Australian computer programmer and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday morning after the Ecuadorian authorities revoked his asylum status.
The Wikileaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since August 2012 after he was granted asylum by Ecuador. Sweden officially announced an international arrest warrant for Assange in November 2010, the Australian had travelled to the Scandinavian country to deny the charges being levied against him, Assange was unsuccessful in his challenge to the extradition proceedings and subsequently breached his bail conditions in June 2012 before being granted asylum status by the Ecuadorian’s. He sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy after citing concerns that he would be extradited to the US to answer treason charges after answering alleged charges of rape in Sweden in 2010 which Assange has always denied.
Those charges against Assange have since been dropped.
Assange was hauled out of the embassy early on Thursday morning by UK secret service agents who bundled him into the side of a Metropolitan Police van with his arms bound together and appeared to mutter the words “The UK must resist” as he was led out by officers and put into the side of a police van.
Looking very frail and pale and donning a white beard, Assange was escorted from the embassy and was potentially facing extradition to the United States to face charges for allegedly publishing confidential secret documents that were gathered by the then named Bradley Manning.
Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and came to international attention in 2010 when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning, (then known as Bradley Manning). These leaks included the Collateral Murder video (April 2010),the Afghanistan War Logo’s (July 2010), the Iraq War Logo’s (October 2010), and Cablegate (November 2010). Following the 2010 leaks, the US Federal Government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance.These allegations have since been proven to be false since the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian which effectively cleared Trump of any wrong-doing.
Since its birth, Wikileaks has never had to retract any of its statements despite being challenged in the courts on numerous occasions.
During the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, WikiLeaks hosted emails sent or received by candidate Hilary Clinton from her private email server when she was Secretary of State. The Democratic Party along with cybersecurity experts, claimed that Russian intelligence had hacked the emails and leaked them to WikiLeaks; Assange consistently denied any connection to or cooperation with Russia in relation to the leaks, and stated the Clinton campaign was stoking “a neo-McCarthy hysteria”
These allegations have since been proven to be false since the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian which effectively cleared Trump of any wrong-doing.
The Wikileaks founder’ notoriety increased when Assange published material received from Bradley Manning, now named Chelsea Manning in which the former US army soldier was convicted in 2013 under the espionage act for releasing nearly 750,000 classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and diplomatic documents. Manning was imprisoned between 2010 and 2017 before being pardoned by former President Barack Hussein Obama.
Hillary Clinton didn’t hold back her glee at the arrest of Julian Assange, mocking both the publisher who she blames for her failed presidential run and the man she lost to in a single “we came, we saw, he died”-level one-liner in what can only be viewed as reversed phycology given that the US authorities “now have the source” of the leaks and all of the intelligence required to start criminal proceedings against all of those that sought to take down America during the presidential election cycle of 2016, meanwhile, opposition leader in the UK Jeremy Corbyn stated that Assange should not be extradited to the US.
US President Donald J. Trump In 2016 said, “I love Wikileaks,” so why does Julian Assange now face the possibility of disappearing into a black hole, never to be heard from again?
Before the Mueller report was finalised, Assange also offered Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) “firsthand” evidence that would prove there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Julian Assange is being officially oppressed for the crime of journalism and whilst his arrest maybe cheered by the likes of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her deep state operatives like creepy Joe Biden, yesterday was ultimately a dark day for journalism and the so-called free press.
The arrest of Julian Assange on Thursday came on the same day that Australian activist and journalist Avi Yemini was detained in the US at LAX airport and is also facing possible deportation by FBI agents.
The likes of Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning are not the problem, the problems lie with the operational tactics of corrupt governments and deep state operatives across the globe and it’s their underhanded policies and practices that should be rightly laid out for the public to see.