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16.11.2019 - 03:51 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Coup-Born Government Threatens Independent Journalists

Despite the blockade that mainstream media are making to what is happening in the Andean country, expressions of international solidarity with the Bolivian people are multiplying.

In Mexico City, for instance, human rights defenders and social activists on Friday will hold a rally in front of the U.S. embassy in rejection of the coup d’etat, which is being consummated under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS).

27.09.2019 - 14:37 [ El Pais ]

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States

Morales ordered his workers to install microphones in the embassy’s fire extinguishers and also in the women’s bathroom, where Assange’s lawyers, including the Spaniard Aitor Martínez and his closest collaborators, would meet for fear of being spied on. The cyberactivist’s meetings with his lawyers, Melynda Taylor, Jennifer Robinson and Baltasar Garzón, were also monitored.

The UC Global S. L. team was also ordered by its boss to install stickers that prevented the windows of the rooms that the WikiLeaks founder used from vibrating, allegedly to make it easier for the CIA to record conversations with their laser microphones. They also took a used diaper that from a baby that was on occasions taken to visit the activist in order to determine if the child was his by a close collaborator.

27.09.2019 - 14:31 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

MAJOR SCOOP by El Pais: US intelligence had cameras, microphones concealed throughout Ecuador’s London embassy, including in diplomats‘ bathroom. The US was not just spying directly on Assange but also on Ecuador’s diplomats inside their own embassy.

16.09.2019 - 10:07 [ Emanuele Giaufret, EU Ambassador to Israel / Twitter ]

Today the lobby of the EU Delegation was vandalized with threatening slogans on the walls. No one of my colleagues was in the office as we are closed on Sunday. This incident is deplorable and has to be condemned. We will continue to do our job.

(15.09.2019)

16.09.2019 - 08:53 [ Jerusalem Post ]

EU offices in Israel vandalized with ‘German money kills Jews’

A right-wing Israeli activist and anti-asylum seekers activist, Sheffi Paz, filmed herself committing the vandalism, and later admitted to it. Paz is a former member of the left-wing Meretz party.

08.07.2019 - 11:08 [ teleSUR ]

US Embassy in Guatemala Launches Anti-Migration Initiative

Guatemala is part, along with Honduras and El Salvador, of the Northern Triangle of Central America, and is one of the poorest and most violent areas of the world due to the presence of U.S. political intervention, government corruption, the overuse of state security forces, climate change, high unemployment, and organized crime.​​​​​​​

03.06.2019 - 15:58 [ WSWS ]

Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured

Within hours of the report’s release, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter to denounce it as “wrong.” He declared that “Assange chose to hide in the embassy and was always free to leave and face justice.” Hunt demanded that the UN Special Rapporteur “allow British courts to make their judgements without his interference or inflammatory accusations.”

Melzer directly replied to Hunt, correctly noting that “Mr Assange was about as ‘free to leave’” Ecuador’s London embassy, “as someone sitting on a rubberboat in a sharkpool.”

19.05.2019 - 22:35 [ The Guardian ]

US prosecutors to ‚help themselves‘ to Julian Assange’s possessions

Julian Assange’s belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors on Monday, according to WikiLeaks.

Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow US prosecutors to “help themselves” to items including legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment, it was claimed.

17.05.2019 - 12:57 [ teleSUR ]

US Raid on Venezuela Embassy „A Brutal Act against Int`l Law`: Maduro

Activists had been defending the embassy building since the two governments broke diplomatic relations. However, U.S. authorities and the Venezuelan opposition sought to cut off electricity and water services to the building, as well as prevent food from entering by keeping a siege on the premises daily.

16.05.2019 - 20:41 [ teleSUR ]

United States security forces have broken into the Venezuela embassy in Washington

teleSUR reporter Jorge Gestoso on site outside the embassy says there are security service, federal agents and dozens of D.C. police officers heavily armed at the back entrance of the embassy. According to Gestoso the authorities dressed in military gear took up position in the embassy’s basement where there are no surveillance cameras. This allowed U.S. authorities to make the arrests out of the site of the public and the media.

15.05.2019 - 19:06 [ Sky News ]

US orders embassy staff to leave Iraq immediately

The US state department ordered the pullout of employees from both the embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the embassy said in a statement.

It said Iran and its proxy forces in the region were targeting its citizens and American interests.

03.05.2019 - 01:51 [ Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity / Antiwar.com ]

Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens Us All

MEMORANDUM FOR: The governments and people of the United Kingdom and the United States
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPs)
SUBJECT: Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens Us All

On April 11, London police forcibly removed WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange from the embassy of Ecuador after that country’s president, Lenin Moreno, abruptly revoked his predecessor’s grant of asylum. The United States government immediately requested Assange’s extradition for prosecution under a charge of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Former U.S. Government officials promptly appeared in popular media offering soothing assurances that Assange’s arrest threatens neither constitutional rights nor the practice of journalism, and major newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post fell into line.

(…)

The great American writer Henry David Thoreau wrote, “It takes two to speak the truth–one to speak and one to hear.” Today, it takes three to speak the truth–one to speak, one to hear, and one to defend the first two in court. If the US Government has its way, there will be no defense, no truth.

For the Steering Groups of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence:

William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)
Richard H. Black, Senator of Virginia, 13th District; Colonel US Army (ret.); Former Chief, Criminal Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, the Pentagon (associate VIPS)
Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer & former Division Director in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research (ret.)
Thomas Drake, former Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and NSA whistleblower
Bogdan Dzakovic, former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security (ret.) (associate VIPs)
Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
Mike Gravel, former Adjutant, top secret control officer, Communications Intelligence Service; special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps and former United States Senator
Katherine Gun, former linguist and Iraq War whistleblower in UK’s GCHQ (affiliate VIPs)
James George Jatras, former US diplomat and former foreign policy adviser to Senate leadership (Associate VIPs)
Michael S. Kearns, Captain, USAF (ret.); ex-Master SERE Instructor for Strategic Reconnaissance Operations (NSA/DIA) and Special Mission Units (JSOC)
John Kiriakou, former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003
Clement J. Laniewski, LTC, US Army (ret.) (Associate VIPs)
Linda Lewis, WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret.) (Associate VIPs)
Edward Loomis, NSA Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)
Annie Machon, former intelligence officer in the UK’s MI5 domestic security service (affiliate VIPs)
Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA presidential briefer (ret.)
Craig Murray, former British diplomat and Ambassador to Uzbekistan, human rights activist and historian (affiliate VIPs)
Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East & CIA political analyst (ret.)
Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)
Coleen Rowley, FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel (ret.)
Peter Van Buren, US Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret.) (Associate VIPs)
J. Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSA (ret.)
Larry Wilkerson, Colonel, US Army (ret.), former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State; Distinguished Visiting Professor, College of William and Mary
Sarah Wilton, Commander, US Naval Reserve (ret.) and Defense Intelligence Agency (ret.)
Robert Wing, former US Department of State Foreign Service Officer (Associate VIPs)
Ann Wright, US Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former US Diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War

01.05.2019 - 10:35 [ Roberto Ampuero, Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores ‏/ Twitter ]

Quiero actualizar información: Lilian Tintori y Leopoldo López -de ascendencia española- se trasladaron a embajada de España. Se trata de una decisión personal, considerando que nuestra embajada ya tenía huéspedes.

01.05.2019 - 10:33 [ Times Now / Twitter ]

Report: Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez left the Chilean embassy in Caracas and moved to the city’s Spanish consulate on Tuesday after earlier being freed from house arrest, Chile’s foreign minister Roberto Ampuero said.

01.05.2019 - 10:23 [ venezuelanalysis.com ]

Venezuelan Military Putsch Defeated as Leopoldo Lopez Takes Refuge in Spanish Embassy

Brazilian authorities also confirmed at the time that 25 soldiers who had taken part in the failed insurrection had taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Caracas.

01.05.2019 - 02:52 [ Fox News ]

Venezuelans clash with pro-Maduro Code Pink activists in tense scene outside DC embassy

Activists from Code Pink, which protests U.S. support for Guaido, have been living and protesting at the embassy for weeks. On Tuesday, the organization asked supporters to “join us to uphold international law and protect the Venezuelan embassy from a hostile takeover.” Two Code Pink protesters standing at the door of the embassy on Tuesday held a sign that said: “Hands off Venezuela.” Another sign hanging from the building read: “Nicolas Maduro is the president.”

11.04.2019 - 17:36 [ National Union of Journalists (UK) ]

NUJ reaction: Julian Assange arrest

The NUJ is shocked and concerned by the actions of the authorities today in relation to Julian Assange. His lawyer has confirmed he has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. The UK should not be acting on behalf of the Trump administration in this case. The NUJ recognises the inherent link between and importance of leaked confidential documents and journalism reporting in the public interest. It should be remembered that in April 2010 WikiLeaks released Collateral Murder, a video showing a 2007 US Apache helicopter attack upon individuals in Baghdad, more than 23 people were killed including two Reuters journalists. The manner in which Assange is treated will be of great significance to the practice of journalism.

11.04.2019 - 17:00 [ Glenn Greenwald ‏/ Twitter ]

NBC is the official organ of whatever you call it: the military-industrial complex, the Deep State, the Blob. I’m glad they made it official by putting CIA & intel officials on their payroll. The above psychopathic tweet is what you’d expect to hear at Langley, not a news outlet.

11.04.2019 - 16:56 [ American Civil Liberties Union ]

ACLU Comment on Julian Assange Arrest

Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. Moreover, prosecuting a foreign publisher for violating U.S. secrecy laws would set an especially dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest.

11.04.2019 - 16:55 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Julian Assange expected at magistrates court after arrest – watch live

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to arrive at Westminster magistrates court after being arrested by British police on Thursday after they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.

11.04.2019 - 16:43 [ CNN International ‏/ Twitter ]

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told Parliament she welcomes the arrest of Julian Assange: „This goes to show in the UK, no one is above the law“

11.04.2019 - 15:20 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

US Attorney for Assange, Barry Pollack statement on Assange arrest on behalf of the US in relation to 2010 publications:

11.04.2019 - 14:31 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Obama DOJ tried to concoct a theory to justify arresting Assange for more than merely publishing docs: such as claiming he aided Manning in the the theft of docs. They found no evidence for it. Trump DOJ will likely manufacture some falsehood to claim it’s more than publishing.

11.04.2019 - 14:26 [ met.police.uk ]

UPDATE: Arrest of Julian Assange

Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities, at 10:53hrs after his arrival at a central London police station. This is an extradition warrant under Section 73 of the Extradition Act. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates‘ Court later today (Thursday, 11 April).

11.04.2019 - 14:20 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

LIVE: Assange arrested in London: stakeout at police station

11.04.2019 - 14:09 [ Consortium News ]

Spanish Police Probe Extortion Scheme Involving Surveillance on Assange

In an apparent reference to Moreno, Hrafnsson said: “We know from reports that this is the work of one person to service the interests of the United States government who want to indict and imprison a publisher for the crime of publishing truthful material.”

Robinson said WikiLeaks would file a “fresh complaint” to the UN special rapporteur on privacy rights, who has said he will visit Assange on April 25. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer will also visit Assange that day, WikiLeaks said.

11.04.2019 - 13:43 [ John Pilger ‏/ Twitter ]

The action of the British police in literally dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean embassy and the smashing of international law by the Ecuadorean regime in permitting this barbarity are crimes against the most basic natural justice. This is a warning to all journalists.

11.04.2019 - 13:29 [ Jen Robinson ‏/ Twitter ]

From #Assange: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning @xychelsea in early 2010.

11.04.2019 - 13:27 [ Jen Robinson / Twitter ]

Just confirmed: #Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request. @wikileaks @khrafnsson

11.04.2019 - 13:18 [ Mrs. Christine Assange ‏/ Twitter ]

I have just spoken to one of Julians lawyers. Julian is likely to appear before a UK Magistrate within 24 hrs re (old defunct) „bail warrant“ UK likely to seek max prison term of 12 months in higher court. Our focus is as always to STOP a U.S. Extradition!

11.04.2019 - 13:13 [ Suzie Dawson, President, @InternetPartyNZ ‏/ Twitter ]

The first words Julian was able to speak to the world in more than a year: „The UK must resist this. The UK must resist“ The world will resist this Julian. Our efforts will be doubled and tripled now. #FreeJulian

11.04.2019 - 13:05 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Assange: Ecuador on why they gave up WikiLeaks co-founder

The WikiLeaks founder, 47, was taken into custody after failing to surrender to the court in 2012 – and has spent 2,487 days holed up in the West London embassy.

11.04.2019 - 12:48 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Julian Assange removed from Ecuadorian embassy in London

In a statement the Met police said: ‚The MPS 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‘

11.04.2019 - 12:42 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Julian Assange arrested by Met police and will appear in court after Ecuador withdraws asylum status

Dramatic footage posted online shows a bearded Assange shouting as he is carried by seven police officers out of the embassy and bundled into a police vehicle.

Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno said Assange had been „discourteous and aggressive“ during his stay and added that he had broken multiple conditions of his asylum.

He said: „He particularly violated the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states.

06.04.2019 - 02:05 [ Daily Mail ]

Ecuador’s UK ambassador REJECTS Wikileaks’ claims that Julian Assange is about to be expelled from its London embassy and arrested following deal with Britain – despite armed police surrounding the building

The ambassador for Ecuador today insisted there is ’no change‘ in Julian Assange’s position and it is an ‚offence‘ to the country to suggest he will be expelled from it embassy…
Later on Twitter Ecuador’s minister of foreign affairs Jose Valencia insisted the claims were ‚unfounded‘. He tweeted: ‚The rumours of the imminent exit of Assange come from months ago.

05.04.2019 - 07:36 [ Mrs. Christine Assange ‏/ Twitter ]

#ProtectJulian There are spare tents set up for anyone wishing to do a shift in the 24/7 Embassy Vigil Watch to #ProtectJulian from Embassy Expulsion. There is a very real fear of a covert @CIA rendition raid if no-one is watching/livestreaming. Please retweet/share widely

05.04.2019 - 07:31 [ John Pilger ‏/ Twitter ]

WikiLeaks reports that Julian Assange is on the verge of being expelled from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Please fill the street outside the embassy and protect him, and show solidarity with a courageous man, whose struggle ought to touch us all.

05.04.2019 - 06:03 [ defend.wikileaks.org ]

Timeline: A record of some of Wikileaks’ key document releases and some aspects of Julian Assange’s persecution

2010

April: WikiLeaks releases Collateral Murder, a classified US military video showing a helicopter gunship slaying eighteen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists and their rescuers, thus documenting a war crime.

July: WikiLeaks publishes the Afghan War Logs, a collection of over 75,000 documents, revealing information on unreported killings of hundreds of civilians by coalition forces, increased Taliban attacks, and involvement by Pakistan and Iran in the insurgency.

August: during his visit to Sweden, Julian becomes the subject of sexual assault allegations. The case was investigated and the most serious allegation was immediately found to be baseless. However, the case was later re-opened by another prosecutor.

October: WikiLeaks publishes the Iraq War Logs, exposing numerous cases of torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by Iraqi police and soldiers, as well as proof of the US government’s involvement in the deaths and maiming of more than 200,000 people in Iraq. The War Logs showed the true number of civilian deaths in Iraq and is the most detailed record of war to date.

November: Wikileaks begins to publish Cablegate, now the Public Library of US Diplomacy, a growing collection of 3,326,538 diplomatic cables from 274 consulates and embassies from 1966 to 2010. PLUSD documents 50 years of US diplomatic relations across the globe, its activities, its component corporations, its allies and its enemies.

December: Following the release of the first batch of US diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are denounced as “terrorists” by several politicians and media commentators. Former US vice-president Joe Biden branded Julian a “high-tech terrorist” while prominent Republican Sarah Palin called him “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands”, urging his immediate capture by any means necessary. Fox News commentators called WikiLeaks a terrorist organisation, asking the US government to move immediately and aggressively against it. In an interview with CBC, Professor Tom Flanagan suggested President Obama have WikiLeaks director Julian Assange assassinated, saying, “Obama should put out a contract and use a drone, or something…”

December: Julian is arrested at a London police station on 7 December 2010, following a European arrest warrant from Sweden relating to sexual allegations. He appears in court the same day, saying he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden in order to avoid extradition to the US where he would be prosecuted. Julian is denied bail and remains in custody until 14 December, when he is released on house arrest.

05.04.2019 - 05:09 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Ecuadorian embassy live stream. Will the Ecuador-US-UK governments delay, or accelerate, their plan arrest Assange due to 24/7 media coverage?

05.04.2019 - 04:49 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within „hours to days“ using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext–and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest