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What is happening with Julian #Assange? It could be that the Ecuadorian government has caved in to pressure and may imminently expel him from their London Embassy. While I'm keeping an eye on the live stream, a thread
Since 2006 #WikiLeaks has published well over 10 million documents, each one provided by a whistleblower who sought reform of how political, corporate & media elites operate, or to reverse the impact of secrecy, censorship and surveillance & more wikileaks.org/10years/timeli…
Each release has shared genuine official information about how governments, companies, banks, the UN, political parties, jailers, cults, private security firms, war planners and the media actually operate when they think no one is looking.​ wikileaks.org
Julian #Assange has been detained for 8 years due to a credible belief that he faced prosecution in the United States for #WikiLeaks publications: 10 days in Wandsworth; 18 months under virtual house arrest, & over six years in the Ecuadorian Embassy defend.wikileaks.org/about-julian/
On 15 November 2018,​ it was​ confirmed that the US government has charged ​#Assange for publishing information via the ​#​WikiLeaks platform. washingtonpost.com/world/national…
T​he US Department of Justice inadvertently revealed that “Assange has been charged” under seal and that the US seeks his extradition from the UK. pacer-documents.s3.amazonaws.com/179/399086/189…
The charges relate to #WikiLeaks’ 2010-2011 publications on war, diplomacy & rendition with a range of media organisations, including Reuters, The Guardian, Channel 4, The Independent, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, La Repubblica, Espresso, Liberation, Mediapart and others.
The Obama administration concluded that it could not prosecute #Assange without also implicating other U.S. news organizations, according to former Department of Justice spokesperson Matthew Miller. washingtonpost.com/world/national…
The Trump administration declared #WikiLeaks to be a “hostile non-state intelligence agency,” soon after Vault 7 was released, “the largest leak of CIA documents in history”. cia.gov/news-informati…
The UN found Julian Assange to be arbitrarily detained on 5 February 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) called for the detention to be brought to an end and that he be afforded the right to compensation. ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/…
The UN Working Group repeated the demand in December 2018 that the UK abide by its international obligations and allow him to walk free of the embassy. ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/…
Human rights organisations oppose extradition: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, among other human rights organisations, have released statements categorically opposing Assange’s extradition. hrw.org/news/2018/06/1…
Amnesty states that it “believes that Julian Assange should not be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, where there are concerns that he would face a real risk of serious human rights violations due to his work with WikiLeaks”.justice4assange.com/Statements-in-…
No charges were ever brought against #Assange in Sweden. Emails released under FOI revealed that Swedish authorities wanted to drop the arrest warrant for Assange as early as 2013, however, it was the UK government that improperly insisted it continue. theguardian.com/media/2018/feb…
#Assange is a joint Australian & Ecuadorian citizen. He was granted asylum and then citizenship by Ecuador because he was, “without the protection and assistance that [he] should receive from the State of which he is a citizen.” cancilleria.gob.ec/statement-of-t…
According to medical professionals Julian Assange’s health is seriously deteriorating, given he has been unable to leave the embassy for over six years for fear of being arrested and then extradited to the United States. wikileaks.org/Medical-Report…
Australian Parliamentarians, journalists and citizens should oppose the extradition of this Australian citizen to the United States and call on our government to press the UK government to provide a diplomatic assurance against extradition to the US.
Activists and organisations should raise the citizenship, press freedom and human rights issues at stake in this case at every opportunity - prosecuting a journalist and publisher for publishing has very grave consequences theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
Another thread about what have we learned from #WikiLeaks is a bit fat list of so many countries and institutions the platform has taught us about - not just the US, not just the west, no, very very many dark places have been lit up threadreaderapp.com/thread/1021009…
Julian #Assange is not perfect. He has sacrificed everything so we understand our world, its wars, dodgy trade deals, and how governments, banks and the UN are rendered corrupt & compromised. That is precisely why he is so dangerous. Not because of his mistake but his sucesses.
I miss my friend.
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