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posted by takyon on Sunday April 07 2019, @10:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the unwelcome-guest dept.

Looks like Assange may go from the loving arms of the Ecuadorian Embassy to London's finest cell when he is evicted, which is now imminent.

UK police outside Ecuador embassy amid WikiLeaks tweets

Also at The Hill.

Ecuador denies WikiLeaks claim it plans to release Julian Assange

The Ecuadorian government on Friday rejected claims by WikiLeaks that founder Julian Assange would be ousted from his sanctuary at the country's embassy in London "within hours to days."

Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released Friday that the allegation was "an attempt to stain the dignity of the country," according to an NBC News translation. Ecuador "has made significant expenditures to pay for his stay" and has "endured its rudeness," the ministry continued.


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Sunday April 07 2019, @04:28PM (4 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 07 2019, @04:28PM (#825829) Journal

    Before the "troll" moderation starts, just remember he skipped bail in the UK and hid in the Ecuadorian Embassy willingly. And before the "they would extradite him to the US" replies show up, keep in mind that Trump is a big fan of Wikileaks and could very possibly pardon Assange if he is extradited to the US while Trump is still in office. The US may not even pursue Assange under the direction of the current US administration.

    Ok, keeping that paltry bit in mind, we still have the problem that he could be extradited to the US. The US "may not", but it's a lot of trouble if they do.

    Trump hasn't pardoned Assange. That would be the sure-fire way to demonstrate that the US isn't going to extradite and prosecute Assange.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07 2019, @06:15PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07 2019, @06:15PM (#825870)

    Trump doesn't do anything until it is personally advantageous. Assange leaving the embassy and getting picked up by London's finest could start that clock running. But if Trump tells Barr to "let it go" then Assange will never even face extradition.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday April 07 2019, @06:31PM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday April 07 2019, @06:31PM (#825878) Journal
      "IF".
      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07 2019, @09:41PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07 2019, @09:41PM (#825947)

        Like I said, he does nothing until he can benefit from it. If Assange doesn't leave the embassy it does no good for Trump to do anything. And if Assange happens to fall victim to foul play then Trump won't need to do anything either.

        The one thing we know for a fact is that Assange has been hiding out in the embassy like a scared little girl for years.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07 2019, @10:08PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07 2019, @10:08PM (#825962)

          The one thing we know for a fact is that Assange has been hiding out in the embassy like a scared little girl for years.

          Oh, big man on the Internet speaking. I'd like to hear your sniveling if you ever get caught in the machinations of governments. Assange is a selfish bigmouth, but he's paid a high price running an organization to protect the people who expose what states and companies would rather keep secret.

          There is apparently a secret indictment being formed in the US against Assange. Once that is ready, that will guarantee a quick extradition from the British perspective, if they get a hold of him.

          He is likely safe though in the Ecuadorian embassy, at least as long as the current Ecuadorian government doesn't get regime changed in a US-Brazilian cooperation.

          Trump could instruct the attorney general to not make a move, which would keep Assange safe unless the political leadership changes in the US. A pardon would moot the entire show, but Trump has spoken critically about Assange before. I don't think he will protect Assange from extradition.