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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: 1) by fx_68 on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:42PM (11 children)

    by fx_68 (2719) on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:42PM (#829102) Homepage
    One of Wikileaks biggest releases of information came in 2010 from US Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who later changed her name to Chelsea. Ms Manning leaked more than 250,000 diplomatic cables, including military logs that included footage of an Apache gunship crew shooting dead a group of men they thought had a rocket launcher. It turned out to be journalists for Reuters carrying a television camera. At the time, Ms Clinton, then Secretary of State, said the leaks “tore at the fabric of government” and pledged “aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information”. Wikileaks later released a cache of diplomatic cables from US embassies, including embarrassing and personal assessments of international figures. So it seems some big players are very upset at the wrong person. Manning is the one being held right now. why is the original messenger not being delt with. it seems Bradley aka(Chelsea) should be the one being arrested and extradited to US.
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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:54PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:54PM (#829105)

    Au contraire, it seems Clinton is the one who should be arrested and extradited to the US.

    • (Score: 1) by fx_68 on Sunday April 14 2019, @07:33AM

      by fx_68 (2719) on Sunday April 14 2019, @07:33AM (#829285) Homepage
      Clinton for Prison 2020 Drain the swamp limit Congress Members to 2 yrs
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by takyon on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:54PM (7 children)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:54PM (#829106) Journal

    That reminds me:

    Hillary Clinton: Assange must 'answer for what he has done' in wake of arrest [theguardian.com]

    “I think it is clear from the indictment that came out it’s not about punishing journalism,” Clinton said at an event in New York.

    Clinton said the issue was not one of press freedom, but “about assisting the hacking of a military computer to steal information from the United States government”.

    [...] “Look, I’ll wait and see what happens with the charges and how it proceeds, but he skipped bail in the UK,” Clinton said. “The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it’s been charged.”

    Clinton also took a swipe at Donald Trump, stating of her former rival: “I do think it’s a little ironic that [Assange] may be the only foreigner that this administration would welcome to the United States.”

    Sore loser couldn't #resist taking a swipe at Assange.

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by PinkyGigglebrain on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:06PM (6 children)

      by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:06PM (#829111)

      Had to chuckle at Hilary's comment from the article you linked.

      .. citing in particular the impact of hacked emails published on WikiLeaks at pivotal moments in the campaign.

      Assange and Wikileaks didn't hack her email server or fabricate the emails she is complaining about.

      And wasn't the timing of the releases more the newspapers doing than Wikileaks?

      Wikileaks et all just let the world see what a bitch she really is.

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      • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:49PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:49PM (#829129)

        Wikileaks et all just let the world see what a bitch she really is.

        Once again you BernieBros miss the point. It was her turn to be president, and Wikileaks colluded to steal the election from her.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:53PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:53PM (#829134)

        Wikileaks et all just let the world see what a bitch she really is.

        She may be a bitch, but Assange and his associate are the ones being arrested. Since Assange has skipped bail in the UK he will never be granted bail again. So he's going to be in custody for a long time.

        • (Score: 3, Touché) by legont on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:05AM

          by legont (4179) on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:05AM (#829175)

          Well, our president Mr Trump promised us to put Hilary in prison. He either delivers or we have two bitches to do next time.

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      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @07:10PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @07:10PM (#829457)

        Wikileaks et all just let the world see what a bitch she really is.

        Except they didn't. Clinton's emails were never hacked. The entire fucking state department was hacked, [esecurityplanet.com] but because clinton's emails were on a privately managed server run by security professionals, her stuff was secure.

        Its the emails from the DNC and Podesta's gmail account that were hacked. And there was basically nothing there. If there had been something actually serious, the nutjobs wouldn't have had to resort to ridiculous bad-faith bullshittery like pizzagate, "spirit cooking" and a couple of randos in the DNC blowing off steam about bernie.

        And wasn't the timing of the releases more the newspapers doing than Wikileaks?

        Literally no. Wikileaks dumped the DNC emails one hour after the trump "grab'em by the pussy" video came out. They obviously had everything primed and ready to go for whenever trump needed a distraction.

        The irony is that despite assange's red-hot burning hate for clinton, she never actually did anything to him. Assange's favored candidate is the one who has literally declared that the press is the enemy of the people and his first move to put a member of the press in jail was to arrest Assange. Don't be fooled, Assange is the first because he's an easy target who alienated the half of the country that actually cares about freedom of the press - and #cult45 just believes whatever their naked emperor tells them to, so he's got no social capital anymore. But Assange won't be the last.

        • (Score: 2) by Mykl on Monday April 15 2019, @04:19AM (1 child)

          by Mykl (1112) on Monday April 15 2019, @04:19AM (#829631)

          The irony is that despite assange's red-hot burning hate for clinton, she never actually did anything to him

          Except to ask senior Defence representatives to murder him by drone.

          • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 15 2019, @12:58PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 15 2019, @12:58PM (#829786)

            Except she didn't. As with all the breathless hype of assange's constant victim-narrative, that's just a bad-faith reading of what actually happened - in this case dark humor used to vent frustration.

            But you go ahead, keep right on playing the sucker to assange's gaslighting and blame clinton. I'm sure stroking that hillary boner is great comfort to assange while he sits in prison.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @03:21AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @03:21AM (#829220)

    There's a purely speculation story to this, but it could have some credence.
    April 4th, Manning's twitter said he was getting out of detention, a few hours later, wikileaks' twitter said that high level info suggest Assange was about to get arrested.
    It's possible Manning got a deal to help Assange get arrested, but it's still possible it's a just a coincidence of time lining up.