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21.12.2019 - 03:57 [ Stefania Maurizi / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

A Massive Scandal: How Assange, His Doctors, Lawyers and Visitors Were All Spied on for the US

Meetings and conversations were recorded and filmed, and all the information was sent to US intelligence. Sometimes the espionage operations were truly off the wall:

21.12.2019 - 02:55 [ El Pais ]

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

(26.09.2019)

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.

The former military man also planted microphones in a number of decorative elements inside the embassy, which were photographed for their reproduction in Spain. He also wanted to install them in the room used by “the guest,” as Assange was referred to in his reports, but some of his workers, concerned over the illegality of these jobs, warned him that they could be discovered. “The WikiLeaks founder was obsessed with being spied on,” a former employee of the company said.

21.12.2019 - 02:51 [ ORF.at ]

Assange sagt in Affäre um Ausspähung in Botschaft aus

Im Fall um seine mutmaßliche Ausspähung durch ein spanisches Sicherheitsunternehmen hat Wikileaks-Gründer Julian Assange gestern vor einem spanischen Richter ausgesagt. Assange, der in einem britischen Hochsicherheitsgefängnis inhaftiert ist, sei dem Richter in Madrid per Videokonferenz zugeschaltet worden, teilten Assanges Rechtsanwälte mit.

21.12.2019 - 02:43 [ Yahoo.com ]

WikiLeaks‘ Assange testifies in embassy spying case

Assange, who is currently serving time at a high-security prison in Britain, was to answer questions from a judge at Spain’s National Court in Madrid, testifying by videoconference from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, his legal team said.

04.12.2019 - 14:56 [ Tagesschau ]

Mord an Georgier in Berlin: Deutschland weist russische Diplomaten aus

Im Laufe des Tages sollen die NATO und EU-Partner über die deutsche Entscheidung und ihre Hintergründe informiert werden. Auf eine koordinierte Ausweisung russischer Diplomaten in anderen Ländern – hierzu war es nach dem Mordanschlag auf den russischen Überläufer Sergej Skripal und seiner Tochter in Großbritannien gekommen – will die Bundesregierung derzeit nicht drängen.

04.12.2019 - 06:14 [ CNN ]

The 33 most outlandish lines from Donald Trump’s news conference with Justin Trudeau

1. „A question was asked just a little while ago about supporting the people protesting in Iran and are going through a very tough period. And we do support them totally, and have supported them from the beginning.“

In a bilateral meeting between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron earlier on Tuesday, a reporter asked Trump this: „Does the United States support the protesters in Iran?“ To which the President responded: „I don’t want to comment on that. The answer is no, but I don’t want to comment on that.“ Good times. And away we go!

03.12.2019 - 14:42 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump is the man no one in Britain wants to dance with

It’s going to be a tense few days for the UK’s political class. With barely any time left till the election and Johnson’s poll lead holding firm, he will be counting the minutes till Trump’s back in the air and heading home. Corbyn and the rest will be praying that the temptation to say something controversial is too great for the President — don’t be surprised if they bait him. And Nigel Farage will probably be sitting around waiting for his brief audience with Trump, reminding everyone — including Johnson — that he has the President’s ear.

03.12.2019 - 06:22 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Calls Off Visit to NATO Summit After U.K. Cites ‚Logistical Problems‘

Sources say Merkel and Macron hadn’t responded to attempts to arrange meetings in London with the Israeli leader, who was set to meet with Pompeo

02.12.2019 - 20:45 [ Time.com ]

What to Know About the 2019 NATO Summit

But the world in 2019 looks very different to how it did in 1949. NATO has been slow to adapt to a changing world, and the leaders assembling in London know it. The alliance was conceived as a defense against Russian military force, but the rise of China has shifted the balance. It matured as a forum for military cooperation and coordination, but President Donald Trump has often acted unilaterally — for instance withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria in October without consulting NATO allies.

02.12.2019 - 20:25 [ CNN ]

NATO is showing its age as the alliance turns 70

For seven decades, one fundamental principle has bound the 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) together: trust. NATO’s Article 5 stipulates that an attack on one is an attack on all — or to paraphrase the 19th century novel „The Three Musketeers,“ „all for one and one for all.“

02.12.2019 - 01:45 [ Reuters ]

Trump off to London for NATO summit, under pressure to steer clear of British election

He will have separate talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend a working lunch with representatives from Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, and the United Kingdom. U.S. officials see the NATO summit as a celebratory moment for Trump as his pressure on member nations has led many to increase their military spending.

01.12.2019 - 14:08 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump will meet Boris Johnson during Nato summit, White House official says

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have spoken ahead of the Nato summit – and are looking forward to meeting each other this week, a White House official said.

The US president, who expressed his condolences to the Prime Minister after the London Bridge attack, is set to visit Buckingham Palace for a reception on Tuesday, before he joins world leaders in Watford the following day.

30.11.2019 - 10:06 [ ahvalnews.com ]

Nukes in Turkey will be on minds in London NATO summit: The Economist

Italy and Turkey host between 60 and 70 bombs each, but “the bombs that most worry American officials are stored in vaults at İncirlik air base” in the southern Turkish province of Adana, The Economist said.

30.11.2019 - 09:46 [ Daily Mail ]

London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, 28, was jailed for eight years in 2012 for plotting to BOMB the stock exchange in Mumbai-style attack – but was RELEASED last year and had an ankle tag on when he stabbed a man and a woman

He was released on licence in December 2018 and was still wearing a monitoring tag at the time of yesterday’s attack. The Parole Board was supposed to rule when Khan was safe to be released but claims it had no involvement and he ‚appears to have been released automatically‘.

29.11.2019 - 20:21 [ North Atlantic Treaty Organization ]

NATO Secretary General announces increased defence spending by Allies

Ahead of the meeting of NATO Leaders in London to mark the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday (29 November 2019) gave details of large increases in Allied defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg announced that in 2019 defence spending across European Allies and Canada increased in real terms by 4.6 %, making this the fifth consecutive year of growth. He also revealed that by the end of 2020, those Allies will have invested $130 billion more since 2016.

29.11.2019 - 20:20 [ France24.com ]

France to summon Turkey’s ambassador after Erdogan slams Macron’s NATO comments

Erdogan repeated an expression Macron had used to describe NATO to hit back at the French leader over his criticism of fellow NATO member Turkey’s intervention against Kurdish forces in Syria.

„This is not a statement, these are insults,“ an Élysee official said, adding: „The ambassador will be summoned to the ministry to explain things.“

29.11.2019 - 20:17 [ Hurriyet ]

Check your ‘brain death’ first, Erdoğan urges Macron on NATO

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harshly slammed French President Emmanuel Macron over his criticisms of the Turkish military operation into Syria, while urging him to check his own “brain death” before talking about the status of NATO, in reference to the French president’s remarks that the alliance was suffering a “brain death.”

“The president of France, Mr. Macron, I am saying this to you from Turkey and I will say it at NATO as well. You should first check your own brain death,” Erdoğan said at a groundbreaking ceremony for a university complex in Istanbul on Nov. 29.

29.11.2019 - 19:56 [ CBS News ]

Trump prepares to leave for NATO summit in London

Mr. Trump is expected to meet one-on-one with a handful of his counterparts, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German President Angela Merkel. But he is not currently scheduled to meet one-on-one with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is due for another election the week after hosting the NATO summit, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on Friday.

29.11.2019 - 19:53 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump to cut Nato funding days before London summit

(28.11.2019)

The administration sought to cut its contribution to Nato’s direct budget from 22 per cent to around 16 per cent, CNN reported, citing US defence officials.

It would bring its contribution closer to Germany, which pays 14.8 per cent. The UK pays 10 per cent.

26.11.2019 - 06:27 [ CBS News ]

WikiLeaks‘ Julian Assange „could die in prison“ without medical care, doctors say

London — More than 60 doctors have written to British authorities asserting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urgently needs medical treatment at a university hospital. The doctors said in a letter published Monday that Assange suffers from psychological problems including depression as well as dental issues and a serious shoulder ailment.

25.11.2019 - 17:57 [ ORF ]

London entzieht Uber die Lizenz

Nach mehreren Verstößen, die die Sicherheit der Passagiere gefährdet hätten, werde die Lizenz nicht verlängert, teilte die Nahverkehrsbehörde Transport for London (TfL) heute mit.

19.11.2019 - 16:17 [ WSWS ]

Julian Assange appears in court via video link: Legal rights denied by judge

Maurizi reported yesterday, “Even the most inviolable meetings were violated: video and audio footage seen by Repubblica show a half-naked Julian Assange during a medical check up, the Ecuadorian ambassador Carlos Abad Ortiz and his staff during one of their diplomatic meetings, two of Assange’s lawyers, Gareth Peirce and Aitor Martinez, entering the women’s bathroom for a private conversation with their client.”

04.10.2019 - 08:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Calls for backdoor access to WhatsApp as Five Eyes nations meet

(30.09.2019)

British, American and other intelligence agencies from English-speaking countries have concluded a two-day meeting in London amid calls for spies and police officers to be given special, backdoor access to WhatsApp and other encrypted communications.

The meeting of the “Five Eyes” nations – the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – was hosted by new home secretary, Priti Patel, in an effort to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and child abuse.

04.10.2019 - 08:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

William Barr discussed FBI Russia inquiry with UK intelligence

(01.10.2019)

The US attorney general met UK intelligence agencies in the summer to discuss Britain potentially cooperating with Donald Trump’s administration on an inquiry examining the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia, according to sources.

William Barr met British intelligence officials in London on 29 July at a meeting attended by intelligence agencies from the Five Eyes group.

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.

24.09.2019 - 15:18 [ Barbara Wimmer ‏/ Twitter ]

Was mich sehr überrascht hat: Wien liegt unter den 25 meist überwachten Städten der Welt. In Europa nur „geschlagen“ von London, Berlin und Warschau. Quelle: #surveillance #überwachung

https://www.comparitech.com/vpn-privacy/the-worlds-most-surveilled-cities/

26.07.2019 - 07:25 [ Daily Mail ]

REVEALED – How terrified Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were chased for a MILE by knife-wielding carjackers after being ambushed on a mansion-lined north London street after defender called the Tank tried to fight them off with his bare hands

Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were chased for a mile by knife-wielding motorbike riders in an attempted daylight car-jacking in north London yesterday.

Ozil, a £350,000-a-week midfielder, was ambushed by the robbers as he drove his black Mercedes G-Class through leafy Childs Hill at around 5pm on Thursday.

But as the thugs surrounded the 4×4, Ozil’s Arsenal teammate and childhood friend, Sead ‚The Tank‘ Kolasinac, leapt out and bravely took them on.

12.07.2019 - 18:47 [ Hessische Landesregierung ]

Innenminister tauscht sich in London über moderne Sicherheitslösungen aus

Der Hessische Innenminister Peter Beuth hat sich in London mit Vertretern der britischen Sicherheitsbehörden über innovative Sicherheitslösungen in Innenstädten ausgetauscht und angekündigt, konkrete Maßnahmen auch in Hessen zur Anwendung bringen zu wollen.

06.07.2019 - 01:23 [ essex.ac.uk ]

New report raises concerns over Met Police trials of live facial recognition technology

A new report by researchers from the Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, identifies significant flaws with the way live facial recognition (LFR) technology was trialled in London by the Metropolitan Police Service.

23.06.2019 - 13:02 [ CNN ]

The Guardian says it was warned of cyber attacks by Saudi Arabia

(20.06.2019)

The Guardian says that it was warned earlier this year about efforts by a cybersecurity unit in Saudi Arabia to „hack“ its computer networks.
The British newspaper published an article on Wednesday that says it was alerted by a source in Riyadh that it was being targeted by the unit following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

23.06.2019 - 12:52 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Saudi Arabia buys $300m spyware from Israel

(20.06.2019)

The sources stressed that the Saudi intelligence services have sought to obtain advanced spyware in order to trace the Kingdom’s citizens – both in the country and abroad – amidst increasing criticism of the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia therefore reached out to the Israeli market and struck a deal worth $300m with representatives of Israeli firms, the sources said, adding that both sides met and reached the deal in UK capital London.

07.06.2019 - 16:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Horrifying photo shows flight attendant and her American girlfriend covered in blood after gang of men ‚punched and robbed them on London bus after they refused to kiss each other‘ for their entertainment

A Ryanair flight attendant and her girlfriend were covered in blood after a gang of men allegedly attacked them on a London bus because they refused to kiss.

Melania Geymonat, 28, was riding the bus with her American girlfriend Chris after an evening out in West Hampstead, North West London, in the early hours of May 30. …

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.”

31.05.2019 - 07:28 [ BBC ]

Donald Trump ‚may‘ meet Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage

The president’s visit to the UK last year prompted tens of thousands of people to protest in London.

The upcoming trip has been condemned by shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry who said the president had „systematically assaulted all the shared values that unite our two countries“.

In addition to Mr Corbyn, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has declined an invitation to attend the state banquet hosted for Mr Trump.

16.05.2019 - 15:58 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Big Brother Britain: Extraordinary moment police FINE pedestrian £90 for disorderly behaviour after he tries to cover his face from facial recognition camera on the streets of London

Officers set up the camera on a van in Romford, East London, which then cross-checked photos of faces of passers-by against a database of wanted criminals.

But one man was unimpressed about being filmed and covered his face with his hat and jacket, before being stopped by officers who took his picture anyway.

After being pulled aside, the man told police: ‚If I want to cover me face, I’ll cover me face. Don’t push me over when I’m walking down the street.‘

15.05.2019 - 07:49 [ theGuardian.com ]

Mike Pompeo urges UK to help rein in ‚lawless‘ Iran over nuclear deal

(08.05.2019)

Speaking in London, Pompeo minimised differences between the US and the UK over Iran.

“There is no daylight between our two countries on the threat emanating from the Iranian regime,” he said.

“We agree they are operating in defiance of UN ballistic missiles resolution. We agree they fund terror across the Middle East and across the world. We agree they take hostages and repress their own people.”

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 - 12:52 [ Tagesschau ]

Assange in London festgenommen

Die ecuadorianische Botschaft gewährte der Polizei Zutritt. Die Regierung des lateinamerikanischen Landes hatte Assange zuvor das diplomatische Asyl entzogen.

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.

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

03.01.2019 - 14:16 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

Ecuador has initiated a formal „Special Examination“ of Julian Assange’s asylum and nationality (nationals cannot be extradited) as it seeks a $10billion+ IMF bailout for which the US government demanded handing over Assange and dropping environmental claims against Chevron.

02.01.2019 - 09:36 [ Paul Embery / Unherd.com ]

The truth about ‘liberal’ London – Britain’s capital is a tale of two cities

Remember all this the next time you hear someone speak of London as the greatest city in the world. Chances are the words are being spoken by a politician or a celebrity or a middle-class liberal from one of the trendier parts of town.

For there are, in reality, two Londons out there. One half of it – alienated, neglected and resentful – represents a potentially formidable army at the ballot box. Who will speak for it?

02.01.2019 - 09:26 [ theGuardian.com ]

Sadiq Khan angers Brexiters with pro-EU fireworks display

The mayor hailed the event, in which the London Eye was lit up in the blue-and-yellow colours of the EU flag, as part of a wider message to Europe that the capital would stay “open-minded” and “outward looking” after Brexit.

As the fireworks went off along the Thames, the words “London is open” were said in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish just after midnight.

27.12.2018 - 23:46 [ Reuters ]

France’s Vinci in $3.7 billion swoop on UK’s Gatwick airport

The deal to buy a 50.01 percent stake gives Vinci, which already runs 45 airports in 12 countries, access to the world’s largest metropolitan aviation market and is part of the company’s drive to expand its most promising businesses.

24.12.2018 - 18:36 [ pressgazette.co.uk ]

MPs repeat call for ‚Cliff’s Law‘ to stop suspects being named before charge after Gatwick drone front pages

Anna Soubry MP (pictured) said the couple “should not have been named in the media”, adding that a new law was “needed” to make it a criminal offence to name suspects before charge unless it is in the interests of justice.

The pair were pictured on the front pages of the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express and Sunday People yesterday morning, as well as on numerous news websites.

24.12.2018 - 18:29 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Gatwick drone investigation: Former suspects hit out at ‚disgusting‘ accusation in tearful statement

“The way we were initially perceived was disgusting although those who knew us did not doubt us for a second.

We were both released without charge or further action. We are totally overwhelmed by the support we have received from people all over the world and we would like to thank everyone single one who has done that.“

24.12.2018 - 16:58 [ Feedex ‏/ Twitter ]

CNN RSS: Gatwick airport drones investigation focuses on damaged device

via cnnbrk cnn Retweet

24.12.2018 - 16:32 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Gatwick ‘drone’ sighting investigated by cops turns out to be lights on a CRANE

The Surrey Police officers were called to investigate a red light „hovering“ over a bus station in Redhill – around six miles from the airport.
But when they arrived, they found the mysterious beam was just a warning light on top of a crane.

24.12.2018 - 16:19 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Gatwick airport drone chaos: Army deploys tactics used in fight against Isis to tackle drones

(23.12.2018) Transport Secretary Chris Grayling would not give details of what measures had been put in place, but said some of them were “military capabilities”, adding: “There are a range of measures which are there today which should give passengers confidence that they are safe to fly.”

The first departure from Gatwick this morning was a Norwegian flight to the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi — described as the “official Hometown of Santa Claus” — which left at 6.34am.

24.12.2018 - 16:10 [ theGuardian.com ]

Gatwick airport: Suggestion that drone did not exist down to ‚poor communications‘

The conference call was joined by the Cabinet Office minister, David Lidington – Theresa May’s de facto deputy; the home secretary, Sajid Javid; the security minister, Ben Wallace; and the defence minister Stuart Andrew.

Lidington was said to have pressed for the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence to update their rapid deployment protocols for signing off requests for military assistance.

24.12.2018 - 06:19 [ Michael Elgort ‏/ Twitter ]

What a surprise. The technology that allowed to protect Gatwick Airport & helped to identify those who launched criminal drones was developed in Israel & sold to UK. A reminder, that BDS wants you to be less protected. @Ostrov_A @HenMazzig @LahavHarkov

(22.12.2018)

24.12.2018 - 06:10 [ AnotherGreen ‏/ Twitter ]

#GatwickDrones Police now saying „possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in the first place“, and at present there is ’no available footage of the drones‘

24.12.2018 - 06:05 [ BBC ]

Gatwick drones pair ’no longer suspects‘

Det Ch Supt Jason Tingley said no footage of a drone had been obtained.

24.12.2018 - 06:00 [ BBC Breaking News ‏/ Twitter ]

Police investigating Gatwick Airport disruption say damaged drone has been found and is being forensically examined

24.12.2018 - 05:58 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Gatwick disruption latest: Police find damaged drone as arrested pair are released without charge

Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingey, of Sussex Police, confirmed to Sky News that officers had found the damaged drone.

He said: „I can say yesterday we recovered a damaged drone close to the perimeter of Gatwick Airport… and we will be doing everything we can with regards to progressing a forensic examination of that drone.

24.12.2018 - 05:46 [ AINonline.com ]

German-owned ATC Provider Takes Control of Gatwick Tower

(1.3.2016) ATC tower services at London’s Gatwick Airport are being provided by a subsidiary company of German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung following an official transfer of responsibility on March 1. The wholly owned DFS subsidiary—Air Navigation Solutions (ANS)—replaces UK NATS as tower services provider at the country’s second-largest airport.

15.12.2018 - 14:55 [ Konstantin Kisin, Jewish Comedian of the Year 2018 / Twitter ]

If I had a pound for every time someone claims I am taking Koch money, I wouldn’t need the Koch money I am currently not getting.

15.12.2018 - 14:42 [ Comedy Unleashed ‏/ Twitter ]

There is hope where there’s humour. Tuesday night’s audience response to @KonstantinKisin is hilarious #FreeComedy #FreeSpeech

(14.12.2018)

15.12.2018 - 14:36 [ BBC ]

Comedian refused to sign ‚behavioural agreement‘ before gig

(12.12.2018) He was asked to perform at a gig at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, organised by university society Unicef on Campus.

The group has since apologised and the Students‘ Union says it „believes fully in freedom of speech“.

Konstantin told Radio 1 Newsbeat the experience reflects a growing trend of free speech becoming stifled on university campuses across the UK.

He shared the „behavioural agreement form“ online, saying the title „nearly made me puke“.