 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @02:07PM (#827936)

    It is difficult to say who benefits from this more. The left MM has claimed this guy is responsible for everything but little green men. Maybe they've convinced themselves that their propaganda has turned him into a wedge issue they can win with. On the other hand, it is a huge 1st amendment case, and he has a hell of a case in the U.S. We could actually end up giving him money and patting him on the ass and sending him on his way.

    Somebody wanted to put this ball in play. But I don't think anybody has any idea on how this is going to end. In any case there are a lot of minions grinning about this thinking that the guy is going to get his just desserts. The thing is, that content he exposed... Yeah, that is still out there. And the whole prosecution really still does look like a vendetta when you examine the facts.

    My guess is they'll use a rubber stamp judge, and refuse to actually talk about what he actually did, in lieu of talking about what MM says he did. Then they'll declare that there is some "secret" that needs to be protected and seal the courts. It is a straight up 1st amendment case, and they are probably going to prosecute it in secret because they are unlikely to win any other way. If you don't see the problem with that, you aren't an American.

    See you on the protest line.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by DeathMonkey on Thursday April 11 2019, @03:54PM (7 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday April 11 2019, @03:54PM (#828045) Journal

    I love how you can blame the action of Trump's DOJ on the left.

    When the left was in charge of the DOJ it DID NOT PROSECUTE due to the very free speech issue you seem so concerned about.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @05:17PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @05:17PM (#828122)

      Not to mention that all the far-leftie sources have been defending Assange. Right-wingers consistently amaze me.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @07:44PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @07:44PM (#828214)

        Its the unfalsifiable logic of conspiracy theorists - everything that contradicts the conspiracy is either completely ignored or co-opted as further proof of the conspiracy.

        Frankly once you learn to recognize the pattern, it is tiresome AF because you can't reason someone out of a belief they never reasoned themselves into. And then they go around declaring that you must respect their idiocy as if critical thinking and emotional pandering are equally valid methods for understanding the world.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 12 2019, @01:57PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 12 2019, @01:57PM (#828589)

        Finding the left wing contemptible does not make one right wing. Most independents find the right just as contemptible. You're misplaced assumption demonstrates you either are a sucker, or you're trying to make suckers out of other people.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @05:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @05:22PM (#828129)

      are you referring to the "trump doj" that has been trying to get him arrested or impeached since he got in office? fucking authoritarian state socialist piece of shit.

    • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Friday April 12 2019, @05:07AM

      by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Friday April 12 2019, @05:07AM (#828486) Homepage Journal

      Another 100% FALSE, 100% WRONG DeathMonkey Tweet. Can we call it a lie? Why not, right?

      "And when this information, or reports, whether true or false, surface on the front page of newspapers, that makes the job of folks on the Front Lines tougher and it makes MY job tougher. Which is why since I’ve been in office, my attitude has been ZERO TOLERANCE for these kinds of leaks and speculation!!!

      Now we have Mechanisms in place where, if we can root out folks who have leaked, they will SUFFER CONSEQUENCES. In some cases, it's criminal. These are criminal acts when they release information like this! And we will conduct thorough investigations, as we have in the past." Cheatin' Obama.

      And if you couldn't tell. That's something he said when he was the President. When he had TOTAL & COMPLETE CONTROL. They called it the War on Whistleblowers. And they even made a movie about that one -- by the same name. And it wasn't fiction. Documentary!!!! imdb.com/title/tt2910440 [imdb.com]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 12 2019, @05:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 12 2019, @05:37AM (#828497)

      The left was never in charge of the DOJ; center-right corporate democrats were. Other than that, yes.

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday April 12 2019, @02:16PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday April 12 2019, @02:16PM (#828599) Homepage Journal

      Uhhhhhmmmmmm - who did they not prosecute, exactly? Are you talking about someone else, or are you talking about people whom they couldn't apprehend?

      --
      Through a Glass, Darkly -George Patton
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @03:59PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @03:59PM (#828053)

    What's "MM"?

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @04:07PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 11 2019, @04:07PM (#828064)

      In this context I would assume "MM" is "Mainstream Media".

      • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Thursday April 11 2019, @10:35PM (1 child)

        by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Thursday April 11 2019, @10:35PM (#828332)

        From the context, I assumed it was Malcolm Marshall. [wikipedia.org]

        Seems right, there are huge number of cricket fans on this site aren't there?

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday April 11 2019, @10:42PM

          by c0lo (156) on Thursday April 11 2019, @10:42PM (#828340) Journal

          Seems right, there are huge number of cricket fans on this site aren't there?

          Yeah, love 'em, especially Jiminy.

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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0