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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: 3, Interesting) by PinkyGigglebrain on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:55PM (7 children)

    by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Saturday April 13 2019, @08:55PM (#829107)

    I sincerely doubt Assange has set up any kind of "panic button" but in the eyes of various hacker groups around the world Ecuador now has a big sign on their back reading "Kick Me!!".

    Right or wrong those groups will cause as much trouble as they can for Ecuador. Not to mention that it will also be a great cover for any other governments to hack Ecuador as well.

    I hope their networks are ready for it.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:02PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:02PM (#829109)

    Who would hack Ecuador? They are the very definition of a banana republic since their GDP consists of banana plantations, two burros and $3.54 of telephone calling cards.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:38PM (5 children)

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Saturday April 13 2019, @09:38PM (#829121) Journal

      Obviously a funny, but:

      Ecuador twists embarrassing INA Papers into pretext to oust Assange [] []

      Ecuador has a developing economy that is highly dependent on commodities, namely petroleum and agricultural products. The country is classified as an upper-middle-income country. Ecuador's economy is the eighth largest in Latin America and experienced an average growth of 4.6% between 2000 and 2006. From 2007 to 2012 Ecuador's GDP grew at an annual average of 4.3 percent, above the average for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was 3.5%, according to the United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Ecuador was able to maintain relatively superior growth during the crisis. In January 2009 the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE) put the 2010 growth forecast at 6.88%. In 2011 its GDP grew at 8% and ranked 3rd highest in Latin America, behind Argentina (2nd) and Panama (1st). Between 1999 and 2007, GDP doubled, reaching $65,490 million according to BCE.

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      • (Score: 2) by legont on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:08AM (3 children)

        by legont (4179) on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:08AM (#829177)

        Nice grows. Is it because they have Lenin for a president?

        "Wealth is the relentless enemy of understanding" - John Kenneth Galbraith.
        • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @02:40AM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @02:40AM (#829211)

          No it's because Correa was President. He had a degree in economics and applied it while President. I lived there during this time. If he ever comes to the USA I'd vote for him, citizen or not, the man knows the right way to run a country.

          • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @03:17AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14 2019, @03:17AM (#829218)

            What was the relationship between Correa and Moreno? They were in the same party, Moreno was groomed by Correa for the office, but then once it was "his turn" to take the presidency, he sells the country out to the Empire?

      • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:10AM

        by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday April 14 2019, @12:10AM (#829179) Homepage

        The IMF has them now. They were offered 4 billion in high-fructose corn syrup loans to abandon socialism and release Assange to the globo-homos.