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Assange Seeks Asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy

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The ubiquitous Julian Assange has broken free of his “house arrest” and sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy for political asylum. It is unclear as to whether Julian’s plans where to evade the ongoing sexual accusations from Sweden against him or whether he was eager to escape his RT-TV contract on – the World tomorrow.

Julian is an odd fellow no doubt. From his prematurely grey hair to his love of encryption he has captured the imagination of people everywhere. As a modern Hacktivist hero; a “David” character against the Goliath of the Global Elite. Love him or hate him, he has something of interest – his mind.  Sadly it did not work out too well with his TV show. Is he a radical journalist, an undercover agent, Controlled opposition of just another Hacker with delusions of grandeur? Time will tell…

But now the police are after him for breaching of his bail conditions. The thing is, one can hardly blame him for running, after 500 days house arrest without charge, that chance of him getting a fair trial are slim.

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41 Responses to Assange Seeks Asylum in Ecuadorian Embassy

  1. who_me June 20, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    he seems to have a healthy desire for self-preservation. i wonder what made him pick equador?

    • who_me June 20, 2012 at 2:48 am #

      ah, question answered:

      http://www.rt.com/news/assange-political-asylum-equador-236/

      “Assange wrote directly to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, saying he was being persecuted and could not return to his homeland, where he would be vulnerable to extradition to “a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition.”

      Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, a big fan of WikiLeaks, is now reportedly studying Julian Assange’s request. Last month Correa told Assange in an interview that it is time to get rid of false stereotypes depicting wicked governments persecuting saint-like journalists and news outlets and welcomed him to the “club of the persecuted.

      The South American nation has already once offered Assange residency. In November 2010, Deputy Foreign Minister Kintto Lucas said his country is “open to giving him [Assange] residency in Ecuador”. Lucas also said Ecuador was “very concerned” by information revealed by Wikileaks linking US diplomats with spying on friendly governments.”

    • Jonathon Blakeley June 20, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      Ecuador are the only country ever to refuse a US Military Base.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 20, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    He is enigmatic figure, that’s for sure.
    Started out out big, with disclosures of US war crimes, followed up with what only amounted to the kind of gossip diplomats engage in at cocktail parties but would be embarrassed to be shown as the originators (e.g., the US State department wanted details on whether Cristina Kirchner is really nuts and is on medication..”). There was a conspicuous absence of any leaks inconvenient to Israel. Then he promised a huge scoop that will make the banking world tremble. Instead of an earthquake, what he eventually delivered was some dirt on a small bank that the Rothschields had been trying to swallow for some time. Coincidentally he is sheltered in a mansion tied to the Rotschields and was bailed by yet another member of the same clan.
    Who are you, Mr Sorge?
    Perhaps he started “straight” and got bent by huge pressure after a while. Perhaps they had him where they wanted him: threatened by stupid trumped up charges, a virtual prisoner in high style but still a prisoner of sorts.
    And now… Ecuador? Will he hide among the turtles in the Galapagos?
    The real heroes are John Kiriacou and Bradley Manning. It is about them we should be really worried.

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 20, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    DESERT– a play about Bradley Manning at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, 21-23 June 2012 (7.30pm, with 2pm matinee on 23 June)

    “If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?”

    “Blurring between real and imagined events, desert takes us on a journey from a cell at Quantico Brig, Virginia, through Northern Iraq, to the not-so-distant future. Through the eyes of Morgan, an aspiring Welsh hacktivist, we move backwards and forwards in a constantly evolving contemporary narrative as she tries to make sense of Bradley’s story. Blending text, movement and media, desert probes how far the campaign phrase ‘We are all Bradley Manning’ really goes in a world where the individual and global powers are continuously in conflict.”

  4. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 20, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    According to a Haaretz article published on March 31 story, the Wikileaks cables showed that Israel has scaled back its covert operations in Iran.
    That was very far from the truth– see the recent news that Iran has arrested 20 people linked to the assassination of two of its nuclear scientists shows that there are many hands at work which tirelessly make attempts to derail Iran’s security and destabilize the country. (per Counterpunch)

    So how reliable is Assange?

    • who_me June 20, 2012 at 4:28 am #

      “So how reliable is Assange?”

      er:

      “According to a Haaretz article”

      there are plenty of reasons to be suspicious of assange’s motivations and methods, but you discredit yourself by claiming what the zionazi propaganda rag haaretz says has any bearing on reality in relation to wikileaks. they misrepresent the wikileaks material probably even more than the zionazi propaganda rags guardian and nyt do.

      • Jay Knott June 20, 2012 at 8:15 am #

        I’ve done it again! I tried to parody circular, self-referential, unfalsifiable conspiracy pseudo-theorizing, look down the page, and find… it’s beyond parody.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

          Jay, not every instance of skepticism and suspicion qualifies as “conspiracy theory.” I expect more exigence with terminology from you.
          A ‘conspiracy theory’ is a fully formed hypothesis, complete with documentation, like the Last Will and Testament found in Atta’s car parked at the airport :-)
          I said that Assange is an enigma to me.
          I find it odd that in cables and leaks that are said to number in the tens of thousands, covering even obscure little countries and their leaders and containing ‘info’ that goes from incriminating to merely embarrassing there was nothing unfavorable to Israel. In fact not much about Israel at all.
          If you were given a map of the world from which Israel was missing wouldn’t you wonder why?
          Sine you bring up 9/11, that is in fact a good point: there have been foreign officials who expressed doubts about the Boxcutters’ Conspiracy Theory, even publicly (or just leaked by others who heard their statements).
          Yet the topic of 9/11, a bit bigger, one would think, than a disastrous diplomatic lunch where oysters gone bad had been served, was never reflected in any of the chit-chat and leaks?!
          There has been some talk about the major newspapers to whom Assange released his material having exercised control about what to publish and what to suppress and that goes to who_me’s point– yes, Israel’s Haaretz may have well chosen to publish one cable that suited them, or even edited it.
          But Assange has his own internet site which he controls and there is nothing there either on these topics.
          It beggars belief that despite Israel’s sway in the world (and over the US), Israel is in fact reflected in confidential diplomatic cables and leaks as often as … Gibraltar.

  5. Jonathon Blakeley June 20, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    The lack of serious info regarding Israel from WikiLeaks is very telling. His program on RT was the most boring thing I think I have ever seen.

  6. Jonathon Blakeley June 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    This reminds me of my Julian Assange joke. How can you tell when Julian Assange has had Sex..? There is a Wikileak straight after..
    :-)

  7. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “One of the conditions was that he was supposed to be at a named bail address between 10pm and 8am, and it was 10.20pm that we were notified that he had breached that particular condition.”

    Wow! In only 20 minutes the police was notified. That’s impressive

    “In order to reach a proper decision in line with international law on Mr Assange’s application, the Ecuadorian government will be seeking the views of the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States of America.”

    Hmm, I wonder what those 3 will say… impossible to guess.

    “While officials had earlier offered him asylum, but backed off the move, it remains unclear why Mr Assange opted for Ecuador as the country has an extradition treaty to the United States.”

    That is interesting. Why not, say, Paraguay, where every American (and other) scofflaw knows to run because Paraguay has no extradition treaties.

  8. who_me June 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Ariadna Theokopoulos

    i agree on assange being an enigmatic figure. And i also agree about wikileaks not publishing much that was damaging to israel. but i would add that what they published about the usa wasn’t that damaging, either, just huge in volume. i think they published what they had, but they didn’t have anything devastating to begin with. just gossip.

    the jewish run western media has been lying throughout about wikileaks and assange. lying about everything having to do with them. that’s why i objected to the use of their rubbish by you. their propaganda adds nothing but further confusion.

    i am curious why assange chose equador, but i assume he checked beforehand with others and they looked the best prospect.

    a curiousity about assange is that israel figures in both his defense and his attackers. the woman who claimed “rape” promptly moved to israel soon after (like that “fiance” of neda, and the indian housekeeper in mumbai, etc.). the media attacking him is zionazi owned, the governments attacking are zionazi puppets. then there is dumscheiße-berg, who is obviously an israeli tool.

    but then zionazis provided housing and bail for assange – perhaps to better keep him under tabs? breaking bail means that particular zionazi will be out the money, btw.

    i wonder what relations are between israel and equador and if that was a factor in the decision. if assange is “rogue”, whatever his earlier role was, he would pick a country that would be a haven from those after him. these may not just be the american government, but also people like organised crime (israeli elements).

  9. Jonathon Blakeley June 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    but i would add that what they published about the usa wasn’t that damaging, either, just huge in volume.

    I agree so much rubbish it was like a vast haystack with a very few shiny needles in. Very little worth in Wikileaks.

    They did have the odd humorous cable, Like when the described Putin and Mevdiev as Batman and Robin, but largely it just seems like vast distraction.

    I reckon he did the RT program to make money to pay back the bail that he was going to blow.

    • who_me June 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      “I reckon he did the RT program to make money to pay back the bail that he was going to blow.”

      or for living expenses after “running”. :)

      • Jonathon Blakeley June 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

        I think he may have had good intentions in the beginning, but like many activists he was naive and got lured into honey traps that got him into all this mess.

        After that he became dependent upon the rich and powerful for patronage.. it was a slippery slope from there.

        Nevertheless despite the shortfalls, bad hair & un-authorized swedish sex romps, he and wikileaks have inspired many others to start digging for the truth and that is a good thing.

        • who_me June 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

          i’d seen or read some interviews with him several years ago before the cable leaks or around that time and he didn’t seem to be very well informed politically or about current affairs and seemed to “go with the flow” of whatever was “progressive”. it seems the info about him, and his friends and backers, is very contradictory. if he is a spook tool, it’s been done very cleverly.

          i suspect he really does fear being extradited to the usa (who wouldn’t) and the fate of dsk shows that even the “well connected” fall foul of the powerful sometimes. agree about wikileaks being a good thing in the inspiration it provided. they also did do some good in helping to get the public against the war in iraq initially, before “the wikileaks story” went all soap opera in the media.

  10. Deadbeat June 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    The issue I have with Assange is what I perceive as untrustworthiness and I find him to be “sleazy”. You would think that someone who engages in “underground” activity would exercise great care to not bring any attention and exposure to himself and his organization. I get the feeling that Assange relishes the attention.

    An organization dedicated to whistle-blowing should be taking great care to protect themselves and their sources. I never got that impression from Assange and WikiLeaks.

    IMO, it was to Bradley Manning’s misfortune that he ever leaked his information to Assange and WikiLeaks.

  11. who_me June 21, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    sounds like the decision is going to be announced very soon:

    http://www.rt.com/news/assange-subject-arrest-london-273/

    “Meanwhile, Ecuadorian Deputy Foreign Minister Marco Albuja said that President Rafael Correa is expected to give instructions on whether to proceed with granting Assange asylum or not on Thursday.

    “We still can’t make a final decision public yet, until tomorrow,” Albuja said Wednesday night.”

    but legally…

    “What’s interesting to me is that under the US standards for granting asylum, Assange would meet them. He has a valid fear of persecution for his political opinions, and a real fear that the government to which he would be extradited would not be able to [protect him] itself, or prevent a third party government from interfering and persecuting him,” Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights director for the Government Accountability Project told RT in an interview.

    “The United States has launched a worldwide manhunt against him. I think he correctly views this as a likely pretextual attempt to get him into Sweden which has a horrible history of caving to the United States and extraditing people, including those seeking political asylum. Ecuador is actually obligated to [grant him asylum] because it is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Radack concluded.”

  12. who_me June 21, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    this site is fairly mainstream, yet he touches most of the bases. a pretty devastating commentary on what the usa has become:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhUeZ8DUFSc

    and sweden, they’ve sunk to the same dismal level of barbarity. guess whose influence brought that about.

    • who_me June 21, 2012 at 5:45 am #

      in following up the tyt commentary, most americans are completely clueless how the world views them now. this music video sums those views up fairly well:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbZW6GUA93w

      very popular song last year. note the orange jumpers, the fbi, the nazi style interrogation, the video surveilance. the somng isn’t actually about that, but uses what are now universally recognised signs of totalitarian bullying which have now changed from the previous nazi bullies, to americans. americans not only have no clue this is how the world views them – as the replacement of the nazis in symbolism – they also are as clueless to their own fate as the frog in the pot being slowly brought to a boil.

      and most of israel’s/jewish zionist’s colonies are quickly catching up with the americans, as sweden and the uk so graphically illustrate.

    • etominusipi July 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      once upon a time Cenk had a certain punchy style, before he got nobbled – wasn’t TYT bought by Al Gore? after that he lost his oomph, and looked rather depressed for a bit, though no doubt his bank balance has improved. he still mouthes a few platitudes, but one doesn’t exactly have to be a truth warrior to feel a distaste for imprisonment without trial for thought crimes.

      Assange? – he is probably being groomed as a future prime minister of Australia.

      • who_me July 11, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

        cenk gets it right once in a while. most of the time he follows the zionazi media pack. his point about assange is one where i think he is getting it right. that whole affair is crooked. whether assange is an israeli tool, and this rape/extradite drama is something cooked up to give him and wikileaks credibility, as they “leak” mossad/cia supplied material. or whether assange’s fears are real, these charges stink of nazi style bs. whatever they get away with here against assange, rest assured they will do more of the same to anybody else. it doesn’t matter what role assange played, it’s about kidnapping people in other countries and taking them to a zionazi puppet country to be killed, disappeared or imprisoned indefinitely. cenk is right about the total lack of any meaningful rule of law in the usa now. there isn’t even a pretense of that any more.

        most american people either know this or suspect it, i think. what they don’t know is why the usa is going this way. the role of jp in all this needs to be exposed.

        • etominusipi July 13, 2012 at 4:00 am #

          “Without a complete and accurate knowledge of the origin and history of the so-called or self-styled “Jews” in eastern Europe, my dear Dr. Goldstein, it is quite impossible for yourself or for anybody to intelligently understand the harmful influence the Talmud has exerted for ten centuries , and the “Kol Nidre” (All Vows) prayer for seven centuries upon the course of world history. These two little known factors are the hub and the spokes of the “big wheel” rolling merrily along the road to complete world domination in the not distant future, without arousing suspicion, and wearing the innocent disguise of an alleged religious belief as their only defense mechanism. This insidious intrigue creates a most effective camouflage for the conspirators. The virility of their plot presents a problem in the defense of the political, economic, social and cultural ideologies developed under a Christian civilization.”

          Benjamin H. Freedman (1954)

  13. Scott Free June 23, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Julian Assange has a very disturbing background. His early childhood was quite bizarre and casts doubt onto his present activities. http://globalgulag.freesmfhosting.com/index.php?topic=795.0 . The whole Wiki-leaks thing also stinks. For starters there is the word “Wiki” which makes one flash right away to “Wikipedia”. Now the notable thing about “Wikipedia” is the hidden censors. Wikipedia like to say that anyone can contribute to this ever expanding ‘encyclopedia’ , however as soon as a controversial topic emerges the censors in the background begin to assert themselves. The line in the sand, is the Zionist line, cross that line, and one immediately confronts the ideology of the hidden censors. This is also the case with various “indy-media” web sites. Wikileaks combines the worst of all the modern “alternative” medias on the web. Complete lack of transparency, hidden censors, hidden staff, hidden funding and an untouchable ‘rock star’ spokesman with a very dodgy past. This is a long article but it spells it all out. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?aid=22437&context=va

    • who_me June 23, 2012 at 2:48 am #

      assange’s past and wikileaks aside, what happens when absurd “rape” charges are able to get a person imprisoned?

      well, we already know that, don’t we.

      even if the whole thing is an elaborate hoax, the precident set is what?

      guess who will be getting it next from the alliance of zionazism and corporate fascism?

      hint: we are already getting it.

      • etominusipi July 12, 2012 at 11:23 am #

        the swedish sex laws reek of ziofascist thinking. look into the background of the people behind prosecuting the case. my Swedish isn’t up to much, but i came across a family member wgho had written a memoir of family life in Nazi Germany – no English translation since such stuff is ‘fugitive’ literature.

        Olaf Palme seemed a good man. assassinated. since then Sweden has gone in nasty directions. of course the country has always been a major arms manufacturer.

        so you have zio-stooge Assange arraigned by zio-stooge swedish sex prosecutors.

        that’s Jewish family entertainment, folks. the goyim love it. better than Seinfeld.

        does anybody here, apart from our resident hasbara trolls (we keep them like family ‘pets’ it seerms) doubt that New Labour was a zionist project from before its beginning.

        what was the truth behind John Smith’s convenient heart attack? or Robin Cook’s for that matter?

        *just saying*

  14. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 23, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    This is perfectly believable:
    “Wikileaks is now being used by the authorities, particularly in the US, to promote the cyber warfare narrative, which could dramatically change the Internet and suppress the freedom of expression Wikileaks claims to defend.”

    • who_me June 23, 2012 at 3:01 am #

      it’s even more believable when one substitutes annonymous for wikileaks. wikileaks didn’t hack or disrupt websites, they posted leaked material. annonymous actively hacks, disrupts and steals.

      now who are famous for the latter?

      hint: especially the stealing done in “the line of duty”.

      if one thinks about it, wikileaks, at worst, is doing the same thing mossad/cia infiltrated jewish/fascist run western media has always done. promote bs as something real. what annonymous does goes well beyond that and is the same as zionazis doing ddos attacks on anti-israeli websites, hacking them and stealing from them – ie: stuxnet.

      • who_me June 23, 2012 at 3:03 am #

        and sabotaging websites.

        wikileaks is likely the oswald here.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 23, 2012 at 3:12 am #

          You’re on a hot streak tonight, I like him as Oswald–also a weird loner

  15. who_me July 11, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    http://news.antiwar.com/2012/07/09/ambassador-assanges-asylum-bid-could-harm-ecuador/

    “Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States Nathalie Cely is warning today that even considering granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could do serious harm to Ecuador’s relationship with the US.

    The US and Ecuador have had a shaky relationship in recent years, since the government formally ousted the US from the Manta Air Base in 2009.”

    the american attack on equador is due to equador’s independence moves away from the usa fascist establishment. i don’t know equador’s relation to israel or jp, but they may also be a factor. whatever equador does about assange, the american fascists will still continue their attack on equador. they want equador to be honduras or colombia.

    after wikileaks/annonymous hacked the syrians, this was obviously linked to his asylum bid, and it is obviously in the service of the zionazis, my view is that equador would probably be better off without another israeli operative in their country. and i think if it might might be more enlightening if assange does get extradited to sweden. it will put the zionazis puppets on the spot. ;)

  16. Ariadna Theokopoulos July 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    “Days after WikiLeaks began releasing a trove of more than 2 million e-mails stolen from Syrian officials, ministries and companies, members of an Anonymous group have claimed responsibility for the hacks and document dump to Wikileaks.

    In a press release published Saturday, a group calling itself Anonymous Op Syria disclosed that its members hacked into multiple domains and dozens of servers inside Syria on Feb. 5 to obtain the e-mails, which it then gave to WikiLeaks.

    WikiLeaks began publishing the e-mails on July 5, working with several media partners outside the United States, but didn’t disclose its partnership with Anonymous.

    The Anonymous team, composed of members of three groups known as Anonymous Syria, AntiSec, and the Peoples Liberation Front, says it had been assisting activists in Syria since protests began against the Syrian regime more than a year ago, and that the team worked round-the-clock shifts to hack the servers.”

    So wikileaks leaks kosher fluids

  17. Jay Knott July 12, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    There are no doubt valid criticisms of Wikileaks. But you won’t find them here.

  18. etominusipi July 13, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    when wikileaks first hit the press i wondered who would be foolish enough to waste their time trawling through gigabytes of ‘diplomatic’ tripe online. not me, anyway.

    progressive thinking is prevented from transforming into effective action by many obstacles, often deliberately nurtured by the insincere, but always depending on some one or other weakness of our human nature.

    one is the “boo-hurrah” mentality.

    another attack on defenceless Palestinians – BOO!!!

    wikileaks – HURRAH!!!

    anti-Iraq war demo – HURRAH!!!

    Iraq destroyed – BOO!!!

    unfortunately our political paradigms are modelled on the philosophy of the fanatical football supporter.

    politics is less like football than some believe.

    at first i was willing to give Assange the benefit of the doubt, though at the same time realising that ‘wikileaks’ was an ideal tool for spooks, who are much more experienced in using the information/disinformation continuum to further their often devious agendas.

    his controversy with the execrable German hacker DumbShite showed that A has little discernment, and is an incorrigeable narcissist.

    this contract was declared in spades by his show with the philosophical clown Slavo Zhizhek. i had some hopes, but had to switch off after only a couple of minutes. it was painfully tedious, and utterly self-indulgent shite from both contributors – mutual ego massage between consenting adults, without a single spark of genuine insight to redeem it.

    not sure what Jay means by ‘here’. but if he means the comments above, i disagree. i found much of the info and assessment most instructive, and would say that without further addition it amounts to a comprehensive deconstruction of one of the great recent artificial HURRAH stimuli.

    wikileaks is a clever deception.

    over to Tel Aviv…(and, of course, as ever, Dimona)

    we have a phrase in West Yorkshire that i think, because it is so colourfully apt, may be a borrowed Irishism

    the phrase is gobshite

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