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posted by takyon on Saturday April 13 2019, @07:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the with-friends-like-these dept.

Assange associate Ola Bini has been arrested in Ecuador for alleged involvement in hacking government computer systems. A large quantity of electronic equipment and credit cards were allegedly found in his suitcase and during a raid of his home.

Assange's arrest was designed to make sure he didn't press a mysterious panic button he said would bring dire consequences for Ecuador

Julian Assange's arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was carried out in a specific way to prevent him from pressing a mysterious panic button he said could bring dire consequences for Ecuador, its foreign minister said.

[...] It is not clear exactly what form the "panic button" took: whether it was a physical device or a metaphor for some other easily activated insurance measure. It is also unclear what leverage Assange thought he had over Ecuador.

Assange's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider on the nature of the button and whether it existed. According to Valencia, though, it was serious enough for Ecuador to warn British authorities and carry out the raid in such a way that Assange was not able to get back into his room after learning of his imminent arrest.

Julian Assange must face Swedish justice first - MPs and peers

More than 70 MPs and peers have signed a letter urging the home secretary to ensure Julian Assange faces authorities in Sweden if they want his extradition.

[...] In their letter to Sajid Javid, 70 parliamentarians - chiefly Labour MPs and peers - urged him to "stand with the victims of sexual violence" and ensure the rape claim against the Wikileaks founder could be "properly investigated". "We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the complainant should see justice be done," the letter said. Labour's Stella Creasy tweeted a copy of the letter sent to Mr Javid. The same letter was also sent to shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

See also: The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom
Sweden Considers Request to Reopen Rape Investigation of Julian Assange
Four theories about Julian Assange's cat (also at NPR)

Previously: Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:04PM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:04PM (#829069)

    70 parliamentarians - chiefly Labour MPs and peers - urged him to "stand with the victims of sexual violence" and ensure the rape claim against the Wikileaks founder could be "properly investigated".

    Funny how British SJW grandstanding could add uncertainty to reaching the end goal the Useful Idiot REEEsisters are cheering for, getting Assange into an American government oubliette for the rest of his life.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:31PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:31PM (#829089)

    Assange is a political hot potato.
    Neither the Tories nor Labour want to be the ones to have to hand him over to the tender mercies of the USian TLAs (though I don't really know why...the whole Brexit debacle has exposed the political system in the UK as the farce-masquerading-as-democracy it always has been, nobody would be surprised at anything the duplicitous weasels in Parliament get up to) , they know fine well what will happen to him (your oubliette being one of the least nastier things I can think of), so they're all busily looking for any old excuse to allow them to justify doing the good old 'Pontius Pilate' shuffle...give him to the Swedes and let them do the dirty work and hand him over to the US.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:49PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:49PM (#829130)

      Nothing bad is going to happen to Assange in the US*







      * that he doesn't deserve.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @10:01PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @10:01PM (#829138)

        Because we must never question our Masters but instead shut the fuck up and do as they order us.

        • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @10:20PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @10:20PM (#829142)

          Actually, once Assange arrives in the US his lawyers plan to tell the Trump administration that Assange is in the US illegally. When Trump hears that he will have ICE deport Assange back to Ecuador.

      • (Score: 0, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:06AM

        by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:06AM (#829176) Homepage

        Now this is an excellent visual effect I wish I had thought of. I will steal it. And since this comment contributes nothing to this discussion, let me help nudge it into oblivion: niggers.

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday April 14 2019, @06:36AM (1 child)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 14 2019, @06:36AM (#829280) Homepage Journal

      'Pontius Pilate' shuffle

      So, UK government is filled with shuffle girls? Do they make videos? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsu9W-yceeE [youtube.com]

      --
      Our first six presidents were educated men. Then, along came a Democrat.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @09:30AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @09:30AM (#829303)

        Nah, the UK Government is indeed full of big tits and gargantuan arseholes but unfortunately (?) not the sort that star in the video you link to....though they would be just as effective in the job as the shower we currently have taking the piss there.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:44PM (#829124)

    70 parliamentarians - chiefly Labour MPs and peers - urged him to "stand with the victims of sexual violence" and ensure the rape claim [...] could be "properly investigated"

    They profess to "stand with the victims of sexual violence" ...

    Unless the victims are minors (e.g. white girls) and the perpetrators are rape gangs comprised of a specific demographic, in which case the minister "standing with the victims" is forced to resign. [bbc.co.uk]