(the earlier despicable news)
Today: ‘Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange’s fate hangs in the balance’, James Cogan, wsws.org june 21
“Ahead of Moreno’s visit to London, his national secretary of political management, Paul Granda, asserted on July 19 that “there is no specific meeting planned on Assange.” The same day, acting Ecuadorian foreign minister, Andres Teran, claimed that Moreno’s government is “not in talks with the United States” over the WikiLeaks editor.
These statements have no credibility. All evidence points to the opposite conclusion: A conspiracy is well advanced, involving the US, British, Ecuadorian and Australian governments, to have Assange hauled before a show trial in the US.
The American intelligence agencies are determined to prosecute Assange as a “spy.” The campaign to arrest him was escalated to a “priority” in April 2017, after WikiLeaks began publishing the “Vault 7” leaks that revealed how the CIA had developed malware to hack phones, PCs, servers, smart televisions and vehicle computer systems in every part of the world.
Underscoring Moreno’s complicity in the persecution of Assange, his aides announced he has no intention of visiting the embassy whilst in London to even check on the well-being of a persecuted journalist his government is nominally providing political asylum.
Yesterday, Margarita Simonyan, the editor of Russia Today, tweeted: “My sources say that Assange will be handed over to UK authorities in the coming weeks or even days…”
Whether Simonyan’s sources are credible is unknown. But the fact that Moreno will speak with leading figures in the Conservative government of Prime Minister Theresa May over the coming days is not.”
Wikileaks had retweeted this; dunno how much good it can do, or what they hve in mind, but:
below the video:
‘International media are reporting that WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief may imminently be handed by Ecuador to UK authorities. (Ref: https://disobedientmedia.com/2018/07/… over-of-julian-assange-to-the-uk-may-be-imminent/) If such an event occurs, it presents an immediate threat to Assange’s human rights, asylum rights, liberty and to press freedoms. It would also be in direct contravention to the rulings of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Inter-American Court of human rights, both of which have found in his favour. The #Unity4J movement in support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is holding an emergency public meeting to unveil a plan for mass non-violent action to demand freedom for the journalist and publisher. High profile supporters of Julian Assange will be in attendance and unveil the new strategy’
boatloads of links, related solidarity movements, legal defense fund , etc.
Myownself, I liked this idea:
It’s altogether strange,but the parent Tweet seems to be missing, and the link to news.com.au went to a ‘doesn’t not exist’ page. But Cogan seems to have addressed the title of the piece here:
“The immense danger Assange faces was underscored yesterday by comments made during a media conference held by UK Foreign Affairs Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is in Britain at the same time as Moreno.
Hunt gloated: “Serious charges have been laid against him [Assange] and we want him to face justice for those charges but we are a country of due process. At any time he wants to, he is free to walk out on to the streets of Knightsbridge and the British police will have a warm welcome for him.”
Bishop exuded the utter contempt of successive Australian governments for the rights of an Australian citizen and journalist being persecuted by the US. She indifferently responded to Hunt’s threats, effectively washing her government’s hands of Assange’s fate. She told the media: “We understand there are still matters where Mr Assange is subject to British legal proceedings so therefore that would be a matter of British law enforcement authorities and agencies.”
In fact, the only “charges” that Assange faces in Britain arise from breaching bail when he sought asylum, a necessary step to avoid a sinister warrant to extradite him to Sweden to answer “questions” relating to dubious allegations of sexual assault. He rightly feared being extradited from Sweden to the US.”
Stefania Maurizi has a great compendium of, and paean to WikiLeaks publications at consortiumnews.com: Inside WikiLeaks: Working with the Publisher that Changed the World’, July 19, 2018