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posted by takyon on Sunday April 07 2019, @10:12AM   Printer-friendly
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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) by Pav on Sunday April 07 2019, @10:43PM (3 children)

    by Pav (114) on Sunday April 07 2019, @10:43PM (#825978)

    So the UK is obliged to keep the Equadorian embassy under constant watch? For skipping bail for charges that have been dropped? I know conservatives shiver with excitement to serve power, but that's just embarrassing.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by ledow on Sunday April 07 2019, @11:18PM (2 children)

    by ledow (5567) on Sunday April 07 2019, @11:18PM (#825994) Homepage

    The skipping bail charges HAVE NOT been dropped.

    What charges he was facing *TO* skip bail were dropped. But he skipped court bail. That's basically contempt of court, whether or not he was innocent of the original charges or they were dropped. He promised the court he'd be a good boy and not run off. He didn't. So the UK court still have an arrest warrant out for him.

    It's like saying that charges for punching a policeman in the face should be dropped, because you did it while he was trying to arrest you for littering, and you didn't actually litter. Nobody cares. You still go to court for that OTHER, completely unrelated charge, because you're an idiot.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Pav on Monday April 08 2019, @12:14AM (1 child)

      by Pav (114) on Monday April 08 2019, @12:14AM (#826002)

      So... Assange says the charges were BS and manufactured to get him into custody and potential extradition AS HAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROVED TO BE THE CASE (actually, it was also known at the time... One of Australias premier investigative teams [] went to Sweden, and discovered exactly how shady and irregular these charges were. It has also been leaked that the US is preparing a case for his potential extradition in a secret court, and literally hundreds of people solely tasked with taking Wikileaks down.

      So, in your view, the rare publishers and leakers brave enough to expose state criminality should lay their necks into the nooses prepared for them? I'm sure most people would rather be aware of the survelance state, be aware of the misappropriation of their tax dollars to fund muslim extremists, be aware of their disenfranchisement etc... But you... begrudge the 24hr survelance Assange is put under so that Downing St can be seen to have a sufficiently brown nose?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 08 2019, @10:09PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 08 2019, @10:09PM (#826397)


        Just stick that in there somewhere, would you. Thanks.