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Julian Assange being arrested by British police caught on video (11-4-19)

Julian Assange has been arrested by British police after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy as the below video shows.

Update 20:53pm 11-4-19: Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson has just Tweeted: “Just confirmed: has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request”. Update: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning in early 2010.

Julian Assange being arrested today

Julian Assange being arrested today

The Guardian reports:

Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.

Assange, 47, who has spent almost seven years at the embassy after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden, was detained after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum, Scotland Yard said. He was held on a warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court on 29 June 2012 when he failed to surrender to the court.

Scotland Yard said: “He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster magistrates court as soon as is possible.

“The MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster magistrates court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, said on Twitter: “In a sovereign decision, Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”

But WikiLeaks said Moreno had acted illegally in terminating Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”. (Click here to read more)

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It doesn’t matter what people think of Julian Assange he has rights and the Australian government has done bugger all to protect his rights. I don’t agree with everything Julian does and says but if Assange is sent to the US to face charges and possibly the death penalty it undermines democracy and journalism globally. The main reason the US are after Assange is because he has exposed corruption by teh US and in US politics.

I have been to jail twice making a stand for free speech and political communication and it has cost me but I’m happy to pay the price when you can see a light at the end of the tunnel. If Assange is denied his rights then what will happen to the rest of us and our rights in the future when we try and expose government corruption?

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  1. Not only does Assange get stranded, but the Australian government and our courts do bugger-all to protect our rights. Where`s that light at the end of the tunnel? Even with a Labor win at the next election and the establishment of an ICAC, a fair country is way off in the future.

      • Journalist John Pilger on urgent need to defend @wikileaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange

        Rallies Fri April 12, Aus:

        MELBOURNE, 4pm, State Library

        SYDNEY, 1pm, Martin Place (nr Pitt St corner)

      • USA charge sheet / statement against Julian Assange: “WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy” Department of Justice – U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Virginia
        https://kangaroocourtofaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/julian-assange-charge-sheet.jpg

      • Edward Snowden on Twitter: Important background for journalists covering the arrest of Julian #Assange by Ecuador: the United Nations formally ruled his detention to be arbitrary, a violation of human rights. They have repeatedly issued statements calling for him to walk free–including very recently.

        https://kangaroocourtofaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/julian-assange-united-nations.jpg

  2. Given it’s been said a $overeign decision, I wonder who it was that grea$ed Lenin Moreno’s palm, and with how many $overeign$, to withdraw Assange’s asylum statU$? It’s highly likely that Julian’s alleged breach of daily-life protocols was because he but momentarily neglected to speak English and stand upright.

    • well almost every country on the planet receives federal funding from the U.S> threaten to withdraw the funding , Assange was sacrificed .

  3. So much for holding an Australian Passport! The useless Aussie Regime has done nothing to protect Mr Assange from other nasty predator Regimes—which is allegedly one of the main purposes of a passport.

  4. In the Political World Arena the collective individuals therein pretend to forget that they were sworn in to be ‘servants of the people’, and as they have their fingers in each others’ r……….ms’ they play the roles of dictators, and succeed.
    This due to the ‘blanket of apathy’ over the heads of the lemming-like majority of the population who want others to do do ‘something’ about the disagreeable situation in which they spend their daily lives, complain continually but can’t be bothered taking action to once again become Masters Of Their Political Servants.

    I can say from experience that In this electronic world it is a simple task to to send e’mail to the relevant elected political representatives to air dissatisfaction with their malevolent actions which they swore to destroy when seeking election support.

    The disloyalty of the aforementioned toward humanity, the lies, hypocrisy and violation of their own laws is proven with the case of Julian Assange.

    Democracy….where is it ?

  5. The major govt’s across the world hack into everyone elses business and privacy and get paid for it; and yet when whistleblowers reveal corruption they go after them like bloodhounds. All journalists in Australia need to stand up and fight for Assange and themselves while they still can – if he is prosecuted and tortured under the USA concentrations camps; it will signal the death to any justice fighters across the world – it’s time for journalists to stand together – otherwise the only leads that will come in the future will be orchestrated lies released to conform us to the agenda. The USA is out of control and journalists across the world will be targets eventually if they participate in anything the USA don’t agree with. If this was the Labor Govt of the 70’s they would have brought Assange home in a heartbeat and told the US to take a hike! But the current Federal Govt are beholding to the country that dominates the landscape! And for what? A recent Liberal Minister told the UN to stay out of Australia’s business regarding Adani – Will the same Govt tell the US they aren’t getting Assange! How can one country charge another countries citizen for an action – if successful, no one in the world will be safe from any country wishing to arrest them for trumped charges!

  6. Several years ago I clearly remember watching an in depth doco – either SBS or ABC – relevant to the “rape” allegations by Sweden against Assange.
    The guts of the program was that while visiting Sweden, Assange had on different occasions met two women in a pub, took them back to his flat and had consensual unprotected sex with them.
    Some time later these two women happened to be talking to each other in the same pub, and mentioned that they had slept with Assange after having unprotected sex.
    They both became worried that they may have contracted some sort of STD from him, as it appeared that he was a loose living fellow.
    Both women decided to go to the police and request the police force Assange to undergo medical tests to see whether he may be a carrier of some STD.
    The police apparently verbaled both women into accusations of RAPE against Assange, which they did not initially make.
    In retrospect, the allegations of RAPE appear to be a stunt pulled by the Swedish police, in order to place Assange under a custody order, which would give them time and avenue to have him deported to USA.
    Personally, Assange isn’t the sort of person I would wish to share a beer or a meal with, nor would I invite him into my home.
    Nevertheless, he is entitled to be treated justly and as a citizen is entitled to support by Australia. Journalists discharge enormous responsibilities in exposing abominable conduct by any country in war or diplomacy.

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