Earlier this month, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno announced that he was stripping Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of the asylum he'd been granted in Ecuador's London embassy in 2012, under former President Rafael Correa. Moreno claimed that Assange had violated the terms of his asylum, but the decision was also part of Moreno's broader effort to take Ecuador in a different direction after Correa's autocratic presidency, says Carlos de la Torre, a professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky. In an interview with WPR, he explains how Moreno has reoriented Ecuador's foreign and domestic policy since taking office in May 2017. World Politics Review: Why has Moreno adopted a stance that
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Inter Press Service STOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 23 (IPS) - Trump´s electoral success was preceded by a rise of chauvinistic politics in most of Europe, paired with electoral triumphs of far-right candidates in several other countries. A development accompanied by revelations of corrupt leaders laundering and transferring illegally obtained money, aided by financial institutions finding the means to do so. The world seems to move away from a rule-based order to a state of affairs dominated by might and wealth. World leaders´ private business dealings thrive within a global environment where laws intended to protect human rights are becoming increasingly ineffective. Foreign policies
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is neither whistleblower nor journalist. He is an Australian citizen charged by the Justice Department with conspiring to hack into a U.S. government computer. The report by special counsel Robert Mueller amply documents that Assange, with the support of Russian intelligence, played a critical role in the 2016 presidential election. He is a potential missing link in the chain of understanding the extent to which foreign intervention affected the American electoral process. This is not a partisan issue. Democrats certainly would have agreed with Mike Pompeo, speaking in 2017 as CIA director before becoming secretary of state last year, when he said, “It is time
Assange's truth-telling; danger of refurbishment; war doctor inspires We should support Assange's truth-telling Thank you for your coverage of Julian Assange's arrest (19 April). He must not be extradited to the US. It is about his rights and about journalism. Australians such as the admirable John Pilger support him, but without much pressure, the Australian government will not. Just as it flouts the rights of refugees and Indigenous people, it will ignore his, if it can get away with it. So... whether we like his personal style or not, to protect Assange is to protect journalism. No deportation! Stephen Langford Paddington, NSW, Australia • The problem with Julian Assange can be summed up in
The ruling is a blow to Manning, who has been detained since March after she declined to answer questions in connection with the government’s long-running investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. In a comment released by a spokesman, Manning said that while disappointing, the appeals court ruling will still allow her to "raise issues as the government continues to abuse the grand jury process." "I don't have anything to contribute to this, or any other grand jury," Manning added. Assange was arrested on April 11 at Ecuador's Embassy in London, after U.S. prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal case against him alleging he conspired with Manning to commit computer intrusion.
Julian Assange's father has today spoken out about his 'anguish' for his son who he claims could face 150 years in prison unless he agrees to a plea bargain. Speaking from his home in Melbourne, John Shipton told Good Morning Britain he wants his son to return to Australia, 'for some fresh air and a chance to consider what he's done.' He claimed the WikiLeaks founder had spent a 'crushing' 18 months in isolation despite entertaining a host of high-profile celebrity guests during his seven-year stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange is currently in Belmarsh high security prison following his dramatic arrest at the embassy a fortnight ago. Among Assange's callers at the embassy
Monday marked the 700th day since Fox News promised to investigate how it had come to propagate fact-free conspiracy theories about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich and to “provide updates as warranted." As of yet, the network has not revealed why it put Rich's family through hell by pushing a vicious smear dredged from the right-wing fever swamps, and it probably never will. In May 2017, Fox's nonexistent editorial standards and unhinged prime-time personalities plunged the network into crisis. For nearly a year, right-wing online conspiracy theorists had postulated that Rich had provided thousands of stolen DNC emails that WikiLeaks published during the 2016 presidential
Mueller confirmed the DNC staffer didn't steal his own party's emails. Why won't Sean Hannity or Julian Assange apologize for spreading misinformation?
By Oscar Grenfell 24 April 2019 WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has spent most of the past two weeks in isolation at Belmarsh prison said Christine Assange, his mother, on Monday. Assange had “still not been able to receive any visits. Not even from his lawyers!” Mrs. Assange said on Twitter on April 22. She added that his treatment had been “outrageous, & appears punitive to continue to keep him isolated.” Mrs. Assange noted that Belmarsh has been dubbed “the UK's Guantanamo,” after the US military prison notorious for indefinite detention, torture, protracted isolation and other violations of human rights. It is where most British individuals charged with terrorism offences have been imprisoned.
Consortium News today begins a series of articles, “The Revelations of WikiLeaks,” that will look back on the major works of the publication that have altered the world since its founding in 2006. This series is an effort to counter mainstream media coverage, which is ignoring WikiLeaks' work, and instead is focusing on Julian Assange's personality. It is the uncovering by WikiLeaks of governments' crimes and corruption that set the U.S. after Assange and which ultimately led to his arrest on April 11. The “Collateral Murder” video was just the first of many major WikiLeaks revelations that made the journalist one of the world's most wanted men, simply for the act of publishing. The Video that
DAVID GREENE, HOST: One of the most intriguing parts of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference involves the role of WikiLeaks. Prosecutors are investigating the site, as well as its founder Julian Assange, who faces a conspiracy charge. As for the man who will end up prosecuting this case, NPR national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson says he has quite a backstory at the Justice Department. CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Zach Terwilliger used to mop the floors and stack boxes in this office of 140 prosecutors; now he's the guy who leads them. ZACHARY TERWILLIGER: For me, this really is home. JOHNSON: He grew up around law enforcement - his father was deputy attorney
By Niles Niemuth 23 April 2019 Whistleblower Chelsea Manning remains in jail after a federal appeals court Monday rejected her request to be released on bail and upheld a contempt order against her for refusing to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring fabricated charges against the media organization WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. A unanimous decision of a three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia rejected her attorney's arguments that she was wrongfully held in contempt and should be granted bail while the contempt order was appealed. Manning's continued imprisonment is nothing short of criminal. She is being subjected to what is, in effect,
A federal appeals court on Monday rejected a bid by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to be released from jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating Wikileaks. The three-paragraph, unanimous decision from a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejects both Manning's argument that she was erroneously found in civil contempt of court and her request for bail while the contempt decision is litigated.
To sympathizers and celebrity boosters, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose extended furlough inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London ended in handcuffs this month, is a legend and a maligned whistleblower. For the last six years and 10 months, Ecuadoran embassy officials claimed they put up with the Australian hacktivist's tantrums, skateboarding and scatological eccentricities, garnished with cyber-sabotage. While ending Assange's asylum may have bought Moreno goodwill with the United Kingdom, which is weighing a post-Brexit trade deal with Ecuador, and the U.S., where Assange is wanted for conspiracy to commit computer crimes, it's hardly a free pass for the embattled Andean reformer.