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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, 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, [] 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.

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  • (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.